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

January 24, 2015 - Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Masy) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for harness racing trainer Yannick-Alain Briand and owner Mme. Th. Hoste captured the Gr. I Prix de Cornulier (purse €700,000, 2700 meters, 18 International monte starters) clocked in 1.12.9kr. The 4.8/1 odds winner gamely defeated 58/1 Astor du Quenne (6m Opis Viervil-Qualinna du Quenne) with Adrien Lamy up with 13/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) third for David Thomain. Moving On and Tess des Villeneuve were to the line in a blanket finish. Only last year’s victorious Roxane Griff has won the classic gala event at age ten "Scarlet Turgot (12) is at 120%" were the words of trainer Yannick-Alain Briand days before the mounted trotting World Championship. Scarlet Turgot was forced to take the lead in the up-hill and then fought off attacks of Aladdin d’Ecajeul (16 - Mathieu Mottier) and Best of Jets (5 - François Lagadeuc) at the intersection of the tracks. The gallant mare than held off Astor du Quenne (14 - Adrien Lamy) along the pegs and Attentionally (1 - David Thomain) racing barefoot for the first time. Jockey Alexandre Abrivard stated upon interview that "The mare put her heart on the track.”. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAAvkAUYRvs VINCENNES - Domenica 24 gennaio 2016 4a corsa - 15:08 - PRIX DE CORNULIER - € 700.000 Groupe I - Monté - 2 700m - Pour 4 à 10 ans inclus (C à S), hongres exclus, les 4 à 6 ans ayant gagné au moins 180.000, les 7 à 10 ans ayant gagné au moins 250.000. En cas d'élimination, seront retenus en priorité les chevaux ayant couru au moins une fois dans une épreuve au trot monté depuis le 1er janvier 2015 inclus. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (C), gains réels majorés de 30 %; chevaux âgés de 5 ans (B), gains réels majorés de 20 %; chevaux âgés de 6 ans (A), gains réels majorés de 10 %, chevaux âgés de 7 à 10 ans (V à S), gains réels. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). Course précédée d'un défilé.   n° Cheval     S A distance Jockey Poids Entraîneur Réd. km Alloc. € 1° 12 SCARLET TURGOT F 10 2700 A. Abrivard 67 Y.a. Briand 12.9 315.000 2° 14 ASTOR DU QUENNE M 6 " A. Lamy 67 S. Guarato 12.9 175.000 3° 1 ATTENTIONALLY F 6 " D. Thomain 67 P. Viel 12.9 98.000 4° 11 MOVING ON F 7 " D. Bonne 67 F. Souloy 12.9 56.000 5° 3 TESS DE VILLENEUVE F 9 " Y. Lebourgeois 67 S. Raimond 13.0 35.000 6° 9 TORNADE DU DIGEON F 9 " E. Raffin 67 J.m. Bazire 13.0 14.000 7° 18 TIEGO D'ETANG M 9 " C.j. Bigeon 67 C. Bigeon 13.1 7.000 8° 5 BEST OF JETS M 5 " F. Lagadeuc 67 J.m. Baudouin 13.3   9° 10 UDAYAMA F 8 " G. Prat 67 L. Groussard 13.3   0 7 SEDUISANT FOUTEAU M 10 " P.y. Verva 67 A. Dreux     0 8 UGO DE NIEUL M 8 " R. Derieux 67 R. Derieux     DA 2 SATIN D'AVRIL M 10 " A. Desmarres 67 G. Lizee     DA 4 ULSTER PERRINE M 8 " J.l.c. Dersoir 67 J.m. Baudouin     DA 6 ATHENA DE VANDEL F 6 " M. Abrivard 67 C. Megissier     DA 13 OLMO HOLZ M 8 " A. Barrier 67 V. Martens     DA 15 VISION INTENSE F 7 " F. Nivard 67 P. Moulin     DA 16 ALADIN D'ECAJEUL M 6 " M. Mottier 67 S. Guarato     DA 17 UHLAN DU VAL M 8 " A. Dollion 67 C. Megissier       Thomas H. Hicks

December 3, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Paul Buquet (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.13.4kr timed winner Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) at 3.3/1 odds for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Y-A Briand and owner Th. Hoste. Favored 1.4/1 Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was a solid second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 61/1 Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Roi du Lupin was a disqualification. The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.7 million) Prix de Saint-Aubin-les-Elbeuf (purse €85,000, 17 starters in the 2700 meter test) went to 1.14.3kr winner, 1.1/1 odds favorite Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) for trainer/driver/owner J-M Bazire. 