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The June 20 Quinte+ was at Vichy named the Prix de Cograt-Lyonne (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters). The 1.15.3kr timed winner was 92.5/1 outsider Tino de Tortiere (9g Baccarat du Pont-Feerie) with Pierre Callier up for harness racing owner/trainer Cl. Bossy. 3/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) took second for Thierry Duvaldestin, also trainer, and breeder/owner Remi Boucret. Dam Enfilade is the productive produced of Offshore Dream and other hefty money winners. 4.8/1 Verika Dairpet (7f Ludo de Castelle-Pasadena) held third along the pegs for Jean Boillereau. Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Eunyke (purse €41,000, 2100 meters autostart, eight entrants) on Tuesday went to 2.9/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) with Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. The Philippe Moulin trainee was bred by Dubois and is campaigned by Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The easy winner was clocked in 1.15.1kr to defeat 13.1/ Diva des Marceaux (3f Ready Cash-Oriane Jolie) with Pierre Vercruysse up. Third was 44/1 Dame d’Yvel (3f Uniclove-Mitchea) that Gabriel Gelormini piloted for owner/trainer M-J Rualt. The June 21 Paris-Vincennes program, included the Prix Echo (purse €37,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.4kr timed victory to 9/10 favorite Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie La Garenne) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Denise Mottier. 11.4/1 Dusty Wood (3m Goetmels Wood-Oramgette) held well on the pegs to be second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer/owner Louis Baudron and breeder Etiennette Dubois. Third went to 19.6/1 Diams de Bassiere (3m Ganymede-Menthe Fraiche) for reinsman Sylvain Roger. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 2, 2015 - Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) took Wednesday’s Quinte+ Prix Murat (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.13.4kr for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains Vacate Money for Ecurie Victoria Dreams that was off at 2.2/1 odds. 16/1 Vikishima (6f Magnificent Rodney-Fleur du Perche) was second for A-A Chavatte and third went to 8.2/1 Ulala Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) handled by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Q+ jackpot this day as €3.65 million.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 8 Vacate Money J-Ph. Dubois Ecurie Victoria Dreams Ph. Moulin 2ème 6 Vikishima A.-A. Chavatte J.-C. Buchard A. Chavatte 3ème 15 Ulula Bella A. Barrier Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 11 Pleasure Kronos ITY R. Andreghetti Scuderia Cristian Sas F. Souloy 5ème 7 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet Blue Grass won today’s Prix Bourigny (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.13.8kr. The four year-old Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha mare was off at 2.9/1 for trainer Philippe Allaire and Yoann Lebourgeois in the bike. 8.2/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was next for Eric Raffin ahead of third finishing 9.4/1 Alexandra Mauzun (5f Goetmals Wood-Ocelyde la Merite) driven by Christophe Martens. The Prix Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 15 three year-old filly starters) went to the 1.16kr timed and 5.4/1 odds Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie le Tremont. The 8/1 Cova Josselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Third was 20/1 City du Padouenq (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) for Damien Bonne. The Prix Hornfleur (purse €78,000, 2175 meters autostart, 16 monte starters) was won by 1.12kr quick timed, 5.8/1 Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette) for jockey Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer P.Emmanuel Mary. 98/1 Soie-du Houlbert (9f Ideal de l’Iton-Manon du Houlbet) was second for Julien Raffestan ahead of 7/1Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) that is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Pricing Power. The winner split two rivals in a blanket three-horse finish. At Mons-Ghlin, the Prix Mons Belgique (purse €8,400, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 9 International starters) went to 7/2 odds Uza Josselyn (4f L’As de Viretaute-Hada) reined by Jos. Verbeeck and timed in 1.14.8kr.. J-M Bazire trains the winner for owner Yvan Bernard. 3/2 odds Going For Gold Zaz (7m Scarlet Knight-Spritte Zaz) was next timed in 1.14.1kr for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh. 7.4/1 Ru de L’airou (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) handled by owner Sven Hoste. 2.9/1 classmaster Univers de Pan, a career winner of €1.45 million, was fourth for Philippe Daugeard In Sweden on Wednesday the top races were the Big Noon Pokalen at Solvalla, with 200,000SEK to winner of the 1640 meter voltstart event. 4.9/1 Romeus (3m Muscles Yankee-Giulie Bi-Supergill) scored victory for Ulf Ohlsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 19.7/1 Shafino Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-She’s A Blizzard-Malabar Man) was second fore Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to 6.8/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) for Torbjorn Jansson, trainer Roger Walmann and the breeder was Dreamland Farms in the US. At Aby the marathon Decemberstayen (70,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan-Lindy’s Crown) for Marc Elias, and trainer Comrad Lugauer. The winner recorded victory 11 in 29 career starts for 1,275,460SEK earned. 6.2/1 JT’s Crown (7m Buckaroo K-Nadja Waltter-Speedy GB) was second for driver Johnny Takter with third to 11.7/1 Goldomaster (9g Dreamaster-Golden Glory-Super Arnie) for reinsman Jorgen Sjunnesson. Thomas H. Hicks

