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December 18, 2016 - The Q+ Prix Jean Dumouch (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7.3/1 Viking Va Bene (m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Thierry Duvaldestin trained Norwegian owned trotter. 4.7/1 Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) was second with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire up for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. Third was the 2.2/1 favorite Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) from Germany, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souoy. The Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. II three year-old fillies, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) went to well-bred and 1.4/1 favorite Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) timed in 1.14.3kr. The impressive filly rallied late for the two length victory driven by breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Royal Dream was a Prix d’Amerique winner when he powered past Ready Cash in mid-stretch. 9.8/1 Dorla Desbois (3f In Love With You-Naniez) held second for owner/trainer/driver Christopher Feyte. Third was 22.7/1 Douceur de Vie (3f Rocklyn-Resless) for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean-Philippe Dubois also bred this one. Brooklyn Bridge (5g Quatre Julliet-Mysterious Valley) took the Prix de Poissy (monte, purse €50,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) at 6.9/1 for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc , owner Manuel Garcia and the breeder was Ecurie D. Race time was 1.13.8kr. 17/1 Besama Mucho (5g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Mille Et Une Nuits) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Alain Roussel. 7/10 favorite Bunkes de Retz (5g First de Retz-Nymphe Turgot) was third handled by Joann Lebourgeois for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Ake Kristoffersson. On December 17 at Treviso was the 37th Palio Nazionale (purse €36,300, 2060 meters) and the 1.14kr winner was Stonehenge MMG (5m Ganymede-La Elma MMG-Toss Out) with Mass Castaldo up. Patrick As (7m Pine Chip-Gelosis dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach) took second and third was Shaghy (5g Gigant Neo-Maui Bi-Varenne) for Enrico Baldi. Upcoming featured events in FR and ITY follow: Prix Pierre Giffard, 12/20 monte purse €85,000, 2850 meters autostart, at Paris Vincennes Prix Sans Dire Oui, 12/23 Gr. III monte European, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, Paris Vincennes Prix Emmanuel Margouty, 12/23 Gr. II two year-old colts, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Une de Mai, 12/24 Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, Paris-Vincennes Prix Jules Lemonnier, 12/24 Gr. II monte International, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Constant Hervieu, 12/24 Gr. III European, purse €105,000, 2875 meters Prix de Strasbourg, 12/24 purse €88,000, 2700 meters Criterium Continental, 12/25 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. I purse €240,000, 2100 meters autostart Prix de Vincennes, 12/25 Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters Prix Emile Riotteau, 12/25 Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Prix Tenor de Baune, 12/25 Gr. II International, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Gran Premio Allevatori, 12/26 Gr. I purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart, Rome Italy Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, Gr. II purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart Gala International del Trotto, Gr. I UET Masters Series, purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

The Friday opener at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Atropos raced over 2850 meters by 16 European contestants. The 1.4/1 favorite King Sir Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) scored, timed in 1.13.3kr for harness racing driver J-M Bazire. Fabrice Souloy is the winners’ trainer and Ecurie IC Equine AM is the owner. 10.9/1 Super Fez (5m Love You-Lucia FI) was second, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and trainer H.E. Bondo. Third went to 12.6/1 Balando (5m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Alphonsee Vanberghen, the breeder/owner/trainer. The featured Quinte+ Prix Charlie Mills (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to impressive 1.12.9kr timed and 40.3/1 odds Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) with trainer Conrad Lugauer teaming. Team Art On Line AB of Sweden owns this winner. 1.8/1 favorite Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) held for second for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Mme. Bruni of Italy. 53.2/1 Prince di Poggio (7m Varenne-Moon Shadow) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Fourth was another Souloy trainee, the 2.9/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with J-M Bazire up for owner Ecurie Pirat. 10.9/1 Vanese de Mirel (7g Laetenter Dien-Melia Monochrome) was fifth with Tony LeBeller driving. Race namesake Charlie Mills was the legendary German horseman born of an Irish horse trainer father, Anthony Mills. Mills won his first race in 1903 and influenced European trotting after WWII through the FR-bred Gelinotte that won the 1956 and 1957 Prix d’Amerique classiques, the Lotteria and the 1957 Copenhagen Cup. Earlier he won the 1934 Prix d’Amerique with US-bred Walter Dear with which he captured the 1931 and 1932 Copenhagen Cup. Mills won 4,354 races as driver/trainer/breeder. The Prix Rouanier (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 30.9/1 odds Caprice du Bission (4g Meaulnes du Corta-Pamela du Bisson) with owner/trainer Franck Anne driving. 25.5/1 Christo (4g Rieussec-Panacee) was next with trainer Michel Lenoir up for Ecurie des Amis. Third was 20.9/1 Crazy Dream (4g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) with trainer Yves Boireau up for breeder/owner Ecurie D (Jean Pierre Dubois). The monte Prix Homoria (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 European starters) went to the 1.13.5kr timed and 18.8/1 odds Vamp Gede (7f Capriccio-Feerie Gede). Damien Bonne was in the irons. 