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Field narrows for 200,000 euro Grand Critrium

12:02 PM 06 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Opal Viking, harness racing
Opal Viking won in 2008
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The Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur, this Sunday at Cagnes sur mer in France, has seen the field reduced to 15 from 21 engaged.

The final group will contest for 200,000e in the Gr. I International UET Masters Series event over the 1609 meters autostart course.

Sprinters in the field include the young mare Vanika du Ruel for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Italy's Nesta Effe, trained by Holger Ehlert. The race has a rich history of victorious females. Since 1969 the race has seen ten female winners led by five-time victor Une de Mai and single winners Roquepine, Peace Corp, Moni Maker in 2000, Vasterbo Daylight and Santa Rosa France in 2012.

The fastest win was posted in 2002 by Italy's Varenne (1.09.6kr), followed by Kasaco Phedo's 1.09.9kr in 2004. The great Ourasi won the event four times, and other North American bred winners include Gum Ball, Crowning Classic, Sea Cove, Express Ride and Spice Island.

The entrants are listed below. Note, m=male, f=female. No geldings are eligible ; for 4-10 year-olds that earned over 160,000e  15 Starters

Horse, Sex/Age, Driver/Trainer, Earnings in euros

Olona Ok (Italy), 6f, tba/D. Zanca, 386,445

Aisle Stand (Sweden), 7f, tba/Ronny Kuiper, 375,748

Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie/J-F Mary, 379,966

Amaru Boko (Sweden), 7m, Robert Bergh/also trainer, 413,492

Amour d'Occagnes (Holland), 7m, Christophe Martens/Vincent Martens, 544,730

Twist des Caillons, 7m, Eric Raffin/H. Hardy, 567,780

Napolean Bar (Italy), 7m, tba/C.E. Hollmann, 585,187

Triode de Felliere, 7f, Anthony Barrier/J-P Marmion, 710,590

Marielles (Italy), 8f, Roberto Angreghetti/Fabrice Souloy, 730,414

Pascia'Lest (Italy), tba/Thierry Duvaldestin, 760,682

Univers de Pan, 6m, tba/Philippe Daugeard, 947,530

Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne/also trainer, 987,360

Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard/Fabrice Souloy, 994,343

Nesta Effe (Italy), 7m, Roberto Vecchione/Holger Ehlert, 1,058,928

Quoumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire/also trainer, 1,145,569

by Thomas H. Hicks, for


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