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Axel (4g Love You-Hioubov Lykke-Buckfinder) impressively secured Saturday’s Danish Trotting Derby over 3000 meters autostart, timed in 1.15.5kr, at Charlottenlund, at 1.7/1. The winner took home 560,000DKK with the victory for elated driver Rene Kjaer (“Mr. Green”) and trainer Karsten Holm. Franck and Preben Sorensen own the winner, now undefeated in six 2016 appearances and with a career slate of 9-1-0 in ten starts. Aron The Baron (4g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) was a game second for Birger Jorgensen and trainer Tomas Malmqvist for Panamera Racing.  Third was Albatros (4g Andover Hall-Sweet As Candy-Smasher) handled by Marc Baek Nielsen. Axel replay The Derby Consolation (50,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed A Perfect Torkdahl (4g Andover Hall-Moonwalk Shadow-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Steen Juul up. Adam Rush (4g Great Challenger-Jamie Rush-Buckfinder) was second for Nicolaj Andersen and third was Among Hastrup (4m Great Challenger-Ghita Hastrup-King Of The Sea) with Rene Kjaer aboard. The excellent program also showcased aged campaigners in a 100,000DKK first money event over 1600 meters autostart. The quick 1.11.3kr winner was 4.5/1 Gigant Slugger (9g Giganty Neo-Aida Slugger-Yankee Slugger) with Jeppe Juul up for trainer Peter Jensen. O’Grady (10m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) held second after being pacesetter for Birger Jorgensen and trainer Fleming Jenses. Third was the Joakim Lovgren trained and reined Kash’s Cantab (8m Cantab Hall-O’Cala Kash-Overcomer). The Copenhagen Summer Meeting Final for 80,000DKK to the winner over 2000 meters autostart, went to Pense Kloster (5f Olimede-Play Kloster-Jobie Tempest) timed in 1.14.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Forniu Boko (4g Zola Boko-Vision Boko-Donerail) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and third was Adriano BR (4m Adrian Chip-Bartume-Glass Hanover) with Nicolaj Andersen up. Earlier 12 three year-olds battled for 75,000DKK first prize over 2000 meters. New Lexington (3m Infinitif-Night Owl-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.13kr with Christoffer Eriksson driving for trainer Conrad Lugauer, with third to Blachman (3m The Liquidator-Jlo Monsterbabe-Starchip Entrprise) for Morten Juul. Early career two year-olds went 2000 meters autostart for 50,000DKK first money this day. The 1.15.8kr impressive death seat winner was Summer Wein (2m Weingartner-Angel Nicole-Dahir de Prelong) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Cinderella (2f Donato Hanover-Delila Sund-Credit Winner) was second for trainer Gordon Dahl and driver Steen Juul, Third was Speedy Face (2m Joke Face-Feelin Feisty-Yankee Glide) that Adrian Kolgjini teamed for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks    

Zongulak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) with harness racing driver Christophe Martens up took today’s Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr in this event with a purse of €25,000, over 2550 meters with 12 European starters. Vincent Martens trains this one that defeated 9.1/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Guinilla) with Damien Bonne up and 23/1 Titan du Lieuvin (9g Gogo-Milady de Paris) with Cedric Terry at the lines. At Carentan the turf specialists were in action in the Prix de Pommeay Busney (purse €32,000m 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 3.1/1 Agathe des Ruettes (6f Hulk des Champs-Mutine des Ruettes) scored for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Popot. 14/1 Urkan des Landers (8g Echo-Neva Star) took second ahead of 7/1 Alplove du Rib (6f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) and teamster J,L,Cl, Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Winning time was 1.19.4kr over the grass course by the shoeless winner. On Saturday at Cagnes sur Mer the Prix Bilto (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.15.8kr clocked and 2/5 favorite Dijon (3m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) with trainer Romain Derieux aboard. 18.9/1 Davina du Capre (3f Magnificent Rodney-Quelria du Capre) took second for David Bekaert and 16.5/1 Dauphin du Lot (3m Laetenter Diem-Qualite du Poche) took third for Christophe Martens. Thomas H. Hicks  

