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The 120,000 euro Group II Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850m for 4YOs is the last major monte for the Winter Meeting this Saturday. It is a small but evenly matched race since many of the top monte horses such St Leger des Trotteurs (Gr1) winner Almira Marancourt and runner-up Asana Trembledaise plus Prix d"Essai (Gr1) winner Arca Des Jacquets and runner-up Alexia de Cherisay are absent as are Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) winner Atlessima and Prix Des Elites (Gr1) winner Anastasia Fella who are unavailable due to the Prix de Selection being raced on the same day. Laurent Claude Abrivard's Agrippine was second in the group one Prix De Vincennes in December and was prominent in the Prix de Pardieux until making a gallop on the final turn. The daughter of Hasting with Alexandre Abrivard on board will be right in the mix here. The other two disputing favouritism are Jean-Pierre Dubois' Goetmals Wood filly A Noux Deus, the winner of the group two Prix de Pardieu last start and who will be ridden by Nathalie Henry, and Pierre Coignard's Al Capone Jet, the winner of the Prix Camille De Wazieres , the male equivalent. Both have strong claims in this race, as indicated by the early market in France. Airport was fifth in the group one Prix de Vincennes in December in a very promising first start in a group race. Ake Kristofferssen's son of Love You had a gallop next start but then won his fourth race in just 13 starts in his last start a fortnight ago, and is coming in for some strong support - as is the A Priori, a son of Capriccio , who followed him home in that race. For handicappers looking for an outsider, consider Aston Fly was third in the group one Prix d'Essai but was disqualified in the group one Prix des Centaures. Michael Jean Ruault son of Hermes de Montfort is always among the top five or six in the this age group and in the absence of the aforementioned top Echelon of this generation, could be one to keep onside here. PRIX LOUIS LE BOUR Vincennes 01/03/14 Group II monte 2850m 4YOs €120 000 1 Armio (h Qualmio de Vandel - Nahema) Rd: Philippe Masschaele Tr: Colette Chassagne 2 Astuce du Bas Bosq (m Caballio In Blue - Karlinette) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Francois Giard 3 Avireau de Houelle (h Coktail Jet - Irina de la Frette) Rd: Pierre Edo(uard Mary Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 A Priori (h Capriccio - Loctudy) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Jacques Bruneau 5 Airport (h Love You - Pivoine) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 6 Anna Mix (m Ludo de Castelle - Ires) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Antara Buissonay (m Le Retour - Judelle Buissonay) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 8 Agrippine (m Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 9 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean 10 A Nous Deux (m Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 11 Al Capone Jet (h Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Pierre Coignard by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22. In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere. Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America. Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners. In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been. He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce . And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US. But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America. He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball. But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season. Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season. Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night. Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives. Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]