November 13, 2015 - Jean-Philippe Dubois teamed his Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) to victory in Friday’s special €10 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Mizar (purse €52,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Philippe Moulin trains Vacate Money for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The rallying winner scored in 1.13.1kr off rated fractions (1.12.1kr at 1000 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 500 to go post) behind pacesetter Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) that ended third at 9/2 odds for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Ecurie Folk & FA, HB. 6/1 Vascode de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) was a good second in rein to Eric Raffin. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 2 Vacate Money J-Ph. Dubois Ecurie Victoria Dreams Ph. Moulin 2ème 4 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 18 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 4ème 1 Vicky Hérold J.-M. Bazire Ecurie Patrick Aubin L. Koubiche  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1731     Ordre :       3.430,00€     Désordre :       68,60€     Bonus 4 :       10,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       5,00€     Bonus 3 :       2,80€                     The Prix Leona (purse €45,000, monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.15kr winner and 1.3/1 odds favorite Ariane d’And for jockey Cl. Frecelle and trainer/owner F. Furet. 4.6/1 odds Astuca de Kacy (5f Qualmio de Vandel-Olly Blue) landed second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc, ahead of 9.8/1 A Mery de Chathains (5f Password-Nuit de Plainville) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier. Two year-olds contested the Prix Polyxd(A) for a purse of €33,000 over the 2200 meter distance. There were 13 starters with the victory earned by 5.2/1 Dabae Turgot (2f Rolling d’Heripre-Reine d’Yvel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 13/1 Divine du Sud (2f Jasmin de Flore-La Soyer) was a fast closing second for driver Pierre Vercruysse with 11/1 Dona Star (2f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) home third for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. Time of the chestnut winner was 1.18.5kr Friday at Mons Ghlin their Prix Gel Belgique (purse €6,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 International starters) went to 5/2 second choice Reve d’Amour for owner/trainer/driver Mike Lenders timed in 1.14.8kr. 2/1 favorite Bancer Transs R was next for teamster Nico d’Haenen with third to 5.4/1 Furax du Calvaire and Rik Dupuydt. Earlier in the week it was reported that successful veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck had been suspended by officials in France for a personal tax issue. The suspension was effective November 14. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 14, 2015 - Be Unlimited (4g Prodigious-Limited Edition) at 4.8/1 took the Prix de Saint-Nazaire (€21,000 purse, 2725 meters, 11 starters) at Pornichet timed in 1,18,2kr for reinsman Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. He held on to defeat 72/1 Belphegor du Paj with third to 81/1 Bill Bonnetiere. The Prix Conseil Regional des Pays de Loire (€35,000 purse, 2725 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.9/1 favorite Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) reined by Franck Nivard and clocked in 1.15.1kr at Pornichet. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that is owned by Scuderia Bologna 2011. 7/1 Urgos du Cedre finished second with third to 18/1 Tagada Castelets. The Quinte+ today was at Cabourg with the Prix des Cardamines (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.16.4kr winner was 4.3/1 odds Viking America (6g Viking Kronos-Berta’s Crown) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Lutfi Kolgjini, trainer for WHAP Trotting AB. 2.7/1 Prince Orlando was second for Franck Nivard with third to 11/1 Une Vie des Obeaux with David Thomain aboard. Yesterday at Orebro (SWE) a number of US-breds raced successfully. Apple Bottom Lindy (3f Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back) won her first career start in 1.16.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Kenneth Haugstad drove the Roger Walmann trainee that earned 20,000SEK first money. Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerri’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) scored his initial European victory for trainer/driver Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. This one was timed in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart to secure 35,000SEK first money in the defeat of Johnny B. Kemp and veteran class-master Lord Capar. The TeleBolaget Grand Prix (150,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart) went to Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander in 1.14.8kr. This winner scored victory four in eight seasonal starts as he defeated Emmett Brown and Explosive De Vie. Midnight Glory (4f Cantab Hall-Elegant Victory-Valley Victory) scored a 1.16.9kr win in the TeleBolagets for mares (30,000SEK first money, 2140 meters turning start distance handicap.  