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Great trotting action took place today on the Grand Prix de Paris undercard.   The first groupe level race this day was the monte Gr. III Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters) with the 1.12.8kr timed verdict in favor of 7/2 odds For Me Quick (4g First de Retz- Lakeba) with Adrien Lamy aboard for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper.   The now four-time winner in 14 outings defeated 7.2/1 Fandango du Chene (4g Rodrigo Jet) ridden by P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj.   The 4.8/1 odds Full Option (4f Atlas de Joudes) took the third check for jockey Christopher Corbin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Kevin Tebirent.   The Gr. III monte Prix Paul Bastard (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) produced an upset winner in the 10.3/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious-Quayaya) handled by Mme.Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for trainer Sebastian Ernault and Ecurie des Charmes.    Exotica now sports five career wins in 24 starts for 397,950€ earned. 34.1/1 Eolia de Houelle (5f Goetmals Wood) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons and the 5/10 favorite Evangeline Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Race timed was 1.13.4kr. Exotica de Retz    - LeTrot photo Today the Quinte+ was also at Vincennes in the Prix de la Lusuphorie (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters). The 3.2/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil-Relodie) scored for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Baladin now has 11 career wins in 40 appearances. 6/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and owner/trainer L.B. Martin. Third went to 5/1 Cicero Neo (7gMandarino Blue) with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 13.3/1 Copernic de Play and 16.8/1 Aufor de Mire completed the top five and helped create a 3,358.80€ payoff to 502 holders of the 2€ winning Quinte+ ticket. The Q+ pool today was 5,620,731€ and the total race pools (all bets) exceeded 10,553,000€. The day’s final groupe action was in the Prix de la Mayenne (Gr. III, purse 80.000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with the 1.12.7kr timed victory to 1.8/1 favorite Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) trained and reined by Jean Michel Bazire for Germany’s Stall Oberkracher. In France and under Bazire’s guidance Dreambreaker has won seven times in 13 starts, raising his life earnings to 293,168€. 2.4/1 The Bucket List F (5m Raja Mirchi-Global Keepsake) was second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Mme. Helena Burman and Stall Falkbolagen AB. Third went to 5.8/1 Calle Crown (5m Great Challenger- Hillary Crown) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Tomas Malmqvist.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 1.1/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn), with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard, bravely won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Prix de Paris (purse 350,000€, 4150 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes on a clear sunny day before a great audience.   Bahia Quesnot, Looking Superb and Tessy d’Ete were in the top spots for the first half of the race with Looking Superb on the front with 1500 meters to go. Then veteran Valko Jenilat made a strong move into contention forcing Belina Josselyn out of fourth position and she surged forward leaving Valko Jenilat three wide in the final turn.   Belina then engaged and move past stablemate Looking Superb in the upper stretch under strong Bazire urging.   She drew ahead by three lengths and then held by a length on the line ahead of fast closing Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) handled by Christophe Martens that was off at 28.5/1.   Carat Williams (7m Prodigious-Miss Williams) also rallied strongly late in the lane to be three lengths back in third at 10.4/1 with David Thomain up.   Belina Josselyn won for the 21 st time in her 65-race career with life earnings advancing to 2,284,930€. Race time was 1.13.9kr, well of the 1.13.5kr race record of Up And Quick in 2015.   Belina also won the Prix d’Amerique and completed the double last done in 2017 by Bold Eagle. The fractions were steady throughout (1.14.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000 and 1.14kr with 500 meters remaining). Cash Gamble. Tessy d’Ete, Looking Superb and Bahia Quesnot earned the fourth through seventh checks.     by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ harness racing event of the day was the Prix du Cantal at Paris-Vincennes (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters, 2850 meters, 15 European starters). The 1.12.2kr timed victory was earned by the 2.2/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire to his seventh win in 11 starts in France. He is owned by Eirik Djuve of Norway and now has career earnings of 310,004€ with today’s win in which he overcame a 25 meter distance handicap.  The 2.7/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) gamely held second for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stall Arend of Holland.  The 23.3/1 outside Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) was third with David Thomain up for trainer Luc Roelens and JPB Building BVBA of Belgium. This one is a brother to the exceptional Traders. The top five was completed by two 25 meter penalized contestants, the 33.1/1 Brasil de Bailly for Alexandre Abrivard and 30.8/1 Cash du Rib with J.L.Cl. Dersoir up. The Q+ payoff for a 2€ ticket was 15,332.60€ and the total pool was 3,373,352€ Bazire scored again in the Prix de Guise (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with 2/1 Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) that he also trains for Ecurie Rayon. Freyja won for the seventh time in 13 starts now for 109,650€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.14.7kr. 17.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) rallied to be second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jerome Compas. Third went to 3.3/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Franck Nivard, who bought this mare from Jean Pierre Dubois at the Prix d’Amerique Sale. A race later Jean Michel Bazire won his third of the day in the Prix de Grignes (purse 47,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) driving 9/2 odds Enska (5f Coktail Jet-Polenska) that Emmanuel Ruault trains for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris lineup is now set with a 12 horse field led by the trotting queen Belina Josselyn (by Love You) and perhaps a chief rival Uza Josselyn (also a Love You mare), both eight years old and both substantial career euro earners. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The last major International harness racing event of the Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet is the Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Prix de Paris (purse 350,000€, 4150 meters voltstart, 12 engaged) on Sunday. This is the last race of the France Triple Crown of which there will be no winner this year following victories by Readly Express in the Grand Prix de France and Belina Josselyn in the Prix d’Amerique. Last year’s Paris winner was Bird Parker that was reportedly retired several weeks ago. The Grand Prix de Paris began in 1962 and was raced at 3150 meters distance handicapped until 1994 when distance moved to 4150 meters (2 and 13/16 miles). The fastest winner was Up And Quick in 2015 clocked in 1.13.5kr and that year the son of Buvetier d’Aunou also won the Prix d’Amerique. Bold Eagle accomplished that double race victory in 2017. Only three horses have won the Paris three times – Jardy in 2004-2006l Vourasie in 1003-1995 and Bellino II in 1975-1977. American breds Apex Hanover (in 1965 when owned in Russia) and Timothy T (in 1974 when Italian owned) were victorious in the Grand Prix de Paris. The 2019 version of the Prix de Paris includes the Jean Michel Bazire trainees Belina Josselyn and Looking Superb, the latter owned in Norway as was the 2016 race winner Lionel. Others engaged are the Amerique participants Bahia Quesnot, Valko Jenilat and Uza Josselyn. Attached is the race winning history since 1990 (Wikipedia chart). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Barcelone (purse 49,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, European starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. The 25 meter handicapped and even-money favorite Baby Lou Max (8g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) scored for trainer/driver Nicolas Mortagne. Timed in 1.12.8kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 59 starts for 539,940€ in life earnings. The winning owner is J.D. Besson. Balzac de l’Iton (8g Panache de l’Iton) was a pressuring second for trainer/driver David Bekaert and Ecurie de l’Iton at 9.1/1 odds and third was 6/1 Baldi Star (8g Rombaldi) for driver Steve Stefano and trainer J.M. Roubaud. The next two were 25 meter penalized and 15.8/1 Aprion (9g Nahar de Beval) for Y.A. Briand and 45.8/1 Bingo d’Attaque (8m Pomerol de Laumac) with trainer David Cinier at the lines. The exact order Q+ payoff was 1,302.40€ for a 2€ wager by 295 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool today was 3,693,126€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s opener at Vincennes, France was the Quinte+ Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and 7.6/1 Ce Bello Romain (f Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) rallied to victory timed in 1.12.6kr for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. The winner recorded his 14th career win in 42 starts now for 335,290€ in life earnings. Even-money favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was second for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 30.8/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) ended third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. The 12/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) and 5.1/1 Cerenzo Turbo completed the top five. There were 63 exact order winning tickets that paid 5,810€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,619,747€. The first of the groupe races this day was the Gr. III Prix Holly du Locton (monte, purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) for lightly raced three year old fillies. The even-money favorite Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeuse) scored with Joann Lebourgeois in the irons for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as she scored for the second time in three career starts. 3.8/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) took second with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Third was 11.1/1 Grandissima (3f Viking de Val-Bellisima Love) with Mathilde Collet up for trainer Stephane Meunier. The day’s program also included the Gr. II Prix de Nevers for five and six year olds (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, six entrants of which one was a scratch). Of the five starters three were dq’s for miscues or interference. That paved the way for the 3/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez) to score timed in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Dorgos now has life earnings of 394,780€ from 16 wins in 35 starts. The 5.8/1 Elnino Montaval (5g Magnificent Rodney) was second for Eric Raffin. Bazire won two more on the card with 8.5/1 Erode Ludois and 8/10 odds Flora Venesi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Senlis (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 4.4/1 third choice Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima du Guez) scored timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. It was her 12th career victory in 45 starts now for 166,780€ earned. The 3.1/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was next for David Thomain and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 4.3/1 Celestial Light (8f Love You-Celebrate Light) fir trainer/driver Gerhard Biendl and owner Thomas Kestel. 29/1 Bona Fide (8f Kesaco Phedo) and 13/1 Merles Simone completed the top five. The 2€ exact order Quinte+ payoff was 18,546.20 and the Q+ pool was 3,286,255€. Lightly raced three year olds fillies contested the Prix d’Oloron (purse 38,000€, 200 meters, 11 starters) this day with the 1.16kr timed victory earned by 18/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You-L’Aunou du Fier) with Mathieu Mottier up. The 2.1/1 Goldy Mary (3f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a four length back second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 2.1/1 Gloranie des Noes (3f Uniclove) with Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. Yesterday at Krieau (Austria) their featured Prix Jean Pierre Vidal (purse 5,000€, 3100 meters autostart, seven starters) produced a three horse exciting finish timed in 1.1.4kr by the winning 1.6/1 Cashback Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Gulietta Broline) with trainer Gerhard Mayr aboard for Stall Antonshof. The even-money favorite Lord Brodde (8g Mr Pine Chip) took second for trainer/driver Christoph Fischer, and third was 5.1/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover), ahead of 10/1 Sammi Ms (8g Chrome Dei) and 27/1 Vrai Lord (10m Meaulnes du Corta). Also on Sunday was trotting action on the mixed card at Madinina Martinique where the Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to Usly de Visais (11g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet). Clocked in 1.20kr on the turf, he was reined by Alexandre Faive for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize, and increased his career earnings to 154,150€, Ussein Royal (11g Ilium Madrik) was second for driver J.F. Gate and Bonheur Toujour (8g Pablo) took third for driver Manuel Dupelin. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap) went to Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) that battled back along the inside to win for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton clocked in 1.20.1kr. Boycott earned his eighth career victory and now sports life earnings of 49,060€. Avis Contraire (9g Infant du Bossis) was second with owner/trainer Alexandre Faive at the lines. Third was Argan de Vandel (9g Look de Star) that Miguel Dupelin piloted. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream), off at 1.2/1, was a decisive front end winner of today’s Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) timed in 1.10.3kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. On the lead early, pilot Goop set a quick pace, eased the middle speed and jetted away in the lane for victory, the fourth for Readly Express in eight starts in France, now with life earnings of 2,125,324€. Timo Nurmos trains Readly Express for owner Bro Byggnads AB. Fractions were 1.06kr at the 1500 meters remaining point; 1.10.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 to go.  The 37/1 longshot Uza Joselyn (8f Love You-Teza Joselyn) sat the pocket and remained there to the line, three lengths back, for Gabriele Gelormini, Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues. The 2.3/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over in the late stages, but under the urging of Franck Nivard he could not threaten the winner and ended third, a long neck behind Uza Josselyn. The 79/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede) was fourth for Romain Derieux and 153/1 Billie de Montfort was fifth for Eric Raffin. The 240/1 Hard Times was a distant sixth. There were many miscue dq’s and all the Bazire trainees were affected – Belina Josselyn, Traders, Valko Jenilat, Davidson du Pont and Looking Superb. The Gr. III Prix Chambord (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) began today’s groupe action. This winner was the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) handled by the trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Stall Oberkracher. The 1.11.9kr timed winner now shows six wins in 12 outings in France for 257,168€ in life earnings. The 11/1 Divine Mesloise (6f The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard driving for Pierre Belloche and Ecurie Bois Doufray. Generaal Bianco (6f Ufo Kievitshof was third at 7.8/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Braquo (8g Ludo de Castelle-Reuve de Presse) took today’s Quinte+ Prix des Vosges (“Chia”) at Vincennes, where 18 starters contested the 2850 meter event for a purse of 48,000€. Antoine Dabouis teamed the nine time winner in 58 career starts that was timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer Michel Dabouis and owner Tanguy Bernier. The 16/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) was second for breeder/trainer/driver Jean Paul Gauvin. 9/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 4./1 Bleu Ciel and 3.9/1 Cyriel d’Atom. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 84,679€ and the Quinte pool reached 6,118,124€ today. Monte performers battled in the Prix de Centaures (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, nine starters) and the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 3.9/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard. J.Ph. Mary trains and owns this now six time winner in 19 starts for 310,800€ in career earnings. The 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) was second handled by P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 7.4/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took third with Eric Raffin in the irons. In the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters five year olds) was raced in pouring rain and it resulted in a dramatic late winning surge by 21/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) timed in 1.13.9kr and teamed by her trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Comte Paul de Senneville owns this mare. He previously owned Amiral Mauzon that won an Elitloppet. Eclipse Danica was away quickly and obtained the pocket. She was subsequently shuffled far back and emerged between horses off the final find, then sweeping to the far outside for the winning move. The final 500 was quick (1.07.2kr) for the winner (1.12.4kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.13.7kr at the 1000 and 1.15kr with 500 remaining). Eclipse Danica won for the eighth time in 21 career starts for 275,960€ earned. The 5.3/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson. Third was 22/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) with David Thomain up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The trotting Paris-Vincennes program began today with the monte Prix de Rambouillet (purse 62,000£, 200 meters, 18 starters) with an impressive 1.13.4kr victory earned by 31/1 Bourbon Somolli (8g Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) with Mathieu Mottier aboard for owner/trainer Romauld Mourice. The 4.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (7g Nahar de Beval) took second with J.Y. Ricart in the irons for Ecurie Vautors and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Distant third was 2.7/1 Capitaine France (7g Modern Jaz) and jockey Matthieu Abrivard. The 119/1 long shot Vanity Luis (5g Ideal Luis-Cristina Luis) took the Prix de Verneuil (purse 47,000£, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.16.4kr with Francois Lagadeuc at the lines for owner Melissa de Craemer and trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. The 1.1/1 favorite Elena Princesse (5f Timoko) held second, with Franck Nivard aboard, and 9/1 Epatante Star (5f Lets Go Along) was third with Eric Raffin the reinsman. The fourth through sixth finishers were off at 31, 32, and 26/1 odds respectively. Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Munich (purse 75,000£, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw a good level trotteurs lineup for this event. The 4.1/1 Tessy d’Ete (7g Ganymede-Love Me Tender) rallied to win for Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard. Race time was a quick 1.10.3kr off “speed” fractions. Tessy d’Ete now sports six career wins in FR from 23 career starts for 414,169£ earned. The 47/1 I Love Paris (9f Steinlager) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec) trained by Robert Bergh and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. The 62/1 Cicero Noa, Christophe Martens up, and 7/1 Barrio Josselyn, for Jean Michel Bazire, completed the Q+ exact order top five that paid 40,367.80£ to 15 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,764,224£ The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000£, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 3/2 favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) prevail for pilot Anthony Barrier, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. The winner recorded his fourth career victory in 19 starts now for 219,030£ earned. Race time was 1.14kr. 7.5/1 Fanina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) was second with Franck Nivard up and 34/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede) was third with trainer Franck Anne aboard. The 2.9/1 second choice Fakir du Lorault was a dq. The improving City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took the Prix de Gournay en Bray (purse 47,000£, 200 meters, 12 European starters) at 7/10 favorite odds today with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Erwin Bot. Ecurie Gerrits Recyling B.V. owns the now two time winner in six FR outings, clocked today in 1.14.3kr. The 27/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Erwin But (again) and owner L.G. Gerrits. Third was 24/1 Falco de Douet (4m kin du Cap Vert) with Tony LeBeller at the lines. The 75,000£ purse Prix de Lisieux was raced over 2850 meters by 12 European monter starters with the 1.15.3kr timed victory earned by 1.3/1 favorite Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifque Gede-Quelle Bora). Melle. Mathilde Collet was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Beau scored for the 18th time in an 88 race career and increased his life earnings to 454,300£. 21/1 Varum Boy (10f Baccarat du Pont) was second for Damien Boone and 1.4/1 second wagering choice Julio de Luxe (10g Juliano Star) was third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday’s Quinte+ was the Cagnes sur Mer contested Prix d’Olargues (purse 32,000£, 2925 meters, 18 starters) and it went to 1.13.kr timed Elsa de Belfonds (5f Tornado Bello-Taifa) with trainer Nicolas Ensch driving for owner Thomas Levesque. Elsa scored for the seventh time in 27 appearances now for life earnings of 208,040£. The 16/1 Americo Vespucci (9g Niky) took second for Steve Stefano with third to 41/1 Bella du Vivier (8f Korean) handled by A.A. Chavatte. The 11/1 Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede) with Anthony Muidebled up and 6.4/1 Eclat de Gloire, with trainer Loris Garcia up, completed the exact order top five, the Quinte+, that paid 19,797.20£ for the 2£ wager. The Q+ pool totaled 3,689,659£. The CSM featured Prix Jules Roucayrol (purse 49,000£, 2925 meters, 13 starters) saw the veteran and 4.8/1 odds Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) rally to victory for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Race time was 1.14kr and the winner now has 28 career wins for 655,230£ earned. The 4.6/1 Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo) rallied for second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.7/1 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was third in a photo for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 3.2/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) with teamster Junior Guelpa and 11/1 Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy) with Enrico Bellei up completed the top five. Friday evening trots were also at Wolvega with their feature race being the Prix le Cheval d’Or (purse 11,000£, 2600 meters, ten starters). The 1.1.2kr timed victory went to 3/1 odds Out Of The Slums (7g Muscles Yankee-Sugar) and pilot Michael Nimczyk. 39/1 outsider Ennyus Boko (8g Virgill Boko-Valencia Boko) took second for Mme. Caroline Aalbers, the owner/trainer/driver. The 9/10 favorite Thai Investment (10g Broadway Hall) was third for driver Jaap Van Rijn and trainer H.A.J. Grift. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today the Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Grace Ducal (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) raced in sunshine on the seashore at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.5/1 Cash de Caillons (7g Paris Haufor-Nuit des Caillons) scored in a very competitive event, timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Andre Georget. Cash de Caillons scored for the 12th time in a 49 race career and increased his life earnings to 215,800€. The 22/1 outsider Bently de Recanis (8g Repeat Love) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third was 2.8/1 Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca) for David Bekaert that overcame a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing 7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama) and 13/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) that ended fifth. The exact order Q+ payoff was 24,896.20€ for a 2€ wager. Over 3.4€ million was wagered on the Q+ bet and over 7.3€ million was wagered on all bets taken on the Q+ race. The co-feature this day was the Gr. III Prix Pierre Laroque (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 10 starters in this LeTrot Open des Regions for four year olds). The 11/1 Formidable d’Azur (4m Orlando Vici-Tadolie) was the 1.14.8kr timed winner for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The 21/1 Fipsie de Guez (4f Tango Quick) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, ahead of 6.2/1 First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) that was handled by trainer Loris Garcia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Next Sunday’s second leg of the FR Triple Crown of Trotting will be raced at Paris-Vincennes. The Grand Prix de France, a Gr. I International European Trotting Masters 2019 event, is raced over 2100 meters autostart for a 350,000€ total purse. The Bazire Big Three is entered (Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont) along with the remaining world’s top trotters currently racing. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m   European Trotting Masters Series 2019 Course Internationale   Départ à l'autostart The Grand Prix de France began in 1956 and there have been three-time winners only three times – Jamin, Eleazar and Ourasi. Raced over what is called the FR sprinter distance, the record race time is 1.09.8kr set by Kool du Caux in 2007. This year’s 98th Prix d’Amerique winner Belina Josselyn won the GP de France in 2018 over Bold Eagle and Propulsion in a driving finish. Bold Eagle won the 2016-2017 editions and Ready Cash and Meaulnes du Corta have been double winners in the last ten years. Be there for what will likely be a superb race and program at Paris-Vincennes.  Last year’s race replay follows from the Equidia network, as Belina Josselyn rallied late to nip hard-used Bold Eagle on the line: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=2018+grand+prix+de+france+Belina+Josselyn&view=detail&mid=608D2C90B0FF370176B6608D2C90B0FF370176B6&FORM=VIRE by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today in bright sunlight celebrated Afrique in France with a fine harness racing card of groupe level contests and the day’s Quinte+ race. The monte Prix de L’A.L.A. “Association de Lotteries Africaines” (Gr.III, purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) began the action with a victory by 5.2/1 Eqao Jenilou (5g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. The winner scored for the sixth time in 20 career starts and increased his life earnings to 173,050€. The 3/5 favorite Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. 34/1 Espion Joune (5g Kesaco Phedo) took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Prix Africain I was next in the 35,000€ purse event raced by 12 over 2100 meters autostart. 15/1 First Lame (4f Kaisy Dream-Poesie de Beylev) scored for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou, also trainer, timed in 1.14kr. 3.3/1 First Lady Carjac (4f Voltigeur de Myrt) was second for pilot Eric Raffin, ahead of 24/1 First Thing First (4f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/trainer A.J. Mollema. The Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) produced a fine race with 12/1 Cigjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) victorious for Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This mare recorded her 11th career win in 44 starts and increased her life earnings to 146,530€. Race time was 1.14kr with a quick final 500. 30/1 Dorus Well (6g Gogo) took second for Franck Nivard and 8.8/1 Blacky de Cambron (8g Onyx du Goutier) teamed with Eric Raffin for third. The 3.2/1 Dentella Bella (6f Ready Cash) and 7.7/1 Concerto des Dunes completed the exact order top five that returned 23,010.60€ for the 2€ wager to 58 winning ticketholders. The Prix de L’Ile de France (Gr. I International monte, purse 170,000€, 215 meters, nine starters) was the final leg of the FR Monte Triple Crown. Absent were Cornulier winner Bilibili and the second finishing Traders. Today it was even-money favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) coming from the back to score timed in 1.12.6kr. Dexter won for the eighth time in a 42 race career, now for 726,970€ earned, for trainer Thomas Levesque, owner Pierre Levesque and most importantly the jockey Camille Levesque. The winner traveled the final 500 meters at a 1/10kr rate. The 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (6f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard  ahead of 58/1 Valse de Reve (10f Mister President) with Guillaume Martin in toe irons for trainer Alain Roussel. 48/1 Cassate (7f Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Adrien Lamy. The Prix Miss Africa France (“de la Marne”, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) score for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule. The winner scored for the 18th time in a 52 race career, now for 695,360€ earned. Race time was 1.11.7kr off steady fractions with the clocking at the 500 meters to go mark 1.12kr. The 7.7/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 21/1 Anzi des Liards reined by Romain Derieux. 9/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) was fourth for Mickael Cormy and placed fifth was 99/1 Drole de Jet (5m Coktail Jet). Digital Ink was sixth in this race that honored by the trophy presenting Miss Africa France,  The Prix de L’Amite (“de Rouen’), a Gr. III event for an 80,000€ purse, was raced over the 2700 meters classic distance by ten competitors. 5.7/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) scored for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As to record his sixth career wi in 29 outings, now for 401,860€ earned. The 4/5 favorite Vainqueur RP (5m Infinitif-Global Affair) was second for driver Eric Raffin and trainer J.L. Bigeon. Third went to 37/1 Estola (5f Nectar) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. 9/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious) and 5/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko) completed this top five. The winning Express Jet was away fourth, brushed to lead after about 1000 meters and controlled thereafter for a two length victory.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday’s Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix Andre Rouzaud (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) saw the 4/5 favorite Baby Lou Max (8g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) secure victory for trainer/driver Nicola Mortagne. The property of J.D. Besson now has 19 career wins in 58 starts for 517,890€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr for the 25 meter handicapped winner. The next finishers raced without handicap and were 21/1 Baileyse (8g Opus Viervil) with Alexis Garandeau up, 106/1 Arginio des Godin (9m Norginio) for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Laigron and fourth finishing 7.3/1 Via Mala (10f Offshore Dream) paired with trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch.  Top races for the next ten days in FR include those listed below at the Winter Meet of Paris-Vincennes: 1/31/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Langeais (2850 meters, 64,000€) 2/2/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Roquepine (Gr. II, three year olds, 2175 meters, 100,000€ Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II three year old males, 2175 meters, 100,000€) featuring the unbeaten Gotland Prix d’Avignon (Gr. III, 2100 meters, 70,000€) 2/3/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Indienne (Gr. III Monte, 2175 meters, 80,000€) Prix de la Marne (Gr. III, 2700 meters, 90,000€) Prix de Rouen (Gr.III, 2700 meters, 80,000€) Prix de l’Ile de France (Gr. I International Monte, 2175 meters, 170,000€) 2/7/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Andre Theron (Gr. III, Monte 2700 meters, 70,000€) 2/9/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Munich (2100 meters autostart, 75,000€) Prix de Lisieux (2850 meters Monte, 75,000€) Prix Ephrem Houel (Gr. II four year olds, 2850 meters, 100,000€) 2/10/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de France (Gr. I, 2100 meters autostart, 350,000€) Prix des Centaures (Gr. I Monte, 2200 meters, four through six year olds, 200,000€) Prix Jean le Gonidec (Gr. II, 2700 meters, 100,000€) Prix de Chambord (Gr. III, 2100 meters autostart, 80,000€) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 28, 2019 - Monday’s Q+ was the Prix Rethel at Vincennes (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 18 European starters, harness racing seven year old mares) and 5.3/1 odds Crescendis (7f Querido de Blary-Libertatis) reined by trainer Jean Francois Senet for breeder/owner Thierry de Wazieres. The mare opened a huge lead in the lane and was timed in 1.14.2kr off evenly rated fractions. 14/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took second for Eric Raffin ahead of third finishing 2.4/1 favorite Kash Broda (7f Ready Cash) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. 3.9/1 Chira Julry with Adrien Lamy up and 25/1 Terrible GSO and teamster Francois Lagadeuc completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff for a 2€ wager was 4,981.80€. There was over 2.8€ million bet on this Q+. Crescendis Paris-Turf TV - Crescendis Three year old females contested the monte Prix de Lezignan (purse 33,000€, 200 meters, 14 monte three year old fillies) with the 1.18.5kr timed victory to 3.7/1 Grandissima (3f Viking du Val-Bellisima Love) reined by Mathilde Collet for trainer Stephane Meunier and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This filly was anrna at the Friday evening Arqana-Trot Sale. 18/1 Gimhagine Noblesse (3f Roi Vert) was second for jockey Arthur Rebeche and 2.3/1 favorite Girlissime (3f Bird Parker-Ivre de Victoire) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Grandissima Four year old males contested the Prix d’Issoire (purse 35,000€, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) this afternoon with victory earned by the 2.7/1 Zakk Wise (4m Equinox Bi-Soranity Wise) with Jean Michel Bazire driving for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Race time was 1.16.2kr. 28/1 Zar Ross (4m Andover Hall-Armbro Artisan) was second for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati, ahead of 2.2/1 favorite Zaire Wise As (4m Maharajah-Southwind Pamona) with trainer Gocciadoro the reinsman. Fourth was Fakir de Val (4m Vanishing Point) handled by breeder/owner/trainer Eric Lambertz. Zakk Wise Five year old females battled in the Prix de Chevilly (purse 35,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.16kr timed victory going to 3.3/1 Ellora du Cedre (5f Ludo de Castelle) for David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain, her third career win in 18 starts. 2.1/1 Elite San Leander (5f Oiseau de Feux) was next for J-M Bazire in a noses apart photo and third went to 13/1 Egerie Quesnot (5f Sam Bourbon) teamed with Franck Nivard. Ellora du Cedre (inside) On the weekend note in Paris were a few races worth mentioning. On January 26th at Kalmar 6/1 Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames-Speedy Vicane) won the V75 Gold raced over 2140 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to the winner. The now 16 time winner in 61 starts for 2,146,000SEK earned, was driven by Kin Eriksson for trainer/owner David Kallgren. 34/1 Elliot Coger and 2.9/1 Jairo trailed the winner. Race time was 1.12.9kr. On the same card the V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) saw 2.1/1 Global Trust (6g Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall) score in 1.11.2kr with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. He scored for the 11th time in 23 life starts, to defeat 9/2 Master Crowe (9m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell), the half-brother to Commander Crowe, and 40/1 Te Quiero Giff (9m Donato Hanover –Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec. Two days earlier at Aby in a 2140 meter cobtest worth 40,000SEK to the winner, the Jerry Riordan trained, Team Snyder AB owned, Zanzibar Effe (4f Donato Hanover-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) scored at 24.9/1 for Christoffer Eriksson timed in 1.15.2kr. This was the second life win for this mare in 10 starts. The Riordan trainee and 31/1 Zima Axe (4f Love You-Roni Axe-Ready Cash) was second for Carl Johan Jepson. The winner’s dam, Etna Sec, has produced Nesta Effe (1,035,987€ career earnings) and  Oibambam Effe (301,279€ earned). Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2019 - The storms eased somewhat later in the Prix d’Amerique harness racing program this afternoon. Three groupe level contests took place. The Prix 20 Minutes (“Helen Johannson”), Gr. III, 80,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters went to 13/1 Chica de Joudes (7g Jag de Bellouet-Eueschula Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. The quick 1.10.9lr timed victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 365,200€. The race fractions were swift from the start (1.0.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.4kr with 500 meters remaining).  1.7/1 Terry d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took second for Franck Nivard and Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and 14/1 Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crisunar) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop the  pilot. Chica des Joudes The Prix Lenotre (“Jean Rene Gougeon”), a Gr. III event for a purse of 80,000€, was raced over 2100 meters autostart by 18 starters. Jean-Michel Bazire was back in the winner’s circle teaming his trainee Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez-Fromentro), a horse bred and owned by Ecurie Vautors. This one was off as the 5/20 favorite and was timed in a quick 1.11.2 with fast steady fractions and a quick final 500. 14/1 Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle) took second with Jean Philippe Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 5/1 campaigner Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI) was third. This one also a Bazire trainee and reined today by Gabriele Gelormini. The winner drifted wide and his large lead diminished to two lengths at the line. Dorgos du Guez The Gr. III Prix Leopold Verroken (purse 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart,  13 European three year olds) went to 8/10 favorite Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/owner Michel Tessier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.14.5kr off rated fractions. The 48/1 outsider In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron lady) was a fast closing second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This filly was RNA in the Friday evening Arqana-Trot Amerique Sale. 17/1 l Capone Stecca (4m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Golden Bridge Thomas H. Hicks

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