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November 26, 2015 - The invasion of trotters Italia to Paris-Vincennes continued this day as Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) took the €90,000 purse, 2700 meters Prix de Picardie at Paris-Vincennes as 18 European contestants battled in the Quinte+ event (jackpot €3.35 million). Timed in 1.13.9kr, 2.7/1 odds Specialess scored by nearly two lengths for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Nevi.  Italy’s 10.2/1 Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) took second for reinsman Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato trainer and Scuderia Della Casa. Sweden’s Carabinieri (4m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) was third driven by Johan Untersteiner and trainer Peter Untersteiner. The next two horses to the line were 44/1 Blue d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) driven by Mathieu Mottier and Italy’s Satchmo As (4m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori) for driver Christophe Martens at 89/1. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Specialess ITY R. Andreghetti Scuderia Nevi F. Souloy 2ème 7 Saphire Bi ITY E. Raffin Scuderia Della Casa S. Guarato 3ème 1 Carabinieri SWE J. Untersteiner AB Ybena P. Untersteiner 4ème 6 Blues d'Ourville M. Mottier D. Marcon Mme V. Lecroq 5ème 3 Satchmo As ITY C. Martens Scuderia Gilirida V. Martens  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0592     Ordre :       40.280,00€     Désordre :       805,60€     Bonus 4 :       51,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       25,60€     Bonus 3 :       5,20€                     The Prix de Sille La Guillaume (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to the 1.13.4kr winner Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilansca) for Eric Raffin at 62.3/1 odds. 13.5/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You-Realy Furniture) was next for Genny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato and third went to 54/1 Unu de Daint Marc (7g Kidde Chenu-Ninade Saint Marc) reined by Anthony Barrier. The monte featured Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse €95,000, 2850 meters, 20 European starters) produced an impressive victory for the 1.13.6kr winner, 23.6/1 odds Ukerlza du Banjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Favorite 1.7/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Viva du Banney) was second with Franck Nivard aboard for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. Third was 9.6/1 Un Gars du Large (7g Memphis du Rib-Gorgones du Large) ridden by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Palmyr Racing. The €36,000 purse Prix de Mirecourt over 2100 meters autostart went to 1.9/1 favorite Come On Jet (3f Goetmals Wood-Jenny Jet) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Timed in 1.15.7kr the winner defeated 25.1/1 Capucine Dancer (3f Niky-Katherine) and teamster Mathieu Abrovard. Third went to 12.3/1 Comete (3f Niky-L’Aventuriere). Thomas H. Hicks    

November 25, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini’s trainee Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.3 million) Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Mathieu Abrivard. The 3.7/1 odds winner held along the pegs to defeat fast closing 10/1 Vasco de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) reined by Eric Raffin with third to 17/1 Victor de Levres (6f Lontzac-Eva Lina) and driver Anthony Barrier. Tell Me No Lies and Va Et Vient finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 5 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 7 Victoire de Lèvres A. Barrier Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 4ème 12 Tell Me No Lies SWE F. Nivard KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 5ème 14 Va et Vient D. Thomain J. Coupez C. Nicole  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.300.000 € - Numéro plus : 0557     Ordre :       6.830,00€     Désordre :       136,60€     Bonus 4 :       24,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       12,00€     Bonus 3 :       8,00€                     Two year-olds contested two divisions of the Prix des Gnemones each for a purse of €35,000 over 2200 meters. The A division had 13 starters with 6.7/1 Diva du Mouchel (2f The Best Madrik-Perle  du Mouchel) emerging victorious for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin clocked in 1.17.5kr. 24/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was a close second ahead of 5/2 favorite Delmonica Vet (2f So Lovely Girl-Harmonie Chery) handled by trainer Bertrand Le Beller The B division saw 12 entrants at the start and the 1.19kr winner was 2.2/1 odds Daylight Jet (2f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. 