Erik Adielsson drove this Stig H. Johansson trainee to victory three in six 2015 appearances. Another US-bred winner was Gliding Solo (3m Yankee Glide-Sole Mate-Self Possessed) that scored in 1.16kr over 2140 meters turning start, distance handicap. Bjorn Goop teamed this winner, now with a career slate, all in 2015, of 5-0-1 in six starts. Next week on August 19 at Solvalla there are several top races. The Gr. I European Championship for mares (UET Masters Series, 650,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) includes Youana, Eketorpets Tess, Blended Scotch and Your Highness among nine contestants. The Ahlsell Solvallaserien VI (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) drew a solid nine horse field including Nuncio (post seven), Sylvester America, Hillustrious, Exodus Hanover and Party Boat Hanover. The Queen L for mares (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) drew 11 starters including Talk The Talk, Windy Ways, BostonZ Credit and Radysin America. The featured Gr. I UET Masters Series Jubileumspokalen (2140 meters autostart, 1SEK million to the winner) also drew a strong 12 horse lineup as follows: Nimbus CD, Orjan Kihlstrom Papagayo E, Erik Adielsson Ivar Sanna, Thomas Uhrberg Tumble Dust, Bjorn Goop Rod Stewart, Christoffer Erikssom Ready For More, Ulf Ohlsson Sauveur, Ake Lindblom Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Calvin Borel, Conrad Lugauer Ringostarr Treb, Wilhelm Paal Creatine, Johnny Takter Takethem, Steen Juul Thomas H. Hicks  

Julien Dubois teamed Texas Charm (7m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Kamela Charm) to victory in today’s €120,000 Gr. II International UET Master Series Prix du Bourbonnais at Paris-Vincennes.With the triumph, Texas Charm automatically earns a spot in the prestigious Prix d'Amerique in late January. Dubois left alertly to gain the front from then pocketed Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) and teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. Texas Charm led throughout setting slow fractions and won without urging from Dubois by three-quarters of a length timed in 1.14.9kr. Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful) rallied late for second driven by Cedric Megissier ahead of Solvato. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) ended fourth with fifth to Viking de Val (5m Baccarat de Pont-La Forgude Val). Next across the line were Mosaique Face, Severino, Ready Cash and Soleil du Fosse. Ready Cash overcame his 25 meter handicap quickly and raced in the second tier with cover until top of stretch when he quickened before flattening out in the late going, albeit without urging and timed in 1.14.5kr Texas Charm was off as 2.3/1 favorite and he secured career win 15 now for earnings of €1,070,530) for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The rated fractions were 1.17.2kr at 1500; 1.16.4kr at 1000, 1.16kr at 500 before 1.14.9kr finish. Ucapata (6f Otello Pierji-Love Me Cherie) easily scored in tonight’s €54,000 Prix Le Parisien, the Quinte+ featured event on the Vincennes card. F-P Bossuet teamed the winner to the 1.13.2kr victory over 2850 meters for European eligibles (14 in the field). The winner was off at 4.4/1 odds in the defeat of Tirade (7f Memphis du Rib-Galilee du Val) at 25.5/1 for Romain Derieux and 17/1 Photo Princess (9f Super Photo Kosmos-Milady Hornline) with trainer M. Lonborg up. The Q+ jackpot was €4.55 million and was not hit albeit the exact order payoff exceeded €229,000 for a €2 wager. Graded Action at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker Today’s Prix de Bourbonnais undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a great one with three graded events and other upper class races. Valse de Reve (6f Mister President-Nouba Houba) started the day with victory in the Prix de Seichen Sur Le Loir for €90,000 that attracted 11 monte contestants going 2175 meters. The winner, reined by Camille Levesque, scored in 1.11.7kr as 1.1/1 favorite over Victoire Smiing (5f Memphis du Rib-Kediva) for Damien Bonne and Vic du Boisnant (5m Gazouillis-Ode du Boisnant) with David Thomain aboard. The Prix d’Hautefort for a €60,000 purse showcased 18 European trotters in this 2100 meter autostart contest. Timed in 1.12kr the victory went to Joker Stursk (7g Rotation-Ariel Stursk) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Torbjorn Jansson. Off at 8/1 the winner scored by a length over Ti Amo de Carly (7g In Love With You-Native de Carly) handled by Arnaud Desmottes with third to Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nafaiku) with Franck Ouvrie driving. The Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the Franck Leblanc trained and owned Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) driven by Franck Nivard at 5.7/1 odds. The battle for second went to fast closing Altese du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) at 4/1 for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse over Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois up. The Gr. III Prix Narquois (€95,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3.6/1 odds Valko Jenilat (5m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for Glenny Delaume and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The dominant pacesetter scored in 1.15.2kr in a well-rated effort. 