Soleil secures first group race of 2019
17 March 2019
Veteran galloper Air Pilot returned to Saint-Cloud on Sunday in a bid to defend his Gr.3 Prix Exbury title and trainer Ralph Beckett could only have been encouraged by the heavy ground, but it was not to be their day. Soleil Marin stole the show by a 1¼ lengths’ margin, securing his first group success since landing the Gr.2 Prix Noailles almost two years ago, and convincingly put behind him his last-of-seven finish twelve months ago. Magny Cours finished a valiant second on his maiden appearance in a black-type event, with last year’s winner three lengths back in third.
In the Listed Prix la Camargo, for three year-old fillies, Maxime Guyon on Tifosa somewhat upset the order of things, beating Jet Setteuse by a comfortable two lengths, the well-supported Hold True running third a further 2½ lengths away.
The colts’ equivalent, the Prix Omnium II, saw Guyon double up by a similar winning margin, this time on Carlos Laffon-Parias’ Shaman who was picking up where he left off last season. Sagauteur came second, with the unfancied Go To Hollywood four lengths away in third.
Picture: Soleil Marin winning the 2019 Exbury ahead of stablemate Magny Cours
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