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Robert Bergh trained, Bjorn Goop reined Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) nailed favored Digital Ink on the line to win today's Olympiatravet Prep at Romme. Owned by Stall Sedin HB, Ed You earned his 20th career win in 52 appearances. Digital Ink raced bravely on the outer teir and almost held on for Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten got a pocket trip for Johnny Takter but escaped too late to challenge. April 20, 2014 Romme SWE, Olympiatravet Prep, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.11.9kr 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), owner Stall Sedin HB, Bjorn Goop for Robert Bergh trainer, 20th win in 52 starts for 1,861,959SEK earned, come from behind nose winner, made five starts during Paris-Vincennes winter meet with one each second, third, fourth and fifth. 2nd Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, tough journey on outside, now 1-2-0 in three 2014 starts and 15 of 29 lifetime. 3rd On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Johnny Takter up Next: Bagley, Hard Livin finished four-five Other interesting SWE racing this weekend is summarized below with imports from US performing well. April 19 Gavle, Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) 1.12.5kr winner for Orjan Kihlstrom in first SWE start; last raced 11/9/2013 at Hoosier Park; trainer Roger Walman AB Svensk Reklamfinans, distance 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK first money. April 19 Gavle, Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme-Self Possessed), 1.13.7kr winner for Daniel Olsson and Stefan Melander trainer and owner Stall T.Z., distance 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize. April 19 Dannero, Kadett C.D. ( 7m Scarlet Knight-Koss of Life-Tenor de Baune), 1.12.6kr winner for Robert Bergh driver/trainer, his 22nd win in 49 career starts for earnings 6,281,744SEK April 18 Dannero, Navaronne (7g Jag de Bellouet-Com Racing Lady-General November), 1.12.7kr winner for Jessika Sidback (also co-owner and trainer), 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. April 18 Jarjestad, Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), sparkling 1.09.5kr for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Roger Walman for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Second went to Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.09.6kr and third to Mr. Chicago (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) and Carl-Erik Lindblom. Distance was 1640 meters autostart for 250,000SEK first money. Beaten field also included Nato Dream and Lindys Jersey Boy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer 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

The Prix Jean Le Gonidec, an international group two sprint race for 5YOs begins a big week of racing at Vincennes with no less than five group races spread over three days of action as the Winter Meeting heads into its final three weeks. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia'Lest heads an international contingent of two Italians and a Swede who will take on the cream of the French V-crop in this 120,000 euro race over 2175m on the grand piste. Varenne, the Italian superstar who was the last horse from Italy to win the Prix d'Amerique, is the sire of both the Italian entrants, Pascia'Lest and Princess Grif and both are trained in France, the former by Ready Cash's trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and the latter by Fabrice Souloy, who has a large international clientele in his superb facilities at Haras de Ginai. Pascia'Lest Italian career included wins in the Group one GP Allevatori, GP Giovanardi, GP Nazionale alongside the Derby and a clutch of group twos including the Fyraaringseliten for 4YOs at Solvalla. But the racing in Vincennes is much tougher, and though he finished third in the Prix Marcel Laurent to Victoire in February, he finished down the track in the Prix du Bourbonnais against the elite older horses and then could only manage seventh against his age-group in the Criterium Continental, won again by Victoire. Princess Grif is a dual group one winner in Italy, with wins in the Prix de Milan and GP d'Europa and she also ran a brave third in Save The Quick's world record setting European Championship for Mares last year. Encouragingly she was fifth last start against most of this field in the Prix de Croix at Vincennes. Sixth in that race was the Swedish horse System Performance, a mare by former-Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who is trained by one of Sweden's top trainers Stefan Melander. System Performance was an outstanding 3YO in Sweden, winning the prestigious E3 Langa over a similar distance at Eskilstuna, and was runner-up in the sprint equivalent on the way to a record of six wins and two placings in her first nine starts. She has had only one win in 19 starts since although she has regularly placed and her sixth placing was her best in three starts in during the Winter Meeting. Criterium Continental winner Victoire will be a short odds favourite for this race. Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko has won three of four big races this Meeting, her only failure being when she galloped while taking on the older horses in the Prix de Belgique. She will face stiff competition from the two who crossed the line with her in the Criterium Continental, Louis Baudron's son of Love You, Village Mystic, a group one winner and very consistent performer and, one of the generation's big improvers Viking de Val. Eric Lambertz' son of Baccarat du Pont has only recently made group company, and has recorded a sixth, third and second in his three Winter Meeting starts. Also in the field is the once dominant force of this generation, Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel, a four-time group one winner. She raced without success in the Prix d'Amerique and will appreciate the return to age group company after racing against the world's elite in all the B races and the PDA. But realistically, she has struggled here too, with a second placing in the Prix de Wazieres in April last year, her best effort in 12 months - and she hasn't won since December 2012. PRIX JEAN LE GONIDEC Vincennes 06/02/14 Group II Euro 2175m 5YOs 120 000 euros 1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (5h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 System Performance (5m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 3 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Vaux le Vicomte (5h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Vive Daidou (5m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Princess Grif (5m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 10 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 12 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 13 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 14 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders for Harnesslink..com

Stefan Hultman reportedly gave great thought about whether to engage Maharajah for a fourth attempt at the Prix d'Amerique. After a disappointing last prep in snowy Sweden, some did not expect Maharajah to start albeit his second to last start in Sweden which was a solid winning effort. Also disappointing in his last two starts, Royal Dream was nonetheless engaged in the classic, a race he won easily in 2013. His connections have stated that they will make a decision tomorrow. Ready Cash is the likely favorite again this year albeit a group of new French players may contest his past supremacy. Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick deserve watching. Italy will probably send out up to four starters in the 2014 edition of the Prix d'Amerique, including Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe. Mack Grace SM, a sharp son of CC's Chuckie T, has won 12 straight. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Amerique, 2700 meters International Gr. I UET Masters Series, 25 engaged Horse/Sex/Age/Trainer/Life Earnings Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 352466 Uhlan du Val, 6m, C. Megissier, 653890 Soleil du Fosse, 8m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180 Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 691190 Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950 Marielles, 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 721614, Italy Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-E. Trible, 739762 Pascia'Lest, 5m. Thierry Duvaldestin, 743882, Italy Univers de Pan. 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 808030 Up And Quick, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 828060 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne, 923760 Quinoa de Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Nesta Effe, 7m, Holger Ehlert, 1015286, Italy Yarrah Boko, 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1049577, Norway Reve de Beylev, 9m, Sebastien Guarato, 1091460 Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1103980 Mack Grace SM, 8m, M. DiNocola, 1325001, Italy The Best Madrik, 7m, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 1367710 Royal Dream, 9m, Philippe Moulin, 1573310 Save The Quick, 8f, Franck Leblanc, 1581079 Roxane Griff, 9f, Sebastien Guarato, 2023118 Timoko, 7m, Richard Westerink, 2099590 Maharajah, 9m, Stefan Hultman, 2152451, Sweden Ready Cash, 9m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 4282300 Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the international trot week began. The Prix de Cavaillon for European females went to favorite Alienor de Godrel with Franck Anne aboard. Italian invaders took the next three spots following the winner. See chart below. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cavaillon, European females, 55,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.15.6kr (finishers 2-4 from Italy) 1st Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta-Uthan), Franck Anne trainer/driver for Ecurie AB Trot, 1.7/1 odds 2nd Radiofressia Fi (4f Ganymede-Castilia ITY-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up at 4.3/1 3rd Rebecca Laser (4f Goetmals Wood-Snagadela-Pine Chip), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 21/1 odds 4th Royal Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc-Crowning Classic), Mme. Michela Racca up for trainer Tiberio Cecere at 34/1 The European monte Prix de Pontrieux for 40,000 euro purse went to United Face with Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens. He scored easily over two sons of Scarlet Knight in 1.14.3kr over the 2700 meter classic distance. The top three in this event, with 17 starters, were Swedish invaders. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pontrieux, 40,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte, 17 starters 1.14.3kr (top three finishers from Sweden) 1st United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Iesolo), Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens, 5.9/1 2nd Ninepoints Charlie (6m Scarlet Knight-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm, 26/1 3rd Latest News (6g Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ & Lovis, 1.5/1 The Prix de Cantin, an interesting test for four year-old males, went to Artiste du Lys with Wm. Bigeon up in a close score in 1.14.8kr over two youngsters from the Jean-Etienne Dubois stable, the well-bred Andover Jet and Alex The Winner. This group of 15 starters traveled over 2100 meters autostart. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cantin, 35,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.14.8kr 1st Artiste du Lys (4g Oiseau de Feux-Jaquissime-Colt Fortysix), Wm. Bigeon up at 24/1 odds 2nd Andover Jet (4m Prodigious-Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Vercruysse up for Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/breeder, 9/2 odds 3rd Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/owner/trainer, 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

The superb six year-old Up And Quick moved three wide early to gain command for J-M Bazire and then drew away from rivals to win the Gr. II International Prix Tenor de Baune, the second last major event before the Prix d'Amerique. Franck Leblanc conditions the winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Longshot Unabella Perrine was second at 25/1. Uhlan du Val, off as 3/1 second choice, was fourth ahead of two entrants from Sweden, Rocky Winner (by Credit Winner) and Disco AE (by Scarlet Knight). None were a match for the winner. January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters turning start, 10 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions:1.15kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Franck Leblanc, his 10th career win for earning in excess of 880,000 euro, odds 0.7/1 as favorite 2nd Unabella Perrine (6f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine-Viking Sun), Franck Ouvrie up at 25/1 3rd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bassis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up at 7.5/1 4th hlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3/1 odds 5th Rocky Winner (6m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer), Dominik Locqueneux up for Jorgen Westholm trainer, 17/1 odds 6th Disco AE (6m Scarlet Knight-Queen AR-Super Arnie), Eric Raffin up for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, 57/1 The winner's pedigree is productive, he being sired by legendary Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige-Nesmile-Caprior) from the mare Fichtre by Quiton du Coral. She is dam of seven foals, six winners ranging in life earnings from 99,000 euro to 880,000 euro, and each by a different sire. Up And Quick's pedigree is 63% French trotter and 37% standardbred with a 1.7% inbreeding coefficient. Up And Quick is in fact quick and able to go the distance. He'll be a likely contender in the Prix d'Amerique, at least among the youngsters first tackling the full-scale veteran, top-level, international players. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The injury of Prix d'Amerique favourite Texas Charm has dominated the headlines for the world's greatest trot in recent days, but there is still business aplenty for prospective participants with the two last chances for entry being held on a fantastic day of racing on Sunday. The Prix de Belgique, the last of the B races and the Prix Tenor Baune for six-year-olds, both offer a ticket to the big dance as well as UET Masters Series points to the first five home in each race - so there is plenty of offer besides the 120,000 euros, which like all races in France, is divided up among the first seven to cross the line. The earlier of the two is the Prix de Belgique, race four on the card and missing injured Texas Charm and the already qualified Ready Cash and Triode de Felliere -the first three home in the third B race, the Prix de Bourgogne at the end of December. The latter two will be keeping their powder dry, although Triode de Felliere is better over the shorter distance, which of course casts doubt over his Prix d'Amerique credentials. The Prix de Belgique is a tough final test for the Prix d'Amerique's aged candidates, being over the staying distance of 2850m and the early favouritism has gone to Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard's tough campaigner who has yet to win a group one race, but is the richest of the U generation. Criterium Continental winner Victoire comes into this race after three wins in a row against her own five-year-old crop and this is a big step up for Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko but French handicappers are confident she can. Being the last of the B races, handicappers also know there is a dividing line between the likes of Royal Dream, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik, who are superior horses and start of 25m but don't need the win to make the Prix d'Amerique - and the rest that do. So horses like Italian Marielles and Norway's Yarrah Boko - who won this race last year - will be at shorter odds than normal against the backmarkers. Soleil