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Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria), off at 8/10 favorite odds, captured the Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Marial Turbiaux bred the winner that posted his ninth career harness racing victory now for 356,400€ earned. Race time was 1.13.9kr. The 22/1 Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner J.L. Baraud. 11/1 odds Wilds West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) was third for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 16/1 Custom Cheval (3m Farifant-La Brosse) was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire, ahead of Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for trainer Hagoort. Helgafell The Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 5 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) went to 13/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) clocked in 1.12.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the pilot and owner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. This mare was bred by Ecurie D and now has six career wins for 285,000€ in lifetime earnings. The 5/10 favorite Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 3.5/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romaine d’Urzy) took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecuie Marechal. The 77/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was a fast closing fourth for Alexis Prat, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner S. Kristenssons Akerie AB. Feydeau Seven, Stoletheshow and Msiter F Daag completed the top seven. Feerie Wood  LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Elie de Beaufour (6g Royal Dream-Pignata) took today’s ninth leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 75,000€, 2626 meters distance handicap) held at Chatalaillon-la-Rochelle. Eric Raffin teamed the 8/10 favorite for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie LeVallois, Race time was 1.12.8kr. Elie won for the 17th time in his career for 276,600€ earned. The 25 meter penalized and 3.4/1 odds Diable de Vauvert (7m Prince d;Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabrielle Gelormini aboard for trainer Bertrand LeBeller and owner Franck Learvet. 12/1 Dayan Winner (7g Offshore Dream-Tempete Winner) was third for Hugues Monthule and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Elie de Beaufour Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Brunhild (purse 33,000€, three year olds, monte) and 5.6/1 odds Heroic Park (3m Bird Parker-Quiromantica) gained the victory for trainer/jockey Pierre Yves Verva for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This colt now has four career wins for 38,880€ earned. Heroic now has three wins in in his last six starts, all in monte events. 1.2/1 Hashka (3g Goetmals Wood) was second for trainer/jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/1 Horoneur du Cebe (3m Un Charme Fou) was third for jockey Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Heroic Park On Monday at Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III Prix Legoux-Longpre (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, monte) and the 3/2 odds open lengths winner was Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujour) and jockey Mathieu Mottier. She was timed in 1.13.3kr and is trained by Gilles Curens in recording her fourth career victory now for 281,170€ in life earnings. 3.6/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was the 9/1 Flamboyant Blue (5g Timoko-Quafsa Blue) with Antoine Dabouis in the irons for trainer J.P. Mary. Gladys des Plaines On the weekend (September 6) is the Trophee Vert Final at Craon. Named the Prix V and B (Gr. III, purse 60,000€, 2775 meters) the race will have 17 horses at the start including the leading point winners to date in this prestigious series. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. II Prix Uranie (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, 12 three year old fillies) was on the undercard at Paris-Vincennes today and saw 3.7/1 odds Hirondelle Sidey (3f Gazouillis-Celina du Chatelet) score easily timed in 1.12.9kr for pilot Eric Raffin, trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie le Rivage. She won for the third time in 15 harness racing career starts and advanced her life earnings to 151,000€. The 2.9/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was second for F.P. Bossuet and breeder/owner Ecurie Tenor. 54/1 Harrah Dibah (3f Brillantissime) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Hirondelle Sibey Earlier the Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) saw the 2/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) score in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors, the owner/breeder. The winner secured his 25th career victory in 57 starts now for 741,080€ earned. 7/1 odds Express Jet (6m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Hunter Valley. Third was 51/1 Aldo d’Argentre (10m Qualmio de Vandel) for Adrien Lamy. Dorgos du Guez LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Prix de la Cote d’Azur (Gr. III International, purse 120,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer in France saw 3.7/1 Elsa de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello-Talfa) score off a 25-meter handicap. She was away on the lead for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch, then yielded to the pocket before escaping in the lane to draw clear. Ecurie Thomas Levesque owns this now 11-time career winner for 353,690€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr. The 2.7/1 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) was a game second for Ecurie Skytten, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and pilot Franck Ouvrie. The 31/1 Black d’Arjeanc (9g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere), penalized 25 meters, was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Nicolas Ensch. 