Italy’s Romanesque (6m Love You-Guantanamera) took the Quinte+ Enghien featured Prix du Parc des Princes (purse €65,000, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) this day at 1.7/1  odds. Harness racing driver Christophe Martens teamed the Vincent Martens trainee for Stall Campus RPF, clocked in 1.14.9kr. 11/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was second for Franck Nivard, Ecurie Pirat (SWE) and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 6.8/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was third with Mathieu Abrivard at the lines. Franck Anne, trainer/driver, and 20/1 Concerto du Ruel (4g Prince Gede-Jacgarandine) recorded a 1.15kr victory in the Prix de Jonquieres (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) at Enghien. The winner bested 26/1 Chicago Blues (4m Prodigious-New Orleans), trained by Thierry Duvaldestin and reined by Ch. Duvaldestin. 6/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Monci) landed third for driver Franck Nivard. Also at Enghien, the Prix d’Uzes (purse €39,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 entrants) went to 3.2 favorite Catch One (4m Prodigious-Possession) with Franck Nivard up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.4/1 Campo Grande took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 16/1 Casimir de Survie driven by J-P Maillard. Berlin-Mariendorf had four races this day on the PMU wagering schedule with the Prix d’Enghien (purse €4,500, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) leading off for victory by 9.4/1 Fantasia Newport (4f Andover Hall-Giant Emotion) with Michael Nimczyk up for owner PS Ter Borgh. The winner’s dam is a sub-1:55 daughter of Giant Victory from Trolley Square by Speedy Somolli, she dam of Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe.  1/5 favorite Bellevue (4f SJ’s Photo-Belle Arnie) was a narrowly defeated second for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz and 7.4/1 Dukenightstar VS (6g Look de Star-Vanja Limburgia) took third for reinsman Michael Honeman and owner/trainer Jens Niklas. Mariendorf’s Prix de Cabourg, over 1900 meters autostart, drew eight starters for the €4,500 purse. The 0.5/1 favorite Lighten Up Today (6g Love You-Celebrate Light) scored clocked in 1.14.4kr for Michael Nimczyk. Mr Smith held second for Gerhard Mayr. Thomas H. Hicks

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

Top trotting highlighted the Saturday harness racing card at Enghien that began with the Prix de l’Ardeche (purse €39,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) that was won by 3/10 favorite Dubai Union (3f Love You-Irina du Bourg) timed in 1.19.4kr for driver Gabriel Gelormini. Philippe Allaire trains this one for Marquise de Moratella. 4.8/1 Dolce Vita Griff (3f Goetmals Wood-Phania Griff) took second for P-Y Verva, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Griff. 9.6/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troika du Corta) held third for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Quinte+Gr. III  Prix de la Marche (purse €85,000, 2875 meters distance handicap, 15 European starters) went to the 1.14.2kr winning Artiste de Jourdes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes). The 8.3/1 odds winner was reined by David Thomain for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, ahead of 14.5/1 second finishing Ulula Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Nathalie Bella) that was handled by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. 54/1 Tom Ruch (9g L;As de Viretaute-Itanema de Beval) was third and Briac Dark was fourth. In the good field Viking Va Bene was fifth ahead of the next three Romanesque, Olympic Kronos and El Mago Pellini. The featured Groupe III Prix de Berlin (purse €85,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European participants) was taken  by 1.14.9kr timed and even-money odds Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. The owner/trainer is Philippe Allaire and Jean Pierre Guay was the breeder of this good filly. 35/1 Deesse de Gueron (3f Melchior Jet-Olivia) captured second for trainer/driver/owner Franck Anne ahead of 50/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois for trainer Yves Boireau. Fourth was 8./1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Sray. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Quinte+ this day was the Prix Nemausa at Paris-Vincennes where 18 European starters battled for the €60,000 purse over 2100 meters autostart. Timed in 1.12.2kr, the harness racing victory went to 2/1 Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) and driver Federico Esposito. H-E Bondo trains the Scuderia Cumasa Group SRL property that defeated Holland’s 69/1 Eagle B. Butcher (5m Pegasus Boko-Iwema’s First) with Eric Raffin up. 61/1 Temon Your SM (4m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’Sm) that Marco Smorgon trains and drives for italy’s Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 13/1 Bosco du Goutier (5m Goetmals Wood-Idole de Tugeras) took the fourth spot for David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin, with fifth to 8.2/1 Owen Face (5g Gift Kronos-Muscles McNuggets) and Pierre Vercruysse for Sweden’s owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The undercard’s Prix Eva (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to 70/1 Sunrise Dancer (5f Frullino Jet-Larinia del Ronco) with Roberto Andreghetti driving. The 1.12.2kr timed winner is a Roberto Donati trainee, owned by Scuderia Stabe SRL. 46/1 Class Petteviniere (4f Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere) took second for Dominik Locqueneux  ahead of 4.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for Scuderia Dielle. The featured monte Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to even-money choice Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade). The barefoot monte specialist was ridden by Camille Levesque for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Remi Bouaret. 17/1 Texas de l’iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Ilrade de L’iton was a nose nipped second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque with the same clocked Tornade du Digeon (9f Lag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) third with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. The top three were clocked in 1.13.8kr and all raced without shoes. Thomas H. Hicks

