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Top level monte experts shared the stage today and thrilled the crowd with competitive races that showcased its equine stars. Super impressive Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Joisselyn) overcame a 25 meter handicap to win again, today in the Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC). Nathalie Henry and her charge caught the field quickly and pressed on for the lead in a moderate pace. At various stages the pair patiently let contenders pass before re-taking the lead. Although Vision Intense drifted wide in the stretch, as she often does, the victory margin was secure in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC), Gr. II monte, 2850 meters handicap by distance, 120,000e purse, 8 starters1.15.4kr Fractions: 1.16.7kr at 1500, 1.17.2kr at 1000, 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.15.4kr at finish 1st Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 1.2/1 odds favorite, her 11th career victory for 670,250€ won, overcame 25 meter handicap 2nd Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 1.8/1 3rd Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard at 13/1 4th Vamp Gede (5f Capriccio-Feerie Gede), Damien Bonne up at 17/1 5th Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard up at 5.1/1 In the opener veteran monte performers started the day with a competitive battle in the Prix Jacques Andrieu for 120,000€. Recit Jeloca and Jean-Loic-Claude Dersoir just got past veteran mare Quarry Bay and Camille Levesque on the line in 1.14kr over 2850 meters. Quarry Bay was sensational as she overcame a 25 meter handicap and battled fiercely against fine competitors to the finish. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Andrieu, Gr. II International UET Masters Series monte, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters  1.14kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500, 1.14kr finish 1st Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/jockey at 6.8/1 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle), Mlle. Camille Levesque up at 2/1 for Mike Lenders trainer 3rd Texas l'Iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-LLiada de L'Iton), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 20/1 for trainer Henri Levesque 4th Nene' Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard up as 1.5/1 favorite The monte events setup the Grand Prix d'Amerique in fine fashion showcasing superior talent under saddle. It's almost as if Stefan Hultman and Maharajah are taking bows not only for their special accomplishments this day, but for their counterparts in the other graded races on the card. All were worthy of thanks by the fans. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Credit Winner's Swedish son Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell) took today's Prix de la Thierache at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters by 18 rivals, the winner, driven by Jarmo Niskanen, held off Tip Top Nelliere and Jean-Philippe Mary by a nose to score in 1.14.6kr. The winner recorded his 16th career victory now with earnings of 226,825 euro to capture the winner's share of the 58,000 euro purse. The Quinte+ race of the day carried a jackpot of 3.2 million euro and with longshots gaining the top spots the exact order two euro wager paid over 97,000 euro. Prix de la Thierache, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.2 million euro 1.14.6kr Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell), Jarmo Niskanen up at 6.7/1, his 16th lifetime win for 226,825 euros (Sweden) Tip Top Nelliere (7g Go Lucky-Novely Blue-Fleuron Perrine), Jean-Philippe Mary up at 53/1 Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-FGlaya de Jiel-Ourasi), Jos. Verbeeck up at 9/1 Parkin (8g Tap In-La Bigi-Peace On Earth), Pierre Vercruysse up at 75/1 (Sweden) Another European eligible contest, the 48,000 euro purse Prix de Montpellier over 2700 meters with 18 starters, went to the Franck Blandin piloted Vrai Souvenir in 1.15.2kr. The five year-old son of Hugo du Bossis, off at 12/1, rallied and defeated a host of other longshots with Italian invaders finishing in the third through fifth spots. The winner recorded his fith career win and increased earnings to 88,630 euro. Prix de Montpellier, European, 46,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr Vrai Souvenir (5m Hugo du Bossis-Ovation du Bois-Cesar d'Argos), Franck Blandin up at 12/1, the winners fifth career victory for 88,630 euro won Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Pierre Levesque up, Mike Lenders trainer, 9.3/1 Painkiller Va (5g Everest As-Dalia Cr-Toss Out), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mauro Baroncini, 33/1 (Italy) Pitango Jet (5m Supergill-Fanfara Jet-Kramer Boy), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 47/1 (Italy) Prevedello (5m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), Jos. Verbeeck up, 122/1 odds (Italy) As the Prix d'Amerique approaches, comments of several drivers pointed out the importance of the start. Teamsters Vercruysse, Levesque, and Nivard offered the following to Paris-Turf: Good start and a horse that is a good starter is important Last 30 seconds