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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

Paris-Vincennes hosts the Prix Lallouet on Saturday. The Gr. II European Masters Series event included 11 monte specialists contesting for a purse of £120,000 over 2700 meters. Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, and jockey Eric Raffin, headline the field that also includes the consistent Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque at the lines. Prix Lallouet £120.000 - European Trotting Masters Series -Gr II monte, 2700 meters - Paris Vincennes Decarone (Ph. Masschaele) Rescousse de Barb (O.Y.Verva) Nene' degli Ulivi (A. Abrivard) Remember Jihem (F. Gence) Torre Crepin (A. Lamy) Utoky (F. Nivard) Rapide du Digeon (D. Bonne) Riglorieux du Bois (O. Seguin) Rsique Tout (Julier Raffestin) Quarry Bay (C. Levesque) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Acknowledged master of younger horse training Philippe Allaire will present unbeaten colt Boccador de Simm for both his first group race and first race under saddle in the 120,000 euro group two Prix Edouard Marcillac one of the two feature events on Thursday's Vincennes card. The first group two for B-generation colts under saddle has drawn a field of ten for the 2175m event, headed by Allaire's son of Rieussec, a richly-bred Goetmals Wood stallion who was second in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and from the immediate family of Criterium winners Jam Pridem and Carpe Diem. Boccador de Simm will be ridden by Yoann Lebourgeois and is one of only two colts making their monte debuts, and none of the field has before graced a group race, with most being specifically bred for under saddle racing. Matthieu Abrivard will be aboard the impressive Nicolas Raimbeaux trained Baggio du Chatelet who easily accounted for rising filly monte star Bomba when they met in Vincennes in the Prix de Cholet on January 28. The son of Niky has won both his starts under saddle, vastly improving on his record in the bike which stands at nine starts for one second and a fourth. His dam is by a Prix de Cornulier winner Gobernador from the immediate family of champion monte sire Chef du Chatelet. Thierry Duvaldestin lines up Best des Jacquets who was third in the Prix Cholet, his second start under saddle. His monte debut was a winning one for the son of Coktail Jet who hails from the family of Gros Grain who is the sire of Vipsie Griff, a current multiple group winning monte winner and a runner up in the Group one Prix des Elites. An interesting runner for breeding buffs is Beguin Madrik a son of monte star Paddy du Boison from the powerful Franck Anne stable. Paddy du Boisson won the group one montes the Prix de la Republique and the Prix des Centaures and is one of the last descendants of the famed Phaeton bloodline, which is unique to France. This line, which is distinct to that of the more famous Fuschia (Godolphin Arabian) line descends from a Darley Arabian line which goes through the important thoroughbred stallions Heir of Linne, the famous Eclipse and beyond that to Bartlet's Childers, who brother Flying Childers is the progenitor of the Hambletonian line. It is hanging by a thread in France, but has so for more than forty years, always seeming to produce one more son to carry it on. Jean Michel Baudouin's Best of Jets, a winner under saddle and Pierre Yves Verva's Beautiful Dussac, who has won his only start, also under saddle, are two others to have garnered early support. PRIX EDOUARD MARCILLAC Vincennes 13/02/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 3M 120 000e 1 Bilboy d'Occagnes (h Islero de Bellouet - Ode Pierre) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: David Desclos 2 Brutus la Mesange (h Lilium Madrik - Infante du Buisson) Jy: David Thomain Tr: Gaetan Ligeron 3 Beautiful Dussac (h And Arifant - Olympe de Dussac) Jy: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Pierre Yves Verva 4 Bazaki Seven (h Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 5 Brooklyn Bridge (h Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Jy: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Beguin Madrik (h Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Jy: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 7 Best des Jacquets (h Coktail Jet - Kodessa) Jy: Antoine Wiels Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Best of Jets (h Magnificent Rodney - Plume Jets) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 9 Boccador de Simm (h Rieussec - Poupee Charmeuse) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 10 Baggio du Chatelet (h Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Jy: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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  

