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January 17, 2015 - The Gr. II Prix de Pardieu (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters monte, 13 starters, four year-old females) went to 3/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) in 1.13.2kr, after a quick early tempo, with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The comfortable winner easily dispatched Bianca d’Atout (4f Saxo de Vandel - Geline d’Atout) and Matthieu Mottier at 9/1 and third place Brise de l’Alba (4f Quido du Goutier-Celq de la Meritee) with David Thomain aboard at 15/1 odds. The Quinte+ Prix de Granville (€75,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) produced an impressive victory for Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. The 11/1 odds winner handled second place Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs des Clos - Oree Line) with Pierre Vercruysse up at 23/1 by two lengths. Tollemont Haufor (8f Ganymede - Mamba d’Haufor) ended third at 6/1 for Christian J. Bigeon. The Gr. II European Prix de Brest (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the game mare Princess Grif (6f Varenne - Fauve Grif) at 17/1 for Italian teamster Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The winner, timed in 1.13.9kr, nosed out 5.2/1 Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pochahontas) trained by Sebastian Guarato and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Guarato was also third as trainer with Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star - Melba du Vivier), the 1.4/1 favorite with Eric Raffin up. Repay Merci landed fourth for Anthony Barrier and Triskell Pacha was fifth for Franck Nivard. Lightly raced three year-old males contested the Prix de la Ferte Mace (€42,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) over the petite course. Pacesetter 1.6/1 favorite Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant - Nuit Irisee) held on for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse for the 1.16.3kr score. Cote Ouest (3m Goetmals Wood -Island Dream  -Coktail Jet) was a fast closing second along the pegs at 8/1 for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner J-P Dubois. The first dam of Cote Ouest, Island Dream, is a great one, having produced Infinitif USD750,093, Viva Island USD374,815, Not Disturb USD373,948 and Rebelle USD100,225. Third today went to 16/1 Colibri de Larve (3m Echo - Sagresse de Larre) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger.Cobra Bleu Thomas H. Hicks

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), with Pietro Gubellini aboard, impressively won the Gr. I UET Masters Series Gran Premio Nazioni today in an Italian record 1.11.8kr over 2100 meters autostart over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Beanie MM was the previous record holder at 1.11.9kr taken in 2010. Prussia recorded her seventh classique victory in Italy and Finland. From the maternal family of Starglow Hanover, Prussia raced in the death seat for most of the contest before putting away the brave pacesetter Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet) at top stretch as that Enrico Bellei teamed veteran held on for third behind Pace del Rio (5m Varenne-Arbent d’Asolo-Ata Star L) and teamster Santo Mollo. Osasco di Ruggi (6m Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown) was fourth for Roberto Vecchione. The joyful “Pippo” Gubellini tossed his whip away in the late stages and reached up to congratulate his winning mare that is improving steadily and might be a Prix d’Amerique hopeful in what promises to be a continuation of the changing of the trotting leaders in 2015. The undercard also showcased the Premiop Trafeo Laila Finale for €20,900 over 1600 meters, following two eliminations this day separately for males and females. Oudry dei Veltri (6f Varenne-Pamela Stra-Ghendero) took the finale in 1.11.9kr for G. Ruocco. She was third in the female elimination.  Paris Dany (5f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane) and Ranymede FAS (4m Ganymede-Alias di Jesolo-Royal Troubador) trailed the winner. Thomas H. Hicks

