Sottsass made to wait before snatching Prix Niel

Live threat to Enable in Arc gets the gaps just in time

  • Sunday 15 September
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Sottsass overcame a nightmare passage to get up close home and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the Qatar Pix Niel at ParisLongchamp.

The Prix du Jockey Club winner, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, looked set for defeat on his first race after a summer break.

He was trapped on the rail, but a gap opened up for Cristian Demuro in the final half-furlong which he managed to sneak through and grab victory.

Stablemate Veronisi made the running and was still in front a furlong out, before the race changed complexion in the final strides.

Sottsass finally got the breaks to land the Group Two from Mutamakina and enhance his claims for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where he is seen as one of the big dangers to Enable.Rouget told Sky Sports Racing: “I wasn’t anxious because if he couldn’t get past it doesn’t matter for next time.

“He didn’t have a hard race so that was the most important thing.

“He hasn’t run since the first of June. That’s a long time. He showed he’s a good horse like he is. I think he will improve a lot for the race.”

He added: “I hadn’t made allowances for the race unfolding in such a manner. I was of the opinion that the colt would have held his place behind his pacemaker, but this wasn’t the case.

“It then took some time before the gaps came his way. However, that’s perfect as I didn’t want the colt to have a hard race and, at the end of the day, he has only had to make a race of it for 100 metres.”

Sottsass remained unchanged at 7-1 for the Longchamp showpiece with Betfair and Paddy Power.

Sottsass made to wait before snatching Prix Niel
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