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Uppercut du Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe- Nuit de Manche) won Sunday’s Gr. II Prix du Calvados (€150,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 monte starters) in 1.13kr with Damien Bonne up. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee scored his 19th career win now for earnings of €680,400. The 2.8/1 favorite defeated 13/1 Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Revary) with Mathieu Mottier and Un Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. The Grand Prix des Crackseries 2014 (€95,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters, time 1.11.3kr) went to the consistent Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. She scored at 1.1/1 odds to defeat 10/1 Vaiko Jenilat (6m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for trainer Sebastian Guarato. 14/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) was third for Ch. J. Bigeon. This Quinte+ event generated win/place only wagering in excess of €1.54 million.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0355   Ordre :       4.880,00€   Désordre :       97,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,60€   Bonus 3 :       4,40€ Later in the program driver Bjorn Goop won again in Paris, this time with Chelsea Boko (6m Chocolatier-Kelsea Boko) in the Prix de Lille (€88,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters, time 1.11.5kr). The Timo Nurmos trainee, at 2.1/1 odds, defeated 2.3/1 second choice Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Yannick A. Briand and legendary breeder/owner Jean Yves Lucuyer. Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) was a solidly closing third for Franck Nivard and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Separately, the leading drivers/trainers in Sweden for 2014 were announced with Bjorn Goop being the top dash winning and earnings leader. Robert Bergh was the top trainer. Drivers wins Björn Goop, 353 Ulf Ohlsson, 333 Jorma Kontio, 246 Peter Untersteiner, 201 Örjan Kihlström, 197 Robert Bergh, 181 Erik Adielsson, 176 Johnny Takter, 158 Johan Untersteiner, 147 Torbjörn Jansson, 104 Drivers earnings Björn Goop, 44 640 980 kr, US$ 5,714,629 Örjan Kihlström, 38 899 094 kr Erik Adielsson, 28 181 456 kr Ulf Ohlsson, 22 293 512 kr Jorma Kontio, 21 003 945 kr Trainers earnings Robert Bergh, 30 000 353 kr (280 wins), US$3,840,437 Peter Untersteiner, 22 921 776 kr (213) Björn Goop, 22 048 563 kr (213) Svante Båth, 16 804 271 (124) Lutfi Kolgjini, 16 699 025 (122) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Friday Group action at Paris-Vincennes began what will be a super-charged racing weekend, illustrative of the winter-meet class of racing. The Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (€120,000, 2175 meters, 11 two year-old colt starters) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin trained and reined Cristal Money (2m Coktail Jet-Making Money-Himo Josselyn) in 1.14kr. The Richard Cohen owned colt rallied in mid-stretch and as 4.5/1 second choice held off Celebrissime (2m Password-Invre de Victorire) and Yohan Lebourgeois. That one was off as 1.6.1 favorite for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. Franck Leblanc’s Coquin Bene (2m Rancho Gede-Noble Nanette) closed well for third with J-M Bazire aboard at 11/1. Winning Cristal Money has four victories in seven starts for €108.650 in this his initial campaign, Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol-Capriccio) captured the Gr. III Prix Sans Dire Qui (€105,000, monte, 2700 meters) with David Thomain in the irons for trainer Sebastien Ernault. This 9/10 favorite easily dispatched Veloce du Banney (5g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) with Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc at 10/1. Italian registered invader Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB) was third for Elisabeth Allaire and trainer Harri Rantanen at 9/1. The winner scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th lifetime win now for €371,100 earned. In ten 2014 starts the winner has six victories. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The YouTube video is a recent piece done on the great French trotter, Ready Cash in a recent training session in France. There is also an interview with harness racing trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin in French. From Christian Le Barbey  

