Day At The Track

Monte action with Prix Erigone at Vincennes

01:00 AM 03 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Virgious du Maga, harness racing Ritz Du Bocage, harness racing
Virgious du Maga wins the Prix Erigone
Paris Turf Photo
Ritz Du Bocage takes the Prix Almanon
Paris Turf Photo

Monte action comprised the feature events on today's evening card at Paris-Vincennes.

The £52,000 Prix Erigone over 2200 meters went to Virgious du Mag, a five year-old gelded son of Prodigious, with Damien Bonne aboard, in a sharp 1.12.8kr. Sebastien Ernault trains the winner, for owner Ecurie du Maza, who recorded his seventh win for earnings of £137,710. The 2/1 favorite defeated Ultra Or with Anthony Barrier up and third place finisher Urbain Jet with Philippe Masschaeule aboard, this one a winner in his prior monte start.

The Prix Almanon for £46,000 was the secondary monte feature on the card, contested over 2850 meters by 17 starters. Anthony Barrier teamed Ritz du Bocage to the 1.14.4kr win, his 12th career victory for earnings of £174,280. Eric Beudard trains the nine year-old altered son of Carpe Diem who scored at 10/1 odds over Theo des Landies, with Yohann Chambolle up at 42/1.

The prior day's action at Caen showcased several interesting winners. Tamise Jenilou won the monte Prix d'Etretat for 22,000 over 2450 meters, distance handicap. The winner, a seven year-old daughter of Coktail Jet, scored in 1.13.8kr for Lolita Balayn riding for trainer Paul Marie. She traveled 2475 meters in this score, elevating her career earnings to £106,840.

The Dubois family also secured two victories at Caen, the first in the Prix de Cheux for £13,000 with Bye Bye Lover and reinsman Etienne Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned three year-old daughter of Coktail Jet-Quality Charm that scored her initial career victory in 1.17kr over 2475 meters. The Prix de Benouville for £18,000 over 2450 meters went to Be You Soon and trainer/driver Patrick Chevrier. She secured her first career win at 50/1 odds for owner/breeder Ecurie D. Favored Bella Cash, a three year-old filly by Ready Cash, was a determined second.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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