Horse-racing: “I’m sure Tiger Tanaka will go the distance,” says Charley Rossi before the Critérium de Saint-Cloud

It will be twenty days on Saturday that we have not seen the couple formed by Jessica Marcialis and Tiger tanaka. It was during the Arc de Triomphe weekend at ParisLongchamp, in the Prix Marcel Boussac. And we already miss them. Especially after giving us a great page in horse racing history on October 4th. That Sunday, the pilot became the first woman to climb to the top step of the podium in a Group 1 (the highest level of competition) on the flat in France.

“It is no longer the little filly who ran to claim”

Saturday, it is not in Italy, as it was expected, but within the framework of the most beautiful meeting of the year in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine), that we will find this duo so effective and so endearing . Charley Rossi, the trainer of the filly, chose the Critérium de Saint-Cloud, second Group 1 of the program with the Critérium International, among a series of five high-end events out of a total of nine races in this meeting. .

The professional explains his choice: “The first reason is that the owner, Miguel Castro Megias, lives in Paris and he wanted to see his filly run,” says the developer who travels from Calas (Bouches-du-Rhône) where he prepares his gallopers at the training center located about thirty kilometers north of Marseille. But this is not the only criterion retained: “I am sure that Tiger will hold the 2000 meters. It is very manoeuvrable and is hardened. “

“It is no longer the little filly who was running to claim, argues Jessica Marcialis, who will be in the saddle. She now has a nice baggage. “

Not even afraid of males

In Italy or France, Tiger tanaka should, anyway, have run on almost identical terrain. “In my country, three days of rain are forecast,” adds Jessica Marcialis. On both sides of the border, the terrain will be heavy. “

Initially laid off on Friday and Saturday, the Italian will use her joker to be able to tackle her fourth Group event. This privilege granted to jockeys by France Galop once a year allows actors to ensure one or more rides during a day of suspension. Phew!

All the lights therefore flash green for the team, despite the presence of many males at the start of the event. “Apart from the Marcel Boussac, Tiger often ran in front of the males, ”reassures his mentor.

Jessica Marcialis adds: “We don’t yet know its limits. This will be an opportunity for us to learn more. “

We can not wait to be there.

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