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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  

Tonight's harness racing meeting at Addington was winter racing, Canterbury style. In other words, rain and a strong cold southerly were present most of the evening which had its effect on a lot of runners. One who seemed to relish the conditions was the three year old son of Love You in Great Things Happen who won like a really nice horse after doing plenty of work. Settling back from his second line draw for trainer/driver Gavin Smith, Great Things Happen was five back in the running line when hot favourite Harriet Of Mot galloped with a lap to go when challenging for the lead. Once back trotting John Dunn sent Harriet Of Mot forward again and reached the lead with 700 metres to go. Gavin followed the daughter of Monarchy forward and sat on her wheel from the 700 metres mark. These two knuckled down to it from the 400 metres mark and half way up the straight Great Things Happen grabbed the lead and ran away for a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths victory from a very game Harriet of Mot with Everybody Knows finishing on well late for third. Great Things Happen trotted the 1950 metres in the cold slushy conditions in 2:30.2, a mile rate of 2:03.9 with closing sectionals of 60.3 and 29. Gavin Smith knew he had just got a bit lucky with Harriot Of Mot breaking. " If she hadn't broken I don't think we would have beaten her. " In saying that Great Things Happen is a very nice horse in his own right and has a big future," Gavin said.  Passed in at the 2013 New Zealand Premier yearling sale for $27,500, Great Things Happen is a son of Love You from the former smart imported daughter of S J's Photo in Calamity Gal who won seven races and $92,255 in New Zealand. Offered a half share to train him by his vendor Ted Edwards after he failed to make his reserve, Gavin accepted immediately but not for the reason you would expect. " My daughter Hayley was born the morning of the sales and when I got offered a share in a horse called Great Things Happen the same day, I just had to take it." " I didn't like him when I broke him in and was starting to have some doubts." " However the next time in he was a different horse and hasn't looked back since." " He is very immature and after tonight he is going out for a big spell. " Once he strengthens up and matures I think he will go right to the top level. " He has really high speed and I have a big opinion of him," Gavin said. As progeny of Love You get better with age, Great Things Happen would look to have a big future in front of him. Harnesslink Media  

