Day At The Track

Winter meet gets underway at Vincennes

04:34 AM 02 Nov 2019 NZDT
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Cleangame, harness racing
Cleangame and trainer/driver J-M Bazire

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took today’s Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes in France. It was also the start of the winter race season at Vincennes. 

Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to his 29th career win in 46 starts, now for 1,091,970€ earned. J-M Rancoule owns the winner that was timed in 1.12kr.

Second was 23/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) reined by Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 30/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) rallied for third teamed by her trainer Junior Guelpa. 5.2/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet), 42/1 Looking Superb, 12/1 Bugsy Malone and 75/1 Clarck Sotho trailed the top three in this good field that saw Davidson du Pont finish ninth, Carat Williams 12th and Dreambreaker 13th.

The race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 6,910.20€ for a 2€ wager with 116 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,388,282€ and the total of all pool on this race exceeded 7,109,000€.

On the program six year olds contested the Prix du Dorat (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters). J-M Bazire scored again with 3.1/1 Dayana Berry (6f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) timed in 1.14.7kr.

The Bazire owned and trained winning mare now has eight career victories in 36 starts. 6/1 Diego Sautonne was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.6/1 Bazire trainee Dostoievski was third with Nicolas Bazire the pilot. The favorite Defi de Retz, another Bazire trainee, was a dq.

Jean Michel Bazire returned again to win the Prix des Clematites (two year olds, purse 32,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters) with 1.4/1 Hoffenbach (2m Cristal Money-Angelica). Clocked in 1.17.5kr this was Hoffenbach’s maiden win in four starts. His sire is a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money-Himo Josselyn and his offspring are showing up in the winners’ circle with some regularity.

This day was the kickoff of the Winter Meet at Vincennes that continues through February 29. The exceptional racing program of course includes the Prix d’Amerique (January 26) and the lead-up “B” races leading to the big one. 

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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