Texas Charm, the decisive winner of the Prix de Bourgogne for reinsman, was reportedly injured and will bypass the January 26 Prix d'Amerique. He was originally engaged to race in Sunday's Prix de Belgique and has been withdrawn. Some believe that will leave veteran as the likely favorite in the international classic.
The final field for the Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International 2850 meter test plus a 25 meter distance handicap for three top earners, is shown below. Purse is 120,000 euro with 15 stalwarts to face the starter. There have been a few that won this race and the Prix d'Amerique (Lurabo in 1984, Ourasi three times in 1986-1988,in 1991 and Queen L in 1993). It's a formidable challenge.
Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Belgique - January 12, 2014
Talicia Bella, A. Barrier
Victoire, M. Mottier
Soleil du Fosse, T. Duvaldestin
Marielles, M. Abrivard
Renommee d'Obret, F. Ouvrie
Univers du Pan, P. Daugeard
Roxana de Barbray, E. Raffin
Severino, Ch. Bigeon
Vanika de Ruel, F. Anne
Quinoa de Gers, F. Souloy
Yarrah Boko, P. Vercruysse
Reve de Beylev, D. Locqueneux
The Best Madrik, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 2875 meters
Save The Quick, J-M Bazire, 2875 meters
, Jean-Philippe Dubois, 2875 meters
The Prix(UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, purse 120,000 euro) might also reveal Prix d'Amerique entrants. Ten solid performers will be at the start.
Paris-Vincennes - Prix- January 12, 2014
Ultimo Vingt, P. Ternisien
Orient Horse, M. Abrivard
Disco AE, E. Raffin
Rocky Winner, D. Locqueneux
Unabella Perrine, F. Ouvrie
Oropuro Bar, M. Smorgon
Vincennes, Mlle. J. Lindqvist
Une Fille d'Amour, D. Thomain
Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier
Up And Quick, J-M Bazire
It was also reported (Gaet) this week that the speedy nine year-old veteran gelding Rapide Lebel (by) is back in training with after more than a year away from the racing wars. When right he can be a factor for the mid-year European contests and he has shown the ability to handle monte racing successfully as well.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com