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The Country Derby was launched in the late thirties by the JP Stratton led WA Trotting Association as a means of fostering and promoting trotting breeding and racing outside of the Perth metropolitan area. A couple of years were missed during the second World War and Saturday night’s $30,000 Country Derby at Bunbury will be the 70th running of the time-honoured 3yo classic. Outstanding young reinsman Justin Prentice, who has driven three of the past six winners of the Country Derby in Trunkey Daydream (2008), Parsons Dragon (2010) and Extreme Dreams (2013), will be trying to land his first Country Derby as a trainer when he takes the reins behind his own runner Mista Rush. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop will be chasing his third Country Derby success in the past four years with the smart Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Rules. Mellsop won the race in 2011 with Touch Of Tango and in 2012 with Say It Now. Andrew De Campo has a record six wins as a driver in the Country Derby with three of the five trained by his late father Ray, two that he has trained himself in Boston Strangler (2001) and Cobalt Jake (2004) and Norms Daughter for trainer Neil Lloyd. De Campo will have two runners on Saturday night in the fillies Maddy White and Im Bella Jay. David Young trains and drives the pole-marker The Real Nadal and he will be out to add to his family’s outstanding record in the Country Derby. His father Ron Young droved Packed Safely to victory in 2009 for his trainer mother Karen Young. His twin brothers Kim (4) and Shane Young (1) have driven five winners of the Country Derby between them. By Alan Parker  

The Philippe Allaire trained, Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire owned, Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) took today's Gr. II Prix Gelinotte, a 2700 meter affair for three year-old females worth a 120,000 euro purse. Eleven starters contested this event. Driver Jos. Verbeeck had the 1.2/1 favorite on the lead entering the Vincennes stretch and held off challenger, 2.3/1 second choice, Billie de Montfort and Eric Raffin, for the photo finish score in 1.16.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the second place finisher. The well-bred winner secured her sixth win a brief career for earnings of 205,950 euro, January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes - Prix Gelinotte, Gr. II female three year-olds, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire, 1.2/1 odds 2nd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato, 2.3/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisandarse-Dream With Me), Franck Ouvrie up at 14/1 for trainer/owner Frederik Prat 4th Bassana de Marlau (3f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnac-Podosis), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver aboard at 11/1 odds with Patrick Chevrier trainer The monte Prix Djerid, a Gr. III European event for 110,000 euro purse on the petite piste over 2200 meters, went to veteran Rapide du Digeon and Damien Bonne. They scored, under the lights, as 1.6/1 favorite in 1.14.1kr. The winner posted his 13th career win for 599,280 euro lifetime. The race was hotly contested throughout and took the camera to separate the players on the line but Bonne knew the answer and saluted the fans. January 12, 2014 - Paris Vincennes - Prix Djerid, Gr. III European monte, 110,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 9 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.1kr finish 1st Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest du Vivier), Damien Bonne up at 1.6/1 2nd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up at 42/1 3rd Quassia du Bon Air (10g Capriccio-Lo de Courson-Jiosco), A. Lamy up at 17/1 4th Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze-Betty de la Noe-Kimberland, Eric Raffin in the irons at 5/2 odds 5th Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet-Herveyer-Ami d'un Soir), F. Gence aboard at 9/1 Earlier in the card Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire rode Topaze Jiel to victory in the Prix de Chatelaillon La Rochelle for apprentice jockeys. The 16 horse field of monte female contestants went 2700 meters for a purse of 47,000 euro. The winning pair scored in 1.15.6kr as the 3/1 second choice over favorite Tigresse Gitane. Allaire took the winner into the lane on a comfortable lead, but they drifted wide as the line approached but had plenty left to win for trainer Jean Luc Dersoir. January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes -Prix de Chatelaillon La Rochelle, 47,000 euro purse, 16 starters, 2700 meters, females, monte for apprentice jockeys 1.15.5kr Fractions: 1.17.3kr at 1500; 1.16.7kr at 1000, 1.16kr at 500, 1.15.5kr finish 1st Topaze Jiel (7f Capricio-Hiosca Jiel-Jiosco), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up, 3/1 second favorite 2nd Tigresse Gitane (7f Kuadro Wild-Nine Gitane-Viking Sun), M. Yuon, 5/2 favorite 3rd Source du Prieur (8f Kudo de Castille-Alcove-Landoas), A.P. Grimault,28/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for     

Quel Instant, with Francois Lagadeuc up, scored a 59/1 upset victory in today's 150,000 euro Prix de la Cote d'Azur at Cagnes sur Mer. The winner, a ten year-old Instant Gede gelding, stormed home to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1.14.1kr over 2925 meters. Urella was second for J-M Bazire with 58/1 outsider Speed du Lombart finishing third in this International event. The longshots set up a Quinte + payoff of 147,936 euro for a two euro wager, excluding the jackpot that was 2 million euro this day. January 10, 2014 Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de la Cote d'Azur, International, 150,000 euro purse, 2925 meters + 25 meter handicap to highest earners, 16 starters, Quinte+ 2 million euro jackpot  1.14.1kr 1st Quel Instant (10g Instant Gede-Inimaginable-Carpe Diem), Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Randolphe Lagadeuc, owner Ecurie des Essarts, 59/1 odds, his 14th career win for 350,870 euro earned 2nd Urella (6f Ganymede-Jirella-Cedre du Vivier), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4.8/1 odds 3rd Speed du Lombart (8g Biesolo-Aldouza-Le Loir), Kristof Depuydt up, 58/1 odds 4th Viva Island (5f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream-Coktail Jet), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, trainer, driver, breeder Scuderia Bolgheri, 5.5/1 odds The co-featured Prix de Cagnes sur Mer over 2925 meters for 50,000 euro purse went to veteran Tango Somolli with Claude Mathe aboard at 18/1 odds. He scored in 1.14.2kr over Toscan de Carel that was off at 14/1. January 10, 2014 - Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de Cagnes sur Mer, 17 starters, European, 50,000 euro purse, 2925 meters plus distance handicap 1.14.2kr 1st Tango Somolli (7m Full Account-Moonlight Somolli-And Arifant), Claude Mathe trainer/driver, 18/1 odds 2nd Toscan de Carel (7g Ipson de Mormal-Kiwadatta-Carpe Diem), Loris Garcia up, 14/1 3rd Tofilo (7g Coktail Jet-Light of Morning-Extreme Dream), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 8/1 odds Saturday action includes Maharajah at Solvalla and two graded events at Paris-Vincennes where Village Mystic will try to overcome a 25 meter handicap in the 120,000 euro Gr. II Prix de Croix. The Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest for 120,000 euro over 2750 meters attracted a fine field headed by the Jos. Verbeeck reined, Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime, Frank Anne's Bolide des Gueron and Bird Parker, another Allaire trainee that Pierre Vercruysse will direct. Saturday January 11, 2014 Solvalla - Lindahls Gold Div, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner On Track Piraten, Johnny Takter, favorite Really Queen, R. Bergh Kash's Cantab, T, Jansson BWL Champion, V. Karhulahti Bob Hope, J. Kontio Pactole de L'Iton, J. Untersteiner True Advantage, P, Lennartsson Maharajah, O. Kihlstrom, second favorite Mr. Golden, K. Frick El Sueco, U. Ohlsson by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

