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Vincennes, FR - Three groupe events highlighted the Tuesday evening program at Paris-Vincennes. Action began with the Gr. III Prix Heraclite (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, European four year old females).  Everglades (4f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) scored with a strong stretch rally at 22/1 for Thomas Levesque, who trains the winner for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.14.7kr and the winner now has career earnings of €163,060. The 3.8/1 Hillary Queen (4f Quick Wood) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mlle Fleurs. 6.9/1 Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) took third for Emmanuel Allard. The top five was completed by Elsa du Pommereux (4f Coktail Jet) and Viscarda Jet (4f Pine Chip), these handled by Sylvain Roger and Pierre Vercruysse. The Gr. III Prix Camilla (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, European) produced a 1.13.9kr victory for 7.1/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) and driver Franck Nivard. J.M. Baudouin owns and trains the winner. The 5.1/1 Alcoy (4m Ready Cash-Divann) held second for Christophe Martens, driving for Ceke Farm BVBA. 1.6/1 favorite Hambo Trans R (4m Love You-Bewitched) was third driven by Matthieu Abrivard, for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Ecurie Mlle Fleurs. Everest Vedaquais (4m Ready Cash-Spandelle) and Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) completed the top five, these owned by Philippe Allaire and Jean Pierre Dubois, respectively. The Gr. II Prix Kalmia (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, three year old males) went to 2/5 favorite Flocki d’Aurcy (3m Ready Cash-Idee Lara) timed in 1.17.6kr off very slow fractions (1.19.2kr with 500 meters remaining). Yoann Lebourgeois was the winning pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire as Flocki won for the sixth time in seven career starts, now for €146,250 earned. It was 24/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love) in second for Guillermo Roig-Balaguer and 79/1 Fighter Smart (3m Uniclove) took third for Mathieu Mottier. 5/1 Follow You (4m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato with 26/1 Fabriz du Gite (3Tabriz du Gite) and 14/1 Fastissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) taking the fifth and sixth checks for Franck Ouvrie and Pierre Vercruysse, respectively. Fastissime is a full brother to the successful Brillantissime. Wednesday is the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf lef, a Gr. III event for a purse of €90,000 and raced at LaCroise Laroche. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 9, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) drew a superb harness racing field and victory went to Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) and jockey Camille Levesque. Thomas Levesque trains and Pierre Levesque owns the 1.16.3kr timed winner that was off at 9/2 odds. 6.3/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorens Vedaquais) was second with Adrien Lamy up for Sebastien Houyvet, the owner/trainer. Third was 6/1 Dreamer Delo (4m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) and jocket Damien Bonne. The 1.4/1 favorite Darlhey du Rib was a misque dq. The day’s Q+ was also at Vincennes this day and the Prix de Cognac (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Viking Fromentro (8g Capriccio-Ormindia) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, quite a fine day for the Levesque team.  4.3/1 Balando was second for Dominik Locqueneux and third was 44/1 As de Godisson and driver Laurent Verva. Q+ payoffs follow. Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s featured Prix Hestia (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.13.6kr timed Borsalino (5g Goetmals Wood-Nath du Rib). Thomas Levesque teamed his trainee that Pierre Levesque owns, and today he earned harness racing career win 11. Bel Air (5g Ganymede-Kaldeira) was second for P-Y Verva and third went to Best des Vals (5g Quirky Jet-Nina des Vals) with trainer Ch.C. Degiorgio aboard. The Quinte+ Prix Vesta (purse €36,000, 2850 meters) went to Boheme du Juille (5f Ozio Royal-Gaminette). Trainer Franck Poirrier turned the lines over to Anthony Barrier for this 1.14.05 timed victory. Brise du Coudou (5f New des Landes-Perle du Coudou) was second for Damien Bonne and third went to the Franck Nivard reined Balzane Roudourou (5f Oakwood du Closet-Romane de Mael). A top flight racing weekend begins tomorrow at Vincennes with three groupe events, the Gr. III Prix Narquois (purse €95,000), Gr. II Prix Artiste Hemard (purse €120,000) and the Gr. II monte Prix Raoul Balliere (purse €120,000). Thomas H. Hicks

