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10.6/1 Cere Josselyn (4f Kaisy Dream-Kate) took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) Saturday at Paris-Vincennes clocked in 1.14kr with David Thomain up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 332/1 outsider Caline Elde(4f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third was 12.5/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took the third spot for Franck Nivard and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The Gr. III Prix de Beauquency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to J-M Bazire as driver/trainer/owner with 0.5/1 favorite Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) clocked in 1.12.2kr, racing barefoot. 10.4/1 Alfas du Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) finished second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Third was 17.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. The undercard also included the Prix de Perpignar (purse €47,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with another victory for driver Bazire, with 3.6/1 Siebella Park (5f Varenne-Grandora Park). This Salvatore Minopoli trainee, also owned by him, was timed in 1.14kr. The September 2 Q+ at Vincennes went to 8/1 Bering with Christophe Martens up clocked in 1.13.2kr over 2850 meters. 18 starters battled for the €42,000 purse in the Prix Lampetia. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Stall Verrazzano AB. On the same 9/2 card was the Prix Alexandia for €44,000 raced over 2100 meters autostart. 18 European starters were in this event with the 1.12.6kr clocked victory to  1.6/1 Powell Bi (7m Toss Out-Gulfstream) with Marcello Vecchione aboard, he also trainer for Scuderia Lunaset SRL. The September 1 feature was at Vincennes, that being the Gr.II Monte Prix Legoux-Longpre for a €120,000 purse and raced over 2850 meters by 10 starters. The 1.14.3kr timed win went to 1.9/1 odds Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Ormanda). Camille Levesque teamed the winner for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre  Levesque. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds recorded career victory 10 in 26 starts now for earnings of €285,330. 5.6/1 Bellisima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) was next for trainer/jockey Mathieu Abrvard and 1.8.1 favorite Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Lawn d’Etangville) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. The Q+ that day was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse €49,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with Diva Griff (3f Sam Bourbon-Royale de Bea) the 1.16.5kr winner for Gabriel Gelormini, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing two year-olds were on display Monday at La Capelle in the Prix Claude Mathieu (2000 meters, eight starters, purse €15,000), and the 0.5/1 odds Electro Cadence (2m Kaisy Dream-Potuna Saint Andre) was an impressive open-lengths winner in 1.19kr for Emmanuel Allard and Ecurie Cadence 3. 3.7/1 Egerie de Courtis (2f Lets Go Along-Quessy de Courtis) rallied for second ahead of 12/1 Emeraude d’Idef (2f Opium-Rincette) that Ulf Nordin trains. Same day, same program was the Pick 5 Prix Raymond Chotte (purse €30,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) and this victory was earned by Beverly Boulevard (7f Quite East-Long Beach) with Yann Lorin driving for Fabrice Souloy, trainer for Camilla Vikstrom. Caen Oldeson (7m Offshore Dream-Krona Oldeson) took second for John De Leeuw and trainer F.A. Westerveld, ahead of Twin’s Fairtail (7m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline) that Sofia Aronsson trains.Time of the winner was 1.14.7kr. At Meslay du Maine that day was held the Grand Prix du Groupe Romet (purse €28,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and 4/5 favorite Azaro D’Eva (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The Prix de la Ville de Luneray at Dieppe (purse €25,000, 2550 meters, 17 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Vigano Jet (7g Offshore Dream-Hippodamia) with owner Christophe Jariel up. This one is trained by breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois. Pierre Levesque teamed Uno de Duffel to a second place finish. Thomas H. Hicks

August 17, 2015 - Gabriel Gelormini teamed even-money favorite Amiral Sacha (5m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) to victory in today’s Paris-Vincennes Gr. II Prix Jockey (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12kr. Florent Lamare trains this emerging talent. Second choice 2.1/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with third to 20/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Great weather and a nice crowd took advantage of the Monday afternoon Vincennes program. Three other group events were on the Monday card along with the Prix Kozyr (monte, purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) that went to the 1.14.7kr winner at 8/1 Boris des Douits (4g Flambeau des Pins-Petite Gitane) with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Bruno Marie. 