19/1 outsider Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 9/10 favorite Vinci de l’Arbaye (5m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette Bloue) with trainer/driver J-M Bazire at the lines. Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), the 1/2 favorite in the wagering, took the Gr. II Prix Raoul Ballaire (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, nine starters, monte for three year-olds). Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato as he opened a decisive lead and then tired late holding off Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragana) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Bilibili (3m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L-Cl Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon. Timed in 1.13.5kr the race yielded fast early fractions – 1.07.1kr at 1500; 1.09.7kr at 1000; 1.12.4kr at 500 from which the leader staggered home to victory. V75 Gold at Bergsaker Elsewhere today in Europe, at Bergsaker SWE, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), went to Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Daniel Reden. The veteran scored his 25 career victory in 84 starts, now for earnings of 2,820,250SEK. The 1.12.5kr winner defeated stablemate Miss Sue V (6f Credit Winner-Sunday Yankee-Muscles Yankee) with Bjorn Goop up. Ariel Boko (7f Lemon Dra-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos) was third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of former Elitloppet winner Nahar and driver Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Robin Bakker teamed Italy’s Spada Nera (3f Muscle Hill-Zelda Per-Crowning Point) to victory in tonight’s featured €85,000 Prix Kurse at Paris-Vincennes. Sixteen European starters contested the 2100 meter autostart event. Timed in 1.14.4kr, the daughter of Muscle Hill is trained by Paul Hagoort for Germany’s well-respected breeder/owner Alwin Schockemohle. Off at 9.3/1, the winner defeated 17/1 Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-Le Faisanderie) with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer/owner Frederic Platt with 79/1 outsider Black Charm (3m Prodigious-Podana) reined by Etienne Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dream and trainer Philippe Moulin. The undercard also produced interesting results starting with the opener for two year-olds. The Prix Phaedrafor €46,000 went to Caid Griff (2m Password-Savane Griff) over seven rivals. Eric Raffin teamed the chestnut winner for Sebastian Guarato, trainer for Ecurie Griff. The 7/10 favorite covered the 2200 meter course in 1.18.09kr to narrowly defeat Canari Match (2m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Frederic Pratt, off at 6/1. Captain d’Ourville (2m Korean-Solvalla) was third for Mathieu Abrivard at 23/1. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The monte classic Gr. I Prix de Normandy today went to favorite Vittel de Brevol ridden by David Thomain for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The E240,000 purse event, over 3000 meters, was timed in 1.13.9kr with the winner recording his 13th victory in 19 starts now for career earnings over E323,000. The great monte mares Vision Intense (Nathalie Henry aboard) and Valse Castelets (JLC Dersoir) were next on the line. Vision Intense raced superbly and gained steadily after a slow start, finally staging an inside rally in late stretch. Gr. I Prix de Normandie, E240,000 purse, 3000 meters monte, 14 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 and finish Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Ernault, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 19 starts for earnings E323,850 Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 2.2/1 odds Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), JLC Dersoir, 7/1 odds The secondary monte feature today was the E105,000 Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux over 2850 meters. Eight contestants were at the start and it ended in a dead-heat in 1.14kr with Uppercut de Manche and Sourire de Voutre inseparable. Uppercut de Manche with DamienBonne was off at 2/1 while Sourire de Voutre was the 7/10 favorite for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Prix Georges Dreux, Gr. III purse E105,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters, monte Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500; 1.14.9kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500; 1.14kr finish Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Ceba-Nuit de Manche), Damien Bonne, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 59 starts for E364,500. Dead heat for win Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Guella), Franck Nivard for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 7/10 favorite in dead heat for win Quarnac de L'iton (10g Ideal de L'iton-Classic Mesloise), Mathieu Mottier, 47.2/1 Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), 8.1/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Yesterday's Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) resulted in a 30 day suspension of Uhlan du Val's driver Cedric Megissier. Megissier battled then leading favorite Timoko before aggressively taking the lead early on the last lap. Once clearing to the pegs Megissier reportedly slowed the pace causing pocket placed Timoko to go