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Vanika du Ruel captures Prix Jean Le Gonidec

08:58 AM 08 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Vanika Du Ruel was an easy winner at Vincennes in the Prix Jean Le Gonidec
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Athletic Sport comes on to win the Prix de Rozay-en-Brie
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Franck Anne's talented five year-old mare Vanika du Ruel, a daughter of Jardy, upset Village Mystic and Victoire to easily capture today's Gr. II Prix Jean Le Gonidec at Paris-Vincennes.

The fast leaving young mare, that has been competing against the best aged performers in France, stepped to the front and kept on going to score by open lengths in 1.12.8kr over the rain soaked 2175 meter course. The UET Masters Series event carried a purse of 120,000e. The winner may very well be advancing to the top level for aged mares in the future. Village Mystic, a five year-old son of Love You, was second for Louis Baudron ahead of Italy's Pascia'Lest (by Varenne) with reinsman Jos. Verbeeck. Victoire, the 2/1 favorite ended fifth.

February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean Le Gonidec, UET Masters Series Gr. II European, 2175 meters, 120,000e, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.9 milion euros, 13 starters  1.12.8

1st Vankina du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Franck Anne trainer/driver, for breeder/owner Mme. Annick Bazn, 7.6/1 odds, convincing start to finish winner, her 12th career win for earnings of 977,760e

2nd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron trainer/driver, 5.5/1

3rd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun), Jos. Verbeeck for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 6.8/1, Italy

4th Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 7.3/1

5th Victoire (5f Kitcko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up from trainer Danielle Mottier, 2/1 favorite

Two upper class European events were also featured on the Paris-Vincennes card today. Taormina d'Em won the first for Tony Le Beller in 1.14.6kr to capture the Prix Guy Lux over 2700 meters for 72,000e purse. The seven-year-old mare scored in a rousing finish over a fine field that included second place finishing Triskell Pacha for Franck Nivard, Sergent du Rib and Spain's Trebol (finished fourth).

February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Guy Lux, European, 2700 meters, 72,000e, 12 starters1.14.6kr

1st Taormina d'Em (7f Cedre du Vivier-Nevadara d'Em-Coktail Jet), Tony Le Beller, 11/1 odds

2nd Triskell Pacha (7g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte), Franck Nivard up, 1.8/1

3rd Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1

4th Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, 11/1 odds (Spain)

5th Rafale Leman (9f Ekir de Leau-Bellones Leman), Mathier Mottier up, 30/1

J-M Bazire drove Italy's Oneghin Del Ronco to victory in the Prix Leon Zitrone in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters for 58,000e. The six year-old son of Love You from a Park Avenue Joe mare was an upset winner at 29/1 over a nice field in which Italian invaders by Pine Chip and Viking Kronos were third and fourth.

February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leon Zitrone, European, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters  1.13.6kr

1st Oneghin Del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia Del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), J-M Bazire, 29/1 odds for trainer Vincenzo Tufano, owner Vincenzo Cappola (Italy)

2nd Utelo de Carentone (6g Kiwi-Maevu d'Harcouel-Buvetier d'Aunou), Guy Maillard, 16/1

3rd Oscar Chip Fas (6g Pine Chip-Alias diJesolo-Royal Troubador), David Thomain, 91/1 (Italy)

4th Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Dominik Locqueneux, 2/1 odds (Italy)

5th Sem Jafat (6g SJs Photo-Persilja-Pershing), Johan Untersteiner up, 5.8/1 (Sweden)

The fastest event of the day was a 1.12.4kr win for Topaze Royale in the monte Prix Jacques Orliaguet over 2175 meters. The winners share of the 48,000e purse took Topaze Royale's earnings to 144,710e for the seven-year-old mare, trained and reined by Mathieu Abrivard. Her victory as favorite broke a string of long odds winners on this day.

