Who’s the one to beat in UET final
11 October 2018
It may not be the most common of occurrences at the home of trotting but, on Friday, Vincennes stages a trio of Group 1 events during its floodlit evening meeting, and each will be run over 2100m.
First up is the Championnat Européen des 3 Ans with foreign elements making up just under half of the field, but they all take on French colt, Face Time Bourbon, who trainer Sébastien Guarato describes as the successor to Bold Eagle. Mister F Daag landed a Gr.3 on the outer course early June before winning the German 3yo Derby two months later and looks the main threat. The delicate but immensely talented Fly With Us, and Avalon Mists are also in with a shout.
Just under an hour later a dozen will line up for the €400,000 Grand Prix de l’UET final and, on paper, the Swedes appear to have the race wrapped up. Who’s Who has been a sensation at home, notably winning the Swedish Derby early last month and trainer Pasi Aikio is convinces he has the profile for Vincennes. Chianti who has sparred with him more than once, also looks a serious prospect. The multiple group-winning Eridan will be at peak fitness and flies the flag for France. Jarmo Niskanen’s Earl Simon is very hard to knock and also looks dangerous.
Rounding off the black-type triptych is the Championnat Européen des 5 Ans, which looks a more open affair than the first two. Prepared for this race and barefoot for the occasion, Romain Derieux’s Dijon vies for his maiden Group 1 success and can pull it off if he can stay in stride, but he is set to do battle with the high-class German, Orlando Jet, who has a particular liking for Vincennes. Django Riff and Moni Viking are quality elements and both are expected to get in on the action.
Picture: Face Time Bourbon
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