Aspetar puts on a show at Chantilly.
Aspetar is a very lightly raced horse who rarely runs a bad race. Last time out in France on bottomless ground he ran a little flat, but Pierre Charles Boudot was convinced he wanted better ground and told James Doyle yesterday that he would win.
Having sat mid division with a strong pace up front, Aspetar moved up 2 out and asserted in the final furlong. Winning a Group 2 for an owner breeder is massively important and especially one with French Premiums.
He is a much easier horse to train in many aspects this year, which is where the improvement has come from. What was encouraging yesterday was that he handle the fast ground and has come back sound this morning, which will open up more opportunities for him.
We have a few options for him, but possibly the Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud (G1) back in France in a month could be the best option with some foreign raids at the end of the year.
Today Junior Rip returns to the track aided with some appliances that will hopefully focus his mind. He ran well last time but wasn’t aided by the slow nature of all weather racing.
Hexagon makes his first start in the second race for Owners Group. He is very laid back at home and we will have to see if he comes alive at the races. He takes his work well and is probably bred to get further in time with a stamina laden dam’s side.