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The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The 5YO crop play a supporting role to the Group One classique Criterium des 4 Ans with two Group two races, both worth 120,000 euros, the Prix Jean Gauvreau a monte over 2175m and the Prix Albert Demarcq an "atelle" or under harness race over 2850m, sandwiching the marquee event of the day. Jean-Philippe Dubois' super mare Vision Intense is a 4/3 on favourite on early markets for the Prix Jean Gauvreau which is race 5 on Saturday's card, as she makes a return to under saddle racing after a meritorious third in the group two Prix Henri Levesque in the bike to Voltigeur de Myrt, who is second-favourite in the other 5YO group race today. Vision Intense will be ridden as usual by Nathalie Henry and any placing in the race will push the daughter of Prodigious over the 800,000 euro mark in earnings. You will get good odds on any of the others, should she go into one of her occasional gallops as she did in costly fashion in the first of the monte group ones this year, the Prix des Centaures, which was won by Valdice de Mars , who lines up again here. Loic Groussard's daughter of Lynx de Bellouet will be ridden by champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and was paying 7/2 on the early market. Powerful player Ecurie des Charms stallion Valroy (First de Retz) and Yves Dreux's Varum Boy (Baccarat du Pont), who is making his first group start after solid recent form, are also well supported at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively. As mentioned previously Voltigeur de Myrt is the early 2/1 second-favourite for the Prix Albert Demarcq, for the same age group, but under harness, which is race 8 on the card and has drawn a closely matched field of nine. The winner of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans was super last time out notching his first win since last year's classique for trainer Roberto Donati and is a good chance here with a similar performance, with the other big guns of the generation such as Village Mystic, Victoire and Vanika du Ruel bypassing the race. Edging him in the favouritism is Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val (3/2) who was second in the Prix Henri Levesque, but Villeroi (9/4), whose baby sister Agneska is in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and two sons of Jag de Bellouet in Vulcain de Vandel (5/2) and Very Nice Marceau (3/1) also well supported. PRIX JEAN GAUVREAU Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YO 120,000e 1 Valse de Reve (m Mister President - Nouba Houba) Anthony Barrier Tr: Nicolas Roussel 2175 2 Victoire Smiling (m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2175 3 Vol de Nuit (h Goetmals Wood - Manon Lescaut ) Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2175 4 Vie des Neuf Clos (m Obrillant - Lola des Neuf Clos) Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 2175 5 Viva Jenilou (m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Franck Nivard Louis Baudron 2175 6 Valroy (h First de Retz - Leda d'Occagnes) Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2175 7 Varum Boy (h Baccarat du Pont - Hawai Girl) Eric Raffin Tr: Yves Dreux 2175 8 Volga Saltor (m Fleuron Perrine - Glory d'Ariane) David Thomain Tr: Daniel Bethouart 2175 9 Voriane de Guez (m Jet Fortuna - Oriane de Guez) Olivier Touvais Mickael Tourteau 2175 10 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2175 11 Viscaria (m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty) Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Guillaume Gillot 2175 12 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 2175 13 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 PRIX ALBERT DEMARCQ Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II 2850m 5YO 120 000e 1 Vaisman (h Memphis du Rib - Iula du Douetil) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (s Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Very Nice Marceaux (h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 2850 5 Vive Majyc (s Baccarat - Pont et Mammy Blue) Dr: Cedric Beurel Tr: Louis Baudron 2850 6 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 7 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 2850 8 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2875 9 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

