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Wednesday’s Q+ at Graignes went to 6.9/1 Cimarron (6g Oiseau de Feux-La Duedoise) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten.  Race time was 1.14.7kr. 9/2 Comtesse du Clos (6f Eclot de la Crav) was second and 6.2/1 Class Thourjan took the third spot. The 15/1 Cash du Rib and 9/1 Artiste du Lyn completed the top five and led to a Q+ payoff (including the unique million euro bonus) of 1,003,514 euro. At Mons Ghlin was the Prix Darby Three Year Olds (A Group) with victory earned by 2/5 favorite Lover Boy (3m Conway Hall-Merlot OK) timed in 1.17.3kr over an off track, driven by Marc de Soete for trainer/owner DSM Trotting. The 17/1 Lucky Base (3g Akja S Funnymaker) was second for Frank Van Den Berg and third was 13/1 Lord Of Love (3g Love You) handled by Marc Huygens. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 26, 2017 - 5/2 odds Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn), pictured on inside, took today’s Gr. III Prix GNT Paris-Turf (fourth leg, purse €90,000, 2950 meters distance handicap, 18 starters and the Quinte+ race of the day) clocked in 1.14.5kr and he covered the stated distance for harness racing teamster Franck Nivard, trainer J.M. Baudouin and Ecurie Etienne Haurand. 4/5 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Brissac (6m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Jannibelle) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Alain Eliphe. 29/1 Univers Solaire (9g Lutin Malin-Interaction) was third for Anthony Barrier ahead of 25 meter penalized and 71/1 Buffalo de Beylev (6m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis) reined by trainer Nicolas Ensch. 100/1 Aribo Mix was fifth for Cominil Cordeau. Ursa Major, Bon Copain, Tiger Danover and Tagada Tagada were well beaten in this field. Sunday’s trotting action in France was distributed across numerous venues, some on the turf. One such spot was Jallais and its Prix Miss Hippodrome France (purse €20,000, 2975 meters distance handicap). This competitive affair was just that from the start with victory earned by Ami Toon’s (7g Keed Tivoli-Indiavola Francjac) with Maxime Bezier up, also owner/trainer. 25 meter penalized Already Wic (7m Ready Cash-Epona Vinn) was next home for Eric Audebert driving.  Race time was not reported. Also on the turf at Alencon was the Prix Normandie Etoile Automobiles (purse €25,000, 2650 meters distance handicap) and that victory went to 25 meter penalized Athena des Ravaux (7f Prince d’Espace-Olympe Quick) reined by Genny Delaune and owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato. Race time was unreported. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21. 2017 - A superb Friday evenings harness racing card at Paris-Vincennes included two groupe II contests and the Q+ Prix Aetheia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters). The latter went to 2.2/1 odds Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) reined by J-M Bazire for trainer J-M Baudouin and owner Ecurie Homard. 15.7/1 Agora de Goutier (7f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) took second for Anthony Barrier and third went to 56.1/1 Universal Rider (9m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Denise Mottier. Uno Dancer and Ble du Gers were the next two on the line with race time 1.13.3kr. Groupe action began with the Gr. II Prix Gaston de Wazieres (purse €120,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 9/2 odds Daring de Reux (4f Prodigious-Queen Jet) was an upset winner, shown below, for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns the 1.12.5kr timed victorious mare that recorded her seventh win I  only 13 career starts now with €208,210 earned. 5.2/1 Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) took second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. 10.6/1 Desiree (4f Ready Cash-Richesse d’Orient) was home third for driver/trainer Alain Laurent. Draft Life and Dream Life were fourth and fifth. The sixth race Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse  €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine entrants) went to the 22.1/1 outsider Dijon (4m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) timed in a quick 1.12.5kr and piloted by trainer Romain Derieux, pictured below). Mauricette de Sousa owns the seven time career winner in 20 starts, now for €303,000 earned. 2.7/1 Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) held second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Third home was 10.7/1 Doberman (4m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) and trainer/driver Franck Nivard. 1.2/1 favorite Dreammoko (4m Timoko-IUranie d’Atout) ended fourth for Gabriel Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 25, 2016 - The Q+ Prix Arietis (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 5/2 odds Baxter du Klau (3g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn). J-M Bazire, the leading FR dash winning driver year to date, piloted this winner for harness racing trainer J-M Baudouin, over the petite piste and with even fractions (1.14.1kr at the 1000 meters to go mark, 1.13.6kr at the 500). 