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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

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

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

Sweden's Moving On took today's Quinte+ Prix de Laval at Paris-Vincennes, scoring in 1.15kr over 2700 meters for reinsman David Thomain and trainer Fabrice Souloy. This European contest resulted in a truly European winner in the five year-old daughter of US registered Quite Easy from Kings Blondie (Sweden),she a daughter of Ride The Night (Finland). Quite Easy (Andover Hall-Marita's Victory-Valley Victory) is a half-brother to US winner From Above (Donato Hanover) and his second dam, Miss Marita, also produced Mr. Vic, Passionate Glide, Master Glide and Mr. Cantab. Third dam Keystone Profile produced Act Of Grace. Quite a family! January 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Laval, European, 68,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ 3.45€ million jackpot  1.15kr 1st Moving On (5f Quinte Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), David Thomain, 13/1. Fabrice Souloy trainer, IC Equine AB owner 2nd Vadapolina (5f Quaro-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou), J-M Bazire driver/trainer, 2/1 3rd Vignia la Ravelle (5f Diamant Gede-Jirania la Ravelle-Bassano), Tony LeBeller, 4.8/1 4th Vita Bourbon (5f Love You-Kamara Bourbon-Cezio Josselyn), Mathieu Abrivard at 7.5/1 French turf press noted several outcomes from Sunday's Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Allaire reported that his Ready Cash would make his final career start in the upcoming Prix de France and would then be permanently retired to stud duty. His initial crops have been excellent. Trainer Franck Leblanc stated that Up And Quick would contest both the Prix de France and Prix de Paris and would then head to stud duty for the season. Stefan Hultman, trainer of Maharajah, said he would make a decision Friday on the Prix de France. Up And Quick The Prix d'Amerique visit by David McDuffee and trainer Richard Norman triggered speculation concerning a future European campaign for Bee A Magician, to follow in the hoof-steps of Moni Maker and her victory in France over a decade ago in 1999. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Maharajah's stirring win of today's Grand Prix d'Amerique stamps him as a great horse and his trainer Stefan Hultman and ownership should be commended for their patient preparation for the big challenge. They did a great job and Orjan Kihlstom engineered a perfect trip for the son of Viking Kronos as he wore down the game and speedy Up And Quick (by Buvetier d'Aunou by Royal Prestige), with Jean-Michel Bazire teaming, as the line approached. It was an exciting race, contested by great horses. Fans were entertained by the pre-card parade, including the drivers in vintage autos, and the Republicaine Garde that put on a super show. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Grand Prix d'Amerique, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, 1,000,000€ purse, 18 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions: 1.14.3kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr at finish 1st Maharajah (9m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstom for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 8.7/1, 31st lifetime win for 2,602,451€ earned (Sweden) 2nd Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre), J-M Bazire up for Franck Leblanc trainer and Ecurie Quick Star, 2.5/1 odds 3rd Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten), Pierre Vercruysse up for Norway's Trond Anderssen trainer 19/1 (Norway, Sweden registered) 4th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, 21/1 5th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, 25/1 6th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier up at 50/1 7th Royal Dream (9m Love You-Ida Bourbon), Jean-Philippe Dubois up, 29/1 Other non-disqualified finishers in order: Quinoa du Gers, Tiego d'Etang, Vanika du Ruel, Triode de Felliere, Nesta Effe, The Best Madrik, Mack Grace SM, Reve de Beylev The Prix d'Amerique was also the Quinte+ race of the day and it returned 82,364 for a two euro wager, even if one did not have the jackpot number that was worth 10 million euros this day. Despite heavy rain at times the enthusiastic crowd made their cheers heard and wagered heavily. Win-place wagering alone on the feature race neared 3.8 million euros. Swedish race fans had more to cheer about as Bjorn Goop won with Oasis Bi shortly afterward, in a dramatic win along the pylons from a huge gathering on the line. The son of Toss Out from the US exported mare Upfront JM scored in 1.12.6kr in the Gr. III Prix Rene Gougeon over 2100 meters. 16 starters faced the autostart in this one and it was a battle from the outset. Spain's hopeful, Trebol by Hot Blues, raced well again to be third for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou as this pair are always competitive during Prix d'Amerique week. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (Prix Chevrolet), 2100 meters, Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart, 100,000€ purse, 16 starters 1.12.6kr Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500, 1.09.9kr at 1000, 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.6kr finish 1st Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM), Bjorn Goop up at 8.5/1 2nd Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazouillis-Elisalde), Charles Dreux up at 16/1 3rd Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trainer/driver at 30/1 (Spain) 4th The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Haparine), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 13/1 5th Ut Viniere (8m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere), Mathieu Abrivard up at 93/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for  

