Geniale wins G3 Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte
Japan’s Geniale went wire-to-wire in the Grade 3 Prix Messidor held at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse in France on Sunday, July 22.
Ridden by Yutaka Take and trained by Mikio Matsunaga, Geniale hit the front out of the gates and never surrendered the lead in the 1,600-meter, straight course race. Geniale, a 4-year-old horse by Deep Impact out of Sarafina, entered Sunday’s race with a 2-for-7 career record, with wins coming at 1,400m and 1,600m. Running in the Kieffers Co. Ltd. colours, Geniale collected EUR40,000 for his triumph on Sunday.
The same owner-trainer-jockey combination appeared again in the race immediately afterward, with 5-year-old mare L’Arc competing in the Prix de la Pepiniere, a Listed race over 2,100m. However, L’Arc was not able to duplicate Geniale’s success, finishing eighth in a 10-horse field.
“It was a small field and he was able to get a nice start,” Matsunaga said of Geniale. “The jockey gave him a smooth ride and he was able to save some ground running along the rails. It was a great ride by the jockey.”
“He was relaxed during the first half of the race,” Take said of Geniale. “I wasn’t sure how he would fare with the other horses in the field, but he lived up to the challenge.”
Please refer to the following links for further information:
Prix Messidor results
Prix de la Pepiniere results