4.1/1 Bering (5g Sam Bourbon-Nigolla) was second for Christophe Martens and 67/1 Butler (4m Ready Cash-Odyssee d’Isques) was a fast closing third for Bjorn Goop and breeder/owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist. Christian Bigeon was fourth with his Be Bop Haufor (5g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor). The Prix Arsinoe (purse €22,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters, claiming, apprentice drivers) began the evening card with victory to 1.16.2kr clocked Ange Gardien Juan (6g Ludo de Castelle-Noetmalie). Charley Heslouin teamed the winner for breeder/owner Mme. Francoise Poupart. Bibi Dairpet (5g Qualypso Jiel)and Alma de Rib (6f Magnificent Rodney) were home second and third in a blanket finish. On the past weekend, interesting action took place at Bergsaker where 2/1 Casanova Sisu (4m Dewycheatumnhowe-Suzie Sunshibe-Donerail) scored driven by Daniel Wajesten in the Stayerlopp over 3160 meters. Timed in 1.16.6kr the seve- time winner in 32 starts earned 50,000SEK with the victory. 8/1 Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was second for Henrik Svensson ahead of 6/1 Expecttheunexpected. On November 19 on the V75 card at Bjerke featured the Kai Eriksens V75 Gold for 146,730SEK first money. The 2100 meter contest went to 1.13kr timed and 5.6/1 odds Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) with trainer Robert Bergh up for Stall Sedin. Nahar now has 42 wins in 133 starts for earnings of 12,932.189SEK, after recently winning a Preferred test in Toronto. 8.6/1 Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and 31/1 Winmecredit (9g Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing) was third for Frode Hamre. Thai Broadway and Call Me Hanover landed the next two spots. Trainer Jerry Riordan captured the other co-features on the card. 1.4/1 Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About) with Christoffer Ereiksson up won the Axel Jansens Minne Finale clocked in 1.11.7kr over 1609 meters. This one is owned by David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder of Toronto and New York and has now recorded seven wins in 19 starts for 2,659,180SEK earned. 8.5/1 Gematria (4f Explosive Matter-Ginevre) was second for Frode Hamre ans third was 43/1 Thai Goodwill (4f Muscle Hill-Bether Gluys) for Markus Teien Gundersen. TheAxel Jensens Mini for colts, also over 1609 meters for 293,460SEK first money, went to 1.11.5kr timed and 3.9/1 Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra). Eriksson also drive this Riordan trainee, owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli. 1.4/1 favorite Cruzado dela Nioche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) was second with Bjorn Goop up for Stall Courant and trainer Stefan Melander. Riordan’s Tango Negro (4m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was third for owner Graziano Ceccaroni. Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s €40,000 Grand Prix Charles Desrousseaux over 2825 meters drew 11 international harness racing starters at Hippodrome Le Croise Laroche. 6.1/1 Africaine (6f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene) recorded the quick 1.12.7kr victory for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 14.8/1 Ugo de Nieul (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Marmonie de Nieul) was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with 5.6/1 Adelia de Melodia (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) third for Franck Ouvrie. 9/10 favorite Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin. At Kincsem Park the 600,000Huf Varga Henriett Memorial over 1960 meters went to the fast closing Harlynda (7f Abano As-Sparkling-Coktail Jet) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazszity. This winner recorded victory 14 and 30 starts. Samuel Becket AT (4m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second driven by trainer Tibor Hajnal. Celebrity Classic (7m Classic Response-Musli Star-Somolli Star) landed the third spot for Csaba Lakatos. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) to victory in today’s Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, its first leg at Hippodrome Amiens. The purse was €90,000 for the 16 rivals that battled over 2900 meters. Uno Dancer was off at 2.4/1 odds and was timed in 1.17kr to defeat 25.2/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) with Francois Lecanu up for St. Provoost, trainer. 17/1 Ulster du Veinou (8m Mirage du Goutier-Mia Amona) landed third for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 65/1 Upman and 11/1 Altesse du Mirel. Ursa Major and Altesse du Mirel tried to overcome distance handicaps. The Amiens’ Prix Duc de Reve (purse €16,000, 2400 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.18.6kr timed Dazzle Jet (3f Oiseau de Feux-Trackmania) at 2.6/1 odds for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Luc Roelens. 