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Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) won the Cagnes sur Mer Saturday featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 12 starters European) timed in 1.14.3kr. Christophe Martens teamed the winner for Ceke Farm BVBA and trainer Vincent Martens. The 9/10 favorite, now a five-time winner in France in 18 appearances, and with life earnings of 322,660€, defeated 5.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) with Stephane Cingland at the lines and third finishing 33/1 Creature Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) handled by J.Ch. Feron. A pair of 25-meter handicapped performers, Balbir and Cicero Noa, finished fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s fine Enghien program included the Prix de Geneve (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 11 European starters, four-year olds) that went to 1.13.2kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. It was his seventh career victory in 24 starts now for 305,790€ earned. 11/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 1.8/1 co-favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Next up was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Port de L’Alma (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 15 starters). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 4.7/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. It was the winner’s 10th career win in 46 starts now for 248,570€ in life earnings. The 1.9/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) held second for Eric Raffin and third was 44/1 Bel Air (8g Ganymede) handed by P-Y Verva. 12/1 Aron The Baron and 60/1 Panoramic completed the top five and it set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 128,673€ to three winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,982,881€ and over 6,608,881€ wagered on the race. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (purse 130,000€, 2875 meters, International UET Masters Series) saw 27/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) score from the pocket with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner scored for the 10th time in 18 starts in France. His career earnings are now 489,654. The stablemate and 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) held second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. 62/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 22/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) and pilot Franck Nivard. Fast class five-year olds contested the Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 59,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 1.8/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for Germany owner Mme. M. Jauss, his fourth win in France in 11 starts, now for life earnings of 232,282€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 2.1/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was placed second with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Classic Connection was second and a dq due to a miscue on the line. 18/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) was placed third with Robin Bakker the pilot. Placed fourth was 28/1 Vanity Luis (5f Ideale Luis) handled by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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  

Velten von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) took Sunday’s 124th edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby (purse 188,325€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany. Rick Ebbinge was the winning pilot for trainer Jeroen Engwerda and owner Pine Point Equine. Off at 5.5/1 Velten von Flevo was clocked in 1.13kr as he won his third consecutive race. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) was second with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard for Scuderia Tramontom Srl. Third went to Rancoon (3m Orlando Vici-Night Club) for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Velten von Flevo  On the superb undercard, the IDEE Kaffee Derby (four-year olds, purse 25,000€, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 15.2/1 Free Bird (4m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) score in 1.13.7kr for Robbin Bot in a terrific race. Wolfgang Nimczyk trains this one for Hans Brocker as he won his third straight. Cahaya (4f Love You-C’est la Vie) took second for Jeffrey Mieras and trainer Dion Tesselaar. Officer Stephen (4m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin) was third for trainer/driver Dion Tesselar. Free Bird The Deutsches Traber-Derby Consolation (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 1.53/1 Otero (3m Muscle Hill-Sparkling) score for Josef Franzl timed in 1.14.2kr, Gladiatuer (3m Bird Parker-Esperance) was second for Robbin Bot, the pilot for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Third in a dead heat were JFK (3m Expo Bi-Excepotionell) for Jaap van Rijn and Man U (3m Manofmanymissions-Yes I Can) handled by Michael Nimczyk. Otero The ASKANIA-Record mile (purse 15,000€, 1609 meters autostart, seven aged starters) went to local favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) clocked in 1.11.1kr with trainer Rudi Haller aboard for Stall Team Neuhof. This veteran has faced many of the best in Europe in his most recent four appearances in France where he was second, third and twice fourth against Bold Eagle and others. He was off as the 1.19/1 favorite here and defeated Halva von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Roland Hulskath aboard and Out Of The Slums (7m Muscles Yankee-Sugar) reined by Michael Nimczyk. Orlando Jet Two-year olds faced the starter in the Gerhard Kruger Memorial (12,000€ purse, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) and 7/2 Baltic Star (2m Revenue-Baltica de Bellouet) prevailed timed in 1.19kr with Thomas Panschow aboard for trainer Holger Neumann in his first start for money. The Gino Lutz owned colt defeated Fraulein Trixie (2f Trixton-Fraulein Wunder) handled by Kornelius Kluth and Emoji (2f Wishing Stone-Indoo) piloted by Hannu Voutilainen.  