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The French Winter Meeting at Vincennes is over but elite group racing continues in the world's richest trotting coutry as the UET Masters Series heads south to Cagnes sur Mer, France for the group one Grand Criterium De Vitesse over a mile (1609) for 200,000 euros Italian-bred horses drew the all important three inside positions on the barrier draw as the final field of 14 was released Friday for Sunday's big race. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest, now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin has the pole position inside another French trained Italian, Marielles, a former heat winner in Italy's biggest race the Lotteria over this distance who is trained by Fabrice Soulouy. The number three pole will be taken Nesta Effe, which was the only one of the trio to race in the Prix d'Amerique this year although she finished 10th. But Holger Ehlert's son of Naglo is a proven sprinter and was in super form this time last year, winning two group ones in Finland in April, the Prix d'Etain Royal Seinäjoki-Race and the Finlandia-Ajo over a mile, and he is also a runner-up in the final of the Lotteria, Italy's greatest race, also over a mile. The other two Italians carry good form from the Winter Meeting with Pascia' Lest second in the Group two Prix Jean Le Gonidec in February over 2175m while Marielles was third in prestigious Prix Du Bourbonnais (Gr2) in December. All three are driven by Italian reinsman Andrea Guzzinati (Pascia' Lest), Roberto Andreghetti (Marielles) and Roberto Vecchione (Nesta Effe). While the three Italians have the inside draws, they also have have to face some of their French vanquishers in their respective races here with Prix Jean Le Gonidec winner Vanika du Ruel drawing the seven hole while Prix du Bourbonnais winner Triode de Felliere, possibly the most improved horse in France over the Winter Meeting, drawing pole four. Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel was the best horse of her generation at two and three and has a best time over the sprint distance at Vincennes of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) when winning the group one Prix de l'Etoile. And Jean Paul Marmion's Triode de Felliere warmed up for this race with a close third in the Prix de Plateau de Gravelle, a Vincennes sprint over 2100m in which he recorded a slick 1.11.3 (1.54.4). But the biggest French danger comes from the horse drawn fifth, Univers de Pan who was beaten by the narrowest of margins in the sprint round of the French Triple Crown,the Grand Prix de France. Philippe Daugeard's son of Kenya du Pont was fifth last start off a 25m handicap in the Prix de Selection, but recorded a slick 1.11.1 (1.54.1MR) for the journey and from the five hole will prove very tough to beat. Sweden's best chance Amaru Boko is the only Scandinavian-based entrant in the rich sprint, but the recent addition to Robert Bergh's stable is in outstanding form with four wins on the trot since coming to the Bergsaker barn. The son of Coktail Jet has a fastest time of 1.10.3 (1.53.1MR) but has to start off the second line. GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE Cagnes sur Mer, France 09/03/14 UET Masters Series Group 1 Int 1609m 4-10 200 000e 1 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 1609 2 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 3 Nesta Effe (7h Naglo - Etna Sec) Dr: Roberto Vecchione Tr: Holger Ehlert 1609 4 Triode de Felliere (7m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 1609 5 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 1609 6 Quoumba de Guez (10m Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 1609 7 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 1609 8 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 9 Olona Ok (6m Varenne - Erreuno Ok) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Domenico Zanca 1609 10 Aisle Stand (7m Scarlet Knight - Twisterella) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Ronny Kuiper 1609 11 Twist des Caillons (7h Jam Pridem - Heyra des Caillons) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Hubert Hardy 1609 12 Amour d'Occagnes (7h Diamant Gede - Naomi November) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 1609 13 Amaru Boko (7h Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 1609 14 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 1609 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com    

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur, this Sunday at Cagnes sur mer in France, has seen the field reduced to 15 from 21 engaged. The final group will contest for 200,000e in the Gr. I International UET Masters Series event over the 1609 meters autostart course. Sprinters in the field include the young mare Vanika du Ruel for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Italy's Nesta Effe, trained by Holger Ehlert. The race has a rich history of victorious females. Since 1969 the race has seen ten female winners led by five-time victor Une de Mai and single winners Roquepine, Peace Corp, Moni Maker in 2000, Vasterbo Daylight and Santa Rosa France in 2012. The fastest win was posted in 2002 by Italy's Varenne (1.09.6kr), followed by Kasaco Phedo's 1.09.9kr in 2004. The great Ourasi won the event four times, and other North American bred winners include Gum Ball, Crowning Classic, Sea Cove, Express Ride and Spice Island. The entrants are listed below. Note, m=male, f=female. No geldings are eligible ; for 4-10 year-olds that earned over 160,000e  15 Starters Horse, Sex/Age, Driver/Trainer, Earnings in euros Olona Ok (Italy), 6f, tba/D. Zanca, 386,445 Aisle Stand (Sweden), 7f, tba/Ronny Kuiper, 375,748 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie/J-F Mary, 379,966 Amaru Boko (Sweden), 7m, Robert Bergh/also trainer, 413,492 Amour d'Occagnes (Holland), 7m, Christophe Martens/Vincent Martens, 544,730 Twist des Caillons, 7m, Eric Raffin/H. Hardy, 567,780 Napolean Bar (Italy), 7m, tba/C.E. Hollmann, 585,187 Triode de Felliere, 7f, Anthony Barrier/J-P Marmion, 710,590 