11/1 odds Boeing du Bocage (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lava du Cap Vert) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc ahead of 14.4/1 Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nika) for Franck Nivard, Emmanuel Ruault trainer and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson.Today also at Paris-Vincennes, the €50,000 purse, 2700 meters Prix de la Ville de Royan (16 European starters) went to 2.9/1 Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) for Dominik Locqueneux. Peter G. Norman trains the winner for Peter Eriksson of Sweden that was timed in 1.15.4kr. 11.5/1 Super Ariel (6f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and Swedish owner Stall Torpet HB. Third was 26/1 Princess Kronos (6f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) for Christophe Martens/Vincent Martens trainer team. The Prix de Limermont (A), purse €34,000 and contested over 2700 meters (14 contestants) went to 8.2/1 Bingo du Vivier(4m Goetmals Wood-Idea du Vivier) for David Thomain and owner/trainer Jean-Yves Lecuyer. 9.4/1 Banco de Maqker (4g Quick Wood-Falia Fleurie) was second ahead of 67/1 Banco du Marin (4m Islero de Bellouet-Neme Sis Mesloise. The winner was clocked in 1.15.8kr. 25/1 Cirrus du Chene (4m Milord du Chane-Oasis du Chene) teamed by Damien Bonne for Cl. Casseron, trainer, to win the €60,000 purse Prix Jean Maurice Beteau over 14 rivals that contested the 2700 meter distance. 5/1 Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. 11/1 Coup Droit (3m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) was third for reinsman Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. On Thursday the Prix Urgent (€90,000 purse, monte, 2700 meters, 12 starters), a Gr. III event, went to the 1.14.4kr winner, 4.1/1 odds Cassandre d’Em (3f Kesaco Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) teamed by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer J.P Allis. 2.3/1 odds Celui des Romains (3g Orondo-Queen des Romains) was second for trainer/jockey Yoann Lebourgeois ahead of 2.8/1 Clara du Pontseuil (3f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) for Anthony Barrier. Thomas H. Hicks

May 22, 2015 - The opener this evening at Vincennes went to 15/1 outsider Regio (5m Varenne-Leopardia) in the Pris Constellation (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Clocked in 1.14.1kr the winner was teamed by Pierre Vercruysse for harness racing trainer Paul Hagoort and Holland’s owner Ecurie Victoria Park. 19/1 Andalovsie (5f Ganymede-Napoula) was second for Jacques Bruneau ahead of 72/1 Atino de l’Ormerie (5g Qualmio de Vandel-Padine du Lac and reinsman Bertrand Le Beller. The Quinte+ Prix Ville de Nogent-Sur-Marne (€90,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) produced a thrilling dead-heat timed in 1.11.7kr between peg-side rallying Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) for Eric Raffin and red-hot Ustinof du Vivier. This 9/1 co-winner is trained by Y-A Briand. 2/5 pacesetting favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) and Mathieu Abrivard led a quick pace, drifted out in stretch and then re-rallied to equal Scarlet Turgot on the line. Sebastian Guarato trains this one. Spain’s consistent 15/1 Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) closed for third for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. 17/1 Tornardo Bello with Thomas Levesque and 15/1 Viking de Val and pilot Eric Lambertz were next in this upper level field. The top two appear to be “elite” level players at this time. Tonight’s Vincennes feature was the Gr. II Prix Ozo (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 11 starters). The 1.13.5kr winner was Cosmic Girl (3f Sam Bourbon-Oriane Jolie) at 59/1 for Pierre Vercruysse, a longshot double for the veteran teamster. Gerard Laurent trains. Favorite at .5/1 was Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) that was second for JM Bazire ahead of 56/1 Clea Madrik (3f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) for owner/trainer/driver Benoit Robin. On the excellent Vincennes nocturnal card the Prix Sirrah (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr winner Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) at even-money for Mathieu Mottier. 20/1 Undici (7g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was second for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Alain Roussel ahead of 13/1 Solo de Val (9g Sobrazac-Girl Villa) in rein to owner/trainer Eric Lambertz. At La Cepiere this day the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€35,000 purse, 2325 meters, 13 European starters) was conducted with the 1.14.3kr winner the 2.2/1 odds Uno de Montauran (7m Sancho Panca-Nijinskaya) with Denis Brossard up. 5.2/1 Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos) was next to the line for trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal with third to 5/1 Let Win and owner/trainer/driver J-H Treich. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2015 - The afternoon harness racing card at Saint Galmier this day featured the Quinte+ and the Grand Prix du Centre Est. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet-Perle d’Aunou) took the Quinte+ Prix de la Chorale de Roanne (€35,000, 2650 meters, 15 European starters) in 1.15.5kr for teamster Franck Nivard at 6/1. Tantale de Fol (8g Impact du Rib-Ivorine Folle) landed second for Serge Peltier at 12/1 with 5.2/1 Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) home third for Mikael Cormy. The card at Saint Galmier featured the Grand Prix du Centre Est. (€100,000, 2650 meters, international 10 starters) and 34/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noelle de Massy) took the win in 1.15.1kr for Y-A Briand. 40/1 Ulk Medoc (7m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet) rallied for second for Franck Corbineau with third to 1.6/1 favorite Swedishman (9g Gogo-Volganc) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Vincennes featured Prix Rene Palyart (€120,000, Gr. II monte, 8 starters, 2175 meters) went to Eric Raffin teamed Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute), victorious as 3/5 favorite. Clocked in 1.12.2kr the winner handled Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) at 8/1 with third to 23/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castille-Neus du Rosier) with L.C. Frecelle up. On the Vincennes evening undercard Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon-Kidea) took the Prix Arachne (€37,000, 10 starters, 2200 meters) with Mathieu Abrivard up, clocked in 1.16.7kr for trainer Philippe Allaire. Off at 1.2/1 odds the winner defeated 135/1 Chance des Douits (3f Power Jet-Pony Girl) and 88/1 Cahora Fonciere (3f Severino-Quietude Fonciere). The winner is from Kidea a 1998 foal and dam of Ready Cash and six winners from nine foals, three with earnings in excess of €100,000. KIdea is by Extreme Dream and has Workaholic, Star’s Pride and Kimberland (Nevele Pride) represented in the pedigree. Thomas H. Hicks

February 7, 2015 - The excellent Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program began with the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (€120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to Bardane du Houel  (4f Jet Fortuna - Hague du Houlbet) with David Thomain the pilot for R-Ch. Larue trainer. The 7.6/1 winner was clocked in 1.14.3kr with a quick last panel off modest fractions (1.15.4kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.7kr at 500) to score easily over Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede - Queen des Charmes) the 9/10 favorite handled by trainer Franck Anne. Black d’Avril (4m Oceano Nox - Olivia d’Avril) was third for teamster Frack Ouvrie and trainer Frederic Prat at 9.1/. The winner recorded her third career win now for €203,340 earned. The Quinte+ Prix de Munich (€95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 6/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong - Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Y-A Briand. Favorite Chelsea Boko made a misque at the start. The winner was clocked in a sharp 1.11.7kr off even fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.11.2kr at 1000; 1.11.9kr at 500). Italy’s Princess Griff (6f Varenne - Fauve Griff) was second at 9/1 for trainer Fabrice Souloy and pilot Roberto Andreghetti. 31/1 Septour (9g Love You - Kenitra) was third for Julien Dubois.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0897   Ordre :       35.712,00€   Désordre :       297,60€   Bonus 4 :       66,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       11,40€   Bonus 3 :       7,60€   Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) took the Prix de Lisieux (€88,000, 2700 meters, 12 European monte starters) took this test in her first ridden start for David Thomain, trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia le Pradine. The Italian invader scored at 14.3/1 odds timed in 1.14kr (mile rate 1:59) after even fractions (1.15.1kr at 1500; 1.14.2kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500), during which she took an early lead, yielded and raced third until around the final bend when she rallied