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Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, 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

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The weather’s improving in Europe, as Spring arrives and so are the fields, which makes handicapping a little more readable, if not easier. This week there are some nice races at Aby, and we can take heart from some close picks last week, although we did not strike the V75 at Farjestad we got four.  On our single wagers, our  two straight out wins (Archangel AM and Cali Maks) got our money back in Sweden, and our win on the brilliant Univers De Pan in France returned $5.80 for our $2 giving us a final return of $19.90 for our $16. There is nothing of note in France this week in one of the quietest weeks of the year. Good luck this week. V75-1 Silver division   1640m: Draw is all important in these sprint races, and although M.T. Harmony  (10) is a former Breeders Crown placegetter, I don’t like her gate position. Nothing But Class (1) has the pole, but if Claes Boko (5) can get to the front from the five spot, he will be hard to beat. Between these two for mine with 5 first choice. Selection  5 (1) V75-2 Larlingslopp  1640m:   We’ve been following Super Photogenic (3)  for a while, and he has been getting better and better and I think we should stick with him especially from this draw. He has two others inside of him Paramount (2) and Highspeed Call (1) which should be kept safe, so this is our three-way pick.  Selection  1-2-3 V75-3 Klass 1 2140m: Dante Boko (1) was very impressive in the Klass II and steps up here, although the switch in driver from Lutfi to son Adrian Kolgjini is a slight concern – his three wins in a row were with dad.  Still he is a class horse on the rise and should win if he gets the front, which he should do from the draw and is our anchor here. Selection  1 V75-4  Klass II   1640m:  Timo Nurmos looks like he has a nice horse here in Sensational Dream (4), a son of double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. He has only had 11 starts, but has won three of them, and placed second three times, including last start where he couldn’t  quite stay with the impressive Archangel AM who looks to be another star on the rise from the Kolgjini barn. He doesn’t face such a challenging prospect here, and from the four hole should get to the front and win this.  Danish trainer Christian Lindhardt, like several in his homeland usually races between Denmark and Norway, and brings his good ones to Sweden. For that reason it may pay to keep Maniaminmiami safe as an alternate after an impressive last start at Aby.  Selection  4 (6) V75-5 Diamantstoet (mares)  2140m: The mares race is a handicap affair with 13-win mare Hanna Banker (10)  the early favourite from the 20m mark. But this is wide open with Valkyria R.O.K. (1), Erica Hall (4) and Bedas Chip (14) the early tote selections – although in a loose field. For an outsider I’ve gone with Bjorn Goop’s drive Broadway’s Finest (9) – and I’m going to put her as my win wager too to try and sneak a nice divvie.  If you want to play safer go with 10.  Selection  10-1-4-14-9 V75-6 Gold division   2640m: This is a very good field, as the top liners start emerging from their winter break. Sanity (4) however has been working through,with the big boys in France, where he has been sensational. With the form he is showing, his superior big match fitness and from this draw, he should be able to account for this field, even of this quality. An anchor.  Selection 4 V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Roobois (4) and On Hold (11)  look the two strongest here and should be the first two on the ticket, while Leonas Kaiser (1) has won two of his last three and has the pole position. But it’s time to find a nice couple of outsiders to sweeten the pot, and while Royal Dream (2) isn’t the horse of Prix d’Amerique fame, he does have Johnny Takter in the bike, and will pay juicy odds if he can make use of his good draw.  Selection  4-11-1-2 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Here are my win wagers for Aby .  SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5  Claes Boko (5) Race 6  Super Photogenic (3)   Race 7  Dante Boko (1) Race 8  Sensational Dream (4) Race 9  Broadway’s Finest (9) Race 10  Sanity (4) Race 11     Roobois (4)

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

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

Triskell Pacha, with Franck Nivard up, rallied to win today's Q+ Prix de Langeais at Paris-Vincennes. The seven year-old gelded son of Filio Josselyn defeated 19 rivals to take the winners share of the 85,000 euro purse for owner/trainer David Cherbonnel. The race was contested over 2850 meters with finishers two through five handicapped 25 meters. The winner secured his 11th career win now with earnings of 280,320 euros. The Q+ exact order winning ticket paid 5,455 euros excluding the 3.55 million euro jackpot. January 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Langeais, 85,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 20 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.55 euro million  1.14.8kr 1st Triskell Pacha (7g Filio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte), Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer David Cherbonnel, 2.1/1, his 11th career win 2nd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d'Havetot), Jean-William Hallais trainer/driver, 11/1, 25 meter handicap 3rd Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiviga), Mathier Abrivard, 31/1, 25 meter handicap 4th Sissi du Morin (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin), Philippe Daugeard up, 10/1, 25 meter handicap 5th Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme), J-M Bazire, 4.8/1, 25 meter handicap The Gr. III Prix de Verdun (2700 meters, 11 starters, 105,000 euro purse) for five year-olds was the day's racing feature and it went to Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas-Defi d'Aunou) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Villeroi recorded his fifth lifetime win and increased earnings to 255,590€ for owner Antonio De Sousa. He defeated the good Love You mare Violetta Mauzin handled by Franck Nivard. January 30, 2013 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Verdun, Gr. III, 105,000 euros purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters  1.14.4kr 1st Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois, 7.8/1, fifth career victory for earnings of 255,590 euros, owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Violetta Mauzin (5f Love You-Ocely de la Merite), Franck Nivard, 3/1 3rd Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon), Mathieu Abrivard, 3/1 4th Voluntary Dream (5m Goetmals Wood-Luna d'Odyssee), Jean-Philippe Dubois, 9/1 5th Viva la Vida (5f Quaro-Perriere), Pierre Vercruysse, 14/1 Holland's Berry's Boy took the Prix Chambery for European males over the 2700 meter grand piste. The six year-old gelded son of Love You scored in 1.14.6kr to increase career earnings to 108,750 euros with his eight lifetime win. Jan-F Van Dooyeweerd trains the winner who scored at 18/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. This pair rallied to gain a short lead after the field turned into the long stretch and held off a host of competitors for a nose verdict. Italy's Oneghin del Ronco, also by Love You, was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Vincent Tufano. January 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Chambery European males, 18 starters, 48,000 euro purse, 2700 meters 1.14.6kr 1st Berry's Boy (6g Love You-Realy Furniture-Incredible Crafts), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Jan-F Van Dooyeweerd, 18/1 odds, eighth career win for 108,750 euros in earnings (Holland) 2nd Oneghin del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), J-M Bazire up for trainer Vincenzo Tufano, 5/1 (Italy) 3rd Unix des Forges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d;Orgeres), Eric Raffin, 5.3/1 4th Uvaro Vet (6m Diamant Gede-Harmonie Chery), Bertrand Le Beller, 6.8/1 5th Omas NP (6g Brandy dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf), Ferdinando Pisacane, 49/1 (Italy) In separate news it was reported that Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah was returned to Sweden and will not contest the Prix de France. It was also reported that now 11 year-old Commander Crowe has returned to light training in the stable of Fabrice Souloy who stated that the veteran Swedish registered gelded campaigner would only return to the races if physically fit. The coming weekend feature at Vincennes is the 200,000 euro monte Prix de L'Ile de France. Roxane Griff heads the eight horse field, making this her third major event appearance in as many weeks. She won the Prix de Cornulier on January 19 and then raced tough in the Prix d'Amerique last Sunday. Camille Levesque ridden Quarry Bay may be a major competitor in this one. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Credit Winner's Swedish son Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell) took today's Prix de la Thierache at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters by 18 rivals, the winner, driven by Jarmo Niskanen, held off Tip Top Nelliere and Jean-Philippe Mary by a nose to score in 1.14.6kr. The winner recorded his 16th career victory now with earnings of 226,825 euro to capture the winner's share of the 58,000 euro purse. The Quinte+ race of the day carried a jackpot of 3.2 million euro and with longshots gaining the top spots the exact order two euro wager paid over 97,000 euro. Prix de la Thierache, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.2 million euro 1.14.6kr Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell), Jarmo Niskanen up at 6.7/1, his 16th lifetime win for 226,825 euros (Sweden) Tip Top Nelliere (7g Go Lucky-Novely Blue-Fleuron Perrine), Jean-Philippe Mary up at 53/1 Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-FGlaya de Jiel-Ourasi), Jos. Verbeeck up at 9/1 Parkin (8g Tap In-La Bigi-Peace On Earth), Pierre Vercruysse up at 75/1 (Sweden) Another European eligible contest, the 48,000 euro purse Prix de Montpellier over 2700 meters with 18 starters, went to the Franck Blandin piloted Vrai Souvenir in 1.15.2kr. The five year-old son of Hugo du Bossis, off at 12/1, rallied and defeated a host of other longshots with Italian invaders finishing in the third through fifth spots. The winner recorded his fith career win and increased earnings to 88,630 euro. Prix de Montpellier, European, 46,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr Vrai Souvenir (5m Hugo du Bossis-Ovation du Bois-Cesar d'Argos), Franck Blandin up at 12/1, the winners fifth career victory for 88,630 euro won Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Pierre Levesque up, Mike Lenders trainer, 9.3/1 Painkiller Va (5g Everest As-Dalia Cr-Toss Out), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mauro Baroncini, 33/1 (Italy) Pitango Jet (5m Supergill-Fanfara Jet-Kramer Boy), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 47/1 (Italy) Prevedello (5m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), Jos. Verbeeck up, 122/1 odds (Italy) As the Prix d'Amerique approaches, comments of several drivers pointed out the importance of the start. Teamsters Vercruysse, Levesque, and Nivard offered the following to Paris-Turf: Good start and a horse that is a good starter is important Last 30 seconds before go are vital - must keep composure as race is not won at the start but can be lost there Horses feel the pressure too from on-track activities and crowd noise that can get the horses somewhat agitated Difficult to win the race start to finish; better to be well-placed and avoid pitfalls This group of reinsman have seen it all in recent years and had the good fortune to win or be second with Ready Cash, Offshore Dream, Mealunes du Corta and Quaker Jet. Watch for their comments to take life on Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks  

The world's classic trotting race has engaged a classic field of 25 for next Sunday's one million euro Gr. I International Prix d'Amerique over 2700 meters at Paris-Vincennes. Today's Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff is in the mix (earnings in chart below exclude today's race and now stand at 2,023,118 euro), along with veteran performers Ready Cash (a double winner), Timoko (likely with Jos. Verbeeck at the lines, he a four time driving winner of the Prix d'Amerique) and The Best Madrik. Last year's winner Royal Dream was not engaged after two weak recent efforts. New players Triode de Felliere, Up And Quick and Soleil du Fosse should not be overlooked. The same can be said of a group from Italy, Sweden and Norway that includes Sweden's surprise entrant Maharajah. Recent impressive winner at Vincennes, Yarrah Boko, should have a chance along with some of the Italian contingent that includes sprinter Mack Grace SM on a twelve race win streak, Nesta Effe that raced today at Florence, Pascia' Lest and longshot Marielles. As usual the Prix d'Amerique shapes up as a superior race with superior equine talent. 1 Spirit Beji 2 Unabella Perrine 3 Uhlan Du Val 4 Soleil Du Fosse 5 Triode De Felliere 6 Santa Rosa France 7 Marielles 8 Renommee D'Obret 9 Pascia' Lest 10 Univers De Pan 11 Up And Quick 12 Roxana De Barbray 13 Vanika Du Ruel 14 Titego D'Etang 15 Mack Grace Sm 16 Quinoa Du Gers 17 Nesta Effe 18 Yarrah Boko 19 Reve de Beylev 20 The Best Madrik 21 Save The Quick 22 Roxane Griff 23 Timoko 24 Maharajah 25 Ready Cash In just a week another champion will join a list of immortals (last 28 listed below) in the 2014 edition of the race begun in 1920 to celebrate America's role in creating freedom from tyranny in Europe. Nowhere is America celebrated better than with the Prix d'Amerique, nowhere is international racing better presented. Be there !!! 2013 Royal Dream (Jean-Philippe Dubois) 2012 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2011 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2010 Oyonnax (Sebastien Ernault) 2009 Meaulnes du Corta (Franck Nivard) 2008 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2007 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2006 Gigant Neo (Dominik Locqueneux) 2005 Jag de Bellouet (Christophe Gallier) 2004 Kesaco Phedo (Jean-Michel Bazire) 2003 Abano As (Jos Verbeeck) 2002 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2001 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2000 Général du Pommeau (Jules Lepennetier) 1999 Moni Maker (Jean-Michel Bazire) 1998 Dryade des Bois (Jos Verbeeck) 1997 Abo Volo (Jos Verbeeck) 1996 Coktail Jet (Jean-Etienne Dubois) 1995 Ina Scot (Helen Johansson) 1994 Sea Cove (Jos Verbeeck) 1993 Queen L. (Stig H. Johansson) 1992 Verdict Gédé (Jean-Claude Hallais) 1991 Ténor de Baune (Jean-Baptiste Bossuet) 1990 Ourasi (Michel-Marcel Gougeon) 1989 Queila Gédé (Roger Baudron) 1988 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1987 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1986 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon)* (Files from Paris-Turf) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The precocious stars of the A generation have very much been in the limelight in recent weeks, with the first two Group Ones of the Winter Series, the Criterium des 3 Ans and Prix des Vincennes having been the headline acts of December's racing at Vincennes. But French racing gives all those with genuine talent a chance to shine, and some of the A-generation's later developers will front for the group III Prix de Croissanville (72,000 euros) over 2175m. This race has recently been where many of future stars of the track get their first get a taste of the big time, this year's renewal is one of two feature events on Thursday's card at the Temple du Trot. The richest horse of the U-generation Univers de Pan won this race in 2012 while Criterium