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Excellent(5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) was an impressive three length winner of today’s Gr.II Prix Tenor de Baune at Paris-Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.11.6kr. Alexandre Abrivard reined the Laurent Claude Abrivard trainee that he also bred and owns. Eninio won for the ninth time in 40 career starts now for 480,340€ earned. He was off at 4/1 odds and defeated 7/2 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) that Matthieu Abrivard piloted for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 20/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) was third for Christophe Martens with fourth to 14/1 Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) and trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. The 5.9/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel) was fifth for Eric Raffin. The winner gains an automatic invite to the Prix d’Amerique in its 100th year after founding. This contest was the Quinte+ race of the day with the exact order winning tickets returning 9,558.60€ to 157 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,752,681€ and over 11,205,000 was wagered on the race. Today’s groupe action at Paris-Vincennes commenced with the Gr. III monte Prix Leon Tacquet (purse 80,000, 2175 meters, four year olds) and with the favorite Fleche Bourbon a dq, the impressive winner was 5.9/1 Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) timed in 1.11.8kr and ridden by jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin. Julien LeMer trains this now 11-time winner in 21 career appeareances for Claude Guedj. Fado now sports career earnings of 690,750€. He was clocked in an astounding 1.04.1kr at his fastest point in the race. The sire Singalo was an accomplished monte trotteur for Louis Baudron. The 19/1 Fuego de Houelle (4g Riessec) was a rallying second with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Andre Carree. Third was 11/1 Flamboyant Blue (4g Timoko) and fourth was 25/1 Flore de Janeiro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Etoile de Bruyere Wins Gr. II Prix Joseph LaFosse at Vincennes Today’s afternoon card at Paris-Vincennes featured the monte Gr. II Prix Joseph LaFosse (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) and the impressive 1.14.2kr timed victory went to the 1.1/1 favorite Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) with Adrien Lamu in the irons. Charles Dreux owns and trains the now six-time career winner that increased her life earnings to 449,670€. 3.1/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was second with Mathieu Mottier the jockey for owner/trainer J.P. Mary. Third went to 4.7/1 Evening Star (5f Magnifient Rodney) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Gregory Thorel. The Q+ Prix Duynel de Saint-Quentin (purse 100,000€, Gr. II, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the 4/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine O’dyssee) at 4/1 odds. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this winner, for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard, to his eighth career victory now for 435,340€ earned. Race time was 1.13.1kr. The 8.8/1 Short In Cash (5m Ready Cash-Shorthanded Sally) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and third was 12/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divaan) for Christophe Martens, 2.4/1 Eugenito du Noyer and 17/1 Éclair du Mirel completed the exact order to five that paid 6,834.80€ to 74 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,807,623€ and total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 8,444,000€. The Gr. III Prix Ourasi (purse 60,000€, 2200 meters, 11 starters two-year old colts) saw the 8/10 favorite Helgafell (2m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) score with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Race time was 1.15.8kr for this now winner four times in five career appearances for 91,900€ earned. The 18/1 Holzarte Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Chikka Vedaquais) was second for trainer/owner Allaire and pilot Francois Lagdeuc. Third was another Allaire owned and trained colt, this one 2.3/1 Heart Of Gold (2b Bird Parker-Corsica) with David Thomain at the lines. 2.9/1 Climber (2m Cantab Hall-KJlipsinger) took fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Dion Tesselaar and Stall Habo, Fifth was 60/1 Bengurian Jet (2m Maharajah-Love Me Tender) for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Bruni Racing. Powerful pedigrees at the top of this field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 1, 2016 - 1.2/1 favorite Daida de Vandel (3f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) held off two others to secure victory in the harness racing Gr. III monte Prix Urgent (purse €90,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ch. Germain. 23/1 Dino de Jilme (3g Orsy Dream-Une du Maine) was a close second for P.Y. Verva and 9/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) landed third for jockey Adrien s’Avril and owner/trainer Sebastian Houyrey. The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr off even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Paul Buquet (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) for upper class trotters went to 7.7/1` Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Java du Banney) and jockey Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.9/1 Nene’Degli Dei (9g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) from Italy was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 12/1 Texas de l’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliadra de l’Iton) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque, ahead of 4/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. 1.9/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) was fifth for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Benjamin Goetz. Time for the winner was 1.14.5kr. Veloce du BanneyThe Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) went to 51/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) that rallied between rivals to win for breeder/driver Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 5.4/1 Diamond Crown (3f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Lady O’Reilly and breeder Ecurie D. 6.1/1 Doria Desbois (3f In Love With You-Ivaniez) was third Action returns to Vincennes tomorrow with the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Everest Vedaquais is the likely favorite. On Saturday three groupe events highlight the program along with the eighth edition of the Prix des Rencontres Internationale. Sunday’s program include five groupe contests headed by the €150,000 purse Grand National du Trot Finale. Swedishman, Val Royale and Ultimate du Rib are in the Gr. II field that will battle over 2850 meters. Thomas H. Hicks    

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