3.6/1 Dream Filly (2f Tucson-Nectarine) was second in the win photo for Eric Raffin ahead of 5.1/1 Dochine de Hovelle (2f Gazouillis-Olita de Kefrauso) with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Dam of the winner, Ocarina Jet, is a 2002 daughter of Coktail Jet-Hermine Jet-Buvetier d’Aunou. She also has produced Norman Jet 1:57.1 (US$227,919) and two other winners of in excess of US$63,000. It’s also the maternal family of Abercrombie 1:56.3 (US$488,279), Camino 1:56.2 (US$1,168,559) and Gobernador 1:54.1 (US$996,594). Prior day (Tuesday) at Paris-Vincennes was the €58,000 purse Prix Lachesis (2200 meters, 15 starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took victory in 1.15.6kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. 7.3/1 Action Partage (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) was second for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Daniele Gozlan. 33/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessces Mesloise took the third spot. A solid card at Vincennes awaits fans on Thursday featuring the €90,000 monte Prix  de L’Ile de Re over 2850 meters with 20 contestants. Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran trotter Zorro Photo (9m SJ’s Photo-Zorrasothe-Lindy’s Crown) took Sunday’s €105,600 purse Palio dei Comuni at Montegiorgio, Italy,  over 1600 meters autostart. There was three eliminations over the same distance for €8,800 each. G.P. Minnucci drove the winner in the final for Team Gocciadoro as trainer. Zorro Photo won the final timed in 1.12.1kr to defeat Radice del Nord (5f Ganymede-Greta’s Cage-Diamond Way) with third to Padania Zeta (6f Turbo Sund-Izzaz) that Alessando Gocciadoro drove. The winner, registered in Sweden, was third in the Breeder’s Crown at age three and second in the Swedish Derby at age four.  Eliminations were won by Nuage en Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream) for Roberto Andreghetti timed in 1.10.7kr; Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) timed in 1.12.4kr and Olono OK (7f Varenne-Erreuno OK-Supergill) clocked in 1.12.8kr. Zorro Photo was third in his elimination against Nuage en Ciel driven by trainer Gocciadoro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The season of racing in Ireland is over, but the racing party is not finished yet! We would like to congratulate top driver Billy Roche, who is going to represent Ireland in Paris on 5th December in the International Race of Le Trot Département International and Ricky Hanson, who's top trooper Vichy de Moem (trained by Thomas Richardson and his main driver Alan Richardson) is going to receive an award on the same weekend in Paris! A week earlier, on 29th November the top eight Irish drivers from three regions are going to race against eight French drivers at Hippodrome d'Argentan Our champs to cheer for are: Billy Roche, Sean Kane, Patrick Hill, Christy Foran, Alan Wallace snr, Alan Richardson, Seamus Quill, Gavin Murdock! This year we have two opportunities to win as there's two races our drivers are going to participate in. Go guys, show them how it's done! by Nadina Ironia  

November 23, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and the 1.13.7kr winner was 4.3/1 Unero Montaval (7g Nem-Herroine du Loir) handled by David Thomain. 6/1 Uvinito (7g Invar-Nivanito) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christian Boisnard with 4.8/1 Urasi de la Vallee (7g Onyx du Goutier-La Vallee) to the line third for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault. The monte Gr. II Prix Edmond Henry (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr clocked winner Americaine (5f Chef du Chatolet-Marine Raudiere) at 5/1 odds. This J-P Marmion trainee raced barefoot for jockey Antoine Wiels. Favorite 1.1/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie IC Equine AB. 9/1 Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was third for David Thomain. Trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Camamera AB. Moving On and Rue du Bac also raced shoeless. 8/1 Vision Intense and Mathieu Abrivard (saddle pad 10) was actually an easy winner that was disqualified for being rough gaited. Americaine Thomas H. Hicks

