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The Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw some powerful Groupe tests on Sunday. The Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the 9/10 favorite Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) scored timed in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Armand Speisser owns this winner of now 520,230€ in life earnings off his six career victories.  The 9/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) took second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Follow You (5m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Falco de Laurma, Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin  The Prix de La Pais”Rouen” (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, six year old European eligibles) produced a 1.12.9kr timed victory for even-money favorite Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) and pilot Franck Nivard. The win raised his life earnings to 313,442€ for owner Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. 33/1 Zelou (6m Love You) was second for David Thomain and trainer Billard. Billard also trains the third finishing Vash Top (6f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc handled. Violetto Jet, Franck Nivard driving for Philippe Billard The Gr. III Prix de L’Amite Franco-Afraicaine (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) brought together a solid field of aged trotteurs and in this one the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie driving for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The victory raised Earl’s career earnings to 714,610€. 10/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third went to 9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Robert Bergh, 28/1 Tessy d’Ete and 50/1 Eridan completed the top five. Earl Simon, Franck Ouvrie up, a game winner   The final groupe event on the Sunday Vincennes program was the Prix Indienne (Gr. IIIm purse 80,000€, monte, 2200 meters, European eligibles) and the impressive 5.2/1 odds winner was Ezalyo Smart (6m Prince Gede) with jockey Mathieu Mottier in the irons for Ecurie Smart and trainer Cyrille Buhigne. This victory increased the winners’ lifetime earnings to 221,580€ with this his sixth win in 51 career starts. The 8/10 favorite Egro Jenilou (6g Village Mystic) rallied for Eric Raffin and trainer Louis Baudron but could not reach the winner in deep stretch. 2.3/1 Fuego de Houelle (5g Rieussec) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc, he a proven exceptional trainer of monte performers. Ezalyo Smart, Mottier up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. III Prix Oscar Collard (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today went to 1.11.6kr timed and 2.8/1 odds Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) with Franck Nivard at the lines for trainer Philippe Billard and Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaelo Sel. His career earnings advanced to 277,442€. The 1.6/1 Velvey Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As) took second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Magnes Dahlen. 10/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) was third handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Suzanna Vachet. 20/1 Elvis du Vallon rallied for fourth ahead of 30/1 Heart of Steel (5g Cantab Hall). Violetto Jet and winning connections  Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) returned to victory lane as the 7/10 favorite for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The time was 1.12.2kr and the race was the Quinte+ Prix Michel Thoury (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). Dreambreaker won for the eighth time in 24 starts, now for 361,378€ earned. The 29/1 Usain Henna (9m Super Light) was second ahead of 12/1 Unique Juni (6f Uptown Yankee). 7/1 Be One des Thirons and 21/1 Doum Jenilou completed the top five and set up a 13,427.60€ exact order payoff with 69 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,406,887€ and 9,439,000€ was wagered on the race. Dreambreaker was an easy winner again at Vincennes Trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire returned to win the Prix Jules Lepennetier (purse 44,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) with the 1.3/1 favorite Feydeau Seven (4m Reedeo Josselyn-Unanime Seie) scoring in 1.12.6kr for his seventh win in 17 career starts now for 151,190€ earned. Foraya de Cahot (4f Up And Quick) and First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) trailed the winner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

