Today (Thursday) the prestigious Winter Meet began at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and runs through March 3, 2014.
A host to France and international trotting events highlight the program including the Four B’s that produce qualification for the Prix d’Amerique, the monte classic Prix de Cornulier plus the Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune. The dates of major races are shown below:
Nov. 16 – Prix de Bretagne
Dec. 1- Grand National du Trot (GNT) Final
Dec. 7 – Prix de Bourbonnais
Dec. 8 – Criterium 3 Ans
Dec. 22 – Criterium Continental
Jan. 1 – Prix de Bourgogne
Jan. 5 – Prix du Calvados
Jan. 12 – Prix Tenor de Baune
Jan. 15 –Prix de Belgique
Jan. 19 – Prix de Cornulier
Jan. 16 – Prix d’Amerique
Feb. 2 – Prix de L’lle dr France and Prix de la Marne
Feb. 9 – Prix de France and Prix des Centauran
Feb. 16 – Criterium des Jeunes
Feb. 23 – Prix de Paris
Mar 3 – Prix de L’Union European and Prix de Selection
Today’s racing action was a fitting start to the Winter Meet, as it showcased the Gr. II monte Prix Reynolds over 2175 meters for a 120,000 euro purse. The great international sulky star mare Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) made a sweeping move around the final bend and scored easily, drawing clear to win in 1.11.3kr albeit she drifted wide toward the stands in the late stages. Eric Raffin rode the winner, defeating Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Barcaroile) and Camille Levesque. Sakura Jiel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou-Milady Jiel) was third with Guillaume Martin aboard.
The co-feature was the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (European) for 110,000 euro over the 2700 meter grande piste. Contenders Soleil du Fosse and the Robert Bergh handles Kadett CD made disqualifying miscues opening the way for a win by the Christian Bigeon trained and driven Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillo-Harolene-Vroum d’Or) in 1.13.7kr. He defeated the SWE invader Sanity(7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), handled by Franck Ouvrie for Stall Sanity and trainer Malin Lofgren, and the classy FR mare Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Heloise France-Blue Dream) with Wm. Bigeon up.
The other important monte event on the card was the Prix de Bellerive over 2700 meters and for a purse of 72,000 euro. Air de Marne (3g Corot-Hydre de Marne) scored narrowly for Alexandre Abrivard in 1.17.1kr over Aquarelle de Fael for Franck Nivard with Al Capone Jet taking third for Damien Bonne.
Monte action plays a significant role during the Winter Meet, culminating in the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier one week before the Prix d’Amerique.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com