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Auteuil reopens its gates

26 February 2015

After a winter’s racing at Pau and Cagnes-sur-Mer racetracks, jumping returns to the Paris region on March 1st for Auteuil’s traditional extended spring meeting. Inaugurated in 1873, the 33 hectare site is located on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne in the West of Paris, right next door to Longchamp and its world-famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. France Galop operates the showcase track which is home to the best jumps action in France.

A formality for Up And Quick!

23 February 2015

When Up And Quick took command a circuit from home in the 4,150 marathon Grand Prix de Paris Sunday at Vincennes, it seemed obvious the stamina-packed 7yo was going to be hard to dislodge. Driver Jean-Michel Bazire asked the 7/10 favourite to step up the pace 500m out and he came home unchallenged, bettering the race record he set last year to return a new top time of 1'13"5/km. He also became the first trotter in 38 years to match Bellino II’s back-to-back Amerique-Paris double. It was quite a day for trainer Franck Leblanc, as his second charge Anna Mix, sporting his own colours, provided him with a fine 1-2. Texas Charm produced a decent effort off the final bend to take third spot.

Up And Quick defies the stats!

20 February 2015

The €400,000 Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday 22nd is the final stage of the Triple Crown, and the penultimate Group 1 event of Vincennes’ enthralling Winter Festival. The challenging 4,150-metre marathon is the only Group 1 at Vincennes covering two complete circuits of the tough outside track.

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