November 21, 2015 - Favorite Time To Say Goodbye (3m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) at 1.6/1 odds earned a wire to wire victory in today’s Menesek DIJA (purse 2Huf million, 3160 meters distance handicap) for trainer/driver Lajor Marton and owner AMMA Lovereny Kft. The winner traveled the stated distance to hold off 40 meter penalized Speedy Boy (4g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) handled by Veljko Mazsity, with third to Tornado Cole (3m Incredible Cole-Baby Yankee-Yankee Class) driven by Laszlo Kolozsi. The winner was clocked in 1.21.4kr over the nearly two-mile marathon distance. On the Saturday Kincsem Park card was also the API DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and timed in 1.17.6kr it was a victory for No Limit Angel (5f Going Kronos-No Limit Dream-Andover Hall) driven by trainer Zaric Saric for SRB owner Ultra Fight Club. The good-gaited pacesetting winner was off at 9.7/1 and defeated Off Road (7g PS Dimo-Gala Rose-Yankee Yankee) and third finishing Prudy (6f Stallone Jet-Ustione-Sebastian Bob) driven by Vito Sadl for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Two year-olds battled in the Ketevesek Versenye (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the winner being 2.9/1 Uszorasno (2f Maximus Lindy-Hitelezc-Witsends Speedy) for trainer/droiver Balazs Juhasz and owner Kabela Menes Kft. This was the first start and victory for the 1.22kr winner. Also on the Kincsem Park program the 400,000Huf Viragos DIJ was contested over 1900 meters autostart. The 1.17.4kr winner was 3.2/1 Isetta (5f Tschagga-Rassige-Diamond Way) driven by trainer Valjko Mazsity for owner Hico i. Isetta won for the fifth consecutive time and now has those five wins in six 2015 starts after being six for nine in 2014. Saxicola Jet (4f Naglo-Campala RAL-Toss Out) was second, after three straight wins, for Balazs Juhasz. Scania (3f Lucky Boy-Samonica-Spotlite Lobell) was third for Branislav Mukity after scoring five consecutive wins going into this race. Early in the afternoon program the Nebulo Handicap (360,000Huf, 2560 meters) went to 7.7/1 Alegria Dream (7f Andover Hall-Adri di Jesolo-Donerail) timed in 1.20,3kr. She overcame a 20 meter penalty to win for Zsolt Vereb driving for trainer Csaba Lakatos and Drimwind 2011 Kft. Alegria Dream was bred in Canada by Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall.  Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

Norwegian harness rcing amateur lady driver Anette Frones is the new champion of the ladies European champion organized by the flag of FEGAT in the Danish race courses of Aalborg and Skive.   With 3 second places and 1 third in 4 races, Anette Frones obtains a total of 47 points for a comfortable winning.   In the podium was accompanied by the Austrian driver Heidemarie Heinzer who gets a total of 37 points to keep the silver medal, and the Dutch driver Hiltje Tjalsma who with 36 points obtain the bronze medal.   Next FEGAT competitions will be in 2016, the gentlemen European Championship in The Netherlands, the ladies European championship in Finland and the World Championship in Hungary. 

Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) secured his entry to the 2016 Prix d’Amerique with his victory today in the first “B”, the Gr. II Prix de Bretagne (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) at Vincennes, France. Owner/trainer Franck Anne drive his stable star to a late rallying win in the rain soaked sloppy going at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.13kr (3:17.10) Akim du Cap Vert nailed iron tough Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) that raced three, wide without cover, and lost ground when a rival made a wild brake in the last bend and caused Pierre Vercruysse to check Anna Mix to avoid the breaker. Anna Mix, owned and trained by Franck Leblanc, still closed stoutly for second also timed in 1.13kr ahead of third finishing Village Mystic (6m Love You-Netchka) and reinsman Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Louis Baudron, he too clocked in 1.13kr. Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Kamela Charm) was another two lengths back fourth for Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, just ahead of Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) reined by trainer Philippe Daugaerd. The 2015 Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick finished eighth with Timoko (second in the 2015 Yonkers International) ninth and Aladin d’Ecajeul tenth. Pacesetter Trebol (from Spain) was sixth and disqualified while favorite Voltigeur de Myrt was a dq for an early break in stride. Fractions were solid (1.13.9kr at 1500 to go mark; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.13.1kr at 500). The last nine Bretagne winners are shown below. The other “B” events are the Bourbonnais, Bourgogne and Belgique. Année Distance Cheval Pays Temps Père Driver Entraîneur Deuxième Troisième                     2014 2 700m Tiégo d'Étang  France 1'13"4 Chaillot Charles-Julien Bigeon Christian Bigeon Akim du Cap Vert Roxane Griff 2013 2 700m Uhlan du Val  France 1'12"9 Isléro de Bellouet Cédric Mégissier Cédric Mégissier Up and Quick Tiégo d'Étang 2012 2 700m Roxane Griff  France 1'12"5 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Quoumba de Guez Royal Dream 2011 2 700m Ready Cash  France 1'13"3 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Thierry