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VINCENNES, France - Ici S'ecrit L'histoire. Here history is written. So says the promo material for the Prix d'Amerique. And history certainly awaits Ready Cash on Sunday where he has the chance to win his third race and join the great Roquepine, Bellino II and Uranie. It would also give him the chance to emulate the immortal Ourasi next year with a fourth win. He certainly looked in stunning condition earlier this week at Thierry Duvaldestin's training establishment and the master mentor was confident that his great stallion was in prime condition to win a third Prix d'Amerique. Duvaldestin said his horse was more relaxed and "professional" than he had ever been and that he worked much better than this time last year. Ominous words indeed. But this was not always the way when the horse that was the best of what was emerging as one of the great generations, became a 4YO rogue for owner-trainer Philippe Allaire after winning the Prix Emmanuel Margouty as a 2YO and the Criterium des Juenes and Criterium des 3 Ans at three. So he turned to Thierry Duvaldestin in desperation, and the trainer went back to the basics, treating him like he would any other horse on his impressive training facility at La Ferté-Frênel In Normandy. The method was to treat him like any other on the Duvaldestin property. Given an outside box, with a paddock and a straw filled shelter, he thrived in the natural environment. Duvaldestin started on his family farm with 10 hectares where he built his first barn - where he and his family lived above until five-years ago. In time he has expanded both the number of barns and the size of his property to 80 hectares. It now has seven tracks. An oval grass jogging track, a sand oval main track, three straight tracks cinders, natural and mix natural-fibre and two tracks through the forest for variety. And of his great hope in the world's greatest aged trotting race. "He is more professional," Duvaldestin said. "We have had to push him a little more, he is too much relaxed. The last few weeks we have worked him a little more than other years, we have had to lose weight. "He has had no problem with injuries ever - he was the best horse of his generation at 2,3,4 and older." And now he is doing it all again as a sire being the first horse Duvaldesin believes who has had progeny win group one races while he himself was still winning group one races. But while the likes of brilliant youngsters Avila, Axelle Dark, Brillantisime and Bird Parker will ensure Ready Cash's legacy is in good hands. There is another more immediate matter, as Duvaldestin reminds us. "The goal is Sunday." Ready Cash fact file: 9YO Bay stallion Indy de Vive- Kidea 61 starts 36 wins, Earnings 4,265,500 euros Major victories: Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1) (3YO), Criterium Des 3 Ans (Gr1), Grand Prix d'Amerique (Gr1) (2011, 2012), Prix De Paris Int (Gr1), Grand Prix De Wallonie (G1) , Prix De Bourgogne (G2) (2012-1, 2012-12, 2011), Prix Du Bourbonnais (Gr2) (2011, 2012), Prix De Bretagne (Gr2) , Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2), Prix Paul Viel (G2), Prix Ovide Moulinet (G2), Prix Kalmia (G2), Prix Pierre Plazen (G2), UET Masters Series final (Prix d'Ete)(G2), Prix d'Ete (2012), Prix Abel Bassigny (Gr2) , Prix Marcel Laurent (Gr2) (2009, 2010), Prix Jacques De Vauloge (Gr2), Prix Doynel De Saint-Quentin (Gr2), Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr2), Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) (2YO), 2nds Grand Prix d'Amerique (Gr1) 2013, Prix Gelinotte (G2), Grand Prix Du Conseil General(G2), Prix Victor Regis (G2), Prix De Paris Int (Gr1), Prix De Selection (Gr1), 3rds Prix De Belgique (G2), Prix de Bourgogne (G2). by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

VINCENNES, France - A field of 18 trotters including 11 millionaire earners representing four nations are in Paris preparing for the Grand Prix d'Amerique which runs Sunday at Vincennes. There has been much speculation after three B races had seen the R-generation reduced to also rans, but Roxane Griff's stunning win in the Prix de Cornulier, and Texas Charm's withdrawal has seen the odds shift back to the older brigade. Ready Cash, who was an encouraging third last start in the Prix de Bourgogne certainly primed for the great race earlier this week at Thierry Duvaldestin's La Ferté-Frênel training establishment. He will probably start a very warm favourite to maintain the class of 2005's stranglehold on the race since 2011. Classmate Roxane Griff was sensational in the Prix de Cornulier, and has finished second here before in 2012. She is great mare but history is against her. Only Bellino II in 1975 and 76 has ever done the double. Of the young pretenders Richard Westerink's Timoko is a champion on any other track, but he has failed too many times at the Temple of Trot to be liked in this. The horse that really stands in this generation is great rival The Best Madrik, from the sprawling stable and breeding establishment of Jean-Etienne Dubois near Argentan. Dubois said the Prix d'Amerique was a crazy race, but if his enigmatic star got the right run with some cover, he could finish in the money, and he certainly looked a million dollars earlier this week. His brother Philippe Dubois won last year with Royal Dream, who carried great form