Alabar are very pleased to be standing Amore Stride - a harness racing Group 1 winning son of the outstanding trotting sire, Love You - at their Australian farm this season. Love You has a legitimate claim for the title of the leading trotting sire in the world today. In 2015 he was the champion sire of France, The Netherlands and Sweden. Love You’s worldwide influence also continues to gain momentum in New Zealand and Australia. The abundance of his quality sons and daughters currently gracing our racetracks belies the lack of numbers he has in this part of the world. It is, however, his son Monbet that is becoming the real game-changer. He’s been an absolute phenomenon in the 2015/16 season winning seven Group 1 races – an astonishing feat for a four-year-old trotter racing against the battle hardened free-for-allers. Amore Stride caught the eye of Emilio and Mary Rosati at the 2010 NZ Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch. A beautiful rangy chestnut and a classically European-type, he was their favourite in the sale and they went to $140,000 to secure him. This made him not only the highest priced yearling in the sale but also the highest priced trotting yearling ever to sell in New Zealand – a record which still stands today. After being twice placed in New Zealand as a two-year-old, Amore Stride then transferred to Australia where as a three-year-old he ran 2nd in both the NSW Trotting Derby and the Breeders Crown Final. It was as a 5yo that he had his career highlight when he trounced the opposition in the Group 1 Franco Australian Trotters Final at Menangle - winning by over 18 metres from the star trotter Keystone Del who headed in a distant remainder. His time was an excellent 2:01.9 mile rate for the 3009 metres. The Group 1 Franco Australian Trotters Final at Menangle Overall, in an all too brief 32 start career, Amore Stride took a best time of 1:59.4 and won 10 races. Amore Stride also boasts a strong dam’s family being from the racewinning Chiola Hanover mare Eilish Mac. He is a half-brother to six winners including the tremendous campaigner and multiple Group 1 winner Earl Of Mot (31 wins, $535,756), Ella Powel (11 wins, NZ Trotting Oaks) and Harriet Hughes (5 wins), the dam of the current speedy trotter Harriet Of Mot (8 wins, 1:57.9). Amore Stride was test bred to a selection of mares belonging to Emilio and Mary Rosati last season – and is wonderfully fertile. He will be available in Australia for A$2,500 (incl GST) and in New Zealand at NZ$2,500 (plus GST). Harnesslink Media

Uma Francis (3f Exploit Caf-Fashion dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) defeated open harness racing rivals this day to win the Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €220,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano, Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr for the length victory over the 1000 meter (5/8 mile) track. Enrico Bellei teamed the winner that defeated United Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Estasi Roc-Princely Fellow) with V-P Dell’Annunziata aboard. Third went to Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta Bi-Buvetier d’Aunou), this one the second dam Graphite Rod is a Supergill-Anamosa Hanover daughter. The Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) resulting in an easy open-lengths victory for the 1.12.6kr timed Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) teamed also by Enrico Bellei. The second dam of this filly is Dropa, sired by Granit (Ayres-Roquepine). Second in the Filly was Ulala’ Degliulivi (3g Gruccione Jet-Gioiamar-Supergill) with Santo Mollo driving, ahead of third finishing Unique du Kras (3f Varenne-Oljka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Gran Premio Nazionale 2016 - Uma Francis Thomas H. Hicks

