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

Stefan Hultman reportedly gave great thought about whether to engage Maharajah for a fourth attempt at the Prix d'Amerique. After a disappointing last prep in snowy Sweden, some did not expect Maharajah to start albeit his second to last start in Sweden which was a solid winning effort. Also disappointing in his last two starts, Royal Dream was nonetheless engaged in the classic, a race he won easily in 2013. His connections have stated that they will make a decision tomorrow. Ready Cash is the likely favorite again this year albeit a group of new French players may contest his past supremacy. Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick deserve watching. Italy will probably send out up to four starters in the 2014 edition of the Prix d'Amerique, including Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe. Mack Grace SM, a sharp son of CC's Chuckie T, has won 12 straight. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Amerique, 2700 meters International Gr. I UET Masters Series, 25 engaged Horse/Sex/Age/Trainer/Life Earnings Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 352466 Uhlan du Val, 6m, C. Megissier, 653890 Soleil du Fosse, 8m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180 Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 691190 Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950 Marielles, 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 721614, Italy Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-E. Trible, 739762 Pascia'Lest, 5m. Thierry Duvaldestin, 743882, Italy Univers de Pan. 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 808030 Up And Quick, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 828060 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne, 923760 Quinoa de Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Nesta Effe, 7m, Holger Ehlert, 1015286, Italy Yarrah Boko, 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1049577, Norway Reve de Beylev, 9m, Sebastien Guarato, 1091460 Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1103980 Mack Grace SM, 8m, M. DiNocola, 1325001, Italy The Best Madrik, 7m, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 1367710 Royal Dream, 9m, Philippe Moulin, 1573310 Save The Quick, 8f, Franck Leblanc, 1581079 Roxane Griff, 9f, Sebastien Guarato, 2023118 Timoko, 7m, Richard Westerink, 2099590 Maharajah, 9m, Stefan Hultman, 2152451, Sweden Ready Cash, 9m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 4282300 Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the international trot week began. The Prix de Cavaillon for European females went to favorite Alienor de Godrel with Franck Anne aboard. Italian invaders took the next three spots following the winner. See chart below. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cavaillon, European females, 55,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.15.6kr (finishers 2-4 from Italy) 1st Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta-Uthan), Franck Anne trainer/driver for Ecurie AB Trot, 1.7/1 odds 2nd Radiofressia Fi (4f Ganymede-Castilia ITY-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up at 4.3/1 3rd Rebecca Laser (4f Goetmals Wood-Snagadela-Pine Chip), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 21/1 odds 4th Royal Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc-Crowning Classic), Mme. Michela Racca up for trainer Tiberio Cecere at 34/1 The European monte Prix de Pontrieux for 40,000 euro purse went to United Face with Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens. He scored easily over two sons of Scarlet Knight in 1.14.3kr over the 2700 meter classic distance. The top three in this event, with 17 starters, were Swedish invaders. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pontrieux, 40,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte, 17 starters 1.14.3kr (top three finishers from Sweden) 1st United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Iesolo), Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens, 5.9/1 2nd Ninepoints Charlie (6m Scarlet Knight-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm, 26/1 3rd Latest News (6g Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ & Lovis, 1.5/1 The Prix de Cantin, an interesting test for four year-old males, went to Artiste du Lys with Wm. Bigeon up in a close score in 1.14.8kr over two youngsters from the Jean-Etienne Dubois stable, the well-bred Andover Jet and Alex The Winner. This group of 15 starters traveled over 2100 meters autostart. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cantin, 35,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.14.8kr 1st Artiste du Lys (4g Oiseau de Feux-Jaquissime-Colt Fortysix), Wm. Bigeon up at 24/1 odds 2nd Andover Jet (4m Prodigious-Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Vercruysse up for Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/breeder, 9/2 odds 3rd Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/owner/trainer, 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