5/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for Matthieu Abrivard ahead of 20/1 Brindille de Mai (4f Repeat Love-Katoune) trained by Franck Anne and ridden by Antoine Lherete. The Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazan (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.14.2kr winner Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) at 5.6/1 for teamster Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 24/1 Cocktail Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ocarina Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche and 52/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioiults) was third for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The Gr. II Pri Guy Deloison (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 13 starters) was won by another Duvaldestin trainee, this one Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) at 13.3/1 for David Thomain. Timed in 1.14.3kr this winner defeated the Jean-Pierre Dubois owned entry with second to 3.4/1 Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) that Dubois drove and Yves Boireau trains. 28/1 Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song Of Love) was third for driver Alexandre Abrivard, owner Dubois and trainer Boireau. The monte performers contested the Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) with the win going to 16.2/1 Ariane du Goutier (5f Goetmals Wood-Logoden Vro) ridden by Mathieu Mottier for trainer R.Ch. Larue. 75/1 Alto de Viette (5m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture) was second for Jonathan Vanmerbeck aboard ahead of 3/5 favorite Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) handled by Matthieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 9, 2015 - Today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie (UET Masters Series, 2300 meters autostart, purse €180,000, nine starters International) went to Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif) for driver Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, timed in 1.14.4kr. Off at 5.3/1 odds the winner benefitted from the scratch of Aladin d’Ecajeul and disqualification of favored Roi du Lupin and Olmo Holz. 41/1 Paladin Bleu (13m Jag de Bellouet-Uno Picolina) was second with Marc Huygens up and third went to 35/1 Onyx D’em (13g Uranes Sautonne-Becilia) for Rik Depuydt. Other longshots 24/1 Nene’degli Ulivi and 48/1 Roller Quick were next to the line in this contest. The turf contestants battled today at Royan in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€32,000 purse, 2475 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.19.6kr win going to 3/2 favorite Univers de Marzy (7g Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) for J-Ph Monclin and trainer/owner B.R. Plaire. 17/1 Tui de Narmont (8m Ipson de Mormal-d’Oree de Narmont) was second in a good effort, ahead of third finishing 48/1 Telfanto de Coudde (9g Orlando Vici-Jalna de Couddes) Also on grass, at Carentan, was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Carentan (€45,000 purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, Trophee Vert series) and the 1.17.1kr winner was 19/1 Un Soir Baroque (7g Hand du Vivier-Joie Baroque) for Flavien Michot. Thierry Raffegeau is the trainer. 7/1 Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was next for Anthony Barrier with third to 36/1 Uno de Guinette (7g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette) for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. At Enghien the Prix Café de la Mairie de Groussainville (€56,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin trained 13/1 odds Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) with Damien Bonne driving. Time was 1.18.8kr with second to 2/1 Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 43/1 Cana de Bailly was home third for pilot Franck Ouvrie. Thomas H. Hicks  

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  

Damien Bonne steered Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine) to victory in the fourth leg of the Grand National du Trot today at Agen le Passage in France. The favorite defeated 17 rivals over 2625 meters, timed in 1.14.9kr. The Gr. III event carried a 90,000e purse as Urfa Jallerie rallied down the outside to score by a length from Vicomte Boufarcaux, for owner Patrick Orriere. The GNT was the Quinte+ race of the day with the jackpot now at 7.7 million euros.   April 23. 2014, Agen le Passage, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, leg 4, Gr. III, 90,000e, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, 1.14.9kr, top three traveled 2625 meters 1st Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron de Cebe-Nana du Domaine-Caballis in Blue), Damien Bonne, 1.6/1 odds, 18 winners for 274,950e earned lifetime for owner Patrick Orriere, trainer Dispense Art27 VIII 2nd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 6.5/1 3rd Ugo du Loisir (6m Niky-Isla Bonita), J-P Ducher trainer/driver, 4.3/1 odds At Laval the lightly raced Sam Bourbon three year-old colt Brosnan Jet scored his second career win for Jean-Etienne Dubois. Highly regarded Panne de Moteur also won today at Solvalla in an upper class event with 100,000SWK to the winner. The son of Credit Winner for Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy earned his third 2014 win in as many starts. Also at Solvalla, the US import Wish Me Luck was victorious for owner ACL Stuteri and trainer Roger Walman. Summaries follow. April 23, 2014 Laval, Prix Prosper Laisis, 22,000e, males, 2225 meters, 13 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Brosnan Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Rosemary Jet-Kaisy Dream), J-Et. Dubois, 1.8/1, second victory 2nd Beach Boy (3m Jag de Bellouet-Quisa Me Sweet), L-C Abrivard, 6.3/1 3rd Bob (3m Overtrick-Fee du Houx), Benoit Vassard, 17/1 4th Banguro (3m Ready Cash-La Suedoise), Pierre Vercruysse, 11/1 April 24, 2014 Solvalla, Prix Dartster, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.11.3kr 1st Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stefan Hultman trainer, his third 2014 win in three starts, career 18th win in 37 outings for earnings 6,995,500SEK 3rd Up Date Hoss (6m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Stig H. Johansson 4th Kaka A.T. (7m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui), Torbjorn Jansson, AT Also Solvalla winner Wish Me Luck (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), 1.14.5kr for 30,000SEK first money. Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walman and owner ACL Stuteri. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Uno de Montauran took today's Quinte+ feature at Beaumont de Lomagne in France, scoring for the seventh time in his career in this 2550 meter Grand Prix Baron d'Ardevil. Denis Brossard drove the winner, timed in 1.15.3kr over the programmed distance, for trainer Yves Vidal. Maldini OK was second for Dominik Locqueneux, as the Italian invader faced a 25 meter handicap. 18 starters battled in the contest. The co-featured Grand Prix Maisaqri Duran-Dynavana for £45,000 went to Ugodu Loisir handled by trainer/driver Jean-Philippe Ducher. The 9/10 favorite recorded his 10th career victory, now for earnings of £224,420. The son of Niky defeated Urzy and Eric Audebart. Urzy is a six year-old son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America, producing Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream. On March 18 night racing returned to Paris-Vincennes. The featured was the Prix Bernard Simonard, a monte test for apprentice jockeys, worth £72,000. Ten starters contested the 2850 meter distance with some of the rivals handicapped 25 meters based on career earnings. Soleil d'Enfer traveled 2875 meters to score his 12th career win, this one by disqualification. Handled by Marion Lemonnier, the winner increased his career earnings to £411,300. The 1.9/1 favorite is trained by Gilles Delacour. Uppercut du Houlet was a placed second for jockey Mathieu Daougabel in this race, with the winner timed in 1.14.6kr. Soleil d'Enfer (#9, finished second placed first by dq) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Is there a tougher race in harness racing. Certainly not at the elite level. The third leg of the French triple crown, the Prix de Paris, is a monster. Twice around the Grand Piste, twice up the famed monte, the killer rise up the back straight at Vincennes, which separates the pretenders from the contenders in any race at this great track. And these equine superstars can churn through the demands of the 4150m trip in around 2min time - indeed Private Love went under a 2min time when she won in 2010 as did Gobernador in 2001, General du Pommeau in 2002, Insert Gede in 2003 and Jardy went a flat 2.00 rate the third time he won the race in 2007. Vourasie also won the race three times, as did the great Bellino II and some of the true greats of the sport have also saluted the judge including Rooseveldt International Trot winners Jamin in 1960, Une de Mai in 1973, Ideal du Gazeau in 1982 and Lutin d'Isigny in 1984. Three Swedish horses have won the race, the first Piper Club, a son of French export sire Tibur, who is also in the pedigree of the last Swede to win the race, Maharajah in 2011. The third horse was the champion Remington Crown, the only horse to win the race with 100% American bloodlines - although his dam was from a Danish family which had been in Europe since the 1930s. Maharajah also set of a sequence of three wins by horses who were born in 2005 who have dominated the Triple Crown in the past four years. This is the 12th triple crown race since the Prix d'Amerique was won by Ready Cash in 2011. All previous 11 have been won by a foal of 2005, including Noras Bean, the Swedish raider who won the Prix de France two weeks ago. And don't bet against them continuing the sequence again on Sunday. Second favourite Roxane Griff is a former winner of the race, won the monte Prix du Cornulier the week before running a gallant fourth in the PDA, then won her second group one monte of the meeting, the Prix de l'Ille de France on February 2. Fourth favourite and third place getter in the Prix d'Amerique Yarrah Boko is a Swedish bred son of a great French sire in Coktail Jet who now competes for Norway, and is due a win in a big group one. He was bravery personified in the Prix de Paris being one of the three horses which set a sensational 1.03.9k/r for the opening 600m and then stayed on