Pierre Levesque teamed Thomas Levesque trainee Action Partage (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) to victory in the Q+ Prix de Mortain (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) at 2.6/1 odds. Daniele Gozlan owns the winner. 2.4/1 Arlington Dream (6g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. 23/1 Uppy de Vie (8g Indy de Vive-Jesira de Mormal) was third for trainer/driver P-Y Verva. Two year-olds (seven starters) battled in the €33,000 purse Prix des Bruyeres over 2175 meters with the victory to 1.15.4kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Tapaze d’Atout) with Eric Raffin up. Sebastian Guarato trains for Philippe Dewulf. 10.5/1 Eliseo (2m Timoko-Solaria) was a solid second for Frederic Prat, breeder/owner/trainer/driver. Third was 3.1/1 Esprit Delo (2m Royal Dream-Fressy Star) with David Thomain driving for trainer Philippe Allaire. The monte Prix de Puteaux (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 4/5 odds favorite Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) timed in 1.13.1kr and ridden by Eric Raffin. 26/1 The Tiger was second for Damien Bonne. In the remaining program the Prix de Chartres (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 2/1 favorite Dream Valley (3f Royal Dream-Mysterious Valley) reined by breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner was clocked in 1.17.2kr. 7.7/1 Carlotta (4f Ready Cash-Providence) produced a double for driver Pierre Levesque in the Prix d’Aurillac (purse €42,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), timed in 1.15.3kr. Thomas Levesque also trains this one, for Ecurie JR. 6.7/1 odds Comedy Jet (4f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina) was a good second for trainer Luc Roelens, Stall Markhove and driver Pierre Vercruysse. Thomas H. Hicks

Pierre Levesque reined 1.7/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) to victory in Wednesday’s Q+ Prix de Beaune (purse €65,000,2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Thomas Levesque trainee raced barefoot for Italian owner Mme. S. Bruni in this 1.13kr score. 51/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) rallied for second with Yann Lorin up for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Pirat of Sweden. 7/1 Vasco de Viette was third. On the same card the Pick5 Prix de Noailles (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed, 1.4/1 odds favorite Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB of Sweden. 4.1/1 Azur Somolli (6g Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) was second for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault with 37/1 Valse de Pirai third for Michel Lenoir. The Gr. II featured Prix Pierre Gamare (purse €120,000, monte, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed 6.2/1 odds Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) for Eric Raffin in quite easy fashion. Sebastian Guarato trains the Scuderia Winner Stable owned colt. 7/2 Doesse d’Arquenay (3f Okapi de Fael-Manon d’Angis) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons. 21.4/1 Dominator Blond (3m Kenor de Cosge-Orchidee Blonde) was third for Damien Bonne and 4/5 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) was fourth for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. The evening program at Cagnes sur Mer featured the €44,000 purse Prix de la Bollene-Vesubie raced over 2925 meters by 11 starters. The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 5.4/1 Urac (8g Coktail Jet-Innee de la Loge) racing shoeless for J.Ch. Feron and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Louis Derieux is the owner. 1.8/1 favorite Varus du Bocage (7f Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second ahead of 73/1 Tip Top Nelliere (9g Go Lucky-Novely Blue) in a blanket finish. Today (August 25) at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix de la Societe des Courses for a €30,000 purse over the 2775 meter course. 14 European contestants were at the start of this Pick5 event. The 1.16.6kr timed winner was Italy’s 3.8/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Salvatore Campolo and Belgium owner Ecurie Z.  22/1 Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) was second with trainer Philippe Daugeard up for Finland owner Timo Hulkkonen. 95/1 Bahamas (m Goetmals Wood-Pin Up de la Loge) landed third with trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

