Bold Eagle will start from post eight

Post positions drawn for Grand Prix de France

Sunday’s €400,000 purse Gr. I International Grand Prix de France over 2100 meters autostart has 16 harness racing entrants with post positions drawn. Prix d’Amerique winner Bold Eagle will start from post eight, just outside Timoko from seven and Oasis Bi from six. Lionel, Anna Mix, Bird Parker and Trebol start from the second tier, a tough sport in this « sprinter-distance » event. The race record was established in 2007 by Kool du Caux clocked in 1.09.8kr. It shapes up to be quite a battle. See video links below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdDJU8GoVOA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pdMVe3htsE Thomas H. Hicks

Vanity Matters

€400,000 Grand Prix de France - 16 participants

Sunday’s €400,000 purse Grand Prix de France entrant count is now 16 including favorites Bold Eagle, Timoko and Oasis Bi plus some that could benefit from the shorter 2100 meter distance and the mobile start such as Un Mec d’Heripre, Bird Parker, Lionel, Trebol and perhaps Anna Mix. This group also includes Italy’s Pascia’ Lest and Vaillant Cash, both with front-end speed. Interestingly, the US-bred mare Vanity Matters (5f Explosive Matter-Vanity Plates-Conway Hall) remains on the starter list, with driver Pierre Levesque scheduled. Vanity Matters raced in the US for trainer Jonas Czernyson winning US$175,991 in 22 starts producing a 2-4-2 slate and a time badge of 1:53.1. She is now owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon who owned Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Vanity Matters raced nine times in Sweden in 2015 with a 2-0-2 slate and 160,635SEK earned for driver Bjorn Goop.   Thomas H. Hicks

Une de Bannes

Une de Bannes wins Grand Prix

At Kuurne this day the featured Grand Prix d’Hiver (Mardi Gras) Belgique for a purse of €30,000 went to 9.3/1 Une de Bannes (8f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) timed in 1.16.32kr for driver Christophe Martens. The 2325 meter event had 17 International starters. Vincent Martens trains the winner for BVBA Campus RPF. 2.8/1 Ru de l’Airou (11g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) was second for driver/owner Sven Hoste and trainer Jean-Marc Chaineux. Well regarded Artiste Joudes at 9/10 odds was disqualified for driver Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. At Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Grace Ducal (quinte+ with jackpot €3.95 million, purse €58,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) went to 3.3/1 odds Kalle (8g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. He was timed in 1.15kr to defeat 2.3/1 Vitinou (7g Jet Fortuna-Hircea) and driver Junior Guelpa with third to 10.3/1 Udine du Dazert (8f Le Retour-License To Win) for trainer/driver Denis Bekaert. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Henri Callier (purse €40,000m 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17.5kr timed, 41/1 Calicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) for driver Kevin Vanderschelden. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Stablemate 9/2 Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) was second driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois for trainer Boireau. 6.9/1 Colibri du Vivier (4m Oiseau de Feux-Iguine du Vivier) was third for Yannick-Alain Briand. Thomas H. Hicks  

Dominik Locqueneux

Vichenko Chef wins Quinte

Vichenko Chef (7g Chef du Chatelet-Incertaine Mabon) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4 million) €50,000 purse Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine at Vincennes, in which 18 European participants traveled the 2100 meter course. The winner was timed in 1.12.1kr and Ch. Dreux was the driver and is owner/trainer. Off at 3.4/1 the winner defeated 10.5/1 Viking Dream (7g Iserio-Helfie) and Eric Raffin with third to 6/1 Viking du Pilet (7g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet) and Franck Ouvrie. 37/1 Pike River finished fourth with Antoine Wiels aboard with 165/1 Violine Mourotaise fifth with David Thomain up. Maffioso Face finished eighth in this contest. On this card the monte Prix de Douvres (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters with apprentice lad jiockeys) went to 4.5/1 A Mery des Chahains (f Password-Neuit du Plainville) timed in 1.13.8kr for jockey Luca Donati for trainer/owner Cedrik Megissier. 3/2 odds Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was next for Leo Abrivard teaming for L.Cl. Abrivard trainer for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 5.4/1 Aviva Aimef (f Love You-Harmonie du Fosse) was third for Niels Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. The Europeans contested the €64,000 purse Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (2700 meters, 12 starters) with Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) recording a 1.14.5kr victory at 2.2/1 odds for Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. Finishing second at 9.5/1 was Rugiada dei Rex (f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) with J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Arnold Mollema. 6.4/1 Royal Roz (f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) landed third in the blanket finish with Mathieu Abrivard trainer and driver for owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Defi Dream (3m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) took the Prix de Vibraye (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.18.2kr with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy trains Defi Dream that Ecurie Mexique Ranch owns. 39.2/1 Djimmy de Vive (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Jezira de Mormal) was second for P-Y Verva and third was 27/1 Django Justice (3g Osvaldo Bello-Perle de Meauce). This afternoon Camille Levesque piloted 7/2 odds Bohemian Rhapsody (5f Angus Hall-Bahama) to victory in the €50,000 purse Prix de la Geneuraye over 2700 meters. 14 contested this monte event. The 1.15.2kr winner is trained by Thomas Levesque and owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 74.3/1 Bambolina (5f Kaiser Soze-Sims Thai) was second for Antoine Lamy and trainer Alain Roussel. 52/1 Brise des Noels  was third with 2.4/1 favorite Belebrine fourth for Eric Raffin. This day the runners were at Cagnes-sur-mer and American trainer Mme Gina Rarick saddled a training winner with 18/1 odds King Driver in the €17,000 purse Prix de la Napoule. Mme Rarick has been writing for The Paulick Report with Alan Shuback, a fabulous diary covering her current experiences at Cagnes-sur-mer. It is well worth reading. Congrats to Mme. Rarick. Thomas H. Hicks  