Swedishman continues to impress as Franck Nivard teamed the 8 -year-old gelded son of Gogo-Volgana to an easy win in today’s 37th edition of the Gran Prix du Sud-Ouest at Bordeaux Le Bouscat. The Thierry Duvaldestin student recorded his 26th career win, now for earnings of €891,330. The event was a 2015 UET Master Series contest for a €200,000 purse over the 2550 meter autostart course. Timed in 1.14.2kr, the 2/1 favorite winner made a decisive three-wide move around the final turn (left handed direction) to easily put away leader Timoko and trainer Richard Westerink (faded to sixth). Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) was forwardly placed throughout and ended second for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner J-P Marmion. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh with Ru de L’Airou (by Cygnus d’Odyssee) and Pascia’Lest (by Varenne) fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Gr. III International Grand Prix Anjou-Maine at Angers, a 3125 meter distance handicap event with a purse of €100,000. 17 starters contested this Quinte+ race of the day with a €5.7 million jackpot. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin to his 25th career victory, now for €801,330 earned. Swedishman overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.5kr at 3.6/1 odds and has proven this summer that he can handle upper-level competition in France. Stetheric  (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Pruvee) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie with Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) third at 29/1 for Eric Raffin, he also handicapped 25 meters. Ulk Medoc and Roi du Lupin were in the beaten field. Swedishman Thomas H. Hicks  

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Timoko bounced back with a victory in tonight’s €180,000 ($238,000US) purse in the Gr. II Gran Prix du Conseil General des Alpes at Cagnes sur mer, the third leg of the TGV miler series in France. Bjorn Goop reined the winner home in 1:52.44 (1.09.9kr) for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The seven-year-old son of Imoko-Kiss Mr Coulonces held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) with Anthon y Barrier up for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. Timoko recorded his 24th win in 64 starts and increased his earnings to €2,770,650. Italy’s Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, owner Emiliano Stecca and trainer Cat Savarese, ahead of Pascia’Lest with Robert Andreghetti up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuel Querci. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Roi du Lupin rallied to easily win today's E180,000 purse UET Masters Series Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium). Trained and owned by J-P Marmion, the nine year-old gelded son of Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol scored in 1.12.1kr by three lengths for reinsman Anthony Barrier, the winner's 28th career win in 81 starts for earnings of E1,789,845 to culminate a superb 2014 comeback. Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens (trainer Vincent Martens) with Pacsia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun) third for Roberto Andreghetti (trainer Thierry Duvaldestin) and Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carmela Stronline) fourth for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer/owner Johan Lejon. The winner, off at 3.9/1 odds, sat behind the battling 3/2 favorite Timoko (Bjorn Goop up) and Uhlan du Val (Cedrik Megissier). Timoko, seemingly hot and nervous pre-start, was first off the gate in this 2300 meter autostart test and he led for the first lap with Uhlan du Val alongside. On the second pass before the stands Uhlan du Val upped the pressure on Timoko with reinsman Megissier aggressively urging his mount to the front and he crossed over on the lead. Shortly thereafter Timoko broke stride and was disqualified. Uhlan du Val then tired quickly and Roi de Lupin took the lead and drew off under heavy stretch urging from Barrier. Olmo Holz stayed on the pegs to be second at 13.5/1 with Pascia'Lest closing on the outside at 11.4/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

Trainer Richard Westerink's Timoko, a winner of over €2.68 million, leads Sunday's Gr. I Gran Prix de Wallonie field at Mons Ghlin. Bjorn Goop will team this favorite in the €180,000 purse UET Masters Series event. Uhlan du Val, Roi du Lupin and Pascia'Lest are the likely closest rivals. August 10, 2014 Mons Ghlin (BE), Gran Prix de Wallonie, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, €180,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 9 starters Horse in post-position order, driver/trainer, career earnings in euros, country Olmo Holz, Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens, 524,696, Italy Pascia'Lest, Roberto Andreghetti, Thierry Duvaldestin, 983,772, Italy Paladin Bleu, Bernard Piton, Lois Thieulent, 769,610, FR Roi du Lupin, Anthony Barrier, J-P Marmion, 1,708,845, FR Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 2,689,690, FR Uhlan du Val, Cedrik Megissier driver/trainer, 837,890, FR Deuxieme Picsous, Jos. Verbeeck, F. Lejon, 618,469, SWE Onyx d'Em, Rik Dupuydt, Mme. C. DeSoete, 706,121, FR Oibambam Effe, Salvatore Carre trainer/driver, 337,542, Italy Separately, following a poor effort under saddle this week at Enghien, it was announced that former great international speedster Rapide Lebel will likely be retired. Both trainer Guarato and driver Eric Raffin reportedly stated that his career should end, albeit final decision rests with the owner. The nine year-old gelded son of Ginger Somolli earned €1,816,922 with three Gr. I career victories and a speed record of 1.09.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

