Day At The Track

Roxane Griff disqualified

09:50 AM 02 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Camille Levesque and connections Une Fille d’Amour
Camille Levesque teamed Valse de Reve, trainer Nicolas Roussel and connections
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Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and teamster David Thomain
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Roxane Griff
Une Fille d’Amour
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The featured Gr. I UET Masters Series Prix de L’lle de France (€200,000 purse, 2175 meters, International, 12 starters) produced what appeared to be a  wide rally by the “Grande-Dame” of French trotting Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) as she scored narrowly across the line for Eric Raffin, harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. 

The 3/5 favorite was, however, disqualified after steward investigation and this denied her from achieving the €3 million mark in career earnings. Roxane again drifted very wide in the stretch as she did in the Prix de Cornulier on January 18th (Eric Raffin commented post-race that the great champion used her heart to overcome pain). 

Placed first was Udayama (7f Echo - Lancia du Pont) trained by Lois Groussard and handled by Gaetan Prat and race pacesetter Talicia Bella (8f General du Pommeau -Illicia Bella), ridden by Anthony Barrier, was placed second ahead of Seduisant Fouteau.

The undercard this day was exceptional, with several group (graded) events.

The Gr. III monte Prix de l’Amite (€95,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 participants) went to the Camille Levesque teamed Valse de Reve (6f Mister President-Nouba Houba) that was off at 1.3/1 for trainer Nicolas Roussel. The good performing mare swept to the lead in the last turn and held off two challengers in deep stretch, second placed Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) at 2.5/1 for Damien Bonne and trainer Sebastian Ernault, followed by Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette). The winner was clocked in 1.12.5kr after even fractions (1.11.4kr at 1500; 1.12kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500).

The Grand Prix d’Afrique (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot) went to Vico du Petit Odon (6g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) at 2.4/1 odds,  driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner that scored in 1.14.8kr with a sharp closing kick (fractions 1.16.5kr at 1500; 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.16.1kr at 500). Theo d’Erah (8g Baccarat du Pont-Linda d’Erah) closed well for second, handled by David Thomain, at 90/1. By Air (8g From Above-Come Fly With Me) held third for Sweden’s trainer/driver Robert Bergh at 31/1 and Italy’s Overland Gar (7f Windsong’s Legacy-Happy Diamonds) was a 47/1 third for driver/trainer Romain Derieux.

Race five on the excellent card today was the Gr. III Prix de Rouen (€100,000 purse, 2700 meters, nine European participants) and the exciting finish was changed by disqualification of the Stg H. Johansson trained  Indigious that was rough gaited shortly before the line. Thus, Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was placed first at 9/10 odds for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, over second placed Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 31/1 Vive Mayjc (6f Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue) was placed third and she was reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Louis Baudron. The winner was clocked in 1.13.6kr closing sharply off soft fractions (1.14.5kr at 1500; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.15kr at 500).

The Gr. III Prix La Marne (€110,000 purse, 2700 meters, International, 13 starters) produced a victory for Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and teamster David Thomain. The Cyril Raimbaud trainee, off at 8/1 odds, defeated Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and Solea Riveliere (9f Calife des Noues-Holua Rivelliere) with Philippe Daugeard aboard at 18/1. Soleil du Fosse finished fourth with Beckman fifth. Favorite Viking de Val ended eighth and Rapide de Digeon was unplaced in this fast-class event. The winner was clocked in 1.13.4kr on honest fractions (1.12.9ker at 1500; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.13.4 at 500). 

Thomas H. Hicks


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