Rising Swedish star On Track Piraten (Kool du Caux) won the CL Mullers Memorial for the second year in a row at the Jagersro, Sweden on the weekend. The race over 2650m theUET Masters Series Group II international brought together the likes of last year’s Elitloppet winner Nahar (Love You) and Mosaique Face (Classic Photo), who was runner up in the recent Trotting Masters Final. Lutfi Kolgjini, who is renouned for his aggressive tactics won the battle for the lead with Mosaique Face from Danish champion O’Grady and took early control of the race. The Stig Johansson-trained Claes Boko (Varenne) was driven in the trail by Eric Adielsson, while On Track Piraten in the hands of Johnny Takter faced the wind in the second row, tapping into his impressive reserves. With a lap to go Nahar poured on the pressure in an attempt to outflank the leader while Takter moved On Track Piraten ever closer. Nahar had broken Mosaique Face’s resolve as the field entered the straight and took the lead, as On Track Piraten loomed up on the outside, and the pair went clear. Takter’s patience paid dividends in the two-horse war that ensued and by the finishing wire On Track Piraten had the better of Nahar recording a slick 1’13’’1 km rate for the journey. Claes Boko and O’Grady were third and fourth. The Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francais is a series of five major races in four countries which promotes the French breed in second-tier trotting countries and had its traditional finale at Mons in Belgium on the weekend after stop offs in Switzerland, Spain and Germany during the year. The Grand Prix de la Toussaint is worth 100,000 euros and was won narrowly by ex-pat Belgian Vincent Marten’s Sometime (Blue Dream) from Jean Paul Marmion’s grand warhorse Roi du Lupin (9g Flueron Perrine) – who has earned 1.9 million euros in a stellar career. In France itself, the four month long Winter Meeting kicked off this week with with 11 group ones worth between 240,000 to 1 million euros, 52 group twos all worth in excess of 120,000 and around 100 group threes worth between 80,000 to 120,000 to be decided. Super mare Roxane Griff was attempting to defend her Prix Reynolds monte title the traditional opener to the fabulous French four-month long celebration of trotting. Sebastien Guarato’s star is equally at home under saddle or in a bike, having earned 2.479m euros and with group one wins in both, including the greatest monte race, the Prix de Cornullier and a runner-up in the Prix d’Amerique to go along with her win in the marathon leg of the French triple crown, the Prix de Paris (4150m). But in the opener she had to bow to Uppercut de Manche (Neutron de Manche), from the emerging U generation of six-year-olds which have really stepped over the past few months to challenge the established stars of the brilliant R and T crops, regarded by some as two of the best generations of all time. Franck Leblanc’s Sourire de Voutre from the comparatively disappointing S generation of 8-year-olds, was second with Roxane Griff third. Monte racing is treated as of equal status sulky racing in France, with three of the eleven group ones over the Winter Meeting being under saddle – and each of the French age-group classics in the bike having an under saddle equivalent. There are no monte races nor group one races in France for 2YOs, but that does not mean that there is little activity for the babies, the year being spent as education and for preparation for the well-spaced series of group races the generation will face over the next four years as the French system clearly identifies its most outstanding breeding prospects. The whole system in France is based on money earned, and at this time of the year the stakes have been raised for the better of the juveniles as they accumulate the necessary earnings to get a start in the first pair of group two races, the Prix Emannuel Magouty for colts, and the Prix Une de Mai for fillies, preparatory races for their first group one, the Criterium des Jeunes in February. The Group III Prix Marcel Dejean for 2YO fillies went to the beautifully bred Classica du Ruel, who is out of a sister to champion mare Vanika du Ruel, who also races from Franck Anne’s stable. The male equivalent, The Prix Louis Cauchois was run on the weekend and was taken out by Caid Griff (Password) who although in the same Sebastian Guarato stable as Roxane Griff is no relation. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand       

Napoleon Bar gave Italy two horses in the top five of the UET Masters Series with a superb win in the €110,000 Gran Premio Freccia d’Europa at Naples’ Ippodromo Agnano. Napoleon Bar looks like he is ready to emerge from the shadow of the number one ranked horse in Europe, Mack Grace Sm (8h CC’s Chuckie), whose status is purely on the back of his almost unbeatable form in Italy, which he has been unable to reproduce any time he has crossed the border. Not so Napoleon Bar, who is one of a handful sons of Varenne (Pasica’Lest being the other most successful) who make a good living commuting between his place of birth and France, where he has raced with good success, unlike his more famous rival. He has really come into his own this year winning his first prestigious group II the Prix de Washington in June, following on from a win in the Group III Prix de New York in France, while this is his second Italian Group I win of the year, and his third in total. He has won 917,365 euros. Previously Napoleon Bar had been second in the Italian classic Gran Premio del Lotteria (to Mack Grace Sm) and was also runner up in his year’s European 5YO championships and been placed at group II level in France. After a speed duel off the gate driver Enrico Bellei backed off into the trail behind Mack Grace Sm who was driven as usual by Roberto Andreghetti. Mack Grace Sm set a punishing pace but when Napoleon Bar swung wide on the final bend couldn’t find any extra. Napoleon Bar powered away to win by three lengths as Mack Grace Sm wilted allowing veteran mare Linda di Casei (9m Uronometro) to get by for second. Napoleon Bar recorded a kilometer rare of 1’10”7 (1.53.4MR) for the 1600m journey. The prestigious Winter Meeting in France is but a week away, with the traditional opener, the Group II international monte Prix Reynolds, a UET Masters Series race, scheduled for next Wednesday, October 29. A few of the French heavyweights such as Tiego d’Etang (7h Chaillot) and Texas Charm (7h Cygnus d'Odyssee) and recent Criterium des 5 Ans winner Vabellino were in action this weekend at Caen in the €80,000 Prix de la Ville de Caen, a Group III international over the marathon 4400m distance and which attracted a high quality field of 17 runners. Tiego d’Etang carried a lot of money in the Prix d’Amerique, and has actually twice finished second in the Prix de Paris, the longest of the French Triple Crown, at 4150m, while Texas Charm was the early favourite for the PDA but withdrew through injury . But it was obviously a little early in both their preparations, as the pair did not figure off the 50m handicap, they were alotted. However Taormina d’Em (7m Cedre du Vivier) who was fourth in this year’s Prix de Paris (earning a coveted black type “classique” status) who in the hands of Tony Le Beller finished the strongest to defeat the favourite Vabellino (5h Ouragan de Celland), who showed his upset win in the 5YO classique was no fluke. Soleil de Fosse showed his trainer Thierry Duvaldestin enough in finishing a solid third to suggest a second start in the Prix d’Amerique might be on the cards for the 8YO son of Jag de Bellouet. Meanwhile news filtering out of Sweden is that trainer Stefan Hultman has last season’s Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah about to resume in earnest his defence of the jewel in the French triple crown, which is held on the last weekend of January. Maharajah hasn’t raced since that epic win over Up And Quick at Vincennes in January, and has been busy covering mares at the famous Menhammar Stud in Sweden, but has been in full training for a couple of weeks now. “He is getting better and better and is still happy in training even if he is getting older”, trainer Stefan Hultman told the ATG website this week. “The goal is to travel to Paris and try to win the Prix d'Amerique one more time. We haven’t set the schedule yet, but we will not go there if we don’t think that we can win.” Maharajah (Viking Kronos), now nine years old has won 31 out of just 58 starts so far, in a career which has been beset by fetlock problems. Despite this, and judiciously managed by the massive Travkompianet syndication company, he has earned almost SEK 23.5 million (A$3.7million) which ranks him seventh place among the top earning Swedish trotters of all time. The horse he defeated last year, Up And Quick, who then went on to win the aforementioned Prix de Paris, has recently arrived at the French national training centre Grosbois in preparation for his tilt at the greatest prize in trotting, and is said to be in superb condition. Trainer Franck Leblanc said the horse will reappear in the first of the 4 “B” races the Prix de Bretagne on November 15, which carry an automatic entry into the Prix d’Amerique. View Here Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Two monte contests of merit headlined the Tuesday night Vincennes card. The Prix Lilius for €80,000 went to Italy’s Palomar Lb handled by Elisabeth Allaire. The son of Varenne scored over 2850 meters in 1.13.9kr at 14/1 over the 46/1 outsider Veracity. Palomar Lb recorded his 12thcareer victory. Summary follows: Palomar Lb with Elisabeth Allaire September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lilius, European monte, €80,000 purse, 11 starters, 2850 meters, 1.13.9kr Palomar Lb (5m Varenne-Gilly Lb-Supergill), Elisabeth Allaire, 14/1, Italy, trainer Harri Ratanen, 12th career win for €155,101 earned Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), Clement Frecelle, 