The hotly contested Quinte+ Prix de la Manche today at Enghien-Soisy (suburban Paris) went to hard-driving Repay Merci and reinsman Anthony Barrier. The Fabrice Souloy trainee nailed long-time pacesetter Swedishman and Franck Nivard (who traveled 2900 meters this day) on the line in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. The six year-old son of Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News won for the 12th time in his career, now for earnings of £281,920. The winner was off at 12/1 odds. Favorite Indigious ended third for teamster Eric Raffin. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Manche, European, Quinte+ with jackpot £4.85 million, purse £85,000, 18 starters, 2875 meters distance handicapped Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500 and finish 1st Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News), Anthony Barrier for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Repay (Denmark) owner, 2875 meters, 12/1 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2900 meters, 6.9/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 1.8/1 The co-featured Prix de Berlin for three year-old colts went to heavily favored Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and pilot Joseph Verbeeck. This pair led from the early going and fought off very determined Secretariat (Italy) before pulling away in late stretch to score in 1.14.1kr. The 2150 meter autostart contest carried an £85,000 purse for this Gr. III event. Bixente was third for Jean-Etienne Dubois. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de Berlin, 2150 meters autostart, European Gr. III, £85,000, 9 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.1kr finish 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederic Sauque owner, 3/10 favorite, seventh career win for £368,950 earned 2nd Secretariat (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius), Antonio Velotti up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, 8.6/1, Italy 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Kitty Meslois), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 6/1 by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Twist de la Vallee won today’s Quinte+ feature race at Enghien-Soisy. Teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato, the seven year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.13.8kr over the 2900 meters he traveled, overcoming a 25 meter penalty. Denmark invader Ouch was second for Christophe Martens with Norway’s H.M. Monocerus home third for Danien Bonne. Summary follows. July 3,2014, Enghien-Soisym Prix de la Porte de Charenton, European, £54,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot £4.75 million, 1.13.8kr Twist de la Vallee (7m In Love With You-Eillen du Chene-Workaholic), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, 2900 meters, 5.3/1, seventh win for £258,720 career earnings Ouch (8g Ganymede-Javel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.3/1, 2875 meters, Denmark H.M. Monocerus (7f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova), Damien Bonne for Thierry Duvaldestin trainber, 3.3/1, 2875 meters, Norway. The prior day at Vichy, the Quinte+ went to the J-M Bazire teamed Ustang Ludois in 1.15.4kr over 2875 meters including a 25 meter distance penalty. The six year-old son of Joyau d’Amour scored at 2.9/1 odds in the £48,000 purse Priux de Vincennes. The Quinte+ jackpot that day was £4.7 million and it was not hit, causing another £50,000 jackpot addition to the next day. July 2, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Vincennes, £48,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Quinte+ £4.7 million jackpot, 1.15.4kr Ustang Ludois (6m Jioyau d’Amour-Iosca Ludoise-Off Gy), J-M Bazire, 2875 meters, 2.9/1, seventh win for £185,320 lifetime Uhal Berven (6g Corot-Oasis des Pres), Herve Sonneau, 2850 meters, 14/1 UrIal D’Harcouel (6m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel), P-Y Verva, 2875 meters, 7.5/1 Thomas H. Hicks

