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The brilliant Ready Cash colt, Brillantissime, will look to make amends for a last start costly gallop when he fronts for the Prix Paul Karle a 120 000 euro Group 2 race for 3YO males over 2100m at Vincennes' petite piste on Tuesday evening. Philippe Allaire's striking colt had been the star of the B-generation thus far but in the Criterium des Jeunes, the first of his generation's classiques or group one races he broke within spitting distance of the line as he loomed up alongside eventual winner Billie Montfort. Previously Brillantissime had won the first two group races of the crop, including the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in December and the following month prevailing in the Prix Maurice De Gheest the first of the generation's 3YO elite tests. His was handed his first major defeat in the Prix Paul Viel in mid February when he was third to Black d'Avril and Brutus de Bailly, who he will meet here again. But he was back to his brilliant best for all but the last 50 metres of the group one Criterium and is at short odds in early betting for the race and will be driven once again by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck. His greatest danger will be Oceano Nox colt Black d'Avril who has made the step up to group racing with aplomb for trainer Frederic Prat . He was third in the Critierium des Jeunes at his last start and of course won the Prix Paul Viel the start before that, after running third to Brillantissime in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the first of this year's group races in mid January - in his first group race. He will be driven by Mathieu Mottier. Master driver Jean Michel Bazire will be at the reins of Brutus de Bailly who was a fast finishing second last start in the Criterium des Juenes although some distance behind Billie de Montfort. The son of Niky is trained by Bruno Bourgoin. One who impressed early in his career is Franck Anne's stunning colt Bolide de Gueron who was one of the first to show promise of this crop. The long striding strapping son of Cygnus d'Odyssee won his first three races in commanding fashion and then was third in the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in France and then ran fourth in both the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Prix Paul Viel. He led the Criterium des Jeunes until the turn into the straight where he broke under pressure and will be looking to return to the promise he showed earlier. Last start winner Bijou de Spinelly is making his first start in a group race after compiling a record of three wins and two seconds in just 8 starts. Yves Dreux' son of Diamant Gede won his first start at La Capelle in November and looks a promising colt. Jean Etienne Dubois also has a promising sort in Bixente a son of rising star sire Quaker Jet who was fourth in the Criterium des Jeunes in his last start, which was only his second time in group company. Best of Sly is one of three entrants in the field by first crop sensation Sam Bourbon (the others being Bioness and Bolero de Daidou) and was sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes. PRIX PAUL KARLE Vincenne 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3M 120, 000e 1 Bolero de Daidou (h Sam Bourbon - Djakarta) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Francois Senet 2100 2 Bixente (h Quaker Jet - Ketty Mesloise) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2100 3 Bijou de Spinelly (h Diamant Gede - Nana Loving Fair) Dr: Yves Dreux Tr: Yves Dreux 2100 4 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Frederic Prat 2100 5 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire ) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2100 6 Bioness (h Sam Bourbon - Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 2100 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 8 Bolide de Gueron (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 9 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2100 10 Bots Dub's (h Rolling d'Heripre - Plus de Melody) Dr: Philippe Guyard Tr: Philippe Guyard 2100 11 Bernador (h Gobernador - Richlyly) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The undoubted filly star of the class of 2011, Billie de Montfort will be at very short odds to win the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Masina for 3YO fillies over 2100m at Vincennes on Tuesday evening. The daughter of Jasmin de Flore won the group one Criterium des Jeunes in brilliant fashion last start as she fought back the advance of top colt Brillantissime who broke under pressure just short of the finish line. Sebastien Guarato's beautiful filly who will be driven again by the in form Eric Raffin has won six of her eight starts including the Prix Une de Mai, the top race for 2YO fillies. Her other two placings were both seconds and has already won 247 200 euros. Dominique Lemetayer fronts with Bambina Magic a daughter of Nuage de Lait who was one of the two fillies to get the better of Billie de Montfort thus far in her career, besting her in the group two Prix Roquepine