Bouttemont winner of the Finals Day for France in Newcastle | Race News

Bouttemont narrowly prevailed over Edraak and Spycatcher in a thrilling ending at the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships in Newcastle this afternoon, giving France a sixth victory on the day of the final.

Gregory Benoist headed straight for the stands rail on a 10/1 chance. Bouttemont and the sprinter trained by Yann Barberot battled for fourth place at the start behind leaders Lord Of The Lodge, Good Effort and Ejtilaab.

Bouttemont accelerated well to take the lead alongside Edraak as the leading trio began to fade in the final furrow, with Spycatcher also making good progress to challenge along the rail.

Bouttemont got the verdict with a short header as all three passed the post together, with the same margin for Spycatcher in third. Lord Of The Lodge remained fourth, another length further.

Benoist said: “It was very tight. My horse was in good shape and we had a good run. He felt comfortable behind the leaders and I had room; he was waiting behind the other horse but when i asked him to leave, he has a big heart and gave his all.

“No, I wasn’t sure if I had won, but I thought I had won or finished second. I worked with Yann [Barberot] for three years now and it’s exciting to win a lot of races for him.

“I won at that meeting when it was at Lingfield many years ago on Fresles in the fillies and mares race for Pia Brandt. I was a young man then – now I’m too old! “

Edraak trainer Mick Appleby said: “Mixed emotions! He ran an absolute blinder, it’s a shame he got caught. He had a great run and I’m really happy with that. “

Tom Marquand, who rode Edraak, said: “I had a dream race and he raced absolutely great. Mick [Appleby] was crowned the all-season champion coach today and it’s a big day for him.

“Obviously it would have been nice if we could get the head forward, but he’s great and runs in shape so he gave the owners a bit of a treat.”

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