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Prix d’Eté double for Aubrion Du Gers

09 September 2018

Outstanding winner of the Prix d’Eté in 2017, Aubrion Du Gers returned to Vincennes on Saturday in a bid to secure the race for a second successive year. Just six dared to take on Jean-Michel Bazire’s exceptional gelding, four of which hailed from the powerful Philippe Allaire stable, but not one was capable of undermining the 8 year-old’s supremacy in his quest for the coveted double.
The speedy Un Mec D’Héripré was, unsurprisingly, the fastest away for the 2700m event while Bazire was careful to make sure his horse got off to a secure start. The pair endeavoured to take to the head of affairs in front of the stands but Charly Du Noyer and Eric Raffin were initially unwilling to let them have their way. As they climbed the hill, Yoann Lebourgeois and Traders headed Bazire but at the the tracks-intersection, Bazire put his foot down, regained the lead and went on to score in a record Prix d’Eté time of 1’11”2.
Bird Parker put in an excellent finish to come second, confirming recent Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère form. 29-1 shot, Tony Gio, defied his odds to run third.
Picture: Aubrion du Gers