14/1 Diane du Nord (3f The Best Madrik-Odyssee des Bordes) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, the driver for Ronny Kuiper training fore Stall Escapade AN. 33/1 Diva Tejy was third. On March 8 the action was at Cagnes-sur-Mer where the €25,000 Prix du Jasmin took place over 2925 meters with ten starters. The 1.18.7kr winner was 6.8/1 Cybele Castelets (4f Quaker Jet-Elide) for driver Nicolas Ensch with second to 4/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) with Gabby Gelormini up for trainer Henk Grift and owner Topkip BV. 1.8/1 favorite Calin de Glasnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for Romain Derieux, driver/trainer for Ecurie AB Trot. The €21,000 purse Prix des Dahlias over 2925 meters had seven starters with the winner being 1.19.6kr timed 2.4/1 Diabolito(3m Look de Star-Reine de la Roge) for David Bekaert, trainer Romain Derieux and Antoine De Sousa, owner. 29/1 Diable Mauve (3m Repeat Love-For Ever Young) was next for J-Ch Feron with third to 6/1 Dayton (3m Rieussec-Gitane d’Odyssee) with trainer Y-A Briand driving Thomas H. Hicks  

3.9/1 Babylone Seven (5f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) for harness racing trainer/driver J-M Bazire took today’s €80,000 Prix de Noirmoutier (2150 meters autostart, nine starters) at Enghien. The winner scored in 1.13.2kr to defeat 15/1 Brise de L’Alba (5f Quodo du Goutier-Cely de la Meritee) and its owner/driver/trainer William Bigeon. Third went to the 4/5 favorite Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) with reinsman David Thomain. Also at Enghien was the Prix de Bagnolet (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 12 monte starters) and 2.8/1 Adorable (6g Prince Gede-Ostiana) piloted by David Thomain and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. This winner was timed in 1.16kr in defeat of 34/1 Azur des Couperies (6g Prince de Montfort-Fanette du Terme) with Eric Raffin up with 13/1 Almarok (g Norman Jet-Malice Marana) third with Mathieu Mottier aboard. At Saint Galmier this evening the Prix de Bellegarde En Forez (purse €32,000, 2600 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to the 1.14kr timed, 10/1 odds Monas Invercote (7f Viking Kronos-Monas Speranza) with J-H Andersson up for Swedish based trainer Svante Bath. 31/1 Ugo des Jacquots (8g Mood West-Elisa des Jacquots) ended second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier ahead of 37/1 Venezia de Mai (7f Prodigious-Ismie de Tesse). The Prix A.S.S.E (purse €22,000, 2650 meters, 13 starters) at Saint Galmier went to even-money favorite Crazy Dream (4g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) owned by Ecurie D and piloted by trainer Yves Boireau. This Jean-Pierre Dubois bred performer is from the mare Daisy Chain (1991 foal by Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior). She’s the dam of 13 money winner from 16 foals including five in excess of US$100,000, led by Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream) with US$1,144,827. Other Extreme Dream performers from the dam include the sires Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Daisy Chain’s last foal was a 2013 filly by Timoko. Second dam Kravotte also produced US$438,329 winner Rainbow Runner, she by Fakir du Vivier. 4.2/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Ecurie Topkp BV. 7/1 Chira Julry (4f Roc Meslois-Niva Julry) landed the third spot in a blanket finish for trainer/driver J-P Gauvin. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.5 million) Prix Michel Thoury (purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to even-money favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) timed in 1.11.7kr and handled by Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner for PV Racing Stable HB. 4.9/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) was a close second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. 35.7/1 Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) was a distant third for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocapo AB. 21.9/1 Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) ended fourth for Eric Raffin with fifth to 50.2/1 Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) and Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Jules Leppentier (Gr. III, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) was secured by the 1.12.5kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Clarck Sotho (3g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) reined by Mathieu Mottier. 9.