The richest race for trotters racing under saddle, the Prix de Cornulier, was held Sunday at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, and after a lot of action, when the winner Singalo hit the finish line, he recorded the second fastest time in history for a winner. Singalo was timed in a mile rate of 1:56.3 over 1 11/16ths miles (2,700 meters).
The Prix de Cornulier took place on a snowy day at Vincennes, but the rare weather situation did not cause any problems with the track surface, which was still fast. There was a fast early pace by Quif de Villenuve (Coktail Jet), who won the 2012 race in record time (1:55.4). But in the last turn he finally yielded to Singalo, who drifted to the outside over the homestretch while Camille Levesque (the young daughter of Pierre Levesque) and her horse Quarry Bay (Cygnus d'Odyssee) used the inside to make it a fight.
Singalo (by Goetmals Wood) had a tough trip, but as he has done throughout his career, he has great potential when he stays flat, which has not been so often. Almost 50 percent of his starts have ended with breaks. Despite this, he has earned more than 1 million euros, which includes the 350,0000 he added by winning the Prix de Cornulier.
For the second time, the winning jockey was the experienced monte rider David Thomain. He won in 2007 with One du Rib. Thomain was in the saddle for owners Louis and Jean Baudron.
The favorite, Tiego d'Tang (Chaillot), minimized his chances with a slow start while the Lutfi Kolgjini-trained Lavec Kronos (Enjoy Lavec) made a break at the start.
Singalo comes out of a most important Jean Pierre Dubois pedigree as he is a son of Goetmals Wood and the classy mare Ingala, by Buvetier d'Aunou (by Royal Prestige). And the same can be said of the trainer/owners Jean and Louis Baudron.--By Lars G. Palm
Result - 700.000 euro Prix de Cornulier
1. Singalo - 1.12,4 David Thomain
2. Quarry Bay - 1.12,5 Camille Levesque
3. Scolie de Bassiere - 1.12,7 Anthony Barrier
4. Tiego d'Etang - 1.12,7 Ch. J. Bigeon
5. Tango Quick - 1.13,0 Franck Nivard
6. Save The Quick - 1.13,1 Eric Raffin
7. Surabaya Jiel - 1.13,2 Matthieu Abrivard