Day At The Track

Scandanavian stars continue assault at Vincennes

11:52 AM 04 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Robert Bergh, harness racing Frederik B. Larsson, harness racing Jean Paul Marmion, harness racing
Robert Bergh trains and drives You Bet Hornline
Frederik B. Larsson trains Caballion
Jean Paul Marmion trains Talicia Bella

If you are wondering why the fields in the V75 gold division are so poor at the moment, then a quick look at the Vincennes undercard is revealing.

If you've got the horsepower, why run around in Halmstad for 33,800 euros gold division money when you can race at Vincennes in the Prix de l'Ille, a sprint over 2100m against France's lesser lights for 105,000 euros.

France's big guns are preparing for the Prix'd'Amerique (1,000,000 euros), the Prix Cornullier (700,000 euros), and the swag of group ones like the Criterium des Jeunes (240,000 euros) and two races, worth 120,000 plus - the group two Prix du Calvados monte on the same day is worth 150,000 euros.

Simples really.

So a top horse like Frederik B Larsson's Caballion , a group two winner in Sweden, will make a beeline for Vincennes at this time of year, where he is joining the likes of Grand Pris de l'UET winner Kadett C.D,, Swedish Travderby winner Pato in the series Winter Series, and V75 gold division heavyweights Maxwell Mayday and Global Manhattan.

Swedish trainer Robert Bergh has V75 regular You Bet Hornline entered in the race, while many Scandinavian owners will transfer their horses to top French stables, so you see the likes of Beckman with Fabrice Souloy and Denmark's Partout Simoni with Sebastien Guarato.

Indeed, Beckman, a son of Swedish stallion Turbo Sund, is the early second favourite after three good wins in a row at Vincennes including the Prix Constant Hervieu on Christmas Day.

Only problem is that the French lesser lights can be French champions on the rise. A quick look at the Prix d'lIlle illumini has a certain Royal Dream (last season's Prix d'Amerique winner) as a recent graduate - in a 2012 race in which US bound Swedish star Sebastian K ran eighth - with two other top Swedes Look MP second, and Oracle sixth.

Last season's winner was Triode de Felliere who has set this year's Winter Series alight with a win in the Prix de Bourbonnais and a gallant second in this week's Prix de Bourgogne.

Or they are the geldings that are not eligible for the big races, the likes of recently retired superstar Rapide Lebel, or Thierry Duvaldestin's well performed French gelding Swedishman the winner of more than 500,000 euros, who is third favourite on the early markets.

The early favourite is from the T-generation, which is really coming to the fore in this Winter Series, Talicia Bella.

Jean-Paul Marmion's daughter of General du Pommeau has been gradually brought through the ranks, and has only made one group two appearance, in the Prix des Ducs de Normandie in May, in which two of the favourites for this year's Prix d'Amerique, Texas Charm and Royal Dream went one-two.

She beat Caballion into second place in the Prix du Languedoc at Vincennes in mid November, and has had a second and a win since.

PRIX DE LILLE  Vincennes  2014-01-05 Group III 2100m € 105 000

1 Swedishman (8g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin

2 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion

3 Caballion (8h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Fredrik B Larsson

4 Roc de Montfort (9h Vivier de Montfort - Kerla de Montfort) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Guarato

5 Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir

6 You Bet Hornline (8h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh

7 Sancho du Glay (8h First de Retz - Madame Benoit) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato

8 Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc

9 Partout Simoni (7h Jag de Bellouet - Axie Fair) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato

10 Trinite des Vals (7m Carpe Diem - Lueur Gede) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Yves Jean Le Bezvoet

11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary

12 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu

13 Sage de Gueriniere (8g Ganymede - Haldane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard

14 Un Amour d'Haufor (6h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon

15 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy

16 Querios du Mirel (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel Michel Bizoux Anders Lindqvist

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