It’s been an interesting week in Europe and that is expected to continue tomorrow through August 11. On August 2 at Aby was the Prix Red Mile (125,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) with an impressive victory secured by the rallying 4.8/1 Probo OP (9m From Above-Elimaria-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.09.9kr. Win Paal trains and drive Probo OP for owner Connie Srl. This veteran now has 20 career wins in 75 starts for 4,648,054SEK earned. This horse was making his second start under the direction of Paal after a few starts in Italy. He was unraced in 2017 and made only four starts in 2016. 7.8/1Montlore (8m Love You-Self Made Woman-Self Possessed was second with Bjorn Goop for trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 12.1/1 Global Money (11g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide), also a Bergh trainee, and reined by Christoffer Eriksson The V75 action on August 4 was at Rattvik. The Gr. II International Sommartravets Final (300,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters voltstart distance handicap) saw the 20 meter handicapped and 51/1 Raja Ribb (6g Raja Mirchi-Joyous Sound-Sugarcane Hanover) score timed in 1.13.3kr with Tomas Pettersson driving.  The 30/1 Vasterbo Grosbois (7g Good As Gold-Tatum Trot-Firm Tribute) was second, handicapped 20 meters, ahead of 5/1 On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), handicapped 40 meters, and driven by trainer Hans RF. Stromberg. Also on the Rattvik card was the V75 Gold Ego Boys Minne (200,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart) with 16/1 Cool Keeper (8m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.09.9kr for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. Unique Juni (5f Uptown Yankee) and Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry) followed the winner home. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Rattvik went to 7/1 Linus Boy (6g Zola Boko-Recos Lady-Varenne) for trainer Timo Nurmos and driver Kim Eriksson. Race time was 1.12.1kr. M.T. Joinville (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Ivy LB-Varenne) was next for Jorma Kontio and third was Super Zantos (8g Mythical Lindy-Sunbird Zophie-Zoogin) for Ante Lisell. At Meslay du Maine was the Prix de l’Hippodrome (purse 32,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 45/1 As de Brevol (8g Opus Viervil-Lady de Brevol) scored timed in 1.13.6kr with Anthony Barrier at the lines for owner/trainer Johannes Denneman. The  21/1 Verso de Crennes (9g Islerc de Bellouet) overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second wit J.P, Maillard up for trainer Erno Szirmay. Third was 13/1 Arpege Herbinaie (8g Imoko) for Adrien Lamy and trainer David Armellini. Tomorrow is the eighth leg of the Gr, III Grand National du Trot to be raced at Saint Malo. The purse is 90,000 euro and 18 contestants will travel 2950 meters distance handicap. It should be a superb event with Cleangame and Uniflosa Bella at the start. August 11 is the famed Aby Stora Pris (Gr. I International, UET Masters Series, 3140 meters autostart), a classic race that began in 1936 at Aby Racetrack in Molndal Sweden. Top performing Propulsion and Readly Express are expected to be at the start.     1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström 2 Reckless Björn Goop 3 Muscle Hustle Robert Bergh 4 Readly Express Jorma Kontio 5 Platon Face Adrian Kolgjini 6 Rajesh Face Lutfi Kolgjini 7 Zenit Brick Mika Forss 8 Coquin Bebe Peter Ingves 9 Sorbet Johan Untersteiner 10 Mindyourvalue W.F. Christoffer Eriksson by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Long-striding Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nylan-Lindy’s Crown) at 6.5/1 odds and driven by harness racing trainer Thomas Uhrberg won today’s Summer Mares (125,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) in a quick 1.12.1kr with a front-end verdict over 4/5 favorite Donna de Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) and driver Bjorn Goop for conditioner Tomas Malmqvist. 8/1 Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) had a three-hole trip for Christopher Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan but their stretch surge could not close and she ended third. The V75 Silver Division (100,000DKK first prize, 2000 meters autostart went to the 1.12.2kr timed Takethem (6m From Above-d’Cherce-New Quick). Off at 4/5 odds this Steen Juul reined and trained pupil defeated 32/1 Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) with Johan Untersteiner up. Lars Nilsson trained Georgie Mae that bested 7/1 Tripolini VP (6g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magiuc-Shane Scottseth) that ended third for trainer/driver Jeppe Juul. The Scarlet Knight for three year-olds (100,000DKK to the winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to 9/1 Racing Mange (3m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema). Joakim Lovgren trains and drove the 1.13.8kr clocked winner. 7/1 Bad Moon Rising (3m Muscles Yankee-Ancott Steal-Meadow Road) was second for Birger Jorgensen with 54/1 Beyblade (3m Trophy Catch-Joy Star-Mr. Flirt) third for Kenneth Anderson. Other races of interest on the Charlottenlund card were the Klass II for 80,000DKK to the winner over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 8.3/1 Donato E (5g Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) with Bjorn Goop teaming for Ulf Stenstromer. 