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Sebastien Guarato's Prix de Selection winner Aladin d'Ecajeul heads the nine-horse field in the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Gaston Brunet, the final male lead-up race to next month's Criterium des 4 Ans at Vincennes in early May. The son of the royally bred Quaker Jet Aladin added the intergenerational Prix de Selection recently to his Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr1) and two other Group twos and has established himself firmly as the pre-eminent 4YO in France. However Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs has been making steady progress, running third in the Prix de Selection and was third in the Prix Phaeton, the first of the prep races last start. The son of Prince d'Espace is a group one place getter, Prix Albert Viel, and is one who is certainly capable of adding to his four career victories thus far. Third in the market is Vincent Collard Africain, a very consistent horse who has been in the money on a frequent basis without looking likely to win. The son of Oardo will be driven by Franck Nivard There are few horses with a CV as strong as Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert. The son of First de Retz won the top 2YO race in France, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and was second in the Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1), and a gallant third in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1). He has won two at group two level including the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve (G2) in January and has been placed in three other races at group level. Joel Van Eeckhaute's Ganymede colt Athos des Elfes won the Prix Phaeton at odds of 30/1 last start, his first attempt at group company. The field was minus the likes of Aladin d'Ecajeul, but this was his fifth win in 23 starts, and he has been a consistent improver thus far. PRIX GASTON BRUNET Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2100 4M 120,000e 1 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2100 2 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2100 3 Ah Quel Micha (h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2100 4 Adonis du Goutier (h Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 5 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 6 Ausone du Kastel( h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 2100 7 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2100 8 Athos des Elfes (h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2100 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The Swedish invasion of Vincennes continues right up to the last with two of Sweden's top open age trotters Sanity and On Track Piraten lining up in the UET Masters Series Prix de l'Union Europeenne, on the last day of the Winter Meeting on Saturday. The group two staying race over 2000m is worth 160,000 euros and has attracted a field of nine entries, with Sanity vying for favouritism with French veteran Roi du Lupin. Sanity has been in super form in France since running seventh in the UET Masters Series final in September. Malin Löfgren's son of Love You won the 100, 000 euro Grand Prix la Voix du Nord later that month at Le Croise Laroche and followed that up with a win at Mexlay du Maine, in the 100,000 euro Grand Prix Anjou-Maine. He then ran third to Timoko in the 200,000 euro Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in Beaumont de Lomagne in October before a second to Tiego d'Etang in the 110,000 euro Prix des Cevennes later that month, on the first day of the Winter Meeting at Vincennes. Sanity capped that off with a win in the group two 120,000 euro Prix de Brest on January 18, his last start before Saturday's race. The other Swedish star On Track Piraten also raced in the UET Masters final, prior to victory in the Swedish championships in December, the third win in a row on home soil. He returned to France in January for a sixth in the Prix du Luxembourg, and a close second to Une Fille d'Amour in the Prix du Plateau de Gravelle just over a week ago. The other Scandinavian raider is Finland's Maxwell Mayday, a veteran warhorse who has won over 440,000 on his travels all over Europe, who has a best placing of third in the group three Prix de Montignac-Charnete in November. Jean Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is a multi-talented performer with just shy of 1.5 million euros in earnings through group victories in both monte and harness, many of them UET Masters events such as the Grand Prix de Sud Owenst and the Prix Jacques Andrieu monte. The altered son of Fleuron Perrine galloped in the Prix de Brest but has had two warm-up wins in Belgium in preparation for this. Others who are prominent in early betting are Jean Michel's 10YO mare Quoumba de Guez (Urfist des Pres) was eighth in the Prix de Bretagne in November and has also been warming up in Belgium while Franck Leblanc's First de Retz stallion Son Alezan was a meritorious fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris last start. PRIX DE L'UNION EUROPEENNE Vincennes 01/03/14 Group II Euro UET Masters 3000m 5-10 €160 000 1 Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede - Jiviga) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3000 2 Maxwell Mayday (9g S J's Photo - Counting Crowns) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 3000 3 Quela Rive (10m Eclair de Vandel - Sissi) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 3000 4 On Track Piraten (6h Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Hans R Strömberg 3000 5 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 3000 6 Quinio du Relais (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Gabriella) Dr: Sebastien Hardy Tr: Sebastien Hardy 3000 7 Riglorieux du Bois (9g Indy de Vive - Glorieuse du Bois) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 3000 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 3000 9 Sanity (8g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Löfgren 3000 10 Quoumba de Guez (10m Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 3000 11 Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3000 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

