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Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took this week’s finale of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf series at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. Off at 1.4/1 from post 15 this J-M Bazire trainee was handled by Eric Raffin for Ecurie J-M Rancoule as he recorded his 30th victory in 47 starts now for 1,130,220€ earned. The Gr. II finale carried a purse of 130,000€and was race raced over 2850 meters with the winner handicapped 50 meters. He was clocked in 1.11.5kr over 2900 meters and drew off late after a mighty surge to the front. The 28/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. The 17/1 Calska de Guex (7f Pomerol de Laumac) took third for trainer Bazire and reinsman David Thomain. 74/1 Belle Louis Mabon and 79/1 Baron du Bourg completed the top five and set up the exact order Q+ payoff of 141,910.80€ earned by 12 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,749,916€ and over 10,942,000€ was wagered on the GNT finale race alone. The series top point winner Elvis Madrik was eighth in the finale. Watch the replay by clicking here.  Next year’s GNT schedule is shown below. Calendar 2020 Mercredi 4 mars - Amiens Mercredi 25 mars - Marseille-Borély Mercredi 8 avril - Lyon-Parilly Mercredi 22 avril - Toulouse Mercredi 20 mai - Le Croisé-Laroche Mercredi 3 juin - Laval Mercredi 17 juin - Maure-de-Bretagne Mercredi 5 août - Saint-Malo Mecredi 2 septembre - Châtelaillon-La Rochelle Mercredi 23 septembre - Lisieux Mercredi 14 octobre - Angers Mercredi 4 novembre - Nantes Mercredi 18 novembre - Mauquenchy Dimanche 6 décembre - Paris-Vincennes (Finale) The GNT undercard included finales of the LeTrot Regions Open for three, four and five year olds, each Gr. III events. The five year olds raced for an 80,000€ purse and 17/1 Echo de Chanlecy scored in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters. Tony LeBeller teamed the five year old gelded son Quinoa du Gers to the victory over 5/10 favorite Earl Simon (5m Prodigious) and driver Franck Ouvrie. The three year old division went for 70,000€ and 3.3/1 Gimy du Pommereux (3m Coktail Jet) won in 1.16kr over the 2850 meter distance with Matthieu Abrivard up. Sylvain Roger trains this one for breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 2.3/1 Golden Visais (3m Repeat Love) was second for Franck Ouvrie. The four year old 80,000€ division was also raced over 2850 meters with the 1.14kr score to 8/10 favorite Fifty Black (4m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and teamster Anthony Barrier for trainer Gregory Thorel. It was the winner’s sixth win in 14 career starts. Ahead this Sunday at Vincennes is the second “B” with the Prix du Boubonnais raced over 2850 meters for 110,000€. 18 starters included Bold Eagle with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato. Guarato will have four at the start also including the veteran mare Billie de Montfort. J-M Bazire will start five and he will drive Belina Josselyn. On Saturday is the Prix Octave Douesnel for four year olds with the superb Guarato trainee Face Time Bourbon at the start, with Bjorn Goop named to drive. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) took today’s featured Prix Jean Boillereau at Vincennes, the Quinte+ race of the day for a purse of 80,000€. The field of 16 upper class campaigners raced over 2100 meters autostart. Colonel, off as the 9/10 favorite, was timed in 1.11.3kr for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes, his 16th career victory in 65 outings now for 488,700€ earned. He has two wins and a second in his last three appearances. The 21/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) was second for David Thomain and 7/2 Tessy D’Ete (7f Ganymede) was third for Franck Nivard. Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth despite post 15 at 9/1 with trainer Rudolf Haller aboard and 14/1 Coach Franbleu (7f Prince d’Espace) rallied to be fifth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The Q+ exact order payoff was 1,981.60€ for 372 winning tickets from the Q+ pool of 3,522,760€. Over 7,882,000€ was wagered on this race. Bazire, just back yesterday from a driving suspension won three more on today’s card. The 7/10 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (4m Ready Cash) took the 53,000€ Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf clocked in 1.11.7kr over 2100 meters autostart. This colt has nine wins in 18 outings for trainer Bazire. Bazire scored again with 1.3/1 odds trainee Noble Dolly (6f Ready Cash) timed in 1.14.2kr to win the 51,000€ Prix de Morat. This victory over the 2850 meter course was her second win. The fourth J-M Bazire win this day was with 2/1 Guevara du Pont (3m Tabler-Tina du Pont) in the Prix de Blangy (purse 33,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters). Timed in 1.16.8kr this Bazire trainee is now four wins in five career starts for owner J-M Rancoule. Deesse Noire Takes Q+ Prix de la Ville de Rojan   Wednesday’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ville de Rojan (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) was om center stage this day for the 1.14.3kr timed victory of 1.2/1 