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Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet),sent off as the 9/10 favorite odds, gamely held off challengers to win today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin, Belgium. Total purse was 150,000€ in this UET Masters Series event raced over 2300 meters autostart with 13 starters. Bold Eagle recorded his 45th career win in 65 starts now for 4,632,820€ in life earnings. Tony Le Beller teamed Bold Eagle for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The 5.4/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was a nose back second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 4.6/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) was another length back in third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Guarato. 28/1 Beau Gamin and 116/1 Bon Copain completed the top five with Bugsy Malone, Tony Gio and Valko Jenilat all dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 2, 2019 - The Wednesday Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Prix de Montpellier (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 3.7/1 Fairway de Blary (4m Village Mystic-Sonia du Boscail) for trainer/driver Tony Le Beller and owner Ecurie des Charmes, He scored for the second time in a seven race career, timed in 1.13.3kr. 6.6/1 Falkano de Houelle (4m Vigrove) took second for Kevin Leblanc for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc. 18/1 odds Fifteen Day (4m Rocklyn) was third for Bjorn Goop. Fairway de Blary On the undercard were races for the newly aged three year olds. The colts contested the Prix de Bonneuil (purse 29,000€, 2175 meters, 14 starters) with 20/1 Godfather (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) victorious clocked in 1.15.1kr with Louis Baudron the trainer and driver. Mme. Mauricette De Sousa owns the winner that defeated the 1.2/1 favorite Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) with trainer J.Ph. Monclin driving. Third was 7.6/1 Go Fast Roc (3m Uniclove-Scuderia Begonia) with Franck Nivard at the lines for trainer Bertrand LeBeller. Godfather The three year old fillies competed in the Prix d’Acigne (purse 29,000€, 2175 meters, 14 starters) that saw 11/1 odds Gloranie des Noes (3f Uniclove-Praline des Noes) score timed in 1.16.8kr with Clement Duvaldestin aboard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, the winner’s second career win in three starts. 1.9/1 favorite Gallipoli (3f Very Nice Marceaux-Ocarina Jet) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Yannick Desmet. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this filly. Third went to 4.6/1 Gera (3f Coktail Jet-Olima) with owner Mathieu Mottier the pilot. Gloranie des Noes Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Enghien feature was the monte Prix de la Pace de Valoius (total purse €50,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters). The 2.8/1 Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exqoise Gede) took the 1.16.4kr victory with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Tony LeBeller. Nicolas Ensch owns the winner that now posts four wins in ten starts for over €67,000 earned in a brief career. 21/1 Crack de Pebrisy was second for Clement Frecelle and Callisto Marjack ended third at 9/1. Friday at Bollnas SWE the Lindy Farms US-bred Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) returned to the races and was victorious at 1.1/1 in the John Deeres Pokal for 75,000SEK to the winner. She was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, timed in 1.12.3kr to defeat veteran Reven d’Amour (11m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Fredrick B. Larsson. Poochai (6m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) was third for Jimmy H. Andersson in the five horse field. Delicious won for second time in 2016 in this her second start. She last raced April 21st after a 2015 year in which she was 6-1-0 in just nine appearances.  The most recent victory was Delicious’ sixth straight albeit during the streak she was scratched three times. Her career slate is 21-9-7 in 46 starts for 5,776,572SEK earned. For trotting fans that missed Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris, won by Un Mec d’Heripre, and today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie in Belgium, won by Amiral Sacha, below are the video replay links. Also below is the Ahlsell Legends race at Aby won by Eder Bob and Canada’s Per Henriksen. Aby Stora Pris Finale-Un Mec d’Heripre 8-13-16 Aby Stora Prix Heat 2-Un Mec d’Heripre Aby Stora Pris Heat 1-Propulsion Grand Prix de Wallonie –Amiral Sacha 8-14-16 Eder Bob with Per Henriksen – The Ahlsell Legends at Aby Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s trotting action in France moved to Caen this day. At Caen the €28,000 purse Prix Nonant le Pin (2450 meters) went to 13/1 outsider Cipango(4m Defi d’Aunou-Spacia Dien) for Nils Pacha timed in 1.15.7kr. 8/1 Choomy Delddou (4m Love You-Romy de Chaumiere) was second for M.D. Lecroc with 36/1 Be Bop Meslois (5g Rocklyn-Roma Trenniere) home third. The €38,000 Prix de Saint-Etienne over 2475 meters (distance handicap) went to 1.14.2kr timed Venose de Mirel  Tony Le Beller that went off the 1.6/1 favorite and overcame a 25 meter handicap earn the victory. 