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It'd be a brave handicapper who would punt against crack filly Anastasia Fella in the Group I monte, the Prix des Vincennes on Sunday being raced for the princely sum of 240,000 euros. The imposing daughter of Goetmals Wood may have been a costly failure in the Criterium des 3 Ans when sent out favourite in her last start, but she was the brilliant winner of the group one Prix des Elites in her first and only start under saddle at the end of October. It was a commanding performance, defeating as she did the best monte exponents of the two preceding generations, although from a generous 50m handicap advantage. But the key to this race was the fact that the next of her generation to figure in the results was Asana Trembladaise who was more than a second in arrears in seventh place, and has proven herself a very good monte horse. Fabrice Solouy has brought Anastasia Fella from a bit part in the Axelle Dark-Avila show to the leading light of the A generation's amazing crop of fillies. She convincingly beat her rivals (both daughters of boom sire Ready Cash whose colts quinellaed Friday's Prix Emmannuel Margouty) in her next two starts to take the favouritism from the Phiippe Allaire pair in the season 3YO classique in the bike. This is the monte equivalent, and none of the colts who were her vanquishers on December 8 are in this field, the only one saddling up from the Classique is Alizea du Kastel, the winner of the Prix Roquepine in February. The main rival though is going to be the aforementioned Asana Trembladaise who was coming off the back of two monte victories, including a dominating win in the Prix Raoul Balliere, which is held on the same weekend as the Criterium de 3 Ans. Anthony Dollion trains and rides the daughter of Kaudro Wild who will be the second favourite no doubt. Michael Jean Ruault's colt Aston Fly was second in the Prix Raoul Balliere and third in the Prix Louis Tillaye recently, and was also third in the group one Prix d'Essai - the winner of which Arcana des Jacquets has not reappeared for the Winter Season. The son of Hermes de Montfort will need some improvement if he is to challenge the two fillies, although the colts in the Criterium des 3 Ans showed that the much maligned male component of generation A are starting to finally emerge from their shells with their first group one success. Sebastien Guarato's Atwood Griff was third in the Prix Louis Tillaye, but the minor placings may go to a couple of emerging talents under saddle, with Alpha Saltor having two recent monte wins in emerging company for trainer Daniel Bethouart. But the surprise packet may just be Atlessima, a filly from the first crop of Love You son Rocklyn, who is from the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams barn of Jean-Philippe Dubois and trained by Philippe Moulin. She won her last star under saddle, the Prix Urgent, beating home Aston Fly and Al Capone Jet, who are entered here and the previous start was fifth in the group two Prix Annick Dreux in the bike, only half a second behind the super trio of Anastasia Fella, Avila and Axelle Dark. A filly on the way up, and as anyone who has followed the A-generation, it is the fillies who have ruled thus far. Other fillies who may figure in the money are Emmanuel Allard's consistent Quaker Jet daughter Alizea du Kastel and Laurent Claude Abrivard 's Agrippine, a daughter of Hasting while top jockey Yoann Lebourgeois is aboard the colt Airport who has a win last start under saddle and may be another one on the rise. PRIX DE VINCENNES Vincennes 22/12/13 FR Group I monte 2700 3YO €240 000 1 Avireau de Houelle (3c Coktail Jet - Irina de la Frette) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Franck Leblanc 2 Aventure Jets (3f Paisy Dream - Plume Jets) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Christophe Clin 3 Airport (3c Love You - Pivoine) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Ake Kristoffersson 4 Altesse du Surf (3f Chaillot - Lady du Surf) Rd: Martial Viel Tr: Andre Henri Viel 5 Apollon de la Lys (3c Ouragan de Celland - Hillary de Pierji) Rd: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier 6 Alto de Mai (3c Millenium Wood - Gazelle de Mai) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Leblond 7 Agrippine (3f Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard : Tr:Laurent Claude Abrivard 8 Alpha Saltor (3c Paris Haufor - Glory d'Ariane) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Daniel Bethouart 9 Al Capone Jet (3c Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux 10 Aston Fly (3c Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 11 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn - Noblessima) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Philippe Moulin 12 Atwood Griff (3c Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 13 Alizea du Kastel (3f Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Emmanuel Allard 14 Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion 15 Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

A stellar monte field including last year's Prix du Cornullier winner Singalo and two of France's top mares Save The Quick and Roxane Griff line up for the Prix Jules Lemonnier, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes and a preparatory race for the Group I Prix du Cornulier on the weekend before the Prix d'Amerique. Singalo is a monster at monte. The son of Goetmals Wood won both the Prix de Cornulier and the other group one of the Winter Season Prix De l'Ile-De-France earlier this year and has also won ten group two races under saddle. Louis Baudron's stallion has not started under saddle since the Prix De l'Ile-De-France win and has been underwhelming in the bike, including two poor performances in the two B races in this season's winter series. But he is a different horse under saddle, in fact has never placed in a group race in the bike, and we are likely to see the true Singalo here. Sebastien Guarato's Roxane Griff is the top mare of the much-vaunted R generation and is the top earner of a field which includes four millionaires and no less than 11 which have won over 700,000 euros. The daughter of Tenor de Baune won the Prix Reynolds at the start of the winter meeting, her first monte race in more than three and half years and looks like being a leading contender for the Prix de Cornulier in