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August 14, 2015 - Be Unlimited (4g Prodigious-Limited Edition) at 4.8/1 took the Prix de Saint-Nazaire (€21,000 purse, 2725 meters, 11 starters) at Pornichet timed in 1,18,2kr for reinsman Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. He held on to defeat 72/1 Belphegor du Paj with third to 81/1 Bill Bonnetiere. The Prix Conseil Regional des Pays de Loire (€35,000 purse, 2725 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.9/1 favorite Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) reined by Franck Nivard and clocked in 1.15.1kr at Pornichet. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that is owned by Scuderia Bologna 2011. 7/1 Urgos du Cedre finished second with third to 18/1 Tagada Castelets. The Quinte+ today was at Cabourg with the Prix des Cardamines (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.16.4kr winner was 4.3/1 odds Viking America (6g Viking Kronos-Berta’s Crown) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Lutfi Kolgjini, trainer for WHAP Trotting AB. 2.7/1 Prince Orlando was second for Franck Nivard with third to 11/1 Une Vie des Obeaux with David Thomain aboard. Yesterday at Orebro (SWE) a number of US-breds raced successfully. Apple Bottom Lindy (3f Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back) won her first career start in 1.16.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Kenneth Haugstad drove the Roger Walmann trainee that earned 20,000SEK first money. Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerri’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) scored his initial European victory for trainer/driver Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. This one was timed in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart to secure 35,000SEK first money in the defeat of Johnny B. Kemp and veteran class-master Lord Capar. The TeleBolaget Grand Prix (150,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart) went to Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander in 1.14.8kr. This winner scored victory four in eight seasonal starts as he defeated Emmett Brown and Explosive De Vie. Midnight Glory (4f Cantab Hall-Elegant Victory-Valley Victory) scored a 1.16.9kr win in the TeleBolagets for mares (30,000SEK first money, 2140 meters turning start distance handicap.  Erik Adielsson drove this Stig H. Johansson trainee to victory three in six 2015 appearances. Another US-bred winner was Gliding Solo (3m Yankee Glide-Sole Mate-Self Possessed) that scored in 1.16kr over 2140 meters turning start, distance handicap. Bjorn Goop teamed this winner, now with a career slate, all in 2015, of 5-0-1 in six starts. Next week on August 19 at Solvalla there are several top races. The Gr. I European Championship for mares (UET Masters Series, 650,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) includes Youana, Eketorpets Tess, Blended Scotch and Your Highness among nine contestants. The Ahlsell Solvallaserien VI (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) drew a solid nine horse field including Nuncio (post seven), Sylvester America, Hillustrious, Exodus Hanover and Party Boat Hanover. The Queen L for mares (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) drew 11 starters including Talk The Talk, Windy Ways, BostonZ Credit and Radysin America. The featured Gr. I UET Masters Series Jubileumspokalen (2140 meters autostart, 1SEK million to the winner) also drew a strong 12 horse lineup as follows: Nimbus CD, Orjan Kihlstrom Papagayo E, Erik Adielsson Ivar Sanna, Thomas Uhrberg Tumble Dust, Bjorn Goop Rod Stewart, Christoffer Erikssom Ready For More, Ulf Ohlsson Sauveur, Ake Lindblom Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Calvin Borel, Conrad Lugauer Ringostarr Treb, Wilhelm Paal Creatine, Johnny Takter Takethem, Steen Juul Thomas H. Hicks  

January 27, 2015 - The Monday January 26 Vincennes card continued the excellent Prix d’Amerique weekend of harness racing. The Prix D’Issoice (€37,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice) clocked in 1.14.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. The even-money,  Chuck Sylvester namesake, favorite defeated Suerte’s Cage (Igor Font - Fuanziska’s Cage) for Roberto Vecchione for trainer H.K. Ehlert at 48/1 with third to 10/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (4m Magnificent Rodney - Nymphe du Dollar) with trainer Sylvain Roger at the lines. Winner’s dam Armbro Voice by Garland Lobell is also dam of Laurel America (US$341,000), Michael America (US$113,000) and Red Rose America (US$261,000), each developed by Riordan. Une de Villetot (7f Canada-Oste) took the Prix de Rethal (€48,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at 38/1 for owner, trainer, driver Sebastian Baude timed in 1.14.9kr. 45/1 Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’y Pense) ended second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 63/1 Uka Pellois (7f Coktail Jet-Lady Square) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rony Kuiper in this Quinte+ event. The Prix de Fleurance A (€33,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.18.4kr victory for well-bred Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon -Kidea) for Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This 1.8/1 favorite handled Crista Maris (3f Kiwi-Prima Maris) for trainer, driver Sylvain Roger at 9/1 with third to Crazy Queen (3f Let’s Go Along-Rydding Star) and Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner is from the Extreme Dream mare Kidea (from a Workaholic dam), dam of double Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash plus Suricate (US$169,000) and Upper Class (US$398,000). The lightly raced three year-olds also contested the Prix de Fleurance B (€33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) and Julien Dubois teamed Café Rossa (3f Let’s Go Along -Lee Nova) to the win clocked in 1.16.6kr. The 2.7/1 winner is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 36/1 Chapella Phedo (3f Little Crack-Romanaisa Phedo) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 2.9/1 odds Carla Love (3f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Tuesday at Vincennes continued with a card that included European eligible events and first-time training win for Julien Dubois. Summaries follow: The Prix de Vittel A (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to Primula Brazza (6f Oiseau de Feux -Erbanoza Brazza) trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The 2.3/1 favorite was clocked in 1.15.5kr in defeat of Voila Marine (6f Infant du Bossis-Lady Danae) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Franck Harel. 9/1 Vany des Loyaux (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Morie des Loyaux) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Prix de Laval (€70,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3/2 odds Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood -Illys Way) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, clocked in a sharp 1.12.5kr. This Quinte+ event saw 9/1 Ardente du Clos (5f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) end second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 50/1 Roxanne Bar (5f Explot Caf-Guendalina Bar) was third for Roberto Andrghetti and trainer Catello Savarese. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis-Fast Wise As) was a 25/1 fourth for Pierre Vercruysse with fifth to 19/1 Ruguaida Dei Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) for reinsman Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Arnold W. Mollema. The Prix de Laval was the Quinte+ race of the day. The Prix de Sarlat (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters. 18 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois and his 28/1 Always Perfect (5m Prodigious-Oh Butterfly), his first training win. Scoring in 1.16.1kr the winner defeated Atout de Montbrun (5g Otello Pierji-Dame Montbrun) with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and American Charm (5m Password-Question de Charme) at 45/1 for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Thomas Hicks

For the first time since 1979, one of the last preparatory race prior to the Prix D’Amerique, the Prix de Belgique , has only ten trotters entered for this Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. The purse is at $145,000 (US). Since 1990, the last of the "B" race has at least twelve starters. This edition promises to be very special, and will not be supporting the quinté + bet. The morning line favorite for the race is Vabellino (2 - Eric Raffin), who races barefoot and can win his ticket to the big race if successful as the winner of the race gets an automatic entry into the Prix D’Amerique . Another favorite in the field is Up And Quick ( 10 - Jean- Michel Bazire ) who will be handicapped twenty-five meters, and will wear shoes with Jean -Michel Bazire driving . Texas Charm (9 - Julien Dubois), will race with shoes too. Elles W Phedo (1 - Johanna Lindqvist ), better known in the European races, tries his luck against the elite, racing without shoes. Here is the field for the Prix de Belgique 1. Elles W Phedo–Johanna Lindqvist 2. Vabellino–Eric Raffin 3. Very Nice Marceaux–Pierre Vercruysse 4. Solea Rivelliere–Philippe Daugeard 5. Kadett CD–Robert Bergh 6. Uhlan du Val–Cedric Megissier 7. Roxana de Barbray–Gabriele Gelormini 8. Severino–Christian Bigeon 9. Texas Charm–Julien Dubois Trailing the field by 25 meters 10. Up and Quick–Jean Michel Bazire Maven also races on the same program and headlines the Prix Tenor de Baune, a race for 6-year-old trotters over the 1-11/16 mile distance, also for a purse of $145,000. There are ten entered in the race and Maven drew the far outside post 10 as she is the highest money earner in the field. She will again face Solvato (Orjan Kihlstrom), who two weeks back captured the Prix de Bourgogne at Vincennes and earned an automatic entry to the Prix D’Amerique. Solvato was bred in the United States and is a full brother to world champion filly, Shake It Cerry. Here is the field for the Tenor de Baune 1. Claes Boko–Johanna Lindqvist 2. Valko Jenilat–Glenny Delaune 3. Voyage de Rêve–Jean Philippe Dubois 4. Vulcain de