Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) took today’s Gr. I Monte Prix de Normandie at Paris-Vincennes for a purse of 240,000 euro.
Thomas Levesque was aboard the winner, timed in 1.14.5kr over the 3000 meter course rain soaked surface. Off at 3/1, Levesque and Ulysse took command late and stretched his lead heading for home despite drifting wide.
Mike Lenders trains the winner (Pierre Levesque stable) for owner Ecurie des Pommiers. SNC Jean Levesque bred Ulysse, now with eight career victories in 28 outings, for earnings in excess of 350,000 euro.
Utopie Imperiale (5f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) finished second for Mlle. Nathalie Henry with Unikaranes (5f Montecatini-Pivoine des Hayes) third for Alexandre Abrivard. Favored Un Mec d’Heripre was fifth after stalking the leaders throughout from the outside.
Yesterday at Grobois, two year-old qualifiers took place and produced interesting successful participants :
- Before You (Coktail Jet-Kidea), Phillipe Allaire driving, 1.20kr, this one from the dam of Ready Cash
- Booster Winner (Love You-Quille Viretoute), 1.20.8kr with Allaire up
- Bugsy Malone (Ready Cash-Night Captain), 1.20.7kr also for Allaire
- Blue Label (Love You-Mary Lou Wic), 1.18.7kr for J-M Bazire
- Bakov de Vandel (Love You-Kalmiade de Valdel), 1.19.4kr with Christophe Martens aboard
- Bianca Nostra (Goetmals Wood-Idumee du Dollar), 1.18.4kr for Martens
by Thomas H. Hicks