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The 1.2/1 favorite Tjacko Zaz (9g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) took the La Capelle featured Prix Federation des Courses du Nord (purse 27,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year old Europeans) timed in 1.14.9kr over the rain soaked surface. This was Tjacko’s fourth win in France and the victory increased his life earnings to 181,278€. Franck Nivard patiently teamed the winner for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owners Kings Arms/Avesta AB. The 3.6/1 Even Dream Music (7f Kaiser Soze) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and 22/1 Haubergs Knight (8m Scarlet Knight) was third for Franck Ouvrie and trainer F.B. Larsson For a race replay, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A solid upper-level card was on display Saturday at Paris-Vincennes including two groupe level contests. Before that was the Prix de la Lorraine (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) with victory to 3.9/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You - Twins Vilda). This Anders Lindqvist trainee has Alexis Prat at the lines as she scored in 1.11.5kr to secure her third victory in France from eight starts and raise her lifetime earnings to 354,265€. The 13/1 Denicheaur de Vif (8g Redlight Jet) was next for trainer/driver Asymeric Thomas. The 5.1/1 odds Et Voila de Muze (7m Royal Dream) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, Wild Love In the Prix de Chatgeau-Gaillard (purse 58,000€, distance 2700 meters, 16 European starters) the 3.4/1 Rebella Matters (6f Explosive Matter - Mystical News) scored in 1.12.4kr for her trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, and owner Stall TRC Rebell for Norway. The winner now has career earnings of 316,165. The 5/2 favorite Domingo d’Ela (8g Opium) was second for J.Ph. Bondajko and third home was 18/1 Carnival du Vivier (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) handled by Clement Duvaldestin. Rebella Matters The Sulky Summer Races Gr II for five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) featured two superb sons of Coktail Jet and 8/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet - Vedetta d’Heripre) prevailed for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie d’Heripre. This was Gu d'Heripre's 14th career win now for 795,900€ with this 1.11.2kr score. 2.9/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet - Variety Cut) was second for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer R.C. Larue and breeder/owner Ecurie de Windcut. 118/1 Gala Tejy (5m Atlas de Joudes) was third for Thomas Chalon and fourth was 47/1 Gallant Way (5m Ready Cash) for Anthony Barrier (this one trainer by Philippe Allaire for notable journalist/owner Jacques Pauc). Gu d’Heripre  The Prix Jena Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year olds International) completed the day’s groupe level action and this one went to Dorgos de Guez (8g Romcok du Guez - Lady Fromentro) clocked in 1.14.4kr off slowly rated fractions. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire was at the controls for breeder/owner Ecurie Vautors. This 3/10 favorite was from a 25-meter handicap as he recorded career victory 31 and raised his life earnings to 968,330€. Second home was 24/1 Detroit Castelets (8m Neoh Jiel) for David Thomain and 11/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) took third ahead of 11/1 Jerry Mom (8m Ready Cash) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. Dorgos de Guez For full race results, click here. PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Prix Louis Couchors (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old males) began the groupe action this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and the 5/10 favorite Ideal Ligneries (2m Repeat Love-Ouragame) scored impressively in 1.15.7kr for reinsman Franck Nivard. Ecurie de Tremont owns the winner and Philippe Billard is the trainer. She remains unbeaten in five starts now for 72.450€ earned. 3.2/1 Igui Danica (2m Boccador de Simm-Sellina Blue) was second with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 38/1 Invincible de Bry (2m Bold Eagle-Trade) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa. Ideal Ligneries The Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old females) saw 1.3/1 odds It’s Now Or Never (2f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) score in 1.16.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. She now has a 3-2-0 slate in five appearances for 62,350€ earned. The 2.1/1 odds Italienne (2f Goetmals Wood-Doceanide) was second with David Thomain teaming for trainer Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent and breeder Marvin Tebirent. 