46/1 Viking de Tremahou (5g Flash de Cosse-Lea  Fortuna), Richard Joly up, 13/1 The secondary monte feature was the Prix Jean Mary for €78,000, this race for apprentice jockeys. Tayson de Houelle and Yann Joblot  held on for a narrow victory in 1.13kr over 2200 meters, over Safari Dream with Lolita Balayn up. See below: Tayson de Houelle (inside) September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jean Mary, monte apprentice jockeys, €78,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters, 1.13kr Tayson de Houelle (7g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette), Yann Jublot up, 4.5/1 Safari Dream (8g Gai Brillant-CC Memoria), Lolita Balayn aboard, 2/1 Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Alexis-Philippe Grimnault up, 15/1 Thomas H. Hicks

Three eliminations for the October 5th 87th Italian Derby took place today at Roma Campanelle, in the right-handed direction. Each elimination was raced over 2100 meters autostart for €22,000. Stankovic OK (3m Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) romped by six lengths in 1.13.3kr in the first battery for Enrico Bellei. Specialess and Swan Wise As trailed the impressive, bold striding winner. This elim was the fastest of the day. Stankovic Ok Pietro Gubellini teamed Sharon Gar to victory in the second elimination timed in 1.14kr. The pair ended two lengths up over Saba de Ronco and reinsman Enrico Bellei with Skyline Dany third. The winner is a three year-old daughter of Varenne from Geneve Gar by Lemon Dra. Sharon Gar The impressive Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took the final elimination in 1.13.8kr by open lengths for Andrea Guzzinati over Sansone Bar and Santiago d’Ete. The impressive chestnut is a likely favorite in the final, that should be a very competitive affair. Sceicco   Thomas H. Hicks

Today's Quinte+, with a special jackpot of E10 million, went to 1.4/1 favored Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian J. Bigeon aboard in 1.13.1kr over 13 rivals in this 2700 meter test named the Prix RMC. The exact order payoff excluding jackpot was €2,570 for a €2 wager. Q+ Prix RMC, European, E58,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13.1kr Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch.J. Bigeon up at 1.4/1 odds for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, 10th win in 40 starts for E294,800 earned Noir d'Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d'Ete), Eric Raffin aboard, 5.1/1 Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Antonio Wiels up, 7.8/1 Bugsy Malone also won on the Vincennes card, taking the E62,000 Prix de Montelimar for three year-olds over 2700 meters with nine starters. The consistent colt recorded his sixth win in nine starts for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The victory, by open lengths, raised his career earnings to over E101,000. Prix de Montelimar, purse E62,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.16.2kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 500, 1.15.2kr finish Bugsy Malone (3m Ready Cash-Night Captain), Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 3/5 favorite, sixth win in nine starts for E101,460 earned Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), Franck Ouvrie, 10.8/1 Bajazet (3m Qwerty-Perkine), Jacques Bruneau owner/trainer/driver, 6.2/1 odds V75 action took place today at Farjestad SWE. The Gold Division with 150,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters autostart, went to On Track Piraten in 1.13.3kr in an easy score for Johnny Takter. Porthos Amok was second for Bjorn Goop (trained by Stefan Melander) ahead of another Melander trainee, Tidied Accelerator handled by Ulf Ohlsson. The winning six year-old gelded son of Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line took his 13th victory in 58 tries, increasing career earnings to over 5.8SEK million. The Silver Division, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the US bred Magiccarpetride and Jorma Kontio timed in 1.10.9kr. Another US-bred, Mr. Chicago, was second for Carl-Erik Lindblom. The winner earned 125,000SEK and the eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory now has 13 wins and earnings in excess of 1.6SEK million. The Bronze Division, for 110,000SEK to the winner, contested over 2140 meters autostart, resulted in a 1.11.8kr win for Jeppas Maxi and Torbjorn Jansson. He narrowly defeated Riff Kronos and Viejo Heiskanen with Pedro Bi a distant third. Jeppas Maxi is a five year-old gelded son of Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image that now has nine wins in 11 starts lifetime. This one looks to have a fine future. Thomas H. Hicks

