Last Saturday at Enghien, Group 1 winners Feliciano (Ready Cash) and Italiano Vero (Ready Cash) practiced several times in between two races in front of their trainer Philippe Allaire. The latter was satisfied, as he explained on Equidia TV: "Mr. Urano wanted me to try Feliciano again and he was right. The horse is in great form. As the horse has raced quite a lot without an overcheck, he has a little pain in the back, so we added a loose overcheck to help him. I find him much better, well online. I haven't planned any specific races for him yet," he said.
Regarding his 3-year-old champion Italiano Vero, he added: "Italiano is still a bit playful, like a real 3-year-old, and needs some thorough work to get back into shape. He should make his comeback at Vincennes on August 21."
There were three races open to 2-year-olds on tap last weekend. On Saturday on the new refurbished grass track at Carentan, Judith Reine (Tucson) made a victorious debut (video). The filly trained by Pierre Belloche dominated another juvenile, Jalko Vella (Valko Jenilat), presented and driven by Bruno Marie.
On Sunday, Julien Dubois' Jazzy Touch (Village Mystic) won for her debut on the turf at Ecommoy (video), while at Saint-Malo, Philippe Allaire's Jaguar Wit (Eridan) won in 1'16''5 (2:03.05 MR) with Eric Raffin in the bike (video). It was the colt's second win in two attemps, after his victorious debut on the grass at Brehal (Normandy), making him the third richest 2-year-old to date, with 10,350€ earnings. The two richest, Just For Lova (Brillantissime) (14,900€) and Jakarta Galaa (Brillantissime) (12,150€) are also trained by Philippe Allaire.
Retired several years ago in Cannes, in southern France, Yvan Bernard (pictured below with Jean-Michel Bazire in 1998), passed away peacefully on Saturday 7 August at his home at the age of 94. Even if he had taken a step back from breeding and left his his son Pascal takeover the home stable, he had nonetheless savoured the exploits of Belina Josselyn, starting with her triumph in the Prix d'Amérique, in 2019.
Yvan Bernard is the man of the “Josselyn” label. Not only the creator of the label, but also the initiator of the stud. His merit is all greater since he was not, originally, from the harness racing business, knowing merely anything about it at the beginning of his career as a breeder. But he quickly learned, listened, surrounded himself with the right people, took the right initiatives, to the point where the "Josselyn's" are today: quite simply, a worldwide renowned trademark.
In just three participations in the 'Green Trophy', France's grass track championship, Clarck Sotho (Oiseau de Feux) has won twice this year. After his success at La Gacilly (Britanny) on July 25, he followed this Sunday in the 12th stage of the circuit at Granville (Normandy). At the same time, he becomes a serious candidate for the general title. The next stage will be held at Montier-en-Der (Eastern France) on Sunday 22 August, before the grand final at Craon (Gr.3 - 70,000€ - 2,775m) on September 6.
'GREEN TROPHY' STANDINGS
(Rank, Horse (Sire), Points, Participations)
1. BY AND BY (Niky) 49 / 6
2. DETROIT ACE (Texas Charm) 46 / 5
3. CLARCK SOTHO (Oiseau de Feux) 36 / 3
4. CASH DE L'ALBA (Offshore Dream) 33 / 6
5. EMENCOURT D'AZIF (Qwerty) 30 / 4
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