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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

The Prix Jean Le Gonidec, an international group two sprint race for 5YOs begins a big week of racing at Vincennes with no less than five group races spread over three days of action as the Winter Meeting heads into its final three weeks. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia'Lest heads an international contingent of two Italians and a Swede who will take on the cream of the French V-crop in this 120,000 euro race over 2175m on the grand piste. Varenne, the Italian superstar who was the last horse from Italy to win the Prix d'Amerique, is the sire of both the Italian entrants, Pascia'Lest and Princess Grif and both are trained in France, the former by Ready Cash's trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and the latter by Fabrice Souloy, who has a large international clientele in his superb facilities at Haras de Ginai. Pascia'Lest Italian career included wins in the Group one GP Allevatori, GP Giovanardi, GP Nazionale alongside the Derby and a clutch of group twos including the Fyraaringseliten for 4YOs at Solvalla. But the racing in Vincennes is much tougher, and though he finished third in the Prix Marcel Laurent to Victoire in February, he finished down the track in the Prix du Bourbonnais against the elite older horses and then could only manage seventh against his age-group in the Criterium Continental, won again by Victoire. Princess Grif is a dual group one winner in Italy, with wins in the Prix de Milan and GP d'Europa and she also ran a brave third in Save The Quick's world record setting European Championship for Mares last year. Encouragingly she was fifth last start against most of this field in the Prix de Croix at Vincennes. Sixth in that race was the Swedish horse System Performance, a mare by former-Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who is trained by one of Sweden's top trainers Stefan Melander. System Performance was an outstanding 3YO in Sweden, winning the prestigious E3 Langa over a similar distance at Eskilstuna, and was runner-up in the sprint equivalent on the way to a record of six wins and two placings in her first nine starts. She has had only one win in 19 starts since although she has regularly placed and her sixth placing was her best in three starts in during the Winter Meeting. Criterium Continental winner Victoire will be a short odds favourite for this race. Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko has won three of four big races this Meeting, her only failure being when she galloped while taking on the older horses in the Prix de Belgique. She will face stiff competition from the two who crossed the line with her in the Criterium Continental, Louis Baudron's son of Love You, Village Mystic, a group one winner and very consistent performer and, one of the generation's big improvers Viking de Val. Eric Lambertz' son of Baccarat du Pont has only recently made group company, and has recorded a sixth, third and second in his three Winter Meeting starts. Also in the field is the once dominant force of this generation, Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel, a four-time group one winner. She raced without success in the Prix d'Amerique and will appreciate the return to age group company after racing against the world's elite in all the B races and the PDA. But realistically, she has struggled here too, with a second placing in the Prix de Wazieres in April last year, her best effort in 12 months - and she hasn't won since December 2012. PRIX JEAN LE GONIDEC Vincennes 06/02/14 Group II Euro 2175m 5YOs 120 000 euros 1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (5h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 System Performance (5m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 3 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Vaux le Vicomte (5h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Vive Daidou (5m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Princess Grif (5m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 10 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 12 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 13 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 14 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders 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  

