All eyes were on La Teste De Buch yesterday for the first juvenile contest in the South West region of France, particularly as the race featured runners from yards known for getting early runners.
The market believed the five furlong dash would be played out between runners from the stables of Philippe Sogorb, Florian Guyader and Didier Guillemin. Guyader had won the first two-year-old race of the season only on Sunday with Race Sharp tip, Bottle Of Bubbles.
The race was won by Sabya, Philippe Sogorb’s daughter of the late Pedro The Great. Sabya broke smartly and made all, benefiting from a run up the stand side rail – and likely the 5lb claim of her smart jockey Alejandro Gutierrez Val.
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Sabya represented owners Philippe Sogorb, Christian Berland and Jean-Marc Baillet. She could follow a similar path to Ma Noire, winner of this race last year who placed twice in Listed company.
Sogorb told Jour De Galop:
Sabya is a true two-year-old. I have about 20 in my care at the moment but she is definitely the most precocious. She’s already professional and mature but it’s hard to say whether she is my best, as she is made to be an early runner.
The next juvenile race takes place today at Saint-Cloud – a claimer over just shy of five furlongs.