before go are vital - must keep composure as race is not won at the start but can be lost there Horses feel the pressure too from on-track activities and crowd noise that can get the horses somewhat agitated Difficult to win the race start to finish; better to be well-placed and avoid pitfalls This group of reinsman have seen it all in recent years and had the good fortune to win or be second with Ready Cash, Offshore Dream, Mealunes du Corta and Quaker Jet. Watch for their comments to take life on Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Swedish invasion is in full swing as Sanity arrives in France to contest the rich Prix de Brest, an international group three, with group two money at stake, 120,000 euros for the 2850m race at Vincennes on Saturday. Malin Löfgren's Love You gelding won two races last year in France, and picked up second and third place cheques in a successful raid on the French Winter Meeting riches and returns from a three-month layoff. He will start off the 25metre mark in the hands of Franck Ouvrie and is one of four elite international horses in the 17 horse field. Another Swedish-bred son of Love You in Global Manhattan, now in the stable of Fabrice Souloy and fellow V75 gold division stalwart Maxwell Mayday, a Finnish S J's Photo gelding to be driven by Frenchman Dominik Locqueneux for Finland's Jarmo Niskanen make up the Scandinavian contingent. Italy will be represented by Marco Smorgon's Libeccio Grif, a Lotteria-winning son of Andover Hall, who will be handled by local driver Pierre Vercruysse will start of the 25m mark. But despite his group one credentials he will be sent out at very long odds. French handicappers have stuck with their own making a loose favourite, in a wide open betting field is last start winner Sissi du Morin, a journeyman on the Trot Europeene Francais circuit. Philippe Daugeard's 8YO mare by Grassano has won 14 of 59 career starts, but has been consistently in the money of late. Jean Michel Bazire's Tornade du Digeon is the second favourite while also well supported is Jean Etienne Dubois' Turbo Jet. Also coming in for early local support are Sam Gibus a Jet Fortuna gelding trained and driven by Sebastien Baude, Starter du Rib, a Ganymede gelding from Joel Hallais' barn and Ton Reve de Cahot, a Hand du Vivier gelding trained by Jean Pierre Thomain. All three, who leave from the front mark, are at shorter odds than the European contingent.. PRIX DE BREST Vincennes Group III international 2850m 6-10 E120 000 1 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Tr: Sebastien Baude 2850 2 Renardo Bello (h Kiwi - Enfilade) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Christian Bigeon 2850 3 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2850 4 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 2850 5 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 6 Starter du Rib (g Ganymede - Jiviga) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2850 7 Roxane de Beaumee (m Jain de Beval - Lisa de Beaumee) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2850 8 Global Manhattan (h Love You - Devilish Yankee) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850 9 Soumoulou (g First de Retz - Nouvelle Perle) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 10 Sierra Leone (m John Arifant - Une d'Havetot) Dr: Jean Claude Hallais Tr: Jean William Hallais 2850 11 Sissi du Morin (m Grassano - Haltise du Morin) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 2850 12 Querios du Mirel (g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Anders Lindqvist 2850 13 Qwidil (g Hibiscus du Rib - Idylle Fayenne) Dr: Junior Guelpa Tr: Stephane Guelpa 2850 14 Maxwell Mayday (g S J's Photo - Counting Crowns) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 2850 15 Libeccio Grif (h Andover Hall - Southwind Val) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Marco Smorgon 2875 16 Sanity (g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Löfgren 2875 17 Roi du Lupin( v Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2900 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

17 entrants comprise the final field for Sunday's richest monte event, the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier at Paris-Vincennes. The winner earns an invite to the January 26 Prix d'Amerique. Although the Philippe Moulin trained Vision Intense dropped out, the field includes three career winners of over 1 million euro headed by Roxane Griff, Save The Quick and the 2013 Cornulier winner Singalo. Quarry Bay should also garner some attention as the Camille Levesque ridden, Mike Lenders trained veteran mare has been chasing the world's best monte performers on a consistent basis. Sunday January 19, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Cornulier - euro 700.000 - Monte Gr. I, 2700 meters, UET Masters Series (Horse, Jockey, Age/Sex, Life Earnings in euros) 'nerife Turgot (A. Barrier), 7f, 283,630 Unikares (A. Abrivard), 6f, 340,980 Sylvie de Bétan (A. Wiels), 8f, 362,910 Saphir de Morge (Y.Lebourgeois), 8m, 432,490 Utoky (F.Nivard), 6m, 493,750 Ulysse (T.Levesque), 6m, 512,030 Twist de Caillon (M.Abrivard), 7m, 532,780 Son Alezan (A. Lamy), 8m, 533,020 Quarlos (A. Kloess), 10m, 554,600 Taiga du Rib (J.L.C. Dersoir), 7f, 682,450 Santa Rosa France (P-Y Verva), 8f, 705,950 Marielles (D. Bonne), 8f, 721,614, Italy Tiego d'Etang (C. Bigeon), 7m, 928,980 Quarry Bay (Camille Levesque), 10f, 978,020 Singalo (D.Thomain), 8m, 1,170,620 Save the Quick (M. Mottier), 8f, 1,567,079 Roxane Griff (E. Raffin), 9f, 1,708,118 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