VINCENNES, France - A field of 18 trotters including 11 millionaire earners representing four nations are in Paris preparing for the Grand Prix d'Amerique which runs Sunday at Vincennes. There has been much speculation after three B races had seen the R-generation reduced to also rans, but Roxane Griff's stunning win in the Prix de Cornulier, and Texas Charm's withdrawal has seen the odds shift back to the older brigade. Ready Cash, who was an encouraging third last start in the Prix de Bourgogne certainly primed for the great race earlier this week at Thierry Duvaldestin's La Ferté-Frênel training establishment. He will probably start a very warm favourite to maintain the class of 2005's stranglehold on the race since 2011. Classmate Roxane Griff was sensational in the Prix de Cornulier, and has finished second here before in 2012. She is great mare but history is against her. Only Bellino II in 1975 and 76 has ever done the double. Of the young pretenders Richard Westerink's Timoko is a champion on any other track, but he has failed too many times at the Temple of Trot to be liked in this. The horse that really stands in this generation is great rival The Best Madrik, from the sprawling stable and breeding establishment of Jean-Etienne Dubois near Argentan. Dubois said the Prix d'Amerique was a crazy race, but if his enigmatic star got the right run with some cover, he could finish in the money, and he certainly looked a million dollars earlier this week. His brother Philippe Dubois won last year with Royal Dream, who carried great form into the race, and then carried off the prize. This year he has not been as impressive and would have to have improved seriously to pick up a second PDA. There are however two serious contenders from the class of 2007 in Triode de Feliere and TIego d'Etang. This is a very good crop and one or both of these two could win this race some day, although it may not be Sunday. And then there are the Quick horses, Up The and Save The. Franck Leblanc's horses have broken records in big races this year. Save The Quick was disappointing under saddle, but Up The Quick is a genuine chance here. And then there is the International contingent, headed by Swedish superstar Maharajah and Prix d'Belgique winner Yarrah Boko. The star of the giant Swedish syndicate company Travkompianet has mixed massive fast finishing performances, with puzzling ordinary ones, especially when asked to do extra work parked out in staying races. Sit and sprinters don't win at Vincennes, certainly not in this of all races. Has he really got the stamina to beat the hill - hold off the challenges and kick on in the straight. Yarrah Boko is a son of the mighty Coktail Jet, so has the breeding to give this a nudge, and has some unfinished business in this after missing a start last year. You can't argue against his form in big races either. But can he beat the best of France, in this race us the big question. And the Italians. Well the stats are great for Mack Grace Sm, 13 wins in a row this year, and 16 out of his last 18 and over 1.27 million euros bancked. But the reality is he has never won further than 2100m, all his wins have been in Italy and the last time he came to Vincennes to try to make the Prix d'Amerique in the 2012 Tenor de Baune over 2700m, he ran down the track. He also finished out of the money in his only other race on this track over the sprint 2100m In contrast Nesta Effe can win overseas having done so impressively in Finland and Sweden this year, and Italy, but this is Vincennes and her best place on this track is fourth over 2100m. There are mountains to climb, and these two are flat trackers. Fast flat trackers generally will not win here. The rest will be at outside odds to write their place in history. David Sanders for  

Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot. Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by Diamant Gede) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of Goetmals Wood, Password, Quaker Jet, Royal Dream, Sam Bourbon, Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick. Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot  1.14.2kr 1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won 2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1 3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1 Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second for Christophe Martens with Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters  1.17.9kr 1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds 2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m Orlando Vici-Lio du Biwetz-Capriccio), Christophe Martens up at 3/2 3rd Black Blues (3m Sam Bourbon-Scarlet Lady-Kaisy Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1 The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son of Ready Cash named Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by Diamond Way. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.14kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany) 2nd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1 3rd Renoir Dany (4m Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy) 4th Amazon du Floriange (4g Echo-Peoleta-Ganymede), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1 5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Eric Raffin up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy) European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f Tenor de Baune-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Franck Nivard up at 4.3/1 for trainer Franck Leblanc 3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-Workaholic), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1 Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to the Franck Nivard teamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by Dream Vacation from a Defi d'Aunou mare. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters  1.14.2kr 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Franck Nivard up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro 2nd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1 3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 71/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for            