Marielles (Italy), 8f, Roberto Angreghetti/Fabrice Souloy, 730,414 Pascia'Lest (Italy), tba/Thierry Duvaldestin, 760,682 Univers de Pan, 6m, tba/Philippe Daugeard, 947,530 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne/also trainer, 987,360 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard/Fabrice Souloy, 994,343 Nesta Effe (Italy), 7m, Roberto Vecchione/Holger Ehlert, 1,058,928 Quoumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire/also trainer, 1,145,569 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Sanity and On Track Piraten's one-two of last weekend's Prix de l'Union Europeenne brought to a close Sweden's most successful ever raid on the French winter racing season which included triumphs in two of the three French triple crown races. Headed by Maharajah's win in the Prix d'Amérique and Noras Bean's Prix de France victory Swedish trotters won 19,052,124SEK (2,150,888 euros). This compared with last winter season of 10,113,095 SEK (1,141,728 euros the 2011-2012 where the Swedes took home 11,145,315SEK (1,258,262 euros) of French prize money. "The Swedish steel bites good," said Ulf Stenströmer in true Viking fashion after the victory in the Prix de France with his Noras Bean. And his forebears would have been proud of the riches brought home to Scandinavia following the succession of successful raids. In Total did the Swedish horses made 320 starts in France in the period. The Swedish trotting association website listed the 40 biggest prizes won by the Swedes during the winter meeting of 2013-2014. All statistics from this winter has been restated as of September 1, 2013 to effective 2 March 2014. Course & Date Horse Place Time PRIZE MONEY (SEK) Odds Trainer V 26/1-14 Maharajah 1 1.13,3 4061970 97 Stefan Hultman V 9/2-14 Noras Bean 1 1.12,1 1624788 220 Ulf Stenströmme V 1/3-14 Sanity 1 1.14,5 649915 23 Malin Löfgren V 18/1-14 Sanity 1 1.13,2 487436 56 Malin Löfgren V 28/11-13 New Line 1 1.14,4 434328 23 Anders Svanstedt V 26/1-14 Oasis Bi 1 1.12,6 406197 95 Stefan P Pettersson FR 18/9-13 Sanity 1 1.14,1 394844 170 Malin Löfgren FR 2/10-13 Sanity 1 1.12,3 394844 47 Malin Löfgren V 14/11-13 Rocky Winner 1 1.12,1 375101 26 Jörgen Westholm V 13/1-14 Armando Kievitshof 1 1.14.7 365577 260 Lutfi Kolgjini V 1/3-14 On Track Piraten 2 1.14,6 361064 51 Hans R Strömberg V 29/9-13 Juggle Face 1 1.14,0 315875 44 Lutfi Kolgjini V 16/11-13 New Line 1 1.12,0 284 287 40 Anders Svanstedt V 20/2-14 On Track Piraten 2 1.11,3 248232 63 Hans R Strömberg FR 13/10-13 Sanity 3 1.13,6 245680 26 Malin Löfgren V 30/10-13 Sanity 2 1.13,7 241293 26 Malin Löfgren V 5/1-14 Caballion 2 1.12,0 236948 200 Fredrik B Larsson V 25/1-14 Olympic Kronos 1 1.14,5 235594 41 Lutfi Kolgjini V 17/2-14 Olympic Kronos 1 1.14,3 223408 64 Lutfi Kolgjini V 7/9-13 Bagley 5 1.12,2 219358 1 200 Conrad Lugauer V 23/11-13 Red Red Red 2 1.15,1 219358 770 Sofia Aronsson V 10/2-14 Jacky Glide 1 1.12,4 219346 140 Stig H Johansson V 11/11-13 Caballion 2 1.13,6 208390 210 Fredrik B Larsson V 12/12-13 Sem Jafet 1 1.15,5 205319 43 Peter Untersteiner V 31/12-13 Simoun 1 1.15,8 197422 109 Robert Bergh V 16/2-14 Simoun 1 1.15,3 194975 51 Robert Bergh V 22/12-13 Dreams Take Time 4 1.12,5 168467 260 Lars I Nilsson V 23/1-14 Amiral Forest 1 1.16,5 146231 43 Robert Bergh V 8/2-14 Apollon de Kacy 1 1.15,8 146231 88 Jörgen Westholm V 16/1-14 Amiral Forest 1 1.16,6 142169 190 Robert Bergh V 20/1-14 Viking Blue FR 1 1.15,8 142169 110 Robert Bergh V 18/10-13 Ed You 2 1.13,9 136002 57 Robert Bergh A 23/10-13 Apollon de Kacy 1 1.16,8 134247 32 Jörgen Westholm V 11/2-14 Joker Stursk 2 1.12,3 121859 85 Torbjörn Larsson V 29/9-13 Winning Love 2 1.12,7 114066 66 Ã…ke Lindblom V 2/1-14 Elles W.Phedo 3 1.12,1 113735 380 Thomas Claesson V 22/12-13 Porthos Amok 5 1.12,5 105292 200 Stefan Melander V 11/2-14 Ninepoints Charlie 2 1.16,5 103806 81 Jörgen Westholm FR 23/2-14 Orderly 1 1.16,7 101549 64 Sofia Aronsson FR 20/10-13 Omaha 1 1.15,8 98711 120 Sofia Aronsson by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com      

Such trotting luminaries as Scarlet Knight and Commander Crowe have won the Gavle Stora Pris in past years, and even the likes of Prix d’Amerique winner Maharajah has  graced this field with his presence as recently as last year. But the cream of the Swedish elite have been plundering France over the past couple of months with the Lutfi Kolgjini-trained colt Olympic Kronos the latest to stick his hoof in the French cookie jar,  while On Track Piraten was second in the Prix de Plauteau de Gravelle on Thursday. Maharajah and Noras Bean won the two group one classics the Grand Prix d’Amerique and  Prix de France respectively while the likes of the Swedish trained Sanity, Global Manhattan and the ex-pat Beckman all winning big races in France this Winter Meeting. Back home Amaru Boko has looked to be finally fulfilling the potential he showed when winning the Group one E3 final over the likes of Duexieme Picsous, Kadett C.D. and Raja Mirchi in 2010. Then trained by Timo Nurmos, the stallion son of superstar French sire Coktail Jet   was third to Orecchietti and Wishing Stone in the Group one Sprintermasteren Final in 2011 and he has won at Gold Division level in the V75, including a win over Beanie M.M. in the Ego Boys Minne in August 2012. He followed that up with his biggest cheque as an open class horse a few weeks later when second to Sebastian K in the group one Sundsvall Open, a UET Masters Series race but his career stalled the next season with just one small win in 2013. But he returned after a four month break in 2014 in Robert Bergh’s stable and has looked a different horse, racking up three impressive wins in a row. Bergh seems to have found the key to the stallion and although he is attempting the three kilometre trip for the first time, should have the breeding to add the storied distance race to his CV. Montgomery Gel has won four of his last six races but has not won over this distance before, with a second and a third his best efforts  in seven attempts at the 3km staying race. Timo Nurmos usually has Jorma Kontio on board the son of jag de