We are visiting today with Floridian veteran trainer and horseman Michael Deters. Michael Deters is currently having incredible success with the best pacing colt he has ever trained and owned in Prairie Jaguar.  During his current streak, Prairie Jaguar has posted four winning miles in 1:50 or faster at Pompano Park, the most ever by any Standardbred in the track's fifty year history.  Michael ranks annually in the top five trainers at Pompano Park in wins and UDRS training ratings. The lightly raced Prairie Jaguar will be shipping up north soon to take on the some best pacers in harness racing.  His first test will be the Whata Baron stakes at the Meadowlands beginning on April 5th. One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy HLINK: Congratulations on having Prairie Jaguar being named Horse of the Month by the USTA for the month of January.  He has won his last 7 starts including a pair of Pompano Park Open victories in January.  How is he holding up? MD: It is the first time this has ever happened for me and I am pretty tickled.  It would be better if he got a chance to race more often.  For a horse to be real sharp they need to race every week. He is racing every other week. He has been good every start. Prairie is real sharp now. Since he came back from Canada every race has been great. HLINK: You have now won seven races in a row including four races under 1:50 or less. Last summer Prairie Jaguar was racing in Canada for non-winners of $1,000 in last three starts. That is quite an improvement.  What happened to improve his form so drastically? MD: When I had the horse a couple of years ago he went in 1:51.2 at Pompano. He came home in :27.1.  It was only his sixth or seven lifetime start. They wanted me to race in the Open Pace.  I didn't think he was ready with only a handful of starts to race in the Open Pace. We sent him to Canada to Laurie Poulin's brother.  He just didn't have any luck racing with the horse. I don't know what to tell you as to what happened to the horse. There is no big secret with this horse.  He is really good.  In all the races in Canada he was never involved in the race. Since he has been back he has really stepped up. Jason Dillander has done a tremendous job driving the horse.  We have fattened him up and made him a happy horse again. A horse has to be happy or they don't want to go. If a horse is happy they will perform for you. HLINK: Prairie Jaguar has been handicapped with the eight post in the Open Pace. Has Pompano Park limited you to the amount of times you can race and whether you can continue to race in the Open Pace? MD: I certainly hope I can race twice a month. They have led me to believe I can race twice a month for the time being. HLINK: A couple of races back Prairie Jaguar won in dominating fashion from the 8 post, near the finish line the track announcer screamed "how good is this horse". Please tell us how good is Prairie Jaguar? MD: I think he is an uncapped talent.  He has not been challenged yet. I am sure when I get up north he will be tested. As of now, we have not found the bottom. I would be surprised if he can't pace in 1:48.  If I could race him two weeks in a row at Pompano, he would go in 1:48 and change.  I believe the track record is 1:48.4.  If we paced him two weeks in a row, we would own the track record! HLINK: I understand you are planning to ship the horse up north soon. Are you going to put him in Levy Series at Yonkers, or do you have other plans? MD: He raced up north last year on a 1/2 mile track and didn't have a lot of success.  He is not going to race on a 1/2 mile track unless I go with him.  I would hate to put him in against the best horses in North American until he can get his feet wet.  The plan right now is to go in a new series at the Meadowlands called the Whata Baron.  It is a series for non-winners of $100,000 lifetime. HLINK: You will be going up against Wake Up Peter and some other quality pacers.  What do you think of his chances? MD: My horse is a proven winner.  He has won seven in a row and has the ability to do well.  We will find out when he puts his nose up against the starting gate against the better horses.  He has just been tremendous since he came back from Canada. Every race has been great.  HLINK: What are you plans after the Whata Baron? MD: Hopefully he can race against the upper echelon. When you are in the northeast there are plenty of places to race. In Florida there is only one place to race.  As far as other stake races, I really don't know yet. To be in the higher up stake races you have to dominate right away. If he is that good, we will educate him this year and next year go in the big stakes. He has minimum starts for a six-year-old horse.  The sky is the limit for him. The horses are going so fast as two or three-year-olds that they don't hold up. HLINK: Are you going north with Prairie Jaguar or do you plan to put him with another trainer? MD: That is very much up in the air at the moment. If I don't go now I will be up later to race him in the northeast circuit. HLINK: You seem to have an attraction to horses sired by Spy Hard.  Your partner Laurie Poulin had Spy Hard as a stallion in Florida.  Spy Hard is a full brother to the great Riyadh.  Do you think that is where Prairie Jaguar gets his speed? MD: He only sired a handful of horses.  I had two of them.  I had a Spy Hard filly named Prairie Lee.  She made over $45,000 in the Florida Sire Stakes at three.  She won twice at Tioga in 1:51. I sold her as she did not get around Pompano that well.  Prairie Jaguar is a full brother to Riyadh.  I think that helps a lot.  The key to a good horse is a good mare.  The mother is an unraced Auturo horse named Cat Lady.  She only had one other foal named Three Putt Again.  He was a Florida Champion and won in 1:51 as a three-year-old.  HLINK: You have an outstanding mare in Winbak Heavenly.  Unfortunately you had to chase Summertime Lea all summer.  She was able to win close to $150,000 last year racing in the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old fillies. MD: She is not too far off from racing this year.  I trained her in 2:18 the other day.  She should be racing at Pompano by March for a short time.  I will look to send her up to race at Yonkers.  HLINK: Have you given up the driving part of the business? MD: I am old and fat (laughter).  I usually only drive the problem children. I will qualify the ones who have trouble getting around.  I leave the driving for the skinny guys who can go fast. HLINK: Tell us about your partnership with Laurie Poulin. MD: We have had horses together for about five years. She has a small breeding farm.  The last two years we have done well. We had a few shaky years. The horses have raced well. We have had a couple of nice colts. It is a descent partnership. HLINK: Do you have any future stars coming up in your stable? MD: I have a two-year-old brother to Prairie Lee and a two-year-old sister to Prairie Jaguar.  I like them both a lot. They seem like real nice babies. They are both Florida bred's and are doing everything right.  I have two-year-old trotting colt by Conway Hall that has been in 2:18.  I am looking to race him in the New York Sire Stakes. HLINK: How did you get your start in the business?  Your dad was in the business. MD: My dad raced at Pompano Park in the late sixties and early seventies.  I went to high school and college in Michigan.  When my father died I decided I could starve better in warm weather than cold weather.  My dad had thirty head at Hillcrest Farm in Florida.  When my dad died I went to work there.  I never had another job other than the horses. HLINK: You seem to have a lot of great help working for you.  One of your caretakers, Tracey O'Leary, was recently honored by the Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association as "Caretaker of the Month".  MD: Tracey has been with me for about twenty-five-years.  He does an outstanding job along with Bernie Germain.  My wife Shelly is the nuts and bolts of the operation.  My son Michael is my biggest supporter and helps out also. HLINK:  You were the President of the Florida Breeders Association around the time Pompano Park got the slots. What happened that they never got any of the slot revenue? MD: We were assured twelve million dollars a year.  That didn't happen for one year.  The first year we got ten million.  Since then it has gone backward.  The Florida Horsemen got the royal shaft.  They got the goldmine and we got the shaft.  Hopefully something positive will happen with this next legislation session.  If it doesn't the future of harness racing in Florida will be in jeopardy.  We were told for years it was going to happen. We were on the bill to be included in the slot revenue.  Then all of a sudden we were not on the bill.  All of the rest of the racing entities in horse racing in Florida were included and get a percentage of the slot revenue. I am not actively involved any more.  Hopefully things will go our way in Tallahassee starting in March. HLINK: Regardless of the situation developing in Tallahassee, Mike Deters has an exciting future awaiting him every time that Prairie Jaguar steps on the racetrack. By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com

