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Two Gr. II trots, a fine undercard and Tropicale Night brought out large numbers of racing and entertainment fans  tonight at Paris-Vincennes. The  Prix Chambon P, a Gr II  international event for €120,000 over the 2850 meter distance, went to the gritty Uhlan de Val and Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet won for the eight time and increased earnings to €815,390. Reve de Beylev was first to the lead, then yielded to Olmo Holz and he then to first over Rapide du Digeon. Olmo Holz sat in the pocket. Severino was first up at that point and Reve de Beylev moved second in the outer. Uhlan du Val then swept three wide to the lead and was striding home to hold off a gaining and game Reve de Beylev, with Eric Raffin aboard, on the line. Time was a sharp 1.11.9kr for the distance, just over 1-3/4 miles. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Chambon P, Gr. II International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.11.9kr (race time 3:25.03) Fractions: 1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.12.1kr at 1000, 1.11.9kr at 500 and finish 1st Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 1.2/1 odds, eighth win for €815,390 for owner J-P Megissier 2nd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for Sebastien Guarato, 13.3/1 3rd Ru de L’airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’inTheuille), Pierre Levesque for Philippe Martin, 33.5/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Targu du Chalange), Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 4.1/1 Jean-Pierre Dubois’ A Nous Deux took the Gr. II Prix Lavatar for monte specialists with an impressive rallying win for jockey Mlle. Nathalie Henry and trainer Ronny Kuiper. The pair raced with cover along the inner until coming off the final bend when they made a winning move to the front. A Nous Deux scored in 1.14.2kr over 2850 meters to defeat Anna Mix with Franck Nivard aboard. The winner is a four year-old mare by Goetmals Wood, bred by Ecurie D. May 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lavater, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry up for trainer Ronny Kueiper, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D is the breeder, 1.6/1 odds, her sixth win for €304,050 and raced without shoes 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer, 13.4/1 3rd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva for Ake Kristoffersson, 2.1/1 Atlessima ralled for fourth after 25 meter handicap for Eric Raffin The Quinte+ race also highlighted the card and went to favored Tornado Bello with Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. The seven year-old son of Jag de Bellouet is from Enfilade, dame of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Tornado Bello scored in 1.12.5kr over 2700 meters in the €72,000 Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, Romain Derieux teamed Ugo de Nieul to a second place finish. The Quinte+ exact order paid €64,550 for a €2 wager excluding the €3,050,000 jackpot. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000, 1.12.5kr 1st Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque for Mike Lenders trainer, 3.5/1 odds and 12th win for €423,190 earned 2nd Ugo de Nieul (6m Cygnis d;Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Ten Reve de Lahot (7g Hand du Vivier-Nona de Cahot), David Thomain for J-R Thomain, 9.1/1 4th Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Ohedo-Elles W.Lolita), J-M Bazire for Thomas Chaesson trainer, 14.8/1 5th Ugor du Beauvoisin (6m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin), Alexandre Abrivard for L-C Abrivard trainer, 55.9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Friday’s card at Paris-Vincennes is highlighted by two graded events, one being monte, and the day’s Quinte+ event with the jackpot over €3 million. The classic €120,000 Prix Chambon P starts off the card, a Gr. II international UET Masters Series event with 10 quality starters. Uhlan du Val is the early choice and will be handled by reinsman Cedrik Megissier. The Prix Lavater for monte specialists is a distance handicap event and the early favored Atlessima starts with a 25 meter penalty. Erik Raffin will be in the irons of Atlessima. Prix Chambon P, Gr. II UET Master Series International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10starters Oropuro Bar, Marco Smorgon,  Italy Olmo Holz, Christophe Martens, Italy Ru de l’Airou, Pierre Levesque, FR Une Fille d’Amour, David Thoman,  FR Uhlan du Val, Cedrik Megissier, FR Rapide du Digeon, Damien Bonne, FR Roxana de Barbray, Pierre Vercruysse, FL Severino, Christian Bigeon, FR Quinoa du Gers, Franck Nivard, FR Reve de Beylev, Eric Raffin, FR Early choices-Uhlan du Val, Severino, Olmo Holz Prix Lavater, Gr. II Monte, €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters Astree de l’iton, Yohan Lebourgeois Anna Mix, Franck Nivard Agrippine, Alexandre Abrivard Aquarelle de Fael, David Thomain Aston Fly, Jonathan Carre Al Capone Jet, Mathieu Abrivard Airport, Pierre-Yves Verva A Nous Deux, Nathalie Henry Asana Trembladaise, Anthony Dollion Atlessima, Eric Raffin, travels 2875 meters Early choices-Atlessima, Anna Mix, A Nous Deux Prix Pythia, European, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000 Ugor du Beauvoisin, Alexandre Abrivard Elles W.Phedo, J-M Bazire, Sweden Orione Degli Dei, Pierre Vercruysse, Italy Uprince, Franck Nivard Tamara Jiel, Jos. Verbeeck Richmond Park, Frederic Senet Tintin d’Ecouves, Mathieu Abrivard Krangel, Damine Bonne, Sweden Sometime, Christophe Martens Titus de Baffais, Thierry Duvaldestin Touch of Quick, Eric Raffin Tpoaze de Gournay, P-Y Verva Sam Gibus, Sebastien Baude Ton Reve de Cahot, David Thomain Ugo de Nieul, Romain Derieux Radjah de Venel, Anthony Barrier Tornado Bello, Pierre Levesque Early choices-Uprince, Tornado Bello,Orione Degli Dei In other news,  Commander Crowe trained yesterday at Caen and is expected to race next week at Wolvega in preparation for the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, a race that he won in 2009 and 2012. It was also reported that Rapide Lebel is being aimed for the June 28 Prix de Washington. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card featured two high level graded events and the day’s Quinte+ with a €2.4 million jackpot. The top race of the night was the Gr. II Prix Ozo for three year-old females. Billie de Montfort, off as 3/10 favorite, did not disappoint as she scored easily in 1.13.6kr with the front-end and strong finishing performance. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee to her eighth career victory now for €355,200 earned. The winner is a daughter of Jasmin de Flore and is best of her class. May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Ozo Gr. II females, €120,000, 2175 meters, 1.13.6kr Fractions: 1.12.6kr at 1500; 1.12.5 at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 odds, her eighth win for €355,200 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragone), Franck Nivard, 5.5/1 odds, trainer Fabrice Souloy 3rd Biana d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Geline d’Atout), Mathieu Mottier driver/trainer, 16/1 The co-featured Prix du Crepuscule for €90,000, a Gr. III event for a European field, went to Un Mec d’Heripre and Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that now has 14 career wins for €730,530. The 2/1 favorite is a six year-old son of Orlando Vici and appears to be a future factor in top level international events. He was timed tonight in 1.11.