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December 18, 2015 - Trinity Jiel (8f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Tourcoing (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer J.L Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. This 5.3/1 odds winner bested 16.9/1 Spirou d’hautefois (9g Jolmeto-Carmen d’hautefois) and Damien Bonne with 25.7/1 outsider Utelo de Carentone (7g Kiwi-Mauva d’harcouel) third. The Q+ jackpot was €4.45 million. Prix du Neubourg (purse €80,000, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.14.3kr winner, 4.7/1 odds Arthur d’Atom (5g Sancho Panca-Manouchka-Buvetier d’Aunou) with P-Y Verva up. 2.6/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) landed second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 56/1 Aurea Vikland (5f Prince de Montfort-Kettina de Monti) was third for Damien Bonne. The Prix d’Eurecy (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) became a quick 1.12.7kr win for A Nice Boy (5g Niky-Pretty Perle) at 14.1/1 odds for driver David Thomain, trainer J-P Thomain and Ecurie du Haras d’Eroble. 57/1 Avenir de Blay (5m Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay-Valberg) landed third for Tony Le Beller with 41/1 Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore-Capriccio) third for teamster Pierre Levesque. The Prix des Glaieuls (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 14 two year-olds) went to the 2.9/1 odds, 1.17.3kr timed Dandy de Godrel (2m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) handled by trainer/driver Bjorn Goop for owner Richard Westerink. 4.9/1 Deal Parfait (2m Rieussec-Saga de Laudrea) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Charmes. 31/1 Drole d’Espoir (2m Nem-Orphea de Nay) ended third for J-Ph Monclin driving for trainer/owner J-M Monclin. Last evening at Wolvega was the Grand Prix Jan Offenberg Finale (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters) and the 1.15.3kr winner was 2.8/1 rallying Ru de l’Airou (10g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) for owner/driver Sven Hoste, 3/5 favorite Roxana de Barbray (10f Speed Clayettois-Iriane de Enclos) just missed on the front for Lorenzo Donati (trainee Roberto Donati for Ecurie Donati) with third to 12.8/1 Varina (6f Norginio-Jalencia) driven by Nico d’Haenen. Thomas H. Hicks    

Session #2 at the Argana Trot Sale was expectedly weakened after a solid first day featuring proven stallions, but was comparatively solid. Of the 140 sold from 233 cataloged and 230 offered after outs.  Gross proceeds totaled €2,066,000, almost identical to the 2012 and 2013 sessions #2 of the sale. The average sale price was €14,757, up by 5.4% vs. 2013 and the median also gained from prior year same session. Percent of those sold to the number offered (after outs) increased slightly from the first session. Hip #271, a Sancho Panca colt, led the session at €60,000 with the final bid to Damien Bonne. Several other lots were the source of competitive bidding including most notably lot 331, Djin de Corday a son of Opus Viervil which Michel Gasselin (Normandie Trot) bought for €47,000, as well as Diablo du Noyer (lot 272), a son of Jasmin de Flore sold for €44,000 to Franck Amar (Neuilly Bloodstock) and will be trained by William Bigeon. Tomorrow’s third session should close the sale positively as it features new and emerging stallions such as Royal Dream, The Best Madrik, Texas Charm, Timoko, Rodrigo Jet, Tucson, Severino, Singalo and Treskool du Caux. Summaries over pictured leaders today are presented below. #271 Diable Blanc (m, Dancho Panca-Java Blanche-Viking’s Way), first dam has produced Astre Blanc (€86,680), Un Diablo Blanc (€85,710) and Vif d’Or Blanc (€85,710) and this is the family of Rachmaninov Seven (€418,975) and Historien (€485,457). #272 Diablo du Noyer (m, Jasmin de Flore-Une Et Indivisible-Jag de Bellouet), second dam a winner of €183,914 and dam of 12 foals including Statue of Liberty (€260,130), Jitterbug (€163,314) and Possession (€148,920) #210 Darshan (m, Jag de Bellouet-Tinou Madrik-Ganymede), second dam a semi-classique winner, third dam produced classique winner Sinou Madrik (1,579,299SEK), Tison Madrik (€260,270) and Orelie Madrik (€221,820). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes program featured excellent trotting and the celebration of the Franco-Chinese relationship.    The featured Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park was contested over 2700 meters.  This  Gr.  III monte test carried a purse of €110,000 and went to the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc owned and trained Sourire de Voutre. The eight year old gelded son of Gazouillis scored in 1.13.7kr over Italy’s Nene’Degli Ulivi with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons, as the slight favorite. The winner recorded his 16th career victory. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park-Trophee Yida, €110,000, monte, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella), Franck Nivard up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 2.1/1, his 16th career win for €703,340 lifetime earnings 2nd Nene’Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, 1.1/1 3d Quarnac de L’Iton (10g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois), Mathieu Mottier up, 67.8/1 The secondary feature, the Grand Prix de L’Annee du Cheval for €58,000 purse, went to Italy’s Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) trained by Catello Savarese for owner Scuderia Stecca. The winner scored for teamster Pierre Vercruysse in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart. Vulcania de Godrel  finished second for Franck Ouvrie and Porpora Lux, another Italian entrant, ended third for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix de l’Annee du Cheval, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.12kr 1st Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Scuderia Stecca, 6.9/1, Italy, 14th win for €112,939 2nd Vulcania de Godrel (5f Memphis du Rib-Julietta), Franck Ouvrie up, 12.5/1 3rd Porpora Lux (5f Self Possessed-Geladrier PL), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 107/1 The evening’s Quinte+ race of the day in France (jackpot €4.450,000) was the Grand Prix L’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, This 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of €58,000 for European starters of which there were 18. Germany’s pacesetting King Of The World scored in 1.12.7kr at 19.8/1 odds for driver Michael Nimczyk, trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. King Of The World is an accomplished five year-old son of Magnificent Rodney (Nordin Stable star of a few years ago) that now has 15 career wins for €88,007 as most of his racing has been in Germany for low purses. In fact, King Of The World has posted, since May 6, 2013, 12 wins and 4 placings in 16 appearances. Italy’s Ringostarr Treb, a four year-old son of Classic Photo, was second for driver Vercruysse and trainer Holger Ehlert. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was over €116,000 for a €2 play. June 27, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix l’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.45 million 1st King Of The World (5m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts-Hermes de Pericard), Michael Nimczyk driver for owner Johann Lenz  and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk (Germany), 19.8/1, 15 wins for €88,007, last 15 starts since May 6, 2014 with slate 12-2-1 and one fifth place finish 2nd Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), Pierre Vercruysse for Holger K. Ehlert, 6.2/1 3rd Vanychef (5m Offshore Dream-Manychaille), Michel Lenoir trainer/driver, 32.1/1 Later in the card three year-old fillies contested the Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom for a purse of €36,000. Sixteen starters battled over 2100 meters autostart with the win going to 5.8/1 odds Braga (by Oiseau de Feux), owned and trained by J.M.A. Roussel and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded her second lifetime win. The Quaker Jet filly Bakerloo Line was second in this event, timed in 1.14.4kr. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom, €36,000, three year-old females, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer J.M.A. Roussel, 5.8/1, her second career victory for €31,610 earned 2nd Bakerloo Line (3f Quaker Jet-Fenatoria), J. Koubiche, 5.7/1 3rd Bienvenue du Gers (3f Quinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 61.5/1 Other venues in France and Switzerland also hosted good racing this day. Sullighan took the €34,000 Prix Credit Agricole Normandie at Cherbourg. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca scored in 1.14.2kr over 2625 meters for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. At Toulouse Le Capiere, the G.P. Dynavenu Maisagri Duran for €35,000 went to Rambo Jet reined by R.W. Denecher. The nine year-old son of Goetmals Wood scored at 23.6/1 over Jean-Etienne Dubois’ Turbo Jet (by Joyau d’Amour). At Avenches (Switzerland) the €16,378 Coupe des 5 Ans Suisse went to 3/5 favorite Playboy Wind with trainer Wilhelm Paal aboard for Stall Allegra Racing. The five year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.16kr over the 2350 meter course. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com 

