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Friday evening trotting action at Paris-Vincennes was headed by the Quinte+ Prix Leo (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) that went to 1.11.7kr timed and 9/1 odds Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) handled by harness racing owner/trainer Mathieu Abrivard.   He scored for the 12th time in 60 career appearances now for life earnings of 254,460€. 2.3/1 Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second for reinsman Charles J Bigeon and 5.7/1 Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede) took third with David Thomain aboard. 26/1 Crois du Buisson and 11/ Columba Kuky completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 6,826.80€ for a 2€ wager.   The Quinte+ pool was 3,968,509€ and the total of all wagering pools on this Q+ race exceeded 8,175,000€.   Trots at Wolvega this day included the Prix Equidia (purse 6,600€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) and 2/1 second choice Inspector Bros (4g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko) prevailed for Hugo Langeweg Jr.,teaming for trainer Erwin Bot. Race time was 1.14kr. 1.2/1 favorite Emilion (4g Sam Bourbon) was second for Michael Nimczyk, ahead of third finishing 6.4/1 Gaza And Quick (4g Love You) with Dion Tesselar aboard.   Inspector Bros                                   --LeTrot photo   The Wolvega featured Nordic Trial (purse 8,800€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 4/5 odds favorite Hambo Transs R (5g Love You-Bewitched) reined by Andre Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort, timed in 1.13kr. 9/1 Glen Ord Superb (8g Orlando Vici) was second with Jaap Van Rijn aboard, ahead of 2/1 Crizzly Bear (10g Incredible Crafts) driven by Robin Bot.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Tuesday’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Laval (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.12.5kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Elena de Piencourt (5f Opium-Una Bella Jain) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Robert Malherbe. The 5.9/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain, ahead of 29/1 Electra Jet (5f Ready Cash) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving. 18/1 Elsa du Pommereux (5f Coktail Jet) for Damien Bonne and 23/1 Extasy d’Ourville (5f Tucson) paired with Alexandre Abrivard completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 30,817.20€ for a 2€ wager. Three year olds participated in the monte Prix de Cholet (purse 46,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters) with 5.1/1 Godigious Deladou (3m Prodigious-Romy de Chaumiere) emerging victorious timed in 1.15.6kr. Eric Raffin was in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Louis d’Aur. The 5/10 favorite Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa), trained by Philippe Allaire, was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Mathieu Mottier teamed 7.9/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) to a third place finish for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Six year olds battled in the Prix Andre Louis Dreux (45,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) saw 12/1 Des Nuits d’Amour victorious timed in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for Ecurie Excelsior, the winner’s fifth career score in 33 outings. 21/1 Dubai Dream (6f Love You-Orely de la Merite) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 28/1 Digitale Prior (6f Sancho Panca) handled by Aurelien Desmares. Four year olds contested the Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse 47,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) with victory to 1.14.5kr timed and 4.6/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream). Robin Bakker teamed the Erwin Bot trainer that Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV owns. He recorded a first win in France. 58/1 Zarchicco Park (4m Mago d’Amore-Grandera Park) took second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and third was the 18/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) reined by Alexandre Abrivard. The 2/1 favorite French Man was a dq. Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) took today’s Prix d’Ambert (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters) for lightly raced three year olds, tined in 1.1.8kr, with J.Ph. Monclin the trainer/driver, for the winner’s second win in three career starts. He was off at 1.4/1 odds. The 9/1 Gala Tegy (3m Atlas de Joudes) held second for Ch. Chalon, also trainer for Ecurie Chalon. 1.8/1 second choice Godfather (3m Village Mystic) was far back in third with Eric Raffin up for breeder/trainer Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Top flight action was on tap this evening at Paris-Vincennes, primarily for three and four year olds.  The opener this day was the Prix Ludovica (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed impressive victory to 2.9/1 Elena de Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard driving for breeder/owner Robert Malherbe. She scored for the third time lifetime in 31 outings and was a decisive winner over 9/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Stephane Meunier. The 8.1/1 odds Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson) took the third check for pilot David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  22/1 Epona des Passage (4f Real de Lou) was fourth for Aymeric Thomas ahead of even money favorite Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash) and Pierre Vercruysse. The featured monte Prix Phact (Gr. III, purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) saw 4.6/1 odds Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) score with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer Alain Rogier and breeder/owner Elodie Margeard de Barros). Race time was 1.15.5kr in this event for three year old monte specialists. 