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Poule Essai Pouliches (Group 1 - French 1000 Guineas) 7f 209y

  • (3yo, 7f 209y, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner €257,130 2nd €102,870 3rd €51,434 4th €25,694 5th €12,870
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 14:10:42
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  • Last Updated: May 11 2014, 21:41 BST

Avenir Certain ran out the impressive winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp on Sunday - although she had to survive a lengthy stewards' enquiry.

Avenir Certain is still unbeaten after winning the Pouliches
Avenir Certain is still unbeaten after winning the Pouliches

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained filly was unbeaten coming into the French 1000 Guineas and maintained her 100% percent record with a smooth length and a quarter victory at odds of 14/1.

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Veda was second with Francois Doumen's Xcellence a further two and a half lengths back in third.

J Wonder, who had won the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury for trainer Brian Meehan on her previous start, looked to be in with a big shout as the field turned for home but she was quickly swamped by the winner, who showed an impressive turn of foot.

The 4/1 favourite, Lesstalk In Paris, was unplaced.

Rouget said: "I was quite relaxed watching this race. When they came out of the bend I saw a spot of blue coming on the outside. At that moment I knew we would win.

"Lesstalk In Paris didn't really fire when the opening came. Maybe she didn't run her race."

Gregory Benoist, who rode Avenir Certain to success, said: "I was worried about the ground for her.

"But she produced a great turn of foot. She is as talented as she is courageous."