The great French mare Roxane Griff controlled the field and the pace, drawing clear for an easy seven length win in today's "classique" Prix de L'lle-de-France at Paris-Vincennes before a large and enthusiastic crowd on a clear, sunny day. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event drew eight starters for a purse of 200,000e contested over 2175 meters. Roxane Griff was competing in her third Gr. I race in as many weeks as she took the January 19 Prix de Cornulier, then finished fourth in the Prix d'Amerique on January 26. She was timed in 1.11.6kr with a sharp final 500 meters Roxane and jockey Eric Raffin drew clear albeit she drifted wide down the lane. Quarry Bay, another great mare, in rein to Camille Levesque, was second after making a fine run from a trailing position. Quarry Bay was no match for the winner but increased her career earnings to 1,058,020€ for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race record was set in 2011 by that years' victor Piscou de Villabon timed in 1.10.9kr. The race began in 1980 and was won last year by Singalo, Priscilla Blue in 2010 and Revenue in 2003. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I UET Masters Series, monte, 200,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters 1.11.6kr Fractions: 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500; 1.11.6kr finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up, Sebastien Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owner/breeder, 0.7/1 favorite, her 17th career win for earnings of 2,193,118e 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barrorolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer and Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 3/1 odds, this mare with 17 career wins and earnings of 1,058,020e 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up, Franck Terry trainer, owner Ecurie Pole Position, 6.6/1 odds for this winner of 558,490e 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede=Targa du Chalange-Jorky), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie le Tremont, 14/1 odds, this mare with 21 career victories for 990,343€ Congratulations to Roxane Griff and her connections. She is an honor to watch on the racetrack. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Six graded events headline terrific cards Saturday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Roxane Griff makes her third appearance in as many weeks in Sunday's Prix de L'lle-de-France, a Gr. I UET Masters Series monte event. She won the Prix de Cornulier on January 19 and then raced well last week in the Prix d'Amerique. Other horses to watch on the weekend include Beckman in the Prix de la Marne, Brillantissime in the Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts, Billie de Montfort in the Prix Roquepine for three year-old fillies. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters Bioness, m3, J-P Dubois, P. Chevrier, 25500 Bolchol de Boulay, 3m, L-C Abrivard, also trainer, 32840 Bocage d'Ortige, 3m, Eric Raffin, S. Guarato, 37950 Brutus de Bailly, 3m, J-M Bazire, B. Bourgoin, 43450 Bixente, 3m, J-Et Dubois, also trainer, 49270 Black d'Avril, 3m, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 52170 Best of Sly, 3m, P-Y Verva, S. Guarato, 74900 Bird Parker, 3m, Pierre Vercruysse, Ph. Allaire, 100480 Bolide de Gueron, 3m, Franck Anne, also trainer, 122550 Brillantissime, 3m, Jos Verbeeck, Ph. Allaire, 194150 Prix de la Gironde, 70,000€, 2850 meters, 19 starters, winners over 250,000€ start with 25 meter handicap Success de Vaux, 8g, M-G Baron, also trainer, 151770 Reansert Barbes, 9g, L. Guinoiseau, P. Orriere, 154860 Sunday Jet, 8g, Eric Raffin, M. Vallee, 159400 Randjany, 9m, Pierre Vercruysse, also trainer, 160120 Roi Arthur, 9g, Franck Ouvrie, Alain Roussel, 161490 Sole Mio, 8g, Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens, 162680 Tonic Beco, 7g, M. Bezier, also trainer, 162970 Reve Permis, 9g, Mathieu Abrivard, D. Alexandre, 163090 Rapido de Reville, 9g, Th. David, also trainer, 163300 Swan des Tesnieres, 8g, Tony Le Beller, E-G Blot, 164,980 Take, 7m, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 253600 Rafale Leman, 9f, M. Mottier, D. Mottier, 262,020 Tiger Danover, 7g, F. Lecanu, S. Provoost, 271050 Synonyme de Cym, 8g, J-M Bazire, V. Renault, 274630 Rionero, 9g, A. Laurent, also trainer, 281790 Radieux Begonia, 9g, Franck