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The gallant veteran Swedishman (13m Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes) took the Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches, his 37th career harness racing victory in 106 starts.    Ten trotters were at the start in this 2750 meter autostart event for a total purse of 17,722€.   Patrica Felber trains and reined the million euro plus career winner for owner Carlo Pavone, as Swedishman won for the fourth time in five 2019 starts, He was off as the 4/5 favorite in this race.   The 2.7/1 Tabrouk de Payre (12g Meaulnes du Corta) took second with M.A. Bovay aboard and 26/1 Univaldi d’Aval (11g Vivaldi de Chenu) was third.   Thomas H. Hicks

November 25, 2018 - The 3/10 favorite Swedishman (12g Gogo-Volgana) won Sunday’s Swiss Champions Race (purse 17,140€, 2350 meters autostart, five starters) at Avenches, with Mme. Patricia Felber driving for harness racing owner Carlo Pavone. Swedishman recorded his 37th career victory in 106 starts, now for 1,283,861€ earned. 10/1 Tabrouk de Payre (11g Meaulnes du Corta) was second for Marc-Andre Bovay and 33/1 Topo du Moulinet (11g Maze de la Merite) was third with Andre Bartschi aboard. At Martinique Madinina was the Prix des Manguiers (purse 5,000€, 2800 meters voltstart distance handicapped, on the turf) and the 25 meter handicapped Unoki (10g Meaulnes du Corta-Madrine) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. The 1.23.2kr timed winner recorded his 16th career win now for 88,590€ earned. Usein Royal (10g Lilium Madrik) overcame a 25 meter penalty to be second for Jean Francois Gate and owner/trainer Lebreton, ahead of 50 meter handicapped Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney) driven by J.L. Langeron On the trots portion of the Martinique card was also the Prix des Bananiers (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, voltstart, turf course) and after dq of Avis Contraire, Argan de Vandel (8g Look de Star) was placed first with Hubert Jay aboard for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize. The 25 meter penalized Bavarois du Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem) was placed second with Jean Luc Langeron up for owner/trainer Gleize, and Cytise de Nuet was placed third with J.F. Gate up. Race time was 1.26.6kr on the turf. The first elim today of the Premio Mipaaft Allevamento (purse 16,500€, 2100 meters autostart) was the first of two at Napoli Agnano. The 1.15.1kr timed winner was Axl Rose (2m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. The winner’s dam was an international star that won 706,120€. Atomina FAS (2f Varenne-Leda SF-Toss Out) was second for G.P. Minnucci and third to the line was Antony Leone (2m Libeccio Grif-Gisping Ferm-Lemon Dra). The second elim today of the Premio Mipaaft (purse 16,500€, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.16kr timed Granon Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Sestriere-Cezio Josseln) reined by Andrea Guzzinati for trainer Philippe Allaire. This colt was away on the lead and extended it with every stride. Adel dai Veltri (2f Pascia’Lest-Iman dei Veltri-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Santo Mollo ahead of third finishing Erita Roc (2f Filipp Roc-OK Roc-Pine Chip). Thomas H Hicks  

Today’s Grand Prix Three Year Olds (purse 12,855€, 2400 meters, six starters) saw 3.8/1 Flashdance (3f Maharajah-Timberwoods) scored in 1.19.1kr for trainer/driver Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Walton. The 2/5 favorite Freak Of Nature (3f Goetmals Wood) took second for Marc Andre Bovay and third went to 4.4/1 Fakir Fighter (3g Le Touguet) with Marcel Houmbert aboard. The day’s featured event was the Prix Elites (purse 17,140€, 2340 meters autostart, seven starters). The 4.4/1 Drago de Tilou (5f Royal Dream-Haloa Tyss) scored timed in 1.14.8kr with trainer Marc Andre Bovay driving. The 4.2/1 Elattori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) was second for owner/driver Henri Turrettini and third was the 2/5 favorite Dal Cuore (5g Real de Lou) handled by his trainer Adrian Burger. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Top trotting was on stage today at Avenches Suisse starting with the Coupe des 4 Ans (purse 12,855€, 3000 meters autostart, seven starters). The 3/10 favorite Elattori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) scored for owner/driver Henri Torrettini timed in 1.19.4kr. De Oloveira Nunes trains the winner, as well as the next two on the line. The 45/1 stablemate Ezattec (4m Ready Cash-Rattjaska) was second with his trainer aboard for Ecurie Turrettini. Third was another stablemate, the 6.6/1 Enattof (4m Ready Cash), with Renaud Pujol driving for trainer Nunes and Ecurie Turrettini. The Grand Prix Trotteur Francias (purse 17,140€, 2400 meters, nine starters) was the day’s feature race. Even-money favorite Swedishman (12g Gogo-Volgana) scored timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Felber and owner Carlo Pavone. This great champion earned his 37th career win in 106 starts now for 1,272,138€ earned. This former GNT champion raced at the top levels in FR during most of career for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Second this day was 4/1 Totem d’Azur (11m Joao Panca) handled by owner/trainer Mme. Valerie Henry and third went to 7.4/1 Verazano Bridge (9g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) in rein to trainer Adrian Burger for Stall Nyburg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday’s featured Prix du Muguet at Avenches, Switzerland carried a purse of €11,080 over the 2350 meter autostart distance with nine participants. The 5/1 Quedeko d’Ete (12g Off Guy-Vitesse) scored an easy 1.13.9kr victory for trainer/driver Marc-Andre Bovay. 22/1 Tango du Martza (9g Jag de Bellouet-Aida du Martza) rallied for second driven by trainer Renaud Pujol with third to 2.9/1 Richmond Park (11g Jain de Beval-Inrosa Girl) with trainer Marcel Humbert up. Tuesday also at Avenches was the Prix de Lyon-La-Soie for €9,233 over 2400 meters autostart. Only five starters participated with the 1.20.6kr win going to 6.9/1 Darattoga (3f Goetmals Wood-Sarattoga) with Ann Laubscher aboard for Ecurie Turrettini and trainer Nunes de Oliveira. The 9/10 favorite Dattimara (3f Prodigious-Mattmara) was second for He. Turrettini and the same connections as the winner, with third to 5/1 Django du Martza (3f Prodigious-Kelly James) driven by Renaud Pujol, also the trainer for Ecurie du Martza Sarl. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 21, 2015 - Today’s Stall Gelis-Hallards Mastarien at Halmstad SWE (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) clocked in 1.12.2kr for harness racing driver Flemming Jensen.  The winner recorded victory 34 in 91 starts, now for career earnings of 3,506,184SEK. Stelton (6g Dream Vacation-Nanvet;s Crown-Speedy Crown) was second for Jeppe Juel with Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos)( third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. I Won’t Dance (9g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory) finished fourth for Peter Ingves with fifth to Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Jan Henriksson. In France at Craon turf action was on stage in the Prix Henri Desmontils (€36,000, 3500 meters, 17 starters on grass). 9/2 odds Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) took victory for Mathieu Abrivard timed in 5:05.59 (1.26.7kr) over second finishing Triton de Corbery (8g Janko-Hermine du Genet) at 109/1 odds. Third went to 55/1 Sir Tely (9g Joe l’Amoroso-Neuville) with fourth to 2.4/1 favorite Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) driven by J-M Bazire. Also on the Craon card was the Prix Equidia Live (purse €22,000, 2750 meters, 13 turf starters) with victory earned by 10/1 Cup Of Smart (3f Ready Cash-My Cut) for Ecurie Smart and teamster J. Lebutreill. 6/1 Cristal de Vandel (3g Quaro-Kalmia de Vandel) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 8/1 Cyrius du Lorault (3g Nil du Rib-Native du Lorault). Time was 1.28.8kr on the soft grass. At Avenches (Suisse) the Grand Prix Suisse (purse €20,815, 2350 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 4/5 favorite Attenarco (5g Ready Cash-Mottmara) for driver He. Turrettini and Ecurie Turrettini. 