A 14,000km journey is gifting two trotting teens a life-changing experience that will fuel their harness racing careers. Linnea Hollander, 18 of Jarvso, and Nathalie Sandberg (pictured right), 18 of Enkoping, landed in Melbourne from Sweden on Monday on a month-long internship, which had them join Matt Craven’s Terang stable yesterday for a two-week stay. The students from Travskolan Wangen, a Swedish trotting high school, were selected for the opportunity, the third time the school’s internship scheme has sent students to Victoria. “I am looking forward to seeing the difference between Australian trotters and Swedish trotters, and also see the pacers, which we don’t have in Sweden,” Sandberg said. “I am looking forward to going to the stables and follow the grooming of the horses to see how they work.” The duo will follow their stint at Craven’s stable with two weeks with David Aiken’s Avenel team. Hollander (pictured) said it was “a life experience to be here and hopefully I will learn something I can use back home”. “I feel I have already grown as a person,” Hollander said. “It’s my first time to fly.” Both plan to begin their careers as stablehands or groomers, and wish to one day become trainers heading their own European stables. Their high school program is specially designed to provide skills required in training stables, including horse biology and health, feeding, riding and training. Sandberg said her passion for the sport blossomed from riding her sister’s horse. “I got practicing and then started to learn about trotting,” she said.  “I like the trotting, but it’s the horses that I am here for.” Hollander’s interest was sparked by her neighbours, who manage trotting horses, which she started to ride. “Lately they got more younger horses and I have been helping to drive them,” she said. They are experiences that will only be fast-tracked with time spent at two of Victoria’s leading stables. Harness Racing Victoria general manager – operations Vaughn Lynch said the venture was a continuation of international knowledge-sharing, which helped to boost the sport at home and abroad. by Michael Howard

Pietro Gubellini teamed his trainee Tentation Ans (4m Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) to victory in today’s Prix du Trophee des Plages at Vincennes. This Quinte+ event was raced over 2700 meters by 15 European starters for a €44,000 purse. This recent wnner in Belgium scored in 1.14.7kr as favorite  at odds of 9/10. Scuderia Phenomena SRL owns the winner. 17/1 Caline was second for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrovard with 42/1 Clairette de Beaum third with J-M Bazire driving. Philippe Allaire had another winner when his trainee Down To The River (3f Thorens Vedaquais-Tornade de Neury) won the monte Prix de Jullouville-les-Pins (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) for owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. The winner is  by a US$729,000 winning son of Cygnus d’Odyssee won easily at 2.7/1 odds over favored 9/10 odds Dynastar (3f Coktail Jet-Ode du Chatelet) for David Thomain and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Time was 1.20.2kr. Also on the card was the €48,000 Prix des Fed.Quest Et Basse Normandie over 2700 meters. 12 European eligibles battled with 3.7/1 Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly) winning in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner for Wallen Invest. Vivaldi (by Love You) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with Veloute (by Offshore Dream) third for Yoann Lebourgeois. The Prix de Plestin-les-Greves (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters) resulted in a solid 1.13kr victory by 1.3/1 favorite Brisbane du Bourg (5m Jasmin de Flore-Nistelles d’Aveze) with Eric Raffin up. Sebastien Guarato owns and trains the winner. Brune des Forges (5f Rolling d’Heripre) was second for david Thoman at 27/1 with third to 9/1 Belle Etoile Bleue (5f Ready Cash) and trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. Bahamas (5m Goetmals Wood-Pin Up de la Loge) took the monte Prix de Plouescat (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.1kr at 16.1/1 odds for Alexandre Abrivard. Berlioz de Ginai was second for Eric Raffin and Boyonnaz de l’Inam landed third for Clement Frecelle. Thomas H. Hicks

Twenty one trotteurs remain engaged for Sunday’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de France at Paris-Vincennes. The final field, to be determined Thursday, will battle over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of €400,000. Despite Bold Eagle’s sharp score in the Prix d’Amerique, many challengers remain including Timoko, Oasis Bi, Bird Parker, Anna Max, Trebol and Lionel. The pacesetter in last Sunday’s monte Prix d’Ile-de-France, Vaillant Cash, is in the field. The rolling start is likely to produce a fast pace and winning time. The cinders are fast as shown by the 1.10.6kr victory by Scarlet Turgot last weekend in the monte classic. Look for a new challenger that might benefit from the shorter distance and mobile start plus the race could showcase just how strong Bold Eagle is. The 2015 edition saw Timoko vs Texas Charm with Timoko just up on the line for a close victory clocked in 1.11.4kr. Video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7LnchI9V4k Thomas H. Hicks

