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The outstanding trotting race mare Kincaslough has had the plug pulled on her racing career after she pulled up a touch lame after Cup week. Co-trainer Aimee Edmonds was philosophical about the decision. " She was a touch lame after Cup week and we had her knees xrayed early last week." "The arthritis in her knees had got worse even though we had been treating her and the decision was made on Thursday last week to retire her." " She was too good to take any risks with," Aimee said. The daughter of Love You burst onto the national trotting scene early last season when she put a string of outstanding performances together, cumulating in her great run for third behind Jaccka Justy in the $255,000 Dominion Handicap. Troubled by those arthritic knees, Kincaslough has struggled to reproduce that sparkling form this spring and goes to the broodmare paddock the winner of ten races and over $133,000. Owned by Pat O'Driscoll of Yabby Dam Farms Ltd in Australia and Aimee Edmonds, Kincaslough is headed to Australia. " She is going to Pat's property at Ballarat and will be served once she has arrived." " The two stallions we are looking at are Ready Cash and Andover Hall and it just depends on sorting out the availability of the semen before a decision is made, Aimee said. While very disappointed to lose the services of the top line trotting mare on the track, Aimee says that is compensated by what is in store in the future. " Some of the progeny will make it back here for us to try so that will be very exciting when it happens," Aimee said. It is never easy to call time on a top race horse's career  but the owners here are to be applauded for putting Kincaslough's interests first and they should reap the rewards down the line with her progeny. Harnesslink Media

November 2, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4,050,000) was the Prix de Lesparre (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) for four and five year-olds. Bolero Love (4m Love You-Orelady) at 4.6/1 odds took victory for Franck Nivard driving for Sebastien Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Fractions were even (1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500, finish 1.13.6kr). Blue Grass (4f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha) was second at 8.3/1 for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire with third to 7/1 Apprenti Sorcier (6m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by Pierre Levesque and trained by Mike Lenders. 107/1 Accordeon (5g Baccarat du Pont-Quaba des Corvees) was fourth for Benoit Robin ahead of the 4.2/1 Boskio de Vandel (4g Prince Gede-Ottih de Vandel) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 13 Boléro Love F. Nivard A. De Sousa S. Guarato 2ème 4 Blue Grass Y. Lebourgeois C. Toulorge Ph. Allaire 3ème 15 Apprenti Sorcier P. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 4ème 8 Accordéon B. Robin L. Leduc L. Leduc 5ème 1 Boskio de Vandel C. Martens BVBA Campus RPF V. Martens  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 4.050.000 € - Numéro plus : 0190     Ordre :       88.992,00€     Désordre :       741,60€     Bonus 4 :       111,60€     Bonus 4sur5 :       9,30€     Bonus 3 :       6,20€                     The undercard’s Prix de Savigny (monte, purse €75,000, 2175 meters, 16 starters with apprentice jockeys) went to 29/1 Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) ridden by Yann Jublot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Pricing Power. 5.6/1 Votka Bleue (6f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue) was second for Nils Pacha, owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson and trainer Fredrik Terry with third to Utopie Imperiale (7f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) for Mlle Audrey Laroche. The top four were within two lengths on the line after solid fractions (1.09.7kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.7kr at 500; finish 1.12.3kr). Today’s Pick 5 Prix d’Arcachon (purse €82,000. 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) was a competitive group with the winner being 19/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) driven by Eric Raffin. 2.4/1 favorite Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) was second for J-M Bazire ahead of 4.6/1 Nuage En Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 13/1 Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) was fourth for Jos. Verbeeck and rallying 11/1 Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse after being boxed at the end of the pack, at top of stretch. The fractions were quick and honest (1:07.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.5kr at 1000; 1.11kr at 500; finish 1.10.9kr) Also at Vincennes this day the Prix d’Amiens (purse €50,000. 