Pizzicato gets up to land the 3-year-old All-Weather Championships
Christophe Soumillon showed why he is one of the best in the business when keeping a calm head to galvanise Pizzicato to glory in the Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes.
Arriving with a what appeared a double handful late on in the six-furlong contest, the multiple Group One-winning rider had to nurse the Fabrice Chappet-trained 11-4 winner home to better the hat-trick-seeking Deputise by a short head.
Soumillon said: "Unfortunately when you ask him to go he is able to stop when he hits the front and that is what he did. I was quite lucky to let him hang in and come close to the horse that finished second and that helped him concentrate to the line.
"Unfortunately his first few strides didn't go well compared with his last few races. I was hoping to ride him a bit closer. With that jump I had to ride him a bit further back.
"I was quite happy as the two good horses in the race were just in front of me and I knew one of them would bring me back in the straight, so I was quite confident."