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June 27, 2020 - Today’s Gr. I International Kymi Grand Prix (UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters with the scratch of Racing Mange) at Kouvola Finland, went to Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Xebu) reined by harness raqcing trainer Bjorn Goop for Scuderia Pink and Black Srl. He was timed in 1.11.6kr and was on the front fairly early taking the lead for then leading stablemate Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse that ended third. Vitruvio, off at 1.3/1 on the PMU network, won for first time in 2020 from five starts and he now sports 18 career wins in 47 starts for 1,355,820€ earned. Second went to stalking Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) that was a shork neck short for Christoffer Eriksson. Fourth home was Handsome Brad (7m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing). Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers) was fifth for Jos Verbeeck after racing on the outer throughout and sixth was Antonio Tabac (8m Crazed) that was blocked on the pegs after first being in the pocked. Vitruvio Replay Thomas H. Hicks  

June 23, 2020 - The lineup is set for Saturday June 27 Gr. I UET Masters Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, that includes ten solid harness racing performers including recent important winners, Antonio Tabac (Norrbottens Stora Prix), Handsome Brad (Jamtlands Stora Pris), Moni Viking (Harper Hanovers) and Ble du Gers (Oslo Grand Prix). The speed record is 1.11.0kr set in 2017 by Carabinieri handled by Johan Untersteiner. Last year the winner was Racing Mange in 1.11.7kr with Joakim Lovgren up. Multiple race winners are the Spanish champion Trebol in 2015 and 2016 and Commander Crowe in 2009 and 2012. Kymi Grand Prix 2,100 meter autostart 1) Moni Viking – Pierre Vercruysse 2) Ble du Gers – Jos Verbeeck 3) Vitruvio – Björn Goop 4) Makethemark – Santtu Raitala 5) Handsome Brad – Carl Johan Jepson 6) Whole Lotta Love – Philippe Daugeard 7) Antonio Tabac – Olli Koivunen 8) Racing Mange – Joakim Lövgren 9) Cokstile – Christoffer Eriksson 10) Chief Orlando – Antti Teivainen Förstapris: drygt en miljon kronor Thomas H. Hicks  

Sunday’s St. Michel AJO at Mikkeli (Finland) went to 2/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for harness racing trainer Petri Salmala timed in 1.10.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was 141,000€ and the winner recorded his 22nd career win in 51 starts now for life earnings of 746,133€. He was a 2-3-1 slate in seven starts in 2019. 5.8/1 Next Direction (6m Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) took second for iikka Nurmonen and third was 12/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrado OR) handled by Mika Forss. Mikkeli files Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - This week the top aged trotters in Finland contested the Lamminveriset Rhymaajo at Jokimaa Finland. On June 29 there were two eliminations each raced for 10,000€ first prize over 2140 meters autostart and then the following day June 30 was the harness racing final. Each race was superbly competitive with the final worth 120,000€ to the winner with the total purse 258,000€. Hachiko de Veluwe (5g Timoko-Amazing Ride) won the final timed in 1.11.6kr by a head over the game Ranch Kelly (11m Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp). Jorma Kontio teamed the winner that now shows a career slate of 10-1-0 in 11 career starts. He is undefeated in three 2019 starts and has life earnings of 312,080€. Hanno Torvinen was the Ranch Kelly pilot. Finishing third was Atupem (6m Andover Hall-Rudy Rose) reined by Santu Raitala. To watch the replay click on this link. The first elim the day before the final was quite a battle won by veteran Ranch Kelly and driver Hannu Torvinen timed in 1.12.4kr. The veteran 35 time winner in 127 starts now has life earnings of 561,604€ with 324,680€ earned in 2018 from 11 wins in 25 starts. Ranch Kelly was parked throughout and just up for the win in the final stride. Benjamin EVO (6m Kadabra-China Tea Party) was a very close second with Mika Forss aboard. Sue’s Photo (7m Classic Photo-Muscles Sue) took third with Santtu Raitala the pilot. Lexus Dream was fourth. Ranch Kelly (outside), second elimination To watch the replay click on this link. Ranch Kelly pedigree is shown below, the maternal family of Spinster Hanover. The second elim went to Hachiko de Veluve timed in 1.12.8kr for Jorma Kontio. He was a length winner over Cameron Evo (5m Look de Star-China Tea Party) with Olli Korvunen up and Top of the World (8g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead) took third for reinsman Hannu Torvinen. Hachiko de Veluwe – 1st elimination The Hachiko de Veluwe pedigree follows, a nice Franco-American balance. Thomas H. Hicks  

