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Enghien’s Gr. II Prix de Londres (monte, purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) was the Saturday headliner and the “London Prize” for the third time went to veteran monte class-master and 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). He was clocked in 1.13.7kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington Dream raised his career earnings to 1,153,640€ with this his 23rd victory in 77 career starts. Arlington Dream won this event in 2017-2018 with a best clocking of 1.12.6kr last year. Today, he was away near the back and Lebourgeois patiently closed the gap to the leaders before sweeping to the front starting into the final bend. In post race interview jockey Lebourgeois commented his mount’s exceptional monte consistency and three wins in this race - "You have to have a hell of a horse to do that. Tactically, I always try to take a quiet ride with him and I ask him to engage afterwards, which he knows how to do perfectly." Arlington Dream, after gaining the advantage, then coasted home to defeat 4.1/1 Caban Prior (7g Sancho Panca) reined by Aurelien Desmarres and third finishing 35/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) with Francois Lagadeuc up. 6.9/1 Carla du Chatelets (7f Jag de Bellouet) and 28/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won today’s Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 130,000€, 2450 meters, 12 International starters) at Caen with a patient, smart drive engineered by harness racing owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire.   He was away second on the outer and after 300 meters took the lead from early leader and 3.1/1 odds Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   From then forward Aubrion du Gers maintained the front and won by over a length timed in 1.12.5kr for his 15 th consecutive victory and 45th in a 69-race career. His earnings are now 2,321,947€.   Bold Eagle increased his life earnings to 4,047, 120€ with the second-place finish and is now 43 career wins from 62 outings.   Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) held third after pressing the pace around the final bend and boxing Bold Eagle on the pegs until late-stretch, for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Winning teamster Bazire rated the front with Aubrion du Gers to keep Bold Eagle in the pocket until late in the lane. 18/1 Billie de Montfort and 123/1 Django Riff completed the top five.   Aubrion du Gers now heads to Solvalla for the Elitloppet late in May. The 2/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Stardu Chene) took today’s monte Prix Henri Balliere (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.12.8kr and reined by jockey P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Fadu du Chene                               ---LeTrot photo He won for the 10th time in 17 career starts now for life earnings of 620,700€. 6.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took second for jockey Eric Raffin for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire. 9/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) earned the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc.   Thomas H. Hicks  

An array of excellent groupe contests were on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program, but, before those events began was the monte Prix de Seiches-sur-Le- Loir (purse 80,000€, 215 meters). The quick timed 1.12.2krwinner was the 9/10 favorite Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons for trainer Stephane Meunier. She scored for the seventh time in a 41 start career, now for 269,210€ earned.  The 57/1 outsider Caporal de Bry (6g Singalo-One Class) was second for jockey Julien Balu, and third was 14/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash) for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. II Prix Albert Rayon (purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds, nine starters) started the groupe events and it was narrowly won by the 1.1/1 favorite Fubria (3f Password-Sanawa) timed in 1.14.2kr with a powerful last 500 for Yoann Lebourgeois. Fubria now has five career wins in nine starts for 100,500€ earned. The 21/1 Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Third went to 8.5/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union Quality) with Jean Philippe Dubois the breeder/driver. Next up was the Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (monte, purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds). The 3/5 favorite Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was victorious timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebougeois was up for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire.  This colt recorded hius sixth career win in 19 outings, now for 416,450€ earned. 3/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 22/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point) was third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. 6.2/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) ended fourth. The feautured event this day was the Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (purse 120,000€, 200 meters, four yer olds). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was the 2/5 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Ecurie d’Oliverie owns this Franck Leblanc trainee that now has 13 career wins in 26 starts for 940,990€ in earnings. The 13/1 Estola (4f Nectar-Nika) was second for Bjorn Goop, driving for trainer Emmanuel Ruault. and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 21/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was third with David Thomain up. Vincennes also hosted the day’s Q+ event in the Prix d’Hautefort (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). The 1.9/1 odds Valokaja Hindu (7m Great Challenger-Hindu Enghave) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire timed in 1.12.3kr. The Norwegian invader now has four wins in FR from six starts and career earnings reached 206,754€.  The 12/1 Blue Ciel (7g Milord Drill) was second for David Thomain, and third was 52/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) for Alexandre Abrivard. 28/1 Aqi des Crerves and 12/1 Vixel completed the exact order top five. Winning 2€ ticketholders received 20,328€. The Gr. III Prix Narquois (purse 95,000€, 2700 meters) completed the day’s groupe races and this one showcased another impressive victory by the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The winner is owned in Germany by Stall Oberkracher and now has posted five wins in nine starts in FR for career earnings of 206,754€. Dreambreaker raced much of the way in the second tier before powering to the front in the lane. 19/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second with J.Ph. Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 19/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) took third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 18/1 Handsome Brad (5m Brad de Veluve-Ulrica M) was third for driover C.J. Jepson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

November 21, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ 13th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was at Mauquenchy. The 1.9/1 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored, timed in 1.13.8kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard for trainer Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The victory was his 13th in 35 career starts now for 412,410€ earned. 3.3/1 Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and 9/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You) was third for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 11/1 Arfor de Mire and 29/1 Baladin Hungrois completed the top five and there was one Q+ e-ticket winner that received 230,483.80 for a 2€ wager. On the card was also the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse 30,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) that went to 1.17.2kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Forsica du Rocha (3g Un Mer d’Heripre-Taigada Houlbet) for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, his third career victory in 11 starts now for 51,700€ in earnings. The winner’s sire is a great horse and great gaited. It will be interesting to watch his siring production. The Prix Andre Perdrix (purse 21,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.7/1 Etenclin (4m Jag de Bellouet-Volpaia) handled by Robin Bakker to the 1.15.7kr timed score. Paul Hagoort trains this property of Stable Why Not. Yesterday, in trots action at Solvalla, was the Sulkysports (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, five starters) that was to be a return jubilee for the 2017 Yonkers International winner Twister Bi. Off as the 1.2/1 favorite the now Timo Nurmos trainee was reined by Bjorn Goop and he was away with an easy lead that he maintained for over 1600 meters. Then, he was challenged by 9.2/1 Mind Your Face (9g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong), that rolled past and proceeded to an easy victory for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Lars Friberg. Race time for the winner was 1.13.4kr. The 11.5/1 Final Oak (8m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) rallied to be second for driver Claes Sjostrom and trainer Mikael Starling. Third went to 6.1/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Roger Walmann and SRF Stable. 21.6/1 French Laundry was fourth and Twister Bi was a distant last. The featured Kritericreverschen (200,000SEK to the winner, three year olds, 2640 meters autostart) saw the 25.1/1 outsider Concrete Dee (3g Donato Hanover-Little Face-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.14.6kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Roger Walmann and owner/breeder Kottimporten AM. He bested 47.1/1 Flight Dynamics (3m Scarlet Knight-Aspetta Hanover-Cantab Hall) driven by Per Lennartsson for trainer St. Melander. 8.3/1 Fortune Mearas (3g Dream Vacation-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) was third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Svante Bath. Thomas H. Hicks

Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) took today’s monte Gr. II Prix Edmond Henry (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) at Vincennes, France with jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. He was a start to finish winner timed in 1.13.9kr off modest fractions. This 1/5 odds favorite is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire and he record career victory 16 in 41 starts for 1,175,410€ earned. Traders won the 2018 Prix du Cornulier and is reportedly headed to that event again in late January. The 8.1/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) was second for Camille Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 10/1 Cassate (6f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was a distant third. The Quinte+ was on this Paris-Vincennes card in the Prix de Montignac-Charente (purse 88,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and 3.2/1 Barrio Josselyn (7m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) scored timed in 1.15.1kr. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to his 12th career win in 69 starts now for 489,300€. The Q+ exact order payoff was 1,439.80€ for a 2€ wager. 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 1.7/1 favorite Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) for driver Bjorn Goop. The top five was completed by 10/1 Lover Face (10g Look de Star) and 15/1 Alamo du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier). On Sunday at Montegiorgio, Italy was the Premio Palio Comuni L. Mattii (purse 110,000€, 1600 meters autostart) that drew a fine field of mares led by the winner Peace Of Mind (9f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover). Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner that now has 23 career wins in 73 starts for 402,906€ earned. She defeated Stella di Azzurra (7f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip) with Fed. Esposito up with the third check earned by Vanesia EK (4f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne). Race time was 1.11.4kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Gr. II action today at Paris-Vincennes began with the Prix Marcel Laurent for four and five-year olds (purse 120,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). This was also a Q+ event this day and it went to the impressive 14/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) handled by Damien Bonne for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Race time for the winner was a quick 1.10.9kr and Delia now sports 11 career wins in 37 starts for 728,650€ earned. The 10/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) took second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. Third was the 9/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) that J-M Bazire trains and reined for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. The 34/1 Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was fourth with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for the Roger/Lolic team, and the fifth check went to 6.3/1 Italian invader Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro up. The exact order payoff for a winning 2€ Q+ ticket was 7,419.20€. The monte four year old specialists took part in the Prix Olry-Roederer (Gr. II, 120,000€, 2850 meters, eight starters) with victory earned by 1.2/1 co-favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) timed in a track record for the age and distance of 1.13.6kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for trainer/owner Richard Westerink as Etonnant scored for the eighth time in a 25 start career now for 301,700€ earned. The 9/1 Etoile de Bruyere (4f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) was second for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Ch. Dreux. 18/1 Ekeren (4m Ray Normanus-Queen du Soir) took third for David Thomain. The other 1.2/1 co-favorite Elladora de Forgan finished fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cuba Libre (6g Nahar de Beval-Kiss Me Love), off at 3.3/1 odds, took Monday’s Quinte+ Prix de Pomarez (purse 52,000€, 2875 meters, 18 starters) at Eghien, timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer/owner Antonio Ripoll Rigo.  This horse recorded his ninth career victory in 48 starts. The Q+ exact order payoff for a 2€ wager of 186,682.60€. 42/1 Au Nid de Gassard(8g LeRetour) was second for David Thomain ahead of third finishing 62/1 Absolut Perfect (8g Carpe Diem) handled by owner/trainer J.F. Senet. Completing the top five were 11/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash) and 9/1 Chard Devant (6g Otello Pierji). The Monday card also included the Prix de Bezons (monte, purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 10 starters) with that victory earned by 7.1/1 odds Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon). Eric Raffin was the jockey for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Scuderia Bolgheri Srl bred this winner that recorded his fifth career win ibn 25 outings. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 18/1 Erki Sibey (4g Niky) took second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Third went to 20/1 Electron du Rib (4g Paris Haufor) for jockey Mlle.  Clara Dersoir and trainer Mme. Carine Hallais-Dersoir.The Prix de Montresor (purse 42,000€, 285 meters, 16 starters) showcased a 1.14.9kr timed victory by 3.3/1 Emily de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), the full-sister to the great mare Billie de Montfort. Glenny Delaune teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Philippe Dauphin, as she scored for the fourth time in 18 career starts. Billie de Montfort will be among the favorites in the October 28th Tour de Europeen Trotter Francais at Mons.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) overcame a 50 meter handicap to secure the Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 80,000€, 4400 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Traders who early this year won the monte Prix de Cornulier, won for 14th time in his career that has amounted to 39 starts, now for 1,071,910€ earned. Race time was 1.15.1kr over the 2-3/4 mile plus distance. Traders was off as the 1.4/1 odds favorite. The 3/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) was second for David Thomain, trainer Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. The 6.2/1 Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella), also handicapped 50 meters, was third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner J.P. Marmion. The 25 meter penalized and 41/1 outisder Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) was fourth for Franck