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Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-My Glade Font SM) took Sunday’s PR Gran Premio Nello Bellei at Montecatini’s half mile track in Italy, Clocked in 1.11.4kr over the 2040 meter autostart course, the time was a reported world record for the distance on a half mile track. Total purse was 40,000€. The winner gained the front in the first lap and pulled away to an easy score with Roberto Vecchione at the controls. Holger Ehlert trains with winner for Scuderia Bivans Srl. Zirkussss (4m Varenne-Giuliass-Toss Out), the early pacesetter, held second and Zaccaria Bar (4m Ready Cash-Finlanda-Lindy Lane) was third. Zacon Gio pedigree is shown in the photographs. The draw occurred for the August 31 eliminations of the Italian Trotting Derby to be raced at Roma Capannelle. See photo. The Finale will be September 22 at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Spanish class-master Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) scored his 52nd consecutive victory on Saturday in the Premi Al Caufar at Hipodrom Municipal de Mao. The winning streak runs from 2017 when Trebol returned from a successful campaign in France. Caudro Sa Farola owns the champion that was reined this day by Bernardo Bennasar. Race time was 1.21.2kr over the 2280 meter autostart course for a purse of 300€. Trebol now shows 84 career victories in 146 starts for 687,216€ earned. Caviar d’Occagnes (7m Coktail Jet) and Cubic Go (7m, Let’s Go) trailed the winner.  Watch the replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYDXrbVgT2g by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Dumbo (4m Wishing Stone-Lipstick Jungle-Varenne) won today’s Dansk Trav Derby at Charlottenlund in Denmark to secure the 650,000Dkr first money, timed in 1.14.3kr over the 3000 meter autostart course. Trainer Gordon Dahl teamed with winner to his third career victory in 23 appearances, now for 1,168,070Dkr earned. He was off at 20.5/1 odds. The 10/1 Donatello Garbo (4m Wishing Stone-Ganya Garbo-Earthquake) was second for Rene Kjaer and third Was 5/1 Dortmund (4g Timoko) with trainer Marc Baek Niuelsen aboard. Diamant Ostenvang and Diamond Winds completed the top five. The 2.7/1 favorite Daytona was a dq. The Derby Consolation also was raced over 3000 meters autostart (purse 50,000kr) and it went to 1.13.8kr timed and 4.9/1 odds Da Vinci Peak (4g Gift Kronos-Nikaia-Prince Mystic) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The interesting Kincsem Park Saturday program saw Zeal du Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) win the featured Uzer DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.9kr. The winner extended his 2019 win streak to seven in as many starts and he is now 14 wins in 18 starts in Hungary. Veljko Mazsity teamed the winner that was off as the 1.2/1 favorite. The 19/1 Milady Amok (6f Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou) was second with Csaba Lakatos the pilot. 47/1 Unique Vil (6m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) was third. Earlier on the card was the Luca DIJ (purse 400,000HUf, 2400 meters autostart) and 2/1 Iago d’Amore (5g Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas, his 1600th career driving victory. Fazekas has 14 wins in 66 starts in 2019. Race time was 1.17.3kr for this wire to wire performance. Iago was bred in Szerbia by Branislav Mukity who also drove second finishing 14/1 Zaneboro (4m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe). Third was the 5/2 second choice Zolta (4m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with Veljko Mazsity aboard. In early non-wagering action featuring two-year olds Imre Fazekas sent out two and was the driving/training winner with Blue Moon (2m Calypso Capar-Norah Jones-Zador) from post one timed in 1.26.3kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip), off at 22/1, rallied late to win this evening’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Grand Prix du Department des Alpes-Maritimes at Cagnes sur Mer (purse 150,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters after the scratch of Tessy d’Ete), the fourth leg of the Challenge Vitesse series of mile sprints in France. Alessandro Gocciadoro trains and teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.08.6kr (mile race 1:50.39). The victory moved Vivid Wise As’ career earnings to 512,336€. The 11/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) held second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after taking the lead mid-stretch. Then 69/1 Desir Castelets (6m Quaker Jet-Ophelia Jet) took third with David Bekaert aboard for trainer Luc Roelens, 1.8/1 Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet)  set the pace after gaining the front in the first turn for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and ended fourth, nosing out fifth finishing 4.7/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer J-M Bazire. Romanesque was sixth. The even-money favorite Bel Avis was a dq for interference, reined by trainer Bazire. The race time lowered the previous record set in 2011 by Commander Crowe. Timoko won this race three times. Winners of GP du Département des Alpes-Maritimes from 2010 are shown below: 2018 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’10’’8 2017 : Timoko - 1’09’’1 2016 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’09’’8 2015 : Going For Gold Zaz - 1’09’’7 2014 : Timoko - 1’09’’9 2013 : Timoko - 1’12’’ 2012 : Commander Crowe - 1’10’’2 2011 : Commander Crowe - 1’08’’9 2010 : Ilaria Jet - 1’12’’6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) was a gate to wire winner of today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open (1,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters), a UET Masters Series event. Jerry Riordan trains the EVAM Racing Trotter owned veteran and Wim Paal was again the pilot. Race time was 1.11.2kr off well rated fractions. Paal put Ringo on the lead from post one and kept Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill), reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, in the pocket until the lane when Ringo pulled away. Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was third for Bjorn Goop. In post race interview trainer Riordan said they would pass on the UET championship and look for a race in three weeks elsewhere, hopefully to preserve Ringo’s form for France. Ringostarr Treb today won for the 33rd time in 93 career starts niow for 16,143,364SEK earned. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two groupe level contests. The first was the Prix Pierre Gamare (Gr. II, monte, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds).  Here the 10/1 odds Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) sat patiently in the pocket for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois before emerging late for the 1.15.6kr timed length victory over 6/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Judes). Gala was in this event off four straight wins and Paul Pierre Ploquin had this Christophe Chalon trainee on the front from the start until late stretch. The 21/1 Gaia du Pont (3f Memphis du Rib) was a game third with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Bombot. The longshot race winner, trained by Romain Derieux for owner Jan Stins, scored only his third career victory in 14 starts while increasing his life earnings to 100,220€. The Gr. II Prix de Provence (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2700 meters voltstart for European five and six year olds) saw the well-bred 4/1 odds Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) score timed in 1.13kr for breeder/owner/pilot Jean-Pierre Dubois. Classic Connection patiently worked his way to the front in front of the grandstand, yielded to 1.3/1 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Eric Raffin, and then rolled from the pocket off the final turn to an eventual three length victory. Classic Connection won for the fourth time in his last ten starts, now for 255,120€ in life earnings. The 39/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbro Prestige-Gossip Gal) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Panamera Racing. Third was 21/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Jerry Mom held fourth and fifth was 83/1 Discours Joyeux (6m Goetmals Wood). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

An excellent Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes included four Groupe II harness racing contests in the rain for three and five- year olds. The action began with the monte Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters all three-year olds fillies).  The 1.9/1 odds Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) scored timed in 1.11.8kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons for owner/trainer J.P. Mary. This was her seventh career victory now for 422,800€ earned. 19/1 Esperance du Mont (5f Tornado Bello) was next for Paul Philippe Ploquin, ahead of 2.3/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) piloted by jockey Mme. Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Sebastian Ernault. The three year old fillies then contested the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the 1.14.3kr timed upset winner was 12/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) reined by David Thomain and trainer by her owner Philippe Allaire. She is owned by G. Poulsen-Allaire and record victory number six in 13 starts, now for 272,400€ in life earnings. Heavily favored 5/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was second, teamed with Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Sebastien Guarato for owner Sebastian DeWulf. 10/1 In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady) was third with Matthieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this J-P Dubois bred filly now owned by Bruni Racing Team. The three-year old males took the stage in the Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen (100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 12 European entrants) with victory to 1.15kr timed Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) with Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Le Tremont owns this Philippe Billard trainee. The winner now has five win in seven outings for 123,350€ earned. Heavily favored 7/10 odds Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Third was 58/1 outsider Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner-Unikaranes) for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The Prix Jockey (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters five-year olds males) was the final Gr. II test of the day. Even-money favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Houne du Pommereux) scored timed in 1.12.9kr with Matthieu Abrivard up. This victory was his 10th career win in 34 starts now for 630,030 in life earnings. Sylvain Roger trains the winner for owner/breeder Noel Lolic. 7.2/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was next with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner/breeder L.Cl. Abrivard. 5.4/1 Earl Simon (5m Prodigious) was home third teamed with Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 21/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood) was fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) won the Cagnes sur Mer Saturday featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 12 starters European) timed in 1.14.3kr. Christophe Martens teamed the winner for Ceke Farm BVBA and trainer Vincent Martens. The 9/10 favorite, now a five-time winner in France in 18 appearances, and with life earnings of 322,660€, defeated 5.