Matthieu Abrivard: “It’s good for the show to see Vivid Wise As facing Astonishing!”

How is Vivid Wise As doing after their last win on June 26?

I have good information on the condition of the horse. Alessandro (Gocciadoro) tells me that Vivid is very good, in great shape, before Sunday’s race. We were impatiently waiting for the number behind the autostart and the least we can say is that we were not spoiled. It’s not going to be easy for us!

Indeed, you will have to start with the 7, while your Astonishing rival will have the 2…

I’m sure if we ask Richard Westerink to trade, he wouldn’t be against it. But hey, you have to do with the 7! The problem will be to find the right back to move forward because apart from Astonishing and Alcoy, who will play for third place, the other participants are a bit of a “road troublemaker”. We are not that many at the start but we will need a little success with this number. Afterwards, if all goes well, I hope to be able to beat Astonishing as in Rene Ballière. If my horse is running well and can sprint, watch out for him.

This race on Sunday is a goal and the next should be the Grand Prix du Département des Alpes-Maritimes, right?

Yes, it is almost certain. We have a title to defend! It’s his sport and you can’t miss this race. Then we will gently head into winter, perhaps passing through the Lottery in Naples. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t go because the horse is not comfortable with the battery racing system then the track is “ragged hard” there so it can hurt us before the Winter Meeting in Vincennes. That said, Alessandro Gocciadoro knows his horse perfectly and will do what is best for him, I’m sure!

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