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July 4, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing feature was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (€85,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 10 European starters) and it went to 4/5 odds favorite Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nanette-Gazouillis) clocked in 1.13.8kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Mme. Annie Bezier. Fast closing 17/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way-Vikings Way) rallied late for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau for second. Eric Raffin piloted Caid Griff (3m Password-Savane Griff-Tenor de Baune) was third at 8/1 for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. Italy’s Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zorayo Kyu), trained by Catello Savarese and driven by Santo Mollo, was fourth ahead of Tantalio (3m Le Touquet-Powerful Victory) trained by Fabrice Souloy and handled by Anthony Barrier, this one also from Italy. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pInqNgSnsCM Also on the fine Enghien card was the Quinte+ (€4 million jackpot) Prix de la Manche (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) and it went to the 1.15.3kr easy winner Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera-Viking Kronos). Trainer Christophe Martens was aboard for owner BVBA Campus RPF. Marco Smorgon bred this one that was off at 2.4/1 odds. Romanesque recorded career win 11 for €203,748 earned. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 4/1 for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 9/1 Uranie Lorraine (7f Goetmals Wood-Garonnaise) was third for reinsman Franck Nivard, with fourth to 9/1 Tischendorf Padd (8g Baccarat du Port-Milady de Padd) and Mathieu Abrivard ahead of 26/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. Thomas H. Hicks

June 13, 2015 - Uprince (7g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio) took today’s Enghien (FR) harness racing featured Prix de New York (€115,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters, Gr. III) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Uprince now has 14 career wins for €559,470 earned. Off at 5/2 odds the winner rallied to best 5/2 Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif) and teamster Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 53/1 veteran free-for-all mare Roxana de Barbray (10f Speed Clayettois-Iriane des Enclos) was third for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Roberto Donati. Fourth was the pacesetter Une Fille d’Amour. Tornado Bello contested the leader before making a disqualifying break in stride. Italian bred Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane) took the opener this day, the Prix d’Hermonville (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 European male starters), clocked in 1.15.5kr for Robin Bakker, teaming for trainer P-J-P Hagoort and owner Stable Why Not. The winner, off at 2/5 odds, recorded career victory number four now for €67,264 earned. 14/1 Charly du Noyer (3m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was second for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joann Lebourgeois. 12/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way) was third for Franck Ouvrie, driving for owner Iean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Italians’ Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) was fourth at 32/1 for Santo Mollo and trainer Cat Savarese, with fifth to 93/1 Tesauro (3m Flipp Roc-Inlziale) for Pietro Gubellini and trainer Christian Rizzo. Bellinissimo (4m Baccarat du Pont-Joconde-Quadrophenio) was a front stepping winner today for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque of the Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (€46,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters). The winner is owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque, also the breeder, and he scored in 1.14.4kr at 1.2/1 odds for his third career win and now €84,060 earned. 15/1 Bright Charm (4m Password-Midway Lady) was second for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 9/1 Bari (4m Ganymede-Magicienne) for Alexandre Abrivard. Today’s special Quinte+ (€10 million jackpot) Prix des Invalides (€52,000 purse, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) went to Sweden’s Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Stall Syren. Menhammer Stuteri bred the winner. This 17/1 outside traveled an added 25 meter distance to score in 1.14.6kr for career win 15 for €241,190 earned. 24/1 Plutonio (6m Self Possessed-Indra Bi) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, this one also going an extra 25 meters, and third went to 7/2 Yankee Photo (7m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer) with Franck Nivard up.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1369   Ordre :       104.064,00€   Désordre :       867,20€   Bonus 4 :       80,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       26,00€   Bonus 3 :       15,00€ Thomas Levesque secured a driving double today winning the Prix de Levet (€52,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 15 five year-old starters) with 1.9/1 favorite Amio Josselyn (5m Jag de Bellouet-Mezira Josselyn). The Mike Lenders trainee, clocked in 1.13kr, won for the sixth time in his career for earnings of €125,460. 27/1 Armstrong Jet (5m Love You-Jenny Jet) was second for Gabriel Gelormini with third to 3.3/1 As du Pommeau (5g Hulk des Champs-Nacre du Pommeau) handled by Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks

May 18, 2015 - Black (4g Islero de Bellouet-Okita) took today’s featured Prix de Fleury dur Orne (€25,000 purse, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters) for harness racing driver/trainer Franck Nivard and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson, clocked in 1.13.1kr. The two length winner was off at 9/10 odds and defeated 12/1 Brooklyn Bond (4g Defi d’Aunou-Joliette d’Atout) with Gabrielle Gelormini up. 4/1 Brooks (4m Sam Bourbon-Rabelle) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper. Tomorrow nights’ Vincennes card features three graded events, races one through three: Prix Heraclite €80,000 purse Gr. III Prix Camilla, €80,000. Gr. III Prix Kalmia, €120,000, Gr. II Thomas H. Hicks

May 2, 2015 - Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) took Saturday’s first graded event at Vincennes on an exceptional harness racing card by winning the Gr. II Prix Jean Gaureau (monte, €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr the Mathieu Abrivard teamed winner, trained by Cedrik Megissier, was off at 14/1 in defeat of Agrippine (5f Hasting-Moqueuse) and Alexandre Abrivard with third to 1.2/1 favorite Astor du Quenne for Eric Raffin. The prestigious Criterium des 4 Ans (€240,000, Gr. I, 15 starters, 2850 meters) resulted in an impressive 1.13.2kr score for Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belusha) for Joseph Verbeeck at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Off at 7/1 the winner defeated 18/1 Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Franck Anne with third to the Sebastian Guarato trained Bolero Love (4m Love You-Orelady) and teamster Gabrielle Gelormini at 21/1. 2/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) ended fourth with Eric Raffin up for trainer Guarato. Another graded event on the card was the Gr. II Prix Albert DeMarcq (€120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters) and it went to 1.6/1 favorite Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredrick Sauque. The big striding winner (shown below) was timed in 1.13kr and defeated 16/1 Anette du Mirel (5f Laetender Diem-Lisa du Mirel) with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Anders Lindqvist. Third went to 3.3/1 Ave Avis with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up. The Prix du Rouergue (€75,000, 2150 meters autostart, European) went to fast closing Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elisa DeiI) at 9/1 with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Clocked in a quick 1.11.6kr the winner stopped Nuage En Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) at 3/1, also trained by Souloy and reined by J-M Bazire. Global Midnight (8f Ganymede-Global Business) took third at 8/1 for Christophe Martens with 2.4/1 favorite Trebol fourth for G-A Pou Pou. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2015 - The afternoon harness racing card at Saint Galmier this day featured the Quinte+ and the Grand Prix du Centre Est. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet-Perle d’Aunou) took the Quinte+ Prix de la Chorale de Roanne (€35,000, 2650 meters, 15 European starters) in 1.15.5kr for teamster Franck Nivard at 6/1. Tantale de Fol (8g Impact du Rib-Ivorine Folle) landed second for Serge Peltier at 12/1 with 5.2/1 Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) home third for Mikael Cormy. The card at Saint Galmier featured the Grand Prix du Centre Est. (€100,000, 2650 meters, international 10 starters) and 34/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noelle de Massy) took the win in 1.15.1kr for Y-A Briand. 40/1 Ulk Medoc (7m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet) rallied for second for Franck Corbineau with third to 1.6/1 favorite Swedishman (9g Gogo-Volganc) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Vincennes featured Prix Rene Palyart (€120,000, Gr. II monte, 8 starters, 2175 meters) went to Eric Raffin teamed Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute), victorious as 3/5 favorite. Clocked in 1.12.2kr the winner handled Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) at 8/1 with third to 23/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castille-Neus du Rosier) with L.C. Frecelle up. On the Vincennes evening undercard Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon-Kidea) took the Prix Arachne (€37,000, 10 starters, 2200 meters) with Mathieu Abrivard up, clocked in 1.16.7kr for trainer Philippe Allaire. Off at 1.2/1 odds the winner defeated 135/1 Chance des Douits (3f Power Jet-Pony Girl) and 88/1 Cahora Fonciere (3f Severino-Quietude Fonciere). The winner is from Kidea a 1998 foal and dam of Ready Cash and six winners from nine foals, three with earnings in excess of €100,000. KIdea is by Extreme Dream and has Workaholic, Star’s Pride and Kimberland (Nevele Pride) represented in the pedigree. Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and Franck Nivard scored again today to win the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters distance handicap). The Sebastian Guarato trainee owned by Pierre Pilarski was off at 3/10 odds, overcame a 25 meter penalty and held safe by half-length for his 14 victory in 16 starts, now for career earnings of €576,800. Fractions were soft (1.19.6kr at 1500; 1.17.8kr at 1000; 1.17.2kr at 500 and finish 1.16.1kr). Jean-Etienne Dubois bred this winner that defeated Baltic Charm (4m Password-Ilikovi) and Matthier Abrivard at 40/1 and Brillantissime (4m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) at 20/1 for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Philippe Allaire. The second paid across the line are both solid money earners and winners of 5 of 15 and 9 of 22 respectively. Thomas H. Hicks

Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) took Saturday’s Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters) for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Phillipe Allaire. The Fredric Sauque owned high-stepper was off at 16/1 in the defeat of Aloa de la Mortrie (5f Drag-Queen d’Acanthe) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer/owner S.G. Dupont at 7/1 odds. 7/1 Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 22/1 outsider Anette de Miral (5f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) was fourth for trainer Anders Lindqvist and jockey Eric Raffin. Amiral Sacha was disqualified for a miscue. The winner scored in 1.12.8kr off solid, even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Louis Forcinal (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 9/10 favorite Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Stablemate Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinn des Quenne) was second at 3.1/1 for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato with 7/1 Agrippinne (5f Hasting-Moquese) third for Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Gr. III Prix du Bois de Vincennes (€115,000, International, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to veteran Beckman (8g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) clocked in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard aboard for Fabrice Souloy, training this 38.4/1 outsider. 56/1 Talicia Bella (8g General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Mathieu Abrivard on the lines for J-P Marmion trainer. 4.2/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert took third for driver/trainer/owner Franck Anne. Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul was fourth at 9/10 odds for teamster Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Well regarded Uprince was disqualified as offstride. The €2.1 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (€72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Sweden’s Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) at 9/10 odds for Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner romped home in 1.13.1kr after a solid finish for owner Ecurie LC Equine AB. Second was Triskell Pasha (8g Clio Josselyn-Decose de la Butte) at 6/1 for Anthony Barrier. Spain’s consistent Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was third at 15/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The Prix de Gueugnon (€65,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the excellent undercard went to 8/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second at 127/1 for Mathieu Mottier in the bike, ahead of Bon Copain (4m Love You-Haie) for Damien Bonne and trained by Thierry Raffegeau at 6/1. Thomas H. Hicks

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxblnQaKpoM On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Anna Mix and Cahal des Rioults Wins Gr. II Vincennes Tests January 10, 2015 The Gr. II Prix de Croix (€120,000. UET Masters Series European, 2850 meters, 17 starters for five year olds), also the Q+ race of the day with a €3,950,000 jackpot), went to rallying 8/1 Anna Max (5f Ludo du Castille-Ires) hanleld by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the winner defeated 3/2 favorite Amrial  Sacha (5m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) with Gabrielle Gelormini up. This one was a recent second in the Criterium Continential and he was again superb racing at or near the front throughout. 5/1 odds Africaine (5m Oiseau de Feaux-Italienne) was third for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. Athos ds Elfes (5g Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) ended fourth for Joel Van Eeckhaute after leading into the stretch.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.950.000 € - Numéro plus : 1341   Ordre :       290,00€   Désordre :       5,80€   Bonus 4 :       2,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       2,60€   Bonus 3 :       2,60€     The Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest (€120,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters, three year-olds) went to 5/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioults) reined by veteran Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire. The winner was timed in 1.16kr. Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou-Ruelles d’Ostral) was second at 9/1 for Franck Ouvrie and conditioner Frederic Prat. Caid Griff (3m Password-Savanne Griff) was third at 6/1 for Eric Raffin and Sebastian Guarato trainer. Highly regarded Celebrissime was a dq with Yohan Lebourgeois up.  Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tourass Boulba) took the Gr. III Prix du Forez (€110,000, 2700meters, 16 starters) in 1.12.8kr scoring at 12/1 odds. The half-brother to Offshore Dream, a double Prix d’Amerique winner, with Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders, defeated 5/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) and Eric Raffin ahead of Triskell Pacha (8g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte) with Franck Nivard up at 16/1. The winner was victorious for the 13th time, now for career earnings of €520,080.Tornado Bello Agrippine (5f Hasting-Moqueuse-Extreme Dream) took today’s monte Prix de Mauquenchy (€95,000, 2175 meters, 12 European starters for five year-olds) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. The 8/1 outsider scored in 1.13.8kr with a fast-finishing last 675 meters to record her third victory for €189,730, holding off #9 Attentionally. Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Fiore-Intentionally) was second for David Thomain ahead of Amiral du Poitou (5m Oxford du Rib-Katia de Loumade) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons. Sunday’s superb card  includes five Gr, events and some outstanding oerformers; Prix RMC Gr. III – Bagheera Pride trained by Thierry Duvaldestin Prix Belgique Gr II – Texas Charm and Kadett CD Prix Gelinotte Gr. II – Coleur Charm trained by Philippe Allaire Prix Tenor de Baune II – Solvato, Maven and Chelsea Boko Prix Djerid II monte – Valde de Reve, Rire Mutin

Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) remained undefeated in 2014 as he recorded his ninth 2014 victory in the Gr. I €240,000 Gran Criterium for three year-olds at Paris-Vincennes. Bold Eagle made a decisive move for Franck Nivard  to the lead around the last bend, opened a five length advantage and held off late rallies by Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and Pierre Vercruysse with third to the consistent Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quiismy de Montfort-And Arifant) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Guarato. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Philippe Allaire trains Brillantissime for owner Frederic Sauque. Bold Eagle was off as the 1/2 favorite with Brillantissime and Billie de Montfort were 19/1 and 10/1 respectively. Bold Eagle scored in 1.13.6kr over the 2700 meters to defeat 13 rivals in an evenly rated contest (1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.13.7kr at 100; 1.14kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish) and now sports 11 wins and one placing in 13 career starts for earnings of €360,800 lifetime. The slick-gaited colt is not very big but has manners and quick speed. He’ll improve with maturity as will the next pair at the finish today in what is a good class of three year-olds Interestingly, the pedigrees of the Bold Eagle and Brillantissime have commonality. Bold Eagle’s second dam Hippodomia is by Workaholic from April Pearl by Passionnant while Brillantissime’s dam Ivre de Victoire is by Buvetier d’Aunou from the same April Pearl. April Pearl’s daughters have produced ten winners of over US$100,000 including Risque Tout (US$1,318,331) plus the promising 2014 two year-old Celebrissime. Today’s Gr. II Prix O. Douesnel for four year-olds drew nine players going for €120,000 over 2700 meters. 1.4/1 favorite Aladin d’Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul-Halimede) took the prize for jubilant teamster Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ph. DeWulf. The winner scored in 1.14.8kr and now has 11 wins and eight placings in 22 career starts, now for earnings of €694,940. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was second for David Thomain with pacesetter and second wagering choice Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) third for veteran trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute. The pick 5 Prix Crecy La Chapelle (€75,000 purse, 16 starters, 2850 meters) went to 11/1 odds Tripolia (7f Sancho Panca-Garivana) and J-Ph Mary, also trainer/owner. The winner scored in 1.15.1kr after slow early fractions in the race (1.17.5kr at 1500; 1.16.9kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500; 1.15.1kr finish). Un Charme Fou (6m Love You-Ma Crown) was second for Franck Nivard, also 11/1, with Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib) third for trainer/driver J.L.Cl. Dersoir. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) won today’s featured €95,000 Prix de Blois for european trotters at 7.8/1 odds. The Swedish registered campaigner was driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner J-P Izzo as he recorded victory 27, good for career earnings in excess of €550,000. Beckman rallied late to score in 1.12kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance against 13 rivals. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a €4.5 million jackpot. Beckman is a winter meet specialist and last winter was victorious at Vincennes on February 2, January 5, December 25 and 14, November 23 and October 25. Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazoullis-Elisalde) was second for Charles Dreoux with Ricimer (9m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) home third for Herve Sionneau. The Q+ returned over €251,000 for a €2 play to those selecting the top five finishers in exact order.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 2764   Ordre :       251.328,00€   Désordre :       2.094,40€   Bonus 4 :       140,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       52,50€   Bonus 3 :       35,00€   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Vabellino (5m Ouragan de Celland-Girl de Chantepie) won today’s Gr. II Prix Duynel de Saint Quentin at Paris-Vincennes. The €120,000 purse event for five year-olds was contested over 2850 meters. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Ecurie Podium to his 14th win in 31 career appearances. The 1.8/1 favorite defeated 27/1 Princess Grif (5f Varenne-Fauve Grif) for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy with third to 8/1 Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) and Franck Nivard, also a Souloy trainee. The winner scored easily in 1.15.2kr after a slow early pace. Today’s Gr. II Prix Joseph Lefosse for €120,000 over 2700 meters for nine monte performers went to 5.7/1 Viva Forest (5m Mickael de Vonnas-Java de Bazeille) for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner rallied late to nail 3/5 favored and leading Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide) with JLC Dersoir up for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Votka Blue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue) was a game third for David Thomain at 32/1. The winner was timed in 1.14kr. Team Job (7g Buvetier d’Aunou-Just Love) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne over the 2850 meters distance. 18 contested this event for €95,000 and the 1.14.1kr winner was skillfully teamed in a rallying manner by Romain Derieux at 61/1. Tip Top Nellie (7g Go Lucky-Nuvely Blue) was second for J-Ph Mary at 11/1 with third to 44/1 outsider Uno de Guinette (6g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette) and Sebastien Hardy up. The longshots were such that there were no exact order winning tickets.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.250.000 € - Numéro plus : 2588   Ordre :       néant€   Désordre :       28.312,20€   Bonus 4 :       370,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       185,20€   Bonus 3 :       116,00€ The Gr. III €80,000 Prix Vourasie over 2200 meters for two year-old females went to Campo Rossa (2f Coktail Jet-Manille du Lec) and Franck Ouvrie in a late rush to the line. The Fredeic Prat trainee scored at 6/1 odds timed on 1.16.4kr. Classica du Ruel (2f Scipion du Goutier-Romance du Ruel) was game, late pacesetting second for trainer/driver Franck Anne at 5/2. Cuise la Motte (2f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier) was third for Eric Raffin at 11/1 with favored Couleur Citron disqualified. Tomorrow’s Vincennes highlight is the GNT Finale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Franck Nivard teamed 3/5 favorite Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) to a front stepping four length victory in today’s €120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge at Paris-Vincennes, Contested over 2700 meters by six starters. Bold Eagle scored for the 10th time in 12 career starts and is undefeated in eight 2014 appearances. The good gaited colt is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussec-Poupee Charmeuse) was a pocket sitting second for Pierre Vercruysse, driving for trainer Philippe Allaire, with Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) and Franck Ouvrie third ahead of the Allaire trained Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Lure des Victoire) handled by Jos. Verbeeck. The winner rated slow fractions and stormed home an easy winner (fractions: 1.19.3kr at 1500; 1.17.7kr at 1000, 1.17.2kr at 500, 1.15.9kr finish) The co-featured Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (€130,000 purse, 2700 meters, Gr. II, 9 starters) went to the Mathieu Mottier teamed Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) as the 1.3.1 favorite. She scored for the eighth time in 10 starts. Co-favorite Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was a good second for Eric Raffin, enjoying a pocket spot but unable to threaten the winner. Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire. The winner was timed in 1.14.8kr over the classic distance after evenly rated fractions. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Montignac-Charente (€88,000, 2700 meters for European registrants, 18 starters) for veteran upper-class campaigners. Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) scored at 17/1 by three lengths timed in 1.12.7kr after quick fractions. Eric Raffin piloted the winner for trained Yannick-Alain Briand to defeat 169/1 outsider Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec) with 25/1 Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business) third for Christophe Martens. Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemerine) was fourth for Pierre Levesque as the 4/1 favorite. Q+ jackpot was €3.7 million. Over €1.5 million was bet on the Q+ event in the win-place pools alone. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Astor du Quenne (4m Opus Viervil-Qualinko du Quenne) won today’s Gr. II UET Master Series Prix Orly Roederer for monte four year-olds at Vincennes. The €120,000 purse event, contested by nine over 2850 meters, was a competitive affair with the Eric Raffin teamed, Sebastian Guarato trained 9/10 favorite a two length winner over Anna Mix ridden by Franck Nivard and Argan du Loulay and jockey Alexandre Abrivard. The evenly rated event was timed in 1.16kr The co-featured Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) with Franck Nivard up. This Sebastian Guarato trainee was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and is owned by Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The pace was fast, as was the closing 500 meters, and Bold Eagle was timed in 1.12.7kr, a race record replacing the 1.13.1kr set in 2010 by Timoko. The winner was off at 1.6/1 and he defeated Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Frederic Prat. Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) was a solidly closing third for Jos. Verbeeck. The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters for three year-old fillies) went to 5/2 odds Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy des Montfort) with Eric Raffin up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.13.5kr defeating 3/5 favorite Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier aboard and 18/1 outsider Bodeguita (3f Repeat Love-Netchka d’Orgeres) with owner/trainer Louis Baudron up.   This third Paris-Vincennes winter meet program also showcased more top level races. Italy’s Nefertite del Rio took the €82,000 Prix d’Arcachon in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The seven year-old daughter of Varenne-Zeudia scored over favorite Teatro, Sweden’s Global Manhattan and Spain’s Trebol. The Quinte+ (€2.9 million jackpot) Prix Amiens for €50,000 went to reinsman Franck Nivard with the Franck Leblanc owned/trained Vico du Petit Odon (5g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) over Verrazano Bridge with Thomas Levesque up. Win/place handle on the Q+ race was over €1 million and handle on the eight race afternoon card was excellent. The Paris-Vincennes winter meet began October 29 and its 88 programs will include 725 races (11 Gr. I, 49 Gr. II, 44 Gr. III) with purses in excess of €44 million (US$54,900,000, or $75,760/race). Among the classic races are the Grand Prix d’Amerique on January 25, 2015 and the Prix de France on February 1 and Prix de Paris on February 22. The Prix d’Amerique qualifiers start soon with the Prix Bretagne on November 15 with the other B’s being Prix Bourbonnais on December 6, Prix Bourgogne (December 28) and Prix Belgique (January 11). The other qualifiers include the Criterium Continental (December 21), Prix Tenor de Baune (January 11) and the €700,000 purse monte classic Prix de Cornulier a week before d’Amerique on January 18.  

Swedishman continues to impress as Franck Nivard teamed the 8 -year-old gelded son of Gogo-Volgana to an easy win in today’s 37th edition of the Gran Prix du Sud-Ouest at Bordeaux Le Bouscat. The Thierry Duvaldestin student recorded his 26th career win, now for earnings of €891,330. The event was a 2015 UET Master Series contest for a €200,000 purse over the 2550 meter autostart course. Timed in 1.14.2kr, the 2/1 favorite winner made a decisive three-wide move around the final turn (left handed direction) to easily put away leader Timoko and trainer Richard Westerink (faded to sixth). Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) was forwardly placed throughout and ended second for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner J-P Marmion. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh with Ru de L’Airou (by Cygnus d’Odyssee) and Pascia’Lest (by Varenne) fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Gr. III International Grand Prix Anjou-Maine at Angers, a 3125 meter distance handicap event with a purse of €100,000. 17 starters contested this Quinte+ race of the day with a €5.7 million jackpot. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin to his 25th career victory, now for €801,330 earned. Swedishman overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.5kr at 3.6/1 odds and has proven this summer that he can handle upper-level competition in France. Stetheric  (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Pruvee) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie with Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) third at 29/1 for Eric Raffin, he also handicapped 25 meters. Ulk Medoc and Roi du Lupin were in the beaten field. Swedishman Thomas H. Hicks  

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