the third week of January. Save the Quick is the multi-talented mare from Franck Leblanc's Ecurie Quick Star operation and is a former runner up in the Prix de Cornullier, a winner of the group one Prix de Normandie and a third in the Prix De l'Ile-De-France. The daughter of Jasmine de Flore is also a world record holder on the bike and won the European Mares Championship this season. Quarry Bay was second in both this year's Prix de Cornulier an Prix De l'Ile-De-France and was second in the Prix Reynolds at the start of this winter season. Mike Lenders' daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee is nearing the million euro mark in earnings and is still capable of running a high placing at this level. Another leading chance by Cygnus d'Odyssee is Franck Leblanc's colt Utoky, the leading monte specialist of the U-generation and a winner of both the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) and Prix du President de la Republique (Gr1) and three group two montes as well. It might be a year too early for the five-year-old, although he is a rare talent under saddle. The race will also be the swansong for three 10-year-olds whohave reached the maximum age for participation in French group racing, although the European circuit is still open to them. The best of them is undoubtedly Picsou de Villabon a former winner of the Prix De l'Ile-De-France and five group twos although he has not won since that group one win in early 2011, and has spent much of his time at stud - to where he will probably retire on a permanent basis. Also making their last hurrah in group racing are Pluto du Vivier, who has won two minor group twos, and Paladin Bleu a group two place-getter who appeared on the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francais this season and may return again next season although he does have a stud career he can retire to. PRIX JULES LEMONNIER Vincennes 21/12/13 FR Group II Int 2175m 5-10YOs monte €120,000 1 Quassia du Bon Air (9g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 2 Uppercut du Rib (5h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3 Utoky (5h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 Sourire de Voutre(7g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (5m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Rd: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 7 Picsou de Villabon (10h Speed Clayettois - Ghiza du Chene) Rd: Medhy Hadjira Tr: Patrick Labrousse 8 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 9 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 10 Quarry Bay (9m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 11 Reve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 12 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 13 Save The Quick (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Franck Leblanc 14 Roxane Griff (8m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Today's European Prix de Saint James (2100 meters autostart, 75,000 euro purse) went to favored Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) handled by Franck Nivard. The Fabrice Souloy trained, Ecurie Commander owned invader traveled the course in 1.13.2kr to defeat Souloy stablemate Nephenta Lux (6f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) owned in Italy by Mme. Osti. Tornade du Digeon (6f Jag de Bellouet-Herland du Terme) secured third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The Prix de Pondurat (2100 meters autostart, 36,000 euro purse, three year-old females) produced a victory for another favorite as A Great Lady (3f Password-Joyce Lady) scored in 1.16.2kr. Julien Dubois was the reinsman for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin as she won over Apocalypse Now (3f Mister President-Persiana) with Nicholas Roussel aboard. Third went to Alote de la Cote (3f Quaker Jet-Kelite Jet) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse in a three-way battle to the line At Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary the weekly open class event, today named the Jen Dij over 1800 meters autostart, carried a purse of 500,000HUf. A solid group of eight went postward led by recently well performing Orifiamma Jet, Poetica SAF and Jegyzono. Poetica SAF (4f Frullino Jet-Augusta Bi) emerged with the victory in 1.17kr for Tibor Hajnal, trainer/driver. She defeated Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket To Ride) by 1-1/2 lengths, that mare with Sandor Varadi up,and Orangyal (5f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) ended third for driver Pal Vicen over Jegyzono (10f Valley Guradian-Atletano). Kincsem Park announced its annual New Year's Eve racing, entertainment and awards gala that annually packs the house with up to 10,000 fans, irrespective of the weather, for the afternoon and early evening card. The following link to the advertising spot illustrates the excitement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoQ6-FFA-Yc by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com     

Asana Trembladaise Wins Prix Raoul Balliere at Paris; Action at Vermo and Kincsem Park The Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (monte, 2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) today went to Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d'Alban) with Anthony Dollion in the irons. She scored in 1.14.6kr over classmates Aston Fly (3m Hermes de Montfort-Quie Daidou) and Ayrton Griff (3m Fortuna Font-Ojipsie Griff), the latter trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Griff and handled by P-Y Verva. On the afternoon Paris-Vincennes card was also the Prix Seiches/Le Loir (monte, 2175 meters, 90,000 euro purse) that produced a 1.12.9kr score for the rallying Tsar de Houelle (6g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte) with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. He defeated Leblanc stablemate Ulagarassan (5g Love You-Indienne Pascole) and the Eric Raffin handled Travel Jet (6m Jag de Bellouet-Kelite Jet). The Prix Cogolin (2850 meters, 46,000 euro purse for three year-old males) later in the program resulted in a 1.15.1kr score for Franck Nivard handling Alto de Mai (3m Millenium Wood-Gezelle de Mai). Attila Berry (3m Nice Love-Idei du Corta) took second for J-M Bazire with third to Arpent d'Ostal (3m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary. The Sunday card at Paris-Vincennes features the