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Girls have the edge in Vincennes features

13 April 2018

A pair of G.II events take pride of place on Saturday’s card at Vincennes, with a treat in store in each discipline.
The Prix Henri Levesque kicks off proceedings with eleven vying for one of the big late-spring harness prizes. Run over 2175m, this contest has been won in recent times by the likes of Carat Williams, Amiral Sacha and Voltigeur De Myrt and this year’s edition could well go the way of the mare Dubai d’Essarts who would be the first of her sex to win since Tornade Du Rib in 2012. She will however face significant opposition from another classy distaff campaigner, Draft Life, who has not been seen out since winning the G.I Prix des Centaures with ease two months ago. Other major contenders include the tough Django Riff, recent surprise G.II winner, Detroit Castelets, and the ever-consistent Delia Du Pommereux.
Questionably a more exciting prospect is the Prix Hémine monté race covering a similar distance. Just ten three year-old colts and fillies go to post and, somewhat surprisingly, Philippe Allaire will not be represented, leaving the door open for the exceptional Ferreteria who has never been bested in the discipline. Her principal opposition is Fado Du Chene who convincingly won the G.II Prix Edouard Marcillac last time out, but she had his measure the time before and looks more than capable of beating him again. First Daidou has proved a tough colt in this class and must also be considered a serious prospect. Fiaschetto and Flore De Janeiro will also have their chances.
Picture: Dubai d'Essarts