Three Weekend Eyecatchers - 10/06/2019

1. Diablo De Rouhet

An incredible sit from Nico De Boinville eventually paid off aboard Diablo De Rouhet as he bolted up by fourteen lengths in the Heineken Handicap Chase at Perth on Sunday.

The six-year-old was making his first start for Nicky Henderson and had to make a long trip to do so, with De Boinville fighting gravity after just the third fence.

Clinging onto dear life, the 29-year-old showed great horsemanship to keep the partnership in tact, and ended up recovering swiftly after.

He delivered his mount towards the stands rail, and pounced on a bit of misfortune for the Gordon Elliott runner who was sharply pulled up jumping the last by Richard Johnson.

Left clear, Diablo De Rouhet kept on well towards the finish to record a first winner for De Boinville in June.

2. Constanzia

Constanzia provided an emotional victory for Jamie Osborne on Saturday afternoon at Chelmsford.

Her victory in Essex under Nicola Currie in the Bet toteexacta at Novice Auction Stakes came just hours after a blaze at Osborne's yard based in Lambourn, in which the filly had narrowly escaped the flames.

A bungalow at the site was destroyed when the fire broke out at 4am early Saturday morning, but no humans or horses were harmed.

The two-year-old had improved from her debut effort when sixth over the course and distance on Thursday, and made fine use of that performance to score just two days after, upsetting the short price favourite Space Ace.

A job well done.

3. Klassique

Klassique was another individual who got the better of a well-fancied jolly on Saturday afternoon, when she took the Group Three Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock in fine style.

Trained by William Haggas, the lightly raced four-year-old daughter of Galileo had been a Group Three and Listed runner-up on her two previous starts and got retribution for those attempts over Willie Mullins' True Self.

Jockey Danny Tudhope was bumping her along two furlongs from the finish, but got a great response and she drew clear comfortably and readily.

Tudhope - riding his eleventh winner in the last fortnight, has recently been celebrating 1,000 winners in the saddle.