Gr. II Prix Octave Douesnal and the Gr. I Criterium 3 Ans with several Ready Cash offspring at the start. At Vermo today the V-75 Gold went to the roan veteran upper class performer Womanizer (9g Tap In-Sandra Nibs-Mr. Drew) in 1.15.4kr for Tommi Kyllainen. BWL Champion (8g Pine Chip-Lovely-Top Love) was a close second with Johnny Takter driving and Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) was home third for Bjorn Goop. Kinscem Park hosted its annual December marathon event, the Baka Handicap over 4200 meters with distance handicaps for a purse of 1.1 million Huf. Miki (7m Baltic Bet-Viki) secured the win for leading dash-winning teamster Csaba Lakatos in 1.21.9kr after traveling 4240 meters. Once de Mayo (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Carioca Oaks) was a fast closing second (traveling 4220 meters) over the half-brother to the winner Nikki (6g Tony Oaks-Viki) with Tibor Hajnal up. Nikki traveled 4320 meters while Vamos Kemp (6m Duran Hanover-Prayer Bar) was fourth after battling the 4280 meter distance. In the weekly open class event, this week the Oroshaza Varos Dija (1960 meters distance handicapped, 500,000 Huf purse), went to Ollyan Nincs (5g Pickaflick-C'est la Guerre). The former HU Derby winner was trained and reined by Imre Fazekas as he rallied late for a close win in 1.17.6kr. Pacesetter Racerstina (8f Spotlite Lobell-Queen Jackson) was second as she traveled an extra 20 meters. Wale (6f Center Field-La Lynn Sann) ended third ahead of Kiskarcsi (9g Castleton Magic-Best Love). by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Anthony Barrier smartly steered the Jean-Paul Marmion owned/trained Triode de Felliere (f6 Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn) to a rallying win in the second "B", the Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix du Bourbonnais. The 52/1 longshot prevailed over 7/1 Uhlan du Val (m5 Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) with Cedric Megissier aboard. Pacestter Soleil du Fosse (m7 Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Fosse) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, at 47/1, ended third in a dead heat with the 28/1 Marielles (Italy, f7 Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Texas Charm (m6 Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet) rallied for fifth for Julien Dubois. The winner's time was 1.14.6kr in what was a slowly-rated pace with time at the 1500 meter mark of 1.16.8kr, 1.15.7kt at the 1000 and 1.15.8kr at the 500. Most of the field sprinted home but the 25 meter handicapped horses (those with life earnings of 1,076,000 euro and above) had little chance. Finishers 6-10 were Tiego d'Etang, Ready Cash, Santa Rose France, Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray. Singalo was disqualified for a miscue while contesting the lead early and Timoko showed little and ended unplaced. Ready Cash raced toward the end following Texas Charm and closed smartly in what seemed to be a training exercise. Royal Dream raced on the inside toward the back after catching the 2850 meter pack and also closed with trot between horses. The other Italian contestant Pascia Lest led briefly at the start before yielding for a two-hole position but the Enrico Bellei handled trotter faded badly when the pace quickened. Photos of the stretch drive follow and the race replay may be seen on www.equidiavideo.fr as this race served as the Quinte+ race of the day. The Q+ returned 42,747 euro (exact order) for a two euro wager with the jackpot being 2.6 million euro to a ticketholder having the system generated 4-digit number 1547 on the exact order mutuel ticket. Graded Races Kickoff Strong Paris-Vincennes Weekend On a weekend featuring the Prix de Bourbonnais and the Gran Criterium 3 Ans on Sunday, a myriad of excellent graded events are also taking place. Today’s Prix Narquois (Gr. III, 2700 meters, 90,000 euro purse) began the action with a win by Ultimate du Rib (5g Dahor de Prelong-Kara Pellois) and teamster Jean Lois Claude Dersoir.  Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib. The 20/1 upsetter scored in 1.13.2kr over Un Amour d’Haufor (5m Love You-Glamour d’Haufor) for Christian Bigeon with third to pacesetter Un Charme Fou (5m Love You-Ma Crown) and Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc. The Gr. II Prix Artiste Hemard (2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) for four year-old mares went to fast finishing Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue) for J-P Mary over Vive Daidou (4f Ouragan de Celland-Orange Douce) with trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin up. Pacesetter Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) raced tough to hold for a close third with owner/trainer/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard. The winner scored in 1.14.8kr for the 5/1 odds win. The evenly rated pace picked up steam markedly in the final 500 meters as the time after 2200 meters was 1.15.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks    

Village Mystic heads an even field of nine 4YO stallions in the harness racing Group two Prix Octave Douesnel over 2700m at Vincennes on Sunday. Louis Baudron's son of Love You is a group one winner having prevailed in the Prix de Selection, the inter-generational classic held annually around the beginning of March each year. He won the Prix Jules Thibault (Group II) in August and ran sixth in his first start back from a spell in the Prix Marcel Laurent a month back when he was sent out third favourite behind the winner Victoire. Village Mystic was the well-beaten favourite in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and is currently fourth in the V-generation earnings behind precocious mare Vanika de Ruel and monte stars Vanishing Point and Vision Intense. Also in the Prix Marcel Laurent field was Jean Michel Bazire's Vaux le Vicomte who was second favourite, and ran fourth but is something of a perennial groomsman - although in pretty esteemed company. The son of Nahar de Beval was a credible third in the European Derby or Grand Prix De l'Uet (Gr1) in Sweden two starts back in October and was also second in the Criterium des 3 Ans held at this very meeting 12 months ago. Vaux le Vicomte won four of his first six starts but has only won once in his last 20, which says a lot about the calibre of the opposition. Still French trotting amply