3/1 Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Marc-Andre Bovay with 9/2 odds Tango du Martza (8g Jag de Bellouet-Aide du Martza) third for trainer/driver Renaud Pujol. Top flight SWE action takes place on Saturday September 26 led by the Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and its solid field as shown below: Friction, Joh. Takter Ringostarr Treb, Wim Paal Knows Nothing, U. Ohlsson Beau Mec, T. Jansson Vasterbo Highflyer, D. Reden Lord Capar, Peter Karlsson Harry Haythrow, P. Untersteiner Arazi Boko, C. Eriksson Global Money, R. Bergh Democrat, P. Lennartsson The Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for mares is also on tap with Delicious and Youana the likely favorites: Donna di Quattro, B. Goop Delicious, D. Reden Eketorpets Tess, J. Untersteiner Youana, E. Adielsson Talk The Talk, S. Melander Air Frame, P. Lennartsson Mousse, Joh. Takter Blue Martini As, K. Haugstad Fleetfoot Hanover, P. Untersteiner Curtsy Hanover, T. Jansson Solvalla Program 9-26-15: https://www.atg.se/services/v1/tracks/5/program/2015-09-26/pdf Thomas H. Hicks

Solid trotting took place during the past week at various European venues. Coverage below is of racing at Jagersro (SWE), Avenches (Switzerland), Mantorp (SWE), Kincsem Park (HU), Bologna (ITY) and Paris-Vincennes where Gr. III events were featured on June 3. The Prix Caecilia went to the rallying roan Meaulnes du Corta filly Arpent d'Ostal for J-Ph Mary. The same day the monte Prix Dido went to Buffalo de Beylev for Yohan Lebourgeois, winning as the 2/5 favorite should. On June 2 at Bologna, the Premio GP Republica went to Papandreu for Enrico Bellei. The five year-old son of Abano As scored in 1.12.7kr over 1660 meters autostart for winners' share of a purse of €45,100. Oncle Photo VL took the co-featured Invitational on that card and veteran classmaster Italiano won the Greyhound Invitational that same day at Follonica. On May 31 at Mantorp (SWE) the Ina Scots went to Remo Gas (four year-old son of Varenne) for teamster Erik Adielsson. The V75 Gold produced a victory for Porthos Amok (five year-old son of Orlando Vici) and Orjan Kihlstrom. At Kincsem Park, the featured Tony Oaks DIJ went impressively to Orangyal (six year-old daughter of Wall Street Banker) for reinsman Pal Vicen and at Avenches the Grand Prix 5Ans (Suisse) went to Playboy Wind (five year-old son of In Love With You) and trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal. On May 29 at Jagersro, the Jerry Riordan trained Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Gaerldan Lobell) recorded his first career victory in his third start for driver Linda Allerecrantz. Race summaries follow including reply of the Premio GP Republica. June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Caecilia, Gr. III, €80,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Arpent d'Ostal (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine), J-Ph Mary trainer/driver 24/1 2nd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariane), Damien Bonne up, 4.3/1 3rd Adio Josselyn (4m And Arifant-Queda Josselyn), J-M Bazire aboard, 3/2 favorite June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Persues, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters, monte, 1.14.1kr 1st Rescousse de Barb (9f L'As de Viretoute-Gaie Melodie), P-Y Verva, 27/1 2nd Quango (10g Joyau d'Amour-Belle Argence), Julien Raffestin up, 9/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence up, 3.3/1 June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Dido National Monte, 60,000e, 2200 meters, 7 starters, 1.15.6kr 1st Buffalo de Beylev (3m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Hubert Hardy trainer, 2/5 favorite 2nd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Natik des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up for Patrick Ploquin, 5/1 3rd Best de Marco (3m Gogo-Fille de Marco), Julien Raffestin up for J-F Senet trainer, 42/1 June 2, 2014, Bologna Italy, Premio GP Republica, 45,100e, 1660 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 2nd Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tiogre OM-Zebu), Allesandro