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Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine), off at 3/10 odds, took the Prix Victor Regis for harness racing three year-old males (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, Gr. II, nine national starters) clocked in 1.14.3kr for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. 5/1 stablemate Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. 10.5/1 Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) was third in a photo for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Denise Mottier. The three year-old fillies contested the Prix Uranie (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) with Allaire scoring again as owner/trainer with 3/10 favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa). Gabriel Gelormini teamed this superb filly timed in 1.14.3kr that defeated 32.5/1 Deesse de Geuron (3f Melchoir Jet-Olivia) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. 20.1/1 Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Mania Port) with trainer/owner Thierry Duvaldestin up. 73.8/1 Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love) landed fourth for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Mike Lenders. J-P Dubois bred this one. The Gr. II Prix Camille Lepecq (monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) ended with a rousing three horse photo. The 4/5 odds Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) prevailed with Camille Levesque up. Thomas Levesque trains the outstanding monte performer bred and owned by Remi Boucret. Race time was 1.13.3kr off steady fractions. 7/2 Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, and trainer Y-A Briand. 17.5/1 Nene’Degli Ulivi (9g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) was third for Mathieu Abrivard. The Q+ Prix de Nuilly (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) was won by 1.13.3kr timed and 2.8/1 odds Volara de Lou (7g Korean-Paraeastern de Lou) with Christophe Martens driving. 13.5/1 Tom Rush (9g L’as de Viretaute-Hanema de Beval) held second and 32/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was a rallying third for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks

Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took a front-end journey toward a seven length harness racing victory in today’s Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse €85,000, 2700 meters voltstart, seven starters). The Philippe Allaire trained and owned speedster was reined by Yoann Lebourgeois to the 1.11.9kr score. Christian Simon bred the winner that was the 0.5/1 favorite. 19/1 A Nous Trous (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) took second for Eric Raffin with 3.6/1 Specialess (5m Ganymede-Enna Dra) home third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italy’s Ecurie Nevi. The fractions were steadily swift (1.11.1kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.2kr at the 1000; 1.11kr at 500 remaining). 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

The August 9th harness racing feature at Cabourg was the Prix des Hetres (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) and 2.3/1 Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) scored, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trainer performer, now with 11 career wins in 19 starts for earnings of €303,460. The 1.4/1 favorite Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) was second for teamster J-Ph Monclin and trainer Allaire. Elisabeth Allaire owns Bird Parker. 11/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was third, handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 14/1 Bille de Montfort was fourth with David Thomain aboard. The same day at Baden-Vienne (Austria) was the Prix Vincent Gerard for €7,000 over 2100 meters autostart. Ten starters competed with the 1.15.7kr victory to 20/1 Global Player (9g Ditka Hanover-Gravitat) with Erich Kubes driving. 10/1 Abasi (6f Love You-Abani W) rallied for second with Mme. Cornelia Mayr up for trainer Gerhard Mayer, who landed third driving 0.5/1 favorite Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady), one he trains for Stall Antonshof. Thomas H. Hicks

Excellent trotting at Paris-Vincennes this Tuesday evening was highlighted by a Groupe II and two Groupe III harness racing contests. The Gr. II Prix Ville de Cherbourg (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters) saw 2.3/1 second choice and 7.4/1 Ducato Bourbon disqualified for breaks, enabling 7/10 favorite Django Riff to hold on for a narrow victory. This three year-old colt by Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, clocked in 1.13.5kr. 25/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for second reined by J.L.Cl Dersoir. The Joel Hallais trainee is Ecurie Rib owned. 20/1 Del Piero de Lou (3m Sam Bourbon-Lola de Lou) was third for Alexandre Abrovard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner is named after long-past jazz guitar legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Belgian born leader of the French Gypsy culture and, with violinist Stephane Grappelli, coleader of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took the Gr. III Prix Ville de Graignes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at 1.8/1 odds for Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested fast closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. Third went to 9/10 favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) with J-M Bazire driving. Italy also scored when 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took the Gr. III Prix Ville d’Argentan timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Bivans SRL. 8.3/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was a just short rallying second for Oscar Raffin, driver/trainer, and Norwegian owner K.O. Molander. 