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The 1/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won this Hippodrome de Wallonie (Mons Ghlin Belgium) Gr. II International classic (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters), timed in 1.13.6kr, over the rain soaked surface, piloted by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer/owner Jean Michel Bazire. Verbeeck had the winner mid-pack in the early going before making a three wide move to the front before the stands on the second lap. From there this pair led to the line holding off 9/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. by a length. This Sebastien Guarato trainee, owned by Philippe Dauphin, was first off the gate, yielded, re-took and then followed Aubrion to the finish. The 10/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was third for Glenny Delaune, trainer Guarato and owner Guy Chaumont. Valko made a strong run at the winner around and off the final bend and held enough to box Billie until it was too late. 33/1 Voeland and 40/1 Attacus completed the top five in this Quinte+ contest (top five paid 21.20€ on Le Turf). For the winning Aubrion it was his 11th straight victory and he is 12 for 13 in 2018 with one second place finish, and the 41st victory in his storied career, now with earnings of 2,183,797€. The Prix Rencontre (purse 30,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Er Voila du Muze (4m Royal Dream-Nolaila) score in 1.16.3kr for driver Piet Van Pollaert, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. This winner now has 11 career wins in 17 starts for 79,856€ earned. 6.5/1 Expert d’Arpion (4g Real de Lou) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and third was 4.9/1 Laelc Vrijthout (4f Orlando Vici) for Rick Ebbinge. The Prix Champagne Moet & Chardon (purse 12,000€, 2850 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.6kr timed and 2.2/1 odds Riviera As (8f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with Francis Neirinck up for trainer Mme. Melanie Gibon. The 47/1 outside Vasterbo Arthur (8g CR Excalibur) was second for trainer/driver Lieven Cannaert and third went to 1.6/1 favorite Gosip Sidney (8g SJs Photo) with driver Marc Huygens. The Hippodrome de Wallonie’s GP des Geniteurs (35,000€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, 14 starters, three year olds) saw 1.6/1 favorite Lynx d’Erpion (3g Rubis de Padd) rally to victory for Mme. Hanna Huygens and owner/trainer Maurice Lambaerts. Race time was 1.16.6kr. 3.6/1 Love It Ev (3m Boardwalk Hall-Emely Love) was second for Gerard Vergaerde, ahead of 12/1 Lilou du Lauzet (3f Daguet Rapide) for trainer/driver Jo Corbanie. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Son Pardo Mallorca hosted Sunday’s 3rd Leg of the Tour European du Trotteur Francais (Gr. II, purse 50,000€, 2650 meters autostart) and the 1.14.8kr timed victory went to Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette). Beau Gamin is trained by J-M Bazire and driven to victory by Joseph Verbeeck. Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied first on the outside before diving to the pegs to be second, driven by Glenny Delaune for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) was third driven by Pascal Tijou for trainer Franck Leblanc. Leblanc’s well regarded Anna Mix refused the start, unseated her driver, and was a dq. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie (purse 180,000 euro, 2300 meters autostart, nine starters) was an easy victory for 5/10 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) handled by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. The veteran winner now has career earnings of 1,827,772 euro. 9/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. The 24/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) took third for Gert Sucaet and trainer Christophe de Groote, ahead of 65/1 Truman Dairpet (11g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) driven by Piet Van Pollaert and trainer Gerald Van Pollaert. 2/1 Uza Josselyn was a dq and Amiral Sacha was scratched. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Aubrion de Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) was an easy rated winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix (purse €170,000, 2100 meters autostart) at Kouvola, Racetrack in Finland as the field was dwindled down to eight starters after the scratch of Ringostarr Treb and Next Direction). The UET Masters Series classic was win timed in 1.13.2kr by the 2/5 favorite that Joseph Verbeeck handled for owner/trainer J-M Bazire. Aubrion de Gers now has 33 wins in 57 career starts for €1,687,372 earned. Marie Brigette Anty bred the veteran champion. The 5.7/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome-Flash de Cosse) closed fast for third, beaten a length, with Tony LeBeller up. Third was Finland’s Midnight Hour (7g Diesel Don-Quanna Kenp-Express Ride) with Iikka Nurmonen up at 23/1. The appreciative crowd enjoyed fine trotting on a fine sunny day at Kouvola. by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink

October 27, 2017 - Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) impressively won today’s Tour European Finale (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+) at Mons Ghlin Belgium. Joseph Verbeeck happily teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Race time was 1.12.4kr and Bird Parker now has career earnings of €1,477,054. This 9/10 favorite bested 34.5/1 Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 6.7/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) took third driven by David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3.6/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was fourth and 10.2/1/ Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana) took fifth. The co-featured Prix Champagne Moet (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a blanket finish with the winner 7/2 Gosip Sidney (7g SJs Photo-Super Sidney) reined by Michel Huygens and trained by Mme. L, Huygens-DeWitte. This 1.14.1kr timed winner defeated 26.4/1 Versachet (8g Kaiser Soze-Houlette) driven by trainer Julien Raffestin. 19.5/1 Allegro Nonarta (7g Otello Pierji-Lubie Nonantaise) was third for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Laurent Simon. Big Headache (7g EL Mikko) finished fourth. The Prix Geciloc Belgique (purse €12,000, 2350 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a rallying victory by 20.8/1 Dragster (5g Micro Mesh-Timber Marie) clocked in 1.14.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Roger Malmqvist. 3.2/1 Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) held second for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, for owner Courant AB. 2.4/1 Highness Worthy (6m SJs Photo-Oqui Worthy II) rallied for third. The 100.7/1 outside Angel Dark was seventh, this one, a career winner of over €119,000, is owned by trainer Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry. The €35,000 purse Prix Van der Paarden (2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, three year olds) was near the top of the Mons Ghlin undercard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner was even-money favorite Kaela Vrijthout (3f Orlando Vici-The Best Fanatic) with Rik Ebbinge aboard. 34.8/1 Kirr Royal (3f Sugar Trader-Belle Pere WG) was this for Nico d’Haenens. 13.6/1 Kamukana (3g Love You-Duenna Tranns R) was third for driver Jos Verbeeck and owner/trainer Rudy Smets. Thomas H. Hicks

April 16, 2017 - Pacesetting Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) bravely held on for harness racing reinsman Joseph Verbeeck to win Sunday’s Gran Premio Costa Azzurra (purse €165,000,1600 meters autostart) at Torino (Italy). The Pierre Billard trainee was timed in 1.11.8kr for a nose victory over the same-timed Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Tarsalo Egral) reined by Roberto Vecchione and Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Enrico Bellei up. Almost three lengths back in fourth was Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (6m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) driven by Pierre Vercruysse and rallying fifth finishing Tesoro Degli Dei (5m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) for driver Pietro Gubellini. Un Mec d’Heripre could be a starter in the 2017 Elitloppet, a race in which he performed well last year. Thomas H. Hicks

October 23, 2015 - The Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, nine starters) went to the 1.16.5kr clocked Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) off at 2/1 odds for driver Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Even-money Derrick de Nganda (2m Tuscon-Nymphe de Nganda) was a distant second for driver J-M Bazire with third to 15.4/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) for Franck Nivard and Ecurie FAC. Django Riff is the first foal of dam Rasta Perrine 1:57.1 (US$119,759) by Look de Star from the Reve d’Udon (sire of Revenue) mare Java Perrine. The Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds) went to 1.7/1 odds Chant des Sirenes (3m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) clocked in 1.16.2kr for driver F-P Bossuet, trainer J-B Bossuet and Ecurie Tenor. 7.5/1 Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. 15/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Adelia (5f Ganymede-Linea Dream) scored in the Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Vincennes timed in 1.13kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The winner as off at 84.4/1 odds and is trained by L-Cl Abrivard. 21.5/1 Alpine du Rib (5f Opium-Rockause du Rib) was a close second for J.L.-Cl Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 8.9/1 Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) was two lengths in arrears for reinsman David Thomain with 6.4/1 Altesse du Mirel (5f Ready Cash-Inc de Mirel) fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. At Son Pardo (Spain Majorca) the €6,000 Criterium des Five Year-Olds over 2650 meters autostart, 12 starters, resulted in an easy victory for 11.2/1 Amor de Font (5m SJ’s Photo-Deninet Star) driven by J-A Rivera clocked in 1.17.6kr. Aquiles Duran and Albebaran G were next to the line. Athos d’Ecajeul (5m Ready Cash-Mutine d’Ecajeul) took Son Pardo’s Premi Strasbourg (purse €6,000, 2650 meters autostart, 16 entrants) timed in 1.17.3kr for driver G. Andreu and trainer J-A Blseo. The winners was off at 3/1 odds as he defeated 19/1 Valinco de Cormon (6g Memphis du Rib-Junk River) and 2.1/1 Quatal des Ormeaux (11g Dahir de Prelong-Jamarina). Thomas H. Hicks

