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January 2, 2016 - Jennifer Tillman teamed 4.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) to victory in today’s V75 Gold with 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart harness racing event. Thomas Jezek is the trainer of Food Money. 2.5/1 On Hold (8g Valley Victor-Kill Time-SJ’s Caviar) was second for driver Magnus Jakobsson with third to 5.5/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) with Leif Witasp aboard. Democrat, Francais Gull and Luckycharm Hanover (at 3.8/1) trailed the top three to the line. Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2016 - Daniel Reden’s trainee Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) heads an 11 horse field in Saturday’s V75 Gold at Romme. Owned by Stall Zet, this winner of over 3.1SEK million will be driven by legendary Orjan Kihlstrom. Other 3SEK million plus winners in the group include Francais du Gull and David Sisu. Early favorite is Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide) trained and driven by Leif Witasp. This one has three wins in his last six outings and was six for 14 in 2015. January 2, 2015 V75 Gold – Romme, 2140 meters autostart, first prize 150,000SEK Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Food Money, Jennifer Tiillman Francais du Gull, Erik Lindegren Luckycharm Hanover, Orjan Kihlstrom Nato Dream, Ulf Ohlsson On Hold, Magnus Jakobsson License Holder, Joni-Petteri Irri I Saw You, Ake Lindblom Save My Ashes, Benny Christensen Democrat, Torbjorn Jansson David Sisu, Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series International Gold-Gert Lindbergs (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Pine Chip) at 2.6/1 for teamster Johnny Takter. 7.3/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) was next for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 6.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) and driver Jennifer Tillman. Well-regarded Dreams Take Time and Food Money were disqualified. The Baroness Karsks for aged mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3.8/1 Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) for Peter Untersteiner ahead of 4.2/1 Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Third was 7.1/1 My Happiness EP (7f Credit Winner-US Francesca-Coktail Jet) handled by Jeppe Juel. Radysin America was a scratch. The 200,000SEK (to winner) Stayerlopp over 3140 meters (voltstart) went to 2.5/1 Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. The winner overcame a 60 meter handicap. 6.9/1 Condor Motion (6g Adams Hall-Lady Motion-Goetmals Wood) was second for Hans Crebas after a 20 meter penalty. 14.5/1 Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) ended third for Ulf Ohlsson, this one also overcoming a 60 meter handicap. Thomas H. Hicks

Monday (December 21) at Cagnes-Sur-Mer was held the Prix des Lutins (purse €21,000, 14 three year-olds, 2925 meters) and the 1.18.2kr winner was 19.7/1 outsider Courtly Love (3m Love You-Minnie Perrine) for trainer/driver Ch-A Mary and Ecurie D. The 1.1/1 favorite Cyprin d’Erable (3m Prodigious-Quinine d’Lerable) was second for driver/trainer Yannick A. Briand with 7.3/1 Cornflower Jac (3g Opium-Lady Mary) home third, also trained by Briand, On December 16 in Sweden the Gosta Nordins (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to 3.7/1 favorite Luckycharm Hanover (7m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The veteran classmaster defeated 18.6/1 I Saw You (10g Love You-I Saw Molly-Lindys Crown) handled by trainer Ake Lindblom with third to 4.8/1 Attack Diablo (5g Blue York Yankee-Chanson d’Inverne-SJs Photo) that Yohan Untersteiner drove for trainer Peter Untersteiner. On that Solvalla card the Gunnar Nordins (purse 100,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.4/1 favorite Al’s Wintermede (4m Olimede-Memory-Supergill) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Svante Ericsson. 15.5/1 Be Spontaneous (4m Andover Hall-Inspired Society-Self Possessed) was second for Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 35.8/1 Digital Collection (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) was third for Per Lennartsson and trainer Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

