It was the name of Carteame that topped the tote board at Hipodromo de Palermo after a thrilling edition of the Premio Clasico Ramon Biaus at Hipodromo de Palermo on Monday evening.
The filly owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds and partners landed a deserved second victory of her career after several near misses in good races. Most recently the daughter of Equal Stripes ran a solid race in defeat at the very top level to add to her multiple placings and aforementioned victory.
In a race of ever-changing complexions, the Nicolas Martin Ferro trained three-year-old bettered her elders under a cool but strong ride from Eduardo Ortega Pavon. A little awkward from the gates Pavon just cajoled his mount to find her stride in the early stages. She was soon in a nice rhythm as part of the main peloton as French Beach and Heart To Heart bolted clear of the field. Pavon kept his head, content to watch the early exchange of supremacy from afar. It wasn’t until the turn for home did the rider ask Carteame to close the gap. She answered his urgings, moving up to join the leaders, on the outside as they turned for home. To her credit, French Beach stuck to her task as Heart To Heart cried enough but she found a worthy adversary in Carteame who had come to battle. Having bested that rival she had to dig deep again with closer Joy Revolucionaria joining her late in the day but it was Carteame who proved the toughest seeing out very centimetre of the 2200m trip to win by a flared nostril.