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Enghien’s Gr. II Prix de Londres (monte, purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) was the Saturday headliner and the “London Prize” for the third time went to veteran monte class-master and 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). He was clocked in 1.13.7kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington Dream raised his career earnings to 1,153,640€ with this his 23rd victory in 77 career starts. Arlington Dream won this event in 2017-2018 with a best clocking of 1.12.6kr last year. Today, he was away near the back and Lebourgeois patiently closed the gap to the leaders before sweeping to the front starting into the final bend. In post race interview jockey Lebourgeois commented his mount’s exceptional monte consistency and three wins in this race - "You have to have a hell of a horse to do that. Tactically, I always try to take a quiet ride with him and I ask him to engage afterwards, which he knows how to do perfectly." Arlington Dream, after gaining the advantage, then coasted home to defeat 4.1/1 Caban Prior (7g Sancho Panca) reined by Aurelien Desmarres and third finishing 35/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) with Francois Lagadeuc up. 6.9/1 Carla du Chatelets (7f Jag de Bellouet) and 28/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied from a blocked position on the pegs early in the lane to score by half-length in the Gr. III Prix Angers Loire Metropole (purse 55,000€, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Hippodrome Angers.   Trainer/owner Jean Michel Bazire teamed the 1.12.8kr timed winner to his 43 rd career harness racing victory in 67 starts, now for 2,222,947€ earned.   He overcame a 50 meter handicap and got into striking position early before yielding to Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) and getting blocked.   Marie Brigitte Anty bred the great champion that is accepted in the 2019 Elitloppet and today was the 2/5 favorite. The 50 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone, off at 5.4/1 odds, raced gamely to be second for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. 17/1 Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifique Gede) took third for trainer/driver Franck Anne after a 25 meter penalty.   7.1/1 Archibald (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was fourth for Thomas Levesque and fifth went to 25 meter handicapped 33/1 outsider Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame.   Well-regarded Super Fe was eighth and Django Riff was ninth.   Replay http://www.pmu.fr/turf/live-et-replay/?num-reunion=1&num-course=1&date-fr=03042019   There was other interesting action this week in Europe. Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes Go Along (3f Ready Cash-Oxano de Chanterne) scored in the Prix Enif (47,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) at 1.2/1 odds.   Go Along     ---LeTrot photo   The Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly was timed in 1.16.4kr with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard.   On Monday at Argentan three year olds contested the Prix Vesta (purse 21,000€ 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 4/1 Guerande (3f Quaker Jet-Symphonie) scored for Yann Lorin, also the trainer for owner J.M. Lorin. 3.9/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) was second for breeder/owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois, ahead of the 1.7/1 favorite Genialissime (3g Brillantissime)reined by Tony LeBeller.   Later in that program was the Prix Phebus (pure 27,000€, 2875 meters, 18 starters) that saw 6.1/1 Cadet Joyeux (7g Love You-Cadette) score timed in 1.14.6kr for David Thomain. Second was 10/1 Crazy Dream (7f Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) for trainer/driver Yves Boireau.   Cadet Joyeux            --PMU/LeTrot photo   This J.P. Dubois bred campaigner rallied from far back in the final bend.   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Gr. II Grand Prix de Bretagne (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters) drew a talented field and an enthusiastic audience. The winner gets an instant invitation to the Prix de Amerique in late January. The 4.2/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) took a tough first over journey for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and gained the front at top of stretch with 5/10 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and driver Franck Nivard right behind. Davidson held game and drew to a length advantage on the line with 15/1 Delia de Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) closing fast for second between horses, driven by Damien Bonne for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a tough third at 10/1 for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Bold Eagle was unable to gain late and ended fourth, ahead of 19/1 Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) and driver David Thomain. 50/1 Briac Dark and 53/1 Cash Gamble completed the top seven with Belina Josselyn, Uza Josselyn and Charly du Noyer all dq’s. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_LLk_7GOxU The Gr. III Prix Boissy Saint-Leger (Gr. III, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was a hotly contested event with the dq place win to 33/1 Unique Juni (5f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique) handled by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Race timed was 1.12.2kr. The 2.8/1 Racing Mange (5m Orlando Vici) was first placed last for Joakim Lovgren for going inside several pegs in late homestretch. The 9/1 Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star) was placed second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and placed third was 108/1 Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba) driven by Andrea Guzzinati. Fun Quick (3m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) at 4/1 won the Prix Jean Maurice Beteau (purse 52,000€, 2700 meters, four starters – three year olds) to start today’s action at Vincennes, timed in 1.16kr and piloted by Franck Nivard for trainer Marc Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. The 3.3/1 Fakir de Madey (3m Reve de Beylev) took second money for Yoann Lebourgeois and 12.1 Fakir Griff (3m Goetmals Wood) was third for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and Ecurie Griff, the owner/breeder. The 4/5 favorite Fortissimoko was a dq. The Prix de Cosse le Vivien (purse 75,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3.9/1 Ardente du Clos (8f Reve de Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) handled by owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. 28/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reim) closed well for second with Pierre Vercruysse up for the breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. At 5/2 odds Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. 8.2/1 Utile Lebel and 10/1 Tesauro completed the top five. Race time was 1.12kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5.1/1 odds Philippe Allaire owned and trained Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) took today’s featured Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 110,000€, 2850 meters) at Vincennes, France with a front-end journey timed in 1.12.6kr off rated fractions. The victory was Trader’s 15th in his career that numbers 40 starts and now shows earnings of 1,121,410€. He will likely prep for a repeat try in the Prix de Cornulier, a classic monte test that he won in January. The 1.6/1 favorite Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was a rallying second for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 9/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was third with Franck Nivard up for Stall TJ Gamble. The 22/1 Onzi des Liards was fourth for Romain Derieux and 5.2/1 Uza Josselyn completed the top five, with Alexandre Abrivard up. The Quinte+ exact order ticket paid 458.63€ for a 2€ play. Traders is developing into one of the most versatile and talented aged trotteurs in France, a likely player in the Vincennes classic Winter meet events. The excellent Paris-Vincennes card also included the Prix de Soulac (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) and its 1.14.1kr timed victory was secured by 4.3/1 odds Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede-Osmie du Vivier) driven by J-M Bazire. Jean Yves Lucuyer bred this winner now of 13 in a career spanning 57 starts for 331,110€ earned. 3/2 favorite Be Bop Haufor (7g Notre Haufor) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 14/1 Atino de l’Ormerie was third for Franck Nivard. Even-money favorite Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm-Ushuaia Wood) took the Prix de Bellerive (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, three year old males, monte) timed in 1.15.7kr and with Eric Raffin in the irons. Julien Dubois owns and trains this winner that Ecurie D bred. 6.6/1 Fix It (3g Prince d’Espace) was a distant second and third went to 2.6/1 Fidji Grace. The Prix du Dorat (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters) went to 1.14kr timed and 14/1 odds Coach Franbleu (6g Prince d’Espace-Ulydna) with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 2.3/1 favorite Ce Bello Romain (6g Jam Pridem) held second for driver Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. Third was the second wagering choice 2.4/1 Cyniel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji) handled by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Aime De Graeve. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) overcame a 50 meter handicap to secure the Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 80,000€, 4400 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Traders who early this year won the monte Prix de Cornulier, won for 14th time in his career that has amounted to 39 starts, now for 1,071,910€ earned. Race time was 1.15.1kr over the 2-3/4 mile plus distance. Traders was off as the 1.4/1 odds favorite. The 3/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) was second for David Thomain, trainer Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. The 6.2/1 Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella), also handicapped 50 meters, was third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner J.P. Marmion. The 25 meter penalized and 41/1 outisder Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) was fourth for Franck Nivard, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Anette Holmgren. The 8/4/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) was fifth ahead of 38/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You) and 83/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio). Belina Josselyn was making her first start in four months and the J-M Bazire trainee was handled carefully by Romain Congard. She was also handicapped 50 meters and trailed the field until the final bend when Congard let her loose for a short run in the lane. On Friday evening action was at Vincennes (then opens its famed Winter Meet on October 31). The Prix Klymene (purse 75,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw 8/1 Inga In Heaven (5f Orlando Vici-Vasterbofromheaven) score for Franck Ouvrie timed in 1.13.6kr. Trainer Fredric Wallin also owns the winner. 