Impulsif gains impressive G3 Prix Messidor victory
Progressive performer Impulsif continued his march through the ranks when making all to win the G3 Prix Messidor over the straight mile at Deauville, France, on Sunday, 21 July.
The Andre Fabre-trained four-year-old son of New Approach, twice successful at the same distance in conditions races leading up this higher-class contest, broke well and soon took up the running under Mickael Barzalona.
Impulsif, always going well, was asked to stretch for the line with two furlongs remaining and ran on strongly to see off challenges from first Study Of Man and then Trais Fluors, both G1 performers.
He won the Prix Messidor cosily by a half-length from Trais Fluors in 1m 38.80s on good turf, with Study Of Man a further one and a quarter lengths in arrears. It was his first attempt at a Group race.
Mickael Barzalona commented: “Impulsif has found his way over a mile and for his last three runs he has really enjoyed being in front.
“I knew the horse we had to beat was Study Of Man and when he tried to put the pressure on Impulsif was going much better.
“I think this horse is going to be very competitive, but I will leave the next target to the trainer and the owner.”