Roxane Griff, with Eric Raffin aboard, won today’s Gr. III International Monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue at Paris-Vincennes. She traveled the 2700 meter classic grand piste in 1.13.5kr to score by three open lengths. Away alertly, the nine year-old daughter of Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca tucked in the pocket and played the waiting game. Her rivals tried a boxing tactic and it appeared to be working until top of the stretch when an outside rival went offstride. Raffin quickly used the opening to attack the leaders and although Roxane drifted wide she went past easily to the delight of Raffin, the mare’s connections and fans that braved heavy rains this day in Paris. Roxane Griff now has earnings in excess of €2.3 million with 19 victories. Sebastian Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Griff. Consistent Quarry Bay, a 10 year-old daughter of Cygnus d’Odyssee, and a winner of over €1.1 million, was second of Camille Levesque and her father as owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Mike Lenders trains this one. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III International Monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters, 1.13.5kr 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin aboard for Sebastien Guarato trainer, owner 2nd Ecurie Griff,  3/5 favorite,  her 19th career win now with earnings of €2,357,118 3rd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up, Mike Lenders trainer, Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 4/1, earnings now €1,142,020 with 18 victories 4th Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest du Vivier), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 4.3/1, career earnings now €768,830 with 14 wins by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Uraki des Sarts with Franck Nivard at the lines took Thursday's Criterium de Trot at Lyon-Parilly in France. The six year-old son of Niky scored for the sixth time in a career that has produced earnings in excess of 265,000e. The winner scored by two lengths in 1.15.7kr over 2850 meters to capture the winners' 45% share of the 35,000e purse, at 3.3/1 odds. Second went to the Jean-Pierre Dubois owned and teamed Udine, a six year-old daughter of Coktail Jet that is trained by Jean Baudron. Third went to Uroi de Nganda, another son of Niky. March 13, 2013 Lyon-Parilly, Criterium de Trot de Lyon, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters 1.15.7kr 1st Uraki des Sarts (6m Niky-Quimauve des Sarts-Ultra Ducal), Franck Nivard up for J-M Chaineux and owner Fernand F.Dubois, sixth career win 2nd Udine (6f Coktail Jet-Idylle-Sancho Panca), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, 10.6/1 odds 3rd Uroi de Nganda (6m Niky-Exquise de Nganda-Oregon), Francois Lagadevc up for trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin, 10.5/1 Swedishman and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin scored a convincing start to finish win in the Prix de Cauvicourt today at Caen. The eight year-old gelded son of Gogo scored in a quick 1.11.6kr over 2200 meters autostart, defeating 16 rivals that included veteran Reve de Beylev, Roi du Lupin and Quinoa du Gers, each with lifetime earnings in excess of one million euro. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €5.7 million. Swedishman was a dominating force in the 2013 Grand National du Trot and today showed even improved form against a solid field. March 13, 2014, Caen, Prix de Cauvicourt, €40,000, 2200 meters autostart, 17 starters, Quinte+ €5.7 million jackpot 1.11.6kr (1:55.20 mile rate) over 1.3673 mile distance 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver for owner/breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche, 2.9/1 odds on this 21 time winner for €551,530 2nd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie-Toscan Poterie), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, 10.9/1 odds on this winner of €1,109,460 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion trainer/owner, 1.2/1 favorite, winner of €1,526,700 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanmga du Chalange-Jorky), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, this winner of €1,001,543 off at 6.2/1 5th Quymja (10f Hand du Vivier-Belle d’Avez-Podosis), Sebastien Ernault up for owner/trainer Emmanuel Varin, the last career start for this winner of €426,470 and 13 time winner, 28/1 odds    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.700.000 € - Numéro plus : 0915   Ordre :       1.036,20€   Désordre :       11,20€   Bonus 4 :       2,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       2,20€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   The co-featured Prix de Canapuille for €50,000 over 2450 meters went to Vermeil de l’Iton with Tristan de Genouillac aboard. Hughes Levesque trains the winner that defeated 17 rivals in 1.15kr for owner Ecurie de l’Iton at 14/1 odds. Eight contestants stormed out of the fog to reach the line separated by three lengths. March 13, 2014, Caen, Prix de Canapuille, €50,000, European, 2450 meters, 18 starters 1.15kr 1st Vermeil de l’Iton (5g Laetenter Diem-Komtesse de l’Iton-Hetre Vert), Tristan de Genouillac up for trainer Hughes Levesque and owner Ecurie de l’Iton, 14/1 odds for this six time winner now of €124,100 2nd Vivaldo Bello (5m Love You-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4.3/1 odds for this one from Enfilade, the prolific dam of Offshore Dream 3rd Vodka des Caillons (5f Nuage de Lait-Aberlande-Kimberland), Hubert Hardy trainer/driver at 6.8/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Veteran Rire Mutin