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De Bon Coeur warms the heart in the Prix Hypothèse

25 March 2018

It had been billed as a match between the older and younger generations – and between stablemates – as De Bon Coeur faced Alex de Larredya in the Prix Hypothèse on Sunday at Auteuil. Alex de Larredya, runner-up in last year’s Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil (French Champion Hurdle) and winner of the Grand Prix d'Automne, travelled well and slipstreamed his younger rival into the straight.
However De Bon Coeur, whose only blip came when she fell in the Prix Alain du Breil, was never in danger and the mare simply galloped away from her rival winning by six lengths without coming off the bridle, with Le Château a further eight lengths back in third.
Trainer François Nicolle was delighted with the winner, who sports the grey and maroon striped colours of Jacques Détré, explaining that she has more gears than the others but over longer distances - such as in the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil - she may have to push on earlier to make the most of her ability.
De Bon Coeur’s record now reads 10 wins from 11 races and it is likely that she will next be seen in the Prix Léon Rambaud on April 22, before tackling the Grande Course de Haies on May 20.
This sensational victory was a fitting homage to Vision d'Etat, De Bon Coeur’s sire, who had died the day before, aged 13, after suffering a heart attack. Vision d'Etat was a fantastic horse who won the Prix du Jockey Club in 2008. We don’t know how good De Bon Coeur might be, but at the moment the hypothesis is that she could be the best hurdler we’ve seen.
Picture: De Bon Coeur jumping the last ahead of stablemate Alex de Larredya in Prix Hypothèse