French T-generation superstar Timoko has the chance to surpass the 2 million euros in earnings this weekend in the Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in Beaumont de Lomange, France on Sunday.
Richard Westerink’s star is currently on E1,957,230 and is an odds on favourite to win the 200,000 euro event over 2400m, which also carries points for the UET Masters Series.
There is no Ready Cash in this field, Timoko is unbeaten in France when he has raced away from Vincennes, where he is facing the cream of French racing.
And the last time that Timoko was beaten before that was in the Elitloppet final, where he went down to Nahar and a fast finishing Arch Madness.
Timoko’s biggest challenge is likely to be in form former Swedish gold division stalwart Sanity, who raced in the 2012 Elitloppet heats.
Sanity, like Nahar, is a Franco-American by French champion sire Love You, and will be looking to make it three wins in a row in the republic since moving in to the French stables of ex-pat Malin Lofgren.
Sanity was unplaced, not surprisingly against the stellar field in the Masters Series final in Vincennes but has since reeled of victories in Le Croise-Laroche in the Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord and again last start in Meslay-du-Maine in the Grand Prix Anjou-Maine
He was paying E3.50 on early French betting today.
Patrick Martin’s 8YO gelding Ru de l’Arirou is the only other horse paying less than $10 on the French tote, with early odds showing 7/1 after a win and four second placings in his last five starts. But he has only just graduated to Group racing at the age of 8 and this looks beyond him.
Smart mare Une Fille’d’Amour and veteran Paladin Bleu are the next best chances,
GRAND PRIX DU SUD OUEST
Beaumont de Lomagne
2013-10-13 € 200 000 2400m
1 Ru de L'Airou (8g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Michel Charlot Tr: Patrick Martin
2 Supervisor (7h Podosis - In Camera) Dr: Franck Jamard Tr: Joel Despres
3 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Dr: Frederic Clozier Tr: Loic Thieulent
4 Prince Charmant (10h Ulster du Cadran – Jalsovia) Dr: Jean Philippe Tr: Treich Jacques Henri Treich
5 Timoko (6h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink
6 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Dr: Jean Philippe Ducher Tr: Gerard Paille
7 Pepa (10 Achille – Asicia) Dr: Denis Brossard Tr: Denis Brossard
8 Sanity (7g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Lofgren
9 Renato Alstare (8g Jade Bocain - Elise Geneste) Dr: Manuel Criado Tr: Manuel Criado
10 Tina du Citrus (6m Niky - Onna Lisa) Dr: Eric Audebert Tr: Jean Michel Asin
11 Aisle Stand (6m Scarlet Knight – Twisterella) Dr: Jean Francois Senet Tr: Ronny Kuiper
12 Une Fille d'Amour (5m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Cyril Raimbaud