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (3m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger with third to 31/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) driven by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Saturday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Oscar Collard (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) was won by the 1.11kr timed, 3/1 odds Viking Va Bene (5m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Souloy trained 1.9/1 odds favorite Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was second driven by Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie Nevi. Third went to 11.5/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by owner Pierre Levesque and trained by Thomas Levesque. Saturday at Kincsem Park their featured Feiser Emlekverseny (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) went to the fast Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) driven by  part-owner Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs, along with Pimri Bt, and trained by Imre Fazekas. Timed in 1.18.7kr the 1.6/1 favorite defeated 4.3/1 Alliance de l’Iton handled by Dejan Katanic with 4.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant finishing third for Emese Vezer.  Thomas H. Hicks

November 19, 2015 - Yoann Lebourgeois rode Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) to victory in today’s Gr. III monte Prix de L’Ile d’Oleron at Vincennes (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 17 monte starters). Off at 2/1 the winner scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat 7/1 Volcan d’Occagnes (6g Qurdo du Gautier-Flornina Beauces) teamed by Mathieu Abrivard with 22/1 Un Gars du Large (7g Memphis du Rib-Gorganes du Large) home third for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais. The next pair to the line were 11/1 Nonant Le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) and Eric Raffin followed by fifth finishing 12/1 Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette) handled by Anthony Barrier. On the undercard was the €85,000 Prix de Thoissey (2175 meters, six monte four year-old starters) and 2.4/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) recorded am impressive 1.12.5kr victory. 5/1 Boris des Doults (4g Flambeau des Pins-Petite Gitane) held second with third to 5/1 Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier). The €60,000 Prix de Dunkerque (2750 meters, 14 starters, Quinte+) resulted in a 1.14.3kr victory for the J-M Bazire reined Baxter du Klau (4g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) trained by J-M Baudouin. This 4/5 odds winner defeated 37/1 Black Atout (4m Prodigious-La Laqune) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 44/1 Brelan du Vivier (4m Joker de Rozoy-Queline du Vivier) was third for David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing card included the Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European entrants) and 2.1/1 odds Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) recorded a comfortable front stepping victory for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The winner closed quickly off soft fractions to be clocked in 1.13.6kr (1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500). Italian registered Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was second at 8.5/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. 7.7/1 odds Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) was third for teamster David Thomain. The top three to the line all raced without shoes. The undercard at Enghien was also solid, including the Prix de Picpus (€41,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.16.5kr winner in a blanket finish was 6.9/1 Battambang (4m Roc Meslois-Murcia) clocked in 1.16.5kr for Bernard Piton and trainer/owner J-P Piton. 7.7/1 Boccaccio (4m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) was next for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper with 11.3/1 Baldwin Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Jessica Jet) third for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and owner Stall Rita. Cabourg’s July 24 (Friday) Quinte+ (€5 million jackpot) Prix Henri Balliere (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16kr winner Uhlan Darche (7g Olitro-Kalinka du Louvet) at 10.3/1 for F. Lecanu driving for Ecurie Danover. Favorite 1.7/1 Velino d’Auvrecy (6g Memphis du Rib-Everilda) was second for J.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais (owner Ecurie Rib) with 17/1 Under Your Eyes home third for Sebastien Ernault. €753,000 was bet on this race in win and place pools alone. Cabourg’s Prix du Conseil Regional B (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to Buy More Time d’Am (4f Love You-No More Time) at 2.8/1 odds for driver Tony LeBeller, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. The winner was timed in 1.16.7kr. 6/1 Blanche de Valace was second for Anthony Dollion with 28/1 Bahia de Bougy at the line third. At Son Pardo (Spain) the Final Torneig 2015 Espagne (€20,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Quarass Rose (11g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) clocked in 1.17kr. 43/1 Ribat de Beval was second with 20/1 Tamara du Pont third to the line. Elsewhere this day, at Amiens their Prix Prince Royal (€30,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge) clocked in 1.14.7kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The 3/10 favorite is owned by J.G.H. DeJong. Seneuse des Ulmes was second at 20/1 for Franck Ouvrie with Truscott de Guepre third at 12/1. At Biarritz the Prix du President de Folleville (€35,000 purse, 3750 meters, 16 European entrants) went to 2/5 favorite Voctania de Viette (6f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers timed in 1.19.5kr ahead of Tur Winner (8g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) and both trained by E. Varin who also owns the winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) took Saturday’s Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters) for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Phillipe Allaire. The Fredric Sauque owned high-stepper was off at 16/1 in the defeat of Aloa de la Mortrie (5f Drag-Queen d’Acanthe) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer/owner S.G. Dupont at 7/1 odds. 7/1 Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 22/1 outsider Anette de Miral (5f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) was fourth for trainer Anders Lindqvist and jockey Eric Raffin. Amiral Sacha was disqualified for a miscue. The winner scored in 1.12.8kr off solid, even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Louis Forcinal (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 9/10 favorite Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Stablemate Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinn des Quenne) was second at 3.1/1 for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato with 7/1 Agrippinne (5f Hasting-Moquese) third for Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Gr. III Prix du Bois de Vincennes (€115,000, International, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to veteran Beckman (8g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) clocked in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard aboard for Fabrice Souloy, training this 38.4/1 outsider. 56/1 Talicia Bella (8g General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Mathieu Abrivard on the lines for J-P Marmion trainer. 4.2/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert took third for driver/trainer/owner Franck Anne. Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul was fourth at 9/10 odds for teamster Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Well regarded Uprince was disqualified as offstride. The €2.1 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (€72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Sweden’s Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) at 9/10 odds for Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner romped home in 1.13.1kr after a solid finish for owner Ecurie LC Equine AB. Second was Triskell Pasha (8g Clio Josselyn-Decose de la Butte) at 6/1 for Anthony Barrier. Spain’s consistent Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was third at 15/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The Prix de Gueugnon (€65,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the excellent undercard went to 8/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second at 127/1 for Mathieu Mottier in the bike, ahead of Bon Copain (4m Love You-Haie) for Damien Bonne and trained by Thierry Raffegeau at 6/1. Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2015 - The Monday January 26 Vincennes card continued the excellent Prix d’Amerique weekend of harness racing. The Prix D’Issoice (€37,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice) clocked in 1.14.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. The even-money,  Chuck Sylvester namesake, favorite defeated Suerte’s Cage (Igor Font - Fuanziska’s Cage) for Roberto Vecchione for trainer H.K. Ehlert at 48/1 with third to 10/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (4m Magnificent Rodney - Nymphe du Dollar) with trainer Sylvain Roger at the lines. Winner’s dam Armbro Voice by Garland Lobell is also dam of Laurel America (US$341,000), Michael America (US$113,000) and Red Rose America (US$261,000), each developed by Riordan. Une de Villetot (7f Canada-Oste) took the Prix de Rethal (€48,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at 38/1 for owner, trainer, driver Sebastian Baude timed in 1.14.9kr. 45/1 Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’y Pense) ended second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 63/1 Uka Pellois (7f Coktail Jet-Lady Square) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rony Kuiper in this Quinte+ event. The Prix de Fleurance A (€33,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.18.4kr victory for well-bred Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon -Kidea) for Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This 1.8/1 favorite handled Crista Maris (3f Kiwi-Prima Maris) for trainer, driver Sylvain Roger at 9/1 with third to Crazy Queen (3f Let’s Go Along-Rydding