Vandel–Franck Nivard 5. Villeroi–Eric Raffin 6. Chelsea Boko–Bjørn Goop 7. Voltigeur de Myrt–Gabriele Gelormini 8. Solvato–Örjan Kihlström 9. Mosaique Face–Jos Verbeeck 10. Maven–Jean Michel Bazire By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Julien Dubois teamed Texas Charm (7m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Kamela Charm) to victory in today’s €120,000 Gr. II International UET Master Series Prix du Bourbonnais at Paris-Vincennes.With the triumph, Texas Charm automatically earns a spot in the prestigious Prix d'Amerique in late January. Dubois left alertly to gain the front from then pocketed Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) and teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. Texas Charm led throughout setting slow fractions and won without urging from Dubois by three-quarters of a length timed in 1.14.9kr. Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful) rallied late for second driven by Cedric Megissier ahead of Solvato. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) ended fourth with fifth to Viking de Val (5m Baccarat de Pont-La Forgude Val). Next across the line were Mosaique Face, Severino, Ready Cash and Soleil du Fosse. Ready Cash overcame his 25 meter handicap quickly and raced in the second tier with cover until top of stretch when he quickened before flattening out in the late going, albeit without urging and timed in 1.14.5kr Texas Charm was off as 2.3/1 favorite and he secured career win 15 now for earnings of €1,070,530) for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The rated fractions were 1.17.2kr at 1500; 1.16.4kr at 1000, 1.16kr at 500 before 1.14.9kr finish. Ucapata (6f Otello Pierji-Love Me Cherie) easily scored in tonight’s €54,000 Prix Le Parisien, the Quinte+ featured event on the Vincennes card. F-P Bossuet teamed the winner to the 1.13.2kr victory over 2850 meters for European eligibles (14 in the field). The winner was off at 4.4/1 odds in the defeat of Tirade (7f Memphis du Rib-Galilee du Val) at 25.5/1 for Romain Derieux and 17/1 Photo Princess (9f Super Photo Kosmos-Milady Hornline) with trainer M. Lonborg up. The Q+ jackpot was €4.55 million and was not hit albeit the exact order payoff exceeded €229,000 for a €2 wager. Graded Action at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker Today’s Prix de Bourbonnais undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a great one with three graded events and other upper class races. Valse de Reve (6f Mister President-Nouba Houba) started the day with victory in the Prix de Seichen Sur Le Loir for €90,000 that attracted 11 monte contestants going 2175 meters. The winner, reined by Camille Levesque, scored in 1.11.7kr as 1.1/1 favorite over Victoire Smiing (5f Memphis du Rib-Kediva) for Damien Bonne and Vic du Boisnant (5m Gazouillis-Ode du Boisnant) with David Thomain aboard. The Prix d’Hautefort for a €60,000 purse showcased 18 European trotters in this 2100 meter autostart contest. Timed in 1.12kr the victory went to Joker Stursk (7g Rotation-Ariel Stursk) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Torbjorn Jansson. Off at 8/1 the winner scored by a length over Ti Amo de Carly (7g In Love With You-Native de Carly) handled by Arnaud Desmottes with third to Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nafaiku) with Franck Ouvrie driving. The Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the Franck Leblanc trained and owned Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) driven by Franck Nivard at 5.7/1 odds. The battle for second went to fast closing Altese du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) at 4/1 for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse over Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois up. The Gr. III Prix Narquois (€95,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3.6/1 odds Valko Jenilat (5m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for Glenny Delaume and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The dominant pacesetter scored in 1.15.2kr in a well-rated effort. 19/1 outsider Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 9/10 favorite Vinci de l’Arbaye (5m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette Bloue) with trainer/driver J-M Bazire at the lines. Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), the 1/2 favorite in the wagering, took the Gr. II Prix Raoul Ballaire (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, nine starters, monte for three year-olds). Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato as he opened a decisive lead and then tired late holding off Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragana) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Bilibili (3m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L-Cl Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon. Timed in 1.13.5kr the race yielded fast early fractions – 1.07.1kr at 1500; 1.09.7kr at 1000; 1.12.4kr at 500 from which the leader staggered home to victory. V75 Gold at Bergsaker Elsewhere today in Europe, at Bergsaker SWE, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), went to Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Daniel Reden. The veteran scored his 25 career victory in 84 starts, now for earnings of 2,820,250SEK. The 1.12.5kr winner defeated stablemate Miss Sue V (6f Credit Winner-Sunday Yankee-Muscles Yankee) with Bjorn Goop up. Ariel Boko (7f Lemon Dra-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos) was third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of former Elitloppet winner Nahar and driver Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Julien Dubois teamed Tender and True (7g Coktail Jet-Go Along) to victory in tonight’s €2.6 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Barbara (2100 meters autostart, purse €48,000, 18 starters) at Vincennes. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams that was off at 4.7/1 odds. Timed in 1.12.9kr the Tender and True defeated Topaze Jef (7f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) for Eric Raffin with third to Tess de Villeneuve (7f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) with David Thomain driving. The Q+ exact order payoff (without jackpot) was €27,390. On the undercard, this well-attended Paris evening, was the Prix Gallea (€46,000 purse, 2850meters, 15 starters). Ustar de Vandel (6g Look de Star-Daila du Vandel) took the win in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin at 5.1/1 odds. Ukir du Donjon (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon) was second for J-M Bazire with Ugophenio (6g Quadrophenio-Kia du Fossey) third for Damien Bonne. The winner rallied late to score by a length. The Prix Ismene (€44,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the Dominik Locqueneux teamed Arthur d’Atom (4m Sancho Panca-Manouchka) to victory in 1.13.9kr. Off at 3/2 odds the winner defeated Anry de l’éclair (4g Hulk des Champs-Judicieuse Sun) with Tony LeBeller up with J-M Bazire piloting Alpha d’Azif (4g Jain de Beval-Irecte Barbes) home third. The powerful striding winner scored decisively on the front. At LeCroise Laroche, the Gran Prix des Nord for five year-olds (€40,000 purse, 2825 meters, 7 starters) went to Vladimir de Gingi (5g Quatre Juillet-Quefie de Cosse) with P-Y Verva up. The 7/1 odds winner defeated Ventura Jiel (5f Neoh Viel-Occane Jiel) with Joseph Verbeeck driving with third to Valto (5g Corot-Nouchka du Biwetz) reined by Matthieu Verva. Weekend action ahead includes the Orsi Mangelli in Italy on Saturday and four Swedish Breeders Crown events Sunday at Eskilstuna. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel was the featured event on today's noon-day card at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000 euro purse drew a field of nine five-year-olds traveling 2175 meters. The hotly contested, hot-paced event went to Very Nice Marceaux, craftily reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent. The 4/1 odds winner took the inside path before escaping heavy traffic into the homestretch. There Vercruysse found a way out and once fee the son of Jag de Bellouet responded rapidly to just nip Voltigeur de Myrt and teamster Eric Raffin on the line, timed in 1.10.9kr. Favored Village Mystic led the field into the stretch and held third for Louis Baudron. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.10.9kr finish 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse up, trainer Gregory Laurent, 4/1 2nd Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois), Eric Raffin for trainer R. Donati, 6.3/1 3rd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.8/1 favorite 4th Valse Darling (5m Prodigious-Fly Darling), Julien Dubois up, 26.7/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier, 9.2/1 The undercard was worth watching as well. Trainer Marco Smorgon sent Sister Dany Bar to the Prix d'Istres, a European eligible event for 65,000e. Anthony Barrier catch-drove the favored winner, a three year-old daughter of Love You from Red Hot Action by American Winner and a full sister to Le Dany Bar, a Smorgon trained winner of over US$667,000. Red Hot Action is a daughter of Crysta's Girl (Crysta's Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish). Video Chip is a full sister to Grand Circuit winning Bolla. Sister Dany Bar dispatched 13 rivals with her 1.15.4kr score as the favorite. June 7, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Istres, 65,000e, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500; 1.15.4kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas, Italy, 7/10 favorite, her sixth win for €79,398 2nd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuelle Allard trainer/driver, 59.3/1 3rd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 9.6/1 Jean-Michel Bazire enjoyed another fine day with wins handling Ave Avis and United Back, a pair he also trains. Ave Avis, a son of Kesaco Phedo scored in 1.14.2kr as 9/10 favorite, to easily defeat Arlington Dream and Amensito. Bazire's other winner, as the .5/1 favorite, was United Back in the 50,000e Prix de Villeneuve Sur-Lot. Summaries follow. June 7, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Prix du Dauphine, 