by Thomas Hedlund
Jean-Michel Bazire and his Dorgos du Guez (Romcok de Guez) swept the field from second over when the $110,000 Prix de Brest was held at Vincennes on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 23). Bazire played it safely during the race’s first half and could afford to wait to attack until the home stretch when Dorgos du Guez flew to a safe win in a mile rate of 1:57.4 over 1.7 miles.
Saturday’s race card at Vincennes was a bit of a teaser ahead of today’s (Jan. 24) races in Paris. The biggest monté race in the world, the $851,000 Prix de Cornulier, is scheduled and 18 trotters under saddle will try to grab the prestigious trophy over 2,700 meters.
Prix d’Amérique finalist Bahia Quesnot will also contest the Prix de Cornulier
Prix de Cornulier 2021
Horse – Jockey
Freeman de Houelle – Yoann Lebourgeois
Galactica – Anna Erixon
Flicka de Blary – Camille Levesque
Dynamite Marceaux – Chrsitopher Corbineau
Flamme du Goutier – Anthony Wiels
Crepe de Satin – Charlene Callico
Dayana Berry – Jean Yann Ricart
Gladys des Plaines – Mattieu Mottier
Jerry Mom – David Thomain
Unique Juni – Guillaume Martin
Daida de Vandel – Alexandre Abrivard
Carla du Chatelet – Francois Lagadeuc
Etonnant – Anthony Barrier
Bilooka du Boscail – Damien Bonne
Etoile de Bruyere – Adrien Lamy
Fado du Chene – Paul Philippe Ploquin
Feeling Cash – Eric Raffin
Bahia Quesnot – Matthieu Abrivard
Mascate Match voted Horse of the Year in Finland
Pekka Korpi-trained Mascate Match (Muscle Mass) was named Horse of the Year in Finland for 2020. The talented mare was outstanding in her crop and banked almost $400,000 in earnings last season. Fourteen starts resulted in 13 wins and she was sold at an online auction in the end of December for the price of $373,500.
An-Dorra (Maharajah) claimed the award for best 3-year-old, while Elian Web was named the best older colt/gelding in Finland.
Zacon Gio voted Italy’s Horse of the Year
In Italy, Zacon Gio (Ruty Grif) not surprisingly claimed the Horse of the Year title.
Zacon Gio defeated Face Time Bourbon in Gran Premio Lotteria in Naples and when he races at the highest level, Zacon Gio belongs among the top trotters in Europe.
Other Italian award winners were:
Two-year-old: Caramel Club (The Bank).
Three-year-old: Bleff Dipa (Mister J.P).
Four-year-old: Alrajah One (Maharajah).