Star) and Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner is from the Extreme Dream mare Kidea (from a Workaholic dam), dam of double Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash plus Suricate (US$169,000) and Upper Class (US$398,000). The lightly raced three year-olds also contested the Prix de Fleurance B (€33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) and Julien Dubois teamed Café Rossa (3f Let’s Go Along -Lee Nova) to the win clocked in 1.16.6kr. The 2.7/1 winner is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 36/1 Chapella Phedo (3f Little Crack-Romanaisa Phedo) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 2.9/1 odds Carla Love (3f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Tuesday at Vincennes continued with a card that included European eligible events and first-time training win for Julien Dubois. Summaries follow: The Prix de Vittel A (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to Primula Brazza (6f Oiseau de Feux -Erbanoza Brazza) trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The 2.3/1 favorite was clocked in 1.15.5kr in defeat of Voila Marine (6f Infant du Bossis-Lady Danae) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Franck Harel. 9/1 Vany des Loyaux (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Morie des Loyaux) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Prix de Laval (€70,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3/2 odds Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood -Illys Way) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, clocked in a sharp 1.12.5kr. This Quinte+ event saw 9/1 Ardente du Clos (5f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) end second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 50/1 Roxanne Bar (5f Explot Caf-Guendalina Bar) was third for Roberto Andrghetti and trainer Catello Savarese. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis-Fast Wise As) was a 25/1 fourth for Pierre Vercruysse with fifth to 19/1 Ruguaida Dei Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) for reinsman Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Arnold W. Mollema. The Prix de Laval was the Quinte+ race of the day. The Prix de Sarlat (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters. 18 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois and his 28/1 Always Perfect (5m Prodigious-Oh Butterfly), his first training win. Scoring in 1.16.1kr the winner defeated Atout de Montbrun (5g Otello Pierji-Dame Montbrun) with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and American Charm (5m Password-Question de Charme) at 45/1 for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Thomas Hicks

Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) won today’s €400,000 European Championship for four year-olds in 1.12.9kr over 2150 meters autostart at Mauquenchy (FR). Off as the 2.7/1 favorite in a very competitive field, reinsman Robin Bakker executed a strategic victory early when he vacated third on the pegs and swept to the lead ahead of first away Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity) driven by Torbjorn Jansson. Positions were unchanged as Bakker rated the pace until several challengers appeared late. Tumble Dust was blocked down the lane and never able to escape with Tast of Bourbon in the same situation behind that one. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) ralled late for second ahead of Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with Jean-Etienne Dubois up with D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo) fourth and Tumble Dust fifth. Nine starters were within three lengths on the line. Robert Bi is trained by Paul Hagoort for owner  K.K. Bijkcrk of Holland. The winner recorded his 12th win in a career that now shows €687,570 earned. Robert Bi was bred in Italy by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Robert Bi and reinsman Robert Bakker took today's first local elimination for the October 4th European Championship for four year-olds. The Paul Hagoort trainee (4mToss Out-Up Front JM) held off Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois up and Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) and teamster J-M Bazire in a hotly, closely contested battle on the line. Robert Bi was off at 2.2/1 odds and he covered the 2150 meters autostart in 1.14.2kr in the mud. Purse was E60,000. The Dubois/Bazire battle continued post-race with an unusual on-track altercation. The second elimination this day went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) and owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. The pair scored in 1.13.2kr at 1.9/1 odds. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was second ahead of Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta). After all qualifying elims, in France and Sweden, Robert Bi and Tumble Dust (by Crazed) lead a very competitive group of four year-olds into the European Championship on October 4th. Mauquenchy October 4 – Grand Prix de l’UET Final Tast Of Bourbon Africaine Västerbo Loveboat Robert Bi Tumble Dust Radieux Amiral Sacha Dominator D'One Rue du Bac Boys Going In Aliénor de Godrel Thomas H. Hicks