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) with Stephane Cingland at the lines and third finishing 33/1 Creature Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) handled by J.Ch. Feron. A pair of 25-meter handicapped performers, Balbir and Cicero Noa, finished fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 13th leg of the Trophee Vert series was Sunday’s Grand Prix Ville Montier Px Bar PMU Chaumiere (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 15 starters). It was Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualimo de Vandel) who held on for the 1.18.9kr timed victory. Adrien Lamy teamed the winner that now has 30 career victories for 536,500€ in life earnings. He was penalized 50 meters and held off another 50 meters handicapped trotteur, Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP), reined by Anthony Barrier. The 25-meter handicapped Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third for Tony Le Beller, ahead of 50 meter handicapped Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) and 25 meter penalized Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet), A large crowd was on hand in the rain for the Montier en Der program.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) is raced over two heats with best in summary determining the end result. The 60 meter handicapped Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyorrulj!-Witsend’s Speedy) won the first harness racing heat timed in 1.15.9kr with Laszlo Kolozsi at the lines, his fourth 2019 victory. He bested Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville-What A Man) with Imre Fazekas up. Zapato was third for Tibor Hajnal.  The second heat went to 1.16.5kr timed and 60 meter handicapped Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) with Lajos Marton aboard. Aronville was second and first heat winner Ujrazz! took third. This enabled Ujrazz! to be best in summary ahead of Ubu Kiraly and Aronville. Kabala Menes Kft bred the winner. The program also included the Laszlo Roszehi-Kiovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 2500 meters) and 4.1/1 Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) was a 1.18.1kr timed winner with Andrea Fazekas aboard for trainer Balazs Juhasz. She rallied three wide from fifth with 600 meters remaining for the victory. The trainer teamed stablemate Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) to a second place finish and Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) was third for Csaba Lakatos. The day’s co-featured Janos Szalay Memorial (two-year olds, purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 2.9/1 Bazsiville (2g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) easily score timed in 1.21.1kr for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This slick gaited colt rallied in the final turn and moved clear in the lane. Mangoraja (2m Maharajah-Savaflickan-Lord Of All) took the second check with Csaba Lakatos teaming for trainer/owner Jozsef Rutkai. Third went to Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) with trainer Balazs Juhasz at the lines. Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was off at 1.6/1 and looked the part winning the Falany Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters) timed in 1.17.7kr. Andor Angyal piloted the winner that defeated King’s Call (6g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) with Emese Vezer aboard and Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emil Csordas. The Kincsem Park hosted annual yearling sale is set for September 28 with the entrants listed below. Kabala Menes Kft sends 12 to the event, they being the leading HU breeder most years. Check with www.ugeto.com for updates. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) returned to Hippodrom Torre del Ram on Sunday to win the Premi Junior (purse 200€, 2500 meters distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter handicap to score timed in 1.17.1kr for harness racing driver C. Riera M and owner Cuadra Sa Farola.   Riera last teamed Trebol to a 1.14.8kr victory on July 21, his fastest score so far this year. The veteran earned his 51 st consecutive victory since returning from France in 2017.   Thereafter he has posted 8, 28, 15 in the years 2017-19 to increase his career slate to 83 victories in 145 starts, now for 687,066€ in life earnings to go along with a 1.11kr speed mark set in 2016 in France.   The multiple Gr. I European winner this day defeated Bequia d’Usseda and Elian PR.     Thomas H. Hicks  

Wolvega’s Championnat d’Ete (purse 11,000€, 2100 meters autostart) brought eight upper level trotters to the start on Friday and 4.2/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You-Iberia Bi) scored timed in 1.13.7kr with Rick Ebbinge at the lines for harness racing trainer J.W.M. Engwerda.   The 9/10 favorite Hambo Tranns R (5g Love You- Bewitched) was second for the driver/trainer team of Robin Bakker and Paul Hagoort. 2.8/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) took third with Frans Van Der Blom aboard for owner/trainer H.A. Van Djik.