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Today the Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Grace Ducal (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) raced in sunshine on the seashore at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.5/1 Cash de Caillons (7g Paris Haufor-Nuit des Caillons) scored in a very competitive event, timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Andre Georget. Cash de Caillons scored for the 12th time in a 49 race career and increased his life earnings to 215,800€. The 22/1 outsider Bently de Recanis (8g Repeat Love) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third was 2.8/1 Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca) for David Bekaert that overcame a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing 7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama) and 13/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) that ended fifth. The exact order Q+ payoff was 24,896.20€ for a 2€ wager. Over 3.4€ million was wagered on the Q+ bet and over 7.3€ million was wagered on all bets taken on the Q+ race. The co-feature this day was the Gr. III Prix Pierre Laroque (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 10 starters in this LeTrot Open des Regions for four year olds). The 11/1 Formidable d’Azur (4m Orlando Vici-Tadolie) was the 1.14.8kr timed winner for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The 21/1 Fipsie de Guez (4f Tango Quick) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, ahead of 6.2/1 First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) that was handled by trainer Loris Garcia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

February 7, 2017 - Today’s Prix Grace Ducal (purse €58,000, 2925 meters, 16 European starters) at Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Quinte+ harness racing event of the day and the 33.6/1 Varus du Bocage (8m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Mlle. Audrey Baudu. 4.6/1 Zonguldak (8g Love You-Hartenings Crown), from Sweden, was second foe Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. Third went to 21.4/1 Unique d’Huon (9g Carpe Diem-Hutina Bonheur) for Jean-Baptiste Bonet. Legendary Jean-Pierre Dubois won the Prix de la Bruyere (purse €28,000, 2925 meters, nine starters) with 3/2 favorite Erika Dream (3f Ready Cash-Situtunga), a filly he owns and Yves Boireau trains. Ecurie MIP bred the winner, that defeated 15.7/1 Eternella (3f Prodigious-Sirella) with trainer Romuald Mourice at the controls. 4.2/1 Ego de Vandel (3m Goetmals Wood-Silene de Vandel) was third for Christophe (driver) and Vincent (trainer) Martens. Race time was 1.17.2kr. 1.4/1 Douce Aventure (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the Prix Henri Callier (purse €40,000, 2925 meters, nine starters) timed in 1.16.1kr. Louis Baudron is breeder/owner/trainer and driver of the winning mare. 23.2/1 Dragonowicz (4m Unriaco-Tarentelle Jenikou) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia, and third was 11.4/1 Duc d’Occagnes (4m Goetmals Wood-Quiet Mary) for Gabriel Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks  

5.5/1 odds Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin) took today’s Cagnes-sur-Mer featured Prix des Soirees Gourmandes (Gr. III, purse €55,000, 2925 meters, nine starters). Romuald Mourice, also harness racing trainer, teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.13.2kr for owner Ecurie JYL. The shoeless winner scored over 25/1 Sergent du Rib (10g Baccarat du P0ont-Hermine du Rib) handled by trainer Loris Garcia. 4/5 favorite Sire de la Creuse (10g Ludo de Fleurac-Hanna de la Creuse) was third for trainer/driver J-F Senet with Urac and Truman Dairpet finishing fourth and fifth. At Boden-Vienne Austria their Monte Derby (purse €7,000, 2600 meters, ten entrants with one scratch) went to barefoot 25/1 Willy Venus (9g Freiherr As-Windaisy-Speedy Crown) that scored in 1.18.6kr for jockey Mme. Lea Ahokas. Hubert Brandstatter Jr. trains the winner for owner Hubert Hofer. 30/1 Ulysse de Corbery (8g Offshore Dream-Klytte de Corbery) was second for Mme. Alexandre Sandner and third was 7/1 Alquin Elegance (9g Kerido Donjon-Nina Darby) that was handicapped 25 meters and ridden by Mme. Petra Resinger. Yesterday, solid trotting took place at Eskilstuna SWE, and the Gr. II International ICA Maxi (300,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to well-regarded Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos). He was timed in 1.12.1kr for his second 2016 victory in three starts. His career slate is 9-3-0 in 12 starts. Jorma Kontio drove Readly Express for trainer Timo Nurmos. Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, with third to Cuise La Motte (4f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier-Extreme Dream) for driver Torbjorn Jansson and trainer Goop. The Eskilstuna program also showed a 1.10.5kr win by Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) with Jennifer Tillman aboard. They defeated Standout (m Ganymede) and Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall). Floria Boko (4f Ready Cash-Thelsey Boko-American Winner) took the 100,000SEK first money RS Mustang (2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.4kr for Mattias Djuse, also trainer. Cash A Cheque EM (5g Credit Winner) was second for Erik Adielsson and Brothers In Am was third. The Olof Brodin raced over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK to the winner went to 1.13.3kr timed Catwalk I.H. (5f Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. Gaia Sund was second for Jennifer Tillman. Aged mares contested the Gregers Minne (2140 meters autostart, 15 starters, 100,000SEK to winner) and Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.12.9kr, her third straight win, with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. Top Notch Lady As (4f Taurus Dream-Shady As-Conway Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Five year olds battled in the 2140 meter autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, and Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.11kr, his second straight and 14th win in 34 career outings. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner/trained charge that was US bred by Arden Homestead Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

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