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January 2, 2016 - The Gr. II Prix Yvonnick Bodin (purse €105,000, monte 2700 meters, 16 starters) started the Saturday harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes with victory to 4.1/1 Tayson de Houselle (9g Insert Gede-Irinade la Frette) with Yann Joblot in the irons for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 4.2/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) was second for Jean-Yann Ricard and trainer J-M Bazire with 45/1 Vivier de l’Oison (7g Prince de Montfort-Ponaise) landing home third for Aurelien Desmarres. Scratched was well regarded Vaillant Cash. The Quinte+ Gr. II Prix de Bar-le-Duc (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) was won by the barefoot 3.2/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) timed in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Mme. Florence Allera. The winner stormed home after a picture-book jourmey first on the front early, then yielding for a pocket spot before emerging again from heavy traffic at top stretch. 5/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) from Sweden was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy ahead of 23/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 15/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) was fourth for Eric Raffin (Lutfi Kolgjini trainer for Stall Vitkindade HB of Sweden) ahead of 30/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) and driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Q+ race handle in win and place pools only exceeded €1.1 million. The jackpot was €5.2 million this day. The Prix de Meulan (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed, 1.3/1 favorite, Carlo de Carsi (4g Ismael du Pont-Orenie de Carsi) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. This narrow winner scored over 5/1 Cook Star (4m Look de Star-Originalite) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for Sebastien Guarato, trainer, and third finishing 5.5/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Guarato and legendary owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. The €70,000 purse Prix de Damville (2100 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 1.12.7kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) reined by trainer William Bigeon, ahead of 4.4/1 Belle des Morles (5f Goetmals Wood-Nouvelle Rush) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.3/1 Bianca des Iles (5f Open Charm-Hija Paquerie) hanlded by Mathieu Abrivard. The 2100 meter autostart Prix de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (purse €50,000, 15 European starters) went to the barefoot 2.2/1 favorite Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly). Franck Nivard teamed this 1.12.8kr easy winner for traimer Fabrice Souloy and owner Sweden’s Wallen Invest. 41/1 Mystery Love (7m Love You-First Leader) took second for David Thomain, trainer Peter G. Norman and Sweden’s Stall Pershion. 68/1 Picard del Ronco (7m Varenne-d’Amour la Vie) landed third for Gabriel Gelormini and Italy trainer/owner connections. Painting Wise, Rocket Zet and Shiraz Brodde were all disqualified for miscues. Newly minted three year-olds contested the €44,000 purse Prix des Eglentiers (2850 meters, 9 starters) with victory earned by Philippe Allaire trainee, 7/10 favorite, Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) with Yoann Lebourgeois driving. Olivier Henri Thomas owns the winner. 3.6/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for J-M Bazire, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siroy. Third was 7.5/1 Drop (3m Opus Viervil-Querriana) teamed by Mathieu Abrivard. The race winner was clocked in 1.16kr for his open-length victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 12, 2015 - US-bred, Daniel Reden trained Delicious (by Cantab Hall) was scratched from Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais. The diminutive world-record holder mare was injured while being prepared at Grobois and is now less likely to participate in the Prix d’Amerique 2016. Trainer Reden was reported as saying he would not rule out returning to North America in the future. The scratching leaves the Gr. II Bourbonnais a wide-open affair with Un Mec d’Heripre, Village Mystic and the 25 meter handicapped trio of Up and Quick, Texas Charm and Tiego d’Etang among the leaders. Moses Rob and Olmo Holz represent Italy and Spain’s Trebol are in the field. The Gold Division V75 at Aby today (first prize 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 7.6/1 Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B.My Honey-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. 6.5/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) ended second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 7.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) for Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer Per K. Eriksson. At Aby today was the Euro Classic Next Year with 50,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. 2/1 Pajas Face (3m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) recorded this win for Johnny Takter. Lars Nilsson trains Pajas Face. 7.1/1 Sucre (3m Jacose-Super No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) was second for Christoffer Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist with third to 3.9/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) that Orjan Kihlstrom drove for Roger Walmann, trainer. Back at Vincennes the Prix de Caimcale (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.15.1kr winner, 2.1/1 odds Cloane du Vivier (3f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Yves Lucuyer. 5/1 Ceyre de Bellouet (3f Quilien d’Islues-Tarifa de Bellouet) was second driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.2/1 Cova Joselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Thomas H. Hicks

