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Robin lands French prize

17 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 17/06/17 5:21pm

Harry Dunlop poses at Windsor racecourse in 2013

Harry Dunlop poses at Windsor racecourse in 2013

Robin Of Navan scored his first victory in 19 months as he lifted the Group Three La Coupe at Chantilly.

Harry Dunlop’s four-year-old had not got his head in front since winning the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud as a juvenile in November 2015.

While he had turned in a string of creditable performances in the interim, most recently when beaten just a neck by Mekhtaal in the Prix d’Ispahan, Dunlop was thrilled to see his charge end his barren spell.

Partnered by Cristian Demuro, Robin Of Navan hit the front over a furlong out in the mile-and-a-quarter heat and was eased down before the line to win by a cosy half-length from Garlingari.

Fellow British raider, the Chris Wall-trained First Sitting, was a further two lengths back in third.

Dunlop said: “He did it very well and we’re thrilled to get his head in front.

“We felt he won easily and what he has shown us in his last couple of runs is that he can handle this faster ground now.

“We have talked about going over a mile and a half later in the year, but we will stick at a mile and a quarter for now and there are all sorts of options for him.

“We’re very pleased to get a win with him and he’s boosted the form of Mekhtaal and Usherette (who was third in the Prix d’Ispahan) with both of them running at Royal Ascot next week.”

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