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) impressively won the male division of the E3 Finale (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, 1609 meters autostart) at Orebroi timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Johan Untersteiner for harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Team Snyder and Aetos Djios AB share ownership of the now five-time career winner in 11 starts for 3.599,050SEK earned. Aetos Kronos has now won three races with 1SEK million first prize. Global Adventure was second for Erik Adielsson and Zola Key took third for Bjorn Goop. The companion E3 Filly Finale (1,000,000SEK first money, 1609 meters) saw Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Cantab Hall) score for Pekka Korpi timed in 1.12.3kr. The exceptional Finland bred filly now shows 10 wins in 11 career starts for 3,586,068SEK earned with eight wins in nine 2019 appearances. Global Allegiance was second for C.J. Jepson and Margaretasjohammar took third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. The days V75 Gold was the Express Gaxe for 200,000SEK first prize and raced over 2100 meters autostart. The 1.12.3kr timed winner was Volnik du Kras reined by Pietro Gubellini for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Vanqueur BP and Super Zantos followed the winner home.   Thomas H. Hicks

The exceptional Jubileumspokalen program at Solvalla offered an undercard with outstanding harness racing  performances.   The Big Noon-Pokalen (three and four year olds, 300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters voltstart distance handicap, 12 starters) went to 2.44/1 Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) that scored for Bjorn Goop, trainer Frode Hamre and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D,. bred in Denmark, won for the sixth time in an many starts this year and for the career.   His earnings are now 670,000SEK. Race time was 1.12.2kr. Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) was second driven by Lutfi Kolgjini and third was 20 meter handicapped four year old Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sale del Rio- Varenne). Even’s Cool Boy and Hill Street were fourth and fifth, these also 20 meter penalized four year olds.   The Wallenius Cup (three year olds females, 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) ended in a dead heat for win between 1.26/1 Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy- Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini and 15.76/1 DontLooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) with trainer Jim Oscarsson aboard. Next home was Amelie Grif (3f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.1kr. Earlier in the Hagmans Tak (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters volstart distance handicap, 12 starters) the former top level trotteur Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for new trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Jan Stins of the Netherlands owns the winner that has seven career victories in 55 starts, now for 5,483,012SEK earned. Dreammoko was developed by Timoko’s coach Richard Westerink. Today he overcame a 40 meter handicap to defeat Neon High (4m Mythical Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Enjoy Day (5g Coktail Jet).   Dreammoko photos below.       Thomas H. Hicks

The Solvalla Racetrack featured the Jubileumspokalen stake (1,000,000SEK to the winner, total purse 1,965,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 12 starters) which saw Who’s Who (5m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) rally from third over to win at 2.06/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot for trainer Pasi Aikio. The winner recorded his fourth win in five outings this year and 15th career victory in 24 starts, now for 6,964,759SEK earned. Who’s Who was bred by Menhammar Stuteri and is owned by the public company Stall Travkompaniets AB. Race time was 1.11.1kr by the first two finishers. Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) was second with trainer Fredrik B. Larsson at the lines. Third was fast finishing, on the pegs, Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer his pilot.   Before a huge enthusiastic crowd this evening at Solvalla was the Gr. I International Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (purse 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 2.12/1 favorite Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede) scored in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.10.5kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Uza took her third 2019 win in 13 starts and her career slate is 31-10-3 in 68 lifetime starts now for 12,802,383SEK earned. Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines-Install) rallied late for second with trainer Junior Guelpa the reinsman. Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay-Suoergill) was third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W. Engwerda. Lopp 11. Starttid 21:27 Jubileumspokalen - Femåringslopp (Gr I int) Mörk anmälan. 5-åriga. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. Vinnaren av Victory Tillys lopp på Solvalla tisdag 6 Augusti 2019 är garanterad en plats i loppet. Stockholms Travsällskap har även möjlighet att dela ut två wildcards i loppet. 2140 m. Autostart. Pris: 1.000.000-500.000-235.000-115.000-60.000-30.000-25.000 (7 priser) Transportbidrag enligt Svensk Travsports regler. Hederspris till segrande hästs ägare, tränare, körsven, uppfödare och hästskötare. Hederstäcke och lagerkrans till segrande häst. Plac Häst Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 9 WHO'S WHO Kihlström Örjan (Aikio Pasi) 9/2140     11,1a 2 6 MILLIONDOLLARRHYME Larsson Fredrik B 6/2140     11,1a 3 1 NORTON COMMANDER* (DE) Lugauer Conrad 1/2140     11,1a 4 11 HEART OF STEEL* (NL) Untersteiner Peter 10/2140     11,3a 5 8 PERFECT SPIRIT (US) Jepson Carl Johan (Redén Daniel) 8/2140     11,4a 6 5 VINCERO' GAR* (IT) Gocciadoro Alessandro 5/2140     11,4a 7 12 EELIS Koivunen Olli (Nurmos Timo) 11/2140     11,7a by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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