in the straight some 1500m later to finish fourth. "Four kilometers is new for him, but I have a feeling that he manages the distance. We must believe in our horse", said Norwegian trainer Trond Anderssen on Sweden's atg.se website. The other 9YOs in the race include former Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray, trained by ex-pat Italian Roberto Donati, and who was fourth in this event last year. The daughter of Speed Clayttois also ran fourth in that year's Prix d'Amerique in her only start in the great race. Favouritism will go to the rising star Up And Quick in the hands of master driver Jean Michel Bazire, while fourth favourite is Cedric Megissier's Uhlan du Val, who ran fifth and sixth in the Prix de France and Prix d'Amerique, which are fine performances for a young horse in French terms - six is regarded as the entry year for elite level horses after four seasons of age group racing. Fifth favourite is Christian Bigeon's Tiego and he is a really good chance in this, having ran second in this race last year, and ran a great third in the Prix de France a fortnight ago. PRIX DE PARIS Vincennes 2014-02-23 Group 1 4-10 4150m Euro 400 000 1 Titi Quick (7h Extreme Aunou - Gazelle d'Aussy) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Clement Casseron 4150 2 Taormina d'Em (7m Cedre du Vivier - Nevadara d'Em) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Jean Pierre Allix 4150 3 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 4 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 5 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4150 6 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 4150 7 Santa Rosa France (8m Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 4150 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 4150 9 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Roger Coueffin 4150 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4150 11 Up And Quick 6(h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 12 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 4150 13 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 4150 14 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4150 15 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4150 Dave Sanders

The stellar career of the world's richest harness horse Ready Cash will come to an end after the running of the Prix de France at Vincennes on Sunday, a race which he won for the second time last year. Philippe Allaire's superstar is to retire to a fulltime career at stud after making a stunning start while still racing, with his first two crops producing multiple group winners. While the son of Imoko will be the sentimental favourite, the likely first pick of the punters will be runner-up to the absent Maharajah in the Prix d'Amerique Up And Quick. The brilliant son of Buvetier d'Aunou lost few friends in defeat a fortnight ago with a brave run in defeat to the Swede and will be at short odds to make it once better this time. Another likely to get support is Richard Westerink's Timoko, who was a fast-finishing fifth in the Prix d'Amerique without threatening to figure in the finish. The 'sprint' 2100m distance of the Prix de France might suit the son of Imoko better, Timoko won seven races last year, none further than 2400m. He has won at middle distance (2700m) at Vincennes, but only in restricted age-group races and was third in this race last year. Royal Dream was second in the race last year but the richly bred son of Love You has not been anywhere close to form this Winter Meeting. Seven is a recurring number for Jean-Philippe Dubois' former Prix d'Amerique winner. He was seventh in the big race this year and it has now been seven months and seven starts since he finished in the top three. Swedish bred and Norwegian owned and trained Yarrah Boko was flying home for third in the Prix d'Amerique and is not the worst chance in this. The son of Coktail Jet beat most of these home in the Prix de Belgique, and has been in super form, only once finishing out of the top three in his past 12 months racing. Compatriot and reigning Prix d'Ameriqe champion Maharajah has headed home, but Sweden will have a second presence through Noras Bean, who was a fourth in last year's race. The son of highly successful US export Super Arnie, who will have top Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the bike, won his first start from a six-month break in the V75 at Aby last month and has a good record over the sprint distance. PRIX DE FRANCE  Vincennes 2014-02-09 Group one 4-10 2100m 400 000 euros 1 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Tr: Björn Goop Dr: Ulf Stenströmer 2 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Tr: Jos Verbeeck Dr: Richard Westerink 3 Ready Cash (h Indy de Vive - Kidea) Tr: Franck Nivard Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Severino (h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Tr: Damien Bonne Dr: Roger Coueffin 5 The Best Madrik (h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Royal Dream (h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Tr: Jean Philippe Dubois Dr: Philippe Moulin 7 Up And Quick (h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Tr: Jean Michel Bazire Dr: Franck Leblanc 8 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Tr: Christian Bigeon Christian Dr: Bigeon 9 Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten Pierre Vercruysse Dr: Trond Anderssen 10 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Tr: Philippe Daugeard Dr: Philippe Daugeard 11 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Tr: Cedric Megissier Dr: Cedric Megissier 12 Triode de Felliere (m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Tr: Anthony Barrier Dr: Jean Paul Marmion 13 Santa Rosa France (s Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Tr: William Bigeon Dr: Jean Luc Bigeon by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot. Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by Diamant Gede) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of Goetmals Wood, Password, Quaker Jet, Royal Dream, Sam Bourbon, Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick. Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot  1.14.2kr 1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won 2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1 3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1 Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second for Christophe Martens with Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters  1.17.9kr 1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds 2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m Orlando Vici-Lio du Biwetz-Capriccio), Christophe Martens up at 3/2 3rd Black Blues (3m Sam Bourbon-Scarlet Lady-Kaisy Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1 The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son of Ready Cash named Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by Diamond Way. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.14kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany) 2nd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1 3rd Renoir Dany (4m Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy) 4th Amazon du Floriange (4g Echo-Peoleta-Ganymede), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1 5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Eric Raffin up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy) European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f Tenor de Baune-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Franck Nivard up at 4.3/1 for trainer Franck Leblanc 3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-Workaholic), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1 Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to the Franck Nivard teamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by Dream Vacation from a Defi d'Aunou mare. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters  1.14.2kr 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Franck Nivard up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro 2nd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1 3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 71/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

French superstar Ready Cash is going for a shot at history Sunday, attempting to become the first horse to win four Prix de Bourgogne's a row. Philippe Allaire's stallion was seventh in the Prix du Bourbonnais last start but French handicappers have him at a little more than even money to achieve the feat over the 2100m journey from a mobile start. At present Ready Cash is equal to the great Ourasie on three wins in the event, the former star of Jean Rene Gougeon achieved the feat between 1988-90. Ourasie went on to win an unprecedented four Prix d'Amerique. And as an omen to Ready Cash's attempt to emulate him in January, he achieved the feat with three wins in a row, a miss and then a fourth win. Ready Cash also won three Prix de Amerique, and missed last year, so is on track to repeat it. But first he has to negotiate the Prix de Bourgogne, against what is a dream lineup, with 17 of the world's best trotters including last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and the rising stars of sport, the likes of Timoko, Texas Charm, Tiego Etang and Up and Quick - and the dark horse, The Best Madrik. There are no less than six millionaires in the race, three within a win or two of that total, and all but one having earned over 700,000 euros. It says volumes for the quality of the field, that that horse, Triode de Felliere, is the sixth choice of handicappers, despite beating most of this field in the Prix du Bourbonnais last time of asking. And a great mare such as Roxane Griff who was second in the Prix d'Amerique only two seasons ago, and has a Group I Prix de Paris on her stellar CV and a Group II winner two starts ago is a 34/1 chance. But that win was in the monte Prix Reynolds at the start of the Winter Meeting, and the brilliant daughter of Tenor de Baune is perhaps eyeing the Prix du Cornullier, the greatest race under saddle, a week before the Prix d'Amerique. PRIX DE BOURGOGNE Vincennes 29/12/13 FR Group II Int 2 100 4-9 120 000 1 Ready Cash (h Indy de Vive - Kidea) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 The Best Madrik (h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 