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Review: Prix des Centaures

15 February 2021

On a day dominated by the defeat of Face Time Bourbon in the G1 Grand Prix de France (2100m), Flamme Du Goutier’s ascension to the mounted throne attracted less attention than it usually would have. The success in the G1 Prix des Centaures (2200m) secured her position as queen of the division, only two weeks after her G1 Prix de l'Ile-de-France (2175m) victory. 

In a field of nine runners, Héros de Fleur took an early lead with favourite Flamme du Goutier settling in fourth. Jockey Antoine Wiels was happy to make steady headway into the race as the first three battled it out between the 1000m and 500m and Flamme du Goutier sat second as they turned in the final straight. With Fame Music still leading, Wiels began to ask Flamme du Goutier for a renewed effort within the last 200m but received little response from the mare for a few strides. After a reminder from the whip, Flamme du Goutier rallied in the final 50m with Freeman de Houlle also making late progress. The three horses crossed the line together and it was up to the judge to decide the victor in a close photo. Flamme du Goutier was declared a narrow winner in a record time of 1’10”8, bringing her Group One tally to three. 

With few targets to tempt connections over the next couple of months, the mounted star is likely to enjoy some time away from the track and recharge ready for the summer season. In 2020, she remained absent between February and June before reappearing at Rouen-Macquenchy in a Class B event. Although she is likely to be looking for bigger prizes in 2021, it is safe to assume that a preparation for the G1 Prix de Normandie (3000m) at Vincennes in September will be mapped out.  

Picture: © APHR