With the withdrawal of Texas Charm from the Prix d'Amerique having robbed the great race of one of its great drawcards, French officials are sweating on a decision from the camp of Vision Intense on the rising monte star's participation in the Prix de Cornullier, the world championship of racing under saddle. Vision Intense looked like she might join a select group of winners of the Prix de Cornulier at five years of age, and the first since One du Rib in 2010. The first Prix de Cornulier was actually won by a five-year-old, when Esope, a daughter of three time Prix d'Amerique winner Uranie became the first of the fourteen 5YOS to win the event. However, the youngest ever winner of the Prix de Cornulier was Fandango, who was the only four-year-old to win the great race in 1953 and he repeated the feat at five, before siring two winners, including Prince de Veyes, who also won the race at five, and Querido II, a dual winner and like his sire an outstanding broodmare sire in France. Another epochal broodmare sire in France was Tabriz who was the last of a clutch of six five year-old winners Between 1960 and 1968. But there have only been three since, and with Kaiser Trot winning the first of his three Prix de Cornulier in 1981 and the two since were in Voici du Neil (1992 ) and One du Rib (2007) who won a second in 2010. But Philippe Moulin's daughter of Prodigious has been the absolute star of her generation with victories in the two Group one montes, the Prix de Vincennes and Prix des Centaures and was a brilliant winner of the Prix Leon Tacquet at the beginning of the mont. She is an admittedly poor starter and has several galloping induced omissions on her CV but she would have been one of the favourites if she were to start in the Prix de Cornulier . However, the bible of French trotting Paris-Turf was reporting today that her participation in the showpiece event , is very doubtful. Trainer Moulin , told Paris Turf reporter Emmanuel Ballot that his mare would probably bypass the Prix de Cornulier to focus on the Prix Camille Blaisot on the same of the Grand Prix d'Amérique, where she would face her contemporaries . Then she would then try to win her second Prix des Centaures on February 9 , a race for 4-6YOs and for which she would only get a penalty of 25 meters. Paris Turf said it was not a final decision , but rather the balance leans toward the "non" tonight. by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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 

Nathalie Henry changed her tactics with Vision Intense, the talented daughter of Prodigious, as she positioned her near the front from the outset. Following the leader into the long Paris-Vincennes stretch, Henry found room along the pylons and rallied through for a convincing win in 1.12.9kr over the 2175 meter distance, the winner's 10th career win with increased earnings to over 616,000 euro. The Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet, for a 120,000 euro purse, is viewed by analysts as an important forerunner to the rich Prix de Cornulier held a week before the Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Moulin conditions Vision Intense for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Vaillant Cash raced well for Camille Levesque to be second. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix Leon Tacquet, Gr. II monte, 2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse  1.12.9kr Fractional times: 1.12.1kr at 1500, 1.13kr at 1000, 1.13.6kr at 500, 1.12.9kr finish 1st  Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Mlle. Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, her 10 career win for 616,250 euro earnings, 0.8/1 favorite 2nd  Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon-Ultra Ducal), Camille Levesque aboard, 6/1 odds 3rd  Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausujour II), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Lois Groussard, 21/1 odds 4th  Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan), J,L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 4/1 odds Akim du Cap Vert scored in the co-featured Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a Gr. II event worth 120,000 euro purse over 2175 meters. The four year-old son of First de Retz was piloted by trainer/owner Franck Anne to the 1.13kr score, his sixth lifetime now for earnings of over 493,000 euro. Axelle Dark rallied along the pylons to capture second as Jos. Verbeeck drove the Philippe Allaire trained daughter of Ready Cash. The Allaire trained Artiste de Jourdes was a solid third at 64/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.13kr (race time 2:38.85) 1st  Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer, driver, own er, 1.6/1 odds, 6th lifetime win for earnings 493,530 euro 2nd Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 4/1 odds 3rd  Artiste de Jourdes (4m Prodigious-Memoru de Jourdes-Vikings Way), Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Philippe Allaire, 64/1 odds 4th Ah Quel Micha (4m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare-Vroum d'Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams Today's Quinte + race of the day was also at Paris-Vincennes and the six year-old Take, a son of Carpe Diem, scored for Franck Nivard in a driving finish. Off at 5/1 the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and was timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The holders of exact order two euro tickets took home 6,480 euro. The day's jackpot was 1.4 million euro. 1/4/13 Vincennes - Prix de Breteuil, Quinte+, 52,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters  1.12.8kr 1st Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole-And Arifant), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for Hadis Coatings BV, 5/1 odds, ninth career win for euro earnings 234,100 2nd  Toreador (7g Fleuron Perrine-Jubellone-Jet du Vivier), Francois-Pierre Bossuet up, 2.8/1 favorite 3rd Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancre de Vrie-Firstly), owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron at 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The A generation step out for their first run as 4YOs in the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes on Saturday. Heading the field is Criterium de 3 Ans winner Aladin d'Ecajeul, who has been the undoubted star of the Winter Meeting for this age group. Sebastien Guarato's stallion will be shooting for his third win in a row after capturing the classique and also the Group II Prix