rewards its higher class horses with decent stake money down to seventh place (and a 10 per cent bonus to the breeder) and has earned a respectable 333,000 euros - which places him 12th in the V-generation rankings. Roberto Donati's Voltigeur de Myrt was a somewhat surprising winner of the Criterium des 4 Ans - it was just his fifth win in what at that point been 25 starts and he started at 16-1 odds in a pretty open field. The son of Opus Viervil has not won since and went into a "grand galop" in the Prix Marcel Laurent, the second time in a row he had broken stride. Vigove is another five-win trotter, and being by Gazouillis, is probably bred more to the saddle than the bike, although he has only started in one monte and showed little aptitude for it. But Franck Leblanc's stallion is a very useful performer with two group two wins and a third in the group one Criterium des 4 Ans, after finishing in the same position in the leadup race, the Prix Phaeton. However he has not placed higher than sixth in three starts back from a five month break although he does possess the fastest record in this field (1.10.9 or 1.54MR). Ecurie Victoria Dreams has two sons of Password entered, the first of which, Volcan d'Urzy is the only one in the field who commenced stud duties this season and is a half-brother to Leader Chip who finished second in both the Danish Travkriterium and Travderby. The Criterium des 4 Ans runner up has won five of just 19 starts including the group two Prix Kalmia and was also runner-up in two group one Prix Albert Vie and will be driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Coincidentally his sire Password, a son of Goetmals Wood out of a mare by US Champion 2YO Workaholic, also won the Prix Kalmia and was runner up in the Prix Albert Viel. The other Password progeny is Voyage de Reve, who has six wins including the group two Prix Jacques De Vauloge. But that was 12 months ago and he has struggled in this higher grade so far, with just two more placings. Julien Dubois is his driver. PRIX OCTAVE DOUESNEL Vincennes 08/12/13 Group two 4M 2700m €120 000 1 Vulcain de Vandel (4h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2 Valentin du Gite (4h Iton du Gite - Oh Biche Jolie) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Jean Lelievre 3 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 4 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 6 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 8 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 9 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron Dave Sanders

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Last year's winner of the Prix Paul Buquet Risque Tout, will concede 25m to a top class field in the UET Masters series monte over 2850m at Vincennes on Saturday. Gerard Paille's Giant Cat gelding has a fine record in this race, having also been runner-up the previous year, and a win would see him become the seventh member of the vaunted R-generation to pass the million euro mark in earnings. He was fifth behind Roxane Griff in the Prix Reynolds, and will concede several of his opponents in that race a 25m handicap, including Pluto du Vivier, who beat him home by one placing. Jean Christophe Sorel's Extreme Dream gelding has just one month of racing left in France, although he can continue to compete on the continent in races such as the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francaise, a five race circuit which stops off at Mons, Hamburg, Son Pardo, Avenches and Wolvega. It may be an option, since he has won in the bike in what has been stellar year with five victories. The other four wins were under saddle including at group two level and Pluto du Vivier has top jockey Matthieu Abrivard aboard. Another in the race Paladin Bleu did actually compete on the Tour Europeen this season, in the Spanish leg at Son Pardo. Loic Thieulent's son of Jag de Ballouet also mixes stud duties, but showed in the Prix Camille Lepecque that he was still capable of running a place with a fast finishing third in this group two monte at Vincennes, in a field which included several of these runners. But it is the winner of the Prix Camille Lepecque, the previous year Tango Quick who, will probably start favourite. The group one monte winner of the coveted Prix De L'ile-De-France is another star from Franck Leblanc's stable and the son of Hasting will have Franck Nivard in the saddle. He has only had one start since returning from stud duties but won under saddle at Vincennes in the Prix du Pontavice de Heurssey in February, his fourth start of the year which also included a fifth in the €700,000 Prix de Cornullier, for which this race will be his first serious preparation. Another six-year-old who has a good chance of getting some of the money is Joel Hallais's mare Taiga du Rib, who was second in the group one Prix de Normandie under saddle, and although she has had just six wins in 75 starts, is a consistent placegetter in group company. Rubis Dairpet and Rapide du Digeon have only recently taken up monte, and both have shown ability. Sebastien Guarato's Rubis Dairpet has won two €80,000 races in his four attempts under saddle at Vincennes recently while Louis Baudron's Rapide du Digeon was second in the €110,000 Prix de l'Ile d'Oleron under saddle at Vincennes a fortnight ago. The winner of that race Torre Crepin, also fronts up here, and is an improving monte horse, although is just a recent graduate to group company. PRIX PAUL BUQUET Vincennes 30/11/13 FR (G2) Int monte 2850 6-10 €120 000 1 Rapide du Digeon (8g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 2 Raison Jenilou (8g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Dr: Alexis Garandeau Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Ratio Thieben (8g Tenor de Baune - In Brasilia) Dr: Olivier Touvais Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 4 Torre Crepin (6g Capriccio - Lanaka) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 5 Rubis Dairpet (8g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Taiga du Rib (6m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 7 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Dr: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 8 Tango Quick (6h Hasting - Namoura Quick) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 10 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Dr: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 