Alexandre Abrivard teamed Prix de Cornulier winner Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) to victory in today’s Gr. I International €200,000 purse Prix d’Ile-de-France (2175 meters, monte, 13 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.4/1 harness racing favorite trailed for much of the 2175 meter test, long behind open lengths leader Vaillant Cash, before making a three-wide move to get into contention around the final bend. Once in range she darted to the pegs and got past Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Rebon) on the line. Vaillant Cash was off at 9.6/1 odds and was reined by Clement Frecelle. Scarlet Turgot is trained by Yannick-Alain Briand for owner Mme. Th. Hoste. 29.7/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Harlane du Terme) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. 49/1 Udayama (8f Echo-Lancia du Pont) was fourth (she the race winner last year) and 44/1 Nonant Le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) ended fifth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The winner was clocked in 1.10.6kr off fast fractions (1.06.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.098kr at 500). With the victory Scarlet Turgot became a legend of sort by recording the Cornulier/Ile-de-France double and lowering the mounted trotting time record at Paris-Vincennes with the 1.10.6kr score. Malakite held the old record at 1.108kr set in May, 2008. Scarlet also lowered the Prix d’Ille-de-France record set by Picsou de Villabon (1.10.9kr in 2011). The Vaillant Cash led fractions today set up the new time standard (1.06.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.09.8kr at the 500) and the top finishers, each clocked in 1.11.3kr or better, compared to the aforementioned Picsoo Villabon and the 1.11.3kr winners Nouba Turgot in 2009 and Hot Tub in 2008. The opening monte contest this day was the €95,000 purse Gr. III Prix Indienne over 2175 meters. The nose winner timed in 1.11.5kr was 4/5 odds Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc). Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. 2.6/1 Aventurier Cehere (6g Niky-Iloa de l’Orne) at 2.6/1 was second for Antoine Wiels with a distant third to 79/1 Aurea Vikland (6f Prince de Montforf-Kettina de Monti) and joc key P-Y Verva. The Quinte+ today had a €3.85 million jackpot and the race was the €60,000 purse Grand Prix d’Afrique over 2850 meters with 18 contestants. Also named the Prix de la Gironde, the race winner was 3.2/1 Ange de Lune (6g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard clocked in 1.14kr. 19/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) was second for Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin.  16/1 Aupiquaria (6f Goetmals Wood-Illys Way) held third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The Gr. III International Prix de la Marne (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to the rallying wide Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) at 3.1.1 odds for Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Bred by Jean-Yves Lecuyer,the winner scored in 1.12.5kr off fast even fractions (1.11.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.9kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 to go) and prevailed to victory when leading 0.5/1 odds favorite Viking Blue went off-stride and took dq. 62/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) reached second for J.Cl. Hallais and Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) took third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) hugged the pegs to be fourth  for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden with fifth to 25/1 Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upqe1rWk7Go The Gr. III Prix de Royen (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to 2.7/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Guy Barou. This one scored timed in 1.13.4kr after quick early fractions (1.11.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). Briac Dark surged to a nice lead after Arlington Dream and Red Rose America made the pace, with Arlington Dream off-stride off the final bend., and then held gamely as 6.5/1 Vikind Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) closed in for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5/2 odds Akido (6g Love You-Isba) rallied for third for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and Wcurie Comte P de Montesson with 23.2/1 A Nous Trois (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) getting fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer  Sebastien Guarato. The wrap-up today was the Prix Toque Blanches (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters, monte for apprentice jockeys) and Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) took victory at 9/10 odds with Leo Abrivard up. 3.2/1 Unsert Dairpet was second for Julien Balu and 24.8/1 Uppercut Orange held for third for Alexis Collette.The winner was timed in a sharp 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