into the race, and then carried off the prize. This year he has not been as impressive and would have to have improved seriously to pick up a second PDA. There are however two serious contenders from the class of 2007 in Triode de Feliere and TIego d'Etang. This is a very good crop and one or both of these two could win this race some day, although it may not be Sunday. And then there are the Quick horses, Up The and Save The. Franck Leblanc's horses have broken records in big races this year. Save The Quick was disappointing under saddle, but Up The Quick is a genuine chance here. And then there is the International contingent, headed by Swedish superstar Maharajah and Prix d'Belgique winner Yarrah Boko. The star of the giant Swedish syndicate company Travkompianet has mixed massive fast finishing performances, with puzzling ordinary ones, especially when asked to do extra work parked out in staying races. Sit and sprinters don't win at Vincennes, certainly not in this of all races. Has he really got the stamina to beat the hill - hold off the challenges and kick on in the straight. Yarrah Boko is a son of the mighty Coktail Jet, so has the breeding to give this a nudge, and has some unfinished business in this after missing a start last year. You can't argue against his form in big races either. But can he beat the best of France, in this race us the big question. And the Italians. Well the stats are great for Mack Grace Sm, 13 wins in a row this year, and 16 out of his last 18 and over 1.27 million euros bancked. But the reality is he has never won further than 2100m, all his wins have been in Italy and the last time he came to Vincennes to try to make the Prix d'Amerique in the 2012 Tenor de Baune over 2700m, he ran down the track. He also finished out of the money in his only other race on this track over the sprint 2100m In contrast Nesta Effe can win overseas having done so impressively in Finland and Sweden this year, and Italy, but this is Vincennes and her best place on this track is fourth over 2100m. There are mountains to climb, and these two are flat trackers. Fast flat trackers generally will not win here. The rest will be at outside odds to write their place in history. David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

VINCENNES, France - The international flavour of Prix d'Amerique week just got a little down under ingredient with top Australian trainer and driver Blake Fitzpatrick picking up a catch drive at Vincennes tomorrow. Group one winning trainer Fitzpatrick will be aboard Visconti du Home who is trained by France based Swede Anders Lindqvist in the Prix de Mons, a race for 5YOs for 22000 euros over 2850m and race 5 on the programme at the Temple du Trot. For Fitzpatrick, the drive is the highlight of a whistle stop fact finding tour of France taking in some of the top training and breeding estabishments and a week of some of the word's best trotting action in the company of fellow trainer and driver Ross Graham, and trotting owner and stable client Pat Driscoll. Although Fitzpatrick is a group one winning trainer and driver in his native Australia, he admitted the thought of driving in the Temple du Trot was a daunting one. "It's a different style of racing and driving, especially the starts. They are completely different to what we are used to. It's going to be difficult that is for sure,' Fitzpatrick said. "So I'm quite anxious but It'll be a great experience, just to say I've driven at VIncennes It has a lot of history and a very famous track. I can't wait." Fitzpatrick has visited some of the very best training and breeding establishments in Normandy over the past few days and has been observing first hand how superstar trotters such as Ready Cash, The Best Madrik and Un Mec d'Heripre are put through their paces. "I've been very lucky we have met racing royalty over here," says Fitzpatrick. "On the first day we spoke with Thierry Duvalsdestin and then Mr Jean-Etienne Dubois today and we saw Fabrice Solouy work his horses yesterday. We really learnt a lot, they have been very welcoming. "There are probably no one better to get advice from and that gives me a head start." And the New South Wales horseman was also impressed by Vincennes when he visited it last Saturday to view the Prix de Cornulier. "The track has a lot of history around it and is quite unique. Firstly the facilities are first rate. As far as the track goes it is quite unique in that it is undulating, beautiful 2000m track with the starting shuts and the smaller track on the inside, the surface is the most appealing part of the track for me - it is the perfect track for horses. "It will be a once in a lifetime, something you will never forget." So how is he going to approach his first time at the Hippodrome de Paris. "It is all new to me. I will probably follow out one of the better drivers. I'm probably surrounded by better drivers so it wouldn't matter who I followed. "It's quite daunting, surrounded by champions." 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               

