Controversy reigns in Dar Re Mi ‘win’
Sea The Stars was the major beneficiary of a controversial afternoon of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe trials at Longchamp.
Bookmakers were unanimous in shortening John Oxx's horse after three muddling dress rehearsals.
Dar Re Mi was the biggest winner and loser of the day after landing the Group One Prix Vermeille — only to be demoted into fifth after bumping Soberania when coming with her challenge. John Gosden's Yorkshire Oaks heroine was bidding for her third Group One triumph on the spin and connections were elated after the 11/4 chance denied French superstar, 4/5 favourite Stacelita.
But the stewards were not impressed by a slight bump caused to the original fifth Soberania and disqualified Jimmy Fortune's mount.
Stacelita's owner Martin Schwartz was booed when collecting the winner's trophy, but still plans to add his unbeaten filly to the Arc field at a cost of £100,000 in a bid to emulate Zarkava 12 months ago.
Frankie Dettori is likely to team up with Andre Fabre's Cavalryman in the Arc after the Grand Prix de Paris winner warmed up by landing the Qatar Prix Niel.
Last year's Niel victor and 2008 Arc fifth Vision D'Etat is out to 12/1 for the Arc after finding Michael Stoute's Spanish Moon (9/4) too strong in the Qatar Prix Foy. In other clues for Arc weekend, James Eustace's War Artist warmed up for the Prix de l'Abbaye by successfully dropping back to five furlongs in the Prix du Petit Couvert.
Kasbah Bliss then advertised his well-being for the Prix du Cadran with victory in the Prix Gladiateur.