Jerry Riordan’s trainee Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) got up in the final strides for Bjorn Goop to capture the Energima Cup Final (purse €58,442, 1609 meters autostart, International, eight starters). Away from post two Goop eased the winner to fourth on the pegs and then pulled first up at the 3/8 mile mark and ground up alongside pacesetter Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal teaming for Holger Ehlert. The game pair battled stretch long with Rod Stewart a close winner in 1:54.57 mile time. Rafolo was third and Royal Ice ended fourth. Rod Stewart was off at 2.94/1 on the ATG network and 5.8/1 on PMU. The top two finishers were winners of their elimination heats. Thomas H. Hicks

Two eliminations were raced today leading to the Oslo Grand Prix undercard feature Energima Cup Final, contested over 1609 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 100,000NoKr elims (purse in euro €21,061) were first won by Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert at 2.85/1 odds, over .85/1 favorite Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with trainer Steen Juul up. Third was 42/1 Rafolo (8g Love You-Farola-Speedy Herve) with Lars Anvar Kolle driving. The second elim went to 5/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Jerry Riordan. 1.27/1 favorite Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) took second for trainer/driver Peter Ubtersteiner and 22/1 Royal Ice (5g Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Conway Hall) landed third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. Gigant Slugger was scratched from this elimination. Earlier the Montelopp (1609 meters autostart, 100,000NoKr to winner) went to 3/5 favorite Nantucket (10m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Sofia Adolfsson. Call Me Hanover and More Caviar were next across the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Vincennes groupe action started early with the Gr. III Prix de Gien (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) and 2.2/1 Dragon des Racques (3m Love You-Quinte des Racques) scored timed in 1.15.8kr for harness racing trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.8/1 Diablo du Noyer (3m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) took second for trainer/driver William Bigeon, ahead of 18.4/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) along the pegs for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Prix d’Istres (Gr. III, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) for three year-old fillies went to 12.4/1 Difa Girl (3f Love You-Rita Rainbow) for driver J-Ph Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire. This 1.15.9okr timed winner bested Italy’s 52.6/1 outsider Uriel (3f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Make Up Grif) handled by Edoardo Loccisano for trainer Marco Smorgon. Third was 7.7/1 well-bred Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) with Roberto Andreghetti up. Stephanie-Catherine Lepetit trains this half-sister to Lisa America (she by Varenne) for owner J-M Saguin. The breeder was Allevemento Kronos SRL. The full-sister Radysin America races tomorrow in a fast-class mares event at Bjerke. The monte Prix de Ploermel (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to 6.2/1 Chiricahua (4f Pomerol de Laumac-Phoenix Arizona) timed in 1.14.5kr for A. Kloess, trainer Chj. Hamal and Ecurie Marechal. 2.2/1 Cigale Castelets (4f Rombaldi-Kandie du Rib) was next for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie de Haras de l’Epinay. 3.9/1 Caid de Bengale (4g LouLou Jet-Tierce de Bengala) landed third for Matthieu Abrivard. Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Quercy (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.6/1 favorite Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) scored victory for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire over 2.6/1 Anzi des Liards (6g Look de Star-Nausicaa de Sud) with Romain Derieux driving for David Bekaert, trainer for Ecurie BKR. Third went to 30.5/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-l’Absinthe) with Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver for Ecurie Daidou, also the breeder. The winner was timed in a good 1.12.4kr over the extended distance.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Aubrion du Gers J.-M. Bazire Ecurie Jean-Michel Bazire J.-M. Bazire 2ème 9 Anzi des Liards R. Derieux Ecurie Bkr D. Békaert 3ème 8 Univers de Daidou T. Duvaldestin Ecurie Daïdou T. Duvaldestin 4ème 17 Indigious GER E. Raffin H. Krogmann F. Souloy 5ème 15 Nefertite Del Rio ITY A. Abrivard J. Lusseau L.-C. Abrivard  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.050.000 € - Numéro plus : 1490   Ordre :       3.720,00€   Désordre :       74,40€   Bonus 4 :       9,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,50€   Bonus 3 :       3,00€     16.9/1 Yankee’s Photo (8m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer) with Francois Lecanu up took today’s Prix de Villeneuve-sur-lot (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.13.1kr. Bjorn Gulbransen trains this one for Sissel Vatnoy (Norway). 1.3/1 favorite Calvin Borel (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Foran) held second for Sweden’s owner/trainer/driver ConradLugauer and third was 23.5/1 Pike River (9g Likeeable River-Ocala As) with Antoine Wiels up. This one is a Marku Vartiainen trainee that Finland’s By The River owns. 4.1/1 Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly) was fourth for J-M Bazire, trainer Fabrice Soukoy and owner Wallen Invest (Sweden). Italy’s 3.2/1 odds Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) landed fifth for Franck Nivard, trainer Souloy andf Scuderia RPR (Italy). Another non-FR invaded was next, namely 13.8/1 King Of The World with Michael Nimczyk aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

