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Un Mec d’Heripre (six year-old son of Orlando Vici) won today’s €200,000 Prix Rene Balliere on disqualification for rough-gait (as determined by judges)  of line-leading and pacesetter Uhlan du Val reined by Cedric Megissier. Franck Nivard steered the placed-winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy to the 1.10.7kr score over 2100 meters autostart. Uhlan du Val led decisively from the beginning and was two lengths best across the line before the dq. Tiego d’Etang raced well to be a closing second for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Veteran Reve de Beylev was a solid third along the inner for Mathieu Abrivard. Prix Rene Balliere, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.10.1kr at 500; 1.10.7kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 2.1/1 2nd Tiego d’Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon trainer/driver, 3.9/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (7m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard, Sebastien Guarato trainer, 10.1/1 4th Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard), Damien Bonne up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 66.2/1 5th Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocohontas), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 28/1 Uhlan du Val first across the line easily as pacesetter and disqualified; Roxane Griff parked three-wide without cover early and then pulled back/eased Eric Raffin rode his second Gr. I monte winner today as he steered Atlessima to victory in the prestigious featured event at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Rocklyn raised her career earnings to over €442,000 with this her sixth win. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anna Mix and Al Capone Jet trailed the winner home as favorite A Nous Deux was disqualified for an early miscue. Axelle Dark (by Ready Cash) made her initial monte start and ended fifth, after her recent performance to sulky has tailed off. Prix du President de la Republique, Gr. I monte, €240,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.13.8kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500; 1.14.1kr finish 1st Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, sixth lifetime win for €442,740, 5.4/1 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc trainer, 8.8/1 3rd Al Capone Jet (4m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Mougane), Mathieu Abrivard up, 30.3/1 4th Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva up, 18.6/1. Ake Kristoffersson trainer Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire, 8.7/1 Favored A Nous Deux dq for break in first 500 meters Today’s Pick-5 Prix de Grobois at Paris-Vincennes produced a driving eight-horse finish that went to Olmo Holz (by Uronometro) teamed by Christophe Martens. The Italian-bred campaigner is owned by Frans Delmonte and trained by Vincent Martens. This 16th career win raised the winners’ earnings to over €496,000. Ursule du Bouffey and Lobell Countess trailed the victor. The winner overcame a 25 meter distance penalty to win timed in a sharp 1.13.5kr. Prix de Grobois, European, €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.2kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500; 1.13.5kr finish Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Frans Delmonte owner, 9/1, traveled 2875 meters, 16th career victory for €496,596, Italy Ursule du Bouffey (6f Indy de Vive-Illusion du Coq), P-Y Verva up, 1.6/1 favorite, 2850 meters Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way), Dominik Locqueneux up, Peter J. Strooper trainer, 12/1, 2850 meters The day’s co-featured Prix Albert Viel, a Gr. I event for three-year old males for a purse of €200,000, produced a 1-2 finish order for Philippe Allaire trainees, both of which overcame rough-gaitedness to hold up on the official board.  Boccador de Simm (by Rieussec) took the close win for Pierre Vercruysse timed in 1.14.4kr over the 2700 meter grand-piste course. Favored Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with Brutus de Bailly finishing well to be third for J-M Bazire. The winner took the top prize for the sixth time in a career that now shows over €211,000 earned. Prix Albert Viel, Gr. I three year-olds, €200,000, 2700 meters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500; 1.14.4kr finish 1st Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussec-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier-Henri Thomas, 3.7/1, his sixth score for €211,350 2nd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire), Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Allaire, 3/1 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up, 5.5/1 4th Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril), Franck Ouvrie up, 36/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

Univers de Pan (FR), with harness racing trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard aboard, took the first over path to win today’s prestigious Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Helsinki. The 1609 meter autostart test rewarded €110,000 to the winner, he the 1.75/1 favorite on the Fintoto network.  Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10.7kr, second fastest in the rich history of the classic. Oasis Bi was second for Claes Svensson at 14.2/1 with Prussia third for Pietro Gubellini at 6.87/1 (she raced first over initially before being covered by the winner that raced in the death seat), this pair noses apart for second on the line and a length off Univers de Pan. Sweden’s Sanity ended fourth for Johnny Taker. The defending 2013 winner Nesta Effe finished sixth. Recently imported Blue Porsche was never a factor and broke in the stretch as did local favorite Air Gunner. Univers de Pan, pictured below, is a handsome, superbly gaited six year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de al Vaudere that is owned by Olivier Horvath. Today’s victory was his 18th in a career that now has produced lifetime earnings of €1,197,530. Sij. Hevonen Ohjastaja Matka:Rata Aika Palkinto Kerroin 1 6   Univers de Pan* (FR) Philippe Daugeard 1609:6 10,7a 110000 € 2,75 2 2   Oasis Bi* (IT) Claes Svensson 1609:2 10,8a 45000 € 15,22 3 8   Prussia* (IT) Pietro Gubellini 1609:8 10,8a 20000 € 7,87 4 4   Sanity* (SE) Johnny Takter 1609:4 10,9a 10000 € 3,73 5 1   Juliano Rags* (NO) Noralf Braekken 1609:1 11,0a 5000 € 28,67 6 3   Nesta Effe* (IT) Roberto Vecchione 1609:3 11,2a   9,12 7 9   Paladin Bleu* (FR) Joseph Verbeeck 1609:9 11,3a   91,98 8 5   Quite An Avenger Markku Nieminen 1609:5 11,7a   72,17 hpl 7   Blue Porsche (US) Iikka Nurmonen 1609:7 -a   40,95 hpl 10   Air Gunner Kari Rosimo 1609:10 -a   17,38 Click Helsinki race 10 for replay. http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive Prior ten winner of the Finlandia AJO are listed below Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 The undercard featured several fine events as well. The Glenn Kosmos Memorial for four year-olds, contested over 1609 meters autostart for €21,500 purse, went to Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) in 1.10.8 (1:53.9) for reinsman Pietro Gubellini. The Patrick Chevrier trainee was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Alizia du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalinda jet) was second for Johnny Takter and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett) was third for Pekka Korpi. Other winners on the card were Le Cupole (7m Gentle Star-Molly Hebre) for teamster Hanni Torvinen in the 3100 meter John Deere Gator. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr for the score for a purse of €22,000. The three year-olds battled in the Jurodia Butzow Pris for €21,500 over 2100 meters autostart. Thomas Korvenoja reined the winning Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) in their 1.13.9kr score. The card started with the Prix Finlandia Monte (€6,000, 2100 meters) going to Testa Rossa Pat (7f Offshore Dream-Namorosa-Corot) ) with Philippe Masschaele up in 1.14kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Defending Finlandia-Ajo champion Nesta Effe faces a stiff challenge to his crown from rising French star Univers de Pan and Swedish star Sanity at Vermo , Saturday night. The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled. Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion. She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup. Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final. Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season. So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race. Malin Lofgren's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of Love You is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here. Philippe Daugeard's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race. A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding. But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field. The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree. This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event. A few facts Horses with most wins 2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000) 2 - Napoletano (1988, 1989)[3] Drivers with most wins 3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009) 3 - Stig H. Johansson (1988, 1989, 2004) 3 - Jorma Kontio (1985, 1986, 2007) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) 2 - Joseph Verbeeck (1998, 2003) Trainers with most wins 3 - Fabrice Souloy (2003, 2008, 2009) 2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000) 2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) Sires with most winning offsprings 2 - Biesolo (Giesolo de Lou, Oiseau de Feux) 2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick) 2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad) 2 - Super Bowl (Davidia Hanover, Napoletano Countries, number of wins 10 - United States 9 - France 7 - Sweden 4 - Finland Fastest winners 1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010) All winners of Finlandia-Ajo[edit] Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David France 1:15.6 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Holger Ehlert trained Nesta Effe returns to Vermo. Fineland on Saturday May 10 to defend last year's Finlandia AJO title. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event will be contested over 1609 meters autostart for purse of 190,000 euros. Three career winners of over 1 million euros are in the lineup (Nesta Effe, Sanity and Univers de Pan).Ten quality performers will be at the start: Juliano Rags, Noralf Braekken, Norway Oasis Bi, Claes Svensson, Italy Nesta Effe, Roberto Vecchione, Italy Sanity, Johnny Takter, Sweden Quite An Avenger, Marrku Nieminen, Finland Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, France Blue Porsche, Likka Nurmonen, USA Prussia, Pietro Gubellini, Italy Paladin Bleu, Joseph Verbeeck, France Air Gunner, Kari Rosimo, Finland Nesta Effe Replay of the 2013 event and post-race festivities are shown by link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZih-ToflI#t=362 The 2014 field at Helsinki shapes up as wide-open affair. Oasis Bi has 12 career wins in 35 starts for 3,263,264SEK. The six year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed has posted two wins in four starts this year against solid foes. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) has also started 2014 effectively with a 3-2-0 slate in five starts including success in France. He now has 30 wins from 69 appearances for earnings of 9,723,176SEK. Local player Air Gunner (6g Ray Gun-Dame Gallant-Meadow Gallant) has also begun the season well with three wins, the last two in 1.11.7kr for driver Kari Rosimo. Winners of the Finlandia include legends of the trotting wars internationally (e.g., Commander Crowe, SJ's Photo, Copiad, Davidia Hanover, Napoletano, Grade's Singing and Ideal du Gazeau). The race record 1.10.6kr was set in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene reined by Bjorn Goop. Winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy  France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer  United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi  Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet  France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola  Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade  United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné  Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen  Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson  Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway  United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop  United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson  United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen  United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen  United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop  Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin  Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre  France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David  France 1:15.6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Franck Anne teamed his pupil Akim du Cap Vert to victory in today's 240,000e ($333,000 US) Gr. I Prix des 4Ans at Vincennes, scoring a rallying win in 1.11.8kr over 2850 meters. The son of Frist de Retz won for the seventh time, now for career earnings of 621,930e lifetime. Favored Aladiin d'Ecajeul was second for Eric Raffin after being the pacesetter. Summary follows: May 3, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Gr. I Prix des 4Ans (Conquerant), 240,000e, 2850 meters, 17 starters, 1.11.8kr 1st Akin du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 16/1, his seventh win 2nd Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, 1.3/1 3rd Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg), J. Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 19/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire, 30/1 5th Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 14/1 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

