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Rising stars showcased in Vincennes undercard

09:13 AM 27 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Axelle Dark, harness racing
Group One winning filly Axelle Dark
Photo by David Sanders

VINCENNES, France - France’s emerging stars took advantage of a captive worldwide audience to strut their stuff at Vincennes during the Prix d’Amerique undercard

Rising monte star Vision Intense and unbeaten 3YO Bouclier d’Or put on master classes in saddle and in harness, in the supporting events to the Prix d’Amerique.

There was a thought that Vision Intense would attempt to become the third 5YO to win the Prix de Cornulier, the world championship of monte racing  in 20 years, but her connections decided against a premature shot at history, when a steady course would surely achieve the goal.

The daughter of Prodigious  was majestic yesterday in winning the Group II Prix Camille Blaisot, over 2850m.

The change of strategy to go forward in a race, rather than tail off and surge home is proving a winning one. Vision Intense is obviously a horse that is uncomfortable in traffic, and it appears there is no one in her age group who can stay with her now that she has figured out she can just crush her opponents from the front.

Ready Cash is proving a phenom as a sire.

Bouclier d’Or is the third B-crop colt of Ready Cash to emerge as  a classique contender behind Brillantissime and Bird Parker, who were the first two home in the group two Emmanuel Margouty, the biggest race for 2YO males.

They also quinellaed  the  Prince Maurice de Gheest, the group two leadup to the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes. It is conceivable that the great horse could have the first three home in the first Criterium of his second crop.

Last season in his first crop he produced outstanding group one winning fillies Axelle Dark (who was third in the Prix Charles Tiercelin today), Avila and Group 1 placed Atlas de Jourdes.

Ready Cash lost no fans today, and his legacy looks in safe hands.

by David Sanders for


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