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Is the grand mare of French Trotting back? Today she was as Roxane Griff stormed home for Eric Raffin to capture the classic Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) in a sharp 1.12.3kr, the second fastest time in the history of the race that began in 1931. Roxane Griff was an upset winner at odds of 10-1. Raffin had the chestnut nine year-old daughter of Tenor de Baune away alertly and settled along the pylons where during most of the journey she was fourth on the inner and seventh overall. Ulysse set a torrid pace and defended a challenge by last year's winner Singalo but was unable to match favorite Tiego d'Etang and C-J Bigeon into the long stretch. Raffin eased to the outside with Roxane Griff and followed live cover briefly before driving past Tiego d'Etang for a comfortable score. Saphir de Morge was third at 59/1. Singalo faded to ninth, behind Save The Quick (sixth) and Ulysse (eighth). Roxanne Griff is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Griff. She posted her 16th career win in 89 starts and increased life earnings to 2,023,118 euro (over US$2.73 million). She had raced consistently in 2013 but not to her form of 2011-2012. Today's sharp finishing triumph was a reminder of Roxane Griff at her best. Can she show that form next week? Only two Prix de Cornulier winners of the past came back to win the Prix d'Amerique (Bellino II and Jag de Bellouet) but in a wide open 2014 anything can happen. Don't count her out. January 19, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cornulier, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters 1.12.3kr (second fastest time in race history behind Singalo's 1.12kr) Fractions: 1.11kr at 1500, 1.11.5kr at 1000, 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.12.3 at finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Yves Bertrand's Ecurie Griff, 10/1 odds, her 16th career victory in 89 starts, now for career earnings of 2,023,118 euro (US$2,738,432) 2nd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Haroiene-Vroum d'Or), C-J Bigeon up at favorite odds 2.7/1 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 59/1 4th Taiga du Rib (7m Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quiton du Coral), Matthieu Abrivard up at 33/1 5th Twist des Caillons (7f Jam Pridem-Heyra des Caillons-Tout Bon), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 19/1 Replay link follows: A large crowd was on hand at Paris-Vincennes on this sunny beautiful winter's day. by Thomas H. Hicks for     

Swedish invader Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) overcame a 25 meter penalty to win today's Gr. III 120,000 euro purse European Prix de Brest for upper level performers at Paris-Vincennes. Handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Malin Lofgren and owner Stall Sanity, the pair rallied late for a close victory over Tornade du Digeon and long shot Sierra Leone. Sanity won for the 28th time now for earnings of 915,895 euro. This handicap race was the Quinte+ event of the day, with a 2.8 million euro jackpot, and it produced a competitive driving finish to the line. January 18, 2014 Paris Vincennes - Prix de Brest, Gr. III European, 120,000 euro purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters 1.13.2kr Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Franck Ouvrie up, owner Stall Sanity, trainer Malin Lofgren, 4.6/1 odds, his 28th career win for 915,895 euro 2nd Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire up at 5/1 3rd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d'Havetot-Hakitan), Jean-Claude Hallais up at 33/1 4th Sissi du Mirel (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin-Off Gy), Philippe Daugeard aboard at 3.7/1 5th Roxane de Baumee (9f Jain de Beval-Lisa de Baumee-Capitole), Pierre Levesque up at 46/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for   

