Day At The Track

Vivid Wise As Wins Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent November 7, 2019 The Italian invader and 8.6/1 outsider Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) rallied to take today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 100,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The race time was 1.10.7kr off quick early fractions (1.06.4kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.6kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The winner, teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl) made a three wide brush to the lead early and then was covered by the pacesetting Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) that held on for second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/breeder/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Vivid Wise As victory increased his life earnings to 651,736€.  The 3.3/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenelle) was third with David Thomain the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Philippe Allaire. The 54/1 Fric du Chene finished fourth. The 3.6/1 Falcau de Laurma was sixth; 9/2 Vitruvio was seventh (this a Gocciadoro trainee with Andrea Guzzinati up)l and 10/1 Mister F. Daag was a dq. The winner’s pedigree, all American bred and a 15% plus inbreeding coefficient, is shown in photo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s 12th harness racing leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) at Nantes and it went to the 4/10 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   Cleangame won for the 30 th time in 47 career starts now for 1,130,220€ earned for his career and may well be among the top five trotteurs currently racing. 7.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.3/1 Dorgos du Guez (6g Romcock de Guez) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, this one handicapped 25 meters. 21/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) was fourth after his 25- meter penalty, reined by Guillaume Martin. 56/1 Brelan du Vivier completed the top five with Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and 1242 winning tickets were each worth 622.00€. 8,168,000€ was wagered on the race with 3,828,477€ of that being in the Q+ pool.   The November 5 (Tuesday) Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Medusa (purse 52,000€, 3525 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) and it brought about the second start off a long layoff by the 25-meter handicapped Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn). Off at 2.7/1 she finished sixth timed in 1.15.1kr for Romain Congard. The race winner was the 1.5/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede - Soiree d’Erable) with Cl. Thomain up for trainer J,P. Thomain, timed in 1.15.2kr. This one recorded her 14 th career win in 52 starts now for 290,140€ earned. 7.2/1 Big Boss (8g Qualmio de Vandel) and 8.5/1 Atoll Danover (9g Land Danover) completed the top three.   Contree d’Erable   The November 4 (Monday) Vincennes card was a good one and began with the Prix de Lesparre (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that saw 6.4/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) reach the line first with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owned J-M Tessier. Race time was 1.14kr as the Queen bested 9/10 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (6m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 3.7/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard up. 28/1 Eride Luduis and 8.7/1 Electra Jet completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of that day and the exact order top five payoff was 529.40€ paid to 521 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,9021,395€ and 6,287,000€ was wagered on all wagering pools in this race.   Fashion Queen   The Prix d’Arcachon (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw even-money odds Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) score timed in 1.11.3kr for Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns and Jean-Michel Bazire trains the now 15-time winner in 63 career starts for life earnings of 432,700€. 7.6/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Christian Bigeon, his breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 35/1 stablemate Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second handled by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. 2.3/1 Super Fez (8m Love You) was fourth for reinsman Jean Michel Bazire ahead of 8.4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Global Trustworthy (6m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) took today’s Solvalla featured Gr. II Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer and co-owner Timo Nurmos. Off at 4.1/1 the winner recorded his 10th career win in only 22 starts, now for 3,690,080SEK earned by the horse that has never started more than nine times in any year. The 12.9/1 Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall) was a close second for Torbjorn Jansson. Third was 43/1 Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) reined by trainer Robert Bergh for owner Stall TZ. 2.6/1 Milliondollarrhyme was fifth and 7.1/1 Milligans School was seventh in the good field.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink          