Outstanding mare Anastasia Fella will be looking to get back on the winning track in the Prix de Pardieu, the first of three big monte races this weekend at Vincennes, which will be capped off by Sunday's Prix de Cornulier. Fabrice Souloy's brilliant daughter of Goetmals Wood won her classique status with a win in the group one Prix des Elites under saddle in October on her way to three group wins in succession - the latter two against her own gender. But she found the going too tough as the males of her crop finally found their mojo in the Criterium des 3 Ans and broke under pressure. The females of this crop, which had won every classique contested previously reasserted themselves in the monte equivalent, the Prix de Vincennes but once again Anastasia Fella rolled into a gallop at the business end of the race. The winner on that day, Ecurie Victoria Dreams' Altessima, is absent here but the runner-up Laurent Claude Abrivard's Agrippine is a close second favourite in just her 12th career start and only third at group level. The daughter of Hasting will be ridden by Alexandre Abrivard. The strongest challenger though is perhaps Asana Trembladaise who won the group two Prix Raoul Balliere and Prix Louis Tillaye in mixed company earlier in this Winter Meeting. Anthony Dollion's daughter of Kuadro Wild made a mistake in the Prix de Vincennes but is rarely out of the top money in her age group's big monte races. Thierry Duvaldesti's Aquarelle de Fael has had five wins in her 13 career starts and was second in the group two Prix Louis Tillaye in November, her first start in group company. The daughter of Look de Star galloped in her next start and was fifth in her last start, in an age group monte on Christmas Day. She will be ridden by Damien Bonne. Daniel Delaroche's Alexia du Cherisay a daughter of Le Big Boss, is a group two winner under saddle and a consistent performer, and although she has made two breaks in the big races just passed, but handicappers have kept her onside. The up and comer in the field is A Nous Deux, another daughter of monte king Goetmals Wood in the stable of Ronny Kuiper. A Nous Deux is having her first start in group company after a win and two cheques since switching to monte three starts ago and has support despite the step up. 18/01/14 FR PRIX DE PARDIEU Vincennes  Group II monte 4F 2175m 120 000 1 Altair des Brouets (s Quiz des Brouets - Luanda des Brouets) Rd: Jonathan Vanmeerbeck Tr: Pascal Daulier 2 Aventure des Isles (s Espeyrac Sun - Josetina) Rd: Alexis Garandeau Tr: Gilles Delacour 3 Amande Amere (s Mister President - Orange Amere) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Alain Roussel 4 Anna Maria (s Love You - Mahana) Rd: Celine Leclercq Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Aureness (s Mercenaire - Ornaise de Morgane) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Romain Christian Larue 6 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 7 Aurea Vikland (s Prince de Montfort - Kettina de Monti) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Guillaume Moinon 8 Agilite Jenilou (s Love You - Quemilla Jenilou) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 9 Anne de Neulliac (s Magnificent Rodney - Onise de Neulliac) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger 10 Antara Buissonay (s Le Retour - Judelle Buissonay) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr:Joel Van Eeckhaute 11 Agrippine(s Hasting - Moqueuse Alexandre Abrivard) Rd: Tr:Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierj) Rd:i Damien Bonne Tr:Thierry Duvaldestin 13 Alexia du Cherisay (s Le Big Boss - Precious Thing) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr:Daniel Delaroche 14 Asana Trembladaise (s Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr:Anthony Dollion 15 Anastasia Fella (s Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by Franck Anne, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh. A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day. Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997, Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Kentucky Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by Lemon Dra), Zola Boko (by Goetmals Wood), Aristocrat Boko )by From Above), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by Varenne). January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish 1st Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro 2nd  Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere), Philippe Daugeard up at 1.8/1 favorite 3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Posse-Neric Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin up at 9/1 4th Save The Quick (8f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer Franck Leblanc, finished well 5th Roxana de Barbray (9f Speed Clayettois-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Eric Raffin up at 14/1 6th The Best Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The injury of Prix d'Amerique favourite Texas Charm has dominated the headlines for the world's greatest trot in recent days, but there is still business aplenty for prospective participants with the two last chances for entry being held on a fantastic day of racing on Sunday. The Prix de Belgique, the last of the B races and the Prix Tenor Baune for six-year-olds, both offer a ticket to the big dance as well as UET Masters Series points to the first five home in each race - so there is plenty of offer besides the 120,000 euros, which like all races in France, is divided up among the first seven to cross the line. The earlier of the two is the Prix de Belgique, race four on the card and missing injured Texas Charm and the already