by Thomas Hedlund
The French winter meeting approaches its zenith as the $793,500 monté race Prix de Cornulier is on the menu today (Jan. 23) at Vincennes.
Next Sunday (Jan. 30), it’s time for the big bang in the $1,133,000 Prix d’Amérique. The field will be set on Thursday (Jan. 27).
In the last B-race, the $135,000 Prix de Belgique, Jean-Michel Bazire qualified another horse for the Prix d’Amerique. His Feydeau Seven (Rodeo Josselyn) sprinted to a safe win, while runner-up Diable de Vauvert finished strongly after a tough trip. Rebella Matters (Bazire) claimed third place and she was already in the Prix d’Amérique.
This afternoon, 15 trotters will fight for the big title in the Prix de Cornulier. Prior years’ dominant trotters Bahia Quesnot and Bilibili are the most merited horses in this year’s field, but the race seems pretty open this time around.
The distance of 2,700 meters makes this the world’s biggest race for trotters under saddle.
Prix de Cornulier 2022
Horse – Jockey – Trainer
Hirondelle du Rub – Jean Loic Claude Dersoir – Joel Hallais
Fantaisie – Yoann Lebourgeois – Nicolas Bridault
Florida Sport – David Thomain – Charles Antoine Mary
Granvillaise Blue – Camille Levesque – Pierre Levesque
Et Voila de Muze – Anthony Barrier – Sébastien Guarato
Feeman de Houelle – Eric Raffin – Franck Leblanc
Unique Juni – Matilde Herleiksplass – Jörgen Westholm
Gladys des Plaines – Mathieu Mottier – Gilles Curens
Flamme du Goutier – Antoine Wiels – Thierry Duvaldestin
Zarenne Fas – Guillaume Martin – Jerry Riordan
Bilooka du Boscail – Nathalie Henry – Yves Hurel
Etoile de Bruyere – Adrien Lamy – Charles Dreux
Feeling Cash – Francois Lagadeuc – Philippe Allaire
Bahia Quesnot – Matthieu Abrivard – Junior Guelpa
Bilibili – Alexandre Abrivard – Laurent Claude Abrivard
Ideal du Chene wins Prix de Pardieu
The 4-year-olds battled under saddle in Saturday’s (Jan. 22) $135,000 Prix de Pardieu at Vincennes and Julien Le Mer trained Ideale du Chene (Bird Parker) impressed a lot from the lead for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin.
Ideale du Chene hit the front position after 250 meters and when Ploquin asked for some more gas at the top of the stretch, the 4-year-old mare left her opponents by many lengths and she came home in mile rate 1:56.2 over 1.3 miles.
Dreamer de Chenu wins Prix de Brest
Bazire’s super gelding Cleangame recorded a mile rate of 1:56 when the $105,000 Prix de Brest was held earlier on the race card and Cleangame ended up as the fastest horse in the field, but finished fourth after a heavy trip three wide, almost all the way. Cleangame started 50 meters behind winner Dreamer de Chenu (Timoko), who upset due to a nice trip served by Louis Baudouin. The mile rate over 1.7 miles was 1:57.3.