27/1 Una Bella Gar (5f SJs Photo-Georgette Gar) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 2.9/1 Noble Dolly (5f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido) that Alexandre Abrivard reined for trainer J-M Bazire. The Quinte+ Prix le Parisien (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) saw the 11/1 odds Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) scored timed in 1.12.3kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed, trains and owns the winner. 4.4/1 Cristal du Lupin (6g Ganymede) took second for Antoine Wiels and breeder/owner/trainer J.P. Marmion. 6.3/1 Choriste de Trio, 12/1 Valokaja Hindo and 4.2/1 Tripolini VP completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 53,022.20€ for the 2€ wager. Three year old colts contested the Prix Arethusa (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters). The 1.15.1kr timed winner was 3.1/1 odds Fortissimoko (3m The Best Madrik-Avanina) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J.F. Van Dooyeweerd. The easy winner bested 2/1 favorite Free Man (3m Ready Cash-Olly Star) reined by Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J-P Barjon. 3.1/1 Facetieux (3m Niky) was third for Franck Nivard. Closing out the card was the monte Prix Athamantis (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, 10 European starters). The 1.13.5kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 favorite Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet up for trainer Stephane Meunier. 7.6/1 Zauni (5m Quite Easy) was second for jockey Ronja Walter, ahead of 42/1 Disco des Molands (5g Quitus du Mexique) with Victor Saussaye in the irons. 29/1 Dakar du Rib and 8.5/1 Jerry Mom completed the top five. Next Sunday at Feurs is the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est that is expected to draw a classy field that may include Bold Eagle, Uniflosa Bella, Valse de Rêve, Viking Blue, Virgious du Maza, Voltigeur de Myrt, Akim du Cap Vert, Uza Josselyn, Booster Winner, and Coquin Bébé. Stay tuned for the final lineup. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily took Sunday’s Trophee Vert event named the Grand Prix Ville Montier and raced at Montier en Der. Timed in 1.15.2kr on the grass, the 3/10 favorite recorded his seventh straight Trophee Vert victory and he now has 113 series points versus 74 for Bebert Express and 56 for Utile Lebel. As usual Yoann Lebourgeois teamed Bugsy for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. He now has 26 career wins in 46 starts for 719,810 euro earned. 9/1 odds Astor de Rozoy (8m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) was second handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Third was the 37/1 outsider Crazy Look (6g Look de Star) with Cedrik Derham on the lines. On Saturday action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 75,000 euro, 2925 meters, 13 starters). Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for driver Gwenn Junod timed in 1.12.8kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was second at 3.7/1 with J.Ch. Feron aboard for trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion, facing a 25 meter handicap and timed in 1.12.3kr.  Chicago Blues (6m Prodigious) took third for driver Romuald Mourice ahead of Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with Junior Guelpa up and fifth finishing and 2/5 favorite Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) with Pierre Vercruysse. This one was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.12.7kr. Friday the Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix de Granville (purse 35,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap, 14 European starters). Victory went to the 20/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.4kr. Florian Desmigneux teamed the now career winner of 151,442 euro that is owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The 6/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jeppe Juel, also with a 25 meter penalty. Sunshine Kronos (7f Enjoy Lavec) took third for Gabriele Gelormini at 8.5/1 odds. The 25  meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Balthazar d’Em (7g Coktail Jet) was fourth for Tony LeBeller and fifth was Cocktail des Pres (6g Melchior Jet) for Julien Travers at 82/1. The Q+ exact order payoff was 51,789.60 euro for a two euro wager. Monday action returns to Paris Vincennes after an absence since June 29. The fine card includes four Gr. II contests each with a purse of 120,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) continued his usual mastery over upper class monte performers by today winning the Gr. II Prix de Londres (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart). Yoann Lebourgeois rode the Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 66 starts now for 949,200 euro earned. 11/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second and 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) was third. The 22/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) finished fourth for jockey Camille Levesque with fifth to 6.6/1 Ulka de l’Odeon (10f Offshore Dream). On the same card the Prix de l’Odeon (purse 43,000 euro, 2875 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans. The breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin and this is the maternal family of Etta Extra and Une Crown. 