A large field of fifteen will line up for the Prix Ali Hawas, a group two monte over 2700m, the last race on the Winter Series programme for the B generation fillies, now three-year-olds. Heading the field will be the winner of the Holly du Locton at her first start under saddle, Fabrice Solouy's promising filly Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier). She added her first group two success to the third placing in premier 2YO fillies race in France, the Prix Une de Mai in December. The brilliant Franck Nivard will again do the riding as usual for Souloy. The favourite for the Prix de Locton was Goetmals Wood filly Bomba who made a break in the first group two monte race for the generation. But previously the striking Philippe Allaire filly had made three starts under saddle in January for two wins against fillies before a gallant second against the colts when going out a 7/5 favourite. Jean Pierre Dubois' owned Sam Bourbon filly Bassana de Marlau, who will be partnered with Vision Intense's jockey Nathalie Henry, is coming in for heavy support despite a break in the Prix Holly du Locton . But she had won her first three starts before stepping up to group races. Also coming for early support is Jean Michel Bazire's Bixenta du Gers (Quinoa du Gers) who was fourth in the Prix Holly du Lockton and had a third and second in her last three starts, all under saddle. Others in the market are Jacques Rajalu's Birmane de Lavau (Opus Viervil) who will be ridden by Mathieu Mottier, and had a win last start after a second a fourth while Sebastien Guarato's well-bred Ballerine Griff (Password) in the hands of Eric Raffin is also a favoured runner. Of the others Dominique Lefaucheux's Bahia Star (Kiwi) and By Little (Jasmin de Flore) who is trained by Alain Roussel both had last start wins under saddle.. PRIX ALI HAWAS Vincennes 27/02/14 FR Group 2 Monte 2700 3F 120 000e 1 Bella la Coste (Quatre Juillet - Peachee Elegance) Rd: Gregory Guilbert Tr: Mario Van Dooyeweerd 2700 2 Believe Viretaute (Rieussec - La Vire) Rd: Caroline Cheradame Tr: Sylvain Lelievre 2700 3 Bigoudene Thieben ( Jeanbat du Vivier - Quinoa Thieben) Rd: Romain Gougeon Tr: Romain Gougeon 2700 4 Bresilienne Hub (Lord Angot - Inconnue du Lys) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Didier Pasquier 2700 5 Berenice du Boulay (First de Retz - Hotesse de Feu) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2700 6 Bahia Star (Kiwi - Roxana de Mesangy) Rd: Martial Viel Tr: Dominique Lefaucheux 2700 7 Blanca de Gueude (Oakwood du Closet - Minda de Romagny) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2700 8 By Little (Jasmin de Flore - Little Pearl) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Alain Roussel 2700 9 Ballerine Griff (Password - Keva Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2700 10 Bixenta du Gers (Quinoa du Gers - Seventy Seven) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2700 11 Birmane de Lavau (Opus Viervil - Nuptiale) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Jacques Rajalu 2700 12 Bomba (Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 2700 13 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2700 14 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Rd: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 2700 15 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane ) Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Is there a tougher race in harness racing. Certainly not at the elite level. The third leg of the French triple crown, the Prix de Paris, is a monster. Twice around the Grand Piste, twice up the famed monte, the killer rise up the back straight at Vincennes, which separates the pretenders from the contenders in any race at this great track. And these equine superstars can churn through the demands of the 4150m trip in around 2min time - indeed Private Love went under a 2min time when she won in 2010 as did Gobernador in 2001, General du Pommeau in 2002, Insert Gede in 2003 and Jardy went a flat 2.00 rate the third time he won the race in 2007. Vourasie also won the race three times, as did the great Bellino II and some of the true greats of the sport have also saluted the judge including Rooseveldt International Trot winners Jamin in 1960, Une de Mai in 1973, Ideal du Gazeau in 1982 and Lutin d'Isigny in 1984. Three Swedish horses have won the race, the first Piper Club, a son of French export sire Tibur, who is also in the pedigree of the last Swede to win the race, Maharajah in 2011. The third horse was the champion Remington Crown, the only horse to win the race with 100% American bloodlines - although his dam was from a Danish family which had been in Europe since the 1930s. Maharajah also set of a sequence of three wins by horses who were born in 2005 who have dominated the Triple Crown in the past four years. This is the 12th triple crown race since the Prix d'Amerique was won by Ready Cash in 2011. All previous 11 have been won by a foal of 2005, including Noras Bean, the Swedish raider who won the Prix de France two weeks ago. And don't bet against them continuing the sequence again on Sunday. Second favourite Roxane Griff is a former winner of the race, won the monte Prix du Cornulier the week before running a gallant fourth in the PDA, then won her second group one monte of the meeting, the Prix de l'Ille de France on February 2. Fourth favourite and third place getter in the Prix d'Amerique Yarrah Boko is a Swedish bred son of a great French sire in Coktail Jet who now competes for Norway, and is due a win in a big group one. He was bravery personified in the Prix de Paris being one of the three horses which set a sensational 1.03.9k/r for the opening 600m and then stayed on in the straight some 1500m later to finish fourth. "Four kilometers is new for him, but I have a feeling that he manages the distance. We must believe in our horse", said Norwegian trainer Trond Anderssen on Sweden's atg.se website. The other 9YOs in the race include former Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray, trained by ex-pat Italian Roberto Donati, and who was fourth in this event last year. The daughter of Speed Clayttois also ran fourth in that year's Prix d'Amerique in her only start in the great race. Favouritism will go to the rising star Up And Quick in the hands of master driver Jean Michel Bazire, while fourth favourite is Cedric Megissier's Uhlan du Val, who ran fifth and sixth in the Prix de France and Prix d'Amerique, which are fine performances for a young horse in French terms - six is regarded as the entry year for elite level horses after four seasons of age group racing. Fifth favourite is Christian Bigeon's Tiego and he is a really good chance in this, having ran second in this race last year, and ran a great third in the Prix de France