Bobby Zen

Scheduled 40 minutes after the fillies’ Classic, Sunday’s G1 Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains offered a dramatic contrast with a heavy downpour greatly affecting the aesthetics at ParisLongchamp and to an extent the ground also. In the event, the race was off 40 minutes en retard due to the thunderstorm before Metropolitan (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}–Alianza {GB}, by Halling) provided another surprise result on the afternoon by overcoming higher-profile peers at 24-1. Unbeaten in two juvenile starts before finishing fifth in the course-and-distance G3 Prix de Fontainebleau last month, the Mario Baratti trainee who races for Peter R Bradley III and Scuderia Scolari was perfectly positioned by Alexis Pouchin in third having been drawn on the rail. Using the cutaway to get up the inside of TDN Rising Star Alcantor (Fr) (New Bay {GB}) with 150 metres remaining, the €78,000 Arqana Deauville October graduate stayed on to deny fellow outsider Dancing Gemini (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) by half a length, with Alcantor a short neck away in third.

Metropolitan crée la surprise et décroche la Poule d’Essai des Poulains !

Le pensionnaire de 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙤 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙞 a résisté au retour de Dancing Gemini et remporte son premier Groupe 1 !

Alexis Pouchin s’adjuge le cinquième groupe 1 de sa carrière, un deuxième en… pic.twitter.com/o5jN2uLN1h

— Equidia (@equidia) May 12, 2024

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