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De Bon Coeur unrivalled in Hypothèse comeback

24 March 2019

Back on course following eleven months’ off the track, the François Nicolle-trained campion mare, De Bon Coeur, got straight back down to business on Sunday at Auteuil, outclassing her seven rivals in the Grade 3 Prix Hypothèse.
In her short career, she had now won twelve of her fourteen starts, including three G.1’s, a G.2, and no fewer than six G.3’s. A prohibitive favourite even after such a long layoff, Kévin Nabet guided her around the 3900m course with consummate confidence, before imposing by a comfortable three lengths to spare. Nicolle was emphatic in his praise, “She’s a crack. She knows what she’s doing, has her mind on the game and has it all worked out. She could still have run three more circuits!”
Despite the winner’s performance, it is hard to fault second-placed Crystal Beach, who finished 2½ lengths ahead of Galop Marin who had led for much of the race. Nicolle’s second runner, Alex De Larredya, was not far off in fourth but still has ground to make up on his stablemate. Vangel De Cerisy was a surprisingly lacklustre and distant fifth.
Picture: De Bon Coeur making a winning return to action in the Hypothèse on Sunday