Holdthasigreen trounces rivals in Prix Right Royal
30 March 2018
Holdthasigreen made a perfect start to the new campaign when defending his title in the Listed Prix Right Royal at Chantilly - a race that is often the first step on the path to the Group I Prix Royal-Oak (French St. Leger) in October.
Tony Piccone jumped the six-year-old out of the stalls smartly and dictated the pace, before asking his mount to stretch clear in the straight. Which he did in fine style, imperiously dispensing with his rivals and putting 10 lengths between himself and the runner-up Nabunga, who just got the better of Nardo by a nose.
This was the first winner for new trainer Bruno Audouin. Holdthasigreen though has not actually moved to a new yard as Audouin was formerly the assistant to Holdthasigreen’s previous trainer, Claude Le Lay, and a gradual transfer is taking place between the pair - Audouin is also the partner of Le Lay’s daughter Alexandra.
Audouin was understandably delighted with his charge: “Holdthasigreen is a real competitor and finds a good rhythm. We had him ready for this and everything went well. He’ll be campaigned over 3000m with the main goal again being the Prix Royal-Oak.”
The son of Hold That Tiger also won the Prix Right Royal last year, when it was run at Maisons-Laffitte, before being placed three times in Group races, most notably when third to Ice Breeze and Vazirabad in the Prix Royal-Oak.
Picture: Holdsthatsigreen trouncing rivals in Prix Right Royal
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