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Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Best Ears was sent off as the harness racing heavy 3-5 favorite in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 5) and he proved he was the 'best' with a neck decision over Western Alumni in 1:54.2 over the fast track.   Scoring from the rail, Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) played 'give-and-go' with Western Alumni and set the fractions with times of 29.0, 58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, it boiled down to a two-horse race with Best Ears ($3.30) begging for the finish line late and was able to hold off the late drive of the pocket-sitting Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) by a diminishing neck. What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Best Ears (Shark Gesture-Extreme Dream) is a 5-year-old gelding who is owned by Joseph Amico and is trained by Frank Mastrodonato. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this season for Best Ears and pushed his 2014 earnings to $32,992 and $216,397 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with a 12-race card slated for 1:05 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Repay Merci (4m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) took today's Energima Cup Final for trainer/driver Knud Monster at Oslo. The Denmark-bred campaigner recorded his third 2014 win in 11 starts to earn the winners' prize of 200,000 krone. Time for the 1609 meter autostart contest was 1.11.5kr. Market Share's half-brother, Broadway Legs, battled bravely for trainer/driver Frode Hamre to hold second from the death seat with Bret Boko third for Jorma Kontio. The winners' dam is quite a producer, with three foals already winners of over US$100,000 (by Norvelous Hanover, Pine Chip and Offshore Dream) and a 2012 foal by Ready Cash in the waiting area. The dam, News From Heaven, was a major winner of over US$326,000, including the Norsk Trav Derby and third in the Forus Open. The four year-old elite, over 1609 meters autostart, for 200,000 krone to the winner, went to improving Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer. He was an easy winner in a quick 1.10kr after taking over from leader Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalida Jet-Extreme Dream) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Emmanuel Allard. Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) overcame post 10 to rally three wide for third with Single Sock fourth for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Best Ears was by far the 'best' in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 7) by rolling to a 4-1/4 length decision over JS Tango in 1:54, the fastest mile of the 2014 season.   Overlooked by the betting public, Best Ears ($22.40) scored from the rail and went right to the top, posting splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:26.2. It appeared that several were going to mount challenges inlcuding Naked News (Jack Flanigen) and Closing Credits (Jack Flanigen). Each made mild moves along the way but flamed out.   In the stretch, Best Ears was kept on task by McDonough and enjoyed the trip to the wire, registering a blistering 27.3 final quarter mile over the fast track to secure the win.   The pocket-sitting JS Tango (Ray Fisher Jr.) had no answers and finished in second while What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took the show position. The usually late-charging Salazar, sent off the favorite, finished in sixth.   It was the second consecutive night McDonough has won the feature race. On Friday night, he went gate-to-wire with Mystical Escapade in the $10,500 Open Trot.   Owned by Joseph Amico and trained by Frank Mastrodonato, Best Ears (Shark Gesture-Extreme Dream) now has four victories in 20 tries in 2014, earning $23,017. The 5-year-old gelding has bankrolled $206,422 lifetime.   Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway with a 9-race card scheduled to get underway at 1:05 p.m.   For more information, including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Mellby Viking (6m Viking Kronos-Neomi de Lou-Extreme Dream) won today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Harper Hanovers at Solvalla. This co-feature event was raced over the stayer distance of 3140 meters (just short of two miles) turning start, distance handicapped, for a purse to the winner of 500,000SEK ($68,000 US). Jorma Kontio drove the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos in a Swedish record time of 1.12.5kr for the distance. Mellby Viking won for the third straight time in 2014, in his only starts, and for the 15th time in a career of 24 outings for earnings now of 1,627,000SEK. Mellby Gard AB of Malmo owns Mellby Viking. Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The race has a storied history from its 1968 beginning. Past winners include Yarrah Boko. Etain Royal, Queen L, Tibur, Wiretapper (Soren Nordin aboard) and Kentucky Fibber. The race record prior to today was 1.13.4kr in 2007 by the Thierry Duvaldestin steered Milord de Melleray. Today's replay can be seen using link below Other winners on the last part of the Solvalla card today included: Ni Talar Bra Latin (4g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill), 1.11.7kr for Peter Ingves over2140 meters autostart, his sixth win in nine career starts Kiss Me Kemp (5f Striking Sahbra-Badabingbadaboo-Yankee Glide), 1.12.8kr for Orjan Kihlstrom over 2140 meters voltstart Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), 1.11.5kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini as he continued a great day for Stable Kolgjini (four wins), his 16th career victory in 38 starts for 1,648,385SEK earned as he defeated a pair of US breds, Mr. Chicago (by Cantab Hall) and Magiccarpetride (by Angus Hall) Delphine Flevo (4f Sugar Trader-Volga River-Yankee Mustang), 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart for Rick Ebbinge on dq of race winner Rumba Jet (4f Naglo-Ticket to Ride-Nevele Pride) and Pietro Gubellini. The winner has hit the board in all nine career starts with four victories. Shes So Lovely (5f Andover Hall-Lovely-Yankee Glide), Mika Forss up in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, her eighth career win in 34 starts Action on Elitloppet 2014 day starts at 10:20am local time in Stockholm with the drivers challenge match. First elim of the Elitloppet is set for 2:55pm local off time with the final at 5:35pm. (11:35am USA eastern time). by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The Country Derby was launched in the late thirties by the JP Stratton led WA Trotting Association as a means of fostering and promoting trotting breeding and racing outside of the Perth metropolitan area. A couple of years were missed during the second World War and Saturday night’s $30,000 Country Derby at Bunbury will be the 70th running of the time-honoured 3yo classic. Outstanding young reinsman Justin Prentice, who has driven three of the past six winners of the Country Derby in Trunkey Daydream (2008), Parsons Dragon (2010) and Extreme Dreams (2013), will be trying to land his first Country Derby as a trainer when he takes the reins behind his own runner Mista Rush. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop will be chasing his third Country Derby success in the past four years with the smart Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Rules. Mellsop won the race in 2011 with Touch Of Tango and in 2012 with Say It Now. Andrew De Campo has a record six wins as a driver in the Country Derby with three of the five trained by his late father Ray, two that he has trained himself in Boston Strangler (2001) and Cobalt Jake (2004) and Norms Daughter for trainer Neil Lloyd. De Campo will have two runners on Saturday night in the fillies Maddy White and Im Bella Jay. David Young trains and drives the pole-marker The Real Nadal and he will be out to add to his family’s outstanding record in the Country Derby. His father Ron Young droved Packed Safely to victory in 2009 for his trainer mother Karen Young. His twin brothers Kim (4) and Shane Young (1) have driven five winners of the Country Derby between them. By Alan Parker  

The Philippe Allaire trained, Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire owned, Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) took today's Gr. II Prix Gelinotte, a 2700 meter affair for three year-old females worth a 120,000 euro purse. Eleven starters contested this event. Driver Jos. Verbeeck had the 1.2/1 favorite on the lead entering the Vincennes stretch and held off challenger, 2.3/1 second choice, Billie de Montfort and Eric Raffin, for the photo finish score in 1.16.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the second place finisher. The well-bred winner secured her sixth win a brief career for earnings of 205,950 euro, January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes - Prix Gelinotte, Gr. II female three year-olds, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire, 1.2/1 odds 2nd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato, 2.3/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisandarse-Dream With Me), Franck Ouvrie up at 14/1 for trainer/owner Frederik Prat 4th Bassana de Marlau (3f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnac-Podosis), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver aboard at 11/1 odds with Patrick Chevrier trainer The monte Prix Djerid, a Gr. III European event for 110,000 euro purse on the petite piste over 2200 meters, went to veteran Rapide du Digeon and Damien Bonne. They scored, under the lights, as 1.6/1 favorite in 1.14.1kr. The winner posted his 13th