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While Roxane Griff looks well placed to add the group two Prix Theophile Lallouet at Vincennes on tomorrow, to her wonderful CV, following the traditional path through age group racing to the top of her spot, sometimes it is the path less travelled which also pays off in France. Take Bruno Marie's charge Torre Crepin, a Capriccio gelding, now seven years old, who has taken a journeyman's long route to foot it with the big boys at the Temple du Trot. It is an understatement to say he has taken a long time to reach the top level,and one wonders how he would have fared in any other country where patience is not so fully rewarded . Torre Crepin took no fewer than 64 starts to reach the prizemoney level to get a start in a group two race just six months ago. Indeed he didn't win his first race until his 34th start- which was remarkably his 30th attempt under saddle. Remember they pay down to seventh placing in France, and so fourth place in 100,000 euro events can pay the bills, and some, and Torre Crepin has had four fourth placings and a win in the seven starts since he raced in his first group two in October last year. From a slow start, over the past couple of years he has been a gradual improver and he has now won eight races and as a consistent placegetter as he made his way through the intermediate events at Vincennes has now amassed the not insignificant sum of 470,330 euros. Still Roxane Griff will be a short-priced favourite tomorrow. The Prix du Cornulier winner's last start was a courageous third in the Grand Prix de Paris, the gruelign 4.1km marathon and the third leg of the French triple crown. She had run fourth in the first leg, the Prix d'Amerique. But it has been under saddle that Sebastien Guarato's 9YO daughter of Tenor de Baune, who has earned 2.25 million euros from 17 career victories, has found a new lease of life recently, winning three of her four monte races in the recently completed Winter Meeting including the 700,000 euro world championship (Prix du Cornulier) in late January in the hands of regular rider Eric Raffin. She will face her stiffest opposition from the likes of Mike Lenders grand old campaigner Quarry Bay, who won his last start, the 120,000 euro Prix Henri Desmontils, at the start of the month, defeating Rapide du Digeon, Torre Crepin and Utoky who he meets again here. The 10YO son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is the second favourite on the early tote Former age group star Utoky is also well supported. The winner of both monte group ones for 3 and 4YOs (Prix de Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republic) is trained by Franck Leblanc in the famous light blue colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson, who will be remembered by older US harness racing folk as the owner of Une de Mai. The son of Cygnus d'Odyssee also mixes racing with stud duties at the Lebanc's Haras d'Avireau establishment. Thierry Raffegeau's Rapide du Digeon is also well supported while the next in the market is the Italian bred gelding Nene'Degli Ulivi from the stable of Vincent Lacroix. by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Athena de Vandel won today's Gr. III Prix Vindex at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Prince Gede scored in 1.16.1kr at 5.6/1 odds over 2700 meters to take the 45% winners' share of the 95,000 euro purse. Cedric Megissier trains and drives the winner for La Tour de Vandel. Africaine was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 7/2 odds. Athena de Vandel February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Vindex, GR. III, 95,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia dce Vandel), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver for owner La Tour de Vandel, 5.6/1 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver/owner, 3.5/1 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard, 26.9/1 Italy's Oropura Bar, a six year-old son of Love You, won the Quinte+ Prix Emile Allix Courboy for 80,000e over 2100 meters autostart. Marco Smorgon is trainer/driver of the winner for 4AB SAS. The winner scored at 6.4/1 in 1.13.4kr over 39/1 outsider Topaze de Gournay with owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie aboard. The Quinte+ exact order 2e ticket paid €66,696. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Emile Allis Courboy, 80,000e, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, Quinte+ 4.95 million euro jackpot 1.13.4kr 1st Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 6.4/1 odds, owner 4AB Sas (Italy) 2nd Topaze de Gournay (7f Kepler-Haute Tension), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver/owner, 39.2/1 3rd Tolca de Bellouet (7f Orlando Vici-Quenavora), Mathieu Abrivard, 11.8/1 Bomba took today's Prix Ali Hawas, a Gr. II monte event for 120,000e over 2700 meters. Yohan Lebourgeois handled the winning three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood for Philippe Allaire. Heavily favored Beauty Turgot was second for Franck Nivard in the contest with the winner timed in 1.16.8kr. Ballerine Griff finished third with Eric Raffin up for Sebastian Guarato trainer for Ecurie Griff. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Ali Hawas, Gr. II 120,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, monte 1.16.8kr 1st Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 3.6/1 odds, Philippe Allaire trainer for Mme. I Martin 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragame), Franck Nivard, 1.1/1 odds favorite, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Mme. T. H. Hoste owner 3rd Ballerine (3f Password-Keva Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 21.1/1 odds for Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie Griff Bird Parker, often a solid runner-up performer in three year-old graded events, today scored in the Gr. II monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 120,000e. The son of Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier, trained by Philippe Allaire, scored in 1.16.4kr over 2700 meters. The win raised his earnings to 164,480e. Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc with 61/1 outsider Bingo Star third. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Felicien Gauvreau, Gr. II monte, 120,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters   1.16.4kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir de Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. El. Allaire, 3/1 odds, his second career win for earnings of 164,480e 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia, 5/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy up for trainer/owner Lucien Swita, 61.3/1 odds Final day of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes is Saturday and quite a fine card it is. Four graded events, each worth over 100,000e highlight the program. The 240,000e Prix de Selection features Gr. I starters Village Mystic, Uhlan du Val, Univers de Pan and Axelle Dark. The Gr. II Prix de l'Union Europeenne for 160,000e has veteran Roi du Lupin at the start against invaders Sanity and On Track Piraten. Monte events worth 120,000e feature Quarry Bay in the Prix Henri Desmontils, with Camille Levesque in the irons, and the Prix Louis de Bourg showcases Al Capone Jet, A Nous Dous and Aston Fly. See below listings. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix d'Alencon, European, monte, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Latest News, 6g, O. Touvais, 84008 Sweden Crme Brulee, 5f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, 127797 Sweden Ulm de Chichevet, 6g, P-Y Verva, 128860 Volcan d'Occagnes, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 128860 Valseur de Kacy, 5m, Alexandre Abrivard, 129700 Umaga, 6f, Nathalie Henry, 137330 Ukerlza du Benjo, 6f, M. Mottier, 142820 Plutonio, 5m, Mathieu Abrivard, 146796 Italy Vermeer Jarzeen, 5g, Eric Raffin, 151850 Orione Spin, 6m, Philippe Masschaele, 154924 Italy Ultissino, 6m, Damien Bonne, 188790 Viva Forest, 5f, Franck Nivard, 189460 Disco A.E., 6m, David Thomain, 219330 Sweden Prix de Selection, Gr. I €240,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Below travel 2175 meters Aldo des Champs, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 244510 Alesia d'Atout, 4f, M. Mottier, 258850 Astor du Quenne, 4m, J-M Bazire, 266940 Atlessimam 4f, Julien Dubois, 273540 Aladin d'Ecajeul, 4m, Eric Raffin, 334940 Anastasia Fella, 4f, Franck Nivard, 438250 Akim du Cap Vert, 4m, Franck Anne, 504330 Axelle Dark, 4f, Jos. Verbeeck, 535400 Below travel 2200 meters Vanna Coletto, 5f, Anthony Barrier, 134500 Viking de Val, 5m, Eric Lambertz, 326940 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie, 379966 Voltigeur de Myrt, 5m, Pierre Vercruysse, 389915 Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, David Thomain, 558940 Village Mystic, 5m, Louis Baudron, 641570 Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 935530 Prix Henri Desmontils, Gr. III International monte, 120,000e, 2850 meters, 10 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Signeville, 8f, Julien Raffestin, 280270 Texas de l'Iton, 7g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 434240 Quassia du Bon Air, 10g, M. Mottier, 447550 Torre Crepin, 7g, A. Lamy, 460730 Utoky, 6m, Franck Nivard, 549250 Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 565530 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, 610280 Rubis Dairpet, 9g, Eric Raffin, 621610 Risque Tout, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 954150 Quarry Bay, 10f, Camille Levesque, 1058020 Prix de l'Union Europeenne, Gr. II UET Masters Series, European, 160,000e, 11 starters, 3000 meters Starter du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 424480 Maxwell Mayday, 9g, Bjorn Goop, 441740 Finland Quela Rive, 10f, Mme. A-F Donati, 549830 On Track Piraten, 6g, Pierre Vercruysse, 555429 Sweden Son Alezan, 8m, Dominik Locqueneux, 558520 Quinio du Relais, 10g, Sebastian Hardy, 728891 Rigiorieux du Bois, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 801230 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, David Thomain, 869828 Sanity, 8g, Franck Ouvrie, 915895 Quoiumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1145569 Roi du Lupin, 9g, Franck Nivard, 1498700 Prix Louis de Bourg, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 28509 meters, 11 starters, four year-olds Horse, age/sex, jockey, earning euros Armio, 4m P. Masschaele, 32860 Astuce du Bas Bosq, 4f, Damien Bonne, 45410 Avireau de Houelle, 4m, P. Edouard Mary, 64630 A Priori, 4m, David Thomain, 77440 Airport, 4m, Eric Raffin, 83400 Anna Mix, 4f, Franck Nivard, 90000 Antara Buissonay, 4f, Yohan Lebourgeois, 117340 Agrippine, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, 129630 Aston Fly, 4m, J. Carre, 134120 A Nous Dous, 4f, Nathalie Henry, 135250 Al Capone Jet, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 141520 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Four out of seven first pick, six out of seven striking a small dividend in the V75 and also one out of two – with a good pointer to the other, at Vincennes, was a better day for WWTE last week. Chapeau 3.72, Blended Bellouet 7.58, Amaru Boko 3.14, Finish Future 5.79 gave us a small profit ($6.28) on our Swedish picks, while you would have lost $1.20 on the $4 spent in France, since Vision Intense was a raging favourite. There was little joy in a $4.65 return for the V75 investment, so I have decided to go a little wider with my picks in future, in an attempt to snare a longer odds leg.   This weekend is the last of the Winter Meeting and March is a traditionally slow month in Europe, with the Scandinavian circuit set to kick off in April. Good luck with this week’s picks. V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Nougat As (5) is a former group II winner who also won his last V75 silver division heat. With Johnny Takter in the bike, a good place early to go for an anchor.  Selection 5 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: This looks between two products of the giant Boko breeding empire and an up and comer with three wins in a row. So Dennis Boko (1), Dante Boko (5) and Arn Hammering (3), are the ones for this leg. Selection 5-1-3 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: I know this is the gold division, but at this time of the year the real stars are either in France or preparing for spring racing after a winter break. Ludde Kolgjini’s royally bred Raja Mirchi (7) was one of those that was in Vincennes and going for a place in the Prix d’Amerique before going amiss. He is back here and a class above these. Should be anchor number two. Selection 7 V75-4 Larlingslopp 2140m: Britt Palema (2) has had two near misses lately and is perfectly drawn to go one better, while the horse who will vie for the lead from the gate, Rajah Press (1) is my choice as an alternate. Selection 7 (1) V75-5 Diamantestoet 2640m: The mares race is a tough one with Broadways Fines (4), Borga Effekt (6) and Global Navigator (13) and Yoga Brick (11) logical choices. For an outsider, Johnny Takter is on Florette Sund (3), who has a nice draw and has been consistent without a lot of luck and is perhaps due a change of fortune.  