Bellouet but  has engaged top Swedish drive Bjorn Goop. The Swedish champ has driven the gelding nine times previously but the last time was in May last year and he has only won once, on his second drive on the horse in September 2009. Francais du Gull, another son of Jag de Bellouet, was third in this race last year and has the credentials to really test this field while Svante Bath’s Labero Broline (Pine Chip)and Ake Lindblom’s Winning Love (Love You) are also getting support in early markets.. GÄVLE STORA PRIS Gävle 2014-02-22   3140m 33,642 euros 1  Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren   Tr: Erik Lindegren              2 Trustworthy Ås (g   Dream Vacation - Keep the Word) Dr:   Henrik Svensson  Tr:  Henrik Svensson    3 My Golden (m   Adams Hall - Lady Wall Star) Dr:   Kajsa Frick   Tr: Leif Witasp            4 Tidied Accelerator (g   Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander             5  Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural) Dr:   Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth             6  Yanantin Boko ( v   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr:   Olle Alsén   Tr: Olle Alsén    7  Winnng Love (h   Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:   Åke Lindblom   Tr: Åke Lindblom               8   Amaru Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr:   Robert Bergh   Tr: Robert Bergh              9    Kaka (h   November - Elegance Real) Dr:   Torbjörn Jansson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson            10  Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr:   Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson          11 Clear Sign (g   Smok'n Lantern - Atas Nice Sun L) Dr:.   Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Henrik Svensson              12 Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina) Dr:   Björn Goop   Tr: Timo Nurmos     Dave Sanders

Eric Raffin teamed Astor du Quenne to a game victory in today's 120,000e Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old son of Opus Viervil defeated nine quality rivals in 1.15.1kr at 2.7/1 odds. Julien Dubois was a fast closing second with Atlessima at 47/1. This four year-old filly by Rocklyn is owned by Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Well regarded Akim de Cap Vert and the mare Axelle Dark, by Ready Cash, finished four-five. February 8, 2014, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gr. II, 2850 meters, 120,000e, 10 starters 1.15.1kr 1st Astor du Quenne (4m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne), Eric Raffin, 2.7/1 2nd Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois, 47/1 3rd Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet), Mathieu Mottier, 9/1 4th Akim de Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne, 11/1 5th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck, 15/1 The co-featured Prix de Munich, a European eligible event for 95,000e, went to the Sweden registered Global Manhattan and Franck Nivard. The seven year-old son of Love You-Devilish Yankee is trained by Fabrice Souloy and he scored over the 2100 meter autostart sprinter distance in 1.12.3kr. Global Manhattan has performed consistently well throughout 2014 in France. Turbo Jet was fifth in this one after winning on January 25 after being a buyback at 100,000e at the Paris-Vincennes mixed sale. February 8, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Munich, European, 2100 meters autostart, 95,000e‚¬, 15 starters 1.12.3kr 1st Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devisish Yankee), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6/1 2nd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great), David Thomain, 14/1 3rd The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Heparine), J.L.C. Dersoir, 15/1 4th Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont-Govive), J-M Bazire, 28/1 5th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout), Jean-Etienne Dubois, 3.8/1 At Solvalla in the Lindahls Gold Final, veteran Amaru Boko took the victory for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, defeating a pair of solid campaigners Baht Launcher and BWL Champion in 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

We struck four of the seven in the V75 with Reckless, Dreams Take Time, Finish Future, Twitter ticking the box. But our anchors let us down both leading in the straight only to get run down in sight of the finish. It is finals week for the V75, this week and the key again will be the anchors. In France, brilliant mare Roxane Griff spared our blushes at Vincennes, but in fairness to our other two selections, both were boxed in with nowhere to get out in the straight and were full of running. Brillantissime and Billie de Montfort are two to keep safe in the future. This week has two group ones in France, with the biggest stars of the track on show so it will be a great weekend’s racing. Good luck. V75-1 Silver division Final 2140m: This looks like a race in three with last start winners By Air (9) and Montgomery Gel (3) and impressive German-bred Chapeau (12) likely to hold the key to the opening leg. Selection  9-3-12 V75-2 Klass I, Final 2140m: In form Bear Dancer (6) was an expensive failure last time out when he broke close to the line and should be given a second chance. But there are three others with great credentials in this, so I think we should also include last time winners Uroy  (2), Miss Elaza (4) and Vacqueyras (5).    Selection 6-2-4-5 V75-3 Gold division, Final 2140m: Robert Bergh has certainly worked his magic with Amaru Boko (1) and from the ace draw  looks set to dominate, even though Bjorn Goop’s last start winner Baht Launcher (2) has claims. But we have to find a banker somewhere, and Amaru Boko is my solo pick.  Selection 1 V75-4 V75-Klass II, Final 2140m: Super Photogenic (11) has four wins in five starts, and though he is likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Chip Lane (3) Mellby Brunello (10) and Demo (2), our system demands a single pick somewhere.  So Super Photogenic (11) it is.  