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  • Writer's pictureJour De Galop

He's back !

In this Prix de la Francilienne (Class 1), for its seasonal return, it was the pre-race that was the most complicated for Chez Pierre (Mehmas)! Although he had to come out of his stall, he still hasn't lost his momentum and remains undefeated in three outings. The representative of Mac Roy Jackson Junior has now in his sights the Prix Texanita (Gr3) in Chantilly, on May 17th.

Immediately seen at the forefront, the resident of Francis-Henri Graffard was then able to get behind Ponntos (Power) who printed a selective train. Chez Pierre was moved 350m from the finish, and easily gained the advantage. He did recover a bit once in the lead, but still won very easily. The second place goes to the re-entrant and very good finisher Princess of Saba (Dariyan), one length and a quarter. Bran (Muhaarar) is third, four and a half lengths behind.

Made to hold 1,400m. Francis-Henri Graffard said on Equidia: “He runs very well. The colt traveled well during the race and accelerated well to finish. He gallops very easily in the morning, and once in front, he always recovers a little, but meets our expectations. Chez Pierre isn't normally nervous, but he needed to get back to the races. We definitely wanted a good track. He's going to get on it. He is entered in the Prix Texanita (Gr3), at Chantilly. Now that he's run, he doesn't have to work anymore, so it's okay to run him at fortnight. He is a horse that will hold the 1,400m, without any worries. ".

Worried before the race, Pierre-Charles Boudot explained on Equidia: “The colt did not fit in its box, it was a bit complicated given that they took a little time to open the stall so that it comes out. Then he came out well and did the job. It has been over six months since he ran. He got a scuff or two, but that didn't stop him from delivering his value. He is a colt who needed to get back to competition, and this comeback will be good for him. His next race won't be the best, but he will come as he races. I think I rode a Group horse ".

The Vale of York family. Bred by the Scea des Prairies and the Haras de Castillon, Chez Pierre is a son of Mehmas (Acclamation), a stallion at Tally-Ho Stud, who is half owned by Al Shaqab Racing. His mother, Hortensia (Orpen), only started at 3 years old and was placed twice at Clairefontaine. Chez Pierre is his third product and the first to win. Presented by the Castillon team at Arqana, it was bought € 25,000 by Laura Vänska at the August yearling sale, before being sold for € 100,000 at the Arqana summer sale to NBB Racing.

Under the second dam, there are no less than six black types, including Vale of York (Invincible Spirit), winner in particular of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Gr1) and who has been breeding in France at Haras des Faunes. Hortensia has a 2 year old named Zelda (Zelzal), and a yearling by Zelzal (Sea the Stars).


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