David Bekaert steered the Philippe Mortagne trained and owned Tempo de Carless to a convincing victory in today's 32,000e feature at Hyeres, France. The seven year-old son of Grisbi de Carless recorded his ninth career win for lifetime earnings of 202,830e. Veteran mares Scarlet Turgot and Global Midnight ended second and third as they could not overcome 25 meter handicaps. May 1, 2014 Hyeres, Prix President Verignon, 32,000e, 2750 meters distance handicap, European, 12 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless-Ahmes), David Bekaert up for Philippe Mortagne trainer, 1.3/1, 2750 meters, ninth career win 2nd Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massey), Y. A. Briand trainer/driver, 5.5/1, 2775 meters 3rd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.8/1, 2775 meters, Sweden Yesterday at LeMans, Speedy Horse took their featured Prix Paris-Turf in 1.15.2kr over 2850 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Undercard events saw victories posted by Biche des Clois in a three year-old fillies event and four year-old mare Alexia also scored for Eric Raffin aboard the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable favorite. Race summaries follow. April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix Paris-Turf, 35,000e, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Speedy Horse, (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l'Anxure-Princess d'Yurac), Sebastien Baude trainer/driver, his ninth win for 244,380e in lifetime earnings 2nd Sicoussa de Barb (8f Kepler-Goie Melodie), Franck Blandin trainer/driver, 6.8/1 3rd Tzarine Fac (7f Echo-Nougara), David Thomain up for Sebastian Guarato, trainer, 2/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix de la Federation Regionale des Courses Anjou-Maine-Center-Quest, females, 22,000e, 1.16.9kr 1st Biche des Clois (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville-Vikings Way), Mathieu Mottier up for Denise Mottier, 4.6/1 2nd Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha-Gai Brillant),Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2/1 3rd Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon-Extreme Aunou), Patrick Chevrier driver/trainer, Ecurie D owner/breeder, 45/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix du G.I.E. Hipposarthe, monte, 20,000e, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Alexia (4f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn), Eric Raffin up, Philippe Moulin trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dream, 1.4/1 2nd Amour du Loup (4g Lilium Madrik-Parodie Gin), A. Lherete up for Franck Anne trainer, 7/1 odds 3rd Asly de Florange (4g Kuadro Wild-Easy Perrine), Mlle. M. Grolier jockey/trainer, 10/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The undoubted filly star of the class of 2011, Billie de Montfort will be at very short odds to win the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Masina for 3YO fillies over 2100m at Vincennes on Tuesday evening. The daughter of Jasmin de Flore won the group one Criterium des Jeunes in brilliant fashion last start as she fought back the advance of top colt Brillantissime who broke under pressure just short of the finish line. Sebastien Guarato's beautiful filly who will be driven again by the in form Eric Raffin has won six of her eight starts including the Prix Une de Mai, the top race for 2YO fillies. Her other two placings were both seconds and has already won 247 200 euros. Dominique Lemetayer fronts with Bambina Magic a daughter of Nuage de Lait who was one of the two fillies to get the better of Billie de Montfort thus far in her career, besting her in the group two Prix Roquepine on February 1 at her very first start at group level and only her fifth career start. However she galloped in the Criterium des Jeunes at her last start. Fabrice Souloy has switched rising monte star Beauty Turgot back to harness after two successful outings under saddle. The daughter of Hand du Vivier , who will be driven this time instead of ridden by Franck Nivard took out the Prix Holly Du Locton undersaddle after a second placing in her first group two monte the Prix Ali Hawas. But she is also a dab hand in the cart having run third in the group two Prix Une De Mai in her last start as a 2YO. Wearing the famous colours of Jean Pierre Dubois is Bassana de Marlau a daughter of boom first season sire Sam Bourbon. Trained by Patrick Chevrier she won her last start, a 60,000 euro race at Vincennes earlier this month which was her fourth victory in just nine starts. She has finished fourth in two of her four group races, failing to finish the other two. Philippe Allaire has entered yet another daughter of his former champion Ready Cash in Bliss Nevele who will make her first attempt at a group race with Jos Verbeeck in the cart, and has come in for some early support. PRIX MASINA Vincennes 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3F 120,000e 1 Bahia d'Hermine (Gai Brillant - Princess Charmeuse) Dr: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 3 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 4 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: William Bigeon 5 Bella Swift (Quick Wood - Otaya du Verger) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Bambina Magic (Nuage de Lait - Rive Magic) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Dominique Lemetayer 8 Balzane de Bootz (Nem - Queza de Bootz) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Baraka de Bellou (Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Adrien Pereira 10 Brindille Mika (Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 11 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 12 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 13 Bianca d'Atout (Saxo de Vandel - Geline d'Atout) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

