Last week Nesta Effe, the veteran Italian son oftrained by Holger Ehlert, qualified impressively at Follonica after a long layoff. He could be an entrant to the January 26 Prix d'Amerique but needs to have competed in at least one race since October. Management of the Florence track has reportedly offered to provide that opportunity on Sunday over 2100 meters. If this happens the classy chestnut could get a Prix d'Amerique call, along with Mack Grace SM.
Mack Grace SM, the son of CC's Chuckie T, is on a 12 race win streak for trainer Luccio Colletti. He had previously decided not to challenge in the Prix d'Amerique as his pupil is better suited to sprint racing. However, at the request of ownership, Colletti may change plans and Italy could have its two most prestigious equine stars at the start. That would add to the drama of the classic race.
Saturday at Paris-Vincennes two excellent graded events headline the card. The Prix de Pardieu field includes Anastasia Fella, a career winner of over 400,000 euro, and the Prix de Brest includes Libeccio Grif, Sanity and Roi du Lupin, all winners of over 700,000 euro. The first two will start with a 25 meter handicap with the latter 50 meters behind those traveling 2850 meters.
January 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Pardieu, Gr. II monte, females, 2175 meters, 15 starters
Altair des Brouets, J. Vanmeerbeck
Aventure des Isles, A, Garandeau
Amande Amere, A. Barrier
Anna Maria, Mlle. C. Leclercq
Aureness, F. Lagadeuc
A Nous Deux, Mille. Nathalie Henry
Aurea Vikland, P-Y Verva
Agilite Jenilou, O. Touvais
Anne de Neulliac, B. Chanonat
Antara Buissonay, P. Edouard Mary
Agrippine, A. Abrivard
Aquarelle de Fael, D. Bonne
Alexia du Cherisay, E. Raffin
Asana Trembladaise, A. Dollion
Anastasia Fella, F. Nivard
January 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Brest, 2850 meters, Gr. III European, 120,000 euro purse, 17 starters
Sam Gibus, S. Baude
Renardo Bello, D. Bonne
Tornade du Digeon, J-M Bazire
TonReve de Cahot, D. Thomain
Turbo Jet, Jean-Etienne Dubois
Starter du Rib, J.L.C. Dersoir
Roxane de Beaumee, P. Levesque
Global Manhattan, M. Abrivard
Soumoulou, F. Nivard
Sierra Leone, J-C Hallais
Sissi du Morin, P. Daugeard
Querios du Mirel, T. LeBeller
Qwidil, J. Guelpa
Maxwell Mayday, D. Locqueneux
Libeccio Grif, P. Vercruysse, 2875 meters
Sanity, F. Ouvrie, 2875 meters
Roi du Lupin, A. Barrier 2900 meters
Today's Quinte+ race at Paris-Vincennes went to Unemaud Verderie as she took the Prix de Pontault-Combault in 1.14.9kr over 2700 meters. 18 females "trotteurs" were at the start for a purse of 55,000 euro. The Q+ jackpot was 2.6 million euro this day.
January 16, 2014 Paris Vincennes - Prix de Pontault-Combault, 55,000 euro purse, females, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 2.6 million euro 1.14.9kr
1st Unemaud Verderie (6f Nem-Maud de Montfort-Alpha Barbres), Aymeric Thomas up at 5/1 odds
2nd Urfee du Mouchel (6f-Olga du Mouchel-Vikings Way), aboard
3rd Urtikaline (6f Krac Special-Oraline-Historien)m J-M Bazire up
4th Unemaud Verderie (Paris-Turf photo)
On Wednesday in Sweden several interesting performances took place. Luck You DE (4f-Lead The Way- ) scored for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer at Kalmar over 2140 meters, her first career win in a first attempt. Montana Crown (4g -Montana Chill-Giant Chill) won for Lutfi Kolgjini over 2160 meters at Jagersro, his second win in five lifetime starts.
At the same venue two bred by Italy's Scuderia Bolgheri won, with On Broadway (6g-Muscles Onbroadway- ) scoring over 3160 meters for trainer Kolgjini in 1.16.6kr, his ninth career victory. Paparazzi (5g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo- ) also won for Kolgjini over 1640 meters in 1.13.9kr, his seventh lifetime win. The Infinitif colt Summerside (3m Infinitif-Ziniaz- ) was second at Jagersro for Erwin Bot in only his fourth career appearance. Dream With Me Europe AB owns this one, also bred in Italy by Scuderia Bolgheri.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com