It didn’t take long to realise harness racing trainer Brent Lilley might be in for a good night at Tabcorp Park Melton. But not many could have predicted just how well the script would play out for the Bolinda horseman, who walked away from tonight's Trotters Oaks meeting with five wins – including the two feature races. It all began with five-year-old Live Or Die/Trustee Mota gelding Crusader Acey, who showed his last-start win at Shepparton was no fluke with victory in the DNR Logistics Pace over 1720m to open the program. From barrier seven reinsman Anthony Butt produced a carbon copy of his steer aboard Hollywood Sign last month when it won the Rising Stars Final, driving Crusader Acey across the field early to find the pegs before handing up to the favourite, Macho Comacho. Crusader Acey out-sprinted Macho Comacho late along the sprint lane to win by a neck in a mile rate of 1:54.1. Lilley notched a winning double in the fourth race with five-year-old Monarchy/Sun Mist mare Rosemma. The foolproof trotter dashed to the lead early from barrier five for Rodney Petroff, while stablemate and race favourite Kyvalley Pink blew its chances by galloping away. Rosemma rated 2:00.7 to hold off a fast-finishing Mister Independent by 1.1m in the Garrards Horse and Hount Trot. Lilley and Butt then snared Race 7, the TAB.com.au Pace ,with impressive gelding Lets Elope (by Real Desire out of Alta Vista), finding the lead from barrier two before staving off all comers at the finish. Lets Elope carved out splits of 30.4secs, 29.8secs, 28.5secs and 27.6secs, clocking a 1:56.4 mile rate. Punters backed Lilley and Butt in to do it again in Race 8, the night’s feature, the $60,505 Group 1 Noel Simpson Memorial Trotters Oaks. Favourite backers were grinning 2mins and 47secs after the mobile arms folded back, My Arya leading from start to finish to register a 3m win over Amarula with Little Miss Zigzag flashing home for third. The Angus Hall filly held out an early challenge from Fiery Mountain Girl to lead before getting away with a 61.3secs first half at the head of affairs. She upped the tempo down the back the last time and took the zing out of any chasers with a 28secs third quarter. Sprinting home in 29.8secs, My Arya never looked like being headed and has now won 10 of her 11 Australian starts. Her winning mile rate for tonight’s 2240m trip was 2:00.4. Lilley and Butt capped the night in Race 9 by taking out the Pryde’s Easifeed Tatlow Stakes for two-year-old trotters with Kyvalley Tinman. The son of Majestic Son/Kyvalley Kitty sat on the speed in the run before out-staying his rivals, quickly getting the better of early leader Calder Knight turning for home before seeing off a late charge by impressive filly Princess Phoenix for a 1.3m win in 2:04.2 for the 2240m journey. While Lilley made the headlines with five winners, Butt’s performance should be undersold, finishing with a metropolitan quartet of his own. In other results, Aldebaran Macha easily took out the Good Form Pace over 2240m for David and Josh Aiken, the son of Mach Three/Aldebaran Bromac too good for runner-up Hez The Wild Card in 1:56.2. Anton Golino and Todd McCarthy took out the Group 2 Bacardi Lindy Mares Trot with rising star Arboe, who held off Vics Cheval at the finish by 3.2m. Arboe, by Love You out of Lough Neagh, has now won five of six starts and has genuine star power. Arboe rated 1:59.0 over the 2240m, Claudys Princess finishing third beaten 13.2m by the winner. Bringing up a double for Todd McCarthy was Glenferrie Hood, a pacer making a name for himself in Victoria with two straight wins here. The son of Christian Cullen/Niftey Franco found the lead from gate seven early and ran along to record a mile rate of 1:53.7, defeating Sapphire Swayze by 3.6m with Im Barney Rubble third. Shes A Runa notched her 16th win at start No.27 by taking out the Empire Stallions Vicbred Championship Final for trainer Amanda Turnbull and driver Nathan Jack. The Jeremes Jet/Runacullen mare, a four-year-old, was 7.3m too strong for Gollahman, while in-form Ithappenstobeametro stuck on gamely for third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:55.5. Trainer Dean Braun looks to have another star on his hands in the form of Wardwell, who won tonight’s Pegasus Club 3YO Pace Final over 2240m. The gelding by Mach Three out of Ohappy Daze won by 7.4m over Starwyn Jasper with Brighty Valentine third in a rate of 1:59.0. Wardwell has now won three from three and bigger races look on his agenda moving forward. David Miles and his talented four-year-old Smokey Quartz capped the night with a gutsy success over Masterofthurles, that pair racing well clear of third placegetter Thunder Fee in the last race, the 2Construct Pace Final over 1720m. Smokey Quartz and Masterofthurles were involved in a speed war early, the latter eventually holding up and Smokey Quartz dropping to the leader’s back. From there Smokey Quartz eventually got out, rounded up the early pace setter and went on to score by 2.8m in a rate of 1:56.4. Smokey Quartz is a son of the great Courage Under Fire out of Pareen. View replays of all tonight's races and get full results by Cody Winnell

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino had his first runner in a race in October 2013. After spending years travelling overseas and gaining international experience with various horsemen, Golino returned to Australia and took out a training licence. Since then the 34-year old has had 48 runners for 16 winners and 18 placings but his trotting strike rate is even better. Golino trained trotters have won nine of the 15 races they have competed in with a further three finishing second. Arboe won Saturday night's Gr. 3 La Cooaracha at Tabcorp Park Menangle while stablemate My Tribeca finished second in the NSW Trotters Oaks. "It was a great night for the stable, Arboe is a really good horse, she is only lightly raced but she was a little difficult to get going when she first arrived," said Golino. "The daughter of french stallion Love You has a mind of her own but she's starting to put it all together now and I think she has got a bright future." Arboe defeated classy mare Claudys Princess on Saturday night but Golino is not getting too carried away. "The La Coocaracha was a very good field, I thought if she found the front she would be very hard to beat, Claudys Princess was very good in defeat, it was a huge run and if you reverse the draws it probably would have been a different result. "Arboe is really tough so over a mile we had to go forward from the draw but I think she'll get over distance and the further the race is the better she will be." Golino will now take Arboe to Victoria in a fortnight and driver Todd McCarthy will be offered the drive. "Todd will get the option to come if he wants, he's definitely going to retain the drive on Arboe and My Tribeca that's for sure." Arboe is raced by Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd and Golino was full of praise for him. "Pat is an unbelievable guy, he is really passionate about trotters and I really think he can change the sport down here in Australia. "He puts a lot of time, money and research into his breeding, he has imported some really nice horses but it is just the beginning because in five years time he will have had a massive impact on the sport." My Tribeca ran an impressive race when finishing second in the NSW Trotters Oaks despite galloping soon after the start and will now also head to Victoria. "The filly by another French stallion called Goetmals Wood was a little unlucky, she got flattened at the start, hit a wheel and galloped but she put in a massive run for a horse having her second lifetime run. "She's a big filly physically, I think she would weigh close to 500 kilos now, I am tipping when she is fully grown she'll be 16 hands plus." Greg Hayes

