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Auteuil

  • 15:35 Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-chase De Paris Group 1 Chase3m 4f 182y

  • €850,000 added 5yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner €382,500 2nd €187,000 3rd €110,500 4th €76,500
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:42:56

Dancer rolls back the years

Record-equalling success for veteran chaser

Last Updated: 20/05/12 4:48pm

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Ruby Walsh: Partnered faller Remember Rose

Ruby Walsh: Partnered faller Remember Rose

Mid Dancer recorded an historic third win in the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase De Paris at Auteuil on Sunday.

The three mile five furlong Grade One chase is the most prestigious jumps race in France and was first run in 1874; Mid Dancer is now just the third horse to have won the race on three occasions.

Christophe Aubert's 11 year old had landed his second title when beating Rubi Ball 12 months ago, following on from his 2007 victory for trainer Arnaud Chaille-Chaille.

Partnered once again by Sylvain Dehez, the pair looked in trouble as they struggled to go past the five year younger Shannon Rock.

One Last Run

However, Dehez switched the veteran to the centre of the track and conjured one last run out of the Midyan gelding to lift the nation's richest race one more time.

Shannon Rock finished a clear second, 20 lengths ahead of Chokydal who was followed fairly closely by Cokydal, Grand Charly and Pistolet Rouge with the remainder coming home at long intervals.

Mid Dancer, who has twice run in England, has now won 25 of his 41 races and over £3,000,000 in prize money.

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