3.3/1 Ah Quel Micha (6m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phere) was second traveling the race standard distance for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 21/1 Topaze de Landerie also overcame a 25 meter penalty to be third for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Today (March 7) at Eskilstuna SWE a conditioned event for 35,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart test went to Let’s Dance America for Jorma Kontio at 3.9/1. The six year old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man recorded her first 2016 win in four starts. On Sunday (March 6) at Chartres was the €29,000 Prix du Conseil Departemental d’Eure-et-Loir over 2800 meters. 1.2/1 favorite Apollo de Souvigne (6g Lontzac-Fluer de Souvigne) scored in 1.14.5kr for Gabby Gelormini over 18/1 Authentice with Mathieu Mottier driving and 12/1 Very Happy Jihem and teamster Loic Guinoiseau. The same day Agen hosted the featured Prix Jag de Bellouet for €35,000 over 2625 meters. 1.2/1 favorite Bolero des Vignes (5m Quai Bourbon-Poesie de Bouffey) scored victory timed in 1.14.7kr for Alain Laurent. Ulf Nordin teamed 9/1 Victoria Empress (7f Magnificent Rodney-Pat The Bill) to a second place result with third to 10/1 Buffalo de Baylev (5m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis) and Nicolas Ensch. On the weekend elsewhere On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) took the Gosta Bergengrens V75 Gold (2140 meters autostart) at Bergsaker SWE on Saturday. The 1.28/1 favorite handled by Johnny Takter earned the 150,000SEK winners share of the purse defeating Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh up and Blended Scotch (7f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) with Per Linderoth aboard. The winner now has 23 wins in 81 starts for 9,879,000SEK earned. The veteran has a 2016 slate of 2-1-1 in four starts. The same day the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner) over1640 meters autostart went to Scellino Luis (5g Andover Hall-Susy Trio-Indro Park) at 2.6/1 for Erik Adielsson. Windy Ways (f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders) and Wariner (9g Cromwell-Winnie Way-Mustard) were next to the line. Quality Questioned (7g Andover Hall-Jalopy-Donerail) was in the beaten field. On March 6 in Italy, at Firenze, the Prix Etruria (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) for three year-olds was won by Unno del Duomo (3m Ganymede-Irma dei Duomo-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.14.8kr for Andrea Farolfi. This winner recorded his fifth career victory in ten starts for earnings now in excess of €38,000. Second was Utopia Luis (3f Ganymede-Elite Fox Diete-Supergill) for driver Roberto Vecchione. Urgania was third for Roberto Andreghetti. In the days ahead the GNT (Grand National du Trot) begins its 35th edition starting March 9 at Amiens. It’s a great series that takes solid trotting action to the rural tracks in France. Be here for results of the important GNT races: March 9 : Amiens March 30 : Marseille-Borély April 13 : Lyon-la-Soie April 27: Bordeaux-le-Bouscat May 25: La Capelle June 8: Laval June 22: Reims August 10: Saint-Malo September 7: Les Sables-d’Olonne September 28 Le Mont-Saint-Michel Octiober 19: Salon-de-Provence November 9: Nantes November 23: Mauquenchy December 5: Paris-Vincennes Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s Quinte+ was at Cagnes-sur-mer this evening in the Prix de Barcelone (purse €55,000, 2925 meters distance handicap, 16 European starters) with 13.2/1 Toi de Clerlande holding on for a nose victory timed in 1.14.9kr. Harness racing driver Pierre Vercruysse drove the winner for D-J Henry. 4/1 Un Nuage d’Osmoz (8m Nuage Noir-l’Etoile d’Esprit) overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second for Gabriele Gelormini with 20/1 Tipol de Nappes (9g And Arifant-Fete) home third. Sire de la Creuse and Ulf du Noyer ended fourth and fifth. The Q+ without jackpot returned over €44,200 for a €2 wager. The €38,000 purse Prix de Jerez de la Frontera (2925 meters, nine starters) went to 1.16.9kr winner Consul Madrik (4g Quitus du Mexique-Kiss Me de Trevant). The Franck Anne trainee defeated 1.4/1 favorite Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) by a nose, the latter driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained by Yves Boireau. 