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23 June 2015

Yannick-Alain Briand

Spared by the hustle and bustle of Paris, France’s 2014 champion trainer Yannick-Alain Briand, or YAB as he’s familiarly known as, heads up a yard of 100 trotters at Fuveau in Provence, just North of Marseille. With 225 wins last season, he pulverised his own record of 210 victories set in 2013, which he shared jointly with Thierry Duvaldestin. He doesn’t think twice now about travelling up 750km to Paris where his charges have been doing exceptionally well there this year. Here’s how he rates three of his upcoming hopes over the next fortnight:

Cloane du Vivier – June 27, Enghien – Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin: She scored well last time at Vincennes. What’s more, she beat a Dubois-trained filly who has impressed since. My only worry is the track, but she’s a fine filly.”

Cupidon du Vivier – June 30, Vincennes – Prix Gudrun: “It’ll be a big test for him on Vincennes’ outside track, but he’s assuredly worth a race like this. He’s been working well at home in the mornings, even if he’s still to prove himself at the course in the afternoon.”

Bome d’Herfraie – June 30, Vincennes – Prix Pluton: “She’ll be back under saddle where she scored well on her penultimate start. Even if she’s coming up against the colts, she has a really sound chance.”


Christian Scandella

Both a regular and successful visitor to the Clairefontaine-Deauville summer meeting which kicks off on June 30th, Christian Scandella will have high ambitions again this year on the Normandy coast. He’ll be travelling up from his yard down south at the Cabriès-Callas training grounds in the Bouches du Rhône near Marseille. Here are three of charges who all have sound chances on June 30th:

Kasarca, 3yo gelding: “He’s got a fair bit of experience on the flat and has been schooling nicely over jumps. I reckon he can get off to a great start on his hurdles debut in the Prix du Douet on June 30th.”

Chanceuse Clermont, 3yo filly: “Just like her stable companion, she’s been saved for the meeting and will be facing some fillies who are debuting like her in the Prix Les Ouvres the same day. She hasn’t put in as much work as the colt, but I like her just as much.”

Taikun Tino, 8yo gelding: “His owner Clément Machado bought him in a claimer at Cagnes at the beginning of last winter, but he got a knock next time out. I thought I had solved the problem, but maybe I was bit too impatient as things didn’t go to plan at Auteuil in March on his reappearance. Now he’s definitely recovered and is doing well at home. His first target is the Prix Pennedepie on June 30th, then we’ll see about possibly stepping up a bit later.”