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Groupe level events continued this afternoon at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr.II monte Prix Theophile Lallouet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) brought out a files of salty veterans and 3.1/1 Clegs des Champs (7f Legs du Clos-Prosperpine) scored easily timed in 1.12.2kr for jockey David Thomain, harness racing trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Clegs earned his 14 th career win in 27 starts to increase his life earnings to 577,080€. The 1.3/1 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire, after trailing the field early and sweeping to the front out of the final bend. 2.2/1 Boss du Meleuc (8g Lucky Blue) held third for Alexandre Abrivard. The Prix d’Aubusson (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart) brought out a competitive field of 18 speedsters. The pace was fast in this 1.10.9kr journey (1.07.2kr at the 1500 remaining post; 1.08.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.5kr with 500 meters to go) with the victory to the 2.2/1 favorite Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camargue) reined by Franck Nivard for owner Stall Laumas and trainer Philippe Billard, her fourth win in 14 starts in France and now with life earnings of 273,878€. Nancy America                -LeTrot photo Out of clouds fast finishing Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) was second at 28/1 for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA. This full brother to Traders bested 9/1 Ultra Wind Bi (6m Love You-Catch The Wind) with Gabrielle Gelormini up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. 4/1 Calaska de Guez and 13/1 Beppe Am completed the top five. 4/1 Popeye Diamant, off a winning streak, finished 14 th . Four year old males contested today’s Prix Phaeton (Gr. II, 2175 meters, 100,000€ purse)and 3/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) was just that, an impressive front-end winner timed in 1.11.0kr (fractions 1.10.6kr at the 1500; 1.11.6kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.6kr at the 500). Face Time Bourbon              -LeTrot photo Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl to his 12 th career victory in 14 starts, now for 532,150€ earned. He was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. The 12/1 outsider Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Mickael Charuel. Third was 14/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. 11/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem) was fourth. Face Time is a fine colt, the likely heir to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the king of the trotteurs in France Four year old mares battled in the Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) with the 1.11.1kr timed victory to 5.2/1 Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for Ecurie Albert Rayon. Freyja du Pont               -LeTrot photo The Celine Bazire bred mare posted her eighth career win in 14 outings now for 154,650€ earned. 12.8/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede-Una Prima Speed) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne, ahead of 6.2/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) reined by owner/trainer Franck Nivard. 5/1 Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) took foruth for J.Ph. Monclin and fifth was the pacesetter, 50.7/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria), reined by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Yves Boireau and owner J-P Dubois.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 21, 2017 - Reims hosted the latest GNT Paris-Turf leg (Gr. III purse €90,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters), the seventh, on Wednesday, with victory to 13/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Harie) timed in 1.12.7kr, Francois Lecanu was the pilot for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 7/1 Africain (7m Oardo-Kamine) was second for Romain Derieux and breeder/owner/trainer Vincent Collard. 6/1 Atout du Lerre (7g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) took the third spot for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 5/2 Belline d’Urzy was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Vanae des Voirons was fifth. The Prix du Bon Accueil at Reims (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed eastern European invader Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) at 2.8/1 odds. Franck Nivard teamed the winner, owner by Marko Slavic, and trained by Philippe Billard. 12/1 Orleans Font (9m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 2.9/1 Banco des Amazones (6m Orlando du Choquel-Orie de la Besure) was a rallying third for Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks

March 24, 2017 - 5/2 odds Bon Copine (6f Love You-Joie Baroque) took today’s Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse €52,000,, 2850 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.1.2kr and driven by J-M Bazire. Thierry Raffegeau trains the winner for J-Y Roze. 36/1 Agrippa Mesloise (7f Jasmin de Flore-Jessie Mesloise) was second for Pierre Belloche, also the trainer. 4.8/1 Brunes des Forges (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) was third for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The program’s €43,000 Prix Anceladus (2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.9kr clocked and 18.5/1 odds Cryriel d’Atom (5g Otello Pierji-Oliga d’Atom) for Pierre Vercruysse, the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Aime de Graeve. 13.2/1 Choriste du Trio (5g Roc Meslois-Klameur du Trio) was next for Franck Ouvrie and third was 29.4/1 Chemsak Vedaquais (5f Coktail Jet-Jupilles) reined by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh. At Ebreichsdork Austria the featured Grand Prix de Magna Racino (purse €8,500, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.15kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Wild Viking (9g Mandarino Blue-Lucie Justive) reined by Rudolf Haller, also trainer for Stall Weiserhof. 9.2/1 Attrape Moi (10m Orlando Vici-Make My Pay Day) was home second for trainer/driver Wolfgang Ruth. Third was 18/1 Super Toft (8g Dream Vacation-Tas Shamrock) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr. Thomas H. Hicks

