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December 25, 2015 - Wolvega (Netherlands) hosted a solid Christmas evening harness racing card that included three top flight races. The Grand Prix de Noel Pays Bas (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, eight contestants) went to 1/10 favorite Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) with Gabriel Gelormini teaming for Ecurie Donati and trainer Roberto Donati. 29/1 Radamarte (5m Ganymede-Tenderembrace) was second for Andre Bakker, trainer A.J. Mollema and AGM Groot Beheer BV. 18/1 Secret Boy (7g Allison Hollow-Sugarcanes Riviera) was third with Dion Tesselaar aboard. The winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr. The Championnat de Marathon (purse €10,000, 3100 meters, nine starters) went to the 1.16.7kr timed,.5/1 odds, As des Jacquets for trainer/driver Robbin Bott for owner Stall Cortina. Second was 4.6/1 Vramdao (6m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) with Andre Bakker up for trainer A.J. Mollema and PM Van Klaveron. 5.3/1 Tournis Chouan was third for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer H.A.J. Grift. The Championnat des Trotteurs Francais (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters) went to the 1.15.9kr winning Vinochka (6f Milford du Chene-Miss du Chene) reined by Jos. Verbeeck. 8.9/1 Automatic Gear (5f Joker de Rozoy-Perle de Fael) was second for Andre Bakker and trainer JWN Enguerda with 2.4/1 Athena d’Hoa (5f Norman Jet-Harpe de Beaufort) also trained by Engwerda and reined by Rick Ebbinge. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I Prix des Centaures (€240,000, 2200 meters distance handicap, monte, nine starters) resulted in a decisive win clocked in 1.12.5kr for Booster Winner (4m Love You - Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 favorite handled, by four lengths, 3.9/1 Bali du Leard (4f Gazouillis-Irman Williams) with Franck Nivard in the irons for Franck Leblanc. Beauty Turgot (4m Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) ended third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Luneville (€78,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) went to 1.7/1 odds Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle - Neva du Rosier) in an easy score clocked in 1.16kr after slow fractions (1.17.9kr at 1500; 1.17kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500). Clement Frecelle reined the winner for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. 11/1 Buckingham Park (4m Coktail Jet - North American) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux ahead of Bilooka du Boscail (4f Look de Star  -Mirza du Vivier) with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Yves Hurel trains this one. In other upper class races Agrippine (5f Hasting - Moquevse) took today’s Prix Salam (€95,000 purse, monte, 10 five year-old starters, 2850 meters) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at 3.8/1. The winner was clocked in 1.14kr in defeat of Attentionally (5m Jasmin de Flore - Intentionally) at 7/1 for David Thomain with third to Astre Blanc (5m Memphis du Rib - Java Blanche) at 11.1 for Mathieu Mottier and conditioner Sebastien Guarato. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star - Aurora Sign) captured the Prix Application Parieurs (€75,000, 18 European five year-old males) for Franck Nivard. The 7/2 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and owned by Goran Antonsen. Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib - J’Arrive du Gers) was second at 2.7/1 for owner, trainer, pilot J-M Bazire ahead of Italy’s third place Raul Breed (5m Yankee Slide - Flamma d’Asolo) at 124/1 for reinsman Mario Minopoli Jr. and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix Janval (€60,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old starters) produced a win by Cirrus du Chene (3m Milford du Chene - Oasis du Chene) teamed by Franck Nivard. The 2.7/1 odds winner scored in 1.16.6kr as he defeated Cobra (3m The Best Madrik - Phuket Island) at 8/1 for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and third finisher Christo (3m Rieussec - Panacee) at 32/1 for Michel Lenoir, trainer/driver. Today at Le Bouscat the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren (€35,000 purse, 2650 meters, 17 European starters) went to Jean-Pierre Dubois driven and owned Tast Of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover - Qualita Bourbon). Jean Baudron trains this winner that was the 2/1 favorite.  Second was 2.8/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You - Realy Furniture) trained by Sebastien Guarto and driven by Glenny Delaune. Third was 16/1 Twist des Pleignes (8g Gazouillis - Ibiza des Plaignes) for owner/driver Denis Broussard. The earlier reported Prix de France summary is shown below with the winner Timoko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjejaDIwSvk What a racing day this was, in this second leg of the French Triple Crown. Two weeks from now will be the Grand Prix de Paris over the marathon distance of 4150 meters. The Gr. I UET Masters Series event for €400,000 was won a year ago by Up And Quick with J-M Bazire up as he defeated Tiego d’Etang and Roxane Griff. Thomas H. Hicks

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