Brillantissime takes Prix Maurice de Gheest

03:38 AM 12 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Billantissime, harness racing
Billantissime and driver Joseph Verbeeck
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The Philippe Allaire trained, 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 Franck Anne'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 Ready Cash.

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 Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up as 1.6/1 favorite for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder Frederik Sauque, his fifth career win for 194,150 euro earned

2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Mme. E. Allaire, trainer Philippe Allaire at 4.5/1 odds

3rd Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie up

by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com 

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