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Philippe Allaire might be eyeing America with his super trotter Ready Cash, but his eyes will be firmly on another pair of his charges at Caen tomorrow when Bird Parker and Bomba line up in the Group 1 Saint-Leger des Trotters, a 2450m three-year-old monte for 150,000 euros which highlights the biggest day of the year at the northern Basse-Normandie city. Bird Parker, a son of Ready Cash, is equally at home in the bike or under saddle, being a group two monte winner and a runner-up under harness in several major group races including the Prix Emmanuel Marghouty and Prix Maurice Gheest. With top monte rider Yoann Lebourgeois engaged, Bird Parker was paying very short 3/2 odds early Tuesday while his stable mate, the filly Bomba was at 4/1. By Goetmals Wood, a noted under saddle sire, Bomba has won three of her six monte starts, including the prestigious group two Prix Ali Hawas but gallops have proven costly in her other two group outings and handicappers will have been wary of this. Splitting the two Allaire charges in the market is Fabrice Souloy's nice filly Beauty Turgot, the winner of the Prix Holly du Locton under saddle and a placegetter in the bike in the Prix Une de Mai, the biggest race for 2YO fillies in France. Pascal Daulier's Babar des Brouets, a son of Giant Cat, is also coming in for early support having run a fourth placing in one of his two group two monte starts. The others in the market are Blooma d'Heripre (Rolling d'Heripre) a three-win colt trained by Gregory Thorel who is making his first group start and Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier) a filly from William Bigeon's barn who was runner up in the Prix Holly du Locton. There is a second monte of note on the card with the Prix Henri Balliere, over the same distance for 4YOs, but for 120,000 euros and graded Group II. With Roddy Kuiper's top-ranked filly A Nous Deux missing from the event, Ake Kristoffersson's Love You stallion Airport (Love Yo) who was a gallant second in both the last two group montes is under even money to win this. He will be ridden again by Eric Raffin. Hughes Levesque's Cygnus d'Odyssee mare Astree de l'Iton is making her first group start after a couple of impressive wins under saddle in lower grade races is the next best supported in the market, and has Yoann Lebourgeois on board for the trip. Alexandre Abrivard will be on board talented Hasting mare Agrippine, which is trained by Laurent Claude Abrivard and handicappers are hoping she can find the form that saw her second in the group one Prix de Vincennes, after several DQs in recent outings. SAINT-LEGER DES TROTTEURS - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group I  2450m 3YO €150 000 1         Bella Madrik (f Lilium Madrik - Carieva de Prelong)   Rd: Nathalie Henry   Tr: Rd: Estelle Dessartre       2         Bandit (c Coktail Jet - Malika de Vandel)   Rd: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr: Guillaume Grelier         3         Baron Colmi (c Rieussec - Ligie du Vivier)   Rd: Anthony Dollion   Tr: Sebastien Guarato      4         Best des Jacquets (c Coktail Jet - Kodessa)   Rd: Antoine Wiels   Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin           5         Ballerine Griff (f Password - Keva Mesloise)   Rd: Damien Bonne   Tr: Sebastien Guarato        6         Babar des Brouets (c Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets)  Rd:  Philippe Masschaele   Tr: Pascal Daulier        7         Blooma d'Heripre (f  Rolling d'Heripre - Quenta Por Favor)   Rd: David Thomain   Tr: Gregory Thorel       8         Balzane de Bootz (f Nem - Queza de Bootz)   Rd: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr: Jean Michel Bazire       9         Bingo Star (c Look de Star - Rosiris)   Rd: Adrien Lamy   Tr: Lucien Swita           10         Balade de Blary (f  Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes)   Rd: Antoine Lherete   Tr: Franck Anne           11         Brise de l'Alba (f  Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee)   Rd: Eric Raffin   Tr: William Bigeon       12         Brooklyn Bridge (c Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley)   Rd: Pierre Yves Verva   Tr: Franck Leblanc       13         Bomba (f  Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour)   Rd: Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Philippe Allaire           14         Beauty Turgot (f  Hand du Vivier - Quouragane)   Rd: Franck Nivard   Tr: Fabrice Souloy           15         Bird Parker (c  Ready Cash – Belisha)   Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois   Tr: Philippe Allaire           PRIX HENRI BALLIERE - Caen 14/05/14 FR  Group II 2450m 4YOs €120 000 1         Arabole du Varlet (f    Magnificent Rodney - Gabole du Varlet)   Rd: Jerome Dave   Tr: Martial Dupuis       2         Albertains (h   Power Jet - Nymphe de Feugeres)   Rd: Julien Raffestin   Tr: Jean Francois Senet       3         Astree de l'Iton (f    Cygnus d'Odyssee - Melodie de l'Iton)   Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois   Tr: Hughes Levesque        4         Amour de Retz (h   First de Retz - Melody des Charmes)   Rd: Mathieu Mottier   Tr: Åke Kristoffersson          5         Athos du Roc (h   Odeisis de Vandel - Herbe des Brouets)   Rd: Franck Nivard   Tr: Damien Jean Brault          6         Altair des Brouets (f    Quiz des Brouets - Luanda des Brouets)   Rd: Jonathan Vanmeerbeck   Tr: Pascal Daulier       7         Agilite Jenilou (f    Love You - Quemilla Jenilou)   Rd: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr: Louis Baudron         8         Aurea Vikland (f    Prince de Montfort - Kettina de Monti)   Rd: Pierre Yves Verva   Tr: Guillaume Moinon          9         Agrippine (f    Hasting - Moqueuse)   Rd: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard         10         Aston Fly (h   Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou)   Rd: Jonathan Carre   Tr: Michael Jean Ruault          11         Airport (h   Love You - Pivoine)   Rd: Eric Raffin   Tr: Åke Kristoffersson          12         Atwood Griff (h   Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff)   Rd: Damien Bonne   Tr: Sebastien Guarato       13         Asana Trembladaise (f    Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban)   Rd: Anthony Dollion   Tr: Anthony Dollion       by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Two emerging three year-olds won today’s feature contests at Paris-Vincennes, both from outstanding pedigrees. Marco Smorgon’s trainee Sister Dany Bar took the Gr. III Prix Fana for fillies over 2700 meters for a purse of €65,000. Eleven starters faced the gate, including daughters of Donato Hanover and Cantab Hall. Anthony Barrier steered Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) to a rallying victory in 1.15.5kr, her fifth success for earnings of €50,168 for owner Scuderia 4 AB Srl. Off at 4/1 she defeated 23/1 outsider Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant) with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Third went to the Jerome Ruaults driven, Philippe Allaire trained Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You and fourth to Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) handled by Robin Bakker. The €35,000 Prix Anahita for colts also covered 2700 meters. Twelve starters lined up and it proved to be an easy conquest for Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You) with catch-driver Roberto Andreghetti. This pair took the lead early, rated the pace, and sprinted home to win in 1.15.1kr, the last 500 meters in an impressive 1.10kr. That closing speed enabled Buvetier to draw clear from Bon Copain (3m Love You-Hetre Vert) handled by Eric Raffin and Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream) third for trainer/driver R.C. Larue. The winner was bred by Ecurie D, is owned by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and trained by