After Texas Charm's win in yesterday's Prix de Bourgogne (his 14th career win now with earnings of 1,106,350 euro), over 2100 meters autostart, the point standing for the three "B" qualifiers is as follows: 1er Triode de Fellière 18 pts 2e Uhlan du Val  18 pts 3e Texas Charm 13 pts 3e Up And Quick  6 pts 4e Tiego d'Etang 6 pts 5e Ready Cash 4 pts 6e Soleil du Fossé 3 pts 7e Marielles 3 pts 8e Roxane Griff 2 pts 9e Treskool du Caux 2 pts   Texas Charm and driver Julien Dubois may take the family heritage to the world's truly classic trotting event. Jean-Pierre Dubois and sons Jean-Etienne and Jean-Philippe combined have four Prix d'Amerique victories. Texas Charm has two wins in 2013 timed at 1.10kr or better. Based on yesterday's win and special strong finish after a three-wide move against then leading pacesetter Timoko, one can believe that the six year-old son of Cygnus d'Odyssee can extend to the 2700 meter distance. Some observers believe 2014 will reveal a changing of the guard of the world's best trotters with Ready Cash, Royal Dream, Timoko, Roxane Griff and The Best Madrik having perhaps lost a step. But don't count out Ready Cash quite yet. Franck Nivard usually finds a strategically advantageous spot for his veteran, now with earnings of 4,282,300 euro and 40 victories, and he raced well yesterday despite being close to the exceptionally fast early fractions. It was also reported today that Italian sprinter Mack Grace SM will not contest the Prix d'Amerique. He's won 12 straight and may wait to meet the challenge of the Gran Criterium du Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-mer in early March, at the mile distance autostart, and after the European top Echelon have battled in the Prix d'Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris, each two weeks apart starting with January 26. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com       

Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide’s Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving. On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers – outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number eighteen by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze. Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull’s five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line. Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the Finn-Tack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1. Michelle Manning’s highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his 3rd victory in 5 outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing 4th to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter’s Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57. Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/two – four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one – three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman does a great job with his select team and landed the Wimmera Roadways Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with Witzend, a four year old gelded son of Dawn Ofa New Day and Fake Trick, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Rinashi which trailed and Saab Magic which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-0 By Len Baker

The French are preparing for an invasion, and they’ve called for the cavalry  to protect honour, glory and the small matter of half a million euros in the final of the UET Masters Series. The French legion which will  attempt to win the first ever Masters Series final at Vincennes is headed by the world’s best trotter Ready Cash, his heir apparent Timoko plus a recent world record breaker Save The Quick in what must be admitted is a much stronger race than last year’s inaugural running in Solvalla. The Masters Series is a brilliant concept and It has certainly been enhanced with the inclusion of such highly rated French horses such as Ready Cash who has won two Prix D’Amerique and was also runner-up in the world’s greatest race in a career in which he has won 35 times in 57 starts and amassed over €4million. This season he relinquished his Prix D’Amerique crown to Royal Dream, another from the remarkable R generation, but then bounced back the following week to beat his rival in the Group I Grand Prix de France, his third win in that event. He then won the Grand Prix de Paris - another Group I over the marathon 4000m - before settling down to stud duties. The 8-year-old son of Imoko  resumed his racing career in July with another win, in a low level race. Thierry Duvaldestin’s champion warmed up for this event in the Group I GP de Wallonie at Mons in Belgium where he went off stride when being switched from the trail by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck to try and pass Timoko when full of running. It was a rare mistake by the French superstar who will be right at home in Vincnnes and keen to make amends against his younger rival, the undisputed star of the T generation, which is also fashioning a glowing reputation. Timoko, like Ready Cash, is already performing stud duties, and very popular as a winner of both the Criterium des 3 and 4 Ans,  but he does not take a break while performing them, still managing to fit in a full racing schedule which included a trip to Solvalla for the Elitloppet, where he finished third in the final. Richard Westerink’s star is an accomplished sprinter, with his wins this season having been all over the shorter distances, 2300m in the GI Prix de Wallonie,  2100  in the Prix d’Atlantique at  Enghien and a mile in both the Prix de Washington (Vincennes) and Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes Sur Mer.  He finished third to Ready Cash in the GP de France over 2100m. And Timoko has also never finished better than fourth in this company over the 2700m distances with a fourth in Prix Kerjacques and he was seventh in the Prix d’Amerique. The 2700m may still be beyond him, especially when the pace is likely to be forced with the likes of Save The Quick in the field Franck LeBlanc’s world record breaking mare  stunned the world with her run in the European Championship for mares.  She has a string of second placings in some of the biggest races in the world, including last year’s Prix Du Cornulier (the world’s richest monte at 700,000) and also in the first UET Masters Series final in Solvalla last year. She was also second in the European Championship for mares the previous year too.  