Day At The Track

Avenir de Blay wins at La Roche-Posay

05:02 AM 05 Jun 2018 NZST
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Avenir de Blay barely holds on at the wire

Sunday’s sixth leg of the Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix du Department de la Vienne (purse €45,000, 3150 meters distance handicap with 16 starters) held at La Roche-Posay.

The 50 meter handicapped and 15/1 odds Avenir de Blay (8g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) narrowly scored timed in 1.19.3kr in the rain and on soft turf.

Gabrielle Gelormini piloted the Tony LeBeller owned and trained campaigner to his 13th career victory, now for €512,940 earned. 9/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem-Lise du Mirel) rallied and just missed by a short nose for driver Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Anders Lindqvist and breeder/owner Mlle. Anette Holmgren, she too penalized 50 meters.

The 9/10 favorite Ardente du Clos (8f Reve des Valees) was third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, she handicapped 25 meters. 55/1 Bise du Coglais (f Prince Gede) was fourth and 18/1 Croix du Buisson (6f Repeat Love) completed the top five, this pair non-handicapped.

Yesterday there was also trotting on the surf at Plestin les Greves – the Trophee des Plages (“beaches”) leg 2. The Prix de Saint-Efflam Paris-Turf (purse €18,000, 2600 meters distance handicap). 

Victory went to Cash Drive (6g Reflet Gede-Texane Drive) with Joel Guillemin up for trainer Loic Guillemin and owner Claude Mamou-Mani. Alinor (8g Pegalor) took second for Francois Lagadeuc and third was A Toi Venus (8f Mon Premier Crhere) for Frederic Haon, the latter two handicapped 25 meters. Race time was not reported.

On Sunday trotting took place at 18 venues, some on grass (12 courses) and some on dirt/sand/surf throughout France.

Interesting trots also took place at Lyon (A Parilly) with the Prix du Bugey (purse €23,000,  2100 meters, three year old open Centre-Est) and the 1.16kr timed victory went to Faker Merite (3m Uaukir-Neto Lesmie) with trainer Julien Raffestin aboard. This pair defeated Florine de Viette (3f Look de Star) handled by Martin Cormy.

On the same card the Prix de l’Embrunais (purse €20,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.15.3kr timed and 2.7/1 odds Crazy Charm (6g Prodigious-Know How) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up. This now eight time winner in 23 career starts is owned by Ecurie Augustin-Normand.

Vercruysse also tamed the winner of the Prix du Cher (purse €15,000, 2850 meters, four year olds). Emin Sly (4m Repeat Love-Riviera As) recorded his second win in three career starts timed in 1.17.6kr for breeder/owner Daniel Fitoussi. Edox (4m Royal Dream) was second.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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