Vichy hosted the June 9 Quinte+ Prix Centre France La Montagne (purse €80,000, 3525 meters, 18 International starters) with the win earned by 26.1/1 outsider Vanderlov (7g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) with Aymeric Thomas the harness racing  trainer/driver for owner M. Ludovic Fleury. Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner bested 5.8/1 Buffalo de Beylev (5m Memphis du Rib-Rafaela du Plescis) with trainer Nicolas Ensch up and third was Italy’s 7.6/1 odds Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) with Pierre Levesque driving for Thomas Levesque, the trainer. 1.9/1 favorite Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) landed fourth for Gabriel Gelormini and fifth went to 6.9/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. The June 8 action at Laval featured the Quinte+ (jackpot Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and 3/2 favorite Belina Josselyn prevailed for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Bred and owned by Yvan Bernard the quick 1.12.7kr timed winner is a five year-old daughter of Love You-Cezia Josselyn. 16.1/1 Ultra des Landes (8f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) was second for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy and third went to 3.8/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Mr. Rodyx-Magalie du Dollar)and driver Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger. Amiral du Bisson, Tiego d’Etang and Athos des Elfes were next across the line. On the same Laval card the Prix Inovidia (purse €21,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.14.9kr clocked Belly Dance (5f Prodigious-Doina) at 10.8/1 for Jean-Philippe Dubois. He bred and trains this Ecurie Etoile owned winner. The 1.9/1 favorite Bardit des Coudou (5g Quitas du Mexique-Majeste du Coudou) was a closely fought second for Matthieu Abrivard with 5.1/1 Barbarella (5f Prince d’Espace-Quatie du Val) home third for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. In addition to the previously reported return of Bold Eagle Saturday at Paris-Vincennes (June 11), the program is laced with excellence and groupe events. Bold Eagle faces a likely tough challenge from Bird Parker. Thomas H. Hicks

Enghien's​ tardy effort at Saturday's Harness Jewels workouts has the warning bells ringing with a deafening tone for favourite punters. The dominant two-year-old Ruby favourite was never comfortable behind the mobile and galloped away from the gate at Cambridge Raceway. His fractious performance was enough for co-trainer Greg Hope to admit he now has some serious concerns around the son of Love You's manners heading in to the $100,000 Group I next Saturday. So much so, Hope made a plea to move Enghien to the unruly because he thought he was a better chance of stepping away and was probably still good enough to win from there. But his request to give away his handy draw of barrier three was declined because punters had already bet into the post-draw market. Hope said he cannot give punters any guarantees and Enghien's post-barrier draw quote of $1.18 seems sure to drift when the Jewels markets re-open on Sunday. "I'm not overly confident with him now, more hopeful. "We've got some work to do with him during the week," Hope said. Hope officially trains in partnership with wife Nina but their son Ben, an integral part of their Woodend Beach operation, will also be working triple overtime in the next seven days. Enghien was still good enough to beat home Mortician, the only other runner in the heat, but he will not be winning the Jewels if he gives away 50m like he did at the workouts. "He trotted lovely afterwards, he finished it off really well but the start is a concern," Hope said. Everything centres around the start for Enghien – if he gets away safely it is most likely game over for his rivals. Enghien only arrived in the north on Thursday and Hope said it is a possibility the trip may have taken something out of the talented trotter and he may settle in this week. It was a morning of rocks and diamonds for the Hope team with four-year-old Ruby favourite Monbet looking every bit the champion he is with a leisurely jog in 2:00.6 for the mile on an easy-rated track. Hope cannot fault Monbet, a winner of six Group I races already this season, and was "really happy" with his hit-out. Meanwhile, any doubts around the health of Field Marshal have been put to bed. An impressive workout win has confirmed to punters what trainer Tim Butt already knew – a minor bout of colic on May 17 has done nothing to decrease his chances in the four-year-old Emerald. Field Marshal did a bit of work off the gate to lead all the way. He cut out the 2200m trip in 2:44.5 with a mile rate of 2:00.3 and closing sectionals of 58.1 and 26.6 to beat home Bettor Spirits by one-and-a-quarter lengths with a further two-and-a-quarter back to Chase The Dream. "It was probably the perfect trial for him," Butt said. A dual Group I winner in his last two starts when winning the Taylor Mile and Messenger, Field Marshal's chances of a third win on the trot at the elite level have only been helped by drawing the ace. Field Marshal can burn the gate and in the hands of Dexter Dunn will be going straight to the front and Butt is not cornered about leading all the way. "People have him as a speed horse, which he is, but he's put in some really tough runs too. "I'll leave it up to Dexter but when you draw there over a mile your hand is forced to try and lead all the way really," Butt said. Field Marshal's favouritism is likely to firm off the workout win, especially with main rival Titan Banner starting from the outside of the front-line. Mat Kermeen

