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Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet),sent off as the 9/10 favorite odds, gamely held off challengers to win today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin, Belgium. Total purse was 150,000€ in this UET Masters Series event raced over 2300 meters autostart with 13 starters. Bold Eagle recorded his 45th career win in 65 starts now for 4,632,820€ in life earnings. Tony Le Beller teamed Bold Eagle for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The 5.4/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was a nose back second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 4.6/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) was another length back in third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Guarato. 28/1 Beau Gamin and 116/1 Bon Copain completed the top five with Bugsy Malone, Tony Gio and Valko Jenilat all dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

October 27, 2017 - Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) impressively won today’s Tour European Finale (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+) at Mons Ghlin Belgium. Joseph Verbeeck happily teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Race time was 1.12.4kr and Bird Parker now has career earnings of €1,477,054. This 9/10 favorite bested 34.5/1 Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 6.7/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) took third driven by David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3.6/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was fourth and 10.2/1/ Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana) took fifth. The co-featured Prix Champagne Moet (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a blanket finish with the winner 7/2 Gosip Sidney (7g SJs Photo-Super Sidney) reined by Michel Huygens and trained by Mme. L, Huygens-DeWitte. This 1.14.1kr timed winner defeated 26.4/1 Versachet (8g Kaiser Soze-Houlette) driven by trainer Julien Raffestin. 19.5/1 Allegro Nonarta (7g Otello Pierji-Lubie Nonantaise) was third for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Laurent Simon. Big Headache (7g EL Mikko) finished fourth. The Prix Geciloc Belgique (purse €12,000, 2350 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a rallying victory by 20.8/1 Dragster (5g Micro Mesh-Timber Marie) clocked in 1.14.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Roger Malmqvist. 3.2/1 Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) held second for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, for owner Courant AB. 2.4/1 Highness Worthy (6m SJs Photo-Oqui Worthy II) rallied for third. The 100.7/1 outside Angel Dark was seventh, this one, a career winner of over €119,000, is owned by trainer Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry. The €35,000 purse Prix Van der Paarden (2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, three year olds) was near the top of the Mons Ghlin undercard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner was even-money favorite Kaela Vrijthout (3f Orlando Vici-The Best Fanatic) with Rik Ebbinge aboard. 34.8/1 Kirr Royal (3f Sugar Trader-Belle Pere WG) was this for Nico d’Haenens. 13.6/1 Kamukana (3g Love You-Duenna Tranns R) was third for driver Jos Verbeeck and owner/trainer Rudy Smets. Thomas H. Hicks

August 6, 2017 - Saturday, the very accomplished Bold Eagle (purse €180,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) scored at Mons Ghlin for harness racing driver Franck Nivard timed in 1.13.4kr over an off track at 1/10 odds, holding off 19/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and David Thomain by a diminishing length. Sebastien Guarato owns this pair, the first owned by Pierre Pilarski and bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois, the second owned by Philippe Dauphin. 49/1 Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) took third for Christophe Thierry and trainer Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns this one. Quick Fix and Zorro Photo finished fourth and fifth in a field outclassed by the top two. Bold Eagle now has posted 37 trotting victories in 43 starts for career earnings of €3,426,020. Bold Eagle The same day at Enghien was the monte Prix de Forges-les-Eax (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie) with Eric Raffin in the irons. 47/1 Coranie Lebel (5f Quido du Goutier-Star Lebel) rallied to be second ahead of the 3/5 favorite Jerry Mom (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) that rallied for the three spot. Dreole Verderie Yesterday the Enghien action was focused on the Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters, ten starters). The punters liked 2/5 favorite Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and he won the race on disqualification of Varieta’Luis (3m Ideal Luis) that rallied past the roughed up pacesetter than Enrico Bellei drove for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Bivans SRL. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 34/1 Espoir des Vaux (3g Ubriaco-Marina des Vaux) was placed second, and 8/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was placed third, a length back. The turf action this Sunday was leg 12 of the Trophee Vert raced at Carentan, the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse €45,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 3.7/1 Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50 meter penalty to win for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This team extinguished the handicap quickly, open a lengthy lead mid-race, and held game for victory as he tired and swerved to the fan side in the lane. Time was a good 1.16kr on the grass and Bugsy won for the 17th time in 33 career starts now for €522,810 earned. 51/1 Univers de Marzy (8h Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 7.4/1 Bon Copan (6m Love You-Haie) landed third. The prior week’s Trophee Vert at La Gacilly went to Bolt and driver Christophe Gallier but he was not entered today. Last week there was also a turf contest at Brehal for €35,000 purse and favored Authorized took that one for Pierre Levesque. Sweden’s Saturday V75 action was at Rattvik. The V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 1.8/1 Seedorf OMF (6g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom, driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson, another great active legend in the sport. The featured event of the day was the Gr. II National for 300,000SEK to the winner of the 2660 meter test. 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melody Not-Coktail Jet) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Jan Norberg, driving for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Thomas H. Hicks

