Horse racing: Moises Has puts Steven Colas back in the firmament

Twelve years since he had tasted the intoxication of the summits. In 2008, the year of his victory in the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil with Eye of the Master, Steven Colas embodied the future of jumping jockeys. But it took a long time for him to shine again at the highest level. Moises Has offered him this happiness in the Prix Renaud du Vivier, Sunday at Auteuil. “This success means a lot to me,” admits the 32-year-old jockey. It will be one of my fondest memories. It’s been a long 12 years without winning a Group I and I was looking forward to shine again in this kind of events. Since then, I have ridden some great races, but being associated with cracks was a little rarer. “In the meantime, Steven Colas’ life has not been a long quiet river:” There have been ups and downs. I had periods of doubts. But racing has always been my life and I never thought of doing anything other than jockey. My father was also a jockey and I started racing ponies in the West at a very young age. I do what I love and what I can do. “

“We’re doing well”

On Sunday, what was to become a dream almost turned into a nightmare. At the jump of the last hurdle, Moises Has made a huge mistake, which could have cost him the victory. “I was hot and we are doing very well, admits his jockey. Without this blunder, he would have won very easily. I shouldn’t have relaxed. If we had been beaten it would have been my fault. “

The race video

But the 4 year old gray horse is out of the ordinary. “His victory proves that he is a champion, believes Steven Colas, because it is never easy to relaunch in such a field. I discovered Moises recently when he returned to school and I liked it a lot. He was short of preparation, but he was brought to 200% by François Nicolle and his team for today (Sunday). He arrived in his wedding dress for this Group I which was his goal. He was very hard to overcome James from Berlais at the very end. “

“I don’t have ten years of career left”

This prestigious success crowns the fruitful collaboration between the jockey and the mentor of Moises Has, who achieved a hat-trick on Sunday on the Butte Mortemart. “I have been based in Royan since March 2018, explains Steven Colas. I am freelance. I’m going to jump the horses at François Nicolle’s. He trusts me by associating me with high quality horses like Moises Has. I thank him and his entire team. We are doing a great job. “

What fully relaunch the career of the pilot, who occupies with 20 victories, the 17th place in the jumping jockeys classification this season. “I favored good races for several years, analyzes the father of a little Tao (2 years old). Today I take what I am given. I am 32 years old and I do not have ten years of career left. I have lived through difficult times and it’s great to come back to the top of the bill. This victory is the consecration of the year 2020. My work is rewarded. It gives me even more the desire to continue and to give myself the means to return to the top level. If you haven’t already.

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