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Cleangame (8g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) gamely held on to win Vichy’s Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal (International, purse 90,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) clocked in 1.11.0kr. He was off as the 5/10 favorite and overcame a 25-meter handicap to win for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule. Racing with shoes on Cleangame won for the 34th time in his racing career for 1,292,070€ earned and indicated he may be back among the top performers in France. The 9/1 odds Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was a tough second as he also overcame the 25 meter penalty and raced wide throughout for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Alllaire. 5.9/1 Eclat de Gloire (6h Tiego d’Etang) was placed third through the dq of Etonnant. Bazire stablemates Dreambreaker and Bel Avis were placed fourth and fifth. Repaly - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-07-04/0305/1 Cleangame over Bugsy Malone the stretch battle LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) easily overcame a 50 meter handicap to win today’s Gr. III Prix Jean Dumouch (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. Cleangame won for the 32nd time in 49 career starts now for life earnings of 1,229,220€. Cleangame was away near the back and advance steadily on the leaders after 1000 meters. He engulfed the competition off the final turn and sped away to an four length margin of victory. Race time was 1.11.6kr (mile race 1:55.20) over the winner’s 2900 meter distance. Cleangame is quite a trotter, likely among the best currently racing. The 13/1 odds Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was second with Franck Nivard up and 5.2/1 Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet) was third for Alain Laurent. 21/1 Balbir and 88/1 Anzi des Liards completed the top five with Ble de Gers and Cokstile earnings the sixth and seventh checks. This was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 1,467.00€ with 1,058 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 5,786,169€ and 11,319,000€ plus was wagered on this race. The undercard included the Prix du Comite Regional d’Equitation (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) and 2.3/1 Moni Viking (6m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) rallied to the 1.13.9kr clocked victory, his fourth in 12 starts in France, now for 214,091€ in life earnings. Pierre Vercruysse reined and trains the winner for Norway’s Jan Lyng. The 11/1 Darlington Park (6g Orlando Vici) took second for Franck Nivard and third was 35/1 Destin Carisaie (6g Uniclove) with Eric Raffin up. Earlier on the program was the Prix d’Auranches (purse 33,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 2.3/1 Flora Venesi (4f Gazouillis-Mission Venesi) scored in a quick 1.12.3kr with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc, her fourth win in 14 career starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took this week’s finale of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf series at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. Off at 1.4/1 from post 15 this J-M Bazire trainee was handled by Eric Raffin for Ecurie J-M Rancoule as he recorded his 30th victory in 47 starts now for 1,130,220€ earned. The Gr. II finale carried a purse of 130,000€and was race raced over 2850 meters with the winner handicapped 50 meters. He was clocked in 1.11.5kr over 2900 meters and drew off late after a mighty surge to the front. The 28/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. The 17/1 Calska de Guex (7f Pomerol de Laumac) took third for trainer Bazire and reinsman David Thomain. 74/1 Belle Louis Mabon and 79/1 Baron du Bourg completed the top five and set up the exact order Q+ payoff of 141,910.80€ earned by 12 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,749,916€ and over 10,942,000€ was wagered on the GNT finale race alone. The series top point winner Elvis Madrik was eighth in the finale. Watch the replay by clicking here.  Next year’s GNT schedule is shown below. Calendar 2020 Mercredi 4 mars - Amiens Mercredi 25 mars - Marseille-Borély Mercredi 8 avril - Lyon-Parilly Mercredi 22 avril - Toulouse Mercredi 20 mai - Le Croisé-Laroche Mercredi 3 juin - Laval Mercredi 17 juin - Maure-de-Bretagne Mercredi 5 août - Saint-Malo Mecredi 2 septembre - Châtelaillon-La Rochelle Mercredi 23 septembre - Lisieux Mercredi 14 octobre - Angers Mercredi 4 novembre - Nantes Mercredi 18 novembre - Mauquenchy Dimanche 6 décembre - Paris-Vincennes (Finale) The GNT undercard included finales of the LeTrot Regions Open for three, four and five year olds, each Gr. III events. The five year olds raced for an 80,000€ purse and 17/1 Echo de Chanlecy scored in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters. Tony LeBeller teamed the five year old gelded son Quinoa du Gers to the victory over 5/10 favorite Earl Simon (5m Prodigious) and driver Franck Ouvrie. The three year old division went for 70,000€ and 3.3/1 Gimy du Pommereux (3m Coktail Jet) won in 1.16kr over the 2850 meter distance with Matthieu Abrivard up. Sylvain Roger trains this one for breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 2.3/1 Golden Visais (3m Repeat Love) was second for Franck Ouvrie. The four year old 80,000€ division was also raced over 2850 meters with the 1.14kr score to 8/10 favorite Fifty Black (4m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and teamster Anthony Barrier for trainer Gregory Thorel. It was the winner’s sixth win in 14 career starts. Ahead this Sunday at Vincennes is the second “B” with the Prix du Boubonnais raced over 2850 meters for 110,000€. 18 starters included Bold Eagle with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato. Guarato will have four at the start also including the veteran mare Billie de Montfort. J-M Bazire will start five and he will drive Belina Josselyn. On Saturday is the Prix Octave Douesnel for four year olds with the superb Guarato trainee Face Time Bourbon at the start, with Bjorn Goop named to drive. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took today’s Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes in France. It was also the start of the winter race season at Vincennes.  Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to his 29th career win in 46 starts, now for 1,091,970€ earned. J-M Rancoule owns the winner that was timed in 1.12kr. Second was 23/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) reined by Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 30/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) rallied for third teamed by her trainer Junior Guelpa. 