Day At The Track

€200,000 Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson

12:00 PM 22 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Django Riff
Django Riff reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire

The Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, three year-olds) went to the .5/1 odds favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire clocked in 1.14.5kr off well-rated fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500). The half-length winner took the lead after 700 meters and stayed the front-end course to the line. It was Django Riff’s fifth consecutive win. Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a strong second for driver J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas at 6.8/1 odds. Third was fast closing Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. Doberman was home fourth for Franck Nivard. This group of three-year olds is consistently talented.

The Gr. III Prix Pontavice de Heussey (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. The winner increased her career earnings to €699,620. Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was a narrowly beaten second for Franck Nivard at 9/1 with the Franck Leblanc trainee. Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third beaten less than a length for David Thomain ahead for Udayama and Orione Degli Dei. Race time was a sharp 1.11.8kr.

Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) rallied strongly in the final 500 meters for Pietro Gubellini to record an easy victory in today’s Q+ event.

Off at 5.3/1 odds the Johanna Lindqvist trainee, owned by Scuderia Super Chico SAS of Italy, increased career earnings to €230,811. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the 2700 meter distance in the €54,000 purse Grand Prix Ereel Pour l’Action Souffle de Vioilette. Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) driven by Anthony Barrier for trainer Markku Vartiainen and Finland’s By The River Stable. Violine Mourotaise and Viking Dream finished fourth and fifth in the 17 horse field before one scratch and three disqualifications.

The €100,000 purse Prix d’Orthez (2700 meters, 15 starters, four year-olds) went to 16/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) with DSylvain Roger teaming and training. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 to go). Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc at 10/1. Third was 58/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens training for Ecurie Bivans SRL of Italy. Italy’s Tessy D’Ete was fourth at 111/1 and Caid de Jumilly was fifth at 54/1.

The €80,000 purse Prix Fondation Casip-Cojasor (distance 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) clocked in 1.12.9kr for J-M Bazire, the trainer/driver. Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato in a close photo decision over Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) and Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc. Bourbon Somolli and Beguin Meslois were next.

The finale this day was the €56,000 purse Prix Glossybox contested over 2700 meters by 16 six year-old mare rivals. After several false starts All Star Is Mine (6f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jonquiere) was away on the front for Eric Raffin and she led in a rated pace (1.13.6kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.6kr at 1000, 1.14.9kr at 500 to go) until Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) rushed to the front for J-M Bazire. This half-sister to Lisa America has been third in the outer tier until Bazire made the move with the Jerry Riordan trainee owned by Lisa Riordan. Radysin open a comfortable winner until Rugiada Dei Rex (6f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex), that had been well-placed second much of the way, sprinted home late for David Thomain to nail Radysin on the line. The winner was off at 6.4/1 odds while Radysin America was the 9/10 favorite. All Star Is Mine held third at 8/1 with longshots Mythical Fortune (6f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune) and Anza du Carbonel   fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.14.3kr with a quick final 500.

Thomas H. Hicks

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