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Thierry Duvaldestin drove Swedishman to an impressive front-stepping victory in today's £45,000 Gr. III International Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole in France held over 3100 meters (distance handicap). The winner, an eight-year-old gelded son of Gogo, traveled 3125 meters in 1.14.8kr to record his 22nd career win, now for earnings of £580,980. The Duvaldestin trained veteran defeated a solid group with Ricmis de Val and Talicia Bella ending second and third. The beaten field also included Roi du Lupin, Tiego d'Etang, Severino, Quoumba de Guez and Uprince. This event comprised the day's Quinte+ with a jackpot of £6.65 million. The exact order top-five ticket holders cashed £3,080 for a £2 wager. On the same Hippodrome Angers card, J-M Bazire scored with his Bel Avis, a three year-old gelded son of Ganymede from the Workaholic mare Gloria Marie. The 1.4/1 favorite recorded his maiden victory in the Prix Tenor de Baune, a £22,000 event over 2425 meters. A 38/1 outside, Buvetier (three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood from the Love You mare Rapide Aventure), was a fast closing second for Alexis Dugard, driving for trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Rapide Aventure was a Fabulous race-mare with earnings of US$362,000 and she's from the even more talented Bahama, a winner of over US$2.24 million with graded wins at ages three through five. This productive family has also delivered the Canadian owned, stakes winning Intense America, plus Belle Nana, Reve d'Amerik, La Star Dream and Reve Avec Moi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Paris-Vincennes hosted a superb trotting card today with an early noon first race post time. The nine race card handled over £2 million in the win only pools. The card also included the day's Quinte+ race with a jackpot of £6.1 million and win/place handle on that race exceeded £1.26 million on this race #7. Viking de Val took the sulky-featured Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for trainer/driver Eric Lambertz. Lambertz record his second Gr. II win, 20 years after his first such victory. The five year-old son of Baccarat du Pont scored in 1.13.7kr over 2850 meters to secure the winners' share of the £120,000 purse. He won for the eighth time in a career that has produced earnings of £380,940. The winner held on for a close win with a speedy final 500 meters. Trainer/driver Lambertz was pleased with this semi-classique win, commenting that his trainee is somewhat better coming from off the pace. Villeroi was second for trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois with Victoria du Jouan ending third. The five year-olds next face the starter on April 12 in the Prix Henri Levesque. The Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (£115,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), a co-feature on the program, went to front-stepping Rapide du Digeon with jubilant Damien Bonne teaming. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres scored in 1.12.7kr for his 14th career win, this one at 30/1 odds. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee now has earnings of £692,030. Amoud d'Occagnes was second at 18/1 for reinsman Christophe Martens. Today's Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (£72,000, 2700 meters European, 18 starters) carried a jackpot of £6.1 million. Triskell Pacha recorded a rallying victory for Franck Nivard, at the lines for trainer/owner David Cherbonnel. The veteran son of Elio Josselyn won for the 12th time, increasing his career earnings to £349,470. Italy's Olmo Holz was second for Christophe Martens with Sam Gibus ending third in the race timed in 1.13.2kr. Favorite Orupuro Bar raced on the front for Marco Smorgon and ended fifth. An exact order £2 ticket paid £27,111. The Paris-Vincennes card also revealed other interesting winners. Renoir Dany (four year-old son of Varenne) took the Prix de Gueugron (£65,000, 2700 meters, European males) in 1.14.2kr for teamster Franck Ouvrie at 12/1. The Marco Smorgon trainee was a rallying winner by disqualification with Italian stablemate Romanesque (by Love You) second in a photo, with Smorgon driving at 26/1. Another Italian invader, Re Degli Dei (by Conway Hall), took fourth for Tommaso DiLorenzo. The Prix de Chatillon (£55,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, for three year-olds) went to undefeated Boccador de Simm, his fourth victory now for £62,100 earned. Joseph Verbeeck steered the bold going chestnut son of Rieussec for trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored in 1.16.8kr with a rapid final 500 meters. Rieussec is a lightly raced son of Goetmals Wood from Ironie Jet by Coktail Jet and from a Workaholic dam. by Thomas H. Hicks. for Harnesslink.com