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               

The superb six year-old Up And Quick moved three wide early to gain command for J-M Bazire and then drew away from rivals to win the Gr. II International Prix Tenor de Baune, the second last major event before the Prix d'Amerique. Franck Leblanc conditions the winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Longshot Unabella Perrine was second at 25/1. Uhlan du Val, off as 3/1 second choice, was fourth ahead of two entrants from Sweden, Rocky Winner (by Credit Winner) and Disco AE (by Scarlet Knight). None were a match for the winner. January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters turning start, 10 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions:1.15kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Franck Leblanc, his 10th career win for earning in excess of 880,000 euro, odds 0.7/1 as favorite 2nd Unabella Perrine (6f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine-Viking Sun), Franck Ouvrie up at 25/1 3rd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bassis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up at 7.5/1 4th hlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3/1 odds 5th Rocky Winner (6m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer), Dominik Locqueneux up for Jorgen Westholm trainer, 17/1 odds 6th Disco AE (6m Scarlet Knight-Queen AR-Super Arnie), Eric Raffin up for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, 57/1 The winner's pedigree is productive, he being sired by legendary Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige-Nesmile-Caprior) from the mare Fichtre by Quiton du Coral. She is dam of seven foals, six winners ranging in life earnings from 99,000 euro to 880,000 euro, and each by a different sire. Up And Quick's pedigree is 63% French trotter and 37% standardbred with a 1.7% inbreeding coefficient. Up And Quick is in fact quick and able to go the distance. He'll be a likely contender in the Prix d'Amerique, at least among the youngsters first tackling the full-scale veteran, top-level, international players. by Thomas H. Hicks for   

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   

Vigove, under a tactical steer from Pierre Vercruysse, nailed his adversaries at the line to win the Gr. II Prix de Croix. Off at 9/1 the winner, trained by Franck Leblanc, scored for the sixth time in his career for earnings of 378,580 euro. Vercruysse placed Vigove in perfect position (second on the inner) before escaping the pocket to score in a close finish over Viking de Val and Voyage de Reve in a very fast final 500 meters. Invaders from Sweden and Italy took spots four and five. Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Croix, Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2850 meters 1.16.6kr Fractions: 1.20kr at 1500; 1.19kr at 1000; 1.18,.1kr at 500, 1.16.6kr at finish 1st Vigove (5m Gazouillis-Gouive-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Pierre Deblock at 9/1 odds 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio), Eric Lambertz owner/trainer/driver, 2/1 odds 3rd Voyage de Reve (5m Password-Kiocalba-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 14/1 odds 4th Dreams Take Time - Sweden (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Lars Nilsson, 8.3/1 5th Princess Grif - Italy (5f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos), Mathieu Abrivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl., 15/1 As time winds down toward the January 26 Prix d'Amerique the field and favorites appear somewhat unknown. Tomorrow at Vincennes will provide some insights, as Texas Charm is out with a canon bone injury and Maharajah was a disappointment today. Timoko raced poorly in his last start as did Royal Dream (starts tomorrow) and Ready Cash was third in his last but performed reasonably well. Triode de Felliere has raced consistently well in the preliminaries for conditioner Jean-Paul Marmion. It's a horse race and anything can happen. It's been our sense for several months that 2014 might represent a changing of the guard among the best international trotters. Tomorrow will provide additional information from performances in the Prix de Belgique and Prix Tenor de Baune, and in a week from the classic 700,000 euro purse Prix de Cornulier (monte). Previous winners of the 2014 Prix d'Amerique qualifiers were: Prix de Bretagne - Uhlan duVal from Up And Quick Prix de Bourbonnais - Triode de Felliere from Uhlan du Val Prix de Bourgogne - Texas Charm from Triode de Felliere Criterium Continental - Victoire from Village Mystic The 2014 Prix d'Amerique is difficult to predict, but as always it will produce fan excitement, action on the racetrack and performance. The final field for tomorrow's Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International 2850 meter test plus a 25 meter distance handicap for three top earners, is shown below. Purse is 120,000 euro with 15 entrants to face the starter. There have a few that won this race and the Prix d'Amerique (Lurabo in 1984, Ourasi three times in 1986-1988, Tenor de Baune in 1991 and Queen L in 1993). Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Belgique - January 12, 2014 Talicia Bella, A. Barrier Victoire, M. Mottier Soleil du Fosse, T. Duvaldestin Marielles, M. Abrivard Renommee d'Obret, F. Ouvrie Univers du Pan, P. Daugeard Roxana de Barbray, E. Raffin Severino, Ch. Bigeon Vanika de Ruel, F. Anne Quinoa de Gers, F. Souloy Yarrah Boko, P. Vercruysse Reve de Beylev, D. Locqueneux The Best Madrik, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 2875 meters Save The Quick, J-M Bazire, 2875 meters Royal Dream, Jean-Philippe Dubois, 2875 meters The Prix Tenor de Baune (UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, purse 120,000 euro) might also reveal Prix d'Amerique entrants. Ten solid performers will be at the start: Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune - January 12, 2014 Ultimo Vingt, P. Ternisien Orient Horse, M. Abrivard Disco AE, E. Raffin Rocky Winner. D. Locqueneux Unabella Perrine, F. Ouvrie Oropuro Bar, M. Smorgon Vincennes, Mlle J. Lindqvist Une Fille d'Amour, D. Thomain Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Up And Quick, J-M Bazire The great Sunday card also includes the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte for three year-old females. January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes - Prix Gelinotte, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 11 starters Bonnie Cadence, E. Allard Bliss Nevele, J. Ruaults Baileyse, M. Velua Barbalala, Jean-Etienne Dubois Biguglia, F. Ouvrie Balade de Blary, F. Anne Bassana de Marlau, Jean-Pierre Dubois Beauty Turgot, M. Abrivard Bergame Madrik, J-M Bazire Billie de Montfort, E. Raffin Be My Girl, Jos. Verbeeck by Thomas H. Hicks for               