Selections 4-6-13-11-3 V75-6 Klass I 2640m: Super Photogenic (7) was second last start and is my first pick ahead of the in form Frozen (2) as an alternate. Selection 7 (2) V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Viking America (5), Checco Boko (4) and Riff Kronos (11) are the logical choices here. Again I am going for a Johnny Takter drive, from a good draw as my outsider in Zanimede (3) Selection 5-4-11-3 240,000e Prix de Selection (G1) 4-6 2750m: This race has been dominated by 4YOs for the past 30 years, but a recent change in handicapping has brought the older horses right back in the mix here. Univers de Pan (16) and Uhlan du Val (15) have both been plying their trade in exalted company and will be primed to take advantage here. Univers de Pan  was super in the Prix de France when second to Noras Bean and is my pick here. Selection 16 160,000e Prix de l'Union Europeenne (G2) Euro 5-10 3000m: The Swedes have been  on fire this Winter Meeting and there is no reason to think it will change here, with Malin Lofgren’s pride and joy Sanity (9), who is by French supersire Love You, looking up to winning this. One for the longer odds is Franck Leblanc’s Son Alezan (5), who is from a stable which is right on top of its game.  Selection 9 120,000e Prix Louis Le Bourg (G2) 4 2850m: This final monte of the Winter Meeting is missing most of the top horses under saddle from this crop. In their absence I’m going for an up and comer with an in form jockey aboard, in Airport (5) and his brilliant hoop Eric Raffin. Selection 5 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Kalmar and Vincennes. Kalmar SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Nougat As (5) Race 6 Dante Boko (5) Race 7 Raja Mirchi (7) Race 8 Britt Palema (2) Race 9 Florette Sund (3) Race 10 Super Photogenic (7) Race 11  Viking America (5) Vincennes R4 Univers de Pan (16) R7 Sanity (9) R8 Airport (5)

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 120,000 euro Group II Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850m for 4YOs is the last major monte for the Winter Meeting this Saturday. It is a small but evenly matched race since many of the top monte horses such St Leger des Trotteurs (Gr1) winner Almira Marancourt and runner-up Asana Trembledaise plus Prix d"Essai (Gr1) winner Arca Des Jacquets and runner-up Alexia de Cherisay are absent as are Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) winner Atlessima and Prix Des Elites (Gr1) winner Anastasia Fella who are unavailable due to the Prix de Selection being raced on the same day. Laurent Claude Abrivard's Agrippine was second in the group one Prix De Vincennes in December and was prominent in the Prix de Pardieux until making a gallop on the final turn. The daughter of Hasting with Alexandre Abrivard on board will be right in the mix here. The other two disputing favouritism are Jean-Pierre Dubois' Goetmals Wood filly A Noux Deus, the winner of the group two Prix de Pardieu last start and who will be ridden by Nathalie Henry, and Pierre Coignard's Al Capone Jet, the winner of the Prix Camille De Wazieres , the male equivalent. Both have strong claims in this race, as indicated by the early market in France. Airport was fifth in the group one Prix de Vincennes in December in a very promising first start in a group race. Ake Kristofferssen's son of Love You had a gallop next start but then won his fourth race in just 13 starts in his last start a fortnight ago, and is coming in for some strong support - as is the A Priori, a son of Capriccio , who followed him home in that race. For handicappers looking for an outsider, consider Aston Fly was third in the group one Prix d'Essai but was disqualified in the group one Prix des Centaures. Michael Jean Ruault son of Hermes de Montfort is always among the top five or six in the this age group and in the absence of the aforementioned top Echelon of this generation, could be one to keep onside here. PRIX LOUIS LE BOUR Vincennes 01/03/14 Group II monte 2850m 4YOs €120 000 1 Armio (h Qualmio de Vandel - Nahema) Rd: Philippe Masschaele Tr: Colette Chassagne 2 Astuce du Bas Bosq (m Caballio In Blue - Karlinette) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Francois Giard 3 Avireau de Houelle (h Coktail Jet - Irina de la Frette) Rd: Pierre Edo(uard Mary Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 A Priori (h Capriccio - Loctudy) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Jacques Bruneau 5 Airport (h Love You - Pivoine) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 6 Anna Mix (m Ludo de Castelle - Ires) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Antara Buissonay (m Le Retour - Judelle Buissonay) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 8 Agrippine (m Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 9 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean 10 A Nous Deux (m Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 11 Al Capone Jet (h Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Pierre Coignard by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

A pair of top colts will be making their monte debut in Prix Felicien Gauvreau, the final Winter Meeting group two for 3YO colts, raced over 2700m for 120,000 euros. Bird Parker who has been runner up in both the Prix Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) and Prix Maurice De Gheest (G2) throws on the saddle for the very first time, and will have champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at the reins. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly, a Sam Bourbon colt, who was fifth in the Prix Paul Viel and sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes, and has three wins in just ten career starts, is another to saddle up, and he will have Eric Raffin on board for his debut. The winner of the first group two monte for this generation the Prix Edouard Marcillac, Nicolas Raimbeaux's Baggio du Chatelet will go out a deserved favourite after winning his all three of his monte races thus far. He will be partnered by Matthieu Abrivard. Franck Leblanc's Quatre Juillet colt Brooklyn Bridge fought on well for second place in the Prix Edouard Marcillac and has followed Baggio du Chatelet home in twice, in three seconds in a row under saddle. He will be ridden by Franck Nivard. Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo) was third in the Prix Edouard Marcillac in what was only his sixth career start, which includes a win and a second under saddle. Others to have support include Pascal Raulier's last start winner Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat) Fourth home in the first group two was Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisso) who is trained by Franck Anne. PRIX FELICIEN GAUVREAU Vincennes 27/02/14 FR Group II 2700m 3M €120 000 1 Bijou Petteviniere (Ludo de Castelle - Noce Petteviniere) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Brooklyn Fligny (Coktail Jet - Fantasia d'Ombree) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Åke Kristoffersson 3 Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets) Rd: Philippe Masschaele Tr:Pascal Raulier 4 Bingo Star (Look de Star - Rosiris) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr:Lucien Swita 5 Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr:Jean Michel Baudouin 6 Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Rd: Antoine Lherete Tr:Franck Anne 7 Brooklyn Bridge (Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr:Franck Leblanc 8 Best of Sly (Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Baggio du Chatelet (Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr:Nicolas Raimbeaux 10 Bird Parker (Ready Cash - Belisha) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Master reinsman Jean Micel Bazire steered race favourite Up And Quick to a record-breaking win in the last race of the Triple Crown, the 400,000 euro Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday at the Hippodrome de Vincennes over the marathon distance of 4150 meters, Bazire made his move at the 1000m mark and Franck Leblanc's champion showed devastating acceleration to put a break on the field to give JMB his first group one win in France since 2009. After the Grand Prix of America and the Grand Prix of France, the Grand Prix de Paris Group I was the last of the winter meeting of Vincennes. Fifteen competitors faced the marathon distance of 4150 meters in an attempt to succeed recently retired Ready Cash . Second in the Grand Prix of America won by Maharajah and unplacedin the Grand Prix of France, Up and Quick was the favorite and has consistently been in form for the winter. During this ultimate staying test over two laps of the track Vincennes, things got serious at the start of the last time up the famous climb about 1000 meters from the finish as Jean-Michel Bazire set Up and Quick alight . At this time, the son of Buvetier Aunou placed a devastating acceleration to propel to the lead and is then easily broke away for an easy win in reducing mileage of 1'13'' 8 f 1.13.8 (1.58.4MR/4150m) a new record for the event. Tiego Etang has as usual finished well forsecond before the courageous Roxane Griff . Taormina d'Em and Son Alezan took fourth and fifth places. Up And Quick has therefore gained his second Group I about six months after capturing the Critérium des 5 years crown. Jean-Michel Bazire took to win for the fourth time in his career this prestigious event, he won the 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Jardy but mostly landed his first Group I in France since December 2009 and his victory in Criterium Continental with Rolling deHéripré. In the other group race of the day, the Prix Paul Bastard was also won easily by the favourite Vision Intense from Valdice de Mars and Valse Castelets. The Philippe Moulin trained daughter of Prodigious won the 120,000 euro monte for 5YOs in a time of 1'14"8 or 2min flat for the 2700m journey. GRAND PRIX DE PARIS Gr 1 4 150m 400 000€ 1 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) J.M. Bazire 2.8/1 1'13"8 2 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) C. Bigeon 8.1/1 1'14"0 3 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) E. Raffin 6.8/1 1'14"0 PRIX PAUL BASTARD Gr2 Monté 2 700m 120 000€ 1 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) N. Henry 1.4/1 1'14"8 2 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Y. Lebourgeois 6/1 1'14"9 3 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) J.L.C. Dersoir 9.1/1 1'15"3 By David Sanders  

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

A field of 15 has been set for Sunday's Grand Prix de Paris, the final leg of the France Triple Crown of Trotting. The 400,000€ marathon will be led by resurgent Roxane Griff along with Yarrah Boko, Up And Quick and Royal Dream. Grand Prix de Paris, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 400,000  4150 meters, 15 starters Horse, Age/Sex, Driver, Trainer, Earnings in euro Titi Quick 7m Alexandre Abrivard, C, Casseron, 225350 Taormina d'Em 7f Tony LeBeller, J-P Alix, 307190 Son Alezan 8m Dominik Locqueneux, Franck Leblanc, 538520 Utoky 6m Yohan Lebourgeois, Franck Leblanc, 549250 Soleil du Fosse 8m Mathieu Abrivard, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180 Uhlan du Val 6m Cedric Megissier also trainer, 693890 Santa Rosa France 8f Wm. Bigeon, J-L Bigeon, 705950 Roxana de Barbray 9f David Thomain for R. Donati, 869828 Severino 8m Damien Bonne, R. Coueffin, 895500 Quinoa du Gers 10m Franck Nivard, F. Souloy, 990343 Up And Quick 6m J-M Bazire, F. Leblanc, 1078060 Tiego d'Etang 7m Ch. Bigeon driver/trainer, 1159980 Yarrah Boko 9m Pierre Vercruysse, Trond Anderssen, 1221577 Royal Dream 9m Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ph. Moulin, 1583310 Roxanne Griff 9f Eric Raffin, S. Guarato, 2193118 Thomas H. Hicks      

The third of the French Triple Crown races during the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes takes place next Sunday. The Grand Prix de Paris, a Gr, I International UET Masters Series event for 400,000e is one of my favorites. The marathon is raced over 4150 meters (2-9/16 miles) over the grande piste. 26 were entered on the first engagement as listed below in order of lifetime earnings. Worth watching are Roxane Grif, Up And Quick, Yarrah Boko, Tiego d'Etang, a number of monte specialists including Vision Intense and surprise (to me) entrant Royal Dream. Anything can happen and likely will. 26 partants - Corde à gauche UET Masters Series - Groupe I International, 400.000e- 4150 m - Grande piste Horse, Age/Sex, Trainer, Life Earnings Rombo Di Cannone, 4m, G. D'Alessandro, 114934€ Turquoise Blue, 7f, S. Prevoost, 174780€ Titi Quick, 7m, C. Casseron, 225350€ Taormina d'Em, 7f, J-P Allix, 307190€ Spirit Beji, 8m, S. Prevoost, 334956€ Rockfeller Center, 9m, Jean Baudron, 338440€ Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 379966€ Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, C. Raimbaud, 509440€ Le Cannibale (Finland), 8m, Fabrice Souloy, 535609€ Son Alezan, 8m, Franck Leblanc, 538520€ Utoky, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 529250€ (a monte winner on February 16) Quela Rive, 10f, R. Donati, 549830€ Quarlos, 10m, M. Dabouis, 554,600€ Soleil du Fosse, 8m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180€ Vision Intense, 5f, Philippe Moulin, 670250€ Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890€ Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950€ Marielles (Italy), 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 730414€ Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828€ Severino, 8m, R. Coueffin, 895500€ Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 990343€ Up And Quick, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 1078060€ Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1159980€ Yarrah Boko (Sweden), 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1221577€ Royal Dream, 9m, Philippe Moulin, 1583310€ Roxane Grif, 9f, Sebastein Guarato, 2193118€ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Gr. I, 200,000e Criterium des Jeunes highlighted Saturday's graded laden card at Paris-Vincennes. 