Day At The Track

Vincennes, FR - The 1.2/1 favorite Valse de Reve (9f Mister President-Nouba Houba) took Tuesday evening’s Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand (apprentice jockeys, monte, purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr and ridden by apprentice Julien Balu, his 47th victory. Valse de Reve, trained by Alain Roussel, also owner, recorded his ninth career victory in 79 starts now for €687,170 earned. The 35/1 Arena del Phedo (8f Magnificent Rodney-Feria de Vrie) was second with Pierre Thieulent in the irons and third was 128/1 Vulcan de Bellande (9g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) for jockey Dylan Dulong. Valse de Reve is head number 13 on the pegs in the photos below. Quite a monte finish!!! Also on the card was the Prix Loma (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 3.9/1 Dede Au Chalet (5g Quito Kebir-Mammy Noce) with Alexandre Angot in the irons. This winner scored for the eighth time in 24 career appearances now for €140,300 earned. 4.7/1 Dame de Bellouet (5f Mon Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third home was 1.1/1 favorite Derby Show (5g Reflet Gede) handled by trainer P-Y Verva. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Agnano Italy hosted two classic trots Sunday afternoon. The Gran Premio Unione Europa Filly (purse €88,000, 1600 meters autostart) was highlighted by the rallying victory by Vanatta (4f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man-Nina Toy Eden-Arnie Almahurst) timed in 1.12.6kr and reined by Roberto Vecchione. Holger Ehlert trains this winner now of eight victories in 22 career starts for €113,739 earned. Viscanda Jet (4f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo) held second ahead of Venariareale Font (4f Conway Hall-Blitz-Sugarcane Hanover) and Pietro Gubellini. Vale Capar (4f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) and Victoria Luis (4f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra) completed the top five. The companion Grand Premio Unione Europa (Open, purse €440,000, 2100 meters autostart) was won by 1.11.7kr timed Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu-Noccalula OM) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard for the winner’s ninth career victory in 25 starts now for €496,937 earned. Va’Pensiero Gar (4m Varenne-Gala’By Pass-Lemon Dra) was a game second for Ant. DiNardo and Valchiria OP (4f Ideale Luis-Mayadel Ronco-Toss Out) was third for Roberto Andreghetti. Victor Chuc SM (4m CC’s Chuckie T-Conversa SM-Lemon Dra) and Valdivia (4f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail-Long Term Goal-Armbro Goal-Sunbeam Hanover) completed the top five to the line. Last Saturday at Ostersund was the V75 day and the Gr. II Jamtlands Stora Pris, a UET Masters event, raced over 2140 meters autostart, with 700,000SWK to the winner. The 1.10kr victory was earned by 1.7/1 Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) and driven by Jorma Kontio. The winner has two wins in three starts in 2018 and has 22 wins in 26 career outings for €1,573,709n earned. 15.1/1 Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. 27.9/1 Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) was third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and fourth was Love Matters. Gocciadoro also won the V75 Bronze (125,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) with 1.12.5kr timed and 1.9/1 odds Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne-Oljka du Kros-Park Avenue Joe) that is owned by Anne Maria Ragau’. Next up for the International trotters is June 16 in the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola Finland. The lineup is a good one led by Elitloppet 2018 winner Ringostarr Treb. He will face the iron tough FR veteran Aubrion du Gers that Jos, Verbeeck is named to drive for trainer J-M Bazire. Romain Derieux’ s Dijon is an emerging top level performer too. The Kymi Grand Prix began in 1998 and past winners include Jag de Bellouet (timed 1.11.1kr), L’Amiral Mauzun, Commander Crowe, Rapide Lebel, Timoko, Trebol (two time winner), and Carbinieri (1.11kr race record holder). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