In 2015 the Finnish breeder Saku Mikkola bought the mare Captivation in foal to Muscle Mass at the mixed sale in Harrisburg for $3,500. Back in Finland Captivation foaled a filly, who was called Mascate Match. She has turned out to be perhaps the best 3-year-old filly in Scandinavia so far. Saturday afternoon (June 29) Mascate Match easily won the filly division in the E3 final at Eskilstuna with a purse for the winner of $107,500. Trainer/driver Pekka Kopri controlled the race every step and Mascate Match was an easy winner of the 1-5/16 mile event in 1:56.2f (mile rate). This was her eight start and seventh win. The colt division went faster; in fact, the winner Aetos Kronos trotted to a world record. Aetos Kronos, sired by top French trotter Bold Eagle  and driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, fought bravely to beat the leader Bythebook (sired by Googoo Gaagaa) with Erik Adielsson to win in 1:55.3f (mile rate). While the mile rate is the same, as reported when Aetos Kronos won at Solvalla on May 26, in Europe records are measured by an average of 1,000 meters and Aetos Kronos lowered his own record from 1.11.9 to 1.11.8. Aetos Kronos is trained by Jerry Riordan and is the richest 3-year-old in Sweden so far with winnings of $270,000. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took today’s harness racing Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Vermo Helsinki, Finland (purse 190,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters), a length the best at the end, timed in 1.10.5kr (mile rate 1:53.43). Bjorn Goop directed the 1.1/1 favorite to the lead at the 600 meter mark and the race was effectively over. Readly Express, trained by Timo Nurmos, won for the 26th time in 35 career starts and the first money raised his career earnings to 23,011,367SEK. The Bro Byggnads AB owned champion now heads for the Elitloppet later this month. 3/1 Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 23/1 Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) took third with Antti Teivainen aboard. 10/1 Sorbet and 38/1 Peace Of Mind completed the top five. Readly Express Replay show: The Elitloppet (May 26) invitees to date are: Readly Express, Propulsion, Dijon, Aubrion du Gers, Looking Superb, Uza Josselyn and Double Exposure. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Today’s featured Seinajoki Race in Finland (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to veteran campaigned Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Elia Keeper-Credit Winner) timed in 1.12.7kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Call Me Keeper now has earnings of €594,780. Peace of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for Italy’s Alessandro Gocciador, ahead of the Johan Untersteiner piloted Pastor Bob. The week in Scandinavia was interesting. On April 17 at Solvalla Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) won a 1660 meter voltstart event for 60,000SEK. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the 1.12kr timed winner that SRF Stable owns and Hanover Shoe Farm bred. Daniel Reden now trains this horse that won last year’s Hambletonian on a dq. Muscleman FI was second and Mellby Fantom was third this day. Reportedly Perfect Spirit will next race at Aby on April 27. Also at Solvalla Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was a dead-heat winner of a 75,000SEK, 2140 meter contest. Goran Antonsen owns and drive Lionel that Daniel Reden trains. He hit the wire with Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) and driver Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was the Erik Adielsson reined Giveitgasandgo with French Laundry home fourth. Winning Lionel is now 21-10-6 in 61 career starts for 12,802,093 earned. Thomas H. Hicks

October 8, 2017 - Sunday harness racing trotting action of note took place throughout Europe, at Roma Capannelle, Charlottenlund DE and in Finland. The top race was the Italiano del Trotto for a purse of €1,001,000, a Gr. I event contested at a 2100 meter distance autostart. The Ideale Luis filly Vanchiria OP was victorious driven by Roberto Andreghetti timed in 1.14.8kr by two lengths. Vertigo Spin and Villa Santina Jet were the next two on the line. Roma Capannelle – Pr. Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse €1,001,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.14.8kr Valchiria OP (3f Ideale Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out), Roberto Andreghetti up Vertigo Spin (3m Nad al Sheba-Gail Lindy-Donerail), V.P. Dell’Annunziata driver Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill), Santo Mollo aboard Note- Vivid Wise As finished seventh The undercard featured the Oaks del Trotto Finale for a purse of €253,000 and raced over 1640 meters autostart. Venesia EL scored for Pietro Gubellini in the three horse photo timed in 1.12.6kr from between horses, after sitting third on the pegs during the race. Viscardra Jet and Vale Capare were second and third respectively. Roma Capannelle – Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €253,000, 1640 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.6kr Vanesia EK (3f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne), Pietro Gubellini up Viscardra Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo), F. Piscane driving Vale Capare (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill), Enrico Bellei up Note: winner closed from third on the pegs to defeat leader Vale Capare Older trotters battled in the Gran Premio Torilli for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.4kr timed winner over 2100 meters autostart, Timone OK,  was reined by Enrico Bellei and increased his career earnings past the €950,000 level with his 24th victory. Peace Of Mind and Tamure Roc were next. Roma Capannelle - Pr Gran Premio Torilli (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.4kr Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), Enrico Bellei up Peace Of Mind (8f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover), Pietro Gubellini driving Tamure Roc (5f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra), Santo Mollo up Note: winner scored gate to wire by two lengths, his 24th win in 34 starts now for earnings in excess of €950,000; Roma Capannelle is a 1000 meter track In Finland was the Kriterium raced at Teivo for a purse of €247,875 (the winner earned €112,500). Run For Royalty scored timed in 1.17.4kr driven by Hannu Torvinen, as the son of NY based RC Royalty, bested Builders Caviar and another RC Royalty sired performer, the third finishing Piece Of Rock. This race was a Gr. I UET contest. Teivo FI – Finland Kriterium (purse €247,875 with €112,500 to the winner, 2600 meters autostart, three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.17.4kr Run For Royalty (3m RC Royalty-Run For The Bank-Conway Hall), Hannu Torvinen up Builders Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Ranch Keep On Ice-Love You), Erik Adielsson driver Piece Of Rock (3m RC Royalty-Piece By Piece-Rite On Line), Juha Utala up At historic Charlottenlund Denmark was the Menhammer Stuteri Kriterium raced for a purse of 300,000Dkr. The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice, a three year old gelded son of Great Challenger, that Johan Untersteiner teamed. Another Great Challenger gelding, Confidence, earned second ahead of the Andover Hall colt Cocky. Summary follows. Charlottenlund DE – Menhammar Danish Kriterium (purse 300,000Kr, 2500 meters autostart, three year olds) Race time 1.14.3kr 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice (3g Great Challenger-Global Acceptance-Giant Chill), Johan Untersteiner up Confidence (3g Great Challenger-Uni Haleryd-Alf Palema), Ken Ecce driver Cocky (3m Andover Hall-Perilous-Pine Chip), Erik Adielsson up Note: Cuba Libre Ice was bred by Stutteri Ice on Bornholm. Driver Untersteiner commented post race that longer distances are an advantage to his mount. On the same card the Masters was raced over 2000 meters for a purse of 100,000Kr and veteran Oni Wan scored timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 16, 2017 - Today’s €122,000 purse Prix Saint Michel (1609 meters autostart, eight starters, one scratch) went to 12/1 Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanna Kemp-Express Ride) driven by Likka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Nurmonen. The winner took his 27th victory in 65 career starts and his earnings now exceed 1.5 million krowns. Race time was 1.10.6kr. 7.5/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliaianen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen. 14/1 Jonesy (7m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night) was third for trainer/driver Tuomas Korvenoja. 9/10 favorite In Vain Sun finished fourth and 9/1 Madrid (by Credit Winner) was fifth, At Mont Saint Michel, FR, was held the Prix de la Federation Regionale (purse €35,000, 2675 meters, 15 starters) with that victory earned by the 1.15.5kr timed and 2.3/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) with Franck Nivard the trainer/driver for owner Juri Svoboda. 9/2 Viking Fromento (8g Capriccio-Orminda) was second for Pierre Levesque. On the turf at St. Jean de Monts was the Prix Coved (purse €35,000, 2625 meters, 14 starters) and 5.3/1 Volcan du Garabin (8g Norman Jet-Dalrree Gibus) scored timed in 1.20.5kr for Lorenzo Donati and trainer Roberto Donati for owner Ch. Pousse. Second was 9.4/1 Axe des Champs (7g Qualimo de Vandel-Nony des Picanes) and third was 7/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-Lagune) that Franck Leblanc trains. At Royan la Palmyre the Trophee Vert turf action continued. The Grand Pirx Jean Maurice Beteau (purse €45,000, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters less one judges scratch of a horse that caused three false starts) went to quick timed 1.14.2kr winner and 1.8/1 favorite Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) reined by Jean-Michel Bazire for trainer J.M. Baudouin. This 25 meter penalized performer bested another 25 meter handicapped horse, the  5/1  Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) with Eric Raffin up. 105/1 Tresor du Fan (10g Hermes Perrine-Joyuese de Bade) rallied for third handled by Jerome Dubreil. Well-regarded Uniflosa Bella with Antoine Wiels and Amities d’Udon were the next two to the line, with Bingo d’Attache and Tesor Wic ending unplaced. Other action this day saw Baubir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) win the Aix les Bain featured Grand Prix de Savoie (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) with trainer Mickael Cormy up for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. The winner recorded his 22nd career win now for earnings in excess of €340,000. Acasgu Mag and Unique des Vents were second and third. At Abbeville the anticipated first start for money occurred for Eagle Eyes (3m First de Retz-Reethi Rah Jet) and the half-brother to Bold Eagle, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, finished third on the turf over 2300 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Guarato. The race for a purse of €13,000 was won by Espoir de Taverna (3m Kaisy Dream-Reine de Taveria) with Jerome Compas up for Ecurie Somolli. Second went to El Tigre Segah (3g Kool du Caux-Totute Segah) and breeder/owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Houyvet. Watch for upcoming action at Cabourg during its festival period next on July 18 and July 21. Be there! Thomas H. Hicks

