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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

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Everything went to plan for the four harness racing big guns tonight at the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting at Alexandra Park. Spanish Armada got things off to a flying start when she was successful in the $138,000.00 Group 1 Magness Benrow Sire Stakes Fillies Championship. Away nicely from barrier 6, co trainer and driver Natalie Rasmussen had the classy 2yo Bettor’s Delight in front and dictating after 300m. No one was keen to take the recent Caduceus Club Final winner on and she was allowed to stride along in front. While some punters who took the $1.30 around the favourite would have been nervous when the Mark Jones trained filly Delightful Memphis popped out of her 1-1 spot to issue a serious challenge, to wear the leader down to just a winner margin of a neck. The winner’s time for the 1700m trip was 2:02.3, Last mile in 1.55.7 – 800m 56.4 – 400m 27.7. The PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2yo Fillies Final set down for the 13th May will be the next clash of these two talented fillies. No doubt with a handy draw Delightful Memphis could turn the tables on the top seed Purdon/Rasmussen runner. Spanish Armada _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Tonight’s Breckon Farms Northern Trotting Derby victory for Marcoola once again justified owner/driver Clint Ford’s decision to not sell his star 3yo colt. With an offer reportedly around the $250,000.00 mark, Ford was quick to make it clear that he wouldn’t be for sale. Since that offer Marcoola has won just over $120,000.00 in stakes, while adding the NZ Trotters Derby, Sire Stakes Trotting Championship and now the Northern Trotting Derby to his resume. A 3yo Colt by Champion sire Sundon out of the Ford Family’s handy race mare Arabess – Marcoola is the horse most people dream of breeding and owner themselves. A smart drive from Clint tonight got the chocolates as he once again showcased his class by demolishing a top class field. Allowed to settle early by Ford, Marcoola was then set around to find the top, this move left 2nd favourite High Gait in a world of trouble covered up four back the pegs. In a surprise move, High Gait’s driver Natalie Rasmussen was happy to stay tucked along the rail and was seen storming home for an unlucky 3rd. Marcoola went to the line, with plenty in the tank as Ford only flicked the reins at his charge in the home straight to score by 1 length in an overall time of 3:23.7, Mile rate of 2:01.4 – 800m in 58.2 – 400m in 29.6. The Harness Jewels looks his race to lose on the back of this 7 race winning streak. Marcoola _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Field Marshal was another short favourite to salute the judge, this time doing the sort after Taylor Mile/Messenger double. After a huge performance in last weeks Taylor Mile, Trainer Tim Butt was confident his top class Art Major 4yo would handle every part of the 2700m trip.  Given a lovely trip by leading driver Dexter Dunn, Field Marshal was dominate beating Australia visitor My Kiwi Mate by 1 ¼ Lengths in a sizzling 3:15.8. With tonight’s victory, Field Marshal climbs over the $250,000.00 mark in stakes earnings, with a healthy record of 14 wins from just the 25 starts. While Field Marshal in a clear leader on top of the Harness Jewels leader board, Australian My Kiwi Mate catapulted himself into 22nd spot, just $10,000.00 short of the 12th place Captain Doimio. With connections chasing a jewels spot, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see My Kiwi Mate line up at Alexandra Park over the next few weeks in order to qualify. The 4yo Jewels invite is likely to go to the Amanda Turnbull trained Tact Tate, who will make their decision in the coming days. Field Marshal _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Superstar trotter Monbet was absolutely sensational in the 2016 Rowe Cup, winning from an awkward, inside the back row draw. Trained at Woodend Beach by Greg and Nina Hope, Monbet started one of the hottest favourites in history after arch rival Speeding Spur was stuck down by a suspensory injury that could see him sidelined for 10-12 months. Away nicely from the tapes, Monbet settled in before driver Ricky May sent the $1.11 favourite around to the lead with two laps to run. From there on after the 4yo Love You gelding never looks in danger. Owned by the Hopes and M J Molloy, they also turned down a reported offer of $600,000.00 a few weeks back. Since that offer Monbet has earn't a tidy $184,000.00. Co trainer Greg Hope confirmed last night that providing his charge recovers well they will look to take their place in the Cambridge Harness Jewels, where he will start one of the shortest jewels favourites ever. Waimate trotter Valmagne was the run of the race behind the winner. Co Trainer Josh Kennett was stoked with the performance of his stable star, “He has gone super, last week he broke just as he was getting into it” said Kennett. Monbet Andrew Fitzgerald

There is still plenty at stake for Monbet. The exceptional four-year-old trotting talent will start as a prohibitive harness racing favourite this Friday night in the Gr.1 $NZ150,000 Canam Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park, Auckland – the final leg of the 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters. Following his scintillating victory in last week’s ANZAC Cup where he blew away Speeding Spur who was subsequently diagnosed with a season ending injury, Monbet can’t surpass his arch rival who gathered enough points to hold an unassailable lead heading into the final leg. Speeding Spur has 220 points while Monbet has 103 points prior to Friday’s feature. But there’s still plenty up for grabs for the Canterbury trained star. If Monbet proves successful in the Rowe Cup and then ventures to Cambridge in June for the Jewels and collects another Group One victory, he could easily claim the Trotter of the Year plus the overall Horse of the Year titles. The Love You gelding has already won five Group One races this season. On Friday night, Monbet will face twelve rivals in the grueling 3200m stand start feature including all bar Speeding Spur from last week’s ANZAC Cup. The Greg & Nina Hope trained performer is a stand start specialist but is foreign to the two mile distance range with 2700m being the longest he’s raced. Another intriguing factor to be considered this week for Monbet is his draw, the inside of the second-line. But if there is a scratching to his inside in the great race, Monbet will move from his inside second line draw to the outside of the front line, barrier nine, in direct contrast to what happens in mobile races. Most expect to him win regardless of where he starts from - front or second-line. And favourites have a great record in the race with the punters elect winning 7 of the last 9 editions, the exceptions being Stig in 2013 and I Can Doosit in 2011, the first of his two victories in the feature event. Champion reinsman Ricky May will once again handle Monbet and he is no stranger to success in the premier North Island trotting feature having won the race back in 1988 with Highwood. Key rivals this week include Sheemon, a runner-up in this event two years ago while the improving types of Blackguards Corner and Yagunnakissmeornot will also command respect. Realmein, Jag’s Invasion and Scarrymcleary all have upset chances on current form. Waterloo Sunset, Valmagne, Queen Kenny, Paramount Dream, Al Bundy and Quite A Moment will all require luck to claim the feature. The Canam Rowe Cup is race 8 on the program and scheduled to start at 9.13pm local time. Chris Barsby

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