Roi Du Val ends Wutzeline's winning run
Report: France, Sunday
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (Group 3 chase) 2m7f, 5yo+
ROI DU VAL (Jean-Paul Gallorini/Gaetan Masure) capped aremarkable day for his trainer and jockey and handed a first-ever defeat at the track to hot-favourite Wutzeline in the process.
Wutzeline came into the race with a perfect record of 13wins at Cagnes-sur-Mer stretching back over four years, but having pulled early the Yannick Fertillet-trained mare could manage only a laboured fourth.
Roi Du Val was beautifully ridden by Masure, who also partnered two Listed winnerson Sunday.
The ten-year-old had been campaigned exclusively over hurdles since finishing fourth to Wutzeline in this race 12 months ago and beat Thousand Stars in a Group 2 at Auteuil in May.
Masure led from the start, but was able to conserve enough energy on the first two circuits of the tight layout to be able to power away from Amigo in second.
"He had his prep race over hurdles, but at this track there isn't so much difference between that course and the chase track, so that wasn't a disadvantage," explained Gallorini. "He was the real class horse in the race, he's a proper Group performer."
Also on Sunday
Gallorini and Masure turned the climax of the Cagnes jumping programme into a benefit, winning two out of the three Listed races that supported the Grand Prix as well.
Magnelli got the ball rolling when getting the better of a real tussle with favourite Fortunateencounter in the Prix Andre Massena for four-year-olds over hurdles.
Masure punched the air crossingthe line and repeated the gesture half an hour later when N'Oublie Jamais ran out a comfortable winner of the Grande Course de Haies de Cagnes.
But the 'Gallorini-Masure slam' was derailed when Cenon went down to Defi D'Anjou (Laurent Viel/Johnny Charron) in the big four-year-old chase, the Prix Christian l'Hermite.