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The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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

It was a tough week in Eskilstuna, where we picked four legs and two outright winners (should have had four but I got cute) and so turned a might have been profitable week into a sour one. We picked Claes Boko in the first at $2.54 and  Maverick Man at  $2.88 in the last but they were favourites and we only got $10.84 from our $14 single wager spend. If I’d gone with the other first pick runners that we had in Legs 4 and 5, who both got home at $4.08 and $6.58 we would have been $21.76 better off, which would have come in handy offsetting our two blanks in Paris. Anyhoo we pick ourselves up again and dust off with this week’s racing at Enghien, France and Romme Sweden. V75-1 Bronze division   2140m:   From this draw BBS Sugarlight (3) looks an obvious anchor in this after starting off the year with four impressive wins on the trot in this company. Selection  3 V75-2 Klass II  2140m: I left this race until last to select because it was so open. Venkatash (8) is a good horse but I don’t like the draw, and so I think he can be beaten. Borga Effekt (5) with Bjorn Goop aboard  is my win selection but I’m also going to throw in Chippen As (1) Rigatoni (2) and Peking Duck (11) on to my ticket.  Selection 8-5-1-2-11 V75-3 Rommeheatet - Olympiatravet, (Gold)   2140m:   Elitloppet  winner Nahar (3) will be getting serious with the big races coming into view and will be ready for this, his second start back from a Winter break. World record holder Digital Ink (7) and reigning Swedish champion  On Track Piraten (8) are two seriously good horses and will have a say in this, so this is a three-way for mine. Selection  3-7-8 V75-4 Coldbloods,   2640m:  Manprinsen A.M. (10) and Stamping (12) are the two early favourites and these usually win in coldbloods and I’m going for the latter as my win pick.  Selection  12 (10) V75-5 Elite mares  2140m:   Caramella B.F (3). from the inside draw looks the one to beat but Hankypanky Pagan (7) and Blended Bellouet (8)  from the outside and Xena Brick (14) from the second line look like they can get in the play here. Selection  3-7-8-14 V75-6 Silver division  1640m:  The promising Prey Frontline (2) and the impressive last start winner Utility Bus (9) are the two that stand out in a strong field. Our two in that order. Selection  2 (9) V75-7 Klass I  2640m: We have to find an anchor somewhere with our system, and although this is no certainty, we will have to keep our fingers crossed that Asterix Hornline (1) keeps up his win streak. He’s got a great draw and three wins in a row although gate speed a worry.  Selection  1 R: 7 Prix de l’Atlantique (UET Masters) Group I, 2150m:  Super field here with the likes of the world’s best mare Roxane Griff, rising French stars Tiego d’Etang and Univers de Pan (the early favourite) , and the French trained European imports Pascia’ Lest (Italy)  and Caballion  (Sweden) fronting up at Paris’ second track. But Enghien is flat, and this is the realm of Timoko, who will have had an early morning exertion at stud prior to this race, although I’m sure he can handle it. Timoko it is at nice odds $5 and I’ll take that thanks. Selection: 2 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Saturday Enghien R7: Timoko (2) Sunday Romme Race 5  BBS Sugarlight (3) Race 6  Borga Effekt (5) Race 7  Nahar (3) Race 8  Stamping (12) Race 9  Caramella B.F (3). Race 10  Prey Frontline (2) Race 11   Asterix Hornline (1)

Jean Ettiene Dubois' Villeroi seems finally to have found the depths to his stamina needed to compete at the very top level in France. His last start victory was his first in twelve starts at group level and his sixth overall in 34 race attempts. While he has accrued a respectable 309,590 euros, the son of Oisau de Feux and top broodmare Pocahontas was prone to step roughly when the pressure went on, and was we know in France galloping is an instant DQ, while more than a couple of skips from either front or back pairings will have a race taken off the offender. He will face a field of 5YOs in the Prix Robert Auvray, a 120,000 euro group two over 2850m which is absent of the money leaders of the V-generation, the likes of Vanika du Ruel, Victoire and Village Mystic. Indeed Villeroi is only just in the top 20 of his generation's richest although of course a good many of those will be under saddle specialists. The highest earner in the field is Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt who looks to be coming back into form after recording his fastest time ever last start, 1.11.1 (under a 25m handicap) which was the equal fastest in the race but only good enough for sixth in the Prix des Selection, with the front markers from the A-generation taking four of the top places with their advantage. Eric Raffin will be in