6.3/1 Fidji Gelle (3f Ubriaco) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard and third was 7.2/1 Frison Jiel (3g Rombaldi) for David Thomain. 30/1 Foot des Glenan (3g Hyperion) and 3.1/1 Flying Dream (3m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. The monte Prix Goberta (purse 46,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) went to an impressive 20/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) that closed stoutly from sixth at the halfway point. Race time was 1.13.8kr as this winner recorded his fourth career victory in 24 outings for 94,210€ earned. Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Estelou was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Even-money favorite Emir de Rebomard (4g Kepler) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephane Meunier. Third went to 18/1 Elder Shadow (4m Singalo) with J-Y Ricard the jockey for Ecurie des Charmes. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Love You-Etta Extra, the family of Mara Bourbon (by And Arifant-Etta Extra) and Vita Bourbon, the dam of Gr.I winner Face Time Bourbon. Note, the exceptional Etta Extra is a daughter of Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) and illustrative of the Dubois’ Franco-American trotting creation. Tomorrow is the 11th leg of the  Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf at Strasbourg for a 90,000€ purse, with a competitive field that includes Bachar, Balando, Ambassadeur d’Am and Cathy A Quira among the 18 starters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Four groupe II events highlighted today’s Paris Vincennes program. These races began with the Prix Pierre Plazon (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 13 starters – three year old males) and the 3/5 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) won again with Matthieu Abrivard driving. Yves Boireau trains the 1.15.7kr timed winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. Jean Pierre Dubois bred Fabulous Wood that now has six wins in eight career starts for 106,750 euro earned. The 33/1 outsider Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 9/1 Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) took third with Gabriele Gelormini driving. Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) continued her excellent performance with victory in the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, ten starters – three year olds fillies). Off as the 5/10 favorite was Fleche Bourbon, trained by Sebastien Guarato for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. J.Ph. Monclin teamed the winner to a 1.14.3kr score, well off Traders 1.10.8kr race record, as he remained undefeated in seven starts now for 164,250 euro earned. 12/1 odds Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) took second for owner Ecurie AB Trot and trainer/driver Franck Anne. Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 8.2/1, this one owned by Flavien Prat and trained by breeder Frederic Prat. 46/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash) with Anthony Barrier up and 9/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Jean Pierre Dubois finished fourth and fifth. Dubai D’essarts (5f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) took today’s Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, eight five year old starters) clocked in 1.11.3kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Francois Lagadeuc was in the irons for breeder/owner Ecurie Des Essarts. The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque.  Third was 21.9/1 odds Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Five year old open class performers contested the Prix Jockey (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed victory to the 4.6/1 odds Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune de Pommereux) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains the winner that Noel Lolic bred and owns. This one now has 10 career wins in 35 starts for 614,050 euro earned. 29/1 odds Diable de Vauve (5m Prince d’Espace-Pay Star) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mme. Emilie LeBeller. 33/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Albert Rayon. 2.2/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Django Riff was fifth. On August 18 at Cagnes sur Mer was the Prix Franeur (purse 30,000 euro, 2925 meters, 1o starters) and the 3/10 favorite Funky Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) remained undefeated with his third straight win. Trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Ecurie Augustin Normand owned colt that now has career earnings of 31,050 euro. The 21/1 Fingers Cross (3m Ganymede) was a solid second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with third to 27/1 odds First d’Occagnes (3m Atlas de Joudes). The winner led early, yielded and re-took before entering the lane blocked. Vercruysse patiently waited for the inside to open and then jetted forward to win. On the same card Vercruysse scored again in the Prix de la Promenade des Anglais (purse 14,000 euro, 2925 meters, 11 starters in for a 14,000 euro claiming tag). The 4.6/1 odds Uttingeois (10g Gros Grain-Karadu Niel) was the winner timed in 1.14kr to defeat 13/1 Visconti (9g Magnificent Rodney) and 30.1 Verdict d’Honnear (9g Prodigious). Claiming events are rare on the FR condition sheets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s good Enghien program top action began with three year old colts competing in the Prix Roule (purse 58,000 euro, 2875 meters, nine starters). The 3/10 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Winner Stable timed in 1.17.1kr. The now five time winner in just seven career starts for 93,990 euro earned. Jean Pierre Dubois bred this one that is from his most recent champion mare in France. 