Clash of the unbeaten fillies in Une De Mai

08:38 AM 20 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Franck Anne, harness racing Jean Pierre Dubois, harness racing
Franck Anne trains and drives Brindille de Mai and Balade de Blar
Jean Pierre Dubois drives Bassana de Marlau

It is the turn for the top 2YO fillies to stake their claim for juvenile supremacy in the Prix Une De Mai at Vincennes on Saturday, a group two over 2175m for 120,000 euros.

Heading the field is Be My Girl who won both the two major preparatory races in some style. She won the Prix Marcel Dejean and Prix Vourasie untouched after leading all the way in what were commanding performances.

A beautifully striding royally-bred daughter of Love You out of a mare by Extreme Dream (the damsire of Ready Cash), this horse could be another superstar out of the powerhouse Philippe Allaire stable.

But hold your horses, there are two unbeaten fillies yet to test her, including the equally brilliant Brindille de Mai, one of the most impressive fillies to have raced this season.

Brindille de Mai is from the first crop of Repeat Love, and is another tall long-striding filly, who won the Prix Gerda in incredible fashion, powering ahead by to spread eagle the field, leading by a dozen or more lengths as they turned into the straight and then coasting to the line. She is rated very highly by her trainer, Frank Anne, who is a master of 2YO training, having produced another juvenile wonderkind last year in Vanika de Ruel.

And then there is another wizard with youngsters Sebastian Guarato, who has a great number of 2YOs in work, and Billie de Montfort is one of his best. A compact bay daughter of Jasmin de Flore, Billie de Montfort is unbeaten in four starts and likes to dominate from the front, and even at this early age has shown an ability to accelerate several times in a race to keep in front and kick in the straight.

And then there is Bassana de Marlau, who bears the stamp of her sire Sam Bourbon, who also has three in the corresponding colts race, amazing for a first season sire.

She blew the field off the Vincennes track at her last start in a very fast 1.15.6kr of a - the third impressive win in a row after a mistake in her first start. One of Jean Pierre Dubois's incredible breed and will also give Be My Girl a good run for the cash.

Others who may figure in the finish include Balade de Blary who is rated behind Brindille de Mai by Frank Anne, but the daughter of Qualmio De Vandel is still a handy filly who will be there and thereabouts in the finish.

Fabrice Souloy also has a nice filly in Beauty Turgot, another filly with that typical long reaching French gait.

The daughter of Hand Du Vivier was second in the Prix Marcel Dejean after leading early and handing up to Be My Girl, and showed courage to fight back when challenged by Bergame Madrik, a daughter of Prince d'Espace who has picked up big cheques in both major prep races.



2013-12-21 FR Group II 2F 2175m €120,000

1 Brindille Mika (2f Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger

2 Baraka de Bellou (2f Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Adrien Pereira

3 Baileyse (2f Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet

4 Brindille de Mai (2f Repeat Love - Katoune) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne

5 Bassana de Marlau (2f Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier

6 Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato

7 Balade de Blary (2f Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Franck Anne

8 Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy

9 Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin

10 Be My Girl (2f Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire

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