the bike on Roberto Donati 's son of Opus Viervil, and he is at generous odds (5/1) in the early market on the French PMU. Viking de Val has the early favouritism despite a gallop in the Prix de Selection and a third placing behind Villeroi in the Prix Ovide Moulinet in mid February. Trainer Eric Lambertz will as usual pilot the son of Baccarat du Pont who is a newcomer to group racing, and while he has yet to win a black type race he has been highly competitive with a third placing in the group one Criterium Continental, being his career highlight so far. Jean Michel Bazire is in the bike on Varade d'Hermine which has the daughter of Legs du Clos prominent in the market but although she is a multiple group two winner, she hasn't greeted the judge in nearly a year. Franck Nivard's Vulcan De Vandel and Michael-Jean Ruault's Vicomte Boufarcaux are the others to garne somer early support. Jean-Phillipe Dubois has a trio of runners in Volcan d'Urzy, Voyage de Reve and Visite Royal but all are considered outsiders on form. PRIX ROBERT AUVRAY Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Group 22850 5YO 120,000 euros 1 Victoria du Jouan (m Insert Gede - Jirondelle) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 2850 2 Vulcain de Vandel (h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 3 Visite Royale (m Love You - Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 4 Varade d'Hermine (m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2850 5 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2850 6 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2850 8 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 9 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2850 10 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 2850 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink

From the shadows of age-group monte stars Upper Cut du Rib, Utoky, Uncaring and Up Market, Love You stallion Ulysse has emerged as the brightest U-generation representative He did not start racing in group races until May of his 5YO year with a win in the Prix Jean Gauvreau (Gr2). Mike Lenders trained stallion pulled off two more group two wins before winning the jewel in the 5YO crown, the Prix de Normandie in October. After another age-group win in the Prix Joseph Lafosse he went on to win the open age group two Prix du Calvados before the son of Love You was seventh in the Prix de Cornullier in his first start at the world championship of saddle racing. His last start was in the crazy group one Prix de Centaures, where he was one of 12 out of the 15 to be disqualified for making a break. Another victim on that day was Vision Intense, who it must be said, has a little history with making a gallop at the most inopportune time but when she doesn't make a mistake she is always in the money, and under saddle it is usually first place pickings Jean Philippe Dubois' wonderful daughter of Prodigious had actually won the same race the previous year and has also won the Prix De Vincennes (Gr1), Prix Leon Tacquet (G2) , Prix De Pardieu (G2), Prix Lavater (G2), Prix Philippe Du Rozier (Gr2), Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr2). Next start the Philippe Moulin trained mare bounced back with an easy win the Prix Paul Bastard (Gr2) to add to that list over the somewhat fortuitous winner of the Prix de Centaures, Valdice de Mars. All three are in this race, but this really boils down to a match race between Ulysse and Vision Intense, if, of course they do not gallop. An interesting runner is Ukerlza du Benjo, who is making her first start at group level for owner-trainer Philippe Rouer at the age of six. She is a daughter of the unheralded Blizzard Pouterie, a minor winner and the sire of just four six figure earners since his first small crops appeared in 1995. This mare, his only registered 2008 foal, is already his second best performer. PRIX LOUIS FORCINAL Vincennes 22/03/14 FR Gr2 monte 2700m 5&6YO 120 000e 1 Vamp Gede (m Capriccio - Feerie Gede) Jy: Damien Bonne Tr: Pascal Blanchouin 2 Ulster Perrine (h Tenor de Baune - Nana Perrine) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 3 Ukerlza du Benjo (m Blizzard Poterie - Jolie Abbevilloise) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Philippe Rouer 4 Utopie Cehere (m Ludo de Castelle - Lolita Valiere) Jy: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 5 Ursula Speed (m Ludo de Castelle - Johanna Dream) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Marie Monclin 6 Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Harmonie de Nieul) Jy: Romain Derieux Tr: Romain Derieux 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Ulysse (h Love You - Loctudy) Jy: Thomas Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 9 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Jy: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

