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Love You’s son Quaker Jet, a multiple Group 1 winner in France and whose frozen semen is available to ‘down under’ breeders from the Victorian-based Haras Des Trotteurs, has bounded to the forefront as one of Australia’s most successful trotting sires in recent months. His oldest stock are three-year-olds, and this season he has been represented by one of Australia’s outstanding young trotters in Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940), who won the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess at Melton in February and earlier had captured the $100,000 Breeders Crown as a two-year-old. Cracker Jet, a winner of four races this season, Dizzysjet, a winner in 1:56.1 at Menangle last week, the dual Melton winner Electrojet (Tr 1:59.3), Im Hector, From The Swamp, La Serena and Quake Proof, a winner at Ballarat on Wednesday (September 16), have been other winners from Quaker Jet’s first Australian crop. Actually, Quaker Jet has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 24 foals, and of these he has had 14 to the races for eight winners and four placegetters.  In New Zealand, Quaker Jet’s first crop of 10 foals has produced three winners including recent Cambridge winner Expensive Crumpet and a qualifier from four starters. Love You, the champion sire of Quaker Jet, has the outstanding four-year-old Ultimate Stride carrying the flag for him in NZ. The chestnut entire, a dual Group 1 winner at two, stretched his winning sequence to seven and made it nine wins from 13 starts when he led most of the way at Addington, carving out his last 800 in 57.8 and 400 in 28.2. Meanwhile, Majestic Player, who was bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, maintained his devastating form when he won a $40,000 Open at Scioto Downs, Ohio in 1:51.6. The five-year-old gelding, who is the fastest ever Australian-bred trotter, has now won 12 of his 15 starts in North America and $US138,950 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

The 12th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix Super U held at Brehol in France and raced for a 40,000€ purse over 3400 meters distance handicap. The 6/10 favorite and 25-meter penalized Duel du Gers (7g Quaker Jet-Le Chasse Verte) was the winner for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J.M. Rancoule. This was Duel’s 15th career victory, third in a row, and advanced his life earnings to 308,210€. Race time was not recorded. The 18/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Canular (8g Jet Fortuna) was second for driver/trainer Didier Brohier and 26/1 and 25 meter penalized Astor de Rozoy took third for Luc Jean Legros. Clarck Sotho was a 50-meter handicapped fourth and Diango des Charmes was fifth. The next Trophee Vert test on the turf is August 23 at Montier en Doer. A large crowd watched the day’s trotting action. Duel du Gers Replay On the European front, on August 5th at Mantorp, the Kjell P. Dalhstroms Minne (29,829€ total purse, 2140 meters autostart) the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 1.7/1 Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill) for the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. A length back second was 5.7/1 Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS) for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman M.A. Djuse. Third home was 9.1/1 Into Boko (5m Chocolatier-Sue Boko) for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The champion French racehorse and sire Quaker Jet was credited with his second Group winner in Australia when Im Hector outfinished his harness racing rivals in the SA Trotters Derby at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night (June 13). To watch the video replay click on this link It was Im Hector’s second success from only six starts. The gelding is one of the first crop of Quaker Jet which also includes the Breeders Crown champion Im Ready Jet, Dizzysjet, runner-up in the NSW Derby, and recent Melton winner Electrojet (Tr 1:59.3). Orlando Vici, another member of the Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster, left very impressive winners on both sides of the Tasman. Both bred by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll and from Orlando Vici’s initial crop were Brandlo Prince, a runaway winner at Shepparton, and Xebec, who overcame a 35 metre handicap to score at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Driscoll bred no less than four winners for the week. The others were Celtic Cash (by Ready Cash), who scored his maiden success at Ballarat, and the three-year-old Avimore, who soundly trounced his rivals at Bendigo. A second Haras Des Trotteurs winner at Bendigo was the two-year-old Maestro (by Love You), who led most of the way to record his first success. Peter Wharton

