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Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux-Halimede) rallied to win today’s Paralympiatravet (purse 279,095€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.10.9kr for harness racing reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Delia won for the 15th time in 71 career starts now for 1,545,048€ in life earnings. She was off at 2.3/1 and benefitted from a vicious early speed duel between Who’s Who and Ecurie D. The first 500 meters was clocked in 1.06.7kr. Delia followed Aetos Kronos third over in tier two, and then rocketed past in the lane. 8.9/1 Very Kronos (7m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was up for second handled by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath and third was 6.1/1 Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Jerry Riordan. 6.4/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet) and 105/1 Ble du Gers (10g Quinoa du Gers) completed the top five. Who’s Who ended sixth and Ecurie D staggered home last. DELIA DU POMMEREUX REPLAY   Delia du Pommereux PMU, ATG, Aby files/photos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Freeman de Houelle (8m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily took the Gr. III monte Prix Antigone (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year old European eligibles) at Vincennes, clocked in 1.12.3kr and off as the 5/10 favorite. Eric Raffin was the harness racing jockey for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier. This was Freeman’s ninth victory for 476,580€ earned. He overcame a 25 meter penalty in this one. Byrh Gede (10g Ganymede) took second for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Alexandre Pillon. Third home was Edition Gema (7f Prince Gede) for jockey Gaelle Godard and trainer/owner Marc Sassier. Freeman de Houelle The upcoming weekend will include the Trophee Vertg Leg 2 (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap) at Rambouillet and that field includes two 50 meter handicapped performers, Brillant Madrik and Express Jet. The same day will have the Criterium de Vitesse de Basse-Normandie at Argentan. (purse 90,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 4-10 year olds Intertnational). Etonnant and Billie de Montfort are among the starters. LeTrot, PMU files/photos http://www.letrot.comFor full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily won the Prix Cornelia (purse 80,000€, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters) this day at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.12.2kr. Eric Raffin was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier as Freeman won for the eighth time in 31 appearances for 436,080€ in career earnings. He was off as the 4/10  odds favorite and defeated the 6/4! Diamant de Treabat (8g Kuadro Wild) with Clement Frecelle in the irons for trainer/owner Oascal Monthule. Third was 7.7/1 Carioca de Lou (9g Jag de Bellouet) for jockey Leo Abrivard. Freeman de Houelle On Wednesday the Onions Lopp takes place at Solvalla and from that might emerge Elitloppet invitations. Click Bait, Missle Hill and Milliondollarrhyme are among the likely rivals. On Friday at Vincennes will be the Prix Aletheia with that field including Feerie Wood and Feydeau Seven. Then on Saturday at Enghien will be the Gr. I International Prix d’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters) and two divisions of the Summer Race qualifiers for four year olds, each for a 100,000€ purse and raced over 2985 meters. The Atlantique field includes five million euro plus career winners led by 2.44€ million winner Billie de Montfort. The filed is listed below in post position order by horse/driver/trainer: Chica de Joudes (Alain Laurent driver/trainer) Davidson du Pont (Jean Michel Bazire driver/trainer) Billie de Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato) Vivid Wise As (Alessandro Gocciadoro driver/trainer) Vitruvio (Federico Esposito, Alessandro Gocciadoro) Delia du Pommereux (Eric Raffin, Sylvain Roger) Etonnant (Anthony Barrier, Richard Westerink) Valokaja Hindo (Nicolas Bazire, Jean Michel Bazire) Wild Love (Alexis Prat, Anders Lindqvist) Jerry Mom (Pierre Vercruysse, Luc Roelens) Calle Crown (David Thomain, Tomas Malmqvist) Unique Juni (Matthieu Abrivard, Jurgen Westholm) PMU, Gaet files and photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This past Friday Vincennes feature was the Gr. II monte Etrier Summer Series for three year olds (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters). The 7.4/1 odds Inoui Danica (3m Boccador de Simm - Sellina Blue) scored in 1.11.3kr for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. This was his third win for 134,600€ earned. 1.7/1 favorite Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker - Royale du Chene) landed second with Paul Philippe Ploquin up for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj, Third was 25/1 Isidur Paulois (3m Scipion du Goutier) for jockey J.Y. Ricart. Inoui Danica For complete race results, click here. PMU files/photo by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This day’s groupe level races at Vincennes began with the Prix Louis Forcinal (Gr. II monte, purse 100,000€, 2700meters, 5-6 year olds). The 1.12.2kr timed winner was 5/10 favorite Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove-Refina de Houelle) with jockey Eric Raffin in the irons. The breeder/trainer is Franck Leblanc and Stephane Gohier owns the now seven-time winner for 400,080€ in life earnings. The 6.9/1 odds Good Luck Quick (5m Un Mec d’Heripre) was a distant second, with David Thomain