5.2/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet), 42/1 Looking Superb, 12/1 Bugsy Malone and 75/1 Clarck Sotho trailed the top three in this good field that saw Davidson du Pont finish ninth, Carat Williams 12th and Dreambreaker 13th. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 6,910.20€ for a 2€ wager with 116 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,388,282€ and the total of all pool on this race exceeded 7,109,000€. On the program six year olds contested the Prix du Dorat (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters). J-M Bazire scored again with 3.1/1 Dayana Berry (6f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) timed in 1.14.7kr. The Bazire owned and trained winning mare now has eight career victories in 36 starts. 6/1 Diego Sautonne was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.6/1 Bazire trainee Dostoievski was third with Nicolas Bazire the pilot. The favorite Defi de Retz, another Bazire trainee, was a dq. Jean Michel Bazire returned again to win the Prix des Clematites (two year olds, purse 32,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters) with 1.4/1 Hoffenbach (2m Cristal Money-Angelica). Clocked in 1.17.5kr this was Hoffenbach’s maiden win in four starts. His sire is a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money-Himo Josselyn and his offspring are showing up in the winners’ circle with some regularity. This day was the kickoff of the Winter Meet at Vincennes that continues through February 29. The exceptional racing program of course includes the Prix d’Amerique (January 26) and the lead-up “B” races leading to the big one.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Nantes (12th leg, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) saw the 3/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) score for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. The race time was 1.13.3kr and Cleangame recorded his 19th victory in 32 career starts for 579,470€ earned. 29/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You-Joie Baroque) took second money for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. The 21/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon) was third with Eric Raffin aboard. The top five was completed by 35/1 Colonel (6g Goetmals Wood) and 91/1 Bel Avis (7g Ganymede), these also Bazire trainees. The Q+ exact order payoff was 6,748.80€. The next GNT series events are the 13th leg onT November 21 at Mauquenchy and the December 2 finale at Paris-Vincennes. On the Nantes card was also the Prix PMU le Driver (purse 22,000€, 3000 meters, 11 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite Foxtrot Nobless (3g Quinoa du Gers-Matthiole) remained unbeaten, now in three career starts, timed in 1.18.7kr and reined by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire. J-M Rancoule also owns this one. The 16/1 Figolo Frazeen (3g Rick des Sales) was second handled by Glenny Delaune for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Another 16/1 outsider, Fantastic Dream (3m Royal Dream-American Dream), was third with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Prior day the Paris-Vincennes action included the Prix Medusa (purse 46,000€, 3525 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters with apprentice drivers). 65/1 longshot Brasil de Bailly (7g Baccarat du Pont-Quokine de Chavot) scored timed in 1.17.2kr for driver Francois Tugend and trainer Bruno Bourgoin. This outsider recorded his second career win in 90 starts, now for 223,580€ earned. The 5/2 favorite and 25-meter handicapped Charly du Noyer (6m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) held second timed in 1.16.7kr for Simon Rousselle, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. 14/1 Varus du Boccage (9m Paisy Dream) took third for Jean-Etienne Abrivard and trainer Matthieu Abrivard, this horse also traveling an extra 25 meters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s 11th leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf (purse 90,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) saw the 7/10 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) score for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The winner recorded his 12th career victory in 33 starts for 371,910€ earned. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 136/1 Valseme (9g Bijou du Bignon) was second for Th. Dromigny ahead of 7.5/1 Christo (6g Rieussec) and trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. Vertige de Chenu at 7.5/1 and 89/1 Amout Orageux completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ payoff for an exact order ticket of 44,225.80€ for a 2€ wager. On the undercard was the Pick 5 Prix Gallaud-Joaillier (purse 30,000€, 2800 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.15.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Tyrolean Dream (7g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) home the winner for Rudolf Haller and owner Stall Wieserhof. The 5.6/1 Popeye Diamant (7g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) took second for Gerhard Biendl and Stall MS Diamanten. 9/1 Bijou de Carsi (7g Jasmin de Flore) took third for Lois Guinoiseau and trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hippodrome Pornichet hosted the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf harness race on Wednesday (purse 90,000 euro, 2726 meters distance handicap, 14 starters), The 2/5 odds favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) overcame a 25 meter handicap to get up in the final strides to capture the GNT timed in 1.12.1kr with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Ecurie J-M Rancoule owns the now 18 time career winner of 498,470 euros earned. Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy Mip) was second for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet, off at 6.6/1. Longshot 21/1 Barbue (7f Hermes du Buisson) took third for Anthony Barrier, ahead of 52/1 As Blue (8g L’As de Viretaute) and 16/1 Aigle Jenilou to complete the top five in this Quinte+ event. The exact order winning tickets paid 1,071.60 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) won today’s eighth leg of the Grant National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse 90,000 euro, 2950 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule owns the winner now with 17 victories in 30 career starts for 498,470 euro earned. 