59/1 outsider Theodor Grif (4m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo) held third on the pegs for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. Bohemian Rhapsody took the monte Prix Ville Mont Saint-Michel (purse €50,000, 2200 meters, nine starters, apprentice jockeys) this evening timed in 1.15.4kr for Th. Dromigny. The five year-old Angus Hall mare from Bahama is trained by Thomas Levesque for Pierre Levesque, owner. 4.7/1 Belmis des Tours was second for Nils Pacha. Monte action also was highlighted in the Prix Ville de Lisieux (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, 10 monte starters) and 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Carella) scored in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trainer Joel van Eeckhaute owned this winner that bested 1.7/1 Cigate Castelets with Eric Raffin in the irons and 10/1 Candie d’Atout with Matthieu Abrivard up. The Anders Lindqvist co-owned (with Peter Gerry of the US’ Arden Homestead Stable) and trained Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) took this evening’s Prix Ville de Vire for amateur drivers (purse €14,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr at 3.3/1 odds for Mlle. Evelina Mansson. Angel Darlk recorded his eighth career win in 41 starts for earnings of €97,670. 3/2 favorite Univers du Croq was second for Sebastien Leboutique and 14/1 Vivoli ended third with Pascal-Maurice Allais driving, It was also fitting that at Yonkers Raceway NY an Arden Homestead (Gerry family) trotter Doubleday (son of Crazed) took the Prix Boulevard Saint Michel (purse €29,117, 2011 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.13.64kr for teamster Jason Bartlett. This Marcus Melander trainee is also co-owned by Jan Johnson and Holly Lane Stud East., and scored at 10.8/1 odds on the PMU network as this race began wagering pools comingling of the Yonkers signal. The day’s FR action also included the Prix Marisol (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Hyeres that 4.4/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Gunillla) won in 1.16.4kr for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. At Nantes the Prix du Tertre (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to 4.7/1 winner Vivien Peo (7g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) timed in 1.15.4. Both were Pick5 wagering events. Thomas H Hicks

Friday evenings’ harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 17 entrants) and a host of upper-class events including two Groupe II contests. The Gr. II Prix Gaston de Wazieres (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 17 female four year-old participants) began the groupe action. 5.4/1 Combattante (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) scored timed in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Louis Baudron trains and owns the fine mare. 24/1 Caly LouLou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) took second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and 47/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third to the line. The Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 11 four year-old male starters) was won by 2.3/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) timed in 1.12.4kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Olivier Henri Thomas. 19/1 Caid de Jumily (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 3.8/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third spot for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Charly du Noyer The Q+ started the festivities and the 1.12.9kr clocked winner was 1.7/1 Akayama (6f Prodigious-Nirosaka) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alain Roussel. She defeated 3.2/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) handed by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J-Et. Thuet.  Outsider Vizzavona (7f l’As de Viretaute-Gocity Coulonces) at 73/1 was third for owner/trainer/driver M-X Charlot. The Prix Aletheia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) was next and the 1.13.1kr winner was 2.3/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J;arrive du Gers) with trainer/owner Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 2.3/1 co-choice Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) rallied for second with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 4.6/1 Aero King (6g Hooper-Quormina du Hour) held third for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Near end of the program, and on the petit piste, was the Prix Palma (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 12 three year-old filly starters) and 5/2 odds Datcha (3f The Best Madrik-Quoska des Arris) was an easy winner for Franck Nivard and trainer Emmanuele Ruault. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. 12/1 Dynamite du Boulay (3f Defi d’Aunou-Mona Lisa Jet) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Thierry Reffegeau. Third was 11.3/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troila du Corta) that Gabby Gelormini teamed for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois; The race time for these lightly raced females was 1.18.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, three year-olds) went to the .5/1 odds favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire clocked in 1.14.5kr off well-rated fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500). The half-length winner took the lead after 700 meters and stayed the front-end course to the line. It was Django Riff’s fifth consecutive win. Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a strong second for driver J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas at 6.8/1 odds. Third was fast closing Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. Doberman was home fourth for Franck Nivard. This group of three-year olds is consistently talented. The Gr. III Prix Pontavice de Heussey (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. The winner increased her career earnings to €699,620. Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was a narrowly beaten second for Franck Nivard at 9/1 with the Franck Leblanc trainee. Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third beaten less than a length for David Thomain ahead for Udayama and Orione Degli Dei. Race time was a sharp 1.11.8kr. Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) rallied strongly in the final 500 meters for Pietro Gubellini to record an easy victory in today’s Q+ event. Off at 5.3/1 odds the Johanna Lindqvist trainee, owned by Scuderia Super Chico SAS of Italy, increased career earnings to €230,811. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the 2700 meter distance in the €54,000 purse Grand Prix Ereel Pour l’Action Souffle de Vioilette. Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) driven by Anthony Barrier for trainer Markku Vartiainen and Finland’s By The River Stable. Violine Mourotaise and Viking Dream finished fourth and fifth in the 17 horse field before one scratch and three disqualifications. The €100,000 purse Prix d’Orthez (2700 meters, 15 starters, four year-olds) went to 16/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) with DSylvain Roger teaming and training. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 to go). Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc at 10/1. Third was 58/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens training for Ecurie Bivans SRL of Italy. Italy’s Tessy D’Ete was fourth at 111/1 and Caid de Jumilly was fifth at 54/1. The €80,000 purse Prix Fondation Casip-Cojasor (distance 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) clocked in 1.12.9kr for J-M Bazire, the trainer/driver. Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato in a close photo decision over Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) and Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc. Bourbon Somolli and Beguin Meslois were next. The finale this day was the €56,000 purse Prix Glossybox contested over 2700 meters by 16 six year-old mare rivals. After several false starts All Star Is Mine (6f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jonquiere) was away on the front for Eric Raffin and she led in a rated pace (1.13.6kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.6kr at 1000, 1.14.9kr at 500 to go) until Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) rushed to the front for J-M Bazire. This half-sister to Lisa America has been third in the outer tier until Bazire made the move with the Jerry Riordan trainee owned by Lisa Riordan. Radysin open a comfortable winner until Rugiada Dei Rex (6f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex), that had been well-placed second much of the way, sprinted home late for David Thomain to nail Radysin on the line. The winner was off at 6.4/1 odds while Radysin America was the 9/10 favorite. All Star Is Mine held third at 8/1 with longshots Mythical Fortune (6f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune) and Anza du Carbonel   fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.14.3kr with a quick final 500. Thomas H. Hicks

January 16, 2015 - Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) easily captured today’s Gr.II Prix Maurice de Gheest (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) timed in 1.15.9kr at 9/10 odds for driver Yoann Lebourgeois. The Philippe Allaire trainee is owned by Elisabeth Allaire and he recorded his fifth win in the last eight appearances. Another Allaire stable stalwart Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a solid second at 3/1 for J-Ph Monclin for owner Olivier Henri Thomas. 20.1/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a fast closing third for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Siray. Dam of the winner Rasta Perrine (Look de Star-Java Perrine-Reve d’Udon) was a winner of US$119,759. The dam’s of the second and third finishers are also productive. Salt Lake City is a daughter of Insert Gede-La Star-Defi d’Aunou and that family produced US$871,000 winner Bahama and two other US$100,000 winners plus Intensite the dam of Intense America. Bahama is the dam of four US$100,000 plus winners. Kamera Bourbon )Cezio Joisselyn-Etta Extra-Florestan) was a winner of US$220,543 and dam of Scala Bourbon US$626,258. Her dam Etta Extra produced Mara Bourbon US$1,864,802, Qualita Bourbon US$1,703,512) and the young stallion Sam Bourbon US$473,051. On the afternoon card was the Prix de Mauquenchy (purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 11 European starters) and the 1.11.8kr timed winner was 3/2 favorite Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) with Eric Raffin aborad for owner/trainer Yannick-Alain Briand. The winner recorded his sixth victory in the last nine outings, all the wins in monte races. 8.7/1 Saphire Bi (5f Conway Hall-Valley  Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) took second for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Della Casa if Italy. 40/1 Shiraz Roc (5m Gigant Neo-Bufera Roc) was third for Alexandre Abrivardf for trainer Mathieu Abrivard and Italy’s Scuderia Sant Eusebio. This day’s Quinte+ was the Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) with victory earned by the 0.5/1 favorite Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue-Jet du Vivier) handled by Dominik Locqueneux for owner/trainer Yannick-Alain Briand. The pacesetting victory was timed in 1.12.7kr by Viking Blue that now has posted ten straight wins and career earnings of €360,708. 