career win for 599,280 euro lifetime. The race was hotly contested throughout and took the camera to separate the players on the line but Bonne knew the answer and saluted the fans. January 12, 2014 - Paris Vincennes - Prix Djerid, Gr. III European monte, 110,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 9 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.1kr finish 1st Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest du Vivier), Damien Bonne up at 1.6/1 2nd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up at 42/1 3rd Quassia du Bon Air (10g Capriccio-Lo de Courson-Jiosco), A. Lamy up at 17/1 4th Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze-Betty de la Noe-Kimberland, Eric Raffin in the irons at 5/2 odds 5th Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet-Herveyer-Ami d'un Soir), F. Gence aboard at 9/1 Earlier in the card Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire rode Topaze Jiel to victory in the Prix de Chatelaillon La Rochelle for apprentice jockeys. The 16 horse field of monte female contestants went 2700 meters for a purse of 47,000 euro. The winning pair scored in 1.15.6kr as the 3/1 second choice over favorite Tigresse Gitane. Allaire took the winner into the lane on a comfortable lead, but they drifted wide as the line approached but had plenty left to win for trainer Jean Luc Dersoir. January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes -Prix de Chatelaillon La Rochelle, 47,000 euro purse, 16 starters, 2700 meters, females, monte for apprentice jockeys 1.15.5kr Fractions: 1.17.3kr at 1500; 1.16.7kr at 1000, 1.16kr at 500, 1.15.5kr finish 1st Topaze Jiel (7f Capricio-Hiosca Jiel-Jiosco), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up, 3/1 second favorite 2nd Tigresse Gitane (7f Kuadro Wild-Nine Gitane-Viking Sun), M. Yuon, 5/2 favorite 3rd Source du Prieur (8f Kudo de Castille-Alcove-Landoas), A.P. Grimault,28/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for     

Quel Instant, with Francois Lagadeuc up, scored a 59/1 upset victory in today's 150,000 euro Prix de la Cote d'Azur at Cagnes sur Mer. The winner, a ten year-old Instant Gede gelding, stormed home to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1.14.1kr over 2925 meters. Urella was second for J-M Bazire with 58/1 outsider Speed du Lombart finishing third in this International event. The longshots set up a Quinte + payoff of 147,936 euro for a two euro wager, excluding the jackpot that was 2 million euro this day. January 10, 2014 Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de la Cote d'Azur, International, 150,000 euro purse, 2925 meters + 25 meter handicap to highest earners, 16 starters, Quinte+ 2 million euro jackpot  1.14.1kr 1st Quel Instant (10g Instant Gede-Inimaginable-Carpe Diem), Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Randolphe Lagadeuc, owner Ecurie des Essarts, 59/1 odds, his 14th career win for 350,870 euro earned 2nd Urella (6f Ganymede-Jirella-Cedre du Vivier), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4.8/1 odds 3rd Speed du Lombart (8g Biesolo-Aldouza-Le Loir), Kristof Depuydt up, 58/1 odds 4th Viva Island (5f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream-Coktail Jet), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, trainer, driver, breeder Scuderia Bolgheri, 5.5/1 odds The co-featured Prix de Cagnes sur Mer over 2925 meters for 50,000 euro purse went to veteran Tango Somolli with Claude Mathe aboard at 18/1 odds. He scored in 1.14.2kr over Toscan de Carel that was off at 14/1. January 10, 2014 - Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de Cagnes sur Mer, 17 starters, European, 50,000 euro purse, 2925 meters plus distance handicap 1.14.2kr 1st Tango Somolli (7m Full Account-Moonlight Somolli-And Arifant), Claude Mathe trainer/driver, 18/1 odds 2nd Toscan de Carel (7g Ipson de Mormal-Kiwadatta-Carpe Diem), Loris Garcia up, 14/1 3rd Tofilo (7g Coktail Jet-Light of Morning-Extreme Dream), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 8/1 odds Saturday action includes Maharajah at Solvalla and two graded events at Paris-Vincennes where Village Mystic will try to overcome a 25 meter handicap in the 120,000 euro Gr. II Prix de Croix. The Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest for 120,000 euro over 2750 meters attracted a fine field headed by the Jos. Verbeeck reined, Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime, Frank Anne's Bolide des Gueron and Bird Parker, another Allaire trainee that Pierre Vercruysse will direct. Saturday January 11, 2014 Solvalla - Lindahls Gold Div, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner On Track Piraten, Johnny Takter, favorite Really Queen, R. Bergh Kash's Cantab, T, Jansson BWL Champion, V. Karhulahti Bob Hope, J. Kontio Pactole de L'Iton, J. Untersteiner True Advantage, P, Lennartsson Maharajah, O. Kihlstrom, second favorite Mr. Golden, K. Frick El Sueco, U. Ohlsson by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

