The year 2023 got off to a flying start at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The Prix d’Amérique Races ZEturf Qualif #5 – Prix de Bourgogne gave rise to a splendid spectacle. Delia du Pommereux triumphed brilliantly. She qualified for the Finals with Flamme du Goutier, second.
The surprises and suspense made the Prix d’Amérique Races ZEturf Qualif #5 – Prix de Bourgogne a breathtaking race. A dramatic turn from the start: Etonnant, the favourite, gallops and loses precious lengths on his rivals. Anthony Barrier, his driver, manages to put him back in pace and makes a big effort to take the lead. His excess of energy will however be detrimental to him. He cannot stem the sharp attack of Heraut d’Armes, the other favorite of the public. Jean-Michel Bazire’s partner takes command at the entrance to the final bend and breaks away from the peloton. We think he’s gone for glory but a new twist! Heraut d’Armes gets lost in his paces and is immediately disqualified!
Patient in the wake of the leaders, Delia du Pommereux took the opportunity to create the difference and win with ease. Flamme du Goutier, who finished pleasantly, finished second. Both get their ticket for the Finals of the Prix d’Amérique Races ZEturf competition: Prix d’Amérique Legend Race, Prix de France Speed Race, and Prix de Paris Marathon Race. Ampia Mede SM, third, had already obtained his sesame during Qualif #1 – Prix de Bretagne.
Delia du Pommereux, 10 years old, has been shining at the highest level since the age of 4. She broke the Group II record in 1’09”6, showing that she is still competitive in major events, to the delight of Pierre-Yves Verva, her driver: “It’s magnificent. I thank everyone around the mare. I loved it. She has a wonderful track record.” Sylvain Roger, his trainer, cannot hold back his tears after the event: “She is the mare of a lifetime. She has been playing at the highest level for 5 years. She had not won in 2022 and this year starts at the top”. Next meeting with the Prix d’Amérique Races ZEturf competition: Qualif #6 – Prix de Belgique, Sunday 15 January. Three tickets to the Finals will once again be up for grabs.