Six graded events headline terrific cards Saturday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Roxane Griff makes her third appearance in as many weeks in Sunday's Prix de L'lle-de-France, a Gr. I UET Masters Series monte event. She won the Prix de Cornulier on January 19 and then raced well last week in the Prix d'Amerique. Other horses to watch on the weekend include Beckman in the Prix de la Marne, Brillantissime in the Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts, Billie de Montfort in the Prix Roquepine for three year-old fillies. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters Bioness, m3, J-P Dubois, P. Chevrier, 25500 Bolchol de Boulay, 3m, L-C Abrivard, also trainer, 32840 Bocage d'Ortige, 3m, Eric Raffin, S. Guarato, 37950 Brutus de Bailly, 3m, J-M Bazire, B. Bourgoin, 43450 Bixente, 3m, J-Et Dubois, also trainer, 49270 Black d'Avril, 3m, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 52170 Best of Sly, 3m, P-Y Verva, S. Guarato, 74900 Bird Parker, 3m, Pierre Vercruysse, Ph. Allaire, 100480 Bolide de Gueron, 3m, Franck Anne, also trainer, 122550 Brillantissime, 3m, Jos Verbeeck, Ph. Allaire, 194150 Prix de la Gironde, 70,000€, 2850 meters, 19 starters, winners over 250,000€ start with 25 meter handicap Success de Vaux, 8g, M-G Baron, also trainer, 151770 Reansert Barbes, 9g, L. Guinoiseau, P. Orriere, 154860 Sunday Jet, 8g, Eric Raffin, M. Vallee, 159400 Randjany, 9m, Pierre Vercruysse, also trainer, 160120 Roi Arthur, 9g, Franck Ouvrie, Alain Roussel, 161490 Sole Mio, 8g, Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens, 162680 Tonic Beco, 7g, M. Bezier, also trainer, 162970 Reve Permis, 9g, Mathieu Abrivard, D. Alexandre, 163090 Rapido de Reville, 9g, Th. David, also trainer, 163300 Swan des Tesnieres, 8g, Tony Le Beller, E-G Blot, 164,980 Take, 7m, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 253600 Rafale Leman, 9f, M. Mottier, D. Mottier, 262,020 Tiger Danover, 7g, F. Lecanu, S. Provoost, 271050 Synonyme de Cym, 8g, J-M Bazire, V. Renault, 274630 Rionero, 9g, A. Laurent, also trainer, 281790 Radieux Begonia, 9g, Franck Nivard, also trainer, 286810 Reve a l'Oliverie, 9g, P-Y Verva, F. Harel, 291280 Sergent du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 291820 Seguinel Mabon, 8m, Yves Dreux, also trainer, 294630 Prix d'Avignon, Gr. III, 85,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters Agora, 4f, Mathieu Abrivard, A. Buisson, 97350 Anne de Neulliac, 4f, Sylvain Roger, also trainer, 96710 All Feeling, 4m, Christophe Martens, M. Lemercier, 105650 Alceste du Goutier, 4m, J. Bruneau, also trainer, 99350 Angelica, 4f, Dominik Locqueneux, Ake Kristoffersson, 96070 Agora du Goutier, 4f, J. Leboutgeiller, David Cherbonnel, 102710 Alienor de Godrel, 4f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 90020 Adelie, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 108170 Alaya Bot Eur Moel, 4f, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 106190 Africaine, 4f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 80820 Ave Avis, 4m, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 68730 Amazar de Florange, 4g, L. Guinoiseau, D. Lefaucheux, 76510 Arginio des Godins, 4m, B.Masseguin, F. Criado, 86780 Ah Quel Micha, 4m, Julien Dubois, Philippe Moulin, 90010 Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters Baraka Vici, 3f, F. Prat, also trainer, 10960 Bliss Nevele, 3f, Jos Verbeeck, Philippe Allaire, 21600 Bambina Magic, 3f, Franck Nivard, D. Lemetayer, 21950 Brise de l'Alba, 3f, William Bigeon, also trainer, 24130 Belline d'Urzy, 3f, C. Hamel, also trainer, 34660 Balzane de Bootz, 3f, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 37350 Barbalala, 3f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 38450 Balade de Blary, 3f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 47880 Bardane du Houlbet, 3f, R-C Larue, also trainer, 52180 Bassana de Marlau, 3f, Jean-Pierre Dubois, Patrick Chevrier, 58350 Biguglia, 3f, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 64240 Billie de Montfort, 3f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 127200 February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Indienne, Gr. III monte, 95,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters all at 67 poids Utopie Cehere, 6f, Mathieu Abrivard, also trainer, 161150 Ut d'Erable, 6m, David Thomain, J-P Thomain, 199720 Utinka Selloise, 6f, J.L.C. Dersoir, J. Bruneau, 233850 Ugenie du Citrus, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 240230 Veloce du Banney, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, Franck Leblanc, 246810 Ulagarasan, 6g, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 259810 Ursula Speed, 6f, Antonio Wiels, J-M- Monclin, 264140 Utopie Imperiale, 6f, Mlle. Nathalie Henry, F. Boismartel, 276060 Prix de la Marne, Gr. III, International, 110,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters Beckman, 7g, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 444431 (Sweden) Amour d'Occagnes, 7m, Christophe Martens, V. Martens, 544730 (Holland) Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 550130 Quarlos, 10m, M.Mottier, M. Dabouis, 554600 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, T. Raffegeau, 599280 Libeccio Grif, 9m, Marco Smorgon, also trainer, 711,099 (Italy) Marielles, 8f, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 721,614 (Italy) Quinio du Relais, 10g, S. Hardy, also trainer, 723391 Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-Y Verva, P-E Trible, 739762 Riglorieux du Bois, 9g, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 801230 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, also