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The Cagnes sur Mer action today began with the Prix Club de l’Echo Nice Matin (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, eigth starters) and it was a battle finally won by 8/10 favorite Good Morning (4m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains and Noel Lolic owns the winner of 125,660€. The 56/1 Gangster Devaness (4m Booster Winner) was a nose short second and 12/1 Gazelle Daxel trailed the top pair. Race time was 1.14.8kr. Good Morning The Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to 16/1 Funky Girl (5f Uhlan du Val-My Lovely Girl) clocked in 1.14.5kr with Louis Baudron aboard, he also the breeder/owner/trainer of this rallying neck winner. The win was her sixth in 31 career outings now for 108,460€ earned. The 4/10 favorite Famous Lady (5f Prodigious) was second, also trained by Baudron and reined by Gwenn Junod. 12/1 Fashion d’Heripre (5f Orlando Vici) was third. Funky Girl Extreme Star (6f Pin Quick-Nikka du Roncey) took the Prix de Livourne (purse 28,000€, 2925 meters, 12 starters) with trainer Michel Lenoir aboard for Ecurie de la Balagne, clocked in 1.13.4kr. She was off at 16/1 and bested 11/1 Dunion des Racques (7f Sam Bourbon) and 8.6/1 Estero (6g Village Mystic). Extreme Star The Quinte+ race of the day was a special one with a 1,000,000€ bonus opportunity to one exact order ticketholder. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was 17,354.60€ to 118 winning tickets. The Q+ pool of the day of speed was 5,693,202€ and the total wagered on the race exceeded 10,707,000€. Angle of Attack (8g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) was the 1.13.8kr timed winner with Dominik Locqueneux the pilot for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. The winner was off at 4.1/1 and he won for the fourth time in 10 starts in France. He now has career earnings of 317,850€. 5.9/1 Christo (8g Rieussec) was second for Michel Lenoir and 17/1 Black d’Arjeanc (9g Prince d’Espace) took third with Gabriel Gelormini up. 4.7/1 Creature Castelets and 31/1 Beach Julry captured the fourth and fifth place checks. Angle of Attack Lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, LeTrot Regional Open) and it saw Hooker Mannetrot (3m Bird Parker-Aty Mannetrot) score impressively for trainer/driver Yannick Alain Briand, his second win in eight outings, for 38,070€ earned. Haka (3m Ready Cash-Un Fille d’Amour) was second for David Bekaert, trainer Kevin Vanderschelden and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Third was Hidden Face (3f Brillantissime) for Kevin Dovienne and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Hooker Mannetot Anders Lindqvist and friends at Cagnes sur Mer LeTrot and PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, purse 170,000€, 11 starters) today at Cagnes sur Mer was raced with video, with wagering and with fans and the 1.8/1 favorite Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) scored, timed in 1.09.7kr (1:52.16) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the now four-time winner in France and his life earnings reached 774,636€. The race time was well off the 1.08.9kr race record jointly held by Readly Express and Bold Eagle. The 4.5/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrama) was second with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skyttem. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore) rallied late for third after being trapped on the pegs with Gabriele Gelormini up. The 9/2 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky) was fourth and 6.4/1 Looking Superb finished fifth ahead of the other two check earners Uza Josselyn and Bahia Quesnot. Former Elitloppet winner Dijon was a miscue dq. Une de Mai won this classic five times; Ourasi plus Timoko are four-time winners. The last USA winner was Moni Maker in 2000 with Jimmy Takter driving. The seven other USA winners include Peace Corps and Express Ride. Vivid Wise As Race Replay:  https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-03-08/0601/5 LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Usain (7g Medic Hanover-Dolores-Yankee Yankee) was a game front end winner of the Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.20kr with trainer Ferenc Nagy II at the lines. He was off at 2.8/1 odds. The 11.4/1 Sensation (9g Incredible Cole-Intellige of Star-Oaklea Bluejay) was second with Emil Csordas up for trainer Pal Vicen and third went to 7.2/1 White Plains (7f Anderberg-Candy Kiss-Uno di Jesolo) with Sandor Varga aboard for trainer Ferenc Kulin. Usain Prior winners of this event are shown below: The undercard included the Uvestigris Handicap (purse 500,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) and 1.9/1 odds veteran Sanger Ms (10g Victory Scream-Samba Ms-Armbro Goal) scored in 1.17.7kr with Goran Zolnaji, the trainer, aboard.  