Texas Charm (second choice in wagering, son of Cygnus d'Odyssee) rallied to win today's third "B" leading to January 26th Prix d'Amerique. Julien Dubois expertly handled the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Triode de Felliere was a solid second for Anthony Barrier driving for J-P Marmion owner/trainer. Favored Ready Cash was third after a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Timoko (Jos. Verbeeck up) who faded to ninth after a very fast pace (race time 1.10kr, mile rate 1:52.63) in which he parked Vanika du Ruel and Franck Anne. Ready Cash had no excuse and was unable to close on the leaders in the late going and held off fourth place finisher Tiego d'Etang. Timoko took the field to the first 600 meters in a mile rated time of 1:45.55 and held the pace to 1:49.25 with 1000 meters to go in the 2100 meter autostart contest (1-5/16 miles). Race summary follows showing the top 10 order of finish. Vincennes - Prix de Bourgogne, 120,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63, race time 2:27.10) Fractional times: 1.05.6kr at 1500; 1.07.8kr at 1000; 1.09.7kr at 500 meter to go post 1st Texas Charm (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, odds 2.1/1 2nd  Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn), Anthony Barrier up for J-P Marmion 3rd Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream), Franck Nivard aboard for owner Philippe Allaire, Thierry Duvaldestin trainer 4th Tiego d'Etang (6m Chaillot-Herolene-Vroum d'Or), Ch. J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon 5th Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato 6th Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach), Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy 7th The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard 8th Up And Quick (5f Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc 9th Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces -And Arifant), Jos Verbeeck driving for Richard Westerink owner/trainer 10th  Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard driver/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks for   

West Australian-bred four-year-old Soho Redford is a noted frontrunner and his prospects of winning the $25,000 The West Australian Coulson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m feature event. Vance Stampalia is certain to make his intentions perfectly clear that he will be all-out to set the pace with the freewheeling Mach Three horse, even though he is likely to be challenged for the early lead by smart frontrunners Bettors Ace (barrier two) and Im Terrific (three). Bettors Ace, to be driven by his trainer Ryan Bell, resumed after a short let-up in fine style when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Clifford and Condrieu in a 2130m event last Friday week. Then Im Terrific, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and defeated Rocky Marciano and Heez On Fire over 2130m last Friday night. Soho Redford, whose is prepared by Tonia Stampalia (sister of the reinsman), notched his third win from his past six starts when he led from barrier three and beat Miss Atomic by four lengths over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Four starts before that, he started from the No. 1 barrier and was not extended in setting the pace and winning by more than two lengths from Extreme Dreams over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Soho Redford’s main rivals could well be the other four-year-olds in the race, Heez On Fire, Rocky Marciano and Condrieu. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and Chris Lewis is sure to get the Courage Under Fire gelding into a prominent position soon after the start. Heez On Fire was most unlucky when third behind Im Terrific and Rocky Marciano last Friday night when he was trapped four wide early and had to be restrained to the rear before unleashing a spirited finishing burst. He was most impressive two weeks earlier when he charged home from last to finish third behind Nowitzki and Smokey the Bandit in the 2536m Golden Nugget Championship. The Peter Anderson-trained Rocky Marciano is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but he is capable of producing a spirited finish if he is able to slot into an advantageous position soon after the start. He finished strongly when second to Im Terrific last week after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excellent potential and has won at nine and been placed at 11 of his 28 starts. He raced wide for the first 600m and then set the pace before finishing third to Ohoka Courage and Lisharry over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He showed his class when he began brilliantly, set a fast pace and finished second to Chilli palmer in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park three starts before that. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night. Condrieu’s stablemate Cool Johnny, a stylish first-up winner two starts ago, has each-way prospects after drawing perfectly on the inside of the back line. He should gain a wonderful trail behind the likely pacemaker Soho Redford. Ken Casellas