It will be a case of the Dubois' second generation stars battling it out for favouritism in the Prix Gaston De Wazieres (G2) a 120,000 euros preparatory race for the Criterium des 4 Ans, over 2100m in Good Friday racing at the Temple du Trot in France. Jean-Philippe Dubois will have son Julien on board favourite Atlessima, a daughter of Rocklyn - a son of Love You, the world champion sire owned and raced by the clan's patriarch, Jean-Pierre Dubois. Atlessima was second in the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), which was the first prep, earlier in the month. She is already a group one winner, although under saddle in the Prix de Vincennes. Vying for favouritism is the winner of the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), Africaine, who is owned and driven by Jean-Pierre's younger son Jean Etienne Dubois . She is a daughter of French-bred sire Oiseau de Feux, an unheralded former European Derby winner who was second in both the Elitloppet and Lotteria, the Premier races of Sweden and Italy respectively. The pair were the first two favourites the last time out and the public have stuck with them in early markets. The well-credentialled Avila a daughter of Ready Cash in the care of the champion's former trainer Thierry Duvaldestin is third inearly betting despite not having risen to the heights she showed as a juvenile when she won two group one races. Also getting support is Alesia d'Atout, a mare by in the stable of Dominique Mottier, who won the Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2) in January and was third favourite in the Prix Paul Leguerney. The proudly French-bred chestnut Prince Gede (83% French trotter) was a wonderful performer on the track (a winner of the French triple crown marathon Prix de Paris no less) and his daughter from his first crop Athena de Vandel has certainly inherited a lot of his traits,and will also come in for plenty of support. And Ganymede has proven to be one of France's unheralded heroes in the breeding barn, a proven producer of top class performers in France and Italy, and throughout Europe. He is represented by Adelie who will be driven by Alexandre Abrivard for Laurent Claude Abrivard. PRIX GASTON DE WAZIERES Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Nat Group 2 100 4F 120 000e 1 Avila Ready Cash (Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Alesia d'Atout (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 3 Almira Marancourt (Lilium Madrik - Elmira) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Hervalet 4 Adelie (Ganymede - Linea Dream) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2100 5 Africaine (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Alizea du Kastel (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 7 Athena de Vandel (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 8 Asana Trembladaise (Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Dr: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion 9 Atlessima (Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Agora (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Alexandre Buisson 11 Aosta de Lou (Goetmals Wood - Prima Dona de Lou) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Agneska (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas) Dr: Gregory Simon Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 13 Altesse des Brumes (Jasmin de Flore - Fleur de Leau) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Harel by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Evening action last night at Paris-Vincennes featured the Prix Cornelia, an 85,000e European monte test with 12 starters. Italy's Nene'Degli Ulivi was an impressive winner in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The favored veteran gelded son of Uconn Roc defeated Ursula Speed and Remember Jihim. Race summary follows: April 15, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Cornelia, European monte, £85,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters, 1.12.9kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix, 1.2/1, Italy, his 23rd win for £395,586. Uconn Roc is by Lemon Dra-Enotria Roc 2nd Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Edric Raffin at 18/1 3rd Remember Jihim (9m Jad de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence at 5.3/1 4th Nena'Degli Ulivi w/ Alexandre Abrivard On the undercard As Dore, a four year-old son of Coktail Jet, won the 60,000e Prix Henrietta for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. The 12/1 outsider's win increased his career earnings to over 109,000e. Attila Berry was second for J-M Bazire with Arpent d'Ostal home third in the contest of 13 starters timed in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters on the lighted petite piste. The hotly contested three-year-old females only Prix Phaeo for 40,000e went to 78/1 longshot Baraka de Bellou and Mathieu Abrivard. The three-year-old daughter of Prodigious scored in 1.15.9kr over 2850 meters on the petite track to defeat nine rivals. Black Rosa France was second for Eric Raffin with 3/5 favorite Blanche Mencourt home a fast-closing third with Joseph Verbeeck up. That one is a daughter of Ready Cash trained by Philippe Allaire. Today's Quinte+ at Pontchateau was the 40,000e Grand Prix du Conseil General des Pays de Loire over 2800 meters. Ti Arno de Carly, a seven year-old gelded son of In Love With You secured the win over 16 rivals in 1.14.4kr. Arnaud Desmottes teamed the winner that he also trains. The victory boosted his earnings to 152,530e. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 7.35 million euros. The exact top-five payoff was 2,380e for a 2e play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Excellent graded events took place at Paris-Vincennes on the well-attended Friday "nocturne" card and again Saturday with the new 12 noon post-time. The two programs included the following graded events:   April 12 - Prix Hemine Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, three year-olds won by Baggio du Chatelet in 1.14.3kr over the Ready Cash son Bird Parker; April 12 - Prix Henri Levesque Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, five year-olds taken by Voltigeur de Myrt in 1.11.5kr over a stellar field that included monte star Vision Intense and pacesetter Vanika du Ruel; April 12 - Prix Beaumanoir Gr. II European 85,000e, 2700 meters monte won by Varum Boy in 1.14.5kr; April 11 - Prix Jamin Gr. III International 115,000e, 3525 meters secured by Une Fille d'Amour in 1.15.8kr over Vagabond du Mag and Sweden's Caballion; also on April 12 - Prix de la Lorraine 72,000e, European over 2100 meters won by the speedy Sometime in 1.11.1kr after a first 600 meters in 1.08kr, as the daughter of Blue Dream defeated a classy veteran field. Summaries of these events are presented below. April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Hemine, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet), Mathieu Abrivard up for Nicholas Raimbeaux trainer, 0.8/1 favorite, fourth win for 149,750e for owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Nature des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up, 36/1 4th Baggio du Chatelet and Mathieu Abrivard April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Henri Levesque, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 15 starters, 1.11.5kr 1st Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Murtille de Bois-Tenor de Baune), Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Roberto Donati, 9.1/1 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 6.5/1 3rd Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin, 9/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.8/1 5th Voltigeur de Myrt and Eric Raffin defeat a stellar field Advertising appeared quickly on this impressive winner as follows. Criterium des 4 ans (Gr1) winner VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT, the only sire grandson of three Prix d'AmÃmrique's winners (Jag de Bellouet, TÃNOR DE BAUNE and DRYADE DES BOIS). Congratulations to the winner of the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr.2) at Vincennes (2014/04/12) in 1'11"5 (2175m volt). April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Beaumanoir, Gr. III monte European, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Varum Boy (5m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Gril-Tenor de Baune), Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Yves Dreux, 17/1, fourth career win for €133,160 lifetime earnings 2nd Volga Saltor (5f Fleuron Perrine-Glory d'Ariane), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.5/1 3rd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indira Bi), P-Y Verva aboard, 50/1, Italy 4th A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik), Nathalie Henry up for J-P Dubois 5th Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 5.5/1, Italy April 11, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jamin, Gr. III International, £115,000, 3525 meters, 11 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bosis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up for trainer/owner Cyril Raimbaud, her 11th win for 626,790e, 2/1 favorite 2nd Vagabond du Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up, 5.8/1 3rd Caballion (8m Kesaco Phedo-Lady Brick), Franck Nivard teaming, 9/1, Sweden 4th Un Fille d'Amour with David Thomain April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Lorraine, European, 72,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters, 1.11.1kr, Quinte+ with a 7.15 million euro jackpot 1st Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens trainer for owner Ecurie du Haras de l'Orne, 6.2/1, her ninth win for 337,400e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene), Eric Raffin up for Herve-Philippe Gautier trainer, 3.8/1 3rd Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver, 11/1 odds 4th Beaten field included Aaron de Veluwe 4th, Nephenta Lux 