The feature race at Vincennes on Sunday, the Prix du Calvados is used by some as a leadup to monte’ racing’s greatest race, the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier, which is held on January 19, a week before the Grand Prix d’Amerique. Last year's Prix de Cornulier winner Singalo was unplaced in this race last year, indeed only three horses have won both in the same year since 1980, with Dream With Me the last to do so in 1998. Vive Ludoise (1994) and Reine du Corta (1990) also did the double. One reason for this is that unlike the Prix de Cornulier, the Prix de Calvados is open to geldings, which comprise almost half this year's field. Last year's Prix du Calvados winner Pinson, a two time winner, will however not be back to defend his title having to forcibly retire having just turned 11. Singalo is however back in this year's field, beginning off the 25m mark. As a group one winner and with earnings of 1.17 million euros, Singalo finds himself ineligible for the mid-year monte races and his formline would not elicit much confidence from a casual handicapper. But there are two definite Singalos - and the one under saddle bears no resemblance to the one in a cart. Singalo hasn't actually placed in 14 sulky races since April 2010. If he's not galloping he is running well down the track. But under saddle, If Louis Baudron's son of Goetmals Wood doesn't gallop, and he does that about once in every four or five starts, 75 per cent of the other times he wins, and his worst performance is a single fourth place. That is a remarkable record of 15 wins two seconds and two thirds. Singalo will however start around third favourite to rising star Ulysse, who will be making his first outing in an open age race . Mike Lenders son of Love You's last start was also in the bike, so it can be safely discarded as anything more than a training run. But he was right in form in the Prix Joseph Lafosse, where he beat the best of his age group once again under saddle.. Second favourite is Vagabondu Mag, who will be making his first monte start in more than 12 months, but has very good form under saddle, with four wins and no finish further back than third if he trots all the way. He has been performing very well in the bike in recent outings with four wins in six starts including two in group three company - and given his liking for monte, handicappers are being quick to get on. The other horse unsurprisingly getting a lot of early money is monte specialist Sourire de Voutre, a Gazoullis gelding who has won 15 times under saddle in 26 appearances. The pupil of Franck Leblanc's last six starts have been three wins and three gallops, all in group company. Leblanc’s other entrant Utoky is another leading Prix de Cornullier candidate entered, but there are a string of others preferring another route, and so we are missing the likes of Quarry Bay, Tango Quick, Tiégo d’Etang and Uppercut du Rib while Vision Intense raced on Saturday and Anastasia Fella will no doubt  target the Prix De Pardieu for 4YO fillies after her failure in the Criterium des 3 Ans. The dark horse might be Joel Hallais' Nice Love mare Taiga du Rib, the mount of Yohan Lebourgeois and a group two winner under saddle. PRIX DU CALVADOS Vincennes 2014-01-05 Group II monte € 150 000 1 Unikaranes (6m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2 Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal - Perle du Ravary) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 3 Uppercut du Rib (6h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 4 Ulysse (6h Love You - Loctudy) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 5 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Ramsey du Ham (9g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr: Yvonnick Dousset 7 Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 8 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Franck Leblanc 10 Taiga du Rib (7m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 11 Quinio du Relais (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Gabriella) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 12 Risque Tout (9g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Gerard Paille 25m 13 Singalo (8h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 25m Dave Sanders  