Belina Josselyn (4f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) scored a 1.14.6kr victory in tonight’s harness racing Gr. III Prix Heraclite (€80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 European four year-old female starters). The 1.9/1 favorite was teamed by trainer J-M Bazire for Ecurie Yvon Bernard. Bazire and Belina Josselyn closed quickly to score the third straight win, now for career earnings of €121,230. Beautes de Bailly (4f Vivaldi de Chenu-Oceane de Bailly) was second at 14/1 for Franck Nivard for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, with third to Bergame Madrik (4f Prince d’Espace-Houlba de Pouline) at 61/1 for reinsman Francois Lagadeuc.   Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) staged a rousing stretch drive to win the Prix Camilla (€80,000 purse, Gr. III European for four year-old males, 12 starters) clocked in 1.14.3kr for Eric Raffin. The trainer is Fabrice Souloy for owner Ecurie J. Michel Rancoule. Beguin Meslois (4m Roc Meslois-Ingenlosite) was a 3/1 second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche ahead of Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nike) at 15/1 for Franck Nivard. The winner increased his lifetime earnings to €225,190. The Vincennes feature this day was the Gr. II Prix Kalmia (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, nine three year-old starters) and 4/5 favorite Captain Crazy (3m Quaro-Quick Scarlet) was an impressive open lengths winner clocked in 1.12.7kr . He scored victory number five in six career starts for trainer Fabrice Souloy, owner Ecurie le Tremont and reinsman Tony LeBeller. Today’s win increased his earnings to €138,600. Second was Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral) at 5/1 for Franck Ouvrie ahead of Cocktail Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ocarina Mesloise) and trainer/driver Pierre Belloche at 23/1. This day at Hyeres their featured Prix Marisol (€32,000 purse, 2750 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.6/1 odds Tempo de Carless (8m Grisdi de Carless-Joie de Carless) clocked in 1.15.4kr for David Bekaert for trainer/owner Philippe Mortagne. The victory raised the winner’s earnings to €305,580. 9.8/1 Saphir des Loups (9g Millenium Wood-Grais du Debuche) was next for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch ahead of 5/1 Reve d’Ete (10g Hulk des Champs-Grande Justice) and trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. Thomas Hicks  

Talented horseman Anton Golino trains a team of six horses and all are trotters. Therefore it is no surprise that with a number of harness racing features for the square-gaiters programmed in New South Wales over the next fortnight that the 34-year old will be well represented. This Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle Golino will have a runner in the Gr. 1 NSW Trotters Oaks and the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha. My Tribeca (late name Tribeca) will represent the stable in the Oaks and Golino is excited by her long term prospects. "My Tribeca was bred in the Northern Hemisphere so she is giving away six or seven months in age to most of her rivals but I think she might develop into something special," said Golino. "She is unbelievably well bred by Goetmals Wood, a champion French stallion from the Italian mare Image by Coktail Jet and her second dam won a lot of money, I went to France last year and leading French trainer Jean Etienne Dubois had this filly that he wanted to race in Australia and I am very lucky to have been given the opportunity to train her." My Tribeca trialled behind unbeaten pacer Our Waikiki Beach last week and recorded a personal time of 1:58.8 for the mile. "I think she has the ability to develop into a top horse eventually, she doesn't have the race experience of many of her rivals on Saturday night and I'm not in any major rush with her. "After Saturday night I will take her to Melbourne in a fortnight for the Victorian Trotters Oaks." In the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha Golino will produce lightly raced mare Arboe. The daughter of Love You had a preparation in New Zealand with Craig and Aimee Edmonds before heading to Australia. "She's got untapped ability, Arboe is getting better with the experience and although she is a slow learner she does have a very big motor. "Pat Driscoll owns her and I think with a bit of time she is going to develop into a really talented trotter, I want to take her to Victoria in a fortnight as well and she will compete in the Bacardi Lindy Trot for the four and five year old mares." Greg Hayes