24/1 Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) was a fast closing second for Mathieu Abrivard with 30/1 Tabriz du Gite (9m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) third for David Thomain. 45/1 Union du Rib and 9/1 Teatro were next to the line. The Gr. II Prix de Croix (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 16.4/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire for owner Yvan Bernard. 10.3/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Conlight As (5m Conway Hall-Delight As-Striking Sahbra) ended third for Christophe Martens with favorite Briac Dark fourth and Black d’Avril fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2016 - Philippe Allaire’s owned and trained Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily scored for driver Yoann Lebourgeois in the Q+ (jackpot €2.4 million) Prix de Mauriac (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.13kr even thought this pacesetter drifted wide in the stretch. Fractions were even (1.12.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500). Bugsy was off at 5/2 odds. 19/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was second in a photo for Anthony Barrier with third to 16/1 Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) handled by William Bigeon. 38/1 Berry Felin (5m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) was fourth ahead of 25/1 Baron du Chene (5m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene). A €2 exact order ticket paid over €25,000 (excluding jackpot). The Prix de Bollene (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) went to 3/10 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Bianque) riden by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and timed in 1.18.2kr. 8.9/1 Drole de Gosse (3m Gazouillis-Peur Bleue) was next for Franck Nivard with 23/1 Driverigo d’Eam (3g Rodrigo Jet-Topoze d’Eronville) landing third. 3.3/1 Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa) with Roberto Andreghetti aboard took the €54,000, 2700 meter Prix de Ranes. 18 European starters contested this event with the impressive 1.13.4kr winner trained by Fabrice Souloy. 15/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) ended second with Anthony Barrier driving with 2.7/1 Valentine’s Day (7f Carpe Diem-Haie du Bauvatier) third and 14.5/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) fourth. At Wolvega this day the Grand Prix W.H. Geersen (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, 13 starters) was to be a easy race for well-respected Robert Bi. But, the 2/5 favorite could only manage fourth dealing with a 20 meter handicap for driver Robin Bakker. 37/1 SJ’s Junior and driver Stefan Schoonoven nosed out 20/1 Banker Transs RB and Nico d’Haenen for the victory with third to 24/1 Crizzly Bear and driver Jos. Verbeeck. The winner clocked in 1.15.4kr as was  the second place finisher and the handicapped Robert Bi. 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 4, 2015 - Harness racing two year-olds contested the Gr. III Prix Ourasi (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters) last evening at Vincennes and the impressive 1.15.6kr winner was even-money favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. 14/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) was second for Eric Raffin, traibner J. Le Mer and Ecurie FAC with third to 3.3/1 Derrick de Nganga (2m Tucson-Nymphe de Nganda) for driver J-M Bazire and trainer/owner Jean-Michel Baudouin, The race illustrated the offspring performances of youthful sire Tucson, a 2007 son of Coktail Jet-Iolanthe-Buvetier d’Aunou with the second dam being Questane by Florestan. Iolanthe was a winner of US$120,926. At Paris-Vincennes on the evening program, the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.75 million) Prix Hestia (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) went to the 1.13.5kr clocked winner, 19.5/1 odds Atout du Hainaut (5g Gazouillis-Pivoine Fella) handled by Romain Derieux for trainer Vincent Collard. 13.6/1 Ambre Atout (5g Coktail Jet-Maya d’Atot) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche. 43/1 Ange de Lune (5g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) was third with trainer Mathieu Abrivard driving. Action today at Mauquenchy was held the Prix du Garage Groyer-Richeville (monte, purse €25,000, 2225 meters, 16 European starters)and the 1.14.3kr clocked winner was 112/1 outsider Single Max (9g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) driven by J. Vanmeerbeck. 26/1 Lord Photo (9g Fast Photo-Lordinia Road) was second driven by Mkke. S. Liitianen and trained by Sophia Aronsson. 51/1 Unitra Rs (7f Brandy Dei Fiori-Memori My Wife Gs) was third in a close battle. Two year-olds (12 starters) contested the Prix Meaulnes du Corta (purse €15,000, 2225 meters) and the 1.17.1kr even-money odds winner Drakkar Delo (2m Texas Charm-Utancma Didef) teamed by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 3.9/1  Dzarof de Guez (2m Magnificent Rodney-Phelia de Guez) ended  second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin with 32/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (2f Roc Meslois-Trois Etoiles Gede) third. Franck Ouvrie piloted the Jean Baudron owned and trained Canadian Love (3m Goetmals Wood-Sherry Love) to victory in the Prix du Domaine des Forges-A (purse €20,000, 2225 meters, 12 starters) at Mauquenchy timed in 1.16.4kr. This 6.9/1 winner’s dam is daughter of Love You-Harricane-Workaholic. 5/1 Locaan de Guegue (3m Nomade du Digeon-Istina) was a wide charging second for St. Meunier ahead of 3.9/1 Carla du Campdos (3f Saxo de Vandel-Loupa) reined by Gabriel Gelormini. Valto (6g Corot-Nouchka du Biwetz) at 61/1 took the €30,000 purse Prix Jean Lapierre at Mauquenchy, contested over 2850 meters by 18 starters. The 1.15.6kr photo-determined winner was reined by M. Verva for trainer Mlle.V. Chatelain. 6.2/1 Volute de Clermont (6f Let’s Go Along-Liaison Etrangere) was a close second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. The Sebastien Guarato trained, Genny Delaune teamed Uccello (7g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli) was third. Today at Wolvega the Championnat des TF Silver Challenge (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, 8 starters) was taken by 5/1 As des Jacquets (5m Ready Cash-Kodessa-Cygnus d’Odyssee) and driver Robbin Bot. 1.8/1 Athos d’Urzy (5m Ganymede-Perle d’Urzy-Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Hugo Langeweg Jr. with third to 2.2/1 Uno Paradisio (7g Orlando Vici-Paradise’s Fella-Kaisy Dream) and reinsman Rick Ebbinge. Time for the winner was 1.15.6kr. Thomas H. Hicks

