The superb six year-old Up And Quick moved three wide early to gain command for J-M Bazire and then drew away from rivals to win the Gr. II International Prix, the second last major event before the Prix d'Amerique. conditions the winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Longshot Unabella Perrine was second at 25/1. Uhlan du Val, off as 3/1 second choice, was fourth ahead of two entrants from Sweden, Rocky Winner (by ) and Disco AE (by ). None were a match for the winner.
January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes - Prix, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters turning start, 10 starters 1.13.3kr
Fractions:1.15kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish
1st Up And Quick (6m-Fichtre- ), J-M Bazire up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer , his 10th career win for earning in excess of 880,000 euro, odds 0.7/1 as favorite
2nd Unabella Perrine (6f-Minnie Perrine-Viking Sun), up at 25/1
3rd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bassis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up at 7.5/1
4th hlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3/1 odds
5th Rocky Winner (6m-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer), up for Jorgen Westholm trainer, 17/1 odds
6th Disco AE (6m-Queen AR- ), up for owner/trainer, 57/1
The winner's pedigree is productive, he being sired by legendary( -Nesmile-Caprior) from the mare Fichtre by . She is dam of seven foals, six winners ranging in life earnings from 99,000 euro to 880,000 euro, and each by a different sire. Up And Quick's pedigree is 63% French trotter and 37% standardbred with a 1.7% inbreeding coefficient.
Up And Quick is in fact quick and able to go the distance. He'll be a likely contender in the Prix d'Amerique, at least among the youngsters first tackling the full-scale veteran, top-level, international players.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com