Today’s Kincsem Park featured Oszi Kiserleti Verseny (1,500,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap)) saw 4.7/1 Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) score for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity .Race time was 1.19.1kr. THe 3.3/1 Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT-Defi d’Aunou) was second for Csaba Lakatos and third was the 20 meter handicapped and 11.6/1 Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kama-Valley Guardian) for Emil Csordas. On the undercard there were two divisions of a three year old event (Nyeretcenek Versenye) and the first went to 1.22.3kr timed Abrakadabra (3g Pine Chip-Nana-Tony Oaks) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard for owner C’est la Guerre. The second division went to 1.22.4kr timed Aragon Work (3m Working Out-Ni Lady-Francis Diamant) with Csaba Lakatos up. The two winners recorded their maiden victories. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Grand Premio Regione Sicilia (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters) at Siracusa in Italy saw Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out) score timed in 1.12.5kr with Rene Legati up for the red-hot trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Trillo Park (7m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) was second for Roberto Vecchione. Third went to Tina Turner (7g Daguet Rapide-Gloria Gainor-Cezio Josselyn. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) surged wide to the lead in the first lap and then gamely held on for a short victory over Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ OM-Lemon Dra-Keystone Sante Fe) in winning the Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale in Italy, clocked in a record 1.11.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro reined and trains the winner and Antonio Greppi teamed the stablemate that is a grand-daughter of the great Keystone Sante Fe that the late Dave Rankin successfully campaigned in the USA.. The previous race record was 1.11.6kr from 2011 by Brad de Veluwe. The Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale was raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 319,000€. Gocciadoro trainees also were third and fourth. Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba) and Orjan Kihlstrom took third ahead of Ares Cat (3m Ideale Luis) with Antonio DiNardo aboard. Velten Von Flevo was fifth for Rick Ebbinge. The two batterias (eliminations) leading to the finale produced upsets. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzong) took the first 1600 meter elim for a purse of 22,000€. Pietro Gubellini teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Gocciadoro was second with Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant). Third was the invader from France, General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazon du Parc-Extreme Aunou), reined by Alexis Prat. Fourth was Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei at the lines. Trainer Gocciadoro started three in this batteria. The second batteria (same distance and purse as the first) saw Aom You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ SM) score timed in 1.11.9kr with Antonio Greppi aboard for trainer Gocciadoro who started four in this elim. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Lindi di Casei-Uronometro) with trainer Gocciadoro aboard, was second, ahead of Velten Von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) teamed by Rick Ebbinger for trainer J.W.M. Engwerda. Another Gocciadoro trainee Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) ended fourth for Antonio DiNardo. Arnas Cam Wins Orsi Mangellli Filly Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne-Zeffira AC) rallied to win the PR Orsi Mangelli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters) last evening at Ippodromo Vinovo, timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Santo Mollo. Erik Bondo trains the impressive grey filly that defeated Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro her pilot. Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP-Workaholic) took third money for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Andrea Guzzinati. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganynmede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was fourth, handled by Vincenzo D’Allessandro Jr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took today’s Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes in France. It was also the start of the winter race season at Vincennes.  Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to his 29th career win in 46 starts, now for 1,091,970€ earned. J-M Rancoule owns the winner that was timed in 1.12kr. Second was 23/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) reined by Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 30/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) rallied for third teamed by her trainer Junior Guelpa. 5.2/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet), 42/1 Looking Superb, 12/1 Bugsy Malone and 75/1 Clarck Sotho trailed the top three in this good field that saw Davidson du Pont finish ninth, Carat Williams 12th and Dreambreaker 13th. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 6,910.20€ for a 2€ wager with 116 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,388,282€ and the total of all pool on this race exceeded 7,109,000€. On the program six year olds contested the Prix du Dorat (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters). J-M Bazire scored again with 3.1/1 Dayana Berry (6f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) timed in 1.14.7kr. The Bazire owned and trained winning mare now has eight career victories in 36 starts. 6/1 Diego Sautonne was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.6/1 Bazire trainee Dostoievski was third with Nicolas Bazire the pilot. The favorite Defi de Retz, another Bazire trainee, was a dq. Jean Michel Bazire returned again to win the Prix des Clematites (two year olds, purse 32,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters) with 1.4/1 Hoffenbach (2m Cristal Money-Angelica). Clocked in 1.17.5kr this was Hoffenbach’s maiden win in four starts. His sire is a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money-Himo Josselyn and his offspring are showing up in the winners’ circle with some regularity. This day was the kickoff of the Winter Meet at Vincennes that continues through February 29. The exceptional racing program of course includes the Prix d’Amerique (January 26) and the lead-up “B” races leading to the big one.