Nivard, also trainer, 286810 Reve a l'Oliverie, 9g, P-Y Verva, F. Harel, 291280 Sergent du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 291820 Seguinel Mabon, 8m, Yves Dreux, also trainer, 294630 Prix d'Avignon, Gr. III, 85,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters Agora, 4f, Mathieu Abrivard, A. Buisson, 97350 Anne de Neulliac, 4f, Sylvain Roger, also trainer, 96710 All Feeling, 4m, Christophe Martens, M. Lemercier, 105650 Alceste du Goutier, 4m, J. Bruneau, also trainer, 99350 Angelica, 4f, Dominik Locqueneux, Ake Kristoffersson, 96070 Agora du Goutier, 4f, J. Leboutgeiller, David Cherbonnel, 102710 Alienor de Godrel, 4f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 90020 Adelie, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 108170 Alaya Bot Eur Moel, 4f, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 106190 Africaine, 4f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 80820 Ave Avis, 4m, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 68730 Amazar de Florange, 4g, L. Guinoiseau, D. Lefaucheux, 76510 Arginio des Godins, 4m, B.Masseguin, F. Criado, 86780 Ah Quel Micha, 4m, Julien Dubois, Philippe Moulin, 90010 Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters Baraka Vici, 3f, F. Prat, also trainer, 10960 Bliss Nevele, 3f, Jos Verbeeck, Philippe Allaire, 21600 Bambina Magic, 3f, Franck Nivard, D. Lemetayer, 21950 Brise de l'Alba, 3f, William Bigeon, also trainer, 24130 Belline d'Urzy, 3f, C. Hamel, also trainer, 34660 Balzane de Bootz, 3f, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 37350 Barbalala, 3f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 38450 Balade de Blary, 3f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 47880 Bardane du Houlbet, 3f, R-C Larue, also trainer, 52180 Bassana de Marlau, 3f, Jean-Pierre Dubois, Patrick Chevrier, 58350 Biguglia, 3f, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 64240 Billie de Montfort, 3f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 127200 February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Indienne, Gr. III monte, 95,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters all at 67 poids Utopie Cehere, 6f, Mathieu Abrivard, also trainer, 161150 Ut d'Erable, 6m, David Thomain, J-P Thomain, 199720 Utinka Selloise, 6f, J.L.C. Dersoir, J. Bruneau, 233850 Ugenie du Citrus, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 240230 Veloce du Banney, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, Franck Leblanc, 246810 Ulagarasan, 6g, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 259810 Ursula Speed, 6f, Antonio Wiels, J-M- Monclin, 264140 Utopie Imperiale, 6f, Mlle. Nathalie Henry, F. Boismartel, 276060 Prix de la Marne, Gr. III, International, 110,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters Beckman, 7g, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 444431 (Sweden) Amour d'Occagnes, 7m, Christophe Martens, V. Martens, 544730 (Holland) Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 550130 Quarlos, 10m, M.Mottier, M. Dabouis, 554600 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, T. Raffegeau, 599280 Libeccio Grif, 9m, Marco Smorgon, also trainer, 711,099 (Italy) Marielles, 8f, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 721,614 (Italy) Quinio du Relais, 10g, S. Hardy, also trainer, 723391 Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-Y Verva, P-E Trible, 739762 Riglorieux du Bois, 9g, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 801230 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, also trainer, 808030 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, Pierre Vercruysse, R. Donati, 869828 Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, monte, 8 starters Unikaranes, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L.C. Abrivard, 347980 Sakura Jiel, 8f, G. Martin, J.L. Dersoir, 448655 Saphir de Morge, 8m, P-Y Verva, F. Terry, 530490 Son Alezan, 8m, A. Lamy, Franck Leblanc, 533020 Taiga du Rib, 7f, J.L.C. Dersoir, Joel Hallais, 738450 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Quarry Bay, 10f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, Mike Lenders, 1008020 Roxane Griff, 9f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 2103118 Roxane Griff winning Prix de Cornulier by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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