4/1 Trecciadoro Rex (4f Cantab Hall-Freedom Rx-CR Track Master) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with 1.2/1 favorite Stronghold (5g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover) third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Summer Stayer was also on the program for 100,000DKK first money in the 2950 meters volt start distance handicapped event. 22/1 Nakoda (7g Juliano Star-Timeless Sakra-Yankee Glide) prevailed, overcoming a 20 meter penalty, to score for Bjorn Goop and trained Reljo Liljendahl. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 14, 2016 - Dominik Locqueneux teamed 1.7/1 favorite Quick Fix (7g From Above-Glued) to victory in today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2.3 million) Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse €150,000, 2900 meters, 18 starters) clocked in 1.16kr at Cagnes-sur-Mer. The shoeless winner is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB. 59/1 Une de Bannes (8f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) landed second for Christophe Martens with third to 5.6/1 Riff Kronos (6m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos) reined by Franck Nivard. 27/1 Potenza OM (7f Yankee Slide-Fiancee du Jesolo) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini with fifth to 13.8/1 Un Diamant d’Amour (8g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte) for driver Eric Raffin. Trebol finished seventh, Truman Dairpet was disqualified and unplaced were Osiride Grif, Berry’s Boy and Africaine. The Prix de Cagnes-sur-Mer (purse €50,000, 2925 meters, 14 European starters) on the undercard went to 1.15.6kr winner Baby Lou Max (5g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) at 3/2 odds for Denis Bekaert, trainer Ph. Mortagne and owner J-D Resson. Second was 11.3/1 Udo’s Oiler (8g Orlando Vici-Carmela Kemp) with trainer Robert Bergh aboard with third to 28/1 Beanhawaii (6g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) with Christophe Martens driving for trainer Vincent Martens. 17/1 Paparazzi (7g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo was fourth in this Pick 5 event for driver Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 64/1 Team Marceau (9g Opus Viervil-Havane Marceau) finished fifth. The Prix Kaizer Soze (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) this day at Cagnes-sur-Mer  went to 7.5/1 odds Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) with Antoine Wiels at the reins for trainer Marku Vartiainen and By The River Stable of Finland. 24/1 Urbec Dry (8g Gros Grain-Kismie d’Eronville) for owner/trainer/driver Romuald Mourice was second with 40/1 Ulysse de la Vitar (8m Neoh Jiel-Jeansadnieres) home third. The winner was clocked in 1.16.6kr over a rain soaked raceway. Early wagering on the month end Prix d‘Amerique at Paris-Vincennes indicates interest in Bold Eagle, Up And Quick, Timoko, Robert Bi and Lionel as the wagering top five. Robert Bi (a winner of €944,000) is out in Sunday’s Prix de Belgique but he starts tomorrow at Wolvega over 2620 meters in a distance handicap event with eight of the 13 starters to travel 2600 meters. It was reported by Gaet that Nuncio is an out for the Prix d’Amerique, instead staying in Sweden. 2  17:40 GRAND PRIX W.H. GEERSEN (WOLVEGA WINTER CH./ELITE CH.) Prijzendraverij. (g.l.s.) - 15-01-16, Wolvega  Drafsport - 2600 mtr - Bandenstart  Dotering: € 9.900 ( 4250 2400 1100 600 300 200 150 en 10% fokpremie)     Dimaggio Boko J. de Leeuw 2600 1     Dream Well E. Bot 2600 2     SJs Junior C S. Schoonhoven 2600 3     Radamante T.H. Kooyman 2600 4     Banker Transs R N. D' Haenens 2600 5     Boucher le Blanc F.W. van der Blonk 2600 6     Dex Beuckenswijk H. Ebbinge 2600 7     Crizzly Bear J.V.M.G. Verbeeck 2600 8     Best Well J. Westenbrink 2620 9     Bibi Barosso H.W. Langeweg jr. 2620 10     Your Love Lois A. Bakker 2620 11     Duke of Greenwood M.F. Rothengatter 2620 12     Robert Bi R. Bakker 2620 13   Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.55 million) Prix de Briarc (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) proved the scene of victory for 3.6/1 Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) for driver Orjan  Kihlstrom, trainer Ulf Stenstromer and owner Johan Sjostrand. Timed in 1.14.8kr the winning trotter was up to win in blanket finish over 24.3/1 Lover Face (7g Love You-Anbra OK) for Yoann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson. 10.6/1 Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) was third for owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau ahead of 37/1 Only One Glory (7m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) handled by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Souloy and Scuderia RPR. Fifth was Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) driven by Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. Disqualifed were Unbridled Charm and Tell Me No Lies. The Gr. III Prix de la Federation Francaise d’Equitation (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) today went to the 4.9/1 odds Lutfi Kolgjini trained Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB owns the winner that defeated 2/1 favorite Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) that Jean-Michel Bazire trains and drove for Ecurie des Charmes. 