SPECIAL PRIX d'AMERIQUE PROGRAM
A stunning card, and a super day ahead. I've gone for a mixture of favourites and outsiders, where I think the favourite is vulnerable.
So bonne chance.
R1 Prix Jacques Andrieu Gr2 UET MS monte 2850m: Grand old warhorse Quarry Bay (11) was an early casualty in the Prix de Cornulier, as did Utoky (8), and the pair face a much weaker field here, although they give 25m to Nene'Degli Ulivi (1) who has super form, with three wins in a row, two of them at Vincennes. It looks like a three-horse race and the Italian invader is at the peak of his game and my selection. Selection 1
R2 68,000e Prix de Montreal (Euro) 2700m: Dutch horse Conway Fortuna (11) and Italian Paper Caf (6) are the picks of most of the Paris-Turf pundits although I like Vinci de l'Abbaye in the hands of the master J-M Bazire. If he stays trotting he will place, and even more frequently win. Selection 3
R3 100,000e Prix Helen Johansson Gr3 Euro 2100m: Tolca de Bellouet (4) and Urella (6) are the favourites but a lot of the local media are going with Oibamban Effe (1) who was at 24/1 when I handicapped this race, but I don't like Italian form going into a race at Vincennes even if there is a word out locally. JMB is on Urella, he has won at this distance at Vincennes and my dad always taught me a short odds winner is better than a long odds loser - so 6 it is. Selection 6
R4 120,000e Prix Charles Tiercelin Gr 2 2100m: The first of the big features, has's Akim du Cap Vert (7) against three of 's stunning band of young stars, Axelle Dark (2), Atlas de Jourdes (3) and Artist du Jourdes (9), while Sebastian Guarato's Aladin D'Ecajuel (1) and Atlessima (4) can also get some of this. This is a really tough race to handicap but I'm going for an outsider here in the beautifully-bred Artiste du Jourdes who has a new driver in , and has been an improver of late. You should cover this with a place bet and you'll should still be ahead. Selection 9
R5 120,000e Prix Camille Blaisot Gr2 monte 2850m: If Vision Intense (8) stays trotting she usually wins, and this is no different. Valse Castelets (7) is also talented and this is an obvious quinella. Selection 8.
R6 1,000,000e Grand Prix d'Amerique Gr1 UET MS 2850m: This is being hailed as a match race between(18) and Up And Quick (4) by 13 of the 20 expert selectors in Paris-Turf. It is of course more than that, and The Best Madrik (12) is one I think can win this, if doesn't. There are plenty of others who are more than capable of carving their piece of immortality, such last year's winner (13), Prix de Cornulier star Roxane Griff (15) Winter Meeting standout Triode de Felliere (3) and the two Swedes Maharajah (17) and Yarrah Boko (8). But greatness awaits , and both head and heart thinks he can do it. Selection 18
R7 100,000e Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon Gr3 Euro 2100m: This is a course Europeen group race with Italy's Olmo Holz (1), Orione Deglie Dei (5)and Oasis Bi (2) vying with France's Un Hamour d'Haufor (6) for favouritism on the tote. Sweden's Rocky Winner (3) is a son of, has won over this distance at Vincennes and is one for the longer odds - and my pick for this race. Selection 3
R8 80,000e Prix Leopold Verroken Gr3 Euro 2850m:thought so highly of youngster Bouclier D'Or (8) that he bought him as a future stallion prospect. His judgement looks spot on, the colt is unbeaten so far and that should continue here. Selection 8
R9 52,000e Prix de Meadowlands 2850m: Avana de Guez (15) has super form, and a master in the bike. Not hard to pick. Selection 15.