Blackmore has no luck in France as Doctor De Ballon wins

Blackmore has no luck in France as Doctor De Ballon wins

Rachael Blackmore was unlucky on her trip to France for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris as Doctor De Ballon produced his late run to complete back-to-back wins in the Auteuil showpiece.

Louisa Carberry’s age of nine has gone from last to first in the hands of Betrand Lestrade, short of a three-and-three-quarter mile freshman race winner, worth £ 327,000 for connections.

The nine-year-old had only been seen twice since the collection of the precious prize in 2020 which was delayed until October due to the pandemic.

The five-year-old undefeated Berry under David Cottin was sent off as favorite and tried to make the whole race. However, his stable companion, General In Chief, shared the pacemaking tasks until the complexion of the race changed dramatically on the business side.

General En Chef held a small lead on the second to last, but was strongly challenged by Carriacou. The 2019 winner, ridden by James Reveley, made a big attempt to get his crown back – but Doctor De Ballon had other ideas.

The 3-1 shot stormed the lead and pulled away to easily score five and a half lengths. Carriacou finished second, with three and a half lengths behind Galleo Conti, who snatched third place from the General En Chef by a short neck.

Blackmore – at Auteuil for the first time – held a leading position over Ajas for the Cottin team for most of the race until the seven-year-old ran out of steam in the final half mile.

British raider Lord Du Mesnil, coached by Richard Hobson, kept pace until Danny Mullins came out at the 10th fence.

“What an incredible horse. The horse is everything to us. Philip (Carberry, husband) had done a tremendous amount of work with him. Bertrand rides it perfectly, ”Carberry told Sky Sports Racing.

“I just wanted him to come home safe and sound this year. I didn’t want to pressure him. To do this is simply exceptional. I’m just lucky to have it. “

She added: “It’s amazing. To do this is so unreal. Philip has been associated with Princess D’Anjou and won it twice (in 2006 and 2008), now him. It makes you want to cry. It’s just amazing. ”


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