Selection 11 V75-5 Elite mares Final 2140m: This looks a tough one and the place to go wide with Stirling Allstar (7),  True Advantage  (12), Italy’s Rugiada Dei Rex   (5), Finland’s Beatasine (10) and Penny Of Man (6) the ones to throw in. Selection 7-12-5-10-6 V75-6 Bronze division Final 2140m: Impressive last start winner Rooibos (1), from the ace draw will probably hand up to Queasy (2), and these two look likely to slug this out, with the latter getting the nod for preference. Selection 2 (1) V75-7 V75 Champions League 2140m: Two international runners Italy’s Ponziopilato Stra    (7)and Netherland’s Absolut Newport  (8) are the two top selections here, although Checco Boko (3) and Kaka A.T. (10) also have claims. But  Ponziopilato Stra is our first choice with Absolut Newport an alternate.   Selection 7 (8) Prix Ephrem Houel 2875m: A 25m handicap on Akim du Cap Vert (9) and Axelle Dark (10)  prises this race wide open.  Coming into the mix are Adio Josselyn (2), Africain (3) and last start winner Alesia d'Atout (6) who looks well placed to make it two in a row. Selection 6 Prix de France 2175m: This will be the grand old champ Ready Cash (3)’s last race start and their will be many a sentimental wager being placed on the richest horse in harness. But with Maharajah deciding to return to Sweden, the stone-cold handicapper will  have his money on Up And Quick (7). Timoko  (2) and Yarrah Boko (9) are others with strong claims in this French  “sprint”.  Selection 7 Prix des Centaures (monte) 2200m: This is the first intergenerational race to feature the reduced handicaps of 25m for the aged contestants. This should make it much easier for the brilliant Vision Intense (15) to go back-to-back in this classique event. Others to have strong claims include Ulysse (14) and Anastasia Fella (6) off the front mark, but Jean-Philippe Dubois’ mare is special.  Selection 15 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Solvalla. SOLVALLA SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5  By Air (9) Race 6 Bear Dancer (6) Race 7 Amaru Boko (1) Race 8 Super Photogenic (11) Race 9 True Advantage  (12) Race 10 Queasy (2) Race 11 Ponziopilato Stra     VINCENNES SINGLE WAGERS $2 Sat Race 4 Alesia d'Atout (6) Sun Race 5 Up And Quick (7) Race 6 Vision Intense (15)

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

Ready Cash will make his final career start in next Sunday's Gr. I Prix de France at Paris-Vincennes. With Maharajah returned to Sweden the 20 horse field (as initially engaged) showcases strong competitors Up And Quick (second in Prix d'Amerique), the likely favorite, Yarrah Boko (third in January 26 classic), Timoko, The Best Madrik and Univers de Pan. Roxana de Barbray races on February 2. Roxane Griff was not entered in the Prix de France as she will have raced on three consecutive Sunday's including the February 2 monte classic Prix de L'lle-de-France. Black d’Avril, with Franck Ouvrie teaming for trainer Frederic Prat, took today’s co-featured Prix Paul Viel for three year-old colts. The Oceano Nox colt, a fron t-stepping leader, held gamely to the line although he drifted off the pylons allowing heavily favored Brillantissime, by Ready Cash, and reinsman Jos. Verbeeck to rally. Brillantissime looked like he might emerge victorious but stalled short of the line to finish third behind second place Brutus de Bailly and J-M Bazire. Winner Black d’Avril was off at 6.3/1 odds in this 120,000 euro purse event over 2175 meters, timed in 1.14kr, versus the race record of 1.13.5kr set by Tucson. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Paul Viel, Gr. II males, 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.14kr (race record 1.13.5kr by Tucson in 2010 for Philippe Allaire) Fractions: 1.10.2lr at 1500; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14kr finish 1st Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril-Extreme Aunou), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Frederic Prat, odds 6.3/1, front steppingvictory, drifted and held gamely in stretch 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, odds 6.4/1 3rd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire, odds  0.8/1 favorite, trapped on pylons until late when escaped and looked like a winner until he flattened near the line Earlier in the card the monte Prix de Paimboeuf went to Alto (4m Love You-Olima) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie des Pommiers. H.L. Levesque bred the winner. The pair rallied steadily in the lane and scored in 1.15.7kr over the 2700 meter course to capture the winners’ share of the 58,000 euro purse. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Paimboeuf,  monte males, 58,000€, 2700 meters, 9 starters 1.15.7kr Fractions: 1.15.1kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500; 1.15.7kr finish 1st Alto (4m Love You-Olima) Camille Levesque up at 1.2/1, Mike Lenders trainer, bred by H.L. Levesque and owned by Ecurie des Pommiers, his fifth career win for 83,200 euros earned 2nd Astre Blanc (4m Memphis du Rib-Tara Blanche), P-Y Verva up, also trainer at 15/1 3rd Angelus du Perche  (4g Pine Chip Wood-Very Pretty), Alexis Garandeau up, 31/1 odds Bambina Magic, at 23-1, took today's featured Gr. II Prix Roquepine for 120,000 euros. The three year-old female event attracted 12 entrants for the 2175 meter contest. Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore) won for only the second time, now with earnings of 75,950 euros. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for Dominique Lemetayer at 23.1. Heavily favored Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for Eric Raffin and although she closed steadily there was no catching the winner that scored in 1.14.7kr with a solid last 500 meters. The stallion Jasmin de Flore is showing up regularly. He's a 17 year-old son of Vivier de Montfort by Kronos du Vivier, from the mare Etoile du Pasteret by Mon Tourbillon. Jasmin de Flore is 83% French trotter and 17% standardbred with 4% inbreeding coefficient. He's not a fluke as he won US$1,054,718 during a racing career in which he won the Criterium 4ans, Prix de Milan and Prix de Selection at age four; then at age five he took the Criterium 5ans.Bambina Magic and Franck Nivard February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Roquepine, Gr. II females three years-old, 120,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters  1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.12.5kr at 1500; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.15.1kr at 500; 1.14.7kr finish 1st Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard teaming for Dominique Lemetayer trainer, 23/1 outside, her second lifetime win. 2nd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), Eric Raffin aboard for Sebastien Guarato, 0.9/1 favorite 3rd Bardane du Houlbet (3f Jet Fortuna-Hague de Houlbert), R-C Larue driver/trainer, 9/1 4th Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderre), Franck Ourvrie up for Frederic Prat at 17/1 The Gr. III Prix d'Avignon for four year-olds went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) in a major upset for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. She scored over the 2100 meter distance in 1.12.7kr as she swept past the field from head of stretch to the line. Africaine was off at 34/1 and the fillies finished 1-2-3 with Alienor de Godrel second for Franck Anne. A fast pace took its toll on early pacesetters and mutuel market favorites. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Avignon. Gr. III, 2100 meters autostart, 85,000€, 14 starters, four year-olds 1.12.7kr Fractions: 1.08.2kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, bred by Mmme. E. Dubois, her third career win for 119,070 euros earnings, rallied strongly from near the back at head of stretch for the win sweeping by the field, 34/1 odds 2nd Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 10/1 odds 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-C Abrivard, 7.1/1 odds The Quinte+ race of the day was the 70,000 euros Prix de la Gironde with 19 entrants. Eric Raffin won it easily with veteran Coktail Jet gelding Sunday Jet owned and trained by Michel Vallee. He scored in 1.14.7kr with a sharp last 500 meters. The Jean-Etienne Dubois bred campaigner won for the sixth time and raised career earnings to over 190,000 euros. Tonic Beco was a distant second for Maxime Bezier. February 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Gironde, 70,000 euros, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 3.65 million euros.1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.15.6kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.14.7kr finish 1st Sunday Jet (8g Coktail Jet-Glad To Meet You-Jiosco), Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Michel Vallee, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois, 17/1 odds, his sixth career win for 190,900€ earned 2nd Tonic Beco (7g Baccarat du Pont-High Star), Maxime Bezier driver/trainer, 15/1 3rd Synonyme de Cym (8g Emir des Fresneaux-Douce Clocio), J-M Bazire up for Vinvent Renault trainer Tartan de Vrie took the 52,000 euro monte Prix de Lannemezan for reinsman Olivier Touvais. The seven year-old mare is owned and trained by Louis Baudron and she scored in 1.14.2kr over the 2700 meter distance against 15 rivals. Sydney du Rib was a strong second for Yohan Lebourgeois. February 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Lannemezan, 52,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 16 starter 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.14.3kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Tartane Vrie (7f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Ancie de Vrie), Olivier Touvais up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, breeder M.R. Baudron, her sixth career win for earnings of 219,600 euros 2nd Sydney du Rib (8g First de Retz-Eva du Rib), Yohan Lebourgeois up for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 7.6/1 3rd Simoun (8g Defi d'Aunou-My Freedom), David Thomain up for trainer Robert Bergh, 19/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

With the Prix d'Amerique this weekend, the focus is very much on Paris, where I am based for the week. So I will handicap the whole card for Sunday tomorrow, while focusing on Bergsaker today. Not strong fields I'm afraid, with everyone heading for Paris which means it may be a big dividend. V75-1 Klass II 2640m: There is little between Quattro Khan (7), Demo (5) and Mellby Brunella (11) should be included in the first leg. Selection 7-5-11 V75-2 Klass I 1640m: Navaronne (2) should hit the front and dominate from there. An anchor for mine. Selection 2 V75-3 Gösta Bergengrens Minneslopp (Gold) 2140m: Another anchor here in Amaru Boko (5) who won last start for his new trainer Robert Bergh. Selection 1 V75-4 Uhr Lärlingslopp 2140m: This is a wide open betting field so it would be safe to go for Fred Cobra (1), Bortas Lady (2) Mozart Toll (7), Pacific Hurricane (5) and Penny of Man (12) Selection 1-2-7-5-12 V75-5 Uhr Kvisslebruns lopp 1640m: Faksen JR (13) and Stamping (15) have dominated the early betting and my rule of picking favourites in coldblood races comes into play. Selections 13 (15) V75-6 Bronze Division 2140m: Italy's Pirro Bi (2) is the favoured runner here although I think that Amiral d'Inverne (9) may have his measure. So go for 9 as first choice with 2 as an alternate. Selection 2 (9) V75-7 Elite Mares 1640m: Chapeau (5) is a very classy horse and is my top pick here with By Air (11) as an alternate. Selection 5-11 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Bergsaker . JAGERSRO SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Mellby Brunella (11) Race 6 Navaronne (2) Race 7 Amaru Boko (5) Race 8 Pacific Hurricane (5) Race 9 Faksen JR (13) Race 10 Amiral d'Inverne (9) Race 11 Chapeau (5)  