5th, Decarone 6th, Tojima 7th, Krangel 8th, Quid du Vivier 9th (US owned by Jesmeral Stable) 5th Sometime with Christophe Martens win in 1.11.1kr by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Monte star Vision Intense is one of four entrants of the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable of Jean Philippe Dubois in a field of 15 entered in the group two Prix Henri Levesque at Vincennes on Saturday. The race for the 5YO V-generation is over 2175m and the daughter of Prodigious will be making her first serious attempt under harness since appearing in the 4YO equivalent race this time last year, the Prix Paul Legeurney, where she ran eighth to Varade d'Hermine who also lines up here. Her last win under harnesss came in the Coupe Inter-Regionale des 3 Ans in Vincennes in December 2012 although she does have two top-three placings in group races under harness, the last one being the Prix Annick Dreux also in December 2012. She will be driven by Julien Dubois. Dubois' other three entrants include the underrated Volcan d'Urzy, who will be diven by Jean Philippe Dubois himself, was second in two of the group ones Criterium Des 4 Ans and Prix Albert Viel for this crop. Group two winner Voyage de Reve was third in the Prix De Croix Euro (G2) this year, while twice group two placed Love You mare Visite Royale will be driven by Michel Lenoir. The field is start-studded, featuring dual Criterium winner Franck Anne's star mare Vanika du Ruel, a four-time winner at group one level and recently back in form with a win in the Prix Jean Le Gonidec (G2) in February this year after more than 12 months without a win. Roberto Donati's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt, who is undertaking his first season at stud simultaneously as they do routinely in France, is also back under harness and and the son of Opus Viervil will be looking for his first win since his success in the classic, some 11 months ago. Two of the in fom runners are Jean-Etienne Dubois' Villeroi and Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val who have been prominent in group two races this year at Vincennes. Viking de Val, a son of Baccarat du Pont, won the Prix Robert Auvray (G2) and was second in the Prix De Croix Euro while Villeroi, a son of Oiseau de Feux, won the Prix Ovide Moulinet (G2) and was second in the Prix Robert Auvray. Franck Leblanc's Vigove also has a win this year, picking up the Prix de Croix in early January, although he has been well held in his last two starts. PRIX HENRI LEVESQUE Vincennes 12/04/14 GROUP 2 FR Nat 5YOs 2175m 120 000 euros 1 Vodka des Caillons (5m Nuage de Lait - Aberlande) Dr: Hubert Hardy Tr: Hubert Hardy 2 Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 3 Valdu Mag (5h Jam Pridem - Poesie de Chamant) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 4 Visite Royale (5m Love You- Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Michel Lenoir Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 6 Varade d'Hermine (5m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Francoise Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 7 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 9 Villeroi (Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Christophe. Martens Tr: J-Et. Dubois 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 11 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 14 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Monte action comprised the feature events on today's evening card at Paris-Vincennes. The £52,000 Prix Erigone over 2200 meters went to Virgious du Mag, a five year-old gelded son of Prodigious, with Damien Bonne aboard, in a sharp 1.12.8kr. Sebastien Ernault trains the winner, for owner Ecurie du Maza, who recorded his seventh win for earnings of £137,710. The 2/1 favorite defeated Ultra Or with Anthony Barrier up and third place finisher Urbain Jet with Philippe Masschaeule aboard, this one a winner in his prior monte start. The Prix Almanon for £46,000 was the secondary monte feature on the card, contested over 2850 meters by 17 starters. Anthony Barrier teamed Ritz du Bocage to the 1.14.4kr win, his 12th career victory for earnings of £174,280. Eric Beudard trains the nine year-old altered son of Carpe Diem who scored at 10/1 odds over Theo des Landies, with Yohann Chambolle up at 42/1. The prior day's action at Caen showcased several interesting winners. Tamise Jenilou won the monte Prix d'Etretat for 22,000 over 2450 meters, distance handicap. The winner, a seven year-old daughter of Coktail Jet, scored in 1.13.8kr for Lolita Balayn riding for trainer Paul Marie. She traveled 2475 meters in this score, elevating her career earnings to £106,840. The Dubois family also secured two victories at Caen, the first in the Prix de Cheux for £13,000 with Bye Bye Lover and reinsman Etienne Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned three year-old daughter of Coktail Jet-Quality Charm that scored her initial career victory in 1.17kr over 2475 meters. The Prix de Benouville for £18,000 over 2450 meters went to Be You Soon and trainer/driver Patrick Chevrier. She secured her first career win at 50/1 odds for owner/breeder Ecurie D. Favored Bella Cash, a three year-old filly by Ready Cash, was a determined second. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The outstanding monte five year-old mare Vision Intense (Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn) took today's featured monte contest (Prix Louis Forcinal, £120,000 purse, 2700 meters) on a top-flight card at Paris-Vincennes. Nathalie Henry carefully piloted the 0.8/1 favored Vision Intense to her 13th career win, now with increased earnings to £778,250. The speedy mare is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and scored today in 1.14.1kr. Henry took back early and trailed the field for the first 600 meters before easing to the outside and moving steadily to the front. Rating speed conservatively the pair drew away entering the stretch before Vision Intense began drifting out. She held off hard-charging Ekerlza du Benjo to win by 1-1/2 lengths. The monte co-featured Prix de Gabarret (£45,000, 2700 meters) went to Urbain Jet, a six year-old son of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta, handled by Philippe Masschaele. The Luc Roelens trainee increased his earnings to £129,920 with a solid front-stepping score in 1.14.8kr. Valijean Wild battled toward the front throughout and held on for second with Fabien Gence aboard. The winner was off at 6.6/1 odds. 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

Master reinsman Jean Micel Bazire steered race favourite Up And Quick to a record-breaking win in the last race of the Triple Crown, the 400,000 euro Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday at the Hippodrome de Vincennes over the marathon distance of 4150 meters, Bazire made his move at the 1000m mark and Franck Leblanc's champion showed devastating acceleration to put a break on the field to give JMB his first group one win in France since 2009. After the Grand Prix of America and the Grand Prix of France, the Grand Prix de Paris Group I was the last of the winter meeting of Vincennes. Fifteen competitors faced the marathon distance of 4150 meters in an attempt to succeed recently retired Ready Cash . Second in the Grand Prix of America won by Maharajah and unplacedin the Grand Prix of France, Up and Quick was the favorite and has consistently been in form for the winter. During this ultimate staying test over two laps of the track Vincennes, things got serious at the start of the last time up the famous climb about 1000 meters from the finish as Jean-Michel Bazire set Up and Quick alight . At this time, the son of Buvetier Aunou placed a devastating acceleration to propel to the lead and is then easily broke away for an easy win in reducing mileage of 1'13'' 8 f 1.13.8 (1.58.4MR/4150m) a new record for the event. Tiego Etang has as usual finished well forsecond before the courageous Roxane Griff . Taormina d'Em and Son Alezan took fourth and fifth places. Up And Quick has therefore gained his second Group I about six months after capturing the Critérium des 5 years crown. Jean-Michel Bazire took to win for the fourth time in his career this prestigious event, he won the 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Jardy but mostly landed his first Group I in France since December 2009 and his victory in Criterium Continental with Rolling deHéripré. In the other group race of the day, the Prix Paul Bastard was also won easily by the favourite Vision Intense from Valdice de Mars and Valse Castelets. The Philippe Moulin trained daughter of Prodigious won the 120,000 euro monte for 5YOs in a time of 1'14"8 or 2min flat for the 2700m journey. GRAND PRIX DE PARIS Gr 1 4 150m 400 000€ 1 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) J.M. Bazire 2.8/1 1'13"8 2 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) C. Bigeon 8.1/1 1'14"0 3 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) E. Raffin 6.8/1 1'14"0 PRIX PAUL BASTARD Gr2 Monté 2 700m 120 000€ 1 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) N. Henry 1.4/1 1'14"8 2 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Y. Lebourgeois 6/1 1'14"9 3 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) J.L.C. Dersoir 9.1/1 1'15"3 By David Sanders  

Despite a costly failure in her last race Vision Intense is at 2/5 to win the Prix Paul Bastard on Sunday, a group II for 5YOs at Vincennes, over 2700m for a purse of 120,000 euros. The talented daughter of Prodigious was one of no less than 12 disqualified from the Prix des Centaures, the group one intergenerational monte held a fortnight ago, a race in which only three horses finished the course. She will meet the winner and the third placegetter in that race, Valdice de Mars and Valse Castelets, respectively but the French betting public know that if she stays trotting, she is a class above any of her six rivals in this field, especially under saddle. The Ecurie Victoria Dreams mare has galloped or been DQ'd for irregular gait six times in her 28 race