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

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

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   

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 

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 

Tagade Castelets, in rein to Arnaud-Albert Chavatte, took today's Prix de la Cote d'Or at Cagnes sur mer, the Quinte+ race of the day in France. The seven year-old daughter of Jag de Bellouet earned her fifth win, for career earnings in excess of 132,000 euro. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 1.8 million euro and a winning ticket (top five in exact order without jackpot) paid 8,230 euro for a two euro investment. Handle on just win and place on the Q+ race exceeded 1.1 million euro, illustrating the Q+ race draw across the PMU wagering network and across wagering alternatives. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote d'Or, 46,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.15.6kr st Tagade Castelets (7f Jag de Bellouet-Gitane Castelets-Sancho Panca), Arnaud-Albert Chavatte up for trainer Alain Chavatte and owner Ecurie des Alouettes, her fifth career win for 132,390 euro, 2.6/1 odds 2nd  Ufifan de Couddes (6g Kaiser Suze-Oralie du Vivier-Capitole), Lois Lerenard up 3rd  Rex du Rib (9g Ganymede-Kamala Castelets-Sancho Panca), Pierre Vercruysse aboard On the undercard, lightly raced three year-olds contested the Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre for 23,000 euro. Sons of Sam Bourbon led the way (first and second) with the winner being Bolide d'Arbaz with Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard for trainer Patrick Chevrier. Dubois owns this first time winner. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre, 23,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds  1.18.4kr 1st Bolide d'Arbaz (3m Sam Bourbon-Mascotte d'Arbaz-Corot), Jean-Pierre Dubois up and owner, Patrick Chevrier trainer, first career win at 11/1 odds 2nd Bolero de Daidou (3m Sam Bourbon-Djakarta-Workaholic), Jean-Francois Senet up at 28/1 3rd Belle de Bry (3f Rocklyn-Pin Up Girl-Hermes de Pericard), Romain Derieux up for owner Antonio DeSousa 4th  Bolera du Corta (3m Saxo de Vandel-Romain du Corta-Ipson de Mormel), Marco Smorgon aboard Other interesting wins on this sunny crisp day included As de Jal at 18/1 for Pierre Vercruysse in the Prix de la Cote Vermeille and Vasco de Viette for David Cinier in the 30,000 euro Prix des Cote d'Armor over 2150 meters autostart. The latter scored in 1.13kr at 8/1. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Vermeille, 23,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters  1.18.1kr 1st  As de Jal (4m Ozio Royal-Ottero la belle-Arnaquer), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Yves Hallais, 18/1 2nd  Athos Williams (4m Nice Love-Formule Sport-Jiosco), Christophe Martens, 6.5/1 odds 3rd  Alvarado (4g Nice Love-Quelea Mip-Korean), J-F Senet aboard, 7.8/1 Cagnes sur mer - Prix des Cotes d'Armor, 30,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters 1st  Vasco de Viette (5g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli-Auxerrois), David Cinier trainer/driver at 7.9/1 2nd Verano du Raynard (5m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes-Coktail Jet), Loris Garcia up at 2.8/1 3rd Vougeot du Mourrez (5m Quaro-La Fleur d'Epinay-Capitole), A.A. Chavatte up 4th Vita Dream (5f Password-Nice Celebrity-Coktail Jet), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Races named for two of the all-time great international trotters were contested today at Cagnes sur Mer. Axius du Fosse (4m Jag de Bellouet-Joie du Fosse-Cygnus d’Odyssee) took the 24,000 euro purse Prix Elaine Rodney in 1.15kr for driver Charles Criado at 6/1 odds. The winner scored over the 2150 meter course over Amiara de la Croix (4f Jasmin de Flore-Lamelare-Workaholic) with Italian trainer/driver Marco Smorgon aboard. The Prix Ourasi for 50,000 euro purse over 2925 meters went to Slow du Beauvoisin (8g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin-Podosis) and trainer/driver Romuald Mourice. The 3/1 second choice used a 25 meter distance advantage to secure his 13th career win, now for earnings of 274,850 euro. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr to defeat 14 rivals including second place Quiby des Caillons at 61/1 for reinsman Nicolas Ensch that traveled 2950 meters. At Wolvega, the Prix Robert Bi – Elite Challenge went to Mister Bi (5g Andover Hall-Georgia Bi) in 1.15.6kr over 2100 meters autostart. Robin Bakker drove the winner for trainer Arnold J. Mollema and owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl. Tomorrow Paris-Vincennes presents two graded events, the Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve led by the Ready Cash daughter Axelle Dark, with Joseph Verbeeck to drive, and the Gr. II monte Prix Leon Tacquet headed by Vision Intense and usual jockey Nathalie Henry. Thomas H. Hicks  