14 contestants traveled 2700 meters in this test for three year-olds. Disqualification of Philippe Allaire's Brillantisime led to victory being awarded to Billie de Montfort handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The consistent daughter of Jasmin de Flore from an And Arifant dam recorded her sixth lifetime win now for earnings of 247,200e. She scored in 1.14.4kr over Brutus de Bailly and J-M Bazire with third to Black d'Avril and Franck Ouvrie. The winner's sire Jasmin de Flore shows up more regularly in graded events in France, as previously reported, and for good reason. The son of Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon, was a graded race winner at ages three through five including the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4 ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5 ans. His pedigree is 83% French "trotteur", 17% Standardbred, with a 4% inbreeding coefficient, a sire to watch for in 2014 racing wars. February 16, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Criterium des Jeunes, Gr. I, 200,000e, 2700 meters, 14 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), driver Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 2.2/1, her sixth win 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire up, 5/1 3rd Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie driving for Frederic Prat The Gr. III, 110,000e monte Prix du Pontavice de Heusseym went to well-regarded Utoky with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Franck Leblanc. Ecurie Cte P de Montesson owns the 1.11.9kr winner, now with earnings of over 549,000e. The six year-old son of Cygnus d'Odyssee from a Kimberland mare, defeated Rubis Dairpet with Eric Raffin aboard, this one also from a Kimberland dam. Kimberland is an often overlooked early franco-american mating, he by Nevele Pride from Astrasia from the famed artichoke consuming international superstar Jamin. February 16, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Pontavice de Heusseym, Gr. III European, monte, 110,000€, 2175 meters, 9 starters 1.11.9kr 1st Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee--Epopee-Kimberland), Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, owner Ecurie Cte P de Montesson, 5.7/1, sixth career win 2nd Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze-Betty de la Noe-Kimberland), Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 4.5/1 3rd Saphit de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva, F. Terry, Ecurie Pole Position 3.5/1 American Eagle was awarded the win of the Gr. III Prix d'Orthez after the first two across the line were disqualified. The 100,000e event over 2700 meters attracted 15 starters. The winning son of double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream recorded his third career success with the 1.14.5kr win that increased his earnings to over 181,000e. Jean-Etienne Dubois drove the winner that he also owns and trains. February 16, 2014, Pais-Vincennes, Prix d'Orthez, Gr. III European, 100,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 4.4 million euros 1.14.5kr 1st American Eagle (4m, Offshore Dream-Paradise's Key-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 9/1, his third career win 2nd Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road),Hugo W. Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer Peter J. Strooper, 11/1 (Germany) 3rd Alceste du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama-Sebrazac), Jacques Bruneau trainer/driver, 48/1 Relative longshots led to an exact order Q+ payoff of 66,618e for a 2e wager. Sunday Jet (Coktail Jet-Glad To Meet You-Jiosco) took the European 52,000e Prix d'Arras over 2700 meters defeating 17 rivals. The bold-going winner scored in 1.13.7kr for Franck Nivard as he held off strong closing Norwegian invader Tourbillon with Julien Dubois at the lines for Vincent Martens. February 16, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Arras (Prix de l'Association Nationale des Turfistes), European, 52,000e, 2700 meters, 18 starters 1.13.7kr 1st Sunday Jet (8g Coktail Jet-Glad To Meet You-Jiosco), Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer M. Vallee, 3.3/1, his seventh career win 2nd Tourbillon (7g Ganymede-Inlaid Pine-Pine Chip), Julien Dubois up for trainer Vincent Martens, 61/1 (Norway) 3rd Ton Copain (7g Capriccio-Haie-Hetre Vert), J-M Bazire driving, 12/1 On the undercard, the well-bred Very Love Blue scored again in the 80,000e Prix du Finistere for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Owned by legendary Ecurie Wildenstein, the five year-old gelded son of Nice Love from Naama Blue by Buvetier d'Aunou recorded his ninth career win as the favorite in this 2100 meter autostart contest. The winner scored in a solid 1.11.9kr. February 16, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Finistere, males, 80,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1st Very Love Blue (5g, Nice Love-Naama Blue-Buvetier d'Aunou), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, owner Ecurie Wildenstein, 0.8/1 favorite, his ninth win 2nd Valdu Mag (5m, Jam Pridem-Poesie de Chamant-And Arifant), Franck Ouvrie up, 51/1 3rd Venturi Omali (5m And Arifant-Jivank du Pre-Beautiful Somolli), Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Terry, 11/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

The three year-old male and female monte rivals were showcased on today's Paris-Vincennes card. Baggio du Chatelet, a three year son of Niky, easily took the 120,000e Prix Edouard Marcillac with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, as the less than even-money favorite. He scored by open lengths in 1.14.8kr over a short field, his third career win, now for earnings of 95,750e. The distance was 2175 meters. Well-bred Brooklyn Bridge captured second. February 13, 2104 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Edouard Marcillac, Gr. II monte, males, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starter 1.14.8kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, 0.9/1 favorite, his third career victory. 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia 3rd Bazaki Seven )3m Kesaco Phedo-Rani Duophi), F. Lagadeuc up for trainer J-M Baudouin at 9/1 The female division produced another decisive winner at Beauty Turgot scored in 1.15.3kr in the 120,000e Prix Holly du Locton, a Gr. II affair over 2175 meters. She scored over nine rivals for Franck Nivard at the lines for Fabrice Souloy. The good gaited filly was off at 6.2/1 with one of the chief adversaries, Biguglia by Coktail Jet, finishing third behind 12/1 outsider Brise de L'alba, February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Holly du Locton, Gr. II monte, females, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.15.3kr 1st Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6.2/1 2nd Brise de l'Alba (3f Quido du Goutier-Celyde la Meritee), Eric Raffin up for William Bigeon trainer, 12/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderie), Jonathan Carre up for Frederik Plat trainer, 3.8/1 The mid-week car also included the Gr. III Prix de Nevers, a 110,000e event over 2850 meters. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a special single-day 10 million euro jackpot. Bold-striding Uppercut Orange took the win in 1.14kr at 6.5/1 odds, his sixth career win for over 240,000e earnings. The six year-old son of Jag de Bellouet closed relentlessly to defeat Ulf du Noyer and Ultimate du Rib. J.L.C. Dersoir trains the winner with his wife capably at the lines. February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Nevers, Gr. III, 110,000e, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ special jackpot 10 million euros 1.14kr 1st Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi d'Abeille-Workaholic), Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir in the irons for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 6.5/1, his sixth lifetime win. 2nd Ulf du Noyer (6m Love You-Pagoda-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Ultimate du Rib (6g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois-Sancho Panca), Michel Lenoir up for trainer Joel Hallais, 24/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Acknowledged master of younger horse training Philippe Allaire will present unbeaten colt Boccador de Simm for both his first group race and first race under saddle in the 120,000 euro group two Prix Edouard Marcillac one of the two feature events on Thursday's Vincennes card. The first group two for B-generation colts under saddle has drawn a field of ten for the 2175m event, headed by Allaire's son of Rieussec, a richly-bred Goetmals Wood stallion who was second in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and from the immediate family of Criterium winners Jam Pridem and Carpe Diem. Boccador de Simm will be ridden by Yoann Lebourgeois and is one of only two colts making their monte debuts, and none of the field has before graced a group race, with most being specifically bred for under saddle racing. Matthieu Abrivard will be aboard the impressive Nicolas Raimbeaux trained Baggio du Chatelet who easily accounted for rising filly monte star Bomba when they met in Vincennes in the Prix de Cholet on January 28. The son of Niky has won both his starts under saddle, vastly improving on his record in the bike which stands at nine starts for one second and a fourth. His dam is by a Prix de Cornulier winner Gobernador from the immediate family of champion monte sire Chef du Chatelet. Thierry Duvaldestin lines up Best des Jacquets who was third in the Prix Cholet, his second start under saddle. His monte debut was a winning one for the son of Coktail Jet who hails from the family of Gros Grain who is the sire of Vipsie Griff, a current multiple group winning monte winner and a runner up in the Group one Prix des Elites. An interesting runner for breeding buffs is Beguin Madrik a son of monte star Paddy du Boison from the powerful Franck Anne stable. Paddy du Boisson won the group one montes the Prix de la Republique and the Prix des Centaures and is one of the last descendants of the famed Phaeton bloodline, which is unique to France. This line, which is distinct to that of the more famous Fuschia (Godolphin Arabian) line descends from a Darley Arabian line which goes through the important thoroughbred stallions Heir of Linne, the famous Eclipse and beyond that to Bartlet's Childers, who brother Flying Childers is the progenitor of the Hambletonian line. It is hanging by a thread in France, but has so for more than forty years, always seeming to produce one more son to carry it on. Jean Michel Baudouin's Best of Jets, a winner under saddle and Pierre Yves Verva's Beautiful Dussac, who has won his only start, also under saddle, are two others to have garnered early support. PRIX EDOUARD MARCILLAC Vincennes 13/02/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 3M 120 000e 1 Bilboy d'Occagnes (h Islero de Bellouet - Ode Pierre) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: David Desclos 2 Brutus la Mesange (h Lilium Madrik - Infante du Buisson) Jy: David Thomain Tr: Gaetan Ligeron 3 Beautiful Dussac (h And Arifant - Olympe de Dussac) Jy: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Pierre Yves Verva 4 Bazaki Seven (h Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 5 Brooklyn Bridge (h Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Jy: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Beguin Madrik (h Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Jy: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 7 Best des Jacquets (h Coktail Jet - Kodessa) Jy: Antoine Wiels Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Best of Jets (h Magnificent Rodney - Plume Jets) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 9 Boccador de Simm (h Rieussec - Poupee Charmeuse) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 10 Baggio du Chatelet (h Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Jy: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The Group one Prix des Centaures over 2750m at Vincennes Sunday, is the first of the inter-generational classiques to be raced under the readjusted handicaps designed to address the advantage the younger horses have had in recent years. So great was this advantage seen that few older horses had bothered to sign up for the French trotting equivalent of thoroughbred racing's Weight-For-Age , which is designed to compare the credentials of different crops of horses for breeding purposes. Indeed last year's Prix des Centaures contained a field that was entirely made up of four-year-olds but this time nine of the 15 runners are representatives of the two older crops, making it a highly anticipated race of the ages bringing together the respective stars of Anastasia Fella, Vision Intense and Ulysse. The last time these crops met, in the Prix des Elites last year, Anastasia Fella, aided by the generous 50m advantage was untroubled to win but the next four home were all members of the U-crop including Ulysse in fifth and Ultissimo, who finished second, and in a stunning rate of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) for the 2200m. Fabrice Solouy's Ulysse was a disappointing eighth in the Prix de Cornulier after setting the pace, but he does not have to contend with the likes of Roxane Griff or Tiego d'Etang in this, although the son of Love You will have to work very hard to get to his favoured front running role. The third member of the U-crop entered is Utoky, in the famous colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson - of Une de Mai fame - and a not too shabby monte horse himself having won the group one Prix De Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republique. Last year's winner Vision Intense was not in that field, the only V-generation entrants were lesser mares hoping to pick up a classique placing to enhance their breeding value. The Phiippe Moulin-trained daughter of Prodigious was a brilliant winner of the group two Prix Camille Blaisot last start and will start a very warm favourite here, despite the class of