Philippe Moulin’s brilliant mare Vision Intense will be the favourite to win the €120,000 Prix Olry-Roederer, a group two monte for 4YOS over 2850m at Vincennes tonight, and part of the UET Masters Series, if she can manage to trot all the way.
She gives the field a 25m start but Vision Intense is number two in overall earnings for four-year-olds although she has blotted her copybook in recent outings, with DQs in four of her last five starts.
If the Prodigious mare goes all the way round she should win this, she counts two Group one monte wins, the Prix des Centaures and the Prix de Vincennes on her already stellar resume.
Loic Groussard’s Lynx de Bellouet mare Valdice des Mars has been a steady improver lately, and had strung together four wins under saddle in a row, including the group two Prix Ceneri Forcinal at Vincennes in September, where she beat half this field.
She found the extra 50 metres given older horses in the Group one Prix des Elites just a little too tough and was pulled up but back on level terms with her own age group and she is well in this especially with top jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in the saddle.
Vaquero du Mont resumed after a four month lay off in a warm-up race in the bike at Graignes in the middle of last month, but although he has only won four times , he is rarely out of the top four under saddle and has third placings in both the group one Prix de Vincennes and Prix des Centaures.
Herve Gilles’s Kaisy Dream stallion has a lot of talent, and should not be discounted.
Volcano Vici is the only one of this field already performing stud duties, and being by outstanding monte sire Gazoullis, he might be expected to follow suit as a producer of under saddle performers.
Pascal Barthelemy’s stallion was second in the Group one Saint-Leger des Trotteurs last season, and was fourth in the the Group one Prix des Elites. Remarkably though he has only one victory in 28 career starts.
Others with a chance are Joel Hallais’ Valse Castelets has won five times under saddle and was second in the group two Prix Legoux-Longpre three starts back at Vincennes.
Viscaria was second in the Prix Centaures but that was a long time ago, and her best performances on the big stage were fifth placings in August and June.
04/11/13 FR (G2) UET Masters Series 2850m 4YO €120,000
1 Valroy (h First de Retz - Leda d'Occagnes) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire
2 Volage d'Iscla (m Gazouillis - Higite de Chenu) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis
3 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault
4 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
5 Vincitore Ermitage (h Epicondyle - Petite Fontaine) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne
6 Volcano Vici (h Gazouillis - Oaxaca Vici) Dr: Anne Barthelemy Tr: Pascal Barthelemy
7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard
8 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais
9 Viscaria (m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Guillaume Gillot
10 Vaquero du Mont (h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Dr: Anthony Dollion Tr: Herve Gilles
11 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Dr: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 25m