25m by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) was a soundly defeated fourth in today’s V-75 Gold (3140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner) at Gavle. Driver Ulf Ohlsson had a tough journey on the outside and his progress was impeded twice during the marathon event. Maharajah began to tire around the final turn and bravely lasted for fourth behind easy winner Perfectly Enough (5m Express It-Just About Enough-SJ’s Photo) handled by Erik Adielsson and timed in 1.14kr. Second went to Winning Love (7m Love You-Falin Amber Dance-Arndon) with Ake Lindblom up with third to Francais de Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) teamed by Erik Lindegren. The Gavle co-featured V-75 Silver went to Chapeau (4m Love You-Crown Tess-Crownton) in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart. Erik Adielsson piloted the winner to earn 125,000SEK first money. Sandringham Hanover (6g Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover-American Winner) took second for Lief Witasp. Three upper-class events graced the Paris-Vincennes card. The 100,000 euro, 2700 meter. Prix Chenonceaux (European) went to Vagabondu Mag (4g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravany) in 1.14.8kr for J-M Bazire. His career earnings now approach 400,000 euro. Red Red Red (5f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady) was second for Eric Raffin ahead of Unabella Perrine (5f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine handled by Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Quimper (European, 2100 meters autostart, 84,000 euro purse) went to favored Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Scandinavian invader scored comfortably in 1.12.9kr for owner Ecurie Commander. The de Chine (6g Blue Eyes America-Heparine) rallied for second handled by J.L. Cl. Dersoir with third to Nephenta Lex (6f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) driven by J-M Bazire and also trained by Souloy. The 2700 meter, 78,000 euro purse Prix Bagnoles Orne produced a victory for the Jean Baudron owned/trained Rockfeller Center (8m Jag de Bellouet-Mysterious Valley) driven today by Jean-Etienne Dubois in 1.13.9kr. The winner, who also serves as stallion in France, defeated Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus) with owner/trainer Sebastien Baude up. Quiz du Ginai (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Desopilanta) took third for Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

The top 3YO colts will be lining up for the Prix Jacques de Vauloge, the final preparation for the Criterium des 3 Ans on the second Sunday in December. The winner of the first prep race, the Prix Abel Bassigny, Sebastien Guarato’s Aladin d’Ecajuel is the only one of that field from a fortnight ago to not front up again in an effort to earn a place in the biggest race for French 3YOs. The runner up in that race was Akim de Cap Vert, who was only very narrowly beaten by Aladin d’Ecajuel after a titanic struggle in the straight after he had tried to lead all the way. It was still a very good effort and Akim de Cap Vert is still  the highest earning 3YO male in France, and a consistent performer since winning the first group race available to colts,  the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, the premier race for 2YOS of his gender. He has suffered in the shadows of an extraordinary group of 3YO fillies but was second in the group one Criterium des Jeunes and was third in the group one Prix Albert Viel. Franck Anne’s First de Retz colt  started second favourite last time, to Aldo des Champs a son of Aldo des Champs who is trained and driven by Matthieu Abrivard, who finished a distant fourth.  He was however runner up in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1).  Vincent Collard’s Africain was an encouraging  third in the Prix Abel Bassigny in his first start in group company, and though he was never going to catch the leading pair, he has shown consistent improvement of late and the son of Oardo could be a real contender if this continues. Philippe Alaire’s Atlas de Joudes picked up the  fifth and final placing in the Prix Abel Bassigny after never really getting into the race. He rather surprisingly went out at odds of 23/1 despite being a proven performer on the big stage with a group two win in the Prix Paul Viel, a third placing in the group one Prix de l’Etoile and two other group two second placings. The royally bred colt by Ready Cash out of a Love You mare is bred on a cross we are going to see a lot more of, and should be prominent in the upcoming feature events, even if he may be overshadowed by his imposing paternal sisters, Avila and Axelle Dark, who share the same ownership. Another in the same ownership is  Artiste de Joudes  a son of rising French sire Prodigious, who also went out at juicy odds, perhaps due to his having not continued his early promise. Perhaps he, like many of Prodigious’ get may be better suited under saddle. Another son of Ready Cash, Alto de Viette, a winner of four races, is one of  two newcomers in the field along with Al Capone Jet, a son of Jag de Bellouet,  who has won twice under saddle, and will be keen to show the versatility of his sire.   PRIX JACQUES DE VAULOGE Vincenne 18/11/13 (Gr2) 2700m 3C €120 000 1 Alto de Viette (3c Ready Cash - Mini Ceinture) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Peter Derycke  2 Al Capone Jet (3c Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux  3 Adonis du Goutier (3c Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato  4 All Feeling (3c Otello Pierji - Quelle Cerencaise) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Mickael Lemercier  5 Ausone du Kastel (3c Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Emmanuel Allard  6 Alberic (3c Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Fabrice Souloy  7 Africain (3c Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard  8 Artiste de Joudes (3c Prodigious - Memory de Joudes) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire  9 Aldo des Champs (3c Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard  10 Atlas de Joudes (3c Ready Cash - Queschua Love) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire  11 Akim du Cap Vert (3c First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne  by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Uhlan du Val (5m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) was an easy 10/1 upset winner of the first “B” leading to the 2014 Prix d’Amerique in January. He scored in 1.12.9kr in a race in which the pace quickened with each 500 meter clocking. Time at the 1500 meter mark was 1.14.2kr. This Gr. II International UET Masters Series contest, over 2700 meters for 120,000 euro purse, may signal a changing of the guard (albeit Ready Cash and other international stars were not starters) as veterans Roxanne Griff, Quinoa du Gers and Reve de Beylev ended fifth, sixth and seventh in the 13 horse field (other well-known players Quoumba du Guez, Singalo, Main Wise As, Vanika du Ruel and  early leader Kadett CD were either back in the pack or disqualified). The long-striding, great-gaited winner scored for the sixth time in his career, good for over 560,000 euros. Cedric Megissier drove Uhlan du Val for owner J-P Megissier. Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) raced well again to be second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Favorite Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillot-Harolene-Vroum d’Or) was third for Christian Bigeon with Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intervista-Off Gy) fourth with Tony LeBeller aboard. The Quinte+ race of the day (1.2 million euro jackpot) was the Prix de Cosse-Le-Vivien (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 72,000 euro purse) with the winner being the Denmark registered New Line (8g King Conch-Pa’En Igen Frokjaer-Pay Dirt) with Pierre Levesque catch-driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. He scored in 1.12kr to record his 17th career win good for 311,000 euros banked. Off at 3/1, the winner (who reminds this writer of Pay Dirt) defeated Tornade du Digeon (6f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland) and reinsman J-M Bazire with Sweden’s Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) third for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin HB. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Royally bred mare She Loves You will be looking to win her second Finnish St Leger at Bjorneborg, Pori tonight. The daughter of French champion Love You and SJ’s Shad Roe, a sister to US stallion SJ’s Caviar, won the event in 2011 when trained by local Finnish trainer Janne Ranta-Krenkku. She returns tonight in the charge of Swedish trainer Jorgen Westholm and will have Seppo Markkula who  was in the bike when She Loves You won in 2011  and also this same race last year with Express Type. She Loves You, who was second in her year’s Finnish Trav Kreiterium, won the prestigious mares Lady Snarts Lopp on Elitlopp weekend last year and followed it up with fourth in the European Mares championship and a second in the Group I St Michel Ajo before transferring to Fabrice Solouy’s stable in France. But she ran foul of the French authorities’ strict gait rules, having a rich race taken off her for five rough steps in the straight. So she was transferred again back to the Swedish stable of Jorgen Westholm and been competing against the best horses in Sweden recently, so her form is probably better than it looks - her last start was against the likes of Nahar, Orechietti and Pastor Stpehen. She did have a win in August and has won 19 of her 47 starts for earnings over €300,000. But there are a large number of other good mares in this race with Venice and BWT High Voltage, who quinellaed last year’s Finnish Tammakriterium. Indeed Venice went on to place a gallant second against the males in the recent Finnish Trav-Derby and has had five wins and a second in her last seven starts, so will be favourite in this race. Silent Opal and back markers Liquorice Pipe, Blue River Pipe and Gary Hoist will also come in for support in the feature. FINNISH  ST. LEGER Björneborg, Pori 19/10/13 Group II Nat 2600m 4-12  €51,260  1         Pearls For Girls (m  Striking Sahbra - Ussania Boko) Dr:Jani Hautaviita  Tr:  Jani Hautaviita      Fr         2         Arctic Luxury (m  Ken Werkentin - El Miss Eeva) Dr:Hannu-Pekka Korpi  Tr:  Pekka Korpi      Fr         3         Yahuu Hoss (m  Muscles Yankee - Celebration Ride) Dr:Tapio Perttunen   Tr: Tapio Perttunen      Fr         4         BWT High Voltage (m  Supertoy - BWT Hellsbells) Dr:Ari Moilanen Tr:   Pekka Korpi      Fr         5         Venice (m  Quite Easy - Vivace) Dr:Mika Forss Tr:   Heikki Korhonen      Fr         6         BWT Juggler (m  Bob Heyden - Bwt Trapez) Dr:Kari Venäläinen  Tr:  Pekka Korpi      Fr         7         Silent Opal (m  Jag de Bellouet - Silent Jolene) Dr:Antti Teivainen  Tr:  Antti Teivainen      Fr         8         She Loves You (m  Love You - Sj's Shad Roe) Dr:Seppo Markkula  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm      20m        9         Saichania (m  Tap In - Labocania) Dr:Joni-Petteri Irri   Tr: Sanna Nygård      20m        10         Gary Hoist (h  Kadabra - Gabriella Run) Dr:Kari Rosimo  Tr:  Dimitri Hedman      20m        11         Blue River Pipe (h  Blue Mac Lad - Flamin' Wings) Dr:Hannu Hietanen   Tr: Dimitri Hedman      20m        12         Donie Duo (g  Madison Hall - Irene Merett) Dr:Tomi Haapio  Tr:  Dimitri Hedman      20m        13         Liquorice Pipe (h  Capetown Hall - Flamin' Wings) Dr:Esa Holopainen Tr:   Pekka Mäkelä      40m        14         Orlando Croft (g  (mJ's Photo - Emily Croft) Dr:Teemu Okkolin  Tr:  Teemu Okkolin      40m        15         Victor Fog (g  Silver Game - Virginia Lep) Dr:Peter Lindroos  Tr:  Sirpa Levonmaa      40m        16         Luck Smith (g  Goetmals Wood:- Cecilia Smith) Dr   Hannu Korpi  Tr: Hannu Korpi      40m     by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Today’s V-75 card at Aby showcased two well-contested monte events, The Swedish Monte Masters with 250,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Ypsilon Boko (8g Express Ride-Flordalie-Minou du Donjon) took the win for Peter Jarven (also a gallop jockey) in 1.14.4kr. The winner now has three wins and two second place finishes in his last five monte appearances and sports earnings of over 1.3 million SEK with 12 wins in 39 lifetime starts (monte and sulky). Favored La Bellouet (7f Jag de Bellouet-Ironiessa-Texas) raced in the death seat for most of the journey and took the lead for Asa Svensson before the winner rolled past in late stretch. Look la Marc (10g Giant Cat-Taylor Guy-Pershing) was third with Sofia Aronsson aboard. The Swedish Monte Masters for Riders (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) went to Delux Haleryd (6g Jag de Bellouet-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) with Emma Wahlberg up. The combination scored in 1.14.2kr over Palermo Tars (6g Storstadsbusen-Nutria Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) and Asa Svensson. Jonathan Palema (5g Adams Hall-Rosakinde Palema-Alf Palema) was third for Sandra Eriksson. The winner record his 14th career victory in 47 starts. It was his third win with Wahlberg aboard in the six attempts by this pair. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