Quite a day and weekend of trotting conducted in front of a great audience. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet),sent off as the 9/10 favorite odds, gamely held off challengers to win today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin, Belgium. Total purse was 150,000€ in this UET Masters Series event raced over 2300 meters autostart with 13 starters. Bold Eagle recorded his 45th career win in 65 starts now for 4,632,820€ in life earnings. Tony Le Beller teamed Bold Eagle for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The 5.4/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was a nose back second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 4.6/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) was another length back in third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Guarato. 28/1 Beau Gamin and 116/1 Bon Copain completed the top five with Bugsy Malone, Tony Gio and Valko Jenilat all dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The well-regarded and 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) held on for Eric Raffin to win today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 70,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters). Race time was 1.11.3kr (mile 1:54.66). Jean Pierre Guay bred the winner that Philippe Allaire owns and trains. Gotland now shows nine career wins in 11 starts for 345,100€ in life earnings. The 40/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) was a fast closing second driven by Fili[ppo Rocca for trainer Fausto Barelli and Scuderia Sant Eusebio SNC. Third home was 7.3/1 General du Parc (3m LeJacque d’houlbec) that Alexandre Abrivard teamed for trainer Frederic Prat,. This one battled the winner until giving was late in the lane. Replay: https://info.pmu.fr/live-et-replay?num-reunion=3&num-course=6&date-fr=04082019 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

March 10, 2019 - Today’s Gr. I UET Master Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine harness racing International starters) went to late rallying Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Bro Byggnads AB.  The grand champion tied the race record of 1.08.90kr set a year ago by Bold Eagle, and increased his career earnings to 2,201,824€. Goop and Ready Express were away from the gate sixth as Romain Derieux put Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) on the lead with Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn) in the pocket for Gabriele Gelormini. Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) fired off the gate from past seven and engaged Dijon, but Derieux did not take back. Dijon parked the Eagle around the first turn and into the backside when Bold Eagle showed weakness. He was being followed by Bahia Quesnot (8g Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) and her pilot Junior Guelpa took up the challenge to Dijon as they battled into the long lane when Dijon looked a winner until Readly Express caught him nearing the official finish post at Cagnes sur Mer and moved ahead by half-length at the extra 1609 meter finish line. Dijon and Bahia Quesnot, both timed in 1.09kr, gamely held second and third with Uza Josselyn fourth clocked at 1.09.2kr. Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was away fifth and finished fifth timed in 1.09.3kr and trying to follow Readly Express. Unique Juni and Bold Eagle was dq’s, the latter pacing in the lane after fading badly. Click here for a video replay   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Senlis (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 4.4/1 third choice Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima du Guez) scored timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. It was her 12th career victory in 45 starts now for 166,780€ earned. The 3.1/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was next for David Thomain and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 4.3/1 Celestial Light (8f Love You-Celebrate Light) fir trainer/driver Gerhard Biendl and owner Thomas Kestel. 