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September 12, 2015 - Saturday’s Prix Georges Dreux (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, monte 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 4/5 choice Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joseph Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr the winner defeated 4/1 odds Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) ridden by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault. Third went to 6.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) took the Prix RMC (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the good undercard timed in 1.12.8kr for J-M Bazire driving for trainer J-M Baudouin, off at 2.4.1 odds. Atlas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) was second for Joakim Lovgren at 3.4/1 with third to 6.4/1 Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) reined by Pierre Levesque for Nicolas Ensch trainer. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €3.15 million. Replay:   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ulster Perrine J.-M. Bazire C. Ouzzan J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 9 Alfas Da Vinci SWE J. Lövgren Stall Jamn Lenhovda J. Lövgren 3ème 12 Osiride Grif ITY P. Levesque Winner Stable N. Ensch 4ème 18 Tarass d'Amour E. Raffin Ecurie Sébastien Guarato S. Guarato 5ème 15 Urac R. Derieux A. De Sousa N. Ensch  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2161   Ordre :       1.960,00€   Désordre :       39,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ 24/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was victorious in the Prix de Montelimar (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.15.9kr for teamster Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Even-money favorite Chicago Blues (3m Prodigious-New Orleans) held second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin with third to 31/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) and reinsman Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. The Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr clocked, 9/10 favorite Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) driven by Franck Nivard. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that defeated 6/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) and teamster J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 43/1 outsider Barjal(4m Memphis du Rib-Jaldemosa) landed third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Replay: The Paris-Vincennes co-featured Gr. I Prix de Normadie (purse €240,000, monte over 3000 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed winner Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) handled by Antoine Lamy for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Haras de la Coquenne. He was off at 36/1 odds. 2.6/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 5.3/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Replay: At Wolvega the Derby Four Year-Olds (purse €28,600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 9.8/1 Early Stardust (4f Orlando Vici-Timely Stardust-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Cees-F Kemminga. 4/1 Exceptional Boko (4m Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) was second for Rob-T DeVieger and trainer D-P Tesselaar with third to 22/1 Easytowin (4f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) with Dion-P Tesselaar up on his trainee. At Bollnas SWE this day, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman in a 1.12.2kr tight photo over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Daniel Reden the pilot. Beau Mec was third for Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

The four-day  harness racing meet at the Clearfield County Fair came to an end today (Wednesday), with the last card featured sophomore pacers: two geldings upped their fair records for the year to 6-5-1-0, and one filly - already very familiar with winning - also notched her fifth fair win of 2015.   In three divisions for the males, the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived recorded the fastest clocking, 2:01.1, to post his fifth straight fair victory, this time by 6¼ lengths.   The all-time track recordholder at Hughesville by virtue of a 1:58.1 victory there in July, Royaltyhasarrived won again Wednesday for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Driver Brown also won another division of this event with EJ And Orr in 2:03.1 for conditioner Dan Walski and the Walski Stables LLC, to give him three scores on the day.   R N Nate also impressed as he kept pace with Royaltyhasarrived, having to race on the rim throughout, yet still tallying in 2:01.3 by 12¾ lengths.   Owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer is the guiding force behind the altered son of Nuclear Breeze - whose dam, R N Artist, was the 2003 PA Fair Champion in her sophomore division.   The Western Terror filly Tropical Terror, who led all North American two-year-olds last year with 16 visits to the winners circle (including 15 at the fairs), ran her 2015 tally to five victories on the twicearounds (four in current succession) with a 2:04.1 win for driver/uncle Chris Shaw, trainer/father Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, like the filly a three-year-old and the CEO/COO/CFO of the powerful Team Shaw.   The fastest filly division fell to the McArdle filly Clear Winner, who pulled a 2:04 major upset of Keystone I Wish, co-fastest PA fair horse of the year with Royaltyhasarrived (her 1:58.1 was at Gratz).   Keystone I Wish made an early burst after the ¼ to the lead, but Clear Winner, 6¼ lengths behind at the 3/4s, unleashed a powerful move through the turn and the stretch to edge her rival by a head for most of the team behind Royaltyhasarrived: driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owner Virginia Schoeffel, with Fred and Seth Dowling also co-owning Clear Winner.   