DU COCHET lowered Best Mate's colours in spectacular fashion in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon yesterday.
, who returns to Brazil next week, now works as an ambassador for the sport, giving Futebol de Salao demonstrations of Brazilian skills.
, who doesn't use his last name, is fond of finding new ways of looking at the world - and new ways of describing what he sees.
Du Cochet's trainer, Guillaume Macaire, was equally reluctant to commit his charge to the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
There is no decision yet on Jair
Du Cochet's Cheltenham Festival target.
Ricou always had Jair
Du Cochet (11-4) vying for the lead but his task was made easier when Sir Rembrandt pulled up after a circuit.
Du Cochet, a best-priced 7-4 chance, has been a leading fancy for the three-mile contest, which attracted a 12-runner field at yesterday's final declaration stage, ever since Guillaume Macaire's charge defeated Best Mate in the Tote Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in November.
Guillaume Macaire, a hugely capable trainer with a wonderfully piratical face, has been busy defending Jair
Du Cochet's jockey Jacques Ricou and told visiting British hacks recently: "You English press don't understand the marriage between Jacques and Jair
The market leader, winner of the race 12 months ago, did not jump with his usual fluency and the writing was on the wall after the third last as Jair
Du Cochet began to apply the pressure.
Coral: 13-8 Jair
Du Cochet, 3-1 First Gold, 11-2 Fondmort, 10-1 Swansea Bay, 11-1 La Landiere, 14-1 Valley Henry, 16-1 Tiutchev, 20-1 Marlborough, Le Roi Miguel, 25-1 Edredon Bleu, 28-1 It Takes Time, 50-1 Seebald.
The main challenge to First Gold could come from fellow French runner Jair
Du Cochet, conqueror of Best Mate on his last start in the Peterborough Chase.
The move comes only days after Wylie failed in a bid to purchase Jair
du Cochet after the French-trained star beat Best Mate in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.