on February 1 at her very first start at group level and only her fifth career start. However she galloped in the Criterium des Jeunes at her last start. Fabrice Souloy has switched rising monte star Beauty Turgot back to harness after two successful outings under saddle. The daughter of Hand du Vivier , who will be driven this time instead of ridden by Franck Nivard took out the Prix Holly Du Locton undersaddle after a second placing in her first group two monte the Prix Ali Hawas. But she is also a dab hand in the cart having run third in the group two Prix Une De Mai in her last start as a 2YO. Wearing the famous colours of Jean Pierre Dubois is Bassana de Marlau a daughter of boom first season sire Sam Bourbon. Trained by Patrick Chevrier she won her last start, a 60,000 euro race at Vincennes earlier this month which was her fourth victory in just nine starts. She has finished fourth in two of her four group races, failing to finish the other two. Philippe Allaire has entered yet another daughter of his former champion Ready Cash in Bliss Nevele who will make her first attempt at a group race with Jos Verbeeck in the cart, and has come in for some early support. PRIX MASINA Vincennes 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3F 120,000e 1 Bahia d'Hermine (Gai Brillant - Princess Charmeuse) Dr: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 3 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 4 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: William Bigeon 5 Bella Swift (Quick Wood - Otaya du Verger) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Bambina Magic (Nuage de Lait - Rive Magic) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Dominique Lemetayer 8 Balzane de Bootz (Nem - Queza de Bootz) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Baraka de Bellou (Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Adrien Pereira 10 Brindille Mika (Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 11 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 12 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 13 Bianca d'Atout (Saxo de Vandel - Geline d'Atout) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Sebastien Guarato's Prix de Selection winner Aladin d'Ecajeul heads the nine-horse field in the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Gaston Brunet, the final male lead-up race to next month's Criterium des 4 Ans at Vincennes in early May. The son of the royally bred Quaker Jet Aladin added the intergenerational Prix de Selection recently to his Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr1) and two other Group twos and has established himself firmly as the pre-eminent 4YO in France. However Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs has been making steady progress, running third in the Prix de Selection and was third in the Prix Phaeton, the first of the prep races last start. The son of Prince d'Espace is a group one place getter, Prix Albert Viel, and is one who is certainly capable of adding to his four career victories thus far. Third in the market is Vincent Collard Africain, a very consistent horse who has been in the money on a frequent basis without looking likely to win. The son of Oardo will be driven by Franck Nivard There are few horses with a CV as strong as Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert. The son of First de Retz won the top 2YO race in France, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and was second in the Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1), and a gallant third in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1). He has won two at group two level including the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve (G2) in January and has been placed in three other races at group level. Joel Van Eeckhaute's Ganymede colt Athos des Elfes won the Prix Phaeton at odds of 30/1 last start, his first attempt at group company. The field was minus the likes of Aladin d'Ecajeul, but this was his fifth win in 23 starts, and he has been a consistent improver thus far. PRIX GASTON BRUNET Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2100 4M 120,000e 1 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2100 2 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2100 3 Ah Quel Micha (h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2100 4 Adonis du Goutier (h Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 5 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 6 Ausone du Kastel( h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 2100 7 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2100 8 Athos des Elfes (h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2100 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The A generation males line up for the Prix Phaeton on Saturday, the traditional warm-up race for the Criterium des 3 Ans which takes place early next month. Like the female equivalent, the top earning stallions (geldings are ineligible for classic races in France) have elected to sit this one out, with Akim de Cap Vert, Aladin d'Ecajuel and Atlas de Joudes mixing stud and