It is common practice in France, but standing a stallion at stud while pursuing an active racing career is a rarity in the United States. So when Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey decided to stand their $2.2 million trotting star Wishing Stone at stud while also continuing his track career, it sent a buzz of excitement through the industry. Keeping stars racing is a proven formula for maintaining the public interest in Europe, and of course Wishing Stone himself has already proven himself highly competitive on both sides of the ditch, even more so considering his European sojourn was conducted when he was just four and five-years-old, a mere baby in European terms. And the news that he will also be available to European breeders has been warmly received – he has been oversubscribed already in Europe for services for the upcoming season – aware as they are that many of the top sires in Europe have competed successfully as an aged horse there – with Scarlet Knight and SJ’s Photo prime examples. “Wishing Stone brings to breeders, durability and longevity.   An exceptional colt and aged performer, it is likely his offspring will inherit those qualities,” says Sue Agopian, managing partner at Deo Volente Farms. Wishing Stone certainly ticks all the boxes as a potential stallion, a world record holder with major wins in four countries, the United States, France, Sweden and Denmark – he also competed in some of the very best races in Europe –where only the elite are invited. In France they pay down to seventh, and a placing in a group one event is the equivalent of a black type credential, with many going on to successful stud careers simply with the words classique or semi-classique on their CV. It showed they were good enough to race against the very best. Take Wishing Stone’s seventh placing in the 2011 Prix de France, one of the French Triple Crowns, the absolute jewels in the sparkling European circuit where the royally-bred French, Swedish and Italian elite race The winner of the Prix de France in 2011 was none other than Ready Cash, the greatest horse of a great generation in France. A dual Prix d’Amerique winner and winner of last year’s Masters du Trot grand final, he retired last month as the richest trotter in history with earnings of 4,282,300 euros (US $5,953,675).  . Second was Maharajah, the greatest horse that Sweden has produced in decades and the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique, while third was Lana Del Rio, a multiple Group One winning Italian millionaire mare, who beat the boys in Italy’s richest race, the Italian Derby. Fifth was Olga du Bewitz who retired as the twelfth richest horse of all time in France, and the best of her generation with wins in the world championship of saddle racing, the Prix du Cornulier and under harness a win in the Prix de Bretagne and a third placing in the Prix d’Amerique. These races mean little to American breeders, but mean plenty to those in Europe and again Wishing Stone appeared in this blue ribbon event as a 4YO, which is incredibly young in European terms. Wishing Stone not only competed against the best trotters in the world on their own turf, he won several of their biggest races. When he came from an almost impossible position, with a withering sprint to win the Copenhagen Cup, he ran down Quarcio du Chene, a Group One winner (Finlandia-Ajo) and one of Sweden’s best aged performers, with Group Two victories in France, Norway and Sweden. In the process he also beat the German sensation Brioni , the winner of the Elitloppet and Olympiatravet – the two biggest open Group One races in Sweden, and French star, and popular stallion Oynonnax (who won the Prix d’Amerique) and also another brilliant French horse Rapide Lebel, the greatest gelding of the R generation who was second in the Elitloppet by a whisker and earned 2.5 million euros. When Wishing Stone won the Group One King Gustav Pokal, he beat Kadet C.D and Raja Mirchi, two of the brightest young stars in Sweden and when he won the Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in France, he beat Premiere Steed  a multiple Group One winner, who won the prestigious French Prix Rene Balliere and Finland’s prestigious St Michel Ajo. In the USA he is a world record holder at 6 in 1:51.2f beating Uncle Peter,  Arch Madness and Market Share. As a 5YO he was winner of the Maxie Lee in 2013 (again over Uncle Peter) and before he left for his two-year-stint in Europe he was a top colt, winning the 2010 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats with a final time of 1:51.2. The same year he won the Matron, the American National and was third in the Hambletonian. Wishing Stone was also a winner as a 2YO with victories in the International Stallion Stake, the Bluegrass Stakes, and the NYSS at Monticello.  