Roberto Vecchione piloted the Holger Ehlert trained Osasco di Ruggi to a heat and then race-off victory in the European Championship at Cesena Italy. The six-year-old son of Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown took the €17,600 second heat in 1.12.8kr over the 1660 meters autostart distance and then secured the €151,800 race-off final in 1.13.6kr over first heat winner Increased Workload and Pietro Gubellini (for Stefan Melander). Increased Workload, a five-year old son of Scarlet Knight-My Darling-Mr. Vic, took the €17,600 first heat easily in 1.13.4kr over Napoleon Bar and Orsia. Increased Workload finished second in heat#2. Heavily backed Mack Grace SM finished ninth and eighth in the heats with second choice Napoleon Bar finishing second and sixth. Both were disappointing. For the winning son of Varenne, bred by Gabriella Bonomi, tonight’s victory was Osasco di Ruggi’s fifth major win and talented driver Roberto Vecchione recorded his second success in the Championship, after first winning with Algiers Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Kolgjini Yearling Sale was held Friday at Jagersro, Sweden with 88 head sold from 98 cataloged and 96 offered. The average was US$49,749 with two yearlings selling for over 1SEK million. The sale leader was hip 90, Rajesh Face, a colt by Raja Mirchi, that went to Tommy Nilsson for 1.9SEK million. Next was hip 40, Roquepine Face, a daughter of Joke Face from the international star Lisa America, she by Varenne, that was acquired by Roger Walmann. Sale summary follows along with links to the catalog and videos of the two top sellers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Novisad (7m Lejacque d’houlbec-Furlana) reined by Gert Sucact won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Gran Prix Stad Warehem by Gea Happel for a €60,000 purse at Belgium’s historic Hippodrome Waregem. The Italian bred trotter scored at 71.4/1 odds covering the 2960 meter distance in 1.17.11kr for his ninth career victory. Two entrants handicapped 25 meters were second (Quiz de Ginei) and third (Deuxiene Picsos, Swedish invader with Robin Bakker driving for trainer/owner Johan Lejon).  This trotting event was one of three major races (two were steeplechase) on a card that showcased the prestigious Grand Steeplechase des Flandres that carried a €95,000 purse. The Hippodrome Waregem handles capacity attendance of 45,000. Wagering on the mixed card was robust. In Sweden, Axevalla hosted the Anderssons Trot for 35,000SEK to the winner. Spring Erom (9m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) scored for Bjorn Goop in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Veterans Rackas and Lord Capar trailed the winner to the line. On September 1st at Farjestad the featured Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Quatanamera (5f From Above-Try Out-Piggvar) and teamster Eric Berglof. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr over the 2140 meters turning start course. Quantanamera won for the sixth time in 41 starts. On the same card the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Linda Allercrantz reined Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) advanced to victory in 1.14.7kr over 2140 meters autostart. Radysin, a half-sister to Lisa America, earned 50,000SEK for her eighth win in 19 career starts, the last three straight and four wins in her last six outings with two second place finishes. Queen’s Delight (5m Varenne-Drumbula-Victory Dream) and Bjorn Goop also scored on the Farjestad program. He won for the seventh time in 22 starts with the 1.11.4kr victory over 1640 meters autostart to earn 40,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Timoko bounced back with a victory in tonight’s €180,000 ($238,000US) purse in the Gr. II Gran Prix du Conseil General des Alpes at Cagnes sur mer, the third leg of the TGV miler series in France. Bjorn Goop reined the winner home in 1:52.44 (1.09.9kr) for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The seven-year-old son of Imoko-Kiss Mr Coulonces held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) with Anthon y Barrier up for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. Timoko recorded his 24th win in 64 starts and increased his earnings to €2,770,650. Italy’s Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, owner Emiliano Stecca and trainer Cat Savarese, ahead of Pascia’Lest with Robert Andreghetti up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuel Querci. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Bugsy Malone took today's Prix d'Antibes (E52,000 purse, 2700 meters, seven starters) at Paris-Vincennes for Yohan Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire in 1.16kr. The 3/5 favorite defeated Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) and Franck Ouvrie at 28/1 with Balthazar Maza (3m Prodigious-Paloma) with Mathieu Abrivard at the lines third for trainer Sebastian Guarato, off at 18/1 odds. The featured Gr. II Prix Pierre Gamare (E120,000 purse, 2700 meters monte, 10 starters) went to Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Philippe Allaire at 8.9/1 odds. She scored by six lengths in 1.15kr over 26/1 outside Blooma d'Heripre (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) and David Thomain. 19/1 Bikini des Molands (3m Gai Brillant-Quiche des Molands) was third for trainer Anthony Dollion. Today's Quinte+ was at Vincennes and the Prix de Beaune (European, E60,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian Bigeon up as driver/trainer/owner. The 5.6/1 odds winner recorded his eighth career victory in 38 starts for E241,300, scoring in 1.13.1kr. Tommerre Marjea (7g Jeanbat du Vivier-Jharia du Ham) was second for J-M Bazire with Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida) third for Dominik Locqueneux. Italy's Nefertite del Rio (7f Varenne-Zeudia) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. The exact order Q+ payoff was E3,450 for a E2 wager. The jackpot was E3.65 million. Italy's Painting Wise took the Prix du Perigord (E60,000 purse, 2700 meters, European eligibles with 14 starters) in 1.12.9kr. J-M Bazire teamed the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. He was off at 2.6/1 and defeated Virgious Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) with trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. Picone (6m Credit Winner-Fabiaz) was third for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and owner Ecurie Don Miguel. Thomas H. Hicks

After a brief respite, harness racing action returned today at Paris-Vincennes and what a card it was! Four Gr. II events highlighted the excellent Monday program under sunny skies, a forerunner to the next Vincennes winter meet. The E120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen for European three year-olds over 2175 meters, went to well-regarded Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. He scored in 1.13.4kr in the eight horse field at 3.6/1 odds over Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha) and Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Black d'Avril and Franck Ouvrie was third ahead of favorite Brutus du Bailly with J-M Bazire aboard. Time was 1.13.4kr for the winner. Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val) took the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Jockey for five year-olds. 13 horses faced the starter going 2700 meters. The 10/1 winner was teamed by trainer/owner Eric Lambertz timed in 1.14.3kr off slow fractions (1.15.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500 meters to go mark). Second favorite at 1.9/1 was second place finisher Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Julie Fortuna) with Pierre Vercruysse up. Very Nice Marceaux was first to lead and then followed early speed before traffic trouble was encountered. When free in the lane, Very Nice Marceaux could not gain on the winner. Victoire ended third for Mathieu Mottier with Voltigeur de Myrt home fourth for Eric Raffin. The 1.8/1 favorite Vinci de l'Abbaye was a dq for reinsman J-M Bazire. The three year-old European females battled in the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Guy Deloison over 2175 meters with 12 starters. Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville) prevailed by a neck at 4.1/1 for teamster Mathieu Mottier in 1.12kr after fast early fractions (1.08.4kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark) set by 57/1 Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Golden Variety) that faded to eighth when challenged. Favorite Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quisny de Montfort) was a solid second for Eric Raffin with Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard third ahead of Bardane du Houlbut, fourth for R-C Larue. Well-regarded Sister Dany Bar and Be My Girl (both off at under 10.1) were disqualified for miscues. The monte Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard for E120,000 over 2175 meters was contested by 13 five year-olds. Valse de Reve (5m Mister President-Nouba Houba) was the winner at 12.3/1 for Camille Levesque as this pair defeated second choice Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol) and David Thomain. 3/2 favorite Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action) was a fast closing third for Nathalie Henry with Valdice de Mars fourth for Yohan Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.12kr after speedy fractions (1.09.3kr at 1500; 1.10.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr with 500 to go). Vision Intense was away toward the back and was slow to move toward the lead until late in the contest when Ms. Henry pulled the plugs and her great mare accelerated without bearing out. Off this effort she will likely be a factor in the winter. Thomas H. Hicks