15/1 Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second with Adrien Lamy driving. The 8.7/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat) took third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Blandin. 21/1 Coup Droit and 23/1 Chicago Blue were fourth and fifth. This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and the payoff was 1,049.60 for an exact order ticket, plus there was a jackpot winner who earned an additional 1 million euro. Yesterday (August 7) was the Prix des Hetres (purse 70,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap,13 starters) and 3.6/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) returned to action at Cabourg with a 1.13.5kr victory in which he overcame a 25 meter handicap. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that Elisabeth Allaire owns. In this his fourth 2018 start Django earned career win 17 now for 1,234,100 euro earned. 1.3/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. 3.1/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) ended third for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. Dreammoko finished seventh in this good field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On June 6 was the prestigious Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Laval (Gr.III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 2.4/1 Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   This one now sports 15 career wins in 28 outings for €403,970 earned. 1.3/1 Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot) was second for Antoine Wiels and breeder/trainer/owner J-P Marmion. 26/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was third for Dominique Cheradame, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 57/1 Unero Montaval and 41/1 Artiste de Joudes completed the top five.   The hot trotting Unstoppable (6g Zola Boko-Arnie’s Angel) took his seventh win in the last 11 starts at Gelsenkirchen in the Wettstar de Sportvetten for €4,000 and raced by six over 2000 meters autostart. Robbin Bot teamed the 4/5 odds winner that defeated 5.4/1 Ultra As (5g Civil Action) that had Rob T. De Vlieger aboard.   As the Oslo Grand Prix draws near, featuring Twister Bi and Be Mine de Houelle on the undercard), a June 6 event the GJENSIDIGE went to the legendary bred Forever Peace (5m Muscle Hill-Peaceful Way) in 1:55.5 over the 1609 meters autostart course.   Erlend Rennesvik is trainer driver of the Stall Sving bred and owned winner that earned 30,000NOk with the victory. The lightly raced campaigner now has a 5-2-4 slate in 20 career starts.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s harness racing featured monte Gr. I Prix des Elites (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3.1/1 Cyprien des Bordes (5g Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) timed in 1.12.1kr and ridden by J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Legendary trainer Joel Hallais conditions this one for Ecurie Rib. The five-length winner defeated 12/1 Chancelliere (5f Goetmals Wood) with jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and well-known owner/breeder Jean Pierre Barjon. Third was 3.8/1 three year-old Eye Of The Storm (3m Village Mystic) and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The program at Vincennes included two Gr. III contests. The monte Prix Georges Dreux (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, eight international starters) was won by 16/1 Alienor de Godrel (7f Orlando Vici-Julietta) with jockey Damien Bonne up. Franck Anne trains the property of Ecurie AB Trot that was clocked in 1.13.6kr. 6/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Mathieu Abrivard, ahead of 6.2/1 Tornado Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. Enfilade is dam of Offshore Dream, the well-regarded Prix d’Amerique winner. The other Gr. III event was the Grand Prix du Portugal (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) and 7/1 Coeur Baroque (5g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) scored in this contest timed in 1.14kr for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 30/1 Cere Josselyn (5f Kaisy Dream) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 13/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney) was home in the third spot for Mathieu Abrivard. This day’s Quinte+ was the Prix d’Ancenis (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 27/1 Arius du Douet (7g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. 72/1 Uranium (9g Jag de Bellouet) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa ahead of 7/1 third finishing Viking Fromentro (8g Capriccio) and driver Thomas Levesque. Earlier in the week (Friday) at Paris-Vincennes was the Grand Prix de L’UET (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, European four year olds seeking a spot in the September 30 UET Finale). Drole de Jet (4m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) was a game winner timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. Ecurie Opale owns the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois and shows the size, speed and manners to be a good future performer. Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was Dream Darling (4m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) teamed by Gabriele Gelormini for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Vincent Lacroix. The top four in this race will join eight others, shown below, for the UET Finale September 30th. 1st Elimination: 1. Born in the U.S.A. (Nora Udjus Hanssen – Eirik Höitomt) - 1’12’’8 2. Makethemark (Petri Salmela – Ulf Ohlsson) - 1’12’’9 3. Bruno Bagheera (Stefan Melander – Per Lennartsson) - 1’13’’0 4 Monark Newmen (Fredrik Persson) - 1’13’’1 2nd Elimination: 1. Gareth Boko (Conrad Lugauer – Christoffer Eriksson) - 1’12’’1 2. Global Trustworthy (Timo Nurmos – Jorman Kontio) - 1’12’’2 3. Cokstile (Jan Kristian Waaler – Lars Anvar Kolle) - 1’12’’3 4. Doctor Doxey Zenz (Mathias Andersson) - 1’12’’3 On Thursday at Vincennes was the Quinte+ Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, European starters) with victory earned by El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for the 1.17.4kr timed score. Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) took second for Vincent Hebert, ahead of Speed Delicious (5m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) reined by Franck Nivard. Bakchich and Diadora BR completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

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