qualified Ready Cash and Triode de Felliere -the first three home in the third B race, the Prix de Bourgogne at the end of December. The latter two will be keeping their powder dry, although Triode de Felliere is better over the shorter distance, which of course casts doubt over his Prix d'Amerique credentials. The Prix de Belgique is a tough final test for the Prix d'Amerique's aged candidates, being over the staying distance of 2850m and the early favouritism has gone to Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard's tough campaigner who has yet to win a group one race, but is the richest of the U generation. Criterium Continental winner Victoire comes into this race after three wins in a row against her own five-year-old crop and this is a big step up for Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko but French handicappers are confident she can. Being the last of the B races, handicappers also know there is a dividing line between the likes of Royal Dream, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik, who are superior horses and start of 25m but don't need the win to make the Prix d'Amerique - and the rest that do. So horses like Italian Marielles and Norway's Yarrah Boko - who won this race last year - will be at shorter odds than normal against the backmarkers. Soleil du Fosse and Talicia Bella, who would not normally figure highly in the market are also horses who come into this category. The Tenor de Baune is race six on the card and features a super lineup of six-year-olds, headed by Uhlan du Val, the winner of the Prix de Bretagne, the first of the B races of the Winter Meeting. Second in that race was Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up and Quick from Franck Leblanc's powerful Ecurie Quick Star barn and this pair will be fighting out more than just the favouritism here. Cyril Raimbaud's Une Fille d'Amour beat most of these home in the group two Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the end of December and is the deserved third favourite in early markets. Sweden and Italy are represented by five horses, Vincennes, Disco A.E. and Rocky Winner from the Scandinavian powerhouse and Oropuro Bar and Orient Horse from the southern stronghold. The winner of last year's Tenor de Baune was a Swede, Raja Mirchi, who was withdrawn from Prix d'Amerique contention late last month. A third group two of the day is race seven, the 120,000 euro Prix Gelinotte over 2700m which features the top three-year-old fillies who are preparing for next month's Criterium des Jeunes. The first two home in last month's Prid Une de Mai, Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort and Philippe Allaire's Be My Girl are vying for the early favouritism with French handicappers picking the daughter of Love You to reverse the order here. Most of the field competed in the first of their generation's big races last start, with the first five home appearing here, with the only notable absentee being the beaten favourite Brindille de Mai, although Franck Anne is represented by outsider Balade de Blary. Bergame Madrik, Beauty Turgot, Bassana de Marlau and Biguglia also have solid support on the market. Finally Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet head a talented monte lineup in race 8, the Prix Djerid, a 2200m group III for six-year-olds and over which includes Prix de Cornullier hopefuls Sakura Jiel and Quarlos. The two favourites Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet are ineligible for the world's richest under saddle event next weekend, because they are geldings, but both have been in great form this winter meeting. Rapide du Digeon was second behind rising star Ulysse in the rich Prix du Calvados last weekend and won the Prix August Francois in mid November, beating most of this field. Rubis Dairpet was third in that race, but a week earlier had beaten Rapide du Digeon into second in the Group II Prix Paul Buquet, the first big monte of the Winter Meeting. 12/01/14 Vincennes PRIX DE BELGIQUE   Group II Int 2850m 4-10 €120 000 1 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 3 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Renommee d'Obret (9m Buvetier d'Aunou - Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 6 Univers de Pan (8h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 7 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 8 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Roger Coueffin 9 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 11 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 12 Reve de Beylev (9h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 13 The Best Madrik (7h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25 14 Save the Quick (8m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 25 15 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 25   PRIX Tenor de Baune   Group II Int 2 700m 6YO €120,000 1 Ultimo Vingt (6h Hasting - Korinella) Dr: Philippe Ternisien Tr: Philippe Ternisien 2 Orient Horse (6h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Disco A.E. (6h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E. ) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Rocky Winner (6h Credit Winner - Level Fortytwo) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jörgen Westholm 5 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 6 