Front marker The de Chine is the early favourite for the 100,000 euros Prix de Bar-Le-Duc, a group three for 5-10YOs at which is the feature Quinte event Vincennes on Saturday.
Jean Loic Claude Dersoir's gelded son of Blue Eyes America was the winner of the Group three Prix de Nevers in February and comes into the race with an encouraging second, third and fourth in his four starts since a nine month break, which followed two wins at the start of the year.
Those wins were half his total of four in 37 starts, but he has been steadily improving and took his record of 1.12.8 (1.57) over 2700m in the win at Vincennes in January, which is a very good time.
Another of the 2850m front line who is attracting early money is Seduisant Fouteau, who will be driven by Charles Dreux for Andre Dreux, is a lightly raced Gazouillis entire, who like much of his stock has taken time to mature.
With eight wins in 47 starts, the rising eight-year-old also brings solid form into this race with two second placings in his last two starts in intermediate company at Vincennes.
This is only his second start in a 100,000 euro event, but he did run third last time, which was in the traditional Christmas Day feature, the Prix Constance Hervieu, a year ago.
A steady improver is Toscane de Bruyere, who will be driven by Francois-Pierre Bossuet for Jean-Baptiste Bossuiet and is also a frontliner. The daughter ofhas won a quarter of her 48 starts including two wins in her last four starts.
Indeed one of them was the Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne, a Group III at Vincennes at the end of November.
It is however a strong field, with Jean Paul Marmion's Surprise du Lupin is a last start winner coming in for some strong support off the front mark.
But there is plenty of experience and talent off the 25 metre handicap with Alexandre De Jesus' Septuorin top form with two wins in his last three starts including an impressive victory last time of asking. The gelding was also third in the finale of the Grand National de Trot at Vincennes
Also off the 25 metre mark is Patrick Martin's Ru de l'Airou who also has a terrific formline, with a fourth last start and two wins preceded by two seconds.
's Swedishman and Fabrice Solouy's Finnish import Le Cannibale are capable of an upset at good odds.
This will be the final Vincennes appearance for David Cinier's journeyman Pas Sans Toi, who has reached retirement age after 13 wins in 136 starts and earnings of 541,360, if the stallion son ofdoes not add to it today.
Two of those wins were this year, although in minor company, and he may still ply his trade again on the Europeean Tour, in which he participated this year.
PRIX DE BAR-LE-DUC
Vincennes 28/12/13 Group III 2850m 5-10 100,000 euros
1 Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael - Isaurie) Dr: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier 2850
2 Sometime (m Blue Dream - Isaline Fortiniere) Dr:Tr: Vincent Martens 2850
3 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 2850
4 Uno la Chesnaie (h- Luna du Goutier) Dr: Tr: 2850
5 Toscane de Bruyere(f- Jealousy de Retz) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 2850
6 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2850
7 Rose de Sarthe (m Kid Blue - Mariamina) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850
8 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr:Tr: 2850
9 Tolca de Bellouet (m- Quenavora) Dr: Tr: 2850
10 Surprise du Lupin (m Kerido du Donjon - Kiosca) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850
11 Septuor (g- Kenitra) Dr: Tr: Alexandre de Jesus 2875
12 Ramsey du Ham (g- Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 2875
13 Recit Jeloca (g- Flora Castelets) Dr: Carine Hallais-Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2875
14 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr:Tr: 2875
15 Son Alezan (h- Kelle Ile) Dr: Tr: 2875
16 Le Cannibale (h- Heart's Queen) Dr: Tr: 2875
17 Pas Sans Toi (h- Fatre) Dr: David Cinier Tr: David Cinier 2875
18 Quela Rive (m Eclair de Vandel - Sissi) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 2875
19 Quarlos (h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Dr:Tr: Michel Dabouis 2875
20 Ru de L'Airou (g- Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 2875
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com