Can she go one better in this race too. She is certainly capable, if Ready Cash has an off day. Roxane Griff is  the best mare of the great R generation, lying third overall in earnings to Ready Cash and the recently retired gelding Rapide Lebel. She may have had only 14 wins in 62 career starts but several have been at this track, at this distance, in this company. She has also amassed a string of placings in the world’s biggest races –  including a second in the Prix D’Amerique. She is a dead set stayer (due no doubt to her 85% French bloodlines)  and even though she has not had one of her best years, this is the sort of race she excels in. The Best Madrik is Jean Etienne Dubois’ stable star – he ranks number two on earnings behind his great rival Timoko, the pair being the only millionaires so far in this generation, although Texas Charm will soon join them. The Best Madrik won the Criterium des 5 Ans after finishing third in the Prix d’Amerique earlier in 2012 and this year finished second in the Hugo Abergs Memorial in July and finished fifth a fortnight ago in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Enghien in a warm up for this race. A rising star but perhaps a year too early. Reve de Beylev is another R generation and the sixth millionaire from the crop and has had a stellar year with second placings in his last five outings, all Group II s worth over €100,000 . He has been a model of consistency without cracking a big win in the top echelon, one of those unfortunates to be in a generation without peer.  He is the outsider of the French contingent but deserves his place on this year’s form. This may be the best field ever assembled in Europe, with the best geldings like Elitloppet winners Commander Crowe and Nahar getting a rare chance at the Temple of Trot to run on the great track, for a great prize, in a great field. Sit back and enjoy European and world trotting at its finest on Saturday, at Vincennes , Paris, France.   FINALE UET TROTTING MASTERS 2013 Vincennes, FRANCE 500,000  Group I 4-10  2700m   1. BAGLEY   (GERMANY, UET rank: 27) (8g Bartali Ok (IT)-Novel Boshoeve (DE)) Owner: Dagmar & Thomas Bosner Trainer: Conrad Lugauer,  Jagersro 74 starts 18  wins €368,582           Best kilometer rate: 1'09"9 SEASON’S FORM: 51534221132   2. ON TRACK PIRATEN  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 33) (5g Kool du Caux (FR)-Monrovia (SE))  Owner: Stall Mörkermasse Trainer: Hans Strömberg , Rattvik Driver: Pierre Vercruysse € 393,411   42  starts  9 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'11"3 SEASON’S FORM: 06036103301   3. SANITY  (SWEDEN, UET rank:  27) (7g Love You (FR)-Flash Light (SE))  Owner: Stall Sanity Trainer: Malin Lofgren, Solvalla Driver: Jarmo Niskanen  €716,395  59 starts 25 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"2 SEASON’S FORM: 32d623340310   4. NAHAR  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 5) (8g Love You (FR)-Mahonny Broline (SE)) Owner: Stall Sedin Trainer: Robert Bergh, Bergsaker Driver: Robert  Bergh €1,031,825 70 starts 24 wins Best kilometer rate:  1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 5d26114d12112d10   5. REVE DE BEYLEV  (FRANCE, UET rank: 17) (8h Fortuna Fant (FR)-Heloise Poterie (FR)) Owner: Ecurie D.H. du Haras de l'Epinay Trainer: Sebastien Guarato Driver: Dominik Locqueneux €1,089,260  77 starts  14 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"5 SEASON’S FORM: 591d36822222   6. BRAD DE VELUWE  (FINLAND, UET rank: 6) (5h Andover Hall (US)-Amazing Ride (FI)) Owner: Lars Ingman Trainer: Tomas Korvenoja Driver: Tomas Korvenoja €1 091 655,00  34 starts  23 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 1221431544   7. THE BEST MADRIK   (FRANCE, UET rank: 14) (6h Coktail Jet (FR)-Lady Madrik (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Victoria Dreams Trainer:  J.E. Dubois Driver: Jean Etienne Dubois €1,294,110    52 starts 13 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"1 SEASON’S FORM: 65525863325   8. SAVE THE QUICK   (FRANCE, UET rank: 7) (Jasmin de Flore (FR)-Heureuse Duchesse (FR)) Owner: Ecurie E. Quick Star Trainer: Franck Leblanc Driver: B Goop €1,395,079  62 starts 11  wins : Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 0d68664460313   9.  MAIN WISE AS  (ITALY, UET rank: 11) (7h Yankee Glide (US)-Desert Flower K (US)) Owner: Ecurie Gerrits Recycling Trainer:  Mike Lenders Driver: Pierre Levesque €1,473,080 48 starts 10 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 03ddd84296433   10. ROXANE GRIFF  (FRANCE, UET rank: 27) (8m Tenor de Baune  (FR)-Julia Mesloise (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Griff Trainer:  S. Guarato Driver: Eric Raffin €1,605,118 79 starts 14 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'10"2 SEASON’S  FORM: 000334dd3   11. TIMOKO  (FRANCE, UET rank: 2) (6h Imoko (FR)-Kiss Me Coulonces (FR)) Owner: Richard Westerink Trainer: Richard Westerink Driver: Jos Verbeeck €1,832,230  48 starts 19 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1.10.0 SEASON’S  FORM: 3737114312111   12. COMMANDER CROWE  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 9) (10g Juliano Star (FR)- Somack (FI)) Owner: Smogarps Gard AB Trainer: Fabrice Solouy Driver: Jean Michel Bazire €3,410,612  89 starts 55 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'08"9 SEASON’S FORM: d100261126   13. READY CASH  (FRANCE, UET rank: 3) (8h Indy de Vive (FR) - Kidea (FR)) Owner: Philippe Allaire Trainer: Thierry Duvaldestin Driver: Franck Nivard €4,014 300   57 starts 35 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'10"3 SEASON’S FORM: 2111d by David Sanders  