the opposition. Valse Castelets was second that day, and is a dual group two monte winner and is one who may also figure in the finish. The other horse who is receiving early handicapping support is Jean-Pierre Dubois beautifully-bred A Nous Deux who is making her first start in a group race after a couple of impressive outings after being switched to saddle recently. The daughter of Goetmals Wood is from Nina Madrik, who was second in the Prix de Jeunes and Prix de l'Etoile and third in the Prix de Selection - the latter two inter-generational races as this one is. She is also from the family of The Best Madrik and several other classique performers. She is trained by Ronny Kuiper and will be ridden by Mathieu Abrivard. PRIX DES CENTAURES Vincennes 09/02/14 FR Group I monte 2175m 4-6 € 240 000 1 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Jk: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Jk: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Ronny Kuiper 3 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierji) Jk: Anthony Barrier Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Alberic (h Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Jk: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Atwood Griff (h Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Jk: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Anastasia Fella (s Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Ultissimo (h Gobernador - Altissima) Jk: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Max Izaac 25m 8 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Jk: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 25m 9 Ugenie du Citrus (s Meaulnes du Corta - Onna Lisa) Jk: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 10 Valdice de Mars (s Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jk: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 25m 11 Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Virginie Moquet 25m 12 Valse Castelets (s Memphis du Rib - Elide) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 25m 13 Utoky (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Jk: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 25m 14 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jk: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 25m 15 Vision Intense (s Prodigious - Intense Action) Jk: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 25m Dave Sanders  

Franck Anne's talented five year-old mare Vanika du Ruel, a daughter of Jardy, upset Village Mystic and Victoire to easily capture today's Gr. II Prix Jean Le Gonidec at Paris-Vincennes. The fast leaving young mare, that has been competing against the best aged performers in France, stepped to the front and kept on going to score by open lengths in 1.12.8kr over the rain soaked 2175 meter course. The UET Masters Series event carried a purse of 120,000e. The winner may very well be advancing to the top level for aged mares in the future. Village Mystic, a five year-old son of Love You, was second for Louis Baudron ahead of Italy's Pascia'Lest (by Varenne) with reinsman Jos. Verbeeck. Victoire, the 2/1 favorite ended fifth. February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean Le Gonidec, UET Masters Series Gr. II European, 2175 meters, 120,000e, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.9 milion euros, 13 starters  1.12.8 1st Vankina du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Franck Anne trainer/driver, for breeder/owner Mme. Annick Bazn, 7.6/1 odds, convincing start to finish winner, her 12th career win for earnings of 977,760e 2nd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun), Jos. Verbeeck for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 6.8/1, Italy 4th Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 7.3/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitcko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up from trainer Danielle Mottier, 2/1 favorite Two upper class European events were also featured on the Paris-Vincennes card today. Taormina d'Em won the first for Tony Le Beller in 1.14.6kr to capture the Prix Guy Lux over 2700 meters for 72,000e purse. The seven-year-old mare scored in a rousing finish over a fine field that included second place finishing Triskell Pacha for Franck Nivard, Sergent du Rib and Spain's Trebol (finished fourth). February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Guy Lux, European, 2700 meters, 72,000e, 12 starters1.14.6kr 1st Taormina d'Em (7f Cedre du Vivier-Nevadara d'Em-Coktail Jet), Tony Le Beller, 11/1 odds 2nd Triskell Pacha (7g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte), Franck Nivard up, 1.8/1 3rd Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 4th Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, 11/1 odds (Spain) 5th Rafale Leman (9f Ekir de Leau-Bellones Leman), Mathier Mottier up, 30/1 J-M Bazire drove Italy's Oneghin Del Ronco to victory in the Prix Leon Zitrone in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters for 58,000e. The six year-old son of Love You from a Park Avenue Joe mare was an upset winner at 29/1 over a nice field in which Italian invaders by Pine Chip and Viking Kronos were third and fourth. February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leon Zitrone, European, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters  1.13.6kr 1st Oneghin Del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia Del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), J-M Bazire, 29/1 odds for trainer Vincenzo Tufano, owner Vincenzo Cappola (Italy) 2nd Utelo de Carentone (6g Kiwi-Maevu d'Harcouel-Buvetier d'Aunou), Guy Maillard, 16/1 3rd Oscar Chip Fas (6g Pine Chip-Alias diJesolo-Royal Troubador), David Thomain, 91/1 (Italy) 4th Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Dominik Locqueneux, 2/1 odds (Italy) 5th Sem Jafat (6g SJs Photo-Persilja-Pershing), Johan Untersteiner up, 5.8/1 (Sweden) The fastest event of the day was a 1.12.4kr win for Topaze Royale in the monte Prix Jacques Orliaguet over 2175 meters. The winners share of the 48,000e purse took Topaze Royale's earnings to 144,710e for the seven-year-old mare, trained and reined by Mathieu Abrivard. Her victory as favorite broke a string of long odds winners on this day. February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Orliaguet, monte, 48,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters 1.12.4kr 1st Topaze Royale (7f Light Up Vonnas-Lea Royale-Capitole), Mathieu Abrivard trainer/driver, 3.2/1, owner Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard, eighth win for 144,710€ 2nd Tino Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Elite Gede), C. Frecelle up, 6.5/1 3rd Twiggy Speed (7f Joe l'Amoroso-Theorie Gede), A. Wiels, 12/1 4th Taluska du Levan (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombre), Nathalie Henry up at 18/1 Big upset at Vincennes Thursday Unvevring du