du Fosse and Talicia Bella, who would not normally figure highly in the market are also horses who come into this category. The Tenor de Baune is race six on the card and features a super lineup of six-year-olds, headed by Uhlan du Val, the winner of the Prix de Bretagne, the first of the B races of the Winter Meeting. Second in that race was Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up and Quick from Franck Leblanc's powerful Ecurie Quick Star barn and this pair will be fighting out more than just the favouritism here. Cyril Raimbaud's Une Fille d'Amour beat most of these home in the group two Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the end of December and is the deserved third favourite in early markets. Sweden and Italy are represented by five horses, Vincennes, Disco A.E. and Rocky Winner from the Scandinavian powerhouse and Oropuro Bar and Orient Horse from the southern stronghold. The winner of last year's Tenor de Baune was a Swede, Raja Mirchi, who was withdrawn from Prix d'Amerique contention late last month. A third group two of the day is race seven, the 120,000 euro Prix Gelinotte over 2700m which features the top three-year-old fillies who are preparing for next month's Criterium des Jeunes. The first two home in last month's Prid Une de Mai, Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort and Philippe Allaire's Be My Girl are vying for the early favouritism with French handicappers picking the daughter of Love You to reverse the order here. Most of the field competed in the first of their generation's big races last start, with the first five home appearing here, with the only notable absentee being the beaten favourite Brindille de Mai, although Franck Anne is represented by outsider Balade de Blary. Bergame Madrik, Beauty Turgot, Bassana de Marlau and Biguglia also have solid support on the market. Finally Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet head a talented monte lineup in race 8, the Prix Djerid, a 2200m group III for six-year-olds and over which includes Prix de Cornullier hopefuls Sakura Jiel and Quarlos. The two favourites Rapide du Digeon and Rubis Daipet are ineligible for the world's richest under saddle event next weekend, because they are geldings, but both have been in great form this winter meeting. Rapide du Digeon was second behind rising star Ulysse in the rich Prix du Calvados last weekend and won the Prix August Francois in mid November, beating most of this field. Rubis Dairpet was third in that race, but a week earlier had beaten Rapide du Digeon into second in the Group II Prix Paul Buquet, the first big monte of the Winter Meeting. 12/01/14 Vincennes PRIX DE BELGIQUE   Group II Int 2850m 4-10 €120 000 1 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 3 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Renommee d'Obret (9m Buvetier d'Aunou - Dixie L'Aventure) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Philippe Emmanuel Trible 6 Univers de Pan (8h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 7 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 8 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Roger Coueffin 9 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Fabrice Souloy Tr: Fabrice Souloy 11 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 12 Reve de Beylev (9h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 13 The Best Madrik (7h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25 14 Save the Quick (8m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 25 15 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 25   PRIX Tenor de Baune   Group II Int 2 700m 6YO €120,000 1 Ultimo Vingt (6h Hasting - Korinella) Dr: Philippe Ternisien Tr: Philippe Ternisien 2 Orient Horse (6h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Disco A.E. (6h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E. ) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Rocky Winner (6h Credit Winner - Level Fortytwo) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jörgen Westholm 5 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 6 Oropuro Bar (6h Love You - Ubatuba Oaks) Dr: Marco Smorgon Tr: Marco Smorgon 7 Vincennes (6m Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Sören Lennartsson 8 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 9 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 10 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean-Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc PRIX GELINOTTE   Group II Vincennes 2700m 3F 120 000 1 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Emmanuel Allard 2 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jerome Ruaults Tr: Philippe Allaire 3 Baileyse (Opus Viervil - Lance de Fourches) Dr: Matthieu Verva Tr: Christian Douillet 4 Barbalala (Qwerty - Pardinia) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Biguglia (Coktail Jet - La Faisanderie) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 2700 6 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 7 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 8 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Bergame Madrik (Prince d'Espace - Houlba de Pouline) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 10 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Be My Girl (Love You - Ornella Rainbow) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire PRIX DJERID  Group III monte 2200m 6-10 € 110 000 1 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Rd: Fabien Gence Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 2 Saphir du Cebe (8g Kepler - Irma Saint Jean) Rd: Marie Bacsich Tr: Franck Leblanc 3 Saphir de Morge (8h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Franck Terry 4 Quassia du Bon Air (10g Capriccio - Io de Courson) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 5 Raison Jenilou (9g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Rd: Alexis Garandeau. Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Sakura Jiel (8m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 7 Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 8 Quarlos (10h L'As de Viretaute - Cette Angevine) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Michel Dabouis 9 Rubis Dairpet (9g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Tempete d'Hermes (7f Fleuron Perrine-Nemesis Fortiniere-Vikings Way) took today's Prix de L'Aveyron (65,000 euro purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Trained by J.P. Marmion the winner scored at 5/2 odds for her 11th career win with now lifetime earnings of 143,900 euro. Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-Flayade Jiel-Ourasi) was second for Jos. Verbeeck and she handled a 25 meter handicap effectively. Taormina d'Em (7f Cedre du Vivier-Nevadara d'Em-Coktail Jet) ended third for Tony LeBeller. The Q+ jackpot this day was 1.6 million euro. The Prix d'Aubervilliers (38,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 8 starters) for three year-old fillies went to even money favorite Balzane de Bootz (3f Nem-Queza de Bootz-Groom de Bootz) in 1.17.5kr with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up. Bazire is back to work following a stress related health ailment a week ago. Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d'Hilly-Buveteir d'Aunou) was second for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and conditioner Patrick Chevrier at 6/1 odds. Brindille Mika (3f Nahar de Beval-Noblessmika-Abercrombie) was third for Sylvain Roger. Sunday the Prix de Belgique takes center stage at Paris-Vincennes, the fourth "B" leading to the Prix d'Amerique. Ready Cash, Timoko and Maharajah are not entered but 30 contestants were preliminarily engaged for the UET Masters Series event, Gr. II worth 120,000 purse over 2850 meters, as shown below with career earnings in euros: Turqoise Blue, 161,000 Vaillant Cash, 224,000 True Advantage (US), 226,000 - Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec owned by Stefan Melander's Stall TZ and bred by Robert Rosenheim Stable. Unabella Perrine, 372,000 Quymjer, 424,000 Vincennes (SWE), 444,000 Twist des Caillons, 533,000 Quela Rive, 550,000 Talicia Bella, 552,000 Village Mystic, 582,000 for Louis Baudron Victoire, 597,000 Uhlan du Val, 644,000 Juggle Face (SWE), 645,000 Soleil de Fosse, 646,000 Triode de Felliere, 691,000 Santa Rosa France, 706,000 Marielles (ITY) 721,000 Renommee d'Obret, 740,000 Up And Quick, 774,000 for Franck Leblanc Univers de Pan, 778,000 Roxana de Barbrey, 864,000 Severino, 888,000 for Christian Bigeon Vanika du Ruel, 923,000 Quinoa du Gers, 974,000 Texas Charm, 1,016,000 for Julien Dubois Yarrah Boko (SWE), 1,024,000 Reve de Beylev, 1,091,000 The Best Madrik, 1,365,000 Save The Quick, 1,557,000 for Franck Leblanc Royal Dream, 1,573,000, the 2013 Prix d'Amerique winner Some of these are double engaged in the Prix Tenor de Baune on the card. This is a Gr. II UET Masters Series contest over 2700 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. The outstanding card also includes the Prix Djerid for European monte performers, a Gr. III contest over 2200 meters carrying a purse of 110,000 euro and the Prix Gelinotte for three year-old fillies, a Gr. II 2700 meter event for 120,000 euro. Be My Girl, Bille de Montfort, Bassana de Marlau and Barbalala are among those engaged. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com                   

Master trainer Jean-Michel Bazire is favoured to prevail with Urgos in the Group III international Prix Hersilie, a sprint for 6-8YOs worth 90,000 Euros at Vincennes on Friday. The stallion son of Kesaco Phedo has made several appearances in the top flight, with a fifth place in the Prix Jean le Gonidec his best performance - a field which included Un Mec d'Heripre, Uhlan du Val, and in which he beat home the likes of Up and Quick and Unique Quick. He has had eight wins in his 35 starts, his last victory at Vincennes in late October, and he currently has earnings of 252,640 euros and a record of 1.11.9 (1.55.3MR). Second favourite in early betting was Jean Loic Claude Dersoir's Sergent du Rib. The son of Baccarat du Pont has won nine lower grade races in 53 starts for 252,000 euros and a record of 1.12.8. He has not won since the winter meeting last year, when he pulled off three wins in a row, although his last two outings of a 3rd and 2nd show he is coming right back into form. Italy's Orione Degli has also come in for strong support in early markets. One of five international horses in the field, two Italians and three Swedes, the Conway Hall gelding comes off a last start second. He has won at group two level in Italy and at group three level in France with a win Prix de la Chaussee d'Antin in July. He has amassed earnings of 246,975 euros and taken a mark