May 13, 2015 - The Caen harness card today included the Prix Henri Balliere (Gr. II monte, €120,000 purse, 2450 meters, 11 starta cingers after one scratch) that showcased recent double winner Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute), with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, trainer. But, this day Booster Winner had little kick after a good in-behind trip that saw him settled third and fourth throughout. Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) rallied strongly off the final bend to score comfortably at 7.6/1 odds clocked in a good 1.12.4kr by two lengths over the 3/5 favorite Booster Winner. Francois Lagadeuc rode the winner for Jean-Michel Baudouin, trainer, with Best of Jets winning for the fourth career time in 25 starts. Third went to Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) piloted by Clement Frecelle for trainer J-L Bigeon, off at 18/1. Starters: Blooma d’Heripre, Franck Nivard Buckingham Park, Mathieu Abrivard Bingo Star, Adrien Lamy Bergame Madrik, Alexandre Abrivard Bourbon Somolli, David Thomain Brise de l’Alba, P-Y Verva Biscuit Delavera, Clement Frecelle Best of Jets, Francois Lagadeuc Bocage d’Ortige, Yoann Lebourgeois Beauty Turgot, Anthony Barrier Booster Winner, Eric Raffin The Gr. I monte Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (€150,000 purse, 2450 meters, 13 starters after one scratch) also was featured at Caen. Six were disqualified for miscues but the 4/5 favorite took victory. Che Jenilou (3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) scored by eight lengths for pilot Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa, clocked in 1.15.3kr. The winner recorded career win number four in nine appearances. 17.6/1 Conga (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon) was second for Damien Bonne, also trainer, ahead of 22/1 Cargese de Blary (3f Prince d’Espace-Ines de Blary) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Starters Camerone, Wilfried Jehanne Copernic, Antoine Wiels Caline de Faco, Julien Raffestin Cosette, P-Y Verva Concorde, Franck Nivard Caennaise, Camille Levesque Conga, Damien Bonne Cash Phil, Yoann Lebourgeois Cobra, David Thomain Captain Lyl, Elisabeth Allaire Cargese de Blary, Mathieu Abrivard Colibri Madrik, Adrien Lamy Corsica, Anne Barthelemy Che Jenilou, Eric Raffin This day at Marseille-Borely the Prix de Marignane (€32,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) at 5/2 odds for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. The 2.7/1 Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) was second for trainer/driver Mikael Cormy ahead of 7/2 Tonight Cam (8m Orlando Vici-Nouba Vinoir) with trainer Yannick A. Briand aboard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.3kr. The Prix de Septemes Les Vallons (€19,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, eight starters) was clocked in 1.15.9kr by the winner Cloane du Vivier (3f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) at 2.8/1 for Nicolas Ensch. This one is trainer by Y-A Briand for well-respected breeder/owner Jean Yves Lecuyer. Second at 1.8/1 was very well-bred Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) that is owned/bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and reined by trainer Yves Boireau. Trainer Briand drove the third place horse, Cirrus de Banville (3m Rieussec-Perle de Vonnas), off at 5/2 odds. Thomas H. Hicks

Former Elitloppet winner Nahar (SWE) and Voltigeur de Myrt were added to the Elitloppet field today. Stall Sedin’s Nahar, a gelded son of Love You, won last weekend’s V75 Gold impressively for Robert Bergh. Nahar has banked 11.4SEK million. Voltigeur de Myrt is a six year-old son of Opus Viervil, owned and trained by Roberto Donati. He has competed at the highest international levels and earned 8.9SEK million. The Elitloppet 2015 field is shown below with six entrants still to be confirmed. Timoko, FR Maven, US On Track Piraten, SWE Digital Ink, SWE Wind Of The North, US BBS Starlight, NO Aladin d’Ecajeul, FR Support Justice, NO Nahar, SWE Voltigeur de Myrt, FR Thomas H Hicks

