Day At The Track
Ceylan Dairpet, harness racing

Ceylan Dairpet wins Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf

Today’s 11th leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf (purse 90,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) saw the 7/10 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) score for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The winner recorded his 12th career victory in 33 starts for 371,910€ earned. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 136/1 Valseme (9g Bijou du Bignon) was second for Th. Dromigny ahead of 7.5/1 Christo (6g Rieussec) and trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. Vertige de Chenu at 7.5/1 and 89/1 Amout Orageux completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ payoff for an exact order ticket of 44,225.80€ for a 2€ wager. On the undercard was the Pick 5 Prix Gallaud-Joaillier (purse 30,000€, 2800 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.15.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Tyrolean Dream (7g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) home the winner for Rudolf Haller and owner Stall Wieserhof. The 5.6/1 Popeye Diamant (7g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) took second for Gerhard Biendl and Stall MS Diamanten. 9/1 Bijou de Carsi (7g Jasmin de Flore) took third for Lois Guinoiseau and trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Forbes Delo, harness racing

Forbes Delo best in Prix Ludovica at Vincennes

Top flight action was on tap this evening at Paris-Vincennes, primarily for three and four year olds.  The opener this day was the Prix Ludovica (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed impressive victory to 2.9/1 Elena de Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard driving for breeder/owner Robert Malherbe. She scored for the third time lifetime in 31 outings and was a decisive winner over 9/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Stephane Meunier. The 8.1/1 odds Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson) took the third check for pilot David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  22/1 Epona des Passage (4f Real de Lou) was fourth for Aymeric Thomas ahead of even money favorite Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash) and Pierre Vercruysse. The featured monte Prix Phact (Gr. III, purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) saw 4.6/1 odds Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) score with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer Alain Rogier and breeder/owner Elodie Margeard de Barros). Race time was 1.15.5kr in this event for three year old monte specialists. 6.3/1 Fidji Gelle (3f Ubriaco) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard and third was 7.2/1 Frison Jiel (3g Rombaldi) for David Thomain. 30/1 Foot des Glenan (3g Hyperion) and 3.1/1 Flying Dream (3m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. The monte Prix Goberta (purse 46,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) went to an impressive 20/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) that closed stoutly from sixth at the halfway point. Race time was 1.13.8kr as this winner recorded his fourth career victory in 24 outings for 94,210€ earned. Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Estelou was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Even-money favorite Emir de Rebomard (4g Kepler) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephane Meunier. Third went to 18/1 Elder Shadow (4m Singalo) with J-Y Ricard the jockey for Ecurie des Charmes. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Love You-Etta Extra, the family of Mara Bourbon (by And Arifant-Etta Extra) and Vita Bourbon, the dam of Gr.I winner Face Time Bourbon. Note, the exceptional Etta Extra is a daughter of Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) and illustrative of the Dubois’ Franco-American trotting creation. Tomorrow is the 11th leg of the  Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf at Strasbourg for a 90,000€ purse, with a competitive field that includes Bachar, Balando, Ambassadeur d’Am and Cathy A Quira among the 18 starters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Billie De Montort, harness racing

Billie de Montfort wins 4th Leg Trotteur Francais

The grand mare Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) scored at 4.3/1 at Gelsenkirchen Germany in the 50,000€ purse fourth leg of the Tour European Trotteur Francais. Raced over 2600 meters autostart the raced was named the Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen and Billie, with Hugo Langeweg Jr. at the lines, recorded her 16th career victory in 76 starts now for 1,766,816€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by breeder Philippe Dauphin. She has posted a series second at Wolvega and Son Pardo and fourth at Avenches before today. Billie defeated a Guarato stablemate and 7/10 favorite Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle de Roc) that Dauphin bred and Guy Chaumont now owns, with Eric Raffin aboard. 