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Crepuscule Gr.  III European, €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.11.2kr (time 2:29.55) 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 2/1 odds, his 14th career win for €730,530 2nd Moses Rob (8m Ganymede-Etoile Rib), Andrea Guzzinati, 26/1 3rd Une File d’Amour (6f Infant de Bossis-Never So Great), David Thomain, 5/1 4th Ru de l’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville), P-Y Verva. 32/1 5th Nene’Degli Lilivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard, 48/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 41/1 odds Vermeil Somolli and trainer/driver J-P Fichaux. The four year-old son of Olimede scored in 1.13.9kr over 2700 meters in this European event for €50,000 purse, Three of the top fine on the line were off at odds of 18/1 or higher and it established an exact order payoff for a €2 wager of €227,928. May 23, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Joinville, European €50,000, 2700 meters, Quinte+ jackpot €2.4 million, 1.13.9kr Fractions: 1.14.8kr at 1500, 1.13.2kr at 1000, 1.13.5kr at 500 1st Vermeil Somolli (4m Olimede-Quitalia Somolli-Ginger Somolli), trained/reined by Jean-Paul Fichaux for owner Ecurie Somolli, 41/1 odds, eighth win for career earnings of €115,270 2nd Visa de Blary (5g Nice Love-Kassandie de Blary), J-M Bazire up, 35/1 3rd Priest Prav (5m Pine Chip-Ginny Grift), Salvatore Carro up, 43/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Hippodrome Le Croise Laroche hosted today’s fifth leg of the Gr. III prestigious traveling series the Grand National de Trot Paris-Turf. The race was contested for €90,000 by 17 performers over the 2800 meter course with distance handicaps applied. Franck Nivard, as trainer/driver, steered favorite Vulcain de Vandel to victory in 1.13.3kr, recording his ninth career win for €286,050. Vagabondu Mag was second for J-M Bazire. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €1,230 for a €2 wager. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, 5th Leg Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, €90,000, 2800 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.13.3kr, Quinte+jackpot €2.2 million 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d’Aunou), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 1.1/1 odds, traveled 2800 meters, ninth career win for €286,050 for Richard Cohen owner 2nd Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up for trainer B. Bourgoin, 3/1, traveled 2825 meters 3rd Vive Majyc (5f Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue), Eric Raffin up for trainer Louis Baudron, 8.3/1, 2800 meters The undercard this day was very interesting as well despite occasional rain at the Lille track, that has the same great racing surface as Paris-Vincennes. The secondary featured Prix du Croise-Laroche for €26,000 went to veteran Freeman T. Porter with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines for trainer Conrad Lugauer. He traveled plus 25 meters to the stated 2825 meter course, a distance handicapped event, to score his 15th career win timed in 1.14.9kr. The good-looking winner is by Korean from a Somollison dam. 5/21/14, Le Croise Laroche, Prix du Croise-Laroche, European €26,000, 2825 meters, 16 starters, 2825 meters distance handicap, 1.14.9kr 1st Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Jos. Verbeeck for Conrad Lugauer trainer, 3.4/1, 2850 meters, his 15th win for €181,579 2nd Saladin (8g Hand du Vivier-Herodiarde), Antoine Wiels for J-P Marmion trainer, 53/1, 2850 meters 3rd Stormy Nightriver (7m Likeable Rover-Lamberonika), Nico d’Haenens up for trainer Henri-Joseph Pools, 2825 meters, 104/1 odds, Germany Verbeeck also won later in the card with Anantara Jet in division B of the Prix de Saint-Omer for €21,000. The four year-old daughter of Ganymede is trained by Luc Roelens and scored in 1.17.1kr over 2850 meters as she overcame a 25 meter penalty. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix de Saint Omer Gr. B, €21,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 12 starters, 1.17.1kr 1st Anantara Jet (4f Ganymede-Reethi Rah Jet), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Luc Roelens, 8.3/1, 2850 meters 2nd Argovie (4f Gogo-Nymphe Jet), Eric Raffin up for Michele Stihl, 32/1, 2825 meters 3rd Aizanau d’Ocque (4m Jason de Vandel-Kairosine), Julien Degardin trainer/driver, 76/1, 2825 meters Division A of the Prix de Saint-Omer, also for €21,000, was of special interest to me. Johanna Lindqvist patiently steered Angel Dark to another come from behind victory, his fourth in nine lifetime starts and second straight. The Anders Lindqvist trained, and co-owned with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable, four year-old gelded son of Look de Star looked boxed approaching the stretch but Mlle. Lindqvist found an opening and her charge rallied once free to sweep past rivals for a six length victory in 1.16.8kr. Gerry  commented  post-race “I am in France and attended the race at Le Croise-Laroche. It is a beautiful track near Lille. Angel Dark raced the best he has ever raced. Johanna gave him a textbook drive. It was a glorious feeling winning in France. It was fun, fun, fun. It is also surreal. I now go to Sweden to attend the races at Solvalla. It promises to be a great weekend of racing.”  May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix de Saint-Omer Gr. A, €21,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.16.8kr 1st Angel Dark (4g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes), Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/co-owner Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry, 1.8/1, 2825 meters, increased earnings to €30,730 with career slate 4-2-1-1 in nine starts 2nd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascotte d’Arbaz), Jean-Francois Senet driver, 15/1, 2850 meters 3rd Avartin Belri (4m Fortuna Fant-Kolankie), Bruno Chanonat up, 13/1, 2850 meters The great GNT day of racing concluded for me with the three year-olds competing in the Prix Grand Lille TV for  €22,000 over 2700 meters autostart. The well-bred daughter of Goetmals Wood scored easily in 1.16.1kr for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen, she the favorite. Bruno Bakalao was second for Spain’s Gabriel-Angelo Pou Pou at the lines. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix Grand Lille TV, €22,000, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.16.1kr 1st Belle de Reux (3f Goetmals Wood-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jarmo Niskanen trainer/driver, 1.9/1 2nd Bruno Bakalao (3m Orsy Dream-Jimmberlay), Gabriel-Angelo Pou Pou up for trainer Antonio Ripoli Rigo, 24/1 3rd Bossanova Marza (3f Rocklyn-Pierji),  Matthieu Verva for Mlle. Celine Leclercq, 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Tonight’s excellent Paris-Vincennes card featured European eligible and Gr. III action for four-year-old males and females plus the Gr. II €120,000 Prix Kalmia for three year-old colts. Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) and favorite Duke of Greenwood scored victories and Athena de Vandel won the four year-old mares contest defeating favorite Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover). Coverage follows. The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (Gr. III European four year-old females, purse €80,000) went to Athena de Vandel and trainer/driver Cedric Megissier. The Prince Gede mare scored her sixth career victory in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters raising career earnings to €190,500. The fast closing favorite Tast of Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) just missed for Jean-Pierre Dubois after escaping traffic trouble too late in the contest. Her stablemate Alisma du Corta (by Love You) was a very competitive third for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains the Dubois pair. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Heraclite, Gr. III European, €80,000, females, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.6kr Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3.4/1, owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel, sixth win for €190,500 earnings 1st Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, Denmark, 1.3/1 favorite, first foal of dam she a winner of 21races for €1,538,050 and third in Prix d’Amerique 2nd Alisma du Corta (4f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way), Franck Nivard for Jean Baudron trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 20/1 3rd Rori Axe (4f Ready Cash-Gamire Grif-Kaisy Dream), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/2, Italy 4th Mustang’s Sally (4f Quick Wood-Star Groenhof-Malabar Man), Robin Bakker up for trainer P.J.P, Hagoort, 11/1, Germany The €80,000 Gr. III Prix Camilla for four year-old males went to favorite Duke of Greenwood (4, Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road). Peter J. Strooper trains the Germany bred campaigner and Hugo Langeweg Jr. engineered the front end victory, his fourth for earnings of €174,698. The 2700 meter course was covered in 1.15.3kr. Regio (by Varenne) and Romanesque (by Love You) trailed the winner home. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Camilla, Gr. III European males, €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Grounhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Peter J. Strooper trainer and M. Rothengatter owner, fourth win for €174,698, 1.2/1, Germany 2nd Regio (4m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee), 9/2 odds, Robin Bakker for P.J.P Hagoort, Italy 3rd Romanesque (4m Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 29/1, Italy 4th Ah Quel Micha  (4m Rocklyn-Oceana du Phare-Vroum d’Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer, 6.5/1 5th Arpent d’Ostel (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-Ph. Mary trainer/driver, 16/1 The Prix Kalmia, a Gr. II event for three-year-old colts over 2175 meters went to great gaited  Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) for teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The owner/breeder is Frederic Saugue of this seven time winner of €318,950. He slipped through on the inside late to score a narrow win. Another Allaire pupil Boccador de Simm (by Rieussee) was a solid second for Pierre Vercruysse with third to favorite Brutus de Bailly (by Niky) and J-M Bazire. Purse was €120,000 and winning time was 1.13kr. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kalmia Gr. II males, €120,000, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou),  Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder F. Saugue, 2/1 odds, seventh win for €318,950 2nd Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussee-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse for Philippe Allaire, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire, 1/1 favorite 4th Bolide du Gueron (3m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia-Jenko), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 42/1 5th Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise-Blue Dream), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver,  18/1 odds The Prix Firmament for aged European eligibles went to Sweden’s Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night) in 1.14.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Franck Nivard drove the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner I.C. Equine AB. Moving On recorded her tenth win now for earnings of €179,966. Italy’s Plutonio (by Self Possessed) was second for Christophe Martens in this €56,000 event. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Firmament, European, €56,000m 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy, 7.5/1 odds, Sweden, owner I.C. Equine AB, tenth win for €179,966 2nd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out), Christophe Martens for trainer Ake Kristofferson, 4/1 odds, Italy 3rd Vertige d’Avril (5g Historien-Katia de Mai0Uhlan de Cocherel), M. Bezier up for Pascal A. Geslin 4th Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall), Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema, 4.8/1, Sweden 5th Revenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill), Mathieu Mottier for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 25/1, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie went to the legendary veteran trotter Roi de Lupin for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to victory in 1.12.7kr over 2450 meters. He earned his 26th career win and the winner’s share of the €150,000 purse raised lifetime earnings to €1,636,450. Swedishman and Reve de Beylev followed the winner home in a good field that also included Turbo Jet, Uhlan du Val, Tiego d’Etang and other upper-class “trotteurs”. Summary follows. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, €150,000, 16 starters over 2450 meters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ jackpot €8.75 million 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer/owner/breeder J-P Marmion, his 26th win for €1,636,450, 2.3/1 odds 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 28/1 4th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 20/1 5th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 7/1 Beaten field included 3.8/1 Tiego d’Etang, Quinoa du Gers, Axelle Dark, Valse Darling, Sam Gibus, Valse Castelets, Talicia Bella. The Caen undercard, conducted on this perfect May day before a huge gathering, featured graded monte action. Four year-old Love You stallion Airport took the Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere with a €120,000 purse. The winner was handled by Eric Raffin and scored in 1.13.7kr by open lengths for trainer Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The favorite winner boosted his lifetime earnings to over €197,000. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Henri Balliere, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up for Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes, 1.5/1 favorite, his fifth win for €197,400 2nd Albertains (4m Power Jet-Nymphe de Feugeres), Julien Raffestan up for J-E Senet, 41/1 3rd Athos du Roc (4m Odeisis de Vandel-Herbe des Brouets), Franck Nivard up for trainer D-J Brault, 14/1 The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs for €150,000 went to the “jazzman”, Bird Parker with Yohan Lebourgeois up. Phillipe Allaire trains the winner for Elisabeth Allaire, as he crushed his foes to score in 1.13.8kr. Career earnings of this one are now just short of €262,000. Bird Parker has favorably responded to the switch to monte competition as his last three monte starts have been exceptional. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteur/Prix Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, Gr. I monte, €150,000, 14 starters, 2450 meters, 1.13.8kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, breeder M.C. Toulorge, 1.1/1 odds, his third win for €261,980 2nd Barbar des Brouets (3m Giant Cat-Pin Up des Brouets), Philippe Masschaele up, 9/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy aboard, 64/1 Aged monte campaigners, 19 of them in fact, battled in the €65,000 Prix du Calvados ov2nd er 2450 meters. Uppercut de Manche took the inside route to victory for Damien Bonne, in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, to score in 1.13.8kr to pick up his 11th lifetime win, now with earnings of €240,450. He was the even money favorite and defeated the 13/1 Tun Winner, a son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix du Calvados, European monte, €65,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 1/1 odds, 11th career win for €240,450 2nd Tun Winner (7g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere), S-E Pasquier up, 13/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence, 33/1 Good three year-olds took to the sulky in the €36,000 Prix de la Touques over 2200 meters autostart. The Ready Cash sired Bold Eagle took this one impressively for Jean-Etienne Dubois as the 4/5 favorite. He recoded victory five in a brief career with the win over Black Gold, a son of Sam Bourbon and now trained by Franck Leblanc after being recently acquired at public auction. May 14, 2014, Caen, Prix de la Touques, three year-olds, €36,000, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.15kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean Etienne Dubois, driver/trainer/owner/breeder, 4/5 favorite, fifth win for €52,550 2nd Black Gold (3m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), G. Delacour trainer/driver On the May 13 evening card at Paris-Vincennes three year-olds did battle with J-M Bazire winning both the female and male contests with Babylone Seven and Bandit Charentais. Summaries follow: May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Murzim, €42,000, 2700 meters for females, 9 starters, 1.17.3kr 1st Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Faux-Nyala), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 7/10 favorite 3rd Balva Miontaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Eric Raffin up, 46/1 4th Belle d’Hommeur (3f Password-Place l’Honneur), Julien Dubois trainer/dri ver, 8/1 May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hesperia, €36,000 for males, 2200 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am), J-M Bazire up for J-M Baudouin, 9/10 favorite 2nd Bambino du Mont (3m Quitus de Mexique-Porta Mag), Pierre Vercruysse up for A-P Schmitt trainer, 50/1 3rd Bazooka Nep (3m Quatre Juillet-Star de Gautiers), Damien Bonne for Sebastian Guarato trainer, 20/1 Of other interesting note the veteran 11 year-old Commander Crowe makes his first 2014 start on May 17 at Wolvega. 1 Oaks de Villeneuve, L.G.M. De Groote 2 Lobell Countess, M.F. Rothengatter 3 Commander Crowe, R. Bakker 4 Sage de Bresles, H.W. Langeweg jr. 5 Quito de Roche, J.H. Schwarma 6 Picardo, C. De Groote 7 Attrape Moi, C.F. Kamminga 8  Andriy Fortuna, P.J. Strooper UET Masters Series point leaders were also announced. The final will be in September in Copenhagen. Elitloppet starter Timoko ranks second with other last weekend winners Univers de Pan and Roxane Griff near the top. 1 ITALIE MACK GRACE SM(M 8) 3300 2 FRANCE TIMOKO(M 7) 3050 3 FRANCE ROXANE GRIFF(F 9) 2275 4 FRANCE UNIVERS DE PAN (M 6) 2100 5 SUEDE COMMANDER CROWE(H 11) 2000 6 SUEDE NAHAR(H 9) 1900 7 FRANCE UP AND QUICK(M 6) 1650 8 FRANCE SAVE THE QUICK(F 8) 1600 9 SUEDE SANITY(H 8) 1550 10 ITALIE NAPOLEON BAR(M 7) 1500 11 SUEDE PANNE DE MOTEUR(M 6) 1400 12 FRANCE TEXAS CHARM(M 7) 1275 13 SUEDE MAHARAJAH(M 9) 1250 14 ITALIE PASCIA'LEST(M 5) 1200 15 FRANCE TIEGO D'ETANG(M 7) 1150 16 ITALIE OWEN CR(M 6) 1150 17 FRANCE READY CASH(M 9) 1100 – retired or is he ? 18 SUEDE SEBASTIAN K.(M 8) 1050 – now in USA 19 FRANCE THE BEST MADRIK(M 7) 1025 - retired 20 SUEDE DEUXIEME PICSOUS(M 7) 1000 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

Philippe Allaire might be eyeing America with his super trotter Ready Cash, but his eyes will be firmly on another pair of his charges at Caen tomorrow when Bird Parker and Bomba line up in the Group 1 Saint-Leger des Trotters, a 2450m three-year-old monte for 150,000 euros which highlights the biggest day of the year at the northern Basse-Normandie city. Bird Parker, a son of Ready Cash, is equally at home in the bike or under saddle, being a group two monte winner and a runner-up under harness in several major group races including the Prix Emmanuel Marghouty and Prix Maurice Gheest. With top monte rider Yoann Lebourgeois engaged, Bird Parker was paying very short 3/2 odds early Tuesday while his stable mate, the filly Bomba was at 4/1. By Goetmals Wood, a noted under saddle sire, Bomba has won three of her six monte starts, including the prestigious group two Prix Ali Hawas but gallops have proven costly in her other two group outings and handicappers will have been wary of this. Splitting the two Allaire charges in the market is Fabrice Souloy's nice filly Beauty Turgot, the winner of the Prix Holly du Locton under saddle and a placegetter in the bike in the Prix Une de Mai, the biggest race for 2YO fillies in France. Pascal Daulier's Babar des Brouets, a son of Giant Cat, is also coming in for early support having run a fourth placing in one of his two group two monte starts. The others in the market are Blooma d'Heripre (Rolling d'Heripre) a three-win colt trained by Gregory Thorel who is making his first group start and Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier) a filly from William Bigeon's barn who was runner up in the Prix Holly du Locton. There is a second monte of note on the card with the Prix Henri Balliere, over the same distance for 4YOs, but for 120,000 euros and graded Group II. With Roddy Kuiper's top-ranked filly A Nous Deux missing from the event, Ake Kristoffersson's Love You stallion Airport (Love Yo) who was a gallant second in both the last two group montes is under even money to win this. He will be ridden again by Eric Raffin. Hughes Levesque's Cygnus d'Odyssee mare Astree de l'Iton is making her first group start after a couple of impressive wins under saddle in lower grade races is the next best supported in the market, and has Yoann Lebourgeois on board for the trip. Alexandre Abrivard will be on board talented Hasting mare Agrippine, which is trained by Laurent Claude Abrivard and handicappers are hoping she can find the form that saw her second in the group one Prix de Vincennes, after several DQs in recent outings. SAINT-LEGER DES TROTTEURS - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group I  2450m 3YO €150 000 1         Bella Madrik (f Lilium Madrik - Carieva de Prelong)   Rd: Nathalie Henry   Tr: Rd: Estelle Dessartre       2         Bandit (c Coktail Jet - Malika de Vandel)   Rd: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr: Guillaume Grelier         3         Baron Colmi (c Rieussec - Ligie du Vivier)   Rd: Anthony Dollion   Tr: Sebastien Guarato      4         Best des Jacquets (c Coktail Jet - Kodessa)   Rd: Antoine Wiels   Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin           5         Ballerine Griff (f Password - Keva Mesloise)   Rd: Damien Bonne   Tr: Sebastien Guarato        6         Babar des Brouets (c Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets)  Rd:  Philippe Masschaele   Tr: Pascal Daulier        7         Blooma d'Heripre (f  Rolling d'Heripre - Quenta Por Favor)   Rd: David Thomain   Tr: Gregory Thorel       8         Balzane de Bootz (f Nem - Queza de Bootz)   Rd: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr: Jean Michel Bazire       9         Bingo Star (c Look de Star - Rosiris)   Rd: Adrien Lamy   Tr: Lucien Swita           10         Balade de Blary (f  Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes)   Rd: Antoine Lherete   Tr: Franck Anne           11         Brise de l'Alba (f  Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee)   Rd: Eric Raffin   Tr: William Bigeon       12         Brooklyn Bridge (c Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley)   Rd: Pierre Yves Verva   Tr: Franck Leblanc       13         Bomba (f  Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour)   Rd: Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Philippe Allaire           14         Beauty Turgot (f  Hand du Vivier - Quouragane)   Rd: Franck Nivard   Tr: Fabrice Souloy           15         Bird Parker (c  Ready Cash – Belisha)   Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois   Tr: Philippe Allaire           PRIX HENRI BALLIERE - Caen 14/05/14 FR  Group II 2450m 4YOs €120 000 1         Arabole du Varlet (f    Magnificent Rodney - Gabole du Varlet)   Rd: Jerome Dave   Tr: Martial Dupuis       2         Albertains (h   Power Jet - Nymphe de Feugeres)   Rd: Julien Raffestin   Tr: Jean Francois Senet       3         Astree de l'Iton (f    Cygnus d'Odyssee - Melodie de l'Iton)   Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois   Tr: Hughes Levesque        4         Amour de Retz (h   First de Retz - Melody des Charmes)   Rd: Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Åke Kristoffersson          5         Athos du Roc (h   Odeisis de Vandel - Herbe des Brouets)   Rd: Franck Nivard   Tr: Damien Jean Brault          6         Altair des Brouets (f    Quiz des Brouets - Luanda des Brouets)   Rd: Jonathan Vanmeerbeck   Tr: Pascal Daulier       7         Agilite Jenilou (f    Love You - Quemilla Jenilou)   Rd: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr: Louis Baudron         8         Aurea Vikland (f    Prince de Montfort - Kettina de Monti)   Rd: Pierre Yves Verva   Tr: Guillaume Moinon          9         Agrippine (f    Hasting - Moqueuse)   Rd: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard         10         Aston Fly (h   Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou)   Rd: Jonathan Carre   Tr: Michael Jean Ruault          11         Airport (h   Love You - Pivoine)   Rd: Eric Raffin   Tr: Åke Kristoffersson          12         Atwood Griff (h   Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff)   Rd: Damien Bonne   Tr: Sebastien Guarato       13         Asana Trembladaise (f    Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban)   Rd: Anthony Dollion   Tr: Anthony Dollion       by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Uncle Peter will prep for the Elitlopp, to be held May 25 in Sweden, by facing nine rivals in Sunday's Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund Travbane in Denmark. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Uncle Peter will be handled by his regular driver, David Miller, in the 1-1/4 mile race, which has a purse of $140,000 for the winner. Uncle Peter drew post No. 1. Defending Copenhagen Cup champion Mr Picolit will start from post three. The field also includes Kash's Cantab, Solvato, and Magic Tonight - all who began their careers in the U.S. and were stakes winners. Solvato, incidentally, was bred by a group headed by Takter's wife, Christina, and is a full brother to Takter's star filly Shake It Cerry. The 5-year-old Uncle Peter arrived overseas early Wednesday morning. He enters the Copenhagen Cup off a half-length win over Sevruga in 1:52.1 on May 2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. A week earlier, he was second in his seasonal debut, finishing 1-1/2 lengths behind Modern Family in 1:51.1. "Against those horses (in the Copenhagen Cup), I think he's pretty comparable," Takter said about Uncle Peter, who has won 13 of 37 career races and $1.18 million for owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical AB, John and Jim Fielding, and Goran Falk. "It's probably a softer field than is going to be in the Elitlopp. There also is a big race Saturday in Finland, so some horses will be there." Uncle Peter is the only one of seven confirmed Elitlopp invitees competing in the Copenhagen Cup. Others expected in the Elitlopp, according to its website, are Maven, Pascia 'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, and Shaq Is Back. The field for the Elitlopp will consist of 16 horses. Takter won the Elitlopp and Copenhagen Cup with Moni Maker in 1998. Moni Maker, a two-time Horse of the Year Award winner, died May 2 at the age of 21. "I haven't been back since Moni Maker won it," Takter said. "It would be exciting to go back and win the race after Moni Maker just passed away. "You've got to take a shot. If you're not in it, you can't win it." Takter was unconcerned about the extra distance in the Copenhagen Cup, but thought Uncle Peter's post could be a disadvantage. "The two horses outside of him (Kash's Cantab and Mr Picolit) are extremely quick; they can leave faster than anyone," Takter said. "You can get into a little trouble there." The style of racing is different in Europe, Takter said, so it was good Miller was going to get a few drives under his belt before the Elitlopp. "It's really tough racing over there," said Takter, a native of Sweden who has lived in the U.S. for more than three decades. "You're getting drivers from a bunch of different countries and the driving is way different from our style. You almost get shocked when you see some of those races. They're parking each other, it's tight, you don't get any position, they keep you out three wide. It's not easy. "It's good for David. He's going to drive Uncle Peter and we got another drive for him Sunday. He can get a little familiar to European driving. David is a professional. I'm sure he will study the races and watch (video) so he is familiar with the style of racing. There is a horse outside all the time over there. It's tactic driven." In addition to Uncle Peter in the Copenhagen Cup, Takter's 4-year-old male trotter Corky will race on the undercard. Corky won last year's Beal Memorial and has earned $897,465 for owners Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding. "He's in a race for 4-year-olds, about $60,000 purse," Takter said. "I figure it's good for him to go over and not have to race against the (older) horses here. He can do three or four starts over there. If I'm going to send one horse over there, I might as well send two." Following is the field in post order for the Copenhagen Cup, with listed drivers: 1. Uncle Peter, David Miller; 2. Kash's Cantab, Erik Adielsson; 3. Mr Picolit, Jorma Kontio; 4. Orali, Jeppe Juel; 5. Solvato, Veijo Heiskanen; 6. Beckman, Franck Nivard; 7. Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini; 8. Harry Haythrow, Peter Untersteiner; 9. Magic Tonight, Orjan Kihlstrom; 10. Caballion, Bjorn Goop.

