Pascia'Lest upsets in Prix de l'Atlantique

06:58 AM 20 Apr 2014 NZST
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Pascia’Lest and driver Enrico Bellei win the Prix de L'Atlantique
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Hippodrome Enghien in France today played host to the Gr. I International Prix de l'Atlantique with a 200,000e purse over the 2150 meters autostart sprinter distance (1-5/16 miles).

Italy's Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) prevailed in a race record 1.11.3kr as he received a perfect pocket trip from reinsman Enrico Bellei for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci. The winner was off at 10/1 odds and scored his 13th career win now for earnings of 919,382e.

Bellei was able to take the early lead away from Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard). In front briefly, the winner then pocketed when Univers de Pan was quick on the retake. Timoko sat third for Pierre Vercruysse but could not keep with the leading pair in the drive.

Bellei waited and then sprung to the attack, finally gaining superiority as the wire approached. Univers de Pan was a brave second with Caballion third but disqualified. Tiego d'Etang was placed third for Christian Bigeon with Timoko and Olmo Holz awarded spots four and five. In the beaten field were Quinoa du Gers (sixth), Quoumba de Guez (eighth) and Roxane Griff (a fading ninth).

Pascia'Lest has been under the tutelage of Thierry Duvaldestin since November, but had never passed the winning pole for the new trainer until today, and in a superb manner. Duvaldestin was at Saint -Malo today and posted four winning drives with his pupils. Pascia'Lest became one of the sprinter kings of Enghien- Soisy, including Main Wise As and Exploit Caf , other Italian champions that had won the "Atlantic " in their racing careers. This son of Varenne , timed today in 1.11.3kr, set a track record for the event , which had been held by Jag de Bellouet with 1.11.4kr in 2005.

April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Atlantique, UET Masters Series Gr. I International, 2150 meters autostart, 200,000e, 1.11.3kr new race record

Fractions: 1.12.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr at 500

1st Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 10/1 Italy, his 13th career win

2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite

3rd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon driver/trainer, 9/1

4th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Pierre Vercruysse, 9/1

5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kros), Christophe Martens, Italy, 11/1

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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