2.4/1 Anna Mix (8f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) took third for Loic Guinoiseau and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 41/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong) was fourth. Beau Gamin was scratched. The undercard showcased the Prix Moet & Chandon (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters, eight starters) with the 5/10 favorite El Magnifico (4g Tucson-Nigella) home first timed in 1.14.4kr with trainer Robbin Bot driving. Stall Cortina owns the winner that bested 4/1 Birdy de Neuilly (7g Quentocky) and driver Eric Raffin, for trainer Johan Bot and Stall de Groningers. The 6.8/1 Apocha Jeloca (8g Memphis du Rib) was third handled by Jaap Van Rijn. The Wettstar (purse 3,500€, 2000 meters autostart, 12 starters) brought out some well-bred performers, with victory to 5/10 favorite Free Bird (3m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) handled by Michael Nimczyk, timed in 1.16.2kr. The victory was the third straight for the winner, that snapped a two race win streak of second finishing L'Amicus (4g Love You) reined by Robbin Bot. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vitruvio, harness racing

Vitruvio takes Grand Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi

Sunday’s Grand Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi Memorial (purse 88,000€, 1609 meters autostart) in Italy drew a fine hafield of four year olds and saw Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebo) score for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro timed in 1.11.3kr. The winner won for the 13th time in 28 career outings now for over 181,000€ earned. Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy-Ginger Somolli)  took second with Pietro Gubellini up, ahead of Vanesia EK (4f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) handled by Roberto Andreghetti. Valdivia (4f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) earned the fourth check. On Saturday at Rome’s Capannelle racecourse there were two Premio Anact events, each raced for a purse of 20,900€ and contested over 1640 meters autostart. The winner of the male division was Ares del Ronco (2m Iulius del Ronco-Vendee-Lemon Dra) timed in 116kr and reined by Roberto Vecchione. The sire of the winner is a son of Viking Kronos from a Sugarcane Hanover dam. The filly division was won by 1.15kr timed Apple Wise As (2f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) with Antonio Greppi at the lines. Last week on Wednesday, at Roma Capannelle, was the Gr.1 Grand Premio Gaetano Turilli (purse 110,000€, 2100 meters autostart). This classic event was won by Sonia (7f Donato Hanover-Elen Lode-Uronometro) with Rene’ Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, timed in 1.12kr. This veteran campaigner now has 24 career wins in 86 starts for over 232,000€ earned. Her stablemate Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) took second with trainer Gocciadoro driving this career winner of over one million euro. Deimos Racing landed the third check for driver Roberto Andreghetti. Upcoming on November 1 at Torino are the Gr. I Della Nazioni, a Gr. I UET Masters Series test for a 154,000€ purse and the companion Gr. II Orsi Mangelli Filly for €88,000. The eligibles, shown below, are an impressive group led by Romain Derieux’s Dijon and trainer Philippe Allaire’s Django Riff. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Quinte+ race was the Prix des Gobelins (purse 54,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) with victory to the 2.1/1 odds Ce Belle Romain (6g Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) with Anthony Barrier up timed in 1.12.5kr. S.G. Dupont owns and trains the winner now of 13 wins in 37 starts for 262,460€ earned. 6.7/1 Citizen Kane (6g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) was second driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. The 4.1/1 Carlo de Cursi with Eric Raffin up took third, ahead of 22/1 Romi Mms and Franck Nivard with the fifth check to 7.6/1 Vixel, handled by trainer Franck Ouvrie. The exact order winning ticket holders earned 1,165€ for a 2€ wager. There was an exact order jackpot winner and that paid 918,596€. On the card was the Prix du Pont Mirabeau (32,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters) and 5.5/1 odds Geisha d’Arbaz (2f Rolling d’Heripre-Pepite Winner) scored for Matthieu Abrivard for owner/breeder Francois Cousin. The 2.4/1 Galijca de Vandel (2f Niky) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 1.3/1 favorite Golden Girl (2f Ready Cash-Private Love) handled by Franck Nivard. Race time was 1.17.2kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