racing duties for the first time this year. You can be sure they will be lining up in the first of major Criterium of the spring meeting, but in their absence it will probably be Mathieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs, the winner of the Prix Kalmia (G2) who will be the favourite in an even field. Aldo des Champs was a fine third in his last start, the Group one Prix de Selection inter-age classique, where he followed home Aladin d'Ecajeul and Uhlan du Val. Admittedly off the front mark, he nevertheless beat home the likes of Village Mystic, Univers de Pan and Voltiguer de Myrt, all of which are the acknowledged rising stars in French trotting as their burgeoning stud careers attest. American Eagle, a son of dual Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream is a placegetter under saddle in his only start in a group race to date. But the winner of three of his 23 starts, was a winner of a group three under harness last start in February and has been a steady improver for Jean Etienne Dubois. Sebastien Guarato's Astor du Quenne has won 10 races out of 22 but all but the last three were at a very low level in the provinces. However he showed he could foot it at Vincennes when he won three in a row in the hands of Eric Raffin, including the group two Prix Ephrem Houel, in his first group race two starts back. It earned him a start in the Prix de Selection but, with Raffin on stable star Aladin d'Ecajeul, master driver Jean Michel Bazire took the reins to no avail. Despite a brilliant beginning, and setting the pace, the short-striding rather diminutive son of Opus Viervil galloped just after the turn after having been swamped by the first three placegetters. It was nevertheless a promising run, and he will not have the same quality of opposition bearing down on him this time. Philippe Allaire fronts up with yet another promising son of boom sire Ready Cash in Arlington Dream, the winner of four of his twelve starts, with a second and a third. Every other start has ended in a gallop, including his last one at the end of January. This is his first group race and he has Yoann Lebourgeois in the bike. Adio Josselyn also usually runs a high placing if he trots all the way round, and with Jean Michel Bazire in the bike, the son of breed-changing stallion And Arifant also comes into the equation. PRIX PHAETON 05/04/14 FR Group 2, Nat 2850m 4M 120 000 1 Arlington Dream h (Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 2850 2 Athos des Elfes h (Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2850 3 All Feeling h (Otello Pierji - Quelle Cerencaise) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Mickael Lemercier 2850 4 Airport h (Love You - Pivoine) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Ake Kristoffersson 2850 5 Adio Josselyn h (And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2850 6 Africain h (Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2850 7 American Eagle (h Offshore Dream - Paradise's Key) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 8 Astor du Quenne (h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2850 9 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2850 Avila handicapped in Prix Paul Legeurney Brilliant Ready Cash mare Avila will give the rest of the field of the Group two Prix Paul Legeurney a 25m head start at Vincennes on Saturday. The race is the first of two female warm ups for the Criterium des 4 Ans, which takes place next month and Avila is the undoubted star of the field, which is minus several other leading A-generation female candidates such as Axelle Dark, Anastasia Fella, and Arca des Jacquets, Avila is a dual group one winner already having taken the first of her generation’s Criteriums (des Jeunes) last season and then prevailed in the intergenerational Prix de Etoiles in September. However she was overshadowed in the Criterium des 3 Ans, where she broke when under pressure on the final turn  and her last start was an average sixth (and third filly home) in the group two Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a race in which she was fourth favourite. This is her first race since that early January start, and it will be interesting to see how she deals with a field of lesser or emerging lights of the four-year-old crop. Atlessima and Alesia d’Atout definitely fall into the latter category, both running second and third in the group two  Prix Ephrem Houel last month. Atlessima is a group one winner under saddle but the member of the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable has two of her four wins under saddle, to go with her group two placing. She is a daughter of Rocklyn, a son of Love You and will probably start the race as favourite. Africaine is a grand-daughter of Prix de Selection winner Autour d'Aunou, one of the top mares of the previous A generation. From the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, she has been somewhat eclipsed by the deeds of Avila, Anastasia Fella and Axelle Dark as most of this age group have. But the daughter of Oiseau de Feux has quietly accumulating some solid form for Jean Etienne Dubois, winning an 85,000 euro event in Vincennes in early February, and backing that up with a second to Cedric Megissier’s  Athena de Vandel (another up and comer) last start in the 95,000 euro Prix Vindex. This pair look to be on the improve and have significant support in the early market.   