June 17, 2017 - Johan Untersteiner and 13/1 Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) stalked embattled pacesetter Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) with Bjorn Goop up, and surged past with little yardage remaining to post a length victory timed in 1.11kr. The Kymi Grand Prix was raced over 2100 meters autostart and is a Gr. I UET Trotting Masters event. Carabinieri is trained by Peter Untersteiner and scored his fifth 2017 win in eight starts. The winning share of the €165,000 purse was €100,000. Timoko’ s son, Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Richard Westerink who conditions Timoko. Up And Quick was fourth for Joseph Verbeeck ahead of Big Headache and Heikki Mikkon. Buzz Mearas and Jorma Kontio tried early punishing tactics against Timoko and it failed miserably. The first 500 meters was clocked in a blistering 1.06.5kr time. The race preview and replay links are shown below. Preview: Replay: Earlier in the program the lightly raced but well-traveled Classic Connection (3m Love You-Cry’s Dream-Taurus Dream) recorded his first career win in four starts. Bjorn Goop drove the youngster for trainer Yves Boireau and breeder/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. This one has been around, bred in Denmark, raced in France, Belgium.  Netherlands and now Finland. Thomas H. Hicks    

May 7, 2017 - The Vermo, Finland featured Finlandia Ajo (€110,000 to the winner, total purse €190,000, 1609 meters autostart) went to rallying D.D.’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.09.8kr and catch-driven by harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson. Petri Puro trains the winner, he the developer of Commander Crowe. This 5.8/1 second choice bested 1.7/1 Propulsion (m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 8.5/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) that raced gamely after battling on the outside of leader Elian Web entering the lane, and only beaten two lengths and timed in 1.10kr as was Propulsion. Twister Bi’s trainer Jerry Riordan post-race remarked that he was pleased with his trainee that was in the race early and late, held well at the end, and would welcome a chance in the Elitloppet. He said he would likely pass on the Sweden Cup if overlooked for the Elite race and would enjoy the day in the grandstand. Riordan is always a great interview as well as being a superb conditioner. The undercard at Vermo included the  Glenn Kosmos Memorial (€11,000 first prize, total purse €24,200, 1609 meters autostart) and it went to 1.11.6kr timed Love Matters (4m  Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Next Direction (4 Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) was second for Iikka Normonen with third earned by Umberto Axe (4 Love You-Ira Furioiso Spin) piloted by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. The Vermo Klass I (€11,000 first prize, 2100 meters voltstart) contest went to the US import Stand Bayou (6m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Anything For You (5g Anythings Possible-Candy Rain-Uno di Jesolo) was second for Hannu Torvinen, ahead for Walle West (5g Mr. Pine Chip-Sweetie West-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Jorgen Westholm. Pete Spears of Hanover Shoe Farms management bred the winner. The sire of the second place horse was developed and raced in the US by Jim Gluhm and he stood at stud in Florida before export. Thomas H. Hicks