If you are wondering why the fields in the V75 gold division are so poor at the moment, then a quick look at the Vincennes undercard is revealing. If you've got the horsepower, why run around in Halmstad for 33,800 euros gold division money when you can race at Vincennes in the Prix de l'Ille, a sprint over 2100m against France's lesser lights for 105,000 euros. France's big guns are preparing for the Prix'd'Amerique (1,000,000 euros), the Prix Cornullier (700,000 euros), and the swag of group ones like the Criterium des Jeunes (240,000 euros) and two races, worth 120,000 plus - the group two Prix du Calvados monte on the same day is worth 150,000 euros. Simples really. So a top horse like Frederik B Larsson's Caballion , a group two winner in Sweden, will make a beeline for Vincennes at this time of year, where he is joining the likes of Grand Pris de l'UET winner Kadett C.D,, Swedish Travderby winner Pato in the series Winter Series, and V75 gold division heavyweights Maxwell Mayday and Global Manhattan. Swedish trainer Robert Bergh has V75 regular You Bet Hornline entered in the race, while many Scandinavian owners will transfer their horses to top French stables, so you see the likes of Beckman with Fabrice Souloy and Denmark's Partout Simoni with Sebastien Guarato. Indeed, Beckman, a son of Swedish stallion Turbo Sund, is the early second favourite after three good wins in a row at Vincennes including the Prix Constant Hervieu on Christmas Day. Only problem is that the French lesser lights can be French champions on the rise. A quick look at the Prix d'lIlle illumini has a certain Royal Dream (last season's Prix d'Amerique winner) as a recent graduate - in a 2012 race in which US bound Swedish star Sebastian K ran eighth - with two other top Swedes Look MP second, and Oracle sixth. Last season's winner was Triode de Felliere who has set this year's Winter Series alight with a win in the Prix de Bourbonnais and a gallant second in this week's Prix de Bourgogne. Or they are the geldings that are not eligible for the big races, the likes of recently retired superstar Rapide Lebel, or Thierry Duvaldestin's well performed French gelding Swedishman the winner of more than 500,000 euros, who is third favourite on the early markets. The early favourite is from the T-generation, which is really coming to the fore in this Winter Series, Talicia Bella. Jean-Paul Marmion's daughter of General du Pommeau has been gradually brought through the ranks, and has only made one group two appearance, in the Prix des Ducs de Normandie in May, in which two of the favourites for this year's Prix d'Amerique, Texas Charm and Royal Dream went one-two. She beat Caballion into second place in the Prix du Languedoc at Vincennes in mid November, and has had a second and a win since. PRIX DE LILLE  Vincennes  2014-01-05 Group III 2100m € 105 000 1 Swedishman (8g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3 Caballion (8h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Fredrik B Larsson 4 Roc de Montfort (9h Vivier de Montfort - Kerla de Montfort) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Guarato 5 Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 You Bet Hornline (8h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 7 Sancho du Glay (8h First de Retz - Madame Benoit) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Partout Simoni (7h Jag de Bellouet - Axie Fair) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Trinite des Vals (7m Carpe Diem - Lueur Gede) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Yves Jean Le Bezvoet 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 12 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 13 Sage de Gueriniere (8g Ganymede - Haldane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 14 Un Amour d'Haufor (6h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 15 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 16 Querios du Mirel (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel Michel Bizoux Anders Lindqvist by David Sanders for   

The monte apprentice featured Prix Yvonnick Bodin (Gr. III, 105,000 euro, 2700 meters) headlined the Saturday card at Paris-Vincennes and Mlle. Laura Gautherot recorded the victory with 34/1 outsider Twist des Caillons (6m Jam Pridem-Heyra des Caillons-Tour Bon) timed in 1.13.6kr. The winner posted his eighth career win and increased his earnings to 532,78o euro. Mlle. Gautherot was in the irons for her 11thcareer win as the pair defeated Ryswick d’Avril ridden by Marion Lemonnier and Sakura Jiel handled by Guillaume Martin. Twist des Caillons Laura Gautherot Vincennes – Prix Yvonnick Bodin (Gr. III Monte Apprentice Jockeys, 105,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) 1.13.6kr Twist des Caillons (6m Jam Pridem-Heyra des Caillons-Tout Bon), Mlle. Laura Gautherot up Rysurick d’Avril (8g Carpe Diem-La Grandcopaise-Kronos de Vivier), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier up Sakura Jiel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou-Milady Jiel-Capitole), Guillaume Martin aboard The co-feature was the Prix de Bar-le-Duc, also for 105,000 euro. The du Chine won this 2850 meter event in 1.13.9kr for J.L.C. Dersoir as the favorite in a close finish with Seduisant Foutreau. The du Chine Vincennes-Prix de Bar-le-Duc (105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) 1.13.9kr The du Chine (6g Blue Eues America-Haparine-Tak Tak), J.O.C. Dersoir up as 1.3/1 favorite Seduisant Foutreau (7m Gazouillis-Elisalde-Nodesso), C. Dreux up Tuscane de Bruyere (6f Tenor de Baune-Jealousy de Retz-Podosis), F-P Bossuet aboard Three other interesting races on the weekend card are summarized below. Two were 2100 meter “sprinter” events off the mobile barrier and speed was prominent in both and one was a monte event over 2175 meters. Early speed generated a rapid pace and set up sharp wins by monte performer Vermeer Jarzeen (Eric Raffin up) in 1.12.6kr, Vuelta du Lys (William Bigeon) in 1.12. 2kr in a four year-old mares event and Tonton Louis (Matthieu Abrivard) in 1.12.1kr. Vermeer Jarzeen Vincennes, Prix de Gambais (65,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, monte, 9 starters)1.12.6kr Vermeer Jarzeen (4g Oh James-Perle Jarzeenne-Pspalion Jarzeen), Eric Raffin up, his fifth career win now with earnings of 107,950 euro, off as 2.3/1 choice Valroy (4m First de Retz-Leda d’Occagnes-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Alexandre Abrivard up, trainer J-M Bazire Veinard Montbrun (4g Jardy-Olierte Montbrun-Flash Meslois), Antoine Wiels aboard Vuelta du Lys Vincennes – Prix de Pierrefonds (56,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, females, 15 starters) 1.12.2kr Vuelta du Lys (4f Insert Gede-Ivresse du Lys-Barmaro King), William Bigeon up at 9.2/1 odds, her fourth career success for earnings of 96,330 euro Volga du Chatelet (4f Jag de Bellouet-Jaine du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), P-Y Verva aboard Vadopolina (4f Quaro-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou), J-M Bazire up Tonton Louis Vincennes-Prix de Sainte Marie-du-Mont (European males, 48,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) 1.12.1kr Tonton Louis (6g Podosis-Giona-Istraeki), Matttieu Abrivard up on the 1.9/1 favorite Tresor du Lupin (6g Kuadro Wild-Janita Royale-Tenor de Baune), Anthony Barrier driving Too Much Blue (6g Insert Gede-Naama Blue-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-M Bazire at the lines Thomas H. Hicks  

