FRANCE: Rollex Borget springs surprise in Prix de l’Avre
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By Scott Burton
Bertrand’de Balanda is better known for his exploits at Auteuil, and joked afterwards that the gelding “jumped everything” at home.
The race was won last season by Meandre who then went on to land the Juddmonte Grand Prix’de Paris but it will be somethingof a surprise if there are any future Group 1 winners among the six-runner field.
On ground which had taken a battering from the rain in the previous 24 hours the pace was a sedate one until they turned into the straight, at which point Christophe Lemaire struck for home on Saghann.
Mosse threaded his way up the inside and Rollex Borget stuck on well having hit the front inside the furlong marker.
“I think the key today was this,” saidBalanda pointing to the soft ground. “I suppose the Prix du Lys is the logical next race for him,” he continued.
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Vasias (Carlos Laffon-Parisa/Herve Naggar) landed a gamble and made one of French racing’s most recognizable figures the happiest man at Longchamp.
Rider Naggar is better known as agent to the likes of Olivier Peslier and Stephane Pasquier.
Vasias was available at 27-1 in the morning but the secret was well and truly out and by the time the field was sent on its way in what is colloquially known as the Amateur’s Arc, his odds had contracted to 9-4.
The outcome wasn’t in doubt for most of the straight and Naggar punched the air as he crossed the line two and a half lengths clear of Sundream.
“Formidable!” was Naggar’s first reaction when asked how he feltby French television. “The ride on this horse was a great present from [the owner] Monsieur Marinopoulos and from Carlos.”
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