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's pair of 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),'s Bolide de Gueron ( ) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported.
's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's 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 winningstallion 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), amare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an 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, 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's mare Tornade du Digeon ( ).
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, Rapide Lebel, et al.
Like several in this race, the son ofis 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.
11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE
2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m â‚¬ 95 000
1 Version Star's (m- Planete Rapide) Rd: Tr: Emmanuel Varin
2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd:Tr: Jean Warin
3 Vraie Blonde (m- Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois
4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr:
5 Velasquez Vrie (h- Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr:
6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr:
7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
8 Votka Bleue (m- Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Tr: Emmanuel Ruault
PRIX DE CROIX
11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO â‚¬120,000
1 Villeroi (h- Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois
2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr:
3 System Performance (m- Hermit Lady) Dr: Tr:
4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr:Tr:
5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz
6 Porthos Amok (h- Baroness Amok) Dr: Tr:
7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr:Tr:
8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr:
9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr:Tr:
10 Princess Grif (m- Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard
11 Dreams Take Time (h- B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson
12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr:Tr: Roberto Donati
13 Village Mystic (h- Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Tr: 25m
PRIX DU FOREZ
11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 â‚¬110 000
1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat
2 Tolima (m- Ironie Jet) Dr: Tr:
3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr:Tr:
4 Tolca de Bellouet (m- Quenavora) Dr: Tr:
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:Tr:
8 Tornade du Digeon (m- Herlane du Terme) Dr: Tr:
9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir
10 Racing Charm (h- Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Tr:
11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr:Tr: 25m
12 Ru de L'Airou (g- Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m
PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST
11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M â‚¬120,000
1 Bosco du Goutier (h- Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Tr:
2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau
3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr:Tr: Frederic Prat
4 Black Gold (h- Seldovia) Dr: Tr: Patrick Chevrier
5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr:Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
6 Bird Parker (h- Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr:
7 Best of Sly (h- Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr:
8 Bolide de Gueron h(- Olivia) Dr: Tr:
9 Brillantissime (h- Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com