French T-generation superstar Timoko has the chance to surpass the 2 million euros in earnings this weekend in the Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in Beaumont de Lomange, France on Sunday. Richard Westerink’s star is currently on E1,957,230 and is an odds on favourite  to win the 200,000 euro event over 2400m, which also carries points for the UET Masters Series. There is no Ready Cash in this field, Timoko is unbeaten in France when he has raced away from Vincennes, where he is facing the cream of French racing. And the last time that Timoko was beaten before that was in the Elitloppet final, where he went down to Nahar and a fast finishing Arch Madness. Timoko’s biggest challenge is likely to be in form former Swedish gold division stalwart Sanity, who raced in the 2012 Elitloppet heats. Sanity, like Nahar, is a Franco-American by French champion sire Love You, and will be looking to make it three wins in a row in the republic since moving in to the French stables of ex-pat Malin Lofgren. Sanity was unplaced, not surprisingly against the stellar field in the Masters Series final in Vincennes but has since reeled of victories in Le Croise-Laroche in the Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord and again last start in Meslay-du-Maine in the Grand Prix Anjou-Maine He was paying E3.50 on early French betting today. Patrick Martin’s 8YO gelding Ru de l’Arirou is the only other horse paying less than $10 on the French tote, with early odds showing 7/1  after a win and four second placings in his last five starts. But he has only just graduated to Group racing at the age of 8 and this looks beyond him. Smart mare Une Fille’d’Amour and veteran Paladin Bleu are the next best chances,  GRAND PRIX DU SUD OUEST Beaumont de Lomagne 2013-10-13 € 200 000 2400m 1 Ru de L'Airou (8g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Michel Charlot Tr: Patrick Martin 2 Supervisor (7h Podosis - In Camera) Dr: Franck Jamard Tr: Joel Despres  3 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Dr: Frederic Clozier Tr: Loic Thieulent 4 Prince Charmant (10h Ulster du Cadran – Jalsovia) Dr: Jean Philippe Tr: Treich Jacques Henri Treich 5 Timoko (6h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink 6 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Dr: Jean Philippe Ducher Tr: Gerard Paille 7 Pepa (10 Achille – Asicia) Dr: Denis Brossard Tr: Denis Brossard 8 Sanity (7g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Lofgren 9 Renato Alstare (8g Jade Bocain - Elise Geneste) Dr: Manuel Criado Tr: Manuel Criado 10 Tina du Citrus (6m Niky - Onna Lisa) Dr: Eric Audebert Tr: Jean Michel Asin 11 Aisle Stand (6m Scarlet Knight – Twisterella) Dr: Jean Francois Senet Tr: Ronny Kuiper 12 Une Fille d'Amour (5m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Cyril Raimbaud   Dave Sanders

The Svenskt Masterskap (SM) or  Swedish Championships   are run Saturday at Aby, but remarkably Elitloppet winner Nahar will not be there. The leading horse by stake earnings in Sweden this year simply did not score enough points to merit entry in the country’s gold medal presentation day. This was despite victories in the Elitelopp final and Norrbotten Stora Pris but a second place behind Orecchietti at Bergsåker recently  meant his points total  for qualification stopped at 2610. But On Track Piraten had accumulated 2673 points. So despite trainer Robert Bergh and owners Canadian Ice Hockey stars  Daniel and Henrik Sedin star having had  6 wins in 19 starts and more than 5,4 million SEK in the bank for the season, putting Nahar top of the money list, it was not enough. So he will have a winter break, without the honour of being crowned Swedish Champion. There will be six gold medals awarded at Aby on Saturday. In the main race Yarrah Boko is owned and trained by Norwegians who claim him as their own, but he was bred at Boko Stables in Stockholm, and he is back in the country of his birth to try and reclaim the SM-Male title that he  won two years ago.  Trond Anderssen’s star started off the year in brilliant fashion winning one of the famed B-races at Vincennes, the Prix de Belgique and won four of his five starts at elite level. Last start winner  Orecchietti returned to  form in brilliant fashion at Bergsåker this month, while Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face has also had a  recent victory in France, and will also have strong support. Also likely to find favour in with the punters is V75 warhorse Harry Haythrow and the  winner of Finland’s Kymi Grand Prix, the roan gelding Womanizer . The second  big feature on the night will be Sto-SM for mares which looks likely to be decided between Daniel Reden’s Muscles Yankee  mare Dileva Kall and Vincennes (Spotlite Lobell) in the hands of Johnny Takter. Gold medals will also be handed to the winners of SM races for Monte, apprentices,   Youth and  Equestrian Championships on the 13 race programme which doubles as the weekend’s V75 meeting.   