Credit Winner's Swedish son Conrad's Fredrik (7g-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell) took today's Prix de la Thierache at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters by 18 rivals, the winner, driven by Jarmo Niskanen, held off Tip Top Nelliere and Jean-Philippe Mary by a nose to score in 1.14.6kr. The winner recorded his 16th career victory now with earnings of 226,825 euro to capture the winner's share of the 58,000 euro purse. The Quinte+ race of the day carried a jackpot of 3.2 million euro and with longshots gaining the top spots the exact order two euro wager paid over 97,000 euro.
Prix de la Thierache, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.2 million euro 1.14.6kr
Conrad's Fredrik (7g-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell), Jarmo Niskanen up at 6.7/1, his 16th lifetime win for 226,825 euros (Sweden)
Tip Top Nelliere (7g Go Lucky-Novely Blue-Fleuron Perrine), Jean-Philippe Mary up at 53/1
Trinity Jiel (7f-FGlaya de Jiel-Ourasi), Jos. Verbeeck up at 9/1
Parkin (8g Tap In-La Bigi-), Pierre Vercruysse up at 75/1 (Sweden)
Another European eligible contest, the 48,000 euro purse Prix de Montpellier over 2700 meters with 18 starters, went to the Franck Blandin piloted Vrai Souvenir in 1.15.2kr. The five year-old son of Hugo du Bossis, off at 12/1, rallied and defeated a host of other longshots with Italian invaders finishing in the third through fifth spots. The winner recorded his fith career win and increased earnings to 88,630 euro.
Prix de Montpellier, European, 46,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr
Vrai Souvenir (5m Hugo du Bossis-Ovation du Bois-Cesar d'Argos), Franck Blandin up at 12/1, the winners fifth career victory for 88,630 euro won
Vol de Nuit (5m-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), up, trainer, 9.3/1
Painkiller Va (5g Everest As-Dalia Cr-), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mauro Baroncini, 33/1 (Italy)
Pitango Jet (5m-Fanfara Jet-Kramer Boy), up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 47/1 (Italy)
Prevedello (5m-Jovelinotte- ), Jos. Verbeeck up, 122/1 odds (Italy)
As the Prix d'Amerique approaches, comments of several drivers pointed out the importance of the start. Teamsters Vercruysse, Levesque, and Nivard offered the following to Paris-Turf:
Good start and a horse that is a good starter is important
Last 30 seconds before go are vital - must keep composure as race is not won at the start but can be lost there
Horses feel the pressure too from on-track activities and crowd noise that can get the horses somewhat agitated
Difficult to win the race start to finish; better to be well-placed and avoid pitfalls
This group of reinsman have seen it all in recent years and had the good fortune to win or be second with, , Mealunes du Corta and Quaker Jet. Watch for their comments to take life on Sunday.
Thomas H. Hicks