Alesia d’Atout showed her class when she was the first filly home in the Criterium des 3 Ans, eclipsing the once all conquering trio of Avila, Axelle Dark and Anastasia Fella. Danielle Mottier’s talented  daughter of Defi d'Aunou has already  won two group twos and amassed 261,260 euros and will also be right in this. PRIX PAUL LEGUERNEY 05/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2850 4F 120,000 euros 1         Agora  (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants)   Dr: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr:  Alexandre Buisson     2850     2         Agneska  (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas)   Dr: Gregory Simon   Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois     2850     3         Agrippine   (Hasting - Moqueuse)   Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard   Tr:  Laurent Claude Abrivard     2850     4         Adelie   (Ganymede - Linea Dream)   Dr: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr:  Laurent Claude Abrivard     2850     5         Athena de Vandel  (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel)   Dr: Cedric Megissier   Tr:  Cedric Megissier     2875     6         Aquarelle de Fael   (Look de Star - Nadia Pierji)   Dr: Franck Nivard   Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin     2850     7         Africaine  (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois   Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois     2850     8         Alizea du Kastel  (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet)   Dr: Emmanuel Allard   Tr:  Emmanuel Allard     2875       9         Alesia d'Atout   (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier   Tr:  Dominique Mottier     2850       10         Atlessima  (Rocklyn - Noblessima)   Julien Dubois   Tr:  Philippe Moulin     2850     11         Avila   (Ready Cash - Encombevineuse)   Thierry Duvaldestin   Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin     2875  Roxane Griff heads Masters series monte field Roxane Griff heads a star studded monte field for the UET Masters Series international group two Prix Theophile Lallouet at Vincennes on Saturday, over 2700m. The Prix du Cornulier winner’s last start was a courageous third in the Grand Prix de Paris, the gruelign 4.1km marathon and the third leg of the French triple crown. She had run fourth in the first leg, the Prix d’Amerique. But it has been under saddle that  Sebastien Guarato’s 9YO daughter of Tenor De Baune, who has earned 2.25 million euros from 17 career victories,  has found a new lease of life recently, winning three of her four monte races in the recently completed Winter Meeting including the 700,000 euro  world championship (Prix du Cornulier) in late January in the hands of regular rider Eric Raffin. She will face stiff opposition from the likes of Mike Lenders grand old campaigner Quarry Bay, who  won his last start, the 120,000 euro Prix Henri Desmontils, at the start of the month, defeating Rapide du Digeon, Torre Crepin  and Utoky who he meets again here. The 10YO son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is the second favourite on the early tote Former age group star Utoky is also well supported.  The winner of both monte group ones for 3 and 4YOs (Prix de Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republic) is trained by Franck Leblanc in the famous light blue colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson, who will be remembered by older US harness racing folk as the owner of Une de Mai. The son of  Cygnus d'Odyssee also mixes racing with stud duties at the Lebanc’s Haras d’Avireau establishment.  Torre Crepin  is one of those horses who has just taken a long time to reach the top level,and one wonders how he would have fared in any other country where patience is not so fully rewarded . It took the altered son of Capriccio 64 starts to reach the prizemoney level to get a start in a group two just six months ago, indeed he didn’t win his first race until his 34th start – and remarkably his 30th attempt under saddle.  Remember they pay down to seventh placing in France, and so fourth place in 100,000 euro events can pay the bills, and some, and Torre Crepin has had four fourth placings and a win in the seven starts since he raced in his first group two in October last year. From a slow start, over the past couple of years  he has been a gradual improver and he has now won eight races and as a consistent placegetter as he made his way through the intermediate events at Vincennes has now  amassed the not insignificant sum of 470,330 euros. Thierry Raffegeau’s  Rapide du Digeon is also well supported while the next in the market is the Italian bred gelding Nene'Degli Ulivi from the stable of  Vincent Lacroix.     