WALES, UK - Tir Prince Raceway management are delighted to announce that they will be holding six Le Trot races at Tir Prince in 2016. The Le Trot Series has been underway for three seasons now as both the UK and Ireland. Every year more and more trotters from France have been purchased to race in the series and continue to grow in numbers every year. The dates for the Le Trot Series at Tir Prince this season are: Saturday 18th June Tuesday 26th July Tuesday 9th August Saturday 20th August Saturday 3rd September Saturday 15th October “We at Tir Prince are really looking forward to seeing the trotters who are imported from France grace the track this season,” said Eric Witherspood, Racing Director. “We feel that the facility at Tir Prince gives them the ideal opportunity to showcase their talents. Roll on June! Or as The French would say "Rouler Su Juin!" Purses are estimated at £2,000 sterling ($3,000 US) depending on the number of entries each week. For more information visit http://www.tirprince.co.uk/racing/harness-racing-the-facts/ by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Sons of Ready Cash took two of today’s top groupe events at Paris-Vincennes and harness racing trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, owner/developer of Ready Cash, enjoyed a great day. The opener this Saturday went to 1.4/1 Charmeur de Larre (4m Baccarat du Pont-Qusidmika) clocked in 1.16.1kr for Julien Raffestin aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie le Petteviniere. The race was the Prix de Paimboeuf (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) for monte contestants. 2.3/1 Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin, that one ahead of third finishing 8.7/1 Cesar Volo (4m Prince de Montfort-Qualite Volo) ridden by David Thomain. The superb colt Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) at 2/5 odds took the Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) timed in 1.13.4kr for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 3.7/1 Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas, with 19.3/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) third for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. These top three are all good future racing prospects and come from solid maternal families. Django could be a Bold Eagle type. The dam of Django Riff is the Look de Star mare Rasta Perrine, a US$119,000 winner. Dollar Macker’s second dam is La Star, she dam of La Star Dream (US$325,631) and grand dam of Intense America in North America. Third dam Bahama produced four US$149,000 plus winners. Ducato Bourbon’s dam Kamera Bourbon won US$220,543 and has produced two winners in excess of US$121,000 including US$625,000 winning Scala Bourbon. Second dam Etta Extra is the dam of Mara Bourbon (US$1.8 million), Qualita Bourbon (US$1.7 million) and US$471,000 winning Sam Bourbon, a promising FR sire. This maternal family is influenced by North American sires Star’s Pride, Speedy Crown and Armbro Goal. The day’s Quinte+ Prix de la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.16kr timed, 2.2/1 odds Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) with Mathieu Abrivard up for Ecurie Somolli and trained J-P Fichaux. 9.7/1 Vernico Pommereux (by Love You-Noure du Pommrreux)) was next for Franck Niavrd with 41/1 Tonnerre Margea third for David Thomain. The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse €85,000, 2100 meters, 15 starters) produced a blanket finish clocked in 1.12.5kr by the winner, 6.5/1 Capone Face (4m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride-Defi d’Aunou) with Franck Nivard up for Antonio De Sousa and trainer Franck Leblanc. 7.6/1 Caduceus Des Baux (by Mark Speed) lasted second for Mathieu Abrivard ahead of 7.3/1 third finishing Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. This one is a full-brother to the second finished in the Quinte+ event with the same owner. Congrats to Mr. Lolic! The winners’ dam reflects top flight pedigree and North American influence via Armbro Goal (Defi d’Aunou), Nevele Pride (Kimberland) and Star’s Pride (Florestan). There are seven US$100,000 plus winners in Kingly Pride’s family including herself. Trainer Philippe Allaire returned to win the Gr. II Prix Rocquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) with 4.2/1 Demonia Roma (3f Password-Rome To Paris-Love You), that he also owns. J-Ph Monclin drove the winner to a narrow score timed in 1.15.4kr. 6.1/1 Diva du Mouchel (3f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. 5/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) rallied for third with Mathieu Abrivard up for, again, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The winner’s dam has a productive family that includes Lucky d’Hilly (US$557,572), winner of the Prix Albert Viel at age three. The Prix de Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr winner Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) at 5.3/1 for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 46/1 Bari (5m Ganymede-Magicienne) rallied for second to trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. This day at Jagersro their V75Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 4.3/1 Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) and Peter Untersteiner. The winner increased career earnings to over 5.5SEK million. Peter Ingves teamed Edward Ale (8g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) for second ahead of veteran Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and driver Robert Bergh. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Gala Peter DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters) went to Orifiamma Jet (8f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride) with Tibor Hajnal the trainer/driver. She is 1-1-0 in two starts this year after eight wins and placings in nine 2015 outings. Orangyal (8f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) was second ahead of Landlord (11m Baltic Bet-Golden Lady-Endless Sands). The Saturday card was the third of the 2016 program and reflected continued progress of the new pari-mutuel, video and simulcast systems begun in 2015, including a Q+ type big bet named Kincsem+. Thomas H. Hicks

At 3.1/1 odds the Martin Cormy teamed Biwa Nectar (5m Nectar-Nika) took today’s Prix Kazire de Guez (purse €42,000. 2150 meters autostart, nine European starters timed in 1.12.3kr. The winner, owned by Ecurie Compte P. de Montesson, rallied in late stretch to nail 22.9/1 Monas Invercote (7f Viking Kronos-Monas Sperenza) on the line with the latter reined by J-H Andersson for trainer Svante Bath. Third was 1.8/1 favorite Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar) teamed by Pietro Gubellini with fourth to 21/1 Victoria Empress (7f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) that Y-A Briand reined for owner/trainer Ulf Nordin, 30/1 Thai Investment (7m Broadway Hall-Thai Wonder) was fifth. The race winner now has career earnings of €216,140. Christophe Martens drover two CSM winners today, both trained by Vincent Martens. 2/1 odds Plutonio (7m Self Possessed-Indra Bi) took the Prix Eckmuhl Vro (purse €34,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) timed in 1.14.1kr and 4.1/1 Chelsea Gala (5f Sam Bourbon-Native du Bouffey) won the €24,000 purse Prix Venutas over 2925 meters with 13 starters. This one was clocked in 1.15.9kr for owner Ecurie du Domaine du Parc and now has posted three wins in her last six outings. At Wolvega this evening Hugo W. Langeweg Jr. drover three winners, all favorites, including Titanium Gar (4g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) that Stall Arend owns. Thomas H. Hicks  

