Horse racing news
We are approaching the end of the Vincennes winter meeting with this Sunday on the Plateau de Gravelle the last Group 1 of the Prix d’Amérique Races: the Prix de Paris-Marathon Race… We can indeed speak of a real marathon with its 4150m and its 2 laps of the Grande Piste Parisienne. If the first round is done in observation round mode, things get carried away in the second where the hardness and the qualities of resistance finally make the difference!
Friday, Vincennes resumes its rights and hosts the Quinté Premium support meeting as part of a semi-nocturne with an event scheduled for 8:15 p.m. This is an event reserved for 5-year-old females and contested over the 2850m of the Grande Piste with 15 young ladies who will all start from the same level.
On Saturday, welcome to the Auteuil racecourse for its reopening with 8 obstacle races and already a Group 3, the Prix Robert de Clermont-Tonnerre. It’s a Steeple-Chase always popular with jumpers aged 5 and over, which is the first stage of the Grand Steeple-Chase Masters with some great people on the track among its 11 competitors ready to do battle on the selective course of 4400m. As for our Quinté, the traditional Prix Beugnot, it remains a Listed handicap with 16 hurdlers aged 5 and over.
The Thoroughbreds are also entitled to their Premium meeting on the sand track of Chantilly with 8 flat races and a start of operations fixed at 1:30 p.m.
Regarding our trotting friends, they are expected as part of a semi-nocturne on the track of Saint-Galmier.
Without forgetting the foreigner because in Riyadh the famous Saudi Cup takes place in the evening, the most endowed race in the world with its 20 million allowances.
Sunday, we return to Vincennes with the last flagship race of the winter meeting, the famous Prix de Paris and its very long distance of 4150m. They are only 14 at the start of this 2023 edition but almost only champions with in particular the presence of the winner of the Grand Prix d’Amérique, Hooker Berry, the Prix du Cornulier, Flamme du Goutier and the recent Prix de France Ampia Mede Sm. We will have to be patient while waiting for the final tumble but the fight promises to be grandiose in this Parisian marathon. This is of course the event chosen as support for our Sunday Quinté. After this long-awaited Group 1, place is made for a Group 3 among the 9 races on the program: the Prix de la Mayenne, a European open to 5 and 6 year olds which promises us a great duel over the 2700m of the Large Track.
Another Premium meeting is on display this Sunday for trotters for a semi-nocturnal meeting in Amiens.
The gallopers are not left out with 2 Premium meetings first in Machecoul from 9:50 am for 5 flat races and 2 obstacles then in Cagnes-sur-Mer for a gala meeting just before its closing with 9 events intended for Pure- Blood including a Listed, the Department 06 Grand Prix, support for the 2023 Galop Challenge.
Monday is the closing meeting of the Cagnes-sur-Mer flat winter meeting with the curtain raiser of the Quinté of the day run in a handicap for 4 years and over on the 2150m grass course.
And to finish, congratulations and thank you to Nathalie Desoutter who decided to put an end to her career after 700 flat and obstacle successes combined… She, who was nicknamed “the Iron Lady” of jumping, was able to bow out with honor and panache by winning a Listed last Sunday at Pau in the saddle of Athéna du Luy!