Topflight trotting action took place Friday-Saturday in France at Paris-Vincennes and Enghien including Quinte+ on both programs and graded events for four year-olds (males and females). The Prix Gaston de Wazieres, a Gr. II 120,000e test for four year-old mares over 2100 meters autostart, went to Alesia d'Atout with Mathieu Mottier aboard. This pair prevailed in a close photo over two Dubois-clan rivals, Africaine with Jean-Etienne Dubois up and the Julien Dubois teamed Atlesima. The winner was timed in a solid 1.12.6kr as she recorded her sixth career victory. April 18, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston de Wazieres, Gr. II females, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.6kr 1st Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J.Y. Lherete, 3.7/1, her sixth win for 321,250e lifetime 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Atlesima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin, 2/1 The males four year-oilds contested the 120,000e Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet and favored Aladin d'Ecajeul took the top prize for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The victory raised his earnings to over 496,000e as he scored in hand to stop the timer in 1.13kr. The son of Quaker Jet looks like he could be an aged contender for future years. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston Brunet, Gr. II males, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul-Halimede), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.1/1 odds, owner Philippe DeWulf, ninth career win 2nd Africain (4m Oardo-Kamine), Franck Nivard up, 9/1 3rd Adonis du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Quintaescencia), Dominik Locqueneux, 43/1 Also on the Friday evening program at Vincennes there was an interesting undercard. The Quinte+ Prix Alethem went to Under Blue, handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop. The six-year old daughter of Elvis de Rossignol scored in 1.14.5kr over 2850 meters. Favorites dominated the contest causing the 2e exact order payoff (absent jackpot) to be only 2,784e. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alethem, 75,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot 7.45 million euros 1st Under Blue (6m Elvis de Rossignol-Jangala-Buvetier d'Aunou), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Hallberg, ninth career win for 210,850e lifetime, odds were 2.5/1 2nd Ultra Classique (6m Kiwi-Javana de Moi), Eric Raffin, 6/10 odds 3rd Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Anthony Barrier, 9/1 Lightly raced three year-old fillies contested the Prix Palma with victory to the second time winner Bianca de Lou. The daughter of Ready Cash from Prima de Lou by Coktail Jet was reined by Christophe Martens. Dubois fillies by Password and Goetmals Wood finished second and fourth in the closely fought event. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Palma, females, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.9kr 1st Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima de Lou-Coktail Jet), Christophe Martens, 2/1, Vincent Martens trainer for Ecurie Olmenhof, her second win for 30,600e euros lifetime 2nd Belle d'Hommeur (3f Password-Place d'Honneur), Julien Dubois, 66/1 3rd Blue Comet (3f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Komete d'Urzy), P-Y Verva, 56/1 4th Be You Soon (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon), Patrick Chevrier, 50/1 Saturday action at Enghien showcased a solid victory by well-regarded Clint W. Boko in the Prix de l'Arginne. The five year-old son of Abano As from Holland scored in 1.12.9kr with fast closing fractions over the 2150 meter distance. Robin Bakker was in town to handle the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Argonne, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 72,000e, 1.12.9 kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500 1st Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul J.P. Hagoort, his ninth win for career earnings of 244,591e, Holland, 4.7/1 2nd Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla), Josef Franzl trainer/driver, 14/1, Germany Also on Saturday, Alex The Winner posted an impressive score in the Prix de Lons-le-Saunier for male four year-olds. Jean-Etienne Dubois piloted his owned/trained pupil to the fourth career victory for the powerful striding chestnut son of Orlando Vici. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Lons-le-Saunier, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters, 46,000e, 1.14.4 1st Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/trainer/owner, 9/10 favorite, his fourth win for lifetime earnings of 72,520e 2nd Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet-Maya d'Atout), Franck Nivard up, 8/1 3rd Andalou d'Huon (4m Otello Pierji-Nina d'Huon), Michel Lenoir, 33/1 The day's Quinte+ event went to Uprince with Franck Nivard teaming. He defeated a solid veteran field in 1.12.7kr over 2150 meters autostart in the 60,000e Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil. The Barjon owned, Pierre Levesque driven Tornado de l'Ocean was second ahead of Elles W.Phedo with Johanna Lindqvist at the lines. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 60,000e, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with 7.5 million euro jackpot 1st Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard, 2.7/1, his 10th win for career earnings of 312.700 euros 2nd Tornado de l'Ocean (7g Look de Star-Taluina), Pierre Levesque, 3.5/1 3rd Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist, 12/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

