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Italy’s Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) took today’s Oslo Grand Prix (purse 2,830,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters after Looking Superb was scratched.   Jorma Kontio teamed the winner to a rallying score for harnes racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, Vitruvio’s third 2019 win in four starts and 16th in his career that spans 36 appearances.   His life earnings are now 9,987,837Nokr. Bahia Quesnot was a game second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after racing first over and putting away the breaking pacesetter Ringostarr Treb at the end of the final bend.   Valokaja Hindo rallied for third with Christophe Martens teaming for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was also a miscue dq for his break into the first turn.   Vitruvio                                 --Bjerke Travbane, ATG, Rikstoto files/photos   Race time was 1.11.6kr for the 7.1/1 odds winner. The undercard action at Bjerke was excellent.   The 555,000Nokr total purse Energima Cup Final went to 1.11.3kr timed Gigant Invalley (Gigant Neo) with Gunnar Austevoll up. This one was third in his elimination. The two elimination winners were Une Etoile Gar (Varenne) clocked in 1.11.2kr and Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) in 1.12kr.   The Finn Tack Europamatch (565,000Nokr purse, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed Heart of Steel (Cantab Hall) with Peter Untersteiner up. Gina Shermer (Varenne) took the Akershus Tracktors for Mares with a 410,000Nokr purse, clocked in 1.11.8kr over the 1609 meters autostart course.   The YesBox Trot (255,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) saw Reigning Moni (Donato Hanover) score in 1.11.6kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Daniel Reden.   Early in the program was the Kingsrod Trading Monte (195,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) and Be Mine de Houelle (Scipion du Goutier) scored for jockey Maria Bacsich timed in 1.11.6kr. Franck Leblanc trains this one that was recently third in Solvalla’s Monte Elite, a race she won in 2018.     Thomas H. Hicks

Perfect Spirit, the 2017 Hambletonian winner, will have his first race in an International open race in the Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke Sunday (June 9) afternoon. After his entrance at the Swedish trotting scene, last year Perfect Spirit was campaigned against other 4-year old trotters, but this year his trainer, Daniel Redén, has matched him against elder trotters. Perfect Spirit won his first two races this year – best timed in 1.52.4 – but third time out he made a break and was disqualified. In the Oslo Grand Prix, Perfect Spirit with regular driver Ôrjan Kihlström, will be among the favorites to win the event which has a purse of $175,000. Perfect Spirit will leave from post position two in the 1-5-16 mile event. Here are the post positions: 1. Slide So Easy (DK) – sired by Quite Easy (U.S.) 2. Perfect Spirit (US) – sired by Andover Hall (U.S.) 3. Ringostarr Treb (IT) – sired by Classic Photo (U.S.) 4. Vitruvio (IT) – sired by Adrian Chip (U.S.) 5. Bahia Quesnot (FR) sired by Scipion du Goutier (FR) 6. Gretzky BR (NO) – sired by Quite Easy (U.S.) 7. Valokaja Hindø (DK) – sired by Great Challenger (U.S.) 8. Uza Josselyn (DK) – sired by Love You (FR) 9. Nadal Broline (SE) -sired by Yankee Glide (U.S.) 10. Looking Superb (NO) – Scratched by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

Bjorn Goop enjoyed quite a day at Bjerke (wins with Rod Stewart, Timone EK and Crfzado dela Noce earlier on the harness racing card) and none better than with Oslo Grand Prix winner Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) as this Fabrice Souloy trainee rallied late to nail Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) and Orjan Kihlstrom driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The winning mare, off at 1.7/1 on the PMU network, was clocked in 1.10.5kr for this her seventh straight 2016 victory and it raised career earnings to 8,568,228kr. Nuncio was off at 2.8/1 on PMU and favored on the other major European networks, was a game second and now has an impressive 31-14-2 slate in 47 lifetime appearances. 2.2/1 (PMU) Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. Papagayo E, Support Justice and Lionel were the next three to the line. The Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr. I UET International event with 1,500,000NoKr to the winner (purse in euros €302,212) was contested over 2100 meters autostart (1-5/16 miles). Your Highness Thomas H. Hicks ATG, Fintoto, Rikstoto, PMU files/photos