Nivard, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Anette Holmgren. The 8/4/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) was fifth ahead of 38/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You) and 83/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio). Belina Josselyn was making her first start in four months and the J-M Bazire trainee was handled carefully by Romain Congard. She was also handicapped 50 meters and trailed the field until the final bend when Congard let her loose for a short run in the lane. On Friday evening action was at Vincennes (then opens its famed Winter Meet on October 31). The Prix Klymene (purse 75,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw 8/1 Inga In Heaven (5f Orlando Vici-Vasterbofromheaven) score for Franck Ouvrie timed in 1.13.6kr. Trainer Fredric Wallin also owns the winner. 27/1 Una Bella Gar (5f SJs Photo-Georgette Gar) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 2.9/1 Noble Dolly (5f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido) that Alexandre Abrivard reined for trainer J-M Bazire. The Quinte+ Prix le Parisien (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) saw the 11/1 odds Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) scored timed in 1.12.3kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed, trains and owns the winner. 4.4/1 Cristal du Lupin (6g Ganymede) took second for Antoine Wiels and breeder/owner/trainer J.P. Marmion. 6.3/1 Choriste de Trio, 12/1 Valokaja Hindo and 4.2/1 Tripolini VP completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 53,022.20€ for the 2€ wager. Three year old colts contested the Prix Arethusa (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters). The 1.15.1kr timed winner was 3.1/1 odds Fortissimoko (3m The Best Madrik-Avanina) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J.F. Van Dooyeweerd. The easy winner bested 2/1 favorite Free Man (3m Ready Cash-Olly Star) reined by Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J-P Barjon. 3.1/1 Facetieux (3m Niky) was third for Franck Nivard. Closing out the card was the monte Prix Athamantis (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, 10 European starters). The 1.13.5kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 favorite Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet up for trainer Stephane Meunier. 7.6/1 Zauni (5m Quite Easy) was second for jockey Ronja Walter, ahead of 42/1 Disco des Molands (5g Quitus du Mexique) with Victor Saussaye in the irons. 29/1 Dakar du Rib and 8.5/1 Jerry Mom completed the top five. Next Sunday at Feurs is the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est that is expected to draw a classy field that may include Bold Eagle, Uniflosa Bella, Valse de Rêve, Viking Blue, Virgious du Maza, Voltigeur de Myrt, Akim du Cap Vert, Uza Josselyn, Booster Winner, and Coquin Bébé. Stay tuned for the final lineup. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thursday’s featured Gr. II monte Prix Legoux-Longpre (purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters, eight starters) saw even-money favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) score timed in 1.14.2kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The winner now has seven wins in 21 career starts for 222,100 euro earned. The 14/1 odds Dynasty Pierji (5f Prodigious-Rita Mitsou) was second for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne. Third was 17/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) that Ecurie des Charmes bred and owns, Sebastian Ernault trains and Mme. Beaufils-Ernault piloted. Four year olds mares contested the Prix de Corbeil (purse 39,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) and the 1.13kr timed victory went to 1.8/1 odds Express Lady (4f Texas Charm-United Express) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. She now has three wins in nine career starts. Eolia de l’Elle (4f Othello Bourbon) was second at 3.1/1 for Adrian Lamy and third was East Road (4f Texas Charm-Light Of Morning) at 24/1 for Julien Dubois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily took Sunday’s Trophee Vert event named the Grand Prix Ville Montier and raced at Montier en Der. Timed in 1.15.2kr on the grass, the 3/10 favorite recorded his seventh straight Trophee Vert victory and he now has 113 series points versus 74 for Bebert Express and 56 for Utile Lebel. As usual Yoann Lebourgeois teamed Bugsy for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. He now has 26 career wins in 46 starts for 719,810 euro earned. 9/1 odds Astor de Rozoy (8m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) was second handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Third was the 37/1 outsider Crazy Look (6g Look de Star) with Cedrik Derham on the lines. On Saturday action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 75,000 euro, 2925 meters, 13 starters). Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for driver Gwenn Junod timed in 1.12.8kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was second at 3.7/1 with J.Ch. Feron aboard for trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion, facing a 25 meter handicap and timed in 1.12.3kr.  