Holger Ehlert trained Nesta Effe returns to Vermo. Fineland on Saturday May 10 to defend last year's Finlandia AJO title. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event will be contested over 1609 meters autostart for purse of 190,000 euros. Three career winners of over 1 million euros are in the lineup (Nesta Effe, Sanity and Univers de Pan).Ten quality performers will be at the start: Juliano Rags, Noralf Braekken, Norway Oasis Bi, Claes Svensson, Italy Nesta Effe, Roberto Vecchione, Italy Sanity, Johnny Takter, Sweden Quite An Avenger, Marrku Nieminen, Finland Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, France Blue Porsche, Likka Nurmonen, USA Prussia, Pietro Gubellini, Italy Paladin Bleu, Joseph Verbeeck, France Air Gunner, Kari Rosimo, Finland Nesta Effe Replay of the 2013 event and post-race festivities are shown by link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZih-ToflI#t=362 The 2014 field at Helsinki shapes up as wide-open affair. Oasis Bi has 12 career wins in 35 starts for 3,263,264SEK. The six year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed has posted two wins in four starts this year against solid foes. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) has also started 2014 effectively with a 3-2-0 slate in five starts including success in France. He now has 30 wins from 69 appearances for earnings of 9,723,176SEK. Local player Air Gunner (6g Ray Gun-Dame Gallant-Meadow Gallant) has also begun the season well with three wins, the last two in 1.11.7kr for driver Kari Rosimo. Winners of the Finlandia include legends of the trotting wars internationally (e.g., Commander Crowe, SJ's Photo, Copiad, Davidia Hanover, Napoletano, Grade's Singing and Ideal du Gazeau). The race record 1.10.6kr was set in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene reined by Bjorn Goop. Winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy  France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer  United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi  Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet  France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola  Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade  United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné  Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen  Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson  Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway  United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop  United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson  United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen  United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen  United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop  Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin  Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre  France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David  France 1:15.6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

European trotting fans will be treated this weekend (Sunday May 11) to Charlottenlund’s Broline Copenhagen Cup in Demark. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series test is a meaningful Elitloppet prep and contains contestants from Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Uncle Peter makes his initial European venture after arriving from USA today. Previous USA import Solvato has raced well lately as has Magic Tonight that will have Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann. Start: Broline Copenhagen Cup (UET Trotting Masters Gr 1) 1.350.000 kroner ($227,000 US), 2011 meters auotstart 1) Uncle Peter (us) – David Miller – Jimmy Takter 2) Kash's Cantab (us) - Erik Adielsson – Stig H. Johansson 3) Mr Picolit (s) - Jorma Kontio – Raoul Engblom 4) Orali (dk) - Jeppe Juel – Jeppe Juel 5) Solvato (us) - Veijo Heiskanen – Veijo Heiskanen 6) Beckman (s) - Franck Nivard - Fabrice Souloy 7) Mosaique Face (s) - Lutfi Kolgjini – Lutfi Kolgjini 8) Harry Haythrow (s) - Peter Untersteiner – Johnny Johansson 9) Magic Tonight (us) - Örjan Kihlström – Roger Walmann 10) Caballion (s) - Björn Goop – Franck Leblanc Program pages for the Saturday Copenhagen Cup card can be viewed using links below: http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL1.pdf http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL2.pdf The Copenhagen Cup has a rich history, equine and human. The first three editions were won by the sport's legendary Charlie Mills driving Guy Bacon and Walter Dear (two wins). This pair were imported from the United States. Mills won again 29 years later with the equally legendary french mare Gelinotte. Winners of the Copenhagen Cup include many of the best in the history of the sport, including the late Moni Maker in 1998. Since Copenhagen Cup was introduced in 1975 there have been several  Danish victories including Hairos, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Legendary Lover K in 2002 and Wishing Stone in 2012. Dewayne Minor campaigned the last two in their successful US careers . The race record is held by the Italy’s Libeccio Griff , who scored in 1.10.7kr in 2011 for Bjorn Goop. Previous Winners Year Horse1 Driver Winning time 2013 Mr. Picolit Åke Svanstedt 1:11,7a 2012 Wishing Stone Jeppe Juel 1:11,3a 2011 Libeccio Grif Björn Goop 1:10,7a 2010 Nu Pagadi Erik Adielsson 1:11,7a 2009 Triton Sund Örjan Kihlström 1:12,8a 2008 Ghibellino Roberto Andreghetti 1:12,4a 2007 Kool du Caux Jean-Michel Bazire 1:12,0a 2006 Mara Bourbon Jean-Pierre Dubois 1:12,2a 2005 Steinlager Per-Oleg Midtfjeld 1:13,5a 2004 Revenue Lutfi Kolgjini 1:12,6a 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 1:13,5a 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 1:12,7a 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 1:13,4a 2000 Indian Silver Stig H. Johansson 1:12,8a 1999 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etinne Dubois 1:13,5a 1998 Moni Maker Wally Hennessy 1:12,6a 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 1:14,1a 1996 Triple T Storm Joseph Verbeeck 1:14,1a 1995 S J's Photo David Wade 1:12,8a 1994 Bolets Igor David Wade 1:13,2a 1993 Campo Ass Wilhelm Paal 1:14,6a 1992 Bravo Sund Jorma Kontio 1:14,9a 1991 Glass Hanover Henning Beckemeyer 1:14,5a 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:13,5a 1989 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,6a 1988 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,4a 1987 Hairos John K. Hansen 1:14,0a 1986 Junior Lobell John K. Hansen 1:13,6a 1985 Minou du Donjon Olle Goop 1:14,0a 1984 Lutin d'Isigny Jean-Paul Andree 1:13,8a 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter 1:13,9a 1982 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,0a 1981 Jorky Leopold Verroken 1:16,3a 1980 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,6a 1979 Charme Asserdal Heikki Korpi 1:15,5a 1978 Pershing Berndt Lindstedt 1:14,2a 1977 Keystone Pioneer William Haughton 1:15,0a 1976 Wiretapper Sören Nordin 1:17,2a 1975 Ritha Lyngholm Olle Lindquist 1:18,0a 1966 Roquepine Jean-René Gougeon 1:16,9a 1964 Elaine Rodney Jean-René Gougeon 1:15,4a 1962 Eidelstedter Johannes Frömming 1:21,0 1961 Rulle Rappson Sören Nordin 1:21,4 1960 Hairos II Willem Geersen 