The hotly contested Quinte+ Prix de la Manche today at Enghien-Soisy (suburban Paris) went to hard-driving Repay Merci and reinsman Anthony Barrier.
The Fabrice Souloy trainee nailed long-time pacesetter Swedishman and Franck Nivard (who traveled 2900 meters this day) on the line in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. The six year-old son of Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News won for the 12th time in his career, now for earnings of £281,920. The winner was off at 12/1 odds. Favorite Indigious ended third for teamster Eric Raffin.
July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Manche, European, Quinte+ with jackpot £4.85 million, purse £85,000, 18 starters, 2875 meters distance handicapped
Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500 and finish
1st Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News), Anthony Barrier for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Repay (Denmark) owner, 2875 meters, 12/1
2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2900 meters, 6.9/1
3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 1.8/1
The co-featured Prix de Berlin for three year-old colts went to heavily favored Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and pilot Joseph Verbeeck.
This pair led from the early going and fought off very determined Secretariat (Italy) before pulling away in late stretch to score in 1.14.1kr. The 2150 meter autostart contest carried an £85,000 purse for this Gr. III event. Bixente was third for Jean-Etienne Dubois.
July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de Berlin, 2150 meters autostart, European Gr. III, £85,000, 9 starters
Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.1kr finish
1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederic Sauque owner, 3/10 favorite, seventh career win for £368,950 earned
2nd Secretariat (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius), Antonio Velotti up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, 8.6/1, Italy
3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Kitty Meslois), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 6/1
by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com