“Bring back Flashing Red.” Those were the words many would have been chanting after his daughter Red Hot Toddy won in emphatic style at Oamaru yesterday. The win was no fluke either; it followed a record breaking maiden win at Rangiora. So, where exactly is the dual New Zealand Cup winning warrior now? Well, to the best of my knowledge he is currently in Queensland, parading around as a show pony.  Why is he there and not standing at stud? That is something I’m not quite sure of. Maybe it is due to the lack of the support he was given when he stood at Roydon Lodge for a ghastly fee of, wait for it..., zero dollars.   Why was one of Australasia’s toughest modern day pacers not supported at stud? That one is simple, because he is an unfashionably bred son of Echelon. But, masterful Canterbury breeder Jim Dalgety will tell you, “His breeding isn’t actually as bad as everyone thinks!” And the owners of Red Hot Toddy and her dam, 10 win mare – Lady Toddy, must agree. “Her first two foals are by Christian Cullen and although they have plenty of speed they can’t stay. Her third foal, Hot Toddy, is by Falcon Seelster and she is also in a similar boat.” This prompted her owners to take a risk and try and add some toughness by breeding her to Flashing Red. “She is definitely the best one out of Lady Toddy so far,” said Steven Golding, who drove Red Hot Toddy to break Pascale Bromac’s record on debut. “She still has her fair share of speed, but she has also picked up a bit of dad’s toughness. That one once again evident yesterday, when Red Hot Toddy pulled herself lengths in front of the field, her opposition unable to breach the margin. Flashing Red has a further three qualifiers in New Zealand, but Red Hot Toddy is the first of them to race. In Australia he has three winners. Four-win mare Pretty In Red is currently the best of them. Who knows what will happen with Flashing Red in the future. Maybe, he will be rescued from the outback and return to stud duties somewhere – Which is similar to what happened recently with Thoroughbred stallion Zed. Or maybe he will continue to parade around the shows of Queensland, producing the odd winner here and there. by Mitchell Robertson

Achieving your first training success is no mean feat but to do it with a trotter that has shocking conformation is a big achievement. “He’s a crock, but like all of my animals he’s my friend first and racehorse second. It’s a shame he’s not formed right because he has got a bit of ability but he’s not the type you can race week in and week out,” said trainer James Ramsay.

The Mildura Harness Racing Club conducted another successful meeting on Tuesday (December 1), with eight interesing races in which favourites figured prominently throughout the evening. In actual fact, four favourites and two second favourites greeted the judge, giving punters a very profitable night.

Incredible veteran Australian pacing warrior Flashing Red has again exposed the limitations in ruggedness of the modern day New Zealand standard bred horse.

The new training partnership of Transtasman thoroughbred maestro Graeme Rogerson and comeback kid Peter Simpson is not too far away from having it’s first stable runner.

Merbein trainer-driver Brian Sylvia will be looking forward to the return to racing of his stable star Cosmic Legacy at the Mildura meeting on Friday afternoon (September 7).

Cool Warrior edged closer to the $100 000 mark with a stylish victory at Wagga on Friday, in what could be the last day of racing for up to a month.

The NSWHRC - Harold Park - yesterday (July 2) announced an increase of $830,000 in prizemoney for its metropolitan meetings for this financial year.

Mark Purdon will take his ace juvenile trotting filly Petite Sunrise to the Rangiora workouts on Saturday in the first stage of her campaign designed to peak her for the Breeders’ Crown in Victoria in August.

Michael House’s ability to take a punt in a business sense and work extremely hard has deservedly earned him the reputation of the Ready To Run Sale’s Patron Saint.

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