Bordeaux offers Zafiro maiden group win
11 October 2017
“Don’t these colours look good on me, boss?” Jean-Bernard Eyquem mischievously enquired of Jean-Claude Rouget at the scales following his victory on Zafiro in the Gr.3 Prix André Baboin at Bordeaux on Tuesday. After having played sparring partner to Almanzor for much of 2016, yesterday’s success was particularly satisfying for the 42 year-old jockey.
Last of five for much of the 1900m (9½f) race, the Sageburg five year-old was brought wide with a furlong to go and had no trouble dominating recent British raider, and odds-on favourite, Morando, who had most recently finished third in a tough Gr.3 at Haydock Park. The one-length margin belied the facile nature of the win, something which Rouget had evidently foreseen before supplementing the gelding at the last minute.
“He was instructed to stay somewhat off the pace because we know he’s a good finisher, and he confirmed the Deauville rating he posted when third in the Gontaut-Biron. I doubt he will be seen out again this year.”
Miracle Des Aigles ran in third, three lengths back, denying Heaven On Earth by a head. Second favourite, Qurbaan, finished a well-beaten last, with trainer François Rohaut clearly dissatisfied with the penetrometer reading.
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