Cagnes-sur-Mer: hosted a Group 3 and three Listed races on SundayPICTURE: Steve Dennis
Cagnes queen Wutzeline reclaims her crown
Report: France, Sunday
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (Group 3 chase) 2m7f, 5yo+
WUTZELINE (Yannick Fertillet/Gregory Adam) pulled off an unlikely looking success in what was her third win in five attempts at the race.
Elise Chayrigues quickly opened up a huge advantage aboard Rose De Grugy and, despite allowing the field to close turning for home, still looked the likely winner jumping the last.
Top-weight Grand Charly made a valiant effort to bridge the gap but it was Wutzeline who rallied on the inside of runners to claim victory in the final strides.
"The leader helped me because last time out she pulled and I was hoping for some pace to help her breathe better," said a cool-sounding Adam. "When she breathes well she has a wondersful turn of foot."
Wutzeline was adding to her wins in 2009 and 2011.
Also on Sunday:
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Prix Christian de l'Hermite (Listed chase) 2m3f, 4yo
VICTOIRE DES BORDE (Francois Cottin/David Cottin) put up the most impressive performance of the day in making nearly all and looks to have a bright future when jump racing returns to Paris in March.
Cottin took up the running early in the contest and, having given his mount a breather on the second circuit, surged clear turning for home.
Kingston ran on to snatch second some seven lengths back, while third-placed Policy Jumper was another eyecatcher, having struggled with the tight nature of Cagnes for much of the race.
Victoire Des Borde is owned by Clement Machado, whose grandfather Jean-Paul Senechal was Cottin's chief patron until selling his entire string last December as a result in the rise in VAT charged on horse-related activities.
"She lived up to her name well and, once she has been given time to freshen up, we can look forward to tackling the big prizes in the spring at Auteuil," said Machado.
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Grande Course de Haies de Cagnes (Listed Hurdle) 2m5½f, 5yo+
CATMOVES (Jean-Paul Gallorini/Gaetan Masure) showed some of the class that has made him a force at Group 3 and Listed level in Paris when easily outpointing the veteran pair Oeil Du Maitre and Pharly De Kerser.
The six-year-old's prospects were greatly improved by a lifeless effort from warm favourite Fortunateencounter, whose effort ended tamely when pulled up at the end of the back straight having travelled well for most of the race.
Gallorini and Masure landed the same prize 12 months ago with Roi Du Val.
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Prix Andre Massena (Listed hurdle) 4yo, 2m1½f
CASCAVEL (Yannick Fouin/Morgan Regairaz) landed a hard-fought success, holding off the late charge of co-favourite Wanaba to score by a length.
The market was unable to split the pair beforehand alongside Fouin's other runner Shinydream, who looked sure to take a hand in the finish before giving Jeremy da Silva a crashing fall at the last.
The German-bred Cascavel won twice on the Flat for Arc-winning trainer Peter Schiergen before moving to Fouin's yard at Maisons-Laffitte and is now three from three over hurdles.