All eyes will no doubt be on's Vision Intense in the Prix Emile Riotteau, a group two monte for 4YOs over the 2850m journey on Sunday, race three on a super card at Vincennes.
The daughter of returned to form in style last start in the Prix Philippe du Rozier at the beginning of the month, easily beating home all but one of this field of ten.
She can mix her form, and has put in the occasional gallop as she did in the group one Prix du President de la Republique in June, but when she is on her game, few can resist her phenomenal finishing bursts.
Vision Intense who will be ridden again by Nathalie Henry will be the shortest of favourites in this event, with Valse Castelets, the winner of the Prix Olry-Roederer at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, the only other one in single figures in early betting.
Joel Hallais' mare is another who can mix her form with two gallops in her last two starts, but the daughter of Memphis du Rib is the winner of six of her seven victories under saddle including three at group two level and if she can keep trotting will feature in this.
Third favourite will be the ultra consistent Viva Forest, who was second in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, the fifth time she had run second in a row but Fabrice Solouy's mare was disqualified in her last outing, the Prix de Rostrenen at Vincennes last week.
The horse who was shird across the line in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, was Vallaint Cash, who was disqualified for an incorrect gait, for the umpeenth time in his frustrating career. He had the Criterium des Jeunes taken off him despite winning easily for that same complaint, and has incurred the wrath of the adjudicators on several other occasions since.
But he has shown massive improvement with Camille Levesque in the saddle, and actually finished third last time out under saddle, last week in the Prix de Rostrenen.
Levesque gives him his head letting him trot freely prominent to the pace, and with a similar rein in this could, the son of could get a piece of the prize, and at reasonable odds for the handicapper. And who knows, if this is an off-day for the top chances, he could be one for very long odds.
PRIX EMILE RIOTTEAU
22/12/13 FR Group II monte 2850m 4YO â‚¬120,000
1 Vic du Pommereux (4h - Kubrune) Rd: David Thomain Sylvain Roger
2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Michael Jean Ruault
3 Viva Forest (4m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bale) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr:
4 Vic du Boisnant (4h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
5 Vaillant Cash (4h - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier
6 Valdice de Mars (4m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann LebourgeoisTr: Loic Groussard
7 Vestphalie du Mont (4m - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Delanoe
8 Valse Castelets (4m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude DersoirTr: Joel Hallais
9 Vaquero du Mont (4h - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Herve Gilles
10 Vision Intense (4m - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr:
by David Sanders