off-stride. Ultimately Uhlan du Val tired nearing the last turn and J-P Marmion's Roi du Lupin won by open lengths over Olmo Holz and Pacsia'Lest. The win by Roi du Lupin was his career first in a Gr. I event, and also the first for trainer/owner Marmion (who has two Gr. I wins in monte races). Two year-olds are beginning to race in France with several races occurring last week. Today was no exception as Campo Rossa scored in 1.19.5kr for Franck Ouvrie in Enghien's Prix de la Porte de Montreuil (E32,000 purse, 2250 meters, females, 12 starters). The winning daughter of Coktail Jet-Marille du Lec is trained by Frederic Plat and she scored at 1.9/1 odds. Second went to Cash Diva (2f Ready Cash-Quabila) reined by trainer Jarmo Niskanen. Lightly raced three year-olds are also making their presence known. Today the €39,000 Prix de Chaudes Aignes over 2875 meters for males went to the Etienne Dubois teamed Black Charm (3m Prodigious-Podana) in 1.18kr as that pair defeated Bill handled by Franck Nivard and Black Jack la Nuit with Stephane Bourlier up. The winner is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Thomas H. Hicks

Pierre-Yves Verva teamed Ursule du Bouffey to victory in today’s sixth leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, at Laval, the traveling circuit that will end with a leading point winner  determined final at the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. The six-year-old daughter of Indy de Vive (sire of Ready Cash) recorded her 12th career win for earnings now of €312,720. Purse was €90,000 for the 2875 meter test (distance handicapped) in which 18 contestants took part. Time of the race was 1.15kr with Un Nuage d’Osmoz ending second and Vagabondu Mag third after overcoming a 25 meter penalty for reinsman J-M Bazire. Vagabondu Mag was the only top 10 series point winner to record a top five finish today. The race was also the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €3.3 million. June 4, 2014 Laval, 6th Leg Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, Gr. III €90,000, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, 1.15kr 1st Ursule du Bouffey (6f Indy de Vive-Illusion du Coq), Pierre-Yves Verva, 3.3/1, 12th win for €312,720 2nd Un Nuage d’Osmoz (6m Nuage Noir-e’Etoile d’Esprit), Emmanuelle Allard, 2.4/1 favorite 3rd Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire, 3.5/1 4th Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), Mathieu Mottier up, 10.2/1 5th Speedy Horse (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l’Anxure), Sebastian Baude driver/trainer/owner, 15.2/1 The Prix de la Researche Medicale was also on the well-attended (typical of GNT day) Laval card. The €23,000 event, over 2875 meters, drew 16 starters and went to 31.3/1 outsider Best Day (3m Prodigious-Kismet-Coktail Jet), rallying late and reined by Etienne Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner recorded his maiden victory, defeating the Rollin d’Heripre filly Bella Port with Cedric Megissier at the lines. June 4, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Researche Medicale, €23,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.18.7kr 1st Best Day (3m Prodigious-Kismet-Coktail Jet), Etienne Dubois at 31.3/1 for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, maiden career win with a late rallying charge 2nd Bella Port (3f RFolling d’Heripre-Mania Port), Cedric Megissier, 5.2/1 3rd Big Speed (3m Mark Speed-Learanda), P-A Geslin up, 10.8/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s excellent Paris-Vincennes card featured European eligible and Gr. III action for four-year-old males and females plus the Gr. II €120,000 Prix Kalmia for three year-old colts. Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) and favorite Duke of Greenwood scored victories and Athena de Vandel won the four year-old mares contest defeating favorite Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover). Coverage follows. The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (Gr. III European four year-old females, purse €80,000) went to Athena de Vandel and trainer/driver Cedric Megissier. The Prince Gede mare scored her sixth career victory in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters raising career earnings to €190,500. The fast closing favorite Tast of Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) just missed for Jean-Pierre Dubois after escaping traffic trouble too late in the contest. Her stablemate Alisma du Corta (by Love You) was a very competitive third for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains the Dubois pair. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Heraclite, Gr. III European, €80,000, females, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.6kr Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3.4/1, owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel, sixth win for €190,500 earnings 1st Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, Denmark, 1.3/1 favorite, first foal of dam she a winner of 21races for €1,538,050 and third in Prix d’Amerique 2nd Alisma du Corta (4f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way), Franck Nivard for Jean Baudron trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 20/1 3rd Rori Axe (4f Ready Cash-Gamire Grif-Kaisy Dream), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/2, Italy 4th Mustang’s Sally (4f Quick Wood-Star Groenhof-Malabar Man), Robin Bakker up for trainer P.J.P, Hagoort, 11/1, Germany The €80,000 Gr. III Prix Camilla for four year-old males went to favorite Duke of Greenwood (4, Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road). Peter J. Strooper trains the Germany bred campaigner and Hugo Langeweg Jr. engineered the front end victory, his fourth for earnings of €174,698. The 2700 meter course was covered in 1.15.3kr. Regio (by Varenne) and Romanesque (by Love You) trailed the winner home. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Camilla, Gr. III European males, €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Grounhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Peter J. Strooper trainer and M. Rothengatter owner, fourth win for €174,698, 1.2/1, Germany 2nd Regio (4m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee), 9/2 odds, Robin Bakker for P.J.P Hagoort, Italy 3rd Romanesque (4m Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 29/1, Italy 4th Ah Quel Micha  (4m Rocklyn-Oceana du Phare-Vroum d’Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer, 6.5/1 5th Arpent d’Ostel (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-Ph. Mary trainer/driver, 16/1 The Prix Kalmia, a Gr. II event for three-year-old colts over 2175 meters went to great gaited  Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) for teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The owner/breeder is Frederic Saugue of this seven time winner of €318,950. He slipped through on the inside late to score a narrow win. Another Allaire pupil Boccador de Simm (by Rieussee) was a solid second for Pierre Vercruysse with third to favorite Brutus de Bailly (by Niky) and J-M Bazire. Purse was €120,000 and winning time was 1.13kr. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kalmia Gr. II males, €120,000, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou),  Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder F. Saugue, 2/1 odds, seventh win for €318,950 2nd Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussee-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse for Philippe Allaire, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire, 1/1 favorite 4th Bolide du Gueron (3m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia-Jenko), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 42/1 5th Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise-Blue Dream), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver,  18/1 odds The Prix Firmament for aged European eligibles went to Sweden’s Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night) in 1.14.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Franck Nivard drove the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner I.C. Equine AB. Moving On recorded her tenth win now for earnings of €179,966. Italy’s Plutonio (by Self Possessed) was second for Christophe Martens in this €56,000 event. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Firmament, European, €56,000m 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy, 7.5/1 odds, Sweden, owner I.C. Equine AB, tenth win for €179,966 2nd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out), Christophe Martens for trainer Ake Kristofferson, 4/1 odds, Italy 3rd Vertige d’Avril (5g Historien-Katia de Mai0Uhlan de Cocherel), M. Bezier up for Pascal A. Geslin 4th Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall), Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema, 4.8/1, Sweden 5th Revenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill), Mathieu Mottier for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 25/1, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

The 5YO crop play a supporting role to the Group One classique Criterium des 4 Ans with two Group two races, both worth 120,000 euros, the Prix Jean Gauvreau a monte over 2175m and the Prix Albert Demarcq an "atelle" or under harness race over 2850m, sandwiching the marquee event of the day. Jean-Philippe Dubois' super mare Vision Intense is a 4/3 on favourite on early markets for the Prix Jean Gauvreau which is race 5 on Saturday's card, as she makes a return to under saddle racing after a meritorious third in the group two Prix Henri Levesque in the bike to Voltigeur de Myrt, who is second-favourite in the other 5YO group race today. Vision Intense will be ridden as usual by Nathalie Henry and any placing in the race will push the daughter of Prodigious over the 800,000 euro mark in earnings. You will get good odds on any of the others, should she go into one of her occasional gallops as she did in costly fashion in the first of the monte group ones this year, the Prix des Centaures, which was won by Valdice de Mars , who lines up again here. Loic Groussard's daughter of Lynx de Bellouet will be ridden by champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and was paying 7/2 on the early market. Powerful player Ecurie des Charms stallion Valroy (First de Retz) and Yves Dreux's Varum Boy (Baccarat du Pont), who is making his first group start after solid recent form, are also well supported at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively. As mentioned previously Voltigeur de Myrt is the early 2/1 second-favourite for the Prix Albert Demarcq, for the same age group, but under harness, which is race 8 on the card and has drawn a closely matched field of nine. The winner of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans was super last time out notching his first win since last year's