Top flight harness racing action occurred throughout Oslo Grand Prix day at Bjerke Travbane. Mares ages three to ten battled in a 1609 meters autostart event worth 175,000NoKr to the winner and 6.5/1 Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) came out on top for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. The impressive, gorgeous, long-striding mare now has 17 career wins in 65 starts for earnings in excess of 2,150,000NoKr. Timed in 1.11.1kr she defeated 12.5/1 Diadora BR (5f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite-SJ’s Caviar) with Thor Borg up for trainer Frode Hamre. Third was 2.4/1 Soho (7f Dream Vacation-Hillery Toll-General November) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Bo Westergaard. The winner recorded her third win in the last four outings. Late stretch leading Radysin America made a miscue under heavy urging from Bjorn Goop and was disqualified. Heaven’s Door finished unplaced. Four year-olds contested an open event worth 200,000NoKr to the winner and Goop teamed front-stepping 1.9/1 Cruzdo dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) to a 1.10.4kr victory for trainer Stefan Melander. After a recall the winner was all business and defeated Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) with Jorma Konto up for trainer Melander. Third was another Melander trainee French Laundry (4m Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Broadway Appolo and Cahal des Rioults were fourth and fifth. The top group are US registered. Cruzado dela Noche The Euroamatch for four and five year-olds drew a fine field that raced over 2100 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 1.11.6kr timed winner was the 1.6/1 favorite, and Bjorn Goop piloted, Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), an Italian campaigner trained in FR by Fabrice Souloy. 42/1 Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) was second driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann, and 2.48/1 Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) was third with Roberto Andreghetti holding the lines. Buzz Mearas has been racing well going into this contest. As previously reported Goop won the Energima Cup Final and his elimination with the Riordan trained Rod Stewart, that started reinsman Goop’s big day. Thomas H. Hicks PMU, ATG, Rikstoto, Fintoto files

