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 Harnesslink.com
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 Harnesslink.com
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 â‚¬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 â‚¬80,000 races in his four attempts under saddle at Vincennes recently while Louis Baudron's Rapide du Digeon was second in the â‚¬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 â‚¬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 Harnesslink.com
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 Harnesslink.com
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 Harnesslink.com
Although the Vincennes Winter Meeting has been underway for the past few days it doesn’t get truly going until the Prix Reynolds tonight, a Group II international monte, which unlike many of the big races on the Vincennes track is open to geldings. Indeed this race has been won recently by two of the greatest geldings to have raced this decade in the recently retired Rapide Lebel and Swedish star Commander Crowe, who will instead by heading to Italy this year to partake in next weekend’s Nazioni , a €308,000 international group one in Milan. It is perhaps fitting that the horse that split their victories in 2011 and 2013 should also be making one of his last visits to the track in this race, as he again lines up in this €120,000 monte over Vincenne’s sprint distance. Picsou Villabon has not won since he took out this very race two years ago and makes his first start back from his stud season atPascal Borderieux’s Haras des Flagues at Geuron, near Bayeux, Normandy. A former winner of the Group one monte Prix De L'ile-De-France and four Group twos including the Prix de Reynolds, he is one of two entering the last couple of months of their careers in France. French regulations see horses retire at 10, and it is fitting that two members of the P generation are represented in the opening group two race of the Winter Meeting, which fittingly is a monte, in which is where many of this particular crop excelled. These include outstanding mares Priscilla Blue (Prix de l’Isle-de-France winner and second in the Prix de Cornulier), Princess Foot (Group one monte winner and placegetter), Paola De Lou (placed in four Group ones including second in Prix de Cornulier), Private Love (a group one winner and placed in the Prix de Cornulier) and Plenty Pocket (Prix de l’Isle-de-France plagetter). The crop has also produced monte stallions at stud including the aforementioned Picsou Villabon, but also Philotenor (St Leger and Prix d’Essai winner), Paddy du Buisson (winner of two group one montes) Prince Gede (Prix de Normandie winner and Prix de Paris in the bike) and Prince de Montford (placed in four group one montes including the Prix de Cornulier). Other good P-generation males include Premiere Steed (placed in Prix Cornulier and three other Group ones ) and Pacha du Cap Vert (placed in two group one montes). And while Picsou Villabon is a former Prix Reynolds, the most likely representative of the crop of 2003 to make an impression in this race is Pluto du Vivier. Jean-Christophe Sorel’s gelding has won two monte races in his last five starts (the last one in June) and has actually won five of his sixteen career victories in this his last season – taking his total earnings to over €828,000. But as usual in the Prix Reynolds, there are some outstanding horses in this field including the likely favourite Roxane Griff, who is a group winner over the toughest race of them all, the 4000m Prix De Paris. Sebastien Guarato’s star mare was also second in three Group ones including the greatest of them all the Grand Prix d’Amerique plus the Prix de l’Atlantique and Prix Rene Balliere. She will be at very short odds one would imagine. But also likely to be heavily backed is Quarry Bay, another outstanding mare and a genuine star of monte races. Mike Lender’s charge was second in this season’s Prix du Cornulier, the second richest in race in France, and the greatest under saddle race in the world, the renewal of which is one of the features of this Winter Season at Vincennes. The nine-year-old daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee was also second in this year’s Group One Prix de l’le-de-France and has earning less than 70,000 euros short of being a millionaire. She was fouled out of her last start, the marathon Prix de la Ville de Caen which was won by Swedish invader Global Manhattan, and her previous start was tenth in a minor race in Rambouillet, a conditioning evenrt which saw several topliners such as Texas Charm and Royal Dream get in some prep. But these races were in the bike, and Quarry Bay is a different horse under saddle, and is coming off two group twos victories in May and April, and a second placing in March. She is going to be very hard to beat with regular rider Camille Levesque aboard. The T generation, the crop which left the assurances of age group racing this season to mix it permanently with the big guns in open class elite racing is represented by two rising monte stars in Taiga du Rib and Torre Crepin. Taiga du Rib ran third in the Group one Prix De Normandie in 2012. He has been mixing both saddle and bike this season and has been doing far better under saddle, with a win, four thirds and two fourths in his last seven starts, all Group II montes. Torre Crepin was second in the Prix Alfred Lefevre, a Group three monte on this track late last month, and all of Bruno Marie’s gelding’s seven career wins have been at Vincennes under saddle. Former Group one Prix des Centaures winner Saphir de Morge is also in the field. Frank Terry’s stallion is having only his third