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January 11, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ (€2 million jackpot after a weekend winner) was at Paris-Vincennes in the 2850 meter Prix de l’Aveyron (purse €65,000, 17 starters – seven through nine year old females). The 1.13.6kr winner was Vodka du Wallon (7f Onyx de Goutier-Neige des Hameaux) with J-M Bazire up for owner/trainer Jean Michel Baudouin. Vodka won his second straight at Vincennes following a New Year’s Eve victory. The 1.8/1 odds favorite this day defeated 23/1 Umala du Rib (8f Kaiser Soze-Kamala Castelets) handled by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. Third was Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) teamed by Eric Raffin at 2.8/1 with 15/1 Vonochka and 56/1 Theresa de Cerisy fourth and fifth on the line. The €88,000 purse Prix Christelle Zimmer (2850 meters, 12 monte tarters) went to 1.14.8kr winner Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) with Leo Abrivard up for trainer Benjamin Goetz. This 5/2 favorite now shows seven wins in his last ten outings, six of the victories in monte contests. Ugo’s career earnings increased to €283,490. 3.3/1 Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) was a close second for pilot Benjamin Rochard and trainer Yoann Letellier. Third was 9.9/1 Scylla de Corbery (10f Gazouillis-Hermine du Genet) for jockey Mlle. Alexiane Lepage. The €70,000 purse Prix de Croissanville (2700 meters, 12 starters) was taken by Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Marion Hue and owner Jack Dowie. The 15/1 winner scored in 1.15.1kr and recorded his third victory in the last ten outings. Coup Droit (4m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) was second for reinsman Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort for Stable Why Not. 3.7/1 odds Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) landed third for the team of J.L.Cl. Dersoir, Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. The Prix de Villedieu (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte starters) went to 9/10 favorite Unsert Dairpet (8g Insert Gede-Passion du Cedre) for Clement Frecelle and trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon timed in 1.14.8kr. This one record his second straight at Vincennes and now has three wins in his last eight covering 2015-2016, each in monte events. Up Julry was second for jockey Leo Abrivard with third to Vincent des Obeaux for Julien Raffestin. Later in the program the €38,000 purse Prix d’Aubervilliers (2200 meters, 11 three year-old female starters) turned into an easy victory for 1.17.1kr timed Delinda (3f Coktail Jet-Royale de Crepon) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes. The 1./1 favorite defeated Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. Third was Dolly Bird (3f Real de Lou-Quibble) handled by Alexandre Abrivard at 45/1 for trainer Laurent-Claude Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I Prix des Centaures (€240,000, 2200 meters distance handicap, monte, nine starters) resulted in a decisive win clocked in 1.12.5kr for Booster Winner (4m Love You - Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 favorite handled, by four lengths, 3.9/1 Bali du Leard (4f Gazouillis-Irman Williams) with Franck Nivard in the irons for Franck Leblanc. Beauty Turgot (4m Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) ended third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Luneville (€78,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) went to 1.7/1 odds Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle - Neva du Rosier) in an easy score clocked in 1.16kr after slow fractions (1.17.9kr at 1500; 1.17kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500). Clement Frecelle reined the winner for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. 11/1 Buckingham Park (4m Coktail Jet - North American) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux ahead of Bilooka du Boscail (4f Look de Star  -Mirza du Vivier) with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Yves Hurel trains this one. In other upper class races Agrippine (5f Hasting - Moquevse) took today’s Prix Salam (€95,000 purse, monte, 10 five year-old starters, 2850 meters) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at 3.8/1. The winner was clocked in 1.14kr in defeat of Attentionally (5m Jasmin de Flore - Intentionally) at 7/1 for David Thomain with third to Astre Blanc (5m Memphis du Rib - Java Blanche) at 11.1 for Mathieu Mottier and conditioner Sebastien Guarato. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star - Aurora Sign) captured the Prix Application Parieurs (€75,000, 18 European five year-old males) for Franck Nivard. The 7/2 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and owned by Goran Antonsen. Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib - J’Arrive du Gers) was second at 2.7/1 for owner, trainer, pilot J-M Bazire ahead of Italy’s third place Raul Breed (5m Yankee Slide - Flamma d’Asolo) at 124/1 for reinsman Mario Minopoli Jr. and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix Janval (€60,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old starters) produced a win by Cirrus du Chene (3m Milford du Chene - Oasis du Chene) teamed by Franck Nivard. The 2.7/1 odds winner scored in 1.16.6kr as he defeated Cobra (3m The Best Madrik - Phuket Island) at 8/1 for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and third finisher Christo (3m Rieussec - Panacee) at 32/1 for Michel Lenoir, trainer/driver. Today at Le Bouscat the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren (€35,000 purse, 2650 meters, 17 European starters) went to Jean-Pierre Dubois driven and owned Tast Of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover - Qualita Bourbon). Jean Baudron trains this winner that was the 2/1 favorite.  Second was 2.8/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You - Realy Furniture) trained by Sebastien Guarto and driven by Glenny Delaune. Third was 16/1 Twist des Pleignes (8g Gazouillis - Ibiza des Plaignes) for owner/driver Denis Broussard. The earlier reported Prix de France summary is shown below with the winner Timoko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjejaDIwSvk What a racing day this was, in this second leg of the French Triple Crown. Two weeks from now will be the Grand Prix de Paris over the marathon distance of 4150 meters. The Gr. I UET Masters Series event for €400,000 was won a year ago by Up And Quick with J-M Bazire up as he defeated Tiego d’Etang and Roxane Griff. Thomas H. Hicks

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