Outstanding mare Anastasia Fella will be looking to get back on the winning track in the Prix de Pardieu, the first of three big monte races this weekend at Vincennes, which will be capped off by Sunday's Prix de Cornulier.
's brilliant daughter of won her classique status with a win in the group one Prix des Elites under saddle in October on her way to three group wins in succession - the latter two against her own gender.
But she found the going too tough as the males of her crop finally found their mojo in the Criterium des 3 Ans and broke under pressure.
The females of this crop, which had won every classique contested previously reasserted themselves in the monte equivalent, the Prix de Vincennes but once again Anastasia Fella rolled into a gallop at the business end of the race.
The winner on that day, Ecurie Victoria Dreams' Altessima, is absent here but the runner-up Laurent Claude Abrivard's Agrippine is a close second favourite in just her 12th career start and only third at group level. The daughter of Hasting will be ridden by Alexandre Abrivard.
The strongest challenger though is perhaps Asana Trembladaise who won the group two Prix Raoul Balliere and Prix Louis Tillaye in mixed company earlier in this Winter Meeting. Anthony Dollion's daughter of Kuadro Wild made a mistake in the Prix de Vincennes but is rarely out of the top money in her age group's big monte races.
Thierry Duvaldesti's Aquarelle de Fael has had five wins in her 13 career starts and was second in the group two Prix Louis Tillaye in November, her first start in group company. The daughter ofgalloped in her next start and was fifth in her last start, in an age group monte on Christmas Day. She will be ridden by Damien Bonne.
Daniel Delaroche's Alexia du Cherisay a daughter of Le Big Boss, is a group two winner under saddle and a consistent performer, and although she has made two breaks in the big races just passed, but handicappers have kept her onside.
The up and comer in the field is A Nous Deux, another daughter of monte kingin the stable of Ronny Kuiper. A Nous Deux is having her first start in group company after a win and two cheques since switching to monte three starts ago and has support despite the step up.
18/01/14 FR PRIX DE PARDIEU
Vincennes Group II monte 4F 2175m 120 000
1 Altair des Brouets (s Quiz des Brouets - Luanda des Brouets) Rd: Jonathan Vanmeerbeck Tr: Pascal Daulier
2 Aventure des Isles (s Espeyrac Sun - Josetina) Rd: Alexis Garandeau Tr: Gilles Delacour
3 Amande Amere (s Mister President - Orange Amere) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Alain Roussel
4 Anna Maria (s- Mahana) Rd: Celine Leclercq Tr: Patrick Chevrier
5 Aureness (s Mercenaire - Ornaise de Morgane) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Romain Christian Larue
6 A Nous Deux (s- Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper
7 Aurea Vikland (s Prince de Montfort - Kettina de Monti) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Guillaume Moinon
8 Agilite Jenilou (s- Quemilla Jenilou) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr:
9 Anne de Neulliac (s Magnificent Rodney - Onise de Neulliac) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger
10 Antara Buissonay (s Le Retour - Judelle Buissonay) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr:Joel Van Eeckhaute
11 Agrippine(s Hasting - Moqueuse Alexandre Abrivard) Rd: Tr:Laurent Claude Abrivard
12 Aquarelle de Fael (s- Nadia Pierj) Rd:i Damien Bonne Tr:
13 Alexia du Cherisay (s Le Big Boss - Precious Thing) Rd:Tr:Daniel Delaroche
14 Asana Trembladaise (s Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr:Anthony Dollion
15 Anastasia Fella (s- Jeanne's Fella) Rd: Tr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com