29/1 Bona Fide (8f Kesaco Phedo) and 13/1 Merles Simone completed the top five. The 2€ exact order Quinte+ payoff was 18,546.20 and the Q+ pool was 3,286,255€. Lightly raced three year olds fillies contested the Prix d’Oloron (purse 38,000€, 200 meters, 11 starters) this day with the 1.16kr timed victory earned by 18/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You-L’Aunou du Fier) with Mathieu Mottier up. The 2.1/1 Goldy Mary (3f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a four length back second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 2.1/1 Gloranie des Noes (3f Uniclove) with Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. Yesterday at Krieau (Austria) their featured Prix Jean Pierre Vidal (purse 5,000€, 3100 meters autostart, seven starters) produced a three horse exciting finish timed in 1.1.4kr by the winning 1.6/1 Cashback Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Gulietta Broline) with trainer Gerhard Mayr aboard for Stall Antonshof. The even-money favorite Lord Brodde (8g Mr Pine Chip) took second for trainer/driver Christoph Fischer, and third was 5.1/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover), ahead of 10/1 Sammi Ms (8g Chrome Dei) and 27/1 Vrai Lord (10m Meaulnes du Corta). Also on Sunday was trotting action on the mixed card at Madinina Martinique where the Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to Usly de Visais (11g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet). Clocked in 1.20kr on the turf, he was reined by Alexandre Faive for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize, and increased his career earnings to 154,150€, Ussein Royal (11g Ilium Madrik) was second for driver J.F. Gate and Bonheur Toujour (8g Pablo) took third for driver Manuel Dupelin. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap) went to Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) that battled back along the inside to win for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton clocked in 1.20.1kr. Boycott earned his eighth career victory and now sports life earnings of 49,060€. Avis Contraire (9g Infant du Bossis) was second with owner/trainer Alexandre Faive at the lines. Third was Argan de Vandel (9g Look de Star) that Miguel Dupelin piloted. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream), off at 1.2/1, was a decisive front end winner of today’s Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) timed in 1.10.3kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. On the lead early, pilot Goop set a quick pace, eased the middle speed and jetted away in the lane for victory, the fourth for Readly Express in eight starts in France, now with life earnings of 2,125,324€. Timo Nurmos trains Readly Express for owner Bro Byggnads AB. Fractions were 1.06kr at the 1500 meters remaining point; 1.10.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 to go.  The 37/1 longshot Uza Joselyn (8f Love You-Teza Joselyn) sat the pocket and remained there to the line, three lengths back, for Gabriele Gelormini, Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues. The 2.3/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over in the late stages, but under the urging of Franck Nivard he could not threaten the winner and ended third, a long neck behind Uza Josselyn. The 79/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede) was fourth for Romain Derieux and 153/1 Billie de Montfort was fifth for Eric Raffin. The 240/1 Hard Times was a distant sixth. There were many miscue dq’s and all the Bazire trainees were affected – Belina Josselyn, Traders, Valko Jenilat, Davidson du Pont and Looking Superb. The Gr. III Prix Chambord (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) began today’s groupe action. This winner was the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) handled by the trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Stall Oberkracher. The 1.11.9kr timed winner now shows six wins in 12 outings in France for 257,168€ in life earnings. The 11/1 Divine Mesloise (6f The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard driving for Pierre Belloche and Ecurie Bois Doufray. Generaal Bianco (6f Ufo Kievitshof was third at 7.8/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Braquo (8g Ludo de Castelle-Reuve de Presse) took today’s Quinte+ Prix des Vosges (“Chia”) at Vincennes, where 18 starters contested the 2850 meter event for a purse of 48,000€. Antoine Dabouis teamed the nine time winner in 58 career starts that was timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer Michel Dabouis and owner Tanguy Bernier. The 16/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) was second for breeder/trainer/driver Jean Paul Gauvin. 9/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 4./1 Bleu Ciel and 3.9/1 Cyriel d’Atom. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 84,679€ and the Quinte pool reached 6,118,124€ today. Monte performers battled in the Prix de Centaures (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, nine starters) and the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 3.9/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard. J.Ph. Mary trains and owns this now six time winner in 19 starts for 310,800€ in career earnings. The 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) was second handled by P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 7.4/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took third with Eric Raffin in the irons. In the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters five year olds) was raced in pouring rain and it resulted in a dramatic late winning surge by 21/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) timed in 1.13.9kr and teamed by her trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Comte Paul de Senneville owns this mare. He previously owned Amiral Mauzon that won an Elitloppet. Eclipse Danica was away quickly and obtained the pocket. She was subsequently shuffled far back and emerged between horses off the final find, then sweeping to the far outside for the winning move. The final 500 was quick (1.07.2kr) for the winner (1.12.4kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.13.7kr at the 1000 and 1.15kr with 500 remaining). Eclipse