11/1 Fakir Merite was second for Julien Raffestin and 5.5/1 Fun Quick took third for Franck Nivard. The Q+ Prix Domonique Savary (purse 82,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7/2 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou). Trainer Romain Derieux was the pilot for owner Mauricette De Sousa. 3/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Nivard won four straight at the end of yesterday’s card and today’s opener. 14/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) took third with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 7.7/1 Coup Droit and 5.2/1 Venosc de Minel completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payday was 840.80 euro. 5/1 Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) took the Prix de Milan (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Paul Hagoort trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV. The 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrina) held second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. 14/1 Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) rallied to be third driven by Dominik Locqueneux, driver Cristian Rizzo and owner Mme. Caterina Ballini. 24/1 Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied from last to fourth for driver/owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Prix le Café de la Mairie de Goussainville at Enghien (purse 44,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 3.7/1 Suricato Jet (7m Ideale Luis-oy Ami) timed in 1.14.5kr and reined by Nicolas Roussel for trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Dante Sm. The 16/1 Digital Collection (7g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for Anthony Barrier ahead of the 1.4/1 favorite Eldrick Boko (m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

October 19, 2017 - Today’s Pick5 Prix de la Porte Bancion at Enghien Soisy (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed and 20.7/1 odds Chance de Douits (5f Power Jet-Pony Girl) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Franck Gaillard trains the winner for owner F.J.Miachaud. 8.5/1 Comete Darche (5f Ready Cash-Java Darche) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Junior Guelpa. 16.7/1 Cocotte Jolie (5f Gogo-Milady de Roche) was the third finisher teamed by Eric Raffin. Tomorrow the action turns back to Vincennes with two upper class events each for a €75,000 purse, one of these a monte contest. Thomas H. Hicks    

September 11, 2017 - Mathieu Abrivard teamed 1.9/1 favorite Dragon du Fresne (4m Sdaphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) to an easy victory in Monday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Cenari Forcinal (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters). Timed in 1.13.8kr the winner drew away in the final turn for a easy victory, his eighth in 30 starts now for €569,710 earned. L.Cl. Abrivard trains the Dragon, that defeated 11/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorsens Vedaquais) and jockey Adrian Lamy. Third went to 134/1 outsider Doria Raudiere. Click here for a replay of race. Last week, in addition to great racing that featured the European Trotting Masters Finale, was the Deauville Arqana Trot Yearling Sale, and quite an event that was. Nine yearlings fetched €100,000 or more led by the offspring of Ready Cash and Brillantissime. The sale topper was lot 64 by Ready Cash sold for €300,000. For full results of the sale click here. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 23, 2017 - Harness racing owner and trainer Mathieu Abrivard piloted 1.7/1 Azur des Caillons (7m Quaker Jet-Douse Nuit) to victory in Sunday’s Prix de la Societe General (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) at Bernay on the turf timed in 1.20.9kr. 5.1/1 Belline d’Urzy (6f Otello Pierji-Onerida d’Urzy) was second ahead of 197.4/1 Very Pan (8g Giant Cat-Papouille). At Clairefontaine-Deauville was the Prix Federation Department des Gordes (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 19 starters) and the victory went to 5/1 Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik) timed in 1.24.1kr and driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Yves Boireau trains this filly that was bred by Christian Simplice. 