Abel Bassigny on the first week of November, his second win in his third try at the level. The son of Quaker Jet has now won seven of his 14 race starts, for earnings of 304,940 and will start the favourite in this event. The Criterium des 3 Ans was a brutal reminder that racing gives reputation scant respect with the three favourites failing to finish a race where the attrition rate was more than 50 per cent. Frank Anne's Akim de Cap Vert was an early casualty of a tight squeeze of the peleton as the entered the downhill straight from the starting area, while Philippe Allaire-owned horses trio Atlas de Joudes and the much vaunted fillies Avila and Axelle Dark also failed to cope with the intensity of the race. Akim de Cap Vert, Avila and Axelle Dark have also come in for heavy early support, with handicappers giving them a chance to redeem themselves, in this the major race for 4YOs in January. Runner up in the Criterium was Ausone du Kastel, the winner of just five career starts, the last being in his first try at group company in August, which was the culmination of a three-win streak. Although second in the Criterium, Emmanuel Allard's son of Gros Grain was third in a lesser field in the Prix de Chateau Chinon on Christmas Day. Third in the Criterium was Alesia d'Atout, another with just one group victory, back in May, and will probably be tested in this, with just four wins in 15 starts. Alberic was fourth home in the Criterium but at massive odds, and with just three wins in 17 starts he will struggle for support, especially with a failure in the Prix de Chateau Chinon on Christmas Day. Artiste de Joudes was fifth home in the Criterium, but Philippe Allaire's fourth entrant is a perennial also ran, although he does have a penchant for slotting into one of the money-bearing places in big races hence his 178,150 euro bankroll, despite only two wins. PRIX DE TONNAC-VILLENEUVE Vincennes 04/01/14 FR Group II 2175m 4YOs € 120 000 1 Ah Quel Micha (4h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2 Alberic (4h Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Artiste de Joudes (4h Prodigious - Memory de Joudes) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 4 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 5 Ausone du Kastel (4h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 6 Atlas de Joudes (4h Ready Cash - Queschua Love) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Avila (4m Ready Cash - Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

The rising stars of monte line up for the Prix Leon Tacquet, a Group two under sprint for five-year-olds over 2175m at Vincennes. Seven of this field met in the Prix Emile Riotteau a fortnight ago where Philippe Moulin-trained Vision Intense was sent out on odds on favourite. But the Ecurie Victoria Dreams star had one of her off nights and galloped, something which has become more frequent of late, which must be of concern to her connections. There is no doubt that if the supremely talented daughter of Prodigious stays trotting, she will be a prominent player in this, there have been few times that this generation has been able to withstand her brilliant finishes. Monte, the more difficult of the two trotting disciplines, is always more fraught for handicappers, and this mare notches those anxieties up a notch with her propensity for mistakes, but the early market shows no such uncertainty - less than even money on offer. Joel Hallais' Valse Castelets could be a favourite in her own right. She began her career in the bike with moderate success but blossomed when switched to the saddle in last year's winter meeting at Vincennes, winning in her first three attempts. This propelledthe daughter of Memphis du Rib into Group company, where she ran a third in the Prix de Pardieu first time of asking. Group success was not long in coming in the Prix Louis Le Bourg in April, and she went on to have a breakout year in 2013 with three more Group two successes including the Prix Olry-Roederer, a UET Masters Series race in November and of course last start in the Prix Emile Riotteau. These two dominate the early market, although French handicappers are warming to a horse we have followed in these articles on Harnesslink, the talented but flawed stallion Vaillant Cash. His improvement continued in the Prix Emile Riotteau, where he was given rein by his Camille Levesque, who has been the architect of his redemption from rogue to respected monte prospect. The former prestigious Prix Emmanuel Margouty winner and Saint-Leger des Trotteurs runner-up led the field for much of the journey, and in a gait which did not fall foul of the eagle eyed adjudicators, to finish fourth. This was his second decent check in two starts and a timely boost for his owner-breeder David Genot who mixes the son of dual Prix d'Amerique champion Offshore Dream racing with stud duties at Haras du Mont Goubert. The second and third placegetters in the Prix Emile Riotteau, Vic du Boisnant and Vicomte Boufarcaux are also in the field, but they were at massive odds in the previous race and handicappers have stayed clear of the pair in the early markets. Fifth-placed Valdice de Mars, a winner of the group two monte Prix Ceneri Forcinal, was the fourth favourite in early markets with Yohan Legbourgeois on board, while Pascal Barthelemy's Volcano Vici is a talented horse with genuine claims. PRIX LEON TACQUET Vincennes 04/01/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YOs € 120 000 1 Victoire Smiling (5m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2 Viva Jenilou (5m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vicomte Boufarcaux (5h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 4 Vaillant Cash (5h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 5 Vic du Boisnant (5h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Volcano Vici (5h Gazouillis - Oaxaca Vici) Rd: Anne Barthelemy Tr: Pascal Barthelemy 7 Vestphalie du Mont (5m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Franck Delanoe 8 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 9 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 10 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Italian invader and son of prolific US stallion Conway Hall, Orione Degli Dei, took todays featured Gr. III Prix Hersilie at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored in this 90,000 euro purse event, for European registered contestants, over 2100 meters autostart with a rallying effort in 1.11.9kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Scuderia Bologna owns the winner that is trained by Mauro Baroncini. Orione Degli Dei earned his 14th career win now for earnings exceeding 287,000 euro. 01/2/14 Vincennes - Prix Hersilie, Gr. III European, 90,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.11.9kr (mile rate 1:55.68) 1st   Orione Degli Dei (Italy) (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei-Donerail), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Scuderia Bologna and trainer Mauro Baroncini, 14th career win for earnings of 287,475 euro, 7/1 odds 2nd  Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib-Vikings Way), trainer/driver J.L.C. Dersoir up for Ecurie Rib 3rd  Elles W. Phedo (Sweden) (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita-Rapido), Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer Thomas Claesson 4th  Une de Chelun (6f Flash de Cosse-Malice d'Haufor-Balou Boy), Jeremy Koubiche up, 124/1 5th  Udine (6f Coktail Jet-Idylle-Sancho Panca), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trains, 11/1 odds The co-featured Prix de Coucy le Chateau for a 72,000 euro purse went to the Franck Nivard handled Alaya Bot Eur Moel, a four year-old daughter of Ganymede, trained by Franck Leblanc. The 2/1 second wagering choice scored in 1.14.2kr over 2175 meters to defeat a good field of 12 mares including Adelie, another Ganymede offspring, handled by Alexandre Abrivard. 1/2/14 Vincennes - Prix de Coucy-le Chateau, 72,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, females four year-olds, 12 starters 1.14.2kr 1st  Alaya Bot Eur Moel (4f Ganymede-Next Bay Gentile-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up, trainer Franck Leblanc, odds 2/1 2nd  Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream-Blue Dream), Alexandre Abrivard driving, 7/1 odds 3rd  Agora (4f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisants-Jiosco), Mathieu Abrivard up, 3/2 odds The Nivard/Leblanc combination also won the Prix de Bonneuil for lightly raced and newly turned three year-olds with the Prodigious colt Black Atout. He charged down the middle to score in 1.17.1kr over fast finishing 15/1 longshot Back To Back with Benoit Robin up. 1/2/14 Vincennes -Prix de Bonneuil, 33,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, three year-olds, 12 starters  1.17.1kr 1st  Black Atout (3m Prodigious-La Lagune-Coktail Jet), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc, 2/1 odds 2nd Back To Back (3m Vivier de Montfort-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), Benoit Robin aboard, 15/1 odds 3rd  Bayolo d'Echal (3m Goetmals Wood-Gayola Balago-Uno Atout), Pierre Vercruysse teaming, trainer Eric-Marc Fournier at 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

 All eyes will no doubt be on Philippe Moulin's Vision Intense in the Prix Emile Riotteau, a group two monte for 4YOs over the 2850m journey on Sunday, race three on a super card at Vincennes. The daughter of Prodigious returned to form in style last start in the Prix Philippe du Rozier at the beginning of the month, easily beating home all but one of this field of ten. She can mix her form, and has put in the occasional gallop as she did in the group one Prix du President de la Republique in June, but when she is on her game, few can resist her phenomenal finishing bursts. Vision Intense who will be ridden again by Nathalie Henry will be the shortest of favourites in this event, with Valse Castelets, the winner of the Prix Olry-Roederer at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, the only other one in single figures in early betting. Joel Hallais' mare is another who can mix her form with two gallops in her last two starts, but the daughter of Memphis du Rib is the winner of six of her seven victories under saddle including three at group two level and if she can keep trotting will feature in this. Third favourite will be the ultra consistent Viva Forest, who was second in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, the fifth time she had run second in a row but Fabrice Solouy's mare was disqualified in her last outing, the Prix de Rostrenen at Vincennes last week. The horse who was shird across the line in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, was Vallaint Cash, who was disqualified for an incorrect gait, for the umpeenth time in his frustrating career. He had the Criterium des Jeunes taken off him despite winning easily for that same complaint, and has incurred the wrath of the adjudicators on several other occasions since. But he has shown massive improvement with Camille Levesque in the saddle, and actually finished third last time out under saddle, last week in the Prix de Rostrenen. Levesque gives him his head letting him trot freely prominent to the pace, and with a similar rein in this could, the son of Offshore Dream could get a piece of the prize, and at reasonable odds for the handicapper. And who knows, if this is an off-day for the top chances, he could be one for very long odds. PRIX EMILE RIOTTEAU Vincennes 22/12/13 FR Group II monte 2850m 4YO €120,000 1 Vic du Pommereux (4h Love You - Kubrune) Rd: David Thomain Sylvain Roger 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (4m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bale) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vic du Boisnant (4h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 5 Vaillant Cash (4h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 6 Valdice de Mars (4m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann LebourgeoisTr: Loic Groussard 7 Vestphalie du Mont (4m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Delanoe 8 Valse Castelets (4m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude DersoirTr: Joel Hallais 9 Vaquero du Mont (4h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Herve Gilles 10 Vision Intense (4m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin   by David Sanders