PRIX THEOPHILE LALLOUET 05/04/14  Int (Group 2)monte UET Masters Series  2 700 5-10 120 000 1         Decarone (10h   Supergill - Spinoni Bell)   Philippe Masschaele   Rd:  Tr:  Mme G Masschaele     2700    2         Rescousse de Barb (9m   L'As de Viretaute - Gaie Melodie)   Rd:  Pierre Yves Verva   Tr:  Guillaume Moinon     2700    3         Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g   Uconn Roc - Maureen Lobell)   Rd:  Alexandre Abrivard   Tr:  Vincent Lacroix     2700    4         Remember Jihem (9h   Jag de Bellouet - Feriana)   Rd:  Fabien Gence   Tr:  Jean Marie Monclin     2700    5         Torre Crepin (7g   Capriccio - Lanaka)   Rd:  Adrien Lamy   Tr:  Bruno Marie     2700    6         Utoky (6h   Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)   Rd:  Franck Nivard   Tr:  Franck Leblanc     2700    7         Rapide du Digeon (9g   Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes)   Rd:  Damien Bonne   Tr:  Thierry Raffegeau     2700    8         Riglorieux du Bois (9g   Indy de Vive - Glorieuse du Bois)   Rd:  Quentin Seguin   Tr:  Henk Grift     2700    9         Risque Tout (9g  Giant Cat - Little Pearl)   Rd:  Julien Raffestin   Tr:  Gerard Paille     2700    10         Quarry Bay (10m   Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle)   Rd:  Camille Levesque   Tr:  Mike Lenders     2700    11         Roxane Griff (9m   Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise)  Rd:  Eric Raffin  Tr:  Sebastien Guarato     2700    By David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Jean Ettiene Dubois' Villeroi seems finally to have found the depths to his stamina needed to compete at the very top level in France. His last start victory was his first in twelve starts at group level and his sixth overall in 34 race attempts. While he has accrued a respectable 309,590 euros, the son of Oisau de Feux and top broodmare Pocahontas was prone to step roughly when the pressure went on, and was we know in France galloping is an instant DQ, while more than a couple of skips from either front or back pairings will have a race taken off the offender. He will face a field of 5YOs in the Prix Robert Auvray, a 120,000 euro group two over 2850m which is absent of the money leaders of the V-generation, the likes of Vanika du Ruel, Victoire and Village Mystic. Indeed Villeroi is only just in the top 20 of his generation's richest although of course a good many of those will be under saddle specialists. The highest earner in the field is Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt who looks to be coming back into form after recording his fastest time ever last start, 1.11.1 (under a 25m handicap) which was the equal fastest in the race but only good enough for sixth in the Prix des Selection, with the front markers from the A-generation taking four of the top places with their advantage. Eric Raffin will be in the bike on Roberto Donati 's son of Opus Viervil, and he is at generous odds (5/1) in the early market on the French PMU. Viking de Val has the early favouritism despite a gallop in the Prix de Selection and a third placing behind Villeroi in the Prix Ovide Moulinet in mid February. Trainer Eric Lambertz will as usual pilot the son of Baccarat du Pont who is a newcomer to group racing, and while he has yet to win a black type race he has been highly competitive with a third placing in the group one Criterium Continental, being his career highlight so far. Jean Michel Bazire is in the bike on Varade d'Hermine which has the daughter of Legs du Clos prominent in the market but although she is a multiple group two winner, she hasn't greeted the judge in nearly a year. Franck Nivard's Vulcan De Vandel and Michael-Jean Ruault's Vicomte Boufarcaux are the others to garne somer early support. Jean-Phillipe Dubois has a trio of runners in Volcan d'Urzy, Voyage de Reve and Visite Royal but all are considered outsiders on form. PRIX ROBERT AUVRAY Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Group 22850 5YO 120,000 euros 1 Victoria du Jouan (m Insert Gede - Jirondelle) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (m Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Varade d'Hermine (m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2850 5 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2850 6 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 8 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 9 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2850 10 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink

The French Winter Meeting at Vincennes is over but elite group racing continues in the world's richest trotting coutry as the UET Masters Series heads south to Cagnes sur Mer, France for the group one Grand Criterium De Vitesse over a mile (1609) for 200,000 euros Italian-bred horses drew the all important three inside positions on the barrier draw as the final field of 14 was released Friday for Sunday's big race. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest, now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin has the pole position inside another French trained Italian, Marielles, a former heat winner in Italy's biggest race the Lotteria over this distance who is trained by Fabrice Soulouy. The number three pole will be taken Nesta Effe, which was the only one of the trio to race in the Prix d'Amerique this year although she finished 10th. But Holger Ehlert's son of Naglo is a proven sprinter and was in super form this time last year, winning two group ones in Finland in April, the Prix d'Etain Royal Seinäjoki-Race and the Finlandia-Ajo over a mile, and he is also a runner-up in the final of the Lotteria, Italy's greatest race, also over a mile. The other two Italians carry good form from the Winter Meeting with Pascia' Lest second in the Group two Prix Jean Le Gonidec in February over 2175m while Marielles was third in prestigious Prix Du Bourbonnais (Gr2) in December. All three are driven by Italian reinsman Andrea Guzzinati (Pascia' Lest), Roberto Andreghetti (Marielles) and Roberto Vecchione (Nesta Effe). While the three Italians have the inside draws, they also have have to face some of their French vanquishers in their respective races here with Prix Jean Le Gonidec winner Vanika du Ruel drawing the seven hole while Prix du Bourbonnais winner Triode de Felliere, possibly the most improved horse in France over the Winter Meeting, drawing pole four. Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel was the best horse of her generation at two and three and has a best time over the sprint distance at Vincennes of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) when winning the group one Prix de l'Etoile. And Jean Paul Marmion's Triode de Felliere warmed up for this race with a close third in the Prix de Plateau de Gravelle, a Vincennes sprint over 2100m in which he recorded a slick 1.11.3 (1.54.4). But the biggest French danger comes from the horse drawn fifth, Univers de Pan who was beaten by the narrowest of margins in the sprint round of the French Triple Crown,the Grand Prix de France. Philippe Daugeard's son of Kenya du Pont was fifth last start off a 25m handicap in the Prix de Selection, but recorded a slick 1.11.1 (1.54.1MR) for the journey and from the five hole will prove very tough to beat. Sweden's best chance Amaru Boko is the only Scandinavian-based entrant in the rich sprint, but the recent addition to Robert Bergh's stable is in outstanding form with four wins on the trot since coming to the Bergsaker barn. The son of Coktail Jet has a fastest time of 1.10.3 (1.53.1MR) but has to start off the second line. GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE Cagnes sur Mer, France 09/03/14 UET Masters Series Group 1 Int 1609m 4-10 200 000e 1 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 1609 2 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 3 Nesta Effe (7h Naglo - Etna Sec) Dr: Roberto Vecchione Tr: Holger Ehlert 1609 4 Triode de Felliere (7m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 1609 5 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 1609 6 Quoumba de Guez (10m Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 1609 7 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 1609 8 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 9 Olona Ok (6m Varenne - Erreuno Ok) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Domenico Zanca 1609 10 Aisle Stand (7m Scarlet Knight - Twisterella) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Ronny Kuiper 1609 11 Twist des Caillons (7h Jam Pridem - Heyra des Caillons) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Hubert Hardy 1609 12 Amour d'Occagnes (7h Diamant Gede - Naomi November) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 1609 13 Amaru Boko (7h Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 1609 14 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 1609 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com    

The Swedish invasion of Vincennes continues right up to the last with two of Sweden's top open age trotters Sanity and On Track Piraten lining up in the UET Masters Series Prix de l'Union Europeenne, on the last day of the Winter Meeting on Saturday. The group two staying race over 2000m is worth 160,000 euros and has attracted a field of nine entries, with Sanity vying for favouritism with French veteran Roi du Lupin. Sanity has been in super form in France since running seventh in the UET Masters Series final in September. Malin Löfgren's son of Love You won the 100, 000 euro Grand Prix la Voix du Nord later that month at Le Croise Laroche and followed that up with a win at Mexlay du Maine, in the 100,000 euro Grand Prix Anjou-Maine. He then ran third to Timoko in the 200,000 euro Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in Beaumont de Lomagne in October before a second to Tiego d'Etang in the 110,000 euro Prix des Cevennes later that month, on the first day of the Winter Meeting at Vincennes. Sanity capped that off with a win in the group two 120,000 euro Prix de Brest on January 18, his last start before Saturday's race. The other Swedish star On Track Piraten also raced in the UET Masters final, prior to victory in the Swedish championships in December, the third win in a row on home soil. He