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The 6.8/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon-Kalinkaya) took today’s Gr. III monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Vincennes with Mme. Camille Levesque in the irons for trainer/owner Thomas Levesque.  This was the sixth career victory for the winner in only 20 starts and her life earnings are now 205,730€. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The 3.6/1 Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) took second with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard for trainer Julien Le Mer and owner Chaude Guedj that overcame a 25-meter handicap. 33/1 Flamboyant Blue (4f Timoko) was third ahead of 16/1 Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point) and 5.8/1 Fakir de Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash), The Prix de Cognac (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw 8.1/1 odds Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Anthony Barrier the pilot for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. He recorded career victory seven in 55 starts now for 259,190€. The 9/10 favorite Duel du Gers (6g Quaker Jet) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J-M Rancoule. 12/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious) took third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Augustin Normand. 3.8/1 Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash) was fourth ahead of 19/1 Defi Pierji. Top flight action returns on Saturday to Vincennes with four groupe contests that will showcase Gotland, Girls Talk and Grace de Fael among others. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 9, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) drew a superb harness racing field and victory went to Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) and jockey Camille Levesque. Thomas Levesque trains and Pierre Levesque owns the 1.16.3kr timed winner that was off at 9/2 odds. 6.3/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorens Vedaquais) was second with Adrien Lamy up for Sebastien Houyvet, the owner/trainer. Third was 6/1 Dreamer Delo (4m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) and jocket Damien Bonne. The 1.4/1 favorite Darlhey du Rib was a misque dq. The day’s Q+ was also at Vincennes this day and the Prix de Cognac (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Viking Fromentro (8g Capriccio-Ormindia) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, quite a fine day for the Levesque team.  4.3/1 Balando was second for Dominik Locqueneux and third was 44/1 As de Godisson and driver Laurent Verva. Q+ payoffs follow. Thomas H. Hicks    

The Quinte+ this day was the Prix Nemausa at Paris-Vincennes where 18 European starters battled for the €60,000 purse over 2100 meters autostart. Timed in 1.12.2kr, the harness racing victory went to 2/1 Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) and driver Federico Esposito. H-E Bondo trains the Scuderia Cumasa Group SRL property that defeated Holland’s 69/1 Eagle B. Butcher (5m Pegasus Boko-Iwema’s First) with Eric Raffin up. 61/1 Temon Your SM (4m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’Sm) that Marco Smorgon trains and drives for italy’s Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 13/1 Bosco du Goutier (5m Goetmals Wood-Idole de Tugeras) took the fourth spot for David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin, with fifth to 8.2/1 Owen Face (5g Gift Kronos-Muscles McNuggets) and Pierre Vercruysse for Sweden’s owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The undercard’s Prix Eva (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to 70/1 Sunrise Dancer (5f Frullino Jet-Larinia del Ronco) with Roberto Andreghetti driving. The 1.12.2kr timed winner is a Roberto Donati trainee, owned by Scuderia Stabe SRL. 46/1 Class Petteviniere (4f Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere) took second for Dominik Locqueneux  ahead of 4.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for Scuderia Dielle. The featured monte Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to even-money choice Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade). The barefoot monte specialist was ridden by Camille Levesque for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Remi Bouaret. 17/1 Texas de l’iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Ilrade de L’iton was a nose nipped second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque with the same clocked Tornade du Digeon (9f Lag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) third with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. The top three were clocked in 1.13.8kr and all raced without shoes. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s trotting excellence continued at Paris-Vincennes with three groupe contests and a quality harness racing undercard. The featured Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a Gr. III event for monte specialists over 2700 meters, saw a field of ten vying for the €120,000 purse. 30/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) recorded a narrow rallying victory for Camille Levesque timed in 1.12.8kr. The Thomas Levesque trainee bested 3/10 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. This gallant mare is trained by Yannick Alain Briand for Mme. Th. Hoste, the owner. 22/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) garnered the third spot for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. The opener for monte practitioners was the Prix de Rennes (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) and 17/1 More Caviar (6m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse) earned the win for P-Y Verna, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Draviet Stable of Holland. 20/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir with 29/1 Ubac (8g Lynx de Bellouet-Kazaria du Val) third on the pegs for Franck Nivard. The Q+ this day was the Prix Jean Gabin (purse €64,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.4/1 favorite Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) prevailed with the 1.13.5kr score driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 6/1 Veritable Crack (7g Little Crack-Vavale Somolli) was second for Christophe Martens ahead of 74/1 Team Job (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Just Love-Coktail Jet) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse, 16/1 Ulf du Noyer and 32/1 Venus de Bailly were next across the line. Uza Josselyn (5m L’As de Viretaute-Hada), the 3/5 favorite with trainer J-M Bazire driving, took the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr Uza Josselyn is owned by Yvan Bernard and scored by a length. 33/1 Styaro Haly (5m Make It Happen-Irene Bi) took second for Christophe Martens with 7/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The fourth and fifth finishers were 5/1 Montdore (6m Love You-Self Made Woman) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and 14/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) for driver Tony LeBeller and trainer Bergh. The Gr. II Prix du Gatinais (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 7/10 odds favorite, 1.13.3kr clocked, Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Itiana du Mont) with Franck Nivard driving. This Fabrice Souloy trainee defeated stablemate Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) and Eric Raffin, this one off at 7.1/ 83/1 outsider Seduisant Fonteau (10m Gazouillis-Elisalde) was third for Ch. Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

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