4.8/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove) was a close second for driver Thierry Duvaldestin and third was 9/1 Fabulous Dream (3m Royal Dream) for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran harness racing class master Bugsy Malone (g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took today’s 12th leg of the Trophee Vert Series on the turf (purse 45,000 euro, 3400 meters voltstart, distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter penalty to score decisively for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy recorded career victory 25 in 45 starts now for 699,560 euro earned. He was off as the 5/10 punters choice. 7.7/1 Blackaro (7g Quaro) was second for Francois Lecanu and 63/1 Alexis Jisce (8m Memphis du Rib) was third. Well-regarded 25 meter handicapped Utile Lebel was sixth and Bebert Express finished 10th. Race time was not reported. At Enghien was the Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 85,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starts all three year olds). The 1.11.7kr timed victory went to 1.6/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans Srl. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 32/1 Fric du Chena (3m Nobody du Chene) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up and 4/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash) took third for Clement Duvaldestin. Fend La Bise (3f Prince Gede) was fourth for Franck Anne and 53/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) ended fifth for Jean Pierre Dubois. The winning time was well off the three year old record for the distance of 1.10.kr set by Royal Crown in 2008. by Thoms H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Saturday’s Derby Weekend at Berlin Mariendorf featured the Filly Derby (purse 91,877 euro, 12 starters) and 1.4/1 Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) scored timed in 1.13.4kr with Robin Bakker at the lines for trainer Paul Hagoort. Two lengths back in second was Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving. Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) was third driven by Heinz Wewering and also trainer by Tesselaar. Fourth was Isabella Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) reined by trainer Rudolf Haller. Sunday is the 123rd edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby for a purse of 215,633 euro and the Super Trot 2018 carrying a 70,000 euro total purse, Saturday at Enghien the FR two year old fillies were on stage in race two for 32,000 euro and raced over 2150 meters autostart. Girls Talk (2f Brilliantissime-Be My Girl) scored with a front end journey in 1.17.94 with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire. This great gaited filly races unchecked. So far in 2018 the offspring of Brilliantissime (2011 m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) have excelled in qualifying races. Three year olds also contested at the monte discipline for a 58,000 euro purse over 2875 meters voltstart, with 5/1 Fleo Lila (3g Timoko-Sally de Neuliac) scoring in 1.17.6kr for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Anne. Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) was second for jockey Adrien Lamy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s 10th leg of the Trophee Vert Series was at Saint Jean de Monts, raced over 2625 meters distance handicapped, by 16 entrants for the total purse 45.000 euro. It was the 4/5 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) prevailing for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, timed in 1.16.1kr.  The winner overcame a 50 meter handicap to record his fifth victory in the series and 24th career win in 44 starts now for 679,310 euro earned. The victory moved Bugsy to the top in the series points standings with 79, versus Bebert Express’ 70 points. The point winner at series end earns 100,000 euro. The 8.6/1 Capital Charm (6g Password-Molly Charm) was second today for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one. The 111/1 Alexis Jisce (8g Memphis du Rib) was third for Olivier Raffin while 25 meter handicapped and 4.3/1 Ardente du Clos was fourth. Utile Lebel was fifth and Bebert Express ninth in this 10th series leg. At La Capelle the Prix Avesne sur Helpe (purse 30,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 2.6/1 Christo (6g Rieussec-Panacee) with Marcel Lenoir the driver/trainer. 21/1 Busy Money Ringeat and 5.1/1 Colombo Ranka completed the top three. It was also announced that the August 5th battle between Bold Eagle and Aubrion du Gers at the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin may not occur. Bold Eagle has been treated for back lameness following his last start at the La Capelle TGV and will miss the Mons contest. Bold Eagle leaves the way open to Aubrion du Gers to acquire the title that Bold Eagle was to defend. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 20, 2018 - Harness racing action Tuesday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the Prix Henrietta (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.7kr victory earned by 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J.P. Guay was this one’s breeder. The same card also featured the monte Gr. III Prix Cornelia (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 12/1 Caduceas des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Frestina des Baux) scored for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Jack Dowie. 10/1 Union de Bellar was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 2.3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody was third for Camille Levesque. Wednesday’s Q+ was at Pontchateau in the Prix de la Ville de Pontchateau (purse €40,000, 2800 meters 18 starters). 