Duvaldestin Roxane Griff Lisa America 2010 2 700m Olga du Biwetz  France 1'12"9 Cezio Josselyn Éric Raffin Fabrice Souloy Nuit Torride Oyonnax 2009 2 700m Orlando Sport  France 1'12"6 Hand du Vivier Sébastien Baude Roger Coueffin Quarla Olga du Biwetz 2008 2 700m Olga du Biwetz  France 1'13"8 Cezio Josselyn Jos Verbeeck Sébastien Guarato Exploit Caf Popinée de Timbia 2007 2 700m Kool du Caux  France 1'13"6 Bijou du Bignon Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy Hot Tub Nouba du Saptel 2006 2 850m Keed Tivoli  France 1'13"7 Steed James Maxime Bézier Antoine-Paul Bézier Ladakh Jiel Nijinski Blue   Earlier on the program was the Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) with 1.2/1 favorite Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) teamed by Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Richard Cohen. Thus 1.15.1kr winner defeated 32/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioults) driven by J-Ph Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire. 23/1 Cocktail Meslois (3m Rock Meslois-Ocarina Mesloise) was third. Well-regarded Coquin Bebe was fifth and Cobra Bleu ended sixth with both of these off at less than 4/1 odds. The three year-old fillies battled in the Gr. II €130,000 Prix Annick Dreux (2700 meters, 13 starters) with the victory earned by 3.3/1 Cavaleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) driven by Eric Raffin for Sebastien Guarato trainer for Ecurie Castagniccia and timed in 1.14.6kr. A half-length behind was 6.1/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) trained and owned by Louis Baudron and teamed by Pierre Vercruysse. Close by was third finishing, 29.1/1 odds, Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) driven by David Thomain and trained by Thierry Duvaldestin. The 1.4/1 favorite Calita Wood was a break caused dq. Five year-olds contested the €95,000 Prix de Boissy-Saint Leger over the 2100 meter autostart sprinter distance. 18 European horses were at the start and the 1.13kr winner was 2.7/1 odds Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice), bred by the late Lou Guida, and driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 63/1 Adelie (5f Ganymede-Linea Dream) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The 25.6/1 Radieux (5g Love You-Dordogne) from Italy was third for Mathieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. The next two on the line were 70/1 Rember Mail (5m Toss Out-Email Spin) for driver Christophe Martens and 2/1 odds Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) from Sweden driven by Tony Le Beller for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Prix de Cosse le Vivien (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) was won by the 4/5 favorite, Sweden’s Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady), reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing HB. She was timed in 1.12.8kr off quick early fractions (1.10kr at 1500; 1.11.6kr at 1000; 1.13.1kr at 500). 19/1 Ulexa des Plans (7f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessati) was next for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Daugaerd with 4.3/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona) third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Volare de Lou and Ut Viniere were the next two trotters to the line. At the end of the program today was the €44,000 Prix de Bazas over 2100 meters autostart for 12 three year-old females. 52.2/1 Cherry Cadence (3f Redlight Jet-Oderose) secured victory for driver Mlle. Victoria Ginard-Jurgens, trainer Emmanuel Allard and Ecurie E.S. Pou d’Es Rafal. She was clocked in 1.15.1kr and defeated 8.6/1 Comtesse du Chene (3f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) handled by Pierre Vercruysse and trained by Clement Casseron. Third went to 13.6/1 Circe La Chesnaie (3f Repeat Love-Gitane de Billeron) for teamster Glenny Delaune, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Bivans SRL. Vemax upsets in Quinte+ Prix Triton Friday Friday’s Quinte+ at Paris-Vincennes (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to an impressive 1.13.2kr winner Vemax (6g Nice Love-Lafolly d’Ar) with trainer Romain Derieux aboard. He scored at odds of 70.1/1 ahead of 12.4/1 Vez des Voirons (6g Fortuna Fant-Naya des Voirons) handled by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. Third went to the Vincent Martens trained, Christophe Martens reined Veritable Crack (6g Little Crack-Navale Somolli) at 2.6/1. The payoff for holders of exact order tickets received over €130,000 for a €2 wager. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Vemax R. Derieux A. Chère R. Derieux 2ème 7 Vez des Voirons A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent 3ème 1 Véritable Crack C. Martens C. Neirinck V. Martens 4ème 8 Variuso du Bouffey M. Lenoir P. Thirionet C. Petrement 5ème 3 Versachet J. Raffestin V. Conforti J. Raffestin  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.050.000 € - Numéro plus : 1207     Ordre :       130.512,00€     Désordre :       1.087,60€     Bonus 4 :       55,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       27,60€     Bonus 3 :       18,40€                     Also on the Vincennes card was the Prix Arietis (purse €55,000, 2800 meters, 14 starters) and 3.2/1 Aghinetti (5m Magnificent Rodney-Quanossa de Visais) earned victory for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Stall Courant AB. 33/1 Atout du Hainaut (5g Gazouillis-Pivoine Folle) reined by Romain Derieux and trainer Vincent Collard. 9/1 Arba (5g Coktail Jet-Nuit de Reve) finished third for Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 18, 2015 - Mauquenchy’s feature today was the 13th leg of the prestigious Grand National du Trot Paris Turf, a Gr. III event for €90,000 and contested by 18 over 2850 meters. The 1.13.7kr winner was A Nous Trois (5m Orlando Vici-Quallas) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato at 6/1 odds. He overcame a 25 meter handicap. Another 25 meter handicapped entrant, 8.9/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Kodiflosa Gede) was second for Antoine Wiels and owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Ursa Major (7f Ganymede-Good Way) was third at 77/1 with 28/1 Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Une d’Havant) fourth for trainer/driver J-W Hallais. 6.2/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse in this Quinte+ contest (€2.9 million jackpot). 9/10 odds favorite Amiral Sacha was disqualified for a miscue. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs   1er 2 A Nous Trois M. Abrivard M. Denisot S. Guarato   2ème 6 Uniflosa Bella A. Wiels Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion   3ème 3 Ursa Major F. Lecanu Ecurie Danover S. Provoost   4ème 18 Sierra Leone J.-W. Hallais Ecurie Jean-Cl.Hallais J.-W. Hallais   5ème 16 Very Nice Marceaux P. Vercruysse J. Brun G. Laurent    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.900.000 € - Numéro plus : 1789   Ordre :       61.584,00€   Désordre :       513,20€   Bonus 4 :       80,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       12,60€   Bonus 3 :       8,40€                   On the Mauquenchy undercard this day the €30,000 Prix Maurice de Folleville over 2850 meters (15 starters, three year-olds regional open) went to 9.6/1 Comtesse de Latz (3f Orlando Sport-Miss Molly) handled by trainer P-Y Verva. This 1.16.9kr winner defeated 4.1/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) reined by Mathieu Abrivard with 15.5/1 Crin Noir des Baux (3g Que de T’aime-Perle des Baux) third for Eric Raffin. At Mauquenchy, the Prix de Sources Thermales cde Forges les Eaux (A) for €22,000 and over the 2850 meter distance drew 15 starters and the 1.17.9kr winner was 11.2/1 Butler (4m Ready Cash-Odyssee d’Isques). Pierre Vercruysse teamed the fast-closing winner for trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist. At the same venue the €25,000 Prix Paris Normandie (2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to the impressive Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’y Pense) at 8.6/1 odds. She scored in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 4.3/1 Orione Spin (7g Viking Kronos-Karisma Zet) ended second for Dominik Locqueneux at the reins for trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

November 19, 2015 - Yoann Lebourgeois rode Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) to victory in today’s Gr. III monte Prix de L’Ile d’Oleron at Vincennes (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 17 monte starters). Off at 2/1 the winner scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat 7/1 Volcan d’Occagnes (6g Qurdo du Gautier-Flornina Beauces) teamed by Mathieu Abrivard with 22/1 Un Gars du Large (7g Memphis du Rib-Gorganes du Large) home third for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais. The next pair to the line were 11/1 Nonant Le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) and Eric Raffin followed by fifth finishing 12/1 Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette) handled by Anthony Barrier. On the undercard was the €85,000 Prix de Thoissey (2175 meters, six monte four year-old starters) and 2.4/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) recorded am impressive 1.12.5kr victory. 5/1 Boris des Doults (4g Flambeau des Pins-Petite Gitane) held second with third to 5/1 Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier). The €60,000 Prix de Dunkerque (2750 meters, 14 starters, Quinte+) resulted in a 1.14.3kr victory for the J-M Bazire reined Baxter du Klau (4g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) trained by J-M Baudouin. This 4/5 odds winner defeated 37/1 Black Atout (4m Prodigious-La Laqune) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 44/1 Brelan du Vivier (4m Joker de Rozoy-Queline du Vivier) was third for David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