The V75 Gold on Saturday went to Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover - B My Honey - Viking Kronos handled by Johnny Takter clocked in 1.13.3kr. He earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen ahead of 11 year-old veteran Montgomery Hall with Kenneth Haugstad. The Silver Division (125,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to Italy’s Naglo del Nord (8g Naglo - Entita del Nord - And Arifant) with Veijo Heiskanen up timed in 1.13.2kr. Daniel Reden teamed Vasterbo Highclass  (7f Look de Star - Vasterbro Highclass - Pine Chip) home second ahead of Caliber TT (8g Cromwell - Marcon Lady - Marcop Lep) and Johnny Takter. Other winners on the card included Djali Boko (5m Ready Cash - Lucky Lavec-Pine Chip) in 1.13.8kr for Per Nordstrom to earn 110,000SEK for this 2640 meter autostart contest ; Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex - Margo Hall - Like A Prayer) in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for Erik Adielsson for 100,000SEK first money ; Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) in 1.13.3kr in his 1640 meter autostart contest for Johnny Takter to earn 100,000SEK and Geisha Sund (5f Love You - Kanadia - Canada) 1.12.8kr for Torbjorn Jansson. The one earned 100,000SEK for the win over 2140 meters autostart. Thomas H. Hicks  

Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah. There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of  a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown,  while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur. Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both  won big races in France as six-year-olds  to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune  in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win. Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy  indeed has  something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix  Tenor De Baune victory. But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series. He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion  last year in a very good field. Olympiatravet qualifier Solvalla 2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m 1         Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural)  Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth               2         Raja Mirchi (h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini                3         Sanity (g  Love You - Flash Light)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Malin Löfgren               4         Yanantin Boko (g   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko)   Dr: Darren Mizzi   Tr: Olle Alsén           5         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)   Dr: Peter Untersteiner   Tr: Johnny Johansson             6         Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Timo Nurmos                7         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson                8         Dreams Take Time (h   Andover Andover - B.My Honey)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Lars I Nilsson                9         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Erik Lindegren         Dave Sanders

Orjan Kihlstrom today piloted Panne de Moteur to victory at Solvalla in the featured Kentucky Fibber. The pair covered 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.5kr to secure the first prize of 100,000SEK. The winner now has 16 career wins for earnings of 6.79SEK million. Panne de Moteur is owned by Travkompaniets Stall (owner of Maharajah) and Menhammar Stuteri and is a six year-old son of Credit Winner from Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy by Donerail. At Jagersro (Sweden) Dreams Take Time, a five year-old son of Andover Andover, took the featured Kvallspostens Marspokal in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Johnny Takter teamed the winner to his 17th career win in 35 starts. He earned 70,000SEK first money with this victory. Propeller (by SJ's Photo) was second for Kenneth Haugstad. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