Patrick Chevrier. Buvetier won for the second time in four lifetime starts, now for earnings of €26,650. The winner was off at 9/2 odds. May 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Fama, Gr. III European females, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.16.3kr at 500, 1.15.5kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for Marco Smorgon, 4/1 odds, fifth win for €50,168 2nd Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant), Mathieu Mottier up, 2.3/1 3rd Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults for Philippe Allaire, 5/1 4th Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee), Robin Bakker up for P.J.P. Hagoort, 7/1 odds Sister Dany Bar is from the American Winner mare Red Hot Action (American Winner-Crysta’s Girl-Crysta’s Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish-Amity Hill), she also dam of La Dany Bar (1:56.2, $667,108) that Marco Smorgon successfully trained. The maternal family includes Shondi (1:57.5, $102,617), open and Grand Circuit performer JR’s Chip (1:57,2, $227,046 by Legend Hanover), Grand Circuit winning Bonefish son, Bolla (1:57.2, $302,616), Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner AC’s Jennie, Walnut Hall Cup winner Rodney’s Best and the outstanding colt trotter and NY sire RC Royalty. Red Hot Action is 100% standardbred with a 13.7% inbreeding coefficient. Buvetier, the colt profiled below, is a pedigree contrast but with truly outstanding maternal family performance. May 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Anahita, €35,000, 2700 meters, males, 12 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Roberto Andreghetti up for Patrick Chevrier, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, Ecurie D breeder, 4.5/1 odds, second win for €26,650 2nd Bon Copain (3m Love You-Haie-Hetre Vert), Eric Raffin up for Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 6.5/1 3rd Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream), R.C. Larue trainer/driver, 38/1 Buvetier is the second foal from the mare Rapide Aventure (Love You-Bahama-Quito de Talonay-Libyssa), she a winner of $293,330 with a 1:54.2 record, 56% French trotteur/44% standardbred with a 3.2% inbreeding coefficient. The second dam, Bahama, was a numerous graded event winner in Europe, she with earnings of $2,245,522 and a 1:56.1 record. Bahama is dam of Mercenaire (2:01.2, $179,316), Nouvelle Aventure (1:56.2, $362,506), Quelle Aventure (1:57.1, $440,366) and aforementioned Rapide Aventure. This maternal family also produced other European and north American performers including Reve d’Amerik (1:52.2, $474,784), La Star Dream (1:53.3, $325,631), Reve Avec Moi (1:56.4, $214,006), Intense America 1:54.4 (fastest two year-old I ever witnessed) and Belle Nana 1:54.4. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Franck Anne teamed his pupil Akim du Cap Vert to victory in today's 240,000e ($333,000 US) Gr. I Prix des 4Ans at Vincennes, scoring a rallying win in 1.11.8kr over 2850 meters. The son of Frist de Retz won for the seventh time, now for career earnings of 621,930e lifetime. Favored Aladiin d'Ecajeul was second for Eric Raffin after being the pacesetter. Summary follows: May 3, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Gr. I Prix des 4Ans (Conquerant), 240,000e, 2850 meters, 17 starters, 1.11.8kr 1st Akin du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 16/1, his seventh win 2nd Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, 1.3/1 3rd Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg), J. Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 19/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire, 30/1 5th Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 14/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Gran Premio Lotteria is Italy's greatest harness race, held every year since 1951 at Agnano in Naples, and will be held this year on Sunday May 4. The Lotteria is regarded as one of the four Grand Slam events of Europe and is a Group One Intnernational, eEligible to all horses 4YO and over, and raced in three elimination heats and a final later the same day, raced over 1,600 meters (0.99 mile) of Agnano's left handed 1000m track. The purse this year is 506 000 euros ($702,000 US), with heats worth 20,900e and the final carrying a purse of 443,300e. Three time winner of the race, Varenne is also the holder of the fastest winning time of 1:10.8, which he set in 2002. Here are some other facts on Italy's Grand Slam, Leading horses 3 - Birbone (1952, 1953, 1955) 3 - Tornese (1957, 1958, 1962) 3 - Une de Mai (1969, 1970, 1971) 3 - Varenne (2000, 2001, 2002) 2 - The Last Hurrah (1978, 1979) 2 - Mack Grace SM (2012,2013) Leading Sires. 3 - Nevele Pride (Contingent Fee, Evita Broline, Classy Rogue) 2 - Ayres (Top Hanover, The Last Hurrah) 2 - Pharaon (Tornese, Nievo) 2 - Quick Pay (The Onion, Victory Tilly) 2 - Speedy Crown (Evann C., Embassy Lobell) Fastest winning times. Auto start Varenne (2002)[3] 1.10.8 (km rate) Volt start (1951, 1952, 1956 Gelinotte (1956)[3] 1.17.8 (km rate) Leading Trainers 5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979) 4 - Sergio Brighenti (1957, 1958, 1962, 1963) 4 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1969, 1970, 1971, 1976) 4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005) 3 - Jori Turja (2000, 2001, 2002) Leading Drivers 5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979) 5 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976) 4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005) 3 - Sergio Brighenti (1958, 1962, 1963) 3 - Giampaolo Minnucci (2000, 2001, 2002) Gran Premio Lotteria Winners 2013 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.3 2012 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.8 2011 Libeccio Grif Marco Smorgon Marco Smorgon Italy 1.12.8 2010 Italiano Gaetano Di Nardo Enrico Bellei Italy 1.11.3 2009 Island Effe Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini Italy 1.12.9 2008 Gambling Bi Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.11.3 2007 Exploit Caf Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.12.0 2006 Malabar Circle Ãs  Andrea Guzzinati Jerry Riordan Sweden 1.12.1 2005 Digger Crown Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.13.0 2004 Legendary Lover K. Enrico Bellei Gunnar Christiansen United States 1.12.5 2003 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.12.7 2002 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.10.8 2001 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.6 2000 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.4 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof Sweden 1.11.1 1998 Kramer Boy Johnny Takter Johnny Takter Sweden 1.14.1 1997 Wesgate Crown Enrico Bellei Raz Mackenzie United States 1.12.4 1996 Crowning Classic Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini United States 1.12.4 1995 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson Kjell P. Dahlström Sweden 1.13.1 1994 Uconn Don Andrea Baveresi Andrea Baveresi United States 1.13.7 1993 Embassy Lobell Wim Paal Wim Paal United States 1.12.8 1992 Bravur Sund Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini Sweden 1.12.7 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1.14.0 1990 Evann C. Björn Lindblom Björn Lindblom United States 1.12.9 1989 Hollyhurst Lorenzo Baldi Lorenzo Baldi United States 1.13.2 1988 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1.12.8 1987 Limbo Joe Vittorio Guzzinati Vittorio Guzzinati United States 1.13.9 1986 Classy Rogue William Casoli William Casoli United States 1.14.8 1985 Evita Broline Berndt Lindstedt Berndt Lindstedt Sweden 1.13.9 1984 The Onion Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.14.1 1983 Keystone Patriot Veijo Heiskanen Antti Savolainen United States 1.15.6 1982 Our Dream of Mite Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.14.7 1981 Contingent Fee Mario Rivara Mario Rivara United States 1.16.2 1980 