December 23, 2018 - Sunday’s Pr. Campionati des 4Ans Finale (purse 110,000€, 2060 meters autostart, 11 starters after two scratches) was at Albenga (Italy) with the 1.13.3kr timed harness racing victory earned impressively by Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm Of Fancy-Ginger Somolli) reined by Pietro Gubellini. The winner, with a second dam by Workaholic, recorded his eighth career win in 26 starts now for 194,937€ earned. Some five lengths back in second was Valchiria OP (4f Ideal Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out) with Fed. Esposito aboard, and third went to pacesetting Very Joy (4m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy-Naglo) with Ant. Di Nardo driving. Fourth home was Volturina Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indo Park) that was handled by Santo Mollo. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran classmaster Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) scored in the Grand Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes (Gr. II International, purse 180,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) on this last day of the summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. Driver Franck Ohine uvrie launched the winner directly to the lead before entering the first turn and he maintained speed to the 1.10.8kr victory. Un Mec d’Heripre now has 28 wins in 61 starts for 2,004,853 euro earned. The Philippe Billard trainee is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre and was bred by Mlle. Eugenie Quintin. He was off as the 7/10 favorite. The 3.6/1 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was second for Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette de Sousa, and raised his bankroll to 614,050 euro. 3.7/1 odds Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a past Prix d’Amerique winner, was third for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Antoine Dherete and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner of the career winner of 2,182,970 euro. The 7.1/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied off the pegs to be fourth for Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato, the trainer, and Philippe Dauphin, breeder/owner of this now 1,711,666 euro earned. Quite a race this was in the mile distance speed series.  The Vincennes’  monte Groupe II Prix Pierre Gamare (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters – three year-olds) went to rallying 5.8/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Yves Boireau. Race time was 1.14.6kr. Jean Pierre Dubois owns the winner that Haras de Villeperce Sarl bred. Ferreteria now has five career wins in 13 starts for 271,140 euro earned. She raced sixth and seventh more most of the journey before staging a steady surge that she sustained to the line. The 2.3/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was even money favorite Fadu du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.  The unbeaten Ferry Jet (3m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet) took the Prix des Lagny (purse 36,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for his third victory in his career. The 4/5 favorite is trained by Luc Roelens and was reined by Pierre Vercruysse to this 1.16.4kr score that raised his earnings to 31,050 euro. At end of the Saturday Vincennes program was the Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse 80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queens Flore) scored in 1.13.9kr at 7/1 odds for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 26/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) was second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Nivard. The 1.8/1 favorite Bolando (7m Nijinksi Blue) was third for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. At Bergsaker this day was the Sundsvall Open, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event (purse 175,700 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) that went to the 19/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) with Ulf Eriksson up for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. This winner enjoyed a pocket trip before emerging in mid-stretch for a length victory timed in 1.10.1kr, to raise his career earnings to 708,070 euro. Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden at 21/1. 47/1 outsider Pastore Bob (5g From Above) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) at 11/1 was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and fifth was the 1/5 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Jorma Kontio up. This one raced second in the outer before making a three wide effort mid-way on the last lap backstretch. That surge failed leaving Readly Express three wide in the final bend and he tired in the lane to be four lengths off the winner.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The long shot at 18/1 Comtesse du Chene (6f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) took the seventh leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Q+ race of the day) held at Hippodrome Reims. Franck Nivard teamed the winner that overcame a 25 meter handicap to record her seventh career win in 32 outings for €341,650 earned. Julien LeMer trains the Comtesse for Claude Guedj. The 9/1 Cicero Neo (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second for driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 24/1 and 25 meter penalized Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Jorma Niskanen and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. The 4.8/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet) and 45.1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious), this one also 25 meter handicapped, completed the top five. Race time was a quick 1.11.6kr.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Comtesse du Chêne F. Nivard C. Guedj J. Le Mer 2ème 7 Cicero Noa P. Vercruysse J. Vanhoucke J. Vanhoucke 3ème 12 Cathy A Quira A. Abrivard E. Desmet J. Niskanen 4ème 5 Direct Way A. Barrier J. Pauc Ph. Allaire 5ème 14 Artiste de Joudes D. Thomain Ecurie de Tierceville J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0227   Ordre :       34.408,00€   Désordre :       361,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       7,80€       On the undercard was the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 European starters) and 8/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 6.5/1 Abercombis (8g Hyperis) was second for trainer/driver J.F. Senet and 8.7/1 Virus (9g Bassano) took third driven by Tanguy Devouassoux for the breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Devouassoux. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