58,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.16.3kr at 1500; 1.15.1kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Ave Avis (4m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite and easy winner, fifth win for 104,930e 2nd Arlington Dream (4m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire, 1.6/1 3rd Amensito (4m Love You-Carmensita), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trainer, 27.6/1 June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, 50,000e, European, 2700 meters, 18 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 0.5/1 favorite, 14th win for 206,630e 2nd New Way (7g Uronometro-Elsinor Princess), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens, 12.4/1, Italy 3rd Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio), Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 12.8/1, Italy The day's Quinte+ went to Global Manhattan handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The impressive winner led much of the way, was headed out of the final turn only to rally back for a length victory in 1.14.3kr. The son of Love You from Devilish Yankee by Yankee Glide earned his 21st career win for earnings now over 531,000e. Lobell Countess nailed down the second spot over a game Beckman that fought bravely from the death seat. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Quercy, 85,000e, European, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3.45 million Fractions: 1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500; 1.14.3kr finish Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Eric Raffin for Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon AB, 6.9/1, 21st win for 531,455e 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Dominik Locqueneux for Peter J. Strooper, 14.8/1 2nd Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, 2.3/1 3rd Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Pierre Vercruysse up for Vincent Lacroix, 26.7/1 4thMint Kronos (8m Love You-Zamia FC), Anthony Barrier, Fabrice Souloy trainer, 65.6/1 Lastly, the 65,000e Prix Gien went to Bold Eagle, a son of Ready Cash driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, his owner/trainer. Bazire was second with pacesetter Brosses Troubadour as even-money choice among the punters. The winner is from a Love You-Hippodamia mare, with Hippodamia the dam of €100,000 plus winners Pancho Villa and Quai Bourbon. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Gien, 65,000e European, 2700 meters, 15 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 4.9/1, sixth win for 81,800e 2nd Brosses Troubadour (3m Showtime Bourbon-Houri de Malte), J-M Bazire up, 1/1 favorite 3rd Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin aboard, 25.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

While the exceptionally well presented and contested Elitloppet 2014 captured worldwide trotting attention last weekend, there was great action elsewhere too throughout Europe. At Vannes, the fifth leg of the “Trophy Vert”, the green (turf) trophy, took place with the winner being Touho de Karenga with Tony LeBeller aboard. The €45,000 purse (Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes) went to the son of Jag de Bellouet who landed his 13th career victory good for €194,660 earned. The long striding veteran sailed over the grass in 1.18.3kr over 3200 meters (two miles). Favored Super Berry Chenou was second for J-P Monclin.May 25, 2014 Vannes, Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes, €45,000, 3200 meters, 18 starters on the turf, 1.18.3kr 1st Touho de Karenga (7m Jag de Bellouet-Mythical Rodney-Cezio Josselyn), Tony LeBeller for trainer J-M Legros, 3.8/1, 13th career win for €194,660 2nd Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline), J-P Monclin trainer/driver, 2.2/1 odds 3rd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot), J-C Hallais for J-W Hallais trainer, 21/1 At Paris-Vincennes graded and fast class action drew the fans. The Prix Victor Cavey, a Gr. II monte test over 2850 meters for €120,000, went to the Camille Levesque reined Vol de Nuit in 1.14.k5kr. The five-year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Mike Lenders for Ecurie Pierre Levesque as she earned her fifth lifetime win. Vision Intense was scratched and two of the remaining presumed contenders were off the board. May 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes,  Prix Victor Cavey, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Camille Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 2.3/1, 67 poids, fifth win for €135,500 2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up, 23/1, 65 poids 3rd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Anthony Barrier, 34/1, 65 poids Vision Intense was scratched; Valdice de Mars (seventh)  and Valse Castelets (eighth) off the board On the “attele” the Prix Talitha was contested for lightly raced three year-old males over 2200 meters and for €46,000. Heavily backed Buvetier, a son of Goetmals Wood and handled by Julien Dubois, went down to defeat as Bandit Charentais scored easily with a down the middle rally. Francois Lagadeuc