The Quinte+ this day was the Prix Nemausa at Paris-Vincennes where 18 European starters battled for the €60,000 purse over 2100 meters autostart. Timed in 1.12.2kr, the harness racing victory went to 2/1 Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) and driver Federico Esposito. H-E Bondo trains the Scuderia Cumasa Group SRL property that defeated Holland’s 69/1 Eagle B. Butcher (5m Pegasus Boko-Iwema’s First) with Eric Raffin up. 61/1 Temon Your SM (4m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’Sm) that Marco Smorgon trains and drives for italy’s Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 13/1 Bosco du Goutier (5m Goetmals Wood-Idole de Tugeras) took the fourth spot for David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin, with fifth to 8.2/1 Owen Face (5g Gift Kronos-Muscles McNuggets) and Pierre Vercruysse for Sweden’s owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The undercard’s Prix Eva (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to 70/1 Sunrise Dancer (5f Frullino Jet-Larinia del Ronco) with Roberto Andreghetti driving. The 1.12.2kr timed winner is a Roberto Donati trainee, owned by Scuderia Stabe SRL. 46/1 Class Petteviniere (4f Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere) took second for Dominik Locqueneux  ahead of 4.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for Scuderia Dielle. The featured monte Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to even-money choice Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade). The barefoot monte specialist was ridden by Camille Levesque for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Remi Bouaret. 17/1 Texas de l’iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Ilrade de L’iton was a nose nipped second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque with the same clocked Tornade du Digeon (9f Lag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) third with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. The top three were clocked in 1.13.8kr and all raced without shoes. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s trotting excellence continued at Paris-Vincennes with three groupe contests and a quality harness racing undercard. The featured Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a Gr. III event for monte specialists over 2700 meters, saw a field of ten vying for the €120,000 purse. 30/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) recorded a narrow rallying victory for Camille Levesque timed in 1.12.8kr. The Thomas Levesque trainee bested 3/10 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. This gallant mare is trained by Yannick Alain Briand for Mme. Th. Hoste, the owner. 22/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) garnered the third spot for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. The opener for monte practitioners was the Prix de Rennes (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) and 17/1 More Caviar (6m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse) earned the win for P-Y Verna, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Draviet Stable of Holland. 20/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir with 29/1 Ubac (8g Lynx de Bellouet-Kazaria du Val) third on the pegs for Franck Nivard. The Q+ this day was the Prix Jean Gabin (purse €64,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.4/1 favorite Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) prevailed with the 1.13.5kr score driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 6/1 Veritable Crack (7g Little Crack-Vavale Somolli) was second for Christophe Martens ahead of 74/1 Team Job (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Just Love-Coktail Jet) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse, 16/1 Ulf du Noyer and 32/1 Venus de Bailly were next across the line. Uza Josselyn (5m L’As de Viretaute-Hada), the 3/5 favorite with trainer J-M Bazire driving, took the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr Uza Josselyn is owned by Yvan Bernard and scored by a length. 33/1 Styaro Haly (5m Make It Happen-Irene Bi) took second for Christophe Martens with 7/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The fourth and fifth finishers were 5/1 Montdore (6m Love You-Self Made Woman) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and 14/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) for driver Tony LeBeller and trainer Bergh. The Gr. II Prix du Gatinais (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 7/10 odds favorite, 1.13.3kr clocked, Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Itiana du Mont) with Franck Nivard driving. This Fabrice Souloy trainee defeated stablemate Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) and Eric Raffin, this one off at 7.1/ 83/1 outsider Seduisant Fonteau (10m Gazouillis-Elisalde) was third for Ch. Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

Reve de Coeur (9g Kiwi-Fine Perle) took today’s featured €16,378 Prix Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches in France. Timed in 1.17.6kr over 2000 meters on the turf, the winner recorded victory 14 in 90 starts for earnings of €220,045. Jean Matthey drove the 7.2/1 odds winner that defeated a pair of Giant Cat sired veterans Negotians d’Oritige and Padium du Rib. At Cabourg, Couleur Citron took a two year-old fillies event for €13,000 over 2050 meters autostart, the Prix d’Argentan. Eleven contested this one with Couleur Citron home first in her maiden effort for Yohan Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire timed in 1.19.6kr. The daughter of Coktail Jet-L’aunou du Fier is owned by J-P Barjon  and was 7/10 favorite, Barjon the owner of Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Louis Baudron was second with his trained and owned C’est Facile (2f Rocklyn-Maflymede) at 10.9/1 As the sun set at Cabourg, the €24,000 Prix du Vira (2840 meters, 14 starters) went to Baron de Fleur in 1.18kr for Johanna Lindqvist, driving for trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist, her father. The three year-old son of Biesolo-Oseille Folie scored at 6.8/1 over Bellinissimo (3m Baccarat du Pont-Jaconde) handled by Thomas Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

