PMU – Arrival of the quinté of Monday August 8 at Clairefontaine: Matera, the victory of courage

Arrival of the fifth: 1 – 12 – 3 – 10 – 4

Before jumping the last hurdle, nothing was decided for success in this Prix de la Ville de Tourgeville. But the victory finally went to the favorite, Matera (No. 1), who worked to the end to repel the attack of Rock And Roll (No. 12) in the final phase, despite the 70 kg she had to carry. “She has above all a huge heart”, indicates about her partner the winning jockey, Angelo Zuliani, at the microphone of Equidia, which wins its fourth quinté. And this fight which raged between these two competitors until the passage of the pole proves it. “I’m very happy for the mare,” he adds. She wins her first big handicap and really deserves it. “This is the fourth success of the career of the one who defends the silks of Madame Henri Devin, François Nicolle, the coach signing meanwhile a 44th victory in fifths.

Rock And Roll (No. 12) gave a magnificent response to the winner and confirms the confidence that Dylan Ubeda placed in her in our columns. Constantly seen at the forefront, Drop The Pilot (n° 3) finished on the third step of the podium, slightly behind the leading duo. Ilestbo de Houelle (n° 10) made a good end of the race to steal fourth place from Orange Diamond (n° 4), which could have claimed a better ranking without a fault on the ultimate difficulty of the course.

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