21/1 Ile Aux Moines (2f Cristal Money-Myssia de Lou) took third with Benoit Robin up. It’s Now Or Never The Prix Pierre Van Troyen (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 4-5 year olds) went to Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) at 2.1/1 odds and timed in 1.12.4kr. Nicolas Bazire was the pilot for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski as Feydeau won his 11th in a career that has earned now 270,510€. This was also the 100th career driving victory for Nicolas in 792 starts. 8.2/1 odds Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Third was Favorite Fligny (5f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. Feydeau Seven LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 60,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to front stepping 1.9/1 favorite Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Michel Aladensie. Race time was 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.66) and the winner secured his third harness racing victory in 12 outings now for 201,920€ earned. The 2.3/1 Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) closed well for second with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. Joelle Laroche bred this one. 6.8/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) was third for trainer/driver Luc Roelens and fourth was 10/1 Bandlo Roc (3m Filipp Roc-Prestige Roc) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Hooker Berry Replay -   Yesterday at Meslay du Maine the Prix de L;Enterprise Coulon (purse 30,000€, 2875 meters, monte) saw Delta Fac (7g Tucson-O Beauty-Éclair de Vandel) score in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin, his 10th career win now for 153,450€ earned. Best of Bourbon (9g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) was a game second with Mathilde Chollet up and Daniel Bon (7g Severino-Quiriance-Tenor de Baune) was third.      Delta Fac outlasts Best of Bourbon At Graignes was the Prix de Normandie (purse 24,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, International) and the top three were 25-meter penalized horses. First was the veteran classmaster Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for his 19th career victory and he was handled by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. His career earnings are now 1,094,289€. Blues d’Ourville (9g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second for Pierre Houel with Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Carat Williams LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Cagnes sur Mer action today began with the Prix Club de l’Echo Nice Matin (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, eigth starters) and it was a battle finally won by 8/10 favorite Good Morning (4m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains and Noel Lolic owns the winner of 125,660€. The 56/1 Gangster Devaness (4m Booster Winner) was a nose short second and 12/1 Gazelle Daxel trailed the top pair. Race time was 1.14.8kr. Good Morning The Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to 16/1 Funky Girl (5f Uhlan du Val-My Lovely Girl) clocked in 1.14.5kr with Louis Baudron aboard, he also the breeder/owner/trainer of this rallying neck winner. The win was her sixth in 31 career outings now for 108,460€ earned. The 4/10 favorite Famous Lady (5f Prodigious) was second, also trained by Baudron and reined by Gwenn Junod. 12/1 Fashion d’Heripre (5f Orlando Vici) was third. Funky Girl Extreme Star (6f Pin Quick-Nikka du Roncey) took the Prix de Livourne (purse 28,000€, 2925 meters, 12 starters) with trainer Michel Lenoir aboard for Ecurie de la Balagne, clocked in 1.13.4kr. She was off at 16/1 and bested 11/1 Dunion des Racques (7f Sam Bourbon) and 8.6/1 Estero (6g Village Mystic). Extreme Star The Quinte+ race of the day was a special one with a 1,000,000€ bonus opportunity to one exact order ticketholder. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was 17,354.60€ to 118 winning tickets. The Q+ pool of the day of speed was 5,693,202€ and the total wagered on the race exceeded 10,707,000€. Angle of Attack (8g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) was the 1.13.8kr timed winner with Dominik Locqueneux the pilot for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. The winner was off at 4.1/1 and he won for the fourth time in 10 starts in France. He now has career earnings of 317,850€. 5.9/1 Christo (8g Rieussec) was second for Michel Lenoir and 17/1 Black d’Arjeanc (9g Prince d’Espace) took third with Gabriel Gelormini up. 4.7/1 Creature Castelets and 31/1 Beach Julry captured the fourth and fifth place checks. Angle of Attack Lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, LeTrot Regional Open) and it saw Hooker Mannetrot (3m Bird Parker-Aty Mannetrot) score impressively for trainer/driver Yannick Alain Briand, his second win in eight outings, for 38,070€ earned. Haka (3m Ready Cash-Un Fille d’Amour) was second for David Bekaert, trainer Kevin Vanderschelden and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Third was Hidden Face (3f Brillantissime) for Kevin Dovienne and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Hooker Mannetot Anders Lindqvist and friends at Cagnes sur Mer LeTrot and PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw some powerful Groupe tests on Sunday. The Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the 9/10 favorite Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) scored timed in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Armand Speisser owns this winner of now 520,230€ in life earnings off his six career victories.  