Hippisme: “Two months ago, I would never have thought of winning”, admits Robert Bergh after the UET Grand Prix

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It is a happy Robert Bergh and obviously a little surprised that we found at the foot of the podium this Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes. “Two months ago, I would never have thought of winning this UET Grand Prix, admits the Swedish professional, among the best in his country and who signs his 34th victory in France, his first Group I as a driver in France. But, when I saw that the winners of the qualifying batteries had chosen the numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 behind the autostart in the final, I told myself that it was starting to “smell good” since I could start with the number 1. And then my horse had just run well in Sweden. “

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Nevertheless Power, although he crossed the line in the lead for the second time at Group I level since the start of his career, was not very reassuring a few moments before the start, passing amble in front of the stands. “I added some weight to him in front just before the start, because he was not comfortable on the small descent which is in front of the post. “

The Scandinavian had a lot to do with winning the Prix de France as a trainer (with Hilda Zonett) in 2003. “I was not at the sulky at the time, so this victory is my greatest success in France. “

To the question of whether Power will be back in France soon, Robert Bergh responds without hesitation: “Yes, to run the Critérium Continental. If ever that went well, we would get him into the truck and quickly close the door to get back on the road and not be tempted to run the Prix d’Amérique afterwards (sic)! “

A quint of outsiders

With the faults of the two favorites, Stable D and Gu d’Héripré (see box), the underdogs have carved out the lion’s share of this quint, composed only of competitors who started out at more than 11/1. A quinté in order which brought in 92,000 € for 2 €.

Ecurie D and Gu d’Héripré disqualified

Regarding the fault of the great Scandinavian favorite, Björn Goop said: “My horse lost its gait already once at the entrance to the straight line, then before the finish. It was not because of fatigue, for I felt, in my hands, that I still had “gas”. He’s never done that to me before in Sweden. “

As for Franck Nivard, associated with Gu d’Héripré, he said: “I lost a ‘shoe’ (implied the horse has lost a shoe to a previous one) before making the fault. I had just unblocked his ears and he kept attacking Stable D. I would have finished with him but hard to say if we could have won. ”

Article original de: www.leparisien.fr

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