Louisa Carberry’s nine-year-old came from last to first in the hands of Betrand Lestrade, taking his second Grade 1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Parisover three and three-quarter miles
No luck for Rachael Blackmore or Danny Mullins in the biggest race of the French jumps calendar
By Irish Field Contributor on 23 May 2021
James Crispe previews racing at Auteuil and ParisLongchamp
The Freddy Head-trained Adhamo and the Group 3 winners Cheshire Academy and Rumi were successful on the Longchamp card
In the absence of a top drawer flat performance, the performance of the year must go the way of France’s pre-eminent steeplechaser, Docteur De Ballon.
Docteur De Ballon conjured a remarkable burst of speed at the end of a gruelling contest to win his second Grade 1
Philip and Louisa Carberry had their biggest success to date with Docteur De Ballon in the Grade 1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris
The Storyteller and If The Cap Fits put up good performances over fences
Louisa Carberry's Docteur De Ballon took the Grade 3 Prix Ingre at Auteuil last Satruday to set up a bid for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris
Docteur De Ballon, trained by Louisa Carberry and ridden by her brother in law Peterjon, was travelling well when falling the Grade 2 Prix Georges Courtois
The five-year-old is unbeaten in three chases this season and can add to his win over the course and distance last time
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