The important Criterium Continental (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, European four year-olds, 240,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that carries a Prix d'Amerique entry to the winner, produced a modestly unexpected win for 3.6/1 odds filly Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue-Boy du Pre) and reinsman Mathieu Mottier. She won for the 11th time in her career, now with earnings of 597.390 euro. The filly, bred, owned and trained by Danielle Mottier, hung on for a close score in 1.12.2kr (2 :31.72) over 4/1 Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account) with breeder, owner, trainer, driver Louis Baudron aboard. Viking de Val (4m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio) took third at 51/1 for breeder, owner,trainer, driver Eric Lambertz. Sweden's invaders Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos ended fourth for JohnnyTakter ahead of Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer, owner Stefan Melander. Italy's hopeful Pascia Lest was seventh and J-P Dubois' Viva Island was 11th. Highly regarded Princess Grif, Vanika du Ruel, Volcan d'Urzy and Indigious were disqualified for breaks in the Quinte+ event The Gr. II Prix Federation Francaise Equitation (Emile Riotteau), a monte event over 2700 meters with 10 starters for four year-olds, went to 3.4/1 odds Valse Castelets (4f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan) and J.L.C. Dersoir. She won for the eighth time in her career with increased earnings to 387,200 euro, scoring by open lengths in 1.14.5kr. Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib, both leading participants in monte trots. Favored Vision Intense was disqualified for rough gaitedness early in the contest. Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant-Vivier de Montfort) was second for P-Y Verva at 74/1 with 64/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau) third with Jonathan Carre aboard. The Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (monte, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, three year-olds) went to second choice 3.7/1 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons. She scored in 1.14.4kr for her fifth lifetime win and 243,540 euros earned for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Favored 1.9/1 Anastasia Fella was disqualified for a miscue and pacesetter Airport ended fifth. Agrippine (3f Hasting-Moqueuse-Extreme Dream) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard with Apollon de la Lys (3m Ouragan de Celland-Hillary de Pierji-Butin du Vivier) finishing third. A big crowd was on-hand for the racing festivities today including youngsters being entertained by Disney activities. Racing resumes at Paris-Vincennes on the afternoons of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for   

It is the turn for the top 2YO fillies to stake their claim for juvenile supremacy in the Prix Une De Mai at Vincennes on Saturday, a group two over 2175m for 120,000 euros. Heading the field is Be My Girl who won both the two major preparatory races in some style. She won the Prix Marcel Dejean and Prix Vourasie untouched after leading all the way in what were commanding performances. A beautifully striding royally-bred daughter of Love You out of a mare by Extreme Dream (the damsire of Ready Cash), this horse could be another superstar out of the powerhouse Philippe Allaire stable. But hold your horses, there are two unbeaten fillies yet to test her, including the equally brilliant Brindille de Mai, one of the most impressive fillies to have raced this season. Brindille de Mai is from the first crop of Repeat Love, and is another tall long-striding filly, who won the Prix Gerda in incredible fashion, powering ahead by to spread eagle the field, leading by a dozen or more lengths as they turned into the straight and then coasting to the line. She is rated very highly by her trainer, Frank Anne, who is a master of 2YO training, having produced another juvenile wonderkind last year in Vanika de Ruel. And then there is another wizard with youngsters Sebastian Guarato, who has a great number of 2YOs in work, and Billie de Montfort is one of his best. A compact bay daughter of Jasmin de Flore, Billie de Montfort is unbeaten in four starts and likes to dominate from the front, and even at this early age has shown an ability to accelerate several times in a race to keep in front and kick in the straight. And then there is Bassana de Marlau, who bears the stamp of her sire Sam Bourbon, who also has three in the corresponding colts race, amazing for a first season sire. She blew the field off the Vincennes track at her last start in a very fast 1.15.6kr of a - the third impressive win in a row after a mistake in her first start. One of Jean Pierre Dubois's incredible breed and will also give Be My Girl a good run for the cash. Others who may figure in the finish include Balade de Blary who is rated behind Brindille de Mai by Frank Anne, but the daughter of Qualmio De Vandel is still a handy filly who will be there and thereabouts in the finish. Fabrice Souloy also has a nice filly in Beauty Turgot, another filly with that typical long reaching French gait. The daughter of Hand Du Vivier was second in the Prix Marcel Dejean after leading early and handing up to Be My Girl, and showed courage to fight back when challenged by Bergame Madrik, a daughter of Prince d'Espace who has picked up big cheques in both major prep races. PRIX UNE DE MAI Vincennes 2013-12-21 FR Group II 2F 2175m €120,000 1 Brindille Mika (2f Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Baraka de Bellou (2f Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Adrien Pereira 3 Baileyse (2f Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Brindille de Mai (2f Repeat Love - Katoune) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 5 Bassana de Marlau (2f Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 6 Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Balade de Blary (2f Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Franck Anne 8 Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Be My Girl (2f Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for 

A stellar monte field including last year's Prix du Cornullier winner Singalo and two of France's top mares Save The Quick and Roxane Griff line up for the Prix Jules Lemonnier, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes and a preparatory race for the Group I Prix du Cornulier on the weekend before the Prix d'Amerique. Singalo is a monster at monte. The son of Goetmals Wood won both the Prix de Cornulier and the other group one of the Winter Season Prix De l'Ile-De-France earlier this year and has also won ten group two races under saddle. Louis Baudron's stallion has not started under saddle since the Prix De l'Ile-De-France win and has been underwhelming in the bike, including two poor performances in the two B races in this season's winter series. But he is a different horse under saddle, in fact has never placed in a group race in the bike, and we are likely to see the true Singalo here. Sebastien Guarato's Roxane Griff is the top mare of the much-vaunted R generation and is the top earner of a field which includes four millionaires and no less than 11 which have won over 700,000 euros. The daughter of Tenor de Baune won the Prix Reynolds at the start of the winter meeting, her first monte race in more than three and half years and looks like being a leading contender for the Prix de Cornulier in the third week of January. Save the Quick is the multi-talented mare from Franck Leblanc's Ecurie Quick Star operation and is a former runner up in the Prix de Cornullier, a winner of the group one Prix de Normandie and a third in the Prix De l'Ile-De-France. The daughter of Jasmine de Flore is also a world record holder on the bike and won the European Mares Championship this season. Quarry Bay was second in both this year's Prix de Cornulier an Prix De l'Ile-De-France and was second in the Prix Reynolds at the start of this winter season. Mike Lenders' daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee is nearing the million euro mark in earnings and is still capable of running a high placing at this level. Another leading chance by Cygnus d'Odyssee is Franck Leblanc's colt Utoky, the leading monte specialist of the U-generation and a winner of both the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) and Prix du President de la Republique (Gr1) and three group two montes as well. It might be a year too early for the five-year-old, although he is a rare talent under saddle. The race will also be the swansong for three 10-year-olds whohave reached the maximum age for participation in French group racing, although the European circuit is still open to them. The best of them is undoubtedly Picsou de Villabon a former winner of the Prix De l'Ile-De-France and five group twos although he has not won since that group one win in early 2011, and has spent much of his time at stud - to where he will probably retire on a permanent basis. Also making their last hurrah in group racing are Pluto du Vivier, who has won two minor group twos, and Paladin Bleu a group two place-getter who appeared on the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francais this