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Reve de Coeur (9g Kiwi-Fine Perle) took today’s featured €16,378 Prix Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches in France. Timed in 1.17.6kr over 2000 meters on the turf, the winner recorded victory 14 in 90 starts for earnings of €220,045. Jean Matthey drove the 7.2/1 odds winner that defeated a pair of Giant Cat sired veterans Negotians d’Oritige and Padium du Rib. At Cabourg, Couleur Citron took a two year-old fillies event for €13,000 over 2050 meters autostart, the Prix d’Argentan. Eleven contested this one with Couleur Citron home first in her maiden effort for Yohan Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire timed in 1.19.6kr. The daughter of Coktail Jet-L’aunou du Fier is owned by J-P Barjon  and was 7/10 favorite, Barjon the owner of Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Louis Baudron was second with his trained and owned C’est Facile (2f Rocklyn-Maflymede) at 10.9/1 As the sun set at Cabourg, the €24,000 Prix du Vira (2840 meters, 14 starters) went to Baron de Fleur in 1.18kr for Johanna Lindqvist, driving for trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist, her father. The three year-old son of Biesolo-Oseille Folie scored at 6.8/1 over Bellinissimo (3m Baccarat du Pont-Jaconde) handled by Thomas Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Two Gr. II trots, a fine undercard and Tropicale Night brought out large numbers of racing and entertainment fans  tonight at Paris-Vincennes. The  Prix Chambon P, a Gr II  international event for €120,000 over the 2850 meter distance, went to the gritty Uhlan de Val and Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet won for the eight time and increased earnings to €815,390. Reve de Beylev was first to the lead, then yielded to Olmo Holz and he then to first over Rapide du Digeon. Olmo Holz sat in the pocket. Severino was first up at that point and Reve de Beylev moved second in the outer. Uhlan du Val then swept three wide to the lead and was striding home to hold off a gaining and game Reve de Beylev, with Eric Raffin aboard, on the line. Time was a sharp 1.11.9kr for the distance, just over 1-3/4 miles. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Chambon P, Gr. II International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.11.9kr (race time 3:25.03) Fractions: 1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.12.1kr at 1000, 1.11.9kr at 500 and finish 1st Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 1.2/1 odds, eighth win for €815,390 for owner J-P Megissier 2nd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for Sebastien Guarato, 13.3/1 3rd Ru de L’airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’inTheuille), Pierre Levesque for Philippe Martin, 33.5/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Targu du Chalange), Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 4.1/1 Jean-Pierre Dubois’ A Nous Deux took the Gr. II Prix Lavatar for monte specialists with an impressive rallying win for jockey Mlle. Nathalie Henry and trainer Ronny Kuiper. The pair raced with cover along the inner until coming off the final bend when they made a winning move to the front. A Nous Deux scored in 1.14.2kr over 2850 meters to defeat Anna Mix with Franck Nivard aboard. The winner is a four year-old mare by Goetmals Wood, bred by Ecurie D. May 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lavater, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry up for trainer Ronny Kueiper, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D is the breeder, 1.6/1 odds, her sixth win for €304,050 and raced without shoes 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer, 13.4/1 3rd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva for Ake Kristoffersson, 2.1/1 Atlessima ralled for fourth after 25 meter handicap for Eric Raffin The Quinte+ race also highlighted the card and went to favored Tornado Bello with Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. The seven year-old son of Jag de Bellouet is from Enfilade, dame of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Tornado Bello scored in 1.12.5kr over 2700 meters in the €72,000 Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, Romain Derieux teamed Ugo de Nieul to a second place finish. The Quinte+ exact order paid €64,550 for a €2 wager excluding the €3,050,000 jackpot. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000, 1.12.5kr 1st Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque for Mike Lenders trainer, 3.5/1 odds and 12th win for €423,190 earned 2nd Ugo de Nieul (6m Cygnis d;Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Ten Reve de Lahot (7g Hand du Vivier-Nona de Cahot), David Thomain for J-R Thomain, 9.1/1 4th Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Ohedo-Elles W.Lolita), J-M Bazire for Thomas Chaesson trainer, 14.8/1 5th Ugor du Beauvoisin (6m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin), Alexandre Abrivard for L-C Abrivard trainer, 55.9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

While the exceptionally well presented and contested Elitloppet 2014 captured worldwide trotting attention last weekend, there was great action elsewhere too throughout Europe. At Vannes, the fifth leg of the “Trophy Vert”, the green (turf) trophy, took place with the winner being Touho de Karenga with Tony LeBeller aboard. The €45,000 purse (Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes) went to the son of Jag de Bellouet who landed his 13th career victory good for €194,660 earned. The long striding veteran sailed over the grass in 1.18.3kr over 3200 meters (two miles). Favored Super Berry Chenou was second for J-P Monclin.May 25, 2014 Vannes, Prix de la Societe des Courses de Vannes, €45,000, 3200 meters, 18 starters on the turf, 1.18.3kr 1st Touho de Karenga (7m Jag de Bellouet-Mythical Rodney-Cezio Josselyn), Tony LeBeller for trainer J-M Legros, 3.8/1, 13th career win for €194,660 2nd Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline), J-P Monclin trainer/driver, 2.2/1 odds 3rd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot), J-C Hallais for J-W Hallais trainer, 21/1 At Paris-Vincennes graded and fast class action drew the fans. The Prix Victor Cavey, a Gr. II monte test over 2850 meters for €120,000, went to the Camille Levesque reined Vol de Nuit in 1.14.k5kr. The five-year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Mike Lenders for Ecurie Pierre Levesque as she earned her fifth lifetime win. Vision Intense was scratched and two of the remaining presumed contenders were off the board. May 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes,  Prix Victor Cavey, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Camille Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 2.3/1, 67 poids, fifth win for €135,500 2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up, 23/1, 65 