He has a super pedigree, especially for Europe, being the best son of Conway Hall, who is the brother of four successful stallions in Europe and closely related to several more. Wishing Stone is out of the super broodmare Meadowbranch Magic, a $330,000 yearling and the granddaughter of $1.1 Million winning Davidia Hanover. Wishing Stone’s full brother, Make It Happen, nearly a $1 million winner, has become a sought after stallion in Europe after producing two near Swedish  millionaires from his first crop including TravKrterium (Sweden’s top 3YO race)  second place finisher Final Oak.  Wishing Stone is also a sibling of three other $100,000 winners, which is always a great guide to prepotency. His durability says volumes for his physique and conformation and he is blessed with a perfect gait, which is a necessity for competition in France, where rough gaits lead to disqualifications. He has a wide-striding front action which will remind Swedes of the likes of Maharajah, the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique. With services to stallions in Europe heavily regulated, his popularity already is such that he is over-subscribed for his first season, for which he is in Maryland at SBS for frozen semen collection serving the non-US market.  He is to be distributed through Offspring Management in Sweden, Allevamenti Toniatti sas in Italy, ENS Snapshot in Denmark and Stallions Australasia  for Australia and New Zealand. “We plan to bring him home to New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms this week to serve the US breeding market,” says Sue Agopian.  “We will be breeding the mare Yalta Hanover dam of horse of the month Perfect Alliance to Wishing Stone this year. “He will continue breeding and start jogging and training at the training facility few miles from our farm and will be racing come summer. Breeding is part of his daily life, when we need to serve the US breeders we will bring him to the farm for collection.” Wishing Stone  will be breeding until June and his immediate racing programme is likely to  be focused on the the U.S looking towards the Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown. However, the Copenhagen Cup & TVG trot are also on the future agenda.  “Our strategy is for him to have a global career. With Ron [Burke] as his trainer we have all the confidence that he will have a well rounded global career,” says Sue Agopian.  There are no plans for how long  Wishing Stone can continue combining a race career and breeding, it is common in Europe for racing stallions to continue until nine and ten if their form holds up, Ready Cash a great example, retiring recently at nine, just as his first progeny were cleaning up group races in France.  “He will tell us how long to continue breeding and racing him.  He had an exceptional season at age 6 setting world records in the process.. As long as he is able to compete at that lofty level, we will breed and race. He has a phenomenal legacy and we want to make sure it remains that way!” By David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

With four wins at Vincennes on Prix d'Amerique day on a tough day of handicapping, we can be pleased with the effort in France, and this weekend's features at the Temple du Trot look pretty straight forward. As predicted the V75 last week was a tough one to pick and so it turned out with only three of our selections coming in. This week is no easier I'm afraid, in this the off season in Sweden. Jagersro V75-1 Silver division 1640m: Last start Art On Line (2) has the draw to get to the front early and dominate.Mikko Aho's gelding looks an anchor here. Selection 2 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Joakim Lovgren's Largo Launcher (4) is a real improver, with two wins and a second in his last three starts. The gelding also has the draw to get to the lead early and looks set to continue his good current form. Selection 4 V75-3 Arvid Stjernswärds Minne (Gold) 2140m: Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (1) and Flemming Jensen's O'Grady (2) have the good draws and the form to fight this out. Group one winner Dreams Take Time is a future star, so is first pick. Selection 1 (2) V75-4 Fyaaringslopp (4YO) 2140m: Bjorn Goop's Reckless (5) and Helena Burman's Claudius.F. (6) are the form horses in this with Reckless the first choice. Selection 5 (6) V75-5 Mares race 2140m: There is little between Timo Nurmos' Panama As (1) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Sahara Fairytale (13), except for the draw while Deli Deli (8) with a new driver Johan Untersteiner could be one for longer odds. Selections 1-13-8 V75-6 Klass I 2640m: The rising classes are always tricky so it is best to go wide here with Vivo Per Le (1), Somar Brodde (9), Finish Future (10), Kemas Magic (11) and Elmer Gold (5). Selection 1-9-10-11-5 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Petri Puro's Vasterbowonthenews (2) will be favourite to win here with Johnny Takter in the bike but there will be some stiff