Highlight of the horse racing calendar, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is scheduled for Sunday May 23 at 4.30 p.m. on the Auteuil racecourse, the Temple de l’Obstacle.
Created in 1874, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is a Group 1 (the very best stage within the horse racing hierarchy) contested over the 6,000-meter marathon distance and dotted with 23 obstacles. At the tip of 7 minutes of a spectacular and suspenseful race, a single jumper will cross the submit within the lead and will likely be topped finest steeplechase-chaser.
What is a Steeplechase race?
The obstacles of the steeplechase races are increased and tougher to beat than the obstacles current throughout the hurdles races and are very various (partitions, rivers…). The Auteuil observe is especially technical and famend for the problem of some of its obstacles, together with La Rivière des Tribunes and the Rail Ditch and Fence. The Rivière des Tribunes is crossed twice throughout the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and requires a bounce of not less than 8 meters. The Rail Ditch and Fence is nicknamed the “Justice of the Peace” as a result of of its spectacular dimensions (5 meters extensive and 1.75 meters excessive) and its place on the finish of the course. Jockey holding the title, Bertrand Lestrade mentioned about this obstacle: “ When the bounce is ideal, the jockey has the impression of flying and he is aware of he has all the probabilities for a victory! “.
A 2021 edition that promises to be grandiose
If only ten jumpers aged 5 to 9 will compete in this legendary event, the quality will be there. Sacred in the 2020 edition at the end of an exceptional race, Docteur de Ballon will defend his title and try to achieve the double. Winner in 2019 but only fourth in 2020, Carriacou will be in the game again. Former crack jockey turned trainer and only 31 years old, David Cottin will have three good chances: Le Berry, unbeaten in seven outings in the discipline of Steeple-Chase and impressive last month for his debut against his elders, Ajas, in in good shape and ridden by a woman jockey who never ceases to shine across the Channel (Rachael Blackmore), and General-in-Chief, an easy winner lately. Dauphin of Doctor de Ballon last year, Figuero will also be in the running. Six-time winner of this race, trainer Guillaume Macaire will present two competitors belonging to a certain Pierre Pilarski (the owner of the crack Bold Eagle, double winner of the Prix d’Amérique at the trot): Feu Follet and Galéo Conti. To experience this grandiose spectacle, go to the RMC Découverte channel, which will broadcast a special program from 4:20 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.