Day At The Track

€200,000 Gr. II International Prix d’Ete

06:12 AM 11 Sep 2016 NZST
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Belina Josselyn
Belina Josselyn with trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard and connections
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Today’s Paris-Vincennes high-class harness racing program was conducted before a large crowd and sunny skies. Five Groupe event showcased great racing that featured the Gr. II International Prix d’Ete. The program is covered below.

Today’s featured Gr. II International Prix d’Ete (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters less one scratch) went to the impressive mare Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) at 1.4/1 for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. She scored in 1.13.1kr off modest fractions to earn her 14th win in 34 career starts, now for €712,230 earned. 46/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Bazire. 99/1 Moses Riob (10m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was third for Roberto Andreghetti. Dante Boko , Univers de Pan, Tiego d’Etang and Bird Parker were next across the line. Baltic Charm and Call Me Keeper were miscue dq’s and Your Highness was scratched.

Today’s Prix de Basly (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) produced an exciting finish to start the Groupe events, with victory to 2.3/1 Dragon du Fresne (3m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Timed in 1.13.8kr the pair bested 1.3/1 favorite Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and Scuderia Winner Stable. 52/1 Daily Up (3f Goetmals Wood-Up Lady) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer R.Ch. Larue. The winner now has posted €214,510 in career earnings.

The Quinte+ Gr. III Prix RMC (purse €75,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 8.2/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. This 1.13.4kr timed winner bested 7.2/1 Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) that was driven/trained and is owned by Jorgen Westholm. 74/1 Winston Sisa (5m ENS Snapshot-Keenness Sisa) was third for Christophe Martens, trainer Marc De Cook and Stall Campus of Belgium. Blue Grass (5f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha) was fourth ahead of Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pika Josselyn). Cash Gamble, Radieux and From Dust To Dawn were in the beaten field. The race winner now has career earnings of €208,950.

The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the dominant 2/5 odds choice Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) with Eric Raffin up for Pierre Pilarski and his trainer Sebastian Guarato. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred the winner that scored in 1.13.7kr by five langths over 13/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier). David Thomas teamed this one for trainer/owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. 12/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Mouci) took third for J-Ph Monclin. J-P Dubois’ well-bred Calita Wood was a miscue dq.

The Prix de Mont Saint Michel (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 14 European entrants) went to a game 4.5/1 Anzi des Liards (6g Look de Star-Nausscaadu Sud) clocked in 1.13kr for driver Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert for Ecurie BKR. 5/2 Arizi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was next for Franck Nivard, Ecurie Pirat and Fabrice Souloy, trainer. 3/2 favorite Romanesque (6m Love You-Guantanamera) ended third for Christophe Martens

The Gr. III Prix Emile Wendling (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to Robert Bergh trainee and Ecurie Forspro AB owned Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall). Off at 7/10 odds the Dominik Locqueneux teamed winner scored easily timed in 1.15.1kr with most of his journey on the front end.  Trainer Bergh races veteran Nahar tonight in Toronto in a Maple Leaf Trot elimination, with Ake Svanstedt to be the pilot. 2.6/1 Doberman (3m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, ahead of 17/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) with Eric Raffin at the lines.

The finale this day was the €46,000 Prix de Nueil Sur Layon for four year-olds over 2700 meters. 18 horses contested and the result was three-way photo with 35/1 Capital Charm (4g Password-Melly Charm) the winner for Gabriel Gelormini and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred the winner that scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions in a furious rally to the line. 8/1 Chocolat du Bourg (4m Nahar de Beval-Malouvia) was second with Franck Nivard up and third was 1.9/1 favorite Cheltenham (4m Baccarat du Pont-Quickly Victory) with Cl. Duvaldestin aboard.

Thomas H. Hicks


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