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire Philippe Allaire France 1.13.8 1979 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.9 1978 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.5 1977 Wayne Eden Anselmo Fontanesi Anselmo Fontanesi United States 1.14.7 1976 Bellino II Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.15.2 1975 Dimitria Leopold Verroken Leopold Verroken France 1.16.1 1974 Top Hanover Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.17.7 1973 Lightning Larry Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.16.5 1972 Amyot Louis Sauvé Louis Sauvé France 1.16.8 1971 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.7 1970 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6 1969 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6 1968 Eileen Eden Johannes Frömming Johannes Frömming United States 1.16.5 1967 Roquepine Jean-Rene Gougeon Henri Levesque France 1.16.4 1966 Cheer Honey Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.16.7 1965 Elma Johannes Frömming Jonel Chyriacos France 1.16.5 1964 Hurst Hanover Giancarlo Baldi Giancarlo Baldi United States 1.16.7 1963 Behave Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti United States 1.16.4 1962 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.16.8 1961 Kracovie Roger Vercruysse Roger Vercruysse France 1.17.0 1960 Nievo Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.17.5 1959 Icare IV Walter Baroncini Walter Baroncini France 1.16.7 1958 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.17.9 1957 Tornese Mario Santi Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.18.5 1956 Gelinotte Charlie Mills Charlie Mills France 1.17.8 1955 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6 1954 Saint Clair Oduardo Baldi Oduardo Baldi United States 1.19.4 1953 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.5 1952 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6 1951 Bayard Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.20.3 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

David Bekaert steered the Philippe Mortagne trained and owned Tempo de Carless to a convincing victory in today's 32,000e feature at Hyeres, France. The seven year-old son of Grisbi de Carless recorded his ninth career win for lifetime earnings of 202,830e. Veteran mares Scarlet Turgot and Global Midnight ended second and third as they could not overcome 25 meter handicaps. May 1, 2014 Hyeres, Prix President Verignon, 32,000e, 2750 meters distance handicap, European, 12 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless-Ahmes), David Bekaert up for Philippe Mortagne trainer, 1.3/1, 2750 meters, ninth career win 2nd Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massey), Y. A. Briand trainer/driver, 5.5/1, 2775 meters 3rd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.8/1, 2775 meters, Sweden Yesterday at LeMans, Speedy Horse took their featured Prix Paris-Turf in 1.15.2kr over 2850 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Undercard events saw victories posted by Biche des Clois in a three year-old fillies event and four year-old mare Alexia also scored for Eric Raffin aboard the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable favorite. Race summaries follow. April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix Paris-Turf, 35,000e, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Speedy Horse, (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l'Anxure-Princess d'Yurac), Sebastien Baude trainer/driver, his ninth win for 244,380e in lifetime earnings 2nd Sicoussa de Barb (8f Kepler-Goie Melodie), Franck Blandin trainer/driver, 6.8/1 3rd Tzarine Fac (7f Echo-Nougara), David Thomain up for Sebastian Guarato, trainer, 2/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix de la Federation Regionale des Courses Anjou-Maine-Center-Quest, females, 22,000e, 1.16.9kr 1st Biche des Clois (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville-Vikings Way), Mathieu Mottier up for Denise Mottier, 4.6/1 2nd Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha-Gai Brillant),Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2/1 3rd Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon-Extreme Aunou), Patrick Chevrier driver/trainer, Ecurie D owner/breeder, 45/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix du G.I.E. Hipposarthe, monte, 20,000e, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Alexia (4f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn), Eric Raffin up, Philippe Moulin trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dream, 1.4/1 2nd Amour du Loup (4g Lilium Madrik-Parodie Gin), A. Lherete up for Franck Anne trainer, 7/1 odds 3rd Asly de Florange (4g Kuadro Wild-Easy Perrine), Mlle. M. Grolier jockey/trainer, 10/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Billie de Montfort won tonights' Gr. II Prix Masina at Paris-Vincennes for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.13.9kr over the 2100 meter autostart course, the three year-old daughter of Jasmin de Flore won for the seventh time, now for earnings of 301,200e for owner Philippe Dauphin. The talented filly is trained by Sebastian Guarato as she defeated 12 rivals including Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard. Summary is shown below. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Masina, 120,000e, 3 year-old females 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.13.9kr 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 favorite, seventh win 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 9/1 3rd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuel Allard trainer/driver, 124/1 The companion for three year-old males, named the Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, went to Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Frederik Sauque. The winner led throughout in a rated pace with the J-P Dubois reined Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) alongside. As the field neared the stretch Verbeeck asked for speed and Brillantissime responded, opening three lengths before holding off fast-closing Brutus de Bailly (a Niky colt) and Bixente (by Quaker Jet) as the line approached. The winner recorded his sixth victory. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, 3 year-old males, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.15.9kr Fractions: 1.17.7kr at 1000; 1.17.8kr at 500 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederik Sauque breeder/owner, 8/10 favorite, his sixth win for 264,950 euros in lifetime earnings. 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire, 3.8/1 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise), J-Et. Dubois trainer/driver, 16/1 4th Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril), Mathieu Mottier for trainer Fredrik Prat, 5.8/1 In Sweden, Caliber TT scored for Frederik Persson at Axevalla, and yesterday the well-regarded Rolex Bigi won at Halmstad against a talented field, his eighth career win in only nine starts. April 22, 2014 Axevalla, ICA NERQ Sahlins Kat 3, 35,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Frederik Persson, 11th win in 50 starts for 1,217,025SEK 2nd Berlusconi (6m Andiver Hall-Always Victorious-Mr. Vic), Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Magnifik Gelj (9g Easy Lover-Charlotta Gelj-Another Miracle), Mercedes Balogh April 21, 2014 Halmstad SWE, Pokaltestet Kat 3, 2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, 1.13.2kr 1st Rolex Bigi (4m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), Jorma Kontio up for Anders Svanstedt (Italy), two wins in as many 2014 starts and nine career starts with slate of 8-1-0 and 550,000SEK won 2nd Dream With Me NL (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Adrian Kolgjini aboard for Lutfi Kolgjini trainer (Netherlands) 3rd Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Johnny Taker up, 16 career starts with 4-4-4 slate and earnings 1,731,799SEK (Denmark) 4th Let's Dance DE (4m Oscar Shindler-Sirmione-Diamond Way), Klaus Kern up, (Denmark) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The brilliant Ready Cash colt, Brillantissime, will look to make amends for a last start costly gallop when he fronts for the Prix Paul Karle a 120 000 euro Group 2 race for 3YO males over 2100m at Vincennes' petite piste on Tuesday evening. Philippe Allaire's striking colt had been the star of the B-generation thus far but in the Criterium des Jeunes, the first of his generation's classiques or group one races he broke within spitting distance of the line as he loomed up alongside eventual winner Billie Montfort. Previously Brillantissime had won the first two group races of the crop, including the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in December and the following month prevailing in the Prix Maurice De Gheest the first of the generation's 3YO elite tests. His was handed his first major defeat in the Prix Paul Viel in mid February when he was third to Black d'Avril and Brutus de Bailly, who he will meet here again. But he was back to his brilliant best for all but the last 50 metres of the group one Criterium and is at short odds in early betting for the race and will be driven once again by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck. His greatest danger will be Oceano Nox colt Black d'Avril who has made the step up to group racing with aplomb for trainer Frederic Prat . He was third in the Critierium des Jeunes at his last start and of course won the Prix Paul Viel the start before that, after running third to Brillantissime in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the first of this year's group races in mid January - in his first group race. He will be driven by Mathieu Mottier. Master driver Jean Michel Bazire will be at the reins of Brutus de Bailly who was a fast finishing second last start in the Criterium des Juenes although some distance behind Billie de Montfort. The son of Niky is trained by Bruno Bourgoin. One who impressed early in his career is Franck Anne's stunning colt Bolide de Gueron who was one of the first to show promise of this crop. The long striding strapping son of Cygnus d'Odyssee won his first three races in commanding fashion and then was third in the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in France and then ran fourth in both the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Prix Paul Viel. He led the Criterium des Jeunes until the turn into the straight where he broke under pressure and will be looking to return to the promise he showed earlier. Last start winner Bijou de Spinelly is making his first start in a group race after compiling a record of three wins and two seconds in just 8 starts. Yves Dreux' son of Diamant Gede won his first start at La Capelle in November and looks a promising colt. Jean Etienne Dubois also has a promising sort in Bixente a son of rising star sire Quaker Jet who was fourth in the Criterium des Jeunes in his last start, which was only his second time in group company. Best of Sly is one of three entrants in the field by first crop sensation Sam Bourbon (the others being Bioness and Bolero de Daidou) and was sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes. PRIX PAUL KARLE Vincenne 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3M 120, 000e 1 Bolero de Daidou (h Sam Bourbon - Djakarta) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Francois Senet 2100 2 Bixente (h Quaker Jet - Ketty Mesloise) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2100 3 Bijou de Spinelly (h Diamant Gede - Nana Loving Fair) Dr: Yves Dreux Tr: Yves Dreux 2100 4 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Frederic Prat 2100 5 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire ) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2100 6 Bioness (h Sam Bourbon - Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 2100 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 8 Bolide de Gueron (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 9 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2100 10 Bots Dub's (h Rolling d'Heripre - Plus de Melody) Dr: Philippe Guyard Tr: Philippe Guyard 2100 11 Bernador (h Gobernador - Richlyly) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The undoubted filly star of the class of 2011, Billie de Montfort will be at very short odds to win the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Masina for 3YO fillies over 2100m at Vincennes on Tuesday evening. The daughter of Jasmin de Flore won the group one Criterium des Jeunes in brilliant fashion last start as she fought back the advance of top colt Brillantissime who broke under pressure just short of the finish line. Sebastien Guarato's beautiful filly who will be driven again by the in form Eric Raffin has won six of her eight starts including the Prix Une de Mai, the top race for 2YO fillies. Her other two placings were both seconds and has already won 247 200 euros. Dominique Lemetayer fronts with Bambina Magic a daughter of Nuage de Lait who was one of the two fillies to get the better of Billie de Montfort thus far in her career, besting her in the group two Prix Roquepine on February 1 at her very first start at group level and only her fifth career start. However she galloped in the Criterium des Jeunes at her last start. Fabrice Souloy has switched rising monte star Beauty Turgot back to harness after two successful outings under saddle. The daughter of Hand du Vivier , who will be driven this time instead of ridden by Franck Nivard took out the Prix Holly Du Locton undersaddle after a second placing in her first group two monte the Prix Ali Hawas. But she is also a dab hand in the cart having run third in the group two Prix Une De Mai in her last start as a 2YO. Wearing the famous colours of Jean Pierre Dubois is Bassana de Marlau a daughter of boom first season sire Sam Bourbon. Trained by Patrick Chevrier she won her last start, a 60,000 euro race at Vincennes earlier this month which was her fourth victory in just nine starts. She has finished fourth in two of her four group races, failing to finish the other two. Philippe Allaire has entered yet another daughter of his former champion Ready Cash in Bliss Nevele who will make her first attempt at a group race with Jos Verbeeck in the cart, and has come in for some early support. PRIX MASINA Vincennes 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3F 120,000e 1 Bahia d'Hermine (Gai Brillant - Princess Charmeuse) Dr: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 3 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 4 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: William Bigeon 5 Bella Swift (Quick Wood - Otaya du Verger) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Bambina Magic (Nuage de Lait - Rive Magic) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Dominique Lemetayer 8 Balzane de Bootz (Nem - Queza de Bootz) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Baraka de Bellou (Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Adrien Pereira 10 Brindille Mika (Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 11 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 12 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 13 Bianca d'Atout (Saxo de Vandel - Geline d'Atout) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Evening action last night at Paris-Vincennes featured the Prix Cornelia, an 85,000e European monte test with 12 starters. Italy's Nene'Degli Ulivi was an impressive winner in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The favored veteran gelded son of Uconn Roc defeated Ursula Speed and Remember Jihim. Race summary follows: April 15, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Cornelia, European monte, £85,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters, 1.12.9kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix, 1.2/1, Italy, his 23rd win