This classy campaigner bested Timoko RL and Lingot AT. Earlier the Pippcsos DIJ (purse 570,000€, 1800 meters autostart) saw even-money favorite Valentino (6f Frullino Jet-Chemize Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) scored in 1.17.3kr. Emil Csordas reined the Pal Vicen trainee. In the non-wagering races, the classy mare Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won a qualifier for Andrea Fazekas timed in 1.18.5kr after a long time off. Longines is a fine mare with 15 career victories in 16 starts. She was defeated once in 2019. Kincsem Park files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Six of the seven Cagnes sur Mer trots in France this day were at the 1609 meter autostart distance (one mile) to kickoff the Criterium de Vitesse weekend. Unfortunately, the races were conducted without spectators and without wagering. The featured Prix de Padoue (purse 22,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European) saw Vincent Ferm (6g Mago s’Amore-Lindyliana Font) score in 1.10.9kr (mile 1:54) for pilot G.P. Minnucci and trainer Mario Baroncini. It was his second win in France and increased his career earnings to 108,482€. Vesna (6f Libreccio Grif) was second for Rene Legati and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Making Love (9g Ken Warkentin) took third for Dominik Locqueneux. Vincent Ferm   The other winners of one mile events this day were: Doro Desbois (7g Quaro) timed in 1.11.1 (1:54.4) for Steve Stefano in the Prix de Cesena; Visia Spin (6f Varenne-Karisma Zet) clocked in 1.12.kr (1:56.3) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro in the Prix de Pise;  Blue Label (9g Love You-Mary Louy Wic) in 1.12.2kr (1:56.2) for apprentice reinsman Pierre Repichet and trainer J.M. Roubaud; Vlad del Ronco (6m Julius del Ronco) in 1.10.8kr (1:53.9) in the Prix de Bologne for pilot Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard; Djember du Pont (7g Baccarat du Pont) in the Prix de Modene in 1.15.5kr (2:01.4) for Emeline Jousset in the event for amateur drivers Tomorrow, of course, is the Gr.I Criterium de Vitesse for 11 top class trotteurs. LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink  

Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM-Yankee Glide) returned to competitive action today at Napoli to win the PR fon Telethons Invitational (purse 12, 100€, 2060 meters distance handicap), He scored from a 40 meter handicap timed in 1.11.6kr with Roberto Vecchione aboard for trainer Holger Ehlert.  Vedette del Ronco (6f Julius del Ronco-Bum Bum Fortuna) rallied nicely to be less than two lengths back second. Virtuoso Luis (6m Self Possessed-Mandralogo PL) took third. Zacon Gio, the 2019 Yonkers International winner, who also bested Face Time Bourbon in Italy, made his return off several impressive public training appearances with his trainer aboard, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7LQge0SDrM&feature=emb_logo Zacon Gio Zacon Gio’s pedigree is shown below. Gaet, Ippodromo di Agnano files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse has 11 fine trotteurs in its final field at Cagnes sur Mer. Today’s post position draw has Bahia Qeasnot, Uza Josselyn, Earl Simon, Vivid Wise As and Billie de Montfort on the first tier inside. Jean Michel Bazire will team Looking Superb from post nine. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse has 11 fine trotteurs in its final field at Cagnes sur Mer. Today’s post position draw has Bahia Qeasnot, Uza Josselyn, Earl Simon, Vivid Wise As and Billie de Montfort on the first tier inside. Jean Michel Bazire will team Looking Superb from post nine. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 5.5/1 Defi Pierji (7g Roc Meslois-Overlinotte d’Yeu) took today’s first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Amiens. The 2900 meters distance handicap event carried a purse of 85,000. The winner was timed in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, as he won for the ninth time in a career that has yielded 257,350€ in life earnings. The 16/1 Desalla (7f Nonginio) was second with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 4.1/1 Dextre Chatho, 53/1 Belle Louise Mabon and 12/1 Fashion Queen completed the top five and set up an exact order Quinte+ payoff of 32,058.40€. The Q+ pool was 3,511,108€ and over 7,682,000€ was wagered on the GNT race. Defi Pierji The March 9 Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur now has 15 entrants with post positions to be drawn tomorrow. The distance is 1609 meters autostart and the purse is 170,000€ in this Gr. I International event. It is likely to be a very competitive race. The prior day at Cagnes sur Mer shows several one mile events to help spur interest in the great Speed Criterium. Friday at Napoli marks the racing return of Zacon Gio, the 2019 Yonkers International winner. The Holger Ehlert trainee will appear in a 12,100€ purse Invitational against nine rivals. Roberto Vecchione will again be aboard Zacon Gio. Gio will start with a 40 meter handicap in this 2060 meters distance handicap event. LeTrot, PMU, Gaet files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 39 upper level harness racing trotteurs have been engaged to the March 8th Gr. I International UET Masters Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur. The purse is 170,000€ and the distance is 1609 meters autostart. The Hippodrome Cagnes sur Mer is the host track of the first in the Circuit de Vitesse. The event has drawn a very competitive field that includes Billie de Montfort, Uza