25/1 Bemnde Torvic (7g Jag de Bellouet-Roche du Chatelet) scored for J.Ph. Monclin timed in 1.14.9kr. Stephane Meunier trains the winner for Ecurie Auemath. Chasing the winner were 12/1 Actrice Revee and 8.2/1 Baccarat de Niro. Thursday action at Enghien included the featured monte Prix de Fumel (purse €51,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and 4.3/1 Diamant de Larre (5g Magificent Rodney-Rose de Larre) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie la Petteviniere. 9/1 Daelia de Vandel took second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3.7/1 Deauville with Guillaume Martin in the irons. Evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes on Friday. The Prix Alethia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr quick timed and 7/10  favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. 3.4/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (8g Orlando Vici) wit Franck Nivard up. The Vincennes card also included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.8/1 Cadix (6f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. 8.7/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 14/1 Capucine d’Avril (6f Lets Go Along) took the third spot for Franck Ourvrie.The Prix Clarisse (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 European starters) closed out the evening top action and 4.1/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) scored for J.Ph. Monclin, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and the breeder was J.P. Guay. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Look de Star-Jupilles-Corot, a career winner of €79250, and with Workaholic and Florestan in the maternal family. 19/1 Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for Franck Nivard driving the Franck Leblanc trainee for Ecurie Siray. 10/1 Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes) was third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. This week the 33 year old driver/trainer/owner Matthieu Abrivard won victory #2000 with Charmeuse Royale at Vincennes. Abrivard has record 14 groupe I victories in his brief career, both monte and sulky. Au trot monté : 4 Prix de Cornulier 2004, 2005, 2006 (Jag de Bellouet), 2017 (Bellissima France) 2 Prix des Centaures en 2004 (Mon Jeu Diam), 2016 (Athéna de Vandel) 2 Prix de Normandie en 2010 (Rombaldi), 2016 (Bellissima France) Prix du Président de la République en 2009 (Rombaldi) Prix d’Essai en 2015 (Carlos des Caux) Au trot attelé : 2 Critérium Continental 2012 (Un Mec d’Héripré) et 2017 (Doria Desbois) Prix de Paris 2010 (Private Love) Prix Albert Viel 2017 (Eros du Chêne) Thomas H. Hicks

Philippe Allaire trainee Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was an iron tough 4.4/1 odds length winner of today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr. This Philippe Allaire trained, and Elisabeth Allaire owned campaigner recorded his 19 th career victory in 66 starts, now for €1,788,605 earned. Christophe Toulorge bred Bird Parker, that has been a factor in each Triple Crown event and the “B” elims to the Prix d’Amerique. He is real tiger over the longer distances. He gained the lead late in the second lap and held gamely to defeat 1.4/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard.   She raced fifth on the outer and then advanced behind Briac Dark and the winner but could not close late against the winner. 2.8/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Guy Barou, was a game third as he advanced from third on the outer. 11/1 Carat Williams and 87/1 Apollon du Kacy completed the top five in this Q+ contest.   The early pacesetters Best of Jets, Call Me Keeper and Captain Sparrow were no match for these and monte champion Bilibili made the top early in the last lap and gamely took the field to the final bend.   He too weakened as the pace quickened (fractions 1.16.3kr with 1500 to go; 1.15.4kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr with 500 meters remaining).   The Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for monte performers went to 1.4/1 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombre). CamilleLevesque teamed the winner for Thomas (trainer) and Pierre (owner) Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. 7.1/1 Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 122/1 Daida de Vandel held third for Leo Abrivard. Dexter Fromentro                                        - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire won the Prix Concorder Travel (purse €76,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with 1.13.7kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Ble de Gers (7g Quinoa de Gers-Moorea) that is owned by J-M Rancoule. 5/1 Big Boss (7g Xaar) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Herve Chauve-Laffay. This Bazire win continued a great day after the defeat of gallant mare Belina Josselyn. He also took the Prix Secours Popullaire (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.14.2kr timed and 3/2 odds Colaska de Guez (6f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) that he trains for Ecurie Vautors.  This one defeated the six year old Ready Cash mare Class de Loriol that Matthieu Abrivard drove. Ble de Gers                    - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire recorded another win in the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) with a 1.13.4kr victory piloting Robert Bergh trainee Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec- Mind Your Manners) that Christer Englund owns, today the 9/10 favorite.   He’s been a super horse during the Winter Meet at Vincennes. 