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Dexter confirms with Ile de France victory

03 February 2019

Third in the Prix de Cornulier a fortnight ago, Dexter Fromentro was unsurprisingly sent off favourite for the Prix de l’Ile de France on Sunday, given the absence of Bilibili and Traders. He duly lived up to expectations, comfortably securing the first Group 1 of his career and in the process provided jockey Camille Levesque with her first.
In a small field of nine, Dexter Fromentro was always in touch as Valse De Reve set a solid pace from the outset. Levesque moved her charge up into second coming around the final turn, and as the early leader began to tire, Daelia De Vandel threw down the gauntlet and despite a spirited run on the inside, was unable to match Dexter Fromentro’s class, Levesque not having to move a muscle in the final 150m. Valse De Reve stayed on for third, with Cassate and Codie De Beaulieu coming in next. 
Said the winning jockey of her success, “I’m very happy as I have always wanted to win a Gr.1. I was worried before the race since my horse had been struggling to stay in stride during the heats. The race panned out well and he was able to keep up the momentum right to the end.” 
Picture: Dexter Fromentro and Camille Levesque returning to the winners enclosure after Sunday's Ile De France victory