The 9/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) took second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Follow You (5m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Falco de Laurma, Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin  The Prix de La Pais”Rouen” (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, six year old European eligibles) produced a 1.12.9kr timed victory for even-money favorite Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) and pilot Franck Nivard. The win raised his life earnings to 313,442€ for owner Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. 33/1 Zelou (6m Love You) was second for David Thomain and trainer Billard. Billard also trains the third finishing Vash Top (6f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc handled. Violetto Jet, Franck Nivard driving for Philippe Billard The Gr. III Prix de L’Amite Franco-Afraicaine (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) brought together a solid field of aged trotteurs and in this one the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie driving for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The victory raised Earl’s career earnings to 714,610€. 10/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third went to 9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Robert Bergh, 28/1 Tessy d’Ete and 50/1 Eridan completed the top five. Earl Simon, Franck Ouvrie up, a game winner   The final groupe event on the Sunday Vincennes program was the Prix Indienne (Gr. IIIm purse 80,000€, monte, 2200 meters, European eligibles) and the impressive 5.2/1 odds winner was Ezalyo Smart (6m Prince Gede) with jockey Mathieu Mottier in the irons for Ecurie Smart and trainer Cyrille Buhigne. This victory increased the winners’ lifetime earnings to 221,580€ with this his sixth win in 51 career starts. The 8/10 favorite Egro Jenilou (6g Village Mystic) rallied for Eric Raffin and trainer Louis Baudron but could not reach the winner in deep stretch. 2.3/1 Fuego de Houelle (5g Rieussec) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc, he a proven exceptional trainer of monte performers. Ezalyo Smart, Mottier up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Meslay du Maine hosted the 9th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, also a Q+ race of the day). The 1.1/1 favorite Elvis Madrik (5g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) scored for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin, his eighth career win in 28 outings, now for 336,920€ earned. The 4.2/1 Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Baudouin. The 55/1 Cedere de l’Airou (7f Chef du Chatelet) took third for Paul Philippe Ploquin, ahead of 19/1 Brelan du Vivier and 21/1 Bachar. The exact order Q+ payoff was 5,415.60€ to 173 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,415,894€ and over 7,2800,000€ was wagered on this race. On Saturday at Paris-Vincennes there is a fine card that includes four groupe level races. The highlight is the Gr. II Prix d’Ete that is the UET Masters Series Finale (purse 380,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Bold Eagle meets Propulsion in this one that also includes the Jean Michel Bazire stable gelded trotteurs Cleangame and Bel Avis. The lineup is shown in the photo section. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s fourth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was at Bernay in the Prix Centre Leclerc Minneval (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap, turf) and 14/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) scored in 1.18.9kr for pilot Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen.   The winner now has life earnings of 402,430€ as he overcame a 50 meter handicap for the victory.   35/1 Bijou du Cruchet (8g Le Retour) was second driven by David Lizee for owner/trainer Yves Lizee.   Third was the 5.2/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) reined by Vincent Hebert, also the owner/trainer. This one also faced a 50 meter handicap at the start. Trophee Vert field at the start          --Equidia photo               Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix du Haras d’Haufor at Laval saw a good field battle over 2875 meters (distance handicap) for a purse of 33,000€.   