The 3/10 favored Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was a game winner of today’s 200,000€ purse EME Grand Prix du Sud-Quest raced over 2550 meters autostart at Bordeaux Le Bouscat. This was a UET Masters Series 2019 event. Owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to this 40th career victory now for 2,137,797€ earned. He now shows 11 wins in 12 starts this year and is arguably the best racing international trotter. It would be an experience to see him race against Bold Eagle, Readly Express and Propulsion. This day 15/1 odds Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was a game second for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third in a photo was 83/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees-Hardness) for trainer/driver Dominique Cordeau. Second wagering choice at 3.4/1 was Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriella Kemp) with Hannu Torvinen up for trainer Jean Baudron. This quick mare left from post one and was shuffled almost last before making a huge rally backstretch on the final lap. She reached the leaders before weakening late in the lane. The 98/1 Volcan de Vandel was fifth for Benjamin Goetz and 16/1 Tony Gio was eighth. Race time was 1.12.7kr over a rain slowed surface that was nonetheless a race and track record for the distance. One will need to look far to find a better 2018 past performance sheet than that of Aubrion du Gers. He has seven groupe wins in FR plus victories in the Grand Prix de Wallonie and Kymi Grand Prix. He is a fine performer and so is trainer Bazire. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A grand card of harness racing trotting took place this day at Hamburg, Germany led by the Gr. I Grosser Preis von Deutschland (purse 150,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters). The  56/1 (PMU odds, 11/1 on ATG) outsider Hesiod (4m Explosive Matter-SJs Sentiment-SJs Photo) scored in gate to wire fashion for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Petri Salmela. PS Horse AM owns the winner that recorded his 15th career victory in 30 starts, now for 175,718€ earned, 75,000€ of which was earned today. Windsun Farm of Canada (Harkey Harkness) bred the winner. Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Stefan Melander, for Courant AB, at 4.9/1 odds. Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied four wide around the final bend, after being shuffled from post one, to be a closing third, handled by owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois for trainer Yves Boireau, this one off at 5.4/1 odds on PMU and 15/1 on ATG. Prosperous (4g Prodigious) and favorite Tsunami Diamant (4m Gustav Diamant) completed the top five. Giveitgasandgo and Heart of Steel battled for supremacy early, could not pass Hesiod, and drifted into obscurity in the late going. Race time was 1.12.1kr. The undercard included other great action. The three year olds battled for a 30,000€ purse over 2200 meters autostart with that victory to Great Gatsby As (3m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) and driver Heinz Wewering, for trainer Erwin Bot. Two year oldsraced for a 30,000€ purse over 1680 meters autostart. Marylin Monroe Bo (2f Andover Hall-Sweet Home Alabama) took that one for trainer/driver Thorsten Teitz over the Chapter Seven filly Arquana As, that Robin Bakker teamed. A 50,000€ purse event for non-winners of 50,000€ named the Deutschland Cup, raced over 2200 meters autostart, saw Mister Ed Heldia (4m Conway Hall-Lady Heldia) win for driver Michael Nimczyk over Hugo Lobell with Rick Ebbinge up.. Aged campaigners were also on the stage for a 30,000€ purse and the winner of this 1680 meters autostart event was General Bianco (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna) handled by trainer Peter Untersteiner. The seven year old Pine Chip mare Shadow Gar was second for Carl Johan Jepson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Saturday featured trot at Kincsem Park (Budapest) was the Disco DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 2.4/1 odds Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) led all the way to score for Csaba Lakatos and trainer Tibor Hajnal timed in 1.19.6kr, his third straight victory and now with a 3-7 slate in 12 starts this year. Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas lady-Endless Sands) was a surging second for Veljko Mazsity that now shows a 7-2 slate in nine seasonal starts/ Veteran Sanger MS (8g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was third for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji. Two year olds contested the Nyeretlen (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with even-money favorite Astalavista Baby (2f Vioxx SR-Astalavista-Gus Lobell) victorious for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi and Amma Kft. Race time was 1.22.8kr as the winner defeated Aron K (2m Yankee Mustang-Klementine-LV Glory Bound) with Goran Zolnaji up. Third was Appaloosa (2g Medic Hanover-Indiana Rosa-Armbro Kissed) with trainer Ferenc Nagy III aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took Aby’s featured V75-7 Svenskt Masters (Gr.II National, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Timo Nurmos. This classy trotter now has 23 career wins in 30 starters for 18,283,709SEK earned. Pacesetter Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) held second for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Third was Racing Mange (5m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) and trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Carabanieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) held fourth for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner after making a bold bid with 500 meters remaining. On the undercard was the Gr. II National for Mares (500,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Cash Crowe (5f ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) scored for Christoffer Eriksson and owner/trainer Petri Puro. She recorded victory number 11 in 14 career starts now for 4,444,885SEK earned. Dear Friend (5f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline-Pine Chip-Warrawee Anika-Balanced Image) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Johan Untersteiner. In Toto Sund for Orjan Kihlstrom and Darling Mearas with Stefan Persson up completed the top four finishers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tonight’s exceptional Paris-Vincennes program began with upper level monte performers contesting the Gr. III Prix Gordonia (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and 4.4/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lampur) followed a hot pace before jockey Camille Levesque directed her to the front past the halfway mark. From there it was over as the now 13 time winner in 46 starts raised her career earnings to 420,020€. Thomas Levesque trains the winner for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The 3/2 favorite Boss de Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue) took second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 3.7/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. The Q+ this day was the Prix Hera (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and after a rough and tumble front end battle between drivers J-M Bazire and Yoann Lebourgeois (both ended out of the money) Bjorn Goop directed 1.2/1 favorite Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) to the lead and he was an easy winner timed in 1.12kr. 26/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was next for Eric Raffin and third was 25/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet) for Alexis Prat. The Q+ top five was completed by 6/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) and 137/1 Viva de Lune (9f Prodigious). The exact order payoff was 31,091.40€ for a 2€ wager. The first of the Gr. I events was next with the Championnat Europeen 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters). The 2/5 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) lived up to his billing and scored for the seventh time in eight career starts with Bjorn Goop up. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Scuderia Bivans Srl and Haras de Saint Martin was the breeder. His career earnings are now 165,150€. The 41/1 Holy Water (3m Pastor Stephen-Long Island IceTea) was a good second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, ahead of another 41/1 outsider Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 16/1 Catherine’s Chevy (4m Catherine’s Cavalli) and 17/1 Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall) completed the top five. Race time was 1.12.3kr off rated fractions (1.12.2ke at the 1000 meters to go and 1.13.3kr at the 500). Face Time was strong through the line. Pedigree of the dam of Face Time Bourbon is a good one as shown below: Vita Bourbon (FR) m, 2009 1.12,7a EUR 107,770 28 4- - Love You (FR) (115 0.99) 1999 At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Jacques Vauloge. At 4, Winner of Criterium Continental, Prix de Milan, second in Prix Ariste Hémard, Prix Ephrem Houel, third in Prix de Sélection, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix Robert Auvray, Prix Jockey, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix de Croix, Prix Marcel Laurent, second in Prix Chambon P, Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal, third in Prix de l'Atlantique. At 6, Winner of Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, second in Prix René Ballière, Grand Prix de Wallonie. Coktail Jet (FR) (107 0.99) 1990 At 4, Winner of Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Sélection, third in Prix René Ballière. At 5, Winner of Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Criterium des 5 ans, Prix René Ballière, Prix Jockey, Prix de Washington, Prix de l'Etoile, second in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Prix du Bois de Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, third in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix de Bourgogne, Prix Chambon P. At 6, Winner of Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de Washington, Prix d'Europe (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère), Prix de France, Prix d'Amerique, Elitloppet, second in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix d'Eté, Prix de Bourgogne. Quouky Williams (FR) Fakir du Vivier (FR) Sabi Pas (FR) Ua Uka (FR) Dolly Williams (FR) Pacha Grandchamp (FR) Quassia Williams (FR) Armbro Glamour (CA) Super Bowl (US) Star's Pride (US) Pillow Talk (US) Speedy Sug (US) Speedy Count (US) Sug (US) Guilty of Love (FR) 1994 And Arifant (FR) Sharif di Iesolo (IT) Quick Song (US) Odile de Sassy (FR) Infante d'Aunou (FR) Niky des Etangs (FR) Oscana (FR) Amour d'Aunou (FR) Speedy Somolli (US) Speedy Crown (US) Somolli (US) Nesmile (FR) Caprior (FR) Amours du Mesnil (FR) Kamera Bourbon (FR) 1998 1.13,7a EUR 196,015 Cezio Josselyn (US) (93 0.93) 1990 At 3, Winner of Prix Jacques Vauloge, Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix Paul Viel, third in Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, second