Day At The Track

Grand National du Trot leg #5 at La Capelle

03:13 PM 22 May 2013 NZST
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Tornade du Digeon (6f Jag de Bellouet-Harlane de Terme-Kimberland) won today's 5th leg of the Grand National du Trot at La Capelle for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. She covered the 2750 meter distance in 1.14.7kr for the 90,000 euro purse to defeat Tolca de Bellouet (6f Orlando Vici-Quenavora-Paleo) with Cedric Megissier up.

Uhland du Val (5m Isero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) was third and Septuor (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) finished fourth, both of these handicapped 25 meters. Previous multiple GNT winner Swedishman finished eighth as he could not overcome a 50 meter handicap.

Last evening three graded events were held at Paris-Vincennes starting with the Prix Heraclite, a Gr. III race for European females age four, going 2700 meters for 75,000 euro. The easy winner in 1.16.4kr was 6/1 Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. She's owned by Az Agr Biasuzzi Srl. Favored Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream-Coktail Jet), a half-sister to Infinitif, was second for Jean-Pierre Dubois with third to Votka Bleu (4f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue-Coktail Jet) for Anthony Barrier.

Next up was the Prix Camilla, a European Gr. III event (four year old males) for 75,000 euro over the 2700 meter course. Very Nice Marceaux (4m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant) earned the hard-fought victory for Franck Nivard in 1.14.4kr over Viking Castelets (4g Offshore Dream-Princess Vaumicel-Goetmals Wood), trained by driver by Jean-Etienne Dubois with third to Verdict d'Hommeur (4m Prodigious-Place d'Honneur-Jenko) and Julien Dubois up.

The Prix Kalmia, Gr.II for three year-old males, ended the evening's graded events. This one covered 2175 meters for 120,000 euro and went to Aldo des Champs (3m Prince d'Espace-Noumea des Champs-Dahir de Prelong) handled by trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard in 1.13.2kr. Artiste du Jour (3m Chef du Chatelot-Ondine de Fournet-Beautiful Somolli) was second for Frank Ouvrie with third to Akim du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prina du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn) for Franck Anne.

In addition to Sunday’s Elitloppet, Solvalla hosts an excellent trotting card that includes the Fyraarings Elite for four year-old mares. Several US and Italy invaders are worth watching.

Solvalla May 26 Fyraarings Elite 1609 meters autostart, 250,000SEK, race 6

1.Exercise to Go (US), Bjorn Goop

2.Crème Brulee, Tuomas Korvenoja

3.My Golden, Kajsa Frick

4.Xena Brick, Jorma Kontio

5.Prussia (ITY), Pietro Gubellini

6.Moving On, Claes Svensson

7.Delicious (US), Daniel Reden

8.MT Harmony, Peter Untersteiner

9.Gisela As (US), Ake Svanstedt

10.Pearl Axe (ITY), Orjan Kihlstrom

Veteran FR monte campaigner Prince de Montfort continues his push toward one million euros Sunday in the Solvalla Monte Elite, race three on the Elitloppet card. To be ridden by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Sebastian Guarato, the Prince enters off two consecutive wins in Scandinavia.

Solvalla May 26 Monte Elite 1609 meters autostart, 150,000SEK, race 3

1.Rock Me, Josefine Ivehag

2.Conrads Garland, Linda Eriksson

3.Having Said That, Christina Lindhardt

4.Limerick, Malin Beras

5.Moon Dreamer, Emilie Lovvold

6.Stensro Macho, Lina Aim

7.Ekets Patrik, Emelie Knutsson

8.Just Indeed, Linda Hedstrom

9.Prince de Montfort, Matthieu Abrivard

10.Safari Dream, Elisabeth Allaire  

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Thomas H. Hicks


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