16/1 Cinor (4f Orlando Vici-Shire des Douets) was third for Romain Derieux and Ecurie AB Trot. The €30,000 purse Prix de Madrid (2925 meters, eight starters) went to 1.19.4kr timed .5/1 odds favorite Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Yves Boireau trains this one too. 12/1 Dame D’Yvel (3f Uniclove-Mitchea) was second for Gabriel Gelormini with 25/1 Dalton Picard (3g Rolling d’Heripre-Une Picarde) third for J-F Senet, also trainer/owner. Rebelle, dam of the winner, is an 11 year-old mare by Defi d’Aunou-Island Dream-Coktail Jet that is reflective opf J-P Dubois’ Classic franco-american pedigrees. She was a winner of US$94,973 on the racetrack and has produced solid money-earners such as Statue of Liberty, Brooks, Clarabelle and Douce Rebelle. Second dam Island Dream earned US$625,000 and produced US$354,000 winner Not Disturb, US$736,000 winning Infinitif and US$355,000 earner Viva Island. .............................................................. Christmas Day (4g Ready Cash-Rocmaline), the .5/1 odds favorite in the Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais (purse €18,000, 2625 meters, 12 starters), scored timed in 1.17.5kr for Tony Le Beller. 21/1 Crazy Night (4f Halimede-Renegade) was second beaten four lengths with 13/1 Cynthia Clem (4f Hulk des Champs-Quinte Joie) third to the line. The Prix de Boe (purse €24,000, 2575 meters autostart, 16 starters, apprentice drivers) went to the 1.16.8kr winner and 3/2 favorite Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France) for teamster P-I Desaunet. 12/1 Univers d’Enfer (8m Coktail Jet-Hermine d’Enfer) rallied for second ahead of the 18/1 odds Ta Rose du Boirond (9f Fripon Rose-Jacinthe Express) The Prix d’Amiens (purse €38,000, 2625 meters, 18 European starters) this day at Agen le Passage went to 41/1 Ut Win (8g Kallighan-Kea de Fourcade) for owner/trainer/driver J-H Treich clocked in 1.14.6kr. 6.3/1 Ultra Daidou (8g Love You-Djakarta) was second for Tony Le Beller with 190/1 Titan de Begadan (9g Gazouillis-Idjala de Begadan) was home third in the blanket finish, Saturday racing action at Kincsem Park featured the 1.5Huf million purse Sennyey Geza Memorial over 1800 meters autostart. Credits by Myself (10m Credit Winner-Me Myself and I-On The Take) rallied three wide off the final bend and got up to win in the final strides for reinsman Dejan Katanic and trainer Aron Denes timed in 1.16.3kr. He was off at 50.5/1 odds. Grumetti (8g Varenne-Tabora-Pine Chip), at 2.8/1 odds, set the pace off the gate for Balazs Juhcsz and trainer Denes and held gamely to salvage second with Milliondollar Lux (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) between horses third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas at 7.4/1. Favorite Rinette Streamline was disqualified for a miscue. On the Kincsem Park card, the Mothers Song Handicap for 360,000Huf went to the 1.17.7kr winner Offenbach Bigi (8m Andover Hall-Pinebank) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. Off at 2.4/1 this winner bested Zavita Meerswal and Szimfonia. 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  

August 29, 2015 - Roxane Griff, albeit finishing third, and Ave Avis were headliners in today’s Paris-Vincennes program that included five groupe events and the Quinte+. Captain Crazy, Nene Degli Ulivi, Un Charme Fou, Villeroi and well-bred Calita Wood were also victorious. Race summaries follow. The Gr. II Prix Victor Regis (€120,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) for three year-olds went to 5/2 odds Captain Crazy (3m Quaro-Quick Scarlet) driven by Tony Le Beller for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. The length winner was clocked in 1.16.1kr to defeat 29/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plessie des Rioults) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire. 43/1 Chant des Sirenes (3m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) was third for F-P Bossuet. 1.4/1 favorite Cristal Money finished fifth. The Gr. II monte Prix Camille Lepecq (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Nene Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli) for Alexandre Abrivard. Vincent Lacroix trains this one for owner Joe Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr (fractions 1.17.2kr at 1500; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500) the winner vanquished 3.9/1 Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) and David Thomain with 7/1 Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) and Eric Raffin home third. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) was fourth for Adrien Lamy at 21/1. Roxane earned €16,800 today and that placed her career earnings at €3,003,818.  