Two eliminations were raced today leading to the Oslo Grand Prix undercard feature Energima Cup Final, contested over 1609 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 100,000NoKr elims (purse in euro €21,061) were first won by Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert at 2.85/1 odds, over .85/1 favorite Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with trainer Steen Juul up. Third was 42/1 Rafolo (8g Love You-Farola-Speedy Herve) with Lars Anvar Kolle driving. The second elim went to 5/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Jerry Riordan. 1.27/1 favorite Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) took second for trainer/driver Peter Ubtersteiner and 22/1 Royal Ice (5g Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Conway Hall) landed third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. Gigant Slugger was scratched from this elimination. Earlier the Montelopp (1609 meters autostart, 100,000NoKr to winner) went to 3/5 favorite Nantucket (10m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Sofia Adolfsson. Call Me Hanover and More Caviar were next across the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5 million) was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed harness racing  victory to 8.7/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Kea Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up for German owner Stall A&S 2003. 8/1 Vedette des Landes (7f New des Landes-Delia du Houlbet) was second for Sebastien Hardy, also trainer, and owner Michel Hardy. Third was earned by 16/1 Primula Brazza’ (7f Oiseau de Feux-Erbarosu Brazza’) with Pierre Levesque piloting this Italian invader.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Xea Venus AUT B. Goop Stall A & S 2003 B. Goop 2ème 10 Vedette des Landes S. Hardy Mic. Hardy S. Hardy 3ème 4 Primula Brazza ITY P. Levesque Scuderia Dell'Acquario S. Carro 4ème 8 Adrienne du Citrus A. Abrivard Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon L.-C. Abrivard 5ème 13 Ultra Amsterdam A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2425   Ordre :       16.090,00€   Désordre :       321,80€   Bonus 4 :       30,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€   Bonus 3 :       10,00€   Also on the fine card was the Prix Adalberta (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the winner was 1.9/1 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) driven by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Ecurie TH&V Weber-Berchtold of Germany. The winner’s dam is a daughter of King Conch-Lamitech Pedro-Sugarcane Hanover and she was registered in Italy. Spartan Kronos covered the course clocked in 1.14.7kr. 1.2/1 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Pax de Villeneuve) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. Third was 92/1 outsider Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for driver Matthieu Mottier. The Prix Mimas (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a close finish with the winner timed in 1.15.5kr, that one being 12/1 Chance (4f Ready Cash-Ramruma) driven by trainer Franck Anne for owner Julien Raffestin. 16/1 Clef de Fa (4f Flueron Perrine-Rivendell) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard while third went to a rallying 8/1 Civelle du Caseu (4f Kool du Caux-Darling du Caieu) with Franck Nivard at the lines. The Prix Cygnus (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) this evening went to 1.13.4kr timed and 21/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 5.4/1 Balledonia (5f Romandi-Noonlight Charms) was next to the line for J-Ph Monclin with 2.3/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) home third with teamster Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner D.M. Mottier. The June 11 Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes is a dandy, as shown below: Prix de Gien, Gr. III, 3yo males, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters Prix de Ploermel, European, purse €70,000, 2700 meters monte, 12 starters Q+ Prix du Quercy, European, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters Prix d’Istres, Gr. III, 3yo females, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters VINCENNES - PRIX LOUIS JARIEL PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Course 5 Groupe II 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.175 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 54.000. S N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Barrio Josselyn     M 5 j.m. bazire j.m. bazire 2175 3a6a2a0a5a9a 227 610 €   2 Baltic Charm     M 5 e. raffin s. guarato 2175 2a4a1a3a1a2a 298 150 €   3 Beau Gamin     M 5 d. bonne s. guarato 2175 9a2a(15)5a4a 349 040 €   4 Briac Dark     M 5 f. anne f. anne 2175 7a1aDa(15)2a 368 130 €   5 Black d'Avril     M 5 f. prat frederic prat 2175 0a8a0a5aDa5a 473 570 €   6 Bolero Love     M 5 g. gelormini s. guarato 2175 2a2a1aDa2a2a 477 780 €   7 Bird Parker     M 5 j.ph. monclin ph. allaire 2175 1a1aDa4a5a7a 974 880 €   8 Billie de Montfort     F 5 d. thomain s. guarato 2175 0a4a0a2a6a4a 1 190 860 €   9 Bold Eagle     M 5 f. nivard s. guarato 2175 2a1a1a1a(15) 1 781 800 €   The June 12 card at Bjerko NO is also outstanding featuring the Gr. I VG Oslo Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart worth 1.5million NorwegianKr first money and other top action: Attelé - 302 212 € - 2100m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart VG OSLO GRAND PRIX Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 302.212. - Attelé. - 2.100 mètres. 157.950, 78.975, 39.488, 13.689, 7.898, 4.212. Pour 3 à 12 ans inclus. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Mosaique Face     M 7 l. kolgjini l. kolgjini 2100 0a4a0a1a0a 1 290 913 €   2 Support Justice     M 7 g.v. gunderse g.v. gunderse 2100 2a1a6a0aDa 842 074 €   3 Un Mec D'heripre     M 8 f. nivard f. souloy 2100 3a1a2a1a3a 1 296 525 €   4 Your Highness     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 2100 1a1a1a1a1a 760 871 €   5 Papagayo E.     M 6 u. ohlsson j.k. waaler 2100 3a3a3a1a5a 784 517 €   6 B.B.S.Sugarlight     H 7 p. unterstein f. solberg 2100 0a4a1a3a2a 734 363 €   7 Lionel (nor)     M 6 g. antonsen f. souloy 2100 0aDa1a1aDa 801 716 €   8 Victory Bonsai     M 5 m. forss h. korhonen 2100 3a1a1a3a2a 106 642 €   9 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2100 1a2a1a1a1a 2 324 728 €   10 Volstead A     M 5 j. kontio s. melander 2100 0a1a0a2a2a 316 158 €   The other excellent Bjerke contests on Sunday are: Kingsrod Monte, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to winner Energima Cup elim 1, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Energima Cup elim 2, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Flacata, 3 year olds, 1609 meters autostart, 150,000Nokr first prize Hydespe Stayerlop, 3140 meters distance handicap, 200,000 Nokr first prize Energima Cup Final, 1609 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr to winner FinTack Mares, 1609 meters autostart, 175,000Nokr first prize Europamatch, four and five year-olds, 2100 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr first prize Gjensidige four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000Nokr first prize Oslo GP, 3-12 year olds, 2100 meters autostart, 1,500,000Nokr first prize The two Energima Cup elims attracted some skilled trotters such as Ringostarr Treb, Tycoon Conway Hall, Allaballakaitoz, Ja El Tomcat, Rod Stewart and Hillustrious. Be there for superb trotting action this weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