A terrific trotting card Saturday at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by four groupe contests, the first being the Prix de la Ville de Plouescat (Gr. III, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European).  The Gr. II co-featured Prix Louis Jariel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) produced an easy score timed in 1.10.6kr for 1.1/1 Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. The 2.2/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin for Louis Baudron, the breeder/owner/trainer. 3.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Naume du Pommereux) was third driven by trainer Sylvain Roger and owner/breeder Noel Lolic. Well-regarded Davidson du Pont was scratched. The Prix du Quercy (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) resulted in an easy 1.13.9kr victory for 3.2/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password-Intense Action).Breeder Jean Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The 1.6/1 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred this one. 4.8/1Cicero Noa (6gMandarino Blue) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The day’s Q+ was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.5/1 Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) with Franck Nivard up for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and its trainer Gennaro Casillo. 2.4/1 Cobra Ar Carac (6g Kaiser Soze) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and third went to 11/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard. 70/1 As des Jacquets and 43/1 Quincy Frontline completed the top five, Fleche Bourbon kept her win streak intact (six straight in an undefeated career to date) scoring in 1.14.3kr in the Gr. III Prix d’Istres (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The three year old daughter of Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) now has earnings of €110,250 in her brief career. She was off as the even-money favorite and bested 8/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As) with Eric Raffin up, for trainer Philippe Allaire, and 86.1 Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash) reined by her trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. 53/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Allaire. The Gr. II featured Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, International) went to the great mare and 1.3/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) that was bred and is owned by Ecurie Yvan Bernard and handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Race time was 1.12.3kr and Belina recorded her 19th victory in 56 career starts for €1,660,430 earned. The 2.7/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a good second for J-Ph Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 20/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede0Nostalgique Sacha) with Gabriele Gelormini up. 76/1 Akim du Cap Vert was fourth. The June 8 Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed and 9/1 Caline de Fleur (6f Mago de la Merite-Maika du Maninay) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 4.3/1 Class Action (6f Scipion du Goutier) was second for driver/trainer/owner Charles Dreux, and 3.2/1 Brisbane du Bourg (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 51.1 Venus du Rosay and 7.4/1 Romi Mms were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A top racing card took place Saturday at Kincsem Park and it began with the Tokaj DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The 1.1/1 favorite Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her eighth straight in HU and same for the career with Gyorgy Horvath aboard. She scored again in gate to wire fashion time din 1.17.9kr for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. 14.5/1 Vezuvian (4m Racino-Igizgyongy-Valley Guardian) was second for Balint Nyilasi  ahead of 29/1 Very Nice Photo (5f SJs Photo-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) and Emese Veer. The feature event this day was the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters handicap, two heats and a raceoff if needed). Heat one was won by rallying 1.17.4kr timed Titan Ville (5g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas up for Zsolt Zsalek. Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set the pace only to weaken late yielding to his rival. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperges-Witsends Speedy) was third for Istvan Papp. The 2.7/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m, Maximus Lindy) led gate to wire to win heat two of the Dr. Vecsekloy with Lajos Marton piloting a front end rated journey timed in 1.20.8kr that held off the furioud rally by 2.9/1 Titan Ville and Imre Fazekas. 11.7/1 Salidhamidzic (7m Wall Street Banker-Heliken-Awesome Goal) was third for Viktoia Meneth. The raceoff of the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set a modest match race pace and sprint home for the 1.23.2kr verdict (last 200 meters at 1.11.5ke rate) for driver/trainer Lajos Marton. Titan Ville (6f Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) was a game second for Imre Fazekas after a win and second in the heats. Today’s co-featured Nemzeti DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) produced a 1.19.3kr timed victory for 2.9/1 Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face). Tibor Hajnal trains and rive the winner that defeated 3.