Vigove, under a tactical steer from Pierre Vercruysse, nailed his adversaries at the line to win the Gr. II Prix de Croix. Off at 9/1 the winner, trained by Franck Leblanc, scored for the sixth time in his career for earnings of 378,580 euro. Vercruysse placed Vigove in perfect position (second on the inner) before escaping the pocket to score in a close finish over Viking de Val and Voyage de Reve in a very fast final 500 meters. Invaders from Sweden and Italy took spots four and five. Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Croix, Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2850 meters 1.16.6kr Fractions: 1.20kr at 1500; 1.19kr at 1000; 1.18,.1kr at 500, 1.16.6kr at finish 1st Vigove (5m Gazouillis-Gouive-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Pierre Deblock at 9/1 odds 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio), Eric Lambertz owner/trainer/driver, 2/1 odds 3rd Voyage de Reve (5m Password-Kiocalba-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 14/1 odds 4th Dreams Take Time - Sweden (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Lars Nilsson, 8.3/1 5th Princess Grif - Italy (5f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos), Mathieu Abrivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl., 15/1 As time winds down toward the January 26 Prix d'Amerique the field and favorites appear somewhat unknown. Tomorrow at Vincennes will provide some insights, as Texas Charm is out with a canon bone injury and Maharajah was a disappointment today. Timoko raced poorly in his last start as did Royal Dream (starts tomorrow) and Ready Cash was third in his last but performed reasonably well. Triode de Felliere has raced consistently well in the preliminaries for conditioner Jean-Paul Marmion. It's a horse race and anything can happen. It's been our sense for several months that 2014 might represent a changing of the guard among the best international trotters. Tomorrow will provide additional information from performances in the Prix de Belgique and Prix Tenor de Baune, and in a week from the classic 700,000 euro purse Prix de Cornulier (monte). Previous winners of the 2014 Prix d'Amerique qualifiers were: Prix de Bretagne - Uhlan duVal from Up And Quick Prix de Bourbonnais - Triode de Felliere from Uhlan du Val Prix de Bourgogne - Texas Charm from Triode de Felliere Criterium Continental - Victoire from Village Mystic The 2014 Prix d'Amerique is difficult to predict, but as always it will produce fan excitement, action on the racetrack and performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4er5ZRTUVA The final field for tomorrow's Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International 2850 meter test plus a 25 meter distance handicap for three top earners, is shown below. Purse is 120,000 euro with 15 entrants to face the starter. There have a few that won this race and the Prix d'Amerique (Lurabo in 1984, Ourasi three times in 1986-1988, Tenor de Baune in 1991 and Queen L in 1993). Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Belgique - January 12, 2014 Talicia Bella, A. Barrier Victoire, M. Mottier Soleil du Fosse, T. Duvaldestin Marielles, M. Abrivard Renommee d'Obret, F. Ouvrie Univers du Pan, P. Daugeard Roxana de Barbray, E. Raffin Severino, Ch. Bigeon Vanika de Ruel, F. Anne Quinoa de Gers, F. Souloy Yarrah Boko, P. Vercruysse Reve de Beylev, D. Locqueneux The Best Madrik, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 2875 meters Save The Quick, J-M Bazire, 2875 meters Royal Dream, Jean-Philippe Dubois, 2875 meters The Prix Tenor de Baune (UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, purse 120,000 euro) might also reveal Prix d'Amerique entrants. Ten solid performers will be at the start: Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune - January 12, 2014 Ultimo Vingt, P. Ternisien Orient Horse, M. Abrivard Disco AE, E. Raffin Rocky Winner. D. Locqueneux Unabella Perrine, F. Ouvrie Oropuro Bar, M. Smorgon Vincennes, Mlle J. Lindqvist Une Fille d'Amour, D. Thomain Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Up And Quick, J-M Bazire The great Sunday card also includes the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte for three year-old females. January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes - Prix Gelinotte, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 11 starters Bonnie Cadence, E. Allard Bliss Nevele, J. Ruaults Baileyse, M. Velua Barbalala, Jean-Etienne Dubois Biguglia, F. Ouvrie Balade de Blary, F. Anne Bassana de Marlau, Jean-Pierre Dubois Beauty Turgot, M. Abrivard Bergame Madrik, J-M Bazire Billie de Montfort, E. Raffin Be My Girl, Jos. Verbeeck by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

The important Criterium Continental (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, European four year-olds, 240,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that carries a Prix d'Amerique entry to the winner, produced a modestly unexpected win for 3.6/1 odds filly Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue-Boy du Pre) and reinsman Mathieu Mottier. She won for the 11th time in her career, now with earnings of 597.390 euro. The filly, bred, owned and trained by Danielle Mottier, hung on for a close score in 1.12.2kr (2 :31.72) over 4/1 Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account) with breeder, owner, trainer, driver Louis Baudron aboard. Viking de Val (4m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio) took third at 51/1 for breeder, owner,trainer, driver Eric Lambertz. Sweden's invaders Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos ended fourth for JohnnyTakter ahead of Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer, owner Stefan Melander. Italy's hopeful Pascia Lest was seventh and J-P Dubois' Viva Island was 11th. Highly regarded Princess Grif, Vanika du Ruel, Volcan d'Urzy and Indigious were disqualified for breaks in the Quinte+ event The Gr. II Prix Federation Francaise Equitation (Emile Riotteau), a monte event over 2700 meters with 10 starters for four year-olds, went to 3.4/1 odds Valse Castelets (4f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan) and J.L.C. Dersoir. She won for the eighth time in her career with increased earnings to 387,200 euro, scoring by open lengths in 1.14.5kr. Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib, both leading participants in monte trots. Favored Vision Intense was disqualified for rough gaitedness early in the contest. Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant-Vivier de Montfort) was second for P-Y Verva at 74/1 with 64/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau) third with Jonathan Carre aboard. The Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (monte, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, three year-olds) went to second choice 3.7/1 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons. She scored in 1.14.4kr for her fifth lifetime win and 243,540 euros earned for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Favored 1.9/1 Anastasia Fella was disqualified for a miscue and pacesetter Airport ended fifth. Agrippine (3f Hasting-Moqueuse-Extreme Dream) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard with Apollon de la Lys (3m Ouragan de Celland-Hillary de Pierji-Butin du Vivier) finishing third. A big crowd was on-hand for the racing festivities today including youngsters being entertained by Disney activities. Racing resumes at Paris-Vincennes on the afternoons of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Top-level racing took place Saturday at Jagersro on V-75 day and at Kincsem Park. Two year-old colt Onceforall Face (by Viking Kronos) took the 600,000Sek (to the winner) Jagersro feature for Lutfi Kolgjini while at Kincsem Park Radium Boy (by Wall Street Banker) won the 3140 meter, 1 million Huf purse Menesek Dija for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. A summary of the featured events at these tracks follows: Jagersro SWE November 30, 2013 Gr. I Svensk Uppfodingslopning 2013, 1640 meters autostart, 600,000Sek to winner 1. Onceforall Face (2m Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM-Lemon Dra), 1.13.7kr, trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini, owners Vallro AB and Lutfii Kolgjini AB (4 2-1-0 670,000Sek lifetime). Prion Tilly (2m Clerk Magistrate-Infra Tilly-Super Arnie), 1.13.8kr, Torbjorn Jansson driver, Stall Tilly AB owner was second. Gold - Meadow Prophets Minne 2013, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000Sek to winner: Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), 1.12kr, Peter Untersteiner driving (78 8-18-15 3,306,700 Sek career) defeated Premance Simoni, and Rakas. Oasis Bi, Kash's Cantab, Neo Holmsminde and Raja Mirchi were in the upper-class beaten field. John Jacobssons Minne 2013, 3-4 year olds, 2140 meters handicap by distance, 150,000Sek to winner: Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), 1.13.8kr, Johnny Taker driver (31 15-1-2 3,060,330 Sek lifetime) Bronze Division - 1640 meters autostart, 110,000Sek to winner: Claes Boko (4m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride), 1.11.9kr, Erik Adielsson driving, (16 7-6-0 829,500Sek lifetime) Kincsen Park Budapest November 30, 2013 Ketevesek Versenye 500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart 1. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam), 1.21.8kr, Sandor Varga up 2. Blitz Va Bene (2m Diablo Va Bene-Oracle), Tibor Hajnal 3. Sensation (2m Incredible Cole-Intelligent Star), I. Papp API Dij 500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart 1. Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), 1.15.7kr, S. Varadi driving, Napsuger owner 2. Orangyal (5f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), P. Vicen 3. Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna), R. Hanzekovic. SLO Menesek Dija 1,000,000Huf purse, 3160 meters distance handicap 1. Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), 1.19;.7kr, Veljko Mazsity trainer/driver, Hico Bt. Owner 2. Night Lady (6f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Tibor Hajnal up 3. Masterpiece (7m Tony Oaks-Fairplay), L. Marton aboard Italy (GAET) released its much anticipated December schedule and the hosting tracks (below). Gran Premi Trotting-Italy 8 December 2013 1 Treviso Gran Criterium (memorial Bepi Biasuzzi) 1600 E 2 - 165,000 euro 8 December 2013 2 Treviso Gran Criterium (filly) 1660 I 2f 66,000 14 December 2013 Napoli Batterie qualificazione Derby (3x22000) 2100 I 3 - 66,000 14 December 2013 2 Napoli Royal Mares 1600 O 4+f - 45,100 14 December 2013 1 Napoli Triossi 2100 E 4 - 209,000 14 December 2013 2 Napoli Antonio Carena (filly) 1600 E 4f - 55,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Derby 2100 I 3 - 770,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Oaks del Trotto (memorial C. e A. Tranfo) 1600 I 3f - 220,000 26 December 2013 Napoli Consolazione Derby 2100 I 3 - 45,100 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Allevatori (memorial P. Castelvetro) 2100 I 2 - 187,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Galà Internazionale del trotto - Turilli 2100 O 4+ - 297,000 26 December 2013 2 Napoli Allevatori (filly) 1600 I 2f - 66,000 28 December 2013 2 Palermo Mediterraneo 1600 I 3 - 45,100 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

The Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO males at Eskilstuna tonight is missing many of its leading money-earners with Trav-Derby winner Mosaique Face, Quid Pro Qho, Indigious, El Mago Pellini, Increased Workload and Standout all missing from the top ten. Porthos Amok is the highest earner in the field with just under 2million SEK banked, while World record holder Digital Ink  and Thai Broadway are the only three who are currently in the top ten money earners. Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok won his heat of the Trav-Derby and was second in the final to Mosaique Face. The son of Orlando Vici won his Breeders Crown heat and has ace driver Bjorn Goop in the bike and has a great draw at three. However  Melander’s other charge Digital Ink is a dominating favourite for the event even though he was beaten by Dreams Take Time, who he meets here again, in the semifinal. The  Super Photo Kosmos gelding had to overcome a tough trip in that race  and was still impressive and as long as he can get a drag through from his second line draw behind polesitter by Molle C.D.  he should be able to get well positioned to get a decent chunk of the €235,000 prizemoney. Dreams Take Time is the second favourite and the son of Andover Andover has a great draw. With ace driver Johnny Takter in the cart, he will get every chance to add some Group I credentials to his CV. Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway was considered unlucky in the semifinal  and has to overcome a bad draw in this but is very talented. Daniel Redén  Molle C.D. has been  consistently among the top contenders in the big races this season but has been hampered by the draw. But the son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight gets the ace which will enable him to use his gate speed to advantage. If he can get to the front Per Lennartson might have the horse to win this from the front. While Viking Kronos and his sons provided half the field in the 3YO equivalent of this race, there is only one Viking Kronos son in this field in Lutfi Kolgjini’s Viking America. French sire Orlando Vici is represented by two runners, while Kiss Francais is also a French sire  and the only other European  sire is Skogans Orlov, a Swedish sire of mixed German, French and Swedish bloodlines. Broadway Hall and Ken Warkentin are the only two US resident stallions represented, with one horse each but the rest of the field are by North American imported sires. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1) Int 2140 4m/g €235 000  1  Molle C.D.  (h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Dr:  Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén    2  Dreams Take Time  (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson    3  Porthos Amok  (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:Stefan Melander    4  Verymuchkiss Karsk  (g  Kiss Francais - Kiss Me Karsk) Dr:  Johan Untersteiner Tr:Åke Svanstedt    5  A.Hannibal  (h Skogans Orlov - Repute) Dr:  Åke Lindblom Tr:Åke Lindblom    6  Linslusen A.U.  (g  Fast Photo - Victoria A.U.) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:Reijo Liljendahl    7  Drew Brees  (h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise) Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:Timo Nurmos    8  Viking America  (g  Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:Lutfi Kolgjini    9  Digital Ink  (g  Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Melander    10  Global Octopus  (g  Lindy Lane - Ninja November) Dr:  Kaj Widell Tr:Sören Lennartsson    11  Thai Broadway  (h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll Tr:Trond Anderssen    12  Twin's Fairytail  (h Orlando Vici - Mint Hornline) Dr:  Stefan Söderkvist Tr:Åke Svanstedt   Dave Sanders

Johnny Takter steered 7/1 long shot Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) to a close score in 1.14.04kr to win the 2013 edition of the classic Prix Deutschland at Hamburg. The purse was 200,000 euros over the 2720 meter autostart distance. Sire of the winner was a $170,000 yearling in the U.S. and is a son of Andover Hall from Wac by Malabar Man. Indigious (4m Prodigious-Indication) was second for Erik Adielsson, owner Stall Express and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Quid Pro Quo (4m Yankee Glide-Hostage) was third for teamster Ake Svanstedt with Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pin e Chip) fourth for Per Lennartsson. Favored Clint W. Boko finished seventh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Swedish legend Stig Johansson is taking his German-bred colt Indigious back to the land of his birth for a crack at the Grosser Preis von Duetschland, the country’s biggest race for 4YOs run over the staying distance of 2720m. Indeed