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Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) took today’s Q+ Enghien featured Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse €120,000, 4150 meters, 15 International starters) clocked in 1.17.1kr, stepping home by three lengths for harness racing driver Eric Raffin. Off at 5.4/1 the winner is trained by Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie G&F Raffre. Second was 2/1 Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) was second in a close battle, for Charles J.Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon. 12.6/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 9.4/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Valgana) was fourth for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche. 20/1 Bahia Quesnot was fifth for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. The Enghien Prix Montmartre (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) went to 21.3/1 odds Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) for J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 4.8/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) was second for Matthieu Abrivard in a close finish with 6.1/1 Rooibus (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop trains Rooibus for B.S. Stable HB. The race was clocked in 1.13.5kr. 1.3/1 favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) easily took the Prix de Rome (purse €85,000, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) as the Philippe Allaire owned and trained lass was timed in 1.14.8kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner to her sixth win in ten career starts now for €263,050 and she’s emerging as a good one, as was her dam. 92/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) rallied to be second for Eric Raffin. 18/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) held third for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Francoise Laroche bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Axevalla Sweden, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, nine starters) went easily to FR invader Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.12kr. Harness racing driver Erik Adielsson drove the Sofia Aronsson trainee that Franck Leblanc owns. She now has  a career slate of 11-8-6 in 37 starts for 7,229,354SEK earned. Off at 3.26/1 Anna Mix defeated .67/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) and the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden driver/trainer team. Third was 12.3/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) and Bjorn Goop for trainer Dan Widegren. Repay Merci, Solvato and Tumble Dust were in the beaten field. The prior day at Axevalla there were three events for 100,000SEK first money. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. Pasquale Ciccarelli owns this 14 time winner in 32 starts for the career. Another 2140 meter autostart test went to .66/1 favorite Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The other 2140 meter test, for three year-old fillies, was won by Caddie Lisieux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) at .79/1 and clocked in 1.15.2kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one. The Broad Bahn filly Flo Jo Keeper was second with trainer/driver Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

Sebastien Ernault piloted 4/1 Vittel de Brevol (7m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol) to victory in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse €56,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. Ernault also trains the winner that defeated  4.8/1 Andaloise (6f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique) with Tony LeBeller up with third to 4.7/1 Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambru OK) and teamster Pierre Levesque for trainer Sebastian Souloy. Vulcain, Tiger Danover and favorite Vibourg completed the top six in the competitive field. Monte performers contested the Prix Fandango (purse €53,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) with victory to 4.7/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard for Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. 1.2/1favorite Botido (5g L’As de Neige-Otida) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Denise Mottier. 141/1 Tomik A La Bruyere (9g Chef du Chatelet-Great Winner) landed third in this event that was clocked in 1.13.7kr. At Pornichet the Prix du Bar PMU “Le Murat” Saint-Nazaire (purse €24,000, 2725 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.19.3kr timed 1.1/1 favorite Drakkar Delo (3m Texas Charm-Utanema Didef) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ecurie RMC 2015. 17/1 Dard Roc (3m Roc Meslois-Mutme Marceaux) was second and 13/1 Damien Rouge Phi (3g Rancho Gede-Elvire d’Arlau)  was third. 5/2 second choice Delano (3m Ganymede-Perle d’Aunou) was fourth for Julian Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks

Variety – venue, track surface (including turf), distance, direction – defined the mid-week trotting action in France. Germany and Switzerland and defined what attracts harness racing fans and wagering. The industry should open eyes and ears and invite successful racing elements to be included in their programs. Vire FR hosted the Q+ Prix Ville de Vire-Normandie (purse €35,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) and 13.8/1 Arno de Bossens (6g One du Rib-Quaifa du Rib) emerged for victory with reinsman J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 5.8/1 Arlequine d’Em (6f Nahar de Beval-Quarina Rose) took second for trainer/driver Tony Le Beller and Ecurie d’Em. 9.2/1 Al Capone Jet (6m Jag de Bellouet-Passion du Morgane) was third for David Thomain. 46/1 Bruyere du Rib (5f Kaiser Soze-Inopaline) was fourth forJoel Hallais. Fifth was 4.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) with Eric Raffin aboard. Even-money favorite Bugsy Malone was a dq for being off-stride. This day’s Gelsenkirchen Germany program brought out several highly recognized performers. The Preis Von Wolvega (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, nine International starters) went to 3/10 favorite Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) timed in 1.14.1kr. Cees F. Kamminga drove the Ecurie Commander owned veteran. The Gelsenkirchen Jugerd Preis Trial 2 (purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 international starters) went to Stall Habo owned and 9/2 odds On Vogue (2f Cantab Hall-Olly Lane). H.U. Bornmann trained the 1.17kr timed winner that was piloted by legendary Heinz Wewering. 5.1/1 Masters Design (2g Marco di Jesolo-Bonafide Bo Bo) took second for trainer/driver Dion P. TResselaar. 3/1 Mary Ann J (2f Love You-Mariann) was third for driver Korelli Kluth ad trainer/owner Marion A. Jaub. Well regarded Cash Hanover (4m Love You-Impasse) at 1.7/1 took the Preis Von Son Pardo (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, 19 International starters) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Ulrich Mommert owns the 1.15.6kr clocked winner that began from post 10. 1.8/1 Falcon Dragon (4m Love You-Marianne Dragon) took second for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg and Dragon Trotters BV. 32/1 Paolendry Like (7g Enjoy Lavec-Volterra Bi) was third for owner/driver Huibert V.D. Heuvel. Marseille-Borely showcased good racing this day with the Prix du Verdon (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 15 starters). 49/1 Arezzo Vici (6g Look de Star-Orizaba Vici) scored in this one for Denis Bekaert, trainer Yannick Briand and Ecurie des Charmes. At Avenches turf trotting was on display in the Trophee des Espoirs Suisse (purse €11,080, 2000 meters autostart, 10 starters). The 1.22kr clocked victor was 12/1 Dal Cuore (3g Real de Lou-Senora de Lou) for trainer/driver Adrian Burger for Stall Nyburg. Monte specialists were at Cabourg this day as 14 contested the Prix des Jusquiames (purse €55,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, four year-olds). 2.7/1 odds, 1.15.4kr timed, Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exquise Gede), racing barefoot, took victory for Yoann Lebourgeois. Tony Le Beller trains the winner for Ecurie Nicolas Ensch. 17/1 Casting de l’Aumoy (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Qualla de Vive) was second and third went to 37/1 Campus du Rib (4m One du Rib-Oraison du Rib) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais. Clairefontaine-Deauville FR hosted turf trotting this day and the Prix Scipion du Goutier (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 5.7/1, 1.18.9kr timed, Compromise de Laval (4m Opium-Geribin du Donjon) with trainer Thomas Levesque aboard. Pierre Levesque owns this winner. 6.7/1 Cauziki du Rib (4g Ouragan de Celland-Oclara du Rib) was second for Mme. Carine Hallair-Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the owner/breeder. 2.7/1 Cho Oym Vedaquais (4g Saxo de Vandel-Rotonde) finished third for driver Clement Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The Prix Repeat Love at Clairefontaine (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.19.4kr timed, 3/1 odds Arthuro Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyana) with breeder/trainer/owner/drivcer Yves Dreux. 16.5/1 Anti Doctor (6g Gazouillis-Miss Olympia) landed second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. 50/1 Vanillette (7f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) was third for trainer/driver Jean Morice. The turf monte Prix Unique Quick Et Tango Quick (purse €18,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters, apprentice jockeys) went to 1.198kr timed, 11.6/1 odds American Love (6g Quick de la Loge-Madone du Pin). Mlle. Neomie Hardy teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner Thierry Lucuyer. 