Deesse Noire (6f Neoh Jeil-Obolie). Eric Raffin reined this winner to her 11th score in 42 starts now for 155,610€ earned. The 4.8/1 Decoloration (6f Prince d’Espace) was second in the return of pilot Jean-Michel Bazire. The 16/1 Devise du Vivier (6f Real de Lou), 76/1 Dolly Si, and 11/1 Dotka de Loiron completed the top five and there were 43 winning exact order tickets that paid 15,720.20€ each. The Q+ pool was 3,140,087€ and total wagered on this race exceeded 6.983.000€ Shortly thereafter the Prix de Bourigny (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) saw J-M Bazire gain his return victory with the 3/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (5g Royal Dream-Pigrata). He trains this gelding and Elie scored victory number 14 in 28 career starts now for 183,150€ earned. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The 20/1 Early Dream (5m Royal Dream-Uniformity) was second for Jean Philippe Dubois, finishing ahead of 13/1 Elite de Jiel (5f Niky) handled by David Thomain. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Alessandro Gocciodoro piloted his trainee Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) to a wire to wire victory in the 110,000€ purse Grand Premio Duomo 2019 held at Firenze, Italy. It was the 73rd edition of this classic race contested over 1600 meters autostart.  The winning campaigner was clocked in 1.16.9kr to defeat Ula Pisaia Trgf (6f Ghibellinoi-Estasivi-American Winner) reined by Antonio Greppi. Third home was the Antonio DiNardo teamed Pocohontas-Diamant (8f Look de Star-Lanira Dei). Two day’s later at Milano La Maura, in the Jef’s Spice (purse 14,300€, 1650 meters autostart), Buffon ZS (2m Conway Hall-Nuvella Grif-Varenne) recorded his third career victory in record time 1.13.2kr. He rallied for Andrea Farolfi and trainer Mauro Baroncini to score by three over the Gocciadoro teamed Boltigeur Erre (2m Voltigeur de Myrt-Lilli Degi Ulivi-Sugarcane Hanover). Third was Bardo di Poggio (2m Trixton-Nuvolo di Poggio-Varenne) with Pietro Gubellini aboard Ahead on December 7 is the 88,000€ purse GP Royal Mares at Napoli. Raced over 1600 meters autostart this group of 11 includes Sharon Gar, Zaniah Bi and Ursa Caf. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

This year’s edition of the classic Baka Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, distance 4200 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary went to the 2.1/1 pocket sitting Olmo Jet (11g Legendary Lover K-Sienna-Summit Hill) reined by Sandor Varga to the 1.25.3kr victory. The Gabor Reischl trainee owned by Aquadrom Kft recorded his third win in six 2019 starts. The 15.9/1 outsider and 60-meter handicapped Lingo AT (7m What A Man) took second for Balazs Juhasz with 9.7/1 and 40-meter penalized Ultimate Ugri (6m Vanito) finishing third for Goran Zolnaji. On the undercard 1.1/1 favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Itlaia) returned to his winning ways taking the Oroshazer Vanos Dija (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). He was clocked in 1.15.7kr in this his eight 2019 victory in 10 starts. Veljko Mazsity trains and teamed the winner. 8.2/1 Ubo Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR) was second for Lajos Marton and third was 6.3/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc du Montfort) reined by Balazs Juhasz. The next big Kincsem Park event is the December 31 edition of Szilveszter, a racing, awards, entertainment, food and beverage extravaganza that honors the Trots, the 2019 horse racing leaders at Kincsem Park. Its always a superb was to bring in the New Year and it draws a huge audience with much for the whole family. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL…December 3, 2019…Word comes that Italy is planning to invade the United States—specifically Pompano Park—on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, December 9 in an amateur series featuring many of the best amateur drivers in the sport. The American contingent will be headed by last year’s Amateur Driver of the Year, Steve Oldford, and complimented by the appearances of Dein Spriggs and Joe Pennacchio, among others. Team Italy will feature Gian Luca De Venti, Daniele Orsini, Pier D’Angelo, Alessandro Manfredi. Gian Luca De Venti, a native of Palermo, Italy, is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Pompano Park, having won here with the trotter Bad I Am in a 2018 performance. Daniele Orsini, from San Casciano, has competed with regularity in the States and, over the past two seasons, has been “on the board” in seven of 11 starts, many at Pompano Park. Pier D’Angelo, from Naples, also has participated in South Florida with his last appearance being in 2016. Alessandro Manfredi will be making his U.S.A. debut in Pompano’s second race on Sunday night. The American contingent features Spriggs, who has won 471 races, tops among all U.S.A. amateur drivers competing in the event. Pennacchio and Oldford, have reached the winner’s circle 183 and 161 times, respectively. Speaking of the event, Spriggs said, “No doubt that this will be a highly competitive—but friendly—event with the winner owning the bragging rights until we meet again. The main thing is that all of us do our part in showing how harness racing can benefit so many worthwhile charities and organizations that need help to keep doing their great work. “We want our sport to reach out to our communities, cities and the world with our good will. That’s what we are all about!” by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Etoile de Bruyere Wins Gr. II Prix Joseph LaFosse at Vincennes Today’s afternoon card at Paris-Vincennes featured the monte Gr. II Prix Joseph LaFosse (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) and the impressive 1.14.2kr timed victory went to the 1.1/1 favorite Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) with Adrien Lamu in the irons. Charles Dreux owns and trains the now six-time career winner that increased her life earnings to 449,670€. 