Josselyn, Dijon, Earl Simon, Looking Superb and Vivid Wise As. The race record is 1.08.9kr and this race was won five times by the legendary Une de Mai. Four time winners are Timoko and Ourasi of the race that began in 1982. Post positions are drawn on Thursday with top lifetime money winners to appear in the first tier with the next group lining up in the second tier if needed. Those engaged to the 2020 edition of GCV are shown below. C3 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE LA COTE D' 170 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 1 609m Groupe I Course Internationale Circuit de Vitesse Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). Racing action on March 1 appeared everywhere. At Agen la Garenne the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 45,000€, 2625 meters distance handicap) saw Crack Money (8g Singalo) won timed in 1.13.2kr for Cedrik Terry. It was his 14th career victory now for 221,320€ earned. At Hyeres in the Prix de Bureau Technique Regional (purse 15,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, four year olds) the J.P. Dubois owned entry finished first and second. Goofy Goof (4g Goetmals Wood) won in 1.17.8kr for David Bekaert and trainer J.A. Hernandez with 25 meter penalized Gonna Fly (4g Royal Dream) second with trainer Kevin Vanderschelden up. At Karukera Guadeloupe was the Prix des Poissons Chirurgiens (purse 4,000€, 2500 meters, turf) and Emilio Maza (6g Ganymede-Karen Pierji) scored for Stephane Douiteau and owner/trainer Rony Irdor. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This final day of the harness racing Winter Meet on Saturday at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes included four groupe level races and the Quinte+ race of the day. Action began with Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon-Acquarella de Fael), off at 3.9/1, taking the Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (monte, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) at Vincennes, racing with shoes, and with jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the 1.13.9kr clocked mare for owner Jose Fernandes. Grace now has eight career wins for 230,000€ earned. 27/1 odds Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe) was second for jockey Christopher Corbineau with third earned by 12/1 Get de Play (4m Gazouillis) handled by Adrien Lamy for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Grace de Fael The featured event on this last day of the Vincennes Winter Meet was the Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four to six year olds). The 1/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) scored in 1.10.9kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Face Time won for the 20th time in his career that has so far yielded 1,651,050€. The 11/1 Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) took second for* Matthieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 21/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Face Time had a remarkable Winter Meet with four wins including the Grand Prix d’Amerique, three of those being Gr. I wins, plus a second place finish in the Grand Prix France. He also lowered his personal time badge to 1.10.6kr in the Criterium Continental. Face Time Bourbon The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, monte, International) was up next and saw 4.2/1 Evangelina Blue (6f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) score, timed I 1.14.2kr, with Mathieu Mottier aboard for trainer J.P. Mary, the winners’ ninth career victory now for 662,000€ earned. 4.1/1 Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) was a game second for jockey Adrien Lamy. Third was Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) handled by Aurilien Desmarres. Evangelina Blue The Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) saw JMB on the victory stage as it went to 1.11.1kr timed Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Landy Frometro) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Dorgos won for the 21st time in a career that now shows 605,6580€ earned. He was off as the 8/10 odds favorite and he defeated 5.4/1 stablemate Colonel (8g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) with Nicolas Bazire up for owner Ecurie des Charmes. Detroit Castelets (7m Neoh Jiel) took third for David Thomain. Dorgos de Guez The day’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Montsoreau (purse 58,000€, 2700 meters, European) with victory to 3.9/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Dorec) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Jan Lyng. This was his sixth victory in France and it raised his career earnings to 267,141€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. The 9/1 Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 33/1 Divine Mesloise. 