It was with a certain sense of predictability at French town famous for its festival of US cinema that another descendent, albeit indirect, of star stallion Monsun won yet another prestigious prize.
And even though it was only a Group 2 race, Veron hit the jackpot against the man of the moment at Deauville this year Maxime Guyon.
However, at the start of the home straight, Très Blue was far from his target, with victory looking like it would go to Slow Pace, Cirrus des Aigles, or Penglai Pavilion, the latter ridden by Guyon. But neither Olivier Peslier, trapped on the inside on Slow Pace (third), nor Christophe Soumillon (fifth on Cirrus) were really able to give it their all, unlike the André Fabre-trained horse who, positioned on the outside, was able to notch up another win on Norman soil.
The Italian Pierantonio Convertino put in a good performance over the 12.5-furlong race, finishing fourth on Very Nice Name, a fortnight after winning at the same course on Muntasar, but Now We Can disappointed. The Nicolas Clément-trained horse, who was on five successive winning starts, including a Group 2, had the worst finish of his career with ninth.
The contrast could not have been more stark with Très Blue, who was already a winner at Deauville in early August’s Prix de Reux (a Group 3) and who seems sure to have a promising future.
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- Christophe Soumillon