January 4, 2016 - Sweden’s Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Oriiea Lep) took today’s harness racing Quinte+ (jackpot €2.7 million) Prix de Charleville at Paris-Vincennes (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European female starters) timed in 1.13kr for driver Franck Nivard. This 3.2/1 odds winner is owned by Stall Torpet HB and trained by K. Haggstrom. Second was 16.9/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Catello Savarese and Italy’s Scuderia Stella SRL. 4.4/1 Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa), from Italy, landed third for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy ahead of 24/1 Volcania de Dypp (7f Prodigious-Hesta Express) for Gabriel Gelormini and 54/1 Venus Haufor (7f Nice Love-Newly Haufor) for Ch-J Bigeon. On today’s undercard Cooper (4g Official Secret-Kerlude de Retz) took the Prix Pavilly (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, nine monte starters) timed in 1.14.4kr for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Tony Le Beller. 20/1 Caid de Bengale (4g Loulou Jet-Tierce de Bangale) for Eric Raffin and trainer Gilles Curens was a close second ahead of 4.2/1 Castel Black (4m Ludo de Castelle-Princesse Black) hanlded by Bruno Chanonat for trainer/owner Jean-Paul Piton. The 1.14.6kr winner of the Prix de Nort Sur Erdre (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) was 1.9/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 2.8/1 odds Asis Bot Eur Moel (6g Pagalor-Cora du Niel) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes with third to 4.4/1 Andalouse (6f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique) handled by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Flavien Provost. The newly turned three year-olds competed in Toulouse Le Cepiere’s Prix de Mauriac (A) for a €16,000 purse over the 2150 meter autostart course. 15 starters battled with the rallying 5.8/1 Darwin (3m Timoko-Samantha Bleue) taking victory for Robert Lacroix. Richard Westerink is the trainer (also of Timoko) for Comte P de Montesson with the 1.19.9kr winner finishing ahead of 6.8/1 Divine Winning (3f Jam Pridem-Sandia du Coglais) for owner/trainer/driver Norbert Vimond and third finishing 27/1 Desiree Idef (3f In Love With You-Rhea de Feline) for owner/trainer/driver Jerome Paille. Thomas H. Hicks  

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  

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  

June 13, 2015 - Uprince (7g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio) took today’s Enghien (FR) harness racing featured Prix de New York (€115,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters, Gr. III) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Uprince now has 14 career wins for €559,470 earned. Off at 5/2 odds the winner rallied to best 5/2 Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif) and teamster Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 53/1 veteran free-for-all mare Roxana de Barbray (10f Speed Clayettois-Iriane des Enclos) was third for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Roberto Donati. Fourth was the pacesetter Une Fille d’Amour. Tornado Bello contested the leader before making a disqualifying break in stride. Italian bred Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane) took the opener this day, the Prix d’Hermonville (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 European male starters), clocked in 1.15.5kr for Robin Bakker, teaming for trainer P-J-P Hagoort and owner Stable Why Not. The winner, off at 2/5 odds, recorded career victory number four now for €67,264 earned. 14/1 Charly du Noyer (3m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was second for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joann Lebourgeois. 12/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way) was third for Franck Ouvrie, driving for owner Iean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Italians’ Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) was fourth at 32/1 for Santo Mollo and trainer Cat Savarese, with fifth to 93/1 Tesauro (3m Flipp Roc-Inlziale) for Pietro Gubellini and trainer Christian Rizzo. Bellinissimo (4m Baccarat du Pont-Joconde-Quadrophenio) was a front stepping winner today for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque of the Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (€46,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters). The winner is owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque, also the breeder, and he scored in 1.14.4kr at 1.2/1 odds for his third career win and now €84,060 earned. 15/1 Bright Charm (4m Password-Midway Lady) was second for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 9/1 Bari (4m Ganymede-Magicienne) for Alexandre Abrivard. Today’s special Quinte+ (€10 million jackpot) Prix des Invalides (€52,000 purse, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) went to Sweden’s Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Stall Syren. Menhammer Stuteri bred the winner. This 17/1 outside traveled an added 25 meter distance to score in 1.14.6kr for career win 15 for €241,190 earned. 24/1 Plutonio (6m Self Possessed-Indra Bi) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, this one also going an extra 25 meters, and third went to 7/2 Yankee Photo (7m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer) with Franck Nivard up.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1369   Ordre :       104.064,00€   Désordre :       867,20€   Bonus 4 :       80,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       26,00€   Bonus 3 :       15,00€ Thomas Levesque secured a driving double today winning the Prix de Levet (€52,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 15 five year-old starters) with 1.9/1 favorite Amio Josselyn (5m Jag de Bellouet-Mezira Josselyn). The Mike Lenders trainee, clocked in 1.13kr, won for the sixth time in his career for earnings of €125,460. 27/1 Armstrong Jet (5m Love You-Jenny Jet) was second for Gabriel Gelormini with third to 3.3/1 As du Pommeau (5g Hulk des Champs-Nacre du Pommeau) handled by Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks

February 15, 2015 - The Gr. I Criterium des Jeunes (€200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-olds) saw heavily favored Cristal Money disqualified from an early break, setting up victory for 5.7/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede - Noble Nenette) with J-M Bazier driving for trainer Franck Leblanc and clocked in 1.14.7kr with a solid closing brush. 36/1 Caid Griff (3m Password  -Savane Griff) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou - Ruelle d’Ostal) with Franck Ouvrie up. The Gr. III Prix de Heussey (€110,000, European monte, 2175 meters) went to  0.5/1 odds favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe - Nuit de Manche) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau as he scored by three lengths, clocked in 1.11.4kr after quick even fractions (1.09.6kr at 1500, 1.11.1kr at 1000, 1.11.5kr at 500). The winner sat outside the from the start pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice - Pine Chip) at 6.7/1 ridden by David Thomain for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, and she jetted away at top of stretch but tired late and could not hold off the winner. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio - Laraka) ended third at 41/1 with fourth to 5.4/1 second favorite Udayama (7g Echo - Lancia du Pont). The top four across the line raced without shoes. The Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (€100,000, European four year-olds, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a front-end win for the Jerry Riordan trained, Bjorn Goop teamed Sapphire Bi (4f Conway Hall - Valley Jean Bi) at 2.5/1. The Scuderia Della Cass owned Italian filly scored in 1.14.5kr, without shoes, sprinting clear in the stretch with a quick kick (fractions 1.15.7kr at 1500 ; 1.15.3kr at 1000 ; 1.15kr at 500). 29/1 Bamako des Angles (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree - Ixia des Angles) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer J.P. Piton with third to Italy’s Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip - Lindes de Gloria) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Pentacom at 18/1 odds. Sapphire Bi Replay: The undercard was also a good one. The opener was the monte Prix de Pouilly (€45,000, 12 starters) and the 1.14.5kr winner was Accro au Rock (5g Rocklyn - Nice Story) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulinm. Off at 5.6/1 odds the winner defeated Andy de Touchyvon (5g Jeanbat de Vivier - Joy du Buisson) at 9/1 for jockey/trainer Franck Nivard that ended ahead of 65/1 Athletic Sport (5m Jag de Bellouet - Quipia Josselyn). The Quinte+ Prix RMC (€54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval - Hanska) at 3.4/1 (co-favorite) with Mathieu Mottier up, clocked in 1.13.7kr (fractions 1.13.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000, 1.14.2kr at 500). The winner was well placed throughout and took the lead with 1500 meters to go. Tic Tac du Mont (8g Kerido du Donjon - Douala) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer J-P Marmion also at 3.4/1 odds. Ulyssee de Curgies (7g Gabor Star - Idoles de Curgies) took third at 23/1 for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Eric Prudhom. Universal Rider Reply : The Prix de la Gacilly (€56,000, 2700 Meters, 16 European females) went to Vadette des Landes (6f New des Landes - Dolia du Houlbet) at 12/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. Timed in 1.14.4kr she defeated 24/1 Venture Jiel (6f Neoh Jiel  -Oceane Jiel) with Franck Ouvrie driving and third place 2.6/1 favorite Monas Invercote (6f Viking Kronos - Monas Speranza) for teamster Christophe Martens and trainer Svante Bath. Alexas (5m Ganymede - Myrtille des Bois) captured, at 4/1, the Prix du Finistere (€80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in a tightly contested finish. He was clocked in 1.15.2kr off slow fractions. Accordéon (5g Baccarat du Pont - Quaba des Conveu) was second at 31/1 for Benoit Robin ahead for Adman Perrine (5g Nijinski Blue - Pretty Perrine) for Franck Nivard at 9/1. Thomas H. Hicks

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