drove the winner to his fifth success. The son of So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou earned the win at 4/1 odds. May 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Talitha, €46,000, males, 2200 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou), Francois Lagadeuc up for Jean M. Baudouin trainer, 4/1 odds, fifth victory for €57,150 2nd Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Julien Dubois up for trainer Patrick Chevrier, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D breeder, 3/5 odds 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois)m Gilles Delacour driver/trainer, 25/1 At Kincsem Park the 105th edition of the Nemzeti Djiban took place. The 2HUf million purse, 1960 meter event  went to Red Stone with Csaba Lakatos aboard. The four year-old gelded son of Wall Street Banker defeated 10 rivals in 1.17.5kr while overcoming a 40 meter penalty. Three year-old Salt Lake City almost held on for trainer/drive Imre Fazekas. The co-featured Faust DIJ for aged open class trotters went to the veteran Diamond Way stallion Lambert SAS is a quick 1.13.3kr over 1800 meters autostart. Josef Sagaj piloted the out of country winner to defeat the good Supergill mare Orifiamma Jet with former Derby winner Ollyan Nincs ending third. May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, 105th Nemzeti DIJ, 2HUf million purse, 1960 meters distance handicap, 11 starters, 1.17.5kr 1st Red Stone (4g Wall Street Banker-Astalavista), Csaba Lakatos up for L. Marton trainer and AMMA owner, fourth win in seven starts in 2014, traveled 2000 meters, 24.5/1 odds 2nd Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver for Pimri owner, 1960 meters, 4/1 3rd Rozsakert (4f Wall Street Banker-Viragos), Emil Csordas up, 2000 meters, 16.8/1 odds May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, Faust DIJ, 750,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.13.8kr Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB), Josef Sagaj trainer/driver, Slovenia, 3/1 odds as favorite 1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket to Ride-Nevele Pride), Tibor Hajnal driver/trainer, 7/1 2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre), Andrea Fazekas for Imre Fazekas trainer, 3.9/1 3rd Princess View (6f Igor Brick-Review As), Csaba Lakatos aboard, 15.7/1 4th Rose’s La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O’Hill’s Rose), Laszlo Kolozsi, 35.4/1 Lastly, reports indicate that Maharajah has had a successful 2014 at stud and has recovered from injury during winter 2014 after his Prix d’Amerique victory. His connections plan to defend the title in 2014 and also plan to contest the Prix de France over 2100 meters with Panne de Moteur, recently a solid second in the Elitloppet final and winning his elimination over Raja Mirchi. And, as reported previously, Magic Tonight (Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) scored yesterday at Aby in record time 1.09.3kr in the mile distance  Algot Scotts Minne. This one is the family of Lookout Victory. I’m The Answer (by Credit Winner) set blistering fractions setting up Magic Tonight’s victory for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Wahlman. by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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

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

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

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

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

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Topflight trotting action took place Friday-Saturday in France at Paris-Vincennes and Enghien including Quinte+ on both programs and graded events for four year-olds (males and females). The Prix Gaston de Wazieres, a Gr. II 120,000e test for four year-old mares over 2100 meters autostart, went to Alesia d'Atout with Mathieu Mottier aboard. This pair prevailed in a close photo over two Dubois-clan rivals, Africaine with Jean-Etienne Dubois up and the Julien Dubois teamed Atlesima. The winner was timed in a solid 1.12.6kr as she recorded her sixth career victory. April 18, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston de Wazieres, Gr. II females, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.6kr 1st Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J.Y. Lherete, 3.7/1, her sixth win for 321,250e lifetime 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Atlesima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin, 2/1 The males four year-oilds contested the 120,000e Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet and favored Aladin d'Ecajeul took the top prize for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The victory raised his earnings to over 496,000e as he scored in hand to stop the timer in 1.13kr. The son of Quaker Jet looks like he could be an aged contender for future years. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston Brunet, Gr. II males, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul-Halimede), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.1/1 odds, owner Philippe DeWulf, ninth career win 2nd Africain (4m Oardo-Kamine), Franck Nivard up, 9/1 3rd Adonis du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Quintaescencia), Dominik Locqueneux, 43/1 Also on the Friday evening program at Vincennes there was an interesting undercard. The Quinte+ Prix Alethem went to Under Blue, handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop. The six-year old daughter of Elvis de Rossignol scored in 1.14.5kr over 2850 meters. Favorites dominated the contest causing the 2e exact order payoff (absent jackpot) to be only 2,784e. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alethem, 75,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot 7.45 million euros 1st Under Blue (6m Elvis de Rossignol-Jangala-Buvetier d'Aunou), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Hallberg, ninth career win for 210,850e lifetime, odds were 2.5/1 2nd Ultra Classique (6m Kiwi-Javana de Moi), Eric Raffin, 6/10 odds 3rd Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Anthony Barrier, 9/1 Lightly raced three year-old fillies contested the Prix Palma with victory to the second time winner Bianca de Lou. The daughter of Ready Cash from Prima de Lou by Coktail Jet was reined by Christophe Martens. Dubois fillies by Password and Goetmals Wood finished second and fourth in the closely fought event. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Palma, females, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.9kr 1st Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima de Lou-Coktail Jet), Christophe Martens, 2/1, Vincent Martens trainer for Ecurie Olmenhof, her second win for 30,600e euros lifetime 2nd Belle d'Hommeur (3f Password-Place d'Honneur), Julien Dubois, 66/1 3rd Blue Comet (3f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Komete d'Urzy), P-Y Verva, 56/1 4th Be You Soon (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon), Patrick Chevrier, 50/1 Saturday action at Enghien showcased a solid victory by well-regarded Clint W. Boko in the Prix de l'Arginne. The five year-old son of Abano As from Holland scored in 1.12.9kr with fast closing fractions over the 2150 meter distance. Robin Bakker was in town to handle the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Argonne, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 72,000e, 1.12.9 kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500 1st Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul J.P. Hagoort, his ninth win for career earnings of 244,591e, Holland, 4.7/1 2nd Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla), Josef Franzl trainer/driver, 14/1, Germany Also on Saturday, Alex The Winner posted an impressive score in the Prix de Lons-le-Saunier for male four year-olds. Jean-Etienne Dubois piloted his owned/trained pupil to the fourth career victory for the powerful striding chestnut son of Orlando Vici. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Lons-le-Saunier, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters, 46,000e, 1.14.4 1st Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/trainer/owner, 9/10 favorite, his fourth win for lifetime earnings of 72,520e 2nd Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet-Maya d'Atout), Franck Nivard up, 8/1 3rd Andalou d'Huon (4m Otello Pierji-Nina d'Huon), Michel Lenoir, 33/1 The day's Quinte+ event went to Uprince with Franck Nivard teaming. He defeated a solid veteran field in 1.12.7kr over 2150 meters autostart in the 60,000e Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil. The Barjon owned, Pierre Levesque driven Tornado de l'Ocean was second ahead of Elles W.Phedo with Johanna Lindqvist at the lines. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 60,000e, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with 7.5 million euro jackpot 1st Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard, 2.7/1, his 10th win for career earnings of 312.700 euros 2nd Tornado de l'Ocean (7g Look de Star-Taluina), Pierre Levesque, 3.5/1 3rd Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist, 12/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Sebastien Guarato's Prix de Selection winner Aladin d'Ecajeul heads the nine-horse field in the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Gaston Brunet, the final male lead-up race to next month's Criterium des 4 Ans at Vincennes in early May. The son of the royally bred Quaker Jet Aladin added the intergenerational Prix de Selection recently to his Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr1) and two other Group twos and has established himself firmly as the pre-eminent 4YO in France. However Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs has been making steady progress, running third in the Prix de Selection and was third in the Prix Phaeton, the first of the prep races last start. The son of Prince d'Espace is a group one place getter, Prix Albert Viel, and is one who is certainly capable of adding to his four career victories thus far. Third in the market is Vincent Collard Africain, a very consistent horse who has been in the money on a frequent basis without looking likely to win. The son of Oardo will be driven by Franck Nivard There are few horses with a CV as strong as Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert. The son of First de Retz won the top 2YO race in France, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and was second in the Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1), and a gallant third in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1). He has won two at group two level including the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve (G2) in January and has been placed in three other races at group level. Joel Van Eeckhaute's Ganymede colt Athos des Elfes won the Prix Phaeton at odds of 30/1 last start, his first attempt at group company. The field was minus the likes of Aladin d'Ecajeul, but this was his fifth win in 23 starts, and he has been a consistent improver thus far. PRIX GASTON BRUNET Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2100 4M 120,000e 1 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2100 2 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2100 3 Ah Quel Micha (h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2100 4 Adonis du Goutier (h Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 5 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 6 Ausone du Kastel( h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 2100 7 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2100 8 Athos des Elfes (h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2100 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

It will be a case of the Dubois' second generation stars battling it out for favouritism in the Prix Gaston De Wazieres (G2) a 120,000 euros preparatory race for the Criterium des 4 Ans, over 2100m in Good Friday racing at the Temple du Trot in France. Jean-Philippe Dubois will have son Julien on board favourite Atlessima, a daughter of Rocklyn - a son of Love You, the world champion sire owned and raced by the clan's patriarch, Jean-Pierre Dubois. Atlessima was second in the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), which was the first prep, earlier in the month. She is already a group one winner, although under saddle in the Prix de Vincennes. Vying for favouritism is the winner of the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), Africaine, who is owned and driven by Jean-Pierre's younger son Jean Etienne Dubois . She is a daughter of French-bred sire Oiseau de Feux, an unheralded former European Derby winner who was second in both the Elitloppet and Lotteria, the Premier races of Sweden and Italy respectively. The pair were the first two favourites the last time out and the public have stuck with them in early markets. The well-credentialled Avila a daughter of Ready Cash in the care of the champion's former trainer Thierry Duvaldestin is third inearly betting despite not having risen to the heights she showed as a juvenile when she won two group one races. Also getting support is Alesia d'Atout, a mare by in the stable of Dominique Mottier, who won the Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2) in January and was third favourite in the Prix Paul Leguerney. The proudly French-bred chestnut Prince Gede (83% French trotter) was a wonderful performer on the track (a winner of the French triple crown marathon Prix de Paris no less) and his daughter from his first crop Athena de Vandel has certainly inherited a lot of his traits,and will also come in for plenty of support. And Ganymede has proven to be one of France's unheralded heroes in the breeding barn, a proven producer of top class performers in France and Italy, and throughout Europe. He is represented by Adelie who will be driven by Alexandre Abrivard for Laurent Claude Abrivard. PRIX GASTON DE WAZIERES Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Nat Group 2 100 4F 120 000e 1 Avila Ready Cash (Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Alesia d'Atout (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 3 Almira Marancourt (Lilium Madrik - Elmira) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Hervalet 4 Adelie (Ganymede - Linea Dream) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2100 5 Africaine (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Alizea du Kastel (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 7 Athena de Vandel (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 8 Asana Trembladaise (Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Dr: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion 9 Atlessima (Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Agora (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Alexandre Buisson 11 Aosta de Lou (Goetmals Wood - Prima Dona de Lou) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Agneska (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas) Dr: Gregory Simon Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 13 Altesse des Brumes (Jasmin de Flore - Fleur de Leau) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Harel by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

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