Akido (6g Love You-Isba) took tonight’s Quinte+ Prix St. Sauveur at Vincennes with harness racing trainer Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. The purse was €72,000 and 14 Europeans contested the event over 2700 meters with the winner timed in 1.13.7kr. 12/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 6/1 Duke of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) third for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr, and trainer Peter J. Strooper. On the same evening card the 3/2 favorite Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) took the €55,000 purse Prix Dejanira (2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner. 9/1 Belline d’Urzy (5f Otgello Pierji-Querida d;Urzy was next with Franck Ouvrie up and 11/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet was third. Thursday’s  (May 19) Lyon-Parilly feature was the Prix de Dax (purse €28,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 5.7/1 odds Bonheur d’Occagnes scored timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.P. Micholet. This five year-old son of Diamant Gede-Onaka defeated 6/1 Bolde Major (5m Hulk des Champs-Nuit de France). At Chartres the Prix Opal Chartres for a €35,000 purse (2800 meters, 16 starters, Pick5) went to the 1.6/1 favorite Victoire de Levres (7f LOntzac-Eve Linu) with Franck Nivard piloting. Timed in 1.13.7kr this winner bested 11/1 Tikuor de Beylev (9f Sancho Panca-Jasmine du But) with Vh. Dreux aboard. Third was 28/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France). Also at Chartres was the monte Prix Chartrexpo (purse €23,000, 2800 meters, 15 European participants). Eric Raffin rode 25/1 Toscan de Carel (9g Ipsun de Mormal-Kiwadatta) to the 1.14.9kr victory for owner/trainer Mlle. M-A Goetz. 11/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepes) was second ahead of 10/1 Voiseau Smiling (7g Oiseau de Feux-Milady d’Ombree). On Wednesday May 18 there was interesting trotting action at Solvalla and Jagersro. 1.9/1 My Gliding Angel (6f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) won a mares event worth 80,000SEK to the winner as Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner to a 1.13.2kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop trains this one that defeated 4/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) that Ulf Ohlsson teamed for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Dana di Ala-Supergill) took at three year-old filly event that earned her 40,000SEK first money. Owner/trainer/driver was Stefan Melander in this 2140 meter autostart contest that was off at 3.9/1. 10/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Liljendahl. The race was clocked in 1.15.7kr. Also at Solvalla an 80,000SEK first money event for four year-old mares went to 3/10 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden, The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr and recorded her first 2016 win in her second start. Wild Honey’s career slate is 18-8-0 in 30 outings. Salmo Silvio (4f Ken Warkentin-Almo Silvio-Copiad) was second for  driver Magnus Jakobsson.  Shortly thereafter a 60,000SEK first money race went to Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson and trainer Melander, off at 13.5/1 amd timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. Nato Dream increased his career earnings to 1,822,085SEK. 4/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for driver Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. At Jagersro a 70,000SEK first prize test over 1640 meters autostart went to even-money favorite Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. Eriksson. The Per Rodent and Christina Nilsson owned veteran scored in 1.10.1kr to defeat 2.3/1 Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) and trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Stand and Deliver was third for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Harry Haythrow, Kash’s Cantab and Rod Stewart. The winner scored career victory 15 in 70 starts for earnings of 2,564,500SEK. He’s been 1-2-3 in the last six starts and raced barefoot in this one and certainly seeks an Elitloppet invitation. Elitloppet 2016 Prep Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdYL6Ypx3CY Thomas H. Hicks