trainer, 808030 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, Pierre Vercruysse, R. Donati, 869828 Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, monte, 8 starters Unikaranes, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L.C. Abrivard, 347980 Sakura Jiel, 8f, G. Martin, J.L. Dersoir, 448655 Saphir de Morge, 8m, P-Y Verva, F. Terry, 530490 Son Alezan, 8m, A. Lamy, Franck Leblanc, 533020 Taiga du Rib, 7f, J.L.C. Dersoir, Joel Hallais, 738450 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Quarry Bay, 10f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, Mike Lenders, 1008020 Roxane Griff, 9f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 2103118 Roxane Griff winning Prix de Cornulier by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

With four wins at Vincennes on Prix d'Amerique day on a tough day of handicapping, we can be pleased with the effort in France, and this weekend's features at the Temple du Trot look pretty straight forward. As predicted the V75 last week was a tough one to pick and so it turned out with only three of our selections coming in. This week is no easier I'm afraid, in this the off season in Sweden. Jagersro V75-1 Silver division 1640m: Last start Art On Line (2) has the draw to get to the front early and dominate.Mikko Aho's gelding looks an anchor here. Selection 2 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Joakim Lovgren's Largo Launcher (4) is a real improver, with two wins and a second in his last three starts. The gelding also has the draw to get to the lead early and looks set to continue his good current form. Selection 4 V75-3 Arvid Stjernswärds Minne (Gold) 2140m: Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (1) and Flemming Jensen's O'Grady (2) have the good draws and the form to fight this out. Group one winner Dreams Take Time is a future star, so is first pick. Selection 1 (2) V75-4 Fyaaringslopp (4YO) 2140m: Bjorn Goop's Reckless (5) and Helena Burman's Claudius.F. (6) are the form horses in this with Reckless the first choice. Selection 5 (6) V75-5 Mares race 2140m: There is little between Timo Nurmos' Panama As (1) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Sahara Fairytale (13), except for the draw while Deli Deli (8) with a new driver Johan Untersteiner could be one for longer odds. Selections 1-13-8 V75-6 Klass I 2640m: The rising classes are always tricky so it is best to go wide here with Vivo Per Le (1), Somar Brodde (9), Finish Future (10), Kemas Magic (11) and Elmer Gold (5). Selection 1-9-10-11-5 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Petri Puro's Vasterbowonthenews (2) will be favourite to win here with Johnny Takter in the bike but there will be some stiff competition from the likes of Bjorn Goop's Twitter (6), Lutfi Kolgjini's VIci Lane (1) and Peter Untersteiner's Perfect Power (10). Go wide. Selection 2-6-1-10 Vincennes Saturday, R3 Prix Paul Viel (G2) 2175m: The big three in this 3YO Group two race for males are the Philippe Allaire's two Ready Cash colts Brillantissime (10), Bird Parker (8) and Franck Anne's imposing son of Cygnus d'Odyssee Bolide de Gueron (9). They should be the first three home, probably in that order. Selection 10 Saturday, R7 Prix Roquepine (G2) 2175m: Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort (12) flew home just too late to catch Be My Girl in her last race and suffered her first defeat. Those are the best two fillies in this crop and there is only one lining up in this 3YO Group two race for females, so hop on Billie de Montfort although the price won't be big. Selection 12 Sunday, R6 Prix de l'Ile-De-France (G1) 2175m: Roxane Griff (8) was brilliant in the Prix de Cornulier and then a gallant fourth in the Prix d'Amerique. Sebastian Guarato has his champion mare at the top of her game and she should win here too. Veteran Quarry Bay (7) is her biggest rival and this looks a logical trifecta. Selection 8. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers Jagersro, SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Art On Line (2) Race 6 Largo Launcher (4) Race 7 Dreams Take Time (1) Race 8 Reckless (5) Race 9 Panama As (1) Race 10 Vivo Per Le (1) Race 11 Vasterbowonthenews (2) Vincennes Sat Race 1 Brillantissime (10) Sat Race 3 Billie de Montfort (12) Sun Race 7 Roxane Griff (8)  