competition from the likes of Bjorn Goop's Twitter (6), Lutfi Kolgjini's VIci Lane (1) and Peter Untersteiner's Perfect Power (10). Go wide. Selection 2-6-1-10 Vincennes Saturday, R3 Prix Paul Viel (G2) 2175m: The big three in this 3YO Group two race for males are the Philippe Allaire's two Ready Cash colts Brillantissime (10), Bird Parker (8) and Franck Anne's imposing son of Cygnus d'Odyssee Bolide de Gueron (9). They should be the first three home, probably in that order. Selection 10 Saturday, R7 Prix Roquepine (G2) 2175m: Sebastien Guarato's Billie de Montfort (12) flew home just too late to catch Be My Girl in her last race and suffered her first defeat. Those are the best two fillies in this crop and there is only one lining up in this 3YO Group two race for females, so hop on Billie de Montfort although the price won't be big. Selection 12 Sunday, R6 Prix de l'Ile-De-France (G1) 2175m: Roxane Griff (8) was brilliant in the Prix de Cornulier and then a gallant fourth in the Prix d'Amerique. Sebastian Guarato has his champion mare at the top of her game and she should win here too. Veteran Quarry Bay (7) is her biggest rival and this looks a logical trifecta. Selection 8. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers Jagersro, SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Art On Line (2) Race 6 Largo Launcher (4) Race 7 Dreams Take Time (1) Race 8 Reckless (5) Race 9 Panama As (1) Race 10 Vivo Per Le (1) Race 11 Vasterbowonthenews (2) Vincennes Sat Race 1 Brillantissime (10) Sat Race 3 Billie de Montfort (12) Sun Race 7 Roxane Griff (8)  

VINCENNES, France - France’s emerging stars took advantage of a captive worldwide audience to strut their stuff at Vincennes during the Prix d’Amerique undercard Rising monte star Vision Intense and unbeaten 3YO Bouclier d’Or put on master classes in saddle and in harness, in the supporting events to the Prix d’Amerique. There was a thought that Vision Intense would attempt to become the third 5YO to win the Prix de Cornulier, the world championship of monte racing  in 20 years, but her connections decided against a premature shot at history, when a steady course would surely achieve the goal. The daughter of Prodigious  was majestic yesterday in winning the Group II Prix Camille Blaisot, over 2850m. The change of strategy to go forward in a race, rather than tail off and surge home is proving a winning one. Vision Intense is obviously a horse that is uncomfortable in traffic, and it appears there is no one in her age group who can stay with her now that she has figured out she can just crush her opponents from the front. Ready Cash is proving a phenom as a sire. Bouclier d’Or is the third B-crop colt of Ready Cash to emerge as  a classique contender behind Brillantissime and Bird Parker, who were the first two home in the group two Emmanuel Margouty, the biggest race for 2YO males. They also quinellaed  the  Prince Maurice de Gheest, the group two leadup to the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes. It is conceivable that the great horse could have the first three home in the first Criterium of his second crop. Last season in his first crop he produced outstanding group one winning fillies Axelle Dark (who was third in the Prix Charles Tiercelin today), Avila and Group 1 placed Atlas de Jourdes. Ready Cash lost no fans today, and his legacy looks in safe hands. by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

With the Prix d'Amerique this weekend, the focus is very much on Paris, where I am based for the week. So I will handicap the whole card for Sunday tomorrow, while focusing on Bergsaker today. Not strong fields I'm afraid, with everyone heading for Paris which means it may be a big dividend. V75-1 Klass II 2640m: There is little between Quattro Khan (7), Demo (5) and Mellby Brunella (11) should be included in the first leg. Selection 7-5-11 V75-2 Klass I 1640m: Navaronne (2) should hit the front and dominate from there. An anchor for mine. Selection 2 V75-3 Gösta Bergengrens Minneslopp (Gold) 2140m: Another anchor here in Amaru Boko (5) who won last start for his new trainer Robert Bergh. Selection 1 V75-4 Uhr Lärlingslopp 2140m: This is a wide open betting field so it would be safe to go for Fred Cobra (1), Bortas Lady (2) Mozart Toll (7), Pacific Hurricane (5) and Penny of Man (12) Selection 1-2-7-5-12 V75-5 Uhr Kvisslebruns lopp 1640m: Faksen JR (13) and Stamping (15) have dominated the early betting and my rule of picking favourites in coldblood races comes into play. Selections 13 (15) V75-6 Bronze Division 2140m: Italy's Pirro Bi (2) is the favoured runner here although I think that Amiral d'Inverne (9) may have his measure. So go for 9 as first choice with 2 as an alternate. Selection 2 (9) V75-7 Elite Mares 1640m: Chapeau (5) is a very classy horse and is my top pick here with By Air (11) as an alternate. Selection 5-11 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Bergsaker . JAGERSRO SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Mellby Brunella (11) Race 6 Navaronne (2) Race 7 Amaru Boko (5) Race 8 Pacific Hurricane (5) Race 9 Faksen JR (13) Race 10 Amiral d'Inverne (9) Race 11 Chapeau (5)  