1.8/1 favorite Explosif (3m The Best Madrik-Topaze du Goutier) was second ahead of 22/1 Elora Terrie (3f Ludo de Castelle-Rikita Terrie). On the same program the Prix Association Departmentale des Piegeurs (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 14 starters) went to 7/2 Discussiun Intense (4f Rocklyn-Intense Action) teamed by Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Race time was 1.23.3kr. €179,200 Hugo Aberg Memorial On Tuesday will be the 2017 renewal of the Hugo Aberg Memorial at Jagersro, the TGV Challenge (Troy Grande Vitesse), raced over 1609 meters autostart for a purse of €179,200. Many of the best sprinters currently racing will be at the start including Propulsion, Twister Bi, and Ringostarr Treb, the last two trained by Jerry Riordan. Hugo Åberg Memorial – 1.609m – autostart N° Horse Driver Trainer Record 1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 1'08''9 2 Djali Boko Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'10''7 3 Carabinieri Björn Goop Peter Untersteiner 1'10''4 4 Twister Bi Christoffer Eriksson Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 5 Workout Wonder Tommy Kylliäinen Jarno Kauhanen 1'09''6 6 Ringostarr Treb Wim Paal Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 7 Dante Boko Adian Kolgini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'09''2 8 Shadow Gar Pietro Gubellini Eric Hansen Bondo 1'10''3 9 Day Or Night In Johan Untersteiner Johan Untersteiner 1'10''6 10 Oasis Bi Erik Adielsson Stefan Pettersson 1'09''4   Thomas H. Hicks

July 5, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Vincennes at Vichy (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.4kr timed victory went to rallying on the stands side 3.9/1 Cronos d’Hameline (5g Echo-Rhea d’Hameline) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. 16/1 Black Rain (6f Niky-Quibble) was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard. 6.3/1 Cachou d’Occagnes (5m Islero de Bellouet-Jazza Bourbon) was third for harness racing trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Exact order payout for this Q+ was €6,334. Also at Vichy was the Prix Hotel de Barcelone (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.3kr winner was the 5/10 favorite Avrik de Guez (7g Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya du Guez) in rein to J-M Bazire for trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 10/1 Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for owner/trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. Third was 7/1 Anduro des Landes (7g Kesaco Phedo-Odemeraude) for Sebastien Hardy, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. At Lisieux was the Prix Equip-Horse (purse €25,000, 2725 meters, 13 starters). This event went to 1.15.9kr timed and 1/5 favorite Cheltenham (5m Baccarat du Pont) teamed by Clement Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 16/1 Basque d’Iraty (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was 40/1 Concerto du Ruel (5g Prince Gede) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. On the past weekend in SWE were several interesting winners. The July 1 Silver Division at Bergsaker (220,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.9/1 Whitehouse Express driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden. This six year-old son of Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell is a half-brother to the great SJ’s Photo. On the same card the Gr. I Fillies (925,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 16/1 Violet Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fidui Bi-Lemon Dra) and she scored in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and owner Easy KB. 49/1 Callela Lisbeth and 57/1 White Lightning trailed the winner. On July 4 at Bolnas was the Bengt Ivarssons (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.12.4kr timed winner was even-money favorite Delicious (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. The same day and venue also hosted the Norrlands GP (35,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.13.9kr timed winner was 3.8/1 Valley Brodde (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJ’s Caviart) again reined by Kihlstrom, this time for trainer Roger Walmann. Milligan’s School was second. On July 5 at Landesberg was the Berncancerfondens (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the 1.10.7kr clocked winner was 1.9/1 Canari Match (5m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral-Joel l’Amoroso), again for Kihlstom, Reden and Stall Zet. Food Money took second for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

June 13, 2017 - The monte disciplined trotteur were on full display Tuesday evening at Paris-Vincennes starting with the Prix Loma (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters). 7/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for harness racing jockey Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.Cl. Dersoir. 7.7/1 Corames (5f Speedy Blue-Reine Magic) was second reined by Mathieu Mottier for Dominique Mottier, and 3.4/1 Calin du Rhonneau (5m First Way-Oscara  de Chenu) was third with Anthony Barrier in the irons. Camille Levesque steered 2.8/1 favorite Cerm du Caieu (5g Orlando Vici-Kalmie de Retz) was fourth for Mlle. Camille Levesque. The Gr. III featured Prix Jean Paul Fairand (purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 14 monte starters) produced a quick timed 1.11.5kr score by 20.5/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) with Alexandre Angot in the irons for trainer Gilles Cuvens. 5.7/1 Vaquero du Mont (8m Kaisy Dream-Lecovia) took the second spot for Mlle. Lolita Balayn. Third in this event was the 1.8/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Chairchamp), reined by Mlle. Delphine Bessey for owner Fredrik Sauque and renowned trainer Philippe Allaire. Thomas H. Hicks