in Prix de Milan. At 5, second in Prix Jockey. Armbro Goal (US) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Armbro Flight (US) Star's Pride (US) Helicopter (US) Quezira (FR) Patara (FR) Gutemberg A. (FR) Francette (FR) Ezira (FR) Fandango (FR) Queen Hera (FR) Etta Extra (FR) 1992 Florestan (FR) Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Stardrift (US) Roquepine (FR) Atus II (FR) Jalna IV (FR) Une Crown (FR) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Dimitria (FR) Mario (FR) Samos P.M. (FR)   The Prix Bohemia (75,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) was next and  the 3/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) looked the part as trainer/driver J-M Bazire had this winner on the front throughout and he drew away in the lane for  the 1.12.2kr score. Germany based Stall Oberkracher owns the now four time winner in seven FR starts for career earnings of 176,618€. Bazire rated the pace beautifully (1.13.5kr at the 1000 to go mark 1.13kr with 500 remaining).5/1 Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist with third to 63/1 Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba) and Andrea Guzzinati. 12/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious) was fourth for David Thomain.  The Grand Prix de L’U.E.T. (Gr. I, 400,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the evening’s featured event and was one of the most hotly contested races you will ever see as the field raced three wide throughout. The 3/5 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) raced first up all the way for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Pasi Aikio but he was no match for a pair by US-based sire Muscle Hill that emerged from the field. Winning Villiam (4m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike) was four wide off the final bend for Jorma Kontio and he prevailed to the line for owner/trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.3kr off quick fractions (1.11.2kr with 1000 remaining and 1.11.6kr at the 500) as Villiam just lasted at 13/1 over 26/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Mellby Gard. The 7.7/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was third on the pegs for Franck Nivard, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten, ahead of the game Who’s Who. 6.8/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was fifth for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. The final Gr.I contest of the card was the Championnat Europeen des 5Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and it went to 1.1/1 favorite Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) handled very well on the front end by trainer Romain Derieux for owner Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. Derieux easily took the lead from post two placing pole starting Orlando Jet in the pocket. Derieux set a slow place and did not drift out in the lane as he out sprinted 3.7/1 Django Griff on the outside and kept 2.9/1 Orlando Jet boxed. Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) gained second by a nose for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller for Stall Neufof, with Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisbeth Allaire. The 14/1 Moni Viking (5m Maharajah) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstom and owner/trainer Jan Lyng of Norway. Super Nice was fifth for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.14kr with a fast last 500 off pedestrian fractions (1.16.9kr at 1000 remaining; 1.15.7kr with 500 left).Dijon by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The great veteran harness racing trotter, Akim du Cap Vert, won today’s Prix de Montigne le Brillant (purse 25,000€, 2875 meters voltstart, 11 starters) at Laval timed in 1.13.4kr and reined by his owner/trainer Franck Anne. Akim last won on November 21, 2015 when he was victorious in the Prix de Bretagne. Today’s victory was his 11th in the career that now sports earnings of 1,343,055€. He was off as the 2.8/1 favorite and bested 45/1 Clarck Sotho (6g Oiseau de Feux) with Antoine Weils aboard. The 14/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (9m Opus Viervil) took third for Lorenzo Donati to increase his career earnings to 1,402,317€. The 20/1 Bon Copain (7m Love You) and 13/1 Artiste de Joudes rounded out the top five. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Enghien-Soisy hosted two excellent race days this week. On October 10 the Prix de la Porte de la Chapelle (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 2.8/1 odds Fort Galaa (3g Rieussac-Lacita) score in 1.14.5kr with Yoann Lebourgeois up. The 41/1 Forban (3m Niky) took second for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 49/1 Fragonard Delo (3m Akim du Cap Vert) handled by Gabriele Gelormini. On October 10 the featured Prix de la Porte de Saint-Marde (purse 44,000€, 2875 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.4kr timed and 6.7/1 odds Equateur Mauzon (4m Ready Cash-Strawinsca Mauzin) that Pierre Vercruysse trains and drove for owner Cte. Paul de Senneville. This winner scored for the fifth time in a 15 start career that increased his earnings to 79,190€. 