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Saturday at Paris-Vincennes showcased several groupe events beginning with the Prix Jean Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€. 13 starters, a Quinte+ race of the day), named after the trainer/driver of the great Jamin.   In this one, trainer J-M Bazire send out a talented team of three from his training stable and all were in the top five finishers. 9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was the 1.12.5kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman for trainer Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   He won for the 19 th time in 55 career starts now for life earnings of 78,360€. Bazire’s favorite, the 2.3/1 Cleangame (7gOuragon de Celland-Red Bell), took second with J-M Bazire up for owner Rancoule.   Third was 19/1Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) handled by Romain Derieux. 29/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and 17/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede) completed the top five, the latter a Bazire trainee and reined by Nicolas Bazire.   19/1 Traders and 41/1 Delia du Pommereux earned the last two checks. The Q+ payoff of a 2€ exact order winning ticket was 2,713.80 and there were 276 winners. The Q+ pool was 4,850,782€ and the total of all the race pools was 90,826,000€. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Henri Levesque (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine five year old starters) produced an impressive victory for 9/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. The win was the first in 2019 for the now nine time career winner in 30 starts for 522,780€ earned. Race time was a swift 1.11kr. The 2.8/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) was second, driven by Alexandre Abrivard and 3.6/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Prix D’Amerique starter, was a distant third for pilot David Thomain. 22/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romances du Ruel) finished fourth for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The Prix de Chateau-Gaillard (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) included some upper level campaigners and victory went to 3.1/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camarque) in rein to Franck Nivard for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. The victory increases her life earnings to 299,078€. Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) took second as the 7/10 favorite and with Jean Michel Bazire driving. Third was 12/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill) with Adrian Lamy the pilot. Monte performers (three year olds) contested the Gr. II Prix Hemine (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters, three year olds) and even-money favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurones des Charmes) prevailed for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin, trainer Christophe Chalon and owner Ecurie Chalon. Gala Tejy                              -LeTrot photo He earned his second career victory in 10 outings now for 123,140€ earned. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 2.4/1 Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard the Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly. Third was 15/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) that Emmanuel Allard trains and Mathieu Mottier was in the irons. Thomas H. Hicks

Tonight’s exceptional Paris-Vincennes program began with upper level monte performers contesting the Gr. III Prix Gordonia (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and 4.4/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lampur) followed a hot pace before jockey Camille Levesque directed her to the front past the halfway mark. From there it was over as the now 13 time winner in 46 starts raised her career earnings to 420,020€. Thomas Levesque trains the winner for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The 3/2 favorite Boss de Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue) took second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 3.7/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. The Q+ this day was the Prix Hera (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and after a rough and tumble front end battle between drivers J-M Bazire and Yoann Lebourgeois (both ended out of the money) Bjorn Goop directed 1.2/1 favorite Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) to the lead and he was an easy winner timed in 1.12kr. 26/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was next for Eric Raffin and third was 25/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet) for Alexis Prat. The Q+ top five was completed by 6/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) and 137/1 Viva de Lune (9f Prodigious). The exact order payoff was 31,091.40€ for a 2€ wager. The first of the Gr. I events was next with the Championnat Europeen 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters). The 2/5 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) lived up to his billing and scored for the seventh time in eight career starts with Bjorn Goop up. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Scuderia Bivans Srl and Haras de Saint Martin was the breeder. His career earnings are now 165,150€. The 41/1 Holy Water (3m Pastor Stephen-Long Island IceTea) was a good second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, ahead of another 41/1 outsider Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 16/1 Catherine’s Chevy (4m Catherine’s Cavalli) and 17/1 Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall) completed the top five. Race time was 1.12.3kr off rated fractions (1.12.2ke at the 1000 meters to go and 1.13.3kr at the 500). Face Time was strong through the line. Pedigree of the dam of Face Time Bourbon is a good one as shown below: Vita Bourbon (FR) m, 2009 1.12,7a EUR 107,770 28 4- - Love You (FR) (115 0.99) 1999 At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Jacques Vauloge. At 4, Winner of Criterium Continental, Prix de Milan, second in Prix Ariste Hémard, Prix Ephrem Houel, third in Prix de Sélection, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix Robert Auvray, Prix Jockey, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix de Croix, Prix Marcel Laurent, second in Prix Chambon P, Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal, third in Prix de l'Atlantique. At 6, Winner of Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, second in Prix René Ballière, Grand Prix de Wallonie. Coktail Jet (FR) (107 0.99) 1990 At 4, Winner of Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Sélection, third in Prix René Ballière. At 5, Winner of Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Criterium des 5 ans, Prix René Ballière, Prix Jockey, Prix de Washington, Prix de l'Etoile, second in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Prix du Bois de Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, third in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix de Bourgogne, Prix Chambon P. At 6, Winner of Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de Washington, Prix d'Europe (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère), Prix de France, Prix d'Amerique, Elitloppet, second in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix d'Eté, Prix de Bourgogne. Quouky Williams (FR) Fakir du Vivier (FR) Sabi Pas (FR) Ua Uka (FR) Dolly Williams (FR) Pacha Grandchamp (FR) Quassia Williams (FR) Armbro Glamour (CA) Super Bowl (US) Star's Pride (US) Pillow Talk (US) Speedy Sug (US) Speedy Count (US) Sug (US) Guilty of Love (FR) 1994 And Arifant (FR) Sharif di Iesolo (IT) Quick Song (US) Odile de Sassy (FR) Infante d'Aunou (FR) Niky des Etangs (FR) Oscana (FR) Amour d'Aunou (FR) Speedy Somolli (US) Speedy Crown (US) Somolli (US) Nesmile (FR) Caprior (FR) Amours du Mesnil (FR) Kamera Bourbon (FR) 1998 1.13,7a EUR 196,015 Cezio Josselyn (US) (93 0.93) 1990 At 3, Winner of Prix Jacques Vauloge, Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix Paul Viel, third in Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, second in Prix de Milan. At 5, second in Prix Jockey. Armbro Goal (US) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Armbro Flight (US) Star's Pride (US) Helicopter (US) Quezira (FR) Patara (FR) Gutemberg A. (FR) Francette (FR) Ezira (FR) Fandango (FR) Queen Hera (FR) Etta Extra (FR) 1992 Florestan (FR) Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Stardrift (US) Roquepine (FR) Atus II (FR) Jalna IV (FR) Une Crown (FR) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Dimitria (FR) Mario (FR) Samos P.M. (FR)   The Prix Bohemia (75,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) was next and  the 3/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) looked the part as trainer/driver J-M Bazire had this winner on the front throughout and he drew away in the lane for  the 1.12.2kr score. Germany based Stall Oberkracher owns the now four time winner in seven FR starts for career earnings of 176,618€. Bazire rated the pace beautifully (1.13.5kr at the 1000 to go mark 1.13kr with 500 remaining).5/1 Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist with third to 63/1 Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba) and Andrea Guzzinati. 12/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious) was fourth for David Thomain.  The Grand Prix de L’U.E.T. (Gr. I, 400,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the evening’s featured event and was one of the most hotly contested races you will ever see as the field raced three wide throughout. The 3/5 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) raced first up all the way for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Pasi Aikio but he was no match for a pair by US-based sire Muscle Hill that emerged from the field. Winning Villiam (4m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike) was four wide off the final bend for Jorma Kontio and he prevailed to the line for owner/trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.3kr off quick fractions (1.11.2kr with 1000 remaining and 1.11.6kr at the 500) as Villiam just lasted at 13/1 over 26/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Mellby