November 19, 2015 - Yoann Lebourgeois rode Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) to victory in today’s Gr. III monte Prix de L’Ile d’Oleron at Vincennes (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 17 monte starters). Off at 2/1 the winner scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat 7/1 Volcan d’Occagnes (6g Qurdo du Gautier-Flornina Beauces) teamed by Mathieu Abrivard with 22/1 Un Gars du Large (7g Memphis du Rib-Gorganes du Large) home third for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais. The next pair to the line were 11/1 Nonant Le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) and Eric Raffin followed by fifth finishing 12/1 Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette) handled by Anthony Barrier. On the undercard was the €85,000 Prix de Thoissey (2175 meters, six monte four year-old starters) and 2.4/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) recorded am impressive 1.12.5kr victory. 5/1 Boris des Doults (4g Flambeau des Pins-Petite Gitane) held second with third to 5/1 Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier). The €60,000 Prix de Dunkerque (2750 meters, 14 starters, Quinte+) resulted in a 1.14.3kr victory for the J-M Bazire reined Baxter du Klau (4g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) trained by J-M Baudouin. This 4/5 odds winner defeated 37/1 Black Atout (4m Prodigious-La Laqune) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 44/1 Brelan du Vivier (4m Joker de Rozoy-Queline du Vivier) was third for David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 7, 2015 - Tuesday the Prix Kurse (purse €85,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 european entrants) at Paris-Vincennes went to the 1.13.8kr clocked, 26.5/1 odds, Charly du Noyer (3m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) for Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and Marquise de Moratalla. Favorite at .6/1was Traders (3m Ready Cash-Graziella) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Allaire and Scuderia Colibri SAS. 4.2/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was third with Damien Bonne aboard for Thierry Raffegeau, trainer. The October 6 Prix Freia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) at Paris-Vincennes was won by 1.4/1 favorite Bolero des Vignes (4m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey) for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent timed in 1.13.6kr. 49/1 Buasil de Bailly (4g Baccarat du Pont-Quokine de Chevot) was second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 13.7/1 Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nika) with David Thomain up for Ecurie Comte P. de Montessan, The October 7 Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) at Enghien-Soisy went to 3.1/1 odds Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) for driver C-J Jepson, trainer Ulf Stenstromer and Swedish owner Johan Sjostrard. The rallying 1.13.3kr winner defeated 3.7/1 Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. Third was 14/1 Namale Kronos (8g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC) for Pierre Vercruysse for Stall Courant AB. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 1 Oliver Kronos ITY C.-J. Jepson J. Sjöstrand U. Stenströmer 2ème 2 Pioneer Gar ITY E. Raffin Scuderia Super Chico Mlle J. Lindqvist 3ème 10 Namale Kronos ITY P. Vercruysse Stall Courant AB M. Lindgren 4ème 3 You Talking To Me SWE T. Duvaldestin Stall Arvidssons AB T. Duvaldestin 5ème 16 Pingus Vang DEN C. Martens C. Benkheira F. Jensen    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 2.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 1926       Ordre :       26.670,00€       Désordre :       533,40€       Bonus 4 :       30,00€       Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€       Bonus 3 :       4,60€                     Also at Anghien the Prix du Chateau d’Eau (purse €42,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters) went to 4.2/1 Causeway Bay (3f Look de Star-Prime Rose) for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie M Stabkes. This 1.15.8kr winner defeated 97/1 Comtesse Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Topize de Fael) for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and driver G. Ligeron with third to even-money favorite Cissy du Paulois (3f Quaker Jet-Orcha de Beval) with J-M Bazire driving. Enghien’s Prix de la Porte du Chatillon (purse €38,000, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to undefeated Chianti Premium (3m Sam Bourbon-Prima Bourbon-Coktail Jet) as the 1.4/1 favorite. Teamed by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and owner E. Sandbaek, the winner was clocked in 1.18kr for the photo finish victory over 3.9/1 Clenoby Poncelet (3m Nahar de Beval-Grilze), second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 28/1 Carl Wood (3m Goetmals Wood-Gauloise du Pont) with Joseph Verbeeck aboard. Chianti Premium was a €56,000 yearling purchase in FR. Thomas H. Hicks  

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