13.8/1 A Way To Paris (6g One du Rib-Prime Way Carless) took the second spot for Pierre Sorais and owner/trainer Willy Michel, ahead of 17.4/1 Banco Piya (5g Milord Drill-Oh Monika) teamed by Mille. Emeline Desmigneux for trainer Patrick Bac. This day’s action at Pornichet FR included several interesting winners. The Prix de Guerande (purse €32,000, 2725 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.9/1 Amazone du Mont (6f Derby du Gite-Ostia du Mont). Trainer Franck Delanue teamed the 1.15.1kr clocked winner. The Prix de Challans (purse €20,000, 2725 meters, 11 starters) went to 5/1 Codex Bourbon (4g Ready Cash-Smara Bourbon) timed in 1.16.7kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the winner, one that he also trains, for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The winner’s second dam Herba Bourbon (And Arifant-Cartinoa-Granit) was a US$550,000 earner. The monte Prix Echo de la Presquile (purse €30,000, 2725 meters, 14 European starters) went to quick timed 1.13.5kr winner Arius de Douet (6g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet) that Eric Raffin teamed for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing 3/10 favorite Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) overcame a 25 meter handicap to easily win today’s Prix des Sables-d’Olonne clocked in 1.11.3kr (mile rate 1:54.72) over his 2800 meter journey (1.74 miles). Eric Raffin was again at the lines for trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Pierre Pilarski and breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois. Bold Eagle scored his 25th win in 28 starts, now for career earnings of €1,948,300. 21.5/1 Akim du Cap Vert (6m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) took second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with 9.4/1 Baltic Charm (5m Passwrod-Ilikova) home third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato, owner St. Szwarc and breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois. 9/1 Alderman and 41/1 Beau Gamin were next. Bold Eagle was away alertly in the bulky field and eventually secured a pocket position where he remained until the final turn. Then he rapidly accelerated to the front and drew off.     Thomas H. Hicks

5.5/1 odds Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin) took today’s Cagnes-sur-Mer featured Prix des Soirees Gourmandes (Gr. III, purse €55,000, 2925 meters, nine starters). Romuald Mourice, also harness racing trainer, teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.13.2kr for owner Ecurie JYL. The shoeless winner scored over 25/1 Sergent du Rib (10g Baccarat du P0ont-Hermine du Rib) handled by trainer Loris Garcia. 4/5 favorite Sire de la Creuse (10g Ludo de Fleurac-Hanna de la Creuse) was third for trainer/driver J-F Senet with Urac and Truman Dairpet finishing fourth and fifth. At Boden-Vienne Austria their Monte Derby (purse €7,000, 2600 meters, ten entrants with one scratch) went to barefoot 25/1 Willy Venus (9g Freiherr As-Windaisy-Speedy Crown) that scored in 1.18.6kr for jockey Mme. Lea Ahokas. Hubert Brandstatter Jr. trains the winner for owner Hubert Hofer. 30/1 Ulysse de Corbery (8g Offshore Dream-Klytte de Corbery) was second for Mme. Alexandre Sandner and third was 7/1 Alquin Elegance (9g Kerido Donjon-Nina Darby) that was handicapped 25 meters and ridden by Mme. Petra Resinger. Yesterday, solid trotting took place at Eskilstuna SWE, and the Gr. II International ICA Maxi (300,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to well-regarded Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos). He was timed in 1.12.1kr for his second 2016 victory in three starts. His career slate is 9-3-0 in 12 starts. Jorma Kontio drove Readly Express for trainer Timo Nurmos. Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, with third to Cuise La Motte (4f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier-Extreme Dream) for driver Torbjorn Jansson and trainer Goop. The Eskilstuna program also showed a 1.10.5kr win by Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) with Jennifer Tillman aboard. They defeated Standout (m Ganymede) and Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall). Floria Boko (4f Ready Cash-Thelsey Boko-American Winner) took the 100,000SEK first money RS Mustang (2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.4kr for Mattias Djuse, also trainer. Cash A Cheque EM (5g Credit Winner) was second for Erik Adielsson and Brothers In Am was third. The Olof Brodin raced over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK to the winner went to 1.13.3kr timed Catwalk I.H. (5f Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. Gaia Sund was second for Jennifer Tillman. Aged mares contested the Gregers Minne (2140 meters autostart, 15 starters, 100,000SEK to winner) and Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.12.9kr, her third straight win, with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. Top Notch Lady As (4f Taurus Dream-Shady As-Conway Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Five year olds battled in the 2140 meter autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, and Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.11kr, his second straight and 14th win in 34 career outings. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner/trained charge that was US bred by Arden Homestead Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