poids 3rd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Anthony Barrier, 34/1, 65 poids Vision Intense was scratched; Valdice de Mars (seventh)  and Valse Castelets (eighth) off the board On the “attele” the Prix Talitha was contested for lightly raced three year-old males over 2200 meters and for €46,000. Heavily backed Buvetier, a son of Goetmals Wood and handled by Julien Dubois, went down to defeat as Bandit Charentais scored easily with a down the middle rally. Francois Lagadeuc drove the winner to his fifth success. The son of So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou earned the win at 4/1 odds. May 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Talitha, €46,000, males, 2200 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am-Buvetier d’Aunou), Francois Lagadeuc up for Jean M. Baudouin trainer, 4/1 odds, fifth victory for €57,150 2nd Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Julien Dubois up for trainer Patrick Chevrier, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D breeder, 3/5 odds 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois)m Gilles Delacour driver/trainer, 25/1 At Kincsem Park the 105th edition of the Nemzeti Djiban took place. The 2HUf million purse, 1960 meter event  went to Red Stone with Csaba Lakatos aboard. The four year-old gelded son of Wall Street Banker defeated 10 rivals in 1.17.5kr while overcoming a 40 meter penalty. Three year-old Salt Lake City almost held on for trainer/drive Imre Fazekas. The co-featured Faust DIJ for aged open class trotters went to the veteran Diamond Way stallion Lambert SAS is a quick 1.13.3kr over 1800 meters autostart. Josef Sagaj piloted the out of country winner to defeat the good Supergill mare Orifiamma Jet with former Derby winner Ollyan Nincs ending third. May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, 105th Nemzeti DIJ, 2HUf million purse, 1960 meters distance handicap, 11 starters, 1.17.5kr 1st Red Stone (4g Wall Street Banker-Astalavista), Csaba Lakatos up for L. Marton trainer and AMMA owner, fourth win in seven starts in 2014, traveled 2000 meters, 24.5/1 odds 2nd Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver for Pimri owner, 1960 meters, 4/1 3rd Rozsakert (4f Wall Street Banker-Viragos), Emil Csordas up, 2000 meters, 16.8/1 odds May 24, 2014 Kincsem Park, Faust DIJ, 750,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.13.8kr Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB), Josef Sagaj trainer/driver, Slovenia, 3/1 odds as favorite 1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket to Ride-Nevele Pride), Tibor Hajnal driver/trainer, 7/1 2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre), Andrea Fazekas for Imre Fazekas trainer, 3.9/1 3rd Princess View (6f Igor Brick-Review As), Csaba Lakatos aboard, 15.7/1 4th Rose’s La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O’Hill’s Rose), Laszlo Kolozsi, 35.4/1 Lastly, reports indicate that Maharajah has had a successful 2014 at stud and has recovered from injury during winter 2014 after his Prix d’Amerique victory. His connections plan to defend the title in 2014 and also plan to contest the Prix de France over 2100 meters with Panne de Moteur, recently a solid second in the Elitloppet final and winning his elimination over Raja Mirchi. And, as reported previously, Magic Tonight (Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) scored yesterday at Aby in record time 1.09.3kr in the mile distance  Algot Scotts Minne. This one is the family of Lookout Victory. I’m The Answer (by Credit Winner) set blistering fractions setting up Magic Tonight’s victory for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Wahlman. by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Roxane Griff, with Eric Raffin aboard, won today’s Gr. III International Monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue at Paris-Vincennes. She traveled the 2700 meter classic grand piste in 1.13.5kr to score by three open lengths. Away alertly, the nine year-old daughter of Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca tucked in the pocket and played the waiting game. Her rivals tried a boxing tactic and it appeared to be working until top of the stretch when an outside rival went offstride. Raffin quickly used the opening to attack the leaders and although Roxane drifted wide she went past easily to the delight of Raffin, the mare’s connections and fans that braved heavy rains this day in Paris. Roxane Griff now has earnings in excess of €2.3 million with 19 victories. Sebastian Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Griff. Consistent Quarry Bay, a 10 year-old daughter of Cygnus d’Odyssee, and a winner of over €1.1 million, was second of Camille Levesque and her father as owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Mike Lenders trains this one. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III International Monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters, 1.13.5kr 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin aboard for Sebastien Guarato trainer, owner 2nd Ecurie Griff,  3/5 favorite,  her 19th career win now with earnings of €2,357,118 3rd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up, Mike Lenders trainer, Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 4/1, earnings now €1,142,020 with 18 victories 4th Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest du Vivier), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 4.3/1, career earnings now €768,830 with 14 wins by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The 5YO crop play a supporting role to the Group One classique Criterium des 4 Ans with two Group two races, both worth 120,000 euros, the Prix Jean Gauvreau a monte over 2175m and the Prix Albert Demarcq an "atelle" or under harness race over 2850m, sandwiching the marquee event of the day. Jean-Philippe Dubois' super mare Vision Intense is a 4/3 on favourite on early markets for the Prix Jean Gauvreau which is race 5 on Saturday's card, as she makes a return to under saddle racing after a meritorious third in the group two Prix Henri Levesque in the bike to Voltigeur de Myrt, who is second-favourite in the other 5YO group race today. Vision Intense will be ridden as usual by Nathalie Henry and any placing in the race will push the daughter of Prodigious over the 800,000 euro mark in earnings. You will get good odds on any of the others, should she go into one of her occasional gallops as she did in costly fashion in the first of the monte group ones this year, the Prix des Centaures, which was won by Valdice de Mars , who lines up again here. Loic Groussard's daughter of Lynx de Bellouet will be ridden by champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and was paying 7/2 on the early market. Powerful player Ecurie des Charms stallion Valroy (First de Retz) and Yves Dreux's Varum Boy (Baccarat du Pont), who is making his first