Oropuro Bar (6h Love You - Ubatuba Oaks) Dr: Marco Smorgon Tr: Marco Smorgon 7 Vincennes (6m Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Sören Lennartsson 8 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 9 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 10 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean-Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc PRIX GELINOTTE   Group II Vincennes 2700m 3F 120 000 1 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Emmanuel Allard 2 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jerome Ruaults Tr: Philippe Allaire 3 Baileyse (Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Barbalala (Qwerty - Pardinia) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Biguglia (Coktail Jet - La Faisanderie) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 2700 6 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 7 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 8 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Be My Girl (Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire PRIX DJERID  Group III monte 2200m 6-10 € 110 000 1 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Rd: Fabien Gence Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 2 Saphir du Cebe (8g Kepler - Irma Saint Jean) Rd: Marie Bacsich Tr: Franck Leblanc 3 Saphir de Morge (8h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 4 Quassia du Bon Air (10g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 5 Raison Jenilou (9g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Rd: Alexis Garandeau. Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Sakura Jiel (8m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 7 Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 8 Quarlos (10h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 9 Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 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 

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

If you are wondering why the fields in the V75 gold division are so poor at the moment, then a quick look at the Vincennes undercard is revealing. If you've got the horsepower, why run around in Halmstad for 33,800 euros gold division money when you can race at Vincennes in the Prix de l'Ille, a sprint over 2100m against France's lesser lights for 105,000 euros. France's big guns are preparing for the Prix'd'Amerique (1,000,000 euros), the Prix Cornullier (700,000 euros), and the swag of group ones like the Criterium des Jeunes (240,000 euros) and two races, worth 120,000 plus - the group two Prix du Calvados monte on the same day is worth 150,000 euros. Simples really. So a top horse like Frederik B Larsson's Caballion , a group two winner in Sweden, will make a beeline for Vincennes at this time of year, where he is joining the likes of Grand Pris de l'UET winner Kadett C.D,, Swedish Travderby winner Pato in the series Winter Series, and V75 gold division heavyweights Maxwell Mayday and Global Manhattan. Swedish trainer Robert Bergh has V75 regular You Bet Hornline entered in the race, while many Scandinavian owners will transfer their horses to top French stables, so you see the likes of Beckman with Fabrice Souloy and Denmark's Partout Simoni with Sebastien Guarato. Indeed, Beckman, a son of Swedish stallion Turbo Sund, is the early second favourite after three good wins in a row at Vincennes including the Prix Constant Hervieu on Christmas Day. Only problem is that the French lesser lights can be French champions on the rise. A quick look at the Prix d'lIlle illumini has a certain Royal Dream (last season's Prix d'Amerique winner) as a recent graduate - in a 2012 race in which US bound Swedish star Sebastian K ran eighth - with two other top Swedes Look MP second, and Oracle sixth. Last season's winner was Triode de Felliere who has set this year's Winter Series alight with a win in the Prix de Bourbonnais and a gallant second in this week's Prix de Bourgogne. Or they are the geldings that are not eligible for the big races, the likes of recently retired superstar Rapide Lebel, or Thierry Duvaldestin's well performed French gelding Swedishman the winner of more than 500,000 euros, who is third favourite on the early markets. The early favourite is from the T-generation, which is really coming to the fore in this Winter Series, Talicia Bella. Jean-Paul Marmion's daughter of General du Pommeau has been gradually brought through the ranks, and has only made one group two appearance, in the Prix des Ducs de Normandie in May, in which two of the favourites for this year's Prix d'Amerique, Texas Charm and Royal Dream went one-two. She beat Caballion into second place in the Prix du Languedoc at Vincennes in mid November, and has had a second and a win since. PRIX DE LILLE  Vincennes  2014-01-05 Group III 2100m € 105 000 1 Swedishman (8g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3 Caballion (8h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Fredrik B Larsson 4 Roc de Montfort (9h Vivier de Montfort - Kerla de Montfort) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Guarato 5 Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 You Bet Hornline (8h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 7 Sancho du Glay (8h First de Retz - Madame Benoit) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Partout Simoni (7h Jag de Bellouet - Axie Fair) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Trinite des Vals (7m Carpe Diem - Lueur Gede) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Yves Jean Le Bezvoet 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 12 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 13 Sage de Gueriniere (8g Ganymede - Haldane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 14 Un Amour d'Haufor (6h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 15 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 16 Querios du Mirel (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel Michel Bizoux Anders Lindqvist by David Sanders 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 