On an Enghien Saturday card that included groupe action and the Q+ wagering race of the day, veteran owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed his  52/1 outsider Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) to victory in the Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters). Calita Wood is trained by Yves Boireau for Dubois and was bred by Ecurie Dream With Me. Timed in 1.14.5kr the filly rallied for a half-length score over 4.2/1 Caid Griff (4m Password-Savane Griff)  handled by Eric Raffin, for trainer Sebastian Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie Griff. Third was the Matthieu Abrivard teamed, 9.6/1 odds, Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with fourth to 1.6/1 favorite Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) for driver David Thomain, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italy’s Scuderia Eurocolor SRL. 4/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) was fifth for J-M Bazire, and trainer Souloy. The winners’ dam was a five-time groupe winner and a solid third in the Prix d’Amerique : Critérium des Jeunes 2007, Prix de l’Etoile 2007, Prix de Sélection 2008, Grand Prix de l’UET 2008 and the Critérium Continental 2008. For her career Qualita Bourbon won 21 times in 31 starts for €1,538,000 earned. Dubois’ driving victory today adds to his legendary resume as pilot, in addition to his role as breeder/owner/stallioneer: Prix d'Amérique – two wins - High Echelon (1979), Hymour (1982) ; Critérium des Jeunes – four times - Fortuna Fant (1996), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003), Qualita Bourbon (2007) ; Critérium des 3 ans – three victories - Rainbow Runner (1986), Vasquez (1990), Buvetier d'Aunou (1992) ; Critérium des 4 ans - twice - Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Extreme Dream (1996) ; Critérium Continental – five wins - Rangone (1987), Bahama (1993), Extreme Dream (1996), Hermès du Buisson (1999), Love You (2003) ; Critérium des 5 ans – one win - High Echelon (1978) ; Prix de France – one win - Hymour (1982) ; Prix Albert Viel - five victories - Bahama (1992), Esotico Star (1995), Island Dream (1999), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003) ; Prix de l'Étoile – four wins - Rainbow Runner (1988), Bahama (1993, 1994), Qualita Bourbon (2007) ; Prix de Sélection – four victories - High Echelon (1979), Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Kaisy Dream (2002), Qualita Bourbon (2008) ; and Prix de l'Atlantique – two wins - Défi d'Aunou (1998), Ganymède (1999). The Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse €95,000, 2150 meters, 11 starters) on the Enghien card went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha). Gabriel Gelormini teamed the winner for owner Ecurie Sidere and trainer Francois Lamare. The 18/1 Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) rallied to be second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Vincent Martens. 4.8/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) held third between rivals for Eric Raffin and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 8.4/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was fourth for Bernard Piton and trainer Sebastian Guarato with fifth to 68.7/1 Oibambam Effe (8f Classic Photo-Etne Sec) for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati. The day’s Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse €68,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed, 11.3/1 odds, Un Nuage d’Osmoz (8m Nuage Noir-l’Etoile d’Escrit) for owner/trainer/driver Emmanuele Allard. The 11.2/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) rallied for second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 2.8/1 favorite Artiste de Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) was fourth for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 4.3/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was fifth for driver Matthieu Abrivard. Uniflosa Bella wins Trophee Vert at Royan Sunday’s turf trotting feature was the Grand Prix Jean Maurice Bateau (purse €45,000, 3100 meters, 18 starters) at Royan, France. The 6.3/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) emerged victorious timed in a quick 1.15.5kr for Antoine Wiels over the marathon distance (1-15/16 miles). Jean-Paul Marmion owns and trains the barefoot winner that was bred by Remi Boucret. 37/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France) held second for owner/trainer/driver P.J. Desaunette. The 2/1 favorite Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) rallied wide near the fans for third driven by Matthieu Abrivard. Two other turf trots were on the program, one each featuring apprentice and amateur teamsters. Uno Dancer, Un Charme Fou and Ulk Medoc finished fourth through sixth in the good field. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink

Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), the 1/5 favorite in wagering after scratches of Trebol and Vincennes in a final six horse field, gamely held on after a death seat journey from the start to win the Gr.I Invitational UET Masters Series International Prix Saint Michel (purse €122,000, 1609 meters autostart) at Mikkeli, Finland. Driver Orjan Kihlstrom and Un Mec d’Heripre sat outside the rapid pacesetting Express Duo before taking the lead entering the lane. He then faced a three wide charge from 3.8/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) with trainer Philippe Daugeard teaming for owner Olivier Horvath, that just missed on the line. The 28.2/1 Surprise Lord (10m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) rallied on the pegs to be third driven by Mika Forss for owner trainer Reima Kuisla. Un Mec d’Heripre now has a 23-4-6 slate in 46 career starts for earnings of €1,460,012. He was clocked in a sharp 1.09.51kr (mile rate 1:51.84) with Univers de Pan timed in 1.09.52 (he now with 20 wins in 75 starts) and Surprise Lord home in 1.09.70kr (he with 31 victories in 92 starts). Royal Fighter, Twigs Voici and Express Deo completed the finish in order four through six. The race record still stands at 1.09.3kr set by Varenne in 2002 followed by 1.09.4kr by Rapide Lebel in 2011. The mare Premiere Steed won the event in 2009 timed in 1.09.6kr, she dam of Unica Steed, last nights’ dead-heat winner of a Delvin Miller division at the new Meadowlands USA. Today’s Amiens France featured Prix Vismie (purse €35,000, 2900 meters, 16 European starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Regio (6m Varenne-Leopardia) with Robin Bakker driving. Paul Hagoort trains this Ecurie Victoria Park (Holland) owned performer. 2.6/1 Ugo du Fosse was second and Uroy at 8.7/1 was third, the latter trained by Bjorn Goop for Sweden’s Ecurie Lucky Strike HB. Unisalane takes Q+ at Cabourg Daniel Armellini piloted his owned/trained 13.6/1 Unisalane (8f Jet Fortuna-Lea Picoulerie) to victory in Friday’s Quinte+ Prix Paul Viel (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters), timed in 1.14.3kr. The 1.1/1 favorite Vagabond d’Echal (7g Quadrophenio-Malice de Piercla) was a soundly defeated second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with 13.8/1 Uno Leon (7g Ipsun de Mormal-Perspective du Tay) third for J-Ph Monclin. On the Cabourg card Mathieu Mottier won three, two to sulky and one monte, all trained by Denise Mottier and two owned by her. He won with 1.8/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) timed in 1.14.5kr in a €34,000 purse contest; 7/10 favorite Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) clocked in 1.16.7kr in a €35,000 event; and 20.3/1 Olmo del Sauro (8m Faliero As-Novalady) in a €44,000 purse monte race. The latter is owned by Ecurie Fabio. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The even-money favorite, Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Volganna-Lemon Dra), captured Saturday’s featured Ugyvivo DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters  autostart) over a rain soaked Kincsem Park course in Hungray, timed in 1.20.7kr for trainer/driver Sandor Varga and CZE owners Antioch Arani SRO. The winner was bred in Italy by Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra SRL. 2.7/1 Sanger MS (4g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Nyires (9m Tony Oaks-Viragos-Surefire Lobell) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and fourth was Sante You SM. The co-featured Faustus DIJ (purse 400,000SEK, 1800 meters autostart) went to 9/10 favorite Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) with trainer Veljko Mazsity driving, timed in 1.20.9kr. The Hilco Bt. owned campaigner defeated 5.7/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) handled by Tibor Hajnal. Third was 10.2/1 Bebops Cassandra (6f Bebop-Topaz Remington-Rosalind’s Guy) and teamster Csaba Lakatos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander won today’s €121,916 purse, 1640 meters autostart, Arjang 2016 Stora Sprinterlopp in Sweden, by half-length after stating from post eight and sitting the death seat after the first quarter mile.  Nuncio was the 7/10 favorite and scored in 1.09.7kr (mile rate 1:52.15). Pacesetter Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was a game second at 19/1 for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. 