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

It is the turn for the top 2YO fillies to stake their claim for juvenile supremacy in the Prix Une De Mai at Vincennes on Saturday, a group two over 2175m for 120,000 euros. Heading the field is Be My Girl who won both the two major preparatory races in some style. She won the Prix Marcel Dejean and Prix Vourasie untouched after leading all the way in what were commanding performances. A beautifully striding royally-bred daughter of Love You out of a mare by Extreme Dream (the damsire of Ready Cash), this horse could be another superstar out of the powerhouse Philippe Allaire stable. But hold your horses, there are two unbeaten fillies yet to test her, including the equally brilliant Brindille de Mai, one of the most impressive fillies to have raced this season. Brindille de Mai is from the first crop of Repeat Love, and is another tall long-striding filly, who won the Prix Gerda in incredible fashion, powering ahead by to spread eagle the field, leading by a dozen or more lengths as they turned into the straight and then coasting to the line. She is rated very highly by her trainer, Frank Anne, who is a master of 2YO training, having produced another juvenile wonderkind last year in Vanika de Ruel. And then there is another wizard with youngsters Sebastian Guarato, who has a great number of 2YOs in work, and Billie de Montfort is one of his best. A compact bay daughter of Jasmin de Flore, Billie de Montfort is unbeaten in four starts and likes to dominate from the front, and even at this early age has shown an ability to accelerate several times in a race to keep in front and kick in the straight. And then there is Bassana de Marlau, who bears the stamp of her sire Sam Bourbon, who also has three in the corresponding colts race, amazing for a first season sire. She blew the field off the Vincennes track at her last start in a very fast 1.15.6kr of a - the third impressive win in a row after a mistake in her first start. One of Jean Pierre Dubois's incredible breed and will also give Be My Girl a good run for the cash. Others who may figure in the finish include Balade de Blary who is rated behind Brindille de Mai by Frank Anne, but the daughter of Qualmio De Vandel is still a handy filly who will be there and thereabouts in the finish. Fabrice Souloy also has a nice filly in Beauty Turgot, another filly with that typical long reaching French gait. The daughter of Hand Du Vivier was second in the Prix Marcel Dejean after leading early and handing up to Be My Girl, and showed courage to fight back when challenged by Bergame Madrik, a daughter of Prince d'Espace who has picked up big cheques in both major prep races. PRIX UNE DE MAI Vincennes 2013-12-21 FR Group II 2F 2175m €120,000 1 Brindille Mika (2f Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Baraka de Bellou (2f Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Adrien Pereira 3 Baileyse (2f Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Brindille de Mai (2f Repeat Love - Katoune) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 5 Bassana de Marlau (2f Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 6 Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Balade de Blary (2f Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Franck Anne 8 Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Be My Girl (2f Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Today's Paris-Vincennes Gr. III featured Prix Jean Dumouch (2850 meters, 115,000 euro purse, European) went to 2/1 favorite Septour (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) in 1.14kr with Julien Dubois aboard. He scored for the 16th time in 51 career appearances, now with earnings of 474,000 euro. Dubois used patient pylon hugging tactics before escaping between horses in mid-stretch to defeat Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. Possible Prix d'Amerique entrant Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre) was third for driver J-M Bazire, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and timed faster that his competitors today. Up And Quick is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Quick Start and closed powerfully in the late going. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a 1.2 million euro jackpot, after it was hit several days ago by a lucky player. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Vaumas (2700 meters, 76,000 euro purse) for three year-old females went to Alisma du Corta (3f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way) handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The victory was her fifth lifetime and increased her earnings to 108,000 euro. She scored in 1.16.9kr and held off determined Agora (3f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisarts) and Matthieu Abrivard. Agora du Gauthier (3f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) was third for Franck Nivard. J-P Dubois drove a stablemate of his winner to a sixth place finish with Alike That (3f Love You-Just Like That) trained by Patrick Chevrier. The Prix de Limeil (2700 meters, 70,000 euro purse) was the monte headliner on today's card. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima (5f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet) to the 1.14.4kr win, her eighth lifetime now for career earnings of 304,000 euro. The winner is owned by Ecurie des Pommiers and trained by Mike Lenders. Torricelli (6m First de Retz-Olympe Star) was second for David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The top event for older contestants was the Prix de Briare (European, 2700 meters, 54,000 euro purse) and Trophee de Jaba (6g Kasaco Phedo-Otika Vita) secured the win for J-M Bazire as trainer/driver. The winner won for the 12th time in his career and increased his earnings to 230,000 euro. Truman Dairpet (6m Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for P-Y Verva and trainer Guarato. Spanish invader Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) raced very well, took the lead entering the stretch and ended third for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Conrads Fredrik (6g by Credit Winner) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and owner Ecurie Skyttes and Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick) was fifth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin. Two other Dubois family two year-old trainees won today elsewhere. Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York) won the Prix la Sevre at Nantes with Jean Baudron aboard. The winner secured the 10,000 euro purse over 2,275 meters. Louis Baudron is owner/trainer. Blister Jibi (2m Repeat Love-Nanda du Vivier) won the Prix Coupe des 2 Ans (14,000 euro purse, 2100 meters) at Lyon-Parilly. This one is owned and trained by Jean Baudron. The field was set for the December 26 Italian Trotting Derby Final, the 86th edition, and is shown below: Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) 86° Derby Italiano del Trotto - Finale € 770,000, Gr. I, 2,100 meters Red Baron Re Degli Dei Rod Stewart - Riordan, trainer Rotary Ok - Smorgon, trainer Robert Bi - Smorgon, trainer Remo Gas - Smorgon, trainer Rodin Inn Ronco Re Italiano Ur Royal Blessed Ruty Grif - Smorgon, trainer Roi De Coeur Rossella Ross - Riordan, trainer Jerry Riordan starts two of the entrants and Marco Smorgon sends three to the start. Robert Bi was the most impressive of the three elimination winners in yesterday's contests. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

It is rare for a harness racing filly to win the Criterium des 3 Ans - there have only been five winners in the last 40 years, although it was won by the brilliant Vanika de Ruel last year and three of those winners have been in the past ten years. But this A-generation is so dominated by fillies that there is the possibility that the first three home in Sunday's Criterium des 3 Ans could be one of the fillies who have dominated every one of this crop's "Classique" races. In fact you have to look as far back as 1975 to find fillies finishing one-two-three in this race when Gamellia beat home Garinella and Girl Blanche. But for the first time this year, all six group one races - the Criterium de Jeunes (Avila), Prix Albert Viel (Axelle Dark), Prix d'Etoile (Avila), and the monte races the Prix des Elites (Anastasia Fella), Prix d'Essai (Arca Des Jacquets) and the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (Almira Marancourt) - have been won by a filly. The seventh could very welll fall to either Fabrice Souloy's Anastasia Fella, or Philippe Allaire's brilliant duo Axelle Dark or Avilla who is trained by Thierry Duvaldestin and who provided the first three home in both the Prix Reine Du Corta and Prix Annick Dreux, the two 3YO fillies races earlier in this Winter Series. Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert and Vincent Collard's Africain have finished second and third respectively to Aladin d'Ecajeul (Prix Abel Bassigny) and Aldo Des Champs (Prix Jacques De Vauloge) in both 3YO male races of this Winter Series, which were run in quicker times than their female equivalents, suggesting that the colts might be catching up. But so far no colt has managed to top this trio when it counted in the bike - Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo Des Champs was second in the Prix Albert Viel, while Allaire 's two colts Atlas de Joudes was third in the Prix de l'Etoile and Artiste de Joudes managed a third in the Criterium des Jeunes although has done little since and will be at long odds. Interestingly, three of Allaire's entrants are by Ready Cash, who is making his first start of the Winter Series the day prior in the Prix de Bourbonnais. The only other stallions with more than one entrant, is another whose first crop are 3YOs, Quaker Jet and Goetmals Wood. As it stands the fillies have all the black type, withAvila having two group one wins to her credit, with victories in the Criterium des Jeunes and Prix de l'Etoile while her stablemate Axelle Dark won the Prix Albert Viel. Anastasia Fella was second in the Prix de l'Etoile and won the Prix des Elites under saddle and has also seemingly gone up a gear since that win, having been unbeaten since and will be favourite for this race. Axelle Dark and Avila will also be at single figure odds, while Akim de Cap Vert and Aldo de Champs will be the colts carrying most of the wagering money and the most likely to strike a blow for male pride. CRITERIUM DES 3 ANS Vincennes 08/12/13 FR Group 1 3YOs 2700m €240 000 1 Avenir de Blay (3c Hooper - Mirabelle de Blay Tony Le Beller Tony Le Beller 2 All Feeling (3c Otello Pierji - Quelle Cerencaise Christophe Martens Mickael Lemercier 3 Ausone du Kastel (3c Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Emmanuel