Gocciadoro 3rd Le Vida Loca (9f Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon), Roberto Andreghetti Beaten field included Look MO, Oibambam Effe, Probo OP and Nesta Effe June 2, 2014 Bologna Italy, Premio Lorenzo Sisal Invitational, 11,000e, 1660 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.13kr 1st Oncle Photo VL (6g SJs Photo-Balalajaca SLM-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up 2nd Per Amore Gual (5f Varenne-Dalmatica Gual-Uronometro), Enrico Bellei driving 3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Allesandro Gocciadoro trainer/driver June 2, 1014 Follonica Italy, Prix Greyhound Invitational, 6,600e, 1600 meters, 7 starters, 1.12.3kr 1st Italiano (10g Goant Cat-Coming Up Cash-Baltic Speed-Casino Evil-Speedy Crown-Ah So), 30 wins in 93 starts for 779,782e in Italy, G. Casillo teaming 2nd Oblio Dei Venti (6m Yankee Slide-Belinda GIM-Lemon Dra), Man. Matteini up 3rd Proper Wise (5m Varenne-Flirt Alert-Valley Victory-Triangle Park-Mystic Park-Miss Flirt), L. Becchetti aboard May 31, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tony Oaks DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUf purse, 1.15.6kr 1st Orangyl (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen, 4.7/1, 1.15.6kr 2nd Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Lune-Surry Lobell), Joze Sagaj, 3.3/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady- Mill H), Veljko Mazsity, 2.5/1 May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Ina Scots, 300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13kr 1st Remo Gas (4m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out), Erik Adielsson, Italy, seventh win from 19 starts for 2,608,516SWEK 2nd Rosso Pomodoro (4m Donato Hanover-Unbelievable F-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter, Italy 3rd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Gold Division, purse 320,500SEK, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Porthos Amok (5m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom, sixth win in 39 tries for 2,731,292SEK 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Svante Bath trainer 3rd Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carme la Strom Line-Delvin Kosmos, Johnny Takter for Joham Lejon trainer May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Silver Division, purse 251,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.2kr 1st Octopus (7m Yankee Glide-Decapose-Cumin), Ulf Ohlsson up 2nd Vendi (9f Armbro Trick-Wizy Fly-Speedy Fly), Jorma Kontio driver 3rd Art On Line (7g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy), Mikko Aho up May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix de Zonza, €21,000, 2300 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Nicolas Ensch up for Patrick Chevrier trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 7.8/1 odds, second career win for €28,350 2nd Bonjour (3m Rieussee-Queenie d'Urzy), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 2/1 3rd Bently de Raconis (3g Repeat Love-Bodomie0Podosis), David Vakaert up for Patrick Chevrie trainer and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 1.3/1 May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix d'Ajaccio, 24,000e, 3000 meters, 6 starters, 1.16.3kr 1st Vucain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 1/5 favoritge for owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lucuyer, 10th win for 166,450 euros 2nd  Viking d'Orion (5m Jag de Bellouet-Erfa du Vivier), Mikael Cormy up, 5.3/1 3rd Vipitano (5g Love You-Prune Rouge), Dylan Garcia up, 20/1 May 30, 2014 Avenches, Grand Prix des 5 Ans Suisse, 12,284e, 2400 meters, 10 starters 1st Playboy Wind (5m In Love With You-Kattanouga), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver, Stall Allegra Racing 2nd Vattigo (5g Gros Grain-Julia du Martza) finished second. 3rd May 29, 2014 Jagersro, ICA Malmborgs, 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, 1.16.kr Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for Jerry Riordan trainer, first win in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

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