The road to the first Criterium for the 3YO A-generation runs through a pair of 120,000 euro group two races both over 2175m at Vincennes, Saturday. For the females of the 2010 crop the Prix Roquepine is the latest test of their credentials for the upcoming group one, while for the colts, the Prix Paul Viel is the next step to the first classique, the Criterium des Jeunes. Ready Cash is due to retire in a fortnight's time, but it looks like his impact is going to be felt for some time yet with the two dominant colts so far being his sons Brillantissime and Bird Parker who head this field. The pair provided the quinella in both group twos that have been decided for the A crop thus far, the Prix Emmanual Margouty as 2YOs at the end of December, and then the first of the new season, the Prix Maurice de Gheest. But the despairing thought for other French stallion owners must be that these two might not even be the best Ready Cash colt of this crop, following unbeaten Bouclier D'Or's commanding win in the 3YO race on Sunday's Prix d'Amerique card. All three colts are trained by Ready Cash's owner Phillipe Allaire who is dominating the early age-group races with his great horse's progeny for the second season in a row. The main challengers will be Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron, a son of Cygnus d'Odyssee, who has trailed them home in third and fourth place respectively in those early group races, Bruno Bourgoin's Brutus de Bailly (Niky ) in the hands of Jean Michel Bazire and Frederic Prat's Black d'Avril (Oceano Nox). Sebastien Guarato's Prix Une de Mai winner Billie de Montfort heads a field of 12 in the Prix Roquepine and will be at a short price to continue her winning ways after suffering her first defeat at the hands of Be My Girl in the Prix Gelinotte three weeks ago. She will not have to face Philippe Allaire's daughter of Love You, who she beat in the Prix Une de Mai and her main rival will be Jean Michel Bazire's unbeaten filly Balzane de Bootz a daughter of unheralded Coktail Jet stallion Nem, who steps up to group company for the first time after three wins, two at Vincennes. However this is a big step up and she will have to lower her record nearly three seconds if she is to beat daughter of Jasmin de Flore. Philippe Allaire's Ready Cash filly Bliss Nevele, Biguglia (Coktail Jet), Barbalala (Qwerty) and Bassana de Marlau (Love You) are others who look capable of featuring in this. PRIX PAUL VIEL  Vincennes 2014-02-01 Group II 3YOC € 120 000 2175m 1 Bioness (3c Sam Bourbon - Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Patrick Chevrier 2 Bolchoi du Boulay (3c Olitro - Mona Lisa Jet ) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 3 Bocage d'Ortige (3c Mirage du Goutier - Providence Dortige) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4 Brutus de Bailly (3c Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 5 Bixente (3c Quaker Jet - Ketty Mesloise) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Black d'Avril (3c Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 7 Best of Sly (3c Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bird Parker (3c Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 9 Bolide de Gueron (3c Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Brillantissime (3c Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire PRIX ROQUEPINE  Vincennes  2014-02-01 Group II 3YOF € 120 000 2175m 1 Baraka Vici (3f Love You - Irlande du Nord) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 3 Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait - Rive Magic) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Dominique Lemetayer 4 Brise de l'Alba (3f Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: William Bigeon 5 Belline d'Urzy (3f Otello Pierji - Querida d'Urzy) Dr: Christophe Hamel Tr: Christophe Hamel 6 Balzane de Bootz (3f Nem - Queza de Bootz) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Barbalala (3f Qwerty - Pardinia) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 8 Balade de Blary (3f Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Bardane du Houlbet (3f Jet Fortuna - Hague du Houlbet) Dr: Romain Christian Larue Tr: Romain Christian Larue 10 Bassana de Marlau (3f Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 11 Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet - La Faisanderie) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 12 Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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Stefan Hultman reportedly gave great thought about whether to engage Maharajah for a fourth attempt at the Prix d'Amerique. After a disappointing last prep in snowy Sweden, some did not expect Maharajah to start albeit his second to last start in Sweden which was a solid winning effort. Also disappointing in his last two starts, Royal Dream was nonetheless engaged in the classic, a race he won easily in 2013. His connections have stated that they will make a decision tomorrow. Ready Cash is the likely favorite again this year albeit a group of new French players may contest his past supremacy. Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick deserve watching. Italy will probably send out up to four starters in the 2014 edition of the Prix d'Amerique, including Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe. Mack Grace SM, a sharp son of CC's Chuckie T, has won 12 straight. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Amerique, 2700 meters International Gr. I UET Masters Series, 25 engaged Horse/Sex/Age/Trainer/Life Earnings Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 352466 Uhlan du Val, 6m, C. Megissier, 653890 Soleil du Fosse, 8m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180 Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 691190 Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950 Marielles, 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 721614, Italy Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-E. Trible, 739762 Pascia'Lest, 5m. Thierry Duvaldestin, 743882, Italy Univers de Pan. 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 808030 Up And Quick, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 828060 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne, 923760 Quinoa de Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Nesta Effe, 7m, Holger Ehlert, 1015286, Italy Yarrah Boko, 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1049577, Norway Reve de Beylev, 9m, Sebastien Guarato, 1091460 Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1103980 Mack Grace SM, 8m, M. DiNocola, 1325001, Italy The Best Madrik, 7m, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 1367710 Royal Dream, 9m, Philippe Moulin, 1573310 Save The Quick, 8f, Franck Leblanc, 1581079 Roxane Griff, 9f, Sebastien Guarato, 2023118 Timoko, 7m, Richard Westerink, 2099590 Maharajah, 9m, Stefan Hultman, 2152451, Sweden Ready Cash, 9m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 4282300 Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the international trot week began. The Prix de Cavaillon for European females went to favorite Alienor de Godrel with Franck Anne aboard. Italian invaders took the next three spots following the winner. See chart below. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cavaillon, European females, 55,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.15.6kr (finishers 2-4 from Italy) 1st Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta-Uthan), Franck Anne trainer/driver for Ecurie AB Trot, 1.7/1 odds 2nd Radiofressia Fi (4f Ganymede-Castilia ITY-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up at 4.3/1 3rd Rebecca Laser (4f Goetmals Wood-Snagadela-Pine Chip), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 21/1 odds 4th Royal Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc-Crowning Classic), Mme. Michela Racca up for trainer Tiberio Cecere at 34/1 The European monte Prix de Pontrieux for 40,000 euro purse went to United Face with Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens. He scored easily over two sons of Scarlet Knight in 1.14.3kr over the 2700 meter classic distance. The top three in this event, with 17 starters, were Swedish invaders. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pontrieux, 40,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte, 17 starters 1.14.3kr (top three finishers from Sweden) 1st United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Iesolo), Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens, 5.9/1 2nd Ninepoints Charlie (6m Scarlet Knight-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm, 26/1 3rd Latest News (6g Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ & Lovis, 1.5/1 The Prix de Cantin, an interesting test for four year-old males, went to Artiste du Lys with Wm. Bigeon up in a close score in 1.14.8kr over two youngsters from the Jean-Etienne Dubois stable, the well-bred Andover Jet and Alex The Winner. This group of 15 starters traveled over 2100 meters autostart. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cantin, 35,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.14.8kr 1st Artiste du Lys (4g Oiseau de Feux-Jaquissime-Colt Fortysix), Wm. Bigeon up at 24/1 odds 2nd Andover Jet (4m Prodigious-Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Vercruysse up for Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/breeder, 9/2 odds 3rd Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/owner/trainer, 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by Franck Anne, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh. A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day. Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997, Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Kentucky Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by Lemon Dra), Zola Boko (by Goetmals Wood), Aristocrat Boko )by From Above), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by Varenne). January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish 1st Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro 2nd  Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere), Philippe Daugeard up at 1.8/1 favorite 3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Posse-Neric Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin up at 9/1 4th Save The Quick (8f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer Franck Leblanc, finished well 5th Roxana de Barbray (9f Speed Clayettois-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Eric Raffin up at 14/1 6th The Best Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The Philippe Allaire trained, Frederik Saugue bred and owned, Jos. Verbeeck reined Brillantissime