Texas Charm (second choice in wagering, son of Cygnus d'Odyssee) rallied to win today's third "B" leading to January 26th Prix d'Amerique. Julien Dubois expertly handled the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Triode de Felliere was a solid second for Anthony Barrier driving for J-P Marmion owner/trainer. Favored Ready Cash was third after a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Timoko (Jos. Verbeeck up) who faded to ninth after a very fast pace (race time 1.10kr, mile rate 1:52.63) in which he parked Vanika du Ruel and Franck Anne. Ready Cash had no excuse and was unable to close on the leaders in the late going and held off fourth place finisher Tiego d'Etang. Timoko took the field to the first 600 meters in a mile rated time of 1:45.55 and held the pace to 1:49.25 with 1000 meters to go in the 2100 meter autostart contest (1-5/16 miles). Race summary follows showing the top 10 order of finish. Vincennes - Prix de Bourgogne, 120,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63, race time 2:27.10) Fractional times: 1.05.6kr at 1500; 1.07.8kr at 1000; 1.09.7kr at 500 meter to go post 1st Texas Charm (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, odds 2.1/1 2nd  Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn), Anthony Barrier up for J-P Marmion 3rd Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream), Franck Nivard aboard for owner Philippe Allaire, Thierry Duvaldestin trainer 4th Tiego d'Etang (6m Chaillot-Herolene-Vroum d'Or), Ch. J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon 5th Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato 6th Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach), Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy 7th The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard 8th Up And Quick (5f Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc 9th Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces -And Arifant), Jos Verbeeck driving for Richard Westerink owner/trainer 10th  Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard driver/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks for   

West Australian-bred four-year-old Soho Redford is a noted frontrunner and his prospects of winning the $25,000 The West Australian Coulson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m feature event. Vance Stampalia is certain to make his intentions perfectly clear that he will be all-out to set the pace with the freewheeling Mach Three horse, even though he is likely to be challenged for the early lead by smart frontrunners Bettors Ace (barrier two) and Im Terrific (three). Bettors Ace, to be driven by his trainer Ryan Bell, resumed after a short let-up in fine style when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Clifford and Condrieu in a 2130m event last Friday week. Then Im Terrific, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and defeated Rocky Marciano and Heez On Fire over 2130m last Friday night. Soho Redford, whose is prepared by Tonia Stampalia (sister of the reinsman), notched his third win from his past six starts when he led from barrier three and beat Miss Atomic by four lengths over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Four starts before that, he started from the No. 1 barrier and was not extended in setting the pace and winning by more than two lengths from Extreme Dreams over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Soho Redford’s main rivals could well be the other four-year-olds in the race, Heez On Fire, Rocky Marciano and Condrieu. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and Chris Lewis is sure to get the Courage Under Fire gelding into a prominent position soon after the start. Heez On Fire was most unlucky when third behind Im Terrific and Rocky Marciano last Friday night when he was trapped four wide early and had to be restrained to the rear before unleashing a spirited finishing burst. He was most impressive two weeks earlier when he charged home from last to finish third behind Nowitzki and Smokey the Bandit in the 2536m Golden Nugget Championship. The Peter Anderson-trained Rocky Marciano is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but he is capable of producing a spirited finish if he is able to slot into an advantageous position soon after the start. He finished strongly when second to Im Terrific last week after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excellent potential and has won at nine and been placed at 11 of his 28 starts. He raced wide for the first 600m and then set the pace before finishing third to Ohoka Courage and Lisharry over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He showed his class when he began brilliantly, set a fast pace and finished second to Chilli palmer in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park three starts before that. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night. Condrieu’s stablemate Cool Johnny, a stylish first-up winner two starts ago, has each-way prospects after drawing perfectly on the inside of the back line. He should gain a wonderful trail behind the likely pacemaker Soho Redford. Ken Casellas

The important Criterium Continental (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, European four year-olds, 240,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that carries a Prix d'Amerique entry to the winner, produced a modestly unexpected win for 3.6/1 odds filly Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue-Boy du Pre) and reinsman Mathieu Mottier. She won for the 11th time in her career, now with earnings of 597.390 euro. The filly, bred, owned and trained by Danielle Mottier, hung on for a close score in 1.12.2kr (2 :31.72) over 4/1 Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account) with breeder, owner, trainer, driver Louis Baudron aboard. Viking de Val (4m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio) took third at 51/1 for breeder, owner,trainer, driver Eric Lambertz. Sweden's invaders Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos ended fourth for JohnnyTakter ahead of Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer, owner Stefan Melander. Italy's hopeful Pascia Lest was seventh and J-P Dubois' Viva Island was 11th. Highly regarded Princess Grif, Vanika du Ruel, Volcan d'Urzy and Indigious were disqualified for breaks in the Quinte+ event The Gr. II Prix Federation Francaise Equitation (Emile Riotteau), a monte event over 2700 meters with 10 starters for four year-olds, went to 3.4/1 odds Valse Castelets (4f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan) and J.L.C. Dersoir. She won for the eighth time in her career with increased earnings to 387,200 euro, scoring by open lengths in 1.14.5kr. Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib, both leading participants in monte trots. Favored Vision Intense was disqualified for rough gaitedness early in the contest. Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant-Vivier de Montfort) was second for P-Y Verva at 74/1 with 64/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau) third with Jonathan Carre aboard. The Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (monte, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, three year-olds) went to second choice 3.7/1 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons. She scored in 1.14.4kr for her fifth lifetime win and 243,540 euros earned for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Favored 1.9/1 Anastasia Fella was disqualified for a miscue and pacesetter Airport ended fifth. Agrippine (3f Hasting-Moqueuse-Extreme Dream) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard with Apollon de la Lys (3m Ouragan de Celland-Hillary de Pierji-Butin du Vivier) finishing third. A big crowd was on-hand for the racing festivities today including youngsters being entertained by Disney activities. Racing resumes at Paris-Vincennes on the afternoons of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for   

It is the turn for the top 2YO fillies to stake their claim for juvenile supremacy in the Prix Une De Mai at Vincennes on Saturday, a group two over 2175m for 120,000 euros. Heading the field is Be My Girl who won both the two major preparatory races in some style. She won the Prix Marcel Dejean and Prix Vourasie untouched after leading all the way in what were commanding performances. A beautifully striding royally-bred daughter of Love You out of a mare by Extreme Dream (the damsire of Ready Cash), this horse could be another superstar out of the powerhouse Philippe Allaire stable. But hold your horses, there are two unbeaten fillies yet to test her, including the equally brilliant Brindille de Mai, one of the most impressive fillies to have raced this season. Brindille de Mai is from the first crop of Repeat Love, and is another tall long-striding filly, who won the Prix Gerda in incredible fashion, powering ahead by to spread eagle the field, leading by a dozen or more lengths as they turned into the straight and then coasting to the line. She is rated very highly by her trainer, Frank Anne, who is a master of 2YO training, having produced another juvenile wonderkind last year in Vanika de Ruel. And then there is another wizard with youngsters Sebastian Guarato, who has a great number of 2YOs in work, and Billie de Montfort is one of his best. A compact bay daughter of Jasmin de Flore, Billie de Montfort is unbeaten in four starts and likes to dominate from the front, and even at this early age has shown an ability to accelerate several times in a race to keep in front and kick in the straight. And then there is Bassana de Marlau, who bears the stamp of her sire Sam Bourbon, who also has three in the corresponding colts race, amazing for a first season sire. She blew the field off the Vincennes track at her last start in a very fast 1.15.6kr of a - the third impressive win in a row after a mistake in her first start. One of Jean Pierre Dubois's incredible breed and will also give Be My Girl a good run for the cash. Others who may figure in the finish include Balade de Blary who is rated behind Brindille de Mai by Frank Anne, but the daughter of Qualmio De Vandel is still a handy filly who will be there and thereabouts in the finish. Fabrice Souloy also has a nice filly in Beauty Turgot, another filly with that typical long reaching French gait. The daughter of Hand Du Vivier was second in the Prix Marcel Dejean after leading early and handing up to Be My Girl, and showed courage to fight back when challenged by Bergame Madrik, a daughter of Prince d'Espace who has picked up big cheques in both major prep races. PRIX UNE DE MAI Vincennes 2013-12-21 FR Group II 2F 2175m €120,000 1 Brindille Mika (2f Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Baraka de Bellou (2f Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Adrien Pereira 3 Baileyse (2f Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Brindille de Mai (2f Repeat Love - Katoune) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 5 Bassana de Marlau (2f Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 6 Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Balade de Blary (2f Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Franck Anne 8 Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Be My Girl (2f Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for 

A stellar monte field including last year's Prix du Cornullier winner Singalo and two of France's top mares Save The Quick and Roxane Griff line up for the Prix Jules Lemonnier, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes and a preparatory race for the Group I Prix du Cornulier on the weekend before the Prix d'Amerique. Singalo is a monster at monte. The son of Goetmals Wood won both the Prix de Cornulier and the other group one of the Winter Season Prix De l'Ile-De-France earlier this year and has also won ten group two races under saddle. Louis Baudron's stallion has not started under saddle since the Prix De l'Ile-De-France win and has been underwhelming in the bike, including two poor performances in the two B races in this season's winter series. But he is a different horse under saddle, in fact has never placed in a group race in the bike, and we are likely to see the true Singalo here. Sebastien Guarato's Roxane Griff is the top mare of the much-vaunted R generation and is the top earner of a field which includes four millionaires and no less than 11 which have won over 700,000 euros. The daughter of Tenor de Baune won the Prix Reynolds at the start of the winter meeting, her first monte race in more than three and half years and looks like being a leading contender for the Prix de Cornulier in the third week of January. Save the Quick is the multi-talented mare from Franck Leblanc's Ecurie Quick Star operation and is a former runner up in the Prix de Cornullier, a winner of the group one Prix de Normandie and a third in the Prix De l'Ile-De-France. The daughter of Jasmine de Flore is also a world record holder on the bike and won the European Mares Championship this season. Quarry Bay was second in both this year's Prix de Cornulier an Prix De l'Ile-De-France and was second in the Prix Reynolds at the start of this winter season. Mike Lenders' daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee is nearing the million euro mark in earnings and is still capable of running a high placing at this level. Another leading chance by Cygnus d'Odyssee is Franck Leblanc's colt Utoky, the leading monte specialist of the U-generation and a winner of both the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) and Prix du President de la Republique (Gr1) and three group two montes as well. It might be a year too early for the