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Dexter firmly on course for Ile de France glory

01 February 2019

After Bilibili won the Prix de Cornulier, with Traders coming second before taking in the Prix d’Amérique a week later, both were declared forfeit for the second monté Group 1 of the season, the 2175m Prix de de l’Ile de France. Run at Vincennes on Sunday, the field is notably smaller than a fortnight ago, with just nine going to post.
Dexter Fromentro, a model of consistency in the ridden specialty, has all eyes trained on him as he bids to secure his first victory at the highest level. A clear third in the Cornulier when barefoot for the first time, he races unshod in front on this occasion and success would be just reward for the calibre of performances he has produced since switching disciplines.
Laurent Abrivard’s champion may be absent, but he will nevertheless be represented by dual-Gr.1 winner Dragon Du Fresne. In current form, however, he is unlikely to trouble Thomas Levesque’s six year-old. Cornulier seventh, Alpha Saltor is hard to fault over the distance and can apply the pressure if he reproduces his Gr.2 Prix Jules Lemonnier performance. 
Others worth considering are Daelia De VandelCassate and Valse De Reve. Winner of her last four, albeit at a lower level, Daytona Jet must not be ignored. Monté debutant, Super Fez, is an outsider of note.
Picture: Dexter Fromentro