July 23, 2017 - Harness racing owner and trainer Mathieu Abrivard piloted 1.7/1 Azur des Caillons (7m Quaker Jet-Douse Nuit) to victory in Sunday’s Prix de la Societe General (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) at Bernay on the turf timed in 1.20.9kr. 5.1/1 Belline d’Urzy (6f Otello Pierji-Onerida d’Urzy) was second ahead of 197.4/1 Very Pan (8g Giant Cat-Papouille). At Clairefontaine-Deauville was the Prix Federation Department des Gordes (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 19 starters) and the victory went to 5/1 Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik) timed in 1.24.1kr and driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Yves Boireau trains this filly that was bred by Christian Simplice. 1.8/1 favorite Explosif (3m The Best Madrik-Topaze du Goutier) was second ahead of 22/1 Elora Terrie (3f Ludo de Castelle-Rikita Terrie). On the same program the Prix Association Departmentale des Piegeurs (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 14 starters) went to 7/2 Discussiun Intense (4f Rocklyn-Intense Action) teamed by Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Race time was 1.23.3kr. €179,200 Hugo Aberg Memorial On Tuesday will be the 2017 renewal of the Hugo Aberg Memorial at Jagersro, the TGV Challenge (Troy Grande Vitesse), raced over 1609 meters autostart for a purse of €179,200. Many of the best sprinters currently racing will be at the start including Propulsion, Twister Bi, and Ringostarr Treb, the last two trained by Jerry Riordan. Hugo Åberg Memorial – 1.609m – autostart N° Horse Driver Trainer Record 1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 1'08''9 2 Djali Boko Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'10''7 3 Carabinieri Björn Goop Peter Untersteiner 1'10''4 4 Twister Bi Christoffer Eriksson Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 5 Workout Wonder Tommy Kylliäinen Jarno Kauhanen 1'09''6 6 Ringostarr Treb Wim Paal Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 7 Dante Boko Adian Kolgini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'09''2 8 Shadow Gar Pietro Gubellini Eric Hansen Bondo 1'10''3 9 Day Or Night In Johan Untersteiner Johan Untersteiner 1'10''6 10 Oasis Bi Erik Adielsson Stefan Pettersson 1'09''4   Thomas H. Hicks

May 6, 2017 - 23/1 Voltaire Gifont (3m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy) scored handily timed in 1.14.6kr in the Gr. III Prix Faulquemont (purse €66,000, 2700 meters, 11 three year old male starters). Andrea Guzzinati teamed the Cristian Rizzo trainee that is owned in Italy by Mme. Caterina Ballini. 75/1 Edile du Goutier (3m Coktail Jet-Scylla du Goutier) took second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato, with third to 16/1 Eagle (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Rania de Joudes) in rein to Franck Nivard. Erode Ludois and Ezreak Jiel were fourth and fifth. Heavily favored 3/5 odds Emperor The Best was a dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 24, 2017 - 2.7/1 Bellina d’Ourville (6f Quaker Jet-Orsina) took today’s Quinte+ Prix Gallus II (purse €46,000, 2150 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.15.4kr for reinsman Franck Nivard, owner Ecurie Elite and harness racing trainer Florent Lamare. Racing barefoot the winning mare rallied to nose out 14/1 Bahia Somolli (6f Millenium Wood-Italia Somolli) for Matias Dudouit, trainer Jerome Compas and Ecurie Somolli, her breeder/owner. 15/1 Bellone Speciale (6f Sam Bourbon-Jolie Jacqueline) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Mickael Lemercier and Ecurie Haras des Senora. The Q+ exact order payoff was €18,990 for a €2 play. The program’s Prix de Montsalvy (purse €38,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.16.9kr clocked and 2.2/1 Electra Jet (3f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up. Ecurie des As owns the winner that Jean-Etienne Dubois bred. 7.4/1 Everglades (3f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) was second for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque and breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. 8/1 Extasia Bella (3f Prodigious-Rare Perle) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Tomorrow is the big one, the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, purse €400,000, marathon distance 4150 meters, International 13 starters). Bold Eagle seeks the elusive Triple Crown of FR, a title that was missed last year when Lionel captured the 2016 Prix de Paris. Another previous winner, Up And Quick, is in the field and he is the race time record holder of 1.13.5kr set in 2015 and also a winner of this prestigious event in 2016. He has not in peak form for some time but anything can happen. The children will also be entertained during the Sunday program. Thomas H. Hicks