50-meter handicapped Voltaire Gifont (6m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy) was fourth with trainer Pietro Gubellini up on this 88/1 outsider. The 44/1 Beffe Am (9g Enjoy Lavec) was fifth for Franck Marty. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order winning tickets paid 95,586.00€ to six recipients. The Q+ pool was 3,716,532€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 8,091,000€. Yesterday at Cagnes sur Mer three year olds contested the Prix de la Cote Saint Andre (purse 18,000€, 2160 meters autostart) and it went to Hawai Island (3f Bold Eagle-Viva Island-Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. This was her second career victory and now she has earned 14,450€. Hidden Face (3f Brillantissime-Conquette A Deux) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch for Ecurie le Tremont. Jean Pierre Dubois also bred this one. Hers and Mine (3f Bold Eagle-A Nous Deux) was third for Loris Garcia at the lines for breeder/owner JBD and trainer Vanderschelden. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The January 1 feature at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix d’Angouleme (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 6/1 Foxtrot Sea (3m Olitro) scored in a quick 1.11.2kr for owner/trainer/driver Cedrik Megisier. He recorded his eighth lifetime win now for 203,900€ earned. The 1.2/1 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (3m Ready Cash) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and 52/1 Florida Sport (3f Tornado Bello) took third money with P.J. Pascal Lavanchy up. On New Years Eve the featured Prix de Poitiers (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters) went to 2.1/1 favorite Colt des Essarts (7m Olitro) for Francois Lagadeauc. It was his 18th career victory now for 381,050€ in career earnings. 18/1 Bleu Ciel and 5.3/1 Alinee followed the winner home. Race time was 1.14.4kr. On December 31 Eric Raffin scored with First de Beauvalet to win the Prix Tarbes (purse 29,000€, 2100 meters autostart) to secure his 345th 2019 victory, equaling the previous record in France set in 2006 by Jean Michel Bazire. Raffin was very pleased with the result. A host of top groupe level events are on tap for the next two weeks of the Winter Meet as we march toward Amerique. It will be quite a show of competitive racing. Jan 4 Prix Emile Riotteau Gr. II monte purse 100,000€, 2700 meters Jan 5 Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve Gr. II purse 100,000€, 2700 meters Prix de Lille purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart Prix du Calvados Gr. II monte purse 130,000€, 2850 meters Jan 11 Prix de Croix Gr. II purse 100,000€, 2850 meters Prix Maurice de Gheest Gr. II 100,000€ purse, 2700 meters Prix du Forez Gr. III purse 80,000€, 2700 meters Jan 12 Prix Belgique Gr. II purse 110,000€, 2850 meters Prix Gelinotte Gr. II purse 100.000, 2700 meters Prix de Riberac Gr. III purse 70,000, 2700 meters Prix Djerid Gr. III monte purse 90,000€, 2700 meters by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Helgafell Wins Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty at Vincennes Two-year olds began today’s groupe action in the Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) with a 1.13.5kr score by even-money favorite Helgafell (2m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) with Eric Raffin up. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Ecurie Normandy Spirit, his fifth career victory in six starts now for 137,900€ earned. The sire is another of the Ready Cash stallions emerging in this crop.  The 4.9/1 Hooker Berry (2m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) held second for Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Michjel Aladenise. 14/1 Holzarte Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Chikka Vedaquaise) was third for Francois Legadeuc and owner/trainer Allaire. 4.2/1 Heartbreaker One was fourth for Bjorn Goop. Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos-Prosperpine) took the monte Gr. II Prix Jules Lemonnier (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) at 2.4/1 odds and with David Thomain the jockey. He swept past then leading Traders to score impressively in a quick 1.11.3kr. Thierry Raffegeau trains the winner for J-Y Roze and the victory was Clegs 18th in a 35-race career that is now worth 829,580€ in earnings. The 3.8/1 Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) was second for jockey Eric Raffin and 30/1 Eros du Chene (5m Un Amour d’Haufor) was third for P.Ph. Ploquin. The Quinte+ race this day was the Prix de Strasbourg (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters) and 2.2/1 Balzac de L’Iton (8g Panache de L’Iton) prevailed for pilot Franck Nivard. Balzac won for the 12th time in 70 starts now for 449,780€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr. 1.4/1 Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was second with Damien Bonne the pilot for trainer Christian Bigeon. The 51/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) was this for Sebastien Hardy, ahead of 44/1 As Blue and 64/1 Amarilla de Rabor. There were 56 winning Q+ exact order tickets that each paid 19,542.40€. The Q+ pool was 4,507,405€ and over 9,586,000€ was wagered on the race, all pools. The Gr. III Prix Constant Hervieu (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters) completed today’s groupe action with this one going to 6.5/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love-Ophelie de Bas) with breeder Jean Pau Gauvin aboard for owner Ecurie Julry. Epic won for the 14th time in his 48-race career, now for 358,910€ earned. 