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The French stallion Orlando Vici, a top trotter in Europe and whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ at Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.), continues to churn out the winners. Beau Garcon, Brandlo Prince and Orlando Jolt NZ, all members of his first crop, were successful in Victoria recently. Beau Garcon, who is out of a French-bred mare, Glenferrie Unixa, came off a 20 metre handicap to win at Horsham, Brandlo Prince completed his sixth success from 11 starts this season at Ballarat, while Orlando Jolt notched his fourth win at Kilmore. The trio were all bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll. Orlando Vici has the amazing score of having sired 10 individual winners from 11 foals in his first Australian crop. They include the NSW Derby winner Xebec, Beau Garcon (Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Just Believe (Vicbred 3YO Silver) and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Im Hector, a three-year-old gelding and one of the first crop of the Love You horse Quaker Jet, won for the third time this season at Shepparton when he outfinished his rivals from a 10 metre handicap. Quaker Jet has sired seven winners and five placegetters from 14 starters from an initial foal crop of 24. Meanwhile, Love You himself was credited with a ‘new’ winner in New Zealand in the three-year-old gelding Leaf Stride, who led most of the way on debut at Addington. A $90,000 yearling, Leaf Stride rated 2:02.5 over 1980 metres with the last 800 in a slick 58 seconds. A notable siring achievement was put up by Ready Cash as the sire of two Group 1 winners at Vincennes, Paris last weekend in Face Time Bourbon and Go On Boy, who annexed the Criterium des 5 Ans and Criterium 4 Ans respectively. Haras Des Trotteurs has four sons of Ready Cash on its frozen semen roster in the superstar Bold Eagle, Brillantissime, Always Ready and En Solitaire (NZ only).     by Peter Wharton

August 21, 2020 - The International star Orlando Jet (7m Orlando Vici-Chicolina), off as the 1/10 harness racing favorite, took the Grand Prix de Vitesse de Divonne-les-Bains (purse 34,000€, 2050 meters autostart, European) in 1.11.4kr. Trainer Rudolf Haller was the pilot for Team Neuhoif as Orlando Jet won his third in France and increased his life earnings to 384,051€. 12/1 Callio Delbi (8g Rieussec) was second and 6.7/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was third. The latter was reined by Alexis Prat for legendary trainer Anders Lindqvist. Click here for a video replay of Orlando Jet Gunilla d'Atour and Gu d'Heripre Win Gr. II Tests at Vincennes August 19, 2020 - Two Groupe II events highlighted this Paris-Vincennes harness racing card with the first being the Prix Guy le Gonidec (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year old females). 2.8/1 Gunilla d’Atout (4f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) secured this 1.13.9kr timed victory with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie Saint Martin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. She won for the ninth time and raised life earnings to 361,150€. 4.1/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stables. Jean Pierre Dubois bred this one. Third was 2.4/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Gunilla d’Atout The companion event was the Prix Jules Thibault (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year old males). The 5/10 odds favorite Gu d’Heripe (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) scored with a 1.13.3kr timed front end effort with Franck Nivard driving. Ecurie d’Heripre is breeder/owner of this Philippe Billard trainee. He now has 10 career wins for 381,750€ earned. 9/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second handled by David Thomain for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. 65/1 odds Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was third with Anthony Barrier teaming for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. Fourth was 12/1 Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Eric Raffin piloting for owner/trainer Allaire with J.P. Guay the breeder. Gu d’Heripre Also on the card was the Prix de Beaune (purse 49,000€, 2850 meters, European) and Goofy Greenwood (7g Russel November-Chatooga River) scored in 1.13.3kr for reinsman Franck Nivard, trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stall Amsterdam. This was his fourth victory in France and it raised his life earnings to 275,769€. Crescendis was second for J.F. Senet and third was Colorado Blue with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

The French stallion Orlando Vici, a winner of nine Group races and now a leading sire in France and Sweden, has the joint highest entry with three harness racing runners in this year’s Elitloppet, to be contested at Solvalla, Sweden on Sunday night (May 31). Orlando Vici’s three contestants in the ‘Sprint World Championship of Trotting’ are Chief Orlando, a seven-year-old Norwegian bred gelding, the brilliant Norwegian bred, Danish owned seven-year-old gelding Looking Superb, and the fast Swedish seven-year-old entire Racing Mange. Chief Orlando (barrier 5) and Looking Superb (7) will contest the first heat, while Racing Mange will start from the No. 6 gate in the second elimination. The three are all expected to be well in line for a Grand Final berth. Looking Superb captured the Prix Tenor de Baune in 2018 and the Prix de L’Atlantique in 2019 and finished runner-up to Belina Josselyn in the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique; Racing Mange has won Group races in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year, while Chief Orlando has won at Group level in Finland and was narrowly beaten in last year’s Sweden Cup. Racing Mange is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year Besides his successes at the stud in Europe, Orlando Vici has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 11 foals – now four-year-olds - and all 11 have raced, and 10 are winners.  They include the NSW Trotters Derby winner Xebec (Tr 1:58), Beau Garcon, winner of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star (Tr 1:56.6), Just Believe Tr 1:59 (Vicbred 3YO Silver), Belltopperboy (Tr 1:59.2), the Melton winners Montpellier (Tr 1:59.8) and Brandlo Prince, and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Orlando Vici’s frozen semen is available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand from Haras Des Trotteurs, where Love You, Quaker Jet and Volstead head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

