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The 5.6/1 Bevert Express (7g Tenor de Baune-Sweet Sixteen) overcame a 25 meters handicap to win the harness racing Grand Prix Groupe Bouttemy on the turf at Arras, France on Sunday (purse €35,000, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) with Francois Pierre Bossuet driving. He also trains the winner for Ecurie Tenor, now with 12 wins in 67 career starts for €202,610 earned. The 26/1 Africain (8m Oardo-Kamine), also 25 meter penalized, took second for Yann Gerard and breeder/owner/trainer Vincent Collard. Third was 47/1 and 25 meter handicapped Bora Fligny (7f Magnificent Rodney) for trainer/driver Christophe Chalon for Ecurie Chalon. Two 50 meter penalized starters were fourth and fifth, 5.6/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) for Jeremy Koubiche, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Mlle. Anette Holmgren, and 16/1 Uvinito (10g Inver) reined by Christian Boisnard, the breeder/owner/trainer. A great race it was before a large, enthusiastic audience. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 6, 2015 - Today’s strong card included Regional Finals such as the LeTrot Open des Regions for three year-olds. The Gr. III event over 2700 meters carried a purse of €85,000 and the winner was clocked in 1.15.2kr. The winner was 2.1/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) handled by Damien Bonne for trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Second was 3.3/1 Caid Griff (3m Password-Savanne Griff) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff, ahead of 18.5/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festira des Baux) and Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 8 starters) went to 27.3/1 Be Mine de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Olitade Kefrauso) trained by Franck Leblanc and ridden today by Mlle. M. Bacsi. 2/1 Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was second for Francois Legadeuc and trainer/owner Jean-Michel Baudouin. 5.1/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta For Favor) was third for Damien Bonne. Bolero Love led for much of contest before being a late disqualification. The fractions were quick (1.08.5kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000; 1.11.9kr at 500; 1.12kr finish). The LeTrot Open des Regions four year-olds (Gr. III purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.14.9kr winner Big Boss (4g Xaar-Le Balafre) at 9.9/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Herve Chauve-Laffey. 51/1 Bar d’Or (4g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second with Brindor (4g Mage de la Merite-Houba des Etangs) third for Frankc Nivard overcoming a 25 meter penalty as did fourth finishing Barry Felin. Fractions in this test follow (1.15kr at 1500; 1.12.9kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500). Ullster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) won today’s featured €150,000 purse Masters Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf over 2850 meters distance handicap (plus 15 meters for winners over €400,000 lifetime). This race was the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.85 million) of the day. The 2.8/1 favorite was driven by Franck Nivard for trainer J-M Baudouin and timed in 1.12.8kr in the narrow verdict over 5.3/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) and Eric Raffin for trainer J-P Marmion. 12/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade), starting with a 25 meter penalty, was third for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders (dam Enfilade produced double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream). The fractions were quick from the start (1.11.6kr at 1500; 1.11.7kr at 1000, 1.12.8kr at 500). Original favorite Anna Mix, second in the first “B” showing an impressive effort, was scratched by judges after refusing the start twice, as he has done previously. The Prix de L’Eure (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to the decisive rallying 7.2/1 Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) driven by J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy trainer for KLV Holding AB. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed 3.3/1 Olivier Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) home second for trainer Ulf Stenstomer with 8.5/1 Ustov (7g Niky-Oh Manon) third for David Thomain for trainer J-P Thomain. The winner was clocked in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.6 kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 mark). The LeTrot Open des Regions for five year-olds (purse €85,000, Gr. III over 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 3.9/1 Anzi des Liards (5g Look de Star-Navaicaa du Sud) for driver Romain Derieux and trainer/owner David Bekaert. Favorite at 4/5 was second finishing Alinea (5g Baccarat du Pont-Pavive) for trainer/driver Damien Bonne while 16/1 Alamo du Goutier (5g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) was third. The winner was timed in 1.14.3kr with a strong finish off slow fractions (1.16.7kr at 1500 and 1000 meters to go posts; 1.15.9kr at 500). Thomas H. Hicks  

