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With several key harness racing targets on his schedule, Kvintet Avenger will be out to create a slice of history this summer. Carving an impressive Australian career, Kvintet Avenger has been aimed at features such as the V L Dullard Cup, Australasian Trotting Championship and Great Southern Star by trainer Brent Lilley. Success in any top shelf event will see Kvintet Avenger become the first European-bred performer to enjoy Group One success ‘Down Under’. “Races like the Dullard Cup and Great Southern Star are the aim, but he has to keep improving first,” Lilley declared. “That said, he has done everything asked of him so far and gives every indication there is more to come. “With the way he is progressing I can’t see any reason why he won’t make his way into that company and prove competitive.” Boasting four wins and a second from five local starts, Kvintet Avenger’s latest triumph came in Saturday night’s Swan Hill Trotters’ Cup. Driven confidently by Rodney Petroff, the son of Love You began well from his 10-metre mark to settle in the ‘death seat’ as Neville Vaughan worked to the lead. Striding to the front along the break straight as Neville Vaughan broke gait, Kvintet Avenger cruised to a strong two-and-a-half metre win from Wildenstein, with Monsieur Deville nine metres away third. “That was another good run from him,” Lilley said. “I wasn’t concerned about him sitting outside the leader as he is pretty strong. “Down the back when he rolled to the front I knew they wouldn’t catch him and Rodney just let him stride to the line as he pleased.” Originally purchased along with two other squaregaiters by clients of New Zealand trainer Tim Butt, Kvintet Avenger was then transferred to Lilley. “He’s a nice type…a really lovely horse,” Lilley said. “Tim bought three from Scandinavia, including him, but he didn’t work out as expected, so Tim sent him over here to see if I can get him straightened out. “He’s come along really well and should keep improving as he goes along.” PAUL COURTS

The breeding season is here once again and harness racing is in good heart if the number of trotting stallions available this season is any guide. For the last two breeding seasons trotting bred mare numbers have been holding up remarkably well when compared to their pacing counterparts. The number of pacing mares has been slowly dropping for a wee while now Two seasons ago the number of pacing mares served numbered 2582 but last season saw another drop of 185 mares to bring the total served down to 2397 However in the 2012/2013 breeding season 644 trotting mares were served by 31 stallions and in the 2013/2014 breeding season 617 mares were served by 29 stallions. In light of those figures it is somewhat surprising that the number of trotting sires available to breeders has continued to grow, especially via frozen semen.  In the upcoming season the number of trotting stallions available to breeders has risen to 36. In the last breeding season only four stallions served more than 50 mares for the year and between them that four captured 319 of the mares served leaving just 298 mares for the other 25 stallions. It is little wonder the average trotting breeder is getting confused and having trouble sorting out the wheat from the chaff. Some of the trotting sires available via frozen semen are well established such as Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Muscle Hill, Love You and Muscles Yankee but quite a few are new to the stallion game in New Zealand and it is hard to gage where they sit in the overall scheme of things. Of those available via fresh semen last year, the North American owned Majestic Son served 161 mares in New Zealand and with the season his stock had on the track he should serve a large book again this year. Superfast Stuart (54)  Monarchy (51)  The Pres (50) and Monkey Bones (40) were other sires available via fresh semen last season who served reasonable numbers and they all have one thing in common.  These sires are owned in New Zealand and represent a major investment by the studs/owners but with the number of sires available via frozen semen growing to 26 this year they may have a struggle on their hands to attract mares. If the number of European and North American sires available via frozen semen continues to grow, the days of New Zealand studs and owners standing sires they own via fresh semen may be coming to an end. Weather that is in the best long term interests of the New Zealand industry is highly questionable. Harnesslink Media

While the New Brighton Cup held most peoples attention at Addington last night with the return of Terror To Love and Smolda, racegoers got a look at another future topliner in Kincaslough in the C3-C6 handicap trot that preceeded the cup Away slowly from her 30 meter handicap, John Dunn settled the daughter of Love You at the back of the bunch early before sending her forward three wide with 1600 metres to run. Grabbing the lead with 1300 metres to go, Kincaslough then proceeded to apply the pressure and rounding the home turn it was clear she had the field in trouble. In the end she won easing down by three lengths and the manner of her victory suggests she won't be out of place in the big trotting features later in the season. Kincaslough is by Love You from the Pine Chip mare Donegal Flat who is a half sister to the dam of the champion trotter Lyeel Creek 1:52.4 ($2,961,137) She is owned by Australian Pat Driscoll of Yabby Dam Frams Ltd who brought the mare as a weanling off her breeder Mark Smith. Trainer Craig Edmonds was expecting a good run from his talented mare last night. " I put a Murphy blind on her on Monday at the trials and she didnt like it at all. She likes to see whats going on around her but I was just trying to get her to drive a bit better. "I put a Murphy blind with a hole in it so she could see on Wednesday and she worked really nice and was a lot more accepting of it he" said.  