Last week showcased solid, competitive racing in France, Italy, Sweden and Hungary. Mid-week graded action at Paris-Vincennes highlighted the lead in to a superb racing weekend.  Africaine took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gondidec Wednesday for Jean-Etienne Dubois. The four-year-old daughter of Oiseau de Feur scored easily in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters. On Thursday, Paris-Vincennes conducted two more Gr. II events that went to Valdice de Mars in a monte test (Prix Legoux-Longpre) over 2850 meters. This five-year-old daughter of Lynx de Bellouet scored in 1.13.9kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The other Gr II event was the Prix Jules Thibault over 2700 meters that Athos des Elfes won for Joel Van Eeckhaute in 1.13.7kr. The four year-old son on Ganymede was a hard driving winner over Aladin d’Ecajeul. Summaries of these races are shown below. August 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Guy le Gonidec, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters, 1.13.6kr 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 1.1/1, fifth win in 23 outings for €292,820 earned 2nd Andalouse (4f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique), Tony Le Beller, 45.9/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel), Mathieu Abrivard for Cedric Megissier, 5.5/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 4.8/1 August 28, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Legoux-Longpre, 2850 meters monte, Gr. II €120,000 purse, ten starters, time 1.13.9kr 1st Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausejour II), Yohan Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Loic Groussard, 7.2/1, tenth career win for €543,820 2nd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Camille Levesque, 3.3/1 3rd Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard, 4.1/1 4th Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir, 17.1/1 August 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jules Thibault, 2700 meters, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 1.13.7kr 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Iazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte), Joel Van Eeckhaute, 1.4/1 odds favorite, his eighth career win for €343,030 for owner J-P Goubert 2nd Aladin d’Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 3.1/1 3rd Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne owner/trainer/driver, 9.2/1 In Cesena, Italy two preps for the Breeders Course Final took place on August 23. Tiffany Caf (2f Cantab Hall-Elaine Caf-Supergill) scored in 1.16.4kr over 1660 meters autostart for Bo Le Verde and Talish As (2f Daguet Rapide-Gaia dei Veltri-Remington Crown) was a 1.16.6kr winner over the same distance for Roberto Vecchione. Both races were contested over 1660 meters autostart for the two year-old olds. On August 22 at Solvalla Mister JP scored over 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr by open lengths, for Bjorn Goop. The winner is now 2 for 2 for Ecurie Citrus (J-P Barjon). Mister JP is a two year-old son of Taurus Dream from Baghdad Dream by Yankee Glide. Jim Oscarsson was second this day with Mr. Perfect by Andover Hall. This group of lightly raced two year-olds will be back in action on September 6 at Jagersro for the Breeders Course Final. They will travel 1640 meters autostart for 450,000SEK purse. The field is shown below. Mister J.P. (B. Goop) Angelina (DK) (J. Juel) Fiona Stardust (NL)  (B. Crebas) Telecomando Ok (J. Kontio) Tunica (E. Adielsson) Partizan Face (L. Kolgjini) Mr Perfect (J. Oscarsson) Troja D’Asolo (Renè Legati) Talish As (W. Paal) Flyer Boshoeve (M. Schimd) The same day at Jagersro will be the European Championship for three year-olds, going 2140 meters for a 450,000SEK purse. The lineup follows. Expo Express (DE) (A. Mollema) Winston Sisa (DK) (S. Juul) Easytowin (J. Takter) Saphire Bi (O. Kihlstrom) Jontte Boy (FI) (J. Kontio) Da Vinci B.R (NO) (K. Haugstad) Kickans Girl (R. Pettersson) Othello Tilly (B. Goop) Ewald F. Boko (DE) )C. Lugauer) Sheava Vik (J. Untersteiner) Coolwater In (E. Adielsson) On Sunday at Kincsem Park the SLO invader Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Luna) took the 500,000HUfRecorder DIJ feature over 1960 meters turning start. Rene Hanzekovic, also trainer, piloted the winner perfectly gaining a pocket journey behind pacesetter Amazing Lobell (7f Incredible Crafts-US Companion) and reinsman Arpad Lakatos to score in 1.17.9kr over a deep racing surface. Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) ended third for Pal Vicen. Next Saturday, September 6, will be the prestigious Hungaria Prize and the Marschall Jozsef Memorial. by Thomas H. 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 

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