Victory was earned by 1.14.3kr timed Boyokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) reined by trainer Franck Nivard to his 14 th career win now for life earnings of 207,700€. Fast closing second went to 25 meter handicapped Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse the trainer/driver for Ecurie d’As. He was clocked in 1.13.7kr.   Third went to 25 meter penalized Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) with Franck Anne up for breeder/owner Annick Bezin. Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle), also 25 meter handicapped, was fourth the J.Ph. Monclin teaming for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   At Kincsem Park (Budapest) their Saturday featured Akkuratos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Zeal di Girafalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) with Veljko Mazsity the trainer/driver.   This was his first 2019 start and ninth career win in Hungary in 11 starts. The breeder was Russia based Elleca Society Agr. Finishing second was 27.9/1 and 20 meter handicapped Milady Amok (6f Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou with third to 13/1 Ujrazi! (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyarsukj!-Witsends Speedy.   Zeal di Girifalco                                 -Kincsem Park   Earlier on the program the 1.3/1 favorite Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT) won the Fenyves DIJ clocked in 1.18.9kr. Trainer Csaba Lakatos was the reinsman. Two interesting trotters race in a qualifying event before the main card with victory to 1.19.4kr timed Underpaid Hanover (10m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and Csaba Lakatos over Arum Ville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard.   Arum Ville was a good two year old and is owned by NFL Oakland Raiders fans under the banner Silver and Black Racing.   Top quality racing also took place Saturday in the V75 card at Boden (SWE).   The headliner was the C.Th. Ericcsons Memorial (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), a Gr. I event leading to the Olympiatravet.   This race went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.5/1 odds Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) reined by Ulf Eriksson for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. The winner was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, and he recorded victory number 15 in 68 starts now for 8,676,994SEK earned. 6/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veleuve) was second for pilot Carl Johan Jepson, ahead of 25/1 Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) handed by Kim Eriksson.   The Solvalla undercard had five raced with 300,000SEK first money and another five for 250,000SEK first prize.   The winners of these included the following: V75 Silver 300,000SEK – Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba) 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart Margaretas three year old males 300,000SEK – Fort Knox (3m Muscle Hill) 1.14.6kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas three year old fillies 300,000SEK – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) – 1.14.9kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old females 300,000SEK – Racing Brooda (4f Prodigious) – 1.14.7kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old males 300,000SEK – Night Brodde (4m Up And Quick) – 1.14kr over 2140m autostart Mares Elite 250,000SEK – Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover) – 1.12.4kr over 1640m autostart Klass II Final 250,000SEK – Magic Cash (4g Ready Cash) – 1.12.4kr over 2140m autostart STL Bronze 250,000SEK – Perfect Dynamite (6g So Perfect) – 1.12.5kr over 2140m autostart Diamantstoet Final 250,000SEK – Odessa Celeber (5f Cantab Hall) – 1.13.8kr over 2140m voltstart (plus 20m handicap) Klass I Final 250,000SEK – Vlad Del Ronco (5m Iulius del Ronco) – 1.12.9kr over 2140m autostart   Thomas H. Hicks

Monday’s Quinte+ race of the day was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de la Chartru Sur le Loir (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters). The 25/1 outsider Cekai (7g Quitus du Mexique-Paillota de Cyn) score with relative ease timed in 1.14.7kr with Franck Nivard aboard the Florent Lamare trainee that is owned by Ecurie J.P.F. Larime. The 18/1 Carmin (7g Jag de Bellouet) took second for Bjorn Goop and third was 3.3/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) with trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. driving. 