September 12, 2015 - Saturday’s Prix Georges Dreux (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, monte 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 4/5 choice Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joseph Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr the winner defeated 4/1 odds Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) ridden by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault. Third went to 6.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzlrXi8Mbo Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) took the Prix RMC (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the good undercard timed in 1.12.8kr for J-M Bazire driving for trainer J-M Baudouin, off at 2.4.1 odds. Atlas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) was second for Joakim Lovgren at 3.4/1 with third to 6.4/1 Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) reined by Pierre Levesque for Nicolas Ensch trainer. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €3.15 million. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbyb6Bgm8aY   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ulster Perrine J.-M. Bazire C. Ouzzan J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 9 Alfas Da Vinci SWE J. Lövgren Stall Jamn Lenhovda J. Lövgren 3ème 12 Osiride Grif ITY P. Levesque Winner Stable N. Ensch 4ème 18 Tarass d'Amour E. Raffin Ecurie Sébastien Guarato S. Guarato 5ème 15 Urac R. Derieux A. De Sousa N. Ensch  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2161   Ordre :       1.960,00€   Désordre :       39,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ 24/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was victorious in the Prix de Montelimar (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.15.9kr for teamster Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Even-money favorite Chicago Blues (3m Prodigious-New Orleans) held second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin with third to 31/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) and reinsman Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. The Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr clocked, 9/10 favorite Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) driven by Franck Nivard. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that defeated 6/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) and teamster J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 43/1 outsider Barjal(4m Memphis du Rib-Jaldemosa) landed third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-4iwjPyKdo The Paris-Vincennes co-featured Gr. I Prix de Normadie (purse €240,000, monte over 3000 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed winner Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) handled by Antoine Lamy for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Haras de la Coquenne. He was off at 36/1 odds. 2.6/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 5.3/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gLzpCp2udY At Wolvega the Derby Four Year-Olds (purse €28,600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 9.8/1 Early Stardust (4f Orlando Vici-Timely Stardust-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Cees-F Kemminga. 4/1 Exceptional Boko (4m Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) was second for Rob-T DeVieger and trainer D-P Tesselaar with third to 22/1 Easytowin (4f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) with Dion-P Tesselaar up on his trainee. At Bollnas SWE this day, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman in a 1.12.2kr tight photo over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Daniel Reden the pilot. Beau Mec was third for Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 4, 2015 - Graded events and fast-class harness racing action graced the Saturday card at Vincennes, albeit taking a back seat to Bold Eagle’s 12th consecutive victory. The Quinte+ Prix d’Aubussion (€55,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune - Nana Perrine) and J-M Bazire. The 3.4/1 second choice scored handily in 1.11.5kr off quick fractions for trainer J-M Baudouin to defeat Universal Rider and Mathieu Mottier with third to Sahara Fairytale the 1.8/1 favorite for Christophe Martens. The International Monte Gr. II Prix Theophile Lallouet (€120,000, 2700 meters) went to 44/1 outsider Nene Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc - Maureen Lobell) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Vincent Lacroix. The winner scored in 1.13.8kr off modest fractions to defeat 1.7/1 Uppercut de Manche with Anthony Barrier up and 52/1 Rapide du Digeon and Mathieu Abrivard. Roxanne Griff finished fifth after surging toward the front off the final bend. The Prix du Treport (€85,000, 2700 meters, 13 european starters) went to fast closing Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star - Melba du Vivier), the 3/2 favorite with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato timed in 1.12.4kr. Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) was the 6/1 second place closer for Franck Nivard with Spain’s Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) third at 22/1 for Gabrielle-Angel Pou Pou. The Gr. II Prix Paul Legueurney (€120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters) went to the classy mare Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. She scored in 1.13.9kr as the .5/1 favorite ahead of Blue Grass (4f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha at 6/1 for trainer Philippe Allaire and teamster Joann Lebourgeois. Tony LeBeller drove Bambina Majic (4f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic) home third at 16/1. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (£60,000 purse, 2100 meters, 8 starters) went to 1.3/1 odds Cobra Blue (3m Fortuna Fant - Nuit Ipisee) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner G.E. Morin. This 1.14.1kr winner defeated Charly de Noyer (3m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) and Coktail Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ocarina Mesloise). Tom Hicks  

The featured Gr. I UET Masters Series Prix de L’lle de France (€200,000 purse, 2175 meters, International, 12 starters) produced what appeared to be a  wide rally by the “Grande-Dame” of French trotting Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) as she scored narrowly across the line for Eric Raffin, harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff.  The 3/5 favorite was, however, disqualified after steward investigation and this denied her from achieving the €3 million mark in career earnings. Roxane again drifted very wide in the stretch as she did in the Prix de Cornulier on January 18th (Eric Raffin commented post-race that the great champion used her heart to overcome pain).  Placed first was Udayama (7f Echo - Lancia du Pont) trained by Lois Groussard and handled by Gaetan Prat and race pacesetter Talicia Bella (8f General du Pommeau -Illicia Bella), ridden by Anthony Barrier, was placed second ahead of Seduisant Fouteau. The undercard this day was exceptional, with several group (graded) events. The Gr. III monte Prix de l’Amite (€95,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 participants) went to the Camille Levesque teamed Valse de Reve (6f Mister President-Nouba Houba) that was off at 1.3/1 for trainer Nicolas Roussel. The good performing mare swept to the lead in the last turn and held off two challengers in deep stretch, second placed Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) at 2.5/1 for Damien Bonne and trainer Sebastian Ernault, followed by Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette). The winner was clocked in 1.12.5kr after even fractions (1.11.4kr at 1500; 1.12kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500). The Grand Prix d’Afrique (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot) went to Vico du Petit Odon (6g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) at 2.4/1 odds,  driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner that scored in 1.14.8kr with a sharp closing kick (fractions 1.16.5kr at 1500; 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.16.1kr at 500). Theo d’Erah (8g Baccarat du Pont-Linda d’Erah) closed well for second, handled by David Thomain, at 90/1. By Air (8g From Above-Come Fly With Me) held third for Sweden’s trainer/driver Robert Bergh at 31/1 and Italy’s Overland Gar (7f Windsong’s Legacy-Happy Diamonds) was a 47/1 third for driver/trainer Romain Derieux. Race five on the excellent card today was the Gr. III Prix de Rouen (€100,000 purse, 2700 meters, nine European participants) and the exciting finish was changed by disqualification of the Stg H. Johansson trained  Indigious that was rough gaited shortly before the line. Thus, Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was placed first at 9/10 odds for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, over second placed Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 31/1 Vive Mayjc (6f Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue) was placed third and she was reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Louis Baudron. The winner was clocked in 1.13.6kr closing sharply off soft fractions (1.14.5kr at 1500; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.15kr at 500). The Gr. III Prix La Marne (€110,000 purse, 2700 meters, International, 13 starters) produced a victory for Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and teamster David Thomain. The Cyril Raimbaud trainee, off at 8/1 odds, defeated Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and Solea Riveliere (9f Calife des Noues-Holua Rivelliere) with Philippe Daugeard aboard at 18/1. Soleil du Fosse finished fourth with Beckman fifth. Favorite Viking de Val ended eighth and Rapide de Digeon was unplaced in this fast-class event. The winner was clocked in 1.13.4kr on honest fractions (1.12.9ker at 1500; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.13.4 at 500).  Thomas H. Hicks  

Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia  Mesloise), at 2.6/1 odds, with jubilant Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Griff and conditioner Sebastian Guarato, made a powerful move around the final bend from third over in the outer flow and surged to the front in winning the €700,000 Prix de Cornulier (monte) at Vincennes, France. They held off the favorite 1.8/1 Tiego d’Etang (8m Chaillot-Harolena) and Charles J. Bigeon up in the drive, overcoming a drift out to the fans fence by Roxane Griff that perhaps cost her four lengths and nearly the victory as she won by just a head. Nevertheless she held on with Raffin saluting the crowd without reins in hand. Roxane Griff scored her 21st victory in 105 starts, now for €2,891,818 earned. The “grande-dame” of trotting raced without shoes. This was the world's richest monte race for trotters. Pacesetter Vittel de Brevol and David Thomain was third on the line but disqualified causing Talicia Bella (8g General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) to be placed third for Anthony Barrier and trainer J-P Marmion, ahead of Udayama and Ugo de Nieil. The winner became the first ten year-old to win this classique. The pace was even (1.13.6kr at 1500; 1.13.6kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500: 1.13.3kr finish) but the top two picked it up impressively in the drive to the line. The Cornulier was today’s Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot €4.35 million) and over €1.85 million was bet on the race on win/place alone. On a sunny, well-attended winter day at Paris-Vincennes, the Gr. II monte Prix Camille de Wazieres (€120,000 purse, monte, 2175 meters) went to 7/1 Bocage d’Ortize (4m Mirage du Goutier-Providence d’Ortize) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. The winner rallied steadily in the lane to defeat 4/5 favorite Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up, also for top trainer Guarato. Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was a good third for Franck Lagadeuc at the lines for Jean-Michel Baudouin. The winner scored in a sharp 1.12.3kr after solid early fractions (1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.11.1kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500). The Gr. III Prix de Dinan (€110,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to fast finishing 6/1 Volare de Lou (6g Korean-Pareastern de Lou) with Christophe Martens driving for trainer Vincent Martens. The winner scored in 1.14.4kr after modest fractions. Vodka du Wallon (6f Onlyx du Goutier-Neige des Harneaux) was second at 8/1 for Eric Raffin ahead of 41/1 Val Royal with Alexandre Abrivard teaming for trainer J-M Bazire. The Gr. III Prix de Valence (€95,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Buffalo de Beylev (4m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Hubert Hardy. 67/1 outsider Bardane du Houlbet was second for David Thomain with third to 10/1 Brasil de Bailly and teamster Franck Ouvrie. The winner scored in 1.15.5kr. Today’s Prix Bellino II (€85,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced victory for 2/1 Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition), with David Thomain up for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The winner scored in 1.14.4kr, closing stoutly off modest fractions (1.15.3kr at 1500; 1.14.4kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500). 25/1 Varoum Boy (6m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Girl) ended second for Eric Raffin and trainer Yves Dreux. Anthony Barrier teamed third place finisher Vivier de l;Oison (6g Prince de Montfort-Punaise) at 6/1. Lightly raced three year-olds contested the Prix de Maisons-Lafitte (€42,000 purse, 2200 meters, nine starters) and the winner was undefeated (now in three starts) Comtesse du Chene (3f Quaker Jet-Imperiola du Chene) with Pierre Vercruysse up at 9/10 odds. Cana de Bailly and Carla Bilou trailed the winner across the line. Young sire Quaker Jet looks to be an emerging stallion. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) rallied stoutly from fourth around the final bend to decisively score in today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series Monte Prix Jules Lemonnier (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters) in a sharp 1.11.8kr. Eric Raffin rated the gallant mare perfectly for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Ecurie Griff. Roxane Griff won for the 20th time in her career, now for earnings of €2,567,218, today at 3/5 odds. In her last seven outings she has a 1-3-2 slate with three mounted starts and four to sulky. Earlier this year she won the prestigious Prix de Cournulier (monte), the world’s richest monte race, a week before the the Prix d’Amerique . She then finished a solid fourth in that sulky classic. Germany’s Armando Kievitshof raced well today and held second for Philippe Masschaele and trainer Carine de Soete, in what was only his second monte start since April, at 25/1 odds. Torre Crepin (7g Capriccio-Ianaka) was third at 9/1. Well regarded veteran Singalo contested the event near the leading pack and eventually went offstride in late stretch. Today’s Gr. II Prix Une de Mai (€120,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters, two year-old females) went to front-striding Classica du Ruel (2f Scipion du Goutier-Romance du Ruel-Jam Pridem) with trainer Franck Anne up for breeder/owner Annick Bazin. The victory was the second of her brief career now for €127,480 earned. She was timed in a sharp 1.13.7kr, at 4.3/1 odds, in defeating Couleur Citron (2f Coktail Jet-L’aunou du Fier) and teamster Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire who trains for Ecurie J-P Barjon. Conception (2f Ready Cash-Soeur Winner) was third for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Allaire and owner Ecurie Val de Moulin. The Prix de Strasbourg (€88,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) also graced the card with that win to 4/5 favorite Trophee de Jaba (7g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita-Gal d’Hautmoniere) trained and reined by J-M Bazire. He was up in the final stride to score in 1.14.2kr to record career victory 17 for €447,900 earned. He posted his third straight win. The de Chene (7g Blue Eyes America-Heparine) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, also trainer, with third to Tornado de l’Ocean (7g Look de Star-Talvina) with Pierre Levesque teaming for trained Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie J-P Barjon. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Hippodrome Craon showcased a mixed card of cross country and trots on the turf course Sunday. The top trotting event was the €80,000 Gr. III Prix des Sulkys that went to Tenor de Legende (7g Carpe Diem-Nony Maker-Vikings Way) with trainer Frank Nivard aboard. 