29/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) rallied to be third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with fourth to 3.9/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter. Ten horses contested this International event with Chelsea Boko and Harry Haythrow fifth and sixth to the line. Nuncio posted his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts, with two seconds, including the Elitlopp win. His career slate is 32-14-2 in 48 appearances, now for 22,931,376SEK earned. "He has everything put together really well. He is strong, a quick starter and has good closing speed.", said driver Örjan Kihlström. On the undercard Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) win the Silver Division for Thomas Uhrberg and Cab Hornline (5m San Pelligrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard) took the Bronze test for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

TROTBritain have secured the go ahead to stage two LeTrot trotting races at the Betfred owned all weather Thoroughbred track, Chelmsford City Racecourse in Chelmsford, Essex, England. The meeting is on 10th November 2016 and will consist of a full card of Thoroughbred races with two TROTBritain organized LeTrot races tagged onto the end of card. This historic trial will be the first time that two Standardbred trotting races alone have been staged on the same card as gallopers. This historic event could not have happened without the enthusiasm and determination of the management of Chelmsford City Racecourse and the support of LeTrot, the French Trotting governing body. TROTBritain representatives oversaw a trial under workout conditions, and the all-weather mile round track at Chelmsford is ideal for racing the French trotters. TROTBritain hopes that if this trial on 10th November is successful, it will develop to be a more of a permanent fixture and help develop the forward progress of LeTrot races in Great Britain. There will be betting on course on the two races and it is hoped that these trotting races will be beamed into Betfred betting shops to wager on the night. TROTBritain are always looking at ways to further the Standardbred sport and this trial at Chelmsford City Racecourse and the publicity that it will attract can only further progress the long term goals of a flourishing trotting program in Great Britain. TROTBritain members are now developing closer links with Ireland as well, to enhance the LeTrot races, and breeding Trotter Francais in both countries. More details about this historic event will be forthcoming. By George Button, for TROTBritain

Invaders from Italy and Sweden prevailed in today’s Quinte+ Prix de l’Opera at Enghien, France. The 3.9/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) scored for Italy’s Mme. S. Bruni, trainer Thomas Levesque and pilot Pierre Levesque clocked in 1.12.5kr over the 2150 meter autostart course. 16 European horses contested this €58,000 purse event. 3/2 odds favorite Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) from Sweden was second with J-M Bazire teaming for KLV Holding AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Another Souloy trainee, 15/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) from Sweden, landed third with Sebastian Ernault driving the Ecurie Pirat owned veteran. 9.5/1 Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) was fourth with Pietro Gubellini driving for Scuderia Super Chico SAS and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. Fifth was Sweden’s 29/1 Rooibus (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Bjorn Goop and BS Stables AB.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Orient Horse ITY P. Levesque Mme S. Bruni T. Levesque 2ème 2 Tell Me No Lies SWE J.-M. Bazire KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 3ème 1 Arazi Boko SWE S. Ernault Ecurie Pirat F. Souloy 4ème 16 Pioneer Gar ITY P. Gubellini Scuderia Super Chico Mlle J. Lindqvist 5ème 15 Rooibos SWE P. Vercruysse BS Stable AB B. Goop On the Enghien card was also the Prix de la Tour Saint Jacques (purse €48,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.15.4kr winner was 22/1 Absolute Verite (6f Pablo-Nevisa de May) handled by Pierre Vercruysse for breeder/trainer Bertrand Kerrivinen. The 6.5/1 Altesse Eclatante (6f And Arifant-Idylle Eclatante) took second for Franck Ouvrie, with third to 1.2/1 favorite Attaque Perisienne (6f Hulk des Champs-Peccadille de Mai) reined by Sebastian Ernault. The Prix du Jardin des Plantes (purse €40,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.6kr clocked and 6.3/1 odds C’Est Facile (4f Rocklyn-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this winner that is owned by Amandine Baudron and trained by her breeder Louis Baudron. The 3/1 Cledere de l’Aiurou (4f Chef du Chatelet-Melodie) took second with Pierre Levesque up for breeder/trainer Patrick Martin. 