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November 10, 2017 - 6.9/1 Defides Pistes (4g Neutron du Cebe-Ombre des Pistes) held on for victory in Friday evening’s harness racing Prix Titan (monte, purse €50,000, 14 starters) clocked in 1.14.1kr and with Adrien Lamy in the irons. Andre Melosi is breeder/owner. 5.7/1 Diktat du Start (4g Quaker Jet) rallied strongly for second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard and third went to 28.2/1 Diego de Retz (4g First de Retz) for P.Ph. Ploquin. The day’s Quinte+ event was at Vincennes and that result lit up the payoff board. 8.6/1 Bahamas Quick (6f Pim Quick-Kouriakine) scored for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 33.1/1 Bahia Somolli (6f Millenium Wood-Italia Somolli) was second and 20.2/1 Balla du Vivier (6f Korean-Naa du Vivier) took third. 46.7/1 Brihana and 58/1 Bridget Landemer completed and top five and complete a big time score for exact order ticket pickers. Next week starts the Epiqe Series that leads to the Prix d’Amerique. The kickoff is the Grand Prix de Bretagne that typically draws many of the best Amerique potential participants. Thomas H. Hicks                    

June 25, 2017 - Sunday’s Grand Prix de la Ville du Touquet (turf course, purse €45,000, 2600 meters, 18 starters) was the weekend’s Trophee Vert event and it produced an upset harness racing victory by Vivien Peo (8g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) capably reined by Francois Lecanu for Ecurie Danover. The winner record career victory number 12 and raised his bankroll to €187,310. Uppecut Orange battled gamely and held second ahead of Bingo d’Attaque and Antoine Trihollet. Well-respected Tresor Wic finished seventh and All Feeling was ninth, these prior Trophee Verte winners. The same day, turf action was at Seque in the Prix du Restaurant la Colonade (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, turf) with victory earned by 7/1 Voici du Roc (8g L 'As de Boussieres-Quite des Etangs) timed in 1.19kr and driven by owner/trainer Patrice Toutain. 5/1 Very First (8g Orlando Vici-Japonaide di Soir) was second for trainer/driver J.F. Senet, ahead of 204/1 Ufania des Brfettes (9f Vroume d’Or-Lise Chouan). 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSa9edqGtb0 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  

February 15, 2015 - The Gr. I Criterium des Jeunes (€200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-olds) saw heavily favored Cristal Money disqualified from an early break, setting up victory for 5.7/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede - Noble Nenette) with J-M Bazier driving for trainer Franck Leblanc and clocked in 1.14.7kr with a solid closing brush. 36/1 Caid Griff (3m Password  -Savane Griff) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou - Ruelle d’Ostal) with Franck Ouvrie up. The Gr. III Prix de Heussey (€110,000, European monte, 2175 meters) went to  0.5/1 odds favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe - Nuit de Manche) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau as he scored by three lengths, clocked in 1.11.4kr after quick even fractions (1.09.6kr at 1500, 1.11.1kr at 1000, 1.11.5kr at 500). The winner sat outside the from the start pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice - Pine Chip) at 6.7/1 ridden by David Thomain for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, and she jetted away at top of stretch but tired late and could not hold off the winner. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio - Laraka) ended third at 41/1 with fourth to 5.4/1 second favorite Udayama (7g Echo - Lancia du Pont). The top four across the line raced without shoes. The Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (€100,000, European four year-olds, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a front-end win for the Jerry Riordan trained, Bjorn Goop teamed Sapphire Bi (4f Conway Hall - Valley Jean Bi) at 2.5/1. The Scuderia Della Cass owned Italian filly scored in 1.14.5kr, without shoes, sprinting clear in the stretch with a quick kick (fractions 1.15.7kr at 1500 ; 1.15.3kr at 1000 ; 1.15kr at 500). 29/1 Bamako des Angles (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree - Ixia des Angles) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer J.P. Piton with third to Italy’s Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip - Lindes de Gloria) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Pentacom at 18/1 odds. Sapphire Bi Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MGxxmH41cI The undercard was also a good one. The opener was the monte Prix de Pouilly (€45,000, 12 starters) and the 1.14.5kr winner was Accro au Rock (5g Rocklyn - Nice Story) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulinm. Off at 5.6/1 odds the winner defeated Andy de Touchyvon (5g Jeanbat de Vivier - Joy du Buisson) at 9/1 for jockey/trainer Franck Nivard that ended ahead of 65/1 Athletic Sport (5m Jag de Bellouet - Quipia Josselyn). The Quinte+ Prix RMC (€54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval - Hanska) at 3.4/1 (co-favorite) with Mathieu Mottier up, clocked in 1.13.7kr (fractions 1.13.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000, 1.14.2kr at 500). The winner was well placed throughout and took the lead with 1500 meters to go. Tic Tac du Mont (8g Kerido du Donjon - Douala) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer J-P Marmion also at 3.4/1 odds. Ulyssee de Curgies (7g Gabor Star - Idoles de Curgies) took third at 23/1 for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Eric Prudhom. Universal Rider Reply : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajNXPwM1-4 The Prix de la Gacilly (€56,000, 2700 Meters, 16 European females) went to Vadette des Landes (6f New des Landes - Dolia du Houlbet) at 12/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. Timed in 1.14.4kr she defeated 24/1 Venture Jiel (6f Neoh Jiel  -Oceane Jiel) with Franck Ouvrie driving and third place 2.6/1 favorite Monas Invercote (6f Viking Kronos - Monas Speranza) for teamster Christophe Martens and trainer Svante Bath. Alexas (5m Ganymede - Myrtille des Bois) captured, at 4/1, the Prix du Finistere (€80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in a tightly contested finish. He was clocked in 1.15.2kr off slow fractions. Accordéon (5g Baccarat du Pont - Quaba des Conveu) was second at 31/1 for Benoit Robin ahead for Adman Perrine (5g Nijinski Blue - Pretty Perrine) for Franck Nivard at 9/1. Thomas H. Hicks