A busy month lays in wait for promising juvenile trotter, Enghien. And because of that busy schedule, the gelding’s co-trainer Greg Hope is quite happy to take every easy win he can get. Easy is probably the best word to describe the manner in which the son of Love You dealt to his rivals is today’s PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series No.25 2YO Trot – winning by 12 and a half lengths, going close to breaking Sheemon’s national record in the process. “He just keeps getting better,” Hope, who trains with his wife, Nina, said. “His gait is improving all the time and he’s developing into quite a rounded tidy racehorse.” Driven confidently by Ricky May, Enghien worked to find the lead early but looked comfortable once he got there and when asked the question at the 500 metre mark he snuck away and put the race beyond doubt. “He really seems to enjoy that rolling type of race, he just keeps on going that one speed. “It’s a little bit like what Monbet could do at the same age really because only a few can do that at this age.” Enghien will return to Addington next week to tackle the Sires’ Stakes final, meaning a clash with rival Habibi Inta. Safely through that assignment it’s on to the Harness Jewels and a workout the week before at Cambridge. “It’s a lot of work for a horse in one month, especially with the travelling he’s got to do to get up North. “But he had that pretty easy today so hopefully it shouldn’t take too much out of him and we can keep him quite fresh.” On what has been seen so far it will be Enghien and Habibi Inta who fight for favouritism in the 2YO Ruby. The pair have looked head and shoulders above the rest of the crop since early on in proceedings. Raced by Hope and Richard Dellaca, Enghien is another product of the wonderful maternal line of Another Starlet. Bred by the late Carl Middleton and his wife, Heather, the gelding has a long family line of performers before him and even at this early stage he looks to have the credentials to go on and be the best of them. The Hopes and May combination were back in business in the very next race when Usain Colt made the most of a dream run in the trail to sneak up the passing lane and win his Super Series Final impressively. The early double took the Hopes to 49 winners for the season and into a firm third on the trainers’ premiership while May moved into fourth position on the drivers’ title race with 76 wins. Enghien HRNZ MEDIA

Weedon’s based trainer Nigel McGrath has set his sights on the Harness Jewels with smart 3yo Ears Burning. Well supported by punters at Addington today, the 3yo Grinfromeartoear colt didn’t disappoint his followers with a dominate win in the 7th race of the afternoon. “He’s won really nicely; we had to burn around to find the front but he was strong after that. There is a super series race for him next week and then hopefully a jewels start” said McGrath. Currently 12th on the Jewels leader board , Ears Burning will drop back to 13th with the return of the All Stars runner Chase The Dream who is making his way back to New Zealand after competing in the WA Derby. The Super Series race Nigel refers to is the C0 and Faster Mobile pace which Ears Burning sneaks into, while it is a preferential barrier draw meaning he will pick up an average draw, there wouldn’t be many, if any horses to fall into those conditions that are going as good as he is. Meanwhile, McGraths star colt and Jewels leader Classie Brigade has had a wee freshen up and is preparing well for his Jewels challenge. “He will have one trial and go to the Jewels” said McGrath. Ears Burning Great Things Happen put pay to a handy trot field today when he boomed up the passing lane for trainer/driver Gavin Smith. Today’s victory was the Love You geldings 5th in a row and 7th career win, and pushed him up to 18th in the Jewels standings, just under $3,000.00 shy of the 12th placed, Greg/Nina Hope trained Everybody Knows. Owned by E J Edwards and Sara Smith, Great Things Happens was the first foal out of 7 win S J’s Photo mare Calamity Gal, who was trained by Gavin for her last two career starts. Today’s winning time of 3.17.4 was impressive, but so was the run of runner up Harriet Of Mot, who’s amended time from her 30m back mark was 3.16.4 and put the writing on the wall for the 4yo mare to be very competitive at the Harness Jewels. Her performance capped off a great day for Noel Kennard’s GoHarness Syndication’s brand when recent purchase Order Online won for trainer Ken Barron and the GoHarness Buy Race & Sell Syndicate. The 3yo Washington VC gelding was purchased out of the Clark Barron stable earlier last month and delivered a great mothers day victory for some owners. GoHarness always have shares available so don’t hesitate to get in contact with them, their details can be found at www.goharness.co.nz. Great Things Happen Order Online Andrew Fitzgerald

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