des 5 Ans winners Roc Meslois (winner 2009) and the ill-fated Scoop d'Yvel (runner up 2010) are recent graduates of the race. The most likely in this group to go onto bigger things is Alcest du Goutier,the winner of six of just 12 starts since beginning his racing with a second in a 3YO race in Durtal, west of Paris in March last year. He then won three in a row for trainer Jacques Bruneau before a fourth in his first visit to Vincennes in May. After a 3 month break he resumed with a win in Vincennes which has elevated him to the lucrative intermediate ranks, and he gained his first win in the higher grades last time out on December 21, a performance which has seen him installed as an early favourite. Vying for early favouritism is Frank Anne's Atout du Lerre., who has won four of his first ten starts. Anne who is well known for his ability to win big races with young horses, has used a patient approach with the son of Oakwood du Closet). However being a gelding he is also not eligible for the Classiques, and so his appearances have been naturally restricted. Another interesting runner from one of the more prominent stables is Jean Etienne Dubois' American Eagle who was second in a 76,000 euro race in Vincennes three weeks ago. The son of Offshore Dream has won two of his 20 starts, with his last win in July in Cabourg. Dominique Lefaucheux' Amazar de Florange is another attracting early money, although he has only won once in his first 20 outings, but French handicappers would have been encouraged with his second placing behind Alceste du Goutier last time of asking. The co-featured event is the Group III Prix de Mauriac, a 78,000 euro race for 5YO mares over 2700m with Sylvain Rogers' Valse Mika being the early favourite. The daughter of NIky was a last start winner, her sixth victory in only 24 attempts early in her 5YO career. Vuelta de Lys has won two of her last four starts, including last time out in Vincennes at the end of December, and is also attracting a lot of early money. The daughter of Insert Gede has won four of her 15 starts for trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon. Master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire has also brought Vadapolina gradually through the grades in his usual fashion, and with a win two starts back, her fifth in 21 starts, handicappers have been quick to support her chances. The richest mare in the race is Daniel Delaroche's Via de Villeneuve has amassed earnings of 141,790 euros despite having only won one race in 31 attempts. PRIX DE CROISSANVILLE Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2175 4 € 72 000 1 Arno de Bossens (4h One du Rib - Quaifa du Rib) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2 Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet - Maya d'Atout) Dr: Pierre Belloche Tr: Pierre Belloche 3 Athos des Elfes (4h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 4 Alpha Galbe (4h Nomade du Digeon - Nereide Galbe) Dr: Benoit Robin Tr: Laurent Leduc 5 Amazar de Florange (4h Echo - Paoleta) Dr Franck Nivard: Tr: Dominique Lefaucheux 6 Ajaccio de Bengale (4h Mentor du Goutier - Orange de Bengale) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Arginio des Godins (4g Norginio - Oceane Fiere) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr: Francisco Criado 8 Ambrogoal des Baux (4h Ouragan de Celland - Milady des Baux) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 American Eagle (4h Offshore Dream - Paradise's Key) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 10 Alceste du Goutier( 4h Quido du Goutier - Matsuyama) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jacques Bruneau 11 Acteur de Larre (4h Paisy Dream - Qasidamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 12 Atout du Lerre (4g Oakwood du Closet - Haquikmie) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne PRIX DE MAURIAC Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2700m 5m 74,000 1 Vadapolina (4m Quaro - Miska des Rondes) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Vuelta du Lys (4m Insert Gede - Ivresse du Lys) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 3 Vallee Secrete (4m Goetmals Wood - Libre Allure) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Vodka Lemon (4m Full Account - Pink Panther) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Julien Rosenzweig 5 Venus de Bailly (4m Chaillot - Oceane de Bailly) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vanna Coletto (4m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Eric Clouet 7 Vignia la Ravelle (4m Diamant Gede - Jirania la Ravelle) Dr: Eric Gilles Blot Tr: Eric Gilles Blot 8 Valse Mika (4m Niky - Ellamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 9 Vigna Nobile (4m Goetmals Wood - Envieuse) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 10 Valeska Jet (4m Nuage de Lait - Ocarina Jet) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 11 Via de Villeneuve (4m Jet Fortuna - Akara) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Daniel Delaroche by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Nathalie Henry changed her tactics with Vision Intense, the talented daughter of Prodigious, as she positioned her near the front from the outset. Following the leader into the long Paris-Vincennes stretch, Henry found room along the pylons and rallied through for a convincing win in 1.12.9kr over the 2175 meter distance, the winner's 10th career win with increased earnings to over 616,000 euro. The Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet, for a 120,000 euro purse, is viewed by analysts as an important forerunner to the rich Prix de Cornulier held a week before the Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Moulin conditions Vision Intense for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Vaillant Cash raced well for Camille Levesque to be second. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix Leon Tacquet, Gr. II monte, 2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse  1.12.9kr Fractional times: 1.12.1kr at 1500, 1.13kr at 1000, 1.13.6kr at 500, 1.12.9kr finish 1st  Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Mlle. Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, her 10 career win for 616,250 euro earnings, 0.8/1 favorite 2nd  Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon-Ultra Ducal), Camille Levesque aboard, 6/1 odds 3rd  Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausujour II), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Lois Groussard, 21/1 odds 4th  Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan), J,L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 4/1 odds Akim du Cap Vert scored in the co-featured Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a Gr. II event worth 120,000 euro purse over 2175 meters. The four year-old son of First de Retz was piloted by trainer/owner Franck Anne to the 1.13kr score, his sixth lifetime now for earnings of over 493,000 euro. Axelle Dark rallied along the pylons to capture second as Jos. Verbeeck drove the Philippe Allaire trained daughter of Ready Cash. The Allaire trained Artiste de Jourdes was a solid third at 64/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.13kr (race time 2:38.85) 1st  Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer, driver, own er, 1.6/1 odds, 6th lifetime win for earnings 493,530 euro 2nd Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 4/1 odds 3rd  Artiste de Jourdes (4m Prodigious-Memoru de Jourdes-Vikings Way), Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Philippe Allaire, 64/1 odds 4th Ah Quel Micha (4m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare-Vroum d'Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams Today's Quinte + race of the day was also at Paris-Vincennes and the six year-old Take, a son of Carpe Diem, scored for Franck Nivard in a driving finish. Off at 5/1 the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and was timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The holders of exact order two euro tickets took home 6,480 euro. The day's jackpot was 1.4 million euro. 1/4/13 Vincennes - Prix de Breteuil, Quinte+, 52,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters  1.12.8kr 1st Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole-And Arifant), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for Hadis Coatings BV, 5/1 odds, ninth career win for euro earnings 234,100 2nd  Toreador (7g Fleuron Perrine-Jubellone-Jet du Vivier), Francois-Pierre Bossuet up, 2.8/1 favorite 3rd Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancre de Vrie-Firstly), owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron at 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The rising stars of monte line up for the Prix Leon Tacquet, a Group two under sprint for five-year-olds over 2175m at Vincennes. Seven of this field met in the Prix Emile Riotteau a fortnight ago where Philippe Moulin-trained Vision Intense was sent out on odds on favourite. But the Ecurie Victoria Dreams star had one of her off nights and galloped, something which has become more frequent of late, which must be of concern to her connections. There is no doubt that if the supremely talented daughter of Prodigious stays trotting, she will be a prominent player in this, there have been few times that this generation has been able to withstand her brilliant finishes. Monte, the more difficult of the two trotting disciplines, is always more fraught for handicappers, and this mare notches those anxieties up a notch with her propensity for mistakes, but the early market shows no such uncertainty - less than even money on offer. Joel Hallais' Valse Castelets could be a favourite in her own right. She began her career in the bike with moderate success but blossomed when switched to the saddle in last year's winter meeting at Vincennes, winning in her first three attempts. This propelledthe daughter of Memphis du Rib into Group company, where she ran a third in the Prix de Pardieu first time of asking. Group success was not long in coming in the Prix Louis Le Bourg in April, and she went on to have a breakout year in 2013 with three more Group two successes including the Prix Olry-Roederer, a UET Masters Series race in November and of course last start in the Prix Emile Riotteau. These two dominate the early market, although French handicappers are warming to a horse we have followed in these articles on Harnesslink, the talented but flawed stallion Vaillant Cash. His improvement continued in the Prix Emile Riotteau, where he was given rein by his Camille Levesque, who has been the architect of his redemption from rogue to respected