September 5, 2015 - Today’s excellent Paris-Vincennes harness racing card began with the Prix Emile Wendling (Gr. III purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) and 6/1 Traders (3m Ready Cash-Graziella) was an impressive four length winner for Jos. Verbeeck, trainer Philippe Allaire and Italian owner Scuderia Colibri SAS. 1.1/1 Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) was second for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Caid Griff (3m Password-Savane Griff) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff at 12/1 with fourth to 9/1 Cash Hanover from Germany and driven by Pierre Vercruysse. The winners’ dam Graziella (2003, Giant Cat-Working Mom-Baltic Speed) is an historic pedigree. Working Mom is dam of Express Road 1:54.4 ($1,111,635) by Passionnant and her dam Queen of Gainsway (Bonefish-Classical Way-Speedy Scot-Kerry Way) is from the great Classical Way (dam of SWE registered Gloves 1:56.2, $284,589) that scored important US wins at ages two through four (Lexington Filly, Dunroven, Kentucky Futurity, International) and at age five in Europe (Prix de France) where she was also third in Prix d’Amerique. The Gr. III Prix de Montier-en-der (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to game pacesetter Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. The 1.2/1 odds favorite scored in 1.12.2kr off even fractions (1.11.5kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.9kr at 1000, 1.12.4kr at 500) to defeat 14.2/1 fast closing Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) driven by Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 13.3/1 Atout du Lerve (5g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) was third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with Italy’s 24/1 Ribot EK (5m Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo) fourth for driver Pierre Vercruysse. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2015 - Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) rallied mid-stretch for Joseph Verbeeck to take a three length victory in today’s Prix de Milan (Gr. III, 2150 meters autostart, purse €85,000, 14 European starters) at Enghien-Soisy. Philippe Allaire trains Bird Parker for owner Elisabeth Allaire that was off at 6.5/1 odds. Stablemate Brillantissime (4m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire) with Pierre Vercruysse up, off at 7.3/1 odds, was away for the early lead and then enjoyed a pocket journey until early stretch when he slipped through on the pegs and looked like a winner until late. Philippe Allaire also trains Brillantissime, for owner Frederic Sauque. The 1.2/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) started from post three and traveled close up on the outer throughout until moving to a short lead at top of stretch. She appeared to take a bad step, faltered and was settled by teamster Eric Raffin and then rejoined the fight to finish third beaten four lengths. Billie is trained by Fabrice Souloy and is owned by Philippe Dauphin. 25/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quourgame) was fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy with fifth to 11/1 Black d’Avril (4m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) with Franck Ouvrie the pilot for trainer Frederic Prat. This race was the day’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €5,050,000. Bird Parker was clocked in 1.13.1kr off steady fractions (1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr at 500). Win and place handle only on this race exceeded €1,143,000. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2015 - Today’s featured Speedy Foster DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to the Finish import Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keep Praise-Prakas) for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos for owners Drimwind Zoll Kft. and Stall Magic Square. The winner is undefeated in three HU starts after arriving from Helsinki, today going wire to wire timed in 1.14.7kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Imre Fazekas ahead of Masterpiece and teamster Lajos Marton. The winner’s sire is by American Winner from Keystone Impala-Speedy Crown-Ima Lula and the excellent maternal family includes Keystone Crown, Fancy Donut, Fancy Crown, Honor Donut and Honor Bright. The KP secondary feature was the Templar Handicap (500,000HUf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) took the win in a well-rated 1.19.1kr for Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver for owners Drimwind 2011 Kft. and Ari Pylvalainen. Polemic and Open were next to the line. At LaCroise Laroche (France) this day, Best Dream (4m Goetmals Wood-Harricana) took the Prix de la Cote d’Opale (€20,000 purse, 2825 meters, 12 starters) for owner/trainer Jean Baudron and teamster Joseph Verbeeck. The open lengths victor was clocked in 1.16.2kr. At the same venue Athos d’Urzy (5m Ganymede-Perle d’Urzy-Cygnus d’Odyssee) scored in 1.14.6kr to take the Prix de l’Artois (€22,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 13 entrants) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse. At Wolvega the Criterium des 4ans Pays Bas (€17,600 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Europort Pride in 1.13.81kr for Kurt Rueges. Express Rapide was second for driver Rick Ebinge. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Un Mec d’Heripre took today’s Gr. II International Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. One of this summers’ best European based trotters, the six-year-old son of Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2700 meter course to win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner now has 17 career victories good for earnings of €1,001,780. Roxane Grif, a career winner of €2,474,618 battled gamely throughout, much of the journey uncovered on the outside, to hold second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. What a great mare she is! Veteran Roi du Lupin closed steadily to be third for Anthony Barrier. He’s now a career winner of €1,856,845 for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Vincennes card today was a good one with four graded events including the monte Prix de Basly for €120,000, and two other upper level events. Race summaries of these events are shown below. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Emile Wendling, Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15kr 1st Balva Mointaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.6/1 2nd Serpilla Spin (3m From Above-Karisma Zet), Franck Nivard, 10.3/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filanda), Pierre Vercruysse, 2.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Montier En Der, Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters 1st Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 6/1 2nd Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 4/5 odds 3rd Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Mathieu Mottier, 27.9/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Basly, monte Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters for three year-olds Fractions: 1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), Mathieu Mottier, 1.8/1 odds for this easy win 2nd Bocage d’Ortige (3m Mirages du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige), David Thomain aboard, 2.2/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odesis de Vandel-Natoes des Loges), P-Ph Ploquin up, 11.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris Vincennes, Prix d’Ete, Gr. II purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 7/10 odds 2nd 3rd Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 4.9/1 odds 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Damien Bonne for J-P Marmion, 3.1/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Mont St. Michel, European €65,000 purse, 16 starters, Q+ €4.45 million jackpot Fractions: 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/owner Th. Claesson, 29.1/1 2nd Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven), J-M Bazire, 1.9/1 favorite 3rd Orione Degli Dei (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Mauro Baroncini, 45.2/1 Quinte+ results of the race produced an exact order payoff of €112,440 for a €2 wager, excluding jackpot. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Joseph Aveline, €82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Alceate du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama), Mathieu Abrivard up, 6.4/1 2nd Anette du Mirel (4m Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), J-M Bazire for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 2.5/1 3rd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceintire), Joseph Verbeeck, 7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Roi du Lupin rallied to easily win today's E180,000 purse UET Masters Series Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium). Trained and owned by J-P Marmion, the nine year-old gelded son of Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol scored in 1.12.1kr by three lengths for reinsman Anthony Barrier, the winner's 28th career win in 81 starts for earnings of E1,789,845 to culminate a superb 2014 comeback. Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens (trainer Vincent Martens) with Pacsia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun) third for Roberto Andreghetti (trainer Thierry Duvaldestin) and Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carmela Stronline) fourth for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer/owner Johan Lejon. The winner, off at 3.9/1 odds, sat behind the battling 3/2 favorite Timoko (Bjorn Goop up) and Uhlan du Val (Cedrik Megissier). Timoko, seemingly hot and nervous pre-start, was first off the gate in this 2300 meter autostart test and he led for the first lap with Uhlan du Val alongside. On the second pass before the stands Uhlan du Val upped the pressure on Timoko with reinsman Megissier aggressively urging his mount to the front and he crossed over on the lead. Shortly thereafter Timoko broke stride and was disqualified. Uhlan du Val then tired quickly and Roi de Lupin took the lead and drew off under heavy stretch urging from Barrier. Olmo Holz stayed on the pegs to be second at 13.5/1 with Pascia'Lest closing on the outside at 11.4/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

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