3.1/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was second with Mathieu Mottier the jockey for owner/trainer J.P. Mary. Third went to 4.7/1 Evening Star (5f Magnifient Rodney) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Gregory Thorel. The Q+ Prix Duynel de Saint-Quentin (purse 100,000€, Gr. II, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the 4/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine O’dyssee) at 4/1 odds. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this winner, for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard, to his eighth career victory now for 435,340€ earned. Race time was 1.13.1kr. The 8.8/1 Short In Cash (5m Ready Cash-Shorthanded Sally) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and third was 12/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divaan) for Christophe Martens, 2.4/1 Eugenito du Noyer and 17/1 Éclair du Mirel completed the exact order to five that paid 6,834.80€ to 74 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,807,623€ and total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 8,444,000€. The Gr. III Prix Ourasi (purse 60,000€, 2200 meters, 11 starters two-year old colts) saw the 8/10 favorite Helgafell (2m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) score with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Race time was 1.15.8kr for this now winner four times in five career appearances for 91,900€ earned. The 18/1 Holzarte Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Chikka Vedaquais) was second for trainer/owner Allaire and pilot Francois Lagdeuc. Third was another Allaire owned and trained colt, this one 2.3/1 Heart Of Gold (2b Bird Parker-Corsica) with David Thomain at the lines. 2.9/1 Climber (2m Cantab Hall-KJlipsinger) took fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Dion Tesselaar and Stall Habo, Fifth was 60/1 Bengurian Jet (2m Maharajah-Love Me Tender) for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Bruni Racing. Powerful pedigrees at the top of this field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening Vincennes card featured the Q+ Prix Hilda and the Gr. III Prix Vourasie for two-year old fillies. The former saw 24/1 Diva Beauregard (6f Otello Pierji-Realite Beauregard) score timed in 1.13.3kr in the Prix Hilda (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters for 6-7 year-old females) with J.G. Van Eeckhaute the trainer/driver for Ecurie Beauregard. Dina won for eighth time in 71 career starts to raise her life earnings to 151,280€. The 5.9/1 Desiree des Landes (6f Paisy Dream) was second and 24/1 Cool Star (7f Kid Blue) took third. 3.7/1 Dwilling Heights and 12/1 Dotka de Loiron completed the top five and that set up a 93,051.20€ exact order payoff to five winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,699,906€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 7,559,000€ The Gr. III Prix Vourasie (purse 60,000€, 2200 meters, 14 two-year old fillies) saw the 1.7/1 favorite Beautiful Colibri (2f Ready Cash-Gilly LB) remain undefeated with this her fourth straight timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain was her pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as she raised career earnings to 39,880€. The 24/1 outsider Havanaise (2f Ricimer) was second for Francois Pierre Bossuet, the reinsman for Ecurie Tenor. Third was 5.3/1 Hill’s Angel (2f Muscle Hill-Gossip Gal) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer H.E. Bondo and Stall Panamera. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, N.Y. – Few harness racing owners exhibit the passion for their horse that Giuseppe Franco shows for Zacon Gio. Following the 4-year-old trotter’s breakout victory in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot Oct. 12 at Yonkers Raceway, Franco returned home to Naples, Italy keeping Zacon Gio close by all the way. Franco and his team left through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport toting hardcase luggage emblazed with images of the champion trotter. The baggage not only put Franco’s passion for his horse and team on display, but also invited a host of questions from curious passersby. While Zacon Gio returned to Holger Ehlert’s stable to find his stall adorned with Italian and Yonkers International Trot flags, red, white, and green balloons, and a poster reading, “Benvenuto a casa Zacon Gio! Nostro campione,” (Welcome home Zacon Gio! Our champion), Franco returned to a