Today produced another solid crowd and good weather for the annual Christmas Day of racing at the Temple du Trot. Ukir du Charroux (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon-And Arifant) took today's opener, the Prix de Charroux (50,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters), with a close win in 1.12.9kr as 2/1 choice for J-M Bazire. 48/1 outsider United du Tay (5g Halimede-Helonia d'Archon-Reve d'Udon) was second for Laurent Fortin ahead of Unique de l'Iton (5g Capriccio-Majeste de l'Iton-Sancho Panca) handled by Tristan deGenouillac. The winner scored for the seventh time in his career and increased earnings to 127,520 euro. The featured Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III European, 105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the currently successful Swedish invader Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Ald Palema). He was off as 4.4/1 second choice with Franck Nivard driving for Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Commander. Beckman won for the 24 time in his career that now shows earnings of 397,181 euro. Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze-Medda) took second for Ecurie Rib with J.L.C. Dersoir at the lines. Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine-Jubelione-Jet du Vivier) landed third for teamster Francois-Pierre Bassuet. The Prix de Salers (35,000 euro purse, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 3.3/1 second choice Azalee Dedienville (3f Lontzac-Byrsa Pascalo-Marpheulin) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for J.P. Marmion. Timed in 1.17.5kr she defeated Antillaise de Mai (3f New Aldo-Jaconde Royale-Royale Romeo and Aquitaine d'Aron (3f Neautron du Cebe-Miss d'lquaire-Voyou du Golfe), the latter with Damien Bonne aboard for Franc Leblanc. The Prix de Craon (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 14 starters) went to 3/1 Tornado de l'Ocean (6g Look de Star-Talvina-Valmont) with Pierre Levesque teaming for owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta). He scored with a solid rally in 1.14kr for his 12th career victory, now for earnings of 250,320 euro. Mike Lenders trains the winner who defeated Spain's Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) with Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou driving. This 28 time winner, for 230,862 euro, races consistently well at the Paris-Vincennes winter meet and again he closed stoutly for his trainer/driver. The Gr. III Prix de Chateau-Chinon (95,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Vierul-Qualine du Quenne-Extreme Aunou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner scored in 1.14.6kr, his ninth career victory, now with earnings for 212,940 euro. J-M Bazire's Adio Josselyn (3m And Arifant-Queba Josselyn-In Foot) was home second as 5/2 second choice ahead of Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and reinsman Emmanuel Allard. The Prix de Jonvelle (34,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, monte, 11 starters) went to Uranie d'Hucheloup (5f Lutin Malin-Hardie de Bource-Quintolet) with jubilant Cedric Terry aboard. She was timed in 1.14.9kr as the 42/1 longshot bested 7/1 Une Corzeene (5f Jaguar Bethune-Melisse d'Orme-Capriccio) with Eric Raffin in the irons. At Aby (Sweden) this day, the Aby Travsallskaps (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to the veteran O'Grady (7m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) handled by Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.15.1kr to defeat US import Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) driven by Veijo Heiskanen with third to Montgomery Hill (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter up. On the card, Ricardo Mols (Denmark registered 5g Chipmate-Kejerinden-Tap In) scored in 1.12kr for Jensen to earn 60,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart event. The winner scored for the seventh time in eight 2013 appearances. In a two year-old filly event at Aby for 30,000SEK first money, over 1640 meters autostart, Shakira di Pippo (2f Uronometro-Lussoria-Lindy Lane) won her initial lifetime start in 1.17.8kr with Andre Eklundh driving for Italian trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro who is in Italy for Derby weekend at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

A stellar monte field including last year's Prix du Cornullier winner Singalo and two of France's top mares Save The Quick and Roxane Griff line up for the Prix Jules Lemonnier, a group two over the sprint distance of 2175m at Vincennes and a preparatory race for the Group I Prix du Cornulier on the weekend before the Prix d'Amerique. Singalo is a monster at monte. The son of Goetmals Wood won both the Prix de Cornulier and the other group one of the Winter Season Prix De l'Ile-De-France earlier this year and has also won ten group two races under saddle. Louis Baudron's stallion has not started under saddle since the Prix De l'Ile-De-France win and has been underwhelming in the bike, including two poor performances in the two B races in this season's winter series. But he is a different horse under saddle, in fact has never placed in a group race in the bike, and we are likely to see the true Singalo here. Sebastien Guarato's Roxane Griff is the top mare of the much-vaunted R generation and is the top earner of a field which includes four millionaires and no less than 11 which have won over 700,000 euros. The daughter of Tenor de Baune won the Prix Reynolds at the start of the winter meeting, her first monte race in more than three and half years and looks like being a leading contender for the Prix de Cornulier in the third week of January. Save the Quick is the multi-talented mare from Franck Leblanc's Ecurie Quick Star operation