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Solvato wins 2014 Prix de Bourgogne at Vincennes

04:08 AM 29 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Solvato wins the Prix de Bourgogne
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Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) stormed home (from post 17) and won today’s harness racing featured Gr. II International Prix de Bourgogne (€120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 participants) at Paris-Vincennes.

Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the winner, a US import, for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and owner Denco HB.

The pace was solid (1.10.1lr at 1500; 1.11.8kr at 1000; 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.4kr finish) as many favorites went for and contested the lead. First to lead was Maven from post seven and she relinquished to Texas Charm and then favorite Ready Cash.

Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard), who ended sixth, battled up on the outer for Damien Bonne and Timoko (Bjorn Goop up), finished seventh, also moved to the leaders on the outside. Maven raced third on the inner and Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fictre), starting from post one, also was trapped on the pegs.

Into the stretch it was anybody’s race and then pocket-sitting Texas Charm went offstride followed by Ready Cash. Solvato rallied on the far outside to be victorious and Pierre Vercruysse finally escaped traffic to be second in a dead-heat on the pegs with Up And Quick.

Tiego d’Etang (7mChaillot-Harolene) rallied for dead-heat second for Chrtistian Bigeon ahead of game rallying mare Roxane Griff driven by Eric Raffin and Robert Bergh’s trainee Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) with Dominik Locqueneux up.

Maven appeared to be impeded by the breakers but in the drive did not respond. The top five finishers were off at odds of 16, 22, 7, 18 and 35/1 respectively in the Quinte+ event. Over €1.64 million was wagered on the race in the win/place pools only.

Solvato is a full brother to world champion trotting filly, Shake It Cerry. He was imported to Europe from the USA.

This third “B” qualifier for the Prix d’Amerique, contested over a “sprinter” distance, has been won by many of the trotting greats. Multiple winners include Ready Cash (3), Ourasi (3), Meaulnes du Corta (2), Kaseco Phedo (2), Insert Gede (2), and Vourasie (2).

The fastest winner before today’s edition was 1.10kr by Texas Charm last year.The winner’s share of the purse today was €54,000 with the top five earning points (12-6-4-2-1). After the fourth “B” the top six point winners will gain Prix d’Amerique invitations.

The Prix d’Amerique looks to be an interesting and competitive race the last Sunday in January, with Solvato emerging as a leading contender. Kihlstrom knows the course having won a year ago with Maharajah and conditioner Veijo Heiskenen has him in fine condition.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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