8.6/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) ended second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Ann-Marie Jansson. 13/1 Dandy de Godrel (5m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) took third for owner/trainer/driver Goop. Bazire also won the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with 3/2 favorite Defi de Retz (5m First de Retz-Nouvelle d’Atout) that Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns. Mindyourvalue WF            - Le Trot photo   The Gr.III monte Prix Vivier de Montfort (purse €85.000, 2700 meters. 15 starters) went to 14/1 Arious du Douet (8g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet).   The Franck Nivard trainee today had Romain Marty in the irons for this 1.13.2kr timed victory. Billy de la Calade was next for Guillaume Martin and third was Ariane de Caponet for Adrien Lamy. Arius du Douet                  - Le Trot photo               Thomas H. Hicks      

January 21, 2018 - Traders won today’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I, monte, international, purse €700,000, 2700 meters) for jockey Joann Lebourgeois and harness racing owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The six year old son of Ready Cash-Graziella, shown below and off at 3.9/1, recorded his 11 career win for €837,860 earned. Race time was 1.11.3kr in the rain and fog, well faster than the 2012 set race record of 1.12kr by Quif de Villeneuve. 6.9/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was a game second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Third was 1.3/1 favorite Bilibili (7m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) with Alexandre Abrivard up for L.C. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 54/1 Canadien d’Am and 52/1 Catalogne completed the top five. Bohemian Rhapsody and Cyprien des Bordes were sixth and seventh purse earners. Fractions were quick and steady (1.12.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.1kr at the 1000; 1.10.8kr at 500 remaining). The opener at Vincennes today was the Prix M.M. Gougeon, a Gr. II event for a purse of €110,000, and raced over a stated distance of 2850 meters, distance handicapped 25 meters for winners over €191,000 lifetime. The 25 meter penalized Cash Maker (6g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) scored at 1.3/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner N.W. Hicewa timed in 1.13.4kr with a powerful final 500 (time at the 500 remaining mark was 1.14.2kr). 8.4/1 and 25 meter handicapped Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) rallied for second driven by Gabriele Gelormini for Luc Roelens, trainer for Stal Markove. Third was 35/1 Comete dArche (6f Ready Cash-Java Darche) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Junior Guelpa. Ezreal Jiel and Express Jet Wins Groupe Tests Post Prix de Cornulier action this day at Vincennes was highlighted by several upper class events. The Prix de Mirande (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.7/1 Goofy Greenwood  (5g Russel November-Chatooga River) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stal Amsterdam. Race time was 1.14.6kr. 4/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second for J.Ph. Monclin, and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.7/1 co-favorite Dexter Chatho (5g Un Amour d’Haufor-Okoyama) was third for owner/trainer/breeder Christian Bigeon The Gr. II Prix Camille de Wazieres (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters) was a battle to the line won by Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn-Una Lova Jiel) with Guillaume Marin in the irons for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck, a first career victory for Ezreal Jiel, off at 8.5/1.  Race time was 1.13.1kr off quick fractions (1.10,.5kr at 1500 remaining, 1.12.1kr at the 1000 and 1.13.2kr with 500 meters to go). 24/1 Eagle Ligherie (4m Repeat Love-Soragane) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 5.8/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes) for Eric Raffin The day’s final groupe event was the Gr.III Prix Bellino II (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for Ecurie Opale. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this winner that scored from post six and ejoyed a pocket journey before exploding past rivals in the lane. 59/1 Epace Turgot (5f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) was second for J-M Bazire and 49/ Estola (4f Nextar-Nika) took the third spot for J.Ph.  Monclin and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks

November 20, 2017 - The featured harness racing Prix Edmond Henry (monte, Gr, II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) went to even-money odds Traders (5m Ready Cash-Graziella) and his jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. This horse, that once bested Bold Eagle, is owned and trainer by Philippe Allaire. 