8.2/1 Estola (5f Nectar) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 63/1 outsider Caly Loulou (7f Gazouillis) took third with Matthieu Abrivard up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 6.8/1 outsider Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied to win today’s Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters autostart, eight starters) held at La Croise Laroche in France. He was clocked in 1.10.8kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl to his seventh career victory in 51 starts now for life earnings of 867,815€. The winner exploded past early pocket sitter, 1.6/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, that had followed 47/1 leader Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) until top of the stretch. Bold Eagle was second beaten two lengths. The 8/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) with J-M Bazire aboard was away last before making a halfway point move to the death seat alongside Express Jet. But his effort was futile and he finished a tired fourth with Express Jet fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. Bazire’s stablemate, 18/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) rallied late to be third for Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The day’s featured event was the Criterium des 5Ans (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, 3000 meters, five year olds). The 9/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) was the upset winner, trained by J.M. Baudouin for Ecurie Ostheimer. Eric Raffin was the pilot as the winner earned his ninth career win in 32 starts now for 353,320€ earned. Race time was 1.12.2kr. The 2.4/1 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 25/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) was third for trainer/driver J.P. Gauvin. The 15/1 Excellent and 36/1 Estola completed the top five and this Q+ exact order payoff was 32,859.20€ to 19 winning ticketholders. The Q pool was 3,880,880€ and over 8,557,000 was wagered on the race. Groupe action began today at Paris-Vincennes with the monte Gr. III Prix Legoux-Langre (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters) and the 1.14kr timed victory went to Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse) teamed with jockey Adrien Lamy and off at 4.3/1 odds. Etoile won for the fourth time in her career now for 300,670€ earned. Flamboyant Blue (4g Timoko) and Filoute de Bassar (4f Tiego d’Etang) trailed the winner. The Gr. II Prix Victor Regis (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year old males) produced an upset winner in 3.2/1 Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) with Franck Nivard the pilot. He won for the sixth time and increased life earnings to 168,350€. Ecurie le Tremont owns the Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard Stabke) trainee that was clocked in 1.12.5kr. The 3/5 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) held second for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. 40/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed) was third also for trainer Allaire and reinsman David Thomain. Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) and Golden Bridge were next, these conditioned by Guarato and Allaire. The Gr. II Prix Guy le Gonidec (100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 18 four year old mares) saw 12/1 Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) score easily on the front for J. Ph. Monclin as she continued her resurgence. This started a great afternoon for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Fleche Bourbon won her ninth career victory now for 324,650€ earned. Race time was 1.13.1kr. The 8.9/1 Favorite Fligny (4f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) took second for Sylvain Dieudonne and 18/1 Feerie Wood (4f Rockfeller Center-Vire Fee) was third handled by Alexandre Abrivard. Fubia (4f Password) and Fend le Bise (4f Prince Gede) followed the top three. The Gr. II Prix Jules Thibault (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, four year old males) saw 8/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) score in 1.11.2kr on the front end with Bjorn Goop at the lines. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for SARL Haras Saint Martin as he won for the 14th time in 17 career starts, now for 703,550€ in life earnings. Face Time appeared an overwhelming winner before weakening late against rallying 5.2/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) that Franck Nivard teamed for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 13/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was third for Alexandre Abrivard. 40/1 Fakir du Lorault and 102/1 Fighter Smart completed the top five. The Gr. II Prix Uranie (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year old fillies) went to the Sebastien Guarato stable’s 7.1/1 Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) with Eric Raffin aboard. This 1.12.2kr timed winner is owned by Ecurie Saint Martin and recorded her fifth career win in six starts now for 99,900€ earned. 19/1 Gloria du Goutier (3f Timoko-Uranie du Goutier) was second for the same connections and reined by J.Ph. Monclin. The 7/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) took third for trainer Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf, ahead of 9/2 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) teamed with David Thomain for trainer Phillipe Allaire. 10/1 Galilea Money was fifth for J-M Bazire. The final of the groupe tests today was the Gr. III Prix des Beaugency (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European) that went to 17/1 outsider Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux-Mocarda) reined by Guillaume Martin for owner/trainer L.B. Martin. He won for the seventh time in 56 career starts for 440,600€ in life earnings. The 1/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was a game second after a front-end journey for driver/trainer J-M Bazire. 