up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Flore de Janeiro (6f Vanishing Point) was third with Florian Desmigneux up for owner/trainer Franck Blandin. Freeman de Houelle Aged classmasters contested the Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 4-11 year old International trotteurs) with Ce Bello Romain (9g Jan Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) the 1.12.2kr timed winner. Anthony Barrier teamed this 6.4/1 odds trotteur for owner/trainer S.G. DuPont as he won for the 20th time now for 651,230€ in life earnings. This was three in a row for Ce Bello Romain. The 107/1 Bilooka du Buscail (10f Look de Star) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Yves Hurel. Third went to 5.1/1 Moni Viking (8m Maharajah) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Jan Lyng. The was the program’s Quinte+ race and the exact order e-payoff was 22,540€. Ce Bello Romain The top five year olds in France contested the Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) with the 1.13.2lr timed victory to Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) at 4.3/1 odds. This was his second straight win and eighth in a career that has yielded 475,420€. Gabriele Gelormin was the pilot for trainer R.C. Larue and breeder/owner Ecurie de Windcut. The 8/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet-Vedette d’Heripre) took second for Franck Nivard and third home was 8.6/1 Green Grass (5f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Darling) with Mathieu Mottier at the lines. Gelati Cut  The Prix Jean Cabrol (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 6-11 year olds) went to 1.12kr clocked Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) at 2.5/1 odds and reined by Eric Raffin. He won for the 13th timed now for 402,960€ in life earnings. Gregory Thorel conditions this one for Ecurie la Pinsonniere. 27/1 Elvis de Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was second for David Thomain and 5.5/1 Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) held third for Charles J. Bigeon. Fire Cracker The Prix de Chatillon (purse 53,000€, 2700 meters, three year-olds) saw the 7/10 Impressionist (3m Ready Cash-Une Lady de Nappes) hold on to score in 1.15.6kr for Eric Raffin, his third career win now for 67,300€ earned. Ecurie Hunter Valley owns the winner that is trained and was bred by Louis Baudron. The 11/1 Ikacou des Cinty was a hard finishing second for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou and third was 32/1 Iron Meslois (3m Titan d’Occagnes) with Pierre Belloche up.  Impressionist For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

On this closing day of the Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet, the Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four-six year-olds) was the featured event. The 1/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) prevailed easily timed in 1.10.3kr for Eric Raffin. Raffin last drove FTB on November 8, 2018 in that victorious effort. Sebastien Guarato is the winning trainer for Scuderia Bivans Srl as FTB won for the 29th time in 35 career starts, now for 2,747,440€ earned. He was a well-rated winner today (1.10.7kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.11.1kr at the 1000; 1.10.8kr with 500 to go) as he drew off in the final 500 meters. The 59/1 outsider For You Madrik (6m Up And Quick-Quelea Madrik) was second for pilot Benoit Robin, trainer J.L. Bigeon and owner Joel Seche. Third was 41/1 Fric du Chene (6m Nobody du Chene-Oseille du Chene) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.   To watch the race replay, click here.     Face Time Bourbon Face Time Bourbon is expected to remain in France and race lightly to prepare for the 2022 Prix d’Amerique. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The undercard today at Paris-Vincennes was a good one with three groupe level contests. The Prix Henri Desmontils (Gr. III monte, purse 90,000€, International) went to 9/10 favorite Clegs des Champs (9g Legs du Glos-Prosperine) for jockey David Thomain. Race time was 1.12.2kr for the Thierry Raffegaeu trainee that J-Y Roze owns. He now has 19 career wins good for 914,080€ earned. The 3.1/1 Carly (9g Rollin d’Heripre) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for conditioner Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 2.8/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Franck Leblanc. Clegs des Champs The Prix Louis le Bourg (Gr. II monte, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four year-olds) produced a 1.13.6kr timed victory for Hallix (4f Roc Meslois-Titania) and jockey Eric Raffin. Hallix, off at 1.4/1 odds, recorded her seventh lifetime win for 195,860€ earned. Guillaume Gillot conditions this one for Ecurie Chefreulle.  She raced with shoes on. The 73/1 outsider Hopla des Louanges (4g Gazouillis) was second for jockey Damien Bonne and trainer Franck Leblanc. Third was 62/1 Hudson Vedaquais (4m Thorens Vedaquais) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer Patrick Terry and Ecurie Pole Position. Jockey Raffin had a big day also scoring with Face Time Bourbon. Hallix Ce Bello Romain (9g Jam Priden-Miss Scho Bello) took the Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International age 4-11 eligible) clocked in 1.11.2kr. Off at 7.1/1, the winner was handled by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer S.G. DuPont as he won for the 19th time in his career now for 610,730€ earned. The 29/1 outsider Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jorgen Westholm. 