And here we go again for an even season to the Paris Longchamp racecourse, the temple of the most beautiful French gallop races. During the 30 days of racing scheduled from April 10 to October 27, 2022, there are a few things to remember:
- Thursdaysynonymous with rural and sports after-works from 12 May to 7 July.
- Emirates trial poolsthe first releases of the three-year-old generation are scheduled for Sunday, May 15th.
- Qatar Arc Tests (Sunday, 11 September), dress rehearsals before the prestigious Arc de Triomphe Prize of Qatar scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd.
A prestigious season that started this Sunday with an expected but no less impressive victory sculleri over 2000 meters Harcourt Award (Gr.2). Met a few days before the deadline Jerome Renier shared with Clelia Moncorger her doubts and hopes for the season with this horse, as gifted as it is fragile.
The day after the race, the coach is obviously pleased, as he opened by phone on Monday afternoon: “We decided to change our tactics a bit, because the last time he came back, I thought he saw the light too soon, and it disgusted him. Moreover, he did not extend his efforts. it was a little difficult to ask him. So, we agreed with Maxime (Guyon) to try to hide the efforts from him as long as possible and not show him the day until late. That’s what he did, and in the last 200 meters he played a decisive role. I took as an example the Dollar Prize, which he won by getting stuck in the peloton a bit, and once he got out, he cleared up nicely. He is a bit explosive when he can speed up after launch.
The performance is all the more satisfactory because Scullety is a horse for whom the construction of the program is not obvious: “He has bad feet, so he has resin and glue irons. He has flat feet, no soles, it’s very difficult. Last year he won Ispahan on good ground, but we try to avoid that because it’s a bit negative. influence on his physique. As a result, for Prix Ganay we will wait until the last moment to see the field. With him we have a program that is a bit meticulous depending on the weather and the state of his recovery.”
A layout method that is not very obvious, but which allows the horse to live a long time, as evidenced by its start of the season at 7 years. “We have no real purpose with a horse like this. We try to listen to him and run when he’s good, there are a lot of races. After that, if we have to talk about goals, we would like to return to Ascot. to compete in the Champion Stakes at the end of the year, but he still needs to be in great shape, which was not the case last year at this time.
Sculleti as head of the Rainier stable, now consisting of about a hundred items (50 depending solely on the ownership of Jean-Claude Seroul), including another good hope: “There is Marianacic, who won for the restoration at the beginning of the year. We would like to achieve a lot with him, but there are many horses that have made us happy and we hope that we can continue to climb the steps. … with them, one by one. But I’m not into horses, I’m waiting for them to materialize on the track.”
Jérôme Renier, who is fifth in the overall flat sneaker standings with an impressive 75% success rate, should be talked about this season in Paris, especially at ParisLongchamp, which he will find next Sunday, April 17, in particular in Lord Seymour Awardregistered race over 2400 meters for children aged 4 and over.
Its best elements should also quickly return to the Île-de-France, as:
- Marianachik is included in two groups 1: Prix du Jockey Club (06.05 in Chantilly) and Grand Prix de Paris (14.07 in ParisLongchamp)
- scullerieven if he doesn’t have entries yet, he can be seen again in Prix Ganay Group 1 in the 2100m on May 1st.