VINCENNES, France - The international flavour of Prix d'Amerique week just got a little down under ingredient with top Australian trainer and driver Blake Fitzpatrick picking up a catch drive at Vincennes tomorrow. Group one winning trainer Fitzpatrick will be aboard Visconti du Home who is trained by France based Swede Anders Lindqvist in the Prix de Mons, a race for 5YOs for 22000 euros over 2850m and race 5 on the programme at the Temple du Trot. For Fitzpatrick, the drive is the highlight of a whistle stop fact finding tour of France taking in some of the top training and breeding estabishments and a week of some of the word's best trotting action in the company of fellow trainer and driver Ross Graham, and trotting owner and stable client Pat Driscoll. Although Fitzpatrick is a group one winning trainer and driver in his native Australia, he admitted the thought of driving in the Temple du Trot was a daunting one. "It's a different style of racing and driving, especially the starts. They are completely different to what we are used to. It's going to be difficult that is for sure,' Fitzpatrick said. "So I'm quite anxious but It'll be a great experience, just to say I've driven at VIncennes It has a lot of history and a very famous track. I can't wait." Fitzpatrick has visited some of the very best training and breeding establishments in Normandy over the past few days and has been observing first hand how superstar trotters such as Ready Cash, The Best Madrik and Un Mec d'Heripre are put through their paces. "I've been very lucky we have met racing royalty over here," says Fitzpatrick. "On the first day we spoke with Thierry Duvalsdestin and then Mr Jean-Etienne Dubois today and we saw Fabrice Solouy work his horses yesterday. We really learnt a lot, they have been very welcoming. "There are probably no one better to get advice from and that gives me a head start." And the New South Wales horseman was also impressed by Vincennes when he visited it last Saturday to view the Prix de Cornulier. "The track has a lot of history around it and is quite unique. Firstly the facilities are first rate. As far as the track goes it is quite unique in that it is undulating, beautiful 2000m track with the starting shuts and the smaller track on the inside, the surface is the most appealing part of the track for me - it is the perfect track for horses. "It will be a once in a lifetime, something you will never forget." So how is he going to approach his first time at the Hippodrome de Paris. "It is all new to me. I will probably follow out one of the better drivers. I'm probably surrounded by better drivers so it wouldn't matter who I followed. "It's quite daunting, surrounded by champions." by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

David Sanders, who reports on racing in Europe for Harnesslink.com, is at Vincennes outside of Paris, France all this week covering the Prix D'Amerique. He will be sending in both stories and photo essays. Here is his first report, a photo essay of "A Day At Vinncenes." by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Filed this while at the airport en route to Paris for the great week leading up to Grand Prix d’Amerique. Battled with dodgy internet connection and other pre flight hiccups, so please forgive the lack of a review of last week. Next stop Dubai and hopefully the fields for the Prix de Cornulier will be up. Ah the joys of an international a globe trotter.   Aby, Sweden   V75-1 Klass I 2140m:  H.R.Arn (1) has hit top form in a new barn and looks the anchor here from the ace draw. Selection 1   V75-2 FyaaringsLopp 2140m: This is one to go wide in and I’ve gone with Reckless (3) Rhythm Kronos (1), Sharif America (2) and Bo V (6)   . Selection 3-1-2-6   V75-3 Gold division 1640m:  This looks a very tough one to select with Canaka B.F (10), Solvato (7) and old warhorse Nora’s Bean (4) the best of a strong field. Selection    V75-4 Klass II 1640m:  Four wins in five attempts makes Tintin (8) a near anchor here, but for the wide draw, but throw in Super Photogenic (3) who from the good draw is a definite contender. Selection 8 (3)     V75-5 Mares race  2140m:  Forgive Liberty Pellini (3) her last start blunder but include also the good finisher  Wiss Shadow (11), the likely front runner Fortune Again (6) and Bjorn Goop’s drive Cherion Tooma (13)in a four way  leg. Selections  3-11-6-13   V75-6  Silver Division 2140m:  Claes Boko (8) is in very fine form and may just be good enough to be an anchor here. Selection     V75-7 Bronze Division 2640m: Lovelock (2) was a super winner last time out but faces touch competition here in the Rooibos (7) who has found a new lease of life under trainer Bjorn Goop. Selection 2  (7) Vincennes   R3   Prix De Pardieu 2175m:  Anastasia Fella (15) is the class filly in this field, and back among her own gender this time, I think she’ll win.    