Norways Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) was a game winner this day of The Onions (purse 19,674€, 1640 meters autostart, ten harness racing starters) at Solvalla, and likely earned a spot in the Elitloppet. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Pia Huusari trainee as the 3.8/1 second choice won for the first time this year in three starts. This was his 18th career win in 64 starts, now for 3,251,205€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second with Christoffer Eriksson up. 3.1/1 Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar) was third for Torbjorn Jansson after a death seat journey. Partizan Face and Lionel completed the top five. Race time was a sharp 1.09.8kr Chief Orlando   On the undercard was an event for four-year olds (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that went to 7/10 favorite Amiral (4m Ready Cash-Mondeville-Kadabra) for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. Scuderia Louisiana bred the winner in Italy and he now has three wins in nine career starts. This one was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 10/1 Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 107/1 Rotate (4f Scarlet Knight) for pilot Jorma Kontio.   Earlier there were a host of three-year old events, led by the Ingaenide Kriterleserien (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters, seven starters).   Here the 1.13.5kr clocked winner was 8/1 Inas Prince (3m Chocolatier-Sobra-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. 3.3/1 Global Badman (4m Yield Boko) and second and the 6/10 favorite Forever Melon (3g Infinitif) was third. Other three year old winners this day were Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko) timed in 1.16kr; Bombus Jet (3m Pine Chip-Solvalla Jet-Igor Font) in 1.17.3kr; and Sashay Kemp (3f Trixton-Aiken For Clay-Conway Hall) in 1.15.6kr, the latter trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ, Friday at Aby, the well-regarded Aetos Krosnos and Green Manalishi face off with nine others in the Konung Gustaf. See below.  Thomas H. Hicks   French Racing Could Be Ready To Resume By May 11 Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but it could resume from May 11. Racing would be behind closed doors and under strictly supervised sanitary conditions, just as other European countries are also preparing to gradually resume horse racing. Tens of thousands of French households live from the horse racing industry, from stud farms to training stables, taking care of the horses and seeing to their welfare. While the races were stopped, most of the work had to be done as horses, especially those trained for competition, cannot live in confinement. Training yards and stud farms continued to operate, without being able to get any resources from racing, their natural source of income However, the health and welfare of all those involved in the organization of racing meetings will be the main priority of France Galop and LeTROT. Racing would be conducted behind closed doors, as it was the last days before it had to be halted on March 17. This successful experience on the Oise racecourses in March showed our ability to ensure satisfactory sanitary conditions of all those participating in our race meetings. Very strict limitations will be enforced. For example, the connections of a horse declared to run will be limited to his or her groom, his or her trainer, and his or her jockey/driver. The staff in charge of the meetings' organization will also be very restricted. Access to the racecourses will be highly monitored, and all participants will be provided with the equipment necessary to work in good conditions without taking any risks. Shared spaces will be set up to avoid contact between those participating. In order to further minimize health hazard, horses trained abroad and jockeys holding a license issued in a country other than France (unless they are confined to France) will not be allowed to participate in French races, until the end of May at least. These restrictive measures will not allow the organization of all the race meetings initially scheduled, as certain racecourses do not have the facilities required to fully meet these precautionary requirements. Planning and relocation projects for local (PMH) meetings are being studied so as not to further harm stables more particularly involved in these programs. In terms of the program, in view of a resumption of activity from Monday, May 11, the Racing authorities have paid particular attention to respecting the balances between the different categories of horses, breeds and areas. France Galop and LeTrot will publish their program in the next few days. The allocation policy will depend on the outcome of a work in progress with the Government. Indeed, prize money and premiums are financed by the proceeds of betting, and if the races could resume on May 11, the PMU's network would still only be very partially reactivated, depriving the whole racing industry of most of its resources. The meeting held on Tuesday, April 21 between the Presidents of the racing associations and the involved Ministers proved to be constructive and everything is made to allow the racing industry to overcome the financial damage caused by this sanitary crisis. If France Galop and LeTrot are getting ready to resume racing at the national level from May 11, it all comes down to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Government regarding the gradual exit from the lockdown. The French racing authorities stay alert and able to respond to any other constraints imposed by the Government.  

Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici just keeps on racking up the winners. Despite tiny numbers of foals Down Under, the classic winning French stallion had two winners and a runner-up in Australia last week as the country's age-group season cranked up a gear. Michael Bellman's Just Believe showed typical French toughness in sitting three wide early and the parking up outside the leader before staying on strongly for a win at Melton on Saturday night. From the first Australian crop of just 11 foals, ten of which have since won, this was Just Believe's third win in four starts as a 4YO, and fourth win in a 12-race career. Another from that first Down Under crop, Montpelllier set a track record when winning the frst race at Ararat on Friday night, after sitting parked for the last lap. The the 4YO gelded son of Orlando Vici and Dream Vacation mare Kahmotion was driven by Jackie Barber for trainer Anton Golino. And on Thursday night yet another from that crop, Orlando Storm, a 4YO mare qualified for the Need For Speed Silver Princess finals by running up to Imsettogo, a daughter of another French stallion, Haras des Trotteurs resident stallion Used To Me at Ballarat. Orlando Vici has left Derby winners in Sweden and Norway and numerous Gp 1 winners in France including the likes of 7 time Group 1 winning millionaire Un Mec d'Heripre and Prix d'Amerique runner up Looking Superb. by Dave Sanders, for Harnesslink  

October 18, 2019 - The fall Caen Trotteurs harness racing sale was completed with sessions on October 15-16. In total there were 823 lots consigned, 685 lots being yearlings. Below is the total sale results and the October 15-16 summary. We reported the prior days last week. The sale topper on October 15 was the yearling colt Igor du Regency, a son of Orlando Vici, that brought 29,000€ from Philippe Dewulf. Philippe Dewulf pedigree The October 16th sale topper was hip 822, a weanling filly names Juventus du Klau (wf, Cash And Go-Kitty-Coktail Jet), that brought 21,000€ from Alain Dambrires. This is by a full brother to Bold Eagle.     Thomas H. Hicks  

The even-money harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) took today’s Breeders Crown (males, purse 50,063€, 1900 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. He raced in the pocket until the final turn after being denied the front, and he held off 10/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Golde Chip) reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson in the final strides. Orlando Jet raised his career earnings to 370,751€. Third was pacesetter 9/1 Halva Von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey) and teamster Thorsten Tietz. The undercard included the Breeders Crown Mares (purse 57,215€, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it saw 1.13.1kr timed and 5.9/1 odds Alegra B (5f Andover Hall-Galea) score for Conrad Lugauer. The 1.9/1 Goldy Stardust (6f Quick Crown-Timely Stardust) was second for Michael Nimczyk. Third was 21.9/1 Super Queen C (6f Offshore Dream-Freiha Haikant) teamed with Jaap Van Rijn. Aged performers also were on stage for the Thomas Philipps (purse 10,728€, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.13.3kr timed victory went to Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Perj) with trainer Gerhard Mayr at the lines. Khalid (6f Lets Go-Lisboa) took second for Roland Hulskath and Gustavson Be (6g Juliano Star-Gioioca Caf) was third for Victor Gentz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 7, 2019 - Today’s harness racing V75 Gold Silverornen Stora Group (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Emelia Leo reined and Oscar Berglund conditioned Shocking Superman (6m Orlando Vici-Bernedette’s Cat-Pine Chip). The winner, off at 6.4/1 odds, was timed in 1.10.7kr to record his fifth victory in 25 starts now for 1,926,988SEK earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 71.8/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) with Ulf Eriksson up and Apollon de Kacy was fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

France action today started with the Grand Prix du Nord 5 Year Olds at LaCroise Laroche. In this 2825 meter distance handicap test, ten starters battled for the 40,000€ purse. The 7/10 favorite Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici-Rumbu Venoir) scored for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. This one scored for the 13th time in a 34 race career, now for 163,050€ earned. The 13/1 Darlington Park (5g Orlando Vici) was second ahead of 32/1 Dilemme Angele (5g Royal Dream). Race time was 1.14.6kr with the first two finishers overcoming 25 meter handicaps. This evening in the Paris-Vincennes action was the Quinte+ Prix Barbara (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) and 