We are on January 26 at the Cagnes-sur-Mer racecourse (Alpes-Maritimes). Ace Impact wins in its first race. And Jean-Claude Rouget is already thinking of the prestigious Prix du Jockey Club (Gr. I), which will take place almost five months later… “When I came down from the stands after this success, I had this race in mind (sic) but you’re never sure of anything”, confides the one who won this Group I for the sixth time, joining Pascal Bary, one of his opponents during this Sunday meeting.
As in most summits, whatever the sport, there is a great story behind a victory. This time, and despite a sparse peloton since there were eleven 3-year-old colts at the start, Ace Impact was sublime, all while beating the record for the event. Still penultimate at the start of the straight, he came to dominate the very good Big Rock, and made his jockey, Cristian Demuro, winner for the third time of this mythical race, say: “I didn’t want to put him in the red when I started and took advantage of the favorite’s back. When I dislocated, at the start of the straight, I had crazy feelings and knew that I was going to come and win. He is faster than Sottsass with whom I won this race in 2019 before winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It’s phew (sic)! As for the winner’s mentor, he concludes: “Cristian is a great professional, who won his third Prix du Jockey Club, and he needed a champion to get ahead of the resident of Christopher Head. »
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