Johansson is one of no less than six Swedish trainers taking their charges to Hamburg in search of international Group I glory and a hefty purse of €200,000. Johansson won this race four years ago with Love You colt Nu Pagadi, and Swedes have been successful in the last two runnings of the race, with last year’s winner being Kool du Caux gelding On Track Piraten (who races in the Swedish Championships at Aby this weekend). Roger Walmann’s champion mare Tamla Celeber (Cantab Hall) was successful in 2011, and went on to win the US Breeders Crown for mares the following season. Indigious, who is owned in Germany by Friedrich Gentz is fresh from a meritorious fourth place in the European 4YO  Derby (Grand Prix de l’UET) in the hands of regular pilot Erik Adielsson, who will drive him here. The well-performed son of Prodigious has won 10 of his 22 starts since he began his career as a  3YO with  five wins in a row and has already been second a  Group I, when he followed  Svante Bath’ (4mQuid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide) hone in Sprintermastern Final in July. Quid Pro Quo is also in this race and Bath has engaged fellow trainer Ake Svanstedt to drive him. Quid Pro Quo has 11 wins in 25 starts and was fourth in the Swedish TravDerby. He did not start in the European 4YO Derby after missing out in the heats – to Indigious. Star Swedish driver Johnny Takter will be aboard Lars Nilsson’s Dreams Take Time, an Andover Andover colt who was second in the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown last year and won his last start, after taking a break in July after missing out on the Sprint Masterskap. Lutfi Kolgjini never leaves home without a horse who has a chance and he fronts up with Viking America (Viking Kronos)  who is out of a half-sister to Ette Extra, the dam of European Derby winning Qualita Bourbon and exciting new sire Sam Bourbon. Viking America is yet to show the same flair on the track although he has won seven of 32 starts including a heat of the Swedish TravDerby recently – only to break in the TravDerby itself. The Netherlands will be represented with two horses the best of them being Clint W Boko who was in impressive winner of his European 4YO Derby heat against a quality French field at Vincennes. Coincidentally Paul Hagoort’s Dutch Derby  winner is the son of a German champion, Abano As, who won the Prix d’Amerique in a stellar career. Abano As also won the Grand Prix de l’UET, the race Clint W Boko was fifth in, in his last start, right behind Indigious. He may indeed share favouritism for this event. Finland is represented by Tuomas Korvenoja’s  filly Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta) who won the mare’s Sprint final at Halmstad in July but has not won since in four starts. Her record is seven wins in 20 starts and might find the colts and the distance too much here. Of the German runner 4mLindo Eden won the Grosser Preis NRZ-Pokal this year and  was third in the Traben St Leger last year while Dream Magic BE  was the German Traber-Derby winner who has been a regular placegetter in German group races since he was a 2YO. Casanova was second in the German Derby while Betterthancheckers won the Bayern Pokal as a 3YO, and they are the only others with form in big German races. GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND Hamburg 13/10/13  Group 1 International  4YO (4m€200,000  2720m 1         Betterthancheckers (h   Donato Hanover - Armbro Domino)   Dr: Michael Schmid  Tr: Josef Franzl              2         Caen Oldeson (h   Offshore Dream - Krona Oldeson)   Dr: John de Leeuw Tr:  Frank A Westerveld              3         Call Me Hanover  (4g Kadabra - Chiptease)   Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr:  Marcus Lindgren              4         Casanova (4h Ufo Kievitshof - Pinky)   Dr: Roland Hülskath Tr:  Paul Hagoort              5         Clint W.Boko (4h Abano As - Vantz Boko)  Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:  Paul Hagoort              6         Cowboy Fanatic  (4g Broadway Hall - Super Fanatic)   Dr: Rob de Vlieger  Tr: Rob de Vlieger              7         Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera)   Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja   Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja              8         Dream Duo (4h Kadabra - Chip's Commission)   Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr:  Veijo Heiskanen              9         Dream Magic BE  (4h Dream Vacation - Dantesca Cla)   Dr: Josef Franzl Tr:  Josef Franzl              10         Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson              11         Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication)   Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr:  Stig H Johansson              12         Lindo Eden (4h Unforgettable - Quickstar Hornline)   Dr: Arnold Mollema Tr:  Arnold Mollema              13         Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage)   Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr:  Svante Båth              14         Viking America  (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini            Dave Sanders

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