Thetrained, Frederik Saugue bred and owned, Jos. Verbeeck reined Brillantissime took today's Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest in 1.16.3kr with a rapid closing brush. The 120,000 euro purse, 2750 meter test for three year-old males, provided a tight finish as the winner rallied behind cover of stablemate Bird Parker to nail his rival on the line. Pierre Vercruysse moved Bird Parker early and sat outside 's Bolide du Gueron for the last mile before putting away that rival in mid-stretch, but it set up perfectly for Brillantissime. Both colts are by .
Paris-Vincennes - Prix Maurice de Gheest, Gr. II males, 120,000 euro purse, 2750 meters, 9 starters\ 1.16.3kr
Fractions: 1.18.7kr at 1500; 1.18.5kr at 1000; 1.17.4kr at 500; 1.16.3kr at finish
1st Brillantissime (3m-Ivre de Victoire- ), Jos. Verbeeck up as 1.6/1 favorite for trainer and owner/breeder Frederik Sauque, his fifth career win for 194,150 euro earned
2nd Bird Parker (3m-Belisha- ), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Mme. E. Allaire, trainer at 4.5/1 odds
3rd Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril-Extreme Aunou),up
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com