Eurowatch - March 26

Arlington Dream in the hands of Yoann Lebourgeois powered away from a strong field of 5YOs to win the Prix Robert Auvray, a Group II race  over 2850 meters as the Spring Meeting kicked off at  Vincennes on the weekend.

Philippe Allaire’s strapping son of Ready Cash began quickly and set a cracking pace in the lead clocking the first 1300m in a sub 2min 1.13,8 kilometre rate. Lebourgeois then put the screws on even more to clock a 1.12,7 rate at the  1800 meters putting a gap of ten meters on the bunch.

By the turn he had stolen the race and while Aloa de la Mortrie (Extract) who trailed  for most of the journey attempted to rally, she could do no better than second while  Ave Avis (Kesaco Phedo) with Jean-Michel Bazire in the bike was third. The winning time was 1.12,8. Heavy favourite Amiral Sacha (Ganymede), broke with  1000 meters of the race left.

The feature monte the Prix Louis Forcinal a Group II, for 5 and 6-year-old, was quinellaed by Sebastien Guarato  stablemates  Villeroi (Oiseau de Feux ) and Astor du Quenne ( Opus Viervil).
Villeroi was the clear favourite and his support  proved justified. Eric Raffin  sat outside the leader Vamp Gede ( Capriccio ) and the pair set up a high tempo but toward the last turn Camille Levesque loomed up large on Valse de Reve (Mister President) and went clear.

But Valse de Reve went into a big gallop with the race at his mercy  leaving  Villeroi in the lead and he cruised to the line ahead of Astor du Quenne and Agrippine (Hasting).   The winning time was 1.13,8.

Swedish import Beckman survived  the chaos in the rich Europeen race the Prix du Bois de Vincennes  to beat a strong field in the €115,000 Group III harnessed trot over 2700m.

Pacesetter  Une Fille d'Amour (Infant du Bossi) broke in the last curve inconveniencing  Uprince who locked wheels with Viking du Val. Uprince’s driver Damien Bonne ended up on the the track. One of those greatly inconvenienced was  big favorite, Aladin d'Ecajeul who belatedly rallied for fourth.

Meanwhile Beckman (Turbo Sund) and Talicia Bella (General du Pommeau) escaped out the front and the ex-Swede stayed on the strongest for the win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy.

Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) was third ahead of the unlucky Aladin d'Ecajeul (Quaker Jet). ***

Fabrice Solouy is aiming brilliant Swedish mare Moving On for the Elitloppet following her win in Prix Jean Cabrol at Vincennes on Saturday.

Trainer-couple Claes Svensson and Marie Nilsson sent Moving On to Solouy’s stable in France at the beginning of last season  and the move has paid off for the daughter of Quite Easy who has earned €300,000 from eight wins since she arrived (including €32,400 on Saturday).

Driver Franck Nivard positioned Moving On in the queue and the mare sprinted strongly when called upon to claim the win clocking 1”13’1/2700 meters.

“She has been great this winter and I have high hopes in her. I think that the horse has what it takes to be a contender in Elitloppet”, said Souloy on  Swedish ATG website.

Souloy has a large contingent of international horses including consistent Swedish-born trotter Beckman (Turbo Sund) who won the  Prix du Bois over 2700 meters on Saturday.


Momarken in Norway  was the focus of top grade Scandinavian racing over the weekend with Swedish owned and trained but Italian bred Oasis Bi  getting out late from the lane and producing a withering finish to beat Mr X F Royal in the Steinlagers Lopp.  Stefan P Petterson’s  son of Toss Out  clocked a time of 1’12”2 for the 1640m. The race is named after a Swedish champion trotter who won the 2005 Elitoppet  not the Kiwi beer.



One of France's leading horsemen, Pierre Levesque was taken to hospital last week after a nasty training accident  left him with seven broken ribs and a broken elbow.  Levesque had to undergo surgery at a Paris hospital and will be out of action for some time. Pierre Levesque is among the French elite with three wins in the Prix d' Amerique on his resume as well as as a victory in Sweden’s prestigious Group I Åbys Stora Pris.

Last year’s champion European mare Canaka B.F has retired.  The  eight-year-old daughter of Jobie Tempest  won the European Championship for mares last season and finished third in the UET Trotting Masters and  the Swedish Group I Sundsvall Open Trot. Swedish bred  Canaka B.F won 18 out of 71 races for earnings of SEK 5.8 million. Canaka B.F. will  bred to E.L.Titan, a well-performed  son of Muscle Hill out of sister to Angus Hall and Andover Hall.