04/05/2009 11:00PM

Trincot wind Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp


Trincot came from last to first to win the Group 2, $175,000 Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp on Sunday, drawing clear for a three-length victory over The Bogberry, as French Derby winner Vision d'Etat was third, a head behind the runner-up.

Trincot, a son of Peintre Celebre trained by Philippe Demercastel, had been eighth in his previous start, on soft ground in the Group 3 Prix Exbury. Sent off at 15.40-1 on Sunday, he was much more comfortable on Longchamp's good going and was clearly superior this day under Stepjane Pasquier. Making his seasonal debut, Vision d'Etat was spotting Trincot three pounds and the The Bogberry seven pounds for his Group 1 triumph last June.

The time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:02.88.

The first three are scheduled to meet again in the first European Group 1 race of the year, the 1 5/16-mile Prix Ganay, at Longchamp on April 26.

Grandcamp used a pair of victories on the Cagnes-sur-Mer all-weather track to vault to victory in the Group 2, $175,000 Prix Noailles, the first major prep for the French Derby. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget and ridden by Christophe Lemaire, the 4.60-1 Grandcamp, a Platini colt, led throughout to defeat Guest Ville by a head, getting the 1 5/16 miles in 2:10.77.

On the same card, two well-bred classic hopefuls won important 1 3/8-mile allowance races. Board Meeting, an Elie Lellouche-trained daughter of Anabaa and Prix de l'Opera winner Bright Moon, took the Prix de Croissy, while Claremont, an Andre Fabre-trained son of Sadler's Wells and Prix Vermeille winner Mezzo Soprano, won the Prix de Ferrieres.

* At Sha Tin on Sunday, More Bountiful scored at 9.40-1 in the one-mile, Group 2 Chairman's Trophy, beating favored Viva Pataca into third place by two lengths.