18 turf specialists contested this one over 2775 meters, distance handicapped. The winner, off at 6.4/1, overcame a 25 meter penalty to record his tenth victory for career earnings of €395,420. Ubu de Saint Marc was second for Damien Bonne and Super Berry Chenou was third for J-P Monclin. This eight year-old gelded son of Jardy has been a regular on the turf circuit. Antipasto (4m Quaker Jet-Nouba-Tenor de Baune), shown above, won for Pierre-Etienne Dubois, the first career win for the 16 year-old reinsman. The Antipasto/Dubois pair won the €20,000 Prix du Cheran over 2775 meters on 1.23.1kr on the turf. The winner, owned and trained by Jean-Etienne Dubois, recorded his sixth career victory now for earnings of €60,060 as he scored in a 13 horse field. Monte specialists also performed on the turf this day in the European Prix Huntington Avenir et Ouest France and 49.4/1 outsider Riton du Braud was victorious for Mlle. Marion Lemonnier over the 2775 meter distance for a purse of €32,000. The nine year-old gelded son of Ipson du Moumel-Kita du Braud defeated 15 rivals to record his tenth win in 77 starts. Un Aller (Alexandre Abrivard up) and Topaze Royale (Damien Bonne aboard) ended two-three in the contest. Twist Lie won the Amateur €8,000 Prix du Credit Agricole over 2775 meters. The seven year-old gelded son of Indy de Vivce-Fiesole de Mareuil) scored in a 12 horse field for owner/trainer/jockey Cyril Baty for his 16th win in 61 outings. All 12 starters stayed on gait and ended in the picture. The Craon card included six sulky trots, one monte, two steeplechase and one cross-country races on the well-bet card. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Un Mec d’Heripre took today’s Gr. II International Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. One of this summers’ best European based trotters, the six-year-old son of Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2700 meter course to win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner now has 17 career victories good for earnings of €1,001,780. Roxane Grif, a career winner of €2,474,618 battled gamely throughout, much of the journey uncovered on the outside, to hold second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. What a great mare she is! Veteran Roi du Lupin closed steadily to be third for Anthony Barrier. He’s now a career winner of €1,856,845 for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Vincennes card today was a good one with four graded events including the monte Prix de Basly for €120,000, and two other upper level events. Race summaries of these events are shown below. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Emile Wendling, Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15kr 1st Balva Mointaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.6/1 2nd Serpilla Spin (3m From Above-Karisma Zet), Franck Nivard, 10.3/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filanda), Pierre Vercruysse, 2.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Montier En Der, Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters 1st Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 6/1 2nd Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 4/5 odds 3rd Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Mathieu Mottier, 27.9/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Basly, monte Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters for three year-olds Fractions: 1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), Mathieu Mottier, 1.8/1 odds for this easy win 2nd Bocage d’Ortige (3m Mirages du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige), David Thomain aboard, 2.2/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odesis de Vandel-Natoes des Loges), P-Ph Ploquin up, 11.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris Vincennes, Prix d’Ete, Gr. II purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 7/10 odds 2nd 3rd Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 4.9/1 odds 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Damien Bonne for J-P Marmion, 3.1/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Mont St. Michel, European €65,000 purse, 16 starters, Q+ €4.45 million jackpot Fractions: 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/owner Th. Claesson, 29.1/1 2nd Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven), J-M Bazire, 1.9/1 favorite 3rd Orione Degli Dei (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Mauro Baroncini, 45.2/1 Quinte+ results of the race produced an exact order payoff of €112,440 for a €2 wager, excluding jackpot. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Joseph Aveline, €82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Alceate du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama), Mathieu Abrivard up, 6.4/1 2nd Anette du Mirel (4m Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), J-M Bazire for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 2.5/1 3rd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceintire), Joseph Verbeeck, 7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 The European summer season is in full swing and there were several races in the elite UET Masters Series last week – as the grand final looms next month with races in France and Sweden on Saturday (Sunday morning NZT). At Bergsaker (Sweden), rising star 5-year-old Quid Pro Quo (Yankee Glide) benefitted from a patient drive from Erik Adielsson and was too strong in the straight for his elder counterparts in the 205,000 euro Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot over 2,140 metres. He eventually won in 1’11’’2 km rate with Oasis Bi (Toss Out) taking second spot from Canada B.F (Jobie Tempest). Quid Pro Quo is now 9th in the UET Masters Series, with 1450 