The brilliantcolt, Brillantissime, will look to make amends for a last start costly gallop when he fronts for the Prix Paul Karle a 120 000 euro Group 2 race for 3YO males over 2100m at Vincennes' petite piste on Tuesday evening.
's striking colt had been the star of the B-generation thus far but in the Criterium des Jeunes, the first of his generation's classiques or group one races he broke within spitting distance of the line as he loomed up alongside eventual winner Billie Montfort.
Previously Brillantissime had won the first two group races of the crop, including the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in December and the following month prevailing in the Prix Maurice De Gheest the first of the generation's 3YO elite tests.
His was handed his first major defeat in the Prix Paul Viel in mid February when he was third to Black d'Avril and Brutus de Bailly, who he will meet here again. But he was back to his brilliant best for all but the last 50 metres of the group one Criterium and is at short odds in early betting for the race and will be driven once again by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck.
His greatest danger will be Oceano Nox colt Black d'Avril who has made the step up to group racing with aplomb for trainer Frederic Prat .
He was third in the Critierium des Jeunes at his last start and of course won the Prix Paul Viel the start before that, after running third to Brillantissime in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the first of this year's group races in mid January - in his first group race. He will be driven by.
Master driverwill be at the reins of Brutus de Bailly who was a fast finishing second last start in the Criterium des Juenes although some distance behind Billie de Montfort. The son of Niky is trained by Bruno Bourgoin.
One who impressed early in his career is's stunning colt Bolide de Gueron who was one of the first to show promise of this crop.
The long striding strapping son ofwon his first three races in commanding fashion and then was third in the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in France and then ran fourth in both the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Prix Paul Viel.
He led the Criterium des Jeunes until the turn into the straight where he broke under pressure and will be looking to return to the promise he showed earlier.
Last start winner Bijou de Spinelly is making his first start in a group race after compiling a record of three wins and two seconds in just 8 starts. Yves Dreux' son ofwon his first start at La Capelle in November and looks a promising colt.
Jean Etienne Dubois also has a promising sort in Bixente a son of rising star sire Quaker Jet who was fourth in the Criterium des Jeunes in his last start, which was only his second time in group company.
Best of Sly is one of three entrants in the field by first crop sensation(the others being Bioness and Bolero de Daidou) and was sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes.
PRIX PAUL KARLE Vincenne
22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3M 120, 000e
1 Bolero de Daidou (h- Djakarta) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Francois Senet 2100
2 Bixente (h Quaker Jet - Ketty Mesloise) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2100
3 Bijou de Spinelly (h- Nana Loving Fair) Dr: Yves Dreux Tr: Yves Dreux 2100
4 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr:Tr: Frederic Prat 2100
5 Brillantissime (h- Ivre de Victoire ) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: 2100
6 Bioness (h- Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Tr: Patrick Chevrier 2100
7 Best of Sly (h- Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: 2100
8 Bolide de Gueron (h- Olivia) Dr: Tr: 2100
9 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr:Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2100
10 Bots Dub's (h Rolling d'Heripre - Plus de Melody) Dr: Philippe Guyard Tr: Philippe Guyard 2100
11 Bernador (h Gobernador - Richlyly) Dr:Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 2100
by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com