Racing: Cumani lifts Cup with Soulacroix

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Plenty of racegoers at Ascot next week will be trying to drink their own weight in champagne, but Francesca Cumani will have a start on them after winning her weight in bubbly for victory on Soulacroix in the Queen Mother's Cup at York.

It was a second successive success in the race for Cumani aboard a runner trained by her father, Luca, who also saddled Reem Three to win the Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire Handicap later on the card.

Cumani, who completed a course at Bristol University last week, said: "The bubbly will come in very useful for a big party - my flatmates will be thrilled."

Steve Drowne teamed up with the in-form Hughie Morrison stable to land the day's main event, the £85,000 William Hill Trophy on Prince Tamino. "I think so much of this horse," Drowne said, "that I lashed out £800 to hire a plane so that I'll be able to get down to Lingfield for the evening meeting."

At Auteuil, the Nick Williams-trained Dom D'Orgeval fared best of the raiders in finishing fourth behind Mid Dancer in the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil, the French equivalent of the Champion Hurdle. The Arnaud Chaille-Chaille-trained winner galloped clear from Philip Carberry on Princesse D'Anjou.