Favored Ulysse (6m-Loctudy- ) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. was in the irons for trainer and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field.
Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for, riding for trainer and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with up.
1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr
Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500
Ulysse (6m-Loctudy- ), up for trainer and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned.
Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up
Utoky (6m-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson
Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi),aboard
Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral),aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib
25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th
The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g-Nins Palema- ) in 1.11.6kr. piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner . Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds.
1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr
Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500
Beckman (7g-Nina Palema- ), driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer , 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime
Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime
Un Amour d'Haufor (6m-Glamour d'Haufor- ), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver
Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes),trainer/driver
Recit Jeloca (9g-Flora Castelets- ), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth
Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite.
Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely, and . The winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by ) and her daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a filly winner of US$975,000.
1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr
Bear Dancer (4g-Epoque Effe- ), up
The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-),
1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr
I'm The Answer (6g-Southwind Flanders- ), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK
Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson
1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr
Stirling Allstar (5f-Super Starlet- ), Johan Untersteiner
Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas),
1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr
Nothing But Class (5m-Bold Dreamer- ), trainer/driver
MT Harmony (5f-Princess Pleasure- ), Yohan Untersteiner
Thomas H. Hicks