returned to France in January for a sixth in the Prix du Luxembourg, and a close second to Une Fille d'Amour in the Prix du Plateau de Gravelle just over a week ago. The other Scandinavian raider is Finland's Maxwell Mayday, a veteran warhorse who has won over 440,000 on his travels all over Europe, who has a best placing of third in the group three Prix de Montignac-Charnete in November. Jean Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is a multi-talented performer with just shy of 1.5 million euros in earnings through group victories in both monte and harness, many of them UET Masters events such as the Grand Prix de Sud Owenst and the Prix Jacques Andrieu monte. The altered son of Fleuron Perrine galloped in the Prix de Brest but has had two warm-up wins in Belgium in preparation for this. Others who are prominent in early betting are Jean Michel's 10YO mare Quoumba de Guez (Urfist des Pres) was eighth in the Prix de Bretagne in November and has also been warming up in Belgium while Franck Leblanc's First de Retz stallion Son Alezan was a meritorious fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris last start. PRIX DE L'UNION EUROPEENNE Vincennes 01/03/14 Group II Euro UET Masters 3000m 5-10 €160 000 1 Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede - Jiviga) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3000 2 Maxwell Mayday (9g S J's Photo - Counting Crowns) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 3000 3 Quela Rive (10m Eclair de Vandel - Sissi) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 3000 4 On Track Piraten (6h Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Hans R Strömberg 3000 5 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 3000 6 Quinio du Relais (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Gabriella) Dr: Sebastien Hardy Tr: Sebastien Hardy 3000 7 Riglorieux du Bois (9g Indy de Vive - Glorieuse du Bois) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 3000 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 3000 9 Sanity (8g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Löfgren 3000 10 Quoumba de Guez (10m Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 3000 11 Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3000 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The 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  

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

Is there a tougher race in harness racing. Certainly not at the elite level. The third leg of the French triple crown, the Prix de Paris, is a monster. Twice around the Grand Piste, twice up the famed monte, the killer rise up the back straight at Vincennes, which separates the pretenders from the contenders in any race at this great track. And these equine superstars can churn through the demands of the 4150m trip in around 2min time - indeed Private Love went under a 2min time when she won in 2010 as did Gobernador in 2001, General du Pommeau in 2002, Insert Gede in 2003 and Jardy went a flat 2.00 rate the third time he won the race in 2007. Vourasie also won the race three times, as did the great Bellino II and some of the true greats of the sport have also saluted the judge including Rooseveldt International Trot winners Jamin in 1960, Une de Mai in 1973, Ideal du Gazeau in 1982 and Lutin d'Isigny in 1984. Three Swedish horses have won the race, the first Piper Club, a son of French export sire Tibur, who is also in the pedigree of the last Swede to win the race, Maharajah in 2011. The third horse was the champion Remington Crown, the only horse to win the race with 100% American bloodlines - although his dam was from a Danish family which had been in Europe since the 1930s. Maharajah also set of a sequence of three wins by horses who were born in 2005 who have dominated the Triple Crown in the past four years. This is the 12th triple crown race since the Prix d'Amerique was won by Ready Cash in 2011. All previous 11 have been won by a foal of 2005, including Noras Bean, the Swedish raider who won the Prix de France two weeks ago. And don't bet against them continuing the sequence again on Sunday. Second favourite Roxane Griff is a former winner of the race, won the monte Prix du Cornulier the week before running a gallant fourth in the PDA, then won her second group one monte of the meeting, the Prix de l'Ille de France on February 2. Fourth favourite and third place getter in the Prix d'Amerique Yarrah Boko is a Swedish bred son of a great French sire in Coktail Jet who now competes for Norway, and is due a win in a big group one. He was bravery personified in the Prix de Paris being one of the three horses which set a sensational 1.03.9k/r for the opening 600m and then stayed on in the straight some 1500m later to finish fourth. "Four kilometers is new for him, but I have a feeling that he manages the distance. We must believe in our horse", said Norwegian trainer Trond Anderssen on Sweden's atg.se website. The other 9YOs in the race include former Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray, trained by ex-pat Italian Roberto Donati, and who was fourth in