8.6/1 odds Akir de Mai (8g Kid de Chenu-Morina Rose) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for Anthony Barrier. He bested 1.6/1 Brosses Troubadour (7g Showtime Bourbon) with J-M Bazire up for owner/trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 11/1 Bon Grain Tivoli (7g Gros Grain) landed third for owner/trainer/driver Damien Bonne. The last two in the Q+ exact order was 40/1 Abercrombis and 21/1 Bella du Vivier. The Q+ exact order 2 euro ticket paid 9,605.60€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) narrowly took Tuesday’s Prix Paris-Vincennes at Baden-Vienna (purse 14,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 participants) with trainer Rudolf Haller at the lines for Team Neuhof. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner was off at 7/2 odds. Stark Bi raised his life earnings to 132,788€. Woten Casel (7m Alesi OM) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr at 9/1 and third went to 3/5 favorite Celestial Light (7f Love You) handled by her trainer Gerhard Biendl. Earlier in the card was the Prix Le Croise Laroche (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) and the 3/5 favorite Offroader (5g Orlando Vici-Yasminia) prevailed for Rudy Haller who trains for Stall Wieserhof. 9/1 Narcis Pesci (7g Nimitz Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Marco Gorenc and 4.9/1 odds Stravinski Bigi (9g Self Possessed) was third for Thomas Royer. Race time was 1.16.5kr. The same day at Le Cepiere was the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 14 European starters). Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) scored at 3/1 odds for Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc timed in 1.16.4kr. The 21/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac) was second for Robert Lacroix ahead of 53/1 outside Clever Lymm (6m Korean) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 10/1 Uvinto and 12/1 Tooltime completed the Quinte+ exact order top five that paid 5,846€ for a 2€ wager. Upcoming on the weekend are several top-flight racing events. On September 15 at Paris-Vincennes will be the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse 240,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) with the five year-olds facing a 50 meter penalty. Davidson du Pont is the likely favorite with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The same day is the Gr. I Prix de Normandie (240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters, monte). Look for Dexter Fromentro to be the likely favorite with Camille Levesque in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran classmaster Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) scored in the Grand Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes (Gr. II International, purse 180,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) on this last day of the summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. Driver Franck Ohine uvrie launched the winner directly to the lead before entering the first turn and he maintained speed to the 1.10.8kr victory. Un Mec d’Heripre now has 28 wins in 61 starts for 2,004,853 euro earned. The Philippe Billard trainee is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre and was bred by Mlle. Eugenie Quintin. He was off as the 7/10 favorite. The 3.6/1 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was second for Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette de Sousa, and raised his bankroll to 614,050 euro. 3.7/1 odds Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a past Prix d’Amerique winner, was third for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Antoine Dherete and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner of the career winner of 2,182,970 euro. The 7.1/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied off the pegs to be fourth for Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato, the trainer, and Philippe Dauphin, breeder/owner of this now 1,711,666 euro earned. Quite a race this was in the mile distance speed series.  The Vincennes’  monte Groupe II Prix Pierre Gamare (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters – three year-olds) went to rallying 5.8/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Yves Boireau. Race time was 1.14.6kr. Jean Pierre Dubois owns the winner that Haras de Villeperce Sarl bred. Ferreteria now has five career wins in 13 starts for 271,140 euro earned. She raced sixth and seventh more most of the journey before staging a steady surge that she sustained to the line. The 2.3/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was even money favorite Fadu du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.  