US-expat trainer Jerry Riordan won two on Saturday's superb card at Aby, Sweden and recorded a second place finish. Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the Bertil Knutssons Trot over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.8kr. Johnny Takter drove this one for owner Lisa Riordan to earn 80,000SEK first money. The half-sister to retired international star Lisa America, also developed and campaigned by Riordan, was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL and this was her seventh career win in 18 starts, now for 370,135SEK. The time was also her lifetime best and she survived a four-horse photo to win over Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) with trainer/driver Fredrik Persson, Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory) and Orjan Kihlstrom and Pin Kronos (5f Cantab Hall-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) that was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Riordan also had a training win with Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Euro Classic Next Year for three-year-olds worth 50,000SEK to the winner. He scored in a photo timed in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart with Johan Untersteiner up. Lisa Riordan also owns this colt that was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL. Sylvester won for third time in nine starts. Fabuleux BR was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. As previously reported, Riordan's trainee Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) was second in a three-horse photo in a fast-class four year-old mares event timed in 1.13.6kr. This mare, also owned by Lisa Riordan, was handled by Linda Allercrantz. The race was won by My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop for Stall Kennys, her seventh win in16 tries and she earned 80,000SEK, with favored Backfire home third for Johnny Takter. The Aby card also showcased the Bronze Division Final for 200,000SEK to the winner, and it went to Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) in gate to wire fashion over 2140 meters autostart. Jennifer Tillman drover the winner, trained by Per Eriksson, that was timed in 1.12.2kr to gain his 10th win in 46 starts. The winner is owned by Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. The opener of the day was the Aby Stora Monte Pris for 100,000SEK to the victor. The contest over 1640 meters autostart had a competitive 10 horse field and the French veteran Organdi d'Or (12g Achille-Hovillara d'Or-Vroum d'Or) emerged with the win. He's trained by rider Sofia Aronsson and scored in 1.13.2kr by two lengths for his 20th career win in 124 starts, now with 3,665,792SEK earned. He's owned in France by Armand Turquet-Lepreux. Henke Diablo with Peter Jarven aboard and Nouvelle Pelle with Asa Svensson up were next to the line. US-bred Moon Dream was fourth for Siv Emilie Lovvold and Hitchcock was a dq for rider Malin Beras. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Mack Grace SM (8m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) won his elimination heat and the final of this Gr. I event over 1640 meters autostart timed in 1.12.5kr (final) at Ippodromo Sesana un Italy on Friday. The Roberto Andreghetti reined, Lucio Colletti trained veteran won both with relative ease to secure his 55th career win in 100 starts, now with earnings in excess of €1.6 million. Purse of the two eliminations was €14,300 and the final went for €103,400. Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra) won the first elimination in 1.12.7kr and was a solid second in the final for Pietro Gubellini. Louvre (9m Piccardo-Defile-Ganymede) with Federico Esposito, Papalla (5f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede) reined by Marco Stefani and Nonant le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Alesaandro Gocciadoro earned third through fifth. Great credit should go to trainer Lucio Colletti who has kept his pupil in consistently excellent shape resulting in 26 Grand Prix races won by Mack Grace SM in Italy over five years in which the competition has been outstanding (Lana del Rio, Lisa America, Pascia’Lest and others). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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