Trotting on the turf continued Sunday at Arras (FR) as the Trophee Vert harness racing series took the form of the Prix Pascal Noe (purse €45,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters). 4.6/1 After River rallied on the fan-side to score for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. The six year-old daughter of Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) defeated 19.6/1 Un Satin Rose (8g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) with Franck Ouvrie up. Third was 5.2/1 Ambassadeur d’Am (6g Orlando Vici-Halotte des Acres) with Christophe Martens at the lines. Well-regarded Tagada Tagada, off at 8.5/1 odds, finished seventh. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) to victory in today’s Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, its first leg at Hippodrome Amiens. The purse was €90,000 for the 16 rivals that battled over 2900 meters. Uno Dancer was off at 2.4/1 odds and was timed in 1.17kr to defeat 25.2/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) with Francois Lecanu up for St. Provoost, trainer. 17/1 Ulster du Veinou (8m Mirage du Goutier-Mia Amona) landed third for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 65/1 Upman and 11/1 Altesse du Mirel. Ursa Major and Altesse du Mirel tried to overcome distance handicaps. The Amiens’ Prix Duc de Reve (purse €16,000, 2400 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.18.6kr timed Dazzle Jet (3f Oiseau de Feux-Trackmania) at 2.6/1 odds for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Luc Roelens. 14/1 Diane du Nord (3f The Best Madrik-Odyssee des Bordes) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, the driver for Ronny Kuiper training fore Stall Escapade AN. 33/1 Diva Tejy was third. On March 8 the action was at Cagnes-sur-Mer where the €25,000 Prix du Jasmin took place over 2925 meters with ten starters. The 1.18.7kr winner was 6.8/1 Cybele Castelets (4f Quaker Jet-Elide) for driver Nicolas Ensch with second to 4/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) with Gabby Gelormini up for trainer Henk Grift and owner Topkip BV. 1.8/1 favorite Calin de Glasnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for Romain Derieux, driver/trainer for Ecurie AB Trot. The €21,000 purse Prix des Dahlias over 2925 meters had seven starters with the winner being 1.19.6kr timed 2.4/1 Diabolito(3m Look de Star-Reine de la Roge) for David Bekaert, trainer Romain Derieux and Antoine De Sousa, owner. 29/1 Diable Mauve (3m Repeat Love-For Ever Young) was next for J-Ch Feron with third to 6/1 Dayton (3m Rieussec-Gitane d’Odyssee) with trainer Y-A Briand driving Thomas H. Hicks  

8.8/1 Banquiere (5m Quopeck-Ile d’Emerade) won today’s Prix Elma at Enghien for a purse of €50,000 over 2875 meters. 15 rivals contested the event timed in 1.16.1kr. 2.3/1 Bilfie de Guez (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Quefie) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ahead of 10/1 Betsy du Quenne (5f Quaker Jet-Mon Egerie) for David Thomain. The Prix de Montsalvy (purse €38,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to 87.2/1 Douce Ligneries (3f Love You-Ouragane) timed in 1.18.2kr for trainer/driver Bruno Marfigliano. 2.5/1 Difa Girl (3f Love You-Rifa Rainbow) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G, Poulsen-Allaire. 17/1 Daliemosa (3f Kaiser Soze-Jaldemosa) ended third for David Thomain. Also at Enghien the €37.000 Prix de l’Authie over 2150 meters autostart drew 13 starters and the 1.1.1kr winner was 2.7/1 City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) over 6.4/1 Comete (4f Niky-l’Aventuriere) for Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 5.3/1 Chimere du Goutier (4f Kaisy Dream-Queen Bourbon) for Cl. Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. At La Croise Laroche the Prix de Beaupreau (purse €18,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Crossroads (4m Quaker Jet-Modesty) timed in 1.17.3kr for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Bresil. 45/1 Claudius Servinois was second with 15/1 Caravaggio (4m Quaker Jet-Nicotera) third for Julien Raffestin and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. The Prix de Verdun at La Croise Laroche went for €30,000 over 2700 meters autostart. 16 rivals battled with the 1.14kr win to 3.9/1 Apollpn de Kacy (m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kyles) with owner/trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm aboard. 4.8/1 Tiennov and 1.4/1 Vivaldi chased the winner to the line. At Mariendorf Berlin the Prix Berthe Morisot (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the 1.16.9kr winner 28.6/1 Amigo Kievitshof (9g Jag de Bellouet-Armbro Pagan) for owner/trainer/driver Andre Schiller. 28.8/1 Dolomit R was second for Norbert Bierman ahead of 7/10 favorite Fiobana driven by Thorsten Tietz. Friday evening’s top race was the Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont (purse €80,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters) at Cagnes-sur-mer. The 3/1 favorite Ugo du Nieul (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Harmoinie de Nieul) scored in 1.13.1kr for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver foir D.J. Rousseau, the owner. 11/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (7m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard) was second for Gabriele Gelormini ahead of 15/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Favored 1.7/1 Sid finished ninth. Nicolas Ensch was been named to the FR driving team in an upcoming contest against Team America that will kickoff at Yonkers Raceway in March. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Radisson Blu Nice (purse €44,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.16.4kr timed winner the 5.5/1 Altea de Piencourt (f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Moonlight Disques) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 2.4/1 Bently de Raconis (5g Repeat Love-Bodomie) was scond for trainer Nicolas Emsch and owner Antonio De Sousa. 7.8/1 Bolide de la Cote (5g Quatre Juillet-Scarlet Pride) was third for trainer/driver Cl-A Mary. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris has been moved to race six with off time of 10:20am US eastern time. The sports world will be watching Bold Eagle in his quest for the FR Triple Crown. Thomas H. Hicks

