Swedish-bred Beckman heads a strong international contingent in the field for the the group III Prix Constant Hervieu the 105,000 euro feature Quinte race on the traditional Christmas Day meeting at Vincennes for 5 and 6 YOs.
Beckman is now trained in France by Fabrice Solouy but he will be joined by his compatriots Discco A.E. Haraldhino on the back mark of 25m along with Italian star Olmo Holz while Sweden's Conrads Fredriks (a son of) and Twigs U.Canfly are off the frontline along with a trio of Italian entries, Orchetto Jet, Over The Moon and Orient Horse, plus Per Mento, the lone Danish entry.
Beckman, a gelding by one of's best sons a former European 3YO champion, has been in super form in France, with three wins on the trot at Vincennes in Group III international company.
Something of a late developer, Beckman joined Solouy's barn from's Swedish operation after recording 10 wins from 14 starts with now US resident trainer, who was the horse's fourth trainer and really stepped him up through the grades in Sweden.
He might also attract a bit of US handicapper money if he is racing at Vincennes at Prix d'Amerique time - he races in the colours of the US flag!
Solouy is also the trainer of Italian-bred and owned Orient Horse who was second in the Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, and is also a runner-up in a Group one race in Italy.
The favourites on the early tote, however, are French locals Toutobio and Toreador.
Toutobio is owned and trained by Damien Bonne and has been one of those horses who has taken his time to go through the grades, mainly in provincial meetings with the odd visit to Vincennes for their lower stake races.
But after a win and a second at in this year's Winter Meeting at Vincennes he stepped up and won his first Group III race last start in the Prix de Crecy la Chapelle at the Temple du Trot.
Similarly Jean Baptiste Bossuet's Toreador, a gelding by Fleuron Perrine, has won 9 of his 29 starts, mainly in lesser provincial company but has won two and had a second in his last three starts at the Hippodrome de Paris at Vincennes.
Two others from the T generation's emerging ranks who are also coming in for handicapper support are Tzigane du Rib from Jean Luc Claude Desior's barn and Tony Boy, who is from the stable ofwho is a master at bringing a horse quietly through the grades.
Another interesting runner is Turbo Jet from the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, and is the winner of 12 of his 47 starts, and 379,350 euros in the bank - the most money earned in this field.
The Joyau d'Amour stallion was also second in the Prix des Landes - a 110,000 euro group III at Vincennes at the end of last month and this is the sort of patient build up shown by a certain, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and a winner of this very race two years ago. A different Dubois stable, perhaps, but the brothers learned from the master, their incomparable father Jean-Pierre.
PRIX CONSTANT HERVIEU
25/12/2013 FR Group III Europeene 2850 5-6 â‚¬ 105,000
1 Twigs U.Canfly (5m- Twigs Likepine) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Eva Skantz
2 Per Mento (6h- Grace Classy) Dr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel Tr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel
3 Orient Horse (5h- Irma Del Rio) Dr: David Thomain Tr:
4 Over the Moon Lf (5m- Fantastica Cof) Dr: Nicolas Roussel Tr: Salvatore Minopoli
5 Tzigane du Rib (6g- Medda) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir
6 Orchetto Jet (5h- Frutute Jet) Dr: Tr: Stephanie Lepetit
7 Un Charme Fou (5h- Ma Crown) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr:
8 Toutobio (6g Grassano - Helene Gem) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne
9 Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine - Jubellone) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet
10 Tony Boy (6g- Kuenza Sautonne) Dr: Tr:
11 Conrads Fredrik (6g- Ahmeida) Dr: Tr: Jarmo Niskanen
12 Union Life (5m- Izakaline) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Cedric Herserant
13 Disco A.E. (5h- Queen A.E.) Dr: Tr: 25m
14 Haraldinho (6g- Havannas Julia) Dr: Tr: Catarina LundstrÃ¶m 25m
15 Olmo Holz (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr:Tr: Vincent Martens 25m
16 Unikaranes (5m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m
17 Beckman (6g- Nins Palema) Dr: Tr: 25m
18 Titus de Baffais (6g- Lady Dry) Dr: Nicolas Bazin Tr: 25m
19 Turbo Jet (6h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25m
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com