took today's Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest in 1.16.3kr with a rapid closing brush. The 120,000 euro purse, 2750 meter test for three year-old males, provided a tight finish as the winner rallied behind cover of stablemate Bird Parker to nail his rival on the line. Pierre Vercruysse moved Bird Parker early and sat outside Franck Anne's Bolide du Gueron for the last mile before putting away that rival in mid-stretch, but it set up perfectly for Brillantissime. Both colts are by Ready Cash. Paris-Vincennes - Prix Maurice de Gheest, Gr. II males, 120,000 euro purse, 2750 meters, 9 starters\ 1.16.3kr Fractions: 1.18.7kr at 1500; 1.18.5kr at 1000; 1.17.4kr at 500; 1.16.3kr at finish 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up as 1.6/1 favorite for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder Frederik Sauque, his fifth career win for 194,150 euro earned 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Mme. E. Allaire, trainer Philippe Allaire at 4.5/1 odds 3rd Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie up by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com 

The injury of Prix d'Amerique favourite Texas Charm has dominated the headlines for the world's greatest trot in recent days, but there is still business aplenty for prospective participants with the two last chances for entry being held on a fantastic day of racing on Sunday. The Prix de Belgique, the last of the B races and the Prix Tenor Baune for six-year-olds, both offer a ticket to the big dance as well as UET Masters Series points to the first five home in each race - so there is plenty of offer besides the 120,000 euros, which like all races in France, is divided up among the first seven to cross the line. The earlier of the two is the Prix de Belgique, race four on the card and missing injured Texas Charm and the already qualified Ready Cash and Triode de Felliere -the first three home in the third B race, the Prix de Bourgogne at the end of December. The latter two will be keeping their powder dry, although Triode de Felliere is better over the shorter distance, which of course casts doubt over his Prix d'Amerique credentials. The Prix de Belgique is a tough final test for the Prix d'Amerique's aged candidates, being over the staying distance of 2850m and the early favouritism has gone to Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard's tough campaigner who has yet to win a group one race, but is the richest of the U generation. Criterium Continental winner Victoire comes into this race after three wins in a row against her own five-year-old crop and this is a big step up for Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko but French handicappers are confident she can. Being the last of the B races, handicappers also know there is a dividing line between the likes of Royal Dream, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik, who are superior horses and start of 25m but don't need the win to make the Prix d'Amerique - and the rest that do. So horses like Italian Marielles and Norway's Yarrah Boko - who won this race last year - will be at shorter odds than normal against the backmarkers. Soleil du Fosse and Talicia Bella, who would not normally figure highly in the market are also horses who come into this category. The Tenor de Baune is race six on the card and features a super lineup of six-year-olds, headed by Uhlan du Val, the winner of the Prix de Bretagne, the first of the B races of the Winter Meeting. Second in that race was Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up and Quick from Franck Leblanc's powerful Ecurie Quick Star barn and this pair will be fighting out more than just the favouritism here. Cyril Raimbaud's Une Fille d'Amour beat most of these home in the group two Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the end of December and is the deserved third favourite in early markets. Sweden and Italy are represented by five horses, Vincennes, Disco A.E. and Rocky Winner from the Scandinavian powerhouse and Oropuro Bar and Orient Horse from the southern stronghold. The winner of last year's Tenor de Baune was a Swede, Raja Mirchi, who was withdrawn from Prix d'Amerique contention late last month. A third group two of the day is race seven, the 120,000 euro Prix Gelinotte over 2700m which features the top three-year-old fillies who are preparing for next month's Criterium des Jeunes. The first two home in last month's Prid Une de Mai, Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort and Philippe Allaire's Be My Girl are vying for the early favouritism with French handicappers picking the daughter of Love You to reverse the order here. Most of the field competed in the first of their generation's big races last start, with the first five home appearing here, with the only notable absentee being the beaten favourite Brindille de Mai, although Franck Anne is represented by outsider Balade de Blary. Bergame Madrik, Beauty Turgot, Bassana de Marlau and Biguglia also