The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) today was the Prix de Neuilly (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) and the winner was Un Charme Fou (7m Love You-Ma Crown) at 3.3/1 odds and reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Cl. Guedy. The winner recorded career victory 14 in 54 starts. Tina Jolie was a close second but was disqualified causing 4.3/1 Urus (7g Liwi-Trojka de Mai) to be placed second with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Placed third was Rififi Nonantais (10g Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) with trainer/driver Romain Derieux up. Time for the winner was 1.13.1kroff rated fractions (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 to mark). The Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to pacesetter Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) for teamster Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. This 3/5 favorite held off 10/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) with returning to action Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. Dam Enfilade produced Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Third today went to 37/1 Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin) with Alexandre Abrivard driving and fourth was 26/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner was timed in 1.13.2kr after reaching the 500 to go marker in 1.13.3kr. Today’s feature event was the Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) and after three recalls and the scratching of Anna Mix that refused to start, the field finally was underway and during the course were four more disqualifications including favorite Amiral Sacha just as he was surging to the lead. Ultimately, J-M Bazire and his barefoot trainee Ave Avis (5m Kasaco Phedo-Magna Avis) prevailed at 13/1 for owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 1.8/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retiz-Prima du Cap Vert) rallied to be second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, also racing without shoes. 18/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois despite being impeded by the breaking Amiral Sacha. Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) was fourth at 128/1 for Cedrik Megissier with fifth to the Tony Le Beller reined, Anders Lindqvist trained 102/1 Anette du Mirel. Time of the race was a sharp 1.12.6kr over the extended distance with solid fractions (1.14kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000;1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark). The Gr. II Prix Uranie (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 three year-old female starters) went to the Jean-Pierre Dubois owned and reined Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) at 4/1 and trained by Yves Boireau. This filly raced all of the contest on the outer and midway rallied three wide to the death-seat where she remained before surging to the front off the final turn. Once on the lead she held the front firmly under minimal urging. Calita Wood was timed in 1.15.1kr with steady, rated fractions. 23/1 Caline Elde (3f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of 40/1 Cuise La Motte (3f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier) and Tony Le Beller. 4.2/1 Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) was fourth for David Thomain and fifth went to 12.3/1 Couleur Citron (3f Coktail Jet-L’Aunou du Fier) for driver Pierre Levesque and owner J-P Barjon. The winner’s dam Qualita Bourbon earned $1,826,528 with victories at ages three and four in the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoie, Prix Roquepine, Prix de Selection, Grand Prix de l’UET and Criterium Continental. At five she was a game third in the Prix d’Amerique. In a stellar career she won 21 times in 31 starts. Qualita Bourbon has also produced Tast of Bourbon 1:55.1 ($263,105) and Quel Bourbon 1:53.2 ($35,392) and her dam Etta Extra (Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) produced Mara Bourbon 1:53.4 ($1,967,940) and Sam Bourbon 1:55.1 ($443,397). Thomas H. Hicks  

June 28, 2015 - The turf specialists took stage Sunday first at Segre in their Prix du Credit Agricole (€35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters on the turf) with victory to 52/1 Undevenis Javanais (7g Diamant Gede-Grande Java) for Antonio Triho in 1.19.4kr. Tony Le Beller trains this winner for P-A Viel. 10/1 Thaipan (8g Magot du Ravary-Limelight) was second ahead of 3.1/1 Ulyssee du Ravary (7g Hugo du Bossis-Epee) with Sebastian Hardy up. At Landivisiau the Prix de la Ville de Landivisiau (€45,000 purse, 2600 meters, 18 starters on the turf) went to 6.8/1 Valto des Landiers (6g Kesaco Phedo-Oretanes du Louvet) clocked in 1.20.2 for owner, trainer/driver D. Charadame. 7/1 Urfee Jailerie (7f Neutron des Cebe-Nana du Domaine) was second for Damien Bonne with 1.2/1 favorite Verrazano Bridge (6g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lampur) third for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Also June 28 at Duindigt (Netherlands) the Grand Prix des Pays Bas Pays Bas (€33,000 purse, 2600 meters, Gr. II with 16 starters) went to the 1.15.73kr clocked winner Caen OIdseon at 3.3/1 for teamster John De Leeuw, trainer C-A Westerveld and owner Jachthaven de Groot B.V. 3.9/1 Zorro Photo (9m SJ’s Photo-Zarrasotha) was second for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer/owner Mw, S. Lepetit. Third went to 8/1 Zorba Oldeson (9g Love You-Trond’s Mari) with Rob De Viege up for trainer R-I De Vliegen and owner Merwe Staal Moerdiljk B.V. Thomas H. Hicks    

