Franck Nivard won both Gr. I events on the Paris-Vincennes card Sunday, the secondary feature being in the European Championship for Five Year-Olds with Un Mec d’Heripre timed in 1.10.5kr.
This race was over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of 150,000 euro. The winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Ecurie d’Heripre. Nivard carefully stalked pacesetter Brad de Veluwe (5m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride) driven by Toumas Korvenojauntil taking command at the top of the long stretch and drawing clear for an easy win. Uhlan du Val was third.
The 240,000 euro Prix Radio Alpha (Gr. I Monte, 2200 meters distance handicapped, 240,000 euro purse) also went to Nivard aboard Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeanne’s Fella) timed in 1.13kr over 2200 meters. Ecurie le Tremont owns the winner, trained by Fabrice Souloy. Ultissimo, Michel Mottier up, was second timed in 1.11.6kr (handicapped 50 meters) with the Nathalie Henry handled Utopie Imperiale third timed in 1.11.7kr (also traveling 2250 meters).
Other top class events on the card were the Prix du Portugal (2850 meters, 80,000 euro purse, European) that went to the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund) with Dominick Locqueneux aboard. He won in 1.14kr over Marielles (7f Kick Tail) and Franck Nivard and another Italian invader Maestrale Spin (7m by Lindy Lane) third.
The European Prix d’Issigeac (2100 meters, 52,000 euro) went to Eric Raffin handling Nancy Sco (f6 SJs Photo-Felce Sco) for trainer J.M.A. Roussel and owner Ecurie Ocres SRL. The winner scored in 1.12.6kr over Winning Love (7m by Love You) with Joseph Verbeeck up and Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner).
In Spain, the French sponsored Prix des Baleares (2650 meters autostart, 50,000 euro purse) at Son Pardo, went to Roxana de Barbray (8f Speed Clayettois-Iriane des Enclos) with Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Ecurie Donati. The classy international mare scored in 1.15kr over Salea Rivelliere with Phillipe Daugeard aboard.
by Thomas H. Hicks