It will be a case of the Dubois' second generation stars battling it out for favouritism in the Prix Gaston De Wazieres (G2) a 120,000 euros preparatory race for the Criterium des 4 Ans, over 2100m in Good Friday racing at the Temple du Trot in France. Jean-Philippe Dubois will have son Julien on board favourite Atlessima, a daughter of Rocklyn - a son of Love You, the world champion sire owned and raced by the clan's patriarch, Jean-Pierre Dubois. Atlessima was second in the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), which was the first prep, earlier in the month. She is already a group one winner, although under saddle in the Prix de Vincennes. Vying for favouritism is the winner of the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), Africaine, who is owned and driven by Jean-Pierre's younger son Jean Etienne Dubois . She is a daughter of French-bred sire Oiseau de Feux, an unheralded former European Derby winner who was second in both the Elitloppet and Lotteria, the Premier races of Sweden and Italy respectively. The pair were the first two favourites the last time out and the public have stuck with them in early markets. The well-credentialled Avila a daughter of Ready Cash in the care of the champion's former trainer Thierry Duvaldestin is third inearly betting despite not having risen to the heights she showed as a juvenile when she won two group one races. Also getting support is Alesia d'Atout, a mare by in the stable of Dominique Mottier, who won the Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2) in January and was third favourite in the Prix Paul Leguerney. The proudly French-bred chestnut Prince Gede (83% French trotter) was a wonderful performer on the track (a winner of the French triple crown marathon Prix de Paris no less) and his daughter from his first crop Athena de Vandel has certainly inherited a lot of his traits,and will also come in for plenty of support. And Ganymede has proven to be one of France's unheralded heroes in the breeding barn, a proven producer of top class performers in France and Italy, and throughout Europe. He is represented by Adelie who will be driven by Alexandre Abrivard for Laurent Claude Abrivard. PRIX GASTON DE WAZIERES Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Nat Group 2 100 4F 120 000e 1 Avila Ready Cash (Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Alesia d'Atout (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 3 Almira Marancourt (Lilium Madrik - Elmira) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Hervalet 4 Adelie (Ganymede - Linea Dream) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2100 5 Africaine (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Alizea du Kastel (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 7 Athena de Vandel (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 8 Asana Trembladaise (Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Dr: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion 9 Atlessima (Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Agora (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Alexandre Buisson 11 Aosta de Lou (Goetmals Wood - Prima Dona de Lou) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Agneska (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas) Dr: Gregory Simon Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 13 Altesse des Brumes (Jasmin de Flore - Fleur de Leau) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Harel by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Monte star Vision Intense is one of four entrants of the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable of Jean Philippe Dubois in a field of 15 entered in the group two Prix Henri Levesque at Vincennes on Saturday. The race for the 5YO V-generation is over 2175m and the daughter of Prodigious will be making her first serious attempt under harness since appearing in the 4YO equivalent race this time last year, the Prix Paul Legeurney, where she ran eighth to Varade d'Hermine who also lines up here. Her last win under harnesss came in the Coupe Inter-Regionale des 3 Ans in Vincennes in December 2012 although she does have two top-three placings in group races under harness, the last one being the Prix Annick Dreux also in December 2012. She will be driven by Julien Dubois. Dubois' other three entrants include the underrated Volcan d'Urzy, who will be diven by Jean Philippe Dubois himself, was second in two of the group ones Criterium Des 4 Ans and Prix Albert Viel for this crop. Group two winner Voyage de Reve was third in the Prix De Croix Euro (G2) this year, while twice group two placed Love You mare Visite Royale will be driven by Michel Lenoir. The field is start-studded, featuring dual Criterium winner Franck Anne's star mare Vanika du Ruel, a four-time winner at group one level and recently back in form with a win in the Prix Jean Le Gonidec (G2) in February this year after more than 12 months without a win. Roberto Donati's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt, who is undertaking his first season at stud simultaneously as they do routinely in France, is also back under harness and and the son of Opus Viervil will be looking for his first win since his success in the classic, some 11 months ago. Two of the in fom runners are Jean-Etienne Dubois' Villeroi and Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val who have been prominent in group two races this year at Vincennes. Viking de Val, a son of Baccarat du Pont, won the Prix Robert Auvray (G2) and was second in the Prix De Croix Euro while Villeroi, a son of Oiseau de Feux, won the Prix Ovide Moulinet (G2) and was second in the Prix Robert Auvray. Franck Leblanc's Vigove also has a win this year, picking up the Prix de Croix in early January, although he has been well held in his last two starts. PRIX HENRI LEVESQUE Vincennes 12/04/14 GROUP 2 FR Nat 5YOs 2175m 120 000 euros 1 Vodka des Caillons (5m Nuage de Lait - Aberlande) Dr: Hubert Hardy Tr: Hubert Hardy 2 Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 3 Valdu Mag (5h Jam Pridem - Poesie de Chamant) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 4 Visite Royale (5m Love You- Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Michel Lenoir Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 6 Varade d'Hermine (5m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Francoise Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 7 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 9 Villeroi (Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Christophe. Martens Tr: J-Et. Dubois 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 11 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 14 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Jean Ettiene Dubois' Villeroi