Making his last start in Budapest before embarking on an ambitious assault of the world’s best sprint races, local-star Overdose and new partner Christophe Soumillon dazzled a home crowd of 20,000 at Kincsem Park Sunday. The colt won his season debut in a 1000-meter Hungarian Group 1 race by eight lengths from seven outclassed opponents with the celebrated Belgian rider aboard for what amounted to a public workout. Reluctant to load and pushed into his stall last, Overdose, lathered up as usual, broke to his left and made contact before Soumillon straightened the English-bred son of Starborough and had him traveling easily in third on the stands side of the straightaway sprint. The undefeated 4-year-old took command halfway through the race, and after Soumillon looked over his right shoulder and saw he had the race won with 200 meters to go, he shook the reins and the colt kicked into high gear. Soumillon blew a kiss to the crowd before crossing the wire.
Click here to see a video of the race, which includes great footage of the Hapsburg-era Kincsem Park and the appreciative crowd that had gathered to see a local hero who last year was declared the best 3-year-old sprinter in the world at 1200 meters on the World Thoroughbred Rankings (formerly the European Free Handicap).
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