A home triumph for France was achieved today when Behkabad put on an impressive showing at Longchamp in the Grand Prix de Paris. The only English or Irish starter, Aidan O'Brien's Jan Vermeer, was well held taking third place.
The winner looked good under Gerald Mosse, with Jan Vermeer and Johnny Murtagh in rear along with the favourite Planteur and the supplemented Goldwaki.
With only two furlongs to go, the pace got heated, with Mosse and his mount gallantly holding underneath him and, though the challenge by Planteur almost got him close, he swerved out wide as Behkabad kept up the pace to claim victory.
Fourth in the Epsom Derby and third in the Irish equal at the Curragh, Jan Vermeer, just edged out Andre Fabre's Goldwaki in a photo finish for third place.
Spokesman David Stevens commented, "The Grand Prix de Paris is widely regarded as the new French Derby and therefore it's significance as an Arc trial is considerable."