Lightly raced at three, Kincaslough had her first serious campaign last season at four and according to Craig still has a lot to learn. " She has only had one campaign really and is still learning what racing is all about. She is reaching a stage where she is going to have to start racing the topliners and for that she is going to have to develop a bit more ringcraft" he said. The winner of eight from just eighteen starts, Kincaslough has a few more strings to her bow that it may look to the casual observer and Craig thinks she will measure up in top company. "A lot of people think that she is just a frontrunner but she can really sprint off a horses back so she should be suited in those big races where they run along a bit" he said. Last night Kincaslough trotted the 2600 metres from a stand in a smart 3:18.3, a mile rate of 2:02.7 She trotted her last mile in 2:00 even with the last 800 metres in 57.5 and 400 metres in 28.5 Craig thinks there is plenty of room for improvement. "John said she had plenty left at the finish last night and she has come home and eaten up good. There should be plenty of natural improvement with that run under her belt" he said The trotting ranks are particularly strong in Canterbury at the moment but on last nights performance Kincaslough looks more than capable of holding her own in the best company. Harnesslink Media      

Federico Esposito teamed Radiofreccia FI to a comfortable win in today's E209,000 Gran Premio Continentale Open at Bologna Italy. The winner covered the 2060 meters autostart course in 1.13.4kr to defeat Royal Blessed with reinsman Wm. Paal and Real Mede SM with Allessandro Gocciadoro up. The beaten field included well regarded Rod Stewart, Rossella Ross and Re Italiano UR. The winner is a four year-old daughter of Ganymede from Castilia by Lemon Dra and now shows 11 career wins in 33 starts. The companion Filly Division for E55,000, and raced over 1660 meters autostart, went to four year-old filly Rania Lest with Roberto Vecchionne aboard. The winner, now with 11 victories in 18 outings, scored easily in 1.13.7kr over Rodeo Drive OK handled by Pietro Gubellini with Royal Rock finishing third. The winner is by Love You from Superiors Sun by Diamond Way, the dam also producer of international top level performer Pascia'Lest. Thomas H. Hicks

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) rallied late to score a 1-1/2 length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series International Final at Charlottenlund (Copenhagen). The purse for this 2500 meters autostart event was €500,000. Stall Sedin HB owns the winner, timed in 1.12.4kr, that is trained by Robert Bergh as he scored for the 24th time in a career spanning 61 starts. It was Ed You’s fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts. Torbjorn Jansson was the driver today and Ed You was off at 21.2/1 odds Second wagering choice on the PMU network (favored on ATG) Commander Crowe took the early lead for Orjan Kihlstrom and held the front until the top of stretch when he faded rapidly to the end, after being pressured by the Lutfi Kolgjini reined Mosaique Face for the last lap. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) battled bravely to the end under heavy urging to hold second (at 9.4/1) ahead of fast closing Canaka BF and Ulf Ohlsson (at 26.9/1). Second ATG wagering choice (and PMU favorite) Timoko, and teamster Bjorn Goop, finished fourth after departing from post 12 and making an early three-wide move that eventually placed him second over behind Mosaique Face. Timoko offered no challenge in deep stretch. The undercard showcased the Koster Memorial with 125,000kr to the winner. BBS Sugarlight(5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took this one for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12kr over O’Grady (8m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) with Flemming Jensen up and third place finisher Amour Rapide (7m Love You-Vouge-Firm Tribute) with Orjan Kihlstrom driving. Earlier on the card a two year-old event went to Clemenza AM (2m Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos-Varenne) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Courant AM. The victory, timed in 1.15.3kr over 1600 meters autostart, was his second in three career starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Former European trotter Kvintet Avenger is enjoying his harness racing career Down Under. Originally purchased along with two other squaregaiters by clients of New Zealand trainer Tim Butt, Kvintet Avenger has since been transferred to Victorian mentor Brent Lilley. Thriving under the Aussie conditions, Kvintet Avenger has won his two Southern Hemisphere starts in stylish fashion, including Kilmore last night. Pleased with the stallion’s progress, Lilley expects Kvintet Avenger to progress through the grades at a steady