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to Aghinetti (5m Magnificent Rodney-Quonossa de Visais) handled by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Stall Courant AB. The 1.14kr winner was off at 7.3/1 and defeated 39/1 Avertin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) and 6.8/1 Arthuro Boy (5m Le Retour-Guyane). At Krieau Vienna the featured Coupe d’Or des Amateurs Final (purse €7,000, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) was won by driver Manfred Strebel teaming Italy’s Saskatchewan (4g Angus Hall-Impasse) timed in 1.16.5kr for trainer Johann Lichtenworther at 8.4/1 odds. Scuderia Bolgheri Srl (Jean-Pierre Dubois) bred the winner. The 3/10 favorite, Italy’s Samovar As (4m Igor Font-Flaminia Bi) was second for driver Thomas Royer and trainer Rudolf Haller with third to Germany’s Lantino (6g Jillis Joker-Xentiana) at 6.4/1 for driver Gundula Baur. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Enjoy Lavec-Cindy America and she is dam of Germany’s solid 2015 three year-old Cash Hanover (by Love You). Third dam is Meadowbranch Emily (Prakas-Delmonica Hanover) and she’s dam of five foals with earnings in excess of US$100,000 including Beauty America 1:56.5 (US$690,759) by Pine Chip. Prix d’Amerique winner Delmonica Hanover produced Hambletonian winner Park Avenue Joe and Merrie Annabelle winner Delmegan. Thomas H. Hicks

October 29, 2015 - Dominik Locqueneux piloted the shoeless  1.4/1 odds Montdore(5m Love You-Self Made Woman) to victory in today’s Pick-5 Grand Prix de Reims (purse €28,000, 2600 meters, 14 European entrants). Clocked in 1.15.6kr the winner is trained and owned by Robert Bergh. 5.1/1 odds Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and Swedish owner Bengt Johansson with third to 23/1 Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) driven by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson, also from Sweden. First dam of the winner is a nine year-old daughter of Self Possessed-Armbro Rouge-Balanced Image and her first foal, Montdore, is now a career winner of over €156,000 Third dam Noah Lobell has produced six winner of US$100,000 or more including Armbro Hinter, a US$650,000 winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

Labour Day is shaping as judgement day for Monbet. That may sound strange for a 4-year-old who has won nine from 18, a Group I and more than than $150,000 in stakes but the Group III Trotters Flying Mile will be his first test in open class company. A 2-year-old winner of the Jewels and runner-up at three in Ashburton earlier this year, making his step up to town hall company over a mile at Ashburton suits down to the ground. Trainers Greg and Nina Hope, who race the son of Love You with long-time stable client Morrie Molloy, are confident Monbet will measure up to most of the field but Greg Hope freely admits Monbet has never gone up against the likes of Stent and co. "He's ran the times but you never know until you go up against the top ones," Hope said. Monbet holds a nomination for the Group I Dominion Handicap but the Hope's have been leaning towards the Group I NZ free-for-all over 1950m on cup day. But Hope has confirmed the Dominion is still a live option. "This run will decide whether we go to the free-for-all (on show day) or the Dominion way," Hope said. Since running second to Sunny Ruby at the Jewels, Monbet has been beating up on intermediate grade trotters with ease when winning his last three starts by margins of five, six, and 10 lengths. Monbet spent much of last season following home Speeding Spur but has come back from a short break much stronger. His form last season was better than it looked when he went through a run of shocking barrier draws. Ashburton is not much different with Monbet starting from barrier seven, outside Sheemon (6) and Stent (5). Hope said obviously he would have liked to have drawn inside the pair but he knows if anyone can find a path through the field it will be Monbet's regular driver Ricky May. "I know he can go with them but whether or not he can beat them is another thing all together," Hope said. Sheemon has recovered from a slight set back that saw him put in an underwhelming run the Group III Canterbury Park Trotting Cup. Smart mare Habibti is back in the mix after missing a run in the Canterbury Park due to muscle stiffness in her back. Monday's watch horse for punters will undoubtedly be Australian trotter Vincennes who is currently in the care of Craig and Aimee Edmonds and will be driven by Tim Williams. The Edmonds other runner, Kincaslough, is safely in the Dominion field but needs to show much more than she has so far this preparation to suggest she can match the third she ran in last year's Dominion. Tony Herlihy has brought One Over Da Moon south on the back of six consecutive wins. Ashburton will be a good indicator of where he is at after not beating top fields but doing it off massive handicaps. The forgotten runner in the race could be Jag's Invasion's whose last start third behind Stent and Master Lavros was impressive given up he was first up since last year's Dominion. He is unlikely to be a winning chance after drawing barrier eight but could match his runner up placing of last year. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the permission of Stuff NZ  -  Check site here