For the four days of racing, Roger Hammer had eight driving victories and seven training triumphs to lead all horsemen; the sulky success allowed Hammer to win the Buster DiSalvo Trophy for most driving wins at Clearfield for the twelfth time.   Hammer solidified his perch atop the season-long standings, now having 40 sulky victories and 39 conditioning wins.   The highlight of the meet had to be the 2:02 trotting victory by Simeon and Dave Wade on Tuesday, equaling Cottonwood Sam's all-age track trotting record set in 2003.   The 2015 Pennsylvania fair circuit reaches its midpoint next week with racing at two fairs, stops number 10 and 11 on the 20-stop circuit, and about as far apart as you can get in Pennsylvania - there are 358 miles between Waynesburg PA (hometown of Dave Palone), in the southwest corner of the state, and Honesdale PA in the far northeast.   Waynesburg will race 2YO events this coming Tuesday and 3YO events this coming Wednesday, with first post each day 10 a.m.   The racing starts Wednesday at Honesdale at 4 p.m., with 3YO contests plus a $2000 FFA pace, while Thursday's 1 p.m. start will showcase 2YOs and a $2000 FFA trot.   Jerry Connors

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Europe’s best four year-olds squared off in today’s Gr. I Criterium Continental with a €240,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters with one scratch at Paris-Vincennes in the UET Masters Series) vying for its winners invitation to the Prix d’Amerique. The slick gaited, well-mannered Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Tumble Boys, rallied to score by a nose at 13.8/1 odds in 1.10.7kr. Tumble Dust scored from post nine, outside first tier, and battled to the front in fast tempo before allowing a game 16/1 Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgia Sacha) to gain the front for Gabrielle Gelormini with Malmqvist’s stablemate 33/1 Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde) behind Tumble Dust. Positions remained unchanged until even-money choice Aladin d’Ecajeul rolled near the leaders on the outside. Off the final bend Tumble Dust found room to the outside and Backfire found space on the pegs as the favorite faltered and Amiral Sacha battled on with great courage. The top three were noses apart on the line. Tumble Dust secured his tenth career win now for earnings of €510,169. Aladin d’Ecajeul ended fourth, Akim du Cap Vert fifth and J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon was seventh. Fractions were 1.05.2kr at 1500; 1.08.5kr at 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500, 1.10.7kr at the finish. On post-race interview reinsman Bjorn Goop was quoted as saying Tumble Dust was good today, got over the track well and still had gas left. Goop recorded his seventh win in France this year with the Criterium Continental triumph. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Un Mec d’Heripre took today’s Gr. II International Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. One of this summers’ best European based trotters, the six-year-old son of Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2700 meter course to win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner now has 17 career victories good for earnings of €1,001,780. Roxane Grif, a career winner of €2,474,618 battled gamely throughout, much of the journey uncovered on the outside, to hold second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. What a great mare she is! Veteran Roi du Lupin closed steadily to be third for Anthony Barrier. He’s now a career winner of €1,856,845 for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Vincennes card today was a good one with four graded events including the monte Prix de Basly for €120,000, and two other upper level events. Race summaries of these events are shown below. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Emile Wendling, Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15kr 1st Balva Mointaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.6/1 2nd Serpilla Spin (3m From Above-Karisma Zet), Franck Nivard, 10.3/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filanda), Pierre Vercruysse, 2.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Montier En Der, Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters 1st Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 6/1 2nd Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 4/5 odds 3rd Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Mathieu Mottier, 27.9/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Basly, monte Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters for three year-olds Fractions: 1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), Mathieu Mottier, 1.8/1 odds for this easy win 2nd Bocage d’Ortige (3m Mirages du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige), David Thomain aboard, 2.2/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odesis de Vandel-Natoes des Loges), P-Ph Ploquin up, 11.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris Vincennes, Prix d’Ete, Gr. II purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 7/10 odds 2nd 3rd Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 4.9/1 odds 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Damien Bonne for J-P Marmion, 3.1/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Mont St. Michel, European €65,000 purse, 16 starters, Q+ €4.45 million jackpot Fractions: 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/owner Th. Claesson, 29.1/1 2nd Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven), J-M Bazire, 1.9/1 favorite 3rd Orione Degli Dei (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Mauro Baroncini, 45.2/1 Quinte+ results of the race produced an exact order payoff of €112,440 for a €2 wager, excluding jackpot. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Joseph Aveline, €82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Alceate du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama), Mathieu Abrivard up, 6.4/1 2nd Anette du Mirel (4m Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), J-M Bazire for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 2.5/1 3rd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceintire), Joseph Verbeeck, 7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Mister JP, a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide, took today's Breeders Course Final for two year-olds at Jagersro, Sweden. Bjorn Goop steered the winner that is owned by J-P Barjon. Mister JP set a new SWE record of 1.13.1kr in the victory over 1640 meters autostart. The youngster remains undefeated in three career starts and he earned 450,000SEK for the victory. Jontte Boy (Finland), a three year-old son of Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall, took the Gr. I European Championship for three year-olds to also win 450,000SEK. He scored easily in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for reinsman Jorma Kontio. The favorite, Jontte Boy, claimed an early lead in the European Championship and controlled the race on the front. The Jerry Riordan trained Saphire Bi, a daughter of Conway Hall) finished third in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom. Summary results of the top races at Jagersro are shown below. 9/6/14 Jagersro, Final Breeders Course two year-olds, 450,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart 1.13.1kr (SWE record), winner 3/3 lifetime 1st Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop for J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus 2nd Tunika (2f Zola Boko-Veronoi du Ling-Super Arnie), Eric Adielsson for Tomas Malmqvist 3rd Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra), Rene Legati up for Holger Ehlert trainer 9/6/14 Jagersro, Silver Division, 125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Perfect Power (5g Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos), Peter Untersteiner 2nd October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), Adrian Kolgjini 3rd Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson 9/6/14 Jagersro, European Championship for three year-olds, Gr. I International, 450,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.7kr 1st Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), Jorma Kontio, Finland, his sixth win in nine starts now for life earnings of 1,215,004SEK 2nd Easytowin (3f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Von Camstra), Johnny Takter, Netherlands 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan, Italy 9/6/14 Jagersro, Birger Bengtssons Memorial, Gold Div., 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters, 1.10.3kr 1st Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador), Ulf Ohlsson up for Stefan Melander, his 11th win in 33 starts for 2,680,700SEK career earnings 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson aboard 3rd Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Flemming Jensen up by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Today's eighth leg of the Gr. III National Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (€90,000 purse, 18 starters) was held at Hippodrome Saint Malo. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day in France with a jackpot of €2.9 million (jackpot now increases by â‚100,000 each day when not hit by a ticket holder). The GNT was contested over 2950 meters turning start with three levels of distance. Highest money winners were penalized either 25 or 50 meters at the start. Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herland du Terme-Kimberland) took an easy win for reinsman J-M Bazire, despite a penalty of 25 meters. The veteran mare was timed in 1.14.5kr and was off at 13.5/1 odds. Urfee Jallerie was second for Damien Bonne and Pierre Levesque teamed Tornado Bello (half-brother to two-time Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream) to a third place finish. Favored Uprince finished ninth and veteran Quoumba de Guez, penalized 50 meters, ended unplaced. Bazire left the start aggressively with the winner and stated post-race that she is a good mare with potential to compete with the best. This was her first start in the 2014 GNT series. Race summary follows. August 6, 2014 Saint-Malo, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, Gr. III National, €90,000 purse, 2950 meters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot €2.9 million. Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire driver/trainer, 13.5/1 odds, her 14th career win for €503,070, raced barefoot and handicapped 25 meters Urfee Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine), Damien Bonne up, 4.9/1, 25 meter penalty. Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque, 7.2/1, 25 meter penalty. Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch. J. Bigeon up, 16.5/1 Starter de Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiniga), Gilles Delacour aboard for trainer Joel Hallais, 22.2/1, 25 meter handicap GNT equine point leaders through eight legs follow. Bazire is the series' leading driver and trainer. 1er Ugo du Loisir 39 points 2e Urfée Jallerie 36 points 3e Vicomte Boufarcaux 30 points 4e Quotient Gédé 24 points 4e Reine Hélène 24 points The Q+ exact order payoff was €13,310 for a €2 wager. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2.2 million after being recently hit) at Enghien-Soisy, France was the €65,000 European Prix du Parc des Princes over 2150 meters autostart. Dominik Locqueneux steered the Peter J. Strooper trained Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) to victory, her 11th for career earnings of €329,987. J.F. Roos owns the German-bred mare as she narrowly bested Denmark’s well-regarded Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) with J-M Bazire up. Elles W.Phedo (Sweden) was third for Johanna Lindqvist in the quick 1.12kr event. The Q+ exact order payoff for a €2 wager was €7,340 (without jackpot). On the Enghien-Soisy card Jean-Etienne Dubois scored a driving double, first with Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet) in the €68,00 purse Prix de Jonquieres over2875 meters. He was timed in 1.15.5kr with the win over nine rivals. Dubois