3 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink 4 Royal Dream (h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Vanika du Ruel (s Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Texas Charm (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Kamela Charm) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 7 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Charles Julien Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 8 Roxane Griff (s Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Reve de Beylev( h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Roxana de Barbray (s Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 11 Triode de Felliere (s Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 12 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 13 Renommee d'Obret (s Buvetier d'Aunou- Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 14 Marielles (s Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 15 Up And Quick( h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 16 Santa Rosa France (s Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 17 Kadett C.D. (h Scarlet Knight - Kiss Of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

 All eyes will no doubt be on Philippe Moulin's Vision Intense in the Prix Emile Riotteau, a group two monte for 4YOs over the 2850m journey on Sunday, race three on a super card at Vincennes. The daughter of Prodigious returned to form in style last start in the Prix Philippe du Rozier at the beginning of the month, easily beating home all but one of this field of ten. She can mix her form, and has put in the occasional gallop as she did in the group one Prix du President de la Republique in June, but when she is on her game, few can resist her phenomenal finishing bursts. Vision Intense who will be ridden again by Nathalie Henry will be the shortest of favourites in this event, with Valse Castelets, the winner of the Prix Olry-Roederer at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, the only other one in single figures in early betting. Joel Hallais' mare is another who can mix her form with two gallops in her last two starts, but the daughter of Memphis du Rib is the winner of six of her seven victories under saddle including three at group two level and if she can keep trotting will feature in this. Third favourite will be the ultra consistent Viva Forest, who was second in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, the fifth time she had run second in a row but Fabrice Solouy's mare was disqualified in her last outing, the Prix de Rostrenen at Vincennes last week. The horse who was shird across the line in the Prix Philippe du Rozier, was Vallaint Cash, who was disqualified for an incorrect gait, for the umpeenth time in his frustrating career. He had the Criterium des Jeunes taken off him despite winning easily for that same complaint, and has incurred the wrath of the adjudicators on several other occasions since. But he has shown massive improvement with Camille Levesque in the saddle, and actually finished third last time out under saddle, last week in the Prix de Rostrenen. Levesque gives him his head letting him trot freely prominent to the pace, and with a similar rein in this could, the son of Offshore Dream could get a piece of the prize, and at reasonable odds for the handicapper. And who knows, if this is an off-day for the top chances, he could be one for very long odds. PRIX EMILE RIOTTEAU Vincennes 22/12/13 FR Group II monte 2850m 4YO €120,000 1 Vic du Pommereux (4h Love You - Kubrune) Rd: David Thomain Sylvain Roger 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (4m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bale) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vic du Boisnant (4h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 5 Vaillant Cash (4h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 6 Valdice de Mars (4m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann LebourgeoisTr: Loic Groussard 7 Vestphalie du Mont (4m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Delanoe 8 Valse Castelets (4m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude DersoirTr: Joel Hallais 9 Vaquero du Mont (4h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Herve Gilles 10 Vision Intense (4m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin   by David Sanders

Philippe Moulin's brilliant mare Vision Intense heads the monte field for the Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes, a race for 4YOs over the sprint 2175m distance on the grand piste track. The daughter of Prodigious has been completely dominant over her crop under saddle having won eight of her 23 starts including the group one montes the Prix des Centaures and Prix de Vincennes and would have made it three if she hadn't been disqualified from the group one Prix du President de la Republique despite crossing the line first for an incorrect gait. She is often a tardy beginner and usually tails the field but has such a powerful finish she can usually overpower the field although she left it too late last time and was a fast finishing fourth to Valse Castelets in the Prix Olry-Roederer in her last start. Valse Castelets has now won seven of her eight races under saddle including three at group two level, and Franck Delanoe's daugher of Diamant Gede will also be at short odds to make it four. Vaquero du Mont has not had a win since March 2012, but has been picking up lucrative place prizemoney including a third in the group one Prix des Centaures and Herve Gille's son of Kaisy Dream is well due a change of luck. Criterium de Jeunes winner Vallaint Cash had his best run under saddle since he ran third in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs when he again ran third last start. He is an enigma, having won the top two-year-old race the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and then was first past the post in the Criterium des Jeunes but not in a gait which pleased the adjucators. The son of Offshore Dream has been horribly out of form for the past eighteen months, but there are signs that he is finally getting back in the game with new jockey Camille Levesque in the saddle for the third time. Valdice de Mars has risen rapidly through the grades recently and has won at group two level at her first try three starts back while Viva Forest has followed a similar path and was second in that same race. Another with perhaps a chance is former group two winner in the bike Very Look who is having his first monte start. PRIX PHILIPPE DU ROZIER Vincennes 01/12/13 Group 2 monte 2175m 4YOs €120 000 1 Veracity (m Neutron du Cebe - Jovialidade) Rd: Clement Frecelle Tr: Benoit Carpentier 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bazeille) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 2175 5 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vincitore Ermitage (h Epicondyle - Petite Fontaine) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Vestphalie du Mont (m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Franck Delanoe 9 Very Look (h Look de Star - Milady Wood) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 10 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 11 Vaquero du Mont (h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion v Herve Gilles 12 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin Dave Sanders    

Rising monte stars Un Team de Nacre and Ulysse will once again do battle in the Prix Joseph Lafosse, a race under saddle for the 5YO U-generation which headlines the card at Thursday’s Vincennes meeting. Prix de Normandie (Group 1) winner Ulysse was nosed out in the Prix Edmond Henry on November 16 when he veered wide  in the stretch, when holding a straight course would have earned Mike Lenders’s son of Love You a fourth semi-classique victory. But Vincent Martins Un Team de Nacre rallied on the inside of the track to cause something of an upset at odds of 11/1. Ulysse was a heavy favourite in his last race, and will probably have the same honour again in this race, which is raced over 2700m Utoky is a former dual group one winner under saddle (Prix De Vincennes, ) Prix du President de la Republique but was somewhat disappointing last time, trailing home the field in the seventh when being sent out second favourite. But  Frank Leblanc’s son of Cygnus d'Odyssee’s record prior was almost impeccable when four breaks are taken out, with 6 wins, 5 seconds and a third showing a top-three return for every other start and handicappers will not let him go out at much longer than his 5/1 at his last start. Uppercut du Rib is also a group one winner (Prix des Elites) and has a great monte record with all of his six wins coming under saddle, and was also somewhat disappointing last start, which was also one of the rare times Joel Hallais stallion son of Quadrophenio  has failed to pay a dividend in mounted races. Another capable of running in the money is Ugo de Nieul who is equally proficient in bike and saddle and who was fourth in the Group one Criterium des  5 Ans in August and third in the Group one Prix de President de Republic under saddle the previous year. Three of his four wins have been in monte races and two of them were at group two level, and he was seventh in the Prix de Normandie, the last time he started under saddle. PRIX JOSEPH LAFOSSE Vincennes 28/11/13  Nat Group 2  2700m 5YO Monte €120 000 1  Ultissimo (h  Gobernador - Altissima) Dr:  Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Max Izaac    2  Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva  Tr: Virginie Moquet     3   Ugo de Nieul (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul)  Dr: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux        4   Ubriaco (h Kaisy Dream - Orangette) Dr: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron     5   Un Team de Nacre ( h  First de Retz - Lagune de Nacre) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Vincent Martens         6   Ulysse (h  Love You - Loctudy)  Dr: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders     7   Uppercut du Rib (h   Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree)   Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais     8   Utoky (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)   Dr Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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