French Racing and Trotting - Weekly Round-Up

Weekly Round-Up of French Racing and Trotting - 2nd June 2021.

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Longchamp hosted another quality Sunday with Group One action headlining. There was much more including trotting at Vincennes and Le Croisé-Laroche in addition to Bordeaux delivering fascinating Flat action…


Date Wednesday 26 May
Venue Saint Cloud
Race R4 – G2 Prix Corrida (2100m)
Type For four-year-old and above fillies and mares
Winner Ebaiyra
Jockey Christophe Soumillon
Trainer Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeding Distorted Humor x Ebiyza
Second  Raabihah
Third  No Limit Credit
Four-year-old filly, Ebaiyra continued to progress her profile when following up the G3 Prix Allez France (2000m) success with victory last week. She enjoyed a good previous campaign which included a great third in the G1 Prix de Royallieu (2800m) last October. Owned and bred by HH Aga Khan, Ebaiyra is out of the Group two winner Ebiyza (Rock Of Gibraltar).


Date Saturday 29 May
Venue Bordeaux (Good To Soft)
Race R4 – Listed 165e Derby du Midi (1900m)
Type For three-year-olds
Winner Paco
Jockey Gérald Mossé
Trainer Jérôme Reynier
Breeding Paco Boy x Momo No Sekku
Second  Absurde
Third  Singledon

With the field leaving the stalls together, it was Paco who made all after setting a decent tempo early on. Gérald Mossé did apply the brakes slightly at halfway when the field split into two groups travelling along the back straight, notably Cristian Demuro staying wide on Craps. This winner however always caught the eye travelling powerfully and picked up nicely at the finish to just prevail with the first four horses covered by a length.

The Jean-Claude Seroul homebred claimed black-type success on his first attempt in the class to give Paco Boy a fourteenth stakes winner. Paco Boy stood seven seasons at Highclere Stud until he was sold to Turkey in 2017.


Date Saturday 29 May
Venue Bordeaux
Race R5 – Listed 99e Grand Prix de Bordeaux - 4e Etape du Défi du Galop (1900m)
Type For four-year-olds and above
Winner Monty
Jockey Gérald Mossé
Trainer Jérôme Reynier
Breeding Motivator x Antebellum
Second  Pao Alto
Third  Charlesquint
After being entered in both the G1 Prix d'Ispahan (1850m) at Longchamp on Sunday and this event, the six-year-old son of Motivator contested the correct contest on the weekend confirming connections had made the best decision. Again, it was another front running winning performance when kicking clear in the home straight to find success by just under two lengths to give the jockey and trainer a double on the card winning both black type races. This became the 32nd stakes winner for Motivator. The stallion stands at Haras du Quesnay where his fee this year is €7,000.


Date Sunday 30 May
Venue Longchamp (Soft)
Race R4 – G3 Prix du Palais-Royal (1400m)
Type For three-year-olds and above
Winner Marianafoot
Jockey Mickaël Barzalona
Trainer Jérôme Reynier
Breeding Footstepsinthesand x Marianabaa
Second  Duhail
Third  Namos
Six-year-old, Marianafoot showed the youngsters how to do it on Sunday at Longchamp when recording a seventh consecutive victory to boost Jérôme Reynier's weekend of good form winning all four stakes races including the G1 Prix d'Ispahan (1850m). He made all with style when responding well in the final 400m to keep rivals at bay.



Date Tuesday 25 May
Venue Vincennes
Race R2 – G2 Sulky 3 Ans Qualif 3 - Prix Kalmia (Prix Kalmia) (2700m)
Type Driven for three-year-olds colts
Winner Impressionist
Driver Eric Raffin
Trainer Louis Baudron
Breeding Ready Cash x Une Lady de Nappes
Second Italiano Vero
Third Invincible Cash
Impressionist was an eye-catching winner confirming a bright beginning to his career. The son of Ready Cash made gradual headway down the back straight and then shared the lead as the field negotiated the final turn. Eric Raffin asked him to quicken which he did quickly pulling away by five lengths. He now holds a 50% winning strike rate (five from ten) for the Hunter Valley owned colt.


Date Tuesday 25 May
Venue Vincennes
Race R4 – G2 Sulky 3 Ans Qualif 4 - Prix Ozo (Prix Ozo) (2700m)
Type Driven for three-year-old fillies
Winner Inoubliable
Driver Jean-Philippe Dubois
Trainer Philippe Moulin
Breeding Prodigious x Dream Life
Second Isla Bonita
Third Iseult Flower
Inoubliable had to work hard to achieve success in this fillies G2 last Tuesday at Vincennes when settled at the back in the early stages then forced three-wide down the back straight before being able to make progress. However, the favourite always caught the eye and came through for a narrow triumph showing high class ability to reverse the form with It's Now or Never in the G2 Prix Masina (2100m) a month ago.


Date Wednesday 26 May
Venue Le Croisé-Laroche
Race R1 – G3 Grand National du Trot (2825m)
Type Driven for five- to ten-year-olds
Winner Fire Cracker
Driver Eric Raffin
Trainer Grégory Thorel
Breeding Quaro x Urganza
Second  Firello
Third  Copsi
Six-year-old, Fire Cracker found success in the latest round of the Grand National du Trot, this time staged at Le Croisé-Laroche which boosted Eric Raffin's points in the series to now be the leading driver with 37 points. The next round (event six) will be at Laval on Wednesday 9th June.


Date Friday 28 May
Venue Vincennes
Race R2 – G3 Prix du Crépuscule (2100m)
Type Driven for five- to ten-year-olds
Winner Violetto Jet
Driver Franck Nivard
Trainer Fabrice Souloy
Breeding From Above x Nocciolaia Jet
Second  Ids Boko
Third  Détroit Castelets
Seven-year-old, Violetto Jet followed up his G3 Prix du Gatinais (2850m) triumph in style to record a 20th career win. The field were stretched throughout with Colonel setting a strong pace. However, Franck Nivard was making gradual headway with 700m to go and travelled nicely to produce a narrow success.


Date Friday 28 May
Venue Vincennes
Race R3 – G2 Sulky 4 Ans Qualif 3 - Prix Phaéton (Prix Phaéton) (2700m)
Type Driven for four-year-old colts
Winner Hohneck
Driver Franck Nivard
Trainer Philippe Allaire
Breeding Royal Dream x Caranca
Second  Hermès Pat
Third  Hokkaido Jiel
The son of Royal Dream enhanced his record to gain a current 50% winning strike rate with ten victories from twenty attempts. Franck Nivard kept the four-year-old close to the leaders throughout, but he needed luck when in the second line tracking the leader with little room to go for. However, with two horses breaking stride in the final 150m, Hohneck was able to burst through to time things to perfection.


Date Friday 28 May
Venue Vincennes
Race R4 – G2 Sulky 4 Ans Qualif 4 - Prix Paul Leguerney (Prix Paul Leguerney) (2700m)
Type Driven for four-year-old fillies
Winner Hirondelle Sibey
Driver Eric Raffin
Trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin
Breeding Gazouillis x Célina du Châtelet
Second  Héliade du Goutier
Third  Hanna des Molles
Hirondelle Sibey gained a four-timer last Friday when racing prominently throughout despite in places being forced wide on the course. She confirmed the form with multiple re-opposing rivals from the G2 Prix Gaston de Wazières (2875m) at Enghien four weeks prior to this. After a successful Winter Meeting, Hirondelle Sibey is proving to be one of the top four-year-olds around. A tilt to the G1 Critérium des 4 Ans in September is likely.


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