Earlier this week at Axevella (SWE) harness racing driver Bjorn Goop recorded his 6,000th career victory. The son of legendary Ole Goop, himself a winner of over 6,600 races, has proven to be particularly adept at winning classics across multiple venues and countries. Goop recorded his first victory in 1994 and reached the 3,000 mark in 2008. A recap of his many classic wins follows: SWEDEN Elitloppet: Conny Nobell 2006, Timoko 2014 Svenskt Travderby: Conny Nobell 2005 Svenskt Trav-Kriterium: Sans Peur 1997,Conny Nobell 2004 Svenskt Trav-Oaks: Early Southwind 2006, Pebbly 2009 Svensk Uppfödningslöpning: Even Who 2003, Mister J.P. 20014  Olympiatravet: Thai Tanic 2006 Grand Prix de l'U.E.T: Conny Nobell 2005 StoChampionatet: Carolinas Mystic 19997, Sweet As Candy 2000 Konung Gustaf V:s Pokal: Conny Nobell 2005 Breeders' Crown: Joy Ås 2005, Conny Nobell 2004, Yield Boko 2008, 2012-Barracuda River 2012, Psycho 2014,Pacific Broline 2015, Birgitta Palema 1997, Miss Beniss 2012, Makhtoub Jet 2004, Yield Boko 2009 Korta Stoklass: Tigger 2006, Långa Stoklass: Joy Ås 2005, Korta: Conny Nobell 2004, Tiberius F. 2013 FRANCE Prix de France: Noras Bean 2014, Timoko 2015 Grand Criterium de Vitesse: Timoko 2015 Criterium Continental: Tumble Dust 2014 NORWAY Oslo Grand Prix: Arch Madness 2011 Bjerke Cup: Maktoub Jet 2008, Global Investment 2009, Classic Grand Cru 2012, B.W.L.Champion 2013 Jarlsberg Grand Prix: Claudia B.R. 2014 Klosterskogen Grand Prix: Classic Grand Cru 2011, Classic Grand Cru 2013, Oasis Bi 2014, Oasis Bi 2015 Norskt Travkriterium: Muscles Wiking B.R. 2010 Norskt Travkriterium, ston: Angelina B.R. 2011 Norskt Trav-Derby: Muscles Wiking B.R. 2011 Norskt Sto Derby: Rita Sensation 2010, Claudia B.R. 2014 Rikstotons Europamatch: Conny Nobell 2006, Quarcio du Chene 2009 DENMARK Copenhagen Cup: Libeccio Grif 2011 Danskt Trav-Derby: Tumble Dust 2014 Treåringseliten: Leila Axe 2008, Chocolate Day 2014 Fyraåringseliten: V.C.Chocoholic 2012 FINLAND Finlandia Ajo: Quarcio du Chene 2010, Sebastian K. 2012 Kymi Grand Prix: Timoko 2014 ITALY GP Freccia d'Europa: Smashing Victory 2005 GP Costa Azzurra: Smashing Victory 2006 Gran Premio Citta' di Montecatini: Smashing Victory 2006 Campionato Europeo: Smashing Victory 2006 Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - At Jagersro this day (Saturday) the Gold Division Meadow Prophet (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 odds Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for driver Christoffer Eriksson clocked in 1.13kr. 14.4/1 Kadett CD (8m Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Robert Bergh, with third to 4.6/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) driven by Jennifer Tillman and trainer Per K. Eriksson. O’Grady led early before yielding to the eventual winner. Rod Stewart and Riff Kronos ended fourth and fifth, respectively. On the Jagersro card was the featured two year-old contest Gr. I National Svensk Uppfodningslopning over 1640 meters autostart with 700,000SEK to the winner. 2/1 favorite Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) recorded this victory timed in 1.14kr for Per Lennartsson, also trainer. Gareth Boko now has four wins in seven starts for earnings of 1,230,500SEK. 3.6/1 Racing Mange (2m Orlando Vici-Kickan-Alf Palema) was second  trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Chocolate Gold (2m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) at 7.3/1 and teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Johnny Takter driven Undine finished fourth after leading early and fast. Thomas H. Hicks  

On Tuesday at Axevalla, Sweden, the veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) took the featured Ullbergs Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.5kr for driver Magnus Jakobsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. This 3.3/1 second choice in the wagering defeated 2.7/1 favorite Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) handled by Christoffer Eriksson and 50/1 Britt Hudson (9f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) driven by Thomas Dalborg. On Monday at Halmstad SWE the Jerry Riordan trained, Mauro Prospero owned Sonny Bull (4m Uronometro-Miss Morique-Spotlite Lobell) took an event worth 30,000SEK to the winner over the 2140 meter autostart course. This 9.8/1 winner was handled by Peter Ingves. The 5/2 favorite Thaitec (5f Thai Tanic-Super Tec-Super Arnie) as second for Peter Untersteiner with 28/1 Morpheus (5g Rite On Line-Turninglow-Spotlite Lobell) home third for teamster Andre Eklundh. On Wednesday at Solvalla the 3/2 favorite and pacesetter Wingait CH (3g Bring Me Back-Wingait Inga-Juliano Star) took an event for three year-olds worth 60,000SEK to the winner over the 2140 meter autostart course accelerating to hold the lead to the line. Bjorn Goop teamed this one for trainer Stefan Persson and Stall Wingait HB. 7/1 Expensive River (3g Raja Mirchi-First Out-Lemon Dra) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl, an active US yearling buyer this week at Harrisburg. 5/1 Echauffour US (3m Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream-Pearsall Hanover) closed well for third driven by Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

