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Bazire and Raffin dominated Paris’ meeting

March 11, 2022

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by Thomas Hedlund

The 2021/2022 winter meeting in Paris ended with $265,000 Prix de Selection on Saturday (March 6) afternoon and after four months of intensively racing in France’s capital city, it’s clear the sport is still dominated by Jean-Michel Bazire and Eric Raffin.

Bazire was outstanding among the trainers that competed in Paris during the meeting and his stable collected 52 wins and earned $2,811,523 this winter.

Eric Raffin topped the drivers with 85 wins.

Ready Cash dominated as sire with 36 wins and $2,466,470 in total earnings.

Paris’ winter meeting 2021/2022

Sires

Sire – Wins – Earnings

  1. Ready Cash – 36 – $2,466,470
  2. Royal Dream – 24 – $1,462,215
  3. Love You – 25 – $1,385,097
  4. Bird Parker – 13 – $1,075,689
  5. Prodigious – 19 – $1,049,419

Trainers

Trainer – Wins – Earnings

  1. Jean-Michel Bazire – 85 – $2,811,523
  2. Philippe Allaire – 16 – $1,890,237
  3. Laurent-Claude Abrivard – 42 – $1,714,032
  4. Thierry Duvaldestin – 23 – $1,516,053
  5. Franck Leblanc – 24 – $1,219,617

Drivers

Driver – Wins – Earnings

  1. Eric Raffin – 85 – $4,212,015
  2. Alexandre Abrivard – 62 – $2,468,909
  3. Jean-Michel Bazire – 45 – $2,340,410
  4. Matthieu Abrivard – 44 – $2,117,458
  5. Franck Nivard – 40 – $2,416,473

Last battle for Billie de Montfort… in France

Eleven-year-old super mare Billie de Montfort, trained by Sébastien Guarato, will race on French soil for the last time this Sunday (March 13) in the $225,000 Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer. But, according to breeder and owner Philippe Dauphin, it’s not certain that Billie de Montfort has made her last start, French media Paris-Turf reported.

“We still don’t know if we will continue the adventure with Billie in another country. That decision can be made after the race on Sunday in consultation with Sébastien Guarato and his wife Anne,” Dauphin said.

Billie de Montfort’s merits are outstanding and the most characteristic trait is her toughness and strong body. Her career has been long and the 11-year-old Jasmin de Flore mare has fought against the best horses in the crop, both in her home country and in most of the other European harness racing countries.

Before Sunday’s race in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Billie de Montfort has earned $2,816,489 and her biggest trophy was claimed in the $250,000 Gran Premio delle Nazioni in Milan 2020.

”B-horse” Bahia Quesnot is another great mare born in the same crop as Billie de Montfort and she is also entering the track for the last time in France this Sunday.

Title defender Vivid Wise As will probably be heavy favorite in the mile race on Sunday and facts say that the 8-year-old Italian bred Yankee Glide son is tough to beat at the racetrack on the French Riviera. Five earlier attempts on the red track have resulted in five wins and Vivid Wise As has claimed the title in Criterium de Vitesse two years in a row.

Criterium de Vitesse 2022

One mile

Horse – Driver – Trainer

Zacon Gio – Roberto Vecchione – Holger Ehlert

  1. Bahia Quesnot – Junior Guelpa
  2. Cokstile – Gabriele Gelormini – Erik Bondo
  3. Billie de Montfort – Eric Raffin – Sébastien Guarato
  4. Delia du Pommererux – David Thomain – Sylvain Roger
  5. Etonnant – Anthony Barrier – Richard Westerink
  6. Vitruvio – Alessandro Gocciadoro
  7. Vivid Wise As – Matthieu Abrivard – Alessandro Gocciadoro
  8. Dreammoko – Wim Paal – Claus Hollmann
  9. Elsa de Belfonds – Thomas Levesque – Nicolas Ensch
  10. Bleff Dipa – Vincenzo P. Dell’Annunziata – Holger Ehlert
  11. Desir de Bannes – Nicolas Ensch
  12. Alcoy – Christophe Martens – Vincent Martens
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