2.6/1 favorite Exayre (4g Uaukir) was second ahead of 131/1 Eddy des Mulottes (4m Halimede). Undefeated 1.2/1 favorite Florence Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Urgentissime) recorded her fourth straight timed in 1.15.9kr with trainer Sebastien Guarato aboard. Her earnings are now 49,500€. The race was the Prix du Chateau D’eau (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the winning owner was breeder Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. 9/1 Fee de Lunojo (3f Lontzac) was second for Franck Nivard and 26/1 Fayette (3f Voltigeur de Myrt) took third money with Franck Ouvrie driving. The Prix de la Porte de Chatillon (purse 38,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) saw 1.8/1 favorite Fabulous Jet (3m Coktail Jet-Rebecca Jet) score timed in 1.16.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Vincent Martens trainee that Ecurie Meydan owns. The 13/1 Fabuleux Destin (3g Uniclove) held second for owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Third went to 7.2/1 Fripou des Sables (3m Look de Star) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The October 10th Quinte+ at Lyon-Parilly was the Prix de Vendee (purse 35,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters)/ The 3.8/1 odds third choice Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia Fi) scored for Gabriele Gelormini, Scuderia Cumana and trainer Gennaro Casillo. Race time was 1.14.8kr as the impressive winner defeated 3.2/1 Visitor (9m Capriccio) and 5.6/1 Baronne de Bapne (7f Prodigious). 2.7/1 Big Boss and 50/1 Running Allmar (8m Ganymede-Hialeah Hanover) completed the top five with the exact order payoff amounting to 1,304€ for the 2€ wager. On October 12th at Paris-Vincennes are a superb lineup of top flight races including the Gr. III Prix Gordonia, Q+ Prix Hera, European Championships for three, four and five year olds and the Prix Bohemia. The feature race entries follow. On October 14th at Hamburg Germany there will also be a great racing program led by the 150,000€ Grossier Preis Von Deutschland. The program also includes the Gr. III Lord Pit for 30,000€, Gr. III Dein Markt Cup (30,000€ purse), the 30,000€ Bark FFA and the Gr. III Deutschland Cup (50,000€). Many of the better horses and drivers from throughout Europe will be on site for one of Germany’s biggest race days. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Monticello, NY-- He has been competing with amateur status since he began driving but today (Wed. Oct. 10) at Monticello Raceway Tony Ciuffetelli drove like a professional when he won both divisions of the French v America Friendship competition. The former corrections officer won one race from behind and the other on the front-end. In the third race Ciuffetelli avoided the congestion in front of him and rallied Sams Fortune to a come-from-behind triumph in 2:03.4 over seven rivals and three races later he sent Brandos Music Man to the front and made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.4 victory. "This is my first driving double and I'm certainly thrilled" a smiling Ciuffetelli said in the paddock as he handed the reins to the horse's caretaker. Starting from the two-hole with Sams Fortune Ciuffetelli got away slowly as four others sped for the lead. They were in fifth place when the field passed the first quarter as France's Ms Sandrine Oyer was stuck on the limb with Five Star Stud. A the race progressed French driver Jerome Maillard had Tattle Tell Teen on the lead as Frenchman Jean Marc Freyssence and Four Star Lefty were second -over behind Ms Oyer's pacer which sort of made a block for anyone trying to get around. Sensing a problem the USA's Alan Schwartz wheeled Lightning Madison three-deep and they paced by the leaders and opened daylight and were followed by Ciuffetelli and Sams Fortune. At the top of the lane Lightning Madison they had a three -length lead and despite being hung-out the entire way Five Star Stud was still in contention. At that point Sams Fortune was fifth on the far outside still five lengths off the leader. But as the field progressed in the lane Lightning Madison faded to finish third and Sams Fortune rallied to a length victory over Five Star Stud. "I made it through the traffic and when we finally cleared and headed for home my horse was the strong horse and we went on to win it," Ciuffetelli explained. The winner is owned by Pete and Donna Siebert and trained by Siebert, He paid $7.80. After all the road trouble Ciuffetelli had in the first event he hustled the betting favorite Brandos Muscle Man to the lead from the six-hole and played catch me if you can,-.. and nobody could. They chugged along unchallenged for a one-length victory in a time of 2:00.4 as his French rivals finished second and third. With a two-hole trip France's Jerome Malliard was second best with Ralph R and his countryman, Jean Marc Freyssence, third with Bootswiththefur, albeit in a dead-heat with Linda Marie, driven by the USA's Jerry Fielding. "He's a classy old horse," Ciuffetelli said referring to Brandos Muscle Man, "And even though the old veteran knew just what to do I still had to keep after him in the stretch." The winner is owned by Rick Dane and Monica Banca and trained by Dane. He paid $4.80. For Ciuffetelli, who has sights on possibly being the amateur driver of the year, his seasons stats after today's races are: 10-7-6 in 50 starts with a UDR of .318. On Friday, the final race in the America v France Friendship Competition will be at the Meadowlands. by John Manzi, for NAADA          

