Davidson trounces Sélection opposition
05 March 2018
Most of the money was on the younger generation in Sunday’s G.I Prix de Sélection, the final Group 1 of the Vincennes winter meeting, but they were all to have their thunder stolen by five year-old Davidson Du Pont who has been a revelation since the turn of the year.
The four year-olds benefitted from a 25m head start but leading candidates Erminig D’Oliverie, Eridan and Ecu Pierji got off to such a prudent departure that they were either joined or passed by at the base of the hill, losing any initial advantage. With 700m left to run, Pierre Vercruysse brought Express Jet to the front but Jean Michel-Bazire was quick to join him with the eventual winner. Coming into the straight there was nothing between them but, 100m out, Davidson Du Pont took to the lead with ease and was never going to be caught. Express Jet was nonetheless impressive to secure a comfortable second place. They were followed in respectively by Critérium des 3 Ans winner, Erminig D’Oliverie, and early pacesetter Charly Du Noyer.
Said Bazire of his win, “He’s a horse that’s never off the bit, a real fighter. He will run in the G.II Prix Robert Auvray on 24th March and then a few preps which will lead on to the Critérium des 5 Ans over 3000m - a distance which should suit him ideally. He has a good turn of foot, but can also stay and is very tough.”
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