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) that almost recovered a 40 meter penalty with Imre Fazekas driving. 3.5/1 odds and also 40 meter handicapped White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third. The Butterfly DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.18.7kre timed and 20 meter handicapped 4.7/1 odds Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) with Sandor Varga up. Vincenzo Villani owns the winner that Jozsef Rutkai trains. 3/2 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was second for Emese Veer and third was 5.7/1 Unika Vil (5f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Andras Gaspar. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s VG Grand Prix Oslo day began with heat one of the Energima Cup (purse €19,939, 1609 meters, nine starters) and the 1.10.7kr clocked victory went to rallying 3/2 favorite Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette). Jorma Kontio was the pilot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Annie Bezzier. This one is now 7 for 36 lifetime for €506,358 earned. 15/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi) held second for SRF Stable, trainer Roger Walmann and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. 6.5/1 Photo Lavec (6m SJs Photo-Joyful Lavec) was third for trainer/driver T-E Solberg.  The second elimination of Energima Cup (same purse, distance, number of starters) went to 1.10.7kr timed and 4/5 odds Donatomite (6g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) with Frode Hame at the lines. He trains the winner for Granstrai I. Arjang AB. 12/1 Deep Sea Dream (10g Offshore Dream-Nightlight) was second for S.O. Wassberg, trainer O.G. Hvidsten and owner Bente Hvidsten. 10/1 Quick Fix (9g From Above-Glued) was third for Per Oleg Midtfjeld driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 11/1 Franch Laundry was fourth.  Monte performers contested the Kinghsrod Trading (purse €19,979, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters was the 2/5 favorite and recent world record holder (Be Mine de Houelle 7f Scipion du Goutier) finish fourth. Victory went to 2.2/1 Ulka des Champs (10f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) scored timed in 1.12.1kr for jockey Guillaume Martin and owner David Geguech. The 20/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Sophia Adolfsson and trainjer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 16/1 Etna BR (6f Muscle Yankee-Sugar Coated Lindy).  The finale of the Energima Cup (UET Masters Series, purse €56,21, 1609 meters, eight qualifying starters)  went to 2/1 Coquin Bebe (8m Rabcho Gede) again reined by Jorma Kontio. 9/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill) took second for Orjan Kihlstrom ahead of 1.6/1 favorite Donatomite (6g Donato Hanover) handled by Frode Hamre. Deep Sea Dream was home fourth. Race time was 1.11/8kr.  The program also included the Gjensidige Four Year Old Elite race (purse €39,858, 1609 meters, nine starters). Giveitgasandgo (4gf Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover) scored timed in 1.09.9kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Eria Christoffersen owns. Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko-Romamce du Ruel) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Annick Bazin. Kinf Of The Hill and Robin GT completed the top four.  The Finn Tack Europomatch Norway (purse €56,721, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3/5 favorite Genreaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof-Zakia Fortuna) victorious timed in 1.11.8kr. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver of the winner that is owned by Merwesteal Moerdijk BV. 59/1 outsider Moni Viking (5m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) was second for Frode Hamre and owner/trainer Jan Lyng, and 4.4/1 Sir QC (5g Raja Mirchi-Mumma QC) with teamster Ulf Ohlsson held third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Oslo, Norway - The 3.6/1 Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) with Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo, made a shambles of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series VG Grand Prix Oslo (total purse €289,226, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) scoring by seven lengths in the 1.10.5kr clocked victory. Bellei had the winner in front early and the result was never in doubt as the 9/10 favorite Twister Bi made a dq miscue before at the start. Urlo dei Venti raised his career earnings to €930,050 for owner Scuderia Barbalbero of Italy. The 63/1 Evil Enok ME (5m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) was second for trainer/driver Noralf P. Braekken and owner Lars Mikal Braekken. Third was 14/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Tea Josselyn) reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues.The 50/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi) was fourth for Per Oleg Midfjeld driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The 3.9/1 second choice Cyber Lane was fitth. 11/1 Dreammoko ended eighth.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