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  

With four wins at Vincennes on Prix d'Amerique day on a tough day of handicapping, we can be pleased with the effort in France, and this weekend's features at the Temple du Trot look pretty straight forward. As predicted the V75 last week was a tough one to pick and so it turned out with only three of our selections coming in. This week is no easier I'm afraid, in this the off season in Sweden. Jagersro V75-1 Silver division 1640m: Last start Art On Line (2) has the draw to get to the front early and dominate.Mikko Aho's gelding looks an anchor here. Selection 2 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Joakim Lovgren's Largo Launcher (4) is a real improver, with two wins and a second in his last three starts. The gelding also has the draw to get to the lead early and looks set to continue his good current form. Selection 4 V75-3 Arvid Stjernswärds Minne (Gold) 2140m: Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (1) and Flemming Jensen's O'Grady (2) have the good draws and the form to fight this out. Group one winner Dreams Take Time is a future star, so is first pick. Selection 1 (2) V75-4 Fyaaringslopp (4YO) 2140m: Bjorn Goop's Reckless (5) and Helena Burman's Claudius.F. (6) are the form horses in this with Reckless the first choice. Selection 5 (6) V75-5 Mares race 2140m: There is little between Timo Nurmos' Panama As (1) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Sahara Fairytale (13), except for the draw while Deli Deli (8) with a new driver Johan Untersteiner could be one for longer odds. Selections 1-13-8 V75-6 Klass I 2640m: The rising classes are always tricky so it is best to go wide here with Vivo Per Le (1), Somar Brodde (9), Finish Future (10), Kemas Magic (11) and Elmer Gold (5). Selection 1-9-10-11-5 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Petri Puro's Vasterbowonthenews (2) will be favourite to win here with Johnny Takter in the bike but there will be some stiff competition from the likes of Bjorn Goop's Twitter (6), Lutfi Kolgjini's VIci Lane (1) and Peter Untersteiner's Perfect Power (10). Go wide. Selection 2-6-1-10 Vincennes Saturday, R3 Prix Paul Viel (G2) 2175m: The big three in this 3YO Group two race for males are the Philippe Allaire's two Ready Cash colts Brillantissime (10), Bird Parker (8) and Franck Anne's imposing son of Cygnus d'Odyssee Bolide de Gueron (9). They should be the first three home, probably in that order. Selection 10 Saturday, R7 Prix Roquepine (G2) 2175m: Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort (12) flew home just too late to catch Be My Girl in her last race and suffered her first defeat. Those are the best two fillies in this crop and there is only one lining up in this 3YO Group two race for females, so hop on Billie de Montfort although the price won't be big. Selection 12 Sunday, R6 Prix de l'Ile-De-France (G1) 2175m: Roxane Griff (8) was brilliant in the Prix de Cornulier and then a gallant fourth in the Prix d'Amerique. Sebastian Guarato has his champion mare at the top of her game and she should win here too. Veteran Quarry Bay (7) is her biggest rival and this looks a logical trifecta. Selection 8. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers Jagersro, SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Art On Line (2) Race 6 Largo Launcher (4) Race 7 Dreams Take Time (1) Race 8 Reckless (5) Race 9 Panama As (1) Race 10 Vivo Per Le (1) Race 11 Vasterbowonthenews (2) Vincennes Sat Race 1 Brillantissime (10) Sat Race 3 Billie de Montfort (12) Sun Race 7 Roxane Griff (8)  

Maharajah (9m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) enjoyed a perfect pocket trip engineered by harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstom to surge past pacesetter Up And Quick and J-M Bazire to take today’s 93rd edition of the Grand Prix d’Amerique. The one million euro ($1,367,000 US Dollars) Gr. I International UET Masters Series event is the world’s richest harness race and one of the most prestigious trotting contest. The course was rain soaked on this cold day but it not affect the Stefan Hultman trainee that entered the race off a weak performance in Sweden. For that reason he was sent off at 8.7/1. Favorite Up and Quick at 5/2 odds raced well and held off Yarrah Boko that was third at 19/1 for Pierre Vercruysse. Roxane Griff, last week’s Prix de Cornulier winner was well placed throughout to gain fourth with Timoko fifth. Second choice Ready Cash took a shot at the leaders and reached third on the outer before going off-stride at mid-stretch. Maharajah scored his 31st career win and increased his earnings to 2,602,451 euro for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The early pace was soft but the field began to roll after recording 1.14.3kr at the 1500. The winner was clocked at 1.13.3kr at the finish of the 2700 meter test. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

VINCENNES, France - France’s emerging stars took advantage of a captive worldwide audience to strut their stuff at Vincennes during the Prix d’Amerique undercard Rising monte star Vision Intense and unbeaten 3YO Bouclier d’Or put on master classes in saddle and in harness, in the supporting events to the Prix d’Amerique. There was a thought that Vision Intense would attempt to become the third 5YO to win the Prix de Cornulier, the world championship of monte racing  in 20 years, but her connections decided against a premature shot at history, when a steady course would surely achieve the goal. The daughter of Prodigious  was majestic yesterday in winning the Group II Prix Camille Blaisot, over 2850m. The change of strategy to go forward in a race, rather than tail off and surge home is proving a winning one. Vision Intense is obviously a horse that is uncomfortable in traffic, and it appears there is no one in her age group who can stay with her now that she has figured out she can just crush her opponents from the front. Ready Cash is proving a phenom as a sire. Bouclier d’Or is the third B-crop colt of Ready Cash to emerge as  a classique contender behind Brillantissime and Bird Parker, who were the first two home in the group two Emmanuel Margouty, the biggest race for 2YO males. They also quinellaed  the  Prince Maurice de Gheest, the group two leadup to the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes. It is conceivable that the great horse could have the first three home in the first Criterium of his second crop. Last season in his first crop he produced outstanding group one winning fillies Axelle Dark (who was third in the Prix Charles Tiercelin today), Avila and Group 1 placed Atlas de Jourdes. Ready Cash lost no fans today, and his legacy looks in safe hands. by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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

