international / 17.04.2023
The winner over the Dieppe Hurdle and over the Auteuil Hurdle under the colors of Australian Gerard Thomas Ryan and coached by Patrice Quinton, Stern idol (Raven’s Pass) He left for Australia in October 2021 to pursue his jumping career. Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, also known in the flat, Stern Idol impressed this Sunday in Pakenham. He won one of the important events of the season: the JEH Spencer Memorial Steeplechase over 3,500 meters, a tournament that awarded $100,000. All while starting out in the steeplechase. Quickly in front, jumped perfectly, Stern Idol broke away ten lengths in front. Never asking, she won by fifteen lengths. His jockey, Stephen Bateman, who has also ridden one of the best steeple chasers in Australia in recent years, bushboyAnd he explained: “He put in an amazing performance! I am speechless… I really admire what this horse does. He’s fast, but he’s so strong at the same time. From bushboy [vainqueur du Grand National australien avec Ruby Walsh, ndlr]And There was no steeple chaser of this level. He could be Bashboy’s successor. It is a large, intelligent horse that is capable of approaching and negotiating an obstacle well. Bashboy takes more risks in jumping. I will always compare it to the last because the Bashboy was the best steeple chaser I have ever ridden. But Stern Idol could be just as good, or even better. One thing is for sure, he beat the best steeple chaser…”
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