of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR). Haraldinho, a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, is the top rated Swedish entry in the race. A Breeders Crown placegetter as a 3YO, Catarina Lundstrom's gelding has also earned cheques in Swedish gold division races, ande is attracting odds of 15/1 in early markets. He will have Dominik Locqueneux in the bike. Another son of a North American sire in the race is former Italian group two Citta de Treviso winner Maestrale Spin, a son of Lindy Lane, who is trained by Salvatore Minopoli but he ranked is a 34/1 outsider in early betting. Perhaps the dark horse in the race though is one from the powerful stable of French legend Jean Pierre Dubois, who will also be aboard his Coktail Jet mare Udine Trained by Jean Baudron, the 6YO mare is from the family of stallion Kiwi and follows that family Dubois pattern of being placed in suitable races as she develops, with 13 wins from 40 starts. She really hit her stride last season, and eight of her wins came in her last 13 races, including a group three win in the Prix Klymene in October. PRIX HERSILIE Vincenne 03/1/14 Group 3 2100m 6-8YOs 90 000 Euros 1 Urgos (h Kesaco Phedo - Orcieres) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Sangoten (g Ginger Somolli - Sannerville) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Pascal Danet 3 Sergent du Rib (g Baccarat du Pont) Dr: - Hermine du Rib Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 4 Udine (m Coktail Jet - Idylle) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Baudron 5 Ugor du Beauvoisin( h Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 6 Tison Madrik (h Dahir de Prelong - Fidji du Buisson) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Franck Harel 7 Haraldinho (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas) Dr: Julia Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundstrom 8 Maestrale Spin (h Lindy Lane - Princess Godiva) Dr: Vincenzo Minopoli Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 9 Service Secret (g Look de Star - Kalamita) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Benjamin Goetz 10 Elles W.Phedo (m Kesaco Phedo - Elles W.Lolita) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Thomas Claesson 11 Sergio du Mirel( h Hermes Perrine - Ina de Mirel) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Anders Lindqvist 12 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Mauro Baroncini 13 Disco A.E. (h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E) Dr:. David Thomain Tr: Stefan Melander 14 Une de Chelun (m Flash de Cosse - Malice d'Haufor) Dr: Jeremy Koubiche Tr: Jean Marc Souici 15 Union Life (m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Cedric Herserant Tr: Cedric Herserant Dave Sanders

Swedish-bred Beckman heads a strong international contingent in the field for the the group III Prix Constant Hervieu the 105,000 euro feature Quinte race on the traditional Christmas Day meeting at Vincennes for 5 and 6 YOs. Beckman is now trained in France by Fabrice Solouy but he will be joined by his compatriots Discco A.E. Haraldhino on the back mark of 25m along with Italian star Olmo Holz while Sweden's Conrads Fredriks (a son of Credit Winner) and Twigs U.Canfly are off the frontline along with a trio of Italian entries, Orchetto Jet, Over The Moon and Orient Horse, plus Per Mento, the lone Danish entry. Beckman, a gelding by one of Viking Kronos's best sons Turbo Sund a former European 3YO champion, has been in super form in France, with three wins on the trot at Vincennes in Group III international company. Something of a late developer, Beckman joined Solouy's barn from Ake Svanstedt's Swedish operation after recording 10 wins from 14 starts with now US resident trainer, who was the horse's fourth trainer and really stepped him up through the grades in Sweden. He might also attract a bit of US handicapper money if he is racing at Vincennes at Prix d'Amerique time - he races in the colours of the US flag! Solouy is also the trainer of Italian-bred and owned Orient Horse who was second in the Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, and is also a runner-up in a Group one race in Italy. The favourites on the early tote, however, are French locals Toutobio and Toreador. Toutobio is owned and trained by Damien Bonne and has been one of those horses who has taken his time to go through the grades, mainly in provincial meetings with the odd visit to Vincennes for their lower stake races. But after a win and a second at in this year's Winter Meeting at Vincennes he stepped up and won his first Group III race last start in the Prix de Crecy la Chapelle at the Temple du Trot.   Similarly Jean Baptiste Bossuet's Toreador, a gelding by Fleuron Perrine, has won 9 of his 29 starts, mainly in lesser provincial company but has won two and had a second in his last three starts at the Hippodrome de Paris at Vincennes. Two others from the T generation's emerging ranks who are also coming in for handicapper support are Tzigane du Rib from Jean Luc Claude Desior's barn and Tony Boy, who is from the stable of Jean Michel Bazire who is a master at bringing a horse quietly through the grades. Another interesting runner is Turbo Jet from the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, and is the winner of 12 of his 47 starts, and 379,350 euros in the bank - the most money earned in this field. The Joyau d'Amour stallion was also second in the Prix des Landes - a 110,000 euro group III at Vincennes at the end of last month and this is the sort of patient build up shown by a certain Royal Dream, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and a winner of this very race two years ago. A different Dubois stable, perhaps, but the brothers learned from the master, their incomparable father Jean-Pierre.     