If you are wondering why the fields in the V75 gold division are so poor at the moment, then a quick look at the Vincennes undercard is revealing. If you've got the horsepower, why run around in Halmstad for 33,800 euros gold division money when you can race at Vincennes in the Prix de l'Ille, a sprint over 2100m against France's lesser lights for 105,000 euros. France's big guns are preparing for the Prix'd'Amerique (1,000,000 euros), the Prix Cornullier (700,000 euros), and the swag of group ones like the Criterium des Jeunes (240,000 euros) and two races, worth 120,000 plus - the group two Prix du Calvados monte on the same day is worth 150,000 euros. Simples really. So a top horse like Frederik B Larsson's Caballion , a group two winner in Sweden, will make a beeline for Vincennes at this time of year, where he is joining the likes of Grand Pris de l'UET winner Kadett C.D,, Swedish Travderby winner Pato in the series Winter Series, and V75 gold division heavyweights Maxwell Mayday and Global Manhattan. Swedish trainer Robert Bergh has V75 regular You Bet Hornline entered in the race, while many Scandinavian owners will transfer their horses to top French stables, so you see the likes of Beckman with Fabrice Souloy and Denmark's Partout Simoni with Sebastien Guarato. Indeed, Beckman, a son of Swedish stallion Turbo Sund, is the early second favourite after three good wins in a row at Vincennes including the Prix Constant Hervieu on Christmas Day. Only problem is that the French lesser lights can be French champions on the rise. A quick look at the Prix d'lIlle illumini has a certain Royal Dream (last season's Prix d'Amerique winner) as a recent graduate - in a 2012 race in which US bound Swedish star Sebastian K ran eighth - with two other top Swedes Look MP second, and Oracle sixth. Last season's winner was Triode de Felliere who has set this year's Winter Series alight with a win in the Prix de Bourbonnais and a gallant second in this week's Prix de Bourgogne. Or they are the geldings that are not eligible for the big races, the likes of recently retired superstar Rapide Lebel, or Thierry Duvaldestin's well performed French gelding Swedishman the winner of more than 500,000 euros, who is third favourite on the early markets. The early favourite is from the T-generation, which is really coming to the fore in this Winter Series, Talicia Bella. Jean-Paul Marmion's daughter of General du Pommeau has been gradually brought through the ranks, and has only made one group two appearance, in the Prix des Ducs de Normandie in May, in which two of the favourites for this year's Prix d'Amerique, Texas Charm and Royal Dream went one-two. She beat Caballion into second place in the Prix du Languedoc at Vincennes in mid November, and has had a second and a win since. PRIX DE LILLE  Vincennes  2014-01-05 Group III 2100m € 105 000 1 Swedishman (8g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3 Caballion (8h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Fredrik B Larsson 4 Roc de Montfort (9h Vivier de Montfort - Kerla de Montfort) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Guarato 5 Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 You Bet Hornline (8h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 7 Sancho du Glay (8h First de Retz - Madame Benoit) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Partout Simoni (7h Jag de Bellouet - Axie Fair) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Trinite des Vals (7m Carpe Diem - Lueur Gede) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Yves Jean Le Bezvoet 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 12 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 13 Sage de Gueriniere (8g Ganymede - Haldane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 14 Un Amour d'Haufor (6h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 15 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 16 Querios du Mirel (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel Michel Bizoux Anders Lindqvist by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

French superstar Ready Cash is going for a shot at history Sunday, attempting to become the first horse to win four Prix de Bourgogne's a row. Philippe Allaire's stallion was seventh in the Prix du Bourbonnais last start but French handicappers have him at a little more than even money to achieve the feat over the 2100m journey from a mobile start. At present Ready Cash is equal to the great Ourasie on three wins in the event, the former star of Jean Rene Gougeon achieved the feat between 1988-90. Ourasie went on to win an unprecedented four Prix d'Amerique. And as an omen to Ready Cash's attempt to emulate him in January, he achieved the feat with three wins in a row, a miss and then a fourth win. Ready Cash also won three Prix de Amerique, and missed last year, so is on track to repeat it. But first he has to negotiate the Prix de Bourgogne, against what is a dream lineup, with 17 of the world's best trotters including last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and the rising stars of sport, the likes of Timoko, Texas Charm, Tiego Etang and Up and Quick - and the dark horse, The Best Madrik. There are no less than six millionaires in the race, three within a win or two of that total, and all but one having earned over 700,000 euros. It says volumes for the quality of the field, that that horse, Triode de Felliere, is the sixth choice of handicappers, despite beating most of this field in the Prix du Bourbonnais last time of asking. And a great mare such as Roxane Griff who was second in the Prix d'Amerique only two seasons ago, and has a Group I Prix de Paris on her stellar CV and a Group II winner two starts ago is a 34/1 chance. But that win was in the monte Prix Reynolds at the start of the Winter Meeting, and the brilliant daughter of Tenor de Baune is perhaps eyeing the Prix du Cornullier, the greatest race under saddle, a week before the Prix d'Amerique. PRIX DE BOURGOGNE Vincennes 29/12/13 FR Group II Int 2 100 4-9 120 000 1 Ready Cash (h Indy de Vive - Kidea) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 The Best Madrik (h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 3 Timoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink 4 Royal Dream (h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Vanika du Ruel (s Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Texas