have solid support on the market. Finally Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet head a talented monte lineup in race 8, the Prix Djerid, a 2200m group III for six-year-olds and over which includes Prix de Cornullier hopefuls Sakura Jiel and Quarlos. The two favourites Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet are ineligible for the world's richest under saddle event next weekend, because they are geldings, but both have been in great form this winter meeting. Rapide du Digeon was second behind rising star Ulysse in the rich Prix du Calvados last weekend and won the Prix August Francois in mid November, beating most of this field. Rubis Dairpet was third in that race, but a week earlier had beaten Rapide du Digeon into second in the Group II Prix Paul Buquet, the first big monte of the Winter Meeting. 12/01/14 Vincennes PRIX DE BELGIQUE   Group II Int 2850m 4-10 €120 000 1 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 3 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Renommee d'Obret (9m Buvetier d'Aunou - Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 6 Univers de Pan (8h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 7 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 8 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Roger Coueffin 9 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 11 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 12 Reve de Beylev (9h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 13 The Best Madrik (7h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25 14 Save the Quick (8m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 25 15 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 25   PRIX Tenor de Baune   Group II Int 2 700m 6YO €120,000 1 Ultimo Vingt (6h Hasting - Korinella) Dr: Philippe Ternisien Tr: Philippe Ternisien 2 Orient Horse (6h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Disco A.E. (6h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E. ) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Rocky Winner (6h Credit Winner - Level Fortytwo) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jörgen Westholm 5 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 6 Oropuro Bar (6h Love You - Ubatuba Oaks) Dr: Marco Smorgon Tr: Marco Smorgon 7 Vincennes (6m Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Sören Lennartsson 8 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 9 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 10 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean-Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc PRIX GELINOTTE   Group II Vincennes 2700m 3F 120 000 1 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Emmanuel Allard 2 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jerome Ruaults Tr: Philippe Allaire 3 Baileyse (Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Barbalala (Qwerty - Pardinia) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Biguglia (Coktail Jet - La Faisanderie) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 2700 6 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 7 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 8 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Be My Girl (Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire PRIX DJERID  Group III monte 2200m 6-10 € 110 000 1 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Rd: Fabien Gence Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 2 Saphir du Cebe (8g Kepler - Irma Saint Jean) Rd: Marie Bacsich Tr: Franck Leblanc 3 Saphir de Morge (8h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 4 Quassia du Bon Air (10g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 5 Raison Jenilou (9g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Rd: Alexis Garandeau. Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Sakura Jiel (8m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 7 Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 8 Quarlos (10h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 9 Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

The precocious stars of the A generation have very much been in the limelight in recent weeks, with the first two Group Ones of the Winter Series, the Criterium des 3 Ans and Prix des Vincennes having been the headline acts of December's racing at Vincennes. But French racing gives all those with genuine talent a chance to shine, and some of the A-generation's later developers will front for the group III Prix de Croissanville (72,000 euros) over 2175m. This race has recently been where many of future stars of the track get their first get a taste of the big time, this year's renewal is one of two feature events on Thursday's card at the Temple du Trot. The richest horse of the U-generation Univers de Pan won this race in 2012 while Criterium des 5 Ans winners Roc Meslois (winner 2009) and the ill-fated Scoop d'Yvel (runner up 2010) are recent graduates of the race. The most likely in this group to go onto bigger