SVENSKT MÄSTERSKAP Åby  2013-10-12  (G2)   Nat   2640m  all Male  €141,000 1         Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr:   Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              2         Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:   Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen               3         On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr:   Johnny Takter  Tr:  Hans R Strömberg               4         Perfect Toll (h Alf Palema - Tvindas S. ) Dr:   Åke Svanstedt Tr:   Åke Svanstedt               5         Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr:   Johan Untersteiner Tr:   Johan Lejon               6         Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Johnny Johansson               7         Monster Drive (h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr:   Björn Goop Tr:   Reijo Liljendahl               8         Womanizer (g Tap In - Sandra Nibs) Dr:   Tommi Kylliäinen Tr:   Jarno Kauhanen              9         Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:   Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson               10       Orecchietti (h From Above - Canneloni) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström  Tr:  Stefan Hultman       SE STO-SM Åby  12/10/13 (G2)   Nat 2140m all mares  €141,000 1         Ariel Boko   (Lemon Dra - Exciting Kronos) Dr:   Per Linderoth  Tr:  Per Linderoth              2         Vincennes   (Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr:   Johnny Takter Tr:   Sören Lennartsson              3         Playing Tua   (Gigant Neo - Sandy Nalan) Dr:   Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Thomas Uhrberg              4         Bell   (Jag de Bellouet - Maxi Limousine) Dr:   Lars-Göran Söderberg Tr:   Björn Svensson              5         Dileva Käll  (Muscles Yankee - Leva Käll) Dr:   Daniel Redén   Tr: Daniel Redén              6         Askens Valencia   (Rite On Line - Staro Ultima) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:   Timo Nurmos             7         Mermaid Ås   (Broadway Hall - Superlou Ås) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Peter Untersteiner              8         Global Kitten   (Striking Sahbra - I Dream the Dream) Dr:   Magnus Jakobsson  Tr:  Magnus Jakobsson              9         Olivia Lavec   (Lindy Lane - Espri Lavec) Dr:   Flemming Jensen Tr:   Flemming Jensen              10        Photo Princess   (Super Photo Kosmos - Milady Hornline) Dr:   Michael Lönborg Tr:   Michael Lönborg     by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Former USA 2YO Colt Trotter of the Year, Pastor Stephen, steps up into Swedish elite company incuding reigning Elitppet champ Nahar for the first time since joining Solvalla trainer Daniel Redén when he takes his place in the Norrlandskt Masterskap (Championship) at Bergsaker on the weekend. A million dollar stakes earner with a record of 1.52.4, Pastor Stephen was a sensational 2YO in North America reeling off wins in the Reynolds Memorial, Champlian Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and Simcoe Stakes for  trainer Juimmy Takter to gain the top vote in the 2YO colts and geldings category with 6 wins and 4 seconds from 11 starts and a record of 1.53.3 and earnings of around $US700,000. The Cantab Hall product of Kentucky’s Brittany Farms but an injury before the Canadian Trotting curtailed his 3YO although he won 4 of 11 starts and won just over $400,000, lowering his time to 1.52.4 with his best finish in the big stakes races being a fifth in the Hambletonian. Interestingly he is the third stallion from that year’s Hambletonian to be now plying his trade in Sweden,  joining that year’s winner Broad Bahn and Currier and Ives winner Fawkes, who was unplaced. Broad Bahn joined Stig Johansson’s stable and has yet to be sighted on Swedish tracks while Fawkes has had success in the ultra competitive elite Swedish ranks, winning the Swedish Group I King Gustav’s Pokal for 4YOs last year. Rated by top driver Yannick Gingras as one of the best horses he had ever driven, Pastor Stephen was urchased by Stall Zet in January 2011. The 3YO injury, though healing, prevented Pastor Stephen racing as a 4YO, although he did stud duties in Sweden serving some top mares such as E3 winner Sweet Desire,  and resumed training this spring, qualifying in Gavle in August. Since then Pastor Stephen has had just one start in a minor race at Gavle last month where he ran second in a sprint over 1640m in 1.12.7ak (1.57MR), interestingly beating home Group I winner Oracle (Ganymede). It is a tough test of his credentials with Robert Bergh’s Elitloppet winner Nahar (7g Love You) in the field and this will also be the first time that Pastor Stephen has raced over more than a mile (not counting the 1640m last start). Orecchietti (6h From Above) ran third in the Group II Arjangs Stora Pris in a top field behind Sebastian K and Formula One two starts back, and will be one of the favourites with Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart. Also in the field are last start winner Rakas (8h Victory Party), who won the 2010 Frances Bulwark and Finnish Group I winners  Up Date Hoss (7h Classic Response) trained by Stig Johansson  and She Loves You (6m Love You), a Finnish St Leger winning mare (and whose dam is a sister to SJ’s Caviar) who has not been in top form since returning from an unsuccessful stint in France. NORRLÄNDSKT VARMBLODSMÄSTERSKAP Bergsåker   5-10-13 V75 Gulddivision Ht, 2140m Auto 1         El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar - Otilia Sund)  Dr: Oskar J Andersson Tr:  Kristina Wiik   2         Haraldinho (6g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia)  Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström              3         David Sisu  (5h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious)  Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr:  Petri Salmela              4         Device  (9h Pine Chip - Vitessa) Dr:   Per Linderoth Tr:    Per Linderoth              5         Nahar  (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline)   Dr: Robert Bergh  Tr:    Robert Bergh              6         Francais du Gull (6h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:  Bo Eklöf  Tr:   Erik Lindegren              7         She Loves You (FI) (6m Love You - S J's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Jörgen Westholm Tr:    Jörgen Westholm              8         Up-Date Hoss (FI) (7h Classic Response - Celebration Ride)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson              9         Rakas (8h Victory Party - Tricky Woo) Dr:   Per Lennartsson  Tr:   Per Lennartsson              10       Pastor Stephen (US) (5h Cantab Hall - Gala Dream)   Dr: Daniel Redén  Tr:   Daniel Redén              11       Orecchietti (6h From Above - Canneloni)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Stefan Hultman              12       Parkin  (7g Tap In - La Bigi) Dr:   Henrik Svensson Tr:  Björn Persson   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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