October 16, 2015 - Bjorn Goop teamed 5.7/1 odds Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) to victory in this evening’s Q+ Prix le Parisen (purse €85,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European female starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr off rated fractions (1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500 meters to go). The winner is trained by Sweden’s Tomas Malmqvist for Langebro Konsult AB. 3.3/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson of Sweden. Third was Alpine du Rib (5f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) for teamster J-L-Cl Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) finished fourth for Tony Le Beller with fifth to Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) and Mathieu Abrivard. The winner’s pedigree brings back fabulous memories as it’s the maternal family of Hambletonian winners Timothy T and Christopher T plus Oaks winner Cora T, all from Flicka Frost, fourth dam, through Why Indeed-Speedy Crown-Betsy Sue-Ayres-Flicka Frost. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 1 Donna Di Quattro SWE B. Goop Langebro Konsult AB T. Malmqvist 2ème 5 Ninepoints Lucy SWE G. Gelormini B. Johansson J. Westholm 3ème 4 Alpine du Rib J.L.C. Dersoir Ecurie Rib Joël Hallais 4ème 2 Bahia Quesnot T. Le Beller Cédric Herserant Cédric Herserant 5ème 8 Saphire Bi ITY M. Abrivard Scuderia Della Casa C. Belladonna  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.200.000 € - Numéro plus : 0917     Ordre :       1.640,00€     Désordre :       32,80€     Bonus 4 :       7,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€     Bonus 3 :       2,40€                       The €65,000 purse Prix Theamis over 2850 meters attracted 18 European starters and driver Dominik Locqueneux recorded his third driving win this night with 3/2 favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) timed in a quick 1.12.9kr for trainer Yannick A. Briand. The winner held off 7/2 Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) and trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB. 9/1 Tropic du Hetrc (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) was a distant third for J-M Bazire. The close finishing top pair closed strongly off an honest pace (1.13.2kr at 1000 meters to go post; 1.13.3kr at 500 meters). The three year-old males contested the Prix Arethasa for €52,000 purse this evening at Vincennes on the petit course. 13 participants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr clocked winner being 3.3/1 odds Colbert d’Am (3m Goetmals Wood-Kalmie Melody) for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner for Stall Courant AB. 122/1 outsider Colibri de Larre (3g Echo-Segesse de Larre) was second with 9/2 Classic de Viette (3m Look de Star-Squaw du Bouffey) third for Tony Le Beller. The €42,000 purse Prix Cyrene over 2850 meters drew 14 starters with the 1.13.4kr winner being 6.9/1 odds Brice des Epines (4m Rolling d’Heripre-Polka des Brieres) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Johan Jansson Invest AB of Sweden. 4.2/1 Banjo de la Noemie (4g Flambeau des Pind-Prima de la Noemie) was second for J-Ph Monclin with 18/1 Bingoi de Blary third to the line. The Prix Athamantis (purse €80,000, monte 13 European starters, 2850 meters) went to 19/1 Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) with Antoine Wiels up for trainer J-P Marmion. Clocked in 1.13.7kr the winner scored over 3/2 favorite Asca Bot Eur Moel (5g Pagalor-Cova du Niel) and 6/1 Boris des Domits over the 1-3/4 mile distance. Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love-Goetmals Wood) took the Prix Aludra (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, two year-old fillies, 10 starters) on disqualification. Timed in 1.17.6kr the winner recorded her first career victory in her second start for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau as the 3/2 odds favorite. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Carmensite 2:01.3v (US$117.564) the dam of ten winners in 13 foals including  five with life earnings above US$90,000. Detailesmie Merite (2f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois with 3.1/1 Doris de Bailly third for Franck Ouvrie. Saturday action is at Caen that hosts the featured €80,000 purse Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen over the marathon 4400 meter distance handicapped course. 18 will start including Nahar that received a 50 meter penalty and receiving 25 meter handicaps are Beckman, Udayama and Tornado Bello. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 26, 2015 - Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) and harness racing trainer/driver Robert Bergh took today’s 2140 meter autostart Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla with 250,000SEK to the first place finisher. The winner, owned by Stall Lars Vegard, rallied stoutly to score clocked in 1.11.6kr over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) in rein to trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) hugged the pegs to land third for Wim Pall, trainer Holger Ehlert and Scuderia Scarton Stable. Beau Mec was fourth for trainer Bergh and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Favorite Knows Nothing set the pace for Ulf Ohlsson before weakening in the last bend. Fractions were well rated (1.09.8kr after 500 meters; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 1500 and home in a quick 1.11.6kr). The scratch of the fast Delicious from the Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) left the door open for well-regarded winner Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) that scored gate to wire clocked in 1.11.7kr for Erik Adielsson. Stall Fagerhult owns Youana. Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) ended second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander with Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo). Co-favorite Eketorpets Tess made an early miscue for disqualification. The John Deere Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) was also a solid event with this victory going to Ochongo Face (4g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) handled by trainer Erik Lindegren. He was timed in 1.12.6kr to defeat Space Photo (7g Fast Photo-Lady Toscana-Peace On Earth) and Make It Quick (4g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK-Carmody Lobell). Serious Try, a recent winner of a Derby elimination, closed well for fourth from post 11. Thomas H. Hicks

September 8, 2015 - Today’s La Cepiere feature race was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €40,000, 2950 meters, 14 European starters) that was also the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €2,900,000. Longshots prevailed and therefore there was no exact order tickets sold. The consolation prize to the ticket holders of the top five in any order paid €3,586 for a €2 wager. 24.1/1 odds Valea Mip (6f Ganymede-Javotte Ducale) won the race clocked in 1.16kr defeating 16.7/1 Un Roi d’Atout (7g Ganymede-Gonilla) and third finishing 105.8/1 Show d’Hermes (9g Tenor de Baune-Gardaia de Talonay). Monday’s top racing action took place at Paris-Vincennes with the Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcinal (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters). The decisive winner was 3/10 odds Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Clocked in 1.11.8kr Booster Winner defeated 22.8/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Par Favor) ridden by Damien Bonne with 12.5/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) home third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Also on the card was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) and the 1.13kr clocked winner was 8.7/1 Braga (4f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 77/1 Brume du Bourg (4f Showtime Bourbon-Malovvia) was second for owner/trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute ahead of 3.4/1 Bombe de Blary (4f Offshore Dream-Florette de Blary) for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Italy’s Romero (5m Kadabra-Etrille) and trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati took the Prix de Denain (purse €42,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) timed in 1.14.2kr. Ecurie Louisianna owns this winner that was off at 14/1. 10/1 odds Axel Tily (5g Offshore Dream-Joyeuse Tilly) was second for Pierre Vercruysse with 6.7/1 Dex Beuckenswijk third for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden - Robert Bergh’s trainee Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) took today’s Malabar Circle (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) at Bergsaker for driver Torbjorn Jansson and owner Stall Sedin, clocked in 1.11.5kr. Ed You recorded victory 26 in 68 career starts for almost 6SEK million earned. The length winner defeated Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) with Daniel Reden aboard. Amaru Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) finished third for Robert Bergh. Smilin Eli ended fourth and Johnny B Kemp sixth in the beaten field. At Amiens in the Prix Fleurs des Pres (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 10 starters), the 2/5 favorite Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou) recorded his ninth straight victory and 10th in last 11 outings for driver Pierre Vercruysse. J.G.H. De Jong owns the winner that A. Posthumus trains and Ecurie D bred. Clocked in 1.15.5kr Violet now has 15 wins in 25 career starts for €162,820 earned. 15/1 Voltorb d’Oliverie was second with 18/1 Vicky du Bocage third. The winner’s dam has also produced Si Seulement 1:58.1 ($160,876), Red Girl 1:58.4 ($132,830) and To America 2:00.3v ($60,247). Second dam Auburn produced Out 1:58.3 ($223,355). A productive family! At Cabourg the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.15 million) was the Prix des Escallonias (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 5/2 shot Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore) took victory for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Timed in 1.15.3kr Archibald defeated Anry de L’éclair and driver Tony LeBeller before a good evening audience.Archibald Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Archibald T. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 2ème 6 Anry de l'Éclair T. Le Beller Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 10 Voilà Péo F. Boudet M. Lecourt M. Lecourt 4ème 1 Volinko F. Lecanu Ecurie Danover S. Provoost 5ème 12 Ustou J.