block party at his Ribar Caffé in southeaster Naples. While Zacon Gio’s Yonkers International Trot winner’s circle celebration was lively, Franco received even more support for his homecoming. Posters and balloons in the Italian colors adorned every table and wall of the corner restaurant while banners flew over the street from one building to another and corks flew out of champagne bottles. At another event, Franco crafted a pizza with his trotter’s name on it as a tribute. The SOA of NY’s Brandon Valvo caught up with Franco to reflect on Zacon Gio’s Yonkers International Trot victory and the celebrations that followed…. BV: It’s been over a month since Zacon Gio won the Yonkers International Trot. Has the win sunken in? What was the experience like as you look back at it? GF: More than a month has passed, but I tell you that I think about it almost every day and it was an indescribable emotion. BV: Does winning a race like the Yonkers International Trot change your life? GF: Life at the racetrack, certainly. Personal life, no. BV: There was a huge crowd in the winner’s circle after the race. Can you tell me a little about who was there? What did it mean to you to have so many people there supporting you and the horse? GF: I think that we brought 17 people from Italy between family and team of ‘Zacon.’ Then in America, there is my family, so we were more than 30 people to support Zacon Gio. BV: The Zacon Gio suitcases really caught my eye! Did you have those custom made just for this trip? GF: We made it for this American trip, and I do not hide that we had so many compliments.” BV: It looked like there was a big celebration for Zacon Gio when you returned home. I saw pictures of balloons, posters, flags, banners, I think I even saw a picture of a pizza with Zacon Gio’s name on it! Tell me about the celebrations and the parties when you got home. GF: After we got back from the airport, we went out to an activity at my restaurant and bar and I tell you that the whole neighborhood participated in this beautiful party and it was a very beautiful thing. Then there was another activity of mine at a pizzeria and we invented a pizza with the name Zacon Gio and it is having so much success. BV: How did harness racing fans in Italy react to Zacon Gio’s win? GF: They were happy. BV: How long have you owned racehorses? How did you get involved in the sport? GF: I was born into horses because my father (Giovanni) owns a stable that is 50 years old. BV: How did you acquire Zacon Gio? GF: ‘Zacon’ we purchased after he had done five races. I followed him and already he gave me the impression of an important horse. BV: Did anything stand out about him when you first acquired him? Did you always think he was special? GF: I always thought he was a good horse, but did I think that he could then become ‘Zacon’ and win the International Trot, I tell you the truth, no. BV: How did you feel before the Yonkers International Trot? Were you confident, nervous, or both? GF: I was very excited. I knew we played it because Holger (Ehlert) had told me we were going to America with the right confidence to be able to fight the victory. BV: Had you ever been to America or to New York City before? GF: I was in America 7 years ago on my honeymoon. BV: Zacon Gio is still a young horse. Are you excited about his future? What other big races would you like to compete in going forward? GF: The horse is young and healthy this makes us hope that it can have a long career. The next goal will be the Gran Premio Lotteria at Agnano in Naples, my city of origin. Then I would like to participate in the Prix d'Amérique next year and schedule a return to America and make two or three races in America. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

The top race this day at Paris-Vincennes was the monte Gr. II Prix Paul Buquet (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, International). The 1.12.6kr timed victory went to 2.5/1 odds Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos-Prosperpine) with David Thomain in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze.  Clegs des Champs won for the 17th time in his 34 starts career, now for 784,580€ in lifetime earnings. In his last 11 outings (all monte) he has an impressive 6-4-1 slate.  Today the 4.6/1 odds Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Thierry Duvasdestin and 5.4/1 odds Caban Prior (7g Sancho Panca) was home third for jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Today’s Prix Urgent (Gr. III, monte, 2700 meters 11 starters all three year olds) saw the 5/10 favorite Grace de Fael (3f Sam Bourbon-Aquarelle) score for Matthieu Abrivard timed in 1.14.1kr. The very impressive Thierry Duvaldestin trainee is owned by Jose Fernandes and she recorded victory number seven in 10 career starts now for life earnings of 135,000€. The 21/1 Gladys des Plaines (3f Opus Viervil) was second for jockey Eric Raffin and third was 17/1 Gangster de Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) for Benjamin Richard. 