also won with American Jet (4m Quaker Jet-Marlena) in the €39,000 Prix d’Uzes over 2150 meters autostart. This one defeated 14 rivals in 1.14.6kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Athos des Elfes crushed a solid four year-old group in today’s Gr. III Prix du Milan at Enghien-Soisy. Twelve contested the €85,000 European event over 2150 meters autostart and Jean-Pierre Dubois made the pace from post one with his Tast of Bourbon. The Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon miss took the field through solid fractions (1.11kr at 1000; 1.10.7 kr at 500) before yielding to favored (odds 7/10) Robert Bi with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Paul Hagoort. However, the field closed in and the most powerful finisher was Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) handled by trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute who recorded his 600th driving win, as the pair scored in 1.11.3kr at odds of 3.3/1. The winner secured his sixth career win, now for €229,530.  Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kaldida Jet) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard at 32/1. Italian outsider Ruty Grif (4m Varenne-Courer By Pass) was third at 97/1 for Anthony Barrier, teaming for trainer Marco Smorgon. Two other Italians were next across the line with fourth to aforementioned Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and fifth to Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Well respected Akim du Cap Vert finished sixth, Tast Of Bourbon faded to eighth and Rod Stewart was unplaced. The winner’s dam, Lazio du Bourg (Tadzio de la Motte-Fee de Marancourt-Tarass Boulba), was a classic winner of US$1,287,917 and a record of 1:55.1 as she won the Criterium des Ans and was second in the Criterium Continental. Tarass Boulba is a son of Speedy Somolli and he sired the dam (Enfilde) of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Athos des Elfes pedigree is 65% French trotteur and 35% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for

The hotly contested Quinte+ Prix de la Manche today at Enghien-Soisy (suburban Paris) went to hard-driving Repay Merci and reinsman Anthony Barrier. The Fabrice Souloy trainee nailed long-time pacesetter Swedishman and Franck Nivard (who traveled 2900 meters this day) on the line in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. The six year-old son of Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News won for the 12th time in his career, now for earnings of £281,920. The winner was off at 12/1 odds. Favorite Indigious ended third for teamster Eric Raffin. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Manche, European, Quinte+ with jackpot £4.85 million, purse £85,000, 18 starters, 2875 meters distance handicapped Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500 and finish 1st Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News), Anthony Barrier for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Repay (Denmark) owner, 2875 meters, 12/1 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2900 meters, 6.9/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 1.8/1 The co-featured Prix de Berlin for three year-old colts went to heavily favored Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and pilot Joseph Verbeeck. This pair led from the early going and fought off very determined Secretariat (Italy) before pulling away in late stretch to score in 1.14.1kr. The 2150 meter autostart contest carried an £85,000 purse for this Gr. III event. Bixente was third for Jean-Etienne Dubois. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de Berlin, 2150 meters autostart, European Gr. III, £85,000, 9 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.1kr finish 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederic Sauque owner, 3/10 favorite, seventh career win for £368,950 earned 2nd Secretariat (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius), Antonio Velotti up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, 8.6/1, Italy 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Kitty Meslois), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 6/1 by Tom Hicks, for

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes program featured excellent trotting and the celebration of the Franco-Chinese relationship.    The featured Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park was contested over 2700 meters.  This  Gr.  III monte test carried a purse of €110,000 and went to the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc owned and trained Sourire de Voutre. The eight year old gelded son of Gazouillis scored in 1.13.7kr over Italy’s Nene’Degli Ulivi with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons, as the slight favorite. The winner recorded his 16th career victory. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park-Trophee Yida, €110,000, monte, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella), Franck Nivard up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 2.1/1, his 16th career win for €703,340 lifetime earnings 2nd Nene’Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, 1.1/1 3d Quarnac de L’Iton (10g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois), Mathieu Mottier up, 67.8/1 The secondary feature, the Grand Prix de L’Annee du Cheval for €58,000 purse, went to Italy’s Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) trained by Catello Savarese for owner Scuderia Stecca. The winner scored for teamster Pierre Vercruysse in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart. Vulcania de Godrel  finished second for Franck Ouvrie and Porpora Lux, another Italian entrant, ended third for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix de l’Annee du Cheval, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.12kr 1st Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Scuderia Stecca, 6.9/1, Italy, 14th win for €112,939 2nd Vulcania de Godrel (5f Memphis du Rib-Julietta), Franck Ouvrie up, 12.5/1 3rd Porpora Lux (5f Self