-P. Thomain R.-F. Dubois J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2742       Ordre :       2.010,00€       Désordre :       40,20€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,90€       Bonus 3 :       2,60€                       Also at Cabourg the monte Prix Montbretias (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.14.1kr clocked, 5.9/1 odds, Theo de Gisse (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Flicka d’Anjou) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois in defeat of 1.1/1 favorite Ulhor du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) with David Thomain in the irons. 17/1 Utwo En Live was third. Two divisions of the Prix des Sunpatiens (purse €21,000, 2850 meters) took place for lightly raced three year-olds. The A Division went to 1.1/1 favorite Casualty Of Love (3f Goetmals Wood-Ma Crown) for reinsman Tony Le Beller and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini clocked in 1.18kr. The B Division went to 2.7/1 City Life (3f Let’s Go Along-Life Is Good) with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin timed in 1.17.5kr Tomorrow, top flight action occurs at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) with trainer Christophe Martens aboard took today’s featured Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Gr. II, €150,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. This 3.1/1 odds winner is owned by Ecurie Rompus REF and defeated even-money favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 7/2 Vinci de l'Abba’e (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with fourth and fifth to 22/1 veteran mare Roxanne Grif and 52/1 Pascia’Lest. Duke of Greenwood was scratched. The Quinte+ Prix de l’Union de la Presse Hippique (€52,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2150 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.5kr winner Ulexa des Plans (7f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessut) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. The winner, off at 6.6/1, defeated 0.5/1 favorite and pacesetter  Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was 36/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Branard) for trainer/owner M.G. Baron. The Gr. III Prix de l’Association Nat des Turfistes (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 0.8/1 favorite Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Elisabeth Allaire and was clocked in 1.14.9kr. He scored with a steady stretch-long drive that caught 2.4/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), trained by Sebastien Guarato and reined by Eric Raffin, with third to 16/1 Bardane du Houlbet (4f Jet Fortuna-Hagu du Houlbet) for driver/trainer R.Ch. Larue. The Gr. III other division of the Prix de la Federation Nat des Turfistes (€80,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) went to the 1.12.4kr winner 41.8/1 odds Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for teamster Franck Ouvrie and trainer St. Meunier. 16/1 Tiger Woods As (5m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) was second at 16/1 for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort with third to 1.9/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Favorite at 1.7/1 was Akido and driver Franck Nivard and this pair ended fourth. On August 11 at Cesena the Breeders Course (Premio Allvamento Folli Srl) for two year-olds (purse €14,300, 1660 meters autostart) went to Ultimo Sogno (2m Gruccione Jet-Giamaica-Indro Park) clocked in 1.17.1kr with second to Ulisse LL (2m Allison Hollow-Vincenza Gius). Sire of the winner is a son of Pine Chip from Petite Victory, she by Valley Victory from Petite Evander. Thomas H. Hicks

August 8, 2015 - The 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) scored a front-stepping victory in today’s Gold Division Kramfors Kommun (150,000SEK to winner, 2150 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Stall Sedin HB owns the veteran, now with a career slate of 35-14-2 in 102 starts for 11,543,598SEK earned. He now has three wins in 2015 for earnings in excess of 406,000SEK. US-bred Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Lucky Charm Hanover (7m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) with trainer Daniel Reden aboard. The beaten field included Shas Is Back, Hard Livin and Friction in the twelve horse contest.  At Enghien the interesting Prix de l’Odeon (€56,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 three year-old starters) went to 11/1 odds Christo (3m Rieussec-Panacee) for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir.  9/1 Cochise Griff (3m Lets Go Along-Jipsie du Breucq) was next for Gabriel Gelormini, aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. 