for £395,586. Uconn Roc is by Lemon Dra-Enotria Roc 2nd Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Edric Raffin at 18/1 3rd Remember Jihim (9m Jad de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence at 5.3/1 4th Nena'Degli Ulivi w/ Alexandre Abrivard On the undercard As Dore, a four year-old son of Coktail Jet, won the 60,000e Prix Henrietta for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. The 12/1 outsider's win increased his career earnings to over 109,000e. Attila Berry was second for J-M Bazire with Arpent d'Ostal home third in the contest of 13 starters timed in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters on the lighted petite piste. The hotly contested three-year-old females only Prix Phaeo for 40,000e went to 78/1 longshot Baraka de Bellou and Mathieu Abrivard. The three-year-old daughter of Prodigious scored in 1.15.9kr over 2850 meters on the petite track to defeat nine rivals. Black Rosa France was second for Eric Raffin with 3/5 favorite Blanche Mencourt home a fast-closing third with Joseph Verbeeck up. That one is a daughter of Ready Cash trained by Philippe Allaire. Today's Quinte+ at Pontchateau was the 40,000e Grand Prix du Conseil General des Pays de Loire over 2800 meters. Ti Arno de Carly, a seven year-old gelded son of In Love With You secured the win over 16 rivals in 1.14.4kr. Arnaud Desmottes teamed the winner that he also trains. The victory boosted his earnings to 152,530e. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 7.35 million euros. The exact top-five payoff was 2,380e for a 2e play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Excellent graded events took place at Paris-Vincennes on the well-attended Friday "nocturne" card and again Saturday with the new 12 noon post-time. The two programs included the following graded events:   April 12 - Prix Hemine Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, three year-olds won by Baggio du Chatelet in 1.14.3kr over the Ready Cash son Bird Parker; April 12 - Prix Henri Levesque Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, five year-olds taken by Voltigeur de Myrt in 1.11.5kr over a stellar field that included monte star Vision Intense and pacesetter Vanika du Ruel; April 12 - Prix Beaumanoir Gr. II European 85,000e, 2700 meters monte won by Varum Boy in 1.14.5kr; April 11 - Prix Jamin Gr. III International 115,000e, 3525 meters secured by Une Fille d'Amour in 1.15.8kr over Vagabond du Mag and Sweden's Caballion; also on April 12 - Prix de la Lorraine 72,000e, European over 2100 meters won by the speedy Sometime in 1.11.1kr after a first 600 meters in 1.08kr, as the daughter of Blue Dream defeated a classy veteran field. Summaries of these events are presented below. April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Hemine, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet), Mathieu Abrivard up for Nicholas Raimbeaux trainer, 0.8/1 favorite, fourth win for 149,750e for owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Nature des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up, 36/1 4th Baggio du Chatelet and Mathieu Abrivard April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Henri Levesque, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 15 starters, 1.11.5kr 1st Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Murtille de Bois-Tenor de Baune), Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Roberto Donati, 9.1/1 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 6.5/1 3rd Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin, 9/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.8/1 5th Voltigeur de Myrt and Eric Raffin defeat a stellar field Advertising appeared quickly on this impressive winner as follows. Criterium des 4 ans (Gr1) winner VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT, the only sire grandson of three Prix d'AmÃmrique's winners (Jag de Bellouet, TÃNOR DE BAUNE and DRYADE DES BOIS). Congratulations to the winner of the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr.2) at Vincennes (2014/04/12) in 1'11"5 (2175m volt). April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Beaumanoir, Gr. III monte European, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Varum Boy (5m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Gril-Tenor de Baune), Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Yves Dreux, 17/1, fourth career win for €133,160 lifetime earnings 2nd Volga Saltor (5f Fleuron Perrine-Glory d'Ariane), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.5/1 3rd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indira Bi), P-Y Verva aboard, 50/1, Italy 4th A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik), Nathalie Henry up for J-P Dubois 5th Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 5.5/1, Italy April 11, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jamin, Gr. III International, £115,000, 3525 meters, 11 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bosis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up for trainer/owner Cyril Raimbaud, her 11th win for 626,790e, 2/1 favorite 2nd Vagabond du Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up, 5.8/1 3rd Caballion (8m Kesaco Phedo-Lady Brick), Franck Nivard teaming, 9/1, Sweden 4th Un Fille d'Amour with David Thomain April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Lorraine, European, 72,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters, 1.11.1kr, Quinte+ with a 7.15 million euro jackpot 1st Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens trainer for owner Ecurie du Haras de l'Orne, 6.2/1, her ninth win for 337,400e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene), Eric Raffin up for Herve-Philippe Gautier trainer, 3.8/1 3rd Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver, 11/1 odds 4th Beaten field included Aaron de Veluwe 4th, Nephenta Lux 5th, Decarone 6th, Tojima 7th, Krangel 8th, Quid du Vivier 9th (US owned by Jesmeral Stable) 5th Sometime with Christophe Martens win in 1.11.1kr by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Philippe Allaire will have his 20-year-old daughter Elisabeth, a rising star in the monte ranks, on board top filly Bomba as he takes a two-prong approach to the group two Prix Hemine an under saddle event for 3YOs at Vincennes on Saturday. For Mme Allaire, this is her first official group two event, though she has ridden in several 100,000 euro events and is very experienced despite her youth. She has had 29 rides this year for 5 victories, her last being at Cherbourg on March 30. Indeed, Mme Allaire had two wins in successive days at the Temple du Trot in mid January. Her father Philippe Allaire's other entrant, rising star Ready Cash colt Bird Parker will have his top rider Yoann Lebourgeois on board, the usual pilot of Bomba, having ridden her in two three wins in her six career starts to date. Bird Parker, named after the US Jazz great, has proven a hit at both trotting disciplines having won the group two monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 3YO colts at VIncennes on February 28, and was second in the under harness top race for 2YOs last last year, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) and followed that up with the big finale for the crop, the Prix Maurice De Gheest (G2). He will be favourite in the event which will be ridden over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2175m. Bomba who is by outstanding sire of ridden horses Goetmals won the fillies monte as the Winter Meeting drew to a close, and has been the dominant filly of this generation under saddle. She has only faced the colts on one occasion, when she narrowly went down to Baggio du Châtelet in Prix Cholet, in January. She was the only filly in that race, and the other five colts followed her in . Nicolas Raimbeaux's Baggio du Châtelet has proven a very good horse, convincingly winning the group two Prix Edouard Marcillac (G2) at Vincennes in mid February. Matthieu