Texas Charm (second choice in wagering, son of Cygnus d'Odyssee) rallied to win today's third "B" leading to January 26th Prix d'Amerique. Julien Dubois expertly handled the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Triode de Felliere was a solid second for Anthony Barrier driving for J-P Marmion owner/trainer. Favored Ready Cash was third after a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Timoko (Jos. Verbeeck up) who faded to ninth after a very fast pace (race time 1.10kr, mile rate 1:52.63) in which he parked Vanika du Ruel and Franck Anne. Ready Cash had no excuse and was unable to close on the leaders in the late going and held off fourth place finisher Tiego d'Etang. Timoko took the field to the first 600 meters in a mile rated time of 1:45.55 and held the pace to 1:49.25 with 1000 meters to go in the 2100 meter autostart contest (1-5/16 miles). Race summary follows showing the top 10 order of finish. Vincennes - Prix de Bourgogne, 120,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63, race time 2:27.10) Fractional times: 1.05.6kr at 1500; 1.07.8kr at 1000; 1.09.7kr at 500 meter to go post 1st Texas Charm (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, odds 2.1/1 2nd  Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn), Anthony Barrier up for J-P Marmion 3rd Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream), Franck Nivard aboard for owner Philippe Allaire, Thierry Duvaldestin trainer 4th Tiego d'Etang (6m Chaillot-Herolene-Vroum d'Or), Ch. J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon 5th Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato 6th Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach), Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy 7th The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard 8th Up And Quick (5f Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc 9th Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces -And Arifant), Jos Verbeeck driving for Richard Westerink owner/trainer 10th  Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard driver/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

French superstar Ready Cash is going for a shot at history Sunday, attempting to become the first horse to win four Prix de Bourgogne's a row. Philippe Allaire's stallion was seventh in the Prix du Bourbonnais last start but French handicappers have him at a little more than even money to achieve the feat over the 2100m journey from a mobile start. At present Ready Cash is equal to the great Ourasie on three wins in the event, the former star of Jean Rene Gougeon achieved the feat between 1988-90. Ourasie went on to win an unprecedented four Prix d'Amerique. And as an omen to Ready Cash's attempt to emulate him in January, he achieved the feat with three wins in a row, a miss and then a fourth win. Ready Cash also won three Prix de Amerique, and missed last year, so is on track to repeat it. But first he has to negotiate the Prix de Bourgogne, against what is a dream lineup, with 17 of the world's best trotters including last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and the rising stars of sport, the likes of Timoko, Texas Charm, Tiego Etang and Up and Quick - and the dark horse, The Best Madrik. There are no less than six millionaires in the race, three within a win or two of that total, and all but one having earned over 700,000 euros. It says volumes for the quality of the field, that that horse, Triode de Felliere, is the sixth choice of handicappers, despite beating most of this field in the Prix du Bourbonnais last time of asking. And a great mare such as Roxane Griff who was second in the Prix d'Amerique only two seasons ago, and has a Group I Prix de Paris on her stellar CV and a Group II winner two starts ago is a 34/1 chance. But that win was in the monte Prix Reynolds at the start of the Winter Meeting, and the brilliant daughter of Tenor de Baune is perhaps eyeing the Prix du Cornullier, the greatest race under saddle, a week before the Prix d'Amerique. PRIX DE BOURGOGNE Vincennes 29/12/13 FR Group II Int 2 100 4-9 120 000 1 Ready Cash (h Indy de Vive - Kidea) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 The Best Madrik (h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 3 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink 4 Royal Dream (h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Vanika du Ruel (s Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Texas Charm (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Kamela Charm) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 7 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Charles