14/1 Cactus d’Yvel (7g Jasmin de Flore) and 2.5/1 Champium Dore (7g Prince Gede) completed the top five, with the Q+ exact order payoff for winning 2€ ticketholders of 63,878.00€. On the program was also the Prix de Coulommiers (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 11 three year olds) with the victory to 1.2/1 favorite Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Garde Rapprochee, a Prodigious filly, was second for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Gavotte du Prat (3f Meaulnes du Corta) was third for Matthieu Abrivard. Race time was 1.18.2kr. Other interesting winners on the card were 44/1 Fleur de Lyus Delo (4f Quaker Jet) clocked in 1.15kr for Pierre Vercruysse, 3/2 Elissa Berry (5f Rocklyn) in 1.13.9kr for Jean-Michel Bazire, Race favorite at 1.4/1 First Class (4f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) timed in 1.15.9kr in a monte contest for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner Jean Philippe Dubois, and 5/1 Formi (4m Tucson) reined by Eric Raffin timed in 1.13.8kr as he defeated Fligny (4m Coktail Jet). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) returned to action today at Feurs in the Grand Prix du Centre-Est (Gr. III International, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) and he overcame a 25 meter handicap to score by a length timed in 1.13.3kr. Franck Nivard piloted the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Pierre Pilarski. The victory was Bold Eagle’s 42nd in a stellar career that has spanned 55 outings and his career earnings have now reached 4,311,620€. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. The 1/5 odds favorite pleased the large and enthusiastic crowd as he defeated 6.7/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) handled by trainer Nicolas Ensch and 56/1 Baronne de Bapre was third. The Feurs undercard included the Prix Timoko (purse 23,000€, 2850 meters, three year olds – the Open des Regions) and that saw 10/1 Fee de Janeiro (3f Tag Wood-Triskele Janeiro) score for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie de Tremont, timed in 1.18.1kr. 1.9/1 favorite Fakir de Puch (3g Ganymede) was next for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and 52/1 Fraise Blanche (3f Tucson) was third for driver Laurent Lamaziere. The Prix Ready Cash (purse 21,000€, 2050 meters autostart, Open des Regions four year olds) brought 3.4/1 Exaltation Citron (4f Niky-Bara de Pintignies) to victory for Franck Nivard, trainer David Haon and Ecurie HD Trot. J-P Barjon bred this winning mare. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 2.7/1 Etincelle du Parc (4f Redlight Jet) got the second check for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, with third to 24/1 Epona de Chenu (4f Vanishing Point) for driver Y-A Briand. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A fine Sunday card was on stage at Paris-Vincennes and it began with the Prix du Cap Vert (monte, purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The 5/10 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) scored for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephanie Lepetit timed in 1.13.1kr. Armand Turguet-Lepreux owns the 10 time career winner of 126,150€ and today’s impressive score was his eighth straight in 2018. 2.2/1 Cyrano du Port and 41/1 Crazy Look watched the winner perform from a distance. The Quinte+ event this day was named the Grand Prix du Portugal (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters, 17 starters). Biniou de Connee (7g No Ho Ped d’Ombree-Kana d’Olaine) scored for Alexandre Abrivard timed in 1.11.4kr. The winning owner/trainer is Christophe Mallet of this 4.2/1 third wagering choice. The 4/1 As de Godisson (8g Gai Brillant) was a distant second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.7/1 Be Bop Meslois (7g Rocklyn) took third with Eric Raffin up. The 2.2/1 Bise de Coglais and 31.1 Busy Money Ringeat completed the top five and the exact order 2€ wager returned 6,943.60€. An interesting development took place in the Prix Radio Alfa (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters) as 2.1/1 odds Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) scored in a quick 1.10.1kr for Hannu Torvinen, trainer Jean Baudron and owner Kelly’s Team of Finland. Ranch Kelly made her first appearance a winning one and increased her career earnings to 452,154€. The 9/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) and 3/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne) completed the top three. The winner’s pedigree inspires some grand memories as the maternal family is that of Spinster Hanover and her daughter Pompanette. That’s the family of the magical Magician, a winner of US$3.5 million, plus Speedy Spin, Netted, Filet Of Sole, Crevette, Piggvar, King Of The Sea and Lifetime Chance. The afternoon’s featured event was the monte Gr. I Prix des Elites (purse 240,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) with victory to the wide rallying and  6/1 odds Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hemina) for jockey Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. This mare recorded her sixth career win in 23 starts now for 560,070€ earned. The 3.8/1 Philippe Allaire trainee Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. 