to the front and edged away for a two-length victory over 3/2 favorite Valleroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato and 3/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro - Jeus du Banney) handled by Joan Lebourgeois for trainer Franck Leblanc. Nonant le Pin now has 20 wins for €316,656 earned. The five year-old mare Prix de Verneuil (€75,000, 2700 meters, European 13 starters)) went to Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood - Illys Way) with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up as 1.6/1 favorite. She scored in 1.15kr with a good closing effort from soft fractions (1.16.8kr at 1500; 1.15.2kr at 1000; 1.15.9kr at 500) to defeat 10/1 Alpine du Rib (5f Opium - Rockeuse du Rib) reined by J.L. C. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis - Fast Wise As) was a 20/1 third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Halena Burman for Folkbolagen AB from Sweden. Tomorrow is Grand Prix de France day and what a racing program it promises to be. Thomas H. Hicks

Heavily favored Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) won today's V75 Gold Division at Axevalla, Sweden over 2640 meters autostart for a 150,000SEK first prize. Peter Ingves was in the sulky for trainer Veijo Heiskanen as that pair scored in 1.13.4kr by a comfortable two lengths. Ingves drove the race to perfection from post two as he was away fourth and patiently waited for the pace to relax at which time he jetted to the front after 1000 meters and led the remainder of the contest. Solvato won for the ninth time in 40 career outings, now for earnings of 4,577,341SEK. On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) stayed covered In The Pocket much of the way and secured second for Erik Adielsson as Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane) had rallied from the back gain second in the lane but flattened in late going to finish third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Earlier on the Axevalla card (before a huge crowd on a bright sunny day) the Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner went to Jeppas Maxi (5g Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image) with Torbjorn Jansson up. This emerging campaigner scored in 1.12.6kr in a close battle with Acriter (5m Gentle Star-Puttan Fri-Super Arnie) and Jorgen Westholm. Italy's Naglo'del Nord (7g Naglo-Entita'del Nord-And Arifant) was third for Peter Ingves. Jeppas Maxi is undefeated in six 2014 starts and has won eight times in nine career starts for 609,897SEK. He's owned by Robert Ekstrom and Aland Pia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Prix du Comites Regional du Trot today went to veteran Recital Carisole (9g If Only-Harmonie Carisole) and Nicolas Mourot for trainer Yannick A, Briand. The €32,000 purse was contested over 3000 meters (distance handicap) by 13 horses. The winner scored in a good 1.14.6kr at 11/1 to overcome a 25 meter handicap. Entrymate Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) was second for trainer Briand (he drove this one) off at 2.3/1 and she too overcame the 25 meter penalty. The winner recorded his 13th career victory in 86 outings, good for earnings of €375,480. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

David Bekaert steered the Philippe Mortagne trained and owned Tempo de Carless to a convincing victory in today's 32,000e feature at Hyeres, France. The seven year-old son of Grisbi de Carless recorded his ninth career win for lifetime earnings of 202,830e. Veteran mares Scarlet Turgot and Global Midnight ended second and third as they could not overcome 25 meter handicaps. May 1, 2014 Hyeres, Prix President Verignon, 32,000e, 2750 meters distance handicap, European, 12 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless-Ahmes), David Bekaert up for Philippe Mortagne trainer, 1.3/1, 2750 meters, ninth career win 2nd Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massey), Y. A. Briand trainer/driver, 5.5/1, 2775 meters 3rd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.8/1, 2775 meters, Sweden Yesterday at LeMans, Speedy Horse took their featured Prix Paris-Turf in 1.15.2kr over 2850 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Undercard events saw victories posted by Biche des Clois in a three year-old fillies event and four year-old mare Alexia also scored for Eric Raffin aboard the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable favorite. Race summaries follow. April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix Paris-Turf, 35,000e, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Speedy Horse, (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l'Anxure-Princess d'Yurac), Sebastien Baude trainer/driver, his ninth win for 244,380e in lifetime earnings 2nd Sicoussa de Barb (8f Kepler-Goie Melodie), Franck Blandin trainer/driver, 6.8/1 3rd Tzarine Fac (7f Echo-Nougara), David Thomain up for Sebastian Guarato, trainer, 2/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix de la Federation Regionale des Courses Anjou-Maine-Center-Quest, females, 22,000e, 1.16.9kr 1st Biche des Clois (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville-Vikings Way), Mathieu Mottier up for Denise Mottier, 4.6/1 2nd Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha-Gai Brillant),Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2/1 3rd Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon-Extreme Aunou), Patrick Chevrier driver/trainer, Ecurie D owner/breeder, 45/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix du G.I.E. Hipposarthe, monte, 20,000e, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Alexia (4f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn), Eric Raffin up, Philippe Moulin trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dream, 1.4/1 2nd Amour du Loup (4g Lilium Madrik-Parodie Gin), A. Lherete up for Franck Anne trainer, 7/1 odds 3rd Asly de Florange (4g Kuadro Wild-Easy Perrine), Mlle. M. Grolier jockey/trainer, 10/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend. Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique. He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly. Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form. "The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December. The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line. Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back. Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros. Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking. Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat. Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs . LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro 05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR) 1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer 3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt 4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer 6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom 7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg 9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The three year-old male and female monte rivals were showcased on today's Paris-Vincennes card. Baggio du Chatelet, a three year son of Niky, easily took the 120,000e Prix Edouard Marcillac with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, as the less than even-money favorite. He scored by open lengths in 1.14.8kr over a short field, his third career win, now for earnings of 95,750e. The distance was 2175 meters. Well-bred Brooklyn Bridge captured second. February 13, 2104 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Edouard Marcillac, Gr. II monte, males, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starter 1.14.8kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, 0.9/1 favorite, his third career victory. 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia 3rd Bazaki Seven )3m Kesaco Phedo-Rani Duophi), F. Lagadeuc up for trainer J-M Baudouin at 9/1 The female division produced another decisive winner at Beauty Turgot scored in 1.15.3kr in the 120,000e Prix Holly du Locton, a Gr. II affair over 2175 meters. She scored over nine rivals for Franck Nivard at the lines for Fabrice Souloy. The good gaited filly was off at 6.2/1 with one of the chief adversaries, Biguglia by Coktail Jet, finishing third behind 12/1 outsider Brise de L'alba, February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Holly du Locton, Gr. II monte, females, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.15.3kr 1st Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6.2/1 2nd Brise de l'Alba (3f Quido du Goutier-Celyde la Meritee), Eric Raffin up for William Bigeon trainer, 12/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderie), Jonathan Carre up for Frederik Plat trainer, 3.8/1 The mid-week car also included the Gr. III Prix de Nevers, a 110,000e event over 2850 meters. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a special single-day 10 million euro jackpot. Bold-striding Uppercut Orange took the win in 1.14kr at 6.5/1 odds, his sixth career win for over 240,000e earnings. The six year-old son of Jag de Bellouet closed relentlessly to defeat Ulf du Noyer and Ultimate du Rib. J.L.C. Dersoir trains the winner with his wife capably at the lines. February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Nevers, Gr. III, 110,000e, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ special jackpot 10 million euros 1.14kr 1st Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi d'Abeille-Workaholic), Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir in the irons for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 6.5/1, his sixth lifetime win. 2nd Ulf du Noyer (6m Love You-Pagoda-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Ultimate du Rib (6g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois-Sancho Panca), Michel Lenoir up for trainer Joel Hallais, 24/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Franck Anne's talented five year-old mare Vanika du Ruel, a daughter of Jardy, upset Village Mystic and Victoire to easily capture today's Gr. II Prix Jean Le Gonidec at Paris-Vincennes. The fast leaving young mare, that has been competing against the best aged performers in France, stepped to the front and kept on going to score by open lengths in 1.12.8kr over the rain soaked 2175 meter course. The UET Masters Series event carried a purse of 120,000e. The winner may very well be advancing to the top level for aged mares in the future. Village Mystic, a five year-old son of Love You, was second for Louis Baudron ahead of Italy's Pascia'Lest (by Varenne) with reinsman Jos. Verbeeck. Victoire, the 2/1 favorite ended fifth. February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean Le Gonidec, UET Masters Series Gr. II European, 2175 meters, 120,000e, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.9 milion euros, 13 starters  1.12.8 1st Vankina du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Franck Anne trainer/driver, for breeder/owner Mme. Annick Bazn, 7.6/1 odds, convincing start to finish winner, her 12th career win for earnings of 977,760e 2nd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun), Jos. Verbeeck for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 6.8/1, Italy 4th Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 7.3/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitcko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up from trainer Danielle Mottier, 2/1 favorite Two upper class European events were also featured on the Paris-Vincennes card today. Taormina d'Em won the first for Tony Le Beller in 1.14.6kr to capture the Prix Guy Lux over 2700 meters for 72,000e purse. The seven-year-old mare scored in a rousing finish over a fine field that included second place finishing Triskell Pacha for Franck Nivard, Sergent du Rib and Spain's Trebol (finished fourth). February 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Guy Lux, European, 2700 meters, 72,000e, 12 starters1.14.6kr 1st Taormina d'Em (7f Cedre du Vivier-Nevadara d'Em-Coktail Jet), Tony Le Beller, 11/1 odds 2nd Triskell Pacha (7g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte), Franck Nivard up, 1.8/1 3rd Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 4th Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, 11/1 odds (Spain) 5th Rafale Leman (9f Ekir de Leau-Bellones Leman), Mathier Mottier up, 30/1 J-M Bazire drove Italy's Oneghin Del Ronco to victory in the Prix Leon Zitrone in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters for 58,000e. The six year-old son of Love You from a Park Avenue Joe mare was an upset winner at 29/1 over a nice field in which Italian invaders by Pine Chip and Viking Kronos were third and fourth. February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leon Zitrone, European, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters  1.13.6kr 1st Oneghin Del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia Del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), J-M Bazire, 29/1 odds for trainer Vincenzo Tufano, owner Vincenzo Cappola (Italy) 2nd Utelo de Carentone (6g Kiwi-Maevu d'Harcouel-Buvetier d'Aunou), Guy Maillard, 16/1 3rd Oscar Chip Fas (6g Pine Chip-Alias diJesolo-Royal Troubador), David Thomain, 91/1 (Italy) 