Day At The Track

Racing events in France and Germany

01:16 AM 09 Jul 2018 NZST
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Copernic De Play, harness racing
Copernic De Play wins with ease for driver Franck Blandin

The Q+ On Friday was the Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, France (purse 55,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) with that victory to 3.4/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) driven by trainer/owner Franck Blandin. 

Race time was 1.13kr as the winner recorded career win 12 in 39 starts now for 230,070 euro earned. The exact order Q+ payoff was 1,073 euro. 2.7/1 Cobra Ar Carae (6g Kaiser Soze) and Anthony Barrier was second with 5.7/1 Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland) and Tony LeBeller taking third. The 9/1 Casimir de Survie and 53/1 Cash du Rib completed the top five.

That day at Karlshorst (Berlin) veteran driver/trainer Heinz Wewering scored with Speed of Moor as the 4/5 favorite in the Prix du Spartak Stadium, timed in 1.17kr. Wewering remains the second highest driving dash winner in history, second to USA’s Dave Palone.

Three year old fillies contested Enghien’s Prix de l’Ardeche (purse 39,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, nine starters) with the 1.17.1kr timed win to 2.3/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with legendary Jean Pierre Dubois at the lines.

His Ecurie D bred the winning filly that Dubois also owns and Yves Boireau trains. Fame And Fortune now has earning of 38,400 euro from two wins in eight career starts.

The 36/1 Felaine (3f Jasmin de Flore) was second and 6.9/1 Fantaisie Cherie (3f Sam Bourbon) was third. Dubois’ stablemate 2.1/1 Flower Wood (3f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Boireau and this one was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri. Further note, Jean Pierre Dubois now has posted six driving wins in 2018 from 25 starts and 1370 career wins in France from 6704 drives.

The Q+ on July 7 was Enghien’s Prix de la Manche (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters European). 3.8/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) scored for Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie du Maza.

He recorded career victory 17 in 64 outings timed this day in 1.12.6kr to increase earnings to 703,295 euro. 6.5/1 Balando (7m Nijinski Blue) was second for Eric Raffin with 59/1 Ursa Caf (5f Exploit Caf) third. Beau Gamin and Cicero Noa completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 22,761 euro.

The July 7 Enghien Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000 euro, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 3.9/1 odds Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard.

Yves Boireau trains the new four time career winner in six starts now for 67,890 euro earned. Scuderia Winner owns the colt that J-P Dubois bred. His dam Qualita Bourbon was a superb mare (at 3 winner of the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoile, Prix Roquepine, second in Criterium des 3 Ans: at 4 winner of the Prix de Selection, Criterium Continental, Grand Prix de l’U.E.T, third in Criterium des 4 ans and at age 5 third in the Prix d’Amérique).

The 33/1 Fifti Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin ahead of 45/1 Fakir Merite (4m Uaukir). Fourth was the 1.6/1 favorite Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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