On June 6 was the prestigious Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Laval (Gr.III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 2.4/1 Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   This one now sports 15 career wins in 28 outings for €403,970 earned. 1.3/1 Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot) was second for Antoine Wiels and breeder/trainer/owner J-P Marmion. 26/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was third for Dominique Cheradame, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 57/1 Unero Montaval and 41/1 Artiste de Joudes completed the top five.   The hot trotting Unstoppable (6g Zola Boko-Arnie’s Angel) took his seventh win in the last 11 starts at Gelsenkirchen in the Wettstar de Sportvetten for €4,000 and raced by six over 2000 meters autostart. Robbin Bot teamed the 4/5 odds winner that defeated 5.4/1 Ultra As (5g Civil Action) that had Rob T. De Vlieger aboard.   As the Oslo Grand Prix draws near, featuring Twister Bi and Be Mine de Houelle on the undercard), a June 6 event the GJENSIDIGE went to the legendary bred Forever Peace (5m Muscle Hill-Peaceful Way) in 1:55.5 over the 1609 meters autostart course.   Erlend Rennesvik is trainer driver of the Stall Sving bred and owned winner that earned 30,000NOk with the victory. The lightly raced campaigner now has a 5-2-4 slate in 20 career starts.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

At Caen on June 4 the Prix Toyota (de Feugeres) went to 1.15.7kr timed Endora de Busset (4f Tucson – Ovelinotte d’Ylea) with Florian Desmigneux up. Anders Lindqvist owns and trains this winner, and was a leadoff for coverage of excellent mid-week trotting in Europe. On June 5 at Vichy was the Prix Vichy Celestins (purse €80,000, 3525 meters, 18 International starters), a Quinte+ event. 2.9/1 Calin de Morge (6g Ozio Royal-Paradise Princess) scored for Franck Nivard and Ecurie HD Trot as this winner recorded victory 12 in 48 career starts. Race time was 1.14.5kr. 1.6/1 favorite Colonel (6g Goetmals Wood) was second for J-M Bazire, also trainer. The 10/1 Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was third for Antoine Wiels and trainer/owner J-P Marmion. The 11/1 Aldo d’Argentre and 32/1 Amigo Turgot completed the top five. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR mardi 05 juin     Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +     Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 11 Câlin de Morge F. Nivard Ecurie H.D.Trot D. Haon 2ème 7 Colonel J.-M. Bazire Ecurie des Charmes J.-M. Bazire 3ème 18 Uniflosa Bella A. Wiels Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 5 Aldo d'Argentré A. Lamy E. Lamy E. Lamy 5ème 8 Amigo Turgot A. Blandin Mme T. Hoste F. Blandin        Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0169   Ordre :       908,80€   Désordre :       16,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,20€   Bonus 3 :       2,40€                     On June 5 (D-Day 74 Years Ago on June 6) Il Villagio (4m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) took the Prix Caecilia (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr at 3.8/1. Louis Baudron teamed the winner as breeder/owner/trainer. 2.1/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick) was a four length back second for Franck Nivard, ahead of 40/1 Epice Turgot (4f Orlando Vici) with Franck Ouvrie driving. The June 5 Vincennes featured monte Prix Perseus (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.8/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lumpur) timed in 1.13.3kr and with Camille Levesque in the irons for Pierre Levesque (breeder/owner) and trainer Thomas Levesque. 2/1 Caduceus des Baux (6g Mark Speed) was second with P-Y Verva up and third was 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) for jockey Guillaume Martin. Nearly at program end was the monte Prix Dido (purse €64,000, 2200 meters, six starters three year olds) and an easy victory it was for 7.4/1 Fiaschetto (4m Ubriaco-Andalouse Lady) with Anthony Barrier up. 2.4/1 France Brasil (3f Vaillant Cash) was distant second for Eric Raffin and 7/2 Flying Dream (3m Coktail Jet) was home third. The Criterium des 4Ans Switzerland at Avenches (purse €17,140, 2350 meters autostart, six starters) went to 1.16.3kr timed and 1/10 favorite Ellatori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) scored for owner/driver Henri Turretini and trainer Nunes de Oliveire V. 16/1 Enattof (4m Ready Cash-Isabelle de Bussy) was next for the same trainer ans driver Renaud Pujol. Third was 100/1 Energy Fighter (4f Otello Pierji-Windiputable) with Henri Humbert aboard. At the same venue was the Prix du Muguet (purse €10,284, 2350 meters autostart, eight starters). A great veteran, Swedishman (12g Gogo-Volgana), scored timed in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Fetter and owner Pavone Carlo. Swedishman recorded his 37th career win In 106 starts for earnings now of €1,228,651. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s sixth leg of the Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix du Department de la Vienne (purse €45,000, 3150 meters distance handicap with 16 starters) held at La Roche-Posay. The 50 meter handicapped and 15/1 odds Avenir de Blay (8g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) narrowly scored timed in 1.19.3kr in the rain and on soft turf. Gabrielle Gelormini piloted the Tony LeBeller owned and trained campaigner to his 13th career victory, now for €512,940 earned. 9/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem-Lise du Mirel) rallied and just missed by a short nose for driver Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Anders Lindqvist and breeder/owner Mlle. Anette Holmgren, she too penalized 50 meters. The 9/10 favorite Ardente du Clos (8f Reve des Valees) was third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, she handicapped 25 meters. 55/1 Bise du Coglais (f Prince Gede) was fourth and 18/1 Croix du Buisson (6f Repeat Love) completed the top five, this pair non-handicapped. Yesterday there was also trotting on the surf at Plestin les Greves – the Trophee des Plages (“beaches”) leg 2. The Prix de Saint-Efflam Paris-Turf (purse €18,000, 2600 meters distance handicap).  Victory went to Cash Drive (6g Reflet Gede-Texane Drive) with Joel Guillemin up for trainer Loic Guillemin and owner Claude Mamou-Mani. Alinor (8g Pegalor) took second for Francois Lagadeuc and third was A Toi Venus (8f Mon Premier Crhere) for Frederic Haon, the latter two handicapped 25 meters. Race time was not reported. On Sunday trotting took place at 18 venues, some on grass (12 courses) and some on dirt/sand/surf throughout France. Interesting trots also took place at Lyon (A Parilly) with the Prix du Bugey (purse €23,000,  2100 meters, three year old open Centre-Est) and the 1.16kr timed victory went to Faker Merite (3m Uaukir-Neto Lesmie) with trainer Julien Raffestin aboard. This pair defeated Florine de Viette (3f Look de Star) handled by Martin Cormy. On the same card the Prix de l’Embrunais (purse €20,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.15.3kr timed and 2.7/1 odds Crazy Charm (6g Prodigious-Know How) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up. This now eight time winner in 23 career starts is owned by Ecurie Augustin-Normand. Vercruysse also tamed the winner of the Prix du Cher (purse €15,000, 2850 meters, four year olds). Emin Sly (4m Repeat Love-Riviera As) recorded his second win in three career starts timed in 1.17.6kr for breeder/owner Daniel Fitoussi. Edox (4m Royal Dream) was second. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday evening trotting action at Paris-Vincennes included the Quinte+ Prix Pythia (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) with that 1.13.7kr timed victory to 15/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Morval-Iomolly) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. The winner recorded his 13th career win now for €412,010 earned. 12/1 Cathy A Quick (6f Password) took second for David Thomain and trainer Jarmo Niskanen with third to 5.5/1 Clif de Pommereux (6m Love You) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger. 6.2/1 Classic Way (6m Prodigious) and 6.4/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) completed the top five. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR vendredi 1er juin   Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +     Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ungaro d'Éva A. Abrivard Ec.Jean-Michel Baudouin J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 2 Cathy A Quira D. Thomain E. Desmet J. Niskanen 3ème 17 Clif du Pommereux F. Nivard N. Lolic S. Roger 4ème 1 Classic Way J.-P. Monclin Ecurie Pierre Pilarski S. Guarato 5ème 14 Blooma d'Héripré E. Raffin Mme G. Wend G. Thorel    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0133   Ordre :       12.458,00€   Désordre :       138,00€   Bonus 4 :       19,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       9,40€   Bonus 3 :       6,80€                     The Prix Kissa (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) for mid-level aged performers was won by 4/1 Bachar (7m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) with trainer Emmanuel Allard driving. 79/1 Baron du Bourg (g Lilium Madrik) took the second spot for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Jan Van Eeckhaute. 