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Prix de Bar-le-Duc to Vive Majyc at Vincennes

04:52 AM 28 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Vive Majyc and driver Eric Raffin celebrate the victory
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Today’s featured Prix de Bar-le-Duc (€105,000, 18 European starters, 2850 meters distance handicap) went to front-stepping Vive Majyc (5f Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Louis Baudron and owner SARL Ecurie de Sassy. 

The 34/1 winner was timed in 1.15.1kr over the rain soaked course to defeat Voyage de Reve (5m Password-Kiocalba) with Jean-Philippe Dubois aboard for trainer Philippe Moulin. Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema) ended third overcoming a 25 meter handicap for reinsman Franck Nivard  and trainer Fabrice Souloy as did fourth place finisher Voltigeur de Myrt and Gabrielle Gelormini. Fifth home was Vicomte Boufarcaux with Joseph Verbeeck driving. Winner Vive Majyc scored for the ninth time in her career for earnings of €356,020.

The solid undercard on this rainy Saturday afternoon in Paris included the Prix Yvonnick Boden (€105,000, monte, 2700 meters, 18 starters, apprentice jockeys) and veteran Rire Mutin (9g Bijou du BIgnon-Miss Mutine-Sancho Panca) was forwardly placed early, gained the front midway and led to the line for jockey Clara Dodard-Taiquel.

The 10/1 winner held off Quartz de Vindecy and Christelle Le Coz with third to Udayama with Esther Van Petten in the irons. The winner recorded his 17th career win for €585,160 earned. Rire Mutin was timed in 1.13.7kr after even fractions.

The Prix de Sainte Marie-du-Mont (€50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 entrants) was a showcase of early speed (fractions – 1.06.3kr at 1500; 1.10.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500, 1.12.2kr finish) and Sebastien Ernault teamed his trainee Urasi de la Valee (6g Onyx du Goutier-La Vallee) to an easy win at 17/1 over Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire) at 15/1 for Pierre Vercruysse. Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio) was third for Gabreille Gelormini.

The Prix de Damville (€70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 female starters) went to the Franck Ouvrie teamed Adelia de Melodie (4f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) at 8/1 odds. Ariane du Goutier (4f Goetmals Wood-Logoden Vro) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to Alpine du Rib (4f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) and J.L.Cl. Dersoir up for trainer Joel Hallais. The winner scored in 1.12.4kr off solid fractions (1.09kr at 1500; 1.11.8kr at 1000; 1.12.5kr at 500).

Tomorrow’s Prix de Bourgogne shapes up as a superb third “B” leading to the Prix d’Amerique in a month. Of particular interest will be veteran Ready Cash that needs to earn €31,000 to gain Prix d’Amerique eligibility for the 2015 edition. Ready Cash overcame a 25 meter handicap to race well in the Prix du Bourbonnais, given an easy trip by Franck Nivard. He drew post eight in tomorrow’s Gr. II event.

Trainer Thierry Duvaldestin stated that he is less spirited than in the past but has worked effectively each week on the beach of Deauville. Defending champion Texas Charm is a likely threat along with a host of tier one entrants plus Solvato from the second tier. This race could be a speed duel off the 2100 autostart distance and top money winners drawing post positions in the first tier.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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