took today’s Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont, the 80,000€ 2925 meter European event at Cagnes sur mer. Edouard Coubard-Meunier reined and trains the winner of 481,800€ who recorded his 16th career win. The 25/1 longshot scored over favorite Talicia Bella driven by Anthony Barrier for Ecurie J-P Marmion. February 21, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Joinville le Pont, 80,000€, Gr. III European, 12 starters, 2925 meters, 12 starters 1.14.3kr Rire Mutin (9g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-Sancho Panca), Edouard Coubard-Meunier driver/trainer, 25/1, his 16th win for 481,800€ Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella-Vivier de Montfort), Anthony Barrier for Jean-Paul Marmion, 1.8/1 favorite Quentin Rose (10g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose-Podosis), Rik Depuydt, 7.3/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 16/1 Ugolinviel with teamster Damien Bonne. This pair took the 46,000€ Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour in 1.14kr to defeat 25/1 outsider Uniave Eren and Pierre Vercruysse. 45,744€ went to holders of exact order 2€ tickets (excluding the jackpot that reached 4.65€ million. February 21, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour 46,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ 4.65€ million jackpot 1.14kr Ugolinviel (6m Olitro-Ingoaville-Mon Tourbillon), Damien Bonne for Francois Giard and Ecurie Jean-Pierre Viel, his third career win for 115,290€, 16/1 odds Uniave Eren (6g Nil du Rich-Melianthe Erem-Dream of Gold), Pierre Vercruysse up, 25/1 odds Unix des Furges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d’Orgeres-Gabor Star), Eric Raffin up at 1.8/1  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0851   Ordre :       45.744,00€   Désordre :       381,20€   Bonus 4 :       30,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       14,40€   Bonus 3 :       9,60€     Also on the Enghien card was the Prix de Montsalvy for three year-old females and Ready Cash offspring ended 1-3 with the win going to favorite Bety du Goutier and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. She took winners’ share of the 38,000€ purse. She’s from a Love You dam, as is third place finisher Bliss Nevele that Philippe Allaire trains. Another nice filly, Babylone Seven, was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. February 21, 2014, Enghien, Prix de Montsalvy, 38,000€, 2875 meters, females 1.18.4kr Bety du Goutier (3f Ready Cash-Quety du Goutier-Love You), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer, owner Ecurie Saint-Martin, 1.6/1 odds, her  second win for 40,200€, form 1-1-2 in last three starts Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala-Hermes du Baisson), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4/1 Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Rualts up for Philippe Allaire, 3.3/1 odds Remember Sunday’s Gr. I classic Grand Prix de Paris, in which 15 top trotters will battle over 4150 meters for the 400,000€ purse. The lineup, with listed drivers, is shown below: Titi Quick (A. Abrivard) Taormin d’Em (T. Le Beller) Son Eleazan (D. Locqueneux) Utoky (Y. Lebourgeois) Solei du Fossè (M. Abrivard) Uhlan du Val (C. Megissier) Santa Rosa France (W. Bigeon) Roxana de Barbray (D. Thomain) Severino (D. Bonne) Quinoa du Gers (F. Nivard) Up And Quick (J.M. Bazire) Tiego d’Etang (Ch. Bigeon) Yarrah Boko (P. Vercruysse) Royal Dream (J. Ph. Dubois) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) Thomas H. Hicks

Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellout-Herland du Terme-Kimberland) took today's featured 85,000e Prix du Chesnay at Paris-Vincennes. Trainer J-M Bazire directed the winner to her fourth victory, raising career earnings to 132,751e. She scored in 1.13.4kr over 2850 meters to win by a length over favorite The de Chine reined by J.L.C. Dersoir with veteran Starter du Rib home third for Mathieu Abrivard. February 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Chesnay, 85,000e, 2850 meters, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4.9/1, her fourth career win 2nd The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Heparine-Tak Tak), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, 1.5/1 3rd Starter du Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), Mathieu Abrivard for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, 11/1 The Quinte+ Prix de Fontainebleau caught my attention on the card, as 18 European contestants were at the start in this 56,000e event over 2700 meters. The result proved to be a monumental upset, so much so that there were no exact order winning tickets. Grobois based Nicolas Roussel directed Priest Prav to a 26/1 upset win in 1.14.7kr. The son of Pine Chip defeated another Italian invader, Palomar LB with Pietro Gubellini aboard at 98/1 February 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Fontainebleau, 56,000e, 2700 meters, 18 starters, European males 