The Prix du Mesnil-le-Roi – Prix Rose Royal was run on the day of the Fete des Courses in Maisons-Laffitte. Several hundred people were on hand to watch the French national soccer team beat the Australians in World Cup play on jumbo screens. But all eyes were on the racing after the match was over.
Michael Barzalona kept his filly away from the rail with his outside draw in this 1100m (5½ furlong) race but eased toward the rail in the later stages, pulling away from the others.
Réponse Exacte went off as an outsider paying 13,10 for a one euro bet at the track and 16,30 online. Place bets were 3,50. The going was considered good to soft at 3.4. The time of the race was 1’05”79.
Réponse Exacte is one of 8 two-year-old horses in the Ecurie Rarick annex from Ireland, managed by Lisa Gautier, running under the colors of Mme Catherine Hassett.