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy today featured the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Washington, a one-mile autostart test for a purse of €120,000. Ten horses battled in this one, on a rain-made soggy clay surface, including heavily favored Univers de Pan. Off the mobile gate Pierre Vercruysse hustled Napoleon Bar to the front from post four. Pascia’Lest took the pocket immediately.  Napoleon Bar maintained his advantage to the line to win by a diminishing length. Pascia’Lest held the pocket position for Franck Nivard until emerging late to gain second. Roi du Lupin  raced in the death seat with Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugaerd  behind that one and veteran Ru de L’Airou third on the inner. Rapide Lebel was rough gaited at the start, lost position, and raced third on the outer before again becoming choppy gaited late to finish eighth. Behind Napoleon Bar at the finish in order were Pascia’Lest, Roi de L’Airou with Pierre Levesque up closing on the inner, Univers de Pan on the outside and game Roi du Lupin holding stoutly fifth. Univers de Pan lacked his usual kick at the end and albeit gaining slightly lost a photo for third as the 3/2 favorite. The race was clocked in 1.10.7kr after a modestly rated pace (1.11.5kr at the 500 meters to go mark), far off the race record of 1.09.4k set by Rapide Lebel in 2012 and followed by 1.10kr in 2009 by that winner Premiere Speed. June 28, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de Washington, €120,000 purse Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.10.7kr (time 1:53.81) Napoleon  Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Emiliano Stecca, 2.1/1, Italy, his 15th career win for €811,671 earnings Pascia’Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 5.8/1, Italy, career earnings now €983,772 Roi de L’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville-Opior), Pierre Levesque aboard for trainer Patrick Martin, 42/1 Napoleon Bar is from the Italian registered mare Dalmazia (Coktail Jet-Takeda-Mon Tourbillon). Next dam Madamacristina is by Top Hanover, a son of Ayres-Elaine Rodney. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sirene de Feugeres, in rein to Nicolas Bazin and trained by Thierry Duvaldestin, secured today’s €80,000 international Prix Vichy Celestirs in France at 19/1 odds. Racing over the marathon 3525 meters (two and 3/16 miles, distance handicapped), the winner rallied late to sweep to victory in 1.16.6kr, her 23rd win for over €391,000 earned. The eight-year-old daughter of Infant du Bossis overcame a 25 meter handicap to defeat 17 rivals. June 5, 2014 Vichy, Prix Vichy Celestirs, International, €80,000, 3525 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,550,000, 1.16.6kr 1st Sirene de Feugeres (8f Infant du Bossis-Deesse de Feugeres-Ogino), Nicolas Bazin for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 25 meter penalty, 19/1, 23rd career win for €391,638 for owner Xavier Cavey 2nd Tornade de Piya (7f Buvetier d’Aunou-Nandette), Eric Raffin, 15/1 3rd Amour d’Occagnes (7m Diamant Gede-Naomi November), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 50 meter handicap, 23/1 The solid Vichy undercard showcased a win by H.M. Monocerus, a seven year-old daughter of Staro Showbiz (a Swedish sire by Supergill-Emma Gee San-Speedy Fly), in the Prix  de Grosbois, a  European affair for a purse of  €32,000. The 3/2 favorite was teamed by Damien Bonne for trainer Duvaldestin and Norwegian owner Geir Norbotten. Christophe Martens reined Sandman Sand, a son of SJ’s Photo, home second. June 5, 2014 Vichy, Prix  de Grosbois, European, €32,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters, 1.14.2kr 1st H.M. Monocerus (7f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova-Super News), Damien Bonne, 1.5/1, Norway owner Geir Nordbotten, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin 2nd Sandman Sand (8g SJs Photo-Dream Sand), Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens, 5/1, Sweden 3rd Rinouk de Bouliere (9g Jasmin de Flore-Hippie de Bouliere), Eric Raffin for Mlle, M.A. Goetz, 12/1 As the card drew to a close Jean-Michel Bazire took victory 5,000 in France with Botzaris, a three year-old son of Ganymede that he owns and trains. Quite an accomplishment for the reinsman widely regarded as the leading catch-driver in France, now also training a relatively large contingent of campaigners. June 5, 2014 Vichy, Prix Saint-Remy Eu Rollat, €21,000, 2800 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.17.5kr 1st Botzaris (3g Ganymede-Misomys-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire owner, trainer, driver, 4/1, second career win for €14,650 and Bazire’s 5,000th driving win in France 2nd Boycott (3g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or), Gabriele Gelormini up for Jean-Etienne Dubois, 2.8/1 3rd Break de Bertrange (3m Magnificent Rodney-Olympe du Rui), Jean-Philippe Ducher trainer/driver, 6.5/1 Quinte+ race of the day at Vincennes The Quinte+ race of the day this evening at Paris-Vincennes went to the Sebastian Ernault trained and reined Vittel de Brevol. The son of legendary Jag de Bellouet scored in 1.14.1kr over 2700 meters to win the Prix Trophee des Hippodrome Marins for €56,000. Ernault