Talhouët-Roy plaudits for Beaumec
15 October 2018
As 3 year-old hurdles races go, the G.2 Prix Georges de Talhouët-Roy has proved one of the best indicators of rising stars with the likes of Master Dino, Device, Bonito du Berlais and Hippomène having stated their respective cases in previous years, but Sunday’s edition at Auteuil left some scratching their head.
Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé sent out the eventual winner, Beaumec De Houelle, who confirmed his Listed Prix Robert Lejeune success but it was not the usual case of ‘the favourite and a few others’. Winner by just a short-neck over the François Nicolle-trained Pic D’Orhy, he is no sure-thing for the coveted G.1 Prix Cambacérès in three weeks time. That notwithstanding, victory offered jockey Pierre Dubourg a maiden group success, and breeder, Franck Leblanc (of trotting fame) was visibly thrilled. “He grew a lot this summer, and filled out. He’s still an entire but is very composed. For the Prix Cambacérès, I’m going to take the day off - under no circumstances will I miss it.”
As for Nicolle, who not only trained the runner-up, but also sent out three others, Farnice coming third, Bernardo Bellotto fifth and Porto Pollo sixth. All are expected to return for the big event but asked who he thought was the best of the bunch, he replied, “There isn’t really one. The next time they run, the result could be quite the reverse. I’ll have to run them to find out.”
Picture: Beaumec de Houelle
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