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All eyes on Vision Intense decision

04:56 AM 15 Jan 2014 NZDT
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With the withdrawal of Texas Charm from the Prix d'Amerique having robbed the great race of one of its great drawcards, French officials are sweating on a decision from the camp of Vision Intense on the rising monte star's participation in the Prix de Cornullier, the world championship of racing under saddle.

Vision Intense looked like she might join a select group of winners of the Prix de Cornulier at five years of age, and the first since One du Rib in 2010.

The first Prix de Cornulier was actually won by a five-year-old, when Esope, a daughter of three time Prix d'Amerique winner Uranie became the first of the fourteen 5YOS to win the event.

However, the youngest ever winner of the Prix de Cornulier was Fandango, who was the only four-year-old to win the great race in 1953 and he repeated the feat at five, before siring two winners, including Prince de Veyes, who also won the race at five, and Querido II, a dual winner and like his sire an outstanding broodmare sire in France.

Another epochal broodmare sire in France was Tabriz who was the last of a clutch of six five year-old winners Between 1960 and 1968.

But there have only been three since, and with Kaiser Trot winning the first of his three Prix de Cornulier in 1981 and the two since were in Voici du Neil (1992 ) and One du Rib (2007) who won a second in 2010.

But Philippe Moulin's daughter of Prodigious has been the absolute star of her generation with victories in the two Group one montes, the Prix de Vincennes and Prix des Centaures and was a brilliant winner of the Prix Leon Tacquet at the beginning of the mont.

She is an admittedly poor starter and has several galloping induced omissions on her CV but she would have been one of the favourites if she were to start in the Prix de Cornulier .

However, the bible of French trotting Paris-Turf was reporting today that her participation in the showpiece event , is very doubtful.

Trainer Moulin , told Paris Turf reporter Emmanuel Ballot that his mare would probably bypass the Prix de Cornulier to focus on the Prix Camille Blaisot on the same of the Grand Prix d'Amérique, where she would face her contemporaries .

Then she would then try to win her second Prix des Centaures on February 9 , a race for 4-6YOs and for which she would only get a penalty of 25 meters.

Paris Turf said it was not a final decision , but rather the balance leans toward the "non" tonight.

by David Sanders for 


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