High Five, Mensen!
WINNER 95 OF 2021: MENSEN ERNST, trained by Simone Brogi and ridden by Mlle Lara le Geay: 'The Prix de l'Ouvrardiere' over 2,300m at Durtal.
We are running out of superlatives for Mensen Ernst in France! Ahead of yesterday's race he has 2021 form figures of 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st! We thought that four wins in a row was tremendous, but yesterday he made it a five-timer!
It was a cool ride by Lara, as she had him tucked in at the rear of the field for the first half of the race, gradually making their move around the outer to hit top gear towards the line.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.france-galop.com/en/racing/detail/2021/P/enlvTEoyQkhudm5FdlJDMkxsUjN6dz09
This was his 9th career win and he has now won prize money of over €123,907; including the very lucrative additional French 'Owner Premiums' for his owners. Now just one win behind the winning most horse in France this year (on 7 wins) - can he do it?!
Syndicate manager Tim says: "Congratulations to his syndicate and I must take my hat off to Simone for his campaigning of Mensen - and his season isn't over yet! Now we have reached 95 winners, we are edging closer to the magic 100. That would be amazing if we could achieve that this year. With our National Hunt string emerging from their summer breaks, we are having runners across both codes now, so plenty of racing to enjoy as we go into winter!”