Gite took yesterday's Paris-Vincennes Prix de L'lle-et-Vilaine at 16/1 odds to set-off an exact order payoff of over 298,000e (excluding the jackpot that reached 3.85 million euros). David Thomain teamed the winner for owner/trainer Jean Lelievre as he increased career earnings to 192,430e. Uvevering du Gite scored in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart to defeat stablemate 20/1 shot Tabriz du Gite handled by Bernard Piton. February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L' lle-et-Vilaine, European, 17 starters, 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ race of the day with 3.85€ million jackpot 1.14.1kr 1st Uvevering du Gite (6m Iton du Gite-Bauxite Bocain), David Thomain up for Jean Lelievre trainer and owner Georges Lelievre, 16/1 odds, fourth career win for 192,430€ 2nd Tabriz du Gite (7m Ganymede-Kabrizica), Bernard Piton up for J. Lelievre, 20/1, stablemate of winner 3rd Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi L'Abeille), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 4.8/1 4th Sky Quick (8g Jasmin de Flore-Mancha Quick), Mathieu Mottier up for Clement Casseron trainer, 129/1 The well assembled Paris-Vincennes card was also highlighted by victories for Altesse du Mirel, a Ready Cash lightly raced four year-old filly, trained and reined by Pierre Vercruysse; the monte Prix de Douvres to Urone du Cebe handled by Marie Bacsich for trainer Franck Leblanc. They overcame a 25 meter handicap and the monte Prix de Rozay-en-Brie that Athletic Sport won for Anne Barthelemy. February 5, 2014, Paris Vincennes Prix de Montlucon, 34,000€ purse, 2700 meters for females, 12 starters 1.19.1kr 1st Altesse du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse trainer/driver for owner Mme. Florence Allera, 4.1/1 odds, her third win for 29.700€ for this lightly raced filly 2nd Ariana (4f Neoh Jiel-Nausican Sautonne), Jos. Verbeeck up for Jean-Pierre Viel trainer, 2.3/1 co-favorite 3rd Argovie (4f Gogo-Nymphe Jet), F. Senet up for trainer Mme. Michelle Stihl, 12/1 February 5, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Douvres, 60,000€, 2850 meters, monte, females, apprentice jockeys, 8 starters  1.15.3kr 1st Urone du Cebe (6f Neutron du Cebe-Irma Saint Jean), Mlle. Marie Bacsich up for Franck Leblanc trainer/owner, 5/1, traveled plus 25 meters, eighth career win for 118,740€ earnings 2nd Ussia du Declic (6f Meaulnes du Corta-Opale du Declic), Xavier Bonnefoux aboard for trainer/owner Yvonnick Dousset, 22/1 3rd Uza Viva (6f Korean-Kuza Viva), Mlle. Isaline Lelievre up, 27/1 odds, trainer Paul Viel, plus 25 meters February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Rozay-en-Brie, 35,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.16.8kr 1st Athletic Sport (4m Jag de Bellouet-Quipia Josselyn), Anne Barthelemy up for Philippe Forget, 4.9/1 2nd Alcatraz d'Ariane (4g Gogo-Karintzia d'Ariane), David Thomain teaming for Daniel Bethouart, 2.5/1 3rd Arlequin de Cosse (4m Fortuna Font-Maron de Cosse), Fabien Gence up for Arnaud Leduc trainer, 11/1 4th Aladin de Meslay (4g Dahir de Prelong-Idee de Meslay), Hanna Huygens up for trainer Daniel Moes, 42/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

The stellar career of the world's richest harness horse Ready Cash will come to an end after the running of the Prix de France at Vincennes on Sunday, a race which he won for the second time last year. Philippe Allaire's superstar is to retire to a fulltime career at stud after making a stunning start while still racing, with his first two crops producing multiple group winners. While the son of Imoko will be the sentimental favourite, the likely first pick of the punters will be runner-up to the absent Maharajah in the Prix d'Amerique Up And Quick. The brilliant son of Buvetier d'Aunou lost few friends in defeat a fortnight ago with a brave run in defeat to the Swede and will be at short odds to make it once better this time. Another likely to get support is Richard Westerink's Timoko, who was a fast-finishing fifth in the Prix d'Amerique without threatening to figure in the finish. The 'sprint' 2100m distance of the Prix de France might suit the son of Imoko better, Timoko won seven races last year, none further than 2400m. He has won at middle distance (2700m) at Vincennes, but only in restricted age-group races and was third in this race last year. Royal Dream was second in the race last year but the richly bred son of Love You has not been anywhere close to form this Winter Meeting. Seven is a recurring number for Jean-Philippe Dubois' former Prix d'Amerique winner. He was seventh in the big race this year and it has now been seven months and seven starts since he finished in the top three. Swedish bred and Norwegian owned and trained Yarrah Boko was flying home for third in the Prix d'Amerique and is not the worst chance in this. The son of Coktail Jet beat most of these home in the Prix de Belgique, and has been in super form, only once finishing out of the top three in his past 12 months racing. Compatriot and reigning Prix d'Ameriqe champion Maharajah has headed home, but Sweden will have a second presence through Noras Bean, who was a fourth in last year's race. The son of highly successful US export Super Arnie, who will have top Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the bike, won his first start from a six-month break in the V75 at Aby last month and has a good record over the sprint distance. PRIX DE FRANCE  Vincennes 2014-02-09 Group one 4-10 2100m 400 000 euros 1 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Tr: Björn Goop Dr: Ulf Stenströmer 2 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Tr: Jos Verbeeck Dr: Richard Westerink 3 Ready Cash (h Indy de Vive - Kidea) Tr: Franck Nivard Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Severino (h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Tr: Damien Bonne Dr: Roger Coueffin 5 The Best Madrik (h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Royal Dream (h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Tr: Jean Philippe Dubois Dr: Philippe Moulin 7 Up And Quick (h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Tr: Jean Michel Bazire Dr: Franck Leblanc 8 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Tr: Christian Bigeon Christian Dr: Bigeon 9 Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten Pierre Vercruysse Dr: Trond Anderssen 10 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Tr: Philippe Daugeard Dr: Philippe Daugeard 11 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Tr: Cedric Megissier Dr: Cedric Megissier 12 Triode de Felliere (m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Tr: Anthony Barrier Dr: Jean Paul Marmion 13 Santa Rosa France (s Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Tr: William Bigeon Dr: Jean Luc Bigeon by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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