35/1 Baron Daidou and 118/1 Altius Fortis completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 136,224€ to eight winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,185,945€ and 8,912,000€ was wagered on the race (all wagering pools). Moni Viking The Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet is now complete. In addition to the performance of Face Time Bourbon the top drivers, jockeys and trainers based on number of wins are shown below:   Drivers: Eric Raffin 69, Jean Michel Bazire 58, David Thomain 37 Jockeys: Eric Raffin 25, Alexandre Abrivard 19, Mathieu Mottier 15 Trainers: Jean Michel Bazire 83, Philippe Allaire 23, Laurent Claude Abrivard 23. There were three others with 22 training wins – Sebastien Guarato, Christian Bigeon and J.M. Baudouin It was quite a race meet, horses and equine. Equine also saw great victories by Davidson du Pont and the exceptional Belina Jocclyn.    Raffin and Bazire LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The grande French Champion harness racing mare, Belina Josselyn, who won last Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, 170,000€ purse) was then retired by owner Pascal Bernard. She will enjoy a brief rest and then will be bred to champion sire Ready Cash. "Respect" as Jean-Michel Bazire will say last Sunday to conclude his interview on Equidia after his second victory in the Paris Grand Prix with Belina who concludes her career with superb performances. 2,618,970€ in life earnings  Four Group I wins  One Prix d’Amerique victory Two Grand Prix Paris wins and one Grand Prix France score Record: 1'10''2kr Recent LeTrot writings cite correctly her elegance, her gait, which has often earned her comparison to a ballerina who had made the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes her favorite racecourse. She created fond fan memories of communion with the public when Jean-Michel Bazire offered his champion to the spectators.  Belina excelled among the talented 2011 B’s that included Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Bilibili, Billie de Montfort, and Booster Winner. Belina Josselyn emerged at the top of her game in the 2017 Prix Tenor de Baune and followed that with a victory in the 2018 Grand Prix France. The daughter of Love You then won the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique following that with the marathon distance 2020 Grand Prix de Paris, to complete the circle of victory of the three biggest races of the French winter meet. Belina Josselyn's pedigree (source LeTrot) embodies the quintessence of the breeding of Yvan Bernard and his son, Pascal. Her dam Lezira Josselyn is a daughter of Workaholic, and is thus  is imbued with American blood. Bélina Josselyn is thus inbred on Speedy Crown (5x3) and Speedy Count (5x4), as well as on Speedster (6x7x5x5). Great credit goes to Belina’s trainer Jean Michel Bazire who seemed always successful in pointing the fine mare for the sport’s leading races, and to her supporting breeder/owners. What a superb job by all!!! LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saturday’s Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary, featured Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) saw 3.3/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) score for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal timed in 1.19.2kr. \ This 20-meter handicapped winner defeated Ula Kiraly (7m Vioxx SR-Helicon-Awesome Goal) that was off at 3.9/1 and reined by Csaba Lakatos, also a 20-meter handicapped performer. 8.1/1 Rocky HR (8m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) overcame a 20-meter penalty to gain third for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 2.6/1 Disney HR (7f Light Up de Vonnais-Times-SJs Photo) was third for Imre Fazekas. Vital RG On February 24-25 Hungary was represented in the Amateur World Cup held at Pompano Park (Florida, USA). Andrea Fazekas represented Hungary and used a victory (pacer Jaded Dream) and a second in the final two races to earn third place in the point totals. Piet Von Pollaert of Belgium and Italy’s Andrea Sallustio took the first two spots in the points battle. USTA’s Mike Tanner was on hand to present the winning amateur drivers’ trophies. Jaded Dream, Andrea Fazekas   FEGAT, World Cup files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2020...Belgium, lolly-gagging near the back of the pack after opening night, rallied under the direction of harness racing driver Piet Van Pollaert to capture the coveted World Cup Amateur Championship title, which wrapped up on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The 37 year-old from Lokeren, Belgium piloted two winners on the final night to eke out a "photo finish" victory over Italy, represented by Andrea Sallustio. Hungary, represented by Andrea Fazekas, finished third, The USA finished fourth in the competition, followed by Canada and Switzerland (in a dead-heat), Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina and Denmark.   Van Pollaert, making his first appearance in the U.S., finished dead last in the first of three races on Monday night before knocking on the door finishing second in his two other drives.   He kicked off the Tuesday night festivities with a sharp wire-to-wire win with the 11 year-old mare Young American, trained by Jennifer Petrelli, who co-owns with Raynor Marsland, Jr.   Carving up smart fractions of :29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:31, Van Polllaert sent the gallant mare home on a :28.4 romp to score by 2 1/4 lengths, returning $5.80 to win.   