20/1 Coupe Droit (3m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) ended third for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Topkip BV. Two other Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owned colts were fourth and fifth, namely 15/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) with Pierre Vercruysse and 2/1 Cherif Griff (3m Orlando Vici-Qualore Griff) with Eric Raffin driving. Time was 1.16.7kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Kvintet Avenger will be awarded the Maori’s Idol Trophy for the 2014-15 harness racing season at the Victorian Square Trotters Association’s annual presentation night at Maryborough on October 19.  Trained by Brent Lilley, Kvintet Avenger, by Love You out of Nobes Hanover, won three races and finished with two more minor placings from five races in the series to accumulate 15 points, finishing two points clear of Action Kosmos (nine starts in the series for two wins and three minor placings for 13 points), with Neville Vaughan third after winning three races in the series from five starts to score 12 points. Kvintet Avenger’s connections will receive a trophy plus a $1000 voucher at the Melton Saddlery, which is a proud sponsor of the Maori’s Idol Trophy Series. MAORI'S IDOL TROPHY SERIES 2014-15 1st: Kvintet Avenger (5:3-1-1) 15 points 2nd: Action Kosmos (9:2-2-1) 13 points 3rd: Neville Vaughan (5: 3-0-0) 12 points 4th: Quite A Moment (7: 1-3-1) 11 points Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

June 19, 2015 - Trainer/driver Christophe Martens piloted 2.1/1 favorite Zonguidak (6g Love You-Heartenings Crown) to victory in tonights’ harness racing Quinte+(jackpot €3.25 million) Prix de Joinville (€48,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.13.9kr. The Belgium owned campaigner defeated 9/1 Vanychof (6m Offshore Dream-Marychaille) with Michel Lenoir the trainer/driver and third place 12/1 Va Vole du Lys (6f Oiseau de Feux-Nostalgie du Lys) with J-M Bazire at the lines. The Prix Sappho (€52,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) this night went to 1.15.8kr winner Begum Fromento (4f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda), the 9/10 favorite with Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and EcuriePierre Levesque. 10/1 Bienvenue du Gers (4mQuinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte) was second for J-M Bazire driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and third went to Blue Island (4m Jain de Beval-Quarda du Rib) for Franck Nivard, trainer Dominik Locqueneux and owner Ecurie des Charmes. Julien Dubois teamed .5/1favorite Unbridled Charm (7m Password-Intense Action) to a 1.13.8kr win in the Prix Hygica (€48,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 European participants) for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 9/1 Tina Vivanciere (8f Hermes Perrine-Giga Query) ended second for David Thomain with third to Oro Fks (7m Uronometro-Fuschin America) at 25/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italian owner Stephano Bernardi. The Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Echo (€37,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) was clocked in 1.17.6kr by the winner Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio de Sousa. Capone Face was off at 3.7/1 odds as he defeated 3/2 favorite Chilkoot Trail (3m Ready Cash-Pulp Fiction) and Franck Nivard. Third went to 4.8/1 Cedar Keryvon (3m Offshore Dream-Rafale Castelets) with Eric Raffin up for trainer/owner Ake Kristoffersson. The first two finishers represent their dam’s initial Ready Cash foals. Kingly Pride, dam of the winner, is by Defi d’Aunou from Elitloppa by Kimberland , a son of Nevele Pride, and she has a 1:57.5 mile rate record and earnings of US$202,037. At Avenches, the Prix de Bastia Suisse (purse €8,326, 2400 meters autostart, 7 starters) went to Top Boy (8m Jag de Bellouet-My Lovely Girl) off at 5.1/1 handled by Adrian Burger. Favored at 7/10 the Mme. Valerie Henry driven Pluto de Vivier (12g Extreme Dream-Iguine du Vivier) was second for trainer Marc-Andre Bovay. Third went to 13/1 Quadrinio Jiel (11g Quadrophenio-Plamme de Jiel) for owner/trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Felber. The days’ top coldblood event was the Roger N. Olssons Minnieslopp at Hagmyren and the win went to the great mare Jannem Silje (5f Asajerven-Lannem Sjure) bred in Norway and reined by Tor Willebaek. The 2140 meter distance handicap event was clocked in 1.23kr and the winner earned 100,000SEK. Lannem Silje now has a career slate of 36-2-1 in 39 starts for 5,988,558SEK earned. In 2015 she is 8-1-1- in 10 appearances. Back in France, at Le Cepiere, the Grand Prix Dynavera Maissagri Duran (€45,000 purse, 2950 meters, 12 European starters) was won by Vaisman (6m Memphis du Rib-Iula du Douetil) with owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne aboard. The even-money favorite was clocked in 1.15.3kr to defeat 9/2 odds Ricimer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) and owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau. 5/1 Uno de Montauran (7m Sancho Panca-Nijinskaya) was third. Sunday action in Europe will be intense as Paris-Vincennes hosts a terrific nine race program that includes seven graded events, one of which is theGr. I UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere for a purse of €200,000. That lineup follows: June 21 Sunday - Vincennes   Off  14.40 - Prix René Ballière - UET Masters Series - groupe