At today's races at Hippodrome de Longchamp in Paris, flat-racing enthusiasts were introduced to an impressive horse expected to be a strong contender in major European contests.
Some racing pundits have compared Visindar to Bago, the great French champion and winner of the 2004 Prix de Arc d' Triomphe stakes. Bago is now retired from racing.
Visindar, a three-year-old chestnut beauty, handily won today's Prix du Champ de Mars, hardly breaking a sweat. French jockey Christophe Soumillon (pictured above) rode Visindar to victory. The British-bred horse is owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Frenchman Andre Fabre.
The center photo is of the horseshoe-shaped finish post at Longchamp. In the upper lefthand corner of the photo, the tip of the Eiffel Tower rises above the landscape.
The third photo shows Visindar in Longchamp's famous Winner's Circle, following his extraordinary 2006 season debut.