While that win moved the Belgian up in the standings, he only had one drive left in the competition--with yet another mare from the Jennifer Petrelli Stable, Sun Belle Slippery.   Using the same tactics as in the first race, Van Pallaert sent this six year-old daughter of Relentless Yankee right to the front from her outside post and she sizzled an opening panel of :26.4. After a rated second panel bringing the pair to the half in :57.3, Sun Belle Slippery repelled a strong bid around the final bend and another in deep stretch to score the "relentless" win by a half length in 1:55.1.   Coming off a lifetime best 1:52.3 performance the week before, Sun Belle Slippery , third choice in the wagering, returned a generous $9.80 mutuel.   The competition was extremely evenly matched as Van Pollaert won two of the eight races and Sallustio won a pair, as well, Barbara Aesbischer (Switzerland) Joe Pennacchio (USA), David Drew (Canada) and Andrea Fazekas (Hungary) also won races during the competition.   Organizers Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs were ecstatic with the competition, citing the competitive nature of each of the eight events and the camaraderie of everyone who came over from so many part of the world.   "This is what our sport is all about," said Oldford, "providing an atmosphere of peace, warmth and good will."   Mission accomplished!   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

The 1.4/1 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) took the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire reined the winner for Ecurie Marechal, Fairplay won for the 10th time in 22 starts now for life earnings of 264,030€. To watch the race replay, click here.  The 6.1/1 Celle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) was a game second for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Easy KB. 5.9/1 Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) took third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Vitale Ciotola. 10/1 Éclair du Mirel and 15/1 Freyja du Pont completed the top five. Fairplay d’Urzy LeTrot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici just keeps on racking up the winners. Despite tiny numbers of foals Down Under, the classic winning French stallion had two winners and a runner-up in Australia last week as the country's age-group season cranked up a gear. Michael Bellman's Just Believe showed typical French toughness in sitting three wide early and the parking up outside the leader before staying on strongly for a win at Melton on Saturday night. From the first Australian crop of just 11 foals, ten of which have since won, this was Just Believe's third win in four starts as a 4YO, and fourth win in a 12-race career. Another from that first Down Under crop, Montpelllier set a track record when winning the frst race at Ararat on Friday night, after sitting parked for the last lap. The the 4YO gelded son of Orlando Vici and Dream Vacation mare Kahmotion was driven by Jackie Barber for trainer Anton Golino. And on Thursday night yet another from that crop, Orlando Storm, a 4YO mare qualified for the Need For Speed Silver Princess finals by running up to Imsettogo, a daughter of another French stallion, Haras des Trotteurs resident stallion Used To Me at Ballarat. Orlando Vici has left Derby winners in Sweden and Norway and numerous Gp 1 winners in France including the likes of 7 time Group 1 winning millionaire Un Mec d'Heripre and Prix d'Amerique runner up Looking Superb. by Dave Sanders, for Harnesslink  

Belina Josselyn (9f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) captured today’s Grand Pris de Paris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2020, 4150 meters) with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. She was timed in 1.14.4kr and off as the 1.8/1 favorite. Ecurie Yvan Bernard owns and bred the winner that now has 22 career victories for 2,461,470€ earned. 20/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin. Third was 11/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Ouvrie teamed for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and 45/1 Calaska de Guez (8f Pomerol de Laumac) was fourth for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) was fifth. This race, the third leg of the FR Triple Crown that began in 1962, saw Belina win for the second time in back to back fashion. She joins Up And Quick (the race record holders at 1.13.5kr in 2015), Une de Mai and Eleazer as double winners. Three time race winners are Jardy, Vourasie, and Bellino II. On the undercard Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandek-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) on the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard for monte five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters), She was clocked in 1.13.1kr and Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras Saint Martin. The win was her 12 th in a career that so far has yielded 504.050€. 27/1 France Bresil (5f Vaillant Cash) was next for jockey David Thomain and 42/1 Force Vive (5f Oh James) took third for Francois Lagadeuc. The 9/10 favorite was a dq interference.   Thomas H. Hicks

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