Vincennes hosts top racing card this Saturday

10:08 AM 10 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Philippe Allaire, harness racing Franck Anne, harness racing
Philippe Allaire is one of the top trainers in Europe
Franck Anne trains and drives Bolide de Gueron

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February.

There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella.

Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported.

Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent.

Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m.

Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby.

The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals.

European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter.

The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day.

He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois.

Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this.

The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life,

This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros.

The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet).

Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al.

Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system.

Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular.

Vincennes

RACE 1

11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE

2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000

1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin

2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin

3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois

4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire

5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron

6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc

7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin

8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault

RACE 2

PRIX DE CROIX

11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000

1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois

2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron

3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander

4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin

5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz

6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander

7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin

8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc

9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin

10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy

11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson

12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati

13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m

RACE 4

PRIX DU FOREZ

11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000

1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat

2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders

3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie

4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy

5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir

6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain

7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato

8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire

9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir

10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin

11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m

12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m

RACE 6

PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST

11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000

1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin

2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau

3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat

4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier

5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin

6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire

7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato

8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne

9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire

by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

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