run back after more than a year off and will need to be taken on trust. PRIX REYNOLDS Vincennes 30/10/13 Group II Int monte 2175m 5-10 €120,000 1 Torre Crepin (6g Capriccio - Lanaka Franck Nivard) Rd: Tr: Bruno Marie 2 Saphir de Morge (7h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 3 Sakura Jiel (7m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Guillaume Martin Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 4 Petit Javanais (10h Diamant Gede - Grande Java) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Herve Houel 5 Ratio Thieben (8g Tenor de Baune - In Brasilia) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 6 Taiga du Rib (6m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 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: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 9 Quarry Bay (9m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 10 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl ) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 11 Roxane Griff (8m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato Dave Sanders
Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) took today’s Gr. I Monte Prix de Normandie at Paris-Vincennes for a purse of 240,000 euro. Thomas Levesque was aboard the winner, timed in 1.14.5kr over the 3000 meter course rain soaked surface. Off at 3/1, Levesque and Ulysse took command late and stretched his lead heading for home despite drifting wide. Mike Lenders trains the winner (Pierre Levesque stable) for owner Ecurie des Pommiers. SNC Jean Levesque bred Ulysse, now with eight career victories in 28 outings, for earnings in excess of 350,000 euro. Utopie Imperiale (5f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) finished second for Mlle. Nathalie Henry with Unikaranes (5f Montecatini-Pivoine des Hayes) third for Alexandre Abrivard. Favored Un Mec d’Heripre was fifth after stalking the leaders throughout from the outside. Yesterday at Grobois, two year-old qualifiers took place and produced interesting successful participants : Before You (Coktail Jet-Kidea), Phillipe Allaire driving, 1.20kr, this one from the dam of Ready Cash Booster Winner (Love You-Quille Viretoute), 1.20.8kr with Allaire up Bugsy Malone (Ready Cash-Night Captain), 1.20.7kr also for Allaire Blue Label (Love You-Mary Lou Wic), 1.18.7kr for J-M Bazire Bakov de Vandel (Love You-Kalmiade de Valdel), 1.19.4kr with Christophe Martens aboard Bianca Nostra (Goetmals Wood-Idumee du Dollar), 1.18.4kr for Martens by Thomas H. Hicks
Yohan Lebourgeois, the leading monte jockey in France in 2012, today steered Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) to victory in the Gr. II Monte Prix Ceneri Forcinal (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. Off at 2.6/1 the winner defeated Viva Forest (4f Mickael de Vonnas-Java de Bazeille), with Anthony Barrier aboard, timed in 1.13.1kr, with third going to Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant), Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Three year-old monte performers Saturday contested the Prix de Basly, (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters). Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing) scored in 1.14.1kr with Pierre-Yves Verva up at odds of 21/1. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Mary aboard, was second with third to Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d’Alban), Anthony Barrier up. Also, from the weekend, it was reported today that Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream) decisive victory in the UET Masters Series Finale ( purse 500,000 euro), raised his lifetime earnings to 4,239,300 euro, inching past retired French trotting icon Jag de Bellouet with 4,223,699. Converted to US dollars the Ready Cash bankroll is about $5.7 million, now above Varenne $5.63 million, Jag de Bellouet $5.6 million and Moni Maker with $5.58 million. Ready Cash’ sire is a son of Vikings Way by Bonefish while his dam is by a son of Florestan from a daughter of Workaholic. His inbreeding coefficient is 5.2%. The Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre- Quiton du Coral) smashed that event’s speed record with his 1.11.5kr win over 2700 meters. In 2010 Scoop d’Yuel set the previous mark of 1.12.7kr for this race. Royal Dream won the 2013 Prix d’Amerique in 1.11.9kr that had been the previous standard for the 2700 meter distance, turning start. Up And Quick’s sire is a son of Royal Prestige from the great mare Nesmile while the winners’ dam is by a son of Chambon P. His inbreeding coefficient is 1.7%. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted an exceptional trotting card highlighted by the Gr. III International Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a monte event over 2700 meters for a 120,000 euro purse.
A major upset occurred in the Criterium des 4 Ans today at Paris-Vincennes today, as 16/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (4m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) won this Gr. I 240,000 euro event contested over 2850 meters.
Well-bred Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) won his initial start for money at Halmstad today for Guida Italia Srl, harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan and driver Kenneth Haugstad.
The harness racing card Saturday at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, in addition to the Prix l'Union Europeene, featured two graded monte events and the featured Prix de Selection.
Downtown Fortuna, a Dutch colt sired by Broadway Hall and out of Saratoga Yankee (she by Yankee Glide), fetched the highest price of $93,000 at the 2 Companion Sale held in The Netherlands.