May 6, 2017 - Candie d’Atout (5f Magnificent Rodney-Licorne d’Atout) at 3.9/1 and ridden by harness racing trainer Matthieu Abrivard overcame rainy conditions at Paris-Vincennes to win the Gr. II Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.12.7kr. 11/1 Chablis d’Herfraie (5m Giant Cat-Osmose d’Herifraie) was second for jockey David Thomain and conditioner J.P. Thomain. Third home was 8/1 Clara du Pontseuil (5f Mich Pierji-Osaka d’Occagnes) for Anthony Barrier. Heavily backed 5/10 favorite Canadian d’Em was a miscue dq. The lineup for the May 28, 2017 Elitloppet Benders is begun to take form with four accepted invites including three from France. The invitees are Bold Eagle, Timoko, Up And Quick and Propulsion, the latter to race tomorrow at Vermo in the Finlandia Ajo. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 1.7/1 favorite, Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis), rallied late for Matthieu Abrivard to win today’s Prix de Cauvicourt (purse €40,000, 2200 meters autostart at Caen, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr. The now 12-time winner has career earnings of €758,680. The 4.7/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) held gamely for second driven by David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin after a pacesetting journey. Her career earnings are now €1,271,516. 6.8/1 Ulk Medoc was third for Tony LeBeller ahead of Tiger Dancer and Tiego d’Etang in this Quinte+ contest. Today’s Prix Canapville (purse €50,000, 2459 meters, 18 European starters) went to the Anthony Dollion teamed Class Thourjan (5f Rolling d’Heripre-Kiss Sissi) at 11.2/1 odds. Dollion owns and trains the winner, timed in a quick 1.11.9kr. 1.8/1 favorite Ceasar Sisu (5g Cantab Hall-Chynatown) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski (the Bold Eagle connections). Third was 8.9/1 Tentation Ans (5f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) reined by Pietro Gubellini for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Phenomena Srl. Yesterday at Lyon-Parilly was the Criterium de Trot de Lyon (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.14.3kr clocked victory went to 9.1/1 Buffalo de Beylev (6m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis). Trainer Nicolas Ensch teamed the winner for breeder/owner Haras d’Epinay. The 1/2 odds favorite Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. Third was 15.2/1 Vespa de Bourgogne (8f Echo-Gym du Bons Morin) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Pierre Callier. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

February 25, 2017 - Rafolo (9g Love You-Farola) won the harness racing  featured Prix de Grobois (purse €28,000, 2750 meters autostart, European eligibles) at 3.2/1 odds at Toulouse. Dominik Locqueneux teamed the barefoot Robert Bergh trainee that is owned by J.O. Jensen. The 1/2 odds favorite Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. 36/1 Un Reve d’Haufor (9g Jasmin de Flore-Jolie Haufor) took third for trainer/driver M.X. Charlot. At Cagnes-sur-Mer the featured Prix Mimizan (monte, purse €70,000, 16 European starters, 2250 meters) went to 13.2/1 Vinci Pierji (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Cyril Sevestre owns the winner was clocked in 1.13kr. 23/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. 7.9/1 Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Cedrik Terry and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

January 22, 2017 - 3.2/1 second choice Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) tracked the pace before making a strong move in the lane to wear down 18.8/1 Tornade du Digeon (10f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) to win the harness racing Gr. I Monte Prix de Cornulier (purse €700,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) at Vincennes. Owner/trainer/jockey Matthieu Abrivard piloted Bellissima France to a 1.13kr victory, well off the 1.12kr record set by Quif de Villeneuve. Tornade du Digeon raced gamely for Eric Raffin, trainer J-M Bazire and owner J-Y Roze. 1.7/1 Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjan) was third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 8.6/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was fourth for David Thomain and breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel, ahead of 4.7/1 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) for Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The exceptional event also honored last year’s winner Scarlet Turgot and her connections. She was on display pre-race and will be bred to Ready Cash in 2017. Prix De Cornulier 2017 - Bellissima France (M. Abrivard)   Thomas H. Hicks  

After battling the now age-retired Scarlet Turgot, the superb harness racing six year-olds Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) and Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) battled to line in the Gr. II Prix du Calvados (purse €150,000, 2850 meters) at Vincennes. Both were away toward the end early with Bilibili outside of Bellissima, before Bilibil and Alexandre Abrivard (trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Barjon) zoomed to the front around the final bend and jetted off to what looked like an insurmountable lead. Bellissima France (driver Matthieu Abrivard, also trainer, owner LD-M Abrivard) escaped her position locked on the pylons and worked toward the top pack, then darted toward the inside and drove past Bilibili on the line. She was clocked in 1.13.6kr off rated fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr with 1000 remaining; 1.13.9kr at the 500) and raised her career earnings to €643,330. Bilibili now has earned €590,800.  