Allard 4 Alberic (3c Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Africain (3c Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Yann Gerard Tr: Vincent Collard 6 Alesia d'Atout (3f Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 7 Artiste de Joudes (3c Prodigious - Memory de Joudes) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 8 Alizea du Kastel (3f Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (3c Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Aldo des Champs (3c Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr:Matthieu Abrivard 11 Atlas de Joudes (3c Ready Cash - Queschua Love) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Philippe Allaire 12 Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 13 Akim du Cap Vert (3c First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 14 Avila (3f Ready Cash - Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 15 Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire Dave Sanders

Treskool du Caux captured the Grand National du Trot Final and Vision Intense scored in the monte Prix Philippe du Rozier to headline today's excellent winter meet card at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The card also included Inter-Regional championship events. Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intevista-Off Guy) won the featured Prix Maurice de Folleville (GNT Final, Gr. II, 150,000 euro purse, 2850 meters). Off at 5/2 odds the Franck Nivard teamed, Fabrice Souloy trained, Jacques Villetorte owned winner recorded his eighth career win and increased his career earnings to 642,250 euro as he held off a group of challengers down the long Vincennes stretch. Ton Reve de Cahot (6g Hand du Vivier) was second for David Thomain and Septour (7g Love You) garnered the third spot for Julien Dubois. Series points leader Swedishman made a miscue around the final band and was disqualified. The Prix Philippe du Rozier Gr II monte event (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) produced an expected win by even-money favorite Vision Intense (4f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn) ridden by Nathalie Henry. The Philippe Moulin trained, Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned mare rallied decisively to score after trailing the field for much of the contest. Despite drifting wide in the stretch she won easily in 1.11.9kr for her ninth career win, increasing her lifetime earnings to 562,250 euro. Uva Forest finished second for Franck Nivard. The Gr. III Coupe Inter-Regional for three year-olds (2700 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne-Extreme Dream) for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 choice triumphed in 1.15kr for his eighth career win good for 170,190 euro earnings. Accordeon (3g Baccarat du Point-Quaba des Corvees-Dahir de Prelong) was second for Benoit Roger with the Guarato trained Adonis du Goutier (3m Coktail Jet-Quintgescencia-Defi d'Aunou) home a fast-finishing third with Dominick Locqueneux driving for Ecuries Saint-Martin. The Coupe Inter-Regional for four year-old males (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) produced a 1.13.4kr victory for the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 2/1 odds Viking d'Hermes (4g Sancho Panca-Norina Way-Vikings Way). The winner scored for the fifth time and now has earnings of 129,770 euro. Vabellino was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. The Coupe Inter-Regionale for five year-olds (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to the Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer owned, Yannick A. Briand trained and reined Ustinof du Vivier (5g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) in 1.14.7kr. The great-gaited pacesetter scored at even-money odds, his 14th career win, good for 204,860 euro earnings. Un Beau Luxor (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Nymphe Luxor-Sancho Panca) was second for Sebastien Hardy with the Franck Ouvrie steered Umango home third. The Prix des Alpes (European, 2100 meters autostart, 75,000 euro purse) produced a close score for veteran Quick Master (9g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d'Aunou) and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded his 12th career win, this time in 1.13.4kr, and increased his career bankroll to 328,340 euro. The Ronny Kuiper trainee is owned by Stall Escapade. Richmond Park (8g Jain de Beval-Iarosa Girl-Buvetier d'Aunou) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and Secret Service (7g Look de Star-Kalamita-Quito de Tahonay) took third for teamster Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Philippe Moulin's brilliant mare Vision Intense heads the monte field for the Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes, a race for 4YOs over the sprint 2175m distance on the grand piste track. The daughter of Prodigious has been completely dominant over her crop under saddle having won eight of her 23 starts including the group one montes the Prix des Centaures and Prix de Vincennes and would have made it three if she hadn't been disqualified from the group one Prix du President de la Republique despite crossing the line first for an incorrect gait. She is often a tardy beginner and usually tails the field but has such a powerful finish she can usually overpower the field although she left it too late last time and was a fast finishing fourth to Valse Castelets in the Prix Olry-Roederer in her last start. Valse Castelets has now won seven of her eight races under saddle including three at group two level, and Franck Delanoe's daugher of Diamant Gede will also be at short odds to make it four. Vaquero du Mont has not had a win since March 2012, but has been picking up lucrative place prizemoney including a third in the group