Can The de Chine raise the bar in Priz de Bar-Le-Duc?

08:06 AM 28 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Jean-Baptiste Bossuet, harness racing Andre Dreux, harness racing
Jean-Baptiste Bossuet trains Toscane de Bruyere
Andre Dreux trains Seduisant Fouteau

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 of Tenor de Baune has 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.

Thierry Duvaldestin'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 of In Love With You does 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.


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: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 2850

3 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 2850

4 Uno la Chesnaie (h Prince d'Espace - Luna du Goutier) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2850

5 Toscane de Bruyere(f Tenor de Baune - 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: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 2850

9 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850

10 Surprise du Lupin (m Kerido du Donjon - Kiosca) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850

11 Septuor (g Love You - Kenitra) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Alexandre de Jesus 2875

12 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 2875

13 Recit Jeloca (g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Carine Hallais-Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2875

14 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2875

15 Son Alezan (h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 2875

16 Le Cannibale (h Jag de Bellouet - Heart's Queen) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2875

17 Pas Sans Toi (h In Love With You - 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: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 2875

20 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 2875

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