The influence of the Coktail Jet line on world trotting continues unabated, reigning French champion Love You showing he too is now a formidable sire of sires with his leading son Quaker Jet, finishing in the top 20 (16) on the French classification, with only four crops racing. Coktail Jet (by French sire Quoky Williams from Canadian mare Armbro Glamour) is still in the top 10 (8) of the General classification alongside his sons Love You (1) and Look de Star (7),  the trio representing the Sam Williams line, which was imported into France before World War II and the post-war closing of the French stud book. Another son of Coktail Jet, Magnificent Rodney (12) joins Love You’s son Quaker Jet in the top 20 while there are a further half dozen sons and grandsons of Coktail Jet - a total of 11 - in the top 50. But that influence is growing exponentially with latest 3YO stats showing that no less than half of the top 20 sires of qualifiers are descendants of Coktail Jet led by grandson Quaker Jet, who tops the list. Coktail Jet, Love You’s brother Repeat Love, who is becoming a force in his own right, and another son Saxo de Vandel are in the top ten while The Best Madrik, whose first crop this is, joins Love You in the top 20. There are a further eight Coktail Jet line sires in the top 50 3YO sires, including Korean who had fame last year as the sire of the World’s fastest ever horse, Sebastian K. The recently completed 2YO season saw no less than 10 of the top 20 sires of qualifiers being Coktail Jet line horses including four in their debut season including Coktail Jet sons Tucson and Uniclove and two more sons of  Love You in Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream and Un Amour D'Haufor. With Quaker Jet’s brilliant son Aladin d’Ecajeul already at stud, the Coktail Jet revolution is in full cry. Indeed Quaker Jet had three 2YO winners in the last weeks of the season, in Du Gite (2425m Angers) Direct Way (2050m Cabourg) and Dauphine du Mont (2YO 2050 Cabourg). Love You’s richest son has also been producing a steady stream of winners at the Vincennes Winter Meeting, where the very best of French trotting assemble for the sport’s richest series. Last week Champion trainer Sebastien Guarato’s lightly raced mare  After Winner won the Prix de Chambord, becoming the latest of Quaker Jet’s progeny to win over €100,000. And early 4YO Charming Boy Fac made it two wins from two starts for Julien La Mer, with his victory at Vincennes in the Prix d’Erbray under the guidance of Franck Nivard, breaking the 2min rate (1’14”6) for the 2100m. Meanwhile in Sweden, Quaker Jet gelding Yoggi Composite has won four of his last five starts. Dave Sanders

