Reveley celebrates speedy return with a four-timer
James Reveley was still sporting the trace of a limp on Saturday, the result of the foot injury sustained when Reve De Sivola tragically collapsed at Kelso two weeks ago.
But France's champion jump jockey showed just why he had made such an effort to be fit for this important card at Auteuil, reeling off four wins from as many rides.
Pride of place went to So French – the horse that carried Reveley to glory in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris last May – who defied a stopping weight of 72kg to land the Grade 2 Prix Murat at the expense of Storm Of Saintly.
At least six still held a winning chance jumping the last but Storm Of Saintly surged clear to score by two and a half lengths.
"I'm glad I came back or else I would have been crying on my sofa," said Reveley after De Bon Coeur, Master Dino and D'entree De Jeu had completed the four-timer. "The foot is strapped up and on a horse I don't feel it at all."
Reflecting on the performance of So French, Reveley said: "That was a real good performance because the ground is quick enough for him. He jumped really well and was tough again under pressure. The key to him is to run fresh so I imagine Guillaume Macaire [trainer] will keep him sweet for the Grand Steep'."
De Bon Coeur stamped her class all over the Grade 3 Prix Pepinvast and remains the horse to beat among the French four-year-olds over hurdles.
Last month she was pushed hard by D'Vina but the daughter of Vision D'Etat strode to a 12 length success over her rival here.
"Last time D'Vina gave her a race but things didn't go right that day because my filly made a mistake early on," said Reveley. "Today she was more on the ball and just asking me to go faster down the back. The rest couldn't lay up with her and she was just too good for them."