The Prix Emmanuel Margouty (120,000 euros) is the season's climax for the top 2YO trotting colts in France.
A Group II event (there are no Group I races for 2YOs in France), it is held over the 2175m sprint distance on the Grand Piste (great track) at Vincennes, and is the start of a stunning weekend of racing at the Temple du Trot.
Brillantissime and Bolide de Gueron have shared honours in the two major lead up races to the Prix Emmanuel Magouty, the Prix Ourasi and Prix Louis Cauchois, respectively.
Bolide de Gueron is one of two outstanding juveniles in's stable, the other being the undefeated Repeat Love filly Brindille de Mai, who goes around in the female equivalent, the Prix Une de Mai the following day.
An outstanding tall muscular dark bay, the son ofwas a brilliant winner of the Prix Louis Cauchois in late October, winning the opening rush to get control of the race while Brillantissime settled back into fourth in after losing out the initial duel.
's son of cruised up to get on Bolide de Gueron's wheel as the they came around the final bend, but could not make any impression as the pair sprinted seven lengths clear of the remainder, headed by Best Of Sly, a colt by out of 's stable.
A month later, in the Prix Ourasi, Jos Verbeeck on Brillantissime took the early lead and then took the trail behind Brutus de Bailly, with Bolide de Gueron parked one over.
Brutus de Bailly galloped as they approached the top of the straight, handing Brillantissime the lead, and he and Bolide de Gueron slugged it out down the straight, with Brillantissime responding to the challenge.
So, on the surface, it appears that this pair have an advantage over the rest of the field, and, who is the acknowledged master of 2YO identification in France certainly holds his colt Bolide de Gueron in the highest of esteem.
Brillantissime is the latest star from the powerful Allaire stable, and another from boom sirewho has already made a huge impression with just two crops on the ground.
Allaire also has anotherson in the race in Bird Parker who absolutely flew home to win the Prix des Jacinthes at Vincennes on December 8 and is an improver who may figure in the finish.
Guarato's Best Of Sly was third in both those prep races, and he was not more than a length and half in arrears of them in the latter race, and was held up for a run. If he gets handy he could certainly make things interesting.
Interestingly, he is one of three colts from the first crop ofin the race, a remarkable feat for a first season sire, even given the backing of the Dubois family's breeding empire.
The othercolts are both owned by , Bioness and Black Gold and you never count out horses from the master breeder, trainer, driver.
PRIX EMMANUEL MARGOUTY
20/12/13 FR Group II 2175m 2YOM â‚¬120,000
1 Banjo d'Or h (2c Norginio- Kita du Cernon) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr: Francisco Criado
2 Bye Bye Somolli (2c Millenium Wood- Karesse de Vrie) Dr: Loic Le Guerch Tr Loic Le Guerch
3 Bioness (2c-Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Tr Patrick Chevrier
4 Bingo Star h (2c-Rosiris) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Lucien Swita
5 Black Gold (2c-Seldovia) Dr: Tr: Patrick Chevrier
6 Bocage d'Ortige (2c Mirage Du Goutier-Providence Dortige) Dr:Tr:
7 Brutus de Bailly (2c Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr:Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
8 Bird Parker (2c-Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr:
9 Best Of Sly (2c-Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr:
10 Brillantissime (2cReady Cash-Ivre De Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr:
11 Bolide de Gueron (2c-Olivia) Dr: Tr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com