five-year-old, although he is a rare talent under saddle. The race will also be the swansong for three 10-year-olds whohave reached the maximum age for participation in French group racing, although the European circuit is still open to them. The best of them is undoubtedly Picsou de Villabon a former winner of the Prix De l'Ile-De-France and five group twos although he has not won since that group one win in early 2011, and has spent much of his time at stud - to where he will probably retire on a permanent basis. Also making their last hurrah in group racing are Pluto du Vivier, who has won two minor group twos, and Paladin Bleu a group two place-getter who appeared on the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francais this season and may return again next season although he does have a stud career he can retire to. PRIX JULES LEMONNIER Vincennes 21/12/13 FR Group II Int 2175m 5-10YOs monte €120,000 1 Quassia du Bon Air (9g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 2 Uppercut du Rib (5h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3 Utoky (5h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 Sourire de Voutre(7g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (5m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Rd: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 7 Picsou de Villabon (10h Speed Clayettois - Ghiza du Chene) Rd: Medhy Hadjira Tr: Patrick Labrousse 8 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 9 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 10 Quarry Bay (9m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 11 Reve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 12 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 13 Save The Quick (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Franck Leblanc 14 Roxane Griff (8m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for  

Treskool du Caux captured the Grand National du Trot Final and Vision Intense scored in the monte Prix Philippe du Rozier to headline today's excellent winter meet card at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The card also included Inter-Regional championship events. Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intevista-Off Guy) won the featured Prix Maurice de Folleville (GNT Final, Gr. II, 150,000 euro purse, 2850 meters). Off at 5/2 odds the Franck Nivard teamed, Fabrice Souloy trained, Jacques Villetorte owned winner recorded his eighth career win and increased his career earnings to 642,250 euro as he held off a group of challengers down the long Vincennes stretch. Ton Reve de Cahot (6g Hand du Vivier) was second for David Thomain and Septour (7g Love You) garnered the third spot for Julien Dubois. Series points leader Swedishman made a miscue around the final band and was disqualified. The Prix Philippe du Rozier Gr II monte event (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) produced an expected win by even-money favorite Vision Intense (4f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn) ridden by Nathalie Henry. The Philippe Moulin trained, Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned mare rallied decisively to score after trailing the field for much of the contest. Despite drifting wide in the stretch she won easily in 1.11.9kr for her ninth career win, increasing her lifetime earnings to 562,250 euro. Uva Forest finished second for Franck Nivard. The Gr. III Coupe Inter-Regional for three year-olds (2700 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne-Extreme Dream) for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 choice triumphed in 1.15kr for his eighth career win good for 170,190 euro earnings. Accordeon (3g Baccarat du Point-Quaba des Corvees-Dahir de Prelong) was second for Benoit Roger with the Guarato trained Adonis du Goutier (3m Coktail Jet-Quintgescencia-Defi d'Aunou) home a fast-finishing third with Dominick Locqueneux driving for Ecuries Saint-Martin. The Coupe Inter-Regional for four year-old males (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) produced a 1.13.4kr victory for the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 2/1 odds Viking d'Hermes (4g Sancho Panca-Norina Way-Vikings Way). The winner scored for the fifth time and now has earnings of 129,770 euro. Vabellino was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. The Coupe Inter-Regionale for five year-olds (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to the Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer owned, Yannick A. Briand trained and reined Ustinof du Vivier (5g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) in 1.14.7kr. The great-gaited pacesetter scored at even-money odds, his 14th career win, good for 204,860 euro earnings. Un Beau Luxor (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Nymphe Luxor-Sancho Panca) was second for Sebastien Hardy with the Franck Ouvrie steered Umango home third. The Prix des Alpes (European, 2100 meters autostart, 75,000 euro purse) produced a close score for veteran Quick Master (9g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d'Aunou) and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded his 12th career win, this time in 1.13.4kr, and increased his career bankroll to 328,340 euro. The Ronny Kuiper trainee is owned by Stall Escapade. Richmond Park (8g Jain de Beval-Iarosa Girl-Buvetier d'Aunou) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and Secret Service (7g Look de Star-Kalamita-Quito de Tahonay) took third for teamster Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Last year's winner of the Prix Paul Buquet Risque Tout, will concede 25m to a top class field in the UET Masters series monte over 2850m at Vincennes on Saturday. Gerard Paille's Giant Cat gelding has a fine record in this race, having also been runner-up the previous year, and a win would see him become the seventh member of the vaunted R-generation to pass the million euro mark in earnings. He was fifth behind Roxane Griff in the Prix Reynolds, and will concede several of his opponents in that race a 25m handicap, including Pluto du Vivier, who beat him home by one placing. Jean Christophe Sorel's Extreme Dream gelding has just one month of racing left in France, although he can continue to compete on the continent in races such as the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francaise, a five race circuit which stops off at Mons, Hamburg, Son Pardo, Avenches and Wolvega. It may be an option, since he has won in the bike in what has been stellar year with five victories. The other four wins were under saddle including at group two level and Pluto du Vivier has top jockey Matthieu Abrivard aboard. Another in the race Paladin Bleu did actually compete on the Tour Europeen this season, in the Spanish leg at Son Pardo. Loic Thieulent's son of Jag de Ballouet also mixes stud duties, but showed in the Prix Camille Lepecque that he was still capable of running a place with a fast finishing third in this group two monte at Vincennes, in a field which included several of these runners. But it is the winner of the Prix Camille Lepecque, the previous year Tango Quick who, will probably start favourite. The group one monte winner of the coveted Prix De L'ile-De-France is another star from Franck Leblanc's stable and the son of Hasting