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November 21, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ 13th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was at Mauquenchy. The 1.9/1 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored, timed in 1.13.8kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard for trainer Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The victory was his 13th in 35 career starts now for 412,410€ earned. 3.3/1 Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and 9/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You) was third for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 11/1 Arfor de Mire and 29/1 Baladin Hungrois completed the top five and there was one Q+ e-ticket winner that received 230,483.80 for a 2€ wager. On the card was also the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse 30,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) that went to 1.17.2kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Forsica du Rocha (3g Un Mer d’Heripre-Taigada Houlbet) for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, his third career victory in 11 starts now for 51,700€ in earnings. The winner’s sire is a great horse and great gaited. It will be interesting to watch his siring production. The Prix Andre Perdrix (purse 21,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.7/1 Etenclin (4m Jag de Bellouet-Volpaia) handled by Robin Bakker to the 1.15.7kr timed score. Paul Hagoort trains this property of Stable Why Not. Yesterday, in trots action at Solvalla, was the Sulkysports (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, five starters) that was to be a return jubilee for the 2017 Yonkers International winner Twister Bi. Off as the 1.2/1 favorite the now Timo Nurmos trainee was reined by Bjorn Goop and he was away with an easy lead that he maintained for over 1600 meters. Then, he was challenged by 9.2/1 Mind Your Face (9g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong), that rolled past and proceeded to an easy victory for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Lars Friberg. Race time for the winner was 1.13.4kr. The 11.5/1 Final Oak (8m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) rallied to be second for driver Claes Sjostrom and trainer Mikael Starling. Third went to 6.1/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Roger Walmann and SRF Stable. 21.6/1 French Laundry was fourth and Twister Bi was a distant last. The featured Kritericreverschen (200,000SEK to the winner, three year olds, 2640 meters autostart) saw the 25.1/1 outsider Concrete Dee (3g Donato Hanover-Little Face-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.14.6kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Roger Walmann and owner/breeder Kottimporten AM. He bested 47.1/1 Flight Dynamics (3m Scarlet Knight-Aspetta Hanover-Cantab Hall) driven by Per Lennartsson for trainer St. Melander. 8.3/1 Fortune Mearas (3g Dream Vacation-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) was third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Svante Bath. Thomas H. Hicks

November 22, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Q+ was at Mauquenchy in the 13th leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Victory went to 3/1 Aero King (7g Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) reined by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was 1.14.2kr and the top three home were not distance handicapped. 45.9/1 Vanderlov (8g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) took second for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas. 10.7/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) was third for Francois Levcanu/ 2.4/1 Classic Way (5m Prodigious) was fourth. This Tour de Trance des Trotteurs commenced March 8 and now after 13 legs Tiger Danover has 70 points, ahead of Violine Mourotaise with 56 and Ursa Major with 54 points. The final will be December 3 at Paris-Vincennes. This series brings upper level trotters to smaller markets throughout France. Yesterday (November 21) at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Ostarg (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 1.13.2kr timed, 22.3/1 odds, winner was Chica de Joudes (5f Jag de Ballouet-Queschua Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. 3/2 favorite Comete des Vaux (5f Simngalo-Queen Marie Vaux) reined by Tony LeBeller for owner/trainer J.M. Legros. 12.7/1 Callas du Bouff (5f Look de Star) was third for David Thomain. Same evening, same venue, was the Prix Polyxo (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) and 4/5 favorite Fashion Queen (2f Pablo As-Pidelia) scored for Eric Raffin timed in 1.16.6kr. Philippe Allaire trains the filly, bred and owned by J.M. Tessier. Second for 9.9/1 Folie Prestance (2f Sam Bourbon-Quelle Prestance) for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel.18.2/1 Frigate Island (2f Timoko-Adneika) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&O Bronsman AB. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 24, 2017 - Franck Nivard teamed Express Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Kamera Bourbon-Cezio Josselyn-Etta Extra) to a 1.17kr victory this day in the Prix du Green Horse Festival (purse €21,000, 2850 meters, three year-old open). Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Yvette Engelke. Haras Saint Martin bred Express Bourbon that is from a US$221,000 winning mare. Second was another well-bred three year-old, this the filly Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik-Korean-Ketty d’Occagnes-Workaholic) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. Her dam won US$439,000. Third was Early Morning (3m Coktail Jet-Passion d’Amour-Joyau d’Amour) reined by Thibault Borderie. Fourth went to Expeditious (3m Prodigious-Rapide Aventure-Love You-Bahama), his dam a winner of US$244,000, and today driven by Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The quality of this race set the pace for a superb Paris-Vincennes program tomorrow, with seven groupe races and a myriad of top performers led by Bold Eagle and Belina Josselyn in the Gr. I UET Masters Prix Rene Balliere for a €200,000 purse. The other Gr. I events are the Prix d’Essai, Grand Prix du President de la Republique and Prix Albert Viel. Eiffel Tower, Django Riff and Ecu Pierji are favorites in these. Program here: The great horses and races highlight a day of family entertainment at the Temple du Trot first featuring the equine stars.  Thomas H. Hicks

November 23, 2016 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+  Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters), Gr, III) was at Mauquenchy with the 1.13.7kr victory to 7.9/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Medodie Jenilou). The one benefitted from no distance penalty. Anthony Barrier teamed the winner for owner Jean-Paul Masselin. 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) rallied for Yoann Lebourgeois to nearly overcome his 25 handicap (timed in 1.13.2kr). Philippe Allaire is trainer/owner. Third was 21/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger, timed in 1.13.2kr over the 2875 meters she traveled. Swedishman (handicapped 50 meters)and Al Capone Jet were fourth and fifth. Also at Mauquenchy, Franck Nivard teamed two winners. 4.9/1 West Wing (8g Steinlager-Westgate) won the Prix Paris Normandie (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) for trainer Johan Untersteiner and Stall Victory HB timed in 1.15.8kr. Nivard also won the Prix du Conseil Department de Seine-Maritime (purse €30,000, 2800 meters, 16 European entrants) with the 2.3/1 and 1.15.7kr timed Tout Va Bien (9g Ingen-La Lolita) for breeder/owner/trainer Bernard Kernivinen. On November 22 at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Ostara (purse €55,000, 2850 meters 13 starters) and the 1.13.6kr winner was 27.5/1 Belly Dance (5f Prodigious-Doina). Julian Dubois piloted the Ecurie Etoile owned mare that Jean-Philippe Dubois trains. Bedega Cheneviere was second. The Prix Polyxo B (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) for two year-olds went to 4.9/1 Extreme Vrie (2f Village Mystic-Roseraie Vrie). Breeder/owner/trained served as the pilot this day. 16/1 Extasia Bella (2f Prodigious-Rare Perle) held second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 2.9/1 Eternoity du Belver (2f Coktail Jet-Sindy de la Noe) Racing continues at Vincennes on November 24 featuring the €95,000 purse Prix de L’Ile de Re, a monte event over 2850 meters with 19 expected starters. Nephenta Lux, The Tiger and Art On Line are among the entrants. Thomas H. Hicks

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