Superb monte racing was presented on the last racing program of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000e Gr. III International Prix Henri Desmontils went to the popular and consistent 10 year-old mare Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee recorded her 18th career win and now has earnings of 1,112,020e. As the 1.3/1 favorite she defeated the Damien Bonne ridden Rapide du Digeon by two lengths timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2850 meter distance. Remarkably, Quarry Bay's last 13 monte starts since November 22, 2012 have produced five wins, six seconds and one third, all but one of these starts being in in graded races. Mike Lenders trains the winner. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Henri Desmontils, 120,000e Gr. III, monte, International, 2850 meters, 10 starters 1.12.8kr 1st Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders, owner/breeder Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 1.3/1 favorite, her 18th win 2nd Rapides du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes), Damien Bonne, 17/1 3rd Texas de L'iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Iliade de L'iton), Yohan Lebourgeois, 2.3/1 The Gr. II €120,000 Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850 meters, went to 3.6/1 odds A Nous Deux with Nathalie Henry aboard. She scored in a close battle timed in 1.15.3kr to record her fourth win for 189,250e in lifetime earnings. This four year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Ronny Kuiper at Grobois for owned Jean-Pierre Dubois who bred the mare as Ecurie D. Favored Airport (a son of Love You) was second for Eric Raffin at 2/1 for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Louis le Bourg, 120,000e, Gr II monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters 1.15.3kr 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry for Ronny Kuiper trainer for J-P Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 3.6/1, her fourth win 2nd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), Eric Raffin for Ake Kristoffersson and Ecurie des Charmes, 2/1 3rd A Priori (4m Capriccio-Loctudy), David Thomain for Jacques Bruneau, 13/1 The monte European 85,000e Prix Alencon went to Ukerlza du Benjo as she covered the 2700 meter distance in a sharp 1.13.4kr to record her 10the win, good for 181,070e in career earnings. The six year-old daughter of Blizzard Poterie is owned and trained by Philippe Rouer and scored by three lengths at 2.1/1 odds for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Volcan d'Occagnes ended second for Yohan Lebourgeois. March 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alencon, 85,000e, 2700 meters, European monte, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Ukerlza du Benjo (6f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Albevilloise-Ahmes), M. Mottier for Philippe Rouer owner/trainer, 2.1/1. Her 10th career win 2nd Volcan d'Occagnes (5g Quido du Goutier-Hermina Beauces), Yohan Lebourgeois, 4.3/1 3rd Umaga (6f Eclat de la Crau-Nikita Luchoise), Nathalie Henry, 28/1 Win pool only handle on the nine race card exceeded 2..8 million euros. by Thomas H. Hicks, 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  

