While the exceptionally well presented and contested Elitloppet 2014 captured worldwide trotting attention last weekend, there was great action elsewhere too throughout Europe.
At Vannes, the fifth leg of the “Trophy Vert”, the green (turf) trophy, took place with the winner being Touho de Karenga with Tony LeBeller aboard. The €45,000 purse (Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes) went to the son of Jag de Bellouet who landed his 13th career victory good for €194,660 earned.
The long striding veteran sailed over the grass in 1.18.3kr over 3200 meters (two miles). Favored Super Berry Chenou was second for J-P Monclin.May 25, 2014 Vannes, Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes, €45,000, 3200 meters, 18 starters on the turf, 1.18.3kr1st Touho de Karenga (7m Jag de Bellouet-Mythical Rodney-Cezio Josselyn), Tony LeBeller for trainer J-M Legros, 3.8/1, 13th career win for €194,660
2nd Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline), J-P Monclin trainer/driver, 2.2/1 odds
3rd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot), J-C Hallais for J-W Hallais trainer, 21/1
At Paris-Vincennes graded and fast class action drew the fans. The Prix Victor Cavey, a Gr. II monte test over 2850 meters for €120,000, went to the Camille Levesque reined Vol de Nuit in 1.14.k5kr. The five-year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Mike Lenders for Ecurie Pierre Levesque as she earned her fifth lifetime win. Vision Intense was scratched and two of the remaining presumed contenders were off the board.
May 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Victor Cavey, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters, 1.14.5kr
1st Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Camille Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 2.3/1, 67 poids, fifth win for €135,500
2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up, 23/1, 65 poids
3rd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Anthony Barrier, 34/1, 65 poids
Vision Intense was scratched; Valdice de Mars (seventh) and Valse Castelets (eighth) off the board
On the “attele” the Prix Talitha was contested for lightly raced three year-old males over 2200 meters and for €46,000. Heavily backed Buvetier, a son of Goetmals Wood and handled by Julien Dubois, went down to defeat as Bandit Charentais scored easily with a down the middle rally. Francois Lagadeuc drove the winner to his fifth success. The son of So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou earned the win at 4/1 odds.
May 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Talitha, €46,000, males, 2200 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.3kr
1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou), Francois Lagadeuc up for Jean M. Baudouin trainer, 4/1 odds, fifth victory for €57,150
2nd Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Julien Dubois up for trainer Patrick Chevrier, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D breeder, 3/5 odds
3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois)m Gilles Delacour driver/trainer, 25/1
At Kincsem Park the 105th edition of the Nemzeti Djiban took place. The 2HUf million purse, 1960 meter event went to Red Stone with Csaba Lakatos aboard.
The four year-old gelded son of Wall Street Banker defeated 10 rivals in 1.17.5kr while overcoming a 40 meter penalty. Three year-old Salt Lake City almost held on for trainer/drive Imre Fazekas. The co-featured Faust DIJ for aged open class trotters went to the veteran Diamond Way stallion Lambert SAS is a quick 1.13.3kr over 1800 meters autostart. Josef Sagaj piloted the out of country winner to defeat the good Supergill mare Orifiamma Jet with former Derby winner Ollyan Nincs ending third.May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, 105th Nemzeti DIJ, 2HUf million purse, 1960 meters distance handicap, 11 starters, 1.17.5kr
1st Red Stone (4g Wall Street Banker-Astalavista), Csaba Lakatos up for L. Marton trainer and AMMA owner, fourth win in seven starts in 2014, traveled 2000 meters, 24.5/1 odds
2nd Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver for Pimri owner, 1960 meters, 4/1
3rd Rozsakert (4f Wall Street Banker-Viragos), Emil Csordas up, 2000 meters, 16.8/1 odds
May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, Faust DIJ, 750,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.13.8kr
Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB), Josef Sagaj trainer/driver, Slovenia, 3/1 odds as favorite
1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket to Ride-Nevele Pride), Tibor Hajnal driver/trainer, 7/1
2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre), Andrea Fazekas for Imre Fazekas trainer, 3.9/1
3rd Princess View (6f Igor Brick-Review As), Csaba Lakatos aboard, 15.7/1
4th Rose’s La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O’Hill’s Rose), Laszlo Kolozsi, 35.4/1
Lastly, reports indicate that Maharajah has had a successful 2014 at stud and has recovered from injury during winter 2014 after his Prix d’Amerique victory. His connections plan to defend the title in 2014 and also plan to contest the Prix de France over 2100 meters with Panne de Moteur, recently a solid second in the Elitloppet final and winning his elimination over Raja Mirchi.
And, as reported previously, Magic Tonight (Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) scored yesterday at Aby in record time 1.09.3kr in the mile distance Algot Scotts Minne. This one is the family of Lookout Victory. I’m The Answer (by Credit Winner) set blistering fractions setting up Magic Tonight’s victory for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Wahlman.
by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com