18/1 Gaillard de Larre and 78/1 Gala du Pont completed the top five. Four year olds females competed in the Prix de Mirabeau (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with victory to the 1.14.4kr timed and 3.8/1 odds Fleche du Yucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) reined by Jean Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams as she recorded career victory 10 in 20 appearances now for 119,510€ in lifetime earnings. The 5.2/1 Flora du Pommereux (3f Up And Quick) was second with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines for trainer Benoit Robin and owner Noel Lolic. The 3.7/1 odds Flaya Kalouma (4f Royal Dream) was third for reinsman Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. The upcoming weekend at Vincennes (Friday-Monday) showcases eight groupe events including the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin (Saturday) and the Gr. II Finale Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf on Sunday. Monday’s feature is the Gr. II montge Prix Philippe du Rozier. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Fighter Smart (4m Uniclove-Vicky Cash) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Picardie at Vincennes (purse 53,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) clocked in 1.13.7. Mathieu Mottier piloted this 25/1 outsider owned by breeder Ecurie Smart to his fourth career win, now for 244,520€ earned.  The 20/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem) rallied for second with Alexandre Abrivard up and 7.7/1 Fresneaux (4m Timoko) held third for Christophe Martens. The 10/1 Fuego du Houelle (4g Rieussec) and 3.4/1 Foxtrot Sea (4m Olitro) completed the top five and set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 45,859.20€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 2,618,606€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 5,824,000€. On the undercard was the Prix de Bouville (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) and the 4/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (5g Royal Dream-Pignata) proved the punters right with a rallying 1.12.1kr timed score. Eric Raffin teamed the J-M Bazire trainee to his 13th career victory on 17 starts now for 183,150€ earned. The sire was an inspiring Prix d’Amerique winner. The 21/1 Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede) held second for Matthieu Abrivard and 14/1 Ecurevil Jenilou (5g Village Mystic) was third for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Harness Racing Australia, in partnership with Aldebaran Park and leading Swedish media company, Travronden have today announced a once-in-a-lifetime driver exchange program for the leading Australian and leading Swedish young drivers. The three year agreement will see the leading Australian driver in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC) invited to drive in the famed Swedish Guldklockan (Gold Watch) series, held at Sovalla, Stockholm in December each year. Conversely, the winner of the Gold Watch will be invited to compete in the AYDC the following year, being the first time a non-Australasian driver will compete in the series since its inception in 1993.    Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive of HRA spoke of the initiative which is designed to both strengthen international relations and invest in the sports youth - "The concept and idea of being involved in a collaboration like this with Travronden and Aldebaran Park are so well aligned to Harness Racing Australia's vision of increased association with international partners.  This is a prime example of bringing the trotting world closer together and investing in young people”. Travronden's Project Manager Dennis Engelbo was pleased to make the announcement, stating that ‘’The investment in young people in the sport feels absolutely right and the winner now has the opportunity to broaden their horizons in a country that breathes equestrian sports. Similarly, we are excited to show off the Swedish horse racing to the Australian representative.” Duncan McPherson OAM of Aldebaran Park was thrilled to be able to sponsor the exchange – ‘’Our future is based on bringing in and retaining more young people in the sport.  For me, it feels absolutely right to sponsor a competition series like this.‘’ The official full media release as translated courtesy of Travronden is provided below. For any further enquires, contact Travronden's Project Manager Dennis Engelbo on +46 72 076 88 46 or Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive of Harness Racing Australia on +61 488 358 285.   Renewal of Guldklockan (Gold Watch) Travronden's Gold Watch has been decided since 1957.  During these years, greats such as Örjan Kihlström, Torbjörn Jansson, Stefan Melander and Daniel Redén have won the honourable prize. Travronden's Gold Watch has a clear focus on the active and through trials - and the final races in the series are highlighted by the talented stable workers. To further raise the series, a big change will now take place and from 2020 the final of Guldklockan will have a new look. Travronden, in collaboration with Duncan McPherson, the man behind one of Australia’s biggest Stud farms, Aldebaran Park, and Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive of Harness Racing Australia Association, have developed a new concept around the gold clock. As before, the active qualifiers will qualify for the final day through races at Solvalla during the year. What is new, however, is that one of the twelve seats in the final is reserved for the one in Australia licensed to win/position himself highest in Australasian Young Drivers Championship. As a result, it is also clear that whoever wins the Guldklockan also gets - in addition to the very fabled gold clock - the opportunity to go to Australia to participate in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship and to advance in the Australian horse racing. The news also means that the 2019 winners are affected.  