Bellissima France was off at 1.3/1 and Bilibili at 2.6/1. 8/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Paul Viel Bellissima France The undercard’s Prix Scarlet Turgot (Crack Series Six Year Olds) went to the 1.14.3kr timed Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) reined by Johan Untersteiner for AB Ybena of SWE and trainer Peter Untersteiner, at 2.6/1 odds. Second was 8.9/1 Scellino Luis (6g Andover Hall-Susy Trio) with Matthieu Abrivard driving for trainer Daniel Reden and Lekeryd AB, also of SWE. King Sir Kir (6m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) landed third at 5.3/1 for J-M Bazire and Sweden’s Ecurie I.C. Equine AB. Italy’s Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of Bel Auteur (6m Password-Possession) with Jean Philippe Dubois up. The Bigeon family stable shined toward program end. Costa Haufor (5f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took the Prix de Talence (purse €39,000, 2850 meters) at 7.4/1 for Charles Julien Bigeon at the lines for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. Cybele des Peria (5f Quaker Jet-Miss du Boisnant) took second for Franck Nivard ahead of Comete cdes Vaux (5f Singalo-Queen Marie Vaux) and Yoann Lebourgeois. A race later Ch. J and trainer Christian returned another winner in the Prix Salon de Provence (purse €58,000, 2100 meters autostart) with Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) clocked in 1.13.1kr. A.F. Bigeon owns this one. Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) at 4.4/1 was second for the same connections, Christian Bigeon as driver/trainer/owner. Both of these now have career earnings in excess of €215,000. Third was 21/1 After River (7f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

December 18, 2016 - The Q+ Prix Jean Dumouch (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7.3/1 Viking Va Bene (m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Thierry Duvaldestin trained Norwegian owned trotter. 4.7/1 Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) was second with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire up for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. Third was the 2.2/1 favorite Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) from Germany, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souoy. The Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. II three year-old fillies, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) went to well-bred and 1.4/1 favorite Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) timed in 1.14.3kr. The impressive filly rallied late for the two length victory driven by breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Royal Dream was a Prix d’Amerique winner when he powered past Ready Cash in mid-stretch. 9.8/1 Dorla Desbois (3f In Love With You-Naniez) held second for owner/trainer/driver Christopher Feyte. Third was 22.7/1 Douceur de Vie (3f Rocklyn-Resless) for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean-Philippe Dubois also bred this one. Brooklyn Bridge (5g Quatre Julliet-Mysterious Valley) took the Prix de Poissy (monte, purse €50,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) at 6.9/1 for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc , owner Manuel Garcia and the breeder was Ecurie D. Race time was 1.13.8kr. 17/1 Besama Mucho (5g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Mille Et Une Nuits) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Alain Roussel. 7/10 favorite Bunkes de Retz (5g First de Retz-Nymphe Turgot) was third handled by Joann Lebourgeois for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Ake Kristoffersson. On December 17 at Treviso was the 37th Palio Nazionale (purse €36,300, 2060 meters) and the 1.14kr winner was Stonehenge MMG (5m Ganymede-La Elma MMG-Toss Out) with Mass Castaldo up. Patrick As (7m Pine Chip-Gelosis dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach) took second and third was Shaghy (5g Gigant Neo-Maui Bi-Varenne) for Enrico Baldi. Upcoming featured events in FR and ITY follow: Prix Pierre Giffard, 12/20 monte purse €85,000, 2850 meters autostart, at Paris Vincennes Prix Sans Dire Oui, 12/23 Gr. III monte European, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, Paris Vincennes Prix Emmanuel Margouty, 12/23 Gr. II two year-old colts, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Une de Mai, 12/24 Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, Paris-Vincennes Prix Jules Lemonnier, 12/24 Gr. II monte International, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Constant Hervieu, 12/24 Gr. III European, purse €105,000, 2875 meters Prix de Strasbourg, 12/24 purse €88,000, 2700 meters Criterium Continental, 12/25 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. I purse €240,000, 2100 meters autostart Prix de Vincennes, 12/25 Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters Prix Emile Riotteau, 12/25 Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Prix Tenor de Baune, 12/25 Gr. II International, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Gran Premio Allevatori, 12/26 Gr. I purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart, Rome Italy Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, Gr. II purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart Gala International del Trotto, Gr. I UET Masters Series, purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

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