4.7/1 odds Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream) took third money with Eric Raffin handling this Jean Michel Bazire trainee. Cicero Neo and Chica de Joudes rounded out the top five in this good field of aged performers. Ce Bello Romain LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The day’s Vincennes featured harness racing event Wednesday was the monte Gr. III Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters for four year0olds). The 5.1/1 odds Hacker Boy (4g Akim du Cap Vert-Orestane Girl) sustained his stretch long drive to secure the 1.12.4kr timed victory with Eric Raffin in the irons. He won his second straight, and for the career, now posting life earnings of 91.920€. Yves Dreux is the winning breeder/owner and trainer. The 8.5/1 Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious) was a game second for jockey Guillaime Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Third home was 52/1 outsider Hopla des Louanges (4f Gazouillis) in rein to Damien Bonne for trainer Franck Leblanc. Hacker Boy On the card was also the Prix du Chesnay (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters distance handicapped for 7-11 year-olds) with that victory to the 25-meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Crusoe d’Anama (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Mario Xuereb. This was his 10th career score now for 443,250€ earned. The 5.3/1 odds and also 25-meter penalized performer, Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet), was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Third home was 3/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Crusoe d’Anama 16 top trotters remain declared for Sunday’s Prix de Paris as shown below. The final field will be set on Thursday. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 35 trotteurs have declared for next Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris, the marathon test that is the finale of the French Triple Crown. The race will be held at Paris-Vincennes. The declarations include Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot. The distance is 4150 meters, nearly 2.5 miles, and the purse is 400,000€ ($486,000US). Last week’s Face Time Bourbon driver controversy is apparently over with Eric Raffin named as his driver by trainer Sebastien Guarato. C4 - PX D'AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF PX DE PARIS 400 000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2021 Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les chevaux ayant obtenu une priorité de participation dans le Prix d'Amérique sont maintenus en priorité. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (H), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans LeTrot files by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink      

It has been reported by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent that affter the defeat Sunday afternoon in the Prix de France, where Face Time Bourbon finished second, his regular driver, Björn Goop, was sacked by the main owner, Italian Antonio Somma. Somma has long been unsatisfied with Goop as the driver of maybe the world’s best trotter at present, and just after the race, Somma wrote on Twitter that Goop was sacked. Today Somma was interviewed on the French racing television channel Equidia and said that Sebastian Guarato, who trains Face Time Bourbon, was free to pick any of these five drivers in the future to drive the top trotter: Eric Raffin, Gabriele Gelormini, Yoann Lebourgeois, Matthieu Abrivard and Franck Nivard. Sebastian Guarato had already made his choice and made it public, that Eric Raffin is the new driver of Face Time Bourbon. “Raffin is an obvious choice,” Guarato said. “He has driven Face Time Bourbon twice in races and has won both times.” Eric Raffin will drive Face Time Bourbon on March 6 in the Prix de Selection at Vincennes. Björn Goop has driven Face Time Bourbon in 29 races and has 24 wins and four seconds. On Jan. 31, Face Time Bourbon (with Goop) was an easy winner of the famous Prix d’Amerique for the second year in a row. From the USTA

Today’s Gr. I International Prix de France (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Masters Trot Series 2021) saw 13/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rally late to capture the Speed Race in 1.09.8kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.07.3kr at the 1000; 1.08.6kr with 500 meters remaining) set mostly by second finishing 2/10 odds favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Eric Raffin teamed the winner, for breeder/owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger, as she won for the 14th time in her career now for 1,311,220€ earned. She was positioned seventh at the 1000-meter mark before moving forward. She rolled past a tired FTB to win by a half-length. The 31/1 odds Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) followed the winner after being eighth at the 1000. He rallied strongly in the lane for pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Jerry Riordan and Team Snyder AB. Bahia Quesnot gamely lasted for fourth at 45/1 odds for Junior Guelpa after forcing the pace early against FTB but could not secure the lead, yielding to the pocket as Billie de Montfort faded. 50/1 Feliciano (6m Ready Cash) was fifth ahead of 110/1 Frisbee d’Am and a distant 97/1 Billie de Montfort. Delia du Pommereux     mid-stretch J-P Barjon (left) presents the Prix de France trophy to the connections of the winning daughter of Niky, a horse he raced and sire of monte champion Bilibili. To watch the race replay, click here.   