1:17,0a 1959 Jens Protector Trygve Diskerud 1:16,3a 1958 Adept Kurt Mattson 1:21,5 1957 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 1:18,7 1952 Frances Bulwark Sören Nordin 1:22,3 1951 Rollo Ragnar Thorngren 1:17,8 1949 Presidenten Casino The Great Folke Bengtsson Fredi Sølberg 1:23,1 1:22,7 1948 Harvest Druien Niels Jan Koster 1:23,8 1946 Future Aage Kristoffersen 1:19,9 1939 Sonny Diamond Niels Jan Koster 1:21,1 1938 Sir Walter Scott Calle Schoug 1:22,1 1932 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:19,6 1931 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:18,4 1928 Guy Bacon Charlie Mills 1:19,4 1 Country of owner (Wikipedia chart above) One of the most eventful, in this reporters opinion, Copenhagen Cup races was the 2006 edition when parked out Mara Bourbon gained advantage just before the line and held off charging Giant Diablo for the victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qloX5wLbL8 - 2006 Copenhagen Cup by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Timoko returned to form tonight by winning the Gr. II UET Master Series 120,000e Prix Kerjacques at Vincennes. The Richard Westerink owned/trained classmaster scored in 1.12.7kr over the 2700 meter distance for teamster Bjorn Goop. Goop was fast off the start and gained command before yielding to Rapide Lebel in the first lap stretch. The pair then re-took the front before yielding to Rapide du Digeon and Franck Nivard. Nivard dictated an easy pace and held the front until Timoko left the pocket and assumed the lead for good halfway down the long Paris-Vincennes stretch. Rapide du Digeon held for second with veteran Roi du Lupin third. Rapide Lebel enjoyed a three spot trip along the inner, followed Timoko's move and then tired in the stretch to finish a well-beaten sixth. May 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kerjacques, 120,000e, 2700 meters, Gr. II UET Masters Series, 10 starters Fractions: 1.13.7kr at 1500; 1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13.3kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant), Bjorn Goop up for Richard Westerink trainer/owner, 6.8/1 2nd Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barnes), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Raffegeau, 7/1 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 0.8/1 Back in field Quoumba de Guez 5th; Rapide Lebel 6th; dq were Severino and Striking Actions by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

The 5YO crop play a supporting role to the Group One classique Criterium des 4 Ans with two Group two races, both worth 120,000 euros, the Prix Jean Gauvreau a monte over 2175m and the Prix Albert Demarcq an "atelle" or under harness race over 2850m, sandwiching the marquee event of the day. Jean-Philippe Dubois' super mare Vision Intense is a 4/3 on favourite on early markets for the Prix Jean Gauvreau which is race 5 on Saturday's card, as she makes a return to under saddle racing after a meritorious third in the group two Prix Henri Levesque in the bike to Voltigeur de Myrt, who is second-favourite in the other 5YO group race today. Vision Intense will be ridden as usual by Nathalie Henry and any placing in the race will push the daughter of Prodigious over the 800,000 euro mark in earnings. You will get good odds on any of the others, should she go into one of her occasional gallops as she did in costly fashion in the first of the monte group ones this year, the Prix des Centaures, which was won by Valdice de Mars , who lines up again here. Loic Groussard's daughter of Lynx de Bellouet will be ridden by champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and was paying 7/2 on the early market. Powerful player Ecurie des Charms stallion Valroy (First de Retz) and Yves Dreux's Varum Boy (Baccarat du Pont), who is making his first group start after solid recent form, are also well supported at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively. As mentioned previously Voltigeur de Myrt is the early 2/1 second-favourite for the Prix Albert Demarcq, for the same age group, but under harness, which is race 8 on the card and has drawn a closely matched field of nine. The winner of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans was super last time out notching his first win since last year's classique for trainer Roberto Donati and is a good chance here with a similar performance, with the other big guns of the generation such as Village Mystic, Victoire and Vanika du Ruel bypassing the race. Edging him in the favouritism is Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val (3/2) who was second in the Prix Henri Levesque, but Villeroi (9/4), whose baby sister Agneska is in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and two sons of Jag de Bellouet in Vulcain de Vandel (5/2) and Very Nice Marceau (3/1) also well supported. PRIX JEAN GAUVREAU Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YO 120,000e 1 Valse de Reve (m Mister President - Nouba Houba) Anthony Barrier Tr: Nicolas Roussel 2175 2 Victoire Smiling (m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2175 3 Vol de Nuit (h Goetmals Wood - Manon Lescaut ) Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2175 4 Vie des Neuf Clos (m Obrillant - Lola des Neuf Clos) Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 2175 5 Viva Jenilou (m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Franck Nivard Louis Baudron 2175 6 Valroy (h First de Retz - Leda d'Occagnes) Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2175 7 Varum Boy (h Baccarat du Pont - Hawai Girl) Eric Raffin Tr: Yves Dreux 2175 8 Volga Saltor (m Fleuron Perrine - Glory d'Ariane) David Thomain Tr: Daniel Bethouart 2175 9 Voriane de Guez (m Jet Fortuna - Oriane de Guez) Olivier Touvais Mickael Tourteau 2175 10 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2175 11 Viscaria (m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty) Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Guillaume Gillot 2175 12 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 2175 13 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 PRIX ALBERT DEMARCQ Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II 2850m 5YO 120 000e 1 Vaisman (h Memphis du Rib - Iula du Douetil) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (s Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Very Nice Marceaux (h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 2850 5 Vive Majyc (s Baccarat - Pont et Mammy Blue) Dr: Cedric Beurel Tr: Louis Baudron 2850 6 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 7 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 2850 8 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2875 9 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Champion French gelding Rapide Lebel makes his return to group racing in the120,000 euro Prix Kerjacques, a UET Masters Series event and the first race on the card at Vincennes on Friday evening. Sebastien Guarato's 9YO son of Ginger Somolli will make his first appearance since running third in the Prix Paul Buquet in December 2012. The gelding was sidelined and briefly retired with a hairline fracture which has since responded to treatment. Since he was out for more than 12 months, he had