and is a former runner up in the Prix de Cornullier, a winner of the group one Prix de Normandie and a third in the Prix De l'Ile-De-France. The daughter of Jasmine de Flore is also a world record holder on the bike and won the European Mares Championship this season. Quarry Bay was second in both this year's Prix de Cornulier an Prix De l'Ile-De-France and was second in the Prix Reynolds at the start of this winter season. Mike Lenders' daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee is nearing the million euro mark in earnings and is still capable of running a high placing at this level. Another leading chance by Cygnus d'Odyssee is Franck Leblanc's colt Utoky, the leading monte specialist of the U-generation and a winner of both the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1) and Prix du President de la Republique (Gr1) and three group two montes as well. It might be a year too early for the five-year-old, although he is a rare talent under saddle. The race will also be the swansong for three 10-year-olds whohave reached the maximum age for participation in French group racing, although the European circuit is still open to them. The best of them is undoubtedly Picsou de Villabon a former winner of the Prix De l'Ile-De-France and five group twos although he has not won since that group one win in early 2011, and has spent much of his time at stud - to where he will probably retire on a permanent basis. Also making their last hurrah in group racing are Pluto du Vivier, who has won two minor group twos, and Paladin Bleu a group two place-getter who appeared on the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francais this season and may return again next season although he does have a stud career he can retire to. PRIX JULES LEMONNIER Vincennes 21/12/13 FR Group II Int 2175m 5-10YOs monte €120,000 1 Quassia du Bon Air (9g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 2 Uppercut du Rib (5h Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 3 Utoky (5h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 Sourire de Voutre(7g Gazouillis - Goella) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (5m Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Rd: Margot Grolier Tr: Loic Thieulent 7 Picsou de Villabon (10h Speed Clayettois - Ghiza du Chene) Rd: Medhy Hadjira Tr: Patrick Labrousse 8 Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream - Iguine du Vivier) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Christophe Sorel 9 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Gerard Paille 10 Quarry Bay (9m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 11 Reve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 12 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood - Ingala) Rd: David Thomain Tr: Louis Baudron 13 Save The Quick (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Franck Leblanc 14 Roxane Griff (8m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Today's Paris-Vincennes Gr. III featured Prix Jean Dumouch (2850 meters, 115,000 euro purse, European) went to 2/1 favorite Septour (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) in 1.14kr with Julien Dubois aboard. He scored for the 16th time in 51 career appearances, now with earnings of 474,000 euro. Dubois used patient pylon hugging tactics before escaping between horses in mid-stretch to defeat Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. Possible Prix d'Amerique entrant Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre) was third for driver J-M Bazire, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and timed faster that his competitors today. Up And Quick is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Quick Start and closed powerfully in the late going. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a 1.2 million euro jackpot, after it was hit several days ago by a lucky player. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Vaumas (2700 meters, 76,000 euro purse) for three year-old females went to Alisma du Corta (3f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way) handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The victory was her fifth lifetime and increased her earnings to 108,000 euro. She scored in 1.16.9kr and held off determined Agora (3f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisarts) and Matthieu Abrivard. Agora du Gauthier (3f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) was third for Franck Nivard. J-P Dubois drove a stablemate of his winner to a sixth place finish with Alike That (3f Love You-Just Like That) trained by Patrick Chevrier. The Prix de Limeil (2700 meters, 70,000 euro purse) was the monte headliner on today's card. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima (5f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet) to the 1.14.4kr win, her eighth lifetime now for career earnings of 304,000 euro. The winner is owned by Ecurie des Pommiers and trained by Mike Lenders. Torricelli (6m First de Retz-Olympe Star) was second for David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The top event for older contestants was the Prix de Briare (European, 2700 meters, 54,000 euro purse) and Trophee de Jaba (6g Kasaco Phedo-Otika Vita) secured the win for J-M Bazire as trainer/driver. The winner won for the 12th time in his career and increased his earnings to 230,000 euro. Truman Dairpet (6m Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for P-Y Verva and trainer Guarato. Spanish invader Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) raced very well, took the lead entering the stretch and ended third for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Conrads Fredrik (6g by Credit Winner) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and owner Ecurie Skyttes and Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick) was fifth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin. Two other Dubois family two year-old trainees won today elsewhere. Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York) won the Prix la Sevre at Nantes with Jean Baudron aboard. The winner secured the 10,000 euro purse over 2,275 meters. Louis Baudron is owner/trainer. Blister Jibi (2m Repeat Love-Nanda du Vivier) won the Prix Coupe des 2 Ans (14,000 euro purse, 2100 meters) at Lyon-Parilly. This one is owned and trained by Jean Baudron. The field was set for the December 26 Italian Trotting Derby Final, the 86th edition, and is shown below: Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) 86° Derby Italiano del Trotto - Finale € 770,000, Gr. I, 2,100 meters Red Baron Re Degli Dei Rod Stewart - Riordan, trainer Rotary Ok - Smorgon, trainer Robert Bi - Smorgon, trainer Remo Gas - Smorgon, trainer Rodin Inn Ronco Re Italiano Ur Royal Blessed Ruty Grif - Smorgon, trainer Roi De Coeur Rossella Ross - Riordan, trainer Jerry Riordan starts two of the entrants and Marco Smorgon sends three to the start. Robert Bi was the most impressive of the three elimination winners in yesterday's contests. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Main Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) has been retired after an excellent career that began in Italy (where he was registered) and then extended throughout Europe. Owned by Scuderia Wise H. Sas and trained by Mike Lenders for the Pierre Levesque stable, the international top-class campaigner earned 1,447,964 euro (US$ 2,006,010). That makes him the second highest earning offspring of Yankee Glide, behind Passionate Glide's US$2,060,447 and above the highest earning North American son of Yankee Glide, that being Glidemaster with US$1,968,023. Major wins and placings on the resume of Main Wise As include the Gran Criterium (Memorial Piero Biondi) victory at age two, the Gran Premio Italia and Trearingsseliten at three, and the Prix Rene Balliere at age six. He was also second in the 2012 Prix de France and third in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique behind Royal Dream and Ready Cash. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com        

Rising monte stars Un Team de Nacre and Ulysse will once again do battle in the Prix Joseph Lafosse, a race under saddle for the 5YO U-generation which headlines the card at Thursday’s Vincennes meeting. Prix de Normandie (Group 1) winner Ulysse was nosed out in the Prix Edmond Henry on November 16 when he veered wide  in the stretch, when holding a straight course would have earned Mike Lenders’s son of Love You a fourth semi-classique victory. But Vincent Martins Un Team de Nacre rallied on the inside of the track to cause something of an upset at odds of 11/1. Ulysse was a heavy favourite in his last race, and will probably have the same honour again in this race, which is raced over 2700m Utoky is a former dual group one winner under saddle (Prix De Vincennes, ) Prix du President de la Republique but was somewhat disappointing last time, trailing home the field in the seventh when being sent out second favourite. But  Frank Leblanc’s son of Cygnus d'Odyssee’s record prior was almost impeccable when four breaks are taken out, with 6 wins, 5 seconds and a third showing a top-three return for every other start and handicappers will not let him go out at much longer than his 5/1 at his last start. Uppercut du Rib is also a group one winner (Prix des Elites) and has a great monte record with all of his six wins coming under saddle, and was also somewhat disappointing last start, which was also one of the rare times Joel Hallais stallion son of Quadrophenio  has failed to pay a dividend in mounted races. Another capable of running in the money is Ugo de Nieul who is equally proficient in bike and saddle and who was fourth in the Group one Criterium des  5 Ans in August and third in the Group one Prix de President de Republic under saddle the previous year. Three of his four wins have been in monte races and two of them were at group two level, and he was seventh in the Prix de Normandie, the last time he started under saddle. PRIX JOSEPH LAFOSSE Vincennes 28/11/13  Nat Group 2  2700m 5YO Monte €120 000 1  Ultissimo (h  Gobernador - Altissima) Dr:  Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Max Izaac    2  Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva  Tr: Virginie Moquet     3   Ugo de Nieul (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul)  Dr: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux        4   Ubriaco (h Kaisy Dream - Orangette) Dr: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron     5   Un Team de Nacre ( h  First de Retz - Lagune de Nacre) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Vincent Martens         6   Ulysse (h  Love You - Loctudy)  Dr: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders     7   Uppercut du Rib (h   Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree)   Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais     8   Utoky (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)   Dr Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