PRIX CONSTANT HERVIEU Vincennes 25/12/2013 FR Group III Europeene 2850 5-6 € 105,000 1 Twigs U.Canfly (5m Naglo - Twigs Likepine) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Eva Skantz 2 Per Mento (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Grace Classy) Dr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel Tr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel 3 Orient Horse (5h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Over the Moon Lf (5m Ganymede - Fantastica Cof) Dr: Nicolas Roussel Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 5 Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze - Medda) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 Orchetto Jet (5h Supergill - Frutute Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Stephanie Lepetit 7 Un Charme Fou (5h Love You - Ma Crown) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 8 Toutobio (6g Grassano - Helene Gem) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 9 Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine - Jubellone) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 10 Tony Boy (6g First de Retz - Kuenza Sautonne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 11 Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner - Ahmeida) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 12 Union Life (5m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Cedric Herserant 13 Disco A.E. (5h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E.) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 25m 14 Haraldinho (6g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundström 25m 15 Olmo Holz (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 25m 16 Unikaranes (5m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 17 Beckman (6g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 25m 18 Titus de Baffais (6g Kaiser Soze - Lady Dry) Dr: Nicolas Bazin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 19 Turbo Jet (6h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25m by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

The important Criterium Continental (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, European four year-olds, 240,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that carries a Prix d'Amerique entry to the winner, produced a modestly unexpected win for 3.6/1 odds filly Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue-Boy du Pre) and reinsman Mathieu Mottier. She won for the 11th time in her career, now with earnings of 597.390 euro. The filly, bred, owned and trained by Danielle Mottier, hung on for a close score in 1.12.2kr (2 :31.72) over 4/1 Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account) with breeder, owner, trainer, driver Louis Baudron aboard. Viking de Val (4m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio) took third at 51/1 for breeder, owner,trainer, driver Eric Lambertz. Sweden's invaders Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos ended fourth for JohnnyTakter ahead of Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer, owner Stefan Melander. Italy's hopeful Pascia Lest was seventh and J-P Dubois' Viva Island was 11th. Highly regarded Princess Grif, Vanika du Ruel, Volcan d'Urzy and Indigious were disqualified for breaks in the Quinte+ event The Gr. II Prix Federation Francaise Equitation (Emile Riotteau), a monte event over 2700 meters with 10 starters for four year-olds, went to 3.4/1 odds Valse Castelets (4f Memphis du Rib-Elide-Florestan) and J.L.C. Dersoir. She won for the eighth time in her career with increased earnings to 387,200 euro, scoring by open lengths in 1.14.5kr. Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib, both leading participants in monte trots. Favored Vision Intense was disqualified for rough gaitedness early in the contest. Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant-Vivier de Montfort) was second for P-Y Verva at 74/1 with 64/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (4m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau) third with Jonathan Carre aboard. The Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (monte, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, three year-olds) went to second choice 3.7/1 Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons. She scored in 1.14.4kr for her fifth lifetime win and 243,540 euros earned for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Favored 1.9/1 Anastasia Fella was disqualified for a miscue and pacesetter Airport ended fifth. Agrippine (3f Hasting-Moqueuse-Extreme Dream) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard with Apollon de la Lys (3m Ouragan de Celland-Hillary de Pierji-Butin du Vivier) finishing third. A big crowd was on-hand for the racing festivities today including youngsters being entertained by Disney activities. Racing resumes at Paris-Vincennes on the afternoons of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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