seems finally to have found the depths to his stamina needed to compete at the very top level in France. His last start victory was his first in twelve starts at group level and his sixth overall in 34 race attempts. While he has accrued a respectable 309,590 euros, the son of Oisau de Feux and top broodmare Pocahontas was prone to step roughly when the pressure went on, and was we know in France galloping is an instant DQ, while more than a couple of skips from either front or back pairings will have a race taken off the offender. He will face a field of 5YOs in the Prix Robert Auvray, a 120,000 euro group two over 2850m which is absent of the money leaders of the V-generation, the likes of Vanika du Ruel, Victoire and Village Mystic. Indeed Villeroi is only just in the top 20 of his generation's richest although of course a good many of those will be under saddle specialists. The highest earner in the field is Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt who looks to be coming back into form after recording his fastest time ever last start, 1.11.1 (under a 25m handicap) which was the equal fastest in the race but only good enough for sixth in the Prix des Selection, with the front markers from the A-generation taking four of the top places with their advantage. Eric Raffin will be in the bike on Roberto Donati 's son of Opus Viervil, and he is at generous odds (5/1) in the early market on the French PMU. Viking de Val has the early favouritism despite a gallop in the Prix de Selection and a third placing behind Villeroi in the Prix Ovide Moulinet in mid February. Trainer Eric Lambertz will as usual pilot the son of Baccarat du Pont who is a newcomer to group racing, and while he has yet to win a black type race he has been highly competitive with a third placing in the group one Criterium Continental, being his career highlight so far. Jean Michel Bazire is in the bike on Varade d'Hermine which has the daughter of Legs du Clos prominent in the market but although she is a multiple group two winner, she hasn't greeted the judge in nearly a year. Franck Nivard's Vulcan De Vandel and Michael-Jean Ruault's Vicomte Boufarcaux are the others to garne somer early support. Jean-Phillipe Dubois has a trio of runners in Volcan d'Urzy, Voyage de Reve and Visite Royal but all are considered outsiders on form. PRIX ROBERT AUVRAY Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Group 22850 5YO 120,000 euros 1 Victoria du Jouan (m Insert Gede - Jirondelle) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (m Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Varade d'Hermine (m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2850 5 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2850 6 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 8 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 9 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2850 10 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink

Athena de Vandel won today's Gr. III Prix Vindex at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Prince Gede scored in 1.16.1kr at 5.6/1 odds over 2700 meters to take the 45% winners' share of the 95,000 euro purse. Cedric Megissier trains and drives the winner for La Tour de Vandel. Africaine was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 7/2 odds. Athena de Vandel February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Vindex, GR. III, 95,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia dce Vandel), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver for owner La Tour de Vandel, 5.6/1 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver/owner, 3.5/1 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard, 26.9/1 Italy's Oropura Bar, a six year-old son of Love You, won the Quinte+ Prix Emile Allix Courboy for 80,000e over 2100 meters autostart. Marco Smorgon is trainer/driver of the winner for 4AB SAS. The winner scored at 6.4/1 in 1.13.4kr over 39/1 outsider Topaze de Gournay with owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie aboard. The Quinte+ exact order 2e ticket paid €66,696. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Emile Allis Courboy, 80,000e, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, Quinte+ 4.95 million euro jackpot 1.13.4kr 1st Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 6.4/1 odds, owner 4AB Sas (Italy) 2nd Topaze de Gournay (7f Kepler-Haute Tension), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver/owner, 39.2/1 3rd Tolca de Bellouet (7f Orlando Vici-Quenavora), Mathieu Abrivard, 11.8/1 Bomba took today's Prix Ali Hawas, a Gr. II monte event for 120,000e over 2700 meters. Yohan Lebourgeois handled the winning three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood for Philippe Allaire. Heavily favored Beauty Turgot was second for Franck Nivard in the contest with the winner timed in 1.16.8kr. Ballerine Griff finished third with Eric Raffin up for Sebastian Guarato trainer for Ecurie Griff. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Ali Hawas, Gr. II 120,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, monte 1.16.8kr 1st Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 3.6/1 odds, Philippe Allaire trainer for Mme. I Martin 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragame), Franck Nivard, 1.1/1 odds favorite, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Mme. T. H. Hoste owner 3rd Ballerine (3f Password-Keva Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 21.1/1 odds for Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie Griff Bird Parker, often a solid runner-up performer in three year-old graded events, today scored in the Gr. II monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 120,000e. The son of Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier, trained by Philippe Allaire, scored in 1.16.4kr over 2700 meters. The win raised his earnings to 164,480e. Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc with 61/1 outsider Bingo Star third. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Felicien Gauvreau, Gr. II monte, 120,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters   1.16.4kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir de Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. El. Allaire, 3/1 odds, his second career win for earnings of 164,480e 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia, 5/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy up for trainer/owner Lucien Swita, 61.3/1 odds Final day of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes is Saturday and quite a fine card it is. Four graded events, each worth over 100,000e highlight the program. The 240,000e Prix de Selection features Gr. I starters Village Mystic, Uhlan du Val, Univers de Pan and Axelle Dark. The Gr. II Prix de l'Union Europeenne for 160,000e has veteran Roi du Lupin at the start against invaders Sanity and On Track Piraten. Monte events worth 120,000e feature Quarry Bay in the Prix Henri Desmontils, with Camille Levesque in the irons, and the Prix Louis de Bourg showcases Al Capone Jet, A Nous Dous and Aston Fly. See below listings. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix d'Alencon, European, monte, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Latest News, 6g, O. Touvais, 84008 Sweden Crme Brulee, 5f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, 127797 Sweden Ulm de Chichevet, 6g, P-Y Verva, 128860 Volcan d'Occagnes, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 128860 Valseur de Kacy, 5m, Alexandre Abrivard, 129700 Umaga, 6f, Nathalie Henry, 137330 Ukerlza du Benjo, 6f, M. Mottier, 142820 Plutonio, 5m, Mathieu Abrivard, 146796 Italy Vermeer Jarzeen, 5g, Eric Raffin, 151850 Orione Spin, 6m, Philippe Masschaele, 154924 Italy Ultissino, 6m, Damien Bonne, 188790 Viva Forest, 5f, Franck Nivard, 189460 Disco A.E., 6m, David Thomain, 219330 Sweden Prix de Selection, Gr. I €240,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Below travel 2175 meters Aldo des Champs, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 244510 Alesia d'Atout, 4f, M. Mottier, 258850 Astor du Quenne, 4m, J-M Bazire, 266940 Atlessimam 4f, Julien Dubois, 273540 Aladin d'Ecajeul, 4m, Eric Raffin, 334940 Anastasia Fella, 4f, Franck Nivard, 438250 Akim du Cap Vert, 4m, Franck Anne, 504330 Axelle Dark, 4f, Jos. Verbeeck, 535400 Below travel 2200 meters Vanna Coletto, 5f, Anthony Barrier, 134500 Viking de Val, 5m, Eric Lambertz, 326940 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie, 379966 Voltigeur de Myrt, 5m, Pierre Vercruysse, 389915 Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, David Thomain, 558940 Village Mystic, 5m, Louis Baudron, 641570 Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 935530 Prix Henri Desmontils, Gr. III International monte, 120,000e, 2850 meters, 10 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Signeville, 8f, Julien Raffestin, 280270 Texas de l'Iton, 7g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 434240 Quassia du Bon Air, 10g, M. Mottier, 447550 Torre Crepin, 7g, A. Lamy, 460730 Utoky, 6m, Franck Nivard, 549250 Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 565530 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, 610280 Rubis Dairpet, 9g, Eric Raffin, 621610 Risque Tout, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 954150 Quarry Bay, 10f, Camille Levesque, 1058020 Prix de l'Union Europeenne, Gr. II UET Masters Series, European, 160,000e, 11 starters, 3000 meters Starter du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 424480 Maxwell Mayday, 9g, Bjorn Goop, 441740 Finland Quela Rive, 10f, Mme. A-F Donati, 549830 On Track Piraten, 6g, Pierre Vercruysse, 555429 Sweden Son Alezan, 8m, Dominik Locqueneux, 558520 Quinio du Relais, 10g, Sebastian Hardy, 728891 Rigiorieux du Bois, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 801230 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, David Thomain, 869828 Sanity, 8g, Franck Ouvrie, 915895 Quoiumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1145569 Roi du Lupin, 9g, Franck Nivard, 1498700 Prix Louis de Bourg, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 28509 meters, 11 starters, four year-olds Horse, age/sex, jockey, earning euros Armio, 4m P. Masschaele, 32860 Astuce du Bas Bosq, 4f, Damien Bonne, 45410 Avireau de Houelle, 4m, P. Edouard Mary, 64630 A Priori, 4m, David Thomain, 77440 Airport, 4m, Eric Raffin, 83400 Anna Mix, 4f, Franck Nivard, 90000 Antara Buissonay, 4f, Yohan Lebourgeois, 117340 Agrippine, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, 129630 Aston Fly, 4m, J. Carre, 134120 A Nous Dous, 4f, Nathalie Henry, 135250 Al Capone Jet, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 141520 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Veteran Rire Mutin took today’s Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont, the 80,000€ 2925 meter European event at Cagnes sur mer. Edouard Coubard-Meunier reined and trains the winner of 481,800€ who recorded his 16th career win. The 25/1 longshot scored over favorite Talicia Bella driven by Anthony Barrier for Ecurie J-P Marmion. February 21, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Joinville le Pont, 80,000€, Gr. III European, 12 starters, 2925 meters, 12 starters 1.14.3kr Rire Mutin (9g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-Sancho Panca), Edouard Coubard-Meunier driver/trainer, 25/1, his 16th win for 481,800€ Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella-Vivier de Montfort), Anthony Barrier for Jean-Paul Marmion, 1.8/1 favorite Quentin Rose (10g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose-Podosis), Rik Depuydt, 7.3/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 16/1 Ugolinviel with teamster Damien Bonne. This pair took the 46,000€ Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour in 1.14kr to defeat 25/1 outsider Uniave Eren and Pierre Vercruysse. 45,744€ went to holders of exact order 2€ tickets (excluding the jackpot that reached 4.65€ million. February 21, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour 46,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ 4.65€ million jackpot 1.14kr Ugolinviel (6m Olitro-Ingoaville-Mon Tourbillon), Damien Bonne for Francois Giard and Ecurie Jean-Pierre Viel, his third career win for 115,290€, 16/1 odds Uniave Eren (6g Nil du Rich-Melianthe Erem-Dream of Gold), Pierre Vercruysse up, 25/1 odds Unix des Furges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d’Orgeres-Gabor Star), Eric Raffin up at 1.8/1  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0851   Ordre :       45.744,00€   Désordre :       381,20€   Bonus 4 :       30,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       14,40€   Bonus 3 :       9,60€     Also on the Enghien card was the Prix de Montsalvy for three year-old females and Ready Cash offspring ended 1-3 with the win going to favorite Bety du Goutier and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. She took winners’ share of the 38,000€ purse. She’s from a Love You dam, as is third place finisher Bliss Nevele that Philippe Allaire trains. Another nice filly, Babylone Seven, was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. February 21, 2014, Enghien, Prix de Montsalvy, 38,000€, 2875 meters, females 1.18.4kr Bety du Goutier (3f