Danica won for the eighth time in 21 career starts for 275,960€ earned. The 5.3/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson. Third was 22/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) with David Thomain up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 23, 2018 - Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), off at 13/1 odds, rallied late to win the Gr. I Criterium Continental (purse 240,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters all harness racing four-year olds, the Quinte+ race of the day) at Paris-Vincennes, and with the victory came an auto-invite to the Prix d’Amerique. David Thomain teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that was off at 13/1 odds and is owned by Philippe Dewulf. Eridan now has eight career wins in 25 starts for 562,950€ earned. Race time was a quick 1.10.3kr (mile rate 1:53.11 over the 1.305 miles distance) off fast fractions (1.05.1kr with 1500 to go; 1.09.2kr at the 1000 meters remaining mark and 1.10.3kr at the 500). The 3.4/1 Italy invader Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) was second for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and 4.3/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was third for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 89/1 Estola was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and 101/1 Eros du Chene was fifth with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. 2/1 favorite Erming d’Oliverie was a dq, as was Vamp Kronos. In the last 14 years there have been three Criterium Continental winners that moved on to win the Prix d’Amerique, two of them, Bold Eagle and Offshore Dream, won the big race twice, Next up for the classics is December 30 when the Grand Prix de Bourgogne will be raced and January 20th is the Prix de Cornulier for the monte stars. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 21, 2018 - Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) remained unbeaten in five starts winning today’s Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters all two-year old colts) at Vincennes clocked in 1.14.9kr and with harness racing driver Eric Raffin up. This 7/10 favorite is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire and was bred by J-P Guay. He now has earnings of 161,100€. 5.8/1 General du Parc (2m Lajacque l’Houlbec-Amazone du Parc) was a gaining second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Pratt. The race winner’s stablemates followed, with third to 4.9/1 Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner J-F Mary; and fourth to 8.8/1 Get Happy (2m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) that J.Ph. Monclin reined for Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. J-F Mary bred this one as well. Thomas H. Hicks

December 16, 2018 - The sensational Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) easily won today’s harness racing Gr. I Criterium des 3Ans at Paris-Vincennes (purse 240,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters). Bjorn Goop was the pilot of this Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl and was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Race time was 1.14.4kr off relaxed fractions (a quick last 500 after the 500 to go time of 1.15.2kr). Face Time Bourbon now has nine wins in 10 career starts, the last six in a row, now good for 317,150€ earned. The lightly rigged, unchecked colt, off today as the 2/5 favorite, appears to be on route to a superb career with his superb gait and manners. 32/1 Favorite Fligny (3f Rockefeller Center-Africa Fligny) was second driven by Sylvain Deudonne for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie le Pinsonniere. Third was 51/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash) with Franck Nivard up, and ahead of 75/1 Fakir du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash) and 66/1 Fighter Smart (3m Uniclove). The well-regarded Fly With Us and Faithful were dq’s. The undercard’s top race was the Gr. III Prix Jean Dumouch (purse 115,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 European starters) with victory to the rallying 29/1 Balbir (7g Ganymede-Manzir) that was reined by trainer Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Race time was 1.14kr. The winning Balbir took his second straight victory and the 27th in his career, good now for 605,290 earned. The 48/1 Bolide Jenilou (7g Kesaco Phedo) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. The 2/1 favorite Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko) was third for Franck Nivard and fourth was 13/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler) with Eric Raffin up and this one faced a 25 meter handicap. Thomas H. Hicks