points. At Vincennes, top jockey Franck Nivard took 8-year-old gelding Sourire de Voutré (Gazouillis ) to the lead straight from the starting shute in the Prix Camille Lepecq, a Group 2 monte worth 120,000 euros. By the time he reached the top of the hill, his opponents were struggling and he accelerated on the downhill turn into the straight to leave champion mare Roxane Griff (Tenor de Baune )and Uppercut de Manche (Neutron du Cebe) behind. This was a 2700m race and the winner covered the distance in 1’12’’4 km rate (1.56.5MR). On the same card was one of the glamour events on the French calendar, the Criterium des 5 Ans, where the cream of the 5YO crop did battle over 3000m for a purse of 240,000 euros. It was Raffin again, who showed the same winning touch in the bike when he guided outsider Vabellino (5h Ouragan de Celland) to a stunning victory over Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet) and Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont) with favourite Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet) fourth. This is a race just 200m short of the the NZ Cup distance and includes two uphill climbs (the 3000m start is the toughest at Vincennes) and was still completed in a 1’12”7kr or a mile rate of 1.57. The record set last year by Up And Quick is an unbelievable 1’11”5 or a 1.55 mile rate. The following day there were two major races in Denmark at the Charlottenlund racetrack near Copenhagen with the UET Masters Series’ the Rex The Great Lopp (Group 2, 2,000 metres) was raced for 50,000 euros. It was won by the locally trained 8-year-old O’Grady (S J's Photo) who, on a slow track, was skillfully driven from the front by his trainer Flemming Jensen who stacked up the field and held off Politiken (Ens Snapshot) Obi-Wan (Ganymede), Neo Holmsminde (Valley Sentry) and US import Fawkes (SJ’s Caviar). The winner trotted slow 1’14’’5 km rate. On the same programme was the Group 1 Danish Trotting Derby worth 180,000 euros , which was won a few years ago by New Zealand-resident Peak, and this year’s renewal saw one of Sweden’s top reinsman Björn Goop guide Tumble Dust (4h, Crazed ) to victory for Tomas Malmqvist from Tano Bork (4h, Great Challenger ) and Tango Vang 4g (Lindy Lane). The slow track did not prevent a new record for the race, with the time of 1.14,7a for the 3000m journey or just over a 2 minute mile rate. EUROWATCH Videos Sundsvall Trot Click here to view Criterium des 5 Ans Click here to view Prix Camille Lepecq Click here to view Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand  

Last week showcased solid, competitive racing in France, Italy, Sweden and Hungary. Mid-week graded action at Paris-Vincennes highlighted the lead in to a superb racing weekend.  Africaine took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gondidec Wednesday for Jean-Etienne Dubois. The four-year-old daughter of Oiseau de Feur scored easily in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters. On Thursday, Paris-Vincennes conducted two more Gr. II events that went to Valdice de Mars in a monte test (Prix Legoux-Longpre) over 2850 meters. This five-year-old daughter of Lynx de Bellouet scored in 1.13.9kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The other Gr II event was the Prix Jules Thibault over 2700 meters that Athos des Elfes won for Joel Van Eeckhaute in 1.13.7kr. The four year-old son on Ganymede was a hard driving winner over Aladin d’Ecajeul. Summaries of these races are shown below. August 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Guy le Gonidec, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters, 1.13.6kr 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 1.1/1, fifth win in 23 outings for €292,820 earned 2nd Andalouse (4f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique), Tony Le Beller, 45.9/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel), Mathieu Abrivard for Cedric Megissier, 5.5/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 4.8/1 August 28, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Legoux-Longpre, 2850 meters monte, Gr. II €120,000 purse, ten starters, time 1.13.9kr 1st Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausejour II), Yohan Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Loic Groussard, 7.2/1, tenth career win for €543,820 2nd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Camille Levesque, 3.3/1 3rd Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard, 4.1/1 4th Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir, 17.1/1 August 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jules Thibault, 2700 meters, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 1.13.7kr 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Iazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte), Joel Van Eeckhaute, 1.4/1 odds favorite, his eighth career win for €343,030 for owner J-P Goubert 2nd Aladin d’Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 3.1/1 3rd Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne owner/trainer/driver, 9.2/1 In Cesena, Italy two preps for the Breeders Course Final took place on August 23. Tiffany Caf (2f Cantab Hall-Elaine Caf-Supergill) scored in 1.16.4kr over 1660 meters autostart for Bo Le Verde and Talish As (2f Daguet Rapide-Gaia dei Veltri-Remington Crown) was a 1.16.6kr winner over the same distance for Roberto Vecchione. Both races were contested over 1660 meters autostart for the two year-old olds. On August 22 at Solvalla Mister JP scored over 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr by open lengths, for Bjorn Goop. The