Despite a costly failure in her last race Vision Intense is at 2/5 to win the Prix Paul Bastard on Sunday, a group II for 5YOs at Vincennes, over 2700m for a purse of 120,000 euros.
The talented daughter ofwas one of no less than 12 disqualified from the Prix des Centaures, the group one intergenerational monte held a fortnight ago, a race in which only three horses finished the course.
She will meet the winner and the third placegetter in that race, Valdice de Mars and Valse Castelets, respectively but the French betting public know that if she stays trotting, she is a class above any of her six rivals in this field, especially under saddle.
The Ecurie Victoria Dreams mare has galloped or been DQ'd for irregular gait six times in her 28 race starts, five of those being in her last 11 starts which must be of some concern to a handicapper.
She has won 11 of the 22 races in which she has kept her feet moving correctly, and has only four times placed outside the top three.
But at monte record is astounding, with seven wins under saddle in 12 monte starts, with four of them being DQs.
The only time she has not won a monte race in which she has trotted correctly was in the Prix Olry-Roederer in November, in which she finished fourth after a tardy beginning left her too much to do.
She has won the group one Prix De Vincennes and Prix Des Centaures and five other group two montes for earnings of 670,250 euros.
The second favourite in the race is the winner of the Prix des Centaures Valdice de Mars, who will be ridden again by top jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Loic Groussard.
The daughter of Lynx de Bellouet has the group one Prix des Centaures and the group two Prix Ceneri Forceninal among her eight wins in 27 career starts for 381,820 euros in earnings. All but six of those starts have been under saddle
Joel Hallais' Valse Castelets was the horse that won the Prix Olry-Roederer and has also won two other group two montes, with a third in the Prix de Centaures and three other group two top-three placings and has eight wins in 33 starts for 460,400 euros in earnings. The daughter of Memphis du Rib will be ridden by Jean Loic Claude Dersoir.
PRIX PAUL BASTARD
2014-02-23 Group II monte 5YOs - 120 000 2700m
1 Vanille du Pont (5m Kesaco Phedo - Leva du Pont) Jk: Thibault Viet Tr: Jean Yves Rayon
2 Velinotte du Derby (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Kelinotte du Derby) Jk: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Sylvain Lelievre
3 Valdu Mag (5h Jam Pridem - Poesie de Chamant ) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin
4 Viva Forest (5m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bazeille) Jk:Tr:
5 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jk: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard
6 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais
7 Vision Intense (5m- Intense Action) Jk: Nathalie Henry Tr: