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Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) took tonight’s Quinte+ (jackpot 8 million euro) Prix Juno at Paris-Vincennes in 1.13.4kr over 2850 meters with a purse of 62,000 euro. Open to European competitors, the Sweden registered Beckman is trained by Fabrice Souloy and he scored over a talented field with favored Ed You and Conrads Fredrik finishing four and fifth respectively. The winner defeated Tony Boy (6g First de Retz-Kuenza Sautonne) trained and reined by J.M. Bazire with Vasterbocheckpoint (8m Comets Tail-Com Eva) third handled by Dominik Locqueneux. The card also featured the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (2200 meters, 80,000 euro purse) that went to Bolide de Gueron (2m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia) for driver/trainer Franck Anne in 1.16.6kr. Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Phillipe Allaire with Best Of Sly (2m Sam Bourbon-Quinella Aimef) third for P-Y Verva and trainer Sebastien Guarto. Ready Cash and newcomer Sam Bourbon, whose yearlings were in great demand this year, appear to be sires of significance. Another Gr. III event, the Prix California (2850 meters, 90,000 euro purse), went to J.M. Bazire driving Vagabondu Mag (4g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) in 1.14.1kr over Votre Atout (4m Quido du Goutier-Kaline d’Atout) and Pierre Belloche. Uprince finished third for Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

The heats for the International Group I Grand Prix de l’UET will be held this week at Vincennes and Solvalla with the €400,000 final to be held at Solvalla on September 29. There are 12 French horses, two Dutch, one Italian and a German horse have entered, and  unusually for a year with the final in Sweden,  most of the top French horses are involved. The only top liner missing is Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt, currently on the annual  "Tour Européen du Trotteurs Français", where he finished sixth in the Prix de President, in Avenches, Switzerland on the weekend. The first heat looks the easier of the two and the Jean Michel Bazire’s  Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval) who was second in the Criterium des 3 Ans looks a class above these having beaten the best in this field home when second in both the Prix Gaston Brunet and Prix Phaeton, two of the biggest races of the year. Last  season’s Prix de l’Etoile runner-up Vera Pierji  (4m Otello Pierji) and third placed Very Pleasant (4h Goetmals Wood)  are both entered but the former, who is trained by Thierry Duvaldestin  is not in good form having not won in over a year. Philippe Moulin’s Very Pleasant, who  won a minor race in the provinces last month, will be probably be the second favourite, but his last good performance in top company was in April. In the second heat Paul Hagoort’s Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As) is the only foreign  threat to three French horses with real claims. The winner should come from the trio of Varade d'Hermine (4m Legs du Clos) with Jean Michel Bazire in the bike,   Viva Island (4m Goetmals Wood) with the incomparable Jean-Pierre Dubois driving and Volcan d'Urzy (4h  Password), another of Philippe Moulin’s charges. Varade d’Hermine has won 10 of his 15 starts and was disqualified from second place in the Criterium des 4 Ans for a rough gait, but has since won two Group IIs  and  should be favourite. Volcan d’Urzy was promoted to second in the Criterium des 4 Ans but has since run down the track in similar company. GRAND PRIX DE I'U.E.T. Qualifying heats - Vincennes 2013-09-17  4YOs 2100m HEAT  1 1    Proud Wood (ITA) (4m Goetmals Wood - Berenice d'Ete)   Dr: Arnold J Mollema  Tr: Arnold J Mollema             2         Voici d'Urzy (4h Orlando Vici - Amazone River)   Dr: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux             3         Very Pleasant (4h Goetmals Wood - Feraine d'Occagnes)   Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin             4         Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji)  Dr: Franck Ouvrie   Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin            5         Vive Majyc (4m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue)   Dr: Louis Baudron  Tr:  Louis Baudron             6         Conway Fortuna  (NED) (4h Conway Hall - Saratoga Yankee)   Dr: Hugo Langeweg Jr  Tr:  Hugo Langeweg Jr            7         Via Josselyn (4m Kiwi - Kate)   Dr: Pierre Yves Verva   Tr: Hedi Le Bec             8         Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr:  Jean Michel Bazire Tr:   Jean Michel Bazire             HEAT 2   1         Varade d'Hermine (4m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs)   Dr: Jean Michel Bazire  Tr:  Jean Michel Baudouin             2         Vassilia d'Orgeres (4m Love You - Falamine)   Dr: Louis Baudron  Tr:  Louis Baudron             3         Villeroi (4h  Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois  Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois             4         Viva Island (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream)   Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr:   Jean Pierre Dubois             5         Clint W Boko (NED)  (4h Abano As - Vantz Boko)   Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:   Paul Hagoort             6         Volcan d'Urzy (4h  Password - Jabotte d'Urzy)   Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr:   Philippe Moulin             7         Casanova (GER)  (4h Ufo Kievitshof - Pinky)   Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr:   Mike Lenders             8         Vegas des Oliviers (4h Prodigious - Ops Clairchamp)   Dr: Franck Anne  Tr: Franck Anne     By Dave Sanders for

Today’s Quinte+ in France was the Prix RMC (European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) and Sephir de Fille (7m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene) recorded the win for teamster Eric Raffin, his 13th career victory in 86 appearances for over 260,000 euro banked. The 6/1 odds winner scored in 1.15kr over Richmond Park (8g Jan de Beval-Inrosa Girl) handled by Franck Ouvrie and Quartz Littoral (9g Halimede-Joyeuse Coulonces).  The Q+ jackpot today was 5.95 million euro and it paid (without jackpot) 10,948 euro for a two-euro ticket. The Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile for three year-olds (240,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) produced another impressive victory for Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombevineuse-Workaholic) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The winner now shows earnings in excess of 430,000 euro after this 1.14.6kr score for owner C. Lelarge and breeder SARL Serge Bernereau. Avila finished with gusto after the time at the 1000 meter to go mark flashed 1.16.2kr. Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeannes’s Fella-Coktail Jet) finished second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Atlas de Joudes (3m Ready Cash-Queschua Love-Love You) was home third for Pierre Vercruysse with highly-regarded Akin du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn) on the line fourth for Franck Anne. The Prix Georges Dreux (monte, purse 105,000 euro, 2850 meters) went to Sourire de Voutre (7g Gazoullis-Goella) for jockey Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. He decisively scored in 1.14.1kr over Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Helice France) wiith P-Y Verva aboard with third to Quarlos (9m L’As de Vivetaute-Cette Angevine) and Michel Mottier. The winner now shows earnings over 630,000 euro with 15 wins in 24 starts. The weeks’ action in Sweden also produced interesting results : September 14 at Farjestad : October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), a 1.11.1kr winner for Adrian Kolgjini in Bronze Division over 1640 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first prize. He’s been 16 times first and second in just 21 lifetime starts ; Hankypanky Pagan (4f Love You-Pion-Speedy Tomoli), a 1.13.4kr winner for trainer/driver Robert Bergh in 100,000SEK first money Corvana Ind. Prix over 2140 meters, turning start ; KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was a 1.12.7kr easy winner in 100,000SEK first money New Wave Profile Prix ; Yarrah Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), was a 1.12.2kr winner of 150,000SEK first money in the Gold Division feature over 2140 meters autostart. Kai Johansen drove the winner to his fourth victory in four 2013 starts and his 34th lifetime win in 75 appearances. He’s now won 9.57 million SEK. Harry Haythrow finished second with You Bet Hornline home third. September 13 at Kalmar Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was an easy 1.12.1kr winner for 100,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver of the winner, that has now won 10 times in 41 starts for 3.72 million SEK. Beverly Boko (5f Kadabra-Vision Boko-Donerail) finished second for Stefan Persson. Twilight Laday (4f Mr. Pine Chip-Angus Twirl-Angus Hall) was fifth in this event and Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) finished seventh in a well-matched field ; Pearl Axe (4f Love You-Griffe du Chef-Muscles Yankee) won over a handicapped 2180 meters turning start, to earn 100,000SEK first prize with a 1.12.9kr score. Kenneth Haugstad did the teaming for trainer Jerry Riordan as the winner now shows lifetime earnings of 1.2 million SEK with seven wins in 30 attempts . Ragna Opal (5f Mr. Pine Chip-Lindys Opal-Lindy’s Crown) took second for Kasper Andersen. Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was fourth for Kim Eriksson. September 10 at Jagersro/September 9  at Halmstad Caliber TT (6g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcpon Lep) earned 35,000SEK for his 1.12.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart. Oscar Nilsson drove the winner ; Neona Princess (3f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) won the Folksams Sommarstoserie Final for Peter Untersteiner to earn 75,000 SEK first prize. She covered the 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.3kr to post her sixth win in eight 2013 starts . Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was second for the Haugstad/Riordan combination ; Riordan and driver Johnny Takter won with Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voiuce-Garland Lobell) at Halmstad on September 9th, taking the 3140 meter turning start Stayerlopp in 1.15.7kr. by Thomas H. Hicks  

It’s highly  likely Ready Cash will be in the headlines again this weekend with three of his progeny being among the first four favourites of taking out the Group I Prix de l’Etoile at Vincennes. One of the great classics of French trotting, the Prix de l’Etoile (3-4-5YO sulky) is one of four races in France which, through handicapping, were originally designed to give breeders a chance to compare the crops. The other races are the Prix des Elites (3-4-5YO monte),the Prix de Selection (4-5-6YO sulky) and Prix des Centaures (4-5-6 YO monte). The introduction of the modern US bloodlines in the 1980s, where around 20 French mares were exported to the United States and their progeny sent back to France (the book closed again in 1991),  has had the effect of making the breed much more precocious and as a result the two sulky races in particular have become dominated by 3YOs. Having to start off a 50 metre handicap, it' hasn’t been since 1997 since a 5YO has won this race when Elvis de Rossignol (Sancho Panca) beat another from his crop Escartefigue (Steed James), with 4YO Fleuron Perrine (Tenor de Baune) third – and a genuine great of French trotting General du Pommeau (Sebrazac) being the first 3YO home in fourth.   Three of these four stallions were from the Fuschia (Godolphin) line, and the other from the endangered Phaeton (non Hambletonian Darley) bloodlines. And it won't be a five-year-old  this year with the only representative of that crop being Unaka (Joyau d'Amour)  who has only had three wins in 55 starts and his having  her first start in a major race despite five.   She will be  hoping to sneak into a top five finish and add some classic credentials to her pedigree page as will the 4YO mares Vigogne du Boulay and Viscaria, who were two of the top 2YOs in their crop, but never went on to fullfil their early promise.  Incidentally it was back in 1993 that a 4YO won this race. Vigogne du Boulay (Defi d'Aunou) in fact won the biggest 2YO race in France, the Group II  Prix Une De Mai, and was  fifth in  Group I Criterium des Jeunes - the first of the Criteriums and raced in February  of the 3YO year - but she has done nothing since. Viscaria (Gai Brillant) is mainly  a monte horse, whose best performance was second in  Group I  monte, the Prix des Centaures. But this is now  a very coveted race for 3YOs and the top three of the generation (and four of the top five) will be fronting up to claim a Group I and add to their breeding credentials. The top of the crop is Axelle Dark who has won seven of her 15 starts(€434,400)  including the Group II Prix Uranie last start, and also won the  Group I Prix Albert Viel in June – and will be the favourite for the race. Avila  downed her paternal half-sister two starts ago and has won six of her 12 starts (€322,000) is trained by Ready Cash’s trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, although is under different ownership to the other pair (Cyril Lelarge).  She won the Critierium des Jeunes, the other Group I so far decided by this generation, making it two from two so far for Ready Cash with his first crop. Ready Cash’s best colt Atlas de Joudes (4 wins) is out of a Love You mare and like Axelle Dark is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire – who of course owns Ready Cash. He has been making mistakes of late and hasn’t won since February, when he claimed the Prix Paul Viel while he was fifth in the Criterium de Jeunes a few weeks later. Akim du Cap Vert (first de Retz) is likely to be the biggest threat to the Ready Cash trio, indeed is the best colt of the generation, having won France’s  top 2YO race, the Group two Prix Emmanuel Margouty in December. He was also second in the Criterium des Jeunes and  his trainer/driver Franck Anne won this same race last year with the brilliant filly Vanika de Ruel (Jardy). The other runner with genuine claims is the Fabrice Solouy’s Goetmals wood filly Anastasia Fella who beat the two Ready Cash fillies home in the top 2YO race for their gender, the Prix Une de Mai, in December. Although that was also her only victory so far, she was second  in her last start, when splitting Axelle Dark and Avila in the Prix Uranie so is capable of an upset. PRIX DE L'ETOILE Vincennes  2150m Group 1, 3-4-5YO  € 240,000 1         Ausone du Kastel (3c Gros Grain – Lancee)  Tr/Dr: Emmanuel Allard    2         Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella)   Dr: Franck Nivard   Tr: Fabrice Souloy         3         Almira Marancourt (3f Lilium Madrik – Elmira)  Dr:  David Thomain   Tr: Sébastien Hervalet       4         Atlas de Joudes (3c Ready Cash - Queschua Love)   Dr: Pierre Vercruysse   Tr: Philippe Allaire       5         Avila (3f Ready Cash – Encombevineuse)   Tr/Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin   Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin       6         Akim du Cap Vert (3c First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert)   Tr/Dr: Franck Anne            7         Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes)   Dr: Jos Verbeeck   Tr: Philippe Allaire       8         Unaka (5m  Joyau d'Amour - Lena) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr:  Francisco Criado     50m     9         Vigogne du Boulay (4m  Defi d'Aunou - Mona Lisa Jet)   Dr: Eric Raffin   Tr: Franck Harel     50m 10         Viscaria (4m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty)   Tr/Dr: Guillaume Gillot   Guillaume Gillot     50m by David Sanders for

Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) scored a decisive upset (11/1 odds) victory in today’s (Sunday's) Gr. I 240,000 euro Criterium for Five Year-Olds at Paris-Vincennes over 3000 meters. After two false-starts, the starter sent 17 trotters on their way and driver Franck Nivard steered the winner (head number 16) directly to the front from his outside starting position. The Franck Leblanc trained, Ecurie Quick Star owned “youngster” repulsed all challengers and then opened a huge lead with about 1,000 meters remaining. Despite drifting across the track in the closing stages, Up And Quick was an easy winner in an eye-popping 1.11.5kr (1:55 mile rate) over the 1-7/8 mile course and from the turning start. Uhland du Val and Univers de Pan took the next two spots. This race, the Quinte+ of the day, paid 5,904 euros for a two euro wager. The jackpot was 5.25 million euro this day. There were four other top class events on the well-attended card.  The Gr. II Prix Uranie (2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) for three year-old fillies went well-regarded Axelle Dark ( 3f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes) driven by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Phillipe Allaire. This beautiful filly scored in 1.14.7kr at 2/1 odds to raise her career earnings close to the 450,000 euro mark. Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeann’s Fella) was second for Franck Nivard while Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombevineuse) took third for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Dubois family finished fourth through sixth with Amandine Fly (by Rocklyn), Alisma du Corta (by Love You) and Africaine (by Oiseau des Feux). The three year-old males contested the Gr. II Prix Victor Regis for 120,000 euro over the 2700 meter course. Even money favorite Akim du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) won this event for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne in 1.13.5kr to increase his earnings to over 360,000 euro, in this his fifth win in 17 starts. All Feeling (3m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) took second for Christophe Martens with Alberic (3m Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) third with Franck Nivard aboard. The monte featured Prix Camille Lepecq for 120,000 euro purse over 2700 meters (the “grande piste”) resulted in a 7/1 odds victory for  Sourire du Voutre (7g Gazouillis-Goella) and jockey Franck Nivard who enjoyed a very successful day. He scored in 1.13.7kr for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc (also with a top performing day at the races) over a classy field. Top mare Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Helise France) took second for Pierre-Yves Verva with Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet-Une Picolina) third for Mlle. M. Grolier. Horses finishing fourth through sixth were Tiaga du Rib, Rive Droite and Pluto du Vivier, all winners of over 500,000 euro lifetime. The 105,000 euro Prix de Beaugency over 2850 meters went to the great mare Quoumba de Guez (9f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil) for owner Ecurie Vautors and trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. She scored easily in 1.14.3kr at 3/1 odds over an excellent European field to raise her career earnings to just under 1.2 million euro. She now has 18 career wins in 91 starts. The next six finishers all started the day with earnings of over 425,000 euro. Twist des Caillons (6m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons) was second for Eric Raffin with Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egido Play) third for David Thomain. Franck Nivard piloted Napolean Bar (6m Varenne-Dalmazia) home fourth.  by Thomas H. Hicks  

The 2-year old French colt Akim du Cap Vert, driven by Franck Anne, was a very convincing winner of the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, raced over 1-5/16 mile at Paris-Vincennes on Friday afternoon -- in a new European record of 1:57.4 (mile rate).

The Criterium des 3 Ans -- the biggest race of the season for 3-year-old French trotters -- was won by the filly Vanika du Ruel, driven by her trainer Franck Anne, in a battle with the colt Vaux le Vicomte, with harness racing driver Jean Michel Bazire in the bike.

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