monte prospect. The former prestigious Prix Emmanuel Margouty winner and Saint-Leger des Trotteurs runner-up led the field for much of the journey, and in a gait which did not fall foul of the eagle eyed adjudicators, to finish fourth. This was his second decent check in two starts and a timely boost for his owner-breeder David Genot who mixes the son of dual Prix d'Amerique champion Offshore Dream racing with stud duties at Haras du Mont Goubert. The second and third placegetters in the Prix Emile Riotteau, Vic du Boisnant and Vicomte Boufarcaux are also in the field, but they were at massive odds in the previous race and handicappers have stayed clear of the pair in the early markets. Fifth-placed Valdice de Mars, a winner of the group two monte Prix Ceneri Forcinal, was the fourth favourite in early markets with Yohan Legbourgeois on board, while Pascal Barthelemy's Volcano Vici is a talented horse with genuine claims. PRIX LEON TACQUET Vincennes 04/01/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YOs € 120 000 1 Victoire Smiling (5m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2 Viva Jenilou (5m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vicomte Boufarcaux (5h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 4 Vaillant Cash (5h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 5 Vic du Boisnant (5h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Volcano Vici (5h Gazouillis - Oaxaca Vici) Rd: Anne Barthelemy Tr: Pascal Barthelemy 7 Vestphalie du Mont (5m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Franck Delanoe 8 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 9 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 10 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

The Winter harness racing Meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued New Year’s Eve and Day before good crowds and rain-free weather. Starter du Rib captured the New year’s Eve featured Prix de Poitiers for trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib for his 18th career victory. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir steered the winner home in 1.13.7kr over 2700 meters. Highly regarded Sam Gibus ended second with Renardo Bello, a half-brother to double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, fourth. Starter du Rib (8) Vincennes – Prix de Poitiers, 78,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters Q+ 1.13.7kr Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 odds, trainer Joel Hallais for Ecurie Rib, 18th win lifetime for 392,280 euro Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus-Viking Sun), Sebastien Baude up, 5/1 odds Roller Quick (8m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Anthony Barrier, 29/1 odds Renardo Bello (8m Kiki-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne Racing Charm (8m Love You-Feraine d’Occagnes-Workaholic), Julien Dubois The January 1 feature ended with sons of Conway Hall finishing one-two in the 2100 meter autostart Prix d’Angouleme carrying a 95,000 euro purse. Conway Fortuna rallied for a convincing win in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is trained in Holland by Hugo Langeweg, Jr. for Gerrits Recycling Group and is from Saratoga Yankee by Yankee Glide. Conway Fortuna Vincennes – Prix d’Angouleme, European, 95,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.12.4kr Conway Fortuna (Holland) (5m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide), Pierre Vercruysse up for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and Gerrits Recycling Group, his 10th career win for earnings of 116,975 euro Paper Caf (Italy) (5g Conway Hall-Enda Caf-Supergill), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bimag Srl Vive Magic (5f Baccarat du Pont0Manny Blue-Coktail Jet), Eric Raffin aboard for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, 18/1 odds The undercard revealed several other interesting winners. The Quinte+ Prix du Croise-Laroche for 72,000 euro went to Ulk du Las Vegas in a photo with Italy’s Olimpus Caf (by Varenne). Dominik Locqueneux steered the winner to the 1.14.8kr victory, his eighth career success, at odds of 17/1. Ulk du Las Vegas (12 inside) Vincennes – Prix du Croise-Laroche, 72,000 euro purse, European, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Q+ 1.14.8kr Ulk du Las Vegas (5g Hulk des Champs-Elite du Las Vegas-Quiton du Coral), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer/owner Jacques Fernandes, 8th career win for earnings of 153,060 euro, 17/1 odds Olimpus Caf (Italy) (5m Varenne-Eviola Caf-Supergill), David Thomain up, 9/1 odds Sammarco (Swe) (7g Enjoy Lavec-Tropic Heat-Sugarcane Hanover), Eric Raffin up, 3/1 odds The year’s first three year-old event of the year went to another Philippe Allaire trained/owned daughter of Ready Cash from the Love You dam Quick Nevele. The Jerome Ruaults teamed winner just got up in the late stages to beat Bambina Magic and the pacesetter Brave Story with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Bliss Nevele (10) Vincennes - Prix de Mezieres, 34,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-old females1.19.6kr Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 2nd lifetime win Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard up Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d’Hilly-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner for trainer Patrick Chevrier 2014’s first monte contest went to a three year-old son of Niky named Baggio du Chatelet. P-Y Verva was in the irons for this 13/1 upsetter that scored easily to earn the winners share of the 33,000 euro purse. Nicolas Raimbeaux trains the winner. Baggio du Chatelet Vincennes – Prix de Nimes, 33,000 euro, 2200 meters, 15 starters, monte three year-olds 1.17.6kr Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), P-Y Verva for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, odds 13/1 Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Mlle Celine Leclercq, 23/1 odds, Patrick Chevrier trainer for J-P Dubois, breeder Ecurie D Bikini des Molands (3m Gai Brillant-Quiche des Molands-Carpe Diem), Anthony Dollion jockey, trainer, owner, 6/1 odds Another outsider, Aslak, took the Prix de Conde with its 35,000 euro purse at 8/1 odds. The four year-old son of Lilium Madrik is trained by Ronny Kuiper and was driven today by Pierre Vercruysse, his second driving victory of the day. Aslak 1/1/14 Vincennes – Prix de Conde, 35,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.17.3kr Aslac (4g Lilium Madrik-L’Atlante-Quarsenis), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, 8/1 odds Amiral de Virmont (4m Sancho Panca-Perie de Virmont), J.L.C., Dersoir driver/trainer, 2/1 favorite Almarok (4m Norman Jet-Malice Morane-Elmon), Mathieu Mottier driving the 52/1 outsider. (Paris-Turf photos) Thomas H. Hicks  

Today's Prix de Bourgogne undercard featured several excellent monte events. The Prix de Brioude for 60,000 euro over 2700 meters went to Linda Vercruysse' Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassic Aunou-Defi d'Aunou) in a front-stepping 1.14.1kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The winner scored her fifth career win, now with earnings of 196,820 euro for her NY born owner and trained by Pierre Vercruysse. She sports red-white-blue colors that also fit Transamerica's pedigree, being by the double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream with earning of over US$3.3 million (2002, Reve d'Udon-Enfilde-Tarass Boulba). Tarass Boulba is by Speedy Somolli and Enfilade's dam, Tableau (Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell-Speedy Crown-Somolli) directs to Somolli. Transamerica's pedigree further reflects franco-american blending as her dam was sired by Defi D'Aunou, by Armbro Goal from Nesmile, making him a half-brother to Buvetier d'Aunou (by Royal Prestige) and Extreme Aunou (by Baltic Speed). Nesmile is one of Europe's best producing mares and her daughter Amour d'Aunou produced Guilty of Love, dam of Love You, Repeat Love, Nice Love and In Dix Huit. Vincennes - Prix de Brioude (monte, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters)   1.14.1kr 1st Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassik Aunou-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for owner Mme. Lynda Vercruysse and trainer Pierre Vercruysse, her fifth win for career earnings of 196,820 euro 2nd  Tonnerre de Retz (6g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan-Corot), P-Y Verva aboard 3rd  Tinosa du Chene (6f Nobody du Chane-Inosa du Chene-Jiosco), M. Mottier up The Sunday monte co-feature (Prix de Tarbes for 60,000 euro purse) went to Auria Vikland in 1.13.6kr over 2175 meters for three year-old females. She scored impressively for P-Y Verva and is a daughter of the fastest monte performer to date Prince de Montfort, still racing in Germany and northern European countries. J-P Dubois' A Nous Deux was second in this event with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Vincennes - Prix de Tarbes (60,000 euro purse, monte, female three year-olds, 2175 meters, 10 starters)   1.13.6kr 1st  Aurea Vikland (3f Prince de Montfort-Kethna de Monte-Vif Argent Ludois), P-Y Verva up, 5/1 odds, fourth career win for earnings of 84,550 euro 2nd   A Nous Deux (3f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry aboard for trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 3/1 odds 3rd  Aureness (3f Mercenaire-Ornaise de Morgane-Himo Josselyn), Francois Lagadeus up, 17/1 odds The 48,000 euro purse Prix de Cabrieres went to Ugolin de Chambre with Mathieu Mottier up. This one is by a son of Passionnant (by Florestan) from a Tenor de Baune (Prix d'Amerique winner with 33 wins in 47 career starts) dam and the winner scored impressively in 1.13.7kr with a powerful stretch run. Vincennes - Prix de Cabrieres (monte, males, 48,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters)  1.13.7kr 1st  Ugolin de Chambre (5g Ginger Somolli-L'Avayronnaise-Tenor de Baune), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Jacques Rajalu and owner Alain-Jean Dubois, 11/1 odds 2nd  Un Aller (5g Le Retour-Elmia-Origan Noir), O. Touvais up, 5/2 favorite 3rd  Ultra Or (5g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene-Jain de Beval), Anthony Barrier up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie AB Trot, 38/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