24/1 Dynasty Pierji (5f Prodigious) was third for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne.17/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) and  2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) completed the top five with 1.8/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) home sixth. On Friday Paris-Vincennes hosted its evening card that included two interesting races. The Prix de la Confederation de Vil de Mar (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 11 four year olds) saw 3.9/1 Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) score timed in 1.14.1kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie d’As. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this four time winner (two of the last three) now of 167,510€earned. The 17/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain and 6.7/1 Enska (4f Coktail Jet) was third for Franck Ouvrie. The Friday Quinte+ was the Prix de la Ville de Fontenay Sous Bois (purse 44,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Vincennes. Charly de l’Aunay (6g Qualimo de Vandel-Fleur Viniex) scored in 1.14kr for owner/trainer/driver L.M. David. This winner record his 14th career victory in 45 starts now for 197,690€ earned. Best Match (7g Ready Cash) was second at 6.7/1 and 2.8/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet) was third. The 34/1 odds Caliu des Bose and 19/1 Brandeis Jet completed the top five, producing an exact order payoff of 3,194.40 for the 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday evening at Vincennes showcased two divisions of the four year- old Grand Prix de L’UET (both raced over 2100 meters autostart and each with a 60,000€ purse). Division A drew nine starters with victory to the 4/5 odds favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Nivard teamed for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr as he posted career win nine in 14 starts now for 354.950€ earned. 58/1 Esmondo (4m Un Mec d’Heripre-Uourga) was a game second for Jerome Chavatte and owner/trainer Richard Westerink and 32/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) took third for J. Ph. Monclin.9 Éclair du Mirel (4m Orlando Vici-Tentation du Mirel) closed well for fourth driven by Anthony Barrier for Anette Holmgren (owner/breeder) and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Victor Gio was sixth and Classic Connection were dq’s. Division B saw 4.3/1 odds Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) score for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. Race timed was 1.12.1kr as the winning team bested 18/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) with David Thomain up. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for owner Philippe Dewulf. 38/1 Hooters USA (4m Armbro Embellish-Keetje Tippel) took the third check for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer A.J. Mollema. Even-money favorite Vivid Wise As finished sixth and 2.3/1 Express Jet was a dq. On Wednesday at Vire was the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2800 meters, 17 starters) that was also the Quinte+ race of the day. Even-money favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Daidou. Race time by the winner was 1.13.7kr. 1.8/1 second choice Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie J-M Rancoule. A string of outsiders were next and they drove the Q+ exact order payoff to 8,745.80€. Third went to 40/1 Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede); 30/1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious) took fourth; and 127/1 Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious) completed the top five. On Wednesday at Solvalla was a conditioned event for six year-olds and up (1640 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to the winner). The 1.11.9kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Canari Match (6m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The winner recorded his seventh career victory in 54 outiings. 32/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campbell Hall-Lola Spit) was second for Jorma Kontio and 61/1 Explosive de Vie (7g Explosive Matter-Ava) was third for Kevin Oscarsson. 16/1 Maori Time and 1.36/1 favorite (and Elitloppet winner) Ringostarr Treb both made breaks in the later going. The latter is slated for an early October USA trip to compete in the Yonkers International. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2018 UET European Driving Championship began June 27 at Bjerke and concluded today at Aby, with 12 drivers competing over 10 races. The chart below shows the outcome of each race (top three finishers). Franck Nivard won the last three races to win the trophy, the last win with Karl Sjuhammar (4m Adrian Chip) a Tomas Malmqvist trainee. UET Drivers Championship 2018 1. Franck Nivard (Frankrike) – 97 poäng 2. Rick Ebbinge (Holland) – 97 poäng 3. Eirik Höitomt (Norge) – 85 poäng 4. Michael Nimczyk (Tyskland) – 81  5. Mika Forss (Finland) – 79  6. Rodney Gatt (Malta) – 70  7. John Richardson (Irland) – 60  8. Hubert Brandstätter J:r (Österrike) – 56  9. Steen Juul (Danmark) – 56  10. Miguel Mestre (Spanien) – 52  11. Ulf Ohlsson (Sverige) – 44  12. Mario Minopoli Jr (Italien) – 43 The Nordic Monte Trophy (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) highlighted the race card with 1.12.4kr timed and 3/2 Be Mine de Houelle (7f Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kefrauso) scored for Marie Bacsich, trainer Franck Leblanc and co-owners Leblanc and Corty.   The 3.4/1 Ulka des Champs (10f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) was second for jockey Guillaume Martin. 11/1 Tromb Access (6g Turbo Sund-Sue Access) was third for Tuuli Kurkinen. Highly regarded Anna Mix with Franck Nivard up refusted the start was scratched. On June 26 Paris-Vincennes’ Tuesday evening card the featured Pick5 Prix Irene (purse 38,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.14kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Express du Gers (4m Coktail Jet-La Chasse Verte) with Franck Ouvrie aboard. This easy barefoot winner is owned by Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and trainer by Philippe Billard. 1.9/1 favorite Equiano (4m Rockefeller Centre-Sofia Thourjan) was next for driver Franck Nivard and Ecurie Eric Lemaitre. Third went to 7.9/1 Elan Baroque (4g Quaro-Joie Baroque). Trotting action this day June 28 at Enghien was led by the Prix de la Nation (purse 48,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 four year old females). 3.8/1 Eloise des Charmes (4f Neoh Jiel-Royale Star) was the 1.14.5kr timed winner driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Alexandre Buisson and Ecurie des Charmes.  The11/1 Egerie du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Geisha Normandie) and pilot Sebastien Ernault were next for breeder/owner/trainer Jean Yves Lecuyer. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Esperance (4f Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Jacques Cottel. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - The even-money Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was an almost gate to wire harness racing winner for driver Franck Nivard of today’s Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (200,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). He was timed in an evenly rated 1.10.3kr. At top stretch the Eagle fought off when seemed liked apparent challengers and then drew off for an easy victory over 33/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third was 1.6/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) held fourth with J.Ph. Monclin at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The winning Eagle now shows 40 career wins in 53 starts for 4,221,670 euro earned. Race fractions were 1.08.9kr with 1500 remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.2kr with 500 meters to go. by Thomas H. Hocks, for Harnesslink

The long shot at 18/1 Comtesse du Chene (6f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) took the seventh leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Q+ race of the day) held at Hippodrome Reims. Franck Nivard teamed the winner that overcame a 25 meter handicap to record her seventh career win in 32 outings for €341,650 earned. Julien LeMer trains the Comtesse for Claude Guedj. The 9/1 Cicero Neo (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second for driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 24/1 and 25 meter penalized Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Jorma Niskanen and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. The 4.8/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet) and 45.1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious), this one also 25 meter handicapped, completed the top five. Race time was a quick 1.11.6kr.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Comtesse du Chêne F. Nivard C. Guedj J. Le Mer 2ème 7 Cicero Noa P. Vercruysse J. Vanhoucke J. Vanhoucke 3ème 12 Cathy A Quira A. Abrivard E. Desmet J. Niskanen 4ème 5 Direct Way A. Barrier J. Pauc Ph. Allaire 5ème 14 Artiste de Joudes D. Thomain Ecurie de Tierceville J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0227   Ordre :       34.408,00€   Désordre :       361,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       7,80€       On the undercard was the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 European starters) and 8/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 6.5/1 Abercombis (8g Hyperis) was second for trainer/driver J.F. Senet and 8.7/1 Virus (9g Bassano) took third driven by Tanguy Devouassoux for the breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Devouassoux. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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