One of the summer season highlight cards is underway at Paris-Vincennes before a big crowd under sunny skies.
The nine race card features purses totaling €1,267,000 and includes four Gr. I events and four other graded and European eligible contests. Two exceptional monte races were on the card including the €240,000 namesake contest that drew 17 starters.
Results of the first three races follow. The Gr. I monte Prix d’Essai for €200,000 went to pacesetting upsetter Bingo Winner ridden by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This team set a blistering pace at 9/1 odds and tracking favorite Bird Parker (by Ready Cash) was unable to close the gap at any time, trailing about 10 lengths at the end.
June 22, 2014 Paris Vincennes
Prix de Nesles, €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters
Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.14.5kr at 500, 1.13.8kr finish
1st As d’Urfist (4m Install-Perle d’Urfist), Franck Nivard, 5.4/1
2nd A Nous Trois (4m Orlando Vici-Quallas), Louis Baudron, 5.4/1
3rd Amiral du Bisson (4g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson), Pierre-Yves Verva, 3.6/1
Prix Raymond Fouard, Gr. III European, €85,000, 12 starters
Fractions: 1.14.4kr at 1500; 1.12.9kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish
1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg), Jan Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 1.6/1
2nd Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof), Dominik Locqueneux, 7.6/1
3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia du Vandel), Cedric Megissier, 3.6/1
Prix d’Essai, Gr. I monte, €200,000, 2175 meters
Fractions: 1.11.1kr at 1500; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.5kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish
1st Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin, 9.3/1 odds, trainer Sebastien Guarato
2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Balisha), Yohan Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/10 favorite
3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), A. Lamy, 69.1/1
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com