a fortnight ago. PRIX DE PARIS Vincennes 2014-02-23 Group 1 4-10 4150m Euro 400 000 1 Titi Quick (7h Extreme Aunou - Gazelle d'Aussy) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Clement Casseron 4150 2 Taormina d'Em (7m Cedre du Vivier - Nevadara d'Em) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Jean Pierre Allix 4150 3 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 4 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 5 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4150 6 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 4150 7 Santa Rosa France (8m Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 4150 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 4150 9 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Roger Coueffin 4150 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4150 11 Up And Quick 6(h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 12 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 4150 13 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 4150 14 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4150 15 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4150 Dave Sanders

Goetmals Wood filly Bomba is the favourite for the 120,000 euro Prix Holly du Locton, one of the first two group races under saddle for the emerging B-generation. After a break under harness, Bomba made three starts under saddle in January for two wins against her own gender and then a second against the colts when going out a 7/5 favourite. She will be partnered once again inthe 2175m race by Yoann Lebourgeois who rode her in her first three starts. Fabrice Solouy's well performed Beauty Turgot, who was third in the top 2YO fillies race in France, the Prix Une de Mai in December, will make her first start under saddle. Franck Nivard who is equally adept in both the bike and the saddle will do the riding as usual for Souloy. Also making her monte debut is Coktail Jet filly Biguglia who was third in the group two Prix Gelinotte in January. Her trainer Frederic Prat will be looking for his second group success in this crop for the month of February after scoring with Black d'Avril in the group two Prix Paul Viel last week. Another making her debut under saddle is Jean Pierre Dubois' owned Sam Bourbon filly Bassana de Marlau who finished fourth in both group two harness races for fillies this year. She had won her first three starts before stepping up to group races and she was the early third favourite. William Bigeon's Brise de l'Alba is fourth favourite on the strength of her win on debut under saddle after six unsuccessful tries in harness. She raced in the Prix Roquepine with no success when returned to the bike, last start but she has the talented Eric Raffin in the saddle, fresh from winning both the Prix de Cornullier and the Prix de l'Ille-de-France, the two biggest under saddle races in France. Also coming into early support is Franck Anne's Bellaya who will make her step up to group racing after four races, all under saddle, with a win and and three minor placings to the daughter of First de Retz' credit. PRIX HOLLY DU LOCTON  Vincennes 13/02/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 3F 120 000 1 Bixenta du Gers (Quinoa du Gers - Seventy Seven) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Baraka Vici (Love You - Irlande du Nord) Dr: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Frederic Prat 2175 3 Ballerine Griff (Password - Keva Mesloise) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4 Bellaya (First de Retz - Kelaya) Dr: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 5 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: William Bigeon 6 Bomba (Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Franck Anne 8 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Nathalie Henry Tr: Patrick Chevrier 9 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 10 Biguglia (Coktail Jet - La Faisanderie) Dr: Jonathan Carre Tr: Frederic Prat by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Eric Raffin teamed Astor du Quenne to a game victory in today's 120,000e Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old son of Opus Viervil defeated nine quality rivals in 1.15.1kr at 2.7/1 odds. Julien Dubois was a fast closing second with Atlessima at 47/1. This four year-old filly by Rocklyn is owned by Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Well regarded Akim de Cap Vert and the mare Axelle Dark, by Ready Cash, finished four-five. February 8, 2014, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gr. II, 2850 meters, 120,000e, 10 starters 1.15.1kr 1st Astor du Quenne (4m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne), Eric Raffin, 2.7/1 2nd Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois, 47/1 3rd Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet), Mathieu Mottier, 9/1 4th Akim de Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne, 11/1 5th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck, 15/1 The co-featured Prix de Munich, a European eligible event for 95,000e, went to the Sweden registered Global Manhattan and Franck Nivard. The seven year-old son of Love You-Devilish Yankee is trained by Fabrice Souloy and he scored over the 2100 meter autostart sprinter distance in 1.12.3kr. Global Manhattan has performed consistently well throughout 2014 in France. Turbo Jet was fifth in this one after winning on January 25 after being a buyback at 100,000e at the Paris-Vincennes mixed sale. February 8, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Munich, European, 2100 meters autostart, 95,000e‚¬, 15 starters 1.12.3kr 1st Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devisish Yankee), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6/1 2nd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great), David Thomain, 14/1 3rd The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Heparine), J.L.C. Dersoir, 15/1 4th Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont-Govive), J-M Bazire, 28/1 5th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout), Jean-Etienne Dubois, 3.8/1 At Solvalla in the Lindahls Gold Final, veteran Amaru Boko took the victory for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, defeating a pair of solid campaigners Baht Launcher and BWL Champion in 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