17.3/1 Queasy (7g Donato Hanover-Marinated Herring) landed second for Guillaume Martin, trainer Ronny Kuiper and Travkompaniet Stall SB of Sweden. 1.9/1 favorite Volcan du Moulin (7g Jomo du Rib-Lune des Geneta) ralled for third. Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s classique Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) with Joann Lebourgeois teaming. The “Jazzman” is owned by breeder Elisabeth Allaire and trained by Philippe Allaire. The fine colt now has nine wins in 13 career starts for €521,900 earned. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr over the classic “grande piste” distance at Vincennes. 18/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was a solid second for driver Gabriele Gelormini. This filly is also an Allaire owned and trained pupil and was bred by Jean-Pierre Guay. 3.1/ Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a rallying third with J-Ph Monclin aboard. Who else but Allaire is the trainer, this time with Olivier Henri Thomas the owner. 11.3/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du RFib) took the fourth spot for trainer Joel Hallais, owner Ecurie Rib and teamster J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.12.4kr timed Roxanne Bar (6f Exploit Caf-Gwendalina Bar). Roberto Andreghetti drove the 38.1/1 longshot winner for trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca SRL of Italy. 7/10 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) held second for Conrad Lugauer, trainer for Ecurie Th.&J. Weber-Berchtold of Germany. Third was 101/1 longshot As Dore (6m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’Or) reined by Sebastian Ernault for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. 56/1 Rue du Bac (6m Infinitif-Ici) was fourth driven by Bjorn Goop and 6.2/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) was fifth for J-M Bazire. This pair is both trained by Fabrice Souloy, The Prix de Bulgarie (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) was a walk in the park this day for 5/2 odds favorite Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City). Trainer Sebastian Ernault reined the winner timed in 1.14.2kr for owmer N.V.Hicewa. 21/1 Caviar du Vivier (4m Kiwi-Kea du Vivier) took second for teamster Franck Ouvrie, ahead of 2.9/1 Call Back (4m Neutron du cebe-Pearl Back) handled by trainer J-M Bazire. The winner’s dam, Salt Lake City (10f Insert Gede-La Star-Defi d’Aunou) also produced the good three year-old colt Dollar Macker and Belgian Beauty. Second dam Bahama (by Quito de Talonay) is a superb producer, having produced four solid winners, Quelle Aventure (US$366,962), Nouvelle Aventure (US$292,561), Rapide Aventure (US$244,435) and Mercenaire (US$149,458). Today’s Q+ at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Bertrand Deloisun (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) and the 1.13.2kr clocked winner was 3,3.1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) for Bjorn Goop. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Norway’s P. Hauger. 2/1 favorite Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo) raced well to land second for J-M Bazire, also the trainer. 29/1 Artiste des Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) rallied to gain third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) went to 8.5/1 odds, 1.13.2kr timed, Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) from Italy with Christophe Martens aboard. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Ecurie Bivans SRL. 6.3/1 Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL (Italty), 17/1 Coeur Baroque (4g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was third for Damien Bonne, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Even-money favorite Traders finished unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.5 million) Prix Michel Thoury (purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to even-money favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) timed in 1.11.7kr and handled by Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner for PV Racing Stable HB. 4.9/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) was a close second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. 35.7/1 Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) was a distant third for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocapo AB. 21.9/1 Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) ended fourth for Eric Raffin with fifth to 50.2/1 Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) and Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Jules Leppentier (Gr. III, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) was secured by the 1.12.5kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Clarck Sotho (3g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) reined by Mathieu Mottier. 9.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (3m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger with third to 31/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) driven by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Saturday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Oscar Collard (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) was won by the 1.11kr timed, 3/1 odds Viking Va Bene (5m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Souloy trained 1.9/1 odds favorite Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was second driven by Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie Nevi. Third went to 11.5/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by owner Pierre Levesque and trained by Thomas Levesque. Saturday at Kincsem Park their featured Feiser Emlekverseny (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) went to the fast Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) driven by  part-owner Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs, along with Pimri Bt, and trained by Imre Fazekas. Timed in 1.18.7kr the 1.6/1 favorite defeated 4.3/1 Alliance de l’Iton handled by Dejan Katanic with 4.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant finishing third for Emese Vezer.  Thomas H. Hicks

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