classique for trainer Roberto Donati and is a good chance here with a similar performance, with the other big guns of the generation such as Village Mystic, Victoire and Vanika du Ruel bypassing the race. Edging him in the favouritism is Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val (3/2) who was second in the Prix Henri Levesque, but Villeroi (9/4), whose baby sister Agneska is in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and two sons of Jag de Bellouet in Vulcain de Vandel (5/2) and Very Nice Marceau (3/1) also well supported. PRIX JEAN GAUVREAU Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 5YO 120,000e 1 Valse de Reve (m Mister President - Nouba Houba) Anthony Barrier Tr: Nicolas Roussel 2175 2 Victoire Smiling (m Memphis du Rib - Kediva) Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 2175 3 Vol de Nuit (h Goetmals Wood - Manon Lescaut ) Camille Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2175 4 Vie des Neuf Clos (m Obrillant - Lola des Neuf Clos) Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Sebastien Hardy 2175 5 Viva Jenilou (m Phlegyas - Louve Jenilou) Franck Nivard Louis Baudron 2175 6 Valroy (h First de Retz - Leda d'Occagnes) Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2175 7 Varum Boy (h Baccarat du Pont - Hawai Girl) Eric Raffin Tr: Yves Dreux 2175 8 Volga Saltor (m Fleuron Perrine - Glory d'Ariane) David Thomain Tr: Daniel Bethouart 2175 9 Voriane de Guez (m Jet Fortuna - Oriane de Guez) Olivier Touvais Mickael Tourteau 2175 10 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2175 11 Viscaria (m Gai Brillant - Lajounie des Cinty) Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Guillaume Gillot 2175 12 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 2175 13 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 PRIX ALBERT DEMARCQ Vincennes 03/05/14 FR Group II 2850m 5YO 120 000e 1 Vaisman (h Memphis du Rib - Iula du Douetil) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (s Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Very Nice Marceaux (h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 2850 5 Vive Majyc (s Baccarat - Pont et Mammy Blue) Dr: Cedric Beurel Tr: Louis Baudron 2850 6 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 7 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 2850 8 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2875 9 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

David Bekaert steered the Philippe Mortagne trained and owned Tempo de Carless to a convincing victory in today's 32,000e feature at Hyeres, France. The seven year-old son of Grisbi de Carless recorded his ninth career win for lifetime earnings of 202,830e. Veteran mares Scarlet Turgot and Global Midnight ended second and third as they could not overcome 25 meter handicaps. May 1, 2014 Hyeres, Prix President Verignon, 32,000e, 2750 meters distance handicap, European, 12 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless-Ahmes), David Bekaert up for Philippe Mortagne trainer, 1.3/1, 2750 meters, ninth career win 2nd Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massey), Y. A. Briand trainer/driver, 5.5/1, 2775 meters 3rd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.8/1, 2775 meters, Sweden Yesterday at LeMans, Speedy Horse took their featured Prix Paris-Turf in 1.15.2kr over 2850 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Undercard events saw victories posted by Biche des Clois in a three year-old fillies event and four year-old mare Alexia also scored for Eric Raffin aboard the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable favorite. Race summaries follow. April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix Paris-Turf, 35,000e, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Speedy Horse, (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l'Anxure-Princess d'Yurac), Sebastien Baude trainer/driver, his ninth win for 244,380e in lifetime earnings 2nd Sicoussa de Barb (8f Kepler-Goie Melodie), Franck Blandin trainer/driver, 6.8/1 3rd Tzarine Fac (7f Echo-Nougara), David Thomain up for Sebastian Guarato, trainer, 2/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix de la Federation Regionale des Courses Anjou-Maine-Center-Quest, females, 22,000e, 1.16.9kr 1st Biche des Clois (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville-Vikings Way), Mathieu Mottier up for Denise Mottier, 4.6/1 2nd Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha-Gai Brillant),Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2/1 3rd Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon-Extreme Aunou), Patrick Chevrier driver/trainer, Ecurie D owner/breeder, 45/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix du G.I.E. Hipposarthe, monte, 20,000e, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Alexia (4f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn), Eric Raffin up, Philippe Moulin trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dream, 1.4/1 2nd Amour du Loup (4g Lilium Madrik-Parodie Gin), A. Lherete up for Franck Anne trainer, 7/1 odds 3rd Asly de Florange (4g Kuadro Wild-Easy Perrine), Mlle. M. Grolier jockey/trainer, 10/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Topflight trotting action took place Friday-Saturday in France at Paris-Vincennes and Enghien including Quinte+ on both programs and graded events for four year-olds (males and females). The Prix Gaston de Wazieres, a Gr. II 120,000e test for four