Julien Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 8 Roxane Griff (s Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Reve de Beylev( h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Roxana de Barbray (s Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 11 Triode de Felliere (s Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 12 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 13 Renommee d'Obret (s Buvetier d'Aunou- Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 14 Marielles (s Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 15 Up And Quick( h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 16 Santa Rosa France (s Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 17 Kadett C.D. (h Scarlet Knight - Kiss Of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Front marker The de Chine is the early favourite for the 100,000 euros Prix de Bar-Le-Duc, a group three for 5-10YOs at which is the feature Quinte event Vincennes on Saturday. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir's gelded son of Blue Eyes America was the winner of the Group three Prix de Nevers in February and comes into the race with an encouraging second, third and fourth in his four starts since a nine month break, which followed two wins at the start of the year. Those wins were half his total of four in 37 starts, but he has been steadily improving and took his record of 1.12.8 (1.57) over 2700m in the win at Vincennes in January, which is a very good time. Another of the 2850m front line who is attracting early money is Seduisant Fouteau, who will be driven by Charles Dreux for Andre Dreux, is a lightly raced Gazouillis entire, who like much of his stock has taken time to mature. With eight wins in 47 starts, the rising eight-year-old also brings solid form into this race with two second placings in his last two starts in intermediate company at Vincennes. This is only his second start in a 100,000 euro event, but he did run third last time, which was in the traditional Christmas Day feature, the Prix Constance Hervieu, a year ago. A steady improver is Toscane de Bruyere, who will be driven by Francois-Pierre Bossuet for Jean-Baptiste Bossuiet and is also a frontliner. The daughter of Tenor de Baune has won a quarter of her 48 starts including two wins in her last four starts. Indeed one of them was the Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne, a Group III at Vincennes at the end of November. It is however a strong field, with Jean Paul Marmion's Surprise du Lupin is a last start winner coming in for some strong support off the front mark. But there is plenty of experience and talent off the 25 metre handicap with Alexandre De Jesus' Septuorin top form with two wins in his last three starts including an impressive victory last time of asking. The gelding was also third in the finale of the Grand National de Trot at Vincennes Also off the 25 metre mark is Patrick Martin's Ru de l'Airou who also has a terrific formline, with a fourth last start and two wins preceded by two seconds. Thierry Duvaldestin's Swedishman and Fabrice Solouy's Finnish import Le Cannibale are capable of an upset at good odds. This will be the final Vincennes appearance for David Cinier's journeyman Pas Sans Toi, who has reached retirement age after 13 wins in 136 starts and earnings of 541,360, if the stallion son of In Love With You does not add to it today. Two of those wins were this year, although in minor company, and he may still ply his trade again on the Europeean Tour, in which he participated this year. PRIX DE BAR-LE-DUC Vincennes 28/12/13 Group III 2850m 5-10 100,000 euros 1 Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael - Isaurie) Dr: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier 2850 2 Sometime (m Blue Dream - Isaline Fortiniere) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 2850 3 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 2850 4 Uno la Chesnaie (h Prince d'Espace - Luna du Goutier) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2850 5 Toscane de Bruyere(f Tenor de Baune - Jealousy de Retz) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 2850 6 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2850 7 Rose de Sarthe (m Kid Blue - Mariamina) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850 8 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 2850 9 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850 10 Surprise du Lupin (m Kerido du Donjon - Kiosca) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2850 11 Septuor (g Love You - Kenitra) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Alexandre de Jesus 2875 12 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 2875 13 Recit Jeloca (g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Carine Hallais-Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 2875 14 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2875 15 Son Alezan (h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 2875 16 Le Cannibale (h Jag de Bellouet - Heart's Queen) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2875 17 Pas Sans Toi (h In Love With You - Fatre) Dr: David Cinier Tr: David Cinier 2875 18 Quela Rive (m Eclair de Vandel - Sissi) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 2875 19 Quarlos (h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 2875 