Viking de Val & Rapide du Digeon win at Vincennes

03:14 AM 24 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Viking de Val and trainer/driver Eric Lambertz win the Prix Robert Auvray
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Rapide Du Digeon and driver Damien Bonne win in a romp
Paris Turf Photo
Paris-Vincennes hosted a superb trotting card today with an early noon first race post time. The nine race card handled over £2 million in the win only pools. The card also included the day's Quinte+ race with a jackpot of £6.1 million and win/place handle on that race exceeded £1.26 million on this race #7.

Viking de Val took the sulky-featured Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for trainer/driver Eric Lambertz.

Lambertz record his second Gr. II win, 20 years after his first such victory. The five year-old son of Baccarat du Pont scored in 1.13.7kr over 2850 meters to secure the winners' share of the £120,000 purse. He won for the eighth time in a career that has produced earnings of £380,940. The winner held on for a close win with a speedy final 500 meters.

Trainer/driver Lambertz was pleased with this semi-classique win, commenting that his trainee is somewhat better coming from off the pace. Villeroi was second for trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois with Victoria du Jouan ending third. The five year-olds next face the starter on April 12 in the Prix Henri Levesque.

The Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (£115,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), a co-feature on the program, went to front-stepping Rapide du Digeon with jubilant Damien Bonne teaming. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres scored in 1.12.7kr for his 14th career win, this one at 30/1 odds. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee now has earnings of £692,030. Amoud d'Occagnes was second at 18/1 for reinsman Christophe Martens.

Today's Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (£72,000, 2700 meters European, 18 starters) carried a jackpot of £6.1 million. Triskell Pacha recorded a rallying victory for Franck Nivard, at the lines for trainer/owner David Cherbonnel. The veteran son of Elio Josselyn won for the 12th time, increasing his career earnings to £349,470. Italy's Olmo Holz was second for Christophe Martens with Sam Gibus ending third in the race timed in 1.13.2kr. Favorite Orupuro Bar raced on the front for Marco Smorgon and ended fifth. An exact order £2 ticket paid £27,111.

The Paris-Vincennes card also revealed other interesting winners. Renoir Dany (four year-old son of Varenne) took the Prix de Gueugron (£65,000, 2700 meters, European males) in 1.14.2kr for teamster Franck Ouvrie at 12/1. The Marco Smorgon trainee was a rallying winner by disqualification with Italian stablemate Romanesque (by Love You) second in a photo, with Smorgon driving at 26/1. Another Italian invader, Re Degli Dei (by Conway Hall), took fourth for Tommaso DiLorenzo.

The Prix de Chatillon (£55,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, for three year-olds) went to undefeated Boccador de Simm, his fourth victory now for £62,100 earned. Joseph Verbeeck steered the bold going chestnut son of Rieussec for trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored in 1.16.8kr with a rapid final 500 meters. Rieussec is a lightly raced son of Goetmals Wood from Ironie Jet by Coktail Jet and from a Workaholic dam.

by Thomas H. Hicks. for Harnesslink.com

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