Chicago Blues (6m Prodigious) took third for driver Romuald Mourice ahead of Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with Junior Guelpa up and fifth finishing and 2/5 favorite Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) with Pierre Vercruysse. This one was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.12.7kr. Friday the Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix de Granville (purse 35,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap, 14 European starters). Victory went to the 20/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.4kr. Florian Desmigneux teamed the now career winner of 151,442 euro that is owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The 6/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jeppe Juel, also with a 25 meter penalty. Sunshine Kronos (7f Enjoy Lavec) took third for Gabriele Gelormini at 8.5/1 odds. The 25  meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Balthazar d’Em (7g Coktail Jet) was fourth for Tony LeBeller and fifth was Cocktail des Pres (6g Melchior Jet) for Julien Travers at 82/1. The Q+ exact order payoff was 51,789.60 euro for a two euro wager. Monday action returns to Paris Vincennes after an absence since June 29. The fine card includes four Gr. II contests each with a purse of 120,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) continued his usual mastery over upper class monte performers by today winning the Gr. II Prix de Londres (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart). Yoann Lebourgeois rode the Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 66 starts now for 949,200 euro earned. 11/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second and 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) was third. The 22/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) finished fourth for jockey Camille Levesque with fifth to 6.6/1 Ulka de l’Odeon (10f Offshore Dream). On the same card the Prix de l’Odeon (purse 43,000 euro, 2875 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans. The breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin and this is the maternal family of Etta Extra and Une Crown. 4.8/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove) was a close second for driver Thierry Duvaldestin and third was 9/1 Fabulous Dream (3m Royal Dream) for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran harness racing class master Bugsy Malone (g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took today’s 12th leg of the Trophee Vert Series on the turf (purse 45,000 euro, 3400 meters voltstart, distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter penalty to score decisively for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy recorded career victory 25 in 45 starts now for 699,560 euro earned. He was off as the 5/10 punters choice. 7.7/1 Blackaro (7g Quaro) was second for Francois Lecanu and 63/1 Alexis Jisce (8m Memphis du Rib) was third. Well-regarded 25 meter handicapped Utile Lebel was sixth and Bebert Express finished 10th. Race time was not reported. At Enghien was the Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 85,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starts all three year olds). The 1.11.7kr timed victory went to 1.6/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans Srl. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 32/1 Fric du Chena (3m Nobody du Chene) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up and 4/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash) took third for Clement Duvaldestin. Fend La Bise (3f Prince Gede) was fourth for Franck Anne and 53/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) ended fifth for Jean Pierre Dubois. The winning time was well off the three year old record for the distance of 1.10.kr set by Royal Crown in 2008. by Thoms H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s 10th leg of the Trophee Vert Series was at Saint Jean de Monts, raced over 2625 meters distance handicapped, by 16 entrants for the total purse 45.000 euro. It was the 4/5 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) prevailing for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, timed in 1.16.1kr.  The winner overcame a 50 meter handicap to record his fifth victory in the series and 24th career win in 44 starts now for 679,310 euro earned. The victory moved Bugsy to the top in the series points standings with 79, versus Bebert Express’ 70 points. The point winner at series end earns 100,000 euro. The 8.6/1 Capital Charm (6g Password-Molly Charm) was second today for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one. The 111/1 Alexis Jisce (8g Memphis du Rib) was third for Olivier Raffin while 25 meter handicapped and 4.3/1 Ardente du Clos was fourth. Utile Lebel was fifth and Bebert Express ninth in this 10th series leg. At La Capelle the Prix Avesne sur Helpe (purse 30,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 2.6/1 Christo (6g Rieussec-Panacee) with Marcel Lenoir the driver/trainer. 21/1 Busy Money Ringeat and 5.1/1 Colombo Ranka completed the top three. It was also announced that the August 5th battle between Bold Eagle and Aubrion du Gers at the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin may not occur. Bold Eagle has been treated for back lameness following his last start at the La Capelle TGV and will miss the Mons contest. Bold Eagle leaves the way open to Aubrion du Gers to acquire the title that Bold Eagle was to defend. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s eighth leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert series was the Grabd Prix d’Agon-Coutainville (purse 45,000 euro, 18 starters distance handicap, 3425 meters) at Agon-Coutrainville. The even-money favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was an easy winner on the turf from post 18 and a 50 meter penalty timed in 1.16.8kr and driven by Yoann Lebourgeois. Phillipe Allaire trains and owns the now 22 time winner in just 42 career appearances good for 638,810 euro earned. The 6.4/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio-Orminda) was second overcoming a 25 meter handicap in rein to trainer Thomas Levesque. The 58/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was third for driver Anthony Honore, he too a 25 meter penalized performer. At odds of 23/1 Verazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream), 28/1 Voici du Roco (9g l’As de Boussieres, and 23/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) were the next three to the line. Anette was a 50 meter handicapped horse in the Pick5 event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 20, 2018 - Harness racing action Tuesday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the Prix Henrietta (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.7kr victory earned by 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J.P. Guay was this one’s breeder. The same card also featured the monte Gr. III Prix Cornelia (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 12/1 Caduceas des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Frestina des Baux) scored for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Jack Dowie. 10/1 Union de Bellar was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 2.3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody was third for Camille Levesque. Wednesday’s Q+ was at Pontchateau in the Prix de la Ville de Pontchateau (purse €40,000, 2800 meters 18 starters). 25/1 Bemnde Torvic (7g Jag de Bellouet-Roche du Chatelet) scored for J.Ph. Monclin timed in 1.14.9kr. Stephane Meunier trains the winner for Ecurie Auemath. Chasing the winner were 12/1 Actrice Revee and 8.2/1 Baccarat de Niro. Thursday action at Enghien included the featured monte Prix de Fumel (purse €51,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and 4.3/1 Diamant de Larre (5g Magificent Rodney-Rose de Larre) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie la Petteviniere. 9/1 Daelia de Vandel took second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3.7/1 Deauville with Guillaume Martin in the irons. Evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes on Friday. The Prix Alethia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr quick timed and 7/10  favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. 3.4/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (8g Orlando Vici) wit Franck Nivard up. The Vincennes card also included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.8/1 Cadix (6f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. 8.7/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 14/1 Capucine d’Avril (6f Lets Go Along) took the third spot for Franck Ourvrie.The Prix Clarisse (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 European starters) closed out the evening top action and 4.1/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) scored for J.Ph. Monclin, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and the breeder was J.P. Guay. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Look de Star-Jupilles-Corot, a career winner of €79250, and with Workaholic and Florestan in the maternal family. 19/1 Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for Franck Nivard driving the Franck Leblanc trainee for Ecurie Siray. 10/1 Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes) was third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. This week the 33 year old driver/trainer/owner Matthieu Abrivard won victory #2000 with Charmeuse Royale at Vincennes. Abrivard has record 14 groupe I victories in his brief career, both monte and sulky. Au trot monté : 4 Prix de Cornulier 2004, 2005, 2006 (Jag de Bellouet), 2017 (Bellissima France) 2 Prix des Centaures en 2004 (Mon Jeu Diam), 2016 (Athéna de Vandel) 2 Prix de Normandie en 2010 (Rombaldi), 2016 (Bellissima France) Prix du Président de la République en 2009 (Rombaldi) Prix d’Essai en 2015 (Carlos des Caux) Au trot attelé : 2 Critérium Continental 2012 (Un Mec d’Héripré) et 2017 (Doria Desbois) Prix de Paris 2010 (Private Love) Prix Albert Viel 2017 (Eros du Chêne) Thomas H. Hicks

November 29, 2017 - Yoann Lebourgeois drove 7.2/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Business) to a 1.13.6kr timed victory in today’s  harness racing Quinte+ Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. This Robert Bergh trainee is owned by Christer Englund and the winner bested 9/2 Direct Way (4g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Philippe Allaire. 27/1 Diable de Vauvert (4m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was third for David Thomain. 15/1 Dream de Nilrem and 1.8/1 Rajesh Face were the next pair to the line creating a €6,755 payoff for a €2 play. Other winners on the Vincennes program included 17/1 Ezio Josselyn (3m Prodigious-Lezira Josselyn) for driver Bjorn Goop in the €60,000 Prix Jean Maurice Beteau. Ronny Kuiper is the trainer of the 1.15.8kr timed Ezio Josselyn. The €58,000 Prix de Bouville went to 1.12.8kr timed (over 2175 meters) and 2.3/1 odds Callijo Delbi (5g Rieussec-Joliette de Manvez) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. Two year olds were on display in two divisions of the (€38,000 A Division and €35,000 B Division) Prix des Anemones  each raced over 2200 meters. Groupe A went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.8/1 odds Fantastic Life (2f Prodigious-True Life) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The B groupe went to 1.17kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Flower Power (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow). Thomas H. Hicks    

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