December 28, 2015 - David Thomain teamed 27/1 Vida du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Numiva du Vivier) to victory in Monday’s Prix de Neuville Pont-Pierre (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+) at Paris-Vincennes. The 1.14.5kr winner defeated 3.8/1 Valentine’s Day (6f Carpe Diem-Heie du Bauvatier) for trainer/driver G. Houel and third finishing 4.6/1 Valse du Pirai (6f Essaim Laurent-Kesmeralda) for Michel Lenoir and owner/trainer G-A Lachemi. The featured €70,000 Prix de Beaumont-de-Lomagne (2175 meters, 10 monte female starters) went to the Mathieu Abrivard trained and ridden Bellissima France at 3.2/1 odds. This four year-old daughter of Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun-Kiwi scored in 1.13.1kr for owner L.D.M Abrivard. Second dam of the winner is Kantara Sun by Beautiful Somolli. 2.1/1 Bixenta du Gers (4f Quinoa du Gers-Seventy Seven) took second for Alexandre Abrivard aboard for owner/trainer J-M Bazire. 31/1 Baraka du Rib (4f Coktail Jet-Ornatis) was third for jockey J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. The €52,000 Prix de Chambord (2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.1kr timed, 3/2 favorite After River (5f Quaker Jet-Oguss de la Merite) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Alexane d’Urzy (5f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was a good second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Augustin Normand. 94/1 Ariane d’Arry (5f Oyonnax-Pensee d’Array) landed third. Three year-old females contested the €54,000 Prix du Merlerault (2100 meters autostart, 12 participants) with that 1.14.2kr victory earned by 12.5/1 Castafiore (3f Jag de Bellouet-Nicia du Tija) and driver F-P Brossuet, trainer J-B Bossuet and Ecurie Tenor. 4.1/1 Comtesse du Chene (3f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) closed stoutly for second for Pierre Vercruysse and third went  to 21/1 Class Petteviere (3f Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere). Thomas H. Hicks  

November 28, 2015 - Today’s Prix de Saint Loup (purse €20,000, 2650 meters, 16 starters) for three year-old fillies went to 15/1 Cybele Castelets (3f Quaker Jet-Elide) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Patrick Aubin. The 1.18.9kr winner defeated 8.3/1 Conquete A Deux (3f Sam Bourbon-Nina Madrik)  along the pegs driven by Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 4.4/1 Carla de Flosaille (3f Rapidedu Bois-L’Epopee) was third. Trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch won the Prix Genera;l Bonnafe (purse €34,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) with 1.15.8kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie), owned by Ecurie du Haras de l’Epinay. The classy veteran defeated 27.2/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Place d’Honneau) drivemn by trainer Anthony Laigrom and third finishing 2.2/1 odds Potenza OM (6f Yankee Glide-Francee di Jesolo) driven by trainer Pietro Gubellini. The Prix Oscar RL (purse €22,000, 2650 meters, 12 starters) at Pont de Vivaux went to 3.6/1 Amtao (5g Rocklyn-Melia Clairchamp) clocked in 1.16.9kr for Kevin Van The Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner defeated 13.4/1 Aubin de Larcy (5g Assaim Laurent-Quismie de Bavent) and 3.8/1 Astre de Feu (5m Diamant Gede-Nuit de Feu) the latter owned/trained/driven by Nicolas Ensch. Attenarco(5g Ready Cash-Mattmarra(  won today’s Prix du Cheval Francias at Avenches carrying a purse of €12,489 and contested by seven over 3000 meters autostart. This 3/10 favorite scored in 1.17.2kr for He. Turrettini, owner/driver. 9.5/1 Scoop de Bellouet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Muse de Bellouet) was second for Pascal Schneider with third to 23/1 Une du Martz (7f Carpe Diem-L’Aventure). Avenches’ Swiss Champions contest (purse €16,652, 2350 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 1.16.3kr winner Podium du Rib (12g Giant Cat-Gallia de Vandel) reined by Mme. Rene Aebischer and owner Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was second for Heniz Gubler and third went to Rebus (7g In Love With You-Kattnouga) for Marcel Humbert and Stall Allegra Racing Club. Thomas H. Hicks

April 26. 2015 - Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nona d’Ecajeul) took Sunday’s feature at Argentan with Eric Raffin up.  Sebastian Guarato trains the winner for owner Philippe Dewulf. The even-money favorite recorded career win 12 in 27 starts for earnings in excess of €857,000. The Criterium de Vitesse (€100,000, International with 13 starters, 1609 meters autostart) winner was clocked in a rapid 1:52.3 (1.09.8kr). Italy’s Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun) was second for Andrea Guzzinati at 11/1 with 10/1 Univers de Pan home third for Philippe Daugeard. Beckman finished fifth. The winner is a future European star for years ahead, in our opinion. Thomas H. Hicks

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