I - International euro  200.000  -2.100 meters autostart   1 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 2a2aDa7a7a9a1a140a8a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE - Entraineur : CH. MARTENS - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 742096 € 2 VINCI DE L'ABBAYEJ.M. BAZIRE 2a1aDa1a2a1a148a3a3a1'12"5(Vinc.) (OTELLO PIERJI - KYBOUMETTE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie de l' ABBAYE - Entraineur : J.M. BAZIRE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 454360 € 3 ROXANE GRIFFE. RAFFIN 2m4a7a5m6aDaDm6a1m141'10"2(Vinc.) (TENOR DE BAUNE - JULIA MESLOISE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie GRIFF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 2963418 € 4 UHLAN DU VALC. MEGISSIER 3a4a9a9a4a1a140a2a0a1'10"5(Vinc.) (ISLERO DE BELLOUET - INDIANA BEAUTIFUL) - Propriétaire : J.P. MEGISSIER - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 1058190 € 5 AFRICAINEP. VERCRUYSSE 4a8aDa3a2a2a3a140a3a1'11"4(Vinc.) (OISEAU DE FEUX - ITALIENNE) - Propriétaire : J.ET. DUBOIS - Entraineur : J.ET. DUBOIS - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 502820 € 6 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRTG. GELORMINI 0a3a3a1a4a2a5a144a1a1'10"9(Vinc.) (OPUS VIERVIL - MYRTILLE DES BOIS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 950082 € 7 ROXANA DE BARBRAYD. THOMAIN 3a9a0a2a6a6a0a7a143a1'11"5(Vinc.) (SPEED CLAYETTOIS - IRIANE DES ENCLOS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 964868 € 8 SEDUISANT FOUTEAUCH. DREUX 0a4a4a9a0m3m8m1m0a141'10"2(homol) (GAZOUILLIS - ELISALDE) - Propriétaire : A. DREUX - Entraineur : A. DREUX - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 520740 € 9 AKIM DU CAP VERTF. ANNE 1a1a3a1aDa2a145a4a2a1'11"0(Vinc.) (FIRST DE RETZ - PRIMA DU CAP VERT) - Propriétaire : Ecurie Franck ANNE - Entraineur : F. ANNE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 944230 € 10 A NOUS DEUXJ.P. DUBOIS 147mDm4m3mDm1m1m4m1m1'12"0(Vinc.) (GOETMALS WOOD - NINA MADRIK) - Propriétaire : J.P. DUBOIS - Entraineur : Y. BOIREAU - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 341250 € 11 PACE DEL RIOSANTO MOLLO 14Da9a6a139a2a1'14"5(Vinc.) (VARENNE - URBEM D'ASOLO) - Propriétaire : Mme M.G. CAVALLERO (ITY) - Entraineur : SANTO MOLLO - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 2612   Kalmar SWE also hosts fine events on Sunday including the Viola Silas for mares that includes Maven and the V75 Gold Division with Quick Fix, Obi Wan, Kash’s Cantab, Reven d’Amour and Harry Haythrow in the field. Thomas H. Hicks  

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. This is a review of the 3 year old trotting colts / geldings division. 1) Speeding Spur - 2015 Season:  11 starts,    9 wins,    1 seconds, 0 thirds,  Lt $211,296 Hard to know where to start with Speeding Spur. Not only was the son of Pegasus Spur a dominant performer all season but it was in a year where there was great depth to the three year old trotting ranks. His two defeats both came at Ashburton but he went super on both occasions and lost nothing in defeat either time. The rest of the season was nine starts for nine wins, both Derbies and the Sires Stakes and several track and New Zealand records in the process. Should be a unanimous choice in this division. 2) Monbet - 2015 Season:    10 starts,    4 wins,    3 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $68,114 One of those horses who never seems to get the rub of the green on raceday. Drew poorly and outside of Speeding Spur in most of their clashes but pushed him close a couple of times after doing plenty of work. The son of Love You was never really driven aggressively in his races as he is such a big young immature horse and that should pay off in the long term for the connections. 3) Prince Fearless -  2015 Season: 9 starts,  2 wins,    2 seconds,    2 thirds,   Lt $66,262 Has one string to his bow and that is he did beat Speeding Spur once on his merits which is something no other horse in this division can say. Another very immature looking horse still and did well to be so competitive for suck a gangly looking youngster. The son of Majestic Son has all the attributes of a top horse but just needs to strengthen up and he will more than a match for those above him. Selection With a record of nine wins and a second from eleven starts there can no doubt that Speeding Spur had a huge season and should be a unanimous choice in this division. Harnesslink Media