things is Alcest du Goutier,the winner of six of just 12 starts since beginning his racing with a second in a 3YO race in Durtal, west of Paris in March last year. He then won three in a row for trainer Jacques Bruneau before a fourth in his first visit to Vincennes in May. After a 3 month break he resumed with a win in Vincennes which has elevated him to the lucrative intermediate ranks, and he gained his first win in the higher grades last time out on December 21, a performance which has seen him installed as an early favourite. Vying for early favouritism is Frank Anne's Atout du Lerre., who has won four of his first ten starts. Anne who is well known for his ability to win big races with young horses, has used a patient approach with the son of Oakwood du Closet). However being a gelding he is also not eligible for the Classiques, and so his appearances have been naturally restricted. Another interesting runner from one of the more prominent stables is Jean Etienne Dubois' American Eagle who was second in a 76,000 euro race in Vincennes three weeks ago. The son of Offshore Dream has won two of his 20 starts, with his last win in July in Cabourg. Dominique Lefaucheux' Amazar de Florange is another attracting early money, although he has only won once in his first 20 outings, but French handicappers would have been encouraged with his second placing behind Alceste du Goutier last time of asking. The co-featured event is the Group III Prix de Mauriac, a 78,000 euro race for 5YO mares over 2700m with Sylvain Rogers' Valse Mika being the early favourite. The daughter of NIky was a last start winner, her sixth victory in only 24 attempts early in her 5YO career. Vuelta de Lys has won two of her last four starts, including last time out in Vincennes at the end of December, and is also attracting a lot of early money. The daughter of Insert Gede has won four of her 15 starts for trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon. Master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire has also brought Vadapolina gradually through the grades in his usual fashion, and with a win two starts back, her fifth in 21 starts, handicappers have been quick to support her chances. The richest mare in the race is Daniel Delaroche's Via de Villeneuve has amassed earnings of 141,790 euros despite having only won one race in 31 attempts. PRIX DE CROISSANVILLE Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2175 4 € 72 000 1 Arno de Bossens (4h One du Rib - Quaifa du Rib) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2 Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet - Maya d'Atout) Dr: Pierre Belloche Tr: Pierre Belloche 3 Athos des Elfes (4h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 4 Alpha Galbe (4h Nomade du Digeon - Nereide Galbe) Dr: Benoit Robin Tr: Laurent Leduc 5 Amazar de Florange (4h Echo - Paoleta) Dr Franck Nivard: Tr: Dominique Lefaucheux 6 Ajaccio de Bengale (4h Mentor du Goutier - Orange de Bengale) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Arginio des Godins (4g Norginio - Oceane Fiere) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr: Francisco Criado 8 Ambrogoal des Baux (4h Ouragan de Celland - Milady des Baux) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 American Eagle (4h Offshore Dream - Paradise's Key) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 10 Alceste du Goutier( 4h Quido du Goutier - Matsuyama) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jacques Bruneau 11 Acteur de Larre (4h Paisy Dream - Qasidamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 12 Atout du Lerre (4g Oakwood du Closet - Haquikmie) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne PRIX DE MAURIAC Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2700m 5m 74,000 1 Vadapolina (4m Quaro - Miska des Rondes) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Vuelta du Lys (4m Insert Gede - Ivresse du Lys) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 3 Vallee Secrete (4m Goetmals Wood - Libre Allure) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Vodka Lemon (4m Full Account - Pink Panther) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Julien Rosenzweig 5 Venus de Bailly (4m Chaillot - Oceane de Bailly) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vanna Coletto (4m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Eric Clouet 7 Vignia la Ravelle (4m Diamant Gede - Jirania la Ravelle) Dr: Eric Gilles Blot Tr: Eric Gilles Blot 8 Valse Mika (4m Niky - Ellamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 9 Vigna Nobile (4m Goetmals Wood - Envieuse) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 10 Valeska Jet (4m Nuage de Lait - Ocarina Jet) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 11 Via de Villeneuve (4m Jet Fortuna - Akara) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Daniel Delaroche by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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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