tempo. “He’s a nice type…a really lovely horse,” Lilley said. “Tim bought three from Scandinavia, including him, but he didn’t work out as expected, so Tim sent him over here to see if I can get him straightened out. “He’s come along really well, and if he can progress as expected, I’ll be looking at some of the better races down the track.” Driven by Rodney Petroff, Kvintet Avenger was caught three-wide from barrier six before working his way to the front during the middle stages. Never in danger of being run down, the son of Love You completed a three-and-a-half metre win from The Majestic, with Wildenstein five-and-a-half metres away third. “He did it very easy,” Lilley declared. “Rodney didn’t have to move on him and he’s gone to the line with plenty up his sleeve.” Set to make his metropolitan debut at Tabcorp Park Melton next week, Kvintet Avenger is being readied for events such as the V L Dullard Cup at Ballarat on December 13. “I’ll put him in a TM0 next week and see how he goes,” Lilley said. “Races like the Dullard Cup and even Great Southern Star are the aim, but he has to keep improving first. “That said, he has done everything asked of him so far and gives every indication there is more to come.” PAUL COURTS

Sciecco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took Saturday’s €154,000 Carlo Marangoni Memorial Open at Torino, Italy for Andrea Guzzinati. The long-striding chestnut winner recorded his fifth win in 16 outings, now for earnings over €265,000. Sciecco covered the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (3m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail) was second for Roberto Vecchione Jr. with third to Superbo Capar (3m Calypso Capar-Dark Degi Ulivi-Indro Park) with Jos. Lombardo Jr. aboard. The filly Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) ended fourth for Marco Smorgon. The €55,000 Carlo Marangoni Filly went to Simona Om (3f Uronomtro-Keystone Frizzle-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. Simona Om won for the sixth time in 17 starts, covering 1600 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr in a rousing finish with three other rivals in the picture. Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Enrico Bellei with Sangria Bi (3f Toss Out-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) home third for owner/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi. Sirena d’Asolo finished fourth. by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Un Mec d’Heripre took today’s Gr. II International Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. One of this summers’ best European based trotters, the six-year-old son of Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2700 meter course to win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner now has 17 career victories good for earnings of €1,001,780. Roxane Grif, a career winner of €2,474,618 battled gamely throughout, much of the journey uncovered on the outside, to hold second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. What a great mare she is! Veteran Roi du Lupin closed steadily to be third for Anthony Barrier. He’s now a career winner of €1,856,845 for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Vincennes card today was a good one with four graded events including the monte Prix de Basly for €120,000, and two other upper level events. Race summaries of these events are shown below. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Emile Wendling, Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15kr 1st Balva Mointaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.6/1 2nd Serpilla Spin (3m From Above-Karisma Zet), Franck Nivard, 10.3/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filanda), Pierre Vercruysse, 2.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Montier En Der, Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters 1st Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 6/1 2nd Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 4/5 odds 3rd Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Mathieu Mottier, 27.9/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Basly, monte Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters for three year-olds Fractions: 1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), Mathieu Mottier, 1.8/1 odds for this easy win 2nd Bocage d’Ortige (3m Mirages du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige), David Thomain aboard, 2.2/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odesis de Vandel-Natoes des Loges), P-Ph Ploquin up, 11.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris Vincennes, Prix d’Ete, Gr. II purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 7/10 odds 2nd 3rd Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 4.9/1 odds 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Damien Bonne for J-P Marmion, 3.1/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Mont St. Michel, European €65,000 purse, 16 starters, Q+ €4.45 million jackpot Fractions: 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/owner Th. Claesson, 29.1/1 2nd Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven), J-M Bazire, 1.9/1 favorite 3rd Orione Degli Dei (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Mauro Baroncini, 45.2/1 Quinte+ results of the race produced an exact order payoff of €112,440 for a €2 wager, excluding jackpot. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Joseph Aveline, €82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Alceate du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama), Mathieu Abrivard up, 6.4/1 2nd Anette du Mirel (4m Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), J-M Bazire for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 2.5/1 3rd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceintire), Joseph Verbeeck, 7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Mister JP, a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide, took today's Breeders Course Final for two year-olds at Jagersro, Sweden. Bjorn Goop steered the winner that is owned by J-P Barjon. Mister JP set a new SWE record of 1.13.1kr in the victory over 1640 meters autostart. The youngster remains undefeated in three career starts and he earned 450,000SEK for the victory. Jontte Boy (Finland), a three year-old son of Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall, took the Gr. I European Championship for three year-olds to also win 450,000SEK. He scored easily in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for reinsman Jorma Kontio. The favorite, Jontte Boy, claimed an early lead in the European Championship and controlled the race on the front. The Jerry Riordan trained Saphire Bi, a daughter of Conway Hall) finished third in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom. Summary results of the top races at Jagersro are shown below. 9/6/14 Jagersro, Final Breeders Course two year-olds, 450,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart 1.13.1kr (SWE record), winner 3/3 lifetime 1st Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop for J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus 2nd Tunika (2f Zola Boko-Veronoi du Ling-Super Arnie), Eric Adielsson for Tomas Malmqvist 3rd Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra), Rene Legati up for Holger Ehlert trainer 9/6/14 Jagersro, Silver Division, 125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Perfect Power (5g Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos), Peter Untersteiner 2nd October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), Adrian Kolgjini 3rd Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson 9/6/14 Jagersro, European Championship for three year-olds, Gr. I International, 450,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.7kr 1st Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), Jorma Kontio, Finland, his sixth win in nine starts now for life earnings of 1,215,004SEK 2nd Easytowin (3f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Von Camstra), Johnny Takter, Netherlands 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan, Italy 9/6/14 Jagersro, Birger Bengtssons Memorial, Gold Div., 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters, 1.10.3kr 1st Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador), Ulf Ohlsson up for Stefan Melander, his 11th win in 33 starts for 2,680,700SEK career earnings 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson aboard 3rd Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Flemming Jensen up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The first session of Arqana Trot’s Yearling Sale at Deauville is complete with 77 head sold of the 131 cataloged (60.6%). There were four outs and 50 Rna’s. Gross proceeds totaled €3,185,000 (down 14% from prior year but up from 2012), with the average being stable at €41,364 and the median was €37,000 (up 18% from prior year). There was a wide array of buyers with 42 individual purchasers and the appeal of French trotting yearlings for buyers  from all over Europe (top price went to a Finnish individual) as sales were registered to buyers from Scandinavia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as from Australia, with bloodstock agent Christian Le Barbey (ITS) paying €100,000 for a filly from Island Dream (hip #8), consigned by the Haras de la Brosse, that will now travel to the southern hemisphere. The top five sellers are listed below (hip, pedigree, buyer, price in euros): 115, Dolce Notte (f, Coktail Jet-Tes Amours), Heikki Taipale, €115,000 122, Don’t Cry For Me (f, Niky-Usha Dream), Ecurie le Tremont SCEA. €103,000 8, Dream Island (f, Sam Bourbon-Island Dream), Christian LeBarbey, €100,000 73, Derby du Biwetz (m, Coktail Jet-Une du Biwetz), Neuilly Bloodstock, €85,000 (this one from a half-sister to Olga du Biwetz (€2,208,795) 96, Dingle de Loisir (m, Ready Cash-Ingoda Pierji), Robert Bergh Travstall AB #115 Dolce Notte (f, Coktail Jet-Tes Amours), second dam Amour d’Aunou  by Speedy Somolli, she dam of In Love With You (€241,898), Private Love (€847,145) and the superb broodmare Guilty of Love, she dam of Love You (€1,416,537), Repeat Love (€290,680) and In Dix Huit (€152,616) #122 Don’t Cry For Me (f, Niky-Usha Dream), second dam Island Dream by Coktail Jet, dam of Infinitif (€632,339), Viva Island (€315,670) and Not Disturb (€314,940). #8 Dream Island (f, Sam Bourbon-Island Dream), first dam the exceptional Coktail Jet producer of Infinitif, Viva Island and Not Disturb, as described above. #96 Dingle de Loisir (m, Ready Cash-Ingoda Pierji), from a half-sister to semi-classique winner Soif de Limonade (€228,380) The second session begins at noon on Thursday. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The talented Love You mare Habibti steps back onto a harness racing track for the first time in over seven months when she lines up in the Dominion Trading Company handicap trot at Addington tomorrow night (September 5th). The winner of 13 races from just 29 starts,the David Butt trained and driven mare has been off the scene since the end of January 2014 when not quite at her best.  Instead of chasing the big money in Australia, it was decided by everyone involved that a lengthy break was what was required to help her get over all the racing and travel she had done in her career to date. It now looks like a wise decision as Habibti has come back better than ever judging by her couple of serious runs at trials and workouts recently to ready her for tomorrow night. A nice win over Sheemon with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 28.7 showed Habibti had lost none of her trademark speed. She backed that up with a quiet run at last Mondays Rangiora trials where Habibti ran third to race rival Clover Don with closing sectionals of 57.7 and 28.9. Everything points to Habibti being the one they all have to beat tomorrow night but she certainly won't have it all her own way. Clover Don is also having his first run back for the season tomorrow night and the big free going son of Sundon is ready going by Monday's trials run. These days in the barn of Robbie Holmes, Clover Don has had four runs at Addington for his new stable for two wins and two seconds against the elite trotters so ignore him at your peril. The other three trotters off  the 25 meters handicap with Habibti and Clover Don are King Of Strathfield (21 wins)  Jaccka Justy ( 12 wins) and King Kenny (9 wins) and all three are more than capable of being in the finish but it is hard to see them toppling both Habibti and Clover Don. So for us it is Habibti just in front of Clover Don with the other three backmarkers close up behind the favoured duo. Harnesslink Media

Arqana Trot kicked off their Deauville trotting sales today with an offering from Ecuries Dubois and Baudron. Of the 140 horses cataloged, 122 were offered after outs. Gross proceeds totaled €2,176,500 for 70 sold (1 no sale), an average of €31,093. The median was €26,000.  The sale leader was four year-old male Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi’d’Aunou), a four time winner to date from 13 career starts, earning €85,520. He is a half-brother to €242,212 winner Redlight Jet with a 1.11kr record. He brought 301,000 euros or $407,000 US. Top 5 Sale Results 68, Alex The Winner, 4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d’Aunou, Ecurie Thomas Bernereau, €310,000 128, Union Charm, 6f Goetmals Wood-Feraine D’Occagnes-Workaholic, Normandie Trot, €80,000 in foal to Village Mystic 51, Bubble Jet, 3f Password-No Limit Jet-Defi d’Aunou, Panamera Racing, €75,000 42, Be You Soon,3 f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon-Love You, J-G Hansen, €62,000 32, Bioness, 3m Sam Bourbon-Quiradelle d’Hilly-Love You, Neuilly Bloodstock, €60,000 86, Vasco Jet, 5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Passion de Morgane-Coktail Jet, Neuilly Bloodstock, €60,000 Sale Summary Cataloged 122, Outs 18, RNA’s 52, No Sales 1, Sold 69 Gross Proceeds €2,176,500 Average €31,093 Median €26,000 The September 3-5 Yearling sale is next up at Deauville, operated by Arqana Trot. The catalog (over 500 entrants including supplement) link is shown below: http://www.arqana-trot.com/catalogue-listing/ventes-de-yearlings-selectionnes-2014. The annual Deauville mixed sale is on September 10. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Bold Eagle took today’s Gr. II Prix Victor Regis at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters for three year-olds, Bold Eagle got up in the final strides for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois to score in 1.14.8kr to secure the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse. Racing on the pegs mid-pack, the winner watched Booster Winner, Bird Parker and Brillantissime (Jos. Verbeeck) exchange leads until Brillantissime, the 1.1/1 favorite took the front heading into the lane. Dubois then eased Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) four wide and steadily wore down the leader to score by a neck. Bold Eagle has won six straight now in 2014 and has eight wins in ten career outings for €144,800 earned. The winners’ dam is from Hippodamia, by Workaholic, she dam of 1:56.1 winner Quai Bourbon (US$260,686). Booster Winner was third today behind Brillantissime, with Black d’Avril (Franck Ouvrie) and Bird Parker (Johan Lebourgeois) ending fourth and fifth. Fractional times of this race were modest as the field clocked 1.16.1kr with 1000 meters remaining, before speeding home. The Gr. II monte Prix Camille Lepecq over 2700 meters for €120,000 went to 2.7/1 odds Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella) with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The 9/10 favorite and classique winner Roxane Griff (Mathieu Abrivard) was well-placed throughout and ended second after drifting wide in the lane. She lacked her usual powerful closing kick today. Uppercut de Marche was third, beaten a neck for second, for Damien Bonne. The winner recorded his 17th win in 29 starts (also six placing on his card) for earnings of €757,340. The pace was solid and quick for this group with the winner scoring in 1.12.4kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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