20 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 2875 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Swedish-bred Beckman heads a strong international contingent in the field for the the group III Prix Constant Hervieu the 105,000 euro feature Quinte race on the traditional Christmas Day meeting at Vincennes for 5 and 6 YOs. Beckman is now trained in France by Fabrice Solouy but he will be joined by his compatriots Discco A.E. Haraldhino on the back mark of 25m along with Italian star Olmo Holz while Sweden's Conrads Fredriks (a son of Credit Winner) and Twigs U.Canfly are off the frontline along with a trio of Italian entries, Orchetto Jet, Over The Moon and Orient Horse, plus Per Mento, the lone Danish entry. Beckman, a gelding by one of Viking Kronos's best sons Turbo Sund a former European 3YO champion, has been in super form in France, with three wins on the trot at Vincennes in Group III international company. Something of a late developer, Beckman joined Solouy's barn from Ake Svanstedt's Swedish operation after recording 10 wins from 14 starts with now US resident trainer, who was the horse's fourth trainer and really stepped him up through the grades in Sweden. He might also attract a bit of US handicapper money if he is racing at Vincennes at Prix d'Amerique time - he races in the colours of the US flag! Solouy is also the trainer of Italian-bred and owned Orient Horse who was second in the Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, and is also a runner-up in a Group one race in Italy. The favourites on the early tote, however, are French locals Toutobio and Toreador. Toutobio is owned and trained by Damien Bonne and has been one of those horses who has taken his time to go through the grades, mainly in provincial meetings with the odd visit to Vincennes for their lower stake races. But after a win and a second at in this year's Winter Meeting at Vincennes he stepped up and won his first Group III race last start in the Prix de Crecy la Chapelle at the Temple du Trot.   Similarly Jean Baptiste Bossuet's Toreador, a gelding by Fleuron Perrine, has won 9 of his 29 starts, mainly in lesser provincial company but has won two and had a second in his last three starts at the Hippodrome de Paris at Vincennes. Two others from the T generation's emerging ranks who are also coming in for handicapper support are Tzigane du Rib from Jean Luc Claude Desior's barn and Tony Boy, who is from the stable of Jean Michel Bazire who is a master at bringing a horse quietly through the grades. Another interesting runner is Turbo Jet from the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, and is the winner of 12 of his 47 starts, and 379,350 euros in the bank - the most money earned in this field. The Joyau d'Amour stallion was also second in the Prix des Landes - a 110,000 euro group III at Vincennes at the end of last month and this is the sort of patient build up shown by a certain Royal Dream, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and a winner of this very race two years ago. A different Dubois stable, perhaps, but the brothers learned from the master, their incomparable father Jean-Pierre.     PRIX CONSTANT HERVIEU Vincennes 25/12/2013 FR Group III Europeene 2850 5-6 € 105,000 1 Twigs U.Canfly (5m Naglo - Twigs Likepine) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Eva Skantz 2 Per Mento (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Grace Classy) Dr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel Tr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel 3 Orient Horse (5h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Over the Moon Lf (5m Ganymede - Fantastica Cof) Dr: Nicolas Roussel Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 5 Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze - Medda) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 Orchetto Jet (5h Supergill - Frutute Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Stephanie Lepetit 7 Un Charme Fou (5h Love You - Ma Crown) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 8 Toutobio (6g Grassano - Helene Gem) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 9 Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine - Jubellone) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 10 Tony Boy (6g First de Retz - Kuenza Sautonne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 11 Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner - Ahmeida) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 12 Union Life (5m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Cedric Herserant 13 Disco A.E. (5h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E.) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 25m 14 Haraldinho (6g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundström 25m 15 Olmo Holz (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 25m 16 Unikaranes (5m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 17 Beckman (6g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 25m 18 Titus de Baffais (6g Kaiser Soze - Lady Dry) Dr: Nicolas Bazin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 19 Turbo Jet (6h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25m by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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   

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