Abrivard will be aboard the son of Pierre Comte de Montesson's former champion Niky who stands at Haras de Sassy. Niky who won among other races, the aforemention Prix Emmanuel Maghouty and Prix Maurice De Gheest, and also the prestigious B race the Prix de Belgique is a millionaire earning son of Viking's Way and therefore a great-grandson of US sire Bonefish,. Another entrant Brooklyn Bridge ran second to Baggio du Chatelet in the Prix Edouard Marcillac and was also the runner-up to Bird Parker in the Prix Felicien Gauvreau. The talented son of Quatre Juillet will have the experience of Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. PRIX HEMINE Vincennes 12/04/14 GROUP 2 monte FR Nat 3YOs 2175m 120,000 euros 1 Boy du Plessis (Odeisis de Vandel - Native des Loges) Rd: Paul-Philippe Ploquin Tr: Patrick Ploquin 2 Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets) Rd: Philppe Masschaele Tr: Pacal Daulier 3 Ballerine Griff (Password - Keva Mesloise) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: William Bigeon 5 Brooklyn Bridge (Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Bomba (Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour) Rd: Mlle Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Baggio du Châtelet (Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux 8 Bird Parker (Ready Cash-Belisha) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Yesterday rumors and writings appeared (starting with an article in Sweden) regarding Ready Cash racing in the USA in summer 2014 and breeding USA mares. Subsequently, on Tuesday evening, Philippe Allaire stated to French turf writers that (French to English translation) "We were asked by the Americans to do breeding, Allaire said. "There is a broker who asked a question to see if we were interested to sell frozen semen of Ready Cash (50 mares, with a 5-year contract). It is in Lexington, Kentucky. "The horse must be sent there," Allaire explained. "The semen will be taken and frozen by Equitechnique that has an office in Kentucky. They then would collect there, but we need the horse to be there a minimum of four weeks between mid-September and mid-October. And in Kentucky, perhaps Americans would see the horse on the track, but not racing. Ready Cash was not staked (commitments were due March 15 )." It was further reported that no decision has been made as of this date if Ready Cash will come to the USA. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Bassana de Marlau, the three-year-old Sam Bourbon filly, won today's £60,000 Prix Atlas at Paris-Vincennes. Owner Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed the Patrick Chevrier trainee to her fourth career win with a front-stepping victory over 2100 meters autostart on the petit piste. The winner, off as even-money favorite, was clocked in 1.15kr. The Ready Cash filly Bliss Nevele closed for second at 19/1 odds in rein to Jerome Ruaults for trainer Philippe Allaire. April 8, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Atlas, £60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters Fractions: 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.15kr finish 1st Bassana de Marlau (3f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Patrick Chevrier trainer, favorite 1.1/1, her fourth win for £85,350 earnings 2nd Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele), Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 19/1 3rd Bahia d'Hermine (3f Gai Brillant-Princess Charmeuse), Eric Raffin up for J-M Baudouin trainer, 19/1 4th Bella Swift (3f Quick Wood-Otaya du Verger), Franck Anne driver/trainer, 8.1/1 5th Balzane de Bootz (3f Nem-Queza de Bootz), Alexandre Abrivard up, 6.4/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The A generation males line up for the Prix Phaeton on Saturday, the traditional warm-up race for the Criterium des 3 Ans which takes place early next month. Like the female equivalent, the top earning stallions (geldings are ineligible for classic races in France) have elected to sit this one out, with Akim de Cap Vert, Aladin d'Ecajuel and Atlas de Joudes mixing stud and racing duties for the first time this year. You can be sure they will be lining up in the first of major Criterium of the spring meeting, but in their absence it will probably be Mathieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs, the winner of the Prix Kalmia (G2) who will be the favourite in an even field. Aldo des Champs was a fine third in his last start, the Group one Prix de Selection inter-age classique, where he followed home Aladin d'Ecajeul and Uhlan du Val. Admittedly off the front mark, he nevertheless beat home the likes of Village Mystic, Univers de Pan and Voltiguer de Myrt, all of which are the acknowledged rising stars in French trotting as their burgeoning stud careers attest. American Eagle, a son of dual Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream is a placegetter under saddle in his only start in a group race to date. But the winner of three of his 23 starts, was a winner of a group three under harness last start in February and has been a steady improver for Jean Etienne Dubois. Sebastien Guarato's Astor du Quenne has won 10 races out of 22 but all but the last three were at a very low level in the provinces. However he showed he could foot it at Vincennes when he won three in a row in the hands of Eric Raffin, including the group two Prix Ephrem Houel, in his first group race two starts back. It earned him a start in the Prix de Selection but, with Raffin on stable star Aladin d'Ecajeul, master driver Jean Michel Bazire took the reins to no avail. Despite a brilliant beginning, and setting the pace, the short-striding rather diminutive son of Opus Viervil galloped just after the turn after having been swamped by the first three placegetters. It was nevertheless a promising run, and he will not have the same quality of opposition bearing down on him this time. Philippe Allaire fronts up with yet another promising son of boom sire Ready Cash in Arlington Dream, the winner of four of his twelve starts, with a second and a third. Every other start has ended in a gallop, including his last one at the end of January. This is his first group race and he has Yoann Lebourgeois in the bike. Adio Josselyn also usually runs a high placing if he trots all the way round, and with Jean Michel Bazire in the bike, the son of breed-changing stallion And Arifant also comes into the equation. PRIX PHAETON 05/04/14 FR Group 2, Nat 2850m 4M 120 000 1 Arlington Dream h (Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 2850 2 Athos des Elfes h (Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2850 3 All Feeling h (Otello Pierji - Quelle Cerencaise) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Mickael Lemercier 2850 4 Airport h (Love You - Pivoine) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Ake Kristoffersson 2850 5 Adio Josselyn h (And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2850 6 Africain h (Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2850 7 American Eagle (h Offshore Dream - Paradise's Key) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 8 Astor du Quenne (h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2850 9 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2850 Avila handicapped in Prix Paul Legeurney Brilliant Ready Cash mare Avila will give the rest of the field of the Group two Prix Paul Legeurney a 25m head start at Vincennes on Saturday. The race is the first of two female warm ups for the Criterium des 4 Ans, which takes place next month and Avila is the undoubted star of the field, which is minus several other leading A-generation female candidates such as Axelle Dark, Anastasia Fella, and Arca des Jacquets, Avila is a dual group one winner already having taken the first of her generation’s Criteriums (des Jeunes) last season and then prevailed in the intergenerational Prix de Etoiles in September. However she was