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Durzie & Davidson du Pont Grade I winners

12:16 AM 18 Sep 2018 NZST
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Durzie and jockey Alexandre Abrivard win the Grade I Prix de Normandie
Davidson Du Pont and driver J-M Bazire win the Grade I Prix de l’Etoile

Two Group I contests were featured on the Saturday Paris-Vincennes card. The Prix de Normandie (monte, Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters) saw 5.3/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) score timed in 1.13.9kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 

Ecurie Augustin-Normand owns the now eight-time winner in 27 starts for 404,100€ earned. 9/1 Dryade du Parc (5f Ludo de Castelle-Orelia d’Ecublei) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Pierrick Cellier. The 9/10 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) took third for Camille Levesque, riding for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque.

The co-featured Prix de l’Etoile (Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Albert Rayon.

Timed in 1.10.8kr the winner now has 10 wins in 26 outings for 627,110€ earned for his career, 12/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans SRL. The breeder was Ecurie Dream With Me. Third home was 13/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire.

Several other upper class events took place including the Quinte+ Prix de Moulins la Manche (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) where 13/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) scored in 1.12.8kr for Damien Bonne and trainer/owner Christian Bigeon.

The 14/1 Lover Face (10g Love You), 3/2 favorite Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx de Bellouet), 13/1 Blues des Laidiers (7g Phlegyas) and 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 5,282.40€

Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm-Ushuaia) took the Prix de Bagneres (monte, 50,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.1kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this now three-time winner in five starts for 66,850€ earned. The even-money favorite bested Didji Gepe and France d’Anama.

Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) took the Prix de Montelimar (purse 65,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) off at 1.4/1 odds and with Bjorn Goop up for Sebastien Guarato, the trainer for Scuderia Bivans.

This one has now five wins in six starts for 84,150€ earned. Ids Boko (3g From Above) was second for Robin Bakker, ahead of 34/1 Feliciano (3m Ready Cash) for Eric Raffin.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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