The A generation step out for their first run as 4YOs in the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes on Saturday.
Heading the field is Criterium de 3 Ans winner Aladin d'Ecajeul, who has been the undoubted star of the Winter Meeting for this age group.
's stallion will be shooting for his third win in a row after capturing the classique and also the Group II Prix Abel Bassigny on the first week of November, his second win in his third try at the level. The son of Quaker Jet has now won seven of his 14 race starts, for earnings of 304,940 and will start the favourite in this event.
The Criterium des 3 Ans was a brutal reminder that racing gives reputation scant respect with the three favourites failing to finish a race where the attrition rate was more than 50 per cent.
Frank Anne's Akim de Cap Vert was an early casualty of a tight squeeze of the peleton as the entered the downhill straight from the starting area, while-owned horses trio Atlas de Joudes and the much vaunted fillies Avila and Axelle Dark also failed to cope with the intensity of the race.
Akim de Cap Vert, Avila and Axelle Dark have also come in for heavy early support, with handicappers giving them a chance to redeem themselves, in this the major race for 4YOs in January.
Runner up in the Criterium was Ausone du Kastel, the winner of just five career starts, the last being in his first try at group company in August, which was the culmination of a three-win streak.
Although second in the Criterium, Emmanuel Allard's son ofwas third in a lesser field in the Prix de Chateau Chinon on Christmas Day.
Third in the Criterium was Alesia d'Atout, another with just one group victory, back in May, and will probably be tested in this, with just four wins in 15 starts.
Alberic was fourth home in the Criterium but at massive odds, and with just three wins in 17 starts he will struggle for support, especially with a failure in the Prix de Chateau Chinon on Christmas Day.
Artiste de Joudes was fifth home in the Criterium, but's fourth entrant is a perennial also ran, although he does have a penchant for slotting into one of the money-bearing places in big races hence his 178,150 euro bankroll, despite only two wins.
PRIX DE TONNAC-VILLENEUVE Vincennes
04/01/14 FR Group II 2175m 4YOs â‚¬ 120 000
1 Ah Quel Micha (4h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr:Tr:
2 Alberic (4h- Oublies Moi) Dr: Tr:
3 Artiste de Joudes (4h- Memory de Joudes) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr:
4 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr:Tr: Dominique Mottier
5 Ausone du Kastel (4h- Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard
6 Atlas de Joudes (4h- Queschua Love) Dr: Tr:
7 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr:Tr:
8 Akim du Cap Vert (4h- Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Tr:
9 Avila (4m- Encombevineuse) Dr: Tr:
10 Axelle Dark (4m- Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com