SUPERB ONESTO TAKES GROUP ONE SUCCESS
A Bastille Day that will be remembered fondly by all at Chappet Racing! Our extremely talented colt Onesto (Frankel) fulfilled the promise he has always shown and took a Group One success for the yard when winning the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp on July 14th.
With the team in good shape and Onesto our only runner on the card, we were hoping for a big run from the colt, especially considering his excellent effort to finish fifth in last month’s Prix du Jockey Club from a near impossible draw.
The Group One winner for Chappet Racing, Onesto carried the silks of leading owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, who shares ownership of the colt with yard supporters Jean-Etienne Dubois, Ecurie Hunter Valley, Haras d’Etreham, Ecurie Billon, Ecurie Flag and, Hubert Guy, who purchased Onesto last Spring at Ocala Sales in Florida.
Stepping up to 2,400m for the first time was an obvious unknown beforehand for Onesto, but with the way he hit the line when winning the Group Two Prix Greffulhe on his penultimate start, the team were confident in his ability over the new distance.
Given a typically patient ride by stable jockey Stephane Pasquier, Onesto was settled last of the six runners and was smuggled into the race. With the same strong finishing keen seen at Saint-Cloud, he headed Simca Mille inside the closing stages and won cosily, without being asked for maximum effort by Stephane.
Onesto was bred Diamond Creek Farm and is entered it the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October. From the family of stallions Dansili, Champs Elysses and Jet Away, he really is an exciting prospect for the future.
HAT-TRICK FOR CHAPPET RACING
Continuing a rich vein of form for the yard, Onesto made it three wins in a row for Chappet Racing. Hisaaki Saito’s talented two-year-old Good Guess remains unbeaten following his second consecutive success at Chantilly on Tuesday, while yard apprentice Ayman Bentahar had a day to remember at Savenay on Thursday, as he rode his first ever winner aboard the Antoine Gilbert-owned veteran Roc Angel.