October 24, 2015 - The diminutive mare Delicious U.S. (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB- Lemon Dra) was a game winner Saturday at Jagersro, in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series C.L. Mullers Memorial, starting from post 12 for the harness racing teamster Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The Stall Zet owned winner scored in 1.12.1kr over 2640 meters autostart to earn 500,000SEK first money. Delicious now has a slate of 18-9-7 in 43 career starts with five wins in eight 2015 appearances. Driver Kihlstrom took back initially and eventually raced seventh behind Backfire on the outer. Delicious made a three wide move to gain the death seat with about 1000 meters to go and rounding the final bend gained advantage from then leading pacesetter Dreams Take Time. She then held off fast finishing Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide)driven by Robert Bergh to score by a length with Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Heeja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) third and Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) holding fourth got Peter Untersteiner. Replay: Thomas H. Hicks

October 23, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.55 million) was the Grand Prix de la Toussaint – Tour European (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 entrants) at Mons Ghlin and it went to 9/2 odds Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche) for reinsman Sebastien Ernault for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Timed in 1.12.4kr the winner defeated 17/1 Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Unde d’Havetot) driven by J-Cl. Hallais for trainer J-W Hallais and J.Cl.R. Lucas, the owner by two lengths. 7.9/1 barefoot Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard with 4.3/1 odds Ricimmer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) fourth for trainer/owner/driver Herve Soinneau. 64/1 outsider Paladin Bleu (12m Jag de Bellouet-Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fifth. Well regarded Roxana de Barbray was disqualified for a miscue and 1.4/1 favorite Roi du Lupin was eigth. While finishing third today, Solea Rivelliere won the title European Tour – French Trotteur. Replay: Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Uppercut de Manche S. Ernault J.-Y. Rozé T. Raffegeau 2ème 16 Sierra Leone J.-C. Hallais Ecurie Jean-Cl.Hallais J.-W. Hallais 3ème 8 Soléa Rivellière P. Daugeard J.-C. Lucas P. Daugeard 4ème 2 Ricimer H. Sionneau Ecurie Sionneau Hervé H. Sionneau 5ème 12 Paladin Bleu M. Huygens Ecurie Alta Bleu L. Thieulent  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 2241     Ordre :       46.159,80€     Désordre :       495,60€     Bonus 4 :       22,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       11,10€     Bonus 3 :       7,40€                     The Prix Champagne Moet at Mons Ghlin drew 15 International starters for a purse of €12,000 over 2300 meters autostart. 1.1/1 odds favorite Bandit Hornline (5m San Pellegrino-Dash Girl-Giant Chill) took this victory for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Askbollen. Timed in 1.13.9kr the narrow winner defeated 2.9/1 Angelina BR (7f Angus Hall-Fiery Chip) for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 158/1 Camino EV (9g Halimede-Jerkine) was third for owner Stal de Groningers and trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Also at Mons-Ghlin today was the Grand Prix Paris-Turf Belgique (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 13 International starters) and the six length 1.15.2kr winner was 1.1/1 odds Naglo’ del Nord (8g Naglo-Entita’ del Nord) for teamster Nico d’Haenens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner HB Ecurie Derco. 13/1 Tino la Ravelle (8g Islero de Bellouet-Jirania la Ravelle) was second for Sebastien Ernault and trainer E-G Blot with third to 118/1 longshot Sole Mia (9g Halimede-Jerkine) driven by Geir Vergeerde, trainer Henk A.J. Grift and owner Stal de Groningers. This day in Sweden there were two interesting Solvalla winners. Rum Swizzle (3f Holiday Road-Southwind Caramel-Revenue) won at 22/1 odds for Per Lennartsson defeating Stefan Melander driving Tweet Hanover. The other winner that caught my attention was Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom at 5.2/1 with second to Ladyofthelike for Pierre Nystrom. This winner is trained by Roger Walmann for Stall Courant AB, and is a half-sister to Intense America. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 7 at Solvalla was an interesting harness racing card headlined by the sixth consecutive win by Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) reined by owner Stefan Melander clocked in 1.12.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for this Kat 2 victory and now has an 8-1-1 slate in 10 starts this year for 2,350,000SEK earned. The lifetime stats are 24-11-2 in 37 starts for 16,882,726SEK. Off at even money Nuncio gained the front in the first turn and led the rest of the journey to secure a three length victory. 28/1 Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Per Lennartsson and third went to 19/1 Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with Wim Paal. On the Solvalla card was a prep for the October 18 Grand Prix de l’Uet and 1.8/1 Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) took home the 150,000SEK first money for Per Lennartsson. 5.4/1 Sorbet (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of 3.5/1 From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Erik Adielsson aboard. The Breeders Crown for two year-olds (175,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) went to 23.7/1 outsider Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 5.3/1 Rhyme Broline (2f Celebrity Secret-Candelin-Armbro Goal) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Bath. Third was 17/1 Inga In Heaven (2f Orlando Vici-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Fredrik Wallin. Thomas H. Hicks  

Swedish trotter Daryl Boko could make his first public outing in New Zealand as soon as next week. West Melton harness racing trainer Tim Butt said the six-year-old Majestic Son trotter has continued to thrive in the last few weeks. Daryl Boko is on track for cup week but is still no certainty and Butt said while it would be great to see him racing in the big time so soon, the winner of nine races from 28 starts would not be rushed if he was not ready. "We'll just play if by ear and give him a couple of quiet trials and see how it goes," Butt said. "He'll tell us when he's ready, there's still a bit of fine tuning to go yet but the main things is to go to the trials and work out where we are and what we need to change." If Daryl Boko is ready to go for cup week, Butt said he would be leaning towards racing on only one of the two days. "I'm probably more inclined to go for the Dominion (Handicap) because it's a prestigious race, it's the bigger stake and I think he is a pretty good little stayer. "Generally the French and Swedish trotters are pretty good stayers because they are used to going quick the whole way, the run each half in a minute they don't loiter around, that's just their style of racing," Butt said. In the northern hemisphere Daryl Boko has won over a mile right through to 3100m. Daryl Boko arrived in New Zealand in early August and went straight into work at Butt's Premier Stables after coming out of quarantine. Butt said because the seasons are back to front for Daryl Boko, and it's been a strong relatively cold spring, he has started to develop his winter coat but overall he had acclimatised well. Daryl Boko's last race day start in Sweden was on July 2. Butt has experience with bringing in trotters from the Northern Hemisphere and that was paying dividends with the preparation of Daryl Boko. Scandinavian trotter Peak looked to be the future of Butt's already lengthy trotting legacy when he won his first two starts in the 2013 Group III Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile and the Group I NZ Trotting Free-For-All but picked up a suspensory ligament injury in the Dominion Handicap three days later that ended his racing carer. Peak began a successful stud carer but Butt and many of Peak's syndicate went looking for a replacement and found Daryl Boko. If Butt can bring out Daryl Boko's best form, it would be good enough to challenge the current crop of top liners. Meanwhile, Stent, Master Lavros, Habibti and Kincaslough have all been nominated to return to Addington this week for the Group III Canterbury Park Trotting Cup on Friday. Sheemon, who did not race last week and Alley Way, who has not raced since May, are also in the nominations. Harness jewels winner King Denny will trial at Addington on Tuesday. The Group II Canterbury Classic looks likely to be the strongest pacing field this season, with Smolda resuming to take on Christen Me plus Brilliant Strike, Te Kawau and Ideal Success in the nominations to join the crop that have already contested the Maurice Holmes Vase and Avon City Ford Cup. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the permission of Stuff NZ   -   Check site here

