Aspetar fails to fire in Prix Hocquart at Chantilly

Roger Charlton, trainer of Aspetar

Aspetar finished a disappointing last of eight runners as Nocturnal Fox claimed the Group Two Prix Hocquart at Chantilly on Sunday.

Trained by Roger Charlton, Aspetar was a Listed winner at Goodwood on his most recent start but never looked like taking a hand in the finish to this 12-furlong event.

The Andre Fabre-trained Nocturnal Fox hit the front with just over a furlong to run and dug deep in the closing stages to repel the challenge of Al Malhouf by a head with Hush Writer a narrow third.

Lisa-Jane Graffard was representing winning owner Godolphin and told their official website: “Nocturnal Fox is improving all the time and has a great temperament, so we hope that there is more to come from him.

“The Group One Grand Prix de Paris (at Longchamp on July 14) could be an option but we will see how he comes out of the race before making any plans.”

Hunaina stepped up on her recent fifth in the Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield to win the Group Three Prix Bertrand du Breuil over a mile for trainer Henri-Francois Devin.

He said: “I hesitated a lot between today’s race and an event in Ascot next week. But I finally chose Chantilly, to avoid an extra trip.

“With her, I always had in mind to run the Prix Rothschild (on July 29). A straight mile in Deauville, it seems perfect. I hope she will be good enough for that – what is certain is that she is on the rise. ”

Wusool lifted the other Group Three prize on the card, the Prix Paul de Moussac, for Francois Rohaut and jockey Francois-Xavier Bertras.