27 March 2015
English raider Kilcooley will take on 8 French rivals in Sunday’s Prix Hypothèse at Auteuil (Gr 3, 3900m). The 6yo gelding is on the back of a decent hurdles win over 4,000 metres on heavy going at Fontwell Park last month and will obviously be “well-suited by the probable soft ground” according to his trainer Charlie Longsdon. The son of Stowaway is the Oxfordshire handler’s first runner in France. With a current rating of 160 pounds over The Channel, he is certainly worthy of taking on the likes of Jean-Paul Gallorini’s very smart 2014 French 4yo Champion Hurdle winner Hippomène and his stable mate Roll on Has who followed him home that day. Recent G3 runner-up Dos Santos looks a danger too.
24 March 2015
Fabrice Souloy’s Beckman ended up a fortunate winner of the Group 3 Prix de Bois de Vincennes on Saturday after an almost catastrophic incident in the final bend where Uprince (Damien Bonne) collided with Viking de Val. Driver Bonne was violently ejected from his sulky while his partner broke into an unstoppable gallop, causing havoc in the straight. Favourites Akim du Cap Vert and Aladin d’Ecajeul were particularly hampered and finally did well to finish respectively third and fourth. Meanwhile up front, Franck Nivard’s partner, 39/1 shot Beckman, was not involved, but the pilots had to stay alert as driverless Uprince flew upsides them on the inside near the line (photo). Talicia Bella, who also managed to stay out of trouble, took second spot.
21 March 2015
A decent 14-runner field lines up tomorrow, March 21st in the intergenerational Group 2 Prix de Bois de Vincennes where Sebastien Guarato’s Aladin d’Ecajeul will clash with Franck Anne’s Akim du Cap Vert. The two 5yos will be on their 17th matchup which Guarato’s charge is leading 11-5.
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