Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy today featured the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Washington, a one-mile autostart test for a purse of €120,000. Ten horses battled in this one, on a rain-made soggy clay surface, including heavily favored Univers de Pan.
Off the mobile gate Pierre Vercruysse hustled Napoleon Bar to the front from post four. Pascia’Lest took the pocket immediately.
Napoleon Bar maintained his advantage to the line to win by a diminishing length. Pascia’Lest held the pocket position for Franck Nivard until emerging late to gain second. Roi du Lupin raced in the death seat with Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugaerd behind that one and veteran Ru de L’Airou third on the inner.
Rapide Lebel was rough gaited at the start, lost position, and raced third on the outer before again becoming choppy gaited late to finish eighth.
Behind Napoleon Bar at the finish in order were Pascia’Lest, Roi de L’Airou with Pierre Levesque up closing on the inner, Univers de Pan on the outside and game Roi du Lupin holding stoutly fifth.
Univers de Pan lacked his usual kick at the end and albeit gaining slightly lost a photo for third as the 3/2 favorite. The race was clocked in 1.10.7kr after a modestly rated pace (1.11.5kr at the 500 meters to go mark), far off the race record of 1.09.4k set by Rapide Lebel in 2012 and followed by 1.10kr in 2009 by that winner Premiere Speed.
June 28, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de Washington, €120,000 purse Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.10.7kr (time 1:53.81)
Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Emiliano Stecca, 2.1/1, Italy, his 15th career win for €811,671 earnings
Pascia’Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 5.8/1, Italy, career earnings now €983,772
Roi de L’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville-Opior), Pierre Levesque aboard for trainer Patrick Martin, 42/1
Napoleon Bar is from the Italian registered mare Dalmazia (Coktail Jet-Takeda-Mon Tourbillon). Next dam Madamacristina is by Top Hanover, a son of Ayres-Elaine Rodney.
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com