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Elsa (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year olds females) at Paris-Vincennes went to 6.1/1 Noble Dolly (6f Ready Cash-Harriet Fridoi) with Nicolas Bazire up on the IMY Talli Oy (Finland) owned and Jean-Michel Bazire trainer campaigner that now shows 86,730€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.11.6kr. The 6.1/1 Datcha (6f The Best Madrik) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 21/1 Dulcinee du Dollar (6f Magniificent Rodney) was third for Franck Nivard. Jean Michel Bazire was back aboard Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash-Sissy Love) at 8/10 odds to win the Prix Felicitas (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year old males) clocked in 1.12.1kr. Owned by Ecurie des Charmes, the winner recorded his seventh career victory in 30 starts now for 196,950€ earned, The 6.4/1 Darlington Park (6g Orlando Vici) was second for Franck Nivard, with third to 10/1 Dreamer de Chenu (6g Timoko). The day before at Toulouse was the Criterium de Vitesse de Toulouse (purse 41,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and Azir des Caillons (9n Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. This 14th lifetime victory raised his career earnings to 307,000€. Baldi Star (8g Rombaldi) was second with Steve Steffano the pilot. Beppe AM (8g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo) was third reined by Franck Marty. Replay: https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2019-10-28/3103/7 Tomorrow at Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes, a 2850 meter event for a purse of 90,000€ The field is shown in the photo section. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s top-flight Grand Prix Anact divisions were contested at Bologna, Italy over its 804 meter oval. The males raced over 1660 meters autostart for a purse of 154,000€. Victory went to the 1.13.4kr timed Banderas Bi (2m Ganymede-Ida Grandi) with Roberto Vecchione at the lines. He was an impressive six length winner over Bigbusiness Arc (2m Varenne-Arzie Italia) and reinsman Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Barolo Roc (2m Filippo Roc-Prestige Roc). The filly division was raced over the same distance for the same 154,000€ purse. What a battle it was. The narrow 1.15.3kr timed victory went to Belen Hall FAS (2f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) with Vincent Luongo aboard. She defeated Buena Sverte Bi (2f Yankee Glide-L Dee Hot Shop) handled by V.P. Dell’Annunziata with third to Babirussa Jet (2f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bonus RG Wins Exploit Caf DIJ at Kincsem Park Two year olds contested the Exploit Caf DIJ at Kincsem Park on Saturday with 11 hopefuls at the start for the 1800 meter autostart course with a 400,000Huf purse. The 5.8/1 odds winner was Bonus RG (2m Racino-Victory Van Bene-Diablo Va Bene) clocked in 1.23.3kr with Andor Angyal aboard for trainer Goran Zolnaji. Bonus RG was up in the final stride to defeat pacesetting Baraka SS (2f Penne de Moteur-Wale-Center Field) reined by Emil Csordas with third to Bubajos (2f Vanito-Stellina Mia-Buzz Saw) teamed with Ferenc Nagy II. The card also showcased victories by Urzulina and Unika Vik. Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Ciccolina Fling-Supergill) was off at 2.8/1 and scored in 1.16.6kr for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos in the Commander Crowe Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) also was off at 2.8/1 and her 1.17.1kr victory was in the Korean DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and Andrea Fazekas teamed this Goran Zolnaji trainee. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As-Lemon Dra) was the 41.3/1 upset winner of today’s Gr. II International C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro (400,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Magnus Dahlen trainee to his third 2019 victory in seven starts. The win was his ninth career victory in 35 starts now for 2,110,949SEK in life earnings. 63/1 Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot-Arnaquer) was second for driver Kim Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. T he 1.71/1 favorite Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) finished third after being an early leader and then sitting the pocket for pilot Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Rajesh Face and Mack Dragon completed the top five. Lopp 10. Starttid 18:20 C.L. Müllers Memorial 2019 (Gr II Int) - STL Gulddivisionen, Försök 1 i Meeting 8 (Final Solvalla 26 december) Mörk anmälan. 3-åriga och äldre lägst 900.001 kr. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. 2640 m. Autostart.333 Pris: 400.000-200.000-92.000-42.000-22.000-12.000-8.000 (7 priser) Plac Häs Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 7 VELVET GIO (IT) Ohlsson Ulf (Dahlén Magnus) 7/2640     12,3a 2 10 ANGLE OF ATTACK Eriksson Kim (Bergh Robert) 10/2640     12,5a 3 8 RINGOSTARR TREB* (IT) Paal Wilhelm (Riordan Jerry) 8/2640     12,5a 4 9 RAJESH FACE Kolgjini Lutfi (Kolgjini Adrian) 9/2640     12,6a 5 5 MACK DRAGAN Jepson Carl Johan (Wilhelmsson Morgan) 5/2640     12,7a 6 6 RACING MANGE Lövgren Joakim 6/2640     12,8a 7 11 PASTORE BOB Untersteiner Johan 11/2640     13,0a 0 3 RECKLESS Söderkvist Stefan (Goop Björn) 3/2640     13,1a   0 1 USAIN HENNA Andersson Oskar J (Westholm Jörgen) 1/2640     13,3a   0 2 HARD TIMES (NO) Widell Kaj (Åsebö Ola) 2/2640     13,6a   0 4 SPEEDY FACE Kolgjini Adrian 4/2640     19,3ag   Earlier on the card was the Final Breeders Course (Two Year Olds, Gr. II International) 2019 with victory to 3.8/1 Kuyt F. Boko (2m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.13.6kr. Robin Bakker teamed the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Stable Why Not. He is undefeated in three starts now for 734,932SEK in life earnings. Pucks Bounce (2m Scarlet Knight-Komigen Pippi-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson, ahead of A Good Point (2m Maharajah-Romantic Love-Super Arnie) with Kevin Oscarsson aboard. Several other winners of interest were on the Jagersro program: Niky Flax (6g Love You-Stay With Us-Andover Hall), 1.11.6kr in Silver Division for Johan Untersteiner Dominic Wibb (3g Bold Eagle-Spicy Chocolate-Chocolatier), 1.14.3kr in the Mustaschkampen, his third victory in five lifetime starts Giant Shadow (6g RC Royalty-Turnpike Trophy-Turnpike Taylor), 1.13.2kr in the Securitas Klass I, with Carl Johan Jepson up for Bjorn Goop, his 21st win in 24 starts with seven in a row Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). 1.13.8kr in the Jagersro Stora Montepris, for jockey Henriette Larsen for trainer Jerry Riordan, her 27th career win in 97 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Nicolas Bazire piloted 19/1 outsider Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) to a 1.12.3kr timed victory in today’s Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est (purse 90,000€, 2650 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) held at Saint Galmier. Trained by Jean Michel Bazire for New Blue I LLC (USA), Bel Avis, handicapped 25 meters, recorded his 22nd career victory in 64 starts now for 1,109,533€ in lifetime earnings. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner. Another long shot, 32/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip) took second for Pierre Callier and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, with 20/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) home third with Clement Duvaldestin up. The 12/1 Blooka du Boscail and 39/1 Valokaja Hindo completed the top five. Ble du Gers and Chica de Joudes were dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Hanesslink

The 5.9/1 odds Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) took this evenings Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 74,000€, 2850 meters, seven starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee owned by J-M Tessier to the 1.14.4kr timed victory, her sixth in a 20 race career that so far has produced life earnings of 215,460€. The 8/10 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) was second for trainer/drive Jean Michel Bazire that is owned by Albert Rayon. Third was 4.6/1 Electra Jet (5f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) that trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed for Ecurie des As and this one was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois (more to follow). The day’s Q+ race was the Prix du Pays de Gex Aglo (purse 49,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) with that victory to 1.12.9kr timed and even-money favorite Darling Barry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) with owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. This was her 10th career win in 33 starts now for 229,340€ earned. The 15/1 Desiree de Landes and 8.8/1 Dascalia trailed the winner. There were 395 winning Q+ exact order tickets that each paid 2,037.80€. Total handle on the race exceeded 7,420,000€ with 3,604,042€ in the Q+ pool. The two year colts were next up in the Prix Louis Cauchuis (Gr. III, purse 54,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) and the 1.15.5kr clocked winner was the 5/10 favorite Helgafell (2m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) reined by Eric Raffin for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored for the third time in four starts to raise his life earnings to 65,700€. 3.7/1 Heart of Gold (2m Bird Parker) took second for owner/trainer Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Marcel Dejean followed, an event for two year old fillies, and raced over 2200 meters by 12 starters for the 54,000€ purse. The 1.15.9kr timed winner was 25/1 Havana d’Aurcy (2f Royal Dream-Avila with Romain Congard aboard for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Cyril Lelorge. It was her second victory in four starts now for 41,700€ earned. 5.4/1 Havanaise (2f Ricimer) was second for trainer/driver F.P. Bossuet. On the undercard was the Prix Gisela (purse 38,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and 9/1 Giant Celebrity (3f Love You-Ida Bourbon) scored for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. She was timed in 1.14.6kr. The dam Ida Bourbon is a foal of 1996 and dam of Royal Dream, the Prix d’Amerique winner of 1,591,310€, he a foal of 2005. At Enghien on Wednesday was the Prix de la Porte Chaumont (purse 29,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) and it saw a maiden victory for 21/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) clocked in 1.14.9kr. She is owned by breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and is newly trained by Kevin Vanderschelden to her first win in nine outings now for 25,180€ earned. Her dam is a daughter of Coktail Jet-Idylle that won 13 times for 281,110€ earned. The Dubois name, associated several times above in recent races in France, also appeared this week in Australia at Melton Tabcorp Park, with Jean Etienne Dubois driving his My Tribeca (5f Goetmals Wood-Image-Coktail Jet) to victory at a mile rate of 1.59.2. Dubois now lives in New South Wales and formerly won the Prix d’Amerique and Elitloppet. He currently most notable racehorse, Bold Eagle, a horse he bred and developed, goes tonight in the Breeders Crown at Mohawk Woodbine Park near Toronto. Anton Golino trains the Italian bred My Tribeca for Jean Etienne Dubois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Isara (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Vincennes, France brought out several Winter Meet harness racing stars (Davidson du Pont, Belina Josselyn, Delia du Pommereux, Carat Williams, Django Riff).  