April 6, 2017 - Today’s interesting harness racing action was at Mons Ghlin (BE) and LaCapelle (FR). The former included the Prix de Paques Balgique (purse €7200, 2850 meters, nine international contestants). The 1.14.5kr timed winner was veteran  1:2 odds favorite Truman Dairpet (10g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) reined by Piet Van Poll for Union Stable. This campaigner recorded his 22nd victory in 96 career starts for €589,000 earned. 4.3/1 Duke Of Greenwood (7m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) held second for trainer Peter J. Strooper and reinsman Hugo W. Langeweg. 30/1 Bi Vivant (12g Armbro Kaiser-Elady) was third. The Prix Journal Eurotierce (purse €5,400, 1750 meters autostart, 11 international starters) went to  quick-stepping, 1.12.2kr timed,  favorite 9/10 odds, Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) reined by Rik Ebbinge.  J.W.M. Engwerda trains the winner that defeated 15/1 Darcy River (7f Incredible Crafts-Virginia River) and driver Rik Weuters with third to 54/1 Proud Of My Face (5f Gift Kronos-Armbro Daffodil) and reinsman Guido Laureys. At LaCapelle (FR), the Prix les Etangs (purse €21,000, 2750 meters autostart, 15 starters) went to even-money favorite Canadair (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Sissi de la Vallee) reined by  trainer Dion P. Tesselaar for breeder/owner Nicolas Handrikus Dekker. 12/1 Cuba Libre (5g Nahar de Beval) was second for J.Ch Piton and 49/1 Cesar Leniwen (5f Riussec) was third. Winning time was 1.14.4kr. The Prix Bofferding (purse €20,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 7/2 odds Bonheur Nocturne (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre Joyeuse). Pierre Vercruysse reined this winner that bested 6/1 Alter Ego (7m Goetmals Wood-Gissi James) driven by Yann Lorin and third finishing 7.4/1 Bourbon Jab (6m Kaisy Dream) with Bernard Piton aboard. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 28, 2016 - Featured harness racing action this evening was at Mons Ghlin including the Quinte+ Grand Prix de la Toussaint for aged international performers, as well as two other upper class events. The Mons Ghlin feature was the Grand Prix de la Toussaint (purse €100,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 aged international starters, quinte+ wagering). Timed in 1.12.4kr the winner was 1.3/1 odds barefoot Anna Mix (f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) with Franck Nivard at the reins. Anna Mix is owned and trained by Franck Leblanc. In the fast class field 17.3/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was second for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Third was 13.2/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Gaille Viretaute) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and the beaten field included Swedishman and Ave Avis, Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodda) took the Grand Prix Paris-Turf Belgique at Mons Ghlin (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 15 international starters). The Roberto Andreghetti piloted 17/1 longshot was clocked in 1.13.6kr for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Olof Brodin AB. 1.7/1 favoritre Bazir Dimanche (8g Orlando Vici-Storer Meslosa) was second for Dominick Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Dimanche, 5,8/1 Bullseye (8g Love You-BWT Spirit) landed third for Rik Depuydt ahead if Michael Nimczyk’s King of the World, Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) at 11.7/1 took the Prix Champagne Moet (purse €12,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 international starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Timo Hulkkanen owns the winner. Second was 35.5/1 Seyffwnstein (7g November-Brenda) with veteran Jos Verbeeck up for Team Neuhat and trainer Conrad Lugauer. 4.9/1 Ordalia (8f Cherokee Chef-Pat River VL) was third for trainer Salvatore Campalo, ahead of 6.3/1 Butler (5m Ready Cash-Odyssee d’Isques) for Clement Duvaldestin and trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist. Also at Mons Ghlin was the Prix Finale GP des Geniteurs (purse €40,000, 2300 meters autostart, 10 male three year-old starters). 2.6/1 favorite Jack Lj (3g Otello Pierji-Tell Me More) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Rik Depuydt, Ecurie Lj and trainer Mme, C. DeSoete. 4.3/1 Jointness Sidney (3m Look de Star-Super Sidney) took second and third went to 3/1 Janus Boshoeve. Thomas H. Hicks  