Front marker The de Chine is the early favourite for the 100,000 euros Prix de Bar-Le-Duc, a group three for 5-10YOs at which is the feature Quinte event Vincennes on Saturday. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir's gelded son of Blue Eyes America was the winner of the Group three Prix de Nevers in February and comes into the race with an encouraging second, third and fourth in his four starts since a nine month break, which followed two wins at the start of the year. Those wins were half his total of four in 37 starts, but he has been steadily improving and took his record of 1.12.8 (1.57) over 2700m in the win at Vincennes in January, which is a very good time. Another of the 2850m front line who is attracting early money is Seduisant Fouteau, who will be driven by Charles Dreux for Andre Dreux, is a lightly raced Gazouillis entire, who like much of his stock has taken time to mature. With eight wins in 47 starts, the rising eight-year-old also brings solid form into this race with two second placings in his last two starts in intermediate company at Vincennes. This is only his second start in a 100,000 euro event, but he did run third last time, which was in the traditional Christmas Day feature, the Prix Constance Hervieu, a year ago. A steady improver is Toscane de Bruyere, who will be driven by Francois-Pierre Bossuet for Jean-Baptiste Bossuiet and is also a frontliner. The daughter of Tenor de Baune has won a quarter of her 48 starts including two wins in her last four starts. Indeed one of them was the Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne, a Group III at Vincennes at the end of November. It is however a strong field, with Jean Paul Marmion's Surprise du Lupin is a last start winner coming in for some strong support off the front mark. But there is plenty of experience and talent off the 25 metre handicap with Alexandre De Jesus' Septuorin top form with two wins in his last three starts including an impressive victory last time of asking. The gelding was also third in the finale of the Grand National de Trot at Vincennes Also off the 25 metre mark is Patrick Martin's Ru de l'Airou who also has a terrific formline, with a fourth last start and two wins preceded by two seconds. Thierry Duvaldestin's Swedishman and Fabrice Solouy's Finnish import Le Cannibale are capable of an upset at good odds. This will be the final Vincennes appearance for David Cinier's journeyman Pas Sans Toi, who has reached retirement age after 13 wins in 136 starts and earnings of 541,360, if the stallion son of In Love With You does not add to it today. Two of those wins were this year, although in minor company, and he may still ply his trade again on the Europeean Tour, in which he participated this year. PRIX DE BAR-LE-DUC Vincennes 28/12/13 Group III 2850m 5-10 100,000 euros 1 Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael - Isaurie) Dr: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier 2850 2 Sometime (m Blue Dream - Isaline Fortiniere) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 2850 3 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 2850 4 Uno la Chesnaie (h Prince d'Espace - Luna du Goutier) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2850 5 Toscane de Bruyere(f Tenor de Baune - Jealousy de Retz) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 2850 6 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2850 7 Rose de Sarthe (m Kid Blue - Mariamina) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850 8 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 2850 9 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850 10 Surprise du Lupin (m Kerido du Donjon - Kiosca) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850 11 Septuor (g Love You - Kenitra) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Alexandre de Jesus 2875 12 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 2875 13 Recit Jeloca (g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Carine Hallais-Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2875 14 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2875 15 Son Alezan (h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 2875 16 Le Cannibale (h Jag de Bellouet - Heart's Queen) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2875 17 Pas Sans Toi (h In Love With You - Fatre) Dr: David Cinier Tr: David Cinier 2875 18 Quela Rive (m Eclair de Vandel - Sissi) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 2875 19 Quarlos (h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 2875 20 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 2875 by David Sanders for   

