After finishing fifth in the Marsh Chase at Aintree, Duc Des Genievres joined Tom George’s satellite yard in France which has returned intriguing results.
The Chantilly yard is run by the trainer’s son, Noel, which has kicked up over €180,000 in prize money in the last three months.
Paul Nicholls’ former recruit was sent almost immediately across the English Channel after his Aintree appearance as he made the trip to Auteuil for a 2m2f Conditions Hurdle.
The gelding gave a good account of himself at the Paris course, making headway before two out to dispute the lead with Spinozzar and Fret D’Estruval.
All three runners still had every chance of victory in the run-in, but George’s gelding was just held by Fret D’Estruval as his rival prevailed by a head.
Duc Des Genievres stormed home on his next start in Compiegne, making light work of his rivals in the Prix Melinoir on Tuesday evening.
The eight-year-old took the lead before the fifth hurdle and didn’t look back, pulling clear of his opponents and winning comfortably by five and a half lengths.
Tom George’s runner has since returned to England, but Noel had stated he will return to the satellite stable this year when interviewed by the Racing Post.
“There’s the potential to bring him back a couple of days ahead of running, as there are a couple of nice Listed races at Auteuil.
“And he’ll definitely be coming back in the autumn.”