The 18 horse field has been set for the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix d'Amerique and it includes the veteran international performers one would expect plus a host of emerging players that we could see competing in future years. The classic Gr. I International harness race over 2700 meters, for one million euro purse, should be a punters delight. It is the world's richest race for Standardbreds. Well-regarded Maharajah, Timoko, Royal Dream, Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe all have a chance but each have issues such as suspect recent performances, off time from meaningful competition and whether they can handle the distance at sustained fast pace. Alternatively, Ready Cash is the likely favorite and has been patiently prepped for this attempt at his third Prix d'Amerique victory. But he faces formidable challenges from last week's Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, the good-closing The Best Madrik, recent "B" winner Yarrah Boko and relative newcomers Up And Quick (teamed by J-M Bazire) and Triode de Felliere (Anthony Barrier will drive). Take your pick! It should be a fine contest sure to attract international racing attention and punter play. Both Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick will race shoeless as will The Best Madrik and Roxane Griff. Here is the field: Prix d’Amerique 2014 1. Uhlan du Val–Cedric Megissier-France 2. Soleil de Fosse–Thierry Duvaldestin–France 3. Triode de Filliere-Anthony Barrier-France 4. Up and Quick–Jean Michel Bazire-France 5. Vanika du Ruel–Franck Anne-France 6. Quinoa du Gers–Mathieu Abivard-France 7. Nesta Effe–Roberto Vecchione-Italy 8. Yarrah Boko–Pierre Vercruysse-Norway 9. Reve de Beylev–Dominik Locqueneux-France 10. Tiego d’Etang–Christian Bigeon-France 11. Mack Grace SM–Roberto Andreghetti-Italy 12. The Best Madrik–Jean Etienne Dubois–France 13. Royal Dream–Jean Philippe Dubois-France 14. Save the Quick–Franck Ouvrie-France 15. Roxane Griff–Eric Raffin-France 16. Timoko–Jos Verbeeck-France 17. Maharajah–Ôrjan Kihlström–Sweden 18. Ready Cash–Franck Nivard-France by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

VINCENNES, France - The international flavour of Prix d'Amerique week just got a little down under ingredient with top Australian trainer and driver Blake Fitzpatrick picking up a catch drive at Vincennes tomorrow. Group one winning trainer Fitzpatrick will be aboard Visconti du Home who is trained by France based Swede Anders Lindqvist in the Prix de Mons, a race for 5YOs for 22000 euros over 2850m and race 5 on the programme at the Temple du Trot. For Fitzpatrick, the drive is the highlight of a whistle stop fact finding tour of France taking in some of the top training and breeding estabishments and a week of some of the word's best trotting action in the company of fellow trainer and driver Ross Graham, and trotting owner and stable client Pat Driscoll. Although Fitzpatrick is a group one winning trainer and driver in his native Australia, he admitted the thought of driving in the Temple du Trot was a daunting one. "It's a different style of racing and driving, especially the starts. They are completely different to what we are used to. It's going to be difficult that is for sure,' Fitzpatrick said. "So I'm quite anxious but It'll be a great experience, just to say I've driven at VIncennes It has a lot of history and a very famous track. I can't wait." Fitzpatrick has visited some of the very best training and breeding establishments in Normandy over the past few days and has been observing first hand how superstar trotters such as Ready Cash, The Best Madrik and Un Mec d'Heripre are put through their paces. "I've been very lucky we have met racing royalty over here," says Fitzpatrick. "On the first day we spoke with Thierry Duvalsdestin and then Mr Jean-Etienne Dubois today and we saw Fabrice Solouy work his horses yesterday. We really learnt a lot, they have been very welcoming. "There are probably no one better to get advice from and that gives me a head start." And the New South Wales horseman was also impressed by Vincennes when he visited it last Saturday to view the Prix de Cornulier. "The track has a lot of history around it and is quite unique. Firstly the facilities are first rate. As far as the track goes it is quite unique in that it is undulating, beautiful 2000m track with the starting shuts and the smaller track on the inside, the surface is the most appealing part of the track for me - it is the perfect track for horses. "It will be a once in a lifetime, something you will never forget." So how is he going to approach his first time at the Hippodrome de Paris. "It is all new to me. I will probably follow out one of the better drivers. I'm probably surrounded by better drivers so it wouldn't matter who I followed. "It's quite daunting, surrounded by champions." by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

David Sanders, who reports on racing in Europe for Harnesslink.com, is at Vincennes outside of Paris, France all this week covering the Prix D'Amerique. He will be sending in both stories and photo essays. Here is his first report, a photo essay of "A Day At Vinncenes." by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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