to requalify at Grosbois, which he did in style in mid-March and then crossed the border into Belgium for a warm-up race, which he trotted in record time of 1.14.4kr for 2850m on the Hippodrome Wallonie, at Mons. However Guarato's star did not train on to his liking and he decided to bypass last week's Olympiatravet final in favour of tomorrow's Prix Kerjacques. It will be interesting to see if the third-ranked horse in France's stellar R-generation can recapture the form he showed in 2011 when he won four group ones in Belgium, Finland and Sweden and two group twos in France, and also finished runner-up in the Elitloppet and the North American Breeders Crown, which was that year held at Woodbine in Canada. Rapide Lebel has won 29 races and 1,814,522 euros, thus far, putting him third on the money earnings of the crop of 2005. Thierry Raffegeau's accomplished gelding Roi du Lupin was second to Quinoa du Gers in last week's Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, the second time he had been runner up in Argentan's biggest race. The fifth-highest money earner of the R-generation is most accomplished under saddle, but like Rapide Lebel, being a gelding restricts him from all of the classique races, and to have earned 1.55 million euros speaks volumes for his ability. In 2012, his best year, he won no less than four group two montes and also the rich group two Grand Prix de Sud Ouest, (180,000 euros). He was also runner up in three monte group twos and two under harness group two races. Last year he only started twice, both times under saddle with a second placing in the Prix du Calvados, but he returned to the track this year in January, although so far he has raced solely in the bike, with two minor wins in Belgium before he gradually stepped up in class. French handicappers have liked what they have seen and he was the early favourite. Richard Westerink's Timoko was a disappointment in the Prix d'Atlantique, with questions asked about the drive of Pierre Vercruysse afterwards after he finished fourth. Top Swedish driver Bjorn Goop is aboard the talented stallion son of Imoko for the Prix Kerjacques, with Vercruysse aboard Austrian entrant Striking Actions who races out of the Dominique Locqueneux stable. Love You stallion Ulysse has also been more prominent in monte racing of larte but Mike Lenders has stuck his under saddle star back in harness for a crack at the 120,000 euros, which in France of course pays down to seventh place, leaving only two to go home empty handed here. Rapide du Digeon, Quoumba de Guez and Severino have attracted some support in early markets, although the vast majority of the money is on the three big names. PRIX KERJACQUES Vincennes 02/05/14 FR Group 2 Int, UET Masters Series 2700m 6-10 120 000 euros 1 Tintin d'Ecouves (h Lucky d'Hilly - Oasis de la Basle) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Vincent Jarry 2 Striking Actions (h Oaklea Bluejay - Dream Qui) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Dominik Locqueneux 3 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 4 Rapide du Digeon (v Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 5 Severino (h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 6 Quoumba de Guez (s Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Roi du Lupin (v Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 8 Rapide Lebel (v Ginger Somolli - Koranie des Noes) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Richard Westerink by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Gros Bios-based Dutchman Ron Kuiper looks to have a rising monte star in his stable in A Nous Deux who heads the field in the 120,000 euro Group two Prix Rene Palyart at Vincennes tonight. The mare is owned by legendary French breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and is one of two in the race by Goetmals Wood. The well-travelled Kuiper was introduced to the Fabulous Gros Bois training centre when a stable lad for Stefan Hultman, the trainer for the powerful Travkompianet Stall AB, when they would rent boxes of Pierre Vercruysse in the early 2000s. Now established in France on his own account, Hultman's stable star Maharajah is still a regular winter visitor to Kuiper's training barn as Hultman and Kuiper maintain a close relationship. A Nous Deux is coming off a last start fourth in the Prix Beaumanoir a 4-5YOs event at Vincennes, after beating her own age group in the last two montes that have been contested for the A-generation, the Prix Louis le Bourg and Prix de Pardieu. These were her first two attempts at group racing, and she will be once again partnered with top rider Nathalie Henry, and they are at short odds to go three from three. His likely toughest opposition comes from ex-pat Swede's Ake Kristoffersson's Airport, a Love You stallion from the powerful Ecurie des Charmes. Airport, was a close second in the Prix Louis le Bourg after leading for most of the journey and then ran down the field under harness in the Prix Phaeton, his first attempt at group racing in the bike. Eric Raffin will be up for the stallion's second group race under saddle, who looks bred for the part. Airport is from the same family as top monte specialist Quarry Bay, a runner-up in the Prix de Cornulier. Laurent Claude Abrivard is represented by the well supported Agrippine a mare by Hasting who will be ridden by Alexandre Abrivard. She was a runner up in the group one monte, Prix de Vincennes but has galloped in her last two monte races and was a distant ninth last start in the Prix Phaeton under harness. Pierre Coignard lines up group two Prix Camille de Wazierres winner Al Capone Jet a son of Jag de Bellouet who will be ridden by Matthieu Abrivard. He has galloped both times since his prestigious group two win in January. Asana Trembladaise, a well performed daughter of Kuadro Wild steps out with trainer Anthony Dollion in the saddle. A runner up in the group one Saint-Leger Des Trotteurs last year, she had two group two monte wins in a row at the start of the winter meeting, but has been unplaced in three starts since the start of the year. Thierry Duvaldestin has entered Aquarelle de Fael a daughter of Look de Star who, has a group two placing under saddle, and will be ridden by Franck Nivard. PRIX RENE PALYART Vincennes 29/04/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 4YO €120,000 1 Arabole du Varlet (s Magnificent Rodney - Gabole du Varlet) Rd: Jerome Dave Tr: Martial Dupuis 2 Aureness (s Mercenaire - Ornaise de Morgane) Rd: Romain Christian Larue Tr: Romain Christian Larue 3 Airport (h Love You - Pivoine) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Ake Kristoffersson 4 Agrippine (s Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 5 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 6 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierji) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 7 Al Capone Jet (h Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Pierre Coignard 8 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 9 Atwood Griff (h Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Asana Trembladaise (s Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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