starts, five of those being in her last 11 starts which must be of some concern to a handicapper. She has won 11 of the 22 races in which she has kept her feet moving correctly, and has only four times placed outside the top three. But at monte record is astounding, with seven wins under saddle in 12 monte starts, with four of them being DQs. The only time she has not won a monte race in which she has trotted correctly was in the Prix Olry-Roederer in November, in which she finished fourth after a tardy beginning left her too much to do. She has won the group one Prix De Vincennes and Prix Des Centaures and five other group two montes for earnings of 670,250 euros. The second favourite in the race is the winner of the Prix des Centaures Valdice de Mars, who will be ridden again by top jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Loic Groussard. The daughter of Lynx de Bellouet has the group one Prix des Centaures and the group two Prix Ceneri Forceninal among her eight wins in 27 career starts for 381,820 euros in earnings. All but six of those starts have been under saddle Joel Hallais' Valse Castelets was the horse that won the Prix Olry-Roederer and has also won two other group two montes, with a third in the Prix de Centaures and three other group two top-three placings and has eight wins in 33 starts for 460,400 euros in earnings. The daughter of Memphis du Rib will be ridden by Jean Loic Claude Dersoir. PRIX PAUL BASTARD Vincennes 2014-02-23 Group II monte 5YOs - 120 000 2700m 1 Vanille du Pont (5m Kesaco Phedo - Leva du Pont) Jk: Thibault Viet Tr: Jean Yves Rayon 2 Velinotte du Derby (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Kelinotte du Derby) Jk: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Sylvain Lelievre 3 Valdu Mag (5h Jam Pridem - Poesie de Chamant ) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 4 Viva Forest (5m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bazeille) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jk: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 6 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 7 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Jk: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin Dave Sanders

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  

Top level monte experts shared the stage today and thrilled the crowd with competitive races that showcased its equine stars. Super impressive Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Joisselyn) overcame a 25 meter handicap to win again, today in the Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC). Nathalie Henry and her charge caught the field quickly and pressed on for the lead in a moderate pace. At various stages the pair patiently let contenders pass before re-taking the lead. Although Vision Intense drifted wide in the stretch, as she often does, the victory margin was secure in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC), Gr. II monte, 2850 meters handicap by distance, 120,000e purse, 8 starters1.15.4kr Fractions: 1.16.7kr at 1500, 1.17.2kr at 1000, 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.15.4kr at finish 1st Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 1.2/1 odds favorite, her 11th career victory for 670,250€ won, overcame 25 meter handicap 2nd Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 1.8/1 3rd Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard at 13/1 4th Vamp Gede (5f Capriccio-Feerie Gede), Damien Bonne up at 17/1 5th Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard up at 5.1/1 In the opener veteran monte performers started the day with a competitive battle in the Prix Jacques Andrieu for 120,000€. Recit Jeloca and Jean-Loic-Claude Dersoir just got past veteran mare Quarry Bay and Camille Levesque on the line in 1.14kr over 2850 meters. Quarry Bay was sensational as she overcame a 25 meter handicap and battled fiercely against fine competitors to the finish. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Andrieu, Gr. II International UET Masters Series monte, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters  1.14kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500, 1.14kr finish 1st Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/jockey at 6.8/1 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle), Mlle. Camille Levesque up at 2/1 for Mike Lenders trainer 3rd Texas l'Iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-LLiada de L'Iton), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 20/1 for trainer Henri Levesque 4th Nene' Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard up as 1.5/1 favorite The monte events setup the Grand Prix d'Amerique in fine fashion showcasing superior talent under saddle. It's almost as if Stefan Hultman and Maharajah are taking bows not only for their special accomplishments this day, but for their counterparts in the other graded races on the card. All were worthy of thanks by the fans. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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