 All eyes will no doubt be on Philippe Moulin's Vision Intense in the Prix Emile Riotteau, a group two monte for 4YOs over the 2850m journey on Sunday, race three on a super card at Vincennes. The daughter of Prodigious returned to form in style last start in the Prix Philippe du Rozier at the beginning of the month, easily beating home all but one of this field of ten. She can mix her form, and has put in the occasional gallop as she did in the group one Prix du President de la Republique in June, but when she is on her game, few can resist her phenomenal finishing bursts. Vision Intense who will be ridden again by Nathalie Henry will be the shortest of favourites in this event, with Valse Castelets, the winner of the Prix Olry-Roederer at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, the only other one in single figures in early betting. Joel Hallais' mare is another who can mix her form with two gallops in her last two starts, but the daughter of Memphis du Rib is the winner of six of her seven victories under saddle including three at group two level and if she can keep trotting will feature in this. Third favourite will be the ultra consistent Viva Forest, who was second in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, the fifth time she had run second in a row but Fabrice Solouy's mare was disqualified in her last outing, the Prix de Rostrenen at Vincennes last week. The horse who was shird across the line in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, was Vallaint Cash, who was disqualified for an incorrect gait, for the umpeenth time in his frustrating career. He had the Criterium des Jeunes taken off him despite winning easily for that same complaint, and has incurred the wrath of the adjudicators on several other occasions since. But he has shown massive improvement with Camille Levesque in the saddle, and actually finished third last time out under saddle, last week in the Prix de Rostrenen. Levesque gives him his head letting him trot freely prominent to the pace, and with a similar rein in this could, the son of Offshore Dream could get a piece of the prize, and at reasonable odds for the handicapper. And who knows, if this is an off-day for the top chances, he could be one for very long odds. PRIX EMILE RIOTTEAU Vincennes 22/12/13 FR Group II monte 2850m 4YO €120,000 1 Vic du Pommereux (4h Love You - Kubrune) Rd: David Thomain Sylvain Roger 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (4m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bale) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vic du Boisnant (4h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 5 Vaillant Cash (4h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 6 Valdice de Mars (4m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann LebourgeoisTr: Loic Groussard 7 Vestphalie du Mont (4m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Delanoe 8 Valse Castelets (4m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude DersoirTr: Joel Hallais 9 Vaquero du Mont (4h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Herve Gilles 10 Vision Intense (4m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin   by David Sanders

Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), reunited with teamster Orjan Kihlstrom, won todays V75 Gold at Aby over 2140 meters autostart. He earned 150,000SEK for the win, his 29th in 55 appearances, now for career earnings over 19.1 million SEK. Kihlstrom moved the veteran to the front after the first quarter and he led thereafter, beating off a challenge from US import Solvato that faded to fifth in late going. Maharajah won by ¾ length under no apparent urging as he defeated Oasis Bi (5m Toss Out-Upo Front JM-Self Possessed) and Claes Svensson with late charging Politiken (6g ENS Snapshot-Goldie Hawn-Earthquake) third for Morten Friis. The winner was timed in 1.12.8kr over a sloppy racetrack on a rainy, foggy afternoon and keeps Sweden's trotting icon in the hunt for the prestigious Prix d'Amerique in late January. Italian Derby to Re Degli Dei At Napoli, Italy,  Re Degli Dei (3m Conway Hall-Bliz-Sugarcane Hanover) won the Italian Derby (Gr. I, 2100 meters, 22,000 euro purse) first elimination in 1.13.6kr for teamster T. DiLorenzo. He defated Remo Gas (3m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out) and Roberto Vecchione and Roi de Coeur (3m Love You-Copacabana DK-Record OK) ending third for Enrico Baldi. At Paris-Vincennes the Quinte + Gr. II Prix Oscar Collard (2100 meters autostart, 95,000 euro purse) went to Ultimate du Rib (5g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) for teamster J. L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. He nailed Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) driven by Pierre Vercruysse, on the line in 1.12.9kr. This one is owned by Ecurie Bologna and trained by Mario Baroncini. Another Conway sired offspring, Conway Fortuna (4m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee), was third for Hugo Langeweg Jr and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. The Vincennes co-feature was the Gr. III Prix de Pithiviers over 2700 meters for a purse of 76,000 euro. The Dubois clan was one-two as Ecurie Victoria Dreams' Ah Quel Micha (3m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare) scored easily for Julien Dubois in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Moulin trains the winner. American Eagle (3m Offshore Dream-Paradise's Key) was second for owner, trainer, driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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