Unice de Guez (8f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Langeais (purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) clocked in 1.13.4kr for harness racing driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors at 7/1 odds. The 5/1 odds Vicu du Petit Odon (7g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) was second for Pierre Vercruysse  Third was 26.6/1 Union du Rib (8f Fleuron Perrine-Hermine du Rib) with J.L. Cl. Dersoir  driving and training for Ecurie Jeloca. Bora Fligny (5g Magnificant Rodney-Orsa Mayor de Jay) scored timed in 1.16kr for Francois Lagadeuc  in the monte  €72,000 Prix de Dozule over 2700 meters with seven European contestants. This 27.2/1 odds winner defeated 6.7/1 Candy Store (5f Andover Hall-Lily Kronos) handled by Franck Nivard for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 1.1/1 favorite Bellaya (5f First de Retz-Kelaya) was this one trained and owned by Franck Anne. The Gr. III Prix de Verdun (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) February 4th went to the 1.13.5kr winner Bugsy Malone at 7/10 odds. The five year-old gelded son of Ready Cash-Night Captain was an easy winner after being bid-in at last Friday’s Prix d’Amerique sale at €380,000. Philippe Allaire trains and owns Bugsy. 9.6/1 Blue Grass (5f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha) was second for J-Ph Monclin and trainer Allaire. 5.8/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lora du Cap Vert) was third for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. 8.8/1 Savannah Bi (5f Ganymede-Dakota Bi) ended fourth for Franck Nivard. This coming weekend at Paris-Vincennes continues the outstanding winter meet with four top races on Saturday and five on Sunday. Saturday – February 6th Prix Paul Viel, purse €120,000, Gr. II with nine starters Prix du Grande, purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ Prix d’Avignon, purse €85,000, 2100 meters, Gr. III with 15 starters Prix Roquepine, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, Gr. II with ten starters Sunday – February 7th Prix Indiene, €95,000 purse, monte 8 starters Prix de  Champtoce, purse €60,000, 32 entrants, Quinte+ Prix de la Marne, €110,000, Gr. III International, 10 starters Prix de Rowen, €100,000, 15 starters Prix de :L’ile-de-France, Gr. I Monte UET Masters Series, purse €200,000, 13 starters that includes Cornulier winner Scarlet Turgot. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 29, 2016 - Arqana Trot completed its three-day mixed sale (January 27-29) at Vincennes as part of the Prix d’Amerique-Opodo international racing week and the well-attended Friday “Etalons Expo”. The average price of horses sold decreased 3.1% from last year and percent of horses sold to horses catalogued dropped to 56.4% from 64.3% in 2015. Total reported gross sales (accepted bids) were €2,648,500 in 2016, versus €3,552,000 last year. Non-sold bids were €1,106,000 for the top non-sold lot numbers, an average of €79,000. Top 20 sellers are listed below: Top 20 1. Lot 0149 : UNANIME QUALITY OFFSHORE DREAM / IALLA CLAIRCHAMP Vendeur : Trois Rivières, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0149 97 000 € 2. Lot 0294 : DEUXMAI D'OURVILLE UN AMOUR D'HAUFOR / SOLVALLA Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : CHAINEUX Jean-Marc 0294 77 000 € 3. Lot 0180a : STRAWINSKA MAUZUN GOETMALS WOOD / EVA DE PINTIGNIES Vendeur : Réduction d'Effectif, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0180a 66 000 € 4. Lot 0180 : USELESS SANCHO PANÇA / NETCHKA D'ORGÈRES Vendeur : Réduction d'Effectif, Acheteur : COUSIN Marie-Christine 0180 65 000 € 5. Lot 0167 : UTOPIA JOSSELYN GOETMALS WOOD / MEZIRA JOSSELYN Vendeur : Gallier Christophe, Acheteur : ECURIE JEAN PIERRE BARJON 0167 51 000 € 6. Lot 0282 : BALLINA D'OURVILLE QUAKER JET / ORSINA Vendeur : Dissolution d'association, Acheteur : SARL DU BOUFFEY 0282 50 000 € 7. Lot 0137 : BELUCINDA GOETMALS WOOD / LINDA SOMOLLI Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : GROSZ Jean-Michel 0137 50 000 € 8. Lot 0277 : CHAPARAL DE VANDEL READY CASH / MAÉLIA DE VANDEL Vendeur : Tierceville, Acheteur : WILHELM Doris 0277 47 000 € 9. Lot 0153 : UPSALA D'ATOUT LOOK DE STAR / LICORNE D'ATOUT Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : LHERETE Jean-Yves 0153 45 000 € 10. Lot 0133 : AUDACE MARCEAUX READY CASH / JOLIE FORTUNA Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : Ecurie Thierry Duvaldestin 0133 44 000 € 11. Lot 0198 : ROYAL DREAM LOVE YOU / IDA BOURBON Vendeur : Dissolution d'association, Acheteur : Earl Ecurie Christophe Gallier 0198 42 000 € 12. Lot 0150 : TIMOKO IMOKO / KISS ME COULONCES Vendeur : Mérité, Acheteur : HORVATH Olivier 0150 42 000 € 13. Lot 0313 : DANSEUSE DARCHE READY CASH / JAVA DARCHE Vendeur : Darche, Acheteur : ECURIE NICOLAS ENSCH 0313 40 000 € 14. Lot 0272 : FAMOUS GWEN LOVE YOU / LOVELY DARLING Vendeur : Montdauphin, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0272 39 000 € 15. Lot 0141 : ULTIMA MAUZUN LOVE YOU / EVA DE PINTIGNIES Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : SAUVAGE Anne-Marie 0141 38 000 € 16. Lot 0196 : QUAKER JET LOVE YOU / JENNY JET Vendeur : Petit Banville, Acheteur : VEYRAC Guy 0196 36 000 € 17. Lot 0310 : DORUN BEAM JAG DE BELLOUET / TACOMA JET Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : VION Florence 0310 33 000 € 18. Lot 0265 : DIVIN DU MONT PRINCE GÉDÉ / QUALINDA DU DONJON Vendeur : Berquier Christian, Acheteur : CHAINEUX Jean-Marc 0265 33 000 € 19. Lot 0308 : CARMEN D'HERIPRE COKTAIL JET / QUALAS D'HÉRIPRÉ Vendeur : Futelaie, Acheteur : Earl Elevage Seventy One 0308 30 000 € 20. Lot 0289 : BEST OF PIERJI REPEAT LOVE / SILIA PIERJI Vendeur : Monerie, Acheteur : ECURIE MICHEL SARDOU 0289 30 000 €   Thomas H. Hicks