season and may return again next season although he does have a stud career he can retire to. PRIX JULES LEMONNIER Vincennes 21/12/13 FR Group II Int 2175m 5-10YOs monte €120,000 1 Quassia du Bon Air (9g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 2 Uppercut du Rib (5h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3 Utoky (5h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 Sourire de Voutre(7g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (5m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Rd: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 7 Picsou de Villabon (10h Speed Clayettois - Ghiza du Chene) Rd: Medhy Hadjira Tr: Patrick Labrousse 8 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 9 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 10 Quarry Bay (9m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 11 Reve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 12 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 13 Save The Quick (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Franck Leblanc 14 Roxane Griff (8m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for  

Treskool du Caux captured the Grand National du Trot Final and Vision Intense scored in the monte Prix Philippe du Rozier to headline today's excellent winter meet card at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The card also included Inter-Regional championship events. Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intevista-Off Guy) won the featured Prix Maurice de Folleville (GNT Final, Gr. II, 150,000 euro purse, 2850 meters). Off at 5/2 odds the Franck Nivard teamed, Fabrice Souloy trained, Jacques Villetorte owned winner recorded his eighth career win and increased his career earnings to 642,250 euro as he held off a group of challengers down the long Vincennes stretch. Ton Reve de Cahot (6g Hand du Vivier) was second for David Thomain and Septour (7g Love You) garnered the third spot for Julien Dubois. Series points leader Swedishman made a miscue around the final band and was disqualified. The Prix Philippe du Rozier Gr II monte event (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) produced an expected win by even-money favorite Vision Intense (4f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn) ridden by Nathalie Henry. The Philippe Moulin trained, Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned mare rallied decisively to score after trailing the field for much of the contest. Despite drifting wide in the stretch she won easily in 1.11.9kr for her ninth career win, increasing her lifetime earnings to 562,250 euro. Uva Forest finished second for Franck Nivard. The Gr. III Coupe Inter-Regional for three year-olds (2700 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne-Extreme Dream) for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 choice triumphed in 1.15kr for his eighth career win good for 170,190 euro earnings. Accordeon (3g Baccarat du Point-Quaba des Corvees-Dahir de Prelong) was second for Benoit Roger with the Guarato trained Adonis du Goutier (3m Coktail Jet-Quintgescencia-Defi d'Aunou) home a fast-finishing third with Dominick Locqueneux driving for Ecuries Saint-Martin. The Coupe Inter-Regional for four year-old males (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) produced a 1.13.4kr victory for the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 2/1 odds Viking d'Hermes (4g Sancho Panca-Norina Way-Vikings Way). The winner scored for the fifth time and now has earnings of 129,770 euro. Vabellino was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. The Coupe Inter-Regionale for five year-olds (Gr. III, 2850 meters, 85,000 euro purse) went to the Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer owned, Yannick A. Briand trained and reined Ustinof du Vivier (5g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) in 1.14.7kr. The great-gaited pacesetter scored at even-money odds, his 14th career win, good for 204,860 euro earnings. Un Beau Luxor (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Nymphe Luxor-Sancho Panca) was second for Sebastien Hardy with the Franck Ouvrie steered Umango home third. The Prix des Alpes (European, 2100 meters autostart, 75,000 euro purse) produced a close score for veteran Quick Master (9g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d'Aunou) and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded his 12th career win, this time in 1.13.4kr, and increased his career bankroll to 328,340 euro. The Ronny Kuiper trainee is owned by Stall Escapade. Richmond Park (8g Jain de Beval-Iarosa Girl-Buvetier d'Aunou) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and Secret Service (7g Look de Star-Kalamita-Quito de Tahonay) took third for teamster Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

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