1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500l 1.14kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.7kr at finish 1st Priest Prav (5m Pine Chip-Ginny Grif-Lemon Dra), Nicolas Roussel up, owned by breeders Scuderia Lainate Nord Snc.26/1, (Italy), his eighth career win for 81,573e 2nd Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly Lb-Supergill), Pietro Gulbellini trainer/driver for owner A&C Borsani, 98/1, (Italy) 3rd Versus (5m Niky-Mille Etoiles-Goetmals Wood), Franck Ouvrie for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer and owner Mme. C. Berthou, 12/1 The odds of the top five were 26, 99, 13, 20 and 10/1 respectively and that resulted in the aforementioned no exact order winning tickets, unusual but reflective of the big field, well-classified characteristics of the Q+. The top five, in any order of finish, paid over 23,000e. by Thomas H. Hick, for Harnesslink.com

The three year-old male and female monte rivals were showcased on today's Paris-Vincennes card. Baggio du Chatelet, a three year son of Niky, easily took the 120,000e Prix Edouard Marcillac with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, as the less than even-money favorite. He scored by open lengths in 1.14.8kr over a short field, his third career win, now for earnings of 95,750e. The distance was 2175 meters. Well-bred Brooklyn Bridge captured second. February 13, 2104 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Edouard Marcillac, Gr. II monte, males, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starter 1.14.8kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, 0.9/1 favorite, his third career victory. 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia 3rd Bazaki Seven )3m Kesaco Phedo-Rani Duophi), F. Lagadeuc up for trainer J-M Baudouin at 9/1 The female division produced another decisive winner at Beauty Turgot scored in 1.15.3kr in the 120,000e Prix Holly du Locton, a Gr. II affair over 2175 meters. She scored over nine rivals for Franck Nivard at the lines for Fabrice Souloy. The good gaited filly was off at 6.2/1 with one of the chief adversaries, Biguglia by Coktail Jet, finishing third behind 12/1 outsider Brise de L'alba, February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Holly du Locton, Gr. II monte, females, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.15.3kr 1st Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6.2/1 2nd Brise de l'Alba (3f Quido du Goutier-Celyde la Meritee), Eric Raffin up for William Bigeon trainer, 12/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderie), Jonathan Carre up for Frederik Plat trainer, 3.8/1 The mid-week car also included the Gr. III Prix de Nevers, a 110,000e event over 2850 meters. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a special single-day 10 million euro jackpot. Bold-striding Uppercut Orange took the win in 1.14kr at 6.5/1 odds, his sixth career win for over 240,000e earnings. The six year-old son of Jag de Bellouet closed relentlessly to defeat Ulf du Noyer and Ultimate du Rib. J.L.C. Dersoir trains the winner with his wife capably at the lines. February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Nevers, Gr. III, 110,000e, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ special jackpot 10 million euros 1.14kr 1st Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi d'Abeille-Workaholic), Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir in the irons for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 6.5/1, his sixth lifetime win. 2nd Ulf du Noyer (6m Love You-Pagoda-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Ultimate du Rib (6g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois-Sancho Panca), Michel Lenoir up for trainer Joel Hallais, 24/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The great French mare Roxane Griff controlled the field and the pace, drawing clear for an easy seven length win in today's "classique" Prix de L'lle-de-France at Paris-Vincennes before a large and enthusiastic crowd on a clear, sunny day. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event drew eight starters for a purse of 200,000e contested over 2175 meters. Roxane Griff was competing in her third Gr. I race in as many weeks as she took the January 19 Prix de Cornulier, then finished fourth in the Prix d'Amerique on January 26. She was timed in 1.11.6kr with a sharp final 500 meters Roxane and jockey Eric Raffin drew clear albeit she drifted wide down the lane. Quarry Bay, another great mare, in rein to Camille Levesque, was second after making a fine run from a trailing position. Quarry Bay was no match for the winner but increased her career earnings to 1,058,020€ for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race record was set in 2011 by that years' victor Piscou de Villabon timed in 1.10.9kr. The race began in 1980 and was won last year by Singalo, Priscilla Blue in 2010 and Revenue in 2003. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I UET Masters Series, monte, 200,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters 1.11.6kr Fractions: 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500; 1.11.6kr finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up, Sebastien Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owner/breeder, 0.7/1 favorite, her 17th career win for earnings of 2,193,118e 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barrorolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer and Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 3/1 odds, this mare with 17 career wins and earnings of 1,058,020e 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up, Franck Terry trainer, owner Ecurie Pole Position, 6.6/1 odds for this winner of 558,490e 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede=Targa du Chalange-Jorky), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie le Tremont, 14/1 odds, this mare with 21 career victories for 990,343€ Congratulations to Roxane Griff and her connections. She is an honor to watch on the racetrack. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Is the grand mare of French Trotting back? Today she was as Roxane Griff stormed home for Eric Raffin to capture the classic Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) in a sharp 1.12.3kr, the second fastest time in the history of the race that began in 1931. Roxane Griff was an upset winner at odds of 10-1. Raffin had the chestnut nine year-old daughter of Tenor de Baune away alertly and settled along the pylons where during most of the journey she was fourth on the inner and seventh overall. Ulysse set a torrid pace and defended a challenge by last year's winner Singalo but was unable to match favorite Tiego d'Etang and C-J Bigeon into the long stretch. Raffin eased to the outside with Roxane Griff and followed live cover briefly before driving past Tiego d'Etang for a comfortable score. Saphir de Morge was third at 59/1. Singalo faded to ninth, behind Save The Quick (sixth) and Ulysse (eighth). Roxanne Griff is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Griff. She posted her 16th career win in 89 starts and increased life earnings to 2,023,118 euro (over US$2.73 million). She had raced consistently in 2013 but not to her form of 2011-2012. Today's sharp finishing triumph was a reminder of Roxane Griff at her best. Can she show that form next week? Only two Prix de Cornulier winners of the past came back to win the Prix d'Amerique (Bellino II and Jag de Bellouet) but in a wide open 2014 anything can happen. Don't count her out. January 19, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cornulier, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters 1.12.3kr (second fastest time in race history behind Singalo's 1.12kr) Fractions: 1.11kr at 1500, 1.11.5kr at 1000, 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.12.3 at finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Yves Bertrand's Ecurie Griff, 10/1 odds, her 16th career victory in 89 starts, now for career earnings of 2,023,118 euro (US$2,738,432) 2nd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Haroiene-Vroum d'Or), C-J Bigeon up at favorite odds 2.7/1 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 59/1 4th Taiga du Rib (7m Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quiton du Coral), Matthieu Abrivard up at 33/1 5th Twist des Caillons (7f Jam Pridem-Heyra des Caillons-Tout Bon), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 19/1 Replay link follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldww3VDDu-k A large crowd was on hand at Paris-Vincennes on this sunny beautiful winter's day. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com     

Tagade Castelets, in rein to Arnaud-Albert Chavatte, took today's Prix de la Cote d'Or at Cagnes sur mer, the Quinte+ race of the day in France. The seven year-old daughter of Jag de Bellouet earned her fifth win, for career earnings in excess of 132,000 euro. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 1.8 million euro and a winning ticket (top five in exact order without jackpot) paid 8,230 euro for a two euro investment. Handle on just win and place on the Q+ race exceeded 1.1 million euro, illustrating the Q+ race draw across the PMU wagering network and across wagering alternatives. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote d'Or, 46,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.15.6kr st Tagade Castelets (7f Jag de Bellouet-Gitane Castelets-Sancho Panca), Arnaud-Albert Chavatte up for trainer Alain Chavatte and owner Ecurie des Alouettes, her fifth career win for 132,390 euro, 2.6/1 odds 2nd  Ufifan de Couddes (6g Kaiser Suze-Oralie du Vivier-Capitole), Lois Lerenard up 3rd  Rex du Rib (9g Ganymede-Kamala Castelets-Sancho Panca), Pierre Vercruysse aboard On the undercard, lightly raced three year-olds contested the Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre for 23,000 euro. Sons of Sam Bourbon led the way (first and second) with the winner being Bolide d'Arbaz with Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard for trainer Patrick Chevrier. Dubois owns this first time winner. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre, 23,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds  1.18.4kr 1st Bolide d'Arbaz (3m Sam Bourbon-Mascotte d'Arbaz-Corot), Jean-Pierre Dubois up and owner, Patrick Chevrier trainer, first career win at 11/1 odds 2nd Bolero de Daidou (3m Sam Bourbon-Djakarta-Workaholic), Jean-Francois Senet up at 28/1 3rd Belle de Bry (3f Rocklyn-Pin Up Girl-Hermes de Pericard), Romain Derieux up for owner Antonio DeSousa 4th  Bolera du Corta (3m Saxo de Vandel-Romain du Corta-Ipson de Mormel), Marco Smorgon aboard Other interesting wins on this sunny crisp day included As de Jal at 18/1 for Pierre Vercruysse in the Prix de la Cote Vermeille and Vasco de Viette for David Cinier in the 30,000 euro Prix des Cote d'Armor over 2150 meters autostart. The latter scored in 1.13kr at 8/1. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Vermeille, 23,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters  1.18.1kr 1st  As de Jal (4m Ozio Royal-Ottero la belle-Arnaquer), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Yves Hallais, 18/1 2nd  Athos Williams (4m Nice Love-Formule Sport-Jiosco), Christophe Martens, 6.5/1 odds 3rd  Alvarado (4g Nice Love-Quelea Mip-Korean), J-F Senet aboard, 7.8/1 Cagnes sur mer - Prix des Cotes d'Armor, 30,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.13.kr 1st  Vasco de Viette (5g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli-Auxerrois), David Cinier trainer/driver at 7.9/1 2nd Verano du Raynard (5m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes-Coktail Jet), Loris Garcia up at 2.8/1 3rd Vougeot du Mourrez (5m Quaro-La Fleur d'Epinay-Capitole), A.A. Chavatte up 4th Vita Dream (5f Password-Nice Celebrity-Coktail Jet), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

Italian invader and son of prolific US stallion Conway Hall, Orione Degli Dei, took todays featured Gr. III Prix Hersilie at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored in this 90,000 euro purse event, for European registered contestants, over 2100 meters autostart with a rallying effort in 1.11.9kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Scuderia Bologna owns the winner that is trained by Mauro Baroncini. Orione Degli Dei earned his 14th career win now for earnings exceeding 287,000 euro. 01/2/14 Vincennes - Prix Hersilie, Gr. III European, 90,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.11.9kr (mile rate 1:55.68) 1st   Orione Degli Dei (Italy) (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei-Donerail), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Scuderia Bologna and trainer Mauro Baroncini, 14th career win for earnings of 287,475 euro, 7/1 odds 2nd  Sergent du Rib (8g Baccarat du Pont-Hermine du Rib-Vikings Way), trainer/driver J.L.C. Dersoir up for Ecurie Rib 3rd  Elles W. Phedo (Sweden) (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita-Rapido), Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer Thomas Claesson 4th  Une de Chelun (6f Flash de Cosse-Malice d'Haufor-Balou Boy), Jeremy Koubiche up, 124/1 5th  Udine (6f Coktail Jet-Idylle-Sancho Panca), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trains, 11/1 odds The co-featured Prix de Coucy le Chateau for a 72,000 euro purse went to the Franck Nivard handled Alaya Bot Eur Moel, a four year-old daughter of Ganymede, trained by Franck Leblanc. The 2/1 second wagering choice scored in 1.14.2kr over 2175 meters to defeat a good field of 12 mares including Adelie, another Ganymede offspring, handled by Alexandre Abrivard. 1/2/14 Vincennes - Prix de Coucy-le Chateau, 72,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, females four year-olds, 12 starters 1.14.2kr 1st  Alaya Bot Eur Moel (4f Ganymede-Next Bay Gentile-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up, trainer Franck Leblanc, odds 2/1 2nd  Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream-Blue Dream), Alexandre Abrivard driving, 7/1 odds 3rd  Agora (4f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisants-Jiosco), Mathieu Abrivard up, 3/2 odds The Nivard/Leblanc combination also won the Prix de Bonneuil for lightly raced and newly turned three year-olds with the Prodigious colt Black Atout. He charged down the middle to score in 1.17.1kr over fast finishing 15/1 longshot Back To Back with Benoit Robin up. 1/2/14 Vincennes -Prix de Bonneuil, 33,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, three year-olds, 12 starters  1.17.1kr 1st  Black Atout (3m Prodigious-La Lagune-Coktail Jet), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc, 2/1 odds 2nd Back To Back (3m Vivier de Montfort-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), Benoit Robin aboard, 15/1 odds 3rd  Bayolo d'Echal (3m Goetmals Wood-Gayola Balago-Uno Atout), Pierre Vercruysse teaming, trainer Eric-Marc Fournier at 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

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