January 31, 2016 - The opener this day was the Gr. II Prix Camille Blaisot/Prix Lenotre (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 7 starters) and the impressive 3/10 winner was Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon. The winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr off slow fractions (1.16.5kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500 mark). Biscuit Delavera (5m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was second at 5.8/1 odds for jockey Clement Frecelle and trainer J.L. Bigeon, ahead of third finishing Boldena (5f Qwerty-Jessie Jet) with Cedric Terry aboard for Franck Terry, trainer, at 56.6/1odds. 11.6/1 Baron du Chene (5m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene) was fourth for Franck Nivard, jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. Watch for Bilibili as his career moves forward. The €70,000 purse Prix de Montreal/Prix Lalique (2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to barefoot Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier- Pika Josselyn) timed in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O-Roffi-Urano. The winner rallied late, off fast fractions (1.08.5kr at 1500; 1.109kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500 meters to go). Second was game Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Caqure) at 109/1 odds for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc, also racing without shoes, Black Charm (5m Prodigious-Podana) was a shoeless third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner team of Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Fourth was Sharz Roc (by Gigant Neo) for Mathieu Abrivard, fifth was Scellino Luis (by Andover Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and sixth home was Suerte’s Cage (by Igor Font) for Gabby Gelormini and trainer Holger K. Ehlert. The Gr II Prix Kusmi Tea/Prix Jacques Andrieu (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 monte starters) went the impressive Ukerlza du Benjo (8f Blizzard Poterie-Julie Abbevilloise) for Mathieu Mottier and a happy owner/trainer Philippe Rouer, clocked in 1.13.6kr off a modest pace (1.14.1kr at 1500 to go, 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.kr at 500 meters to go).The winner took the lead at the halfway point. Texas de l’Iton was second at 4.3/1 odds for Franck Nivard and trainer Hughes Levesque. 9/1 Teatro (9m Ganymede-Josette) landed third for Ch.J. Bigeon and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Vrai Voya and Satin d’Avril were next to the line. Vaillant Cash was unplaced after a monte win on January 17. The Gr III Prix RMC/Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (purse €105,000. 2100 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) went to quick timed 1.11.2kr, 7/10 odds, Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The pace was fast from the start (1.09.1 at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000, 1.11.3kr at 500) with Lutfi Kojgini’s Dante Boko setting the pace. 4.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) was second  for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Fabrice Souloy and P. Hauger the owner. Third was the game 7.2/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Ten finishers were clocked in 1.11.8kr or better in the competitive contest. Alpha Saltor (Mathieu Abrivard aboard), Quite An Avenger (Finland’s Mike Forss up), Increased Workload (Bjorn Goop for trainer Bergh and owner Melander) and Germany’s Dream Magic BE (Jozef Franzl trained, Vercruysse driven) were next to the line.Udo’s Oiler was scratched. The Gr. II Prix Charles Tiercelin/Prix Harley-Davidson (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 four year-olds European starters excluding geldings) went to Traders (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) with Nicolas Roussel up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Scuderia Colibri SAS, off at 2.6/1 odds. Second at 13/1 was Caid Griff (4m Password-Savane Griff) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Third was 9/10 favorite Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas with fourth to 16.1 odds stablemate Cahal du Rioults (4m Password-Plesse Des Rioults) also owned by Olivier Henri Thomas and trained by Allaire. The top six to the line were timed in 1.11.9kr with fifth to 65/1 Talisker Horse (4f Pine Chip-Iri Horse) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Sixth was Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) for Bernard Piton, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Fractions were fast from the start and the winner was on top or second after the 1000 meter to go mark (1.06.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.6 at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500 remaining). Traders replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwkQjNpzAg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls5tU_6k4GA The day’s  10th race closer was the Prix Tidalium Pelo (purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 18 monte starters with apprentice jockeys) with victory to the barefoot Up Julry (8m Ludo de Castelle-Jatcha) with Leo Abrivard up for trainer Jean-Pail Gavin and Ecurie Julry at 1.1/1 odds. 12.7/1 Speed Pacha (10g Kuadro-Heline de la Butte) was second for Mlle. Alexiane Lepage and owner/trainer David Cherbonnel and third to 51.9/1 Toto du Minon (9g In Love With You-Kaline du Minon) with Valentine Pateau aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger. Videos of Le Trot’s highlights of the full week at Paris-Vincennes: Prix d’Amerique replay - Prix d'Amérique Opodo 2016 - Bold Eagle triomphe !: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvC50BEAHeU Last week’s Prix de Cornulier – Scarlet Turgot Victory:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWmapwRutzk Other Vincennes Racing from Prix d’Amerique-Opodo Week; Trebol Wins Gr.III Prix du Luxembourg 4.2/1 odds Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) found his winning  ways again with a stunning come from behind victory in the January 30 featured Prix du Luxembourg (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 international starters) clocked in 1.12.1kr. Trainer Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou teamed the Spanish bred veteran owned by Cuadro Oivia-Crespia Perez. 1.9/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.4/1 Orione Degi Dei (8g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy andowner Scuderia Bologna 2011. 92.7/ odds Orient Horse (driver Alessando Gocciadoro) and 14.9/1 El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini up) were fourth and fifth. In the beaten field were well-regarded Ave Avis (sixth), Rocky Winner (seventh), Beckman (eighth), Vagabondu Mag (ninth) and Brutus de Bailly (tenth) Tentation Ans (4f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) took the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Moni Maker (purse 37,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini at 8/1 odds. Far back in second was 17.2/1 Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Emc Roc) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Tomas Cecere and owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio and third was 38.3/1 Conga du Buret for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer P.Y. Rochard The same day at Vincennes was the Prix de Paray-le-Moniel (purse €2175 meters, 11 monte European starters) went to 1,4/1 odds barefoot Alto du Lys (6g Magnificent Rodney-Hi Fi d’Eronville) piloted by Clement Frecelle for trainer J.L. Bigeon. 6.4/1 Artist Kelao (6g by Quido du Gautier) was second for jockey Th. Dromigny and 8.5/1 Adorable (6g by Prince Gede) was third with Antoine Wiels aboard. The Quinte +(jackpot 3.35 million euro) from January 28 at Vincennes went to Italy’s Pleasure Kronos (7f Varenne-Speaks Volume) for driver Pietro Gubellini and owner Scuderia Cristian SAS at 49.1/1 odds, timed in 1.13.5kr. UIlulu Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) was second for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer J-P Marmion at 12.8/1 with third to Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B. Glorious), at 3.1/1 odds, and pilot Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 2.1/1 favorite Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) ended fourth for Eric Raffin and trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. This Prix de la Semaine Internationale carried a 65.000 euro purse over the 2700 meter grande piste for 18 European starters. The January 28th Quinte+ event was the Prix de Yonkers Raceway (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 1.13.7kr timed winner was 15.7/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Etoile Sweden HB. 8/1 Amie d’Andy (6f Coktail Jet-Nanyotiere) was piloted by P-Y Verva, also the trainer. 31/1 odds Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) took third for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Della Stelle of Italy. On January 26 the  Paris-Vincennes featured €90,000 purse Prix de Mirande (2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to 3/5 odds favorite Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and clocked in 1.14kr. This one is consigned to the Arqana Trot sale later this week at Paris-Vincennes. 7.9/1 odds Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) landed second for pilot Anthony Barrier, ahead for 4.4/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Louada du Cap Vert) for J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. Thomas H. Hicks

