Dabirsim, the handsome Christophe Ferland-trained colt who went through his juvenile career unbeaten in all five outings, failed narrowly on his first attempt as a three-year-old to maintain his winning streak, when beaten in the last stride by ex-Irish, Dragon Pulse, in the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp, on Sunday, writes Elliot Slater.
The Christophe Ferland-trained son of Hat Trick was an outstanding two-year-old, completing his nap hand of successes with victory in the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny over six furlongs at Deauville, last August.
He followed up his triumph over a furlong further, coming with a tremendous late surge to beat the front-running, Sofast, in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day, last October.
Everything appeared to be going according to the script on Dabirsim’s three-year-old debut. He sauntered into the lead at the furlong pole in Paris, at the weekend, with jockey, Christophe Soumillon, twice looking over both shoulders to spot any dangers.
Eventually Dragon Pulse emerged with a strong late run, as the odds-on favourite failed to pick up in the last 25 yards, and was collared in the very last stride, losing out by a short-head to the Mikael Dezangles-trained winner.
Dabirsim, who has been mentioned favourably in Royal Ascot betting circles, took a strong grip in the early stages of the Longchamp contest with the pace going only a moderate gallop, a factor that Soumillon believes contributed to his downfall.
Given a stronger pace in the French 2000 Guineas back at the track, next month, connections are hopeful they will be able to reverse placing with the former Jessica Harrington-trained winner, and refuse to accept the initial opinions of some judges that Dabirsim simply failed to stay.