The Damien Bonne teamed, Vincent Martens trained Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Lagune du Nacre) rallied between competitors to take today’s (Saturday)  top monte event at Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Edmond Henry (Gr II, 2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) in 1.14.8kr. Favored pacesetter Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy) with Thomas Levesque aboard for trainer Mike Lenders, led until mid-stretch when he drifted wide, lost the advantage, then re-grouped and just missed on the line. Tenerific Turgot (6f Capriccio-Cael des Fresneaux) rallied strongly along the pylons to finish third for Anthony Barrier with Taiga de Rib (6f Nice Love-Galinette Candree) fourth. The field was well bunched until the late stages of the race as the pace was well managed until the final 500 meters when the leaders accelerated away. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com      

Not many of the progeny of Love You have excelled under saddle, since like their sire they have the  elongated back which distinguishes many of those with American Standardbred blood. But many of the French horses still throw to their extensive Thoroughbred roots, and with monte racing so popular on the continent, there has always been a revered place for those who can trot under saddle. Love You certainly puts his stamp on his stock and so a son of the sire who can carry a rider is the exception, but Mike Lenders gifted 5YO stallion Ulysse is proving an exception that can rule. The winner of the premier event under saddle for 5YOs, the 3000m Group I Prix de Normandie, two starts back in mid September, he was then among the chasing pack behind top 3YO Anastasia Fella in the cross-generation monte Prix des Elites, which gives the younger rivals a massive 50m head start over the sprint 2150m distance. Back on level terms in this group II monte, Ulysse is a good chance to add to his growing reputation. He was a moderate performer in the bike in the provinces with win at Graignes, Laval and Cherboug until he earned enough to start at Vincennes in August last year, and he did scoretwo wins and a second at the Temple du Trot. Sensationally, and perhaps because he was a son of Love You, he did not make his first start under saddle until May this year, and it was indeed  his first semi-classique start, the Prix Jean Gauvreau. And what a start, a brilliant win in 1.11.4 time announced his arrival and he proved it was no fluke with two more group II wins in his next two starts, before a brief spell. He was fouled out in his next two montes, and then produced his star turn, in the Prix de Normandie, and there is no reason to think he is going to stop here. He meets generation mate Utoky, who won the Prix du President de la Republique, the top race for his generation last year, when Ulysse was struggling in a bike, and he has already beaten him  this year, at his last start in June, when also beat Un Team de Nacre. Uppercut du Rib is a former Prix des Elites winner as a 3YO and looked a rising star at that young age.  But Joel Hallais’ son of Quadrophenio  has had virtually two years off the scene  and only started twice since, and been fouled out both times, the last time at the beginning of the month. If he is back to any form, he will be a danger. There are four 6YOs in the race, headed by Group one monte winner Tango Quick who was also fifth for the second time in the Prix du Cornullier earlier this year. Franck Leblanc’s stallion has not started since February but has 9 victories and 770,000 euros in the bank, and will be well supported with top rider Eric Raffin aboard. PRIX EDMOND HENRY       Vincennes 2013-11-16    Group II monte   € 120 000  2700m       1     Norton Jet (h  Crown's Invitation - Smo'Dra ) Rd/Tr:  Matthieu Varin  2     Tenerife Turgot (m  Capriccio - Cael des Fresneaux)  Rd: Anthony Barrier Tr Pierre Belloche       3     Un Team de Nacre (h  First de Retz - Lagune de Nacre)  Rd: Damien Bonne Tr  Vincent Martens       4     Ulysse (h  Love You - Loctudy ) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr:  Mike Lenders           5     Uppercut du Rib (h  Quadrophenio - Galinette Cendree) Rd:  JLC Dersoir Tr  Joel Hallais        6     Utoky (h  Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)  Rd: Franck Nivard Tr Franck Leblanc          7     Taiga du Rib (m  Nice Love - Galinette Cendree)  Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr Joel Hallais  8     Tango Quick (h  Hasting - Namoura Quick) Rd:  Eric Raffin Tr Franck Leblanc   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

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