A top field is set for the June 12 edition of the harness racing Gr. I International Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) was the last add to the group and post positions were drawn with Nuncio (Orjan Kihlstrom) to start from post nine and Un Mec d’Heripre from the three spot with Franck Nivard to drive. The race distance is 2100 meters autostart with the purse expected to be 2,870,000kr (approx €300,000). The race record of 1.11.3kr was set last year by BBS Sugarlight and driver Peter Untersteiner, that eclipsed the previous 1.11.5kr mark held jointly by L’Amiral Mauzon, Arch Madness and Commander Crowe. The 2013-14 OGP editions were won by Sebastian K and Univers de Pan. STARTLISTEN VG OSLO GRAND PRIX 2016 1. Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini 2. Support Justice - Geir Vegard Gundersen 3. Un Mec d'Heripre - Franck Nivard 4. Your Higness - Bjørn Goop 5. Papagayo E. - Ulf Ohlsson 6. B.B.S. Sugarlight - Peter Untersteiner 7. Lionel - Gøran Antonsen 8. Victory Bonsai - Mika Forss 9. Nuncio - Ørjan Kihlstrøm 10. Volstead - Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

June 14, 2015 - Swedish bred, Norwegian trained BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took over from then pocketed Oasis Bi before the halfway mark, and led to the line for teamster Peter Untersteiner and harness racing trainer Fredrik Solberg to win the VG Oslo Grand Prix (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters with 1.5Nokr to the winner). Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson owns the winner, clocked today in 1.11.3kr, that now has a 2015 slate of 2-1-2-1 in seven starts and a career of 19-12-8-5 in 64 starts for 5,423,081 Nokr earned. He previously won the 2015 Olympic Trot. Italy’s Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) escaped the pocket late and was beaten half-length for Bjorn Goop and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was a very fast closing third for Vidar Hop and trainer Egil Stensrud. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, Univers de Pan and Trebol were next in that order. Univers de Pan trailed the field until a wide rally in the stretch. Trebol had a three hole journey on the pegs behind Oasis Bi but chose to vacate that cover with a quarter to go and it hurt his chances for a better placing. B.B.S. Sugarlight was the 2.7/1 favorite with 12.4/1 for Oasis Bi and 6.5/1 odds for Papagayo E on the Rikstoto system. This was a superb Bjerke racing card, presented very professionally and conducted before a huge crowd, ultimately excited by the great finish by Norwegian horses. Steinlager was the last Norwegian campaigner to win this classic ten years ago. Back later to report details on the undercard that included wins by Italy’s Tango Negro (by Infinitif) trained by Jerry Riordan in a three year-old test, Energma Cup heat wins by Magiccarpetride and Rue du Bac (by Infinitif) with the final to Repay Merci, Billie de Montfort in the four year-old contest timed in 1.10.8kr, Torre Crepin gate to wire in the monte event clocked in 1.11.5kr, Emmett Brown in a Klass I affair, Fleetfoot Hanovert in the aged mares trot, Duke of Greenwood in the five year-old test and an upset win by Lome Brage in the coldblood feature defeating the mare Lannen Silje, suffering only her third loss in 38 career appearances. Thomas H. Hicks

June 10. 2015 - The 1.8/1 favorite Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) took today’s Prix Timoko (€25,000 purse, 2550 meters, European 13 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne, clocked in 1.15.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 Anatzi d’Alsace (5g Pagelot-Jivana d’Alsace) was second for Frederic Clozier with third to Dacke Haleryd (8m Goetmals Wood-All American Chill) for Michel-X Charlot, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Skeie Stable AS from Norway. Good action also occurred at La Capelle with several noteworthy events including the Prix de la Capelle (€21,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters). Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) scored in 1.17.3kr as the 1.6/1 favorite driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. 20/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festinci des Baiuz) was next for David-Marion Hue ahead of 69/1 Coko Look (3m Look de Star-Jerez) with Sebastian Ernault up for trainer Ulf Nordin. Also at La Capelle the Prix de la Savr 5+ (€32,000 purse,2750 meters, 16 starters) produced a 16/1 upset winner in Viva de Luna (6f Prodigious-Oree de Strata) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Clocked in 1.15.5kr the winner bested 15/1 Tosca du Chatelet (8f Chef du Chatelet-Meomi du Chatelet) with Sebastian Ernault up and third finisher 5/1 Va Au Poteau (6g Pad d’Urzy-Haita de l’Arrete) with Francois Lecanu aboard  for owner/trainer Ph-E Trible. The Prix du Croise-Laroche (€20,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) at La Capelle went to 15/1 Bianca des Brouets (4f Notre Haufor-Oiyeda) and reinsman Pierre Versruysse. Pascal Daulier is the trainer. Banana Star (4f Pim Quick-Nikasa du Roncey) was next at 37/1 for Michel Lenoir with third to 19/1 Bastelica (4f In Love With You) for trainer/driver Jean-Benoit Lemoine. This day at Solvalla SWE the Nu Pagadis trot (€60,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to Charrva Forlon (5g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazier) and trainer/driverHans-Owe Sundberg. The winner is now 2-2-0 in six 2015 appearances, this win in 1.13.4kr. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for teamster Thomas Uhrberg and owner/breeder Happy People Racing AB. The ex-Jimmy Takter US trainee Corky (5g Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) finished third for Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The Stall Corkad owned campaigner was bred in the US by Ohio’s Lynn Baker. Don’t forget the Oslo Grand Prix weekend in Norway at Bjerke Travbane. The Sunday OGP card starts at noon local time and also includes the Energma Cup amd top races for mares, four and five year-olds, and a monte contest that has new world record holder Torre Crepin among the starters. The OGP, a UET Masters Series event, is race 11 on the program. Program links for the Saturday and Sunday Bjerke cards follow: Saturday June 13 http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_13062015_48.pdf Sunday June 14 OPD Day http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_14062015_49.pdf Thomas H. Hicks

