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Post one was where it started and that’s where the 5.7/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M- Red Xing) finished as Carl Johan Jepson put this harness racing winner on the front throughout and the Ulf Stenstromer trainee was a length the best on the line in the Copenhagen Cup timed in 1.11.4kr.   The victory was Brad’s 12th career win in 45 starts now for 3,487,543dkr earned for this Menhammar Copenhagen Cup 2019 winner (purse 375,000dkr to the winner, 2011 meters autostart, 10 starts in this Gr. I UET Masters Series event).   Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 36/1 Generaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna-Coktail Jet) took the third check for reinsman and trainer Peter Untersteiner.     Earlier in the exciting, well-attended program was the Scarlet Knight Open (75,000dkr to the winner, 1600 meters autostart) and 15/1 odds veteran O Grady (13m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasker) toughed out a victory timed in 1.10.8kr with Kaspar K. Anderson the pilot for owner/trainer Torben Horgaard.   O Grady won for the 47 th time in 127 career starts now for 5,172,636dkr earned. 4.7/1 Slide So Easy (10g Quite Easy) was up for second ahead of pacesetter 1.8/1 favorite Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner) reined by Johnny Takter.     Other interesting winners on the program included Zahra ML (4f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) in a 2000 meter autostart race for mares.   The 50,000dkr first prize winner was timed in 1.14.1kr for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan.   This mare has three wins in four starts this year. A Mares Elite race for 75,000dkr to the winner went to Queen Of Sand (5f Maharajah-Frillanj Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.13.4kr over 2000 meters autostart, for teamster Stefan Soderkvist. The 100,000dkr first prize in a four year old contest went to 1.4/1 favorite Mister F. Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love- Love You) timed in 1.13kr and teamed with pilot Robbin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort.   This was his first start in 2019 and eighth career win in 13 starts. Jozef Vanduffel owns this one. The V75 Silver for 110,000dkr to the winner, saw Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) secure this 1.12.5kr timed victory. Peter Untersteiner trains Heart Of Steel and he teamed her to an eighth career victory in 34 appearances.   Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.55 million) Prix de Briarc (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) proved the scene of victory for 3.6/1 Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) for driver Orjan  Kihlstrom, trainer Ulf Stenstromer and owner Johan Sjostrand. Timed in 1.14.8kr the winning trotter was up to win in blanket finish over 24.3/1 Lover Face (7g Love You-Anbra OK) for Yoann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson. 10.6/1 Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) was third for owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau ahead of 37/1 Only One Glory (7m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) handled by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Souloy and Scuderia RPR. Fifth was Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) driven by Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. Disqualifed were Unbridled Charm and Tell Me No Lies. The Gr. III Prix de la Federation Francaise d’Equitation (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) today went to the 4.9/1 odds Lutfi Kolgjini trained Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB owns the winner that defeated 2/1 favorite Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) that Jean-Michel Bazire trains and drove for Ecurie des Charmes. 9.6/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Bologna 2011. Three year-old fillies battled in the Gr. III Prix de l’Afases (purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite, 1.14.2kr timed Currency scored for Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. 7/1 City di Padoueng (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) landed second for Damien Bonne with third to 4.2/1 Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Vincennes’ Prix SES Racing Team (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 14 monte participants) went to 1.1/1 favored, 1.13.7kr timed Ukerlza du Benjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) handled nu Mathieu Mottier for trainer/owner Philippe Rouer. 5.2/1 Vif d’Or du Poli (6g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine du Poli) was second (this one trained and owned by Bernard Piton) and 16/1 Untra Or (7g Orlando Vici-Peka du Chene) landed third for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. Sunday at Mauquenchy the Prix Jacques Geliot (purse €21,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, apprentice lad drivers) went to the 2.3/1 favorite Angel Dark (5g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for driver Jorgen Berggren and trainer Anders Lindqvist who co-owns with Peter Gerry of USA’s Arden Homestead Stable. The 1.16.5kr winner defeated 16/1 Apollon Gede (5m Niky-Passion Gede) and teamster Kevin Weska with third to 10/1 Ariaka (5f Nice Love-Penelope Bleue) driven by Charles Criado. These top three finishers all overcame 25 meter handicaps. Thomas H. Hicks

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