From the shadows of age-group monte stars Upper Cut du Rib, Utoky, Uncaring and Up Market, Love You stallion Ulysse has emerged as the brightest U-generation representative He did not start racing in group races until May of his 5YO year with a win in the Prix Jean Gauvreau (Gr2). Mike Lenders trained stallion pulled off two more group two wins before winning the jewel in the 5YO crown, the Prix de Normandie in October. After another age-group win in the Prix Joseph Lafosse he went on to win the open age group two Prix du Calvados before the son of Love You was seventh in the Prix de Cornullier in his first start at the world championship of saddle racing. His last start was in the crazy group one Prix de Centaures, where he was one of 12 out of the 15 to be disqualified for making a break. Another victim on that day was Vision Intense, who it must be said, has a little history with making a gallop at the most inopportune time but when she doesn't make a mistake she is always in the money, and under saddle it is usually first place pickings Jean Philippe Dubois' wonderful daughter of Prodigious had actually won the same race the previous year and has also won the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1), Prix Leon Tacquet (G2) , Prix De Pardieu (G2), Prix Lavater (G2), Prix Philippe Du Rozier (Gr2), Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr2). Next start the Philippe Moulin trained mare bounced back with an easy win the Prix Paul Bastard (Gr2) to add to that list over the somewhat fortuitous winner of the Prix de Centaures, Valdice de Mars. All three are in this race, but this really boils down to a match race between Ulysse and Vision Intense, if, of course they do not gallop. An interesting runner is Ukerlza du Benjo, who is making her first start at group level for owner-trainer Philippe Rouer at the age of six. She is a daughter of the unheralded Blizzard Pouterie, a minor winner and the sire of just four six figure earners since his first small crops appeared in 1995. This mare, his only registered 2008 foal, is already his second best performer. PRIX LOUIS FORCINAL Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Gr2 monte 2700m 5&6YO 120 000e 1 Vamp Gede (m Capriccio - Feerie Gede) Jy: Damien Bonne Tr: Pascal Blanchouin 2 Ulster Perrine (h Tenor de Baune - Nana Perrine) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 3 Ukerlza du Benjo (m Blizzard Poterie - Jolie Abbevilloise) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Philippe Rouer 4 Utopie Cehere (m Ludo de Castelle - Lolita Valiere) Jy: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 5 Ursula Speed (m Ludo de Castelle - Johanna Dream) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Marie Monclin 6 Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul) Jy: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jy: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 9 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Jy: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 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  

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

The feature race at Vincennes on Sunday, the Prix du Calvados is used by some as a leadup to monte’ racing’s greatest race, the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier, which is held on January 19, a week before the Grand Prix d’Amerique. Last year's Prix de Cornulier winner Singalo was unplaced in this race last year, indeed only three horses have won both in the same year since 1980, with Dream With Me the last to do so in 1998. Vive Ludoise (1994) and Reine du Corta (1990) also did the double. One reason for this is that unlike the Prix de Cornulier, the Prix de Calvados is open to geldings, which comprise almost half this year's field. Last year's Prix du Calvados winner Pinson, a two time winner, will however not be back to defend his title having to forcibly retire having just turned 11. Singalo is however back in this year's field, beginning off the 25m mark. As a group one winner and with earnings of 1.17 million euros, Singalo finds himself ineligible for the mid-year monte races and his formline would not elicit much confidence from a casual handicapper. But there are two definite Singalos - and the one under saddle bears no resemblance to the one in a cart. Singalo hasn't actually placed in 14 sulky races since April 2010. If he's not galloping he is running well down the track. But under saddle, If Louis Baudron's son of Goetmals Wood doesn't gallop, and he does that about once in every four or five starts, 75 per cent of the other times he wins, and his worst performance is a single fourth place. That is a remarkable record of 15 wins two seconds and two thirds. Singalo will however start around third favourite to rising star Ulysse, who will be making his first outing in an open age race . Mike Lenders son of Love You's last start was also in the bike, so it can be safely discarded as anything more than a training run. But he was right in form in the Prix Joseph Lafosse, where he beat the best of his age group once again under saddle.. Second favourite is Vagabondu Mag, who will be making his first monte start in more than 12 months, but has very good form under saddle, with four wins and no finish further back than third if he trots all the way. He has been performing very well in the bike in recent outings with four wins in six starts including two in group three company - and given his liking for monte, handicappers are being quick to get on. The other horse unsurprisingly getting a lot of early money is monte specialist Sourire de Voutre, a Gazoullis gelding who has won 15 times under saddle in 26 appearances. The pupil of Franck Leblanc's last six starts have been three wins and three gallops, all in group company. Leblanc’s other entrant Utoky is another leading Prix de Cornullier candidate entered, but there are a string of others preferring another route, and so we are missing the likes of Quarry Bay, Tango Quick, Tiégo d’Etang and Uppercut du Rib while Vision Intense raced on Saturday and Anastasia Fella will no doubt  target the Prix De Pardieu for 4YO fillies after her failure in the Criterium des 3 Ans. The dark horse might be Joel Hallais' Nice Love mare Taiga du Rib, the mount of Yohan Lebourgeois and a group two winner under saddle. PRIX DU CALVADOS Vincennes 2014-01-05 Group II monte € 150 000 1 Unikaranes (6m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2 Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal - Perle du Ravary) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 3 Uppercut du Rib (6h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 4 Ulysse (6h Love You - Loctudy) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 5 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Ramsey du Ham (9g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 7 Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 8 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Franck Leblanc 10 Taiga du Rib (7m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 11 Quinio du Relais (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Gabriella) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 12 Risque Tout (9g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Gerard Paille 25m 13 Singalo (8h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 25m Dave Sanders  