Sweden’s Just Magic (7g Love You-Sweet Release) with Christophe Martens up took today’s Grand Prix de la Soie (€40,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) clocked in 1.15.7kr at 2.6/1 odds. Spirou d’Haulefois (9g Jolmeto-Carmen d’Hautefois) was second at 5/1 with third to the J-M Bazire trained and reined Urbain de Guez (7g Indy de Vive-Nore de Guez) as 1.9/1 odds favourite. Also on the Lyon card was the Prix de Strasbourg (€42,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters) and Atilano (5m Quatre Juillet-Oluflo) scored in 1.16kr for P-Y Verva at 6.2/1. Vespa de Bourgogne (6f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) and Avenir (5m Kiwi-Musique de Mai) trailed the winner. The same evening at Vincennes saw Cala Rossa (3f Lets Go Along-Lee Nova) and Julien Dubois take the Prix Marzim (€42,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters) in 1.16.6kr for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and Philippe Moulin, trainer. The winner at 3.6/1 defeated Coral Sea (3f Niky-Quest For Love) and Cova Josselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn), the latter the 9/10 favorite for J-M Bazire. Thomas H Hicks

May 9, 2015 - Today’s V75 hasrness racing card at Umaker was a dandy, headed up by the Gold Division victory by former Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, the veteran rallied from near the back to sweep around the field in late stretch for owner Stall Sedin HB. Nahar has 34 career wins in 98 starts for earnings of over 11.3SEK million. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl ahead of Panne de Moteur (7h Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), making his initial 2015 start, handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner earned 200,000SEK first money. While Nahar is a likely Elitloppet invitee, the race leadership wants to wait until all major weekend races are complete before extending more bids.  The co-feature Berth Johanssons Memorial (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) went to Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and driver/trainer Leif Witasp, timed in 1.12.6kr with a very quick last 1140 meters. The winner recorded career victory 12 in 29 starts for earnings of over 1.9SEK million. Stall Mamsen owns the winner. Special Topgear (5m Love You-Pan Seared Tuna-Andover Hall) was next for John Ostman with Screen Height (5m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) third for Torbjorn Jansson. Jerry Riordan’s trainee Rod Stewart was sixth, Creatine eighth and Vasterbo Loveboat ninth as these well-regarded starters failed to hit the board. Creatine was fourth, parked with cover, before making a three wide backstretch move that stalled after reaching second. The Silver Division (2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner) went to Coldtown (6g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with Jorma Kontio up, timed in 1.13kr for trainer Timo Nurmos. The pace was well-rated in this event. Stein Daylight (7m Steinlager-Danilova-Anders Crown) was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) third with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Radysin America was eighth after a parked with cover trip with dead cover. Thomas H. Hicks

May 3, 2015 -  Today (Sunday) the Gr. I International UET Masters Grand Premio Lotteria was conducted at Ippodromo Agnano (Naples). Five heats were presented each over 1600 meters autostart with three eliminations followed by a consolation and harness racing finale. The total purse was €506,000 with the three eliminations carrying a purse of €20,900, the consolation €42,900 and finale €400,400. The three eliminations produced the following winning results: Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Christophe Martens in 1.11.8kr over Radiofreccia FL (5m Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) and Federico Esposito Vincennes (7f Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot-Firm Tribute) with Roberto Andreghetti in 1.11.1kr over Mack Grace SM (8m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) and Roberto Vecchione. Vincennes is trained by Fabrice Souloy. Neste Effe (8m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Roberto Vecchione in 1.12.7kr to defeat Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) and Andrea Guzzinati Twelve contested the consolation with that victory for Pace del Rio (6m Varenne-Urben d’Asolo-Ata Star L)  and Santo Mollo with a rallying stretch score in 1.11.5kr over Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) and Alessandro Gocciadoro The €400,400 finale was a dandy with Mack Grace SM setting that pace for Pippo Gubellini to late stretch when that pair were overcome by pocket sitting Vincennes and Roberto Andreghetti by less than a length clocked in 1.11.8kr. Chapeau sat the death seat before tiring late and going offstride when touched by the winner. Mack Grace SM was seeking his fourth Lotteria victory in a superb career. Thomas Hicks

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