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Drags Chase: a ladies showdown

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After saddling Carriacou to victory in the Zeturf Grand Steeple-Chase in Paris three weeks ago, Isabelle Pacault doubled up in the Prix des Drags Chase (Gr2) with Jubilatoire (König Turf). The 6-year-old mare, ridden by Jonathan Plouganou, took over on the flat but she had to work hard to keep a nose ahead of Docteur de Ballon (Doctor Dino), one of the unlucky ones three weeks earlier when he unseated his rider at the main fence.

Quite remarkably, the two first home in the big race are trained by women, Isabelle Pacault and Louisa Carberry.

Poly Grandchamp (Poliglote) keeps the third place after having followed the front)running French National-winner Montgeroult (Kapgarde), who faded in the home stretch.

Away six months after a series of three wins punctuated by a second place in the Prix André Michel Hurdle (L) behind Raffles Sun, now one of the best female hurdlers in France, Jubilatoire had just won on her return chasing, leaving her best rival twelve lengths down the road on that day … Held back by Jonathan Plouganou, who rode her at 10-6 kilos instead of 10-2 on Sunday, Jubilatoire took the shortest route but Docteur de Ballon, a good finisher, pressed her to the very end …

Jubilatoire is out of Jaune de Beaufai (Ultimately Lucky), a sister to Jean d’Angely (Pelder), who was one of the most gifted chasers seen at Auteuil, although he never managed to win at the best level. His brother Diamant Beaufai (Red Guest) also won several times at Auteuil at Listed level. It is the family of Grand Steeple-Chase of Paris winner Vieux Beaufai, and Wishfull Thinking, winner of Group 2 across the Channel.

Jubilatoire’s brother by Saint des Saints, Jesuitique, was sold € 45,000 at Arqana’s autumn sales last year to Vincent Le Roy.

After Jubilatoire, Jaune de Beaufai gave a Linda’s Lad colt in training with Philip Hobbs in England, and Jesuitique, who is now at Augustin de Boisbrunet’s yard in Moulins and won over hurdles in the South of France.