year-old mares over 2100 meters autostart, went to Alesia d'Atout with Mathieu Mottier aboard. This pair prevailed in a close photo over two Dubois-clan rivals, Africaine with Jean-Etienne Dubois up and the Julien Dubois teamed Atlesima. The winner was timed in a solid 1.12.6kr as she recorded her sixth career victory. April 18, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston de Wazieres, Gr. II females, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.6kr 1st Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J.Y. Lherete, 3.7/1, her sixth win for 321,250e lifetime 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Atlesima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin, 2/1 The males four year-oilds contested the 120,000e Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet and favored Aladin d'Ecajeul took the top prize for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The victory raised his earnings to over 496,000e as he scored in hand to stop the timer in 1.13kr. The son of Quaker Jet looks like he could be an aged contender for future years. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston Brunet, Gr. II males, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul-Halimede), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.1/1 odds, owner Philippe DeWulf, ninth career win 2nd Africain (4m Oardo-Kamine), Franck Nivard up, 9/1 3rd Adonis du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Quintaescencia), Dominik Locqueneux, 43/1 Also on the Friday evening program at Vincennes there was an interesting undercard. The Quinte+ Prix Alethem went to Under Blue, handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop. The six-year old daughter of Elvis de Rossignol scored in 1.14.5kr over 2850 meters. Favorites dominated the contest causing the 2e exact order payoff (absent jackpot) to be only 2,784e. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alethem, 75,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot 7.45 million euros 1st Under Blue (6m Elvis de Rossignol-Jangala-Buvetier d'Aunou), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Hallberg, ninth career win for 210,850e lifetime, odds were 2.5/1 2nd Ultra Classique (6m Kiwi-Javana de Moi), Eric Raffin, 6/10 odds 3rd Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Anthony Barrier, 9/1 Lightly raced three year-old fillies contested the Prix Palma with victory to the second time winner Bianca de Lou. The daughter of Ready Cash from Prima de Lou by Coktail Jet was reined by Christophe Martens. Dubois fillies by Password and Goetmals Wood finished second and fourth in the closely fought event. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Palma, females, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.9kr 1st Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima de Lou-Coktail Jet), Christophe Martens, 2/1, Vincent Martens trainer for Ecurie Olmenhof, her second win for 30,600e euros lifetime 2nd Belle d'Hommeur (3f Password-Place d'Honneur), Julien Dubois, 66/1 3rd Blue Comet (3f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Komete d'Urzy), P-Y Verva, 56/1 4th Be You Soon (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon), Patrick Chevrier, 50/1 Saturday action at Enghien showcased a solid victory by well-regarded Clint W. Boko in the Prix de l'Arginne. The five year-old son of Abano As from Holland scored in 1.12.9kr with fast closing fractions over the 2150 meter distance. Robin Bakker was in town to handle the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Argonne, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 72,000e, 1.12.9 kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500 1st Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul J.P. Hagoort, his ninth win for career earnings of 244,591e, Holland, 4.7/1 2nd Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla), Josef Franzl trainer/driver, 14/1, Germany Also on Saturday, Alex The Winner posted an impressive score in the Prix de Lons-le-Saunier for male four year-olds. Jean-Etienne Dubois piloted his owned/trained pupil to the fourth career victory for the powerful striding chestnut son of Orlando Vici. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Lons-le-Saunier, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters, 46,000e, 1.14.4 1st Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/trainer/owner, 9/10 favorite, his fourth win for lifetime earnings of 72,520e 2nd Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet-Maya d'Atout), Franck Nivard up, 8/1 3rd Andalou d'Huon (4m Otello Pierji-Nina d'Huon), Michel Lenoir, 33/1 The day's Quinte+ event went to Uprince with Franck Nivard teaming. He defeated a solid veteran field in 1.12.7kr over 2150 meters autostart in the 60,000e Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil. The Barjon owned, Pierre Levesque driven Tornado de l'Ocean was second ahead of Elles W.Phedo with Johanna Lindqvist at the lines. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 60,000e, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with 7.5 million euro jackpot 1st Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard, 2.7/1, his 10th win for career earnings of 312.700 euros 2nd Tornado de l'Ocean (7g Look de Star-Taluina), Pierre Levesque, 3.5/1 3rd Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist, 12/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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