Ready Cash-Quety du Goutier-Love You), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer, owner Ecurie Saint-Martin, 1.6/1 odds, her  second win for 40,200€, form 1-1-2 in last three starts Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala-Hermes du Baisson), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4/1 Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Rualts up for Philippe Allaire, 3.3/1 odds Remember Sunday’s Gr. I classic Grand Prix de Paris, in which 15 top trotters will battle over 4150 meters for the 400,000€ purse. The lineup, with listed drivers, is shown below: Titi Quick (A. Abrivard) Taormin d’Em (T. Le Beller) Son Eleazan (D. Locqueneux) Utoky (Y. Lebourgeois) Solei du Fossè (M. Abrivard) Uhlan du Val (C. Megissier) Santa Rosa France (W. Bigeon) Roxana de Barbray (D. Thomain) Severino (D. Bonne) Quinoa du Gers (F. Nivard) Up And Quick (J.M. Bazire) Tiego d’Etang (Ch. Bigeon) Yarrah Boko (P. Vercruysse) Royal Dream (J. Ph. Dubois) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) Thomas H. Hicks

Ready Cash will make his final career start in next Sunday's Gr. I Prix de France at Paris-Vincennes. With Maharajah returned to Sweden the 20 horse field (as initially engaged) showcases strong competitors Up And Quick (second in Prix d'Amerique), the likely favorite, Yarrah Boko (third in January 26 classic), Timoko, The Best Madrik and Univers de Pan. Roxana de Barbray races on February 2. Roxane Griff was not entered in the Prix de France as she will have raced on three consecutive Sunday's including the February 2 monte classic Prix de L'lle-de-France. Black d’Avril, with Franck Ouvrie teaming for trainer Frederic Prat, took today’s co-featured Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts. The Oceano Nox colt, a fron t-stepping leader, held gamely to the line although he drifted off the pylons allowing heavily favored Brillantissime, by Ready Cash, and reinsman Jos. Verbeeck to rally. Brillantissime looked like he might emerge victorious but stalled short of the line to finish third behind second place Brutus de Bailly and J-M Bazire. Winner Black d’Avril was off at 6.3/1 odds in this 120,000 euro purse event over 2175 meters, timed in 1.14kr, versus the race record of 1.13.5kr set by Tucson. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.14kr (race record 1.13.5kr by Tucson in 2010 for Philippe Allaire) Fractions: 1.10.2lr at 1500; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14kr finish 1st Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Frederic Prat, odds 6.3/1, front steppingvictory, drifted and held gamely in stretch 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, odds 6.4/1 3rd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire, odds  0.8/1 favorite, trapped on pylons until late when escaped and looked like a winner until he flattened near the line Earlier in the card the monte Prix de Paimboeuf went to Alto (4m Love You-Olima) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie des Pommiers. H.L. Levesque bred the winner. The pair rallied steadily in the lane and scored in 1.15.7kr over the 2700 meter course to capture the winners’ share of the 58,000 euro purse. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Paimboeuf,  monte males, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 9 starters 1.15.7kr Fractions: 1.15.1kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500; 1.15.7kr finish 1st Alto (4m Love You-Olima) Camille Levesque up at 1.2/1, Mike Lenders trainer, bred by H.L. Levesque and owned by Ecurie des Pommiers, his fifth career win for 83,200 euros earned 2nd Astre Blanc (4m Memphis du Rib-Tara Blanche), P-Y Verva up, also trainer at 15/1 3rd Angelus du Perche  (4g Pine Chip Wood-Very Pretty), Alexis Garandeau up, 31/1 odds Bambina Magic, at 23-1, took today's featured Gr. II Prix Roquepine for 120,000 euros. The three year-old female event attracted 12 entrants for the 2175 meter contest. Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore) won for only the second time, now with earnings of 75,950 euros. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for Dominique Lemetayer at 23.1. Heavily favored Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for Eric Raffin and although she closed steadily there was no catching the winner that scored in 1.14.7kr with a solid last 500 meters. The stallion Jasmin de Flore is showing up regularly. He's a 17 year-old son of Vivier de Montfort by Kronos du Vivier, from the mare Etoile du Pasteret by Mon Tourbillon. Jasmin de Flore is 83% French trotter and 17% standardbred with 4% inbreeding coefficient. He's not a fluke as he won US$1,054,718 during a racing career in which he won the Criterium 4ans, Prix de Milan and Prix de Selection at age four; then at age five he took the Criterium 5ans.Bambina Magic and Franck Nivard February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females three years-old, 120,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters  1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.12.5kr at 1500; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.15.1kr at 500; 1.14.7kr finish 1st Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard teaming for Dominique Lemetayer trainer, 23/1 outside, her second lifetime win. 2nd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), Eric Raffin aboard for Sebastien Guarato, 0.9/1 favorite 3rd Bardane du Houlbet (3f Jet Fortuna-Hague de Houlbert), R-C Larue driver/trainer, 9/1 4th Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderre), Franck Ourvrie up for Frederic Prat at 17/1 The Gr. III Prix d'Avignon for four year-olds went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) in a major upset for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. She scored over the 2100 meter distance in 1.12.7kr as she swept past the field from head of stretch to the line. Africaine was off at 34/1 and the fillies finished 1-2-3 with Alienor de Godrel second for Franck Anne. A fast pace took its toll on early pacesetters and mutuel market favorites. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Avignon. Gr. III, 2100 meters autostart, 85,000€, 14 starters, four year-olds 1.12.7kr Fractions: 1.08.2kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, bred by Mmme. E. Dubois, her third career win for 119,070 euros earnings, rallied strongly from near the back at head of stretch for the win sweeping by the field, 34/1 odds 2nd Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 10/1 odds 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-C Abrivard, 7.1/1 odds The Quinte+ race of the day was the 70,000 euros Prix de la Gironde with 19 entrants. Eric Raffin won it easily with veteran Coktail Jet gelding Sunday Jet owned and trained by Michel Vallee. He scored in 1.14.7kr with a sharp last 500 meters. The Jean-Etienne Dubois bred campaigner won for the sixth time and raised career earnings to over 190,000 euros. Tonic Beco was a distant second for Maxime Bezier. February 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Gironde, 70,000 euros, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 3.65 million euros.1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.15.6kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.14.7kr finish 1st Sunday Jet (8g Coktail Jet-Glad To Meet You-Jiosco), Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Michel Vallee, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois, 17/1 odds, his sixth career win for 190,900€ earned 2nd Tonic Beco (7g Baccarat du Pont-High Star), Maxime Bezier driver/trainer, 15/1 3rd Synonyme de Cym (8g Emir des Fresneaux-Douce Clocio), J-M Bazire up for Vinvent Renault trainer Tartan de Vrie took the 52,000 euro monte Prix de Lannemezan for reinsman Olivier Touvais. The seven year-old mare is owned and trained by Louis Baudron and she scored in 1.14.2kr over the 2700 meter distance against 15 rivals. Sydney du Rib was a strong second for Yohan Lebourgeois. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Lannemezan, 52,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 16 starter 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.14.3kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancie de Vrie), Olivier Touvais up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, breeder M.R. Baudron, her sixth career win for earnings of 219,600 euros 2nd Sydney du Rib (8g First de Retz-Eva du Rib), Yohan Lebourgeois up for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 7.6/1 3rd Simoun (8g Defi d'Aunou-My Freedom), David Thomain up for trainer Robert Bergh, 19/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Triskell Pacha, with Franck Nivard up, rallied to win today's Q+ Prix de Langeais at Paris-Vincennes. The seven year-old gelded son of Filio Josselyn defeated 19 rivals to take the winners share of the 85,000 euro purse for owner/trainer David Cherbonnel. The race was contested over 2850 meters with finishers two through five handicapped 25 meters. The winner secured his 11th career win now with earnings of 280,320 euros. The Q+ exact order winning ticket paid 5,455 euros excluding the 3.55 million euro jackpot. January 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Langeais, 85,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 20 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.55 euro million  1.14.8kr 1st Triskell Pacha (7g Filio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte), Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer David Cherbonnel, 2.1/1, his 11th career win 2nd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d'Havetot), Jean-William Hallais trainer/driver, 11/1, 25 meter handicap 3rd Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiviga), Mathier Abrivard, 31/1, 25 meter handicap 4th Sissi du Morin (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin), Philippe Daugeard up, 10/1, 25 meter handicap 5th Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme), J-M Bazire, 4.8/1, 25 meter handicap The Gr. III Prix de Verdun (2700 meters, 11 starters, 105,000 euro purse) for five year-olds was the day's racing feature and it went to Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas-Defi d'Aunou) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Villeroi recorded his fifth lifetime win and increased earnings to 255,590€ for owner Antonio De Sousa. He defeated the good Love You mare Violetta Mauzin handled by Franck Nivard. January 30, 2013 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Verdun, Gr. III, 105,000 euros purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters  1.14.4kr 1st Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois, 7.8/1, fifth career victory for earnings of 255,590 euros, owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Violetta Mauzin (5f Love You-Ocely de la Merite), Franck Nivard, 3/1 3rd Vaillant Cash (5m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon), Mathieu Abrivard, 3/1 4th Voluntary Dream (5m Goetmals Wood-Luna d'Odyssee), Jean-Philippe Dubois, 9/1 5th Viva la Vida (5f Quaro-Perriere), Pierre Vercruysse, 14/1 Holland's Berry's Boy took the Prix Chambery for European males over the 2700 meter grand piste. The six year-old gelded son of Love You scored in 1.14.6kr to increase career earnings to 108,750 euros with his eight lifetime win. Jan-F Van Dooyeweerd trains the winner who scored at 18/1 for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. This pair rallied to gain a short lead after the field turned into the long stretch and held off a host of competitors for a nose verdict. Italy's Oneghin del Ronco, also by Love You, was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Vincent Tufano. January 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Chambery European males, 18 starters, 48,000 euro purse, 2700 meters 1.14.6kr 1st Berry's Boy (6g Love You-Realy Furniture-Incredible Crafts), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Jan-F Van Dooyeweerd, 18/1 odds, eighth career win for 108,750 euros in earnings (Holland) 2nd Oneghin del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), J-M Bazire up for trainer Vincenzo Tufano, 5/1 (Italy) 3rd Unix des Forges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d;Orgeres), Eric Raffin, 5.3/1 4th Uvaro Vet (6m Diamant Gede-Harmonie Chery), Bertrand Le Beller, 6.8/1 5th Omas NP (6g Brandy dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf), Ferdinando Pisacane, 49/1 (Italy) In separate news it was reported that Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah was returned to Sweden and will not contest the Prix de France. It was also reported that now 11 year-old Commander Crowe has returned to light training in the stable of Fabrice Souloy who stated that the veteran Swedish registered gelded campaigner would only return to the races if physically fit. The coming weekend feature at Vincennes is the 200,000 euro monte Prix de L'Ile de France. Roxane Griff heads the eight horse field, making this her third major event appearance in as many weeks. She won the Prix de Cornulier on January 19 and then raced tough in the Prix d'Amerique last Sunday. Camille Levesque ridden Quarry Bay may be a major competitor in this one. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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