For some the aim was victory, for others it was a workout. This made 1.4/1 Dark Night Love (6f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) the favorite and for good reason as the J-M Bazire trainee scored, timed in 1.13.9kr for breeder/owner Sebastien Moureaux. It was her 11th career victory in 25 outings now for 295,100€ earned. This one faced no distance handicap. The 21/1 Delia du Pommereux (6f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) was second for Franck Nivard overcoming a 25-meter penalty and trained by Sylvain Roger for breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 2.6/1 Carat Williams (7m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was third for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato, he facing the 25-meter handicap. The 15/1 Django Riff (6m Ready Cash) was fourth. The handicapped starts were off the board – Express Jet seventh, Davison du Pont tenth, Belina Josselyn 14th. On the undercard was the Prix Timucharia (purse 70,000€, Gr. III, 2750 meters, 13 starters) with victory to 12/1 Gipson Creek (3m Rieussec-Ultifeda) clocked in 1.13.8kr with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Nathalie Gonin. She recorded career win 11 in 16 starts for life earnings of 127,584€. 3.8/1 Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport) and 6.6/1 Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle) completed the top three, the latter with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. The Gr. III Prix California (purse 74,000€, 2850 meters, eight starters) completed the top-level action and in this one 2/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici-Tentation du Mirel) scored timed in 1.12.8kr with Matthieu Abrivard up. Mme. Suzanne Vachet trains the seven-time career winner for life earnings of 218,810€. The 3.2/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Teigo d’Etang) was next for Loris Garcia and third was 7.5/1 Fresneaux (4m Timoko) for Christophe Martens. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A superb harness racing program and superb fall weather made the Saturday Kincsem Park environment special, Three classic races took place, each with purses at 1.5Huf million or better.   Two- year olds took the stage first in the Ketevesek Nagydija (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the impressive 1.20.8kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 Bazsiville (2g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Stablemate Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) was second teamed with Andrea Nagyvary. Third was Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) for Balazs Juhasz.   The winner is sired by Calypso Capar, a stakes winning son of Supergill, that has shown well with his progeny in Hungary.   Open trotters engaged in the Ropke DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.17.1kr score to 1.2/1 Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) handled by her trainer Veljko Mazsity. Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikan-Awesome Goal) was second for Lajos Marton with the third check earned by Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) and reinsman Csaba Lakatos.   Uran Lady   The classic continued with the Oszi Kanca DIJ (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 3/2 favorite Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) earned the victory for Veljko Mazsity aboard. She defeated the 40 meter handicapped Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kuma-Valley Guardian) with Emil Csordas up and the third finishing Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) reined by Branislav Mukity.   Adriana Asti   Aged trotters battled in the featured Koztarcasagi DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) with the 1.17.8kr victory earned by 6.9/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) reined by Mitja Slavic to his fourth win in five 2019 starts in HU. The even-money favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font- Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) was second for Veljko Mazsity, his second straight loss after a solid winning streak. 36.2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) took third reined by Andrea Fazekas.     Thomas H. Hicks

The classy 1.1/1 harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) won today’s Graf Kalman Hunyady Gedenkrennen at the historic Krieau racetrack in Vienna, Austria, a track that opened in 1878 (the Central Moscow Hippodrome opened in 1834).   The purse was 25,000€ and the distance was 2600 meters autostart.   Eight horses contested this one and Orlando Jet with trainer Rudolf Haller aboard for Team Neuhof, circled the field on the first lap and drew away from his rivals in the final bend. Race time was 1.14.3kr and the victory increased Orlando Jet’s life earnings to 383,251€. Jagaro Mo (9m Look de Star-Joy of Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and Raphael Venus (8g Charmy Skeeter-Riganda) was third for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. Cash Back Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Galietta Broline) and Lord Brodde (6g Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) completed the top five.   Watch the Race Replay here!   Orlando Jet put on an impressive show and looks ready to play at the Vincennes winter meet.       Thomas H. Hicks