A series of age classified events took place today at Lyon-Parilly in France.  The three year old Grand Prix (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to the trained/driven by J-P Gauvin 2.1/1 odds favorite Catch Julry (3m Gazouillis-Dotcha du Coq). Second was 7.1/1 Caline d’Avril (3f Gazouillis-Elegante d’Avril) handled by Mathieu Abrivard as third went to 50/1 Casanova du Corta (3g Gazouillis-Elisa des Jacquots) for Martin Cormy. The winner was timed in 1.17kr. The four year-old test for a purse of €40,000 over 2850 meters drew 11 entrants. Favored at 4/5 odds was the winner Balbir (4g Ganymede-Manzir) for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieu Chene. 4.3/1 Big Boss (4g Xaar-Boyline) landed second for owner/trainer/driver Herve Chauve-Laffay and 16/1 Bea Darling (4f Love You-Native Darling) was third for Serge Peltier for owner Pierre Pilarski. Time of the winner was 1.15.8kr. The Grand Prix for five year-olds (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.16.4kr timed winner Ambiance du Loisir (5f Picsou de Villabon-Kiss Me du Loisir) at 27.5/1 odds for Pierre Callier. Second was the Mathieu Abrivard teamed Atlas de la Vallee (5g Goetmals Wood-Anita de la Vallee) at 9/1 with third earned by 3.6/1 Ariane de Caponet (5f One du Rib-Naya de Joudes) for trainer/driver Herve Chauve-Laffay. The €40,000 purse Prix de Provence (2850 meters, 18 starters) was earned in victory by the 1.15.3kr timed Trinity Jiel (8f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) driven by Franck Nivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. This 7.4/1 odds winner defeated 89/1 Urido d’Alban (7g Kerido du Donjpon-Etincelle Ker Anna) handled by Franck Jamard ahead of 1.9/1 odds Alik Julry (5m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julry) for trainer/driver J-P Gauvin. This day at Paris-Vincennes was the €55,000 purse Prix Ostara (2850 meters, 16 starters) and the 1.13.8kr winner was 5/2 favorite Action Partage (5f Opium-Lovarana Flor) for driver Pierre Levesque, owner Mme. Daniele Gozlan and the trainer Mike Lenders. J-F Senet trained/reined Arlesienne (5f Niky-Orange) was second at 8.7/1 ahead of 32/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessie Mesloise) with Pierre Belloche up. Also at Vincennes was the Prix Gerda (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart with 12 female two year-olds at the start). Franck Nivard piloted the Fabrice Souloy trained, Ecurie Hadij Coatings BV owned Dynamite’s Fella (2f Ready Cash-Romane’s Fella) at 4.7/1 odds. 14.3/1 Douce Ligneries (2f Love You-Ouragane) was second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Favored 1.8/1 odds Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) was third for Cl. Duvaldestin and owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The winner was timed in 1.16.1kr. There will be some top fillies emerging from this group. Three year-old monte males battled in the €36,000 Prix Electra (14 starters, 2200 meters) with the 1.16.5kr win earned by 5.4/1 Cesar Volo (3m Prince de Montfort-Qualite Volo) for jockey David Thomain. 8/1 Colombo Bella (3m Korean-Limelight) was next to the line for Cl. Frecelle and favorite 1.2/1 odds Coco de la Leuc (3g Korean-Plata de Lou) ended third for Mathieu Mottier. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Aprion (5g Nahar de Beval-Idole Verte) took Sunday’s Quinte+ at Le Bouscat (purse €40,000, 2550 meters autostart, 16 entrants) for reinsman Norbert Vimond at 6.1/1. Second at 15/1 was Angie Cash (5f Hand de Vivier-Hyades d’Odyssee) for owner/trainer/driver Nicolas Mathias with third to 3.2/1 favorite Astre d’Or (5g Ouragan de Collard-Quelle Emotion) for owner/trainer/driver Richard-William Denecher. The winner was timed in 1.14.3kr. Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Forty Two) took Monday’s Quinte+ Prix de Montignac-Charente at Paris-Vincennes for driver Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Jorgen Westholm. At 2.8/1 odds the winner controlled the pace and jetted away in the stretch for a two length score clocked in 1.13.9kr, the 22nd of his career. 1.5/1 Affaro da Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hilary Clinton) took second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren while 17.8/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dep) rallied strongly for third with Roberto Andreghetti teaming for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 9/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis with Eric Raffin up and 12/1 Ultimate du Rib (7g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) with J.L.C. Dersoir aboard were next to the line. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Rocky Winner SWE G. Gelormini Nortronic KB J. Westholm 2ème 5 Alfas Da Vinci SWE J. Lövgren Stall Jamn Lenhovda J. Lövgren 3ème 11 Orione Degli Dei ITY R. Andreghetti Scuderia Bologna 2011 F. Souloy 4ème 6 Tropic du Hêtre E. Raffin B. Perrin B. Bourgoin 5ème 12 Ultimate du Rib J.L.C. Dersoir Ecurie Rib Joël Hallais  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 2.700.000 € - Numéro plus : 1146     Ordre :       850,00€     Désordre :       17,00€     Bonus 4 :       3,40€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,40€     Bonus 3 :       3,40€                     The day’s featured Gr. II monte Prix Louis Tillaye for €120,000 over 2700 meters went to Clegs des Champs (3m Legs du Clos-Proscerpine) for Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau, clocked in 1.15.3kr. Clara du Pontseuil (3f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) landed second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Patrice Lebouteiller. Caennaise (3f Memphis du Rib-Opaline Blanche) was third for Camille Levesque and trainer Benoit Barassin. The emerging filly Caranca (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) took the €37,000 Prix de Senonnes over 2700 meters with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for trainer Philippe Allaire, and clocked in 1.15.8kr. She held on for her fourth consecutive victory, defeating Ceyra de Bellouet (3f Quillen d’Isques-Tarifa de Bellouet) that Franck Nivard piloted for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Third was Crista Maris (3f Kiwi-Prima Maris) for trainer/driver Benoit Robin. Two year-old colts battled in the €36,000 Prix des Bignones over 2100 meters autostart (in the unusual ten race card at Vincennes) with victory by disqualification going to Ducato Bourbon (2m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) clocked in 1.17.5kr for trainer Franck Leblanc and teamster Franck Nivard. SARL Heras Saint Martin owns the winner that bested Da Vinci Bond (2m Quaker Jet-Joliette d’Atout) for trainer Sebastien Guarato and driver H. Langlois. Third along the pegs was Delicious Charm (2m Prodigious-Royal Flower) for Julian Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner is undefeated in two outings. His dam Kamera Bourbon 1:58.3 (US$220,543) is a daughter of Cezio Joselyn by Armbro Goal from the excellent mare Etta Extra. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Well regarded US exports Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) and Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) scored major victories today at Solvalla. The V75-3 Konung Carl XVI Gustafs for 250,000SEK to the winner went easily to Delicious and Orjan Kihlstrom. The diminutive mare won her fourth straight, this one nearly gate to wire (parked almost the first quarter from post eight), as she scored with ease and with shoes all around, in the 2140 meter autostart event. Off at 1.2/1 favorite Delicious fought off a threatening Volstead that faded late to be off the board enabling Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) to be second for Flemming Jensen with third to Arazi Boko (8f Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for Christoffer Eriksson. Oliver Kronos and Mind Your Face finished fourth and fifth. The fractions were well-rated (1.10.3kr at first 500; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.14kr after 1500 meters; 1.13.2kr finish). Winner Delicious now has a career slate of 19-9-7 in 44 starts for earning of 5,666,572SEK (US$654,256). Two races later Nuncio took the John Deere-Solvalla Grand Prix with 400,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart contest. Stefan Melander confidently piloted his owned and trained champion to a three-quarter length victory after being three-wide past the opening quarter. Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) raced superbly (this one was bred in the US by Ann-Marie Daley and developed by Dan Daley) to be second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden, then it was five lengths back to the rest of the field. Fractions were well-rated (1.08.3kr at the first 500 meters; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.9kr after 1500 meters; 1.12.2kr finish). Nuncio now sports a slate of 26-12-2 in 40 starts for earnings of 18,132,726SEK (US$2,093,583). Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) was third for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson with pocked placed Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) fourth to the line. This day at Avenches was held the Grand Prix du Trotteur Francais-Suisse (purse €20,815, 2425 meters, 9 starters) with victory to 1.3/1 favorite Padolin (12g Giant Cat-Adolina) timed in 1.16.8kr for reinsman Marc-Andre Bovay and owner Roland Muller. The classy veteran defeated 4.8/1 Swing d’Eronville (9g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d’Eronville) driven by Jacques Juriens for owner/trainer Bernard Perrin. 7/2 Podium du Rib (12g Giant Cat-Gallia de Vandel) rallied for third for Mme. Rene Aebischer, also trainer, and owner Ecurie Rhythm & Blues as six horses were within a long length for second. Tomorrow the action moves to Milan Italy for a superb program that includes the Gr. I Gran Premio d’Europa for a purse of €209,000 and the Gran Criterium for €187,000. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Milan, Italy - Favored Brillantissime (4m Ready Cash-Ivry de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) from France easily took today’s Gr. I Gran Premio d’Europa at Milan over 2250 meters for a purse of €209,000. Clocked in 1.13.4kr for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredric Sauque. The winner took the lead early and scored by five lengths over Serena OP (4m From Above-Grandinat) driven by Antonio Velotti, ahead of third finishing Sceicco (4m Look de Star-Iuta) handled by trainer Andrea Guzzinati. Trainer Allaire also won the co-featured Gr. I Gran Criterium Memoral Bepi Biasuzzi for two year-olds over 1650 meters for a €187,000 purse. Joseph Verbeeck teamed Demonia Roma (2m Password-Rome to Paris-Love You), the winner clocked in 1.14.7kr, now with four wins in five career starts. He scored by three lengths from United Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Estasi Roc) driven by Roberto Vecchione that was unbeaten in five outings before today. Universo d’Amore (2m Mago d’Amore-Ninfa Degli Dei) was third in this contest. The undercard also included the Gr. II Gran Criterium Filly (two year-olds) for €66,000 over 1650 meters autostart. Ursa Caf (2f Explot Caf-Crismar) scored in 1.15.2kr narrowly for Antonio Esposito over Uma Francis (2f Exploit Caf-Fashion dei Sogni) and Urra’Bi (2f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi). The Gr. II Gran Premio d’Europa Filly (purse €55,000, 1650 meters autostart, four year-olds) this day went to the quick 1.12.1kr winner Saikala (4f Turbo Sund-Clorinda Bi) for A. Farolfi, a length ahead of Scheggia (4f Korean-Namoura) and trainer/driver Andrea Guzinati with Side Wise As (4f Donato Hanover-In Wise As) third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciador. The finale Prix Tony Gio Invitational (purse €16,060, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.11.8kr timed Orient Horse (7m Abano As-Irma del Rio) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. No Man’s Land (8f Coktail Jet-AJ’s Babydoll) was second a length in arrears for Enrico Bellei and trainer Pietro Gubellini. Third went to Rocciaelone (5m Darsko Gav-Arriba Arriba) driven by Santo Mollo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Budapest, Hungary - Csaba Lakatos teamed his trainee Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise-Prakas) to a rallying narrow victory in the 1Huf million purse Szabadkai Dij over 2400 meters autostart. The winner caught leading Reste Premier (10g Laetenter Diem-Certitude Bertins-Kabck) and driver Istvan Papp on the line. Grumetti (7g Varenne-Tabora-Pine Chip) and driver Bakzs Juhasz was placed third after Quick Viervil was disqualified. The winner was timed in 1.17.5kr. On the undercard was the Petar Crnjakovic Memorial over 1900 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse. Serbia’s Nadir Three (8g Kick Tail-Uliva DTS-Pay Nibs) took this victory clocked in 1.17.1kr for Boris Kecenovic driving, his sixth consecutive victory (at various venues – Srbobran (2), Despotoro, Adi and Zombor) and first at Kincsem Park. Nocsabasz (8m Tony Oaks-Zala Szepe-Rugged Lobell) was second for Veljko Mazsity ahead of favorite Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) driven by trainer Imre Fazekas that rallied too late in this one. Also at Kincsem Park was the Csantaveri Dij (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) that went to favored Serbian invader Wahler (5g Global Pride-Warena Buddie-Bradash Buddie) for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity, the fourth straight victory for Wahler. Rafael Bit (5g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) was second for Vereb Zsolt and trainer Goran Zolnaji. Padova (6f Toss Out-Venushia As-Crowning Point) ended third for trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy II. Time winner was timed in 1.17.1kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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