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E’s have the edge in Prix de Sélection

02 March 2018

The Vincennes winter meeting draws to a close this weekend but not without a fanfare. Saturday’s programme features a host of black-type races races with the G.I Prix de Sélection the feature event. Run over 2175m and open to four to six year-olds, geldings excluded, the race has attracted a strong field of fourteen, with the younger generation benefitting from a 25m advantage.
And this could prove key in the final Group 1 race of the winter. Winner of ten of 19 races to date, Critérium des 3 Ans winner, Erminig D’Oliverie looks one of the toughest horses in the field. Beaten just once in five starts over the distance, all at G.II level, she will not be easy to oppose, however Eridan had her measure in the G.II Prix Charles Tiercelin late January (and in the G.I Critérium before losing the race in the stewards’ room).
Express Jet has yet to realise his full potential but is exceptionally well-regarded by Pierre Vercruysse and going barefoot for the first time could prove the joker in the pack. Eco Pierji is another talented ‘E’ horse but may find the presence of an in-form Charly Du Noyer too much to handle if Philippe Allaire’s six year-old can keep his action together. Others in contention include dynamic but surprising Prix Ephrem Houël winner, Elite Du Ruel, and Jean-Michel Bazire’s Davidson Du Pont, who has looked a horse reborn since starting to race with hind shoes off.
Picture: Erminig d'Oliverie