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Monte Prix Orly Roederer goes to Astor du Quenne

08:18 AM 04 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Astor Du Quenne, harness racing Bold Eagle, harness racing
Astor Du Quenne and jockey Eric Raffin
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Bold Eagle and driver Franck Nivard
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Billie de Montfort

Astor du Quenne (4m Opus Viervil-Qualinko du Quenne) won today’s Gr. II UET Master Series Prix Orly Roederer for monte four year-olds at Vincennes.

The €120,000 purse event, contested by nine over 2850 meters, was a competitive affair with the Eric Raffin teamed, Sebastian Guarato trained 9/10 favorite a two length winner over Anna Mix ridden by Franck Nivard and Argan du Loulay and jockey Alexandre Abrivard. The evenly rated event was timed in 1.16kr

The co-featured Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) with Franck Nivard up. This Sebastian Guarato trainee was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and is owned by Ecurie Pierre Pilarski.

The pace was fast, as was the closing 500 meters, and Bold Eagle was timed in 1.12.7kr, a race record replacing the 1.13.1kr set in 2010 by Timoko. The winner was off at 1.6/1 and he defeated Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Frederic Prat. Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) was a solidly closing third for Jos. Verbeeck.

The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters for three year-old fillies) went to 5/2 odds Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy des Montfort) with Eric Raffin up.

The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.13.5kr defeating 3/5 favorite Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier aboard and 18/1 outsider Bodeguita (3f Repeat Love-Netchka d’Orgeres) with owner/trainer Louis Baudron up. 

 This third Paris-Vincennes winter meet program also showcased more top level races. Italy’s Nefertite del Rio took the €82,000 Prix d’Arcachon in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The seven year-old daughter of Varenne-Zeudia scored over favorite Teatro, Sweden’s Global Manhattan and Spain’s Trebol.

The Quinte+ (€2.9 million jackpot) Prix Amiens for €50,000 went to reinsman Franck Nivard with the Franck Leblanc owned/trained Vico du Petit Odon (5g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) over Verrazano Bridge with Thomas Levesque up. Win/place handle on the Q+ race was over €1 million and handle on the eight race afternoon card was excellent.

The Paris-Vincennes winter meet began October 29 and its 88 programs will include 725 races (11 Gr. I, 49 Gr. II, 44 Gr. III) with purses in excess of €44 million (US$54,900,000, or $75,760/race).

Among the classic races are the Grand Prix d’Amerique on January 25, 2015 and the Prix de France on February 1 and Prix de Paris on February 22. The Prix d’Amerique qualifiers start soon with the Prix Bretagne on November 15 with the other B’s being Prix Bourbonnais on December 6, Prix Bourgogne (December 28) and Prix Belgique (January 11).

The other qualifiers include the Criterium Continental (December 21), Prix Tenor de Baune (January 11) and the €700,000 purse monte classic Prix de Cornulier a week before d’Amerique on January 18.


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