The outstanding monte five year-old mare Vision Intense (-Intense Action- ) took today's featured monte contest (Prix Louis Forcinal, £120,000 purse, 2700 meters) on a top-flight card at Paris-Vincennes.
Nathalie Henry carefully piloted the 0.8/1 favored Vision Intense to her 13th career win, now with increased earnings to Â£778,250. The speedy mare is trained byfor Ecurie Victoria Dreams and scored today in 1.14.1kr. Henry took back early and trailed the field for the first 600 meters before easing to the outside and moving steadily to the front. Rating speed conservatively the pair drew away entering the stretch before Vision Intense began drifting out. She held off hard-charging Ekerlza du Benjo to win by 1-1/2 lengths.
The monte co-featured Prix de Gabarret (£45,000, 2700 meters) went to Urbain Jet, a six year-old son of Prix d'Amerique winner, handled by Philippe Masschaele.
The Luc Roelens trainee increased his earnings to £129,920 with a solid front-stepping score in 1.14.8kr. Valijean Wild battled toward the front throughout and held on for second with Fabien Gence aboard. The winner was off at 6.6/1 odds.
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com