Both the winner of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship and Travronden's Gold Watch 2019 will be allowed to travel to the other side of the world, this to be in the 2020 finals. The sponsorship agreement spans three years, which means that at least the winners in 2019, 2020 and 2021 have a cool journey to look forward to.  The hope is to raise the status further, both for the Guldklockan and the Australasian Young Drivers Championship, among the young active. With the venture, the series gets a new name. Travronden's Guldklockan, which runs at Solvalla during the month of December each year, will instead change its name to Aldebaran Park presents Travronden's Gold Watch. "The importance of Guldklockan among young stable employees running races is great.  Big names have won over the years and it has been a clear springboard towards even greater success.  Travronden is passionate about making more people love the trot, and part of this is supporting the young people in the sport.  In addition to the said sponsorship on the winner of Guldklockan, there will also be a holistic approach to the final day, so that all finalists feel that the day has been memorable and valuable.  The investment in young people in the sport feels absolutely right and that the winner now has to broaden their horizons in a country that breathes equestrian sports, we are very happy about to have been given.   Similarly, we are excited to show off the Swedish horse racing to the Australian representative”, says Travronden's project manager Dennis Engelbo. "From 2020 we will frame the competition and the road to the final in a completely different way than we have done before.  Final day will look different, where all the finalists are invited to a day of activities, lunch and lectures.  The hope is that there will be a big fight for the places in the Guldklockans final. It should be something that everyone under the age of 35 wants to be part of”. The ambition of Aldebaran Park presents Travronden’s Gold Watch is something Duncan McPherson through his Aldebaran Park feels strongly about: Strengthening young people’s competitive opportunities in the sport. "Our future is based on bringing in and retaining more young people in the sport.  For me, it feels absolutely right to sponsor a competition series like this.  In horse racing, over the years we have been bad at working together, including with other countries and that is something I am really passionate about as we have a lot to learn from each other. It is also something I hope and believe that the young people who get the opportunity to visit Australia and Sweden respectively notice, says Duncan McPherson. Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive of Harness Racing Australia, is also happy to get through this venture. "The concept and idea of being involved in a collaboration like this with Travronden and Aldebaran Park are so well aligned to Harness Racing Australia's vision of increased association with international partners.  One of our goals is to bring the trot world closer together - but also to invest in young people - which this is a prime example of”, says Andrew Kelly. "We at Harness Racing Australia believe that investing in our active - especially young people - is important for the long-term sustainability of the sport.  I see a partnership like this between two trotting countries, thanks to Travronden and Aldebaran Park as a great victory. "I have been involved in a lot of meetings and conferences where many people talk about increased cooperation with other countries.  When you step out of the meeting room, however, it doesn't happen very much.  Either you get busy with other things, forget, or just want to sound good in that moment.  We in Australia, on the other hand, we stand for what we say. This cooperation is a clear example of the fact that international partnerships with substance can be worked out and I hope this can last for generations.  I'm sure this will be a fantastic thing - both for the Australian person who gets to go to Sweden and drive, but also the Swede who gets go to Australia.  Australia is now a member of the Eurovision Song Contest for a couple of years... the question is whether we get an Australian winner of Aldebaran Park presenting Travronden's Gold Watch before we win the big music competition?  It remains to be seen,” Kelly says.  The Guldklockan has been decided at Solvalla for all years since its inception in 1957 and the capital line is also satisfied with the new arrangement. "It's a very fun venture that we at Solvalla are very happy about.  Guldklockan has always been an important springboard for future careers and with this arrangement the series will be further   strengthened.”, says Solvalla's Sports Director Anders Malmrot. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Duncan McPherson and Andrew Kelly, for a fantastic journey that now means that we are standing where we are doing today - with sponsorship of rarely seen kind of on a series for the young active.  This is exactly what Travronden stands for, to make more people love the trot and protect the young people in the sport.  The hope is that this will give a carrot to the young people to go for running at Solvalla.  I would also like to pay tribute to sports director Anders Malmrot for good cooperation and a good dialogue in the work around Guldklockan, says Dennis Engelbo. Facts about Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship The Australasian Young Drivers Championship is a series of ten races on different courses over a period of at least a week, where participants pick points in each race.  The restrictions on participation are   that you have to be under 25 years old (but at a winner of the Guldklockan who is over the age of 25, gets waiver).  The contestants in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship are a mix of active from the six Australian states - three from New Zealand and its islands - as well as the title defender from the year before.  Normally the series  runs  in  connection  with  when the grand race Inter Dominion is decided,  where  the  last  race is often  decided on the  same race day  as the big race. The driver with the most points at the end of the ten-race series is crowned Champion. Facts Aldebaran Park presents Travronden's Gold Watch Travronden's Gold Watch has been decided since 1957. Over the years, apprentices have accumulated points in apprenticeships at Solvalla during the year, where the twelve with the most points progressed to Guldklockans final day.  Two trial races are run – followed by a final – where the collected points determine the order in which the horses may be chosen.  The winner takes home a coveted gold watch (the Guldklockan). From 2020 there will be some changes, when the concept of apprenticeship will no longer exist. Instead, races for drivers under the age of 35 will be included to qualify for the Gold Watch's final day which 2020 runs December 11.  In order to participate in the final races, he should be employed in a trotting stable.  

November 23, 2019 - The Jacques de Vaulogé Prize brought together the best harness racing three year old males on the Gravelle plateau.  Eleven colts started in this Group II, played on the 2,700 meters of the big track.  Philippe Allaire's armada hit hard again, placing his residents in the top three places with Gallant Way in the lead. Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) took the Vincennes co-feature (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain teamed the 9/1 winner for trainer Philip Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc to his sixth career win in 14 starts, now for 166,700€ earned. 2.6/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second for trainer Allaire, pilot Yoann Lebourgeois and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. The 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Allaire. 16/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was fourth, this one too an Allaire trainee that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner Jean Francois Mary. What a day for Allaire and sire Ready Cash. Ready Cash   Defi de Retz Wins Q+ Prix de Quimper at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Quimper (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the 9/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle s’Atout) score timed in 1.12.5kr, his 14th career win in 40 starts. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the J-M Bazire trainee that now sports career earnings of 224,790€ for owner Mme Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 12/1 Django Bocage (6g Real de Lou) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 5.7/1 Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream) took third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Bazire. 16/1 Diablo du Noyer and 8.6/1 Diego Sautonne completed the top five. There were 319 exact order Q+ winning tickets that paid 1.799.60€ each. The Q+ pool was 2,719,969€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 5,884,000€. Defi de Retz (Le Trot Photo) On the undercard was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and 32/1 Capitane France (7g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed this William Bigeon trainee to his ninth career win in 47 starts. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 23, 2019 - Harness racing two-year olds were on stage Saturday for the Gr. I National Svensk Upufodningslopning (700,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the quick 1.13.4kr timed victory went to 28/1 Revelation (2m Readly Express-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with trainer Per Nordstrom at the lines. The dam also produced great trotter On Track Piraten (see below) and this winner recorded his first career victory in five outings.  