November 30, 2018 - Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) won tonight’s Gr. III Prix Ourasi, purse 80,000€, 2200 meters for harness racing two year olds at Paris-Vincennes. This 5/10 favorite was reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, and he remains undefeated in four starts now for 107,100€ earned. J.P. Guay bred this fine colt. Race time was 1.16.9kr off slow fractions (1.18.9kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.18.3kr at the 500 to go mark). 9/1 odds Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was a rallying just-beaten second for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Allaire and breeder/owner J.F. Mary. 8.6/1 General du Parc (2m Lajacque d’Houlbec-Smazone du Parc) was a good third with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Frederic Prat. Guerrier Royal (2m Very Nice - Marceaux) at 31/1 was fourth and 46/1 Orkar Von Harth (2m Rise and Shine) was fifth, this one driven by legendary Heinz Wewering for trainer Holger Neumann. The Q+ was also at Paris-Vincennes this evening in the Prix Pomona (purse 38,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters). The victory was earned by the 2/5 favorite Drexel (5g Phlegyas-Liessel) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner/trainer Jerome Dubreil. The winner was bred by Comte de Belaigue and he now has five career wins for 92,845€n earned. 36/1 Djohn (5g Jag de Bellouet) was second for Franck Ouvrie and third was 8.9/1 Don Salluste (5g Un Amour d’Haufor) for Francois Lagadeuc. 17/1 Darwin Star (5g Look de Star) and 3.9/1 Diamond Charm (5g Prodigious) completed the top five and led to an exact order Q+ payoff of 51,268.60€ for a winning 2€ ticket. Thomas H. Hicks

The opener on the excellent Paris-Vincennes Saturday card was the Prix de Quimper (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters) and it was a superb strategic race that the 1.1/1 odds favorite Coach Franbleu (6g Prince d’Espace-Olydra) eventually secured as he and driver Yoann Lebourgeois found room to emerge at top of stretch. They prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr to score for owner/trainer Franck Nivard for the tenth career victory for Coach Franbleu, now for 366,520€ earned. 55/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) with Pierre Vercruysse up followed the winner and rallied for second money for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The 6.6/1 Cocktail Juliano (6g Pagalor) was third for Matthieu Abrivard held third ahead of 4.3/1 Platon Face handled by Adrian Kolgjini and fifth finishing 8/1 Copernic de Play for driver Franck Blandin. The Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (purse 130,000€, 2700 meters, nine three year old female starters) saw 1.1/1 favorite Fly With Us (3f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) narrowly prevail for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. The property of Ecurie Normandy Spirit recorded her ninth career victory in 16 starts now for 344,700€ earned. Race time was 1.15.5kr off a pedestrian pace. 3.2/1 Fashion Que en (3f Ready Cash-Usenza) was a short nose beaten second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Allaire and owner J.M. Tessier. Third was 16/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andra d’Ecajuel) Fend la Bise and driver Franck Anne was fourth ahead of Fable du Plessis with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard. Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse 82,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) that was taken by 2.4/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx deBellouet-Negede Chenu) with Eriuc Raffin driving for owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. This one recorded his 17th career win in 124 starts for 403,380€ earned. The 11/1 Aldu d’Argentra (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second in this 1.13.3kr timed contest for Adrien Lamy and third went to 6.1/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with matthieu Abrivard up. 105/1 Best du Hauty and 9/1 Auch completed the top five. The exact order 2€ quinte+ ticket paid 31,571.60€. The Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 5/2 odds Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.15.2kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. He scored for the fifth time in 16 career starts now for 207,390€ earned. The 1/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for trainer Allaire, driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. Ecurie des Charmes bred this one. 17/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) took third for driver Anthony Barrier and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The 3/2 favorite Fabulous Wood was a dq. The Prix de Chenonceaux (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) clolsed out the top class events on the Saturday card. 7.3/1 Mondyouvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavic-Mind Your Manners) scored impressively on the front end for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Christer Englund. The winner increased his career earnings to 392,733€ with this 1.12.6kr timed victory. 20/1 Urtsa Caf (5f Explot Caf-Crisman) was second for drover Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 20/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) for trainer/driver Frabck Nivard. 5.8/1 Direct Way was placed fourth and Elite du Ruel was placed fifth following the inquity dq of the 2/5 favorite and fourth to the line Dorgos de Guez. On Friday evening the Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Arietis (Quinte+ event, purse 55,000€, 2850 meters) and 8/1 Destin Carisaie (5g Uniclove-Quiss Me Carisaie) scored timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Eric Raffin and owner/trainer/breeder Jacques Etienne Thuet. The winner recorded his ninth career victory now for 175,900€ earned. 11/1 Dimo d’Occagnes (5g Timoko) was second for Franck Ouvrie and third was 78/1 Defi Calendes (5g Sam Bourbon) with J.Ph. Monclin up. The 3.2/1 Duel du Gers and 9/1 Dreana Guy) completed the top five and the Q+ exact order ticket paid 110,246.80€ for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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