“We had to fight to the post with Astonishing”, admits Matthieu Abrivard, winner of the René Ballière Prize with Vivid Wise As

Less than a month after the Elitloppet, the prestigious Swedish Group I, amazing et Vivid Wise As found themselves on the Parisian cinder for the René Ballière Prize. If the pupil of Richard Westerink had shown himself to be clearly superior to the Italian trotter in northern Europe, the latter took resounding revenge in the temple of the trot. “We had to fight to the post with Amazing, recognizes the winning driver, Matthieu Abrivard. I wasn’t even sure I had won. But at Vincennes, he is more into his business. For the sixth time in his career, the Scuderia Bivans protege won a Group I in France. As for its owner, Antonio Somma, his colors shine for the third time in a row in this Group I, after the success of Face Time Bourbon in 2020 and 2021. This victory was particularly close to the heart of Matthieu Abrivard for several reasons: “There were some criticisms after the Elitloppet. But the horse had experienced a setback before the race and I felt that I did not have the real Vivid in the hands. Today he was much better and proved it. And then it’s a beautiful tribute for my grandmother Yvette, who passed away this week. She would have given me a little phone call like after every big victory. »

For his part, Anthony Barrier kept smiling despite the defeat. “Admittedly, we were beaten by a nose, which is always infuriating, but I felt that my horse had not come back dull from Sweden. This is a very important point. »

Adrien Lamy, the man of the day

On the sidelines of the René Ballière Prize, four other Groups I were contested. Two of them were won by Adrien Lamy, the man of the day. The professional from Brittany flew over the President of the Republic Prize, associated with Intuition. “Before the meeting, she had my preference but I didn’t think I could win. A little over an hour later, he proved to be intractable in the fight to win his fourth Prix de Normandie, in the saddle on Happy and Lucky. “I did not expect to achieve this double”, concludes Adrien Lamy, a happy and lucky man.

Just A Gigolo remains the leader

Winner of the Critérium des Jeunes in February, the pupil of Philippe Allaire confirmed that he was the best of the generation by doubling the lead in the Prix Albert Viel, thus remaining undefeated in Groups I. drive. He is the king of the interim, loose Philippe Allaire on the winners’ podium. In normal times, he is a good driver but he does not tremble when it is necessary to replace another professional for a single race. I have a thought for Franck Nivard, his usual driver, who, in addition to being suspended, had a health problem. “A feeling shared by David Thomain, who indicated at the microphone of Equidia: “He will find his horse soon”, before continuing on his impressions: “He put a superb thrust to leave under attack. » Just A Gigolo ahead of a former student of Philippe Allaire, Just For Lovaexcellent at this level, and Juninho Dry.

Jelyson transforms the Essay

He had just opened his record on this course. Jelyson confirmed its rise by winning the Prix d’Essai in a hard-fought battle yesterday on the Parisian cinder track. Ridden by Yoann Lebourgeois, the resident of Alexandre Pillon resisted with extreme accuracy to Joyner Sport, which started at a mounted trot and leaves some regrets after a start at a gallop. The Mayenne coach signs his first success at the Classic level. “All week, I was not present at training because I had joined the association Les Voiles de l’Espoir, confides the developer. I went on a sailboat with children in remission from cancer. I had not planned to run this Group I and it was inconceivable for me to cancel my entry. So my staff did a wonderful job in my absence and I congratulate them. The podium of this Group I is completed by Jorgos de Guezacquired recently after winning a claiming race.

The Parisian Prize for Junior and Charly

Our title was associated with the Sunday quinté during this day of champions. Bought on May 3 for the sum of 14,999 euros in a claiming race at Vincennes, Charly de l’Aunay achieved great value to win the second quinté of his career, to the delight of his driver trainer, Junior Guelpa . In three races, the 10-year-old gelding has already earned 55,760 euros. He is outstripping Belker. Diego de Cahot completes the arrival of the trifecta and beats Elvis de Vallon “in the middle of the breeding season”, according to his trainer, Charles Cuiller, and Elected from Dompierre.


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