Snurge, the 1990 St Leger winner, had been beaten by a head in his last two races and has now failed to win in six outings this season. The Mohammed Moubarak- trained Fast Manouvre could not cope with the combination of hock-deep ground and high-class opposition and finished fifth. John Dunlop's Oumaldaaya was fourth to River Nymph in the Prix de la Nonette on the same programme after leading for much of the way.
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SNURGE finished runner-up for the third successive race when second to Sheikh Mohammed's Modhish in the Grand Prix de Deauville yesterday. Attempting to repeat last season's success in the race, Paul Cole's five-year-old was collared in the closing stages and went down by one and a half lengths to Modhish, who was ridden by Thierry Jarnet as Steve Cauthen could not make the weight of 8st 7lb.