On Sunday, La Segnora proved once again that she truly is the queen of Auteuil when winning the Gr.2 Prix Leon Olry-Roederer Hurdle by an impressive ten lengths.
Yann Porzier’s five-year-old mare has an impressive record in 2011, from eight starts six of which were in Group company, she has won four times and been placed second on three occasions. The only time she has finished out of the first two was when she fell in the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris back in May. On Sunday she was dropping back in trip and class to a Group 2 over 4300 metres after success just two weeks ago in the Gr1 Grand Prix d’Automne Hurdle over 4800 metres. Jean Paul Gallorini’s Roi Du Val took second place one and a half lengths ahead of Diamant De Beaufai.
Winning jockey Frederic Ditta could not profit from the celebrations after the race as he was due back in prison at 7pm after being granted a day release just to ride in the race. He was caught driving without a licence and has spent the past week in prison only being allowed out for the day after trainer Yann Porzier put in a special request to the judge.
Tom George brought three runners over to Auteuil on Sunday all three of which were ridden by stable jockey Paddy Brennan. Majala finished best of the three when second to Shannon Rock in the last race, a five-year-old chase over 3700 metres. Tartak was last on his first run back of the season in the Gr.2 Prix Leon Olry-Roederer Hurdle and could now go for the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon while Module was unluckily brought down at the last in the Listed Prix Francois de Poincins Hurdle when in contention for a place.
Next weekend sees a return to Auteuil for the last Sunday meeting of 2011, where the highlight will be the Gr2 Prix George Courtois Chase as well as two Group 3s, one over fences and one over hurdles and two Listed hurdles.