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25 January 2022

Both trotting and thoroughbred action feature in this week's edition of the Weekly Round Up including one of the feature races of the year at Pau

Date

Saturday, January 22

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R3 - Prix De Brest

Type

G3 Walk up for six- to eleven-year-olds (2850m)

Winner

Dreamer De Chenu

Jockey/Driver

Louis Baudouin

Trainer

Jean Michel Baudouin

Breeding

Timoko x Revolte De Chenu

Second

Duel Du Gers

Third

Marcello Wibb

This long-awaited clash between favourites Cleangame and Epsom d’Herfraie took shape at the head of the final stretch but it was Dreamer De Chenu who ran out a shock winner, providing driver Louis Baudouin with a first Group race success. The Jean Michel Baudouin-trained nine-year-old sat in a perfect stalking position on the pegs during much of the contest. He travelled powerfully before finding a perfect gap between the two big fancies to launch his winning challenge. As for the aforementioned duo, both broke stride during the event to overcome handicaps. Duel Du Gers finished powerfully to claim the runner-up spot.

 

Date

Saturday, January 22

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R6 – Prix De Pardieu

Type

G2 Mounted for four-year-olds (2175m)

Winner

Ideale Du Chene

Jockey/Driver

Paul Philippe Ploquin

Trainer

Julien Le Mer

Breeding

Bird Parker x Royale Du Chene

Second

Indigo Du Poret

Third

Inoui Danica

Ideale Du Chene completed a mounted Group race double in impressive fashion after making all the running. She maintained a solid pace down the back straight before pulling right away from her toiling rivals with Paul Philippe Ploquin allowed to coast home on top of the improving filly. Her market rival, Ici C’Est Paris could never land a blow, finishing a tired third, before being subsequently disqualified after an investigation for an irregular trot. 

 

Date

Sunday, January 23

Venue

Pau

Race

R9 - Grand Prix De Pau

Type

G3 Steeplechase for five-year-olds and above (5300m)

Winner

Happy Monarch

Jockey/Driver

Bertrand Lestrade

Trainer

François Nicolle

Breeding

Saint Des Saints x Ladies Choice

Second

Ferronniere

Third

Eddy De Balme

The 135th running of this prestigious Group Three Chase was won in determined fashion by Happy Monarch. One of four runners for his esteemed trainer, the seven-year-old sat handily throughout before taking up the running as they passed the stands for the final time. He poached a two-length lead rounding for home with an accurate jump at the second-last fence. Ferronniere loomed as a major threat, but the winner kept finding generously for pressure under a positive ride. Happy Monarch clearly benefitted from a reappearance third at this track last month, raised in distance second up. This was a career-best performance indicating promise of further improvement if allowed to dictate from the front at a similar level going forward.

 

Date

Sunday, January 23

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R5 – Prix De Mirande

Type

G3 Walk up for five-year-olds (2700m)

Winner

Hatchet Man

Jockey/Driver

David Thomain

Trainer

Philippe Allaire

Breeding

Goetmals Wood x Suricate

Second

Bubble Effe

Third

Hades De Vandel

Hatchet Man bounced back to form in no uncertain terms with a dominant victory. He had been in fine form before a below par eighth in the G3 Prix Oscar Collard (2100m). Returning to a walk up, the son of Goetmals Wood eased into the lead passing the stands for the first time. David Thomain expertly settled him in front before asking for maximum effort. The pair held a three-length lead into the home straight. They just had enough in reserve to fend off the fast-finishing Bubble Effe

 

Date

Sunday, January 23

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R6 – Prix Bellino II

Type

G3 Autostart for four-year-olds only (2100m)

Winner

Iron Meslois

Jockey/Driver

Alexis Collette

Trainer

Pierre Belloche

Breeding

Titan d’Occagnes x Tiflosa Mesloise

Second

Intouchable

Third

Illusive Artist

Complexion of the race changed from the outset as one of the leading fancies, Iquem, broke stride shortly after the start. The field were tightly packed at the foot of the back straight, with Intouchable making the first move, rounding his rivals to strike the front entering the home straight. He held every chance but was overhauled by the strong-travelling Iron Meslois, who scythed his way through a narrow gap between horses at the 200m marker. Illusive Artist finished well for a minor placing. For Iron Meslois this was incredibly a first-career success and unquestionably he ran the race of his life. He managed fifth in the G3 Prix De Mansle  (2100m) autostart over course and distance in December, hinting that he remains a good performer, but this was a surprise victory. With this breakthrough win under his belt it’s hoped he can go forward to compete in Group company throughout the remainder of the Winter Meeting.

 

Date

Sunday, January 23

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R8 – Prix Michel Marcel Gougeon

Type

G3 Walk up for six-year-olds (2700m)

Winner

Gamay De L’Iton

Jockey/Driver

Eric Raffin

Trainer

Hughes Levesque

Breeding

Bird Parker x Story de L’Iton

Second

Gloranie Des Noes

Third

Grand Art

A good pace was set by Goldy Mary with a kilometre rating of 1’11” during the first 500m so it was no surprise to see the field concertina at the end of the back straight. There were numerous chances entering the final stretch, including heavy favourite Gaspar De Brion, but he struggled to overtake the determined Grand Art. Gloranie Des Noes and Girolamo attacked strongly but couldn’t quite get there as Gamay De L’Iton responded generously for pressure from an inspired Eric Raffin ride to get up on the line. 

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