8/1 Bilibili (6g Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was second ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 20.6/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (6f Niky-Kuela Lumpur) and Camille Levesque for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Traders, by this win, claims a bid to the lucrative Grand Prix de Cornulier the Sunday before the Prix d’Amerique, that carries a purse of €700,000 and is the richest monte event in the world. The Prix de Cornulier began in 1931 and has showcased legendary winners such as three time victors Jag de Bellouet. Kaiser Trot, Bellino II and well known double winners such as Roxane Grif. Tidalium Pelo, Tabriz, Dream With Me and others. The last five winners are shown below (Wikipedia file): Year Winner S/A Time Sire Jockey Trainer Owner Second Third 2017 Bellissima France F.6 1'13" Blue Dream Matthieu Abrivard Matthieu Abrivard Écurie Abrivard Tornade du Digeon Bilibili 2016 Scarlet Turgot F.10 1'12"9 Dahir de Prélong Alexandre Abrivard Yannick-Alain Briand Thérèse Hoste Astor du Quenne Attentionally 2015 Roxane Griff F.10 1'13"3 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Écurie Griff Tiégo d'Étang Talicia Bella 2014 Roxane Griff F.9 1'12"3 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Écurie Griff Tiégo d'Étang Saphir de Morge 2013 Singalo M.7 1'12"4 Goetmals Wood David Thomain Louis Baudron Louis Baudron Quarry Bay Scolie de Bassière   On the November 20 card at Vincennes was the Q+ Prix de Montignac-Chorente (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) and 5/1 Balbir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie de Vieux Chene. 58.2/1 Quick Fix (8g From Above-Glued) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 2.3/1 Bakchich (6g Quopeck-Paux de Villeneuve) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer J.M. Legros. 32.1/1 Tell Me No Lies and 20.1/1 Anette du Mirel were fourth and fifth to the line. Also on the PV program was the Prix de Loudun (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 13 strarters) and the 1.16.5kr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Dark Night Love (4f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up. Thomas H. Hicks

October 27, 2017 - Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) impressively won today’s Tour European Finale (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+) at Mons Ghlin Belgium. Joseph Verbeeck happily teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Race time was 1.12.4kr and Bird Parker now has career earnings of €1,477,054. This 9/10 favorite bested 34.5/1 Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 6.7/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) took third driven by David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3.6/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was fourth and 10.2/1/ Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana) took fifth. The co-featured Prix Champagne Moet (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a blanket finish with the winner 7/2 Gosip Sidney (7g SJs Photo-Super Sidney) reined by Michel Huygens and trained by Mme. L, Huygens-DeWitte. This 1.14.1kr timed winner defeated 26.4/1 Versachet (8g Kaiser Soze-Houlette) driven by trainer Julien Raffestin. 19.5/1 Allegro Nonarta (7g Otello Pierji-Lubie Nonantaise) was third for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Laurent Simon. Big Headache (7g EL Mikko) finished fourth. The Prix Geciloc Belgique (purse €12,000, 2350 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a rallying victory by 20.8/1 Dragster (5g Micro Mesh-Timber Marie) clocked in 1.14.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Roger Malmqvist. 3.2/1 Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) held second for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, for owner Courant AB. 2.4/1 Highness Worthy (6m SJs Photo-Oqui Worthy II) rallied for third. The 100.7/1 outside Angel Dark was seventh, this one, a career winner of over €119,000, is owned by trainer Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry. The €35,000 purse Prix Van der Paarden (2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, three year olds) was near the top of the Mons Ghlin undercard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner was even-money favorite Kaela Vrijthout (3f Orlando Vici-The Best Fanatic) with Rik Ebbinge aboard. 34.8/1 Kirr Royal (3f Sugar Trader-Belle Pere WG) was this for Nico d’Haenens. 13.6/1 Kamukana (3g Love You-Duenna Tranns R) was third for driver Jos Verbeeck and owner/trainer Rudy Smets. Thomas H. Hicks

August 20, 2017 - The 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was clearly the best in the Prix Montier (turf, purse €45,000, 3000 meters, 11 starters) at Montier en Der. He started from the back and raced that way for a lap before starting a following three wide move to the front with a lap remaining. Under little urging from Yoann Lebourgeois, Bugsy rolled to a huge lead stopping the clock in 1.15.6kr, quick for turf and the distance. Bugsy now has 18 career wins in 34 starts for €543,060 earned. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this winner. 2.6/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was second for Antoine Wiels and 24/1 Ugo Dacheux was third for Franck Ouvrie. Bolt took the Cherbourg Grand Prix de la Clacere (purse €27,000, 2550 meters autostart, 13 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Off at 1.1/1 the hard working six year old son of Prince Gede-Souvola led most of the way and just held off the late charge of 23/1 Un Cher Ami (8g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) and Alexis Prat for a head victory. Earlier at Cherbourg was the Grand Prix Credit Agricole de Normandie (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.16.3kr winner was 4.3/1 Dorus Weil (4g Gogo-Parama) with David Thomain up for breeder/owner/trainer Antonius Wilderbeek. Tomorrow racing returns to Paris-Vincennes as that great venue hosts four Gr. II events each with a purse of €120,000: Prix Pierre Plazen (2175 meters, 8 three year old colt starters) Prix Herve Cran-Maillard (monte, 2175 meters, 12 five year old starters) Prix Guy Deloison (2175 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) Prix Jockey (2700 meters, 10 five year old male starters) Thomas H. Hicks  

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