9.6/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Bologna 2011. Three year-old fillies battled in the Gr. III Prix de l’Afases (purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite, 1.14.2kr timed Currency scored for Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. 7/1 City di Padoueng (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) landed second for Damien Bonne with third to 4.2/1 Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Vincennes’ Prix SES Racing Team (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 14 monte participants) went to 1.1/1 favored, 1.13.7kr timed Ukerlza du Benjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) handled nu Mathieu Mottier for trainer/owner Philippe Rouer. 5.2/1 Vif d’Or du Poli (6g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine du Poli) was second (this one trained and owned by Bernard Piton) and 16/1 Untra Or (7g Orlando Vici-Peka du Chene) landed third for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. Sunday at Mauquenchy the Prix Jacques Geliot (purse €21,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, apprentice lad drivers) went to the 2.3/1 favorite Angel Dark (5g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for driver Jorgen Berggren and trainer Anders Lindqvist who co-owns with Peter Gerry of USA’s Arden Homestead Stable. The 1.16.5kr winner defeated 16/1 Apollon Gede (5m Niky-Passion Gede) and teamster Kevin Weska with third to 10/1 Ariaka (5f Nice Love-Penelope Bleue) driven by Charles Criado. These top three finishers all overcame 25 meter handicaps. Thomas H. Hicks

December 11, 2015 - Herve Soinneau teamed his owned/trained Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) to victory at 9/2 odds at Vincennes in the Quinte+ (jackpot €4.1 million jackpot) Prix de Genozac  (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). Timed in 1.14.1kr the winner bested 4.4/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meunier) and driver Franck Nivard with third to 10.4/1 Ultra du Gede (7g Memphis du Rib-Bayonne) and Olivier Raffin. At Cagnes sur mer the Prix Varenne (purse €42,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) went to Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch at 3.2/1 odds. Owned by Ecurie du Haras de L’Epinay the winner scored in 1.14.4kr for his 18th victory in 70 starts, now foe earnings in excess of €408,000. 12.3/1 Urial d’Harcouel (7m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel) was next for David Bekaert and third to 5/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) and Pierre Vercruysse. On Wednesday, December 9, major events took place at Bergsaker and Solvalla as both tracks were part of the V86 program. The Gr. II International Electroskandia at Bergsaker (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, three year-old fillies) went to favorite and Robert Bergh teamed Timbal (3f From Above-Clear as a Bell-Super Arnie). Tro Lo Lo (3f Pine Chip-Tra La La-Valley Victory) was second for Leif Witasp with Cayenne Ovel (3f From Above-Piova Kronos-Viking Kronos) third for Jorma Kontio. Fourth was Treasure Kronos (3f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) handled by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Bred by Allev. Kronos this one is owned by north American based David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. At Bergsaker the Jason Montage for 60,000SEK to the winner of the 1640 meter autostart event, went to the Leif Witasp trained/driven Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) as that one defeated David Sisu (7m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) handled by Jorma Kontio. Third was Labero Broline (7m Pine Chip-Armbro Natural-Speedy Crown) and teamster Daniel Wajersten. Two year-olds contested Solvalla’s Vinterfavoritem over 2140 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to winner. Undine (2f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) took this event for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Second was Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson with third to Detroit Rock Sisu (2m Scarlet Knight-Klara Sisu-Fleuron Perrine) and driver Tuomas Korvenoja. Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) took Saturday’s Quinte+(jackpot €3.45 million) Prix de Chenonceaux at Vincennes for a purse of €100,000. 18 European starters battled over the 2700 meter course with the win going to the Dominik Locqueneux driven, Lutfi Kolgjini trained, Stall Be The Best owned, 2.8/1 odds Dante Boko as he led throughout and was timed in 1.12.3kr. He raced barefoot and sent an even pace (1.12.1kr at 1500 to go mark; 1.12.5kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500). 