The 5.1/1 Armani Decato (2g Raja Mirchi-Miss America-Lindy Lane) was second with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. 3.3/1 Global Badman (2m Yield Boko-Karalta Bye Bye-Donato Hanover) was third for trainer/driver Daniel Wajersten. On the Jagersro undercard Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-American Dream AT-Extreme Dream) took the Johan Jacobsons Minne timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters. He earned 150,000SEK with the victory for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. The V75 Gold Meadow Prophets Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) saw Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As) score in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Magnus Dahlen. Robert Bergh was second with Mindyourvalue WF and Shadow Gar was third with Kevin Oscarsson up for trainer Jerry Riordan. Slide So Easy finished fourth for Flemming Jensen Thomas H. Hicks  

November 23, 2019 - The 4.6/1 odds Milady Amok (6f Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou) took the Saturday harness racing featured Coktail Jet SIJ (purse 600,000Huf 1960 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.18.9kr after overcoming a 40-meter handicap. Csaba Lakatos teamed the winner. The 40-meter penalized Milliondollar Lux (13m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) was second for Emese Veser at 5.1/1 and 2.5/1 Unique Vil (6m Conway Hall-Deborah H-Park Avenue Joe) overcame a 20-meter penalty to be third, with Roland Balogh aboard. Earlier in the card 10.3/1 odds Blue Moon (2m Calypso Capar-Norah Jones-Zador) took a two-year old event timed in 1.22.3kr over 1800 meters for a 400,000Huf purse. Andrea Nagyvary teamed the first-time winner in four starts that Imre Fazekas trains. Blue Moon Thomas H. Hicks  

November 23, 2019 - Volnik du Kras (5m Varenne-Oljka su Kras-Park Avenue Joe) took the harness racing 40,040€ purse, 1609 meters autostart, PR Citta di Treviso in Italy, timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He moved first up the then leading Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) with Rene Legati up, putting that rival away and drawing clear to a two-length victory. Sonia held for third behind Virginia Grif (5f Varenne-Francy Capar-Supergill) that Fed Esposito piloted. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s top level Paris-Vincennes action began with the Prix Annick Dreux (Gr. II, purse 110,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) and 1.9/1 favorite Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was the 1.14.6kr clocked winner for Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Saint Martin. It was her seventh career win in nine starts now for 197,900€. The 4.1/1 Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) took second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. 11/1 Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) was third with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Fourth was the 15/1 Gourmandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) handled by Franck Ouvrie for breeder/owner J-P Dubois and trainer Kevin Vanderschelden, Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) was fifth for Davis Thomain and trainer Philiple Allaire, The Prix Equidia (Gr. III, purse 80.000€, 2700 meters, European starters four and five year olds) saw 68/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) score in 1.11.7kr for Benoit Robin and owner Mme Juellke Laijal. The winner recorded his seventh lifetime win now for 356,140€ earned. The 7.1/1 Calina (5f Archipelago) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third was 12/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) with Francois Lagadeuc up for owner Claude Guedj and trainer Julien LeMer. 3.1/1 Violetto Jet and 22/1 Alcoy completed the top five and this Quinte+ race payoff was 157,346.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,352,086€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 8,496,000€. The Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse 67.000€, 2700 meters, seven to ten year olds) wrapped up the upper level contests this day and in this one 9/1 Balzac de L’Iton (8g Panache de L’iton) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin was the teamster for trainer Franck Nivard as the winner scored for the 11th time in 68 lifetime starts. 1.3/1 favorite Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was second as Damien Bonne piloted the Christian Bigeon trainee. 5.1/1 Alinea (9g Baccarat du Pont) took third for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian. Racing also took place the previous two days at Vincennes. Yesterday 4.4/1 Champion Dore (7g Prince Gede) scored for Matthieu Abrivard in the 49,000€ Prix Hermentaria timed in 1.13kr. Abrivard also owns and trains this one that picked up his 10th career win. On Thursday 7.1/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) scored in the Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse 67,000€, monte) clocked in 1.12.9kr over the 2875 meter distance. Antoine Voisin was in the irons for Thierry Duvaldestin who trains for Johann Chembri, the owner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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