The unbeaten Ferry Jet (3m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet) took the Prix des Lagny (purse 36,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for his third victory in his career. The 4/5 favorite is trained by Luc Roelens and was reined by Pierre Vercruysse to this 1.16.4kr score that raised his earnings to 31,050 euro. At end of the Saturday Vincennes program was the Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse 80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queens Flore) scored in 1.13.9kr at 7/1 odds for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 26/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) was second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Nivard. The 1.8/1 favorite Bolando (7m Nijinksi Blue) was third for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. At Bergsaker this day was the Sundsvall Open, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event (purse 175,700 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) that went to the 19/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) with Ulf Eriksson up for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. This winner enjoyed a pocket trip before emerging in mid-stretch for a length victory timed in 1.10.1kr, to raise his career earnings to 708,070 euro. Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden at 21/1. 47/1 outsider Pastore Bob (5g From Above) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) at 11/1 was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and fifth was the 1/5 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Jorma Kontio up. This one raced second in the outer before making a three wide effort mid-way on the last lap backstretch. That surge failed leaving Readly Express three wide in the final bend and he tired in the lane to be four lengths off the winner.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina-Super Arnie) won the Friday feature at Berlin Mariendorf to begin Derby Week. This Elitloppet starter reined by trainer Rudolf “Rudi” Haller gained the front early and was never headed as he recorded victory number 13 in 17 starts, now for 229,519 euro earned. The purse of the Carlie Mills was 20,000 euro and the distance was 1900 meters for the six horse field. Stall Team Neuhof owns the winner that bested a game Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) and driver Michael Nimczyk. Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) was third for Josef Franzl, this one also a Haller trainee. Saturday’s solid Berlin Mariendorf card was highlighted by four German Filly Derby Eliminations, each raced over 1900 meters autostart for 10,000 euro purses. Elim one went to Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) timed in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. Intouchable (3f Expo Bi) was second for Robin Bot ahead of Girlofmanymissions (3f Manofmanymissions) and driver Thorsten Tietz. Elimination two was won by Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. Unicorn Diamant (3f Orlando Vici-Keystone Tabby) was next for Bjorn Goop and third was Nagama (3f Brioni) for Christian Lindhardt. Donna Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) took elim three timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wiersehof. It was her third straight victory. Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) was next for Michael Nimczyk and Lighting Bo (3f Virgill Boko-Muscle Magic) took the third check for Jaap van Rijn. Elim four saw Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) score a 1.13.8kr victory for trainer/driver Dion Tesselaar and owner Wiebe Landman. Lusiana Bo (3f Dream vacation-Jacky Brown) was second with Jaap van Rijn aboard and third was Olena (3f Dream Vacation-Desaria Gill) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Early on the card veteran Heinz Wewering was victorious driving Henry Havana (5g Pablo As) for trainer Christian Heitmann. Race time was 1.14.4kr in this conditioned event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici’s small first Down Under crop is only two but already they are making an immediate impact on the harness racing track as they have in every country he has been available. Orlando Vici sired the 2YO quinella in the Mary Mifsud Memorial 2YO Trotters Handicap at Kilmore on the weekend. New Zealand-bred Orlando Jolt showed impeccable manners in his debut to go to the front for John Caldow, and set the pace while his stablemate Montpelier dropped into the trail. Turning for home the two went clear, with Jason Lee steering Montpelier down the passing lane to get the victory. Montpellier and Orlando Jolt are both trained by Anton Golino at Yabby Dam Racing’s  Cardigan, Victoria stables. From just 19 Australasian foals in his first crop, now 2YOs, Orlando Vici has already had seven to the track for two individual winners and four individual placings plus a number of other qualifiers to date. The French-bred Orlando Vici, a nine-time group winner himself, continues to be a top stallion in the two powerhouses of European trotting, France and Sweden. There are more than 200 sires in Sweden including all the top American ones and more than 500 active sires in France. A sire of champions in half a dozen countries, Orlando Vici has continued to produce stars wherever he has been available, with classic performers in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. Orlando Vici’s progeny have won close to 32 million euros. Montpelier . 4 6:34pm MARY MIFSUD MEMORIAL 2018 2YO TROTTERS HANDICAP 2150M $7,000 2YO. 2T0 Or Better. RBD. Stand Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money Hcp Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MONTPELLIER  $ 3,990 FT Fr1 2 Anton Golino Jason Lee   $ 9.00   3 CMP D/CCMP USL   BAY COLT 2 by ORLANDO VICI (FRA) out of THE KAHMOTION NZ (DREAM VACATION (US))  Owner(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd 2 ORLANDO JOLT NZ  $ 1,050 FT Fr4 5 Anton Golino John Caldow 3.50 $ 16.60   L 1 3 WALKABOUT SUNRISE  $ 700 10m Fr2 9 Greg Lewis Neil McCallum 11.50 $ 33.20   9 RR 4 STARLIGHT RED  $ 350 FT Fr5 6 Brian Bourke John Newberry 19.70 $ 111.00   5 5 ONEOFTHECLAN  $ 210 FT Fr3 4 Anton Golino Vincent Robillard-Voisin 85.20 $ 26.20   BX2 NAT 17 6 FLINGANDWINGIT  $ 140 FT Fr2 3 Steven Duffy Ryan Duffy 118.30 $ 4.20   L BX2 B NAT 17 7 ALL CASHED UP  $ 140 20m Fr1 10 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 136.70 $ 1.70 fav  SCAS BX2 NAT 17 8 ACTOR UP  $ 140 FT Fr6 7 Rita Burnett Rita Burnett 177.00 $ 108.00   BB CODS 7 B 9 NORQUAY  $ 140 10m Fr1 8 Anton Golino Anthony Butt 212.40 $ 10.80   RS LCD BX2 NAT 17 Scratchings   FLAKE 1 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:53:2 Mile Rate: 2:09:7 Lead Time: 46.4 First Quarter: 32 Second Quarter: 32.6 Third Quarter: 31 Fourth Quarter: 31.2 Margins: 3.5m x 8.0m    

April 16, 2017 - Pacesetting Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) bravely held on for harness racing reinsman Joseph Verbeeck to win Sunday’s Gran Premio Costa Azzurra (purse €165,000,1600 meters autostart) at Torino (Italy). The Pierre Billard trainee was timed in 1.11.8kr for a nose victory over the same-timed Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Tarsalo Egral) reined by Roberto Vecchione and Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Enrico Bellei up. Almost three lengths back in fourth was Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (6m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) driven by Pierre Vercruysse and rallying fifth finishing Tesoro Degli Dei (5m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) for driver Pietro Gubellini. Un Mec d’Heripre could be a starter in the 2017 Elitloppet, a race in which he performed well last year. Thomas H. Hicks

November 4, 2016 - Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ligue Nationale (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Atout de Kacy (6g Orlando Vici-Pretty des Charms) with harness racing trainer Aymeric Thomas driving. This pair defeated 14.6/1 Afghan Barbes (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) teamed by David Thomain and trainer Christian Bigeon. The 11.8/1 Alf de Melandre (6g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The Pick5 at Le Croise LaRoche was the Grand Prix du Nord des 5 Ans and 15.4/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadreria) took victory timed in 1.14.5kr for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 21.3/1 Baute en Train (5g Love You-Nanyitiere) for driver/trainer P.Y. Verva. 2.3/1 Black d’Avril (5m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) landed third. Sunday at Milano, La Maura is superb racing led by the Gr. I Gran Premio Della Nazione. Lineup follows. The card also includes the Coppa de Milano with three eliminations (each over 1650 meters for a €13,200 purse) and the €55,000 final at end of program. A fine group of upper level trotters will participate including Sky Dancer, Rossella Ross, Rania Lest, Sundance Bi, Newyork Newyork and Louvre. 8 15.45 - PR. GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI - gruppo 1 E 308.000 - mt 2250   1 SEATTLE BI 2250 A.Gocciadoro           2 PAPALLA " M.Barbini           3 TRUMAN DAIRPET-F- " N.Ensch           4 TROJA D'ASOLO " Rene' Legati           5 RINGOSTARR TREB " R.Vecchione           6 RADIOFRECCIA FI " E.Bellei           7 TESORO DEGLI DEI " V.P.Dell'Annunziata           8 SHARON GAR " G.Di Nardo           9 TIMOKO " B.Goop           10 TIMONE EK " J.Verbeeck           11 PASCIA' LEST " P.Gubellini           12 PRINCESS GRIF " R.Andreghetti             Thomas H. Hicks    

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