7.6/1 Al Capone (8g Jade Bocain) was third for Eric Raffin. Race time was 1,12,7jr and the winner recorded his ninth career victory and increased his earnings to €236,550. The featured Gr. II monte Prix Lavater (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced a 1.14.2kr timed score for 4.3/1 Equinoxe Jiel (4m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) with Mattthieu Abrivard up for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 2.4/1 favorite Esperanzo (4m Speedy Blue) was second handled by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 7.2/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) that Mme. D. Beaufils-Ernault reined for trainer Sebastian Ernault and Ecurie des Charmes. The wrap up Friday evening was for three year old fillies in the Prix Marcel Perlbarg (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters). This 1.16.8kr timed victory went to 3/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As-Fidelia) in rein to Eric Raffin and trained by Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner J.M. Tessier. 1.9/1 second favorite Flo Wood (3f Singalo-Tip Top Lady) rallied for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this Jean Pierre Dubois bred and owned filly. 1.8/1 favorite Fever (3f Rolling d’Heripre) was third with Franck Nivard up for Ecurie le Tremont. Sunday June 10 is the Gr. I Oslo Grand Prix raced over 2100 meters autostart for a total purse of 1.5 NOK million ( at Bjerke Racecourse. It is considered Norway’s greatest trotting event. The 2017 version was won by Twister Bi defeating Lionel and Aubrion du Gers timed in 1.12.6kr in the rain and fog. Replay follows” The Oslo Grand Prix 2018 lineup is shown below, followed by the race winner history through 2016. VG OSLO GRAND PRIX 2018 SØNDAG 10. JUNI   Horse Driver Trainer Twister Bi - Italia Christoffer Eriksson - Sverige Jerry Riordan - Usa Urlo Dei Venti - Italia Enrico Bellei - Italia Gennaro Casillo - Italia Cyber Lane - Sverige Johan Untersteiner - Sverige Johan Untersteiner - Sverige Cokstile - Norge Ulf Ohlsson - Sverige Jan Kristian Waaler - Norge Dreammoko - Frankrike Jorma Kontio - Finland Richard Westerink - Nederland Takethem - Danmark Steen Juul - Danmark Steen Juul - Danmark Uza Josselyn - Danmark Erik Adielsson - Sverige René Aebischer - Sveits Evil Enok M.E. - Norge Noralf P. Brækken Noralf P. Brækken - Norge Cruzado Dela Noche - Usa Per Linderoth - Sverige Stefan Melander - Sverige Rajesh Face - Sverige Per Oleg Midtfjeld - Norge Lutfi Kolgjini - Sverige Past winners of the Oslo Grand Prix through 2016. Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Km. Time 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer Karsten Buer Asbjørn Jensen 1:23.0 1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin Robert Westergren Robert Westergren 1:23.6 1968 Race cancelled         1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin Gösta Nordin Stall Gruff 1:23.5 1970 Race cancelled         1971 Unor Lars Axelsson Lars Axelsson Stall Montigny 1:19.5 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin Sören Nordin Stall Hak / Stall Idre 1:18.1 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin Sören Nordin Stall Rol Christ / Fello / Opal 1:18.6 1974 Boett Sören Norberg Sören Norberg Karl Adolfsson 1:21.0 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström Kjell P. Dahlström Ulla Dahlström 1:19.1 1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen Bengt Arvidsson Stall Oskar 1:19.7 1977 Race cancelled         1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen Bengt Arvidsson Stall Oskar 1:17.0 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire Christian Riviere Ch. Riviere 1:19.9 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd Gunnar Axelryd Stall Bafata 1:17.1 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson Karl Erik Nilsson Stall Point 1:16.3 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné Ingvar Andersson 1:18.9 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo William Takter Bo William Takter Stall Tranen 1:15.6 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin Ulf Nordin M. C. Andersen 1:16.3 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel Michel Roussel Jean Pachoud 1:16.0 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen Kjell Håkonsen Torleif Thu 1:14.7 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen Kjell Håkonsen Torleif Thu 1:13.7 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen Gunnar Eggen Stall Cheval 1:12.5 1989 Ourasi Michel Marcel Gougeon Jean Rene Gougeon R. Ostheimer 1:13.5 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard Preben Kjærsgaard M. Duckert / Stald E.H. / Stut. Focus 1:13.8 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson AB Gnägget 1:14.1 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck Harald Grendel Gestut Cicero 1:14.6 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop Olle Goop Håkan Andersson 1:14.