is seen too seldom these days at Paris-Vincennes, where he won the Prix d’Amerique with Oyonnax in 2010. Longshots led the wire-parade this day and the exact order winning ticket (excluding the jackpot of €3.4 million) paid €60,200 for a €2 wager. June 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Trophee des Hippodrome Marins, €56,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, European, Quinte+, 1.14.1kr 1st Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), Sebastian Ernault trainer/driver, 2.6/1 2nd Vostania de Viette (5f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers), Mathieu Abrivard up, 13.7/1 3rd Picard del Ronco (5m Varenne-d’Amour la Vie), Bernard Piton up for Mauro Baroncini trainer, 53.9/1, Italy The undercard included some fine performances including a victory by 4/5 favorite Blue Grass in the Prix des Federations Ouest Et B.N. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash was an easy winner for reinsman Jerome Ruaults and trainer Philippe Allaire. The aforementioned Ernault teamed the second place finisher, the Nice Love filly Burnette. June 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix des Federations Ouest Et B.N., €37,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.16.4kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha), Jerome Ruaults for Philippe Allaire, 4/5 favorite 2nd Burnette (3f Nice Love-Koskaje), Sebastian Ernault trainer/driver, 22.8/1 3rd Bunorina (3f Paisy Dream-Dunorina), trainer Olivier Boudou up, 24.3/1 J-M Bazire was back for a winning picture as he teamed Urtikaline to victory in the €50,000 Prix de Jullouville-Les-Pins. The six year-old daughter of Krac Special raised her bankroll to over €180,000 for this her fourth career victory. June 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Jullouville-Les-Pins, €50,000, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.14kr 1st Urtikaline (6f Krac Special-Ovaline-Historien), J-M Bazire up for trainer Michel Bizoux and owner Ecurie Twenty, 2.3/1,  fourth win for €180,430 earned 2nd Union Mystique (6f Lets Go Along-Mr Darling), Lois Grousser trainer/driver, 10.5/1 3rd Tamira d’havavoche (7f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jana d’havaroche), Eric Raffin, 4.5/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink..com        

Friday’s card at Paris-Vincennes is highlighted by two graded events, one being monte, and the day’s Quinte+ event with the jackpot over €3 million. The classic €120,000 Prix Chambon P starts off the card, a Gr. II international UET Masters Series event with 10 quality starters. Uhlan du Val is the early choice and will be handled by reinsman Cedrik Megissier. The Prix Lavater for monte specialists is a distance handicap event and the early favored Atlessima starts with a 25 meter penalty. Erik Raffin will be in the irons of Atlessima. Prix Chambon P, Gr. II UET Master Series International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10starters Oropuro Bar, Marco Smorgon,  Italy Olmo Holz, Christophe Martens, Italy Ru de l’Airou, Pierre Levesque, FR Une Fille d’Amour, David Thoman,  FR Uhlan du Val, Cedrik Megissier, FR Rapide du Digeon, Damien Bonne, FR Roxana de Barbray, Pierre Vercruysse, FL Severino, Christian Bigeon, FR Quinoa du Gers, Franck Nivard, FR Reve de Beylev, Eric Raffin, FR Early choices-Uhlan du Val, Severino, Olmo Holz Prix Lavater, Gr. II Monte, €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters Astree de l’iton, Yohan Lebourgeois Anna Mix, Franck Nivard Agrippine, Alexandre Abrivard Aquarelle de Fael, David Thomain Aston Fly, Jonathan Carre Al Capone Jet, Mathieu Abrivard Airport, Pierre-Yves Verva A Nous Deux, Nathalie Henry Asana Trembladaise, Anthony Dollion Atlessima, Eric Raffin, travels 2875 meters Early choices-Atlessima, Anna Mix, A Nous Deux Prix Pythia, European, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000 Ugor du Beauvoisin, Alexandre Abrivard Elles W.Phedo, J-M Bazire, Sweden Orione Degli Dei, Pierre Vercruysse, Italy Uprince, Franck Nivard Tamara Jiel, Jos. Verbeeck Richmond Park, Frederic Senet Tintin d’Ecouves, Mathieu Abrivard Krangel, Damine Bonne, Sweden Sometime, Christophe Martens Titus de Baffais, Thierry Duvaldestin Touch of Quick, Eric Raffin Tpoaze de Gournay, P-Y Verva Sam Gibus, Sebastien Baude Ton Reve de Cahot, David Thomain Ugo de Nieul, Romain Derieux Radjah de Venel, Anthony Barrier Tornado Bello, Pierre Levesque Early choices-Uprince, Tornado Bello,Orione Degli Dei In other news,  Commander Crowe trained yesterday at Caen and is expected to race next week at Wolvega in preparation for the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, a race that he won in 2009 and 2012. It was also reported that Rapide Lebel is being aimed for the June 28 Prix de Washington. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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