7/1 Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) rallied to be second for trainer/driver Franck Anne with 36/1 Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) third for Franck Ouvrie. Beau Gamin and Viking Va Bene took the fourth and fifth spots on the line. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 5 Dante Boko SWE D. Locqueneux Stall Be the Best Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 8 Briac Dark F. Anne Ecurie Guy Barou F. Anne 3ème 10 Adélia de Mélodie F. Ouvrie P. Lecat S. Meunier 4ème 12 Beau Gamin E. Raffin Ecurie J-Michel Rancoule S. Guarato 5ème 7 Viking Va Bene NOR F. Nivard P. Hauger F. Souloy  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 0141     Ordre :       6.315,20€     Désordre :       90,80€     Bonus 4 :       15,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       7,50€     Bonus 3 :       5,00€                     Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) too today’s €90,000 purse Prix de Quimper over the 2700 course and contested by 14 European starters. Dominik Locqueneux drove the 9.7/1 odds winner for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. 16/1 Venue de Bailly (6f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was second for driver J-M Bazire ahead of 7/10 favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and P.V. Racing HB. Paparazzi and Prince di Poggio landed the next two spots in the race with the winner clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.13.5kr winner, 28.6/1 Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 1.7/1 favorite Un Diamant d’Amour (7g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte) was second for Eric Raffin ahead of 6/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) for Damien Bonne. The top three all raced shoeless. Thomas H. Hicks    

May 2, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini’s trainee Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) won Saturday’s Prix d’Etain Royal at Seinajoki Finland scoring in 1.12.71kr at 8/1 for harness racing reinsman Toumas Korvenoja and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. The €100,000 purse international contest drew 10 entrants over the 2100 meter autostart course. 11/1 Big Sky Hurricane (7g Revenue-Big Sky Queen) was second for Mikka Forss ahead of 10.6/1 Traveling Man (10g Supergill-Kimberly Lobell) trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar and veteran Womanizer finished back of fifth. As of this date eight invitations have been made for the 2015 Elitloppet with four important prep races remaining: Invitees: Timoko, France Maven, US On Track Piraten, SWE Digital Ink, SWE Wind Of The North, US BBS Sugarlight, NO Aladin d’Ecajeul, FR Support Justice, NO Remaining Preps: Copenhagen Cup, May 10 Algot Scotts Minne, May 16 Finlandia AJO, May 17 Prins Daniels Lopp, May 23 The action is sure to intensify leading to the Elitloppet. Be there to witness one of the world’s great sporting events. Thomas H. Hicks

Viking Va Bene (4m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont-Viking Sun) took todays €245,600 Norwegian Trotting Derby in a close contest at Bjerke. Geir-Vegard Gundersen drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Sigbjorn Kolnes and other owner Per Hauger. The winner, off at 10.8/1 odds, scored in 1.14.65kr over 2600 meters autostart to record his third career win. Second was Ready Eddie (4m From Above-Delana) and teamster Eirik Hoitomt and third went to USA-bred Conquestador BR (4m Donato Hanover-Likely Volo) handled by trainer Bjorn Goop. Favorite Papagayo E (4m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T) was fourth for reinsman Vidar Hop. The three year-old Norwegian Kriterium for €184,200 went to 12.7/1 outsider Undone (3m Cigar Bar-Sugarina Land) and pilot Johan-Herbjorn Undem. Petter Hvistendahl trains the winner for Stall Undone, that scored in 1.13.82kr over 2100 meters autostart in a close bettle to the line. Glen Ord Superb (3m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) was second for Geir-Vegard Gundersen with Victory Lap (3m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) third with trainer/owner Olav Mikkelborg up. Twelve contested the Kriterium. The excellent Bjerke card also showcased a host of other major contests. Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) and driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen won the €23,950 aged event over 2100 meters autostart. He scored in 1.11.6kr over a good field that included Winmecredit and Frode Hamre that finished second ahead of I’m The Answer with Vidar Hop up. Masaya (3f I’Ideal Bricois-Independence Act-Flying Irishman) took the Finn-Tack Filly Kriterium for a purse of €103,700. She scored in 1.14.5kr over 2100 meters autostart for reinsman Andre H. Stensen. Diador BR and This Is it finished second and third. Claudia BR (4f Dream Vacation-Sister Sahbra-Supergill) secured the VG Hoppe Derby over 2100 meters autostart in 1.14kr for Bjorn Goop. Glad Hall T was second for Bjorn Garberg, with Taja Be Young third for driver Gunnar Austevoll. The purse was €277,528. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Novisad (7m Lejacque d’houlbec-Furlana) reined by Gert Sucact won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Gran Prix Stad Warehem by Gea Happel for a €60,000 purse at Belgium’s historic Hippodrome Waregem. The Italian bred trotter scored at 71.4/1 odds covering the 2960 meter distance in 1.17.11kr for his ninth career victory. Two entrants handicapped 25 meters were second (Quiz de Ginei) and third (Deuxiene Picsos, Swedish invader with Robin Bakker driving for trainer/owner Johan Lejon).  This trotting event was one of three major races (two were steeplechase) on a card that showcased the prestigious Grand Steeplechase des Flandres that carried a €95,000 purse. The Hippodrome Waregem handles capacity attendance of 45,000. Wagering on the mixed card was robust. In Sweden, Axevalla hosted the Anderssons Trot for 35,000SEK to the winner. Spring Erom (9m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) scored for Bjorn Goop in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Veterans Rackas and Lord Capar trailed the winner to the line. On September 1st at Farjestad the featured Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Quatanamera (5f From Above-Try Out-Piggvar) and teamster Eric Berglof. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr over the 2140 meters turning start course. Quantanamera won for the sixth time in 41 starts. On the same card the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Linda Allercrantz reined Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) advanced to victory in 1.14.7kr over 2140 meters autostart. Radysin, a half-sister to Lisa America, earned 50,000SEK for her eighth win in 19 career starts, the last three straight and four wins in her last six outings with two second place finishes. Queen’s Delight (5m Varenne-Drumbula-Victory Dream) and Bjorn Goop also scored on the Farjestad program. He won for the seventh time in 22 starts with the 1.11.4kr victory over 1640 meters autostart to earn 40,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Veteran Mack Grace SM recorded another victory in Italy today as he won the GP Citta'di Treviso over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was £45,100 in this event for aged campaigners. Roberto Andreghetti was the pilot as the winner battled with Orsia early in the contest before putting her away (she ended third) and also second place Perkins Grif. The eight year-old winning son of CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal recorded his 50th career win in 95 outings for career earnings of £1,484,962, In the past twelve months the classy campaigner was been victorious 16 times in 19 starts for £633,012 and he now has over 30 wins in Grand Premio races and their eliminations. 6 GR.PR.CITTA' DI TREVISO E 45.100 mt 1609 - Trio   1° 3 MACK GRACE SM R.Andreghetti 11.7 2° 5 PERKINS GRIF A.Farolfi 11.9 3° 1 ORSIA A.Gocciadoro 11.9 4° 2 LA VIDA LOCA T.Di Lorenzo 12.0 5° 6 ISAAK BI A.Raspante 12.2 6° 7 PRIDE WISE AS A.Greppi 12.6 0° 4 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini rc 0° 8 PAPALLA G.Lombardo Jr   On Saturday high-class racing took place at Halmstad SWE. Winners of interest included Orecchietti (by From Above) in the Gold Division for aged trotters as he scored for Orjan Kihlstom. Air Frame (by Scarlet Knight) won what may be referred to as the Swedish Oaks for four year-old mares. See below. Alibabba J (7g Paparazzy-Goldwell-Diamond Way), Asa Svensson up, 1.12.7kr, 40,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart monte Recation (6f Dream Vacation-Alexia Hammering-Smasher), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.10.7kr, 100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart. Bold And Fresh was second as the former Hambo Oaks winner is racing better Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover), Peter Untersteiner aboard, 1.10.5kr over 1609 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ's Photo), Per Lennartsson up, 1.10.9kr over1609 meters autostart, The Sprinter Masters Mares Final (four year-olds) with 541,596SEK to winner Orecchietti (7m From Abover-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner of this Gold Division, that recorded his 19th victory in 37 outings for 4,352,860SEK and his fourth straight win (two in 2014). Solvato and Monster Drive ended next in line Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop up, 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart in the ECT Next Year event with 75,000SEK to the winner, her ninth career win in 16 starts for 1,175,426SEK By Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

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