France's top four-year-olds take centre stage on Saturday's card at Vincennes in the Group two Prix Ephrem Houel over 2850m with Akim du Cap Vert looking to bounce back from an unfortunate gallop at the start of his last outing in the Prix Charles Tiercelin run at a slushy Vincennes on Prix d'Amerique day. Franck Anne's star 4YO son of First de Retz was a heavily backed favourite that day and gave the field the best part of 70metres head start and put in a supreme effort to catch the peloton and eventually run seventh. If he steps away, and this is from the starting shute and not from the mobile gate as it was last start, he has a great chance of winning his fourth group two, and his second this year following his success in the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve in January. The winner of the Prix Charles Tierclin was Alesia d'Atout, a tough daughter of Defi d'Aunou who held off a brilliant finish from Aladin d'Ecajeul to claim her second group two. Dominique Mottier's mare has blossomed into a genuine talent in the earlier shadow of the star trio of Axelle Dark, Avilla and Anastasia Fella, and also has the group two Prix Ozo to her name, and even more importantly for her stud career, classique status through a third placing in the Criterium Des 3 Ans. She holds the fastest record in the race with a 1.12.2kr Axelle Dark was third in the Prix Charles Tiercelin but was several lengths in arrears of the first two. The slushy track was known to have upset a lot of the horses, and whether this has been a factor in the daughter of Ready Cash's lack of dash of late is open to conjecture. Owner Philippe Allaire also has Atlas de Jourdes entered in the race, a richly bred son of his retiring superstar who was sixth in the Prix Charles Tiercelin and slated to start stud duties in a few weeks time. Jean-Philippe Dubois' Atlessima is a group one winner under saddle but has yet to best this generation under harness, being prominent in the Prix Charles Tiercelin before trotting roughly and breaking. The son of Rocklyn is talented but may be being set for the Prix Louis Le Bourg on the last day of the Winter Meeting on March 1, while the best in harness of the crop will be competing in the group one Prix de Selection. PRIX EPHREM HOUEL Vincennes 08/02/14 FR Group 2 2 175m 4YOS € 120 000 1 Athena de Vandel (s Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 3 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 4 Ausone du Kastel (h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 5 Astor du Quenne (h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Alesia d'Atout (s Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet ) Dr Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 7 Atlessima (s Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 9 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Axelle Dark (s Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Beckman, the veteran Swedish invader owned by Ecurie Commander, trained by Fabrice Souloy, and reined by Franck Nivard, captured today's secondary featured Prix de la Marne at Vincennes. The Gr. III International event was raced over 2700 meters for a purse of 110,000e. Beckman was off as 1.4/1 favorite and rallied at mid-stretch to score by ¾ length in 1.13.2kr over second choice Univers de Pan with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard up. Recit Jeloca captured third ahead of Italy's Marielles. Univers de Pan and Marielles are engaged to contest the Prix de France next week along with other starters today, Quinoa du Gers and Roxana de Barbray. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, Gr. III International, 110,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters 1.13.2kr Fractions: 1.12kr at 1500; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.13.6kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema), driven by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Commander, 1.4/1 odds, his 26th career win for 493,931e (Sweden) 2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver, 2/1 odds 3rd Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 4.5/1 odds 4th Marielles (8f Kick Tail-Egida Play), David Thomain up for Fabrice Souloy at 21/1 5th Quinio du Relais (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul-Gabriella), Sebastien Hardy trainer/driver, 137/1 odds The Gr. III monte Prix Indienne also graced the card, this one with eight starters over a 2175 meter distance for 95,000e. Utopie Cehere scored a solid come from behind victory with trainer Mathieu Abrivard in the irons, timed in a rapid 1.11.8kr after a scorching early pace. The 11/1 odds winner increased her career earnings to 203,900e by defeating Veloce du Banney with jockey Yohan Lebourgeois up for conditioner Franck Leblanc. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Indienne, Gr. III monte 95,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters, all 67 poids 1.11.8kr Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.,3kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500; 1.11.8kr finish 1st Utopie Cehere (6f Luido de Castelle-Lolite Valiere-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard jockey and trainer, 11/1 odds, her fifth win for lifetime earnings of 203,900€ 2nd Veloce du Banney (5g Quaro-Jiva du Banney), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Franck Leblanc, 1.2/1 3rd Ulagarasan (6g Love You-Indienne Pascale), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc, 12/1 4th Ut d'Erable (6m Insert Gede-Ostera), David Thomain up for J-P Thomain, 2/1 odds Also on the card was the daily Quinte+ event with a jackpot of 3.7 million euros, named the Prix de Champtose, a European eligible event for 60,000e over 2850 meters. 17 starters contested this one and 18/1 upsetter Top Price Piya took victory for Pierre Vercruysse. Franck Leblanc trains the seven year-old gelded son of And Arifant from La Cocherie by Reve d'Udon, the sire of Revenue. The winner held on for a nose win in a blanket finish over Tafaiko Fax and Franck Ouvrie. Holders of a Q+ ticket with the top five in exact order of finish collected 40,968e (without the jackpot) for a 2e wager. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Champtoce, European 60,000€, 2850 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 3.7€ million 1.15.7kr Fractions: 1.16.7kr at 1500; 1.16.7kr at 1000; 1.16.7kr at 500; 1.15.7kr finish 1st Top Price Piya (7g And Arifant-La Cocherie-Reve d'Udon), Pierre Vercruysse up for Franck Leblanc, 18/1 odds, his fifth win for career earnings of 147,205e 2nd Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nafaika), Franck Ouvrie up for J-L Dersoir, 44/1, plus 25 meters 3rd Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel), Mathieu Abrivard for J-L Dersoir, 6/1, plus 25 meters 4th United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I), Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens trainer, 2.8/1 Later in the card two interesting contests caught my attention. Ecurie Wildenstein's Very Lovely Blue scored in the Prix e Barfleur for 60,000e. The five year-old gelded son of Nice Love won for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in a sharp 1.12.