Maharajah showed that he is back in good form and perhaps very competitive in the late January Prix d'Amerique. Today he was away fourth before moving decisively to the lead after 400 meters and he raced comfortably on the lead before drawing away from the competition for a seven length win in 1.13.1kr over pocket sitter Harry Haythrow that was making his 56th start in V75 action. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Hultman trainee for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The winner scored for the 30th time in 56 career starts, now for earnings of 19,407,453SEK. Maharajah sports a 4-1-1 slate in 11 starts this year, earning 2,836,656SEK. His next start is planned for January 11th. Solvalla Gold Final UET Master Series, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. II, 300,000SEK to winner 1.13.1kr Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstrom Harry Haythrow (7g Rote On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner Francois du Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Eric Lindegren The co-featured Krafft Winterfavoritem for two year-olds went to longshot Snowflake Goj with Torbjorn Jansson up. She rallied late along the pylons to defeat well-bred Global Reality and How Amazing Tooma in a close finish. Solvalla Krafft Winterfavoritem Two Year-Olds, 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner.17.2kr Snowflake Goj (2f Goetmals Wood-Mrs Meyer Landsky-Sugarcane Hanover), Torbjorn Jansson Global Reality (2m Federal Flex-Lookout Victory-Valley Victory), Bjorn Goop aboard How Amazing Tooma (2f Banker Hall-Amazing As-Enjoy Lavec), Ulf Nordin up Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre du Victorie-Buvetier d'Aunou) took today's Gr. II Prix Emmanuele Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck. He just lasted over stablemate Bird Parker, also a son of Ready Cash, handled by Pierre Vercruysse and Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron in a closely contested event. The winner scored in 1.14.7kr for his fourth victory in the early stages of what may be a promising career and the same may be said for the next two on the line. Three European eligible upper class races were on the undercard. The winners were from mares by Royal Prestige, Workaholic and Speedy Somolli, all US exports that made a lasting impact on European trotting pedigrees. Results of the four featured races are shown below. Prix d'Ambrose (Q+, 54,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 18 starters) 1.13.4kr 1. Nefertite del Rio (6f Varenne-Zeudia-Royal Prestige), Alexandre Abrivard up, odds 15.7/1, trainer L-C Abrivard, 15th career win for earnings 232,082 euro; 2. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la Frette), Franck Nivard up was second; 3. Soline de Fontaine (7f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jecarine de Mee), Anthony Barrier driving for third Prix Emmanuel Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, Gr.II) 1.14.7kr 1. Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up, odds 2.5/1, trainer Philippe Allaire, Owner F. Sauque, 4th career win for 140,150 euro earnings; 2. Bird Parker (2m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Pierre Vercruysse driving, trainer Philippe Allaire, owner Mme. El. Allaire; 3. Bolide de Gueron (2m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Olivia), Franck Anne driver/trainer was a good third Prix Sans Dire Qui (105,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte) 1.13.2kr 1. Nene' Degli Ulivi (6g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, trainer Vincent Lacroix, owner Joe Cachia (Malta), 22nd career win for 336,696 euro earnings; 2. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Lagune de Nacre-Dream With Me), Damien Bonne aboard ended second; 3. Ugo de Nieul (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux driving, also trainer, was third Prix de Compiegne (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European) 1.15.1kr 1. Uppercut Orange (5m Jag de Bellouet-Mim L'Abeille-Workaholic), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, Ch. Berqeier owner, 4th career win for 163,570 euro earnings; 2. Uzo Josselyn (5m Love You-Lezira Josselyn), Dominik Locqueneux up landed second; 3. Un Diamant d'Amour (5g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte), Eric Raffin driving earned third money by Thomas H. Hicks for            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

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