Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card featured two high level graded events and the day’s Quinte+ with a €2.4 million jackpot.
The top race of the night was the Gr. II Prix Ozo for three year-old females. Billie de Montfort, off as 3/10 favorite, did not disappoint as she scored easily in 1.13.6kr with the front-end and strong finishing performance. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee to her eighth career victory now for €355,200 earned. The winner is a daughter of Jasmin de Flore and is best of her class.
May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Ozo Gr. II females, €120,000, 2175 meters, 1.13.6kr
Fractions: 1.12.6kr at 1500; 1.12.5 at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500
1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 odds, her eighth win for €355,200
2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragone), Franck Nivard, 5.5/1 odds, trainer Fabrice Souloy
3rd Biana d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Geline d’Atout), Mathieu Mottier driver/trainer, 16/1
The co-featured Prix du Crepuscule for €90,000, a Gr. III event for a European field, went to Un Mec d’Heripre and Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that now has 14 career wins for €730,530. The 2/1 favorite is a six year-old son of Orlando Vici and appears to be a future factor in top level international events. He was timed tonight in 1.11.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart course.
May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Crepuscule Gr. III European, €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.11.2kr (time 2:29.55)
1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 2/1 odds, his 14th career win for €730,530
2nd Moses Rob (8m Ganymede-Etoile Rib), Andrea Guzzinati, 26/1
3rd Une File d’Amour (6f Infant de Bossis-Never So Great), David Thomain, 5/1
4th Ru de l’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville), P-Y Verva. 32/1
5th Nene’Degli Lilivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard, 48/1
The Quinte+ race of the day went to 41/1 odds Vermeil Somolli and trainer/driver J-P Fichaux. The four year-old son of Olimede scored in 1.13.9kr over 2700 meters in this European event for €50,000 purse, Three of the top fine on the line were off at odds of 18/1 or higher and it established an exact order payoff for a €2 wager of €227,928.
May 23, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Joinville, European €50,000, 2700 meters, Quinte+ jackpot €2.4 million, 1.13.9kr
Fractions: 1.14.8kr at 1500, 1.13.2kr at 1000, 1.13.5kr at 500
1st Vermeil Somolli (4m Olimede-Quitalia Somolli-Ginger Somolli), trained/reined by Jean-Paul Fichaux for owner Ecurie Somolli, 41/1 odds, eighth win for career earnings of €115,270
2nd Visa de Blary (5g Nice Love-Kassandie de Blary), J-M Bazire up, 35/1
3rd Priest Prav (5m Pine Chip-Ginny Grift), Salvatore Carro up, 43/1
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com