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Chalimar de Guez (8g Nahar de Beval-Phebe de Guez) took today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Georges Dreux (monte, Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, international) timed in 1.12.9kr with J.Y. Ricart in the irons for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. This was Chalimar’s 11th career harness racing win now for 430,740€ earned. He was off at 1.8/1 odds and defeated 4.4/1 Diamant de Treabat (7g Kuadro Wild-Sud Africa) with Matthieu Abrivard the jockey. Third Was 2.7/1 Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) that contested the lead throughout for Aurelien Desmarres and Ecurie S. Desmarres. Chalimar de Guez LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2700 meters autostart, international) at La Capelle, France saw the 7/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) score in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors.  This was his 26th career harness racing victory for lifetime earnings of 774,830€ earned, and his third straight win. 20/1 Valojka Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was second with Christophe Martens up for trainer J.M. Bazire. Third was 14/1 Express Jet (6m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) handled by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for Ecurie Hunter Valley. Behind this group were Billie de Montfort, Carat Williams, Eridan and Bahia Quesnot, in that order. Dorgos de Guez LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Groupe I Prix de L;Etoile (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, eight starters three through five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes today went to the 2/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) timed in 1.09.4kr over 2200 meters (mile rate 1:51.66) as he was handicapped 50 meters as were the other five year olds in the harness racing field. He was driven by Bjorn Goop as usual. This Sebastian Guarato trainee now has 24 victories in 28 starts for 1,926,900€ in career earnings. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the winner that was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time Bourbon scored easily with the plugs in. The 60/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Miska Rondes) was best of the rest for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 98/1 Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash) handled by Francois Lecanu. 27/1 Hirondelle Sibey and 6.6/1 Feliciano completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon       Trainer Guarato   to watch the race replay, click here.    LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse 170,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes saw 6.9/1 Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) rally to victory timed in 1.12.7kr. Antoine Wiels handled the now 10 time winner in 27 career starts for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now winner of 251,320€. The 1.7/1 second choice Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandel-Uzane Josselyn) was a game second after setting the pace for jockey Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The 1.6/1 odds favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a distant third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 143/1 Forever Speed and 127/1 Flore de Janeiro completed the top five finishers. Flamme du Goutier 200 meters out   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Paris-Vincennes group level harness racing trotting action began with the Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcinal (monte, 2175 meters voltstart, purse 85,000€, four year olds) and 2.5/1 odds Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) scored timed in 1.11.8kr with David Thomain in the irons. Philippe Allaire trains the now six time winner in 23 starts for owner Patrick Madar. Gospel Pat has now earned 283,450€ for his career. The 3.7/1 Grazia (5f Severino) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.4/1 Gloria Berry (4f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was third for J.Y. Ricart and owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 1.3/1 favorite Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil) was fourth with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Gilles Curen. Gospel Pat The Q+ race of the day was the Prix du Moulins la Marche (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) with victory to 5.5/1 odds Dostoievski (7g Ganymede-Noor des Charmes) timed in 1.13kr and reined by Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that scored for the 10th time in 52 career starts now for 412,010€ earned. The 29/1 Black Jack From (9g Scipion du Goutier) was second for owner/trainer/driver Guillaume Gillot. Third was 4.7/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore) for Eric Raffin. The top five was completed by 1.4/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream) and 7.4/1 Alinea (10g Baccarat du Pont) and the exact order Q+ ticket paid 12,099.60€ to 117 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,651,572€ and over 9,103,000€ was wagered on this race. Dostoievski from the clouds LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Cleangame (8g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell), off at 2/10 odds, and reined by his harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire, was an easy 1.11.2kr timed winner of the Gr. II International Prix d’Ete (purse 145,000€, 2700 meters). This was Cleangame’s 36th career win in 56 starts now for 1,447,320€ and he is currently one of the top older campaigners in France. J.M. Rancoule owns Cleangame. 12/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied late to earn second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl, also owner of Face Time Bourbon. Third today was 5.1/1 Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Hunter Valley. Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann), off at 11/1, finished fourth for Christophe Martens and Ceke Farm BVBA. Cleangame The Gr. II Prix de Basly (monte, purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, seven three year olds) completed today’s groupe level action and it went to 4.2/1 odds Heros de Fleur (3m Ludo de Castelle-Rue Chance Folle) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Frederic Prat is the owner/trainer of this now four time career winner for life earnings of 108,190€. Race time was 1.13.4kr. 5.2/1 odds Hytte du Terroir (3f Boccador de Simm) took second money for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 13/1 Hispanien (3m Magnificent Rodney) for Anthony Barrier. Heros de Fleur   The exceptional trotting action continued this day in the USA and CA. An abundance of top-level winners caught my attention and I hope yours too.   Captain Corey 2yotc by Googoo Gaagaa 1:53.3f $253,000 PASS Final   Flawless Country (by Southwind Frank) 2yotf PASS Final 1:54.3f   Ready For Moni (by Ready Cash) 1:52.1s in the Goodtimes at Mohawk Atlanta (by Chapter Seven) 1:50.4s in C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk   Tomorrow the trots continue at Jagersro and is worth our attention as the Svenskt Derby is on tap. LeTrot, PMU, Jagersro, Woodbine Mohawk, Pocono Downs files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici-Rumba Vinoir) took the Quinte+ (tireline 1,000,000€) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.2kr in the Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 49,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) with harness racing trainer Romain Derieux aboard. Ecurie Daidou owns the now 20 time winner in 52 starts for 415,489€ in career earnings. He was off at 3.3/1 odds and bested 10/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) by a long neck, that one handled by Nicolas Bazire for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 9/1 Black Jack From (9g Scipion du Goutier) was third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 2.7/1 Dayana Berry and 5.8/1 Divine Mesloise. All of the top five finishers raced with a 25-meter handicap. The Q+ payoff was 7,351.40€ to 204 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,595,869€ and over 9,213,000€ was wagered on this race. Dream de Lasserie                                  --LeTrot photo The Gr. III Prix de Montier en Der (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European five-six year olds) saw 2/1 Lover Boy (5m Conway Hall-Marlot DK) charge down the lane for the 1.12.5kr clocked victory handled nicely by David Thomain. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Ecurie DSM Trotting of Belgium, his fifth win in France from 15 starts. The victory advanced his life earnings to 204,611€. 16/1 Martin de Bos (6m Maharajah) was second for pilot Franck Nivard and 45/1 Éclair du Mirel (6m Orlando Vici) took third for Christophe Martens. Lover Boy                                      --LeTrot photo   Thomas H. Hicks

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) easily took the Gr. I Criterium 5 Ans at Paris-Vincennes today (purse 170,000€, 3000 meters voltstart, 17 starters) as the 2/10 harness racing favorite and timed in 1.12.1kr over the extended distance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl, to his 23rd career victory in 27 starts. His life earnings increased to 1,850,400€ with this score. FTB was away mid-pack on the outer before a three wide brush and rush to the lead on the backside. He open a wide lead and eased home a five length winner. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner. The 12/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was a solid second for pilot David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 140/1 Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash - Utopie du Goutier) took third reined by Theo Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin and trainer Thierry Duvakdestin. The 73/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was fourth for reinsman Anthony Barrier and trainer Richard Westerink, with fifth money to 53/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. Feydeau Seven and Fakir du Lorault completed the top seven. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order top five paid 44,949.00€ to 25 winning tickets. Below is a photo recap of this race action. Face Time Bourbon Replay Click this link: LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

August 22, 2020 Cagnes-sur-Mer - Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) captured today’s harness racing International Grand Prix du Department des Alpes (purse 130,000€, 1609 meters autostart, part of the FR Challenge du Vitesse) at Cagnes-sur-Mer. Off as 1.4/1 odds second choice, the Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined stalwart was placed in the death seat throughout before charging past mid-stretch for a widening two length victory. Race time was 1.09.8kr (mile 1:52.33). This was Vivid’s fifth win in France from 16 starts and his life earnings reached 953,928€. He is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl and has won three straight since reuniting with Gocciadoro in June from the Goop stable in Sweden. Today’s favorite Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), off at 5/10 odds and off two straight victories, set the pace from the start for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and battled strongly until mid-stretch for owner Ecurie Hunter Valley. Third was 47/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) with J. Ch. Sorel up for trainer Junior Guelpa. 31/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was fourth with Christophe Martens driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. ​Vivid Wise As   Reply - Vivid Wise As also won this race in 2019 in a sparkling 1.08.6kr (mile 1:50.2). The Swedish International Yearling Sale, postponed from August 18, will be held Sunday August 23 with the catalog as follows.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes card today included four Gr. II events and two are reported as follows. The Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, three-year olds, European) saw the 11/1 odds Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) score in 1.15.1kr with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner J.L. Beraud and trainer L.L. Abrivard. Hanna des Molles won for the fourth time in her career and she now has 79,720€ earned. 5.6/1 Hirondelle Sibey (3f Gazoulills-Celina du Chatelet)) captured second for Eric Raffin and J.M. Baudouin. 4.4/1 odds Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was third for reinsman F.P. Bossuet. Hanna des Molles Monte performers then battled in the Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, 2175 meters, purse 85,000€, monte) and the 6/10 favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Roy with Royale Star) prevailed in 1.11.4kr with Eric Raffin in the irons. Philippe Allaire trains this now nine time winner for Carlos Lerner. Cash now has 940,110€ in life earnings. 17/1 Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Maik Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. 7.5/1 Fado du Chene (5m Singalo-Star du Chene) finished third for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. Feeling Cash Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry), off as the 5/10 favorite, took Friday’s Prix Pierre Plazen (Gr. II, 85,000€, 2700 meters, European) at Paris-Vincennes for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner/breeder Michel Aladenice. It was his fourth career victory now for life earnings of 240,170€. Race time was 1.16.6kr off a very pedestrian pace. The 4,2/1 Heaven’s Pride (3m Brillantissime-Queenly Pride) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Francky Defosse. 4.3/1 odds Kuyt F Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) took third handled by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. A good crowd was present at Vincennes where attendance was limited to 5,000 people. Hooker Berry In a non-graded event, the Prix de Molay (purse 32,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles), the first time in FR starters Bo C (6m Maharajah-Dreaming Again) scored as the 5/10 favorite timed in  quick 1.11.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The victory raised his career earnings to 110,684€. 5/1 Eagle Wind (6g Timoko-Quarina) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Third was 9/1 Voyage d’Amour (6f Quick Wood) for Eric Raffin and trainer Mike Lenders. Bo C LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The five-year olds contested the Prix Jockey at Paris-Vincennes (purse 85,000€, Gr. II, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza). Off at 2.9/1 this Jean Philippe Dubois bred and reined performer recorded her 14th career victory now for life earnings of 377,720€. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. THe 40/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Viva Fee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.C. Abrivard. Third went to 4.9/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) with Jean Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Marechal. Fleche du Yucca Replay The day before at Cagnes sur Mer their Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, European) saw the 25-meter handicapped Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) score in 1.12.0kr with Christophe Martens up for Ceke Farms Bvba and trainer Vincent Martens. This was the winners’ eighth career victory now for 409,850€ earned. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trailed the winner. Brooka du Boscal (9f Look de Star) was second for Yves Hurel and Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier) was third with Stephane Cingland at the lines. Alcoy LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cleangame (8g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell), off as the 9/10 favorite, reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire took this day’s featured Gr. II International Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (also the Prix d’Europe) at Enghien. Raced over 2875 meters voltstart for a purse of 110,000€ Cleangame won for the 35th time in his legendary career for 1,382,070€ earned. Race time today was 1.14.5kr off a slow rated tempo. 1.2/1 odds Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was two lengths back second for pilot David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 16/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl, four lengths off the winner. 28/1 Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and fifth home was 50/1 Bel Avis (9g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) with Nicolas Bazire aboard. Cleangame Replay - Interesting fast-class races are ahead on August 15 at Paris-Vincennes that includes four Gr. II events: Prix Guy Deloison (85,000€ purse, 2700 meters, European) Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (monte, 85,000€ purse, 2175 meters) Prix Pierre Plazen (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, European) Prix Jockey (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters) The prior day the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters, European) takes place at Cagnes sur Mer. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 12th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix Super U held at Brehol in France and raced for a 40,000€ purse over 3400 meters distance handicap. The 6/10 favorite and 25-meter penalized Duel du Gers (7g Quaker Jet-Le Chasse Verte) was the winner for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J.M. Rancoule. This was Duel’s 15th career victory, third in a row, and advanced his life earnings to 308,210€. Race time was not recorded. The 18/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Canular (8g Jet Fortuna) was second for driver/trainer Didier Brohier and 26/1 and 25 meter penalized Astor de Rozoy took third for Luc Jean Legros. Clarck Sotho was a 50-meter handicapped fourth and Diango des Charmes was fifth. The next Trophee Vert test on the turf is August 23 at Montier en Doer. A large crowd watched the day’s trotting action. Duel du Gers Replay On the European front, on August 5th at Mantorp, the Kjell P. Dalhstroms Minne (29,829€ total purse, 2140 meters autostart) the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 1.7/1 Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill) for the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. A length back second was 5.7/1 Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS) for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman M.A. Djuse. Third home was 9.1/1 Into Boko (5m Chocolatier-Sue Boko) for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) scored on a dq of Hailo Dream in the Prix de Jonquilles (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer in France. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap and was handled by Gwenn Junod. Louis Baudron trains this winner for Mauricette De Sousa as he won for the fifth time in his career now for 70,370€ earned. Hussarde (3f Kaisy Dream-Uriska Royale) was placed second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch with Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) placed third with Jean Pierre Dubois the pilot. She raced from a 25 meter handicap as did her stablemate Hotika Blue (3f Singalo-Perle d’Aunou) that was placed fourth with David Bekaert at the lines.        Hidden Texas   On August 6 at Enghien the Prix de la Concorde (purse 49,000€, 2875 meters) saw Dona Viva (7f Love You-Kuza Viva) score in 1.14.0lr with Gabriele Gelormini up for Ecurie Lucky 8 Racing and trainer Dominik Locqueneux. Off at 11/1 she defeated 25 meter handicapped Dream de Lasserie and 25 meter penalized Cash du Rib.   Dona Viva   On the same card was the Prix de la Haute Saone (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 odds Vincent Ferm (6g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) scored in 1.13.1kr with G.P. Minnucci up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and S. Guida Edoardo. 10/1 Eadshot Josselyn was second for driver Eric Raffin.   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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