Gard. The 7.7/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was third on the pegs for Franck Nivard, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten, ahead of the game Who’s Who. 6.8/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was fifth for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. The final Gr.I contest of the card was the Championnat Europeen des 5Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and it went to 1.1/1 favorite Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) handled very well on the front end by trainer Romain Derieux for owner Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. Derieux easily took the lead from post two placing pole starting Orlando Jet in the pocket. Derieux set a slow place and did not drift out in the lane as he out sprinted 3.7/1 Django Griff on the outside and kept 2.9/1 Orlando Jet boxed. Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) gained second by a nose for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller for Stall Neufof, with Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisbeth Allaire. The 14/1 Moni Viking (5m Maharajah) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstom and owner/trainer Jan Lyng of Norway. Super Nice was fifth for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.14kr with a fast last 500 off pedestrian fractions (1.16.9kr at 1000 remaining; 1.15.7kr with 500 left).Dijon by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

April 8, 2017 - Prix du Turgot (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) started Saturday top trotting Paris-Vincennes activity and 5.7/1 Anzi des Liards (7g Look de Star-Nausicaa du Sud) was the best of the group timed in 1.12kr for Romain Derieux. David Bekaert trains this one for breeder/owner Richard Padovani. Fractions were even (1.12.kr with 1500 to go; 1.12.8 at the 1000; 1.12.6kr with 500 remaining). 53/1 Orient Horse (9m Abano As-Irma del Rio) took second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 7/1 Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob) with trainer Bjorn Goop in the driver’s chair. The Prix Thesphile Lallouet (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters with nine starters) was next and 6.4/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iladia de l’Iton) scored timed in 1.12.2kr for Matthieu Mottier, trainer Hughes Levesque and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Iton. Texas recorded his 15th career victory in 95 starts for €969,470 earned. 5.5/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) took second for David Thomain and Paul Viel (breeder/owner/trainer). 9.8/1 Tornado Bello (10f Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was home third for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas and breeder/owner Remi Bouchet. The 3/5 favorite, Arlington Dream, raced wide and loose on the lead before a miscue dq early in the lane. The next groupe text was the Prix Paul Leguerney (monte Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters). 3/2 favorite Draft Life and J-P Dubois’ Douce Rebelle were dq’s and 25 meter handicapped Dawana could not threaten. That set up 29.8/1 Desiree (4f Ready Cash-Richesse d’Orient) for victory driven by Adrian Laurent and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet, timed in 1.15.6kr off very slow fractions. 3.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger and Noel Lolic, the breeder/owner. 7.6/1 Darling de Reux (4f Prodigious-Queen Jet) was third. The Prix Phaeton (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was the final groupe contest of the sunny Paris afternoon and 6.5/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) scored in 1.14.8kr for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Richard Westerink. Dreammoko won for the fifth time in 21 career appearances, now for €209,070 earned. 47.5/1 Dijon (4m Ganymede-Sunate d’Aunou) took second narrowly for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette De Sousa. Third was 1.8/1 Diablo du Noyer (4m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) for trainer/driver William Bigeon. 4/1 Django Riff and 11.6/1 Doberman, both handicapped 25 meters, were last and 10th respectively. Earlier in the day the Prix d’Aubusson (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) for upper-level trotters went to 1.7/1 favorite Afghan Barbes (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) reined by Charles J. Bigeon for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner Andre Francis Bigeon. The 11 time winner in 35 starts now posts earning of €264,410. Afghan Barbes was timed in a sharp 1.10.3kr off quick even fractions (1.09.7kr with 1500 remaining; 1.10.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.8kr with 500 meters remaining). 2/1 Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) was second for trainer Peter Untersteiner and reinsman Franck Nivard. 