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Stall Succé 1:12.7 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Stall Succé 1:12.7 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson Kjell P. Dahlström Ina Q AB / Kjell Dahlström AB 1:12.9 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Håkan Anderssons Åkeri 1:14.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck Anders Lindqvist Leverre International S.A. 1:13.2 1999 Ganymede Jean Pierre Dubois Jean Pierre Dubois Daniel Wildenstein 1:12.6 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Stall Kalas 1:12.0 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel Nicolas Roussel Mme. Bernard Bessiere 1:12.1 2002 Brads Photo Wilhelm Pal Holger Ehlert Scuderia Vilenzo 1:13.9 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Stall Palema 1:12.2 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Stall Palema 1:11.7 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld Per Oleg Midtfjeld Knut Olausson 1:12.5 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson Jean Pierre Dubois Jean Pierre Dubois 1:13.2 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westerholm Jörgen Westerholm Stall Velvet Trav AB 1:12.2 2008 L’Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller Jean-Philippe Ducher Comte Paul de Senneville 1:11.5 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg, Jr Hugo Langeweg, Jr Stal Amsterdam 1:14.3 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio Jerry Riordan Guida Italia Sc 1:11.7 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop Trond Smedshammer Marc D. Goldberg / Willow Pond LLC 1:11.5 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens Fabrice Souloy Snogarps Gård AB 1:11.5 2013 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Knutsson Trotting AB 1:12.8 2014 Univers de Pan Philippe Daugeard Philippe Daugeard M. Olivier Horvath 1:11.9 2015 B.B.S. Sugarlight Peter Untersteiner Fredrik Solberg Stall Sugarlight & Gunnar Karlsen 1:11.3 2016 Your Highness Bjørn Goop Fabrice Souloy P.V.Racing Stable HB & Ullo AB 1:10.5   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Elitlopp is over for this year and we send our biggest gratulations to Ringostarr Treb and his harness racing team! We summarize this past weekend with great weather, great horses, thrilling harness races and new friends from all over the world. The Elitlopp 2019 and World Driving Championship We have already started planning for the Elitlopp tour 2019. The tour will be held May 23-27 and the itinerary for the tour will be similiar to the one this year.  Furthermore, the World Driving Championship 2019 will be held in Sweden.  During a weeks’ time, some of the best drivers in the world will travel all around Sweden, competing at the different tracks. We will of course make a tour for all of you who wish to join. The date for the extended Elitlopp-tour with the World Driving Championship is May 23 – June 2. More information is expected to be released during october/november.  Join us for a weekend in Paris and kickstart the year with the worlds largest harnecc race: Prix d'Amérique. We arrange tours including hotels, transfers, a visit at Grosbois and of course many different extra activities, to experience the french kitchen, Mouiln Rouge and much more. Equi Tours | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

The Tuesday evening Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by the Gr. II Prix Victor Cavey (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) with victory, in decisive fashion, to 9/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) with Alexandre Abrivard up.  L.Cl. Abrivard trains the winner for Ecurie Augustin Normand that was timed in 1.15kr.  The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty –Princesse d’Ombree) was second for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The 14/1 Darthey du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Dominator Blond and Dhikti Vedaquais were fourth and fifth. As many know a group of three USA trainers are in France training and inspecting FR trotteurs that may be exported to the USA to compete in races at Yonkers Raceway for the FR imports there. The FR program is shown below along with a few Facebook pics at Grosbois, Cagnes Sur Mer and Tuesday evening at Vincennes. Monday : Reims/Grosbois Tuesday : Cagnes sur Mer (plane) Wednesday : Argentan (train) Thursday : Meslay du Maine (train) Friday : Bordeaux (train) The French journey began May 26, 2018. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix d’Agglomerations du Villeneuvois at Villeneuve Sur Lot (purse €45,000, 2600 meters on the turf, 16 starters, distance handicapped). The 9/1 Cash Pride (6g Coktail Jet-Elitloppa) scored in a blanket finish timed in 1.15.7kr and driven by Manuel Criado. Mme. Maryse Criado owns this performer that bested 5.7/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) that traveled an additional 25 meters with Christophe Feyte the trainer/driver. The 41/1 Akido (8g Love You-Isba) rallied furiously from a 50 meters handicap to be third for Charles Bouvier. Benjamin Goetz trains this one for legendary Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. The 2.4/1 favorite Chic Carisole was a miscue dq and 7.5/1 Bebert Express finished ninth while 3.3/1 Authorized was home sixth. At Reims this day was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €21,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.13.9kr timed victory earned by 5/2 Cartel (6g Prodigious-Sonate d’Aunou). Romain Derieux was the driver/trainer of the winner for Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. The 4.6/1 Cherie Quick (6f Prodigious) was second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Patrick Chevrier and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 10/1 Charline de Victhi (6f Kepler) held third for David Armellini, driving for trainer Gregory Houel and owner Philippe Raymond Collet. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    


Saturday trotting at Enghien was highlighted by the Quinte+ Prix de l’Obelisque (purse €64,000, 2150 meters autostart) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to 8.6/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. The winner now has career earnings in excess of €312,000. 66/1 Venezia de Mai (9f Prodigious) was second for Adrien Lamy and third went to 17/1 Beaute de Bailly (7f Vivaldi de Chenu) for driver Franck Nivard. 3/2 favorite Diamond and 36/1 Ulhior du Beziau completed the top five.     Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 12 Auch D. Bonne Ecurie Christian Bigeon Ch. Bigeon 2ème 11 Vénézia de Mai A. Lamy J. Paillé J. Paillé 3ème 4 Beauté de Bailly F. Nivard Ecurie L.B.Bourgoin B. Bourgoin 4ème 16 Diamond HOL M. Abrivard Stal Mille Fleurs B.V. P. Hagoort 5ème 14 Ulhior du Béziau E. Raffin P. Sitruk A. Pereira  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2111   Ordre :       néant€   Désordre :       1.587,20€   Bonus 4 :       59,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       30,80€   Bonus 3 :       20,60€     The Prix du Rhone (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 8/1 odds Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji-Oliga d’Atom) for driver Gabriele Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Aime de Grieve. 15/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) and 3.1/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) were the next two home with Franck Ouvrie and Pierre Vercruysse driving these horses. Favorite Colonel was eighth with J-M Bazire up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Budapes, HU - The 20.5/1 Victory Knick (6g Conway Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for trainer/driver Emil Csordas to score a 1.14.3kr timed victory in the Lovaselet Sprinter Kupa (purse 2 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team just got up to best front runner 12.1 Paolendry Like (9g Enjoy Lavec-Volteure Bi-Peres Bi) with Marko Slavic driving. 21.3/1 Tars Stars (7m Persugill-Ten Stars Vita-Ata Star L) gained third for driver Janko Sagaj and SLO trainer Igor Sezderac. Favorites in the wagering were next to the line, 1.8/1 Part Two and 2.4/1 Underpaid Hanover, the later starting from post eight. The undercard was highlighted by a win for 1.9/1 Salt Lake City (7m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) in the Amatorverseny Handicap (purse 400,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andrea Nagyvary teamed the winner timed in 1.17.8kr, a horse she co-owns and Imre Fazekas trains. The Hitaleze DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.14.8kr quick timed and 1.2/1 favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed this winner. The Allyhills Hico DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 1.9/1 Ricky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) score a 1.16.4kr victory with Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. At Madinina Martinique racing Saturday included the Prix des Manquiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters) with the 1.23.1 kr victory on the turf earned by Vlatore des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) with Alexandre Faivre driving for owner/trainer J.L. Langeron. Usly de Visais and Typhon du Plantis were next to the line. Also on the combined trot/gallop card was the Prix de Bananiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters). Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) was victorious timed in 1.22 for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Bavarois du Varlet and Argan de Vandel were second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink