Chantilly is unique and, with France Galop having spent millions of Euros in upgrading the racecourse, it's one of my favourites in the world! Just look at the photos and you will agree with me.
The setting for Chantilly 2010 was ideal: sunny and hot with a slight breeze nicely refreshing the big Chantilly crowds who came in numbers to witness a truly exciting raceday.. With 8 races on the card and the entertainement provided by the horsemen of the famous Cavaliers de Morachi, it was really a treat for all the punters young and old.
22 world class horses made it to start for this Jockey Club group 1 race, run over a distance of 2100 metre. The favourite amongst the English and French racegoers, Cape Blanco, trained by O'Brien and saddled by the experienced Jockey J.P. Murtagh, was a disappointement and was nowhere to be seen in the final straight (finished 10th).
The race was won by Andre Fabre's trained horse, Lope de Vega (Shamardal USA & Lady Vettori GB) saddled by the young Jockey Maxime Guyon. The horse led from the start of the straight and was in front all the way to the finish. Another win for Andre Fabre and for the Gestut Ammerland stables. Second was Planteur (IRE) and third was Pain Perdu.