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Rising monte stars Un Team de Nacre and Ulysse will once again do battle in the Prix Joseph Lafosse, a race under saddle for the 5YO U-generation which headlines the card at Thursday’s Vincennes meeting. Prix de Normandie (Group 1) winner Ulysse was nosed out in the Prix Edmond Henry on November 16 when he veered wide  in the stretch, when holding a straight course would have earned Mike Lenders’s son of Love You a fourth semi-classique victory. But Vincent Martins Un Team de Nacre rallied on the inside of the track to cause something of an upset at odds of 11/1. Ulysse was a heavy favourite in his last race, and will probably have the same honour again in this race, which is raced over 2700m Utoky is a former dual group one winner under saddle (Prix De Vincennes, ) Prix du President de la Republique but was somewhat disappointing last time, trailing home the field in the seventh when being sent out second favourite. But  Frank Leblanc’s son of Cygnus d'Odyssee’s record prior was almost impeccable when four breaks are taken out, with 6 wins, 5 seconds and a third showing a top-three return for every other start and handicappers will not let him go out at much longer than his 5/1 at his last start. Uppercut du Rib is also a group one winner (Prix des Elites) and has a great monte record with all of his six wins coming under saddle, and was also somewhat disappointing last start, which was also one of the rare times Joel Hallais stallion son of Quadrophenio  has failed to pay a dividend in mounted races. Another capable of running in the money is Ugo de Nieul who is equally proficient in bike and saddle and who was fourth in the Group one Criterium des  5 Ans in August and third in the Group one Prix de President de Republic under saddle the previous year. Three of his four wins have been in monte races and two of them were at group two level, and he was seventh in the Prix de Normandie, the last time he started under saddle. PRIX JOSEPH LAFOSSE Vincennes 28/11/13  Nat Group 2  2700m 5YO Monte €120 000 1  Ultissimo (h  Gobernador - Altissima) Dr:  Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Max Izaac    2  Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva  Tr: Virginie Moquet     3   Ugo de Nieul (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul)  Dr: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux        4   Ubriaco (h Kaisy Dream - Orangette) Dr: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron     5   Un Team de Nacre ( h  First de Retz - Lagune de Nacre) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Vincent Martens         6   Ulysse (h  Love You - Loctudy)  Dr: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders     7   Uppercut du Rib (h   Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree)   Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais     8   Utoky (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)   Dr Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

The Damien Bonne teamed, Vincent Martens trained Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Lagune du Nacre) rallied between competitors to take today’s (Saturday)  top monte event at Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Edmond Henry (Gr II, 2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) in 1.14.8kr. Favored pacesetter Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy) with Thomas Levesque aboard for trainer Mike Lenders, led until mid-stretch when he drifted wide, lost the advantage, then re-grouped and just missed on the line. Tenerific Turgot (6f Capriccio-Cael des Fresneaux) rallied strongly along the pylons to finish third for Anthony Barrier with Taiga de Rib (6f Nice Love-Galinette Candree) fourth. The field was well bunched until the late stages of the race as the pace was well managed until the final 500 meters when the leaders accelerated away. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com      

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