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Monday’s harness racing trotting action at Enghien showcased the Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters, 16 European starters). 2.9/1 second choice Cristal du Perche (6g Roi du Coq-Hotesca) scored timed in 1.12.7kr for driver David Thomain. The 7.2/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemon Soda OM) took second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 10/1 Too Hot For You (6f Scarlet Knight-Vasterbofromheaven) was third for driver Franck Ouvrie. The 6/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) and 5/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) completed the top five, with the exact order payoff at 848.80€ for a 2€ play, The monte Prix de Mauron (purse 42,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys) saw 8.7/1 odds Best Of Bourbon (7g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant-Cartinoa) score with easy handled by Mlle. Mathilde Collet. Stephane Rochais trains the winner for Ecurie Nice Nasach, Best Of Bourbon’s third straight victory and fourth in his last five outings. Second went to 1.1/1 favorite Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont-Sursum Corda) with Arthur Rebecke in the irons for trainer J.P. Piton. Third was 10/1 Bistrot (7g L’As de Viretaute-Pablita) for jockey Pierre Thieulent and owner/trainer Thierry Devouassaux. Two year olds contested the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse 35,000€, 2150 meters autostart, eight starters) with the 1.17.7kr timed victory to 3.1/1 odds Grandissimo (2m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) with breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois driving. Yves Boireau trains this youngster. The 4/5 favorite Grisbi du Persil (2m Niky) took second for driver Eric Raffin, ahead of 12/1 Granit du Choquel (2m Prodigiois). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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Today’s 11th leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf (purse 90,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) saw the 7/10 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) score for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The winner recorded his 12th career victory in 33 starts for 371,910€ earned. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 136/1 Valseme (9g Bijou du Bignon) was second for Th. Dromigny ahead of 7.5/1 Christo (6g Rieussec) and trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. Vertige de Chenu at 7.5/1 and 89/1 Amout Orageux completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ payoff for an exact order ticket of 44,225.80€ for a 2€ wager. On the undercard was the Pick 5 Prix Gallaud-Joaillier (purse 30,000€, 2800 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.15.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Tyrolean Dream (7g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) home the winner for Rudolf Haller and owner Stall Wieserhof. The 5.6/1 Popeye Diamant (7g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) took second for Gerhard Biendl and Stall MS Diamanten. 9/1 Bijou de Carsi (7g Jasmin de Flore) took third for Lois Guinoiseau and trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
Top flight action was on tap this evening at Paris-Vincennes, primarily for three and four year olds.  The opener this day was the Prix Ludovica (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed impressive victory to 2.9/1 Elena de Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard driving for breeder/owner Robert Malherbe. She scored for the third time lifetime in 31 outings and was a decisive winner over 9/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Stephane Meunier. The 8.1/1 odds Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson) took the third check for pilot David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  22/1 Epona des Passage (4f Real de Lou) was fourth for Aymeric Thomas ahead of even money favorite Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash) and Pierre Vercruysse. The featured monte Prix Phact (Gr. III, purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) saw 4.6/1 odds Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) score with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer Alain Rogier and breeder/owner Elodie Margeard de Barros). Race time was 1.15.5kr in this event for three year old monte specialists. 6.3/1 Fidji Gelle (3f Ubriaco) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard and third was 7.2/1 Frison Jiel (3g Rombaldi) for David Thomain. 30/1 Foot des Glenan (3g Hyperion) and 3.1/1 Flying Dream (3m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. The monte Prix Goberta (purse 46,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) went to an impressive 20/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) that closed stoutly from sixth at the halfway point. Race time was 1.13.8kr as this winner recorded his fourth career victory in 24 outings for 94,210€ earned. Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Estelou was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Even-money favorite Emir de Rebomard (4g Kepler) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephane Meunier. Third went to 18/1 Elder Shadow (4m Singalo) with J-Y Ricard the jockey for Ecurie des Charmes. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Love You-Etta Extra, the family of Mara Bourbon (by And Arifant-Etta Extra) and Vita Bourbon, the dam of Gr.I winner Face Time Bourbon. Note, the exceptional Etta Extra is a daughter of Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) and illustrative of the Dubois’ Franco-American trotting creation. Tomorrow is the 11th leg of the  Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf at Strasbourg for a 90,000€ purse, with a competitive field that includes Bachar, Balando, Ambassadeur d’Am and Cathy A Quira among the 18 starters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
The grand mare Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) scored at 4.3/1 at Gelsenkirchen Germany in the 50,000€ purse fourth leg of the Tour European Trotteur Francais. Raced over 2600 meters autostart the raced was named the Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen and Billie, with Hugo Langeweg Jr. at the lines, recorded her 16th career victory in 76 starts now for 1,766,816€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by breeder Philippe Dauphin. She has posted a series second at Wolvega and Son Pardo and fourth at Avenches before today. Billie defeated a Guarato stablemate and 7/10 favorite Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle de Roc) that Dauphin bred and Guy Chaumont now owns, with Eric Raffin aboard. 2.4/1 Anna Mix (8f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) took third for Loic Guinoiseau and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 41/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong) was fourth. Beau Gamin was scratched. The undercard showcased the Prix Moet & Chandon (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters, eight starters) with the 5/10 favorite El Magnifico (4g Tucson-Nigella) home first timed in 1.14.4kr with trainer Robbin Bot driving. Stall Cortina owns the winner that bested 4/1 Birdy de Neuilly (7g Quentocky) and driver Eric Raffin, for trainer Johan Bot and Stall de Groningers. The 6.8/1 Apocha Jeloca (8g Memphis du Rib) was third handled by Jaap Van Rijn. The Wettstar (purse 3,500€, 2000 meters autostart, 12 starters) brought out some well-bred performers, with victory to 5/10 favorite Free Bird (3m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) handled by Michael Nimczyk, timed in 1.16.2kr. The victory was the third straight for the winner, that snapped a two race win streak of second finishing L'Amicus (4g Love You) reined by Robbin Bot. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
Sunday’s Grand Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi Memorial (purse 88,000€, 1609 meters autostart) in Italy drew a fine hafield of four year olds and saw Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebo) score for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro timed in 1.11.3kr. The winner won for the 13th time in 28 career outings now for over 181,000€ earned. Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy-Ginger Somolli)  took second with Pietro Gubellini up, ahead of Vanesia EK (4f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) handled by Roberto Andreghetti. Valdivia (4f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) earned the fourth check. On Saturday at Rome’s Capannelle racecourse there were two Premio Anact events, each raced for a purse of 20,900€ and contested over 1640 meters autostart. The winner of the male division was Ares del Ronco (2m Iulius del Ronco-Vendee-Lemon Dra) timed in 116kr and reined by Roberto Vecchione. The sire of the winner is a son of Viking Kronos from a Sugarcane Hanover dam. The filly division was won by 1.15kr timed Apple Wise As (2f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) with Antonio Greppi at the lines. Last week on Wednesday, at Roma Capannelle, was the Gr.1 Grand Premio Gaetano Turilli (purse 110,000€, 2100 meters autostart). This classic event was won by Sonia (7f Donato Hanover-Elen Lode-Uronometro) with Rene’ Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, timed in 1.12kr. This veteran campaigner now has 24 career wins in 86 starts for over 232,000€ earned. Her stablemate Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) took second with trainer Gocciadoro driving this career winner of over one million euro. Deimos Racing landed the third check for driver Roberto Andreghetti. Upcoming on November 1 at Torino are the Gr. I Della Nazioni, a Gr. I UET Masters Series test for a 154,000€ purse and the companion Gr. II Orsi Mangelli Filly for €88,000. The eligibles, shown below, are an impressive group led by Romain Derieux’s Dijon and trainer Philippe Allaire’s Django Riff. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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