4th Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Dominik Locqueneux, 2/1 odds (Italy) 5th Sem Jafat (6g SJs Photo-Persilja-Pershing), Johan Untersteiner up, 5.8/1 (Sweden) The fastest event of the day was a 1.12.4kr win for Topaze Royale in the monte Prix Jacques Orliaguet over 2175 meters. The winners share of the 48,000e purse took Topaze Royale's earnings to 144,710e for the seven-year-old mare, trained and reined by Mathieu Abrivard. Her victory as favorite broke a string of long odds winners on this day. February 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Orliaguet, monte, 48,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters 1.12.4kr 1st Topaze Royale (7f Light Up Vonnas-Lea Royale-Capitole), Mathieu Abrivard trainer/driver, 3.2/1, owner Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard, eighth win for 144,710€ 2nd Tino Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Elite Gede), C. Frecelle up, 6.5/1 3rd Twiggy Speed (7f Joe l'Amoroso-Theorie Gede), A. Wiels, 12/1 4th Taluska du Levan (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombre), Nathalie Henry up at 18/1 Big upset at Vincennes Thursday Unvevring du Gite took yesterday's Paris-Vincennes Prix de L'lle-et-Vilaine at 16/1 odds to set-off an exact order payoff of over 298,000e (excluding the jackpot that reached 3.85 million euros). David Thomain teamed the winner for owner/trainer Jean Lelievre as he increased career earnings to 192,430e. Uvevering du Gite scored in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart to defeat stablemate 20/1 shot Tabriz du Gite handled by Bernard Piton. February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L' lle-et-Vilaine, European, 17 starters, 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ race of the day with 3.85€ million jackpot 1.14.1kr 1st Uvevering du Gite (6m Iton du Gite-Bauxite Bocain), David Thomain up for Jean Lelievre trainer and owner Georges Lelievre, 16/1 odds, fourth career win for 192,430€ 2nd Tabriz du Gite (7m Ganymede-Kabrizica), Bernard Piton up for J. Lelievre, 20/1, stablemate of winner 3rd Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi L'Abeille), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 4.8/1 4th Sky Quick (8g Jasmin de Flore-Mancha Quick), Mathieu Mottier up for Clement Casseron trainer, 129/1 The well assembled Paris-Vincennes card was also highlighted by victories for Altesse du Mirel, a Ready Cash lightly raced four year-old filly, trained and reined by Pierre Vercruysse; the monte Prix de Douvres to Urone du Cebe handled by Marie Bacsich for trainer Franck Leblanc. They overcame a 25 meter handicap and the monte Prix de Rozay-en-Brie that Athletic Sport won for Anne Barthelemy. February 5, 2014, Paris Vincennes Prix de Montlucon, 34,000€ purse, 2700 meters for females, 12 starters 1.19.1kr 1st Altesse du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse trainer/driver for owner Mme. Florence Allera, 4.1/1 odds, her third win for 29.700€ for this lightly raced filly 2nd Ariana (4f Neoh Jiel-Nausican Sautonne), Jos. Verbeeck up for Jean-Pierre Viel trainer, 2.3/1 co-favorite 3rd Argovie (4f Gogo-Nymphe Jet), F. Senet up for trainer Mme. Michelle Stihl, 12/1 February 5, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Douvres, 60,000€, 2850 meters, monte, females, apprentice jockeys, 8 starters  1.15.3kr 1st Urone du Cebe (6f Neutron du Cebe-Irma Saint Jean), Mlle. Marie Bacsich up for Franck Leblanc trainer/owner, 5/1, traveled plus 25 meters, eighth career win for 118,740€ earnings 2nd Ussia du Declic (6f Meaulnes du Corta-Opale du Declic), Xavier Bonnefoux aboard for trainer/owner Yvonnick Dousset, 22/1 3rd Uza Viva (6f Korean-Kuza Viva), Mlle. Isaline Lelievre up, 27/1 odds, trainer Paul Viel, plus 25 meters February 5, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Rozay-en-Brie, 35,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.16.8kr 1st Athletic Sport (4m Jag de Bellouet-Quipia Josselyn), Anne Barthelemy up for Philippe Forget, 4.9/1 2nd Alcatraz d'Ariane (4g Gogo-Karintzia d'Ariane), David Thomain teaming for Daniel Bethouart, 2.5/1 3rd Arlequin de Cosse (4m Fortuna Font-Maron de Cosse), Fabien Gence up for Arnaud Leduc trainer, 11/1 4th Aladin de Meslay (4g Dahir de Prelong-Idee de Meslay), Hanna Huygens up for trainer Daniel Moes, 42/1 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            

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