For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2.1/1 odds Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone-Nadir Gar) captured the 59,000€ purse Prix Gras Savoye Wills Towers Wilson this day at Vincennes. Racing over 2100 meters autostart the winner scored in 1.11kr for Eric Raffin, trainer Vitale Ciotolo and Scuderia Nininni as he won for the fifth time in France now for 198,368€ in career earnings. This versatile talented trotter now has three attele wins and two at the monte. The 10/1 Marcello Web (6g Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for Christophe Martens and 25/1 Festif Charmant (6g Love You) took third for Damien Bonne in a blanket finish. Zerozerosette GarEric Raffin For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria), off at 8/10 favorite odds, captured the Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Marial Turbiaux bred the winner that posted his ninth career harness racing victory now for 356,400€ earned. Race time was 1.13.9kr. The 22/1 Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner J.L. Baraud. 11/1 odds Wilds West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) was third for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 16/1 Custom Cheval (3m Farifant-La Brosse) was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire, ahead of Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for trainer Hagoort. Helgafell The Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 5 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) went to 13/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) clocked in 1.12.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the pilot and owner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. This mare was bred by Ecurie D and now has six career wins for 285,000€ in lifetime earnings. The 5/10 favorite Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 3.5/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romaine d’Urzy) took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecuie Marechal. The 77/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was a fast closing fourth for Alexis Prat, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner S. Kristenssons Akerie AB. Feydeau Seven, Stoletheshow and Msiter F Daag completed the top seven. Feerie Wood  LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Elie de Beaufour (6g Royal Dream-Pignata) took today’s ninth leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 75,000€, 2626 meters distance handicap) held at Chatalaillon-la-Rochelle. Eric Raffin teamed the 8/10 favorite for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie LeVallois, Race time was 1.12.8kr. Elie won for the 17th time in his career for 276,600€ earned. The 25 meter penalized and 3.4/1 odds Diable de Vauvert (7m Prince d;Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabrielle Gelormini aboard for trainer Bertrand LeBeller and owner Franck Learvet. 12/1 Dayan Winner (7g Offshore Dream-Tempete Winner) was third for Hugues Monthule and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Elie de Beaufour Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Brunhild (purse 33,000€, three year olds, monte) and 5.6/1 odds Heroic Park (3m Bird Parker-Quiromantica) gained the victory for trainer/jockey Pierre Yves Verva for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This colt now has four career wins for 38,880€ earned. Heroic now has three wins in in his last six starts, all in monte events. 1.2/1 Hashka (3g Goetmals Wood) was second for trainer/jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/1 Horoneur du Cebe (3m Un Charme Fou) was third for jockey Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Heroic Park On Monday at Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III Prix Legoux-Longpre (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, monte) and the 3/2 odds open lengths winner was Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujour) and jockey Mathieu Mottier. She was timed in 1.13.3kr and is trained by Gilles Curens in recording her fourth career victory now for 281,170€ in life earnings. 3.6/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was the 9/1 Flamboyant Blue (5g Timoko-Quafsa Blue) with Antoine Dabouis in the irons for trainer J.P. Mary. Gladys des Plaines On the weekend (September 6) is the Trophee Vert Final at Craon. Named the Prix V and B (Gr. III, purse 60,000€, 2775 meters) the race will have 17 horses at the start including the leading point winners to date in this prestigious series. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. II Prix Uranie (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, 12 three year old fillies) was on the undercard at Paris-Vincennes today and saw 3.7/1 odds Hirondelle Sidey (3f Gazouillis-Celina du Chatelet) score easily timed in 1.12.9kr for pilot Eric Raffin, trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie le Rivage. She won for the third time in 15 harness racing career starts and advanced her life earnings to 151,000€. The 2.9/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was second for F.P. Bossuet and breeder/owner Ecurie Tenor. 54/1 Harrah Dibah (3f Brillantissime) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Hirondelle Sibey Earlier the Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) saw the 2/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) score in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors, the owner/breeder. The winner secured his 25th career victory in 57 starts now for 741,080€ earned. 7/1 odds Express Jet (6m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Hunter Valley. Third was 51/1 Aldo d’Argentre (10m Qualmio de Vandel) for Adrien Lamy. Dorgos du Guez LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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