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Elena de Piencourt scores in Prix de Laval

03:40 AM 31 Jan 2019 NZDT
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Elana De Piencourt winning at Vincennes
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Tuesday’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Laval (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.12.5kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Elena de Piencourt (5f Opium-Una Bella Jain) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Robert Malherbe.

The 5.9/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain, ahead of 29/1 Electra Jet (5f Ready Cash) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving. 18/1 Elsa du Pommereux (5f Coktail Jet) for Damien Bonne and 23/1 Extasy d’Ourville (5f Tucson) paired with Alexandre Abrivard completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 30,817.20€ for a 2€ wager.

Three year olds participated in the monte Prix de Cholet (purse 46,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters) with 5.1/1 Godigious Deladou (3m Prodigious-Romy de Chaumiere) emerging victorious timed in 1.15.6kr. Eric Raffin was in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Louis d’Aur.

The 5/10 favorite Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa), trained by Philippe Allaire, was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Mathieu Mottier teamed 7.9/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) to a third place finish for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard.

Six year olds battled in the Prix Andre Louis Dreux (45,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) saw 12/1 Des Nuits d’Amour victorious timed in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for Ecurie Excelsior, the winner’s fifth career score in 33 outings. 21/1 Dubai Dream (6f Love You-Orely de la Merite) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 28/1 Digitale Prior (6f Sancho Panca) handled by Aurelien Desmares.

Four year olds contested the Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse 47,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) with victory to 1.14.5kr timed and 4.6/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream). Robin Bakker teamed the Erwin Bot trainer that Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV owns.

He recorded a first win in France. 58/1 Zarchicco Park (4m Mago d’Amore-Grandera Park) took second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and third was the 18/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) reined by Alexandre Abrivard. The 2/1 favorite French Man was a dq.

Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) took today’s Prix d’Ambert (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters) for lightly raced three year olds, tined in 1.1.8kr, with J.Ph. Monclin the trainer/driver, for the winner’s second win in three career starts. He was off at 1.4/1 odds.

The 9/1 Gala Tegy (3m Atlas de Joudes) held second for Ch. Chalon, also trainer for Ecurie Chalon. 1.8/1 second choice Godfather (3m Village Mystic) was far back in third with Eric Raffin up for breeder/trainer Eric Raffin.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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