Macaire juggernaut firing on all cylinders
09 October 2017
It was something of a red-letter day for Guillaume Macaire on Sunday as his horses dominated three of the four graded races on the Auteuil programme. First up was the most valuable event of the card, the G.II Prix Georges de Talhouet-Roy, for three year-old hurdlers, and it was the least-fancied of his runners, Master Dino, who pulled it off by a length from stablemate Tunis. The success gave Macaire a third successive ‘Talhouet-Roy’ and the Doctor Dino gelding now looks set for a tilt at the French Champion three year-old hurdle, the Prix Cambacérès, on 5th November.
Three races later, it was the turn of Edward D’Argent to post another victory for the Royan handler. In a hotly-contested renewal of the Prix Orcada chase (4400m - 2¾m), Kévin Nabet played a waiting game on the four year-old Martaline gelding, took the advantage at the penultimate fence, and stayed on well to win by 1¼ lengths from On The Go, another Macaire inmate.
The G.III Prix Carmarthen (3900m - 2m3½f) hurdles contest for older horses followed forty minutes on, and there was never any real doubt about the outcome. Device, who had already secured eleven graded races before the weekend, showed his true colours in the latter stages, to impose by one length from the Francois Nicolle-trained Alex de Larredya, who had also finished runner-up in this race twelve months ago.
Nicolle was, however, able to exact some revenge in the Prix Heros XII a short time later. G.I Grand Steeple-chase de Paris winner, So French, had been expected to do battle with Perfect Impulse, who beat him on comeback over hurdles early September, but it turned out to be 10/1 shot Bipolaire who stole a march on his rivals to confirm his recent Listed win by a convincing three-lengths margin from the least-supported of the six runners, Sainte Turgeon.
Picture: Master Dino and trainer Guillaume Macaire in the winners enclosure
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