winner is now 2 for 2 for Ecurie Citrus (J-P Barjon). Mister JP is a two year-old son of Taurus Dream from Baghdad Dream by Yankee Glide. Jim Oscarsson was second this day with Mr. Perfect by Andover Hall. This group of lightly raced two year-olds will be back in action on September 6 at Jagersro for the Breeders Course Final. They will travel 1640 meters autostart for 450,000SEK purse. The field is shown below. Mister J.P. (B. Goop) Angelina (DK) (J. Juel) Fiona Stardust (NL)  (B. Crebas) Telecomando Ok (J. Kontio) Tunica (E. Adielsson) Partizan Face (L. Kolgjini) Mr Perfect (J. Oscarsson) Troja D’Asolo (Renè Legati) Talish As (W. Paal) Flyer Boshoeve (M. Schimd) The same day at Jagersro will be the European Championship for three year-olds, going 2140 meters for a 450,000SEK purse. The lineup follows. Expo Express (DE) (A. Mollema) Winston Sisa (DK) (S. Juul) Easytowin (J. Takter) Saphire Bi (O. Kihlstrom) Jontte Boy (FI) (J. Kontio) Da Vinci B.R (NO) (K. Haugstad) Kickans Girl (R. Pettersson) Othello Tilly (B. Goop) Ewald F. Boko (DE) )C. Lugauer) Sheava Vik (J. Untersteiner) Coolwater In (E. Adielsson) On Sunday at Kincsem Park the SLO invader Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Luna) took the 500,000HUfRecorder DIJ feature over 1960 meters turning start. Rene Hanzekovic, also trainer, piloted the winner perfectly gaining a pocket journey behind pacesetter Amazing Lobell (7f Incredible Crafts-US Companion) and reinsman Arpad Lakatos to score in 1.17.9kr over a deep racing surface. Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) ended third for Pal Vicen. Next Saturday, September 6, will be the prestigious Hungaria Prize and the Marschall Jozsef Memorial. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Norrvidden Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker SWE. Ten contestants sought the winners’ share of the €216,060 purse (1,000,000SEK to winner). Erik Adielsson teamed the winner to a 1.11.21kr victory, his 12th in 36 starts, now for earnings of 6,340,760SEK. Stall Galdiator owns the winner. Oasis Bi (6m by Toss Out) was second for Bjorn Goop and Canaka BF (7f by Jobie Tempest) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Up Date Hoss and Ed You finished fourth and fifth. The beaten field included former Elitloppet winner Nahar, Sanity and Juliano Rags. On the Bergsaker undercard, the Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh up. The win was Poker Kronos’ sixth in a row and he is 10 for 20 lifetime. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) resulted in victory by Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) in 1.12kr for Jorma Kontio, his 21st win in 50 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Un Mec d'Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d'Aunou) won today's E150,000 Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix d'Europe, over 28765 meters, at Enghien-Soisy, gaining sweet victory after his July 29 disqualification in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined today by Franck Ouvrie, the 4/5 favorite emerged late along the pegs to secure his 16th win in 29 starts now for E911,780 earned. Veteran Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) battled bravely to be second for Eric Raffin with 28.5/1 Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee) third for Roberto Andreghetti. Quoumba de Guez and Reve de Beylev ended fourth and fifth in the top field. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The undercard was a good one at Enghien-Soisy with the Quinte+ Prix l'Union de la Presse Hippique going to Italy's Romanesque with trainer Marco Smorgon up. The four year-old son of Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos won at 25.4/1 for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. Purse was E85,000 and 15 Europeans contested this one with 7/10 favorite Athos des Elfes (4m Ganemede-Iazio du Bourg) a game second for Jan Van Eeckhaute (trainer/driver) and J-P Dubois' Tast Of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) was a good, competitive third at 33/1 odds. The special E10 million Quinte+ jackpot produced strong wagering (win/place handle alone was over E971,300) and an exact order payoff of E182,616 for a two euro wager. The Prix de l'Association National des Turfistes, a Gr. III E80,000 purse test over 2150 meters, drew 10 starters and the 1.14.1kr winner was Denmark's Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) handled by Robert Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Independence. The 9/10 favorite, now a 10 time winner for E241,126, defeated Germany's Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CIA) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Josef Franzl. Plutonio was third for Franck Ouvrie at the lines for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting occurred last weekend through yesterday at various venues in Sweden. The most prestigious event was the August 2nd Ego Boys Gold Division at Rattvik that resulted in victory for Beer Summit and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters to earn 150,000SEK first money. He earned his 11th win in 42 starts now with earnings of 3,900,064SEK, with five victories this year in ten outings. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight) was second for Robert Bergh. The same card showcased the Sommartstravet Final, a Gr. II UET Masters Series event for 300,000SEK first prize contested over 2140 meters turning start. Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) won in 1.12.9kr for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Robert Bergh, his fourth win in six 2014 starts and he now has eight wins in 18 career appearances. Venkatesh (5g Varenne) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and former Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You) a rallying third after being handicapped 40 meters. The 10.3SEK million career winner was timed in 1.11.7kr and driven by trainer Bergh. Rattvik also included on their card the Silver Final for 125,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in 1.09.9kr for Peter Untersteiner, his ninth 2014 win in 12 starts. The 110,000SEK first prize Bronze Final over 1640 meters autostart, went to Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Curtsy Hanover now has seven wins in 21 career starts as she defeated the Jorma Kontio driven Trixam (by Pearsall Hanover). The 100,000SEK first money Montesserie Final (monte) went to Bearable (7g Rite On Line-Armbro Kewpie-Speedy Crown) and Anna Ronning. They scored over 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.5kr, the winner's 11th win in 42 starts. Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) overcame a 20 meter handicap to end second for Siv Emilie Lovvold. Yesterday at Aby, Veijo Heiskanen scored a triple and Linda Allercrantz had a driving double with Jerry Riordan trainees. Heiskanen won with Neron Bigi (7m Power To Charm-Edea-Atlas Fighter L in 1.12.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 70,000SEK; Daryl Boko (4g Majestic Son-Insider Trade-Donerail) in 1.14.1kr over 2640 meters autostart for 60,000SEK first prize; and Fabuleux BR (3m SJ's Photo-Fantasia-Speedy Soma) in 1.15.8kr over 2140 meters autostart for 35,000SEK. Allercrantz and Riordan won with Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 60,000SEK and also with Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. This winner earned 30,000SEK and is owned by Holger Ehlert. The Aby card also included an Aby Stora Pris prep that went to October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember) in 1.13.2kr for Adrian Kolgjini. He earned 70,000SEK over the 2140 meters autostart course. His 11th lifetime win in 29 starts. At Solvalla, the Victory Tilly, worth 75,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) and driver Erik Adielsson. The pair were timed in 1.12.8kr. The Gay Noons for 100,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, went to Lord Flax (3m Love You-Lady de Villeneuve-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Frederik Soderberg. The well-bred mare D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) won a 40,000SEK first prize event over 1640 meters autostart in a quick 1.11kr. Roger Walmann trains the ten time winner in 17 starts. Also winning in 1.11kr over the same distance, in an aged event, was Bon Frecia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Jorma Kontio up. He narrowly defeated Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

Solvato and reinsman Peter Ingves lead tomorrow's field in the 150,000SEK (to winner) Gold Division at Axevalla. The five year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide is the early favorite in the eight horse group that also includes On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that Erik Adielsson will drive and Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos0Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscall) that Orjan Kihlstrom will handle for trainer Stefan Melander. Kaffir Face, Haraldinho, Manalapan, Porthos Amok and Putte Topline complete the field. Interesting winners this week in Scandinavia included a victory on July 16 at Skelleftea by the Jan Norberg reined Top Of The World (3m Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) in 1.15.8kr. He scored over 2140 meters turning start to earn 25,000SEK first money and remains undefeated in three starts. Yesterday at Bergsaker veteran Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) earned 50,000SEK by winning the Lajon Konsult Services, a 1640 meter autostart event for 50,000SEK to the winner. The winner earned his 23rd career win in 55 starts with the 1.11.8kr victory over Occhione Jet by Pine Chip. On that card Deal Or No Deal (8f Self Possessed-Bankers Review-Wall Street Banker) won the Gran Prix Stoet to earn 60,000SEK with the 1.13.3kr win over 2140 meters turning start. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner, her 14th career win. The Norrlands GP Final for 250,000SEK to the winner went to Leif Witasp's Cool Keeper (4m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Cool Keeper won for the eighth time in 23 career appearances. Today at Solvalla Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) became one of the first two year-old winners in Europe as he scored in 1.16.5kr to earn 50,000SEK in his initial start. Bjorn Goop reined the winner over the 1640 meter volt start course. He's owned by J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus and was acquired at Harrisburg from legendary breeder J-P Dubois. On the Solvalla card Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salmo Boko-Express Ride) won an event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Erik Adielsson drove this one to a 1.12.8kr win, his 11th in 26 starts. Part Boat Hanover also won today for trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.15.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK. The winner recorded his second win in four starts and is a three year-old male by Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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