Sunday 18 February 2018

Val second in Auteuil contest

Val De Ferbet
Val De Ferbet

Val De Ferbet finished second for the Willie Mullins team as Ballynagour landed the Grade Two spoils for trainer David Pipe in the Prix la Barka at Auteuil.

Tom Scudamore brought the 7-1 winner through to lead after holding a handy position for most of the two-mile-five-and-a-half-furlong contest.

Ballynagour, a faller in the Punchestown Gold Cup on his previous start, pulled clear to win by five lengths from Val De Ferbet, who stayed on well from the rear under Ruby Walsh.

Mullins' other runner Gitane Du Berlais weakened out of contention after setting the pace, while the Paul Nicholls-trained Silsol had nothing left in the closing stages.

Scudamore was understandably delighted at riding his first winner at the headquarters of French jump racing.

He said: "It was a great thrill to come here and to have a winner at Auteuil is wonderful. I'm absolutely thrilled. It was only my second trip over here, so to win a Grade Two is fantastic.

"He deserved to win another big race. He just got touched off at Aintree (by Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Bowl). T hat was frustrating, but he's more than made up for it. It was a great performance."

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