June 7, 2015 - Today’s starting position draw yielded pp6 for US entrant Wind Of The North in the Oslo Grand Prix, that will be driven by harness racing trainer Daryl Bier.  The well-matched field of ten could have the winner come from anywhere including the three-way group from France (Univers de Pan, Vincennes and Ustinof du Vivier). Norway is represented by three starters and Sweden with two. Spain sends its first starter to a Gr. I event, with the entrant being ultra-consistent Trebol and trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. OSLO GRAND PRIX 2015 Gr. I International UET Masters Series Grand Slam, 2100 meters autostart, First money 1,538.100 kronor 1. Trebol - Gabriel Angel Pou Pou - Spain 2. Vincennes – Ørjan Kihlstrøm -  FR 3. Oasis Bi – Bjørn Goop - SWE 4. B.B.S. Sugarlight – Peter Untersteiner - NO 5. Support Justice – Geir Vegard Gundersen - NO 6. Wind Of The North – Daryl Bier - USA 7. Ustinof du Vivier – Eric Raffin - FR 8. Univers de Pan – Philippe Daugeard - FR 9. Papagayo E. – Vidar Hop - NO 10. Mosaique Face – Adrian Kolgjini - SWE Bjerke Travbane files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

During the next 5th and 6th of May in the Norwegian racecourses of Momarken and Bjerke (Oslo) will be held the Gentlemen European championship for harness racing Amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers). The championship will be played on four scoring races for each driver, with the participation of drivers from 13 different nationalities, members of FEGAT and will be qualifying for the 2016 World Cup in Hungary where the first 6 countries will obtain a wild card for the WC2015. The most important achievements of some of the drivers participating in the European Championship 2014 are: Swedish Hakan B. Johansson, current European Champion (Sweden 2014) and with 231 wins in his career. Spanish Miquel Vich Capó, former European Champion in 2012 (Czech Republic) with 159 wins in his career. Dutch Willem Browuer 3rd in last World Championship in Finland 2014. Italian Giovanni Bechis with more then 400 starts and 935 wins. The official link of the European Championship 2015 is  http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2015/gentlemen-european-championship-in-norway/ For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com The official list of the drivers for this 2015 FEGAT European Championship for amateur drivers in the follow next: PARTICIPANTS Country First Name Name Date of birth License since Last year victories This year victories Total wins Austria Thomas Royer 13.11.1978 1997 23 4 180 Belgium Sebastien Grisez 07.09.1990 2008 11 4 105 Czech Republic Alle Johannes Marinus Loman 08.09.1951 1996 24 0 148 Denmark Svend Aage Vindbjerg 1952 1990 3 0 50 Finland Teemu Keskitalo 1991 2005 5 1 10 Germany Christoph Pellander 09.11.1978 2004 17 1 47  Italy Giovanni Bechis 28.01.1951 1970 3 3 935  The Netherlands Wim Brouwer 05.08.1964 1989 6 1 155 Norway Ernst Petter Knutsen 24.09.1958 1994 0 0 34 Russia Konstantin Puchkov 17.12.1951 1998 3 0 172 Spain Miquel Vich Capó 25.10.1984 1999 4 1 159 Sweden Håkan B. Johansson 29.03.1972 1993 13 4 231 Switzerland Jean-Claude Gardaz 29.04.1966 1983 8 0 75   DRIVERS PROFILE   THOMAS ROYER  Austrian amateur champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. SEBASTIEN GRISEZ   Born in a family of avid trotting races. At the age of 15, attended his first race in apprentices, He has been several times in the top 3 of apprentices in Belgium and acquired his 50th victory in 2009. Then make a professional choice and  opted for the profession of blacksmith-horseshoes, where has the trust of Christophe and Vincent Martens and some Belgian trainers.2014 was his first year as amateur, IHe has got the chance winning the three most beautiful Belgian races reserved for amateurs, which allowed him to win the Championship. Won 11 races in 2014 including 2 in France.   