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Today the Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Grace Ducal (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) raced in sunshine on the seashore at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.5/1 Cash de Caillons (7g Paris Haufor-Nuit des Caillons) scored in a very competitive event, timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Andre Georget. Cash de Caillons scored for the 12th time in a 49 race career and increased his life earnings to 215,800€. The 22/1 outsider Bently de Recanis (8g Repeat Love) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third was 2.8/1 Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca) for David Bekaert that overcame a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing 7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama) and 13/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) that ended fifth. The exact order Q+ payoff was 24,896.20€ for a 2€ wager. Over 3.4€ million was wagered on the Q+ bet and over 7.3€ million was wagered on all bets taken on the Q+ race. The co-feature this day was the Gr. III Prix Pierre Laroque (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 10 starters in this LeTrot Open des Regions for four year olds). The 11/1 Formidable d’Azur (4m Orlando Vici-Tadolie) was the 1.14.8kr timed winner for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The 21/1 Fipsie de Guez (4f Tango Quick) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, ahead of 6.2/1 First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) that was handled by trainer Loris Garcia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The superb Vincennes Friday evening card began with the Prix Eva (purse 60,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 starters) and 78/1 Dextase Montaval (5f Ryder de Tagor) lighted up the board with a 1.11.3kr score. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Fabrice Lercier trainee that Brigitte Chaudemance owns. 10/1 Dune du Chenaid (5f Infant du Bossis) took second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Enora de Piercourt (4f Nuage de Lait) was third for trainer/driver Franck Blandin. The same owner/trainer connections returned to win the Quinte+ Prix Nemousa (purse 60,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) with 6.5/1 Elnino Montaval (4g Magnificent Rodney-Qurla Montaval) and driver Eric Raffin. The breeder was Gerard Chaudemanche. 5/1 Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) was second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort amd Ecurie Gerrits Recylcing BV. Third was 20/1 Dino du Riler with Mathieu Mottier up. 8/1 Alcoy and 6.9/1 Docteur d’Erable completed the top five and the Q+ exact order payday was 5,954 euro. The featured Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) went to 1.13.3kr timed and 6.8/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Daniel Bethouart trains the winner for Ecurie P.G. David. The ever so close finish saw 12/1 Anzi des Liards (8g Look de Star) be second for Romain Derieux and 5.4/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was third. Bohemian Rhapsody and Valse de Reve completed the top five with 1/1 favorite Cyprien des Bordes a misque dq. The card completed with the monte Prix Isis (purse 42,000 euro, 2850 meters, eight starters – three year- olds). 4/5 favorite Felixorio (3m First de Retz-Java du Vaumicel) with Eric Raffin up recored the 1.15.9kr score, his third career victory in just five outings, all monte. Sebastien Guarato owns and trains this one that defeated 8.6/1 France d’Anama (3f Vanishing Point-Provence d’Anama). Third was the P.Ph. Ploquin ridden Fifty Barbes (3m Ganymede). byThomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing action included two events for promising two year-olds and co-features, each worth purses of €80,000 or more. The Prix de Glaieuls (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 12 two year olds) went to 4/5  favorite Éclair Nonantais (2m Sunday Break-Castries-Captain Rio) with J-M Bazire driving. Hadu Coatings BV owns this one and Fabrice Souloy is the trainer. 4.8/1 Embrun de Mai (2m Ready Cash-Sirene de Mai) was second for Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17/1 Express Evening (2m Nahar de Beval-Traviata de star) was a fast closing third. Two year-olds were also in action in the Prix de Glaieuls B (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters). 45/1 Esperado (2g Paris Haufor-Rose d’Afrique) rallied to win for Alexis Girandeau, also owner and trainer. 1.4/1 favorite Eldorado du Chene (2m Severino-Imperiale du Chene) was second for Franck Nivard and third was 3.4/1 El Toro (2g Reach de Vandel-Rue des Melezes) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Denise Mottier. The co-featured monte Prix de Postrenen (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) ended with 5.4/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool de Caux-LaCanella) on the line first at 5.4/1 odds. Alexandre Abrivard was in the irons for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. The mare was clocked in 1;13;8kr off even fractions to defeat 1.8/1 favorite Catalogne (4f Cygnus d’Odyssee) thatr Mathieu Mottier handled for trainer Denise Mottier. Codie de Beauieu (4f Oyonnax) was a close third. The Pick 5 Prix de Jussy (purse €80,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.12.8kr timed Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) with trainer Sebastian Ernault driving. The 7/2 odds winner bested 14/1 Bily Gueriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldame) that was second for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard and third went to 12/1 Clarck Sotho (4g Poiseau de Feux-Mocanda) with Anthony Barrier at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 23, 2015 - Today’s top harness racing action in France was at Enghien. The opener was the Prix de Sare (€36,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 13 three year-old female starters) went to 1.16.4kr clocked Calliope de Reux (3f Password-Queen Jet) at 12/1 for owner/trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen. 7/1 Cinarca (3f Jet Fortuna-Roesie du Loisir) was next for Franck Ouvrie driving for trainer/owner Frederic Prat. 14/1 Circa Be (3f Showtime Bourbon-Pearl Bourgeois) was third for Anthony Barrier. The Prix du Rhone (€75,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters, Q+ jackpot €4.25 million) went to 13/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane), clocked in 1.14.5kr, and pilot Mathieu Abrivard. Daniel Bethouart trains the winner. 16/1 Vanna Colette (6f Lejacque d’Houlbec-paloma du Donjon) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with third to the P-Y Verva teamed 22/1 Amiral du Bisson (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson). The Prix de l’Obelisque (€68,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to a dominating 14/1 Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) for David Thomain racing barefoot. Clocked in 1.12.3kr the winner defeated 11/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon/Ecurie Christian Bigeon. 17/1 Tischendorf Padd (8g Baccarat du Pont-Milady de Padd) was third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. In Sweden at Gavle there were two interesting winners, the first being Makin It Easy (4g Donato Hanover-Azalea Gal-Self Possessed-Working Gal) with Emilia Karlsson up. The 2140 meter autostart event yielded 30,000SEK to the winner that was bred by Libfeld and Katz in Canada. In the Silver Division the winner was Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide-M.Steward) clocked in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for 125,000SEK to the winner. The dam Glide About is a half-sister to Maven. This winner now has four 2015 wins in five outings and is 14 for 28 lifetime. Bjorn Goop was the driver for trainer Ulf Stenstromer. Allev. Kronos Srl Italy bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks

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