this event last year. The daughter of Speed Clayttois also ran fourth in that year's Prix d'Amerique in her only start in the great race. Favouritism will go to the rising star Up And Quick in the hands of master driver Jean Michel Bazire, while fourth favourite is Cedric Megissier's Uhlan du Val, who ran fifth and sixth in the Prix de France and Prix d'Amerique, which are fine performances for a young horse in French terms - six is regarded as the entry year for elite level horses after four seasons of age group racing. Fifth favourite is Christian Bigeon's Tiego and he is a really good chance in this, having ran second in this race last year, and ran a great third in the Prix de France a fortnight ago. PRIX DE PARIS Vincennes 2014-02-23 Group 1 4-10 4150m Euro 400 000 1 Titi Quick (7h Extreme Aunou - Gazelle d'Aussy) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Clement Casseron 4150 2 Taormina d'Em (7m Cedre du Vivier - Nevadara d'Em) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Jean Pierre Allix 4150 3 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 4 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 5 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4150 6 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 4150 7 Santa Rosa France (8m Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 4150 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 4150 9 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Roger Coueffin 4150 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4150 11 Up And Quick 6(h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 12 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 4150 13 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 4150 14 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4150 15 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4150 Dave Sanders

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

France's top four-year-olds take centre stage on Saturday's card at Vincennes in the Group two Prix Ephrem Houel over 2850m with Akim du Cap Vert looking to bounce back from an unfortunate gallop at the start of his last outing in the Prix Charles Tiercelin run at a slushy Vincennes on Prix d'Amerique day. Franck Anne's star 4YO son of First de Retz was a heavily backed favourite that day and gave the field the best part of 70metres head start and put in a supreme effort to catch the peloton and eventually run seventh. If he steps away, and this is from the starting shute and not from the mobile gate as it was last start, he has a great chance of winning his fourth group two, and his second this year following his success in the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve in January. The winner of the Prix Charles Tierclin was Alesia d'Atout, a tough daughter of Defi d'Aunou who held off a brilliant finish from Aladin d'Ecajeul to claim her second group two. Dominique Mottier's mare has blossomed into a genuine talent in the earlier shadow of the star trio of Axelle Dark, Avilla and Anastasia Fella, and also has the group two Prix Ozo to her name, and even more importantly for her stud career, classique status through a third placing in the Criterium Des 3 Ans. She holds the fastest record in the race with a 1.12.2kr Axelle Dark was third in the Prix Charles Tiercelin but was several lengths in arrears of the first two. The slushy track was known to have upset a lot of the horses, and whether this has been a factor in the daughter of Ready Cash's lack of dash of late is open to conjecture. Owner Philippe Allaire also has Atlas de Jourdes entered in the race, a richly bred son of his retiring superstar who was sixth in the Prix Charles Tiercelin and slated to start stud duties in a few weeks time. Jean-Philippe Dubois' Atlessima is a group one winner under saddle but has yet to best this generation under harness, being prominent in the Prix Charles Tiercelin before trotting roughly and breaking. The son of Rocklyn is talented but may be being set for the Prix Louis Le Bourg on the last day of the Winter Meeting on March 1, while the best in harness of the crop will be competing in the group one Prix de Selection. PRIX EPHREM HOUEL Vincennes 08/02/14 FR Group 2 2 175m 4YOS € 120 000 1 Athena de Vandel (s Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 3 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 4 Ausone du Kastel (h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 5 Astor du Quenne (h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Alesia d'Atout (s Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet ) Dr Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 7 Atlessima (s Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 9 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Axelle Dark (s Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

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

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

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

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 Harnesslink.com   

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