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Top Jockey Benoist Chooses Prix De l’Arc Ride

Top Jockey Benoist Chooses Prix De l’Arc Ride

27.09.2014, by Jim
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Jockey Gregory Benoist like many top flight jockeys has his pick of several contenders for big races like the upcoming Prix De l’Arc. He’d been aboard one of the top entrants–Avenir Certain– for her victories in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane earlier this season. For that reason it was something of a surprise when he decided not to ride Avenir Certain in the big race opting instead to pick up the ride on Prix Niel winner Ectot. Reports are suggesting that Christophe Lemaire will be aboard Avenir Certain.

Interestingly, Prix De l’Arc betting odds show both Avenir Certain and Ectot at 6/1 behind favorite Taghrooda at 5/1. The three year old Ectot has won six straight races but horse racing observers were somewhat concerned about a five month layoff heading in to the Prix Niel. That performance caught their attention and may have caught the attention of Benoist as well. He hasn’t given any type of reasoning for his choice–all he’s said has been via Twitter where he announced his choice: “My ride in the Arc will be Avenir Certain!!!”

The odd man out for now is Frankie Dettori, former jockey of defending champion Treve. Dettori was unceremoniously replaced as Treve’s jockey earlier this month but he’ll almost certainly have a ride for the Prix De l’Arc on October 5. Had Benoist chosen to ride Avenir Certain the assignment to ride Ectot would have likely gone to Dettori. His most likely mount now would be Ruler of the World with whom he won the Prix Foy. Ruler of the World is currently a 14/1 betting choice.

Ectot was highly touted as a two year old and expected to be one of the dominant three year olds in Europe before he was sidelined early in the campaign. He won the Prix De Fontainbleu on April 13 but didn’t race again until his September 14 victory in the Prix Niel. Ectot had been a 50/1 choice in Prix De’l Arc antepost betting before the Prix Niel but saw his odds plummet after his impressive win. The decision of Benoist to ride Ectot solidified his status as race favorite.

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