It'd be a brave handicapper who would punt against crack filly Anastasia Fella in the Group I monte, the Prix des Vincennes on Sunday being raced for the princely sum of 240,000 euros.
The imposing daughter ofmay have been a costly failure in the Criterium des 3 Ans when sent out favourite in her last start, but she was the brilliant winner of the group one Prix des Elites in her first and only start under saddle at the end of October.
It was a commanding performance, defeating as she did the best monte exponents of the two preceding generations, although from a generous 50m handicap advantage.
But the key to this race was the fact that the next of her generation to figure in the results was Asana Trembladaise who was more than a second in arrears in seventh place, and has proven herself a very good monte horse.
Fabrice Solouy has brought Anastasia Fella from a bit part in the Axelle Dark-Avila show to the leading light of the A generation's amazing crop of fillies.
She convincingly beat her rivals (both daughters of boom sirewhose colts quinellaed Friday's Prix Emmannuel Margouty) in her next two starts to take the favouritism from the Phiippe Allaire pair in the season 3YO classique in the bike.
This is the monte equivalent, and none of the colts who were her vanquishers on December 8 are in this field, the only one saddling up from the Classique is Alizea du Kastel, the winner of the Prix Roquepine in February.
The main rival though is going to be the aforementioned Asana Trembladaise who was coming off the back of two monte victories, including a dominating win in the Prix Raoul Balliere, which is held on the same weekend as the Criterium de 3 Ans.
Anthony Dollion trains and rides the daughter of Kaudro Wild who will be the second favourite no doubt.
Michael Jean Ruault's colt Aston Fly was second in the Prix Raoul Balliere and third in the Prix Louis Tillaye recently, and was also third in the group one Prix d'Essai - the winner of which Arcana des Jacquets has not reappeared for the Winter Season.
The son of Hermes de Montfort will need some improvement if he is to challenge the two fillies, although the colts in the Criterium des 3 Ans showed that the much maligned male component of generation A are starting to finally emerge from their shells with their first group one success.
's Atwood Griff was third in the Prix Louis Tillaye, but the minor placings may go to a couple of emerging talents under saddle, with Alpha Saltor having two recent monte wins in emerging company for trainer Daniel Bethouart.
But the surprise packet may just be Atlessima, a filly from the first crop ofson Rocklyn, who is from the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams barn of Jean-Philippe Dubois and trained by .
She won her last star under saddle, the Prix Urgent, beating home Aston Fly and Al Capone Jet, who are entered here and the previous start was fifth in the group two Prix Annick Dreux in the bike, only half a second behind the super trio of Anastasia Fella, Avila and Axelle Dark.
A filly on the way up, and as anyone who has followed the A-generation, it is the fillies who have ruled thus far.
Other fillies who may figure in the money are Emmanuel Allard's consistent Quaker Jet daughter Alizea du Kastel and Laurent Claude Abrivard 's Agrippine, a daughter of Hasting while top jockey Yoann Lebourgeois is aboard the colt Airport who has a win last start under saddle and may be another one on the rise.
PRIX DE VINCENNES
22/12/13 FR Group I monte 2700 3YO â‚¬240 000
1 Avireau de Houelle (3c- Irina de la Frette) Rd: Tr:
2 Aventure Jets (3f Paisy Dream - Plume Jets) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Christophe Clin
3 Airport (3c- Pivoine) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Ake Kristoffersson
4 Altesse du Surf (3f Chaillot - Lady du Surf) Rd: Martial Viel Tr: Andre Henri Viel
5 Apollon de la Lys (3c Ouragan de Celland - Hillary de Pierji) Rd: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier
6 Alto de Mai (3c Millenium Wood - Gazelle de Mai) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Leblond
7 Agrippine (3f Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard : Tr:Laurent Claude Abrivard
8 Alpha Saltor (3c Paris Haufor - Glory d'Ariane) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Daniel Bethouart
9 Al Capone Jet (3c- Passion de Morgane) Rd: Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux
10 Aston Fly (3c Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault
11 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn - Noblessima) Rd:Tr:
12 Atwood Griff (3c- Qualane Griff) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr:
13 Alizea du Kastel (3f Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Emmanuel Allard
14 Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion
15 Anastasia Fella (3f- Jeanne's Fella) Rd: Tr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com