January 31, 2016 - The 7/10 favorite Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) took a two-length victory in today’s Gr, I International Prix d’Amerique (purse €1,000,000, 2700 meters, 18 International starters) for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Pierre Pilarski owns the youthful winner that lowered the race record to 1.11.4kr set by Royal Dream of 1.11.9kr. The top five today were timed in 1.11.6kr or faster. Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was a game second for Bjorn Goop and owner/trainer Richard Westerink at 5.3/1 odds. A half-length back in third was Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) superbly handled by Pierre Vercruysse that benefited from a favorable journey on the pegs behind the leaders at 60/1. Fourth was 19/1 Akim du Cap Vert for Franck Anne and 5/1 Moses Rob ended fifth for reinsman Pierre Levesque. Solea Riveliere was sixth with Bird Parker (another son of Ready Cash) seventh. Well regarded Univers de Pan ended ninth, Un Mec d’Heripre 10th, Mosaique Face 12th, Support Justice 13th and last year’s winner Up And Quick faded to 14th after a battle with the leaders around the final bend. Lionel, Athos des Elfes, Viking de Val and Tiego d’Etang were disqualified for going off-stride. Back in the locker room after his success at Bold Eagle sulky in the Prix d'Amérique 2016, Franck Nivard book a lucid analysis. Thomas H. Hicks