7.2/1 Caravelle (4f Quaro-Rania de Joudes) rallied to be third for driver Alexandre Abrivard, The Prix de Rochechauart (purse €48,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) this day went to Italy’s rallying 19/1 Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc) timed in 1.14kr. Roberto Andreghetti drove the Scuderia Sant Eusebio owned mare that Tomaso Cecere trains. 12/1 Cocotte Jolie (4f Gogo-Miladyde Reche) was a close second for Matthieu Mottier and third was 2.1/1 Carla de Felliere (4f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) The Q+ the previous day was at Pornichet in the Prix Casino Partouche de Pornichet (purse €35,000, 2725 meters, 18 European starters), with Germany’s King Of The World (7m Magnificant Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) scoring at 7/2 odds for Michael Nimczyk, also trainer, and owner Johann Lenz. Timed in 1.15.1kr this winner, racing shoeless, defeated 12.6/1 Univers de Marzy (8g Look de Star-Loveliue de Marzy) and reinsman Eric Raffin. Third was 2.1/1 favorite Amiral du Bisson (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson) with Anthony Barrier the pilot. 33/1 Aloa de la Mortrie and Sweden’s 16/1 Sem Jafet were the next two to the line. On Wednesday at Visby SWE the V86 feature was the 125,000SEK first money Gotlandslopringen 2016 over 2140 meters autostart. Timed in 1.12.1kr the winner was 23/1 Vasterboonthenews (8g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema). Andre Eklundh teamed the Patrik Sodervall trainee. The 2.4/1 favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. 6/1 Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) took third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Traveling Man and Sir Ratzeputz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. I International Sprintermaster Final (928,830SEK to winner ($109,000 US), 1609 meters autostart) at Halmstad, Sweden, went to 2.15/1 second favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.09.3kr and piloted by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains the US import that was campaigned by Jimmy Takter. Uncle Lasse now has a 12-9-5 slate in 36 career starts, with earnings of 8,543,357SEK. Second in the Halmstad final was 8.3/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) and driver Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This pair defeated Uncle Lasse in their elimination, timed in 1.10.6kr. The 2.6/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldide-Credit Winner) took third in the final for Bjorn Goop and trainer Melander, French Laundry was unplaced for Johnny Takter as was 1.6/1 wagering choice Southwind Mozart. The eliminations (first) went to 6.9/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) for the Eriksson/Lugauer team timed in 1.10.6kr. The 0.53/1 Uncle Lasse was second for Kihlstrom/Melander and 1.73/1 Telecommando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-Sj’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop/Wim Paal. The elims were raced over 1609 meters for 125,000SEK first money. The second elim went to 1.77/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Mass-Alldide-Credit Winner) timed in 1.11kr for Goop/LMelander. 0.38/1 favorite Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, ahead of 14.83/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover), the third place finisher for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Elim three was won by the quick 1.09.5kr clocked Southwind Mozart (4m Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone-Mack Lobell) off at 0.56/1 for trainer/driver Veljo Heisanen. 7.97/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Third was 15.76/1 Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. On the undercard was the Travronden for 75,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event with ten starters and trainer/drivers. 9.33/1 The Way I Am (5g Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) scored in 1.13.3kr with Petri Salmela driving. The 8.6/1 Sylvester America (5m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was a close second driven by trainer Jerry Riordan for Riordan Stables HB. Third was 4.08/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) for trainer/driver Reijo Liljendahl. Saturday’s V75 Halmstad program was an excellent one led by the StoSprinern Final for four year-old mares. The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was Italy’s Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. The winner earned 557,298SEK in this 1609 meter autostart contest and now has a 6-3-2 slate in 1 starts. She was off at 1.18/1 odds and won her second straight. Bacio (4f Muscle Hill-Lily Kronos-Varenne) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander, Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Timo Nurmos. The card also included the V75 Gold over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEWK first prize. Veteran Harry Haythrow (10g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) scored at 17.2/1 timed in 1.12.2kr. Another aging star, Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflicken-Prince Mystic), took second for Orjan Kihlstom and third went to Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) with Stefan Soderkvist the pilot. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money went to well-bred US registered King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) at 10.6/1 odds. He started from post 12 and was timed in 1.10.9kr to defeat post one Trust Launcher (8g Gallant Baron-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) with Peter Untersteiner driving in this 12 horse field. Third was the Erik Adielsson teamed Emmett Brown (5m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo). Divisionist was fifth in this group. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner in the 2640 meter voltstart contest went to Bravo Navarone (5m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for Erik Adielsson clocked in 1.14.3kr as the even-money favorite. The Halmstad card also showed other interesting winners. A Klass II event for 100,000SEK over 2140 meters autostart went to 1,3/1 Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) won the 100,000SEK first prize Breeders Course timed in 1.14.2kr at 2.2/1 over 2640 meters distance handicap, overcoming a 20 meter penalty. The Summer Mares for 100,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprint went to Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) at 1.15/1 for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. This top mare scored her third straight victory and now has 18 wins in 66 career starts. She was timed in 1.10.7kr. Three year-olds battled in the 75,000SEK first money Euro Classic Next Year with victory to 1.96/1 Ultra Bright (3f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. High Beam Hanover and Gwenda di Quattro were next across the line, both by Cantab Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Harness racing action on Friday was at four locations with the Q+ Prix des Valerianes (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and the 1.14.3kr victory was earned by 7.5/1 Astor de Rozoy (6m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) with Ch. Duvaldestin the pilot for Thierry Duvaldestin, training for breeder/owner Jean-Paul Lemelletier. 6.9/1 Astre d’Eglefin (6g Orlando Sport-Quadline Turgot) took Second for trainer/driver A.G. Maillard with 69/1 outsider All Feeling (6m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) home a distance third. At Avenches (Suisse) the Prix de Vitresse (purse €13,850, 1609 meters autostart, nine entrants) took place with 9/10 favorite Attenarco (6g Ready Cash-Mattmarq) scoring in 1.11.9kr for driver He. Turretini, owner Ecurie Bo Turretini and trainer Nunes de Oliverira V. 7.7/1 Swing d’Eronville captured second for Jacques Juriens ahead of 19/1 Avenir with Jose Davet driving. At Pornichet, the Prix de Maure de Bretagne (purse €26,000, 2725 meters, 18 starters) produced a 121/1 upset by Unknow Charm (8g Password-Know How) clocked in 1.15.8kr. The D.Cl. Martin owned gelding was bred by Jean-Philippe Dubois and was driven today by trainer O. Picard. 9/1 Amour de Neulliac (6g Goetmals Wood-Kalie de Neulliac) took second ahead of  3.4/1 Amarilla de Rabut (6f Ideal de l;Iton-Deux Pommes) with owner/trainer Ph. Duclos driving. This day an interesting race took place at Pont de Vivaux as 3.3/1 Djanca du Vivier (3f Timoko-Osanja du Vivier) scored for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. Jean Yves Lucuyer is the breeder/owner of the 1.19.8kr time winner that scored in her first start in the Prix des Pixchauris Funeris Melani Peint (purse €12,000, 2650 meters, 11 starters). 18/1 Didja du Messi took second with third earned by 8.8/1 Divine de Boitron (3f Rodrigo Jet-Olive de l’Arrete) for Stephane Cingland, also trainer of this one for owner Franck Anne. Thomas H. Hicks

Trainer J-F Senet teamed 45/1 Sire de la Creuse (10g Ildo de Fleurac-Hannes de la Creuse) to victory in the Vichy  harness racing featured Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal (purse €120,000, 3525 meters, 12 starters), clocked in 1.14.2kr over the marathon (2.19 miles) distance, narrowly defeating 12.6/1 and distance penalized Swedishman (109 Gogo-Volgana) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin up for breeder/owner Gaylor Chaudemanche. Third was 45/1 In Diamant d’Amour (8g Diamant Gede-Havana de la Motte) with Serge Pelteir driving for Ch-A Mary. 12/1 Beau Gamin (m Quinoa du Gers-Gadette) was fourth for Damien Bonne and trainer Sebastian Guarato and fifth went to 15/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) that Dominik Locqueneux teamed for trainer Peter J. Strooper. 1.7.1 favorite Tiego d’Etang was a miscue dq. Thomas H. Hicks

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