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. This is our review of the three year old trotting fillies division 1) Habibti Ivy - 2015 Season:    9 starts,    3 wins,    0 seconds,    4 thirds,    Lt $46,629 Very smart Love You filly who raced the boys most of the season with great credit. Won the Trotting Oaks very comfortably and first filly home in both the New Zealand Trotting Derby and the New Zealand Sires Stakes Final. Has a better head to head record against both Sunny Ruby and Arya. Missed the Harness Jewels due to a foot issue but her dominance the rest of the season makes her the top pick for this award. 2) Sunny Ruby - 2015 Season: 20 starts, 4 wins,  4 seconds,  1 thirds,    Lt $78,469     Very busy season having been racing in September and still going now in June. Has gone from being a typical Sundon headstrong filly with a tendency to over race to a lovely mannered filly with a lethal sprint. Ran 2nd in the Trotting Oaks and capped off a great season with a stunning win in the Harness Jewels in 1:54.7 Has finished behind Habibti Ivy both times they have met which makes it hard to place her in front of that filly for this award. 3) Arya - 2015 Season:    9 starts,    6 wins,    0 seconds,    1 thirds,    Lt $118,692 Daughter of Angus Hall having a right old time of it in Australia as her record above shows. She seems a class above them but real question marks about the quality of the opposition. Came back to New Zealand for the Trotting Oaks but soundly beaten by Habibti Ivy when she ran fourth there. Again finished behind Habibti Ivy in the New Zealand Sires Stakes Final before beating that filly home in the Northern Trotting Derby when Habibti Ivy broke. Hard to make a case for Arya to be New Zealand 3 year old trotting filly of the year when she has one third placing in New Zealand from only three starts this season. 4) Yagunnakissmeornot - 2015 Season: 11 starts, 4 wins,  1 seconds,  3 thirds, LT $41,324   Very strong early part of the season but not so good when thrown in against the very best. Unlucky to have struck such a strong crop of quality fillies and did have a few issues especially left handed which explains her missing some of the big races down south. Selection Habibti Ivy - She has a better head to head record against all her challengers and won the big race restricted to fillies in the Trotting Oaks. First filly home in both the New Zealand Derby and New Zealand Sires Stakes  which gives her a big edge for this award. Harnesslink Media

June 13, 2015 - Today’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Lady Flame DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.7/1 favorite Odile Grif (7f Love You-Clivia LB-Baltic Speed) for reinsman Imre Fazekas and trainer Zvonko Osterc. The good mare was clocked in 1.15.7kr and she traveled the 1960 meter distance.    Principessa OVI (6f Love You-Goldy LB-Self Possessed) was second for trainer/driver Mitja Slavic, traveling 1980 meters as did third place Offenbach Bigi (7m Andover Hall-Pinebank-Pine Chip) for driver Emil Csordas.   On the Saturday card the Fuss El DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) produced a third straight victory for 1.2/1 favorite Tiara Boss (3f Wall Street Banker-Peace Force Pro-Kosar) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and owner Hico I, clocked in 119.6kr. Second went to Shake Up (4m Belami-Hurry Up-Yankee Yankee) for reinsman Norbert Kuru for trainer Imre Fazekas ahead of Tucsok (3f Maximus Lindy-Astalavista-Gus Lobell) for trainer/driver Lajos Marton.   As the HU Derby fast approaches, Kincsem Park has put forth exciting events for broaden and grow audience, including a Derby Fashion Show on June 19 and a three day food festival on July 3-5. Be there for the fun and racing action.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Leading harness racing trainers Greg and Nina Hope have never had the rub of the green all season with their stylish three year trotter Monbet. A series of niggles and bad draws has seen the son of Love You play the bridesmaid a few times this season in the Group 1 features. Tonight at Addington in cold and damp conditions, Monbet just sent a wee reminder of how really talented he is. Facing some very talented mid grade trotters, Monbet stepped cleanly from barrier one and then handed up to the free going front runner Waterloo Sunset after 200 metres. Driver Ricky May angled Monbet off Waterloo Sunset's back at the 200 metres and he flew by and away for an emphatic five length victory Monbet trotted the 2600 metres in the winter conditions in 3:23.7 with smart closing sectionals of 57.4 and 27.8. Greg Hope was philosophical about the bad luck that had plagued Monbet's three year old season. " We have deliberately looked after him all season and he has never been bottomed out in any of his races.' "It would have been nice to have got a good draw in just one of the big ones but he has only gone under by a neck and a nose in two of the group races so he has never disappointed me." "Tonight's win was penalty free which is why he was here and he can go out for a month or so now." "He won't be out too long as we want to have him up and running in the lead up to Cup week," Greg said. Driver Ricky May leaves you in no doubt about how he rates Monbet. " He is such a beautifully gaited trotter with high speed and is just a lovely horse to drive. " He showed tonight that when he gets a decent run he can really finish it off," Ricky said. Greg only has one grizzle and it is about the problems surrounding the availability of the frozen semen of leading sire, Love You. " I hope it becomes available again as he has done such a great job in New Zealand from small crops." " I will be one of the first in line if he becomes available," Greg said. Harnesslink Media  

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