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart sprinter distance. The winner was off as 5/2 favorite. The closing event was the 78,000e 2850 meter, Prix de Chalons-en-Champagne for apprentice monte jockeys. Veteran equine performer Soleil d'Enfer, an eight-year-old son of Coktail Jet, secured the win in 1.13.7kr to increased career earnings to over 377,000e. More importantly, jockey Elisabeth Allaire won for the 50th time, thus moving her from apprentice to professional status. She rides exceptionally well. Female riders Marie Bacsich and Laura Gautherot piloted the second and third place finishers. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Barfleur, males, 60,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.12.2kr 1st Very Lovely Blue (5g Nice Love-Naama Blue-Buvetier d'Aunou), J-M Bazire trainer/driver for Ecurie Wildenstein, 2.5/1, his eighth win for 125,750€ earned 2nd Varus du Bocage (5m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage), Mathieu Abrivard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Voeland (5m Hi To Ped d'Ombree-Oquita d'Harcourt), Joel Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 84/1 February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Chalons-en-Champagne, monte, apprentice jockeys, 78,000e purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters 1.13.7kr 1st Soleil d'Enfer (8m Coktail Jet-Kavale d'Enfer), Elisabeth Allaire up for Gilles Delacour trainer, 4/1 odds, the winners' 11th career win for 377,300€; and 50th career win for Elisabeth Allaire who now is labeled a professional vs. apprentice 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte), Marie Bacsich up for Franck Leblanc. 4.5/1 3rd Quetzal de Brix (10g Eldorado du Pont-Europe Fariniere), Laura Gautherot aboard for Eric Joseph, 38/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Ready Cash will make his final career start in next Sunday's Gr. I Prix de France at Paris-Vincennes. With Maharajah returned to Sweden the 20 horse field (as initially engaged) showcases strong competitors Up And Quick (second in Prix d'Amerique), the likely favorite, Yarrah Boko (third in January 26 classic), Timoko, The Best Madrik and Univers de Pan. Roxana de Barbray races on February 2. Roxane Griff was not entered in the Prix de France as she will have raced on three consecutive Sunday's including the February 2 monte classic Prix de L'lle-de-France. Black d’Avril, with Franck Ouvrie teaming for trainer Frederic Prat, took today’s co-featured Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts. The Oceano Nox colt, a fron t-stepping leader, held gamely to the line although he drifted off the pylons allowing heavily favored Brillantissime, by Ready Cash, and reinsman Jos. Verbeeck to rally. Brillantissime looked like he might emerge victorious but stalled short of the line to finish third behind second place Brutus de Bailly and J-M Bazire. Winner Black d’Avril was off at 6.3/1 odds in this 120,000 euro purse event over 2175 meters, timed in 1.14kr, versus the race record of 1.13.5kr set by Tucson. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.14kr (race record 1.13.5kr by Tucson in 2010 for Philippe Allaire) Fractions: 1.10.2lr at 1500; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14kr finish 1st Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Frederic Prat, odds 6.3/1, front steppingvictory, drifted and held gamely in stretch 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, odds 6.4/1 3rd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire, odds  0.8/1 favorite, trapped on pylons until late when escaped and looked like a winner until he flattened near the line Earlier in the card the monte Prix de Paimboeuf went to Alto (4m Love You-Olima) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie des Pommiers. H.L. Levesque bred the winner. The pair rallied steadily in the lane and scored in 1.15.7kr over the 2700 meter course to capture the winners’ share of the 58,000 euro purse. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Paimboeuf,  monte males, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 9 starters 1.15.7kr Fractions: 1.15.1kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500; 1.15.7kr finish 1st Alto (4m Love You-Olima) Camille Levesque up at 1.2/1, Mike Lenders trainer, bred by H.L. Levesque and owned by Ecurie des Pommiers, his fifth career win for 83,200 euros earned 2nd Astre Blanc (4m Memphis du Rib-Tara Blanche), P-Y Verva up, also trainer at 15/1 3rd Angelus du Perche  (4g Pine Chip Wood-Very Pretty), Alexis Garandeau up, 31/1 odds Bambina Magic, at 23-1, took today's featured Gr. II Prix Roquepine for 120,000 euros. The three year-old female event attracted 12 entrants for the 2175 meter contest. Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore) won for only the second time, now with earnings of 75,950 euros. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for Dominique Lemetayer at 23.1. Heavily favored Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for Eric Raffin and although she closed steadily there was no catching the winner that scored in 1.14.7kr with a solid last 500 meters. The stallion Jasmin de Flore is showing up regularly. He's a 17 year-old son of Vivier de Montfort by Kronos du Vivier, from the mare Etoile du Pasteret by Mon Tourbillon. Jasmin de Flore is 83% French trotter and 17% standardbred with 4% inbreeding coefficient. He's not a fluke as he won US$1,054,718 during a racing career in which he won the Criterium 4ans, Prix de Milan and Prix de Selection at age four; then at age five he took the Criterium 5ans.Bambina Magic and Franck Nivard February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females three years-old, 120,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters  1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.12.5kr at 1500; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.15.1kr at 500; 1.14.7kr finish 1st Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard teaming for Dominique Lemetayer trainer, 23/1 outside, her second lifetime win. 2nd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), Eric Raffin aboard for Sebastien Guarato, 0.9/1 favorite 3rd Bardane du Houlbet (3f Jet Fortuna-Hague de Houlbert), R-C Larue driver/trainer, 9/1 4th Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderre), Franck Ourvrie up for Frederic Prat at 17/1 The Gr. III Prix d'Avignon for four year-olds went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) in a major upset for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. She scored over the 2100 meter distance in 1.12.7kr as she swept past the field from head of stretch to the line. Africaine was off at 34/1 and the fillies finished 1-2-3 with Alienor de Godrel second for Franck Anne. A fast pace took its toll on early pacesetters and mutuel market favorites. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Avignon. Gr. III, 2100 meters autostart, 85,000€, 14 starters, four year-olds 1.12.7kr Fractions: 1.08.2kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, bred by Mmme. E. Dubois, her third career win for 119,070 euros earnings, rallied strongly from near the back at head of stretch for the win sweeping by the field, 34/1 odds 2nd Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 10/1 odds 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-C Abrivard, 7.1/1 odds The Quinte+ race of the day was the 70,000 euros Prix de la Gironde with 19 entrants. Eric Raffin won it easily with veteran Coktail Jet gelding Sunday Jet owned and trained by Michel Vallee. He scored in 1.14.7kr with a sharp last 500 meters. The Jean-Etienne Dubois bred campaigner won for the sixth time and raised career earnings to over 190,000 euros. Tonic Beco was a distant second for Maxime Bezier. February 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Gironde, 70,000 euros, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 3.65 million euros.1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.15.6kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.14.7kr finish 1st Sunday Jet (8g Coktail Jet-Glad To Meet You-Jiosco), Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Michel Vallee, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois, 17/1 odds, his sixth career win for 190,900€ earned 2nd Tonic Beco (7g Baccarat du Pont-High Star), Maxime Bezier driver/trainer, 15/1 3rd Synonyme de Cym (8g Emir des Fresneaux-Douce Clocio), J-M Bazire up for Vinvent Renault trainer Tartan de Vrie took the 52,000 euro monte Prix de Lannemezan for reinsman Olivier Touvais. The seven year-old mare is owned and trained by Louis Baudron and she scored in 1.14.2kr over the 2700 meter distance against 15 rivals. Sydney du Rib was a strong second for Yohan Lebourgeois. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Lannemezan, 52,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 16 starter 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.14.3kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancie de Vrie), Olivier Touvais up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, breeder M.R. Baudron, her sixth career win for earnings of 219,600 euros 2nd Sydney du Rib (8g First de Retz-Eva du Rib), Yohan Lebourgeois up for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 7.6/1 3rd Simoun (8g Defi d'Aunou-My Freedom), David Thomain up for trainer Robert Bergh, 19/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

It's pretty safe to assume that French commentator Pierre-Joseph Goetz will have been doing some extra work memorising the horses heading into the Prix de l'Ille-de-France Sunday. For the last time he commentated on a French group one monte, he had to some extra work after the race. During the Prix de Cornulier, Goetz made every racing commentator's nightmare when he called the wrong horse all the way down the straight, only to realise his mistake just before the line and correctly called the winner of the world championship under saddle. You won't see this on Equidea's, France's TV racing channel, replay however. He relaid the "live" commentary later so that posterity records that it was Roxane Griff and not Save The Quick who was fighting it out with Tiego d'Etang down the straight in France's biggest monte race. Roxane Griff will be attempting to become only the fourth horse to complete the Prix de Cornulier and Prix de l'Ille-de-France double following Singalo last year and Oligo 1986-87, Reine du Corta 1990, and Singalo in 2013. She faces an eight horse field, minus Tiego d'Etang, in the sprint championship under saddle (2175m) for 200,000 euros and a week after a gallant fourth in the Prix d'Amerique last week. Sebastien Guarato's star mare will probably start favourite in the race with Quarry Bay, who galloped in the Prix de Cornulier. Quarry Bay was second in this race last year, following a second-placed finish in the corresponding Prix de Cornulier and is perhaps due a change of luck for trainer Mike Lenders and rider Camille Levesque. Quinoa du Gers is the only other horse to be backing up from the Prix d'Amerique but he is one of two horses who did not run in the Prix de Cornulier. It will be Fabrice Souloy's son of Ganymede's fourth attempt at monte, in which he made a fourth placed debut at Sable Sur Sarther in June 1908. He did not improve on that in single attempts at Vincennes in 2011 and 2012. He has however had 19 wins in 79 starts in harness and earnings of 974,343 euros. Franck Terry's Saphir de Morge was third in the Prix de Cornulier but has only won five of his 54 starts, his last win being nearly two years ago. Joel Hallais' Taiga du Rib was fourth in the Prix de Cornulier, and has a record of six wins in 60 starts, with earnings of 738, 450 euros but the son of Nice Love was second in the group one Prix de Normandie under saddle in 2012 and won a group two monte last year. There are no international entries this year. Scandinavian horses have had some success in this shorter monte with Sweden's Hot Tub (2008), Vaserbo Dayight (2005) and Revenue (2003) plus Denmark's Ejna Vogt (1984) all being past winners of the group one. PRIX DE L'ILE-DE-FRANCE Vincennes 02/02/14 FR Group 1 monte Int 2 175 5-10 200 000 1 Unikaranes (s Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes Alexandre Abrivard Laurent Claude Abrivard 2 Sakura Jiel (s Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Jk: Guillaume Martin Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 3 Saphir de Morge (h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 