overshadowed in the Criterium des 3 Ans, where she broke when under pressure on the final turn  and her last start was an average sixth (and third filly home) in the group two Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve, a race in which she was fourth favourite. This is her first race since that early January start, and it will be interesting to see how she deals with a field of lesser or emerging lights of the four-year-old crop. Atlessima and Alesia d’Atout definitely fall into the latter category, both running second and third in the group two  Prix Ephrem Houel last month. Atlessima is a group one winner under saddle but the member of the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable has two of her four wins under saddle, to go with her group two placing. She is a daughter of Rocklyn, a son of Love You and will probably start the race as favourite. Africaine is a grand-daughter of Prix de Selection winner Autour d'Aunou, one of the top mares of the previous A generation. From the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, she has been somewhat eclipsed by the deeds of Avila, Anastasia Fella and Axelle Dark as most of this age group have. But the daughter of Oiseau de Feux has quietly accumulating some solid form for Jean Etienne Dubois, winning an 85,000 euro event in Vincennes in early February, and backing that up with a second to Cedric Megissier’s  Athena de Vandel (another up and comer) last start in the 95,000 euro Prix Vindex. This pair look to be on the improve and have significant support in the early market.   Alesia d’Atout showed her class when she was the first filly home in the Criterium des 3 Ans, eclipsing the once all conquering trio of Avila, Axelle Dark and Anastasia Fella. Danielle Mottier’s talented  daughter of Defi d'Aunou has already  won two group twos and amassed 261,260 euros and will also be right in this. PRIX PAUL LEGUERNEY 05/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2850 4F 120,000 euros 1         Agora  (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants)   Dr: Mathieu Abrivard   Tr:  Alexandre Buisson     2850     2         Agneska  (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas)   Dr: Gregory Simon   Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois     2850     3         Agrippine   (Hasting - Moqueuse)   Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard   Tr:  Laurent Claude Abrivard     2850     4         Adelie   (Ganymede - Linea Dream)   Dr: Alexandre Abrivard   Tr:  Laurent Claude Abrivard     2850     5         Athena de Vandel  (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel)   Dr: Cedric Megissier   Tr:  Cedric Megissier     2875     6         Aquarelle de Fael   (Look de Star - Nadia Pierji)   Dr: Franck Nivard   Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin     2850     7         Africaine  (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois   Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois     2850     8         Alizea du Kastel  (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet)   Dr: Emmanuel Allard   Tr:  Emmanuel Allard     2875       9         Alesia d'Atout   (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier   Tr:  Dominique Mottier     2850       10         Atlessima  (Rocklyn - Noblessima)   Julien Dubois   Tr:  Philippe Moulin     2850     11         Avila   (Ready Cash - Encombevineuse)   Thierry Duvaldestin   Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin     2875  Roxane Griff heads Masters series monte field Roxane Griff heads a star studded monte field for the UET Masters Series international group two Prix Theophile Lallouet at Vincennes on Saturday, over 2700m. The Prix du Cornulier winner’s last start was a courageous third in the Grand Prix de Paris, the gruelign 4.1km marathon and the third leg of the French triple crown. She had run fourth in the first leg, the Prix d’Amerique. But it has been under saddle that  Sebastien Guarato’s 9YO daughter of Tenor De Baune, who has earned 2.25 million euros from 17 career victories,  has found a new lease of life recently, winning three of her four monte races in the recently completed Winter Meeting including the 700,000 euro  world championship (Prix du Cornulier) in late January in the hands of regular rider Eric Raffin. She will face stiff opposition from the likes of Mike Lenders grand old campaigner Quarry Bay, who  won his last start, the 120,000 euro Prix Henri Desmontils, at the start of the month, defeating Rapide du Digeon, Torre Crepin  and Utoky who he meets again here. The 10YO son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is the second favourite on the early tote Former age group star Utoky is also well supported.  The winner of both monte group ones for 3 and 4YOs (Prix de Vincennes and Prix du President de la Republic) is trained by Franck Leblanc in the famous light blue colours of Comte Pierre de Montesson, who will be remembered by older US harness racing folk as the owner of Une de Mai. The son of  Cygnus d'Odyssee also mixes racing with stud duties at the Lebanc’s Haras d’Avireau establishment.  Torre Crepin  is one of those horses who has just taken a long time to reach the top level,and one wonders how he would have fared in any other country where patience is not so fully rewarded . It took the altered son of Capriccio 64 starts to reach the prizemoney level to get a start in a group two just six months ago, indeed he didn’t win his first race until his 34th start – and remarkably his 30th attempt under saddle.  Remember they pay down to seventh placing in France, and so fourth place in 100,000 euro events can pay the bills, and some, and Torre Crepin has had four fourth placings and a win in the seven starts since he raced in his first group two in October last year. From a slow start, over the past couple of years  he has been a gradual improver and he has now won eight races and as a consistent placegetter as he made his way through the intermediate events at Vincennes has now  amassed the not insignificant sum of 470,330 euros. Thierry Raffegeau’s  Rapide du Digeon is also well supported while the next in the market is the Italian bred gelding Nene'Degli Ulivi from the stable of  Vincent Lacroix.     PRIX THEOPHILE LALLOUET 05/04/14  Int (Group 2)monte UET Masters Series  2 700 5-10 120 000 1         Decarone (10h   Supergill - Spinoni Bell)   Philippe Masschaele   Rd:  Tr:  Mme G Masschaele     2700    2         Rescousse de Barb (9m   L'As de Viretaute - Gaie Melodie)   Rd:  Pierre Yves Verva   Tr:  Guillaume Moinon     2700    3         Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g   Uconn Roc - Maureen Lobell)   Rd:  Alexandre Abrivard   Tr:  Vincent Lacroix     2700    4         Remember Jihem (9h   Jag de Bellouet - Feriana)   Rd:  Fabien Gence   Tr:  Jean Marie Monclin     2700    5         Torre Crepin (7g   Capriccio - Lanaka)   Rd:  Adrien Lamy   Tr:  Bruno Marie     2700    6         Utoky (6h   Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee)   Rd:  Franck Nivard   Tr:  Franck Leblanc     2700    7         Rapide du Digeon (9g   Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes)   Rd:  Damien Bonne   Tr:  Thierry Raffegeau     2700    8         Riglorieux du Bois (9g   Indy de Vive - Glorieuse du Bois)   Rd:  Quentin Seguin   Tr:  Henk Grift     2700    9         Risque Tout (9g  Giant Cat - Little Pearl)   Rd:  Julien Raffestin   Tr:  Gerard Paille     2700    10         Quarry Bay (10m   Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle)   Rd:  Camille Levesque   Tr:  Mike Lenders     2700    11         Roxane Griff (9m   Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise)  Rd:  Eric Raffin  Tr:  Sebastien Guarato     2700    By David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Omas NP (6g Brandy Dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf-Sugarcane Hanover) was a surprising winner of today's £45,100, 1660 meter, Premio Giorgio