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 

We got four out of seven last week, which was close to a V75 dividend, and at this time of year, it is a pretty good picking result - if not an earner. We only got two of our win picks in for a loss of $3.20 on a $14 spend, and we did no better in France where Aladin d'Ecajuel galloped and Valse Castelets was out of the money in fourth. However if you'd taken a place bet on Vaillant Cash as we suggested you'd have covered your bets, although he is starting to come into favour in France. This week the racing really hots up in Vincennes and we have handicapped four Saturday races to go along with the usual V75 picks. Good luck! Solvalla V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Chapeau (4) had a win in court this week, when he was awarded the 2012 German Derby after initially being disqualified, and should also hand his connections a win on the track in the first leg of the V75. By Air (3) is also in very good form and should be an alternate. Selection 4 (3) V75-2 Fiona Sans Lopp 2140m: Orbackens Cruella (4) has won four Swedish races in a row, her fourth was in Finland two races back. She should get to the front from the gate and dominate. Selection 4 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Maharajah (8) is peaking for the Prix d'Amerique and should handle this, despite the class of opponents such as On Track Piraten (3). Selection 8 V75-4 Klass II 2140m: This is always a difficult class to handicap, although Lotuscherie (6) looks a good chance to carry on her good form. Star Advisor Joli (1) and Chip Lane (2) are dangers while I've taken Finnish horse Gyllenberg (3) as the outsider. Selection 6-1-2-3 V75-5 Mares race 2140m: After two wins on the trot Desdemona Boko (4) looks a top chance in this while Absolut Newport took (13) was also a good winner last start and is my alternate. Selections 4 (13) V75-6 Bronze Division 1640m: Peaberry (5) should get to the front from this draw and has won two from this position in his last two starts. Disney Tooma (7) made a mistake last start and should be given another chance, while Kricken (1) has a good draw and form to match. Selection 5-7-1 V75-7 Klass I 2640m: If we've got this far, we can take five in the last which I think should include Trailing Edge (11), Mercury Broline (6) Vacqueyras (8), Yes We Can (4) and Maranello (12). Selection 11-6-8-4-12 Vincennes R1 Prix De Lunéville 2175m: This looks to be between two rising monte prospects in Franck Leblanc's Veloce du Banney (6) and Votka Bleu (8) who was second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day, with the former having the edge. Selection 6 R2 Prix De Croix 2850m: A top line up in this headed by Viking du Val (5), who was third in the Criterium Continental last month ahead of Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt (12) and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok (6), the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. Horses for courses though in France, and I think this could be the turn of Voltigeur De Myrt. Selection 12 R4 Prix Du Forez 2850m: Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (9) is the favoured runner from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (8) while Ru de l'Airou (12) is capable of an upset, as is Swedishman (11). I bet against The de Chine last time, and lost so I will be on him this time. Selection 9 R6 Prix Maurice De Gheest 2700m: These are the precocious stars of the B crop led by the two Ready Cash colts Brillantissime (9) and Bird Parker (6) while Brutus de Bailly (5), and Bolide de Gueron (8) are also very talented. I think though Brillantissime has the edge here. Selection 9 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers Solvala SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Chapeau (4) Race 6 Orbackens Cruella (4) Race 7 Maharajah (8) Race 8 Lotuscherie (6) Race 9 Desdemona Boko (4) Race 10 Peaberry (5) Race 11 Trailing Edge (11) Vincennes Race 1 Veloce du Banney (6) Race 2 Voltigeur De Myrt (12) Race 4 The de Chine (9) Race 6 Brillantissime (9)        

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 

Tempete d'Hermes (7f Fleuron Perrine-Nemesis Fortiniere-Vikings Way) took today's Prix de L'Aveyron (65,000 euro purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Trained by J.P. Marmion the winner scored at 5/2 odds for her 11th career win with now lifetime earnings of 143,900 euro. Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-Flayade Jiel-Ourasi) was second for Jos. Verbeeck and she handled a 25 meter handicap effectively. Taormina d'Em (7f Cedre du Vivier-Nevadara d'Em-Coktail Jet) ended third for Tony LeBeller. The Q+ jackpot this day was 1.6 million euro. The Prix d'Aubervilliers (38,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 8 starters) for three year-old fillies went to even money favorite Balzane de Bootz (3f Nem-Queza de Bootz-Groom de Bootz) in 1.17.5kr with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up. Bazire is back to work following a stress related health ailment a week ago. Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d'Hilly-Buveteir d'Aunou) was second for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and conditioner Patrick Chevrier at 6/1 odds. Brindille Mika (3f Nahar de Beval-Noblessmika-Abercrombie) was third for Sylvain Roger. Sunday the Prix de Belgique takes center stage at Paris-Vincennes, the fourth "B" leading to the Prix d'Amerique. Ready Cash, Timoko and Maharajah are not entered but 30 contestants were preliminarily engaged for the UET Masters Series event, Gr. II worth 120,000 purse over 2850 meters, as shown below with career earnings in euros: Turqoise Blue, 161,000 Vaillant Cash, 224,000 True Advantage (US), 226,000 - Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec owned by Stefan Melander's Stall TZ and bred by Robert Rosenheim Stable. Unabella Perrine, 372,000 Quymjer, 424,000 Vincennes (SWE), 444,000 Twist des Caillons, 533,000 Quela Rive, 550,000 Talicia Bella, 552,000 Village Mystic, 582,000 for Louis Baudron Victoire, 597,000 Uhlan du Val, 644,000 Juggle Face (SWE), 645,000 Soleil de Fosse, 646,000 Triode de Felliere, 691,000 Santa Rosa France, 706,000 Marielles (ITY) 721,000 Renommee d'Obret, 740,000 Up And Quick, 774,000 for Franck Leblanc Univers de Pan, 778,000 Roxana de Barbrey, 864,000 Severino, 888,000 for Christian Bigeon Vanika du Ruel, 923,000 Quinoa du Gers, 974,000 Texas Charm, 1,016,000 for Julien Dubois Yarrah Boko (SWE), 1,024,000 Reve de Beylev, 1,091,000 The Best Madrik, 1,365,000 Save The Quick, 1,557,000 for Franck Leblanc Royal Dream, 1,573,000, the 2013 Prix d'Amerique winner Some of these are double engaged in the Prix Tenor de Baune on the card. This is a Gr. II UET Masters Series contest over 2700 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. The outstanding card also includes the Prix Djerid for European monte performers, a Gr. III contest over 2200 meters carrying a purse of 110,000 euro and the Prix Gelinotte for three year-old fillies, a Gr. II 2700 meter event for 120,000 euro. Be My Girl, Bille de Montfort, Bassana de Marlau and Barbalala are among those engaged. by Thomas H. Hicks for                   

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