The World Driving Championship has been completed after the final heat was run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Inter Dominion day.  The afternoon consisted of ten races with seven of them being Gr. 1 events.  The remaining three were run at Gr. 2 level including the final heat of the WDC. France’s Tony Le Beller drove the favourite Our Hi Jinx and was expected to be involved in the battle for the early lead but with a lot of speed coming from horses drawn wider on the track he got shuffled back early.  Heza Thrill driven by Spain’s Guillermo Adrover worked from the widest draw to find the front and led turning for home but after a strong tempo it was a horse racing just off the pace that proved too strong. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn brought Global View with a well timed run to win the race and it was no surprise considering the success that Dunn has had during the Championship.  Global View broke the track record for 2400 metres recording a mile rate of 1:53.4.  Second was Heza Thrill and Guillermo Adrover, El Rama finished third with Norway’s Vidar Hop while Im Blue Double Dee was fourth with Pierre Vercruysse in the sulky. It was a remarkable performance by Dexter Dunn.  After five heats he was in ninth position but a strong performance at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday night saw him climb the leaderboard. Here is the 2015 World Driving Championship completed point score Name WDC Dexter Dunn 200 Tony Le Beller 146 Tim Tetrick 142 Mika Forss 139 Jody Jamieson 132 Knud Monster 122 Chris Alford 119 Pierre Vercryusse 119 Guillermo Adrover  101 Vidar Hop 100 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto USA representative Tim Tetrick picked up a drive in the Gr. 1 Ladyship Mile and drove Laterron into third placing behind the Mark Purdon trained Adore Me.  Adore Me set a new Australasian mile record when she stopped the clock in 1:47.7 for the mile. Tetrick finished second in the final event on the program as well. Thank you to all of the drivers that competed in the World Driving Championship.    Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Seven heats of the harness racing World Driving Championship were run in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia.  The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 metres in circumference. Tonight the track was the venue of the Dexter Dunn show, as the leading New Zealand reinsman roared back into Championship contention with a dominant display winning the first three heats. Dexter Dunn’s patience was rewarded in heat six as he sat midfield and watched his rivals tire in the late stages.  Dexter Dunn made his move on Miss Ponder a 50/1 chance in the final lap and she was able to hold off a late challenge from France’s Pierre Vercruysse driving Rob The Bank and  Knud Monster behind G K Galleon.  Mika Forss continued his point accumulation with a fourth driving Chloes Venture. The seventh heat saw Dexter Dunn victorious driving The Baggy Green, in what many New Zealanders would see as an ironic win.  New Zealand and Australia are fierce enemies on the cricket field and ‘The Baggy Green’ is the name given to the hat worn by Australian cricketers.  Frenchman Pierre Vercruysse secured another second placing when he brought Holy Camp Girl with a late run.  Knud Monster completed the same driver trifecta as the first heat when Itsallaboutex ran third.  Norway’s Vidar Hop finished fourth on Sokys Bigbullet. It was three in a row when Dexter Dunn shot Shes A Jackson straight to the front from barrier one in the eighth heat of the Championship.  USA driver Tim Tetrick attempted to put some midrace pressure on the leader but it was to no avail as Dexter Dunn raced away for another win.  The good night continued for France with Tony Le Beller finishing second on Hezbuyindiamonds.  Australia’s Chris Alford saved plenty of ground on Ruato Bay and grabbed third while Denmark’s Knud Monster was fourth. The ninth heat was somewhat of an upset with Canadian Jody Jamieson lifting 20/1 Justasdangerous over the line after being clearly headed on the turn.  Jody Jamieson took up the early lead but was passed in the back straight by Chris Alford and Billy Branach with more than 400 metres to go.  To his credit Jody Jamieson refused to panic and urged his horse late to hold off Classiemahon driven by Finland’s Mika Forss.  