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Second Haye Jousselin for Biploaire

04 November 2018

At Auteuil on Sunday, in the absence of numerous contenders, notably On The Go, Perfect Impulse, Edward d’Argent and So French, Bipolaire faced just six opponents in a bid to keep his Prix La Haye Jousselin crown. He duly carried out his duties in fine fashion, offering jockey Jonathan Plouganou a maiden Grade 1 success.
In a race with little pace, Guillaume Macaire’s lone runner, Saint Goustan Blue led proceedings. He was joined a circuit out by Milord Thomas, but the three-times Haye Jousselin winner made an error at the stand-side river, causing him to lose significant ground. Waiting all the while, Plouganou made his move coming out of the last bend. He joined the leading duo between the final two obstacles, made his move on Saint Goustan Blue on the flat, and after a brief tussle went on to win by a comfortable three-lengths’ margin. A further nine lengths back came Milord Thomas, followed closely by 46/1 shot Saint Xavier.
Clearly relieved, winning trainer François Nicolle commented, “It was an odd race in that I had expected them to go a lot faster. He [Bipolaire] made up ground nicely but I was surprised to see close to the leaders at the rail-ditch and fence. Jonathan gave him every chance in the final turn and after that did everything right. He’s a very good jockey; I didn’t give him any orders. I just explained to him how the horse was.”
Picture: Jonathan Plouganou celebrating La Haye Jousselin victory on Bipolaire