Charm (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Kamela Charm) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 7 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Charles Julien Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 8 Roxane Griff (s Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Reve de Beylev( h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Roxana de Barbray (s Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Anne Francoise Donati Tr: Roberto Donati 11 Triode de Felliere (s Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 12 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 13 Renommee d'Obret (s Buvetier d'Aunou- Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 14 Marielles (s Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 15 Up And Quick( h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 16 Santa Rosa France (s Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 17 Kadett C.D. (h Scarlet Knight - Kiss Of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Sunday Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes hosts the third “B” leading to the Prix d’Amerique. Many of the top international trotting stars will be in action in this Gr. II UET Masters Series International event over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of 120,000 euro. The lineup sets forth as follows: Ready Cash, Franck Nivard The Best Madrik, Jean-Etienne Dubois Timoko, Jos. Verbeeck Royal Dream, Jean-Philippe Dubois Vanika du Ruel, Franck Anne (four year old mare) Texas Charm, Julien Dubois Tiego d’Etang, C.J. Bigeon Roxane Griff, Eric Raffin Reve de Beylev, Dominik Locqueneux Roxane de Barbray, Mme. A.F. Donati Triode de Felliere, Anthony Barrier (winner Prix du Bourbonnais) Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugearde Renommee d’Obret, Franck Ouvrie Marielles (Italy), Mathieu Abrivard Up And Quick, J-M Bazire Santa Rosa France, W. Bigeon Kadett C.D. (Sweden), Robert Bergh From this group will likely come several contenders for the 93rd edition of the Prix d’Amerique that could join Uhlan du Val (winner Prix de Bretagne), Victoire (winner of Criterium Continental), Sweden’s Maharajah plus Italy’s Mack Grace SM if they join the field of 18. Winners of the Prix de Bourgogne since 1990 Year Winner Driver Réd.Km. 2014       2013 Ready Cash Franck Nivard 1'10'' 8 2012 Ready Cash Franck Nivard 1'10'' 6 2011 Ready Cash Franck Nivard 1'11'' 5 2010 Olga of Biwetz Jean-Michel Bazire 1'12 "6 2009 Meaulnes du Corta Pierre Levesque 1'11'' 4 2008 Meaulnes du Corta Pierre Vercruysse 1'12 "7 2007 Kesaco Phedo Michel Lenoir 1'10 "8 2006 Kazire of Guez Stéphane Delasalle 1'12 "8 2005 Jag BELLOUET Christophe Gallier 1'11 "9 2004 Kesaco Phedo Jean-Michel Bazire 1'11 "9 2003 Insert Gede Yves Dreux 1'12 "2 2002 Insert Gede Yves Dreux 1'12 "6 2001 First of Retz Pierre Levesque 1'13 "9 2000 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel 1'13 "1 1999 Moni Maker Jean-Michel Bazire 1'12 "5 1998 Aunou challenge Jean-Etienne Dubois 1'13'' 0 1997 Abo Volo Jos Verbeeck 1'15 "3 1996 Happiness Tillard Jean-Claude Hallais 1'16 "3 1995 Vourasie Bernard Oger 1'13 "6 1994 Vourasie Bernard Oger 1'14 "9 1993 Uka Champs Thierry Leveau 1'15 "1 1992 Ursulo Crouay Joel Hallais 1'14 "3 1991 Success Rozoy Roger Baudron 1'14 "8 1990 Dream Udon Yves Dreux 1'16 "3   Thomas H. Hicks  

Enrico Bellei steered the game two year-old filly Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) to a rain soaked victory in today’s 66,000 euro, 1600 meter autostart Gran Premio Allevatori Filly at Napoli. She overcame a long journey on the outer behind both Swami Gams and then second place finisher Savannah Bi before prevailing by a length. He juvenile slate is now eight starts with four wins and four placings, good for earnings in excess of 55,000 euro. The winners’ sire Adrian Chip (9m Andover Hall-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip-Spinning Reel) earned over US$1.57 million and scored 23 wins in 45 lifetime starts, winning the Orsi Mangelli, Ulf Thorsens Minneslopp, Solvalla Grand Prix and Axel Jensens Minneslopp. In the US he was an impressive second in the Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby and Matron Final (age two) and third in the Yonkers Trot and Breeders Crown (age two). He was handled during his racing career by Sweden’s Robert Bergh. For driver Bellei, the win with Saba Del Ronco capped a solid day in which he also won with the Riordan/Guida filly Red Rose America and had two second place finishes with Rod Stewart and Napoleon Bar. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, 66,000 euro purse, 1600 meters autostart 1.14.6kr Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo Savannah Bi (2f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out –Personal Banner), Federico Esposito driving Swami Gams (2f Uronometro-Dada Bieffe-Toss Out), Roberto Vecchione at the lines Replay http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-07-T-261213.wmv At Kincsem Park today the featured 500,000Huf Paulovitz Janos Memorial, over 1960 meters, went to Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna) for Josef Sagaj in 1.18.4kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Andrea Fazekas overcoming a 20 meter handicap and Orangyal ended third for Pal Vicsen. The Fazekas stable had a productive day as Platina Lady (4f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) won for  trainer Imre Fazekas and Andrea Fazekas earned two wins on the card with Jegyzono (10f Valley Guardian-Atletano) and Pretty Dancer (4f Daguet Rapide-Croatass). Thomas H. Hicks