Possessed-Geladrier PL), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 107/1 The evening’s Quinte+ race of the day in France (jackpot €4.450,000) was the Grand Prix L’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, This 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of €58,000 for European starters of which there were 18. Germany’s pacesetting King Of The World scored in 1.12.7kr at 19.8/1 odds for driver Michael Nimczyk, trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. King Of The World is an accomplished five year-old son of Magnificent Rodney (Nordin Stable star of a few years ago) that now has 15 career wins for €88,007 as most of his racing has been in Germany for low purses. In fact, King Of The World has posted, since May 6, 2013, 12 wins and 4 placings in 16 appearances. Italy’s Ringostarr Treb, a four year-old son of Classic Photo, was second for driver Vercruysse and trainer Holger Ehlert. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was over €116,000 for a €2 play. June 27, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix l’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.45 million 1st King Of The World (5m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts-Hermes de Pericard), Michael Nimczyk driver for owner Johann Lenz  and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk (Germany), 19.8/1, 15 wins for €88,007, last 15 starts since May 6, 2014 with slate 12-2-1 and one fifth place finish 2nd Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), Pierre Vercruysse for Holger K. Ehlert, 6.2/1 3rd Vanychef (5m Offshore Dream-Manychaille), Michel Lenoir trainer/driver, 32.1/1 Later in the card three year-old fillies contested the Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom for a purse of €36,000. Sixteen starters battled over 2100 meters autostart with the win going to 5.8/1 odds Braga (by Oiseau de Feux), owned and trained by J.M.A. Roussel and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded her second lifetime win. The Quaker Jet filly Bakerloo Line was second in this event, timed in 1.14.4kr. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom, €36,000, three year-old females, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer J.M.A. Roussel, 5.8/1, her second career victory for €31,610 earned 2nd Bakerloo Line (3f Quaker Jet-Fenatoria), J. Koubiche, 5.7/1 3rd Bienvenue du Gers (3f Quinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 61.5/1 Other venues in France and Switzerland also hosted good racing this day. Sullighan took the €34,000 Prix Credit Agricole Normandie at Cherbourg. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca scored in 1.14.2kr over 2625 meters for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. At Toulouse Le Capiere, the G.P. Dynavenu Maisagri Duran for €35,000 went to Rambo Jet reined by R.W. Denecher. The nine year-old son of Goetmals Wood scored at 23.6/1 over Jean-Etienne Dubois’ Turbo Jet (by Joyau d’Amour). At Avenches (Switzerland) the €16,378 Coupe des 5 Ans Suisse went to 3/5 favorite Playboy Wind with trainer Wilhelm Paal aboard for Stall Allegra Racing. The five year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.16kr over the 2350 meter course. by Thomas H. Hicks, for 

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

Repay Merci (4m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) took today's Energima Cup Final for trainer/driver Knud Monster at Oslo. The Denmark-bred campaigner recorded his third 2014 win in 11 starts to earn the winners' prize of 200,000 krone. Time for the 1609 meter autostart contest was 1.11.5kr. Market Share's half-brother, Broadway Legs, battled bravely for trainer/driver Frode Hamre to hold second from the death seat with Bret Boko third for Jorma Kontio. The winners' dam is quite a producer, with three foals already winners of over US$100,000 (by Norvelous Hanover, Pine Chip and Offshore Dream) and a 2012 foal by Ready Cash in the waiting area. The dam, News From Heaven, was a major winner of over US$326,000, including the Norsk Trav Derby and third in the Forus Open. The four year-old elite, over 1609 meters autostart, for 200,000 krone to the winner, went to improving Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer. He was an easy winner in a quick 1.10kr after taking over from leader Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalida Jet-Extreme Dream) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Emmanuel Allard. Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) overcame post 10 to rally three wide for third with Single Sock fourth for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Nice spring weather, an energetic crowd and excellent racing characterize this day annually at Bjerke racecourse and today is no exception. Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver Frode Hamre timed in 1.12.4kr. This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) just missed for Ulf Ohlsson and Chocolate Day (3m Chocolatier-Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year. Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner. The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi) third for Jorma Kontio. The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m Broadway Hall-Classical Flirt) with trainer Frode Hamre at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m Sugarcane Hanover-Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m Ganymede-Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard. The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle. The Frode Hamre pupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m Angus Hall-Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen. Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g Donato Hanover-Reinvent-Malabar Man) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the Frode Hamre trainee. The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also a Frode Hamre trainee. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

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