group start after solid recent form, are also well supported at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively. As mentioned previously Voltigeur de Myrt is the early 2/1 second-favourite for the Prix Albert Demarcq, for the same age group, but under harness, which is race 8 on the card and has drawn a closely matched field of nine. The winner of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans was super last time out notching his first win since last year's classique for trainer Roberto Donati and is a good chance here with a similar performance, with the other big guns of the generation such as Village Mystic, Victoire and Vanika du Ruel bypassing the race. Edging him in the favouritism is Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val (3/2) who was second in the Prix Henri Levesque, but Villeroi (9/4), whose baby sister Agneska is in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and two sons of Jag de Bellouet in Vulcain de Vandel (5/2) and Very Nice Marceau (3/1) also well supported. PRIX JEAN GAUVREAU Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YO 120,000e 1 Valse de Reve (m Mister President - Nouba Houba) Anthony Barrier Tr: Nicolas Roussel 2175 2 Victoire Smiling (m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2175 3 Vol de Nuit (h Goetmals Wood - Manon Lescaut ) Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2175 4 Vie des Neuf Clos (m Obrillant - Lola des Neuf Clos) Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 2175 5 Viva Jenilou (m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Franck Nivard Louis Baudron 2175 6 Valroy (h First de Retz - Leda d'Occagnes) Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2175 7 Varum Boy (h Baccarat du Pont - Hawai Girl) Eric Raffin Tr: Yves Dreux 2175 8 Volga Saltor (m Fleuron Perrine - Glory d'Ariane) David Thomain Tr: Daniel Bethouart 2175 9 Voriane de Guez (m Jet Fortuna - Oriane de Guez) Olivier Touvais Mickael Tourteau 2175 10 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2175 11 Viscaria (m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty) Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Guillaume Gillot 2175 12 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 2175 13 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 PRIX ALBERT DEMARCQ Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II 2850m 5YO 120 000e 1 Vaisman (h Memphis du Rib - Iula du Douetil) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (s Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Very Nice Marceaux (h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 2850 5 Vive Majyc (s Baccarat - Pont et Mammy Blue) Dr: Cedric Beurel Tr: Louis Baudron 2850 6 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 7 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 2850 8 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2875 9 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Champion French gelding Rapide Lebel makes his return to group racing in the120,000 euro Prix Kerjacques, a UET Masters Series event and the first race on the card at Vincennes on Friday evening. Sebastien Guarato's 9YO son of Ginger Somolli will make his first appearance since running third in the Prix Paul Buquet in December 2012. The gelding was sidelined and briefly retired with a hairline fracture which has since responded to treatment. Since he was out for more than 12 months, he had to requalify at Grosbois, which he did in style in mid-March and then crossed the border into Belgium for a warm-up race, which he trotted in record time of 1.14.4kr for 2850m on the Hippodrome Wallonie, at Mons. However Guarato's star did not train on to his liking and he decided to bypass last week's Olympiatravet final in favour of tomorrow's Prix Kerjacques. It will be interesting to see if the third-ranked horse in France's stellar R-generation can recapture the form he showed in 2011 when he won four group ones in Belgium, Finland and Sweden and two group twos in France, and also finished runner-up in the Elitloppet and the North American Breeders Crown, which was that year held at Woodbine in Canada. Rapide Lebel has won 29 races and 1,814,522 euros, thus far, putting him third on the money earnings of the crop of 2005. Thierry Raffegeau's accomplished gelding Roi du Lupin was second to Quinoa du Gers in last week's Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, the second time he had been runner up in Argentan's biggest race. The fifth-highest money earner of the R-generation is most accomplished under saddle, but like Rapide Lebel, being a gelding restricts him from all of the classique races, and to have earned 1.55 million euros speaks volumes for his ability. In 2012, his best year, he won no less than four group two montes and also the rich group two Grand Prix de Sud Ouest, (180,000 euros). He was also runner up in three monte group twos and two under harness group two races. Last year he only started twice, both times under saddle with a second placing in the Prix du Calvados, but he returned to the track this year in January, although so far he has raced solely in the bike, with two minor wins in Belgium before he gradually stepped up in class. French handicappers have liked what they have seen and he was the early favourite. Richard Westerink's Timoko was a disappointment in the Prix d'Atlantique, with questions asked about the drive of Pierre Vercruysse afterwards after he finished fourth. Top Swedish driver Bjorn Goop is aboard the talented stallion son of Imoko for the Prix Kerjacques, with Vercruysse aboard Austrian entrant Striking Actions who races out of the Dominique Locqueneux stable. Love You stallion Ulysse has also been more prominent in monte racing of larte but Mike Lenders has stuck his under saddle star back in harness for a crack at the 120,000 euros, which in France of course pays down to seventh place, leaving only two to go home empty handed here. Rapide du Digeon, Quoumba de Guez and Severino have attracted some support in early markets, although the vast majority of the money is on the three big names. PRIX KERJACQUES Vincennes 02/05/14 FR Group 2 Int, UET Masters Series 2700m 6-10 120 000 euros 1 Tintin d'Ecouves (h Lucky d'Hilly - Oasis de la Basle) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Vincent Jarry 2 Striking Actions (h Oaklea Bluejay - Dream Qui) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Dominik Locqueneux 3 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 4 Rapide du Digeon (v Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 5 Severino (h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 6 Quoumba de Guez (s Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Roi du Lupin (v Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 8 Rapide Lebel (v Ginger Somolli - Koranie des Noes) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Richard Westerink by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The Gr. III Prix Antigone for 110,000e today at Vincennes, France went to Italian invader Nene'Degli Ulivi and jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the sparkling 1.12.1kr (mile rate 1:56) time over 2850 meters (1-3/4 miles). Impressively the winner traveled an extra 25 meters in this distance handicap event. The seven year-old gelded son of Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli recorded his 24th career win for earnings of 445,086e. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for owner Joe Cachia. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima to a soild second for trainer Mike Lenders. April 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Antigone, Gr. III, monte 110,000e, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia, breeder M,F. Cioccoloni, 2/1 odds, 24th career win. His second straight monte win in France and sixth monte win since September 11, 2013 with four at Paris Vincennes, two in Gr. III events, he traveled 2875 meters today 2nd Tolima (7f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer, 5.5/1, 2850 meters 3rd Veloce du Banney (5g Quaro-Jiva du Banney), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 3.3/1, 2850 odds Nene'Degli Ulivi comes from a superb maternal family that gave the sport Iza Bizi, Miralie Lobell (winner Coaching Club Trotting Oaks and third in Hambletonian Oaks), Well Cast, Money Hanover (third in the Stanley Dancer), Meadow Bright (winner of Lady Suffolk and Colonial), Meadow Matt (winner of Prix de la Cote d'Azur) and Meadow Farr (Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner). The excellent Vincennes undercard included victories by As Dore (4m Coktail Jet) in the Prix Maginus for Dominik Locqueneux, United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree) for J-M Bazire in the Quinte+ Prix Huberta and Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash) for Jean-Etienne Dubois in the Prix Libussa. The day's Q+ jackpot reached 7.8 million euros.  April 25, 2014 Paris Vinennes, Prix Maginus, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.14.9kr 1st As Dore (4m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant), Dominik Locqueneux up for Franck Leblanc trainer, 7.5/1, his sixth win for 145,670e lifetime. 2nd Aloa de la Mortrie (4f Drag-Queen d'Acanthe), Anthony Barrier, 5.5/1 3rd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariare), Damien Bonne up, 49/1 April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Huberta, 54,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, males, 1.13.9kr 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1, owner Laurent Leduc, his 11th win for 135,980e lifetime, traveled 2850 meters 2nd Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nofaika), Mathieu Abrivard, 9/1, 2875 meters 3rd Toutubio (7g Grassano-Helene Gem), Damien Bonne, 3.3/1, 2875 meters April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Libussa, 37,000e, 2200 meters, males, 14 starters, 1.15.7kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/breeder/trainer/drivetr, 6.3/1, fourth career win for 36,350e lifetime 2nd Baklov de Vandel (3m Love You-Kaluric de Vandel), Tony Le Beller up, 4/1 3rd Banco des Bordes (3m Memphis du Rib-Perle des Bordes), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 13/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

While Roxane Griff looks well placed to add the group two Prix Theophile Lallouet at Vincennes on tomorrow, to her wonderful CV, following the traditional path through age group racing to the top of her spot, sometimes it is the path less travelled which also pays off in France. Take Bruno Marie's charge Torre Crepin, a Capriccio gelding, now seven years old, who has taken a journeyman's long route to foot it with the big boys at the Temple du Trot. It is an understatement to say he has taken a long time to reach the top level,and one wonders how he would have fared in any other country where patience is not so fully rewarded . Torre Crepin took no fewer than 64 starts to reach the prizemoney level to get a start in a group two race just six months ago. Indeed he didn't win his first race until his 34th start- which was remarkably his 30th attempt under saddle. Remember they pay down to seventh placing in France, and so fourth place in 100,000 euro events can pay the bills, and some, and Torre Crepin has had four fourth placings and a win in the seven starts since he raced in his first group two in October last year. From a slow start, over the past couple of years he has been a gradual improver and he has now won eight races and as a consistent placegetter as he made his way through the intermediate events at Vincennes has now amassed the not insignificant sum of 470,330 euros. Still Roxane Griff will be a short-priced favourite tomorrow. The Prix du Cornulier winner's last start was a courageous third in the Grand Prix de Paris, the gruelign 4.1km marathon and the third leg of the French triple crown. She had run fourth in the first leg, the Prix d'Amerique. But it has been under saddle that Sebastien Guarato's 9YO daughter of Tenor de Baune, who has earned 2.25 million euros from 17 career victories, has found a new lease of life recently, winning three of her four monte races in the recently completed Winter Meeting including the 700,000 euro world championship (Prix du Cornulier) in late January in the hands of regular rider Eric Raffin. She will face her stiffest opposition from the likes of Mike Lenders grand old campaigner Quarry Bay, who won his last start, the 120,000 euro Prix Henri Desmontils, at the start of the month, defeating Rapide du Digeon, Torre Crepin and Utoky who he meets again here. The 10YO son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is the second favourite on the early tote Former age group star Utoky is also well supported. The winner of both monte group ones for 3 and 4YOs (Prix de Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republic) is trained by Franck Leblanc in the famous light blue colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson, who will be remembered by older US harness racing folk as the owner of Une de Mai. The son of Cygnus d'Odyssee also mixes racing with stud duties at the Lebanc's Haras d'Avireau establishment. Thierry Raffegeau's Rapide du Digeon is also well supported while the next in the market is the Italian bred gelding Nene'Degli Ulivi from the stable of Vincent Lacroix. by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Omas NP (6g Brandy Dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf-Sugarcane Hanover) was a surprising winner of today's £45,100, 1660 meter, Premio Giorgio Jegher over the half-mile track Ippodromo di Montebello at Trieste Italy, that opened in 1892. Fernandoi Pisacane teamed the winner in a well-rated 1.14.8kr to defeat traffic affected favorite Linda di Casei (9f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Parinaz (5m Ganymede-Carmagnole Mb-Lemon Dra) ended a fast finishing third. Italian registered trotters also did well today at Halmstad Sweden and Rosso Pomodoro, a son of Donato Hanover), remained undefeated in 2014 with an impressive win engineered by teamster Johnny Takter. This one is owned by Falkbolagen AB and he scored today in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters. Paramount, a son of Angus Hall, also won at Halmstad for reinsman Peter Ingves in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. Trotting fans were treated to interesting events this weekend. On Saturday, at Solvalla, Sanity and Orjan Kihlstrom took the Gold Final Gr. II UET Maters Series. Timed in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, the eight-year-old gelded son of Love You recorded his third 2014 win in four starts, increasing his career earnings to over nine million SEK. The race winner earned 250,000SEK. Recent hot-trotting veteran Harry Haythrow was second ahead of Raja Mirchi handled by Lutfi Kolgjini. Other Solvalla winners included B.B.S Starlight in the Klass I final over 2140 meters. Peter Untersteiner teamed the son of Super Light, from a Sugarcane Hanover mare, to the 1.11.5kr win to earn 200,000SEK. Claes Boko, a son of Varenne, took the Silver Final to earn 220,000SEK. Erik Adielsson teamed this event winner in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters as they defeated Nothing But Class (Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail). Canaka B.F, a daughter of Jobie Tempest, scored in a sharp 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters to earn 200,000SEK in the Pixies Trot. Satisfied La Marc, a son of Andover Hall, won a Klass II event in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for reinsman Svante Ericsson. The winner prevailed in a close battle with Rose Hill Dream handled by Bjorn Goop. The day's monte feature at Solvalla went to Muskelmann G.T. and jockey Emilie Lovvold. The winner recorded his fourth straight in 2014, the last three under saddle. He's a son of Muscles Yankee, from a Dallas Lobell mare, and he scored in 1.13.9kr. At Kincsem Park in Hungary, the featured Cyrano DIJ (3160 meters distance handicap. 500,000Huf purse) went to Ollyan nincs, a six year-old gelded son of Pickaflick from the exceptional producing mare C'est la guerre. Andrea Fazekas teamed the winner to a rallying win (with 20 meter handicap) over Racerstina and Csaba Lakatos who almost overcame a 40 meter penalty to hold on after leading most of the way in this marathon-like test. Oguz took third for trainer Imre Fazekas, also trainer of Ollyan nincs. Replay can be viewed using the link below. US pedigreed sires Tony Oaks and Pickaflick produced two wins each on the card. Veteran Off Road also won on the program, the fifth straight for the gelded son of P.S. Dimo. http://82.131.211.99/video/ugeto/2014/2014_03_29/6_futam.wmv Next week in Italy (April 6) the Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori (Gr. I, £110,000, 1600 meters) at Torino promises to be a great race as Mack Grace SM has been engaged along with Pascia'Lest, Marielles, Owen CR and Napoleon Bar, this group recently contesting top-class races in France and Italy. Owen Cr Marielles Napoleon Bar Mack Grace Sm Pascia’ Lest Moses Rob Oropuro Bar Orione Degli Dei Probo Op Oibambam Effe Newyork Newyork Pace Del Rio Solid action also took place on March 28 at Paris-Vincennes. Tornado l'Ocean took the Prix RMC before a great evening crowd. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot that had grown to £6.4 million. Pierre Levesque teamed the 8/1 odds winner home in 1.13.3kr over 2100 meters autostart, for owner J-P Barjon and trainer Mike Lenders. US owned (Jesmeral Stable) Quid du Vivier finished sixth in this field of 18. The Ready Cash three year-old filly Blanche Mencourt took the Prix de Quartier Carnot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and veteran teamster Joseph Verbeeck. This even-money favorite scored for the second time in her young career, with this 1.16.7kr victory over 2850 meters. The monte featured Prix Monoceros (£55,000 purse, 2200 meters, lad jockeys) went to veteran campaigner Strogoff and jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Strogoff recorded his 11th career victory with this 1.14.2kr win that increased his career earnings to £267,980. J-E David trains the winner as he defeated favored Surlando de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

From the shadows of age-group monte stars Upper Cut du Rib, Utoky, Uncaring and Up Market, Love You stallion Ulysse has emerged as the brightest U-generation representative He did not start racing in group races until May of his 5YO year with a win in the Prix Jean Gauvreau (Gr2). Mike Lenders trained stallion pulled off two more group two wins before winning the jewel in the 5YO crown, the Prix de Normandie in October. After another age-group win in the Prix Joseph Lafosse he went on to win the open age group two Prix du Calvados before the son of Love You was seventh in the Prix de Cornullier in his first start at the world championship of saddle racing. His last start was in the crazy group one Prix de Centaures, where he was one of 12 out of the 15 to be disqualified for making a break. Another victim on that day was Vision Intense, who it must be said, has a little history with making a gallop at the most inopportune time but when she doesn't make a mistake she is always in the money, and under saddle it is usually first place pickings Jean Philippe Dubois' wonderful daughter of Prodigious had actually won the same race the previous year and has also won the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1), Prix Leon Tacquet (G2) , Prix De Pardieu (G2), Prix Lavater (G2), Prix Philippe Du Rozier (Gr2), Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr2). Next start the Philippe Moulin trained mare bounced back with an easy win the Prix Paul Bastard (Gr2) to add to that list over the somewhat fortuitous winner of the Prix de Centaures, Valdice de Mars. All three are in this race, but this really boils down to a match race between Ulysse and Vision Intense, if, of course they do not gallop. An interesting runner is Ukerlza du Benjo, who is making her first start at group level for owner-trainer Philippe Rouer at the age of six. She is a daughter of the unheralded Blizzard Pouterie, a minor winner and the sire of just four six figure earners since his first small crops appeared in 1995. This mare, his only registered 2008 foal, is already his second best performer. PRIX LOUIS FORCINAL Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Gr2 monte 2700m 5&6YO 120 000e 1 Vamp Gede (m Capriccio - Feerie Gede) Jy: Damien Bonne Tr: Pascal Blanchouin 2 Ulster Perrine (h Tenor de Baune - Nana Perrine) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 3 Ukerlza du Benjo (m Blizzard Poterie - Jolie Abbevilloise) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Philippe Rouer 4 Utopie Cehere (m Ludo de Castelle - Lolita Valiere) Jy: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 5 Ursula Speed (m Ludo de Castelle - Johanna Dream) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Marie Monclin 6 Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul) Jy: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jy: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 9 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Jy: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Superb monte racing was presented on the last racing program of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000e Gr. III International Prix Henri Desmontils went to the popular and consistent 10 year-old mare Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee recorded her 18th career win and now has earnings of 1,112,020e. As the 1.3/1 favorite she defeated the Damien Bonne ridden Rapide du Digeon by two lengths timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2850 meter distance. Remarkably, Quarry Bay's last 13 monte starts since November 22, 2012 have produced five wins, six seconds and one third, all but one of these starts being in in graded races. Mike Lenders trains the winner. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Henri Desmontils, 120,000e Gr. III, monte, International, 2850 meters, 10 starters 1.12.8kr 1st Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders, owner/breeder Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 1.3/1 favorite, her 18th win 2nd Rapides du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes), Damien Bonne, 17/1 3rd Texas de L'iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Iliade de L'iton), Yohan Lebourgeois, 2.3/1 The Gr. II €120,000 Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850 meters, went to 3.6/1 odds A Nous Deux with Nathalie Henry aboard. She scored in a close battle timed in 1.15.3kr to record her fourth win for 189,250e in lifetime earnings. This four year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Ronny Kuiper at Grobois for owned Jean-Pierre Dubois who bred the mare as Ecurie D. Favored Airport (a son of Love You) was second for Eric Raffin at 2/1 for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Louis le Bourg, 120,000e, Gr II monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters 1.15.3kr 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry for Ronny Kuiper trainer for J-P Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 3.6/1, her fourth win 2nd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), Eric Raffin for Ake Kristoffersson and Ecurie des Charmes, 2/1 3rd A Priori (4m Capriccio-Loctudy), David Thomain for Jacques Bruneau, 13/1 The monte European 85,000e Prix Alencon went to Ukerlza du Benjo as she covered the 2700 meter distance in a sharp 1.13.4kr to record her 10the win, good for 181,070e in career earnings. The six year-old daughter of Blizzard Poterie is owned and trained by Philippe Rouer and scored by three lengths at 2.1/1 odds for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Volcan d'Occagnes ended second for Yohan Lebourgeois. March 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alencon, 85,000e, 2700 meters, European monte, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Ukerlza du Benjo (6f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Albevilloise-Ahmes), M. Mottier for Philippe Rouer owner/trainer, 2.1/1. Her 10th career win 2nd Volcan d'Occagnes (5g Quido du Goutier-Hermina Beauces), Yohan Lebourgeois, 4.3/1 3rd Umaga (6f Eclat de la Crau-Nikita Luchoise), Nathalie Henry, 28/1 Win pool only handle on the nine race card exceeded 2..8 million euros. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

The Group one Prix des Centaures over 2750m at Vincennes Sunday, is the first of the inter-generational classiques to be raced under the readjusted handicaps designed to address the advantage the younger horses have had in recent years. So great was this advantage seen that few older horses had bothered to sign up for the French trotting equivalent of thoroughbred racing's Weight-For-Age , which is designed to compare the credentials of different crops of horses for breeding purposes. Indeed last year's Prix des Centaures contained a field that was entirely made up of four-year-olds but this time nine of the 15 runners are representatives of the two older crops, making it a highly anticipated race of the ages bringing together the respective stars of Anastasia Fella, Vision Intense and Ulysse. The last time these crops met, in the Prix des Elites last year, Anastasia Fella, aided by the generous 50m advantage was untroubled to win but the next four home were all members of the U-crop including Ulysse in fifth and Ultissimo, who finished second, and in a stunning rate of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) for the 2200m. Fabrice Solouy's Ulysse was a disappointing eighth in the Prix de Cornulier after setting the pace, but he does not have to contend with the likes of Roxane Griff or Tiego d'Etang in this, although the son of Love You will have to work very hard to get to his favoured front running role. The third member of the U-crop entered is Utoky, in the famous colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson - of Une de Mai fame - and a not too shabby monte horse himself having won the group one Prix De Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republique. Last year's winner Vision Intense was not in that field, the only V-generation entrants were lesser mares hoping to pick up a classique placing to enhance their breeding value. The Phiippe Moulin-trained daughter of Prodigious was a brilliant winner of the group two Prix Camille Blaisot last start and will start a very warm favourite here, despite the class of the opposition. Valse Castelets was second that day, and is a dual group two monte winner and is one who may also figure in the finish. The other horse who is receiving early handicapping support is Jean-Pierre Dubois beautifully-bred A Nous Deux who is making her first start in a group race after a couple of impressive outings after being switched to saddle recently. The daughter of Goetmals Wood is from Nina Madrik, who was second in the Prix de Jeunes and Prix de l'Etoile and third in the Prix de Selection - the latter two inter-generational races as this one is. She is also from the family of The Best Madrik and several other classique performers. She is trained by Ronny Kuiper and will be ridden by Mathieu Abrivard. PRIX DES CENTAURES Vincennes 09/02/14 FR Group I monte 2175m 4-6 € 240 000 1 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Jk: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Jk: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Ronny Kuiper 3 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierji) Jk: Anthony Barrier Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Alberic (h Goetmals Wood - Oublies Moi) Jk: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Atwood Griff (h Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Jk: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 6 Anastasia Fella (s Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Ultissimo (h Gobernador - Altissima) Jk: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Max Izaac 25m 8 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Jk: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 25m 9 Ugenie du Citrus (s Meaulnes du Corta - Onna Lisa) Jk: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 10 Valdice de Mars (s Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jk: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 25m 11 Ultima Queen (s Jardy - Maya Day) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Virginie Moquet 25m 12 Valse Castelets (s Memphis du Rib - Elide) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 25m 13 Utoky (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Jk: Damien Bonne Tr: Franck Leblanc 25m 14 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jk: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 25m 15 Vision Intense (s Prodigious - Intense Action) Jk: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 25m Dave Sanders  

The great French mare Roxane Griff controlled the field and the pace, drawing clear for an easy seven length win in today's "classique" Prix de L'lle-de-France at Paris-Vincennes before a large and enthusiastic crowd on a clear, sunny day. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event drew eight starters for a purse of 200,000e contested over 2175 meters. Roxane Griff was competing in her third Gr. I race in as many weeks as she took the January 19 Prix de Cornulier, then finished fourth in the Prix d'Amerique on January 26. She was timed in 1.11.6kr with a sharp final 500 meters Roxane and jockey Eric Raffin drew clear albeit she drifted wide down the lane. Quarry Bay, another great mare, in rein to Camille Levesque, was second after making a fine run from a trailing position. Quarry Bay was no match for the winner but increased her career earnings to 1,058,020€ for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race record was set in 2011 by that years' victor Piscou de Villabon timed in 1.10.9kr. The race began in 1980 and was won last year by Singalo, Priscilla Blue in 2010 and Revenue in 2003. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I UET Masters Series, monte, 200,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters 1.11.6kr Fractions: 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500; 1.11.6kr finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up, Sebastien Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owner/breeder, 0.7/1 favorite, her 17th career win for earnings of 2,193,118e 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barrorolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer and Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 3/1 odds, this mare with 17 career wins and earnings of 1,058,020e 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up, Franck Terry trainer, owner Ecurie Pole Position, 6.6/1 odds for this winner of 558,490e 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede=Targa du Chalange-Jorky), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie le Tremont, 14/1 odds, this mare with 21 career victories for 990,343€ Congratulations to Roxane Griff and her connections. She is an honor to watch on the racetrack. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Six graded events headline terrific cards Saturday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Roxane Griff makes her third appearance in as many weeks in Sunday's Prix de L'lle-de-France, a Gr. I UET Masters Series monte event. She won the Prix de Cornulier on January 19 and then raced well last week in the Prix d'Amerique. Other horses to watch on the weekend include Beckman in the Prix de la Marne, Brillantissime in the Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts, Billie de Montfort in the Prix Roquepine for three year-old fillies. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters Bioness, m3, J-P Dubois, P. Chevrier, 25500 Bolchol de Boulay, 3m, L-C Abrivard, also trainer, 32840 Bocage d'Ortige, 3m, Eric Raffin, S. Guarato, 37950 Brutus de Bailly, 3m, J-M Bazire, B. Bourgoin, 43450 Bixente, 3m, J-Et Dubois, also trainer, 49270 Black d'Avril, 3m, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 52170 Best of Sly, 3m, P-Y Verva, S. Guarato, 74900 Bird Parker, 3m, Pierre Vercruysse, Ph. Allaire, 100480 Bolide de Gueron, 3m, Franck Anne, also trainer, 122550 Brillantissime, 3m, Jos Verbeeck, Ph. Allaire, 194150 Prix de la Gironde, 70,000€, 2850 meters, 19 starters, winners over 250,000€ start with 25 meter handicap Success de Vaux, 8g, M-G Baron, also trainer, 151770 Reansert Barbes, 9g, L. Guinoiseau, P. Orriere, 154860 Sunday Jet, 8g, Eric Raffin, M. Vallee, 159400 Randjany, 9m, Pierre Vercruysse, also trainer, 160120 Roi Arthur, 9g, Franck Ouvrie, Alain Roussel, 161490 Sole Mio, 8g, Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens, 162680 Tonic Beco, 7g, M. Bezier, also trainer, 162970 Reve Permis, 9g, Mathieu Abrivard, D. Alexandre, 163090 Rapido de Reville, 9g, Th. David, also trainer, 163300 Swan des Tesnieres, 8g, Tony Le Beller, E-G Blot, 164,980 Take, 7m, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 253600 Rafale Leman, 9f, M. Mottier, D. Mottier, 262,020 Tiger Danover, 7g, F. Lecanu, S. Provoost, 271050 Synonyme de Cym, 8g, J-M Bazire, V. Renault, 274630 Rionero, 9g, A. Laurent, also trainer, 281790 Radieux Begonia, 9g, Franck Nivard, also trainer, 286810 Reve a l'Oliverie, 9g, P-Y Verva, F. Harel, 291280 Sergent du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 291820 Seguinel Mabon, 8m, Yves Dreux, also trainer, 294630 Prix d'Avignon, Gr. III, 85,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters Agora, 4f, Mathieu Abrivard, A. Buisson, 97350 Anne de Neulliac, 4f, Sylvain Roger, also trainer, 96710 All Feeling, 4m, Christophe Martens, M. Lemercier, 105650 Alceste du Goutier, 4m, J. Bruneau, also trainer, 99350 Angelica, 4f, Dominik Locqueneux, Ake Kristoffersson, 96070 Agora du Goutier, 4f, J. Leboutgeiller, David Cherbonnel, 102710 Alienor de Godrel, 4f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 90020 Adelie, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 108170 Alaya Bot Eur Moel, 4f, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 106190 Africaine, 4f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 80820 Ave Avis, 4m, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 68730 Amazar de Florange, 4g, L. Guinoiseau, D. Lefaucheux, 76510 Arginio des Godins, 4m, B.Masseguin, F. Criado, 86780 Ah Quel Micha, 4m, Julien Dubois, Philippe Moulin, 90010 Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters Baraka Vici, 3f, F. Prat, also trainer, 10960 Bliss Nevele, 3f, Jos Verbeeck, Philippe Allaire, 21600 Bambina Magic, 3f, Franck Nivard, D. Lemetayer, 21950 Brise de l'Alba, 3f, William Bigeon, also trainer, 24130 Belline d'Urzy, 3f, C. Hamel, also trainer, 34660 Balzane de Bootz, 3f, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 37350 Barbalala, 3f, Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer, 38450 Balade de Blary, 3f, Franck Anne, also trainer, 47880 Bardane du Houlbet, 3f, R-C Larue, also trainer, 52180 Bassana de Marlau, 3f, Jean-Pierre Dubois, Patrick Chevrier, 58350 Biguglia, 3f, Franck Ouvrie, F. Prat, 64240 Billie de Montfort, 3f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 127200 February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix Indienne, Gr. III monte, 95,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters all at 67 poids Utopie Cehere, 6f, Mathieu Abrivard, also trainer, 161150 Ut d'Erable, 6m, David Thomain, J-P Thomain, 199720 Utinka Selloise, 6f, J.L.C. Dersoir, J. Bruneau, 233850 Ugenie du Citrus, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L-C Abrivard, 240230 Veloce du Banney, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, Franck Leblanc, 246810 Ulagarasan, 6g, Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc, 259810 Ursula Speed, 6f, Antonio Wiels, J-M- Monclin, 264140 Utopie Imperiale, 6f, Mlle. Nathalie Henry, F. Boismartel, 276060 Prix de la Marne, Gr. III, International, 110,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters Beckman, 7g, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 444431 (Sweden) Amour d'Occagnes, 7m, Christophe Martens, V. Martens, 544730 (Holland) Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, also trainer, 550130 Quarlos, 10m, M.Mottier, M. Dabouis, 554600 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, T. Raffegeau, 599280 Libeccio Grif, 9m, Marco Smorgon, also trainer, 711,099 (Italy) Marielles, 8f, David Thomain, Fabrice Souloy, 721,614 (Italy) Quinio du Relais, 10g, S. Hardy, also trainer, 723391 Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-Y Verva, P-E Trible, 739762 Riglorieux du Bois, 9g, J-M Bazire, also trainer, 801230 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, also trainer, 808030 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, Pierre Vercruysse, R. Donati, 869828 Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, monte, 8 starters Unikaranes, 6f, Alexandre Abrivard, L.C. Abrivard, 347980 Sakura Jiel, 8f, G. Martin, J.L. Dersoir, 448655 Saphir de Morge, 8m, P-Y Verva, F. Terry, 530490 Son Alezan, 8m, A. Lamy, Franck Leblanc, 533020 Taiga du Rib, 7f, J.L.C. Dersoir, Joel Hallais, 738450 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Quarry Bay, 10f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, Mike Lenders, 1008020 Roxane Griff, 9f, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato, 2103118 Roxane Griff winning Prix de Cornulier by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

It's pretty safe to assume that French commentator Pierre-Joseph Goetz will have been doing some extra work memorising the horses heading into the Prix de l'Ille-de-France Sunday. For the last time he commentated on a French group one monte, he had to some extra work after the race. During the Prix de Cornulier, Goetz made every racing commentator's nightmare when he called the wrong horse all the way down the straight, only to realise his mistake just before the line and correctly called the winner of the world championship under saddle. You won't see this on Equidea's, France's TV racing channel, replay however. He relaid the "live" commentary later so that posterity records that it was Roxane Griff and not Save The Quick who was fighting it out with Tiego d'Etang down the straight in France's biggest monte race. Roxane Griff will be attempting to become only the fourth horse to complete the Prix de Cornulier and Prix de l'Ille-de-France double following Singalo last year and Oligo 1986-87, Reine du Corta 1990, and Singalo in 2013. She faces an eight horse field, minus Tiego d'Etang, in the sprint championship under saddle (2175m) for 200,000 euros and a week after a gallant fourth in the Prix d'Amerique last week. Sebastien Guarato's star mare will probably start favourite in the race with Quarry Bay, who galloped in the Prix de Cornulier. Quarry Bay was second in this race last year, following a second-placed finish in the corresponding Prix de Cornulier and is perhaps due a change of luck for trainer Mike Lenders and rider Camille Levesque. Quinoa du Gers is the only other horse to be backing up from the Prix d'Amerique but he is one of two horses who did not run in the Prix de Cornulier. It will be Fabrice Souloy's son of Ganymede's fourth attempt at monte, in which he made a fourth placed debut at Sable Sur Sarther in June 1908. He did not improve on that in single attempts at Vincennes in 2011 and 2012. He has however had 19 wins in 79 starts in harness and earnings of 974,343 euros. Franck Terry's Saphir de Morge was third in the Prix de Cornulier but has only won five of his 54 starts, his last win being nearly two years ago. Joel Hallais' Taiga du Rib was fourth in the Prix de Cornulier, and has a record of six wins in 60 starts, with earnings of 738, 450 euros but the son of Nice Love was second in the group one Prix de Normandie under saddle in 2012 and won a group two monte last year. There are no international entries this year. Scandinavian horses have had some success in this shorter monte with Sweden's Hot Tub (2008), Vaserbo Dayight (2005) and Revenue (2003) plus Denmark's Ejna Vogt (1984) all being past winners of the group one. PRIX DE L'ILE-DE-FRANCE Vincennes 02/02/14 FR Group 1 monte Int 2 175 5-10 200 000 1 Unikaranes (s Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes Alexandre Abrivard Laurent Claude Abrivard 2 Sakura Jiel (s Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Jk: Guillaume Martin Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 3 Saphir de Morge (h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Jk: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 4 Son Alezan (h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Jk: Adrien Lamy Tr: Franck Leblanc 5 Taiga du Rib (s Nice Love - Galinette Cendree) Jk: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 6 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Jk: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Quarry Bay (s Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Jk: Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 8 Roxane Griff (s Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Jk: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

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