April 22, 2017 - Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) took today’s harness racing Gr. I Seinajoku Race (Finland) (purse €108,000, first prize €60,000, 2100 meters autostart) timed in 1.13kr. The Italian bred campaigner is owned there by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now has a 2-1-0 slate in just three 2017 appearances and 18-6-1 in 41 career starts for €274,072 earned. Twister Bi led from the quarter post and drew off easily after a challenger went offstride in the final bend. Christoffer Eriksson piloted the winner, that bested Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) reined by Peter Ingves. Third was fast-closing Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) teamed by Jorma Kontio for owner Franck Leblanc. Twister Bi is next to race in Helsinki in two weeks. Twister Bi Jerry Riordan Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s V75 harness racing action was highlighted by several fast class events each for winners’ money of 200,000SEK or more. The Frances Bulwark (250,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced an impressive victory for Finland’s Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Timed in 1.11.2kr he swept to the front early and kept on going for an easy score over pocket placed Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kenneth Haugstad driving for Roger Walmann. Third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) with trainer Pete Untersteiner the pilot. The race winner recorded his fifth 2016 win in 11 starts and 22nd in the career from 55 outings, now good for 2,440,601SEK earned. The Silver Division Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed Seedorf O.M.F from Italy, teamed by Goop for trainer Stig H, Johansson. The five year-old gelded son of Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) earned his sixth 2016 win from 12 starts and 18th lifetime in 34 outings. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this one for trainer Liljendahl. The impressive winner scored off soft fractions and raced barefoot, a late change made to the 1.8/1 favorite. The Klass I Custom Sulky (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2.8/1 Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Roger Walmann trains the SRF Stable owned gelding. Digital Engine (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Maralou-Sherwood) was second for Ove A. Lindqvist and third was Donato E (5g Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. The Bronze Division Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Denmark’s Le Miracle (4g Taurus Dream-Le Reve-Fill V) with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Svante Bath and Caramera AB. The winner, bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, took his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts and he now posts an 11-2-1 slate in just 14 career outings. Global Respons (5g Credit Wiinner-Com Mimmi-Running Sea) took second for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Stefan Persson. Third was Catch The Cash (6f Gigant Neo-You Never Can Tell-Mr. Lucken) for Oskar J. Andersson and Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Per Lennartsson. The winners’ time was 1.12.4kr. The Klass II Agria Final (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ma Running (4f Running Sea-Hipo Beat The Odds-SJ’s Caviar) with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. This one now has a 2016 slate of 4-2-3 in ten starts. Anedu (6g Opus Viervil-Ironiessa-Texas) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with third to Oceanic Clearence (4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Thomas H. Hicks

Finish harness racing driver Janne Räisänen becomes the new European Gentlemen trotting driver champion with a great performance in the event with two wins and two second places in the four races started, beating his rivals with a comfortable difference of 10 points and completing a nice circle for him after winning the World Championship in Finland in 2014.   The silver medal goes to Austria for Thomas Royer with 46 points and also two wins in the Championship is going into the podium for first time in his career, followed by the Belgian Sebastian Grisez with 43 points and completing the honour podium of this Gentlemen drivers European Championship.   Attached you have the document with the final points table and a photo of the drivers in the podium.   FEGAT

After the first day of the 2016 gentlemen European Championship, the former World Champion Jaane Raisanen from Finland leads the competition with 28 points got with a win and a second place in the first two events of the competition, he is followed with 23 points by the Belgian Sebastian Grisez and Danish Degn Flemming.   The last stage will be on Sunday 18th at the racetrack of Alkmaar.  

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