Today's Paris-Vincennes Gr. III featured Prix Jean Dumouch (2850 meters, 115,000 euro purse, European) went to 2/1 favorite Septour (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) in 1.14kr with Julien Dubois aboard. He scored for the 16th time in 51 career appearances, now with earnings of 474,000 euro. Dubois used patient pylon hugging tactics before escaping between horses in mid-stretch to defeat Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. Possible Prix d'Amerique entrant Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre) was third for driver J-M Bazire, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and timed faster that his competitors today. Up And Quick is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Quick Start and closed powerfully in the late going. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a 1.2 million euro jackpot, after it was hit several days ago by a lucky player. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Vaumas (2700 meters, 76,000 euro purse) for three year-old females went to Alisma du Corta (3f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way) handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The victory was her fifth lifetime and increased her earnings to 108,000 euro. She scored in 1.16.9kr and held off determined Agora (3f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisarts) and Matthieu Abrivard. Agora du Gauthier (3f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) was third for Franck Nivard. J-P Dubois drove a stablemate of his winner to a sixth place finish with Alike That (3f Love You-Just Like That) trained by Patrick Chevrier. The Prix de Limeil (2700 meters, 70,000 euro purse) was the monte headliner on today's card. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima (5f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet) to the 1.14.4kr win, her eighth lifetime now for career earnings of 304,000 euro. The winner is owned by Ecurie des Pommiers and trained by Mike Lenders. Torricelli (6m First de Retz-Olympe Star) was second for David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The top event for older contestants was the Prix de Briare (European, 2700 meters, 54,000 euro purse) and Trophee de Jaba (6g Kasaco Phedo-Otika Vita) secured the win for J-M Bazire as trainer/driver. The winner won for the 12th time in his career and increased his earnings to 230,000 euro. Truman Dairpet (6m Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for P-Y Verva and trainer Guarato. Spanish invader Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) raced very well, took the lead entering the stretch and ended third for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Conrads Fredrik (6g by Credit Winner) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and owner Ecurie Skyttes and Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick) was fifth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin. Two other Dubois family two year-old trainees won today elsewhere. Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York) won the Prix la Sevre at Nantes with Jean Baudron aboard. The winner secured the 10,000 euro purse over 2,275 meters. Louis Baudron is owner/trainer. Blister Jibi (2m Repeat Love-Nanda du Vivier) won the Prix Coupe des 2 Ans (14,000 euro purse, 2100 meters) at Lyon-Parilly. This one is owned and trained by Jean Baudron. The field was set for the December 26 Italian Trotting Derby Final, the 86th edition, and is shown below: Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) 86° Derby Italiano del Trotto - Finale € 770,000, Gr. I, 2,100 meters Red Baron Re Degli Dei Rod Stewart - Riordan, trainer Rotary Ok - Smorgon, trainer Robert Bi - Smorgon, trainer Remo Gas - Smorgon, trainer Rodin Inn Ronco Re Italiano Ur Royal Blessed Ruty Grif - Smorgon, trainer Roi De Coeur Rossella Ross - Riordan, trainer Jerry Riordan starts two of the entrants and Marco Smorgon sends three to the start. Robert Bi was the most impressive of the three elimination winners in yesterday's contests. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

David Thomain teamed Ut d'Erable (5m Insert Gede-Ostera) to a close victory in today's featured Prix Neubourg (monte, 2700 meters, 80,000 euro purse) at Paris-Vincennes. The winner covered the course in 1.14.4kr to defeat Urfalino (5g Neutron du Cebe-Nalara) with Ultima Queen home third for P-Y Verva. The co-featured Quinte+ event of the day was the Prix Tourcoing (2850 meters, 68.000 euro purse). Surprise du Lupin (7f Kerido du Donjon-Kiosca) took this one in 1.14.5kr for teamster Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Reve A L'Oliverie (8g Flash de Cossie-Kalia d'Oliverie) ended next for P-Y Verva and Randjany was third for Pierre Vercruysse. The mid-week (December 11) feature, the Prix A. Francois(monte, European, 2175 meters, 110,000 euro purse) continued a string of interesting monte events, This one went to Rapide du Digeon (8g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes) with Damien Bonne aboard in a swift 1.11.8kr. Taiga du Rib (6f Nice Love-Galinette Cendres) was second for J.L. Cl. Dersoir, the jockey for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Rubis Dairpet was third for Eric Raffin. At Bergsaker today an interesting prospect, Victory Bonsai (2m Kadabra-Victory Bouquet-Balanced Image) remained undefeated in three career starts with a victory in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters. The K.M. Hastfarm owned colt was driven by Ulf Eriksson for trainer Robert Bergh. He earned 40,000SEK with the win. Saturday's Aby card showcases another comeback attempt for international veteran Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill). The career winner of over 18.9 million SEK has 28 wins in 54 lifetime appearances. He'll be reunited with teamster Orjan Kihlstrom in the V75 Gold event for 150,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart. The 12 horse field includes Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal) that Johnny Takter will drive and Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) that will be making his fifth start since being imported from the U.S. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 Västerbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel Redén Tr: Daniel Redén 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante Båth 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Björn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders

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