reportedly gave great thought about whether to engage Maharajah for a fourth attempt at the Prix d'Amerique. After a disappointing last prep in snowy Sweden, some did not expect Maharajah to start albeit his second to last start in Sweden which was a solid winning effort.
Also disappointing in his last two starts,was nonetheless engaged in the classic, a race he won easily in 2013. His connections have stated that they will make a decision tomorrow.
is the likely favorite again this year albeit a group of new French players may contest his past supremacy. Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick deserve watching. Italy will probably send out up to four starters in the 2014 edition of the Prix d'Amerique, including Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe. Mack Grace SM, a sharp son of CC's Chuckie T, has won 12 straight.
January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Amerique, 2700 meters International Gr. I UET Masters Series, 25 engaged
Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 352466
Uhlan du Val, 6m, C. Megissier, 653890
Soleil du Fosse, 8m,, 663180
Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 691190
Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950
Marielles, 8f,, 721614, Italy
Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-E. Trible, 739762
Pascia'Lest, 5m., 743882, Italy
Univers de Pan. 6m,, 808030
Up And Quick, 6m,, 828060
Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828
Vanika du Ruel, 5f,, 923760
Quinoa de Gers, 10m,, 974343
Nesta Effe, 7m, Holger Ehlert, 1015286, Italy
Yarrah Boko, 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1049577, Norway
Reve de Beylev, 9m,, 1091460
Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1103980
Mack Grace SM, 8m, M. DiNocola, 1325001, Italy
The Best Madrik, 7m, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 1367710
, 9m, , 1573310
Save The Quick, 8f,, 1581079
Roxane Griff, 9f,, 2023118
Timoko, 7m,, 2099590
Maharajah, 9m,, 2152451, Sweden
, 9m, , 4282300
Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the international trot week began. The Prix de Cavaillon for European females went to favorite Alienor de Godrel withaboard. Italian invaders took the next three spots following the winner. See chart below.
January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cavaillon, European females, 55,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters
1.15.6kr (finishers 2-4 from Italy)
1st Alienor de Godrel (4f-Julietta-Uthan), trainer/driver for Ecurie AB Trot, 1.7/1 odds
2nd Radiofressia Fi (4f-Castilia ITY- ), Federico Esposito up at 4.3/1
3rd Rebecca Laser (4f-Snagadela- ), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 21/1 odds
4th Royal Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc-Crowning Classic), Mme. Michela Racca up for trainer Tiberio Cecere at 34/1
The European monte Prix de Pontrieux for 40,000 euro purse went to United Face with Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens. He scored easily over two sons ofin 1.14.3kr over the 2700 meter classic distance. The top three in this event, with 17 starters, were Swedish invaders.
January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pontrieux, 40,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte, 17 starters
1.14.3kr (top three finishers from Sweden)
1st United Face (6g-Pretty I-Sharif di Iesolo), Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens, 5.9/1
2nd Ninepoints Charlie (6m-Lucky Kelly- ), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm, 26/1
3rd Latest News (6g-Rose The Goal- ), up for trainer and Stall TZ & Lovis, 1.5/1
The Prix de Cantin, an interesting test for four year-old males, went to Artiste du Lys with Wm. Bigeon up in a close score in 1.14.8kr over two youngsters from the Jean-Etienne Dubois stable, the well-bred Andover Jet and Alex The Winner. This group of 15 starters traveled over 2100 meters autostart.
January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cantin, 35,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.14.8kr
1st Artiste du Lys (4g-Jaquissime-Colt Fortysix), Wm. Bigeon up at 24/1 odds
2nd Andover Jet (4m-Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Vercruysse up for Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/breeder, 9/2 odds
3rd Alex The Winner (4m-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/owner/trainer, 12/1 odds
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com