Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Lingfield’s Fleur De Lys Chase: L’Homme Presse will get higher of Protektorat in Winter Million function | Racing Information

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All roads result in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for L’Homme Presse following a triumphant comeback as he beat Protektorat within the Fitzdares Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield.

The nine-year-old claimed Cheltenham’s Brown Advisory as one in every of two Grade One novice wins two seasons in the past and kicked off final time period with a nice weight-carrying victory within the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle.

Nevertheless, he subsequently unseated Charlie Deutsch when seemingly booked for second behind Bravemansgame within the King George VI Chase at Kempton and missed the remainder of the marketing campaign by means of harm.

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Jockey Charlie Deutsch was delighted with the return of L’Homme Presse within the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield

Regardless of a 391-day absence, L’Homme Presse was the 8/11 favorite to make a profitable return in Lingfield’s Winter Million function and proved his capability stays very a lot intact with a two-and-a-quarter-length win over twin Grade One winner Protektorat.

Profitable rider Deustch instructed Sky Sports activities Racing: “It is nice. Everybody’s put plenty of work into him and it has been a very long time. After the King George, it takes a little bit of getting over and also you’d prefer to get again on right away however you may’t.

“We’re delighted and the texture he gave me up the straight was a proper good feeling. Horses like which can be so uncommon so that you need him to have a great profession.”

The 2-and-three-quarter-mile contest was an intriguing watch, with Harry Skelton seemingly eager to take advantage of Protektorat’s health edge with an aggressive front-running experience.

The nine-year-old seemed to have L’Homme Presse in hassle at one stage, however the latter’s leaping stored him within the struggle because the tempo elevated and he was the one travelling the higher as the large two straightened up for house.

Protektorat didn’t go down with no struggle and it was nonetheless all to play for between the ultimate two fences, however L’Homme Presse stamped his class on the run-in to take prime honours with one thing to spare.

Coach Venetia Williams raised the prospect of L’Homme Presse working once more between now and March, with subsequent month’s Ascot Chase – dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing – on her radar.

“That is been on our thoughts and we need to see how he comes out of this, however there’s a chance of that. Perhaps it is going to be [Ascot], that is without doubt one of the races on the shortlist,” she stated.

“We introduced him right here and he may probably have run a bit earlier however the races weren’t there. We needed him to run someplace the place it was an applicable race and we additionally had sufficient time to get him match.

“I am positive he’ll enhance a bit, however do not count on plenty of enchancment.”


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