one Prix des Centaures and Herve Gille's son of Kaisy Dream is well due a change of luck. Criterium de Jeunes winner Vallaint Cash had his best run under saddle since he ran third in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs when he again ran third last start. He is an enigma, having won the top two-year-old race the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and then was first past the post in the Criterium des Jeunes but not in a gait which pleased the adjucators. The son of Offshore Dream has been horribly out of form for the past eighteen months, but there are signs that he is finally getting back in the game with new jockey Camille Levesque in the saddle for the third time. Valdice de Mars has risen rapidly through the grades recently and has won at group two level at her first try three starts back while Viva Forest has followed a similar path and was second in that same race. Another with perhaps a chance is former group two winner in the bike Very Look who is having his first monte start. PRIX PHILIPPE DU ROZIER Vincennes 01/12/13 Group 2 monte 2175m 4YOs €120 000 1 Veracity (m Neutron du Cebe - Jovialidade) Rd: Clement Frecelle Tr: Benoit Carpentier 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bazeille) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 2175 5 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vincitore Ermitage (h Epicondyle - Petite Fontaine) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Vestphalie du Mont (m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Franck Delanoe 9 Very Look (h Look de Star - Milady Wood) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 10 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 11 Vaquero du Mont (h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion v Herve Gilles 12 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin Dave Sanders    

The top 3YO colts will be lining up for the Prix Jacques de Vauloge, the final preparation for the Criterium des 3 Ans on the second Sunday in December. The winner of the first prep race, the Prix Abel Bassigny, Sebastien Guarato’s Aladin d’Ecajuel is the only one of that field from a fortnight ago to not front up again in an effort to earn a place in the biggest race for French 3YOs. The runner up in that race was Akim de Cap Vert, who was only very narrowly beaten by Aladin d’Ecajuel after a titanic struggle in the straight after he had tried to lead all the way. It was still a very good effort and Akim de Cap Vert is still  the highest earning 3YO male in France, and a consistent performer since winning the first group race available to colts,  the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, the premier race for 2YOS of his gender. He has suffered in the shadows of an extraordinary group of 3YO fillies but was second in the group one Criterium des Jeunes and was third in the group one Prix Albert Viel. Franck Anne’s First de Retz colt  started second favourite last time, to Aldo des Champs a son of Aldo des Champs who is trained and driven by Matthieu Abrivard, who finished a distant fourth.  He was however runner up in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1).  Vincent Collard’s Africain was an encouraging  third in the Prix Abel Bassigny in his first start in group company, and though he was never going to catch the leading pair, he has shown consistent improvement of late and the son of Oardo could be a real contender if this continues. Philippe Alaire’s Atlas de Joudes picked up the  fifth and final placing in the Prix Abel Bassigny after never really getting into the race. He rather surprisingly went out at odds of 23/1 despite being a proven performer on the big stage with a group two win in the Prix Paul Viel, a third placing in the group one Prix de l’Etoile and two other group two second placings. The royally bred colt by Ready Cash out of a Love You mare is bred on a cross we are going to see a lot more of, and should be prominent in the upcoming feature events, even if he may be overshadowed by his imposing paternal sisters, Avila and Axelle Dark, who share the same ownership. Another in the same ownership is  Artiste de Joudes  a son of rising French sire Prodigious, who also went out at juicy odds, perhaps due to his having not continued his early promise. Perhaps he, like many of Prodigious’ get may be better suited under saddle. Another son of Ready Cash, Alto de Viette, a winner of four races, is one of  two newcomers in the field along with Al Capone Jet, a son of Jag de Bellouet,  who has won twice under saddle, and will be keen to show the versatility of his sire.   PRIX JACQUES DE VAULOGE Vincenne 18/11/13 (Gr2) 2700m 3C €120 000 1 Alto de Viette (3c Ready Cash - Mini Ceinture) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Peter Derycke  2 Al Capone Jet (3c Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux  3 Adonis du Goutier (3c Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato  4 All Feeling (3c Otello Pierji - Quelle Cerencaise) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Mickael Lemercier  5 Ausone du Kastel (3c Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Emmanuel Allard  6 Alberic (3c Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Fabrice Souloy  7 Africain (3c Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard  8 Artiste de Joudes (3c Prodigious - Memory de Joudes) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire  9 Aldo des Champs (3c Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard  10 Atlas de Joudes (3c Ready Cash - Queschua Love) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire  11 Akim du Cap Vert (3c First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne  by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

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