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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  

Savannah Bi (3f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) won today's Gran Premio Italia all-Arcoveggio at Bologna in 1.13.4kr over 1660 meters. Handled by Federico Esposito for trainer Erik Bondo and owner Allev. Biasuzzi Srl, the improving filly won her second straight in 2014 and has six wins in ten career appearances. Purse was 45,100e as the winner secured the second classic of the season for the three year-old Italian females, after the GP Etruria in Florence. Stankovic Ok led initially and then yielded to Suricato Jet, winner of Etruria. Stankovic Ok then regained the front before yielding in the stretch to Savannah Bi ( second in the nell'Allevatori Filly). Savannah won the first classic in her career. The team Bondo -Federico Esposito filly may be nearing the top of her class. BOLOGNA Arcoveggio - 804 mt 13/04/14     6 17.20 - PR.GP.ITALIA TR.AUTOVANTI E 45.100 mt 1660 - Trio   1° 1 SAVANNAH BI Fed.Esposito 13.4           2° 2 SABA DEL RONCO R.Vecchione 13.4           3° 5 SURICATO JET G.Di Nardo 13.6           4° 4 STANKOVIC OK E.Bellei 13.8           5° 8 SATCHMO AS G.Lombardo Jr 13.9           6° 3 SCOOP GRIF ITALIA M.Smorgon 14.0           7° 6 SOCRATE LASER E.Vessichelli 14.2           0° 7 SPECIALESS And.Vitagliano R.P.           0° 9 SMASH SLIDE SM R.Andreghetti R.P. Savannah Bi has Royal Prestige twice in her pedigree, as French sire Ganymede is by the prolific late Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige-Nesmile) and second dam Personal Banner is a US stakes winning daughter of Royal Prestige from Delmary Hanover. On a relatively quiet Sunday in France two interesting winners appeared at Agen le Passage. Legendary international horseman J-P Dubois won with his Bolero Love, a well-bred three year-old filly by Love You from Orelady-And Arifant in 1.15.4kr over 2050 meters autostart. It was her first career win for the Patrick Chevrier trainee. Later in the card Jean-Philippe Dubois won with his Unbridled Charm in 1.14.8kr, the sixth lifetime win for the son of Password-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn. The dam has produced monte star Vision Intense that raced well this weekend to sulky in graded action at Vincennes. April 13, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix d'Estillac, 22,000e, 2050 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Patrick Chevrier trainer, Ecurie D breeder, 1.8/1, first win for 18,900e earned 2nd Bilooka du Boscail(3f Look de Star-Mirza du Vivier), Yves Hurel trainer/driver, 13/1 3rd Berlioz Delouel (3m Qualmio de Vandel-Quamia du Rib), Manuel Criado, 11/1 April 13, 2014 Agen Le Passage, Prix de Bajamont, 22,000e, 2575 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.8kr 1st Unbridled Charm (6m Password-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), J-Ph Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 0.9/1 favorite, his sixth career win for 88,050e 2nd Twistess (7f Game Jet-Malice Speed), M.X. Charlot up, 6/1 3rd Urfist Dolucio (6m Kid Blue-Lutteuse de Marray), F. Crozier aboard, 64/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

The veteran Rapide Lebel won his first start for money since December 2012 tonight at Hippodrome Wallonie (Belgium), scoring in a track record 1.14.4kr over 2850 meters. Eric Raffin drove the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Alexander Prevost to his 29th career win for earnings of over £1.8 million. The nine year-old Ginger Somolli gelding held off fast closing Pas Sans Toi by two lengths, as the winner drifted to the far outside during the stretch. Reactions of driver and trainer were mixed on tonight's effort and they plan for another race on April 19 from which to evaluate Rapide Lebel's fitness. Race summary and replay link follow. March 28, 2014 Hippodrome Wallonie Mons Ghlin, Prix Susan's Pride Kennel (www.eurotierce.be), International, £7,200, 2850 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Rapide Lebel (9g Ginger Somolli-Karanie des Noes-Dream With Me), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, Alexander Prevost owner, 2875 meters 2nd Pas Sans Toi (11m In Love With You-Fatre-And Arifant), Lieven de Groote up, 2875 meters 3rd Amigo Ten Doorn (10g Horse de Cotton-Pat Ten Doorn-Yankee Predator), Carlos De Soetz up, 2850 meters 4th Cuoou d'Isques (10g Vivier de Montfort-Elvira de Retz-Podosis), Hein Van Den Herde), 2875 meters 5th Rapide d'Epuisay (9m Ipsalon Janzeen-Diane des Blaves-Katius du Jure), Gerard Vergaerde up, 2875 meters On the same card, which was a mixed group of trots and gallop events, the Anders Lindqvist trained and co-owned (with USA's Peter Gerry) Angel Dark won the Prix du President de l'Association Wallonie du Cheval Trotteur in 1.14.73kr over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son of Look de Star won for the second time in his career, competing in just four starts. Angel Dark scored from post 14 in a 15 horse field and rallied five-wide in the stretch, for driver Johanna Lindqvist, to record a convincing victory. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Sweden-bred Rose's La Nena (seven year-old Pearsall Hanover-O'Hill's Rose mare) took today's Janos Brody Memorial at Kincsem Park. The classic event carried a purse of 1.5 million(Huf) and was a 1960 meters distance handicap event. The winner scored in 1.16.6kr for reinsman Laszlo Kolozsi to increase her career earnings to over 9.3 million (Huf). Favored Ollyan Nincs made a disqualifying miscue that opened the way for the 6.9/1 winner that is owned by Balaton Eurotrade Kft. HU-bred Orangyal (six year-old Wall Street Banker mare) was a solid second with 20 meter handicapped Nice Brozo finishing third with Dora Kovacs aboard. The winner's maternal family is a good one. O'Hill's Rose is a daughter of Continental Spirit, a son of Speedy Somolli-Village Harmony. Village Harmony (Nevele Pride-Devona Hanover) traces directly to Delicious, her second dam, the producer of Prix d'Amerique winner Delmonica Hanover. The dam of O'Hill's Rose is Omaha Hill, a daughter of Arndon-Orna Hanover-Ayres. Co-feature on the card was the Koppany DIJ that went to 8.7/1 odds Nobody, a seven year-old son of Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem. Emil Csordas is owner/ trainer,/driver of this 1.15.8kr winner over 1800 meters autostart as he secured the winners' share of the 500,000Huf purse. Pretty Paper (six year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Anticipation-Donerail) was second for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Tony Oaks sired three winners on the nine race program. At Hippodrome Wallonie (Belgium) on March 21, the Ander Lindqvist-Peter Gerry co-owned Angel Dark (four year-old son of Look de Star) was a fast closing third in just his third lifetime start. He won his previous start and this was his first test over the extended 2300 meter autostart course. Nicolas Senet handled Angel Dark for trainer Lindqvist, from post 11, that was timed in 1.16.56kr, two lengths off the winner Arthur d'Atom and reinsman Gerard Vergaerde. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Cagnes sur mer conducted its final trotting card during the winter season at the seaside racetrack last evening. The featured Grand Prix de Vincennes went to Italy's Pablo di Jesolo and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The six year-old son of Daguet Rapide, from Armbro Judy by Speedy Crown, scored in 1.15.2kr over 2925 meters. He defeated the Italian mare No Man's Land teamed by trainer Pipo Gubellini. No Man's Land is entered to race against Mack Grace SM, Linda di Casei and others on March 16 at Padova. 6 17.35 - PR. GR.PR.PADOVANELLE C.NAZ. E 45.100 mt 1640   1 LINDA DI CASEI 1640 A.Gocciadoro 2 NO MAN'S LAND " P.Gubellini 3 NOBLE NORD FRO " A.Farolfi 4 I AM GRIF " M.Cheli 5 ORLEANS OM " G.Lombardo Jr 6 NAPOLEON BAR " E.Bellei 7 MACK GRACE SM " R.Andreghetti 8 PAPANDREU " V.P.Dell'Annunziata 9 PER AMORE GUAL " M.Barbini 10 PANCOTTINA BAR " Fr.Facci  March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Prix de Vincennes, International, £90,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr 1st Pablo di Jesolo (5m Daguet Rapide-Armbro Judy-Speedy Crown), Roberto Andreghetti up for G. Casillo trainer and owner Scuderia GMC, 16/1, Italy 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-Aj's Baby Doll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, for owner Scuderia Gardesana, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 29/1, Italy 3rd Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illiria Bella), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 5.5/1 4th Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida), Erik Adielsson for Jorma Niskanen trainer, 11/1, Sweden 5th Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia), Frank Nivard up, 2.3/1 odds A co-feature on the Cagnes sur mer card, the Prix de Saint-Malo, went to Sweden's Jacky Glide as she scored in 1.15.4kr over 2925 meters. The daughter of Jag de Bellouet was handled by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Saint-Malo, European, 33,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.15.4kr 1st Jacky Glide (8f Jag de Bellouet-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4.4/1 odds, her 12th win for 205,674e, owner Thorsson and Adielsson AB, Sweden 2nd Ulysse de Curges (6g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies), Christophe Martens up for Erik Prudhon trainer, 6/1 3rd Orechetto Jet (6m Supergill-Frutute Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mlle. Stephanie Catherine Lepetit, 2.5/1 odds, Italy In Belgium, Hippodrome Wallonie (Mons Ghlin) conducted an eight race evening program. Of interest was a win by Angel Dark in the Prix Chanly over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son on Look de Star scored in 1.14.6kr for driver Johanna Lindqvist, his first win in only two starts after qualifying at Grobois. The winner is trained by Anders Lindqvist, who is co-owner with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable in the USA. Early morning on Saturday the Australian Trotting Grand Prix took place at Melton and was simulcast on the PMU network. Win-place handle totaled over £80,000 and the win was recorded by New Zealand's Stent, a son of Dream Vacation, reined by Colin Defilippi. Two US bred players were in the field with Myhighexpectations, a son of Ken Warkentin, ending third. March 14, 2014, Melton, Australian Trotting Grand Prix, International, 72,590e, 2240 meters autostart 1st Stent NZ (6g Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon), Colin J. Defilippi trainer/driver, 4.6/1 odds 2nd Aleppo Midas AUS (7f Sundon-Insulated), K.E. Manning driver, Michelle Eastin trainer, 18.9/1 3rd Myhighexpectations USA (7m Ken Warkentin-Kovel-Garland Lobell), David Aiken trainer/driver Unplaced was Kyvalley Blur USA (6g Chocolatier-Duo Val Car), C. Lang driver, USA breeder M.C. Cone by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Athena de Vandel won today's Gr. III Prix Vindex at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Prince Gede scored in 1.16.1kr at 5.6/1 odds over 2700 meters to take the 45% winners' share of the 95,000 euro purse. Cedric Megissier trains and drives the winner for La Tour de Vandel. Africaine was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 7/2 odds. Athena de Vandel February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Vindex, GR. III, 95,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia dce Vandel), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver for owner La Tour de Vandel, 5.6/1 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver/owner, 3.5/1 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard, 26.9/1 Italy's Oropura Bar, a six year-old son of Love You, won the Quinte+ Prix Emile Allix Courboy for 80,000e over 2100 meters autostart. Marco Smorgon is trainer/driver of the winner for 4AB SAS. The winner scored at 6.4/1 in 1.13.4kr over 39/1 outsider Topaze de Gournay with owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie aboard. The Quinte+ exact order 2e ticket paid €66,696. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Emile Allis Courboy, 80,000e, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, Quinte+ 4.95 million euro jackpot 1.13.4kr 1st Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 6.4/1 odds, owner 4AB Sas (Italy) 2nd Topaze de Gournay (7f Kepler-Haute Tension), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver/owner, 39.2/1 3rd Tolca de Bellouet (7f Orlando Vici-Quenavora), Mathieu Abrivard, 11.8/1 Bomba took today's Prix Ali Hawas, a Gr. II monte event for 120,000e over 2700 meters. Yohan Lebourgeois handled the winning three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood for Philippe Allaire. Heavily favored Beauty Turgot was second for Franck Nivard in the contest with the winner timed in 1.16.8kr. Ballerine Griff finished third with Eric Raffin up for Sebastian Guarato trainer for Ecurie Griff. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Ali Hawas, Gr. II 120,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, monte 1.16.8kr 1st Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 3.6/1 odds, Philippe Allaire trainer for Mme. I Martin 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragame), Franck Nivard, 1.1/1 odds favorite, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Mme. T. H. Hoste owner 3rd Ballerine (3f Password-Keva Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 21.1/1 odds for Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie Griff Bird Parker, often a solid runner-up performer in three year-old graded events, today scored in the Gr. II monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 120,000e. The son of Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier, trained by Philippe Allaire, scored in 1.16.4kr over 2700 meters. The win raised his earnings to 164,480e. Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc with 61/1 outsider Bingo Star third. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Felicien Gauvreau, Gr. II monte, 120,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters   1.16.4kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir de Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. El. Allaire, 3/1 odds, his second career win for earnings of 164,480e 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia, 5/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy up for trainer/owner Lucien Swita, 61.3/1 odds Final day of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes is Saturday and quite a fine card it is. Four graded events, each worth over 100,000e highlight the program. The 240,000e Prix de Selection features Gr. I starters Village Mystic, Uhlan du Val, Univers de Pan and Axelle Dark. The Gr. II Prix de l'Union Europeenne for 160,000e has veteran Roi du Lupin at the start against invaders Sanity and On Track Piraten. Monte events worth 120,000e feature Quarry Bay in the Prix Henri Desmontils, with Camille Levesque in the irons, and the Prix Louis de Bourg showcases Al Capone Jet, A Nous Dous and Aston Fly. See below listings. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix d'Alencon, European, monte, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Latest News, 6g, O. Touvais, 84008 Sweden Crme Brulee, 5f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, 127797 Sweden Ulm de Chichevet, 6g, P-Y Verva, 128860 Volcan d'Occagnes, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 128860 Valseur de Kacy, 5m, Alexandre Abrivard, 129700 Umaga, 6f, Nathalie Henry, 137330 Ukerlza du Benjo, 6f, M. Mottier, 142820 Plutonio, 5m, Mathieu Abrivard, 146796 Italy Vermeer Jarzeen, 5g, Eric Raffin, 151850 Orione Spin, 6m, Philippe Masschaele, 154924 Italy Ultissino, 6m, Damien Bonne, 188790 Viva Forest, 5f, Franck Nivard, 189460 Disco A.E., 6m, David Thomain, 219330 Sweden Prix de Selection, Gr. I €240,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Below travel 2175 meters Aldo des Champs, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 244510 Alesia d'Atout, 4f, M. Mottier, 258850 Astor du Quenne, 4m, J-M Bazire, 266940 Atlessimam 4f, Julien Dubois, 273540 Aladin d'Ecajeul, 4m, Eric Raffin, 334940 Anastasia Fella, 4f, Franck Nivard, 438250 Akim du Cap Vert, 4m, Franck Anne, 504330 Axelle Dark, 4f, Jos. Verbeeck, 535400 Below travel 2200 meters Vanna Coletto, 5f, Anthony Barrier, 134500 Viking de Val, 5m, Eric Lambertz, 326940 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie, 379966 Voltigeur de Myrt, 5m, Pierre Vercruysse, 389915 Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, David Thomain, 558940 Village Mystic, 5m, Louis Baudron, 641570 Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 935530 Prix Henri Desmontils, Gr. III International monte, 120,000e, 2850 meters, 10 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Signeville, 8f, Julien Raffestin, 280270 Texas de l'Iton, 7g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 434240 Quassia du Bon Air, 10g, M. Mottier, 447550 Torre Crepin, 7g, A. Lamy, 460730 Utoky, 6m, Franck Nivard, 549250 Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 565530 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, 610280 Rubis Dairpet, 9g, Eric Raffin, 621610 Risque Tout, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 954150 Quarry Bay, 10f, Camille Levesque, 1058020 Prix de l'Union Europeenne, Gr. II UET Masters Series, European, 160,000e, 11 starters, 3000 meters Starter du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 424480 Maxwell Mayday, 9g, Bjorn Goop, 441740 Finland Quela Rive, 10f, Mme. A-F Donati, 549830 On Track Piraten, 6g, Pierre Vercruysse, 555429 Sweden Son Alezan, 8m, Dominik Locqueneux, 558520 Quinio du Relais, 10g, Sebastian Hardy, 728891 Rigiorieux du Bois, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 801230 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, David Thomain, 869828 Sanity, 8g, Franck Ouvrie, 915895 Quoiumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1145569 Roi du Lupin, 9g, Franck Nivard, 1498700 Prix Louis de Bourg, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 28509 meters, 11 starters, four year-olds Horse, age/sex, jockey, earning euros Armio, 4m P. Masschaele, 32860 Astuce du Bas Bosq, 4f, Damien Bonne, 45410 Avireau de Houelle, 4m, P. Edouard Mary, 64630 A Priori, 4m, David Thomain, 77440 Airport, 4m, Eric Raffin, 83400 Anna Mix, 4f, Franck Nivard, 90000 Antara Buissonay, 4f, Yohan Lebourgeois, 117340 Agrippine, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, 129630 Aston Fly, 4m, J. Carre, 134120 A Nous Dous, 4f, Nathalie Henry, 135250 Al Capone Jet, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 141520 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

A pair of top colts will be making their monte debut in Prix Felicien Gauvreau, the final Winter Meeting group two for 3YO colts, raced over 2700m for 120,000 euros. Bird Parker who has been runner up in both the Prix Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) and Prix Maurice De Gheest (G2) throws on the saddle for the very first time, and will have champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at the reins. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly, a Sam Bourbon colt, who was fifth in the Prix Paul Viel and sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes, and has three wins in just ten career starts, is another to saddle up, and he will have Eric Raffin on board for his debut. The winner of the first group two monte for this generation the Prix Edouard Marcillac, Nicolas Raimbeaux's Baggio du Chatelet will go out a deserved favourite after winning his all three of his monte races thus far. He will be partnered by Matthieu Abrivard. Franck Leblanc's Quatre Juillet colt Brooklyn Bridge fought on well for second place in the Prix Edouard Marcillac and has followed Baggio du Chatelet home in twice, in three seconds in a row under saddle. He will be ridden by Franck Nivard. Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo) was third in the Prix Edouard Marcillac in what was only his sixth career start, which includes a win and a second under saddle. Others to have support include Pascal Raulier's last start winner Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat) Fourth home in the first group two was Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisso) who is trained by Franck Anne. PRIX FELICIEN GAUVREAU Vincennes 27/02/14 FR Group II 2700m 3M €120 000 1 Bijou Petteviniere (Ludo de Castelle - Noce Petteviniere) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Brooklyn Fligny (Coktail Jet - Fantasia d'Ombree) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Åke Kristoffersson 3 Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets) Rd: Philippe Masschaele Tr:Pascal Raulier 4 Bingo Star (Look de Star - Rosiris) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr:Lucien Swita 5 Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr:Jean Michel Baudouin 6 Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Rd: Antoine Lherete Tr:Franck Anne 7 Brooklyn Bridge (Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr:Franck Leblanc 8 Best of Sly (Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Baggio du Chatelet (Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr:Nicolas Raimbeaux 10 Bird Parker (Ready Cash - Belisha) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The Group one Prix des Centaures over 2750m at Vincennes Sunday, is the first of the inter-generational classiques to be raced under the readjusted handicaps designed to address the advantage the younger horses have had in recent years. So great was this advantage seen that few older horses had bothered to sign up for the French trotting equivalent of thoroughbred racing's Weight-For-Age , which is designed to compare the credentials of different crops of horses for breeding purposes. Indeed last year's Prix des Centaures contained a field that was entirely made up of four-year-olds but this time nine of the 15 runners are representatives of the two older crops, making it a highly anticipated race of the ages bringing together the respective stars of Anastasia Fella, Vision Intense and Ulysse. The last time these crops met, in the Prix des Elites last year, Anastasia Fella, aided by the generous 50m advantage was untroubled to win but the next four home were all members of the U-crop including Ulysse in fifth and Ultissimo, who finished second, and in a stunning rate of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) for the 2200m. Fabrice Solouy's Ulysse was a disappointing eighth in the Prix de Cornulier after setting the pace, but he does not have to contend with the likes of Roxane Griff or Tiego d'Etang in this, although the son of Love You will have to work very hard to get to his favoured front running role. The third member of the U-crop entered is Utoky, in the famous colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson - of Une de Mai fame - and a not too shabby monte horse himself having won the group one Prix De Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republique. Last year's winner Vision Intense was not in that field, the only V-generation entrants were lesser mares hoping to pick up a classique placing to enhance their breeding value. The Phiippe Moulin-trained daughter of Prodigious was a brilliant winner of the group two Prix Camille Blaisot last start and will start a very warm favourite here, despite the class of the opposition. Valse Castelets was second that day, and is a dual group two monte winner and is one who may also figure in the finish. The other horse who is receiving early handicapping support is Jean-Pierre Dubois beautifully-bred A Nous Deux who is making her first start in a group race after a couple of impressive outings after being switched to saddle recently. The daughter of Goetmals Wood is from Nina Madrik, who was second in the Prix de Jeunes and Prix de l'Etoile and third in the Prix de Selection - the latter two inter-generational races as this one is. She is also from the family of The Best Madrik and several other classique performers. She is trained by Ronny Kuiper and will be ridden by Mathieu Abrivard. PRIX DES CENTAURES Vincennes 09/02/14 FR Group I monte 2175m 4-6 € 240 000 1 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Jk: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Jk: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Ronny Kuiper 3 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierji) Jk: Anthony Barrier Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Alberic (h Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Jk: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Atwood Griff (h Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Jk: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Anastasia Fella (s Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Ultissimo (h Gobernador - Altissima) Jk: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Max Izaac 25m 8 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Jk: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 25m 9 Ugenie du Citrus (s Meaulnes du Corta - Onna Lisa) Jk: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 10 Valdice de Mars (s Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jk: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 25m 11 Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Virginie Moquet 25m 12 Valse Castelets (s Memphis du Rib - Elide) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 25m 13 Utoky (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Jk: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 25m 14 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jk: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 25m 15 Vision Intense (s Prodigious - Intense Action) Jk: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 25m Dave Sanders  

Outstanding mare Anastasia Fella will be looking to get back on the winning track in the Prix de Pardieu, the first of three big monte races this weekend at Vincennes, which will be capped off by Sunday's Prix de Cornulier. Fabrice Souloy's brilliant daughter of Goetmals Wood won her classique status with a win in the group one Prix des Elites under saddle in October on her way to three group wins in succession - the latter two against her own gender. But she found the going too tough as the males of her crop finally found their mojo in the Criterium des 3 Ans and broke under pressure. The females of this crop, which had won every classique contested previously reasserted themselves in the monte equivalent, the Prix de Vincennes but once again Anastasia Fella rolled into a gallop at the business end of the race. The winner on that day, Ecurie Victoria Dreams' Altessima, is absent here but the runner-up Laurent Claude Abrivard's Agrippine is a close second favourite in just her 12th career start and only third at group level. The daughter of Hasting will be ridden by Alexandre Abrivard. The strongest challenger though is perhaps Asana Trembladaise who won the group two Prix Raoul Balliere and Prix Louis Tillaye in mixed company earlier in this Winter Meeting. Anthony Dollion's daughter of Kuadro Wild made a mistake in the Prix de Vincennes but is rarely out of the top money in her age group's big monte races. Thierry Duvaldesti's Aquarelle de Fael has had five wins in her 13 career starts and was second in the group two Prix Louis Tillaye in November, her first start in group company. The daughter of Look de Star galloped in her next start and was fifth in her last start, in an age group monte on Christmas Day. She will be ridden by Damien Bonne. Daniel Delaroche's Alexia du Cherisay a daughter of Le Big Boss, is a group two winner under saddle and a consistent performer, and although she has made two breaks in the big races just passed, but handicappers have kept her onside. The up and comer in the field is A Nous Deux, another daughter of monte king Goetmals Wood in the stable of Ronny Kuiper. A Nous Deux is having her first start in group company after a win and two cheques since switching to monte three starts ago and has support despite the step up. 18/01/14 FR PRIX DE PARDIEU Vincennes  Group II monte 4F 2175m 120 000 1 Altair des Brouets (s Quiz des Brouets - Luanda des Brouets) Rd: Jonathan Vanmeerbeck Tr: Pascal Daulier 2 Aventure des Isles (s Espeyrac Sun - Josetina) Rd: Alexis Garandeau Tr: Gilles Delacour 3 Amande Amere (s Mister President - Orange Amere) Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr: Alain Roussel 4 Anna Maria (s Love You - Mahana) Rd: Celine Leclercq Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Aureness (s Mercenaire - Ornaise de Morgane) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Romain Christian Larue 6 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 7 Aurea Vikland (s Prince de Montfort - Kettina de Monti) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Guillaume Moinon 8 Agilite Jenilou (s Love You - Quemilla Jenilou) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 9 Anne de Neulliac (s Magnificent Rodney - Onise de Neulliac) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger 10 Antara Buissonay (s Le Retour - Judelle Buissonay) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr:Joel Van Eeckhaute 11 Agrippine(s Hasting - Moqueuse Alexandre Abrivard) Rd: Tr:Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierj) Rd:i Damien Bonne Tr:Thierry Duvaldestin 13 Alexia du Cherisay (s Le Big Boss - Precious Thing) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr:Daniel Delaroche 14 Asana Trembladaise (s Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr:Anthony Dollion 15 Anastasia Fella (s Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Nathalie Henry changed her tactics with Vision Intense, the talented daughter of Prodigious, as she positioned her near the front from the outset. Following the leader into the long Paris-Vincennes stretch, Henry found room along the pylons and rallied through for a convincing win in 1.12.9kr over the 2175 meter distance, the winner's 10th career win with increased earnings to over 616,000 euro. The Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet, for a 120,000 euro purse, is viewed by analysts as an important forerunner to the rich Prix de Cornulier held a week before the Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Moulin conditions Vision Intense for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Vaillant Cash raced well for Camille Levesque to be second. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix Leon Tacquet, Gr. II monte, 2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse  1.12.9kr Fractional times: 1.12.1kr at 1500, 1.13kr at 1000, 1.13.6kr at 500, 1.12.9kr finish 1st  Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Mlle. Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, her 10 career win for 616,250 euro earnings, 0.8/1 favorite 2nd  Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon-Ultra Ducal), Camille Levesque aboard, 6/1 odds 3rd  Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausujour II), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Lois Groussard, 21/1 odds 4th  Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan), J,L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 4/1 odds Akim du Cap Vert scored in the co-featured Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a Gr. II event worth 120,000 euro purse over 2175 meters. The four year-old son of First de Retz was piloted by trainer/owner Franck Anne to the 1.13kr score, his sixth lifetime now for earnings of over 493,000 euro. Axelle Dark rallied along the pylons to capture second as Jos. Verbeeck drove the Philippe Allaire trained daughter of Ready Cash. The Allaire trained Artiste de Jourdes was a solid third at 64/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. 1/4/14 Vincennes - Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.13kr (race time 2:38.85) 1st  Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer, driver, own er, 1.6/1 odds, 6th lifetime win for earnings 493,530 euro 2nd Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 4/1 odds 3rd  Artiste de Jourdes (4m Prodigious-Memoru de Jourdes-Vikings Way), Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Philippe Allaire, 64/1 odds 4th Ah Quel Micha (4m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare-Vroum d'Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams Today's Quinte + race of the day was also at Paris-Vincennes and the six year-old Take, a son of Carpe Diem, scored for Franck Nivard in a driving finish. Off at 5/1 the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and was timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The holders of exact order two euro tickets took home 6,480 euro. The day's jackpot was 1.4 million euro. 1/4/13 Vincennes - Prix de Breteuil, Quinte+, 52,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters  1.12.8kr 1st Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole-And Arifant), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for Hadis Coatings BV, 5/1 odds, ninth career win for euro earnings 234,100 2nd  Toreador (7g Fleuron Perrine-Jubellone-Jet du Vivier), Francois-Pierre Bossuet up, 2.8/1 favorite 3rd Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancre de Vrie-Firstly), owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron at 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Master trainer Jean-Michel Bazire is favoured to prevail with Urgos in the Group III international Prix Hersilie, a sprint for 6-8YOs worth 90,000 Euros at Vincennes on Friday. The stallion son of Kesaco Phedo has made several appearances in the top flight, with a fifth place in the Prix Jean le Gonidec his best performance - a field which included Un Mec d'Heripre, Uhlan du Val, and in which he beat home the likes of Up and Quick and Unique Quick. He has had eight wins in his 35 starts, his last victory at Vincennes in late October, and he currently has earnings of 252,640 euros and a record of 1.11.9 (1.55.3MR). Second favourite in early betting was Jean Loic Claude Dersoir's Sergent du Rib. The son of Baccarat du Pont has won nine lower grade races in 53 starts for 252,000 euros and a record of 1.12.8. He has not won since the winter meeting last year, when he pulled off three wins in a row, although his last two outings of a 3rd and 2nd show he is coming right back into form. Italy's Orione Degli has also come in for strong support in early markets. One of five international horses in the field, two Italians and three Swedes, the Conway Hall gelding comes off a last start second. He has won at group two level in Italy and at group three level in France with a win Prix de la Chaussee d'Antin in July. He has amassed earnings of 246,975 euros and taken a mark of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR). Haraldinho, a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, is the top rated Swedish entry in the race. A Breeders Crown placegetter as a 3YO, Catarina Lundstrom's gelding has also earned cheques in Swedish gold division races, ande is attracting odds of 15/1 in early markets. He will have Dominik Locqueneux in the bike. Another son of a North American sire in the race is former Italian group two Citta de Treviso winner Maestrale Spin, a son of Lindy Lane, who is trained by Salvatore Minopoli but he ranked is a 34/1 outsider in early betting. Perhaps the dark horse in the race though is one from the powerful stable of French legend Jean Pierre Dubois, who will also be aboard his Coktail Jet mare Udine Trained by Jean Baudron, the 6YO mare is from the family of stallion Kiwi and follows that family Dubois pattern of being placed in suitable races as she develops, with 13 wins from 40 starts. She really hit her stride last season, and eight of her wins came in her last 13 races, including a group three win in the Prix Klymene in October. PRIX HERSILIE Vincenne 03/1/14 Group 3 2100m 6-8YOs 90 000 Euros 1 Urgos (h Kesaco Phedo - Orcieres) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Sangoten (g Ginger Somolli - Sannerville) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Pascal Danet 3 Sergent du Rib (g Baccarat du Pont) Dr: - Hermine du Rib Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 4 Udine (m Coktail Jet - Idylle) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Baudron 5 Ugor du Beauvoisin( h Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 6 Tison Madrik (h Dahir de Prelong - Fidji du Buisson) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Franck Harel 7 Haraldinho (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas) Dr: Julia Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundstrom 8 Maestrale Spin (h Lindy Lane - Princess Godiva) Dr: Vincenzo Minopoli Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 9 Service Secret (g Look de Star - Kalamita) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Benjamin Goetz 10 Elles W.Phedo (m Kesaco Phedo - Elles W.Lolita) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Thomas Claesson 11 Sergio du Mirel( h Hermes Perrine - Ina de Mirel) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Anders Lindqvist 12 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Mauro Baroncini 13 Disco A.E. (h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E) Dr:. David Thomain Tr: Stefan Melander 14 Une de Chelun (m Flash de Cosse - Malice d'Haufor) Dr: Jeremy Koubiche Tr: Jean Marc Souici 15 Union Life (m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Cedric Herserant Tr: Cedric Herserant Dave Sanders

Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Gace SM-Armbro Goal) dominated a good field for a five length victory in the 297,000 euro Gran Premio Turilli Nazzione at Napoli today. He completed the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.kr (in the rain) under no urging from teamster Roberto Andreghetti. Mack Grace SM now has 46 wins in 88 career starts for earning in excess of 1.29 million euro. In the last twelve months he has 17 wins in 18 appearances exhibiting performance that may warrant a Prix d'Amerique try. Napoleon Bar gave a good effort chasing the winner for Enrico Bellei and held second from Oibambam Effe and Laika EK. Napoli, Gran Premio Turilli C. Nazzione, Gr. I, 297,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart   1.14kr 1st Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), Roberto Andreghetti 2nd Napoleon Bar (6m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Enrico Bellei 3rd Oibambam Effe (5m Ckassic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 4th Laika EK (8f Atlas Fighter L-Antifaz-Cezio Josselyn), Pietro Gubellini Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-06-T-261213.wmv Two year-olds went to battle in the 187,000 euro Gran Premio Allevatori and Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iitu-Viking Kronos) with Andrea Guzzinati up wore down pacesetter Specialess and drew off for the three length win over Satchmo As (that was six for eight going into this race). Specialess held third in the event with the winner clocked in 1.15.3kr. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Tris Gr. I, two year-olds, 187,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart  1.15.3 1st Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iutu-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 2nd Satchmo As (2m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach), Robert Andreghetti driving, winner of six in eight starts before today 3rd Specialess (2m Ganymede-Enna Dra-Indro Park), And. Vitagliano Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-05-T-261213.wmv by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Today produced another solid crowd and good weather for the annual Christmas Day of racing at the Temple du Trot. Ukir du Charroux (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon-And Arifant) took today's opener, the Prix de Charroux (50,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters), with a close win in 1.12.9kr as 2/1 choice for J-M Bazire. 48/1 outsider United du Tay (5g Halimede-Helonia d'Archon-Reve d'Udon) was second for Laurent Fortin ahead of Unique de l'Iton (5g Capriccio-Majeste de l'Iton-Sancho Panca) handled by Tristan deGenouillac. The winner scored for the seventh time in his career and increased earnings to 127,520 euro. The featured Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III European, 105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the currently successful Swedish invader Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Ald Palema). He was off as 4.4/1 second choice with Franck Nivard driving for Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Commander. Beckman won for the 24 time in his career that now shows earnings of 397,181 euro. Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze-Medda) took second for Ecurie Rib with J.L.C. Dersoir at the lines. Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine-Jubelione-Jet du Vivier) landed third for teamster Francois-Pierre Bassuet. The Prix de Salers (35,000 euro purse, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 3.3/1 second choice Azalee Dedienville (3f Lontzac-Byrsa Pascalo-Marpheulin) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for J.P. Marmion. Timed in 1.17.5kr she defeated Antillaise de Mai (3f New Aldo-Jaconde Royale-Royale Romeo and Aquitaine d'Aron (3f Neautron du Cebe-Miss d'lquaire-Voyou du Golfe), the latter with Damien Bonne aboard for Franc Leblanc. The Prix de Craon (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 14 starters) went to 3/1 Tornado de l'Ocean (6g Look de Star-Talvina-Valmont) with Pierre Levesque teaming for owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta). He scored with a solid rally in 1.14kr for his 12th career victory, now for earnings of 250,320 euro. Mike Lenders trains the winner who defeated Spain's Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) with Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou driving. This 28 time winner, for 230,862 euro, races consistently well at the Paris-Vincennes winter meet and again he closed stoutly for his trainer/driver. The Gr. III Prix de Chateau-Chinon (95,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Vierul-Qualine du Quenne-Extreme Aunou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner scored in 1.14.6kr, his ninth career victory, now with earnings for 212,940 euro. J-M Bazire's Adio Josselyn (3m And Arifant-Queba Josselyn-In Foot) was home second as 5/2 second choice ahead of Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and reinsman Emmanuel Allard. The Prix de Jonvelle (34,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, monte, 11 starters) went to Uranie d'Hucheloup (5f Lutin Malin-Hardie de Bource-Quintolet) with jubilant Cedric Terry aboard. She was timed in 1.14.9kr as the 42/1 longshot bested 7/1 Une Corzeene (5f Jaguar Bethune-Melisse d'Orme-Capriccio) with Eric Raffin in the irons. At Aby (Sweden) this day, the Aby Travsallskaps (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to the veteran O'Grady (7m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) handled by Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.15.1kr to defeat US import Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) driven by Veijo Heiskanen with third to Montgomery Hill (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter up. On the card, Ricardo Mols (Denmark registered 5g Chipmate-Kejerinden-Tap In) scored in 1.12kr for Jensen to earn 60,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart event. The winner scored for the seventh time in eight 2013 appearances. In a two year-old filly event at Aby for 30,000SEK first money, over 1640 meters autostart, Shakira di Pippo (2f Uronometro-Lussoria-Lindy Lane) won her initial lifetime start in 1.17.8kr with Andre Eklundh driving for Italian trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro who is in Italy for Derby weekend at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The Prix Emmanuel Margouty (120,000 euros) is the season's climax for the top 2YO trotting colts in France. A Group II event (there are no Group I races for 2YOs in France), it is held over the 2175m sprint distance on the Grand Piste (great track) at Vincennes, and is the start of a stunning weekend of racing at the Temple du Trot. Brillantissime and Bolide de Gueron have shared honours in the two major lead up races to the Prix Emmanuel Magouty, the Prix Ourasi and Prix Louis Cauchois, respectively. Bolide de Gueron is one of two outstanding juveniles in Franck Anne's stable, the other being the undefeated Repeat Love filly Brindille de Mai, who goes around in the female equivalent, the Prix Une de Mai the following day. An outstanding tall muscular dark bay, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee was a brilliant winner of the Prix Louis Cauchois in late October, winning the opening rush to get control of the race while Brillantissime settled back into fourth in after losing out the initial duel. Philippe Allaire's son of Ready Cash cruised up to get on Bolide de Gueron's wheel as the they came around the final bend, but could not make any impression as the pair sprinted seven lengths clear of the remainder, headed by Best Of Sly, a colt by Sam Bourbon out of Sebastien Guarato's stable. A month later, in the Prix Ourasi, Jos Verbeeck on Brillantissime took the early lead and then took the trail behind Brutus de Bailly, with Bolide de Gueron parked one over. Brutus de Bailly galloped as they approached the top of the straight, handing Brillantissime the lead, and he and Bolide de Gueron slugged it out down the straight, with Brillantissime responding to the challenge. So, on the surface, it appears that this pair have an advantage over the rest of the field, and Franck Anne, who is the acknowledged master of 2YO identification in France certainly holds his colt Bolide de Gueron in the highest of esteem. Brillantissime is the latest star from the powerful Allaire stable, and another from boom sire Ready Cash who has already made a huge impression with just two crops on the ground. Allaire also has another Ready Cash son in the race in Bird Parker who absolutely flew home to win the Prix des Jacinthes at Vincennes on December 8 and is an improver who may figure in the finish. Guarato's Best Of Sly was third in both those prep races, and he was not more than a length and half in arrears of them in the latter race, and was held up for a run. If he gets handy he could certainly make things interesting. Interestingly, he is one of three colts from the first crop of Sam Bourbon in the race, a remarkable feat for a first season sire, even given the backing of the Dubois family's breeding empire. The other Sam Bourbon colts are both owned by Jean Pierre Dubois, Bioness and Black Gold and you never count out horses from the master breeder, trainer, driver. PRIX EMMANUEL MARGOUTY Vincennes 20/12/13 FR Group II 2175m 2YOM €120,000 1 Banjo d'Or h (2c Norginio- Kita du Cernon) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr: Francisco Criado 2 Bye Bye Somolli (2c Millenium Wood- Karesse de Vrie) Dr: Loic Le Guerch Tr Loic Le Guerch 3 Bioness (2c Sam Bourbon-Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr Patrick Chevrier 4 Bingo Star h (2c Look de Star -Rosiris) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Lucien Swita 5 Black Gold (2c Sam Bourbon-Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 6 Bocage d'Ortige (2c Mirage Du Goutier-Providence Dortige) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Brutus de Bailly (2c Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Bird Parker (2c Ready Cash-Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 9 Best Of Sly (2c Sam Bourbon-Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Brillantissime (2cReady Cash-Ivre De Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 11 Bolide de Gueron (2c Cygnus d'Odyssee -Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

The 165,000 euro Gran Criterium Biasuzzi Memorial today at Treviso, Italy went to Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) reined by Andrea Guzzinati. He scored over the 1609 meter (one mile) distance in 1.13.5kr. The victory was his second in nine juvenile starts with five other placings for the son of French sire Look de Star, he by Coktail Jet. Sugar Rey and Spinello Jet followed the winner home. Scuderia Louisiana SRL owns Sceicco. The companion Gran Criterium Filly (1609 meters, 66,000 euro) went to Sharon Gar (2f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) for Franceso Virzi. She scored in 1.14kr to defeat Sweat OK and Saba del Ronco for her third win in 11 starts with six more placings. Allevemento Garigliano SRL owns the winner. Her dam is a daughter of Happy Diamonds (Diamond Exchange-Sharon's Streak), exported from the US in 1987 after winning $316,843 with 10 wins in 32 starts and a record of 3, 1:55.1 in 1990 at DuQuoin. Sharon's Streak (Sirloin-Speedy Flora-Speedy Scot), along with Happy Diamonds, were bred by Sharon K. Sylvester. Sharon's Streak won 15 of 70 starts for $69,483 and her dam, Speedy Flora (Speedy Scot-Florescent-Florican-Dotty Darnley) was bred by an Ohio small breeder legend George Alber of Marion. Dotty Darnley produced Dotty Diller, a 1966 Diller Hanover filly foal that earned over $138,000; Go Power a 1971 foal and winner of $32,870 for Benny White; and Dotty Coaltown, a 1972 filly foal that earned $48,809. This maternal family was highly productive as Dotty Diller's fillies Noble Gant, Sport Liz, the great Lady Bonefish and Grant's Memory combined earned over $484,000 and were largely bred and managed by the late Pat Menchi. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com 

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