Un Mec d’Heripre (six year-old son of Orlando Vici) won today’s €200,000 Prix Rene Balliere on disqualification for rough-gait (as determined by judges) of line-leading and pacesetter Uhlan du Val reined by Cedric Megissier.
Franck Nivard steered the placed-winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy to the 1.10.7kr score over 2100 meters autostart. Uhlan du Val led decisively from the beginning and was two lengths best across the line before the dq. Tiego d’Etang raced well to be a closing second for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Veteran Reve de Beylev was a solid third along the inner for Mathieu Abrivard.
Prix Rene Balliere, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters
Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.10.1kr at 500; 1.10.7kr finish
1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 2.1/1
2nd Tiego d’Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon trainer/driver, 3.9/1
3rd Reve de Beylev (7m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard, Sebastien Guarato trainer, 10.1/1
4th Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard), Damien Bonne up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 66.2/1
5th Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocohontas), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 28/1
Uhlan du Val first across the line easily as pacesetter and disqualified; Roxane Griff parked three-wide without cover early and then pulled back/eased
Eric Raffin rode his second Gr. I monte winner today as he steered Atlessima to victory in the prestigious featured event at Paris-Vincennes.
The four year-old daughter of Rocklyn raised her career earnings to over €442,000 with this her sixth win. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anna Mix and Al Capone Jet trailed the winner home as favorite A Nous Deux was disqualified for an early miscue. Axelle Dark (by Ready Cash) made her initial monte start and ended fifth, after her recent performance to sulky has tailed off.
Prix du President de la Republique, Gr. I monte, €240,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters
Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.13.8kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500; 1.14.1kr finish
1st Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, sixth lifetime win for €442,740, 5.4/1
2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc trainer, 8.8/1
3rd Al Capone Jet (4m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Mougane), Mathieu Abrivard up, 30.3/1
4th Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva up, 18.6/1. Ake Kristoffersson trainer
Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire, 8.7/1
Favored A Nous Deux dq for break in first 500 meters
Today’s Pick-5 Prix de Grobois at Paris-Vincennes produced a driving eight-horse finish that went to Olmo Holz (by Uronometro) teamed by Christophe Martens. The Italian-bred campaigner is owned by Frans Delmonte and trained by Vincent Martens. This 16th career win raised the winners’ earnings to over €496,000. Ursule du Bouffey and Lobell Countess trailed the victor. The winner overcame a 25 meter distance penalty to win timed in a sharp 1.13.5kr.
Prix de Grobois, European, €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters
Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.2kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500; 1.13.5kr finish
Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Frans Delmonte owner, 9/1, traveled 2875 meters, 16th career victory for €496,596, Italy
Ursule du Bouffey (6f Indy de Vive-Illusion du Coq), P-Y Verva up, 1.6/1 favorite, 2850 meters
Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way), Dominik Locqueneux up, Peter J. Strooper trainer, 12/1, 2850 meters
The day’s co-featured Prix Albert Viel, a Gr. I event for three-year old males for a purse of €200,000, produced a 1-2 finish order for Philippe Allaire trainees, both of which overcame rough-gaitedness to hold up on the official board.
Boccador de Simm (by Rieussec) took the close win for Pierre Vercruysse timed in 1.14.4kr over the 2700 meter grand-piste course. Favored Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with Brutus de Bailly finishing well to be third for J-M Bazire. The winner took the top prize for the sixth time in a career that now shows over €211,000 earned.
Prix Albert Viel, Gr. I three year-olds, €200,000, 2700 meters
Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500; 1.14.4kr finish
1st Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussec-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier-Henri Thomas, 3.7/1, his sixth score for €211,350
2nd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire), Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Allaire, 3/1
3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up, 5.5/1
4th Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril), Franck Ouvrie up, 36/1
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com