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Sunday’s €400,000 purse Gr. I International Grand Prix de France over 2100 meters autostart has 16 harness racing entrants with post positions drawn. Prix d’Amerique winner Bold Eagle will start from post eight, just outside Timoko from seven and Oasis Bi from six. Lionel, Anna Mix, Bird Parker and Trebol start from the second tier, a tough sport in this « sprinter-distance » event. The race record was established in 2007 by Kool du Caux clocked in 1.09.8kr. It shapes up to be quite a battle. See video links below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdDJU8GoVOA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pdMVe3htsE Thomas H. Hicks
Sunday’s €400,000 purse Grand Prix de France entrant count is now 16 including favorites Bold Eagle, Timoko and Oasis Bi plus some that could benefit from the shorter 2100 meter distance and the mobile start such as Un Mec d’Heripre, Bird Parker, Lionel, Trebol and perhaps Anna Mix. This group also includes Italy’s Pascia’ Lest and Vaillant Cash, both with front-end speed. Interestingly, the US-bred mare Vanity Matters (5f Explosive Matter-Vanity Plates-Conway Hall) remains on the starter list, with driver Pierre Levesque scheduled. Vanity Matters raced in the US for trainer Jonas Czernyson winning US$175,991 in 22 starts producing a 2-4-2 slate and a time badge of 1:53.1. She is now owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon who owned Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Vanity Matters raced nine times in Sweden in 2015 with a 2-0-2 slate and 160,635SEK earned for driver Bjorn Goop.   Thomas H. Hicks
At Kuurne this day the featured Grand Prix d’Hiver (Mardi Gras) Belgique for a purse of €30,000 went to 9.3/1 Une de Bannes (8f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) timed in 1.16.32kr for driver Christophe Martens. The 2325 meter event had 17 International starters. Vincent Martens trains the winner for BVBA Campus RPF. 2.8/1 Ru de l’Airou (11g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) was second for driver/owner Sven Hoste and trainer Jean-Marc Chaineux. Well regarded Artiste Joudes at 9/10 odds was disqualified for driver Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. At Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Grace Ducal (quinte+ with jackpot €3.95 million, purse €58,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) went to 3.3/1 odds Kalle (8g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. He was timed in 1.15kr to defeat 2.3/1 Vitinou (7g Jet Fortuna-Hircea) and driver Junior Guelpa with third to 10.3/1 Udine du Dazert (8f Le Retour-License To Win) for trainer/driver Denis Bekaert. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Henri Callier (purse €40,000m 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17.5kr timed, 41/1 Calicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) for driver Kevin Vanderschelden. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Stablemate 9/2 Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) was second driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois for trainer Boireau. 6.9/1 Colibri du Vivier (4m Oiseau de Feux-Iguine du Vivier) was third for Yannick-Alain Briand. Thomas H. Hicks  
Vichenko Chef (7g Chef du Chatelet-Incertaine Mabon) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4 million) €50,000 purse Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine at Vincennes, in which 18 European participants traveled the 2100 meter course. The winner was timed in 1.12.1kr and Ch. Dreux was the driver and is owner/trainer. Off at 3.4/1 the winner defeated 10.5/1 Viking Dream (7g Iserio-Helfie) and Eric Raffin with third to 6/1 Viking du Pilet (7g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet) and Franck Ouvrie. 37/1 Pike River finished fourth with Antoine Wiels aboard with 165/1 Violine Mourotaise fifth with David Thomain up. Maffioso Face finished eighth in this contest. On this card the monte Prix de Douvres (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters with apprentice lad jiockeys) went to 4.5/1 A Mery des Chahains (f Password-Neuit du Plainville) timed in 1.13.8kr for jockey Luca Donati for trainer/owner Cedrik Megissier. 3/2 odds Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was next for Leo Abrivard teaming for L.Cl. Abrivard trainer for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 5.4/1 Aviva Aimef (f Love You-Harmonie du Fosse) was third for Niels Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. The Europeans contested the €64,000 purse Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (2700 meters, 12 starters) with Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) recording a 1.14.5kr victory at 2.2/1 odds for Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. Finishing second at 9.5/1 was Rugiada dei Rex (f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) with J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Arnold Mollema. 6.4/1 Royal Roz (f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) landed third in the blanket finish with Mathieu Abrivard trainer and driver for owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Defi Dream (3m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) took the Prix de Vibraye (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.18.2kr with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy trains Defi Dream that Ecurie Mexique Ranch owns. 39.2/1 Djimmy de Vive (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Jezira de Mormal) was second for P-Y Verva and third was 27/1 Django Justice (3g Osvaldo Bello-Perle de Meauce). This afternoon Camille Levesque piloted 7/2 odds Bohemian Rhapsody (5f Angus Hall-Bahama) to victory in the €50,000 purse Prix de la Geneuraye over 2700 meters. 14 contested this monte event. The 1.15.2kr winner is trained by Thomas Levesque and owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 74.3/1 Bambolina (5f Kaiser Soze-Sims Thai) was second for Antoine Lamy and trainer Alain Roussel. 52/1 Brise des Noels  was third with 2.4/1 favorite Belebrine fourth for Eric Raffin. This day the runners were at Cagnes-sur-mer and American trainer Mme Gina Rarick saddled a training winner with 18/1 odds King Driver in the €17,000 purse Prix de la Napoule. Mme Rarick has been writing for The Paulick Report with Alan Shuback, a fabulous diary covering her current experiences at Cagnes-sur-mer. It is well worth reading. Congrats to Mme. Rarick. Thomas H. Hicks  

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