15.8/1 Trinity Zet (6f SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet) took third for Matthieu Abrivard and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip) was fourth for Pietro Gubellini and Diadora BR (6f Ken Warkentin) was fifth for pilot Christophe Martens. Three year-old colts lined up for the Prix de Saintes (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, five contestants) at end of program and the solid quintet was led by the 1/2  odds favorite Empereur The Best (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Tania Trinite) reined by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Ecurie Centre Est bred the winner, now with five victories in seven career starts for €80,630 earned, and timed today in 1.14kr. 3.8/1 Ezio Josselyn (3m Prodigious-Lezira Josselyn) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 5.9/1 Esos (3m Imoko-Ostensible) was third for Bjorn Goop, trainer/owner Richard Westerink and this colt was bred by Anna Marie Sauvage. Thomas H. Hicks

February 2, 2017 - Harness racing 7/10 favorite Anzi des Liards (7g Look de Star-Nausicaadu Sud), racing barefoot for Romain Derieux, scored an easy 1.13.3kr victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de Langeais (purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. David Bekaert trains the winner that is owned and was bred by Richard Padovani. 7.3/1 A Nice Boy (7g Niky-Pretty Perle) was second for David Thomain and third went to 28/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f Le Retour-Mourotaise) for J.Ph. Monclin. The Gr. III Prix de Verdun (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 15.2/1 Caly LouLou (5f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetire) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. 2.3/1 Tessy d’Ete (5f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was second for Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Ph. Billard. 4/1 Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real) was third for David Thomain, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Graziano Ceccaroni. Citizen Kane (5g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) was fourth for Thomas Levesque, trainer for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque and Cedea Josselyn (5f Love You-Dea Josselyn) was fifth for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire owner Yvan Bernard. The monte Prix de Dozule (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) went to 1.14.6kr timed, 6.3/1 Capitaine France (5g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) for Julien Balu and owner/trainer William Bigeon. 15/1 Cocktail d’Auvrecy (5g Kaiser Soze-Meliana Bella) was second for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, also trainer, for Ecurie Jeloca. 11.3/1 Castel Black was home third. The Prix de Chamberg (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to a rallying 6.9/1 Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) for reinsman Franck Nivard, also trainer, for breeder/owner Jiri Svoboda (Czech Republic), timed in 1.14.kr. 17.4/1 Bel Urzy (6g Coktail Jet-Perle d’Urzy) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 33.3/1 Schubert (6m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) piloted by Pierre Vercruysse for Erwin Bot, trainer for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. Excellent weekend programs are ahead at Paris-Vincennes  including the Gr. I monte Prix de LIle de France and the Gr. II Prix Paul Viel and Prix Rocquepine. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

May 25, 2015 - On a relatively quiet day in France harness racing drivers Romain Derieux and Antoine Wiels each celebrated a triple-win day. Derieux piloted Yankee’s Photo (7m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Trader) to victory in Reims’ Grand Prix Champagne Maurice Philippart (€32,000 purse, 2575 meters distance handicapped, 14 European starters) clocked in 1.14.1kr over the standard distance. The 2.2/1 favorite is trained by Bjorn Gulbrensen for Norway’s Sisset Vatnoy. 14/1 Ulhior du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsue du Beziau) was next for Ganriele Gelormini timed in 1.13.6kr over an extended distance. Sweden’e Omaha (8g Varenne-Chops) was third for Pierre Vercruysse.  Derieux also won as trainer/driver with Chess d’Or (3m Orlando Vici-Tess La Chesnsie) for owner Ecurie AB Trot and with Cornaline d’Orient (3f Coktail Jet-Topaze d’Orient), both as favorites. He was also third in a monte event as jockey at 27/1 with Ariwa. At Chatelaillon Antoine Wiels had three wins, three seconds and a third. His wins came with Vanessa Bella, Be Happy and Ulula Bella in 1.15.4kr for well-respected owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Also at t Montauban their Grand Prix de Montauban (€32,000 purse, 2400 meters, 13 European starters) went to the 1.16.5kr winner Saint Malo Rush (9g Hand du Vivier-Jolie du Vaumcel) and Roland Jeffrelot trainer/driver at 2.4/1 odds. Second Favori (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree0France de Vaiges) was next for driver/trainer/owner J-H Treich at 16/1 over 5/1 Umoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Counonces) and owner/trainer/pilot Richard Westerink. The latter is a full brother to Elitloppet bound Timoko. Thomas H. Hicks

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