4 Son Alezan (h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Jk: Adrien Lamy Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (s Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Quarry Bay (s Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Jk: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 8 Roxane Griff (s Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Jk: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Top level monte experts shared the stage today and thrilled the crowd with competitive races that showcased its equine stars. Super impressive Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Joisselyn) overcame a 25 meter handicap to win again, today in the Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC). Nathalie Henry and her charge caught the field quickly and pressed on for the lead in a moderate pace. At various stages the pair patiently let contenders pass before re-taking the lead. Although Vision Intense drifted wide in the stretch, as she often does, the victory margin was secure in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC), Gr. II monte, 2850 meters handicap by distance, 120,000e purse, 8 starters1.15.4kr Fractions: 1.16.7kr at 1500, 1.17.2kr at 1000, 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.15.4kr at finish 1st Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 1.2/1 odds favorite, her 11th career victory for 670,250€ won, overcame 25 meter handicap 2nd Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 1.8/1 3rd Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard at 13/1 4th Vamp Gede (5f Capriccio-Feerie Gede), Damien Bonne up at 17/1 5th Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard up at 5.1/1 In the opener veteran monte performers started the day with a competitive battle in the Prix Jacques Andrieu for 120,000€. Recit Jeloca and Jean-Loic-Claude Dersoir just got past veteran mare Quarry Bay and Camille Levesque on the line in 1.14kr over 2850 meters. Quarry Bay was sensational as she overcame a 25 meter handicap and battled fiercely against fine competitors to the finish. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Andrieu, Gr. II International UET Masters Series monte, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters  1.14kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500, 1.14kr finish 1st Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/jockey at 6.8/1 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle), Mlle. Camille Levesque up at 2/1 for Mike Lenders trainer 3rd Texas l'Iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-LLiada de L'Iton), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 20/1 for trainer Henri Levesque 4th Nene' Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard up as 1.5/1 favorite The monte events setup the Grand Prix d'Amerique in fine fashion showcasing superior talent under saddle. It's almost as if Stefan Hultman and Maharajah are taking bows not only for their special accomplishments this day, but for their counterparts in the other graded races on the card. All were worthy of thanks by the fans. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The Swedish invasion is in full swing as Sanity arrives in France to contest the rich Prix de Brest, an international group three, with group two money at stake, 120,000 euros for the 2850m race at Vincennes on Saturday. Malin Löfgren's Love You gelding won two races last year in France, and picked up second and third place cheques in a successful raid on the French Winter Meeting riches and returns from a three-month layoff. He will start off the 25metre mark in the hands of Franck Ouvrie and is one of four elite international horses in the 17 horse field. Another Swedish-bred son of Love You in Global Manhattan, now in the stable of Fabrice Souloy and fellow V75 gold division stalwart Maxwell Mayday, a Finnish S J's Photo gelding to be driven by Frenchman Dominik Locqueneux for Finland's Jarmo Niskanen make up the Scandinavian contingent. Italy will be represented by Marco Smorgon's Libeccio Grif, a Lotteria-winning son of Andover Hall, who will be handled by local driver Pierre Vercruysse will start of the 25m mark. But despite his group one credentials he will be sent out at very long odds. French handicappers have stuck with their own making a loose favourite, in a wide open betting field is last start winner Sissi du Morin, a journeyman on the Trot Europeene Francais circuit. Philippe Daugeard's 8YO mare by Grassano has won 14 of 59 career starts, but has been consistently in the money of late. Jean Michel Bazire's Tornade du Digeon is the second favourite while also well supported is Jean Etienne Dubois' Turbo Jet. Also coming in for early local support are Sam Gibus a Jet Fortuna gelding trained and driven by Sebastien Baude, Starter du Rib, a Ganymede gelding from Joel Hallais' barn and Ton Reve de Cahot, a Hand du Vivier gelding trained by Jean Pierre Thomain. All three, who leave from the front mark, are at shorter odds than the European contingent.. PRIX DE BREST Vincennes Group III international 2850m 6-10 E120 000 1 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Tr: Sebastien Baude 2850 2 Renardo Bello (h Kiwi - Enfilade) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Christian Bigeon 2850 3 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2850 4 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 2850 5 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 6 Starter du Rib (g Ganymede - Jiviga) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2850 7 Roxane de Beaumee (m Jain de Beval - Lisa de Beaumee) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2850 8 Global Manhattan (h Love You - Devilish Yankee) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850 9 Soumoulou (g First de Retz - Nouvelle Perle) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 10 Sierra Leone (m John Arifant - Une d'Havetot) Dr: Jean Claude Hallais Tr: Jean William Hallais 2850 11 Sissi du Morin (m Grassano - Haltise du Morin) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 2850 12 Querios du Mirel (g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Anders Lindqvist 2850 13 Qwidil (g Hibiscus du Rib - Idylle Fayenne) Dr: Junior Guelpa Tr: Stephane Guelpa 2850 14 Maxwell Mayday (g S J's Photo - Counting Crowns) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 2850 15 Libeccio Grif (h Andover Hall - Southwind Val) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Marco Smorgon 2875 16 Sanity (g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Löfgren 2875 17 Roi du Lupin( v Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2900 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Twenty-four international trotters were engaged to contest the 700,000 euro, UET Masters Series, Gr. I Prix de Cornulier on Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. The monte classic, held one week prior to the Prix d'Amerique, produces an invite for the winner to the Prix d'Am. If they remain in the final field, there are prior Prix d'Amerique starters (e.g.,Roxane Griff) in the mix along with youngsters who perform well in monte events (e.g., Vision Intense at age five). Last year's winner, Singalo, will be at the start for trainer Louis Baudron. Irrespective of the outcome this event is a must see for trotting fans, especially those that embrace monte. The Prix de Cornulier was born in 1931 and has been raced annually thereafter except for 1940-41. Two winners, Bellino II and Jag de Bellouet, scored in the Cornulier and then the Prix d'Amerique. The fastest winning time so far was the 2012 victory by Quif de Villeneuve in 1.12kr. Singalo's outstanding win a year ago was timed in 1.12.7kr in the snow. There have been three triple winners of the Cornulier, the most recent being Jag de Bellouet (2004 through 2006), then Kaiser Trot in 1981-2 and again in 1984 and Bellino II in 1973 followed by his back to back scores in 1975-6. There have been 12 two-time winners including Tidalium Pelo, Tabriz, Dream With Me, One du Rib and First de Retz (an excellent sire of monte trotters). January 19, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes Prix de Cornulier, UET Masters Series Gr. I International monte, 2700 meters Horse/Trainer/Age/Sex/Earnings Tuanita d'Occagnes, D. Desclos, 7f, 199,840 euro True Advantage (USA), S. Melander, 7f, 225,783 Signeville,D. Cinier, 8f, 261,520 Utopie Imperiele, F. Boismartel, 6f, 276,060 Tenerife Turgot, P. Belloche, 7f, 283.630 Unikaranes, L-C Abrivard, 6f, 340,980 Sylvie de Betan, D. Haon, 8f, 362,910 Saphir de Morge, F. Terry, 8m, 432,490 Sakura Jiel, J-L Dersoir, 8f, 448,655 Utoky, F. Leblanc, 6m, 493,750 Ulysse, M. Lenders, 6m, 512,030 Twist des Caillons, H. Hardy, 7m, 532,780 Son Alezan, F. Leblanc, 8m, 533,020 Quarlos, M. Dabouis, 10m, 554,600 Vision Intense, Ph. Moulin, 5f, 616,250 Taiga du Rib, Joel Hallais, 7f, 682,450 Santa Rosa France, J-L Bigeon, 8f, 705,950 Marielles (Italy), F. Souloy, 8f, 721,614 Tiego d'Etang, Ch. Bigeon, 7m, 928,980 Quinoa du Gers, F. Souloy, 10m, 974,343 Quarry Bay, M. Lenders, 10f, 978,020 Singalo, L. Baudron, 8m, 1,170,620 Save The Quick, F. Leblanc, 8f, 1,567,079 Roxane Griff, S. Guarato, 9f, 1,708,119 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

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  

Nathalie Henry changed her tactics with Vision Intense, the talented daughter of Prodigious, as she positioned her near the front from the outset. Following the leader into the long Paris-Vincennes stretch, Henry found room along the pylons and rallied through for a convincing win in 1.12.9kr over the 2175 meter distance, the winner's 10th career win with increased earnings to over 616,000 euro. The Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet, for a 120,000 euro purse, is viewed by analysts as an important forerunner to the rich Prix de Cornulier held a week before the Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Moulin conditions Vision Intense for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Vaillant Cash raced well for Camille Levesque to be second. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix Leon Tacquet, Gr. II monte, 2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse  1.12.9kr Fractional times: 1.12.1kr at 1500, 1.13kr at 1000, 1.13.6kr at 500, 1.12.9kr finish 1st  Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Mlle. Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, her 10 career win for 616,250 euro earnings, 0.8/1 favorite 2nd  Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon-Ultra Ducal), Camille Levesque aboard, 6/1 odds 3rd  Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausujour II), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Lois Groussard, 21/1 odds 4th  Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan), J,L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 4/1 odds Akim du Cap Vert scored in the co-featured Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a Gr. II event worth 120,000 euro purse over 2175 meters. The four year-old son of First de Retz was piloted by trainer/owner Franck Anne to the 1.13kr score, his sixth lifetime now for earnings of over 493,000 euro. Axelle Dark rallied along the pylons to capture second as Jos. Verbeeck drove the Philippe Allaire trained daughter of Ready Cash. The Allaire trained Artiste de Jourdes was a solid third at 64/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.13kr (race time 2:38.85) 1st  Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer, driver, own er, 1.6/1 odds, 6th lifetime win for earnings 493,530 euro 2nd Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 4/1 odds 3rd  Artiste de Jourdes (4m Prodigious-Memoru de Jourdes-Vikings Way), Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Philippe Allaire, 64/1 odds 4th Ah Quel Micha (4m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare-Vroum d'Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams Today's Quinte + race of the day was also at Paris-Vincennes and the six year-old Take, a son of Carpe Diem, scored for Franck Nivard in a driving finish. Off at 5/1 the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and was timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The holders of exact order two euro tickets took home 6,480 euro. The day's jackpot was 1.4 million euro. 1/4/13 Vincennes - Prix de Breteuil, Quinte+, 52,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters  1.12.8kr 1st Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole-And Arifant), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for Hadis Coatings BV, 5/1 odds, ninth career win for euro earnings 234,100 2nd  Toreador (7g Fleuron Perrine-Jubellone-Jet du Vivier), Francois-Pierre Bossuet up, 2.8/1 favorite 3rd Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancre de Vrie-Firstly), owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron at 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

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