September 27. 2015 - Today’s Gr. I National Swedish Kriterium (2SEK million to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.8kr by three-quarters of a length for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner, second choice in the race wagering, recorded his fifth career win, with one second, in six starts as he defeated Pythagoras Face (3m Muscle Hill-Occitane-Hasting) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. Previously unbeaten favorite Mister JP (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) set the pace for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner J-P Barjon, before tiring off the last turn, and ending third. Cupido Sisu (3g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was fourth with JohnnyTakter teaming. The winner closed stoutly off rated fractions (1.11.1kr after 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the 1000; 1.14kr 1t 1500; 1.13.5kr at 2000 mark). The co-featured Swedish Oaks (1.4SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 33/1 outsider Spoil Me (3f Going Kronos-Mystic Ann-Kadabra) with Kenneth Haugstad aboard for trainer Walmann. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini with third to stablemate Pasithea Face (3f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionant) with Adrian Koljini teaming. Fourth went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee). Favored Tunika was disqualified. Spoil Me was clocked in 1.11.5kr, 2:33 over the distance. An interesting undercard showcased wins by horses with US connections, breeding or otherwise: Raffinos (5f Chocolatier-Honeyed-Mack Lobell) in the Diamondstoet Final worth 200,000SEK to the winner Amity (3f Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the Oaks Consolation with 100,000SEK to winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) won the four year-olds mares race to earn 50,000SEK Carmine AM (3m Muscle Hill-Attid VG-Spotlite Lobell) won a three year-old open event to earn 50,000SEK Oh Goodness (5f Chocolatier-Minnesota Carol-Garland Lobell) won 50,000SEK with a 1.14.4 victory over 2140 meters autostart in a four year-old conditioned event Faye Bros (3f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) took a three year-old conditioned event to earn 50,000SEK with Jorma Kontio up Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) earned 100,000SEK with a Kat. I victory Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) earned 100,000SEK for a Kriterium Consolation win driven by Kenneth Haugstad for Roger Walmann. This one is a half-brother to Just Stunning by Muscle Hill. Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) won 50,000SEK for a conditioned win driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. This one is a half-sister to stakes winner Intense America Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - The third and final session of the prestigious ASVT Kriterie Yearling Sale was completed this evening. 90 of 130 catalogued sold (69.2%) in the last session for an average of US$ 7,078. Eight head brought 150,000SEK or more led by the Ready Cash filly Bathilda Bagshot, hip 452. The total sale saw 335 horses sold from 482 catalogued (69.5%) with gross sales of 29,795,000SEK, an average of US$10,560. The sale leader was hip 8 Just Stunning, a filly by Muscle Hill-Illustre November, that brought US$78,369. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 25, 2015 - The first two sessions of the Kriterie Yearling Sale in Sweden have been completed. A total of 482 yearlings were catalogued. The final session is Saturday. The initial session on Thursday was labeled a select session and its 122 catalogued yearlings resulted in 89 sold for an average in US dollars of $18,431. Trainer Roger Wallmann being the leading buyer and the top priced yearling sold was a Muscle Hill filly for $78,369, she from the Viking Kronos-Lovely Godiva mare Illustre November. Lovely Godiva was a winner of over $1.4 million and victorious in classic races from aged two through seven. At age seven she won the Prix de France and at age nine she was second in the Prix de Belgique, Prix de Paris and Prix d’Amerique. The second session on Friday showed 156 sold from 230 catalogued with an average in US dollars of $8,080.  The results sale to-date show an average of $11,840. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) and harness racing trainer/driver Robert Bergh took today’s 2140 meter autostart Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla with 250,000SEK to the first place finisher. The winner, owned by Stall Lars Vegard, rallied stoutly to score clocked in 1.11.6kr over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) in rein to trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) hugged the pegs to land third for Wim Pall, trainer Holger Ehlert and Scuderia Scarton Stable. Beau Mec was fourth for trainer Bergh and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Favorite Knows Nothing set the pace for Ulf Ohlsson before weakening in the last bend. Fractions were well rated (1.09.8kr after 500 meters; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 1500 and home in a quick 1.11.6kr). The scratch of the fast Delicious from the Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) left the door open for well-regarded winner Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) that scored gate to wire clocked in 1.11.7kr for Erik Adielsson. Stall Fagerhult owns Youana. Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) ended second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander with Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo). Co-favorite Eketorpets Tess made an early miscue for disqualification. The John Deere Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) was also a solid event with this victory going to Ochongo Face (4g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) handled by trainer Erik Lindegren. He was timed in 1.12.6kr to defeat Space Photo (7g Fast Photo-Lady Toscana-Peace On Earth) and Make It Quick (4g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK-Carmody Lobell). Serious Try, a recent winner of a Derby elimination, closed well for fourth from post 11. Thomas H. Hicks

September 21, 2015 - Today’s Stall Gelis-Hallards Mastarien at Halmstad SWE (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) clocked in 1.12.2kr for harness racing driver Flemming Jensen.  The winner recorded victory 34 in 91 starts, now for career earnings of 3,506,184SEK. Stelton (6g Dream Vacation-Nanvet;s Crown-Speedy Crown) was second for Jeppe Juel with Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos)( third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. I Won’t Dance (9g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory) finished fourth for Peter Ingves with fifth to Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Jan Henriksson. In France at Craon turf action was on stage in the Prix Henri Desmontils (€36,000, 3500 meters, 17 starters on grass). 9/2 odds Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) took victory for Mathieu Abrivard timed in 5:05.59 (1.26.7kr) over second finishing Triton de Corbery (8g Janko-Hermine du Genet) at 109/1 odds. Third went to 55/1 Sir Tely (9g Joe l’Amoroso-Neuville) with fourth to 2.4/1 favorite Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) driven by J-M Bazire. Also on the Craon card was the Prix Equidia Live (purse €22,000, 2750 meters, 13 turf starters) with victory earned by 10/1 Cup Of Smart (3f Ready Cash-My Cut) for Ecurie Smart and teamster J. Lebutreill. 6/1 Cristal de Vandel (3g Quaro-Kalmia de Vandel) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 8/1 Cyrius du Lorault (3g Nil du Rib-Native du Lorault). Time was 1.28.8kr on the soft grass. At Avenches (Suisse) the Grand Prix Suisse (purse €20,815, 2350 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 4/5 favorite Attenarco (5g Ready Cash-Mottmara) for driver He. Turrettini and Ecurie Turrettini. 3/1 Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Marc-Andre Bovay with 9/2 odds Tango du Martza (8g Jag de Bellouet-Aide du Martza) third for trainer/driver Renaud Pujol. Top flight SWE action takes place on Saturday September 26 led by the Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and its solid field as shown below: Friction, Joh. Takter Ringostarr Treb, Wim Paal Knows Nothing, U. Ohlsson Beau Mec, T. Jansson Vasterbo Highflyer, D. Reden Lord Capar, Peter Karlsson Harry Haythrow, P. Untersteiner Arazi Boko, C. Eriksson Global Money, R. Bergh Democrat, P. Lennartsson The Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for mares is also on tap with Delicious and Youana the likely favorites: Donna di Quattro, B. Goop Delicious, D. Reden Eketorpets Tess, J. Untersteiner Youana, E. Adielsson Talk The Talk, S. Melander Air Frame, P. Lennartsson Mousse, Joh. Takter Blue Martini As, K. Haugstad Fleetfoot Hanover, P. Untersteiner Curtsy Hanover, T. Jansson Solvalla Program 9-26-15: Thomas H. Hicks

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