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Friday’s Quinte+ was the Cagnes sur Mer contested Prix d’Olargues (purse 32,000£, 2925 meters, 18 starters) and it went to 1.13.kr timed Elsa de Belfonds (5f Tornado Bello-Taifa) with trainer Nicolas Ensch driving for owner Thomas Levesque. Elsa scored for the seventh time in 27 appearances now for life earnings of 208,040£. The 16/1 Americo Vespucci (9g Niky) took second for Steve Stefano with third to 41/1 Bella du Vivier (8f Korean) handled by A.A. Chavatte. The 11/1 Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede) with Anthony Muidebled up and 6.4/1 Eclat de Gloire, with trainer Loris Garcia up, completed the exact order top five, the Quinte+, that paid 19,797.20£ for the 2£ wager. The Q+ pool totaled 3,689,659£. The CSM featured Prix Jules Roucayrol (purse 49,000£, 2925 meters, 13 starters) saw the veteran and 4.8/1 odds Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) rally to victory for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Race time was 1.14kr and the winner now has 28 career wins for 655,230£ earned. The 4.6/1 Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo) rallied for second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.7/1 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was third in a photo for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 3.2/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) with teamster Junior Guelpa and 11/1 Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy) with Enrico Bellei up completed the top five. Friday evening trots were also at Wolvega with their feature race being the Prix le Cheval d’Or (purse 11,000£, 2600 meters, ten starters). The 1.1.2kr timed victory went to 3/1 odds Out Of The Slums (7g Muscles Yankee-Sugar) and pilot Michael Nimczyk. 39/1 outsider Ennyus Boko (8g Virgill Boko-Valencia Boko) took second for Mme. Caroline Aalbers, the owner/trainer/driver. The 9/10 favorite Thai Investment (10g Broadway Hall) was third for driver Jaap Van Rijn and trainer H.A.J. Grift. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 5/2 odds Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Jange) took tonight’s’ Prix de Rome Tor di Valle Memorial at Cagnes sir Mer. Nicolas Ensch teamed the winner that he owns and trains.  She was timed in 1.12.3kr, a track record for the distance. 3.2/1 Boss du Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue) held second for Christophe Martens and owner/trainer Y.A. Briand. 17/1 Viking d’Hermes was third ahead of even money favorite Colonel Bond and 38/1 Uranium. The Prix Ready Cash (purse 32,000 euro, 2700 meters autostart, 10 entrants) at CSM went to 5/1 Dauphin Royal (5m Kesaco Phedo)  with trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch up. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 72/1 Da Vinci Bond (5g Quaker Jet) was second for J.P. Ensch, also trainer. 3.7/1 Dusty Wood (5m Goetmals Wood-Orangette) took third with Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron. At Mariendorf (Berlin) the featured Garantiebrief (purse 7,500 euro, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 9/10 favorite Hector Boko (4g Going Kronos-Yucca Boko) timed in 1.12.5kr and driven by Dennis Spangenberg for trainer Thorsten Tietz. 3.1/1 Kentucky Bo (4g Dream Vacation-Classic Bo) was second for trainer Rudolf Haller driving and 55/1 Holly Star (4f Classic Grand Cru) was third for Jaap Van Rijn. At Cabourg was the Friday Q+ Prix du Conseil Departmental du Calando (purse 38,000 euro, 2750 meters, 16 European starters). 2.3/1 Ce Bello Romain (6g Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bello) scored in 1.14.2kr for driver Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer S.G.Dupont. This winner recorded his 10th career win in 34 starts now for 203,260 euro earned. 8/1 Digital Collection (7g Super Photo Kosmos-Full Authority) was second for David Thomain with third to 5/2 Colt des Essarts (6m Olitro) reined by Francois Lagadeuc. 95/1 Amour Orageux and 25/1 Cronis d’Hameline completed the top five and the Q+ exact order ticket paid 13,111 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 28, 2015 - Today’s Prix de Saint Loup (purse €20,000, 2650 meters, 16 starters) for three year-old fillies went to 15/1 Cybele Castelets (3f Quaker Jet-Elide) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Patrick Aubin. The 1.18.9kr winner defeated 8.3/1 Conquete A Deux (3f Sam Bourbon-Nina Madrik)  along the pegs driven by Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 4.4/1 Carla de Flosaille (3f Rapidedu Bois-L’Epopee) was third. Trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch won the Prix Genera;l Bonnafe (purse €34,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) with 1.15.8kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie), owned by Ecurie du Haras de l’Epinay. The classy veteran defeated 27.2/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Place d’Honneau) drivemn by trainer Anthony Laigrom and third finishing 2.2/1 odds Potenza OM (6f Yankee Glide-Francee di Jesolo) driven by trainer Pietro Gubellini. The Prix Oscar RL (purse €22,000, 2650 meters, 12 starters) at Pont de Vivaux went to 3.6/1 Amtao (5g Rocklyn-Melia Clairchamp) clocked in 1.16.9kr for Kevin Van The Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner defeated 13.4/1 Aubin de Larcy (5g Assaim Laurent-Quismie de Bavent) and 3.8/1 Astre de Feu (5m Diamant Gede-Nuit de Feu) the latter owned/trained/driven by Nicolas Ensch. Attenarco(5g Ready Cash-Mattmarra(  won today’s Prix du Cheval Francias at Avenches carrying a purse of €12,489 and contested by seven over 3000 meters autostart. This 3/10 favorite scored in 1.17.2kr for He. Turrettini, owner/driver. 9.5/1 Scoop de Bellouet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Muse de Bellouet) was second for Pascal Schneider with third to 23/1 Une du Martz (7f Carpe Diem-L’Aventure). Avenches’ Swiss Champions contest (purse €16,652, 2350 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 1.16.3kr winner Podium du Rib (12g Giant Cat-Gallia de Vandel) reined by Mme. Rene Aebischer and owner Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was second for Heniz Gubler and third went to Rebus (7g In Love With You-Kattnouga) for Marcel Humbert and Stall Allegra Racing Club. Thomas H. Hicks

February 6, 2015 - The Cagnes sur mer feature harness racing event was the Prix Jules Roucayrol (€80,000, 2925 meters, European 10 starters) and it went to Roller Quick (10m Derby du Gite - Arquebuse) and trainer/driver Jean Uroz. The 5/1 winner secured career win 16 now for €569,230 earned. 16/1 Soumoulou (9g First de Retz - Nuvelle Perle) was second ahead of 73/1 Starter du Rib (9g Ganymede - Juviga). Favorite Global Midnight was fifth. Cagnes sur mer hosted Friday’s Quinte + (jackpot €5.3 million) with its Prix d’Olargues (€32,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) and victory went to Verdi d’Em (6g Neoh Jiel - Heavenly) at 3/1 with Nicolas Ensch the trainer/driver. Uma Royale (7f Ipson de Mormal - Muse Royale) held second for owner/trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand at 8/1 in the event clocked by the winner in 1.14.3kr. 86/1 Trust Speed was third for A-A Chavatte and trainer Henk Grift. Thomas H. Hicks

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