R4 Prix de Brest 2850m: Sanity (6) has been training down a storm in Sweden according to reports, and this is not the best French legion he’ll face, so I’ll take the 12/1 odds he’s showing .   TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20   Also here are my win wagers   Aby SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 H.R.Arn (1) Race 6 Reckless (3) Race 7 Canaka B.F (10), Race 8 Tintin (8) Race 9 Liberty Pellini (3) Race 10 Claes Boko (8) Race 11 Lovelock (2)   Vincennes  Race 3  Anastasia Fella (15) Race 4  Sanity (6)

These mid winter V75's do not attract the best fields, but they also therefore pay very good money if you manage to strike them. Last week we struck the second leg with Persos Amrula and leg 4 with Lovelock but those were the only two in a tough week at the office. Even in France, we missed out as a rank outsider won the first race, and the favourite got up ahead of our choice in the second. Halmstad V75-1 Klass I 1640m: Bear Dancer (4) looks like the one here, with the Divine Miss F (1)as the alternate. Selection 5 V75-2 Klass II 2640m: I'm going wide here with Everywhere (10), Sheer Bliss (3), Staro Harlequin (7), Jula in Focus (6) and the Chosen One (5). Selection 10-3-7-6-5 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Kash's Cantab (1), Global Investment (7) and Capello Bob (4) are the three to fight it out here. Selection 1 V75-4 Larlingslopp 2640m: El Rapide (1) should get the lead from this slot and that makes him very tough to beat. My anchor. Selection 1 V75-5 Mares race 2140m: Going wide in this mare's race with Cairo (7), Liberty (2), Clara R.C. (10) and Stirling Allstar. Selections 7-2-10-6 V75-6 Silver division 1640m: M T Harmony (2) should get to the front from the draw and will be hard to beat from there. Selection 2 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Vasterboonthenews (5) was super last time out when winning the V75 final and is our first pick here while Big Bill Bac (1) is our alternate. Selection 5 (1) Vincennes R3 Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve 2175m: There are four in this with Aladin d'Ecajeul (7), Akim du Cap Vert (8), Avila (9) and Axelle Dark (10) a class above the others. But Aladin d'Ecajeul won the Criterium des 3 Ans and looks the horse on the rise. R6 Prix Leon Tacquet 2175m: The French handicappers are willing to forgive Vision Intense (10)here indiscretions, for there is no doubt that she has the class to beat any monte field. Valse Castelets (9) has been the form horse, however, and I think she will prevail here while I think Vaillant Cash (4) is a good place bet, and will pay a nice dividend. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Halmstad. Halmstad SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Bear Dancer (4) Race 6 Everywhere (10) Race 7 Kash's Cantab (1) Race 8 El Rapide (1) Race 9 Cairo (7) Race 10 M T Harmony (2) Race 11 Vasterboonthenews (5) Vincennes Race 3 Aladin d'Ecajeul (7) Race 5 Valse Castelets (9)  

Apprentice riders feature at Vincennes today in the Prix Yvonnix Bodin, a Group III monte worth 105,000 euros. For handicappers, the first four home in the Group II Prix Paul Buquet at the end of November will be at the forefront of their minds. Sebastien Guarato's Rubis Dairpet, who will be ridden by Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier, is the form horse and the early favourite for the race. Equally adept in the bike of the saddle, the son of Kaiser Sozer is a late developer from the super competitive R generation, who has won a very respectable 22 wins from 82 starts with 18 of them from coming since he turned six. In doing so he has earned 567,960 euros even though he is only just inside the top-20 of the French horses foaled in 2005, such is the money available throughout the entire careers of trotters in the Republique. But his last six races have been under saddle and he has won three of them including his first group II, the aforementioned Prix Paul Buquet. He followed that up with a second to Rapide du Digeon in the Group III Prix Auguste Francois a fortnight ago. Thierry Raffegeau's fellow R-generation journeyman has won half as many races in one more attempts, with them equally dispersed over his career. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres has nevertheless won just over half a million euros racing in a career which was spent mainly in the provinces until graduating to the lucrative intermediate classes at Vincennes as a seven-year-old. He will be ridden by Maxim Yvon. Jean Baptiste Bossuet 's Ratio Thieben, who will be ridden by daughter Beatrice, is yet another from the R-generation and a gelded son of Tenor de Baune was third in the Prix Paul Buquet, and is another who doesn't win out of turn with just 12 victories in 88 starts. But handicappers will probably have taken into account the fact that he figures frequently among the placegetters (two thirds in his last four starts). A third of his wins occured this time last year, when he had four wins in five starts - two at Vincennes. But perhaps the horse to take note of is the ride of Mathieu Daougabel, Torre Crepin, who has just completed his first season as an aged horse and looks like a horse on the rise. A monte specialist, the six-year-old gelded son of Capriccio won the group III Prix de l'Ile d'Oleron four starts back and has been fourth in his three starts since, all in good company. The fourth horse, who is figuring in the early markets is yet another eight-year-old, Ryswick d'Avril a gelded son of Carpe Diem who is from the barn of Patrice Lebouteiller . He was a last start winner and has two wins in his last four starts and will be ridden by Madamoiselle Marion Lemonnier. PRIX YVONNICK BODIN Vincennes  29/12/13 Group 3 monte, apprentices €105,000 1 Rescousse de Barb (8m L'As de Viretaute - Gaie Melodie) Rd: Justin Cerisier Tr: Guillaume Moinon 2700 2 Saphir du Cebe (7g Kepler - Irma Saint Jean) Rd: Marie Bacsich Tr: Franck Leblanc 2700 3 Sylvie de Betan (7m Ludo de Castelle - Kiss Me de Betan) Rd: Anthony Tintillier Tr: David Haon 2700 4 Saphir de Morge (7h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Cedric Terry Tr: Franck Terry 2700 5 Poeme des Dombes (10h Gazouillis - Une Ardechoise) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Hein Van Den Hende 2700 6 Ryswick d'Avril (8g Carpe Diem - La Grandcopaise) Rd: Marion Lemonnier Tr: Patrice Lebouteiller 2700 7 Sakura Jiel (7m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Guillaume Martin Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 2700 8 Raison Jenilou (8g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 2700 9 Petit Javanais (10h Diamant Gede - Grande Java) Rd: Xavier Bonnefoux Tr: Gregoire Houel 2700 10 Ratio Thieben (8g Tenor de Baune - In Brasilia) Rd: Beatrice Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 2700 11 Torre Crepin (6g Capriccio - Lanaka) Rd: Mathieu Daougabel Tr: Bruno Marie 2700 12 Twist des Caillons (6h Jam Pridem - Heyra des Caillons ) Rd: Laura Gautherot Tr: Hubert Hardy 2700 13 Sogo (7g Baccarat du Pont - Govive ) Rd: Charlene Rochefort Tr: Franck Leblanc 2700 14 Rapide du Digeon (8g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Maxime Yvon Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 2700 15 Rubis Dairpet (8g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2700   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

This is an extra V75 for Boxing Day at Solvalla in Sweden, and it must be said a much better quality group of races than went around last Saturday, and in which our picks did not pan out to our advantage - translated - they sucked. This is similar to the fields in which we did well and so we will not be straying to far from those predictions, assuming that in the past ten days the horses have not lost their form. Bergsaker V75-1 Baroness Karsks Mares Elite 1640m: This race for the elite mares is a strong international field and I have gone with the consistent Canaka B.F. (5), who placed in Group one events when younger, Denmark's Premance Simoni (3) and Finnish invader Beatasine (9). 5-3-9 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Julio de Luxe (6), Corleone Boko (5), Divas Revansch (10), Bear Dancer (9), Linus Wibb (12) 6-5-10-9-12 V75-3 Gold Division final 2140m: Maharajah (2) is a champion, the others in this very good field are not. Simple really. 2 V75-4 2YOs Vinterfavoriten 2140m: Orion Tilly (4) and Soonerorlater (1) are classy juveniles with their whole careers ahead of them, and while both made mistakes last time out, if they do everything right, it should be between these two.. 4 (1) V75-5 Klass I 2140m: Vacqueras (4) got back on track with a win last time out, but Big Bill Back (11), was also super impressive winning his last start. Greve E (5) and Monte Major (3) should also be included. 4-11-5-3 V75-6 Bronze Division 2140m Mellby Viking (11) was second last time out, after being parked outside the winner all the way. He is a tough campaigner and my anchor here. 11 V75-7 Silver Division 2140m: Stig Johnasson's German-bred Chapeau (3) is a very classy horse while Stelton (1) was super last start and as the winner of four in a row is a strong alternative. 3 (1) 60 combinations $5, + 1 alternative $10, + 2 alternative $20 Win wagers Solvalla Race 5: Canaka BlFl (5), Race 6: : Julio de Luxe (6), Race 7: Maharajah (2). Race 8: Orion Tilly (4) Race 9: Vacqueras (4), Race 10: Mellby Viking (11). Race 11: Chapeau (3) PS. Have a lovely Festive season with your family        

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