Even-money choice Amiral Sacha easily won today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin Belgium clocked in 1.10.4kr (mile rate 1:53.27) over the 2300 meter autostart course. The total purse was €180,000 and 11 started after two scratches (El Mago Pellini and Aladin d’Ecajeul). The winning six year-old son of Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha was reined by Gabriel Gelormini for Ecurie Sidere and trainer Franck Lamare. 19/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with third to 161/1 Zorro Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Zarrasatha) and Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie GSL Trotting and trainer Stephanie Lepetit. 3.4/1 second choice Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) ended fourth for Robin Bakker and fifth was 11/1 Romanesque for Christophe Martens. The beaten field included Solea Rivelliere, Trebol and Univers de Pan. Thomas H. Hicks

October 23, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.55 million) was the Grand Prix de la Toussaint – Tour European (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 entrants) at Mons Ghlin and it went to 9/2 odds Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche) for reinsman Sebastien Ernault for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Timed in 1.12.4kr the winner defeated 17/1 Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Unde d’Havetot) driven by J-Cl. Hallais for trainer J-W Hallais and J.Cl.R. Lucas, the owner by two lengths. 7.9/1 barefoot Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard with 4.3/1 odds Ricimmer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) fourth for trainer/owner/driver Herve Soinneau. 64/1 outsider Paladin Bleu (12m Jag de Bellouet-Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fifth. Well regarded Roxana de Barbray was disqualified for a miscue and 1.4/1 favorite Roi du Lupin was eigth. While finishing third today, Solea Rivelliere won the title European Tour – French Trotteur. Replay: Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Uppercut de Manche S. Ernault J.-Y. Rozé T. Raffegeau 2ème 16 Sierra Leone J.-C. Hallais Ecurie Jean-Cl.Hallais J.-W. Hallais 3ème 8 Soléa Rivellière P. Daugeard J.-C. Lucas P. Daugeard 4ème 2 Ricimer H. Sionneau Ecurie Sionneau Hervé H. Sionneau 5ème 12 Paladin Bleu M. Huygens Ecurie Alta Bleu L. Thieulent  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 2241     Ordre :       46.159,80€     Désordre :       495,60€     Bonus 4 :       22,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       11,10€     Bonus 3 :       7,40€                     The Prix Champagne Moet at Mons Ghlin drew 15 International starters for a purse of €12,000 over 2300 meters autostart. 1.1/1 odds favorite Bandit Hornline (5m San Pellegrino-Dash Girl-Giant Chill) took this victory for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Askbollen. Timed in 1.13.9kr the narrow winner defeated 2.9/1 Angelina BR (7f Angus Hall-Fiery Chip) for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 158/1 Camino EV (9g Halimede-Jerkine) was third for owner Stal de Groningers and trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Also at Mons-Ghlin today was the Grand Prix Paris-Turf Belgique (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 13 International starters) and the six length 1.15.2kr winner was 1.1/1 odds Naglo’ del Nord (8g Naglo-Entita’ del Nord) for teamster Nico d’Haenens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner HB Ecurie Derco. 13/1 Tino la Ravelle (8g Islero de Bellouet-Jirania la Ravelle) was second for Sebastien Ernault and trainer E-G Blot with third to 118/1 longshot Sole Mia (9g Halimede-Jerkine) driven by Geir Vergeerde, trainer Henk A.J. Grift and owner Stal de Groningers. This day in Sweden there were two interesting Solvalla winners. Rum Swizzle (3f Holiday Road-Southwind Caramel-Revenue) won at 22/1 odds for Per Lennartsson defeating Stefan Melander driving Tweet Hanover. The other winner that caught my attention was Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom at 5.2/1 with second to Ladyofthelike for Pierre Nystrom. This winner is trained by Roger Walmann for Stall Courant AB, and is a half-sister to Intense America. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 13, 2015 - Harness racing trainer driver Lutfi Kolgjini piloted 3.9/1 odds Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB) to a decisive front-end score in today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Final (purse €504,000, 2300 meters autostart) at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) timed in 1.11.7kr over an off-track. The winner is owned by Thomas Nilsson Holdings and trained by Kolgjini. 13/1 Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Johnny Takter, and US owner Adam Bowden, after being well-placed second in the outer for much of the contest. 16/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) was third for Claes Svensson in a three-way battle with Creatine and fourth finishing On Track Piraten. Papagayo E was fifth with BBS Sugarlight sixth. Vincennes, El Mago Pellini, Nahar and Rue du Bac was disqualified for miscues and Timoko was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks    

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