Today, won 106 victories including 4 in France. ALLE JOHANNES MARINUS LOMAN  Born 8th September 1951 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Bought his first trotter named Kondor as 16 years old boy.He was breeder of trotters for last 30 years and also of thoroughbreds for approx.10 years. As amateur driver won his first race with  “Cruise Missille” in Scharsberg (NL) in 1989. Started and won races in Nederland, U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Czech and Slovak Republic. One of top points in his driver`s career was the victory in German Amateurdriver Championship in Dinslaken in 1992. Since 1996 lives in Czech Republic, where  married in 2003 and where his last 2 sons of his all 6 children were born. Have Czech driving licence since 1996.He had a great success in Czech trotting sports (1997- won with his own-bred mare Cabipaan Kort Czech Derby, St.Leger and Slovak Derby, Cabipaan Kort achieved titel Trotter of the year 1997 and later also 1998 as best older trotter in Czech Republic, she broke with 15,9 the formerly track-record). In 1999 won Czech Golden Cup with his trotter Sugar Candor /Trotter of the Year 1999.Won the Czech derby in 2013 with the mare Charming Oreau(NL), Trotter of the Year 2013.Won the Czech Triple-Crown 2014 with another mare Damalia(NL), Trotter of the Year 2014. Won the Czech Amateur drivers`Championship many times and  took more times part in the European and also World Amateur Championship.  SVEND AAGE VINDBJERG     TEEMU KESKITALO  Teemu has been involved in horse business since a he was a small child. His father owned many horses and that is why he started participating to trotting business. He started the hobby by racing trotting ponies and got full trotting amateur license immediately when it was possible.His best horse so far has been Vintage Lady, who run at V65 and V75 level. Most memorable win has been his first victory with Flaming Love. Teemu’s best driving results were last year when he won the finnish amateur championship title. At the championship finals he drove three wins, two third places and one fourth place out of seven races. CRISTOPH PELLANDER  Living in Cologne obatin his amateur driving licence in 2004. Driver, owner and breeder. biggest sucess: winner of the german amateur championship 2014 in Hamburg and 3rd place in amateur-ranking in 2014 with 17 wins. job: TV-Producer and Sport-Journalist. GIOVANNI BECHIS   More than 4000 starts in career. Won 631 amateur races at December 2014.Italian Amateur champion in 2014.Winner “Gran Premio Federnat” (the richest amateur race in the world) in 1989 (Fakir Ve). WIM BROUWER Wim is born between the trotters than his father was also a passionated. Succesful owner and amateur driver. Since 2013 Wim is the President of the Dutch Amateur club. Also Wim’s wife Susan has an amateur license  and both his sons Danny and Micha were competing in the pony races with Danny now having his first wins as an apprentice driver. In 2010 Wim won the Amateur Champion title in his home country and in 2012 he got the Bronze medal at the European Championship in the Czech Republic. Last year at the World Championship in Finland he won again bronze! ERNST PETTER KNUTSEN   34 victories and 1,7 million NOK in total earnings. Winner of the Norwegian championship 2014. Drives primarily his own horses, cold-bloded and has a few V65 and V75 victories. KONSTANTIN PUCHKOV     MIQUEL VICH CAPÓ European Champion 2012. Spanish amateur Champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. HÅKAN B. JOHANSSON  European Champion 2014. JEAN CLAUDE GARDAZ   He started attending racetracks in 1975 when his father bought his first horse.After take a several internships in GROSBOIS (Paris) between 1980 and 1983 in the stables of the trainers G. Mascle – A.Meunier – G M. Dreux Ch.Bazire.Obtain his driver’s license in 1983.Best Performances:75 wins in SwitzerlandCenter-East Region champion (Lyon region) 1990FEGAT Europa Cup 4th 1991 France & 5th 1999 Hungary.10th European Championship 2007 in Salzburg -Austria.Several times in the first 3 of the Swiss amateur league. The links of the race tracks are: http://www.bjerke.no/ http://www.momarken.no/ FEGAT, April 2015.

Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) scored a gate to wire victory in Saturday’s Axel Jensens for four year-olds held at Bjerke Racecourse, Oslo, Norway. Purse was 565,000 Norwegian krone (€67,111) The Danish Derby winner scored by a neck for teamster Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist over the Steen Juul reined and trained Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with Radysin America (4m Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream a close third along the pegs for Johnny Takter driving for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is a half-brother to Lisa America. Tumble Dust was timed in 1.11.7kr over the 1609 meter (one-mile) distance. The winner is owned by Stall Tumble Boys and he recorded career victory nine in 27 starts, now for earnings of 3,344,257SEK, or US$448,553. He’s a half-brother to Hard Livin that is campaigned successfully in Europe by Stall Zet and Daniel Reden. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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

Today's Laval co-featured Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, a European monte test for 27,000e, went to veteran Jag de Bellouet stallion Remember Jihem. Fabien Gence rode the J-M Monclon trainee to his first victory since early June 2013. He rallied along the pegs with 700 meters to go in the 2875 meter test to score easily in 1.14.4kr, his 10th career victory. Longshots Rescousse de Barb and Riquewihr finished two-three. March 12, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, 27,000e, European monte, 10- starters, 2875 meters (m=male; f=female)  1.14.4kr 1st Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana-Pietro), Fabien Gence up for Jean-Marie Monclon, 2.5/1 odds, his 10th career victory for earnings of 349,700e 2nd Rescousse de Barb (9f L'as de Vivetaute-Gaie Melodie-Quadrophenio), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier, 58/1 3rd Riquewihr (9g Tenor de Baune-Itara-Reve d'Udon), Yann Joblot up, 24/1 Last Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse winner, Univers de Pan, will soon begin his initial season at stud at Haras du Prieure while also racing. Trainer Philippe Daugeard will point his pupil, a beautiful and great gaited son of Kenya du Pont, toward the April 19 Prix de l'Atlantique at Enghien and will consider Sweden's Olympiatravet, the Oslo Grand Prix and Kymi Grand Prix albeit they may represent tight scheduling difficulties. Daugeard commented that his first concern is the horse, and having him fresh and ready for the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. On the Sunday Cagnes sur mer card Germany's Armando Kievitshof and reinsman Rik Dupuydt took the 50,000e Prix de Rome in 1.14kr over 2925 meters. The son of Ganymede, from a Spotlite Lobell dam, scored at 9.6/1 odds for his ninth lifetime win. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Rome Tor di Valle, 50,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.14kr 1st Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up for trainer Carine de Soete, owner DVBA Campus RPF, 9.6/1 odds, his ninth career win for 293,599e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene-Ortolan), Eric Raffin aboard, 2.3/1 3rd Swing d'Eronville (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d'Eronville-Workaholic), J-C Feron up at 30/1 Other European racing of interest took place Saturday at Farjestad (Sweden) as the Jag de Bellouet stallion Francois de Gull took the V-75 Gold Division in a quick 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart. He defeated a well-balanced field including BAHT Launcher. On the card trainer Per Eriksson recorded a training win with the Cantab Hall mare Livacious Lindy. March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner  1.11.3kr 1st Francois du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Erik Adielsson up, winners' 13th in 67 starts for 2,547,172SEK 2nd BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Orjan Kihlstrom up 3rd Dileva Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden driver/trainer March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, conditioned 2640 meters turning, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.6kr 1st Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip), Jorma Kontio driver for trainer Per K. Eriksson who co-owns with Per Rodert; this 2010 import from US has won four times in five 2014 starts and five of 28 lifetime by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Sebastian K (7m Korean-Gabriella K-Probe) won the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix (2100 meters, autostart, 1.5 million Norwegian krone) in start to finish fashion for Ake Svanstedt, defeating fast closing Nesta Effe (6m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) by a length. Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) finished fast from the back to be third for Orjan Kihlstrom.

Bjerke Racecourse hosts Saturday's Oslo Grand Prix and an exciting harness racing undercard of international trotters.

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