will have Franck Nivard in the saddle. He has only had one start since returning from stud duties but won under saddle at Vincennes in the Prix du Pontavice de Heurssey in February, his fourth start of the year which also included a fifth in the €700,000 Prix de Cornullier, for which this race will be his first serious preparation. Another six-year-old who has a good chance of getting some of the money is Joel Hallais's mare Taiga du Rib, who was second in the group one Prix de Normandie under saddle, and although she has had just six wins in 75 starts, is a consistent placegetter in group company. Rubis Dairpet and Rapide du Digeon have only recently taken up monte, and both have shown ability. Sebastien Guarato's Rubis Dairpet has won two €80,000 races in his four attempts under saddle at Vincennes recently while Louis Baudron's Rapide du Digeon was second in the €110,000 Prix de l'Ile d'Oleron under saddle at Vincennes a fortnight ago. The winner of that race Torre Crepin, also fronts up here, and is an improving monte horse, although is just a recent graduate to group company. PRIX PAUL BUQUET Vincennes 30/11/13 FR (G2) Int monte 2850 6-10 €120 000 1 Rapide du Digeon (8g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 2 Raison Jenilou (8g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Dr: Alexis Garandeau Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Ratio Thieben (8g Tenor de Baune - In Brasilia) Dr: Olivier Touvais Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 4 Torre Crepin (6g Capriccio - Lanaka) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 5 Rubis Dairpet (8g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Taiga du Rib (6m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 7 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Dr: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 8 Tango Quick (6h Hasting - Namoura Quick) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 10 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Dr: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 25m by David Sanders for

CHILLI PALMER HAS GOLDEN NUGGET AT HIS MERCY AFTER DAZZLING VICTORY Inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Chilli Palmer appears to have the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget at his mercy after producing an electrifying burst of dazzling speed to come from last at the 600m to score a superb record-breaking victory in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “This was only his third run back from a spell and so, in two weeks’ time, hopefully he’ll be even better,” said master reinsman Chris Alford after Chilli Palmer swamped his 11 rivals and careered away to win by just under a length from the pacemaker Condrieu. The Golden Nugget will be decided over 2536m at Gloucester Park next Friday week and regardless of what barrier Chilli Palmer draws he is sure to be a firm favourite. Chilli Palmer’s victory gave leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun his third win in three years in the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic for four-year-olds. He was successful with Mustang Mach in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen 12 months ago. Chill Palmer, making his first appearance in Western Australia, drew unfavourably on the outside of the back line, but many astute punters were confident that he would stretch his winning sequence to six and the Elsu gelding was sent out equal favourite at 5/2 with Northview Punter, with New Zealand star Bit Of A Legend at 4/1. The first surprise in an up-tempo race of many moves came when Colin Brown got 16/1 chance Condrieu away brilliantly from barrier five on the front line. Condrieu burst past the polemarker My Hard Copy (9/1) and into the lead after 120m. Northview Punter also began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and he raced wide early before Gary Hall jun. got him across to race three back on the pegs soon after the start. Hall then eased Northview Punter off the pegs and into the breeze after 700m. Bit Of A Legend, from barrier six, and Nowitzki (barrier seven) were restrained to the rear in the field of 12 and Daniel Jack was the first to make a decisive move when he urged Nowitzki (14/1) forward and into the breeze with 1400m to travel. His run was followed by Bit Of A Legend, who got to the breeze 1250m from home. Robyns C C surged forward to be third at the bell and her three-wide burst was followed by Mexicano and Heez On Fire. But the ice-cool Alford was quite content to keep Chilli Palmer at the rear. Chilli Palmer was 12th and last in the one-wide line 600m from home before Alford made his move. Chilli Palmer sprinted fast down the back straight and he was forced five wide 300m from home as he sustained his blistering burst of speed. Chilli Palmer charged home down the outside and got the measure of Condrieu about 75m from the post. He drew away and won convincingly, with the conservative Alford showing a rare moment of exultation with a subdued wave of the whip. The final 800m was covered (off the front) in 57.9sec. and the last 400m in 28.8sec., with Chilli Palmer rating 1.57.2 over the 2536m journey. This smashed the track record for a four-year-old of 1.58.1 set by Northview Punter when he led and defeated Bettors Fire on October 1. My Hard Copy fought on determinedly to be third, a length in front of 20/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who had enjoyed an ideal trail three back on the pegs. Chilli Palmer, owned by Victorians Karlos Farah, Aziz Kheir, Mara Scarpino, Joe Pezzimenti, Sharyn Parkinson, Adam Mathews, Clint and Alex Badcock and Braun. The son of former star pacer Elsu has raced only nine times for seven wins, a second and a seventh placings for earnings of $121,450. Alford, who achieved the tremendous milestone of 5000 winners when successful with the Braun-trained Macho Comacho at Kilmore on October 27 this year, said that Braun had always had a “super opinion” of Chilli Palmer. “When they all went in front of me at the bell I was a little bit worried because the one in front of me couldn’t quite keep up that well,” he said. “But my horse was travelling so well down the back and when I went to pull the ear plugs he nearly ran up the tail of the horse I was tracking up. So I had to ease him out four wide and he just went around the corner like a greyhound and he sprinted like a jet. “He gets a little bit lost when he gets to the front. He probably hit the front about 100m out and he has a tendency to knock off. So I thought I had better give him a couple of cracks. I didn’t get the time to pull the plugs. I always thought I had Condrieu covered.” VOAK TARGETS LEDA McNALLY FOR RICH LADYSHIP MILE Young reinsman Chris Voak sang the praises of Leda McNally after driving the Victorian-bred five-year-old to an impressive narrow victory in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring her one of the fastest mares in Australia and New Zealand. And Voak is extremely keen for Leda McNally to challenge the best mares in the country by contesting the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on March 2. “She deserves to be invited to run in the Ladyship Mile,” he said. “She has the quickest turn of foot of any filly or mare in Australia. And I think she is one of the quickest mares in Australasia. She is a real good miler and a mile is her pet distance. “But it will not be a problem for her in the 2130m group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic next Friday night. Horses with her speed are always dangerous.” Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King for Victorian owner Greg Stubbs, was a 6/1 chance from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in the Norm’s Daughter Classic and Voak quickly had her in sixth position, one-out, two-back, with polemarker Askmenow (5/1) setting a brisk pace, with the heavily-supported 10/9 on favourite Bettor Cover Lover in the breeze, Famous Alchemist (8/1) trailing the pacemaker and Sensational Gabby (11/2) in the one-out, one-back position. Askmenow raced roughly when the mobile barrier sent the field on its way and Brent Mangos had Bettor Cover Lover (from the No. 2 barrier) a full length in front. But Askmenow (Gary Hall jun.) kicked up on the inside to hold out Bettor Cover Lover. After a quick first 400m section of the final mile in 28.6sec., Askmenow relaxed and went through the next section in 29.7sec. before she sprinted over the third quarter in 28sec. Bettor Cover Lover took a narrow lead 300m from home and then Famous Alchemist was being hailed the winner when Clint Hall dashed her to the front with about 130m to travel. However, Leda McNally flew home, out wide, to snatch victory by a head from Famous Alchemist, with Bettor Cover Lover almost two lengths farther back in third place. Askmenow finished fourth and, after a final quarter in 28.4sec., the winner rated 1.54.3 for the 1730m to improve her record to 43 starts for 17 wins, eight placings and $191,308 in prizemoney. HOKONUI BEN WARMS UP FOR SUMMER FEATURE EVENTS IN STYLE New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hokonui Ben enhanced his prospects in the rich summer carnival feature events when he gave a dashing frontrunning display to win the 2130m McInerney Ford Falcon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Making his second appearance after a spell for leading trainer Gary Hall sen., Hokonui Ben further illustrated the great advantage of the No. 1 barrier by winning the start from the speedy David Hercules (barrier two), setting the pace and scoring by 2m from the gallant David Hercules. A week earlier David Hercules, resuming after a spell, started from the No. 1 barrier, made all the running and won by six lengths over 1730m. Hoknui Ben, also racing first-up, started from barrier three and finished fifth. This week, most punters declared for Hokonui Ben from the prized No. 1 barrier and he started favourite at 7/4 on, with David Hercules at 5/2. After a moderate lead time of 37.8sec., Hokonui Ben dawdled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.4sec. before sprinting over the next quarters in 28.9sec., 27sec. and 27.8sec. to make the task of David Hercules (in the breeze) virtually impossible. David Hercules fought on grandly to be a 2m second, with 9/1 chance Ima Rocket Star three lengths farther back in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Hokonui Ben rated a slick 1.55.5 and took his record to 15 wins and 11 placings from 44 starts for stakes of $230,399. He has had 20 starts in WA for the Hall camp for nine wins and six placings. “In this sort of company barrier draws are very important,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “Until the big guns come out for the bigger money these races turn into a bit of a walk in the middle stages and then a sprint home. We were very happy with the draw tonight and we are happy with the way Hokonui Ben is going, too.” THE PARADE STRENGTHENS HER CLAIMS FOR THE WA OAKS New Zealand-bred filly The Parade maintained her unbeaten record as a three-year-old and gave further proof that she is developing into a leading candidate for the WA Oaks next year when she overcame the disadvantage of an unfavourable barrier to win the 2130m McInerney Ford Belmont Service Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has brought The Parade back after a spell in tremendous shape and the filly is going from strength to strength. After one minor placing from three starts as a two-year-old The Parade has scored decisive victories at her first four starts as a three-year-old. Her win on Friday night completed a training and driving double for the 25-year-old Prentice, who was successful earlier in the night with Braemoor. The Parade, second favourite at 5/2, started from the outside of the back line and Prentice settled her in seventh place in the one-wide line as Shane Butcher sent 13/2 chance Lipizzaner to an early lead from polemarker Artistic Copper, with the 11/8 favourite The Prodigy in the breeze. A slow lead time followed by a dawdling first 400m section of the final mile in 31.8sec. sparked Prentice into action and he dashed The Parade forward to move into the breeze 1200m from home. Prentice was content to keep The Parade outside of the pacemaker until he sent her to the front with 250m to travel. The Parade dashed over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and won by 4m from Then Prodigy, with 11m back to the third placegetter, the 55/1 outsider Flicka Whitby, a stablemate of the winner who was driven by Prentice’s father Kim. Flicka Whitby finished solidly from tenth at the bell. The winner rated 1.59.8. The Parade, whose maternal granddam Atomic Lass produced former star pacer Auckland Reactor (53 starts for 32 wins, four placings and $1,759,374 in prizemoney), has won at four of her seven starts for earnings of $37,080. SOHO REDFORD MAKES THE MOST OF THE No. 1 BARRIER The two youngest runners in the 2536m McInerney Ford Focus Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night dominated betting, with Soho Redford favourite at 10/9 and Extreme Dreams at 6/4. The four-year-olds dominated proceedings, with Soho Redford taking full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier to set the pace and win easily from Extreme Dreams, who started from the inside of the back line and raced without cover for most of the way. Back in third place, three lengths behind Extreme Dreams, was 20/1 chance Atomic Chip, who ran home nicely from eighth at the bell. “When he’s in front he’s a different horse,” said Vance Stampalia, who drove the son of Mach Three for his sister, Wanneroo trainer Tonia Stampalia. “He is going pretty good and in the past when he has led he has either won or been beaten by some pretty smart horses.” Soho Redford, bred and owned by Rob Watson, has earned $37,152 from six wins and seven placings from 30 starts and he looks set for further successes in the city. He is out of the unraced Dream Away mare Dream Bet and is a full-brother to five-year-old Soho Indianapolis, who has had 58 starts for ten wins, 15 placings and $58,270 in stakes. JAR ZINYO CAUSES AN UPSET AND ENDS 23-MONTH DROUGHT South Australian-bred seven-year-old Jar Zinyo ended a 23-month drought and broke a losing sequence of 20 when he started at 15/1 and caused a major upset when he flashed home to snatch victory from the 10/1 on favourite Dredlock Rockstar in the 1730m McInerney Ford Falcon Ute Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Dredlock Rockstar, stylish all-the-way winner of the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup at his previous outing, was considered a certainty by most punters. But he played the pivotal role in his defeat by a half-head when, after starting from the No. 1 barrier and being smartest into stride, he broke into a gallop for about two strides on the first bend, shortly after the start. This prompted Shannon Suvaljko to dash 62/1 outsider Xupan Three forward in a determined bid for the lead. However, the move was unsuccessful as Kaiden Hayter quickly got Dredlock Rockstar back into a smooth pacing action. But this early action placed considerable pressure on Dredlock Rockstar, who sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.8sec. Then after resisting the early challenge from Xupan Three, Dredlock Rockstar was kept under pressure from Kiss Chasey and Wrongly Accused (three wide). After the second and third quarters in 29.6sec. and 29.2sec. Dredlock Rockstar sprinted fast in the final quarter which took just 28.7sec. However, he was beaten in the final stride by Jar Zinyo, who started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker throughout. “It looked as though Jar Zinyo would be guaranteed second money, starting from the inside of the back line and behind the favourite,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “You probably would have thought that if he did get a crack at the leader late he would definitely struggle to pick him up. I didn’t think that Jar Zinyo had that point-to-poi8nt speed in him, but he really crunched the line when he found it.” “On that run he should win a few more city races. He’s had his fair share of leg problems since he has been here (in WA) and this is probably the first time we have got him up and running without any problem.” Jar Zinyo, who gave Hall and his father, trainer Gary Hall sen., the first leg of a double, had been unsuccessful at his first ten WA starts. His previous win was in a 2240m stand at Melton in December 2011. A smart juvenile performer, Jar Zinyo, owned by Douglas Webster, has earned $126,874 from 18 wins and 25 placings from 81 starts. He is the last foal out of the WA-bred mare Whitby Heritage, who amassed $201,758 from 22 wins and 18 placings from 66 starts. OUR MAJOR MARK DEFIES THE ODDS AND BOOSTS HIS EARNINGS TO $634,370 Our Major Mark provides a perfect example that breeding is not everything in horse racing. He is the sixth and last foal out of the unraced Live Or Die mare Gucci Franco and he boosted his earnings to $634,370 from 22 wins and 17 placings from 65 starts when he scored an easy victory in the third heat of the 2130m McInerney Ford FPV The Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The only other winner out of Gucci Franco is Supersonic Cullen, who raced 23 times for three wins in minor events and six placings for stakes of $15,913. He won once at Yarra Valley in 2006 and twice at Cranbourne in 2008. Our Major Mark’s win by a length over Toretto on Friday night was his tenth from 20 starts in Western Australia and gave trainers Greg and Skye Bond the second leg of a double after Lunar Tide’s easy win in the previous event. Veteran pacer Rojen Cruz set the pace and Ryan Warwick was happy to rate Our Major Mark in the breeze until sending the New Zealand-bred six-year-old to the front 480m from home. Our Major Mark, who started at $3.10 on the tote, dashed over the final 800m in 56.3sec. and the last 400m in 27.8sec. and won comfortably from Toretto, who started tote favourite at $3.The winner rated 1.57.3. Toretto, aiming at his third win in a row, started out wide at barrier six and he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line in the field of seven. Gary Hall jun. switched him three wide with 750m to travel and he ran home determinedly. Hez The Bart Man ran home solidly from last at the bell to be third. “He probably should run to his ability more often,” said Warwick. “He has a mind of his own. Tonight he felt good in the preliminary and came off the arm very well. I really wasn’t bothered being in the breeze in the small field. It didn’t matter where we were, as long as we didn’t do anything silly and became a sitting shot. “He felt really good in the run and still had a bit up his sleeve. When he wants to he can do really good things.” BLACK PONTIAC CONTINUES TO EXCEL AS A FRONTRUNNER “Barrier one around here really helps,” said trainer Donald Harper after driving 9/1 chance Black Pontiac to an all-the-way win over Mighty Flying Thomas and Sanjaya in the 1730m McInerney Ford Fiesta Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper also had made full use of the No. 1 barrier by guiding Black Pontiac to his two previous victories, both over 1730m at Gloucester Park, in August and October this year. “Obviously it gets a lot harder from now (with Black Pontiac graduating to an M3 classification), but with good barriers and in short races I think he will still earn money.” A noted frontrunner, Black Pontiac easily resisted an early challenge from the 2/1 on favourite Ohoka Samson and after a 28.9sec. quarter of the final mile, he had a breather with a 30.2sec. section before sprinting over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.1sec. to score by 4m at a 1.55.2 rate from 22/1 chance Mighty Flying Thomas, who raced four back on the pegs before surging home along the inside. Ohoka Samson, racing first-up after a brief let-up, wilted after working hard in the breeze and finished last in the field of nine. Black Pontiac, bred in Victoria, has earned $105,097 from 17 wins and 11 placings from 83 starts. BRAEMOOR OVERCOMES A SLOW START TO UPSET THE FAVOURITE A tardy beginning from the 10m mark saw Braemoor well back in 11th position in the middle stages of the 2503m McInerney Ford Ranger Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But considerable mid-race pressure applied to the pacemaker and 2/1 favourite Lord Coburn played into the hands of Braemoor, who dashed forward, three wide, from 11th at the 880m mark to move into the breeze 400m from home and then get to the front in the final 25m to win by a metre from Lord Coburn, with Erris Lad finishing with a late burst, a close third. Lord Coburn had an easy time in front until Adda Paternal Suit dashed forward to move into the breeze after a lap. Adda Paternal Suit then began to overrace badly, leaving the 30m backmarker Shardons Rocket out on a limb, three wide. This pressure on Coburn Bay led to that gelding sprinting over the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.1sec., leaving him susceptible to late challenges. Braemoor accelerated quickly and Justin Prentice had him outside the pacemaker just before the turn out of the back straight. Prentice said that the fast pace had helped Braemoor. “I was a bit worried about Courageous Ned getting off the fence (from behind the leader) when I got to the breeze,” he said. “So when Braemoor got there I took a hold of him --- and he switched off and didn’t want to get going.” However, Braemoor responded to Prentice’s urgings and he overhauled Lord Coburn in the final stages. This was the New Zealand-bred Braemoor’s seventh win from 23 WA starts and it took his overall record to ten wins and 12 placings from 54 starts for stakes of $93,606. LUNAR TIDE MAKES AMENDS FOR HIS SURPRISE DEFEAT New Zealand-bred five-year-old Lunar Tide made amends for his defeat at 5/1 on at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he started at 3/1 on and proved far too good for his nine rivals in the 2536m McInerney Ford Morley Service Pathway Pace on Friday night. Driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, Lunar Tide mustered plenty of early pace from barrier four and surged to the front 150m after the start. He set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 57.8sec. to win by 10m from 12/1 chance Zurbaran, who trailed him all the way. Lunar Tide rated 1.58.9. The previous week Lunar Tide led in a 2130m event before finishing second to Soho Highroller, who rated a slick 1.56.7. “He copped a fair bit of attention last week and they went 1.56, which is a bit beyond him at this stage,” Brown explained. “Getting the comfortable lead time tonight and an easy first quarter really set it up for him. “He just keeps improving. I didn’t think much of him when I first sat behind him. He has gone out and had a spell and has come back far better. He’s the type of horse who could continue to improve.” by Ken Casellas  