Jegher over the half-mile track Ippodromo di Montebello at Trieste Italy, that opened in 1892. Fernandoi Pisacane teamed the winner in a well-rated 1.14.8kr to defeat traffic affected favorite Linda di Casei (9f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Parinaz (5m Ganymede-Carmagnole Mb-Lemon Dra) ended a fast finishing third. Italian registered trotters also did well today at Halmstad Sweden and Rosso Pomodoro, a son of Donato Hanover), remained undefeated in 2014 with an impressive win engineered by teamster Johnny Takter. This one is owned by Falkbolagen AB and he scored today in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters. Paramount, a son of Angus Hall, also won at Halmstad for reinsman Peter Ingves in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. Trotting fans were treated to interesting events this weekend. On Saturday, at Solvalla, Sanity and Orjan Kihlstrom took the Gold Final Gr. II UET Maters Series. Timed in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, the eight-year-old gelded son of Love You recorded his third 2014 win in four starts, increasing his career earnings to over nine million SEK. The race winner earned 250,000SEK. Recent hot-trotting veteran Harry Haythrow was second ahead of Raja Mirchi handled by Lutfi Kolgjini. Other Solvalla winners included B.B.S Starlight in the Klass I final over 2140 meters. Peter Untersteiner teamed the son of Super Light, from a Sugarcane Hanover mare, to the 1.11.5kr win to earn 200,000SEK. Claes Boko, a son of Varenne, took the Silver Final to earn 220,000SEK. Erik Adielsson teamed this event winner in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters as they defeated Nothing But Class (Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail). Canaka B.F, a daughter of Jobie Tempest, scored in a sharp 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters to earn 200,000SEK in the Pixies Trot. Satisfied La Marc, a son of Andover Hall, won a Klass II event in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for reinsman Svante Ericsson. The winner prevailed in a close battle with Rose Hill Dream handled by Bjorn Goop. The day's monte feature at Solvalla went to Muskelmann G.T. and jockey Emilie Lovvold. The winner recorded his fourth straight in 2014, the last three under saddle. He's a son of Muscles Yankee, from a Dallas Lobell mare, and he scored in 1.13.9kr. At Kincsem Park in Hungary, the featured Cyrano DIJ (3160 meters distance handicap. 500,000Huf purse) went to Ollyan nincs, a six year-old gelded son of Pickaflick from the exceptional producing mare C'est la guerre. Andrea Fazekas teamed the winner to a rallying win (with 20 meter handicap) over Racerstina and Csaba Lakatos who almost overcame a 40 meter penalty to hold on after leading most of the way in this marathon-like test. Oguz took third for trainer Imre Fazekas, also trainer of Ollyan nincs. Replay can be viewed using the link below. US pedigreed sires Tony Oaks and Pickaflick produced two wins each on the card. Veteran Off Road also won on the program, the fifth straight for the gelded son of P.S. Dimo. http://82.131.211.99/video/ugeto/2014/2014_03_29/6_futam.wmv Next week in Italy (April 6) the Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori (Gr. I, £110,000, 1600 meters) at Torino promises to be a great race as Mack Grace SM has been engaged along with Pascia'Lest, Marielles, Owen CR and Napoleon Bar, this group recently contesting top-class races in France and Italy. Owen Cr Marielles Napoleon Bar Mack Grace Sm Pascia’ Lest Moses Rob Oropuro Bar Orione Degli Dei Probo Op Oibambam Effe Newyork Newyork Pace Del Rio Solid action also took place on March 28 at Paris-Vincennes. Tornado l'Ocean took the Prix RMC before a great evening crowd. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot that had grown to £6.4 million. Pierre Levesque teamed the 8/1 odds winner home in 1.13.3kr over 2100 meters autostart, for owner J-P Barjon and trainer Mike Lenders. US owned (Jesmeral Stable) Quid du Vivier finished sixth in this field of 18. The Ready Cash three year-old filly Blanche Mencourt took the Prix de Quartier Carnot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and veteran teamster Joseph Verbeeck. This even-money favorite scored for the second time in her young career, with this 1.16.7kr victory over 2850 meters. The monte featured Prix Monoceros (£55,000 purse, 2200 meters, lad jockeys) went to veteran campaigner Strogoff and jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Strogoff recorded his 11th career victory with this 1.14.2kr win that increased his career earnings to £267,980. J-E David trains the winner as he defeated favored Surlando de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Paris-Vincennes hosted a superb trotting card today with an early noon first race post time. The nine race card handled over £2 million in the win only pools. The card also included the day's Quinte+ race with a jackpot of £6.1 million and win/place handle on that race exceeded £1.26 million on this race #7. Viking de Val took the sulky-featured Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for trainer/driver Eric Lambertz. Lambertz record his second Gr. II win, 20 years after his first such victory. The five year-old son of Baccarat du Pont scored in 1.13.7kr over 2850 meters to secure the winners' share of the £120,000 purse. He won for the eighth time in a career that has produced earnings of £380,940. The winner held on for a close win with a speedy final 500 meters. Trainer/driver Lambertz was pleased with this semi-classique win, commenting that his trainee is somewhat better coming from off the pace. Villeroi was second for trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois with Victoria du Jouan ending third. The five year-olds next face the starter on April 12 in the Prix Henri Levesque. The Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (£115,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), a co-feature on the program, went to front-stepping Rapide du Digeon with jubilant Damien Bonne teaming. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres scored in 1.12.7kr for his 14th career win, this one at 30/1 odds. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee now has earnings of £692,030. Amoud d'Occagnes was second at 18/1 for reinsman Christophe Martens. Today's Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (£72,000, 2700 meters European, 18 starters) carried a jackpot of £6.1 million. Triskell Pacha recorded a rallying victory for Franck Nivard, at the lines for trainer/owner David Cherbonnel. The veteran son of Elio Josselyn won for the 12th time, increasing his career earnings to £349,470. Italy's Olmo Holz was second for Christophe Martens with Sam Gibus ending third in the race timed in 1.13.2kr. Favorite Orupuro Bar raced on the front for Marco Smorgon and ended fifth. An exact order £2 ticket paid £27,111. The Paris-Vincennes card also revealed other interesting winners. Renoir Dany (four year-old son of Varenne) took the Prix de Gueugron (£65,000, 2700 meters, European males) in 1.14.2kr for teamster Franck Ouvrie at 12/1. The Marco Smorgon trainee was a rallying winner by disqualification with Italian stablemate Romanesque (by Love You) second in a photo, with Smorgon driving at 26/1. Another Italian invader, Re Degli Dei (by Conway Hall), took fourth for Tommaso DiLorenzo. The Prix de Chatillon (£55,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, for three year-olds) went to undefeated Boccador de Simm, his fourth victory now for £62,100 earned. Joseph Verbeeck steered the bold going chestnut son of Rieussec for trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored in 1.16.8kr with a rapid final 500 meters. Rieussec is a lightly raced son of Goetmals Wood from Ironie Jet by Coktail Jet and from a Workaholic dam. by Thomas H. Hicks. for Harnesslink.com

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