Uppercut du Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe- Nuit de Manche) won Sunday’s Gr. II Prix du Calvados (€150,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 monte starters) in 1.13kr with Damien Bonne up. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee scored his 19th career win now for earnings of €680,400. The 2.8/1 favorite defeated 13/1 Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Revary) with Mathieu Mottier and Un Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. The Grand Prix des Crackseries 2014 (€95,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters, time 1.11.3kr) went to the consistent Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. She scored at 1.1/1 odds to defeat 10/1 Vaiko Jenilat (6m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for trainer Sebastian Guarato. 14/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) was third for Ch. J. Bigeon. This Quinte+ event generated win/place only wagering in excess of €1.54 million.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0355   Ordre :       4.880,00€   Désordre :       97,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,60€   Bonus 3 :       4,40€ Later in the program driver Bjorn Goop won again in Paris, this time with Chelsea Boko (6m Chocolatier-Kelsea Boko) in the Prix de Lille (€88,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters, time 1.11.5kr). The Timo Nurmos trainee, at 2.1/1 odds, defeated 2.3/1 second choice Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Yannick A. Briand and legendary breeder/owner Jean Yves Lucuyer. Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) was a solidly closing third for Franck Nivard and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Separately, the leading drivers/trainers in Sweden for 2014 were announced with Bjorn Goop being the top dash winning and earnings leader. Robert Bergh was the top trainer. Drivers wins Björn Goop, 353 Ulf Ohlsson, 333 Jorma Kontio, 246 Peter Untersteiner, 201 Örjan Kihlström, 197 Robert Bergh, 181 Erik Adielsson, 176 Johnny Takter, 158 Johan Untersteiner, 147 Torbjörn Jansson, 104 Drivers earnings Björn Goop, 44 640 980 kr, US$ 5,714,629 Örjan Kihlström, 38 899 094 kr Erik Adielsson, 28 181 456 kr Ulf Ohlsson, 22 293 512 kr Jorma Kontio, 21 003 945 kr Trainers earnings Robert Bergh, 30 000 353 kr (280 wins), US$3,840,437 Peter Untersteiner, 22 921 776 kr (213) Björn Goop, 22 048 563 kr (213) Svante Båth, 16 804 271 (124) Lutfi Kolgjini, 16 699 025 (122) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Two monte contests of merit headlined the Tuesday night Vincennes card. The Prix Lilius for €80,000 went to Italy’s Palomar Lb handled by Elisabeth Allaire. The son of Varenne scored over 2850 meters in 1.13.9kr at 14/1 over the 46/1 outsider Veracity. Palomar Lb recorded his 12thcareer victory. Summary follows: Palomar Lb with Elisabeth Allaire September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lilius, European monte, €80,000 purse, 11 starters, 2850 meters, 1.13.9kr Palomar Lb (5m Varenne-Gilly Lb-Supergill), Elisabeth Allaire, 14/1, Italy, trainer Harri Ratanen, 12th career win for €155,101 earned Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), Clement Frecelle, 46/1 Viking de Tremahou (5g Flash de Cosse-Lea  Fortuna), Richard Joly up, 13/1 The secondary monte feature was the Prix Jean Mary for €78,000, this race for apprentice jockeys. Tayson de Houelle and Yann Joblot  held on for a narrow victory in 1.13kr over 2200 meters, over Safari Dream with Lolita Balayn up. See below: Tayson de Houelle (inside) September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jean Mary, monte apprentice jockeys, €78,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters, 1.13kr Tayson de Houelle (7g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette), Yann Jublot up, 4.5/1 Safari Dream (8g Gai Brillant-CC Memoria), Lolita Balayn aboard, 2/1 Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Alexis-Philippe Grimnault up, 15/1 Thomas H. Hicks

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