Tony Le Beller finished third behind Samuel Thomas while Chris Alford and Billy Branach held onto fourth. The tenth heat saw ‘The Bionic Man’ Tim Tetrick at his best with the American driving Weliveinhope straight to the front.  Tim Tetrick dictated the speed through the middle stages and was able to kick away turning for home and won as he liked.  Dexter Dunn brought Mcqueen Regal with a well timed run for second boosting him further up the leaderboard while Mika Forss finished third on Claire Elizabeth after racing behind the leader.  Fourth in the race was Vidar Hop driving Lettucesomewhere. Tim Tetrick made it two in a row when he brought Glenburn Addy with a well timed run to win the eleventh heat.  Dexter Dunn continued to bank points when he finished second on Expensive Greeting.  It was a patient drive and he only got clear late but was never a winning threat.  Knud Monster finished third behind Holy Camp Wendy with Tony Le Beller fourth, driving Itsallaboutlu. Tony Le Beller brought up his second win of the Championship in the final heat of the night.  Tony Le Beller took Harlequin Bromac straight to the front and despite being challenged late by Dexter Dunn and Fake Art, he was able to hold on.  Dexter Dunn’s effort to finish second saw the New Zealander move to the top of the Championship after starting the evening in ninth position.  Vidar Hop finished third driving Lettuceplayginger while Pierre Vercryusse ensured the French finished on a good note running fourth with Annies Desire.   Name Point Score After 12 Heats Dexter Dunn 111 Tim Tetrick 97 Tony Le Beller 91 Mika Forss 89 Chris Alford 85 Knud Monster 69 Jody Jamieson 64 Vidar Hop 64 Pierre Vercryusse 63 Guillermo Adrover 59 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto Tim Tetrick and travelling reserve Peter McMullen both picked up catch drives in the non Championship races finished third. The drivers will spend tonight in Wagga Wagga before travelling to Bathurst tomorrow for another four heats.  Bathurst is 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Sunday 22nd February 2015 - Three more heats in the 2015 World Driving Championship were run this evening at Newcastle, a large city 160 kilometres north of Sydney.  Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world but tonight all of the attention focused on the ten international harness racing drivers competing at the Newcastle Paceway.  The track itself is 940 metres in circumference. Australia’s Chris Alford started the night in second position after a strong showing in heats one and two, and after a victory in the third heat he assumed top spot on the Championship leaderboard.  Driving Better Than Max, Alford won narrowly, arriving just in time to grab USA star Tim Tetrick and Kardashiancrusader.  Denmark’s Knud Monster finished third on Shez Juslika while Finland’s Mika Forss picked up some important Championship points when he finished fourth on Son Of A Star. Better Than Max Day 3 heat 3 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Heat four was won by Frenchman Tony Le Beller driving The Merchant Banker.  Starting from barrier one, Le Beller pushed The Merchant Banker out early and held the lead despite being pressured by Red Raphael driven by Tim Tetrick.  Le Beller kicked away turning and won comfortably, second was Gee Tee Wage driven by Chris Alford while Norway’s Vidar Hop finished third driving The Puritan.  Spain’s Guillermo Adrover saved plenty of ground and finished fourth with Strawberry Courage. The Merchant Banker Day 3 heat 4 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. The fifth heat saw an aggressive drive from Finland’s Mika Forss as he pushed his horse Satu to the lead early despite drawing wide on the track.  After finding the front Forss rated Satu perfectly and was able to sneak away turning for home and held a margin to the finish line with Vidar Hop second on Heza Panamach.  Tim Tetrick finished third with Hangover Joe while Tony Le Beller was fourth on Rollon Baby Belle. Satu Day 3 heat 5 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo.   Name Point Score After 5 Heats Chris Alford 52 Tim Tetrick 47 Mika Forss 43 Tony Le Beller 33 Guillermo Adrover 32 Vidar Hop 30 Jody Jamieson 29 Knud Monster 28 Dexter Dunn 19 Pierre Vercryusse 17 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto Day 2 WDC 2015 from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Canada’s Jody Jamieson won the first race at Newcastle tonight.  The race was not part of the World Driving Championship however he produced a great drive to score on Saint Stormy. The Championship will have a rest day on Monday and will then head to Wagga Wagga on Tuesday for another seven heats.  Wagga Wagga is 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

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