February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Orliaguet, monte, 48,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters 1.12.4kr

1st Topaze Royale (7f Light Up Vonnas-Lea Royale-Capitole), Mathieu Abrivard trainer/driver, 3.2/1, owner Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard, eighth win for 144,710€

2nd Tino Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Elite Gede), C. Frecelle up, 6.5/1

3rd Twiggy Speed (7f Joe l'Amoroso-Theorie Gede), A. Wiels, 12/1

4th Taluska du Levan (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombre), Nathalie Henry up at 18/1

Big upset at Vincennes Thursday

Unvevring du Gite took yesterday's Paris-Vincennes Prix de L'lle-et-Vilaine at 16/1 odds to set-off an exact order payoff of over 298,000e (excluding the jackpot that reached 3.85 million euros).

David Thomain teamed the winner for owner/trainer Jean Lelievre as he increased career earnings to 192,430e. Uvevering du Gite scored in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart to defeat stablemate 20/1 shot Tabriz du Gite handled by Bernard Piton.

February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L' lle-et-Vilaine, European, 17 starters, 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ race of the day with 3.85€ million jackpot 1.14.1kr

1st Uvevering du Gite (6m Iton du Gite-Bauxite Bocain), David Thomain up for Jean Lelievre trainer and owner Georges Lelievre, 16/1 odds, fourth career win for 192,430€

2nd Tabriz du Gite (7m Ganymede-Kabrizica), Bernard Piton up for J. Lelievre, 20/1, stablemate of winner

3rd Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi L'Abeille), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 4.8/1

4th Sky Quick (8g Jasmin de Flore-Mancha Quick), Mathieu Mottier up for Clement Casseron trainer, 129/1

The well assembled Paris-Vincennes card was also highlighted by victories for Altesse du Mirel, a Ready Cash lightly raced four year-old filly, trained and reined by Pierre Vercruysse; the monte Prix de Douvres to Urone du Cebe handled by Marie Bacsich for trainer Franck Leblanc. They overcame a 25 meter handicap and the monte Prix de Rozay-en-Brie that Athletic Sport won for Anne Barthelemy.

February 5, 2014, Paris Vincennes Prix de Montlucon, 34,000€ purse, 2700 meters for females, 12 starters 1.19.1kr

1st Altesse du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse trainer/driver for owner Mme. Florence Allera, 4.1/1 odds, her third win for 29.700€ for this lightly raced filly

2nd Ariana (4f Neoh Jiel-Nausican Sautonne), Jos. Verbeeck up for Jean-Pierre Viel trainer, 2.3/1 co-favorite

3rd Argovie (4f Gogo-Nymphe Jet), F. Senet up for trainer Mme. Michelle Stihl, 12/1

February 5, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Douvres, 60,000€, 2850 meters, monte, females, apprentice jockeys, 8 starters  1.15.3kr

1st Urone du Cebe (6f Neutron du Cebe-Irma Saint Jean), Mlle. Marie Bacsich up for Franck Leblanc trainer/owner, 5/1, traveled plus 25 meters, eighth career win for 118,740€ earnings

2nd Ussia du Declic (6f Meaulnes du Corta-Opale du Declic), Xavier Bonnefoux aboard for trainer/owner Yvonnick Dousset, 22/1

3rd Uza Viva (6f Korean-Kuza Viva), Mlle. Isaline Lelievre up, 27/1 odds, trainer Paul Viel, plus 25 meters

February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Rozay-en-Brie, 35,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.16.8kr

1st Athletic Sport (4m Jag de Bellouet-Quipia Josselyn), Anne Barthelemy up for Philippe Forget, 4.9/1

2nd Alcatraz d'Ariane (4g Gogo-Karintzia d'Ariane), David Thomain teaming for Daniel Bethouart, 2.5/1

3rd Arlequin de Cosse (4m Fortuna Font-Maron de Cosse), Fabien Gence up for Arnaud Leduc trainer, 11/1

4th Aladin de Meslay (4g Dahir de Prelong-Idee de Meslay), Hanna Huygens up for trainer Daniel Moes, 42/1

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