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

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

Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellout-Herland du Terme-Kimberland) took today's featured 85,000e Prix du Chesnay at Paris-Vincennes. Trainer J-M Bazire directed the winner to her fourth victory, raising career earnings to 132,751e. She scored in 1.13.4kr over 2850 meters to win by a length over favorite The de Chine reined by J.L.C. Dersoir with veteran Starter du Rib home third for Mathieu Abrivard. February 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Chesnay, 85,000e, 2850 meters, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4.9/1, her fourth career win 2nd The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Heparine-Tak Tak), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 1.5/1 3rd Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), Mathieu Abrivard for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 11/1 The Quinte+ Prix de Fontainebleau caught my attention on the card, as 18 European contestants were at the start in this 56,000e event over 2700 meters. The result proved to be a monumental upset, so much so that there were no exact order winning tickets. Grobois based Nicolas Roussel directed Priest Prav to a 26/1 upset win in 1.14.7kr. The son of Pine Chip defeated another Italian invader, Palomar LB with Pietro Gubellini aboard at 98/1 February 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Fontainebleau, 56,000e, 2700 meters, 18 starters, European males 1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500l 1.14kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.7kr at finish 1st Priest Prav (5m Pine Chip-Ginny Grif-Lemon Dra), Nicolas Roussel up, owned by breeders Scuderia Lainate Nord Snc.26/1, (Italy), his eighth career win for 81,573e 2nd Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly Lb-Supergill), Pietro Gulbellini trainer/driver for owner A&C Borsani, 98/1, (Italy) 3rd Versus (5m Niky-Mille Etoiles-Goetmals Wood), Franck Ouvrie for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer and owner Mme. C. Berthou, 12/1 The odds of the top five were 26, 99, 13, 20 and 10/1 respectively and that resulted in the aforementioned no exact order winning tickets, unusual but reflective of the big field, well-classified characteristics of the Q+. The top five, in any order of finish, paid over 23,000e. by Thomas H. Hick, 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

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

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  

Rambo Jet (9g Goetmals Wood-Elite d'Atout) won today's Quinte+ Prix Jules Roucartol at Cagnes ser mer. Nicolas Ensch teamed the Eric Prudhom trainee to a rallying win along the inside to defeat Supervisor and Jean-Francois Senet in 1.14.5kr over the 2925 meter distance. The European eligible event carried a purse of 80,000e. The exact order payoff was 20,640e (excluding the 3.95 million euro jackpot) this day for a 2e wager. February 7, 2014 Cagnes-sur-mer, Prix Jules Roucayrol, European, 80,000€, 2925 meters, 13 starters,  1.14.5kr 1st Rambo Jet (9g Goetmals Wood-Elite d'Atout), Nicolas Ensch, Eric Prudhom trainer, 4.4/1 2nd Supervisor (8m Podosis-In Camera), Jean-Francois Senet, 10/1 3rd Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up, 19/1 4th Quebir de Leau (10g, Ekir de Leau-Defensive Gede), Franck Nivard driving, 8/1 5th Qwidil (10g Hibiscus du Rib-Idylle Fayenne), Junior Guelpa aboard, 34/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today's Prix des Charentes for females over 2100 meters autostart produced a driving 1.13.7kr win for the Insert Gede five year-old mare Vuelta du Lys. She secured the winners' share of the 60,000e purse defeating eight rivals for driver William Bigeon. The even money favorite scored over the Julien Dubois teamed Vallee Secrete for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. February 3, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix des Charentes, 2100 meters autostart, 60,000€, females, 9 starters 1.13.7kr 1st Vuelta du Lys (5f Insert Gede-Ivresse du Lys-Bamaro King), Wm. Bigeon for J-L Bigeon trainer, 1.1/1 odds, her fifth victory for career earnings of 134,250e 2nd Vallee Secrete (5f Goetmals Wood-Libre Allure), Julien Dubois driving for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 17/1 3rd Vanille du Dollar (5f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) with Sylvain Roger trainer/driver, odds 6/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to Tsunami for trainer/driver Eric Raffin in 1.14.4kr over 2700 meters. The seven year-old son of Defi d'Aunou took the Prix de la Chartre-sur-le-Loir carrying a 46,000e purse with 18 battlers contesting. The winner scored by two lengths at 5/1, leading a Quinte+ exact order payoff without the jackpot of 54,692e for the 2e wager. January 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de la Chartre-sur-le-Loir, European 2700 meters, 46,000e, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3,750,000e  1.14.4kr 1st Tsunami (7g Defi d'Aunou-Lais de la Ducheer), Eric Raffin trainer/driver, 5/1 odds 2nd Tom Rush (7g L'As de Viretaute-Itanema de Beval), Gildas Donio up, 9/1 3rd Joker Stursk )7g Rotation-Ariel Stursk), Pierre Levesque up for trainer Torbjorn Jansson, 8.8/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

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

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