The Prix Annick Dreux is the penultimate step towards destiny for a trio of outstanding fillies who seem on an inexorable path towards the Criterium des 3 Ans on the second Sunday of December. What makes French racing so fascinating to the purist, is that the long established sequence of races provides an easily comparable record of each generation’s place in the order of things. We all know that crops differ greatly, whether as a result of the vagaries of each season, late springs, wet summers, or droughts and the ever-changing combinations of new and fading stallions, and mares who reach and then retreat from their prime. The A crop is the latest to face the first Criterium  des Ans, the badge of French greatness, and it is one of those rare generations which have been totally dominated so far by females, and fillies that also represent a quantum shift in French breeding – through their sires  such as Goetmals Wood and Ready Cash – whose damsire is a half-brother to the former, the much lamented Extreme Dream who died after only a few short but highly influential years at stud. Both throw direct maternal paths to a mare named Tahitienne who carries three crosses of a seemingly ubiquitous mare called Dladys, a half-thoroughbred and the dam of Jamin, who won the first ever Roosevelt International Trot. She provides an infusion of modern thoroughbred blood which revolutionised racing and Dladys is now possibly the most influential new mare in modern trotting breeding. There is no question that Goetmals Woods daughter Anastasia Fella trained by Fabrice Souloy, and Philippe Allaire’s two brilliant Ready Cash fillies Axelle Dark and Avila will fight out this race, and probably also the Criterium des 3 Ans unless some calamity befalls them. Anastasia Fella’s second dam is Colmeda whose sire was out of a mare by Jamin while Axelle Dark’s second dam is by Kimberland, whose dam was by Jamin and who just so happens to be the sire of Tahitienne.  Tahitienne’s second dam was Greyhound But the influence of Dladys is found all through this leading crop of fillies, who provide four of the top five and seven of the crop’s top ten earners.  All Moon is by Kaisy Dream, a son of Extreme Dream and out of a mare whose second dam is by Caprior whose second dam was Dladys. France’s champion stallion Love You is out of grand-daughter of Nesmile, who was a daughter of Caprior. Love You has Alike That in the race, and Love You is also the sire of Rocklyn – who has two daughters in the race, All Edition and Altessima. Nesmile is also the dam of Defi d’Aunou who is represented by Alesia d'Atout. Defi d’Aunou is a brother of Buvetier d’Aunou the sire of Ganymede who is represented by Adelie – who just so happens to also have Jamin (the US winning son of Dladys) on her maternal line. Ganymede has a son also represented in this race, Origano Lap, who like Adelie also has Jamin on his maternal line. His daughter in the race is Altesse des Champs. Another son of Love You is Quaker Jet, who is represented by  two fillies Alizea du Kastel – who is herself a daughter of Extreme Dream -  and Agneska, who is a daughter of Defi d’Aunou. So that leaves just Athena de Vandel, a daughter of Prince Gede, as one without any link to Dladys and her fully thoroughbred dam Gladys who was bred in the 1930s – when thoroughbred breeding was probably reaching its zenith. Certainly thoroughbred racing times have not gotten demonstrably quicker than those times, and horses like New Zealand’s 1930s star Phar Lap would still be champions today. What all these modern French mares also have in common, are plenty of US speed  bloodlines thanks to the 1980s open book to mix with the stamina boost of the thoroughbred blood of Dladys. It is a truly potent mix. PRIX ANNICK DREUX Vincennes 18/11/13 (Gr2) 2700m 3F €130 000 1 All Moon (3f Kaisy Dream - Moon Star) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Jean Philippe Raffegeau  2 All Edition (3f Rocklyn - Limited Edition) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Philippe Moulin  3 Alike That (3f Love You - Just Like That) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier  4 Adelie (3f Ganymede - Linea Dream) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard  5 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin  6 Athena de Vandel (3f Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier  7 Altesse des Champs (3f Origano Lap - Gladys des Champs) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Guy Verva  8 Agneska (3f Quaker Jet - Pocahontas) Dr: Gregory Simon Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois  9 Alesia d'Atout (3f Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier  10 Alizea du Kastel (3f Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard  11 Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy  12 Avila (3f Ready Cash - Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin  13 Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire  by David Sanders for  

The possible emerging star filly Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) won tonight’s Gr. III Prix Marcel Dejean at Paris-Vincennes. The Joseph Verbeeck driven, Philippe Allaire trained winner scored over 2200 meters in 1.17.6kr to earn the first place share of the 80,000 euro purse. Her dam Ornella Rainbow was a $136,000 career winner with a 1:57.5 mile record. Be My Girl won her fourth straight and now has earnings of 85,950 euro. She trotter the last 500 meters in a sparkling 1.11kr rate for owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire to defeat the Franck Nivard steered Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) with Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d’Espace-Houlba de Poulin) third for J-M Bazire. The undercard produce another Love You sired winner as Aime Moi (3f Love You-Ma Crown-Full Account) took the Prix Lucretia over 2850 meters for a purse of 34,000 euro. Eric Raffin drive this winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Her dam Ma Crown (Full Account-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) was a sub-2:00 record winner of over $142,000. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

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