16/1 Bolide Jenilou (8g Kesaco Phedo) was third for Anthony Barrier, ahead of Anzi des Liards and Vasco de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The well-regarded and 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) held on for Eric Raffin to win today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 70,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters). Race time was 1.11.3kr (mile 1:54.66). Jean Pierre Guay bred the winner that Philippe Allaire owns and trains. Gotland now shows nine career wins in 11 starts for 345,100€ in life earnings. The 40/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) was a fast closing second driven by Fili[ppo Rocca for trainer Fausto Barelli and Scuderia Sant Eusebio SNC. Third home was 7.3/1 General du Parc (3m LeJacque d’houlbec) that Alexandre Abrivard teamed for trainer Frederic Prat,. This one battled the winner until giving was late in the lane. Replay: https://info.pmu.fr/live-et-replay?num-reunion=3&num-course=6&date-fr=04082019 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday Paris-Vincennes action was all about three-year old trotteurs led first by the Prix Paul Karle (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three-year old colts).   In this harness racing event the 1.6/1 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) scored timed in 1.12.4kr, his seventh career win in eight starts, now for 251,500€ earned.   Eric Raffin was the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire of the fine colt bred by Jean Pierre Guay. 9/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) was a game second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Prat, with third going to 133/1 Gilmour (3m Tag Wood) reined by Mathieu Mottier. The 3.9/1 odds Gamble River was fourth.   The fillies then took the stage in the Gr. II Prix Masina (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, three year old fillies) and that race produced a relatively easy score for 6.3/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) with David Thomain up. She was clocked in 1.13.3kr for her fifth career victory in ten starts, now for 212,000€ earned. Philippe Allaire bred and trains the winner for Gitte Paulsen- Allaire.   Girls Talk        - LeTrot photo   Second was 25/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Bailly) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 13/1 Grai9ne de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl Mip) took the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Allaire. The 5/10 favorite Green Grass was a miscue dq after coming into the race with three straight wins in 2019.   Thomas H. HIcks

Today in bright sunlight celebrated Afrique in France with a fine harness racing card of groupe level contests and the day’s Quinte+ race. The monte Prix de L’A.L.A. “Association de Lotteries Africaines” (Gr.III, purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) began the action with a victory by 5.2/1 Eqao Jenilou (5g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. The winner scored for the sixth time in 20 career starts and increased his life earnings to 173,050€. The 3/5 favorite Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. 34/1 Espion Joune (5g Kesaco Phedo) took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Prix Africain I was next in the 35,000€ purse event raced by 12 over 2100 meters autostart. 15/1 First Lame (4f Kaisy Dream-Poesie de Beylev) scored for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou, also trainer, timed in 1.14kr. 3.3/1 First Lady Carjac (4f Voltigeur de Myrt) was second for pilot Eric Raffin, ahead of 24/1 First Thing First (4f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/trainer A.J. Mollema. The Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) produced a fine race with 12/1 Cigjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) victorious for Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This mare recorded her 11th career win in 44 starts and increased her life earnings to 146,530€. Race time was 1.14kr with a quick final 500. 30/1 Dorus Well (6g Gogo) took second for Franck Nivard and 8.8/1 Blacky de Cambron (8g Onyx du Goutier) teamed with Eric Raffin for third. The 3.2/1 Dentella Bella (6f Ready Cash) and 7.7/1 Concerto des Dunes completed the exact order top five that returned 23,010.60€ for the 2€ wager to 58 winning ticketholders. The Prix de L’Ile de France (Gr. I International monte, purse 170,000€, 215 meters, nine starters) was the final leg of the FR Monte Triple Crown. Absent were Cornulier winner Bilibili and the second finishing Traders. Today it was even-money favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) coming from the back to score timed in 1.12.6kr. Dexter won for the eighth time in a 42 race career, now for 726,970€ earned, for trainer Thomas Levesque, owner Pierre Levesque and most importantly the jockey Camille Levesque. The winner traveled the final 500 meters at a 1/10kr rate. The 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (6f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard  ahead of 58/1 Valse de Reve (10f Mister President) with Guillaume Martin in toe irons for trainer Alain Roussel. 48/1 Cassate (7f Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Adrien Lamy. The Prix Miss Africa France (“de la Marne”, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) score for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule. The winner scored for the 18th time in a 52 race career, now for 695,360€ earned. Race time was 1.11.7kr off steady fractions with the clocking at the 500 meters to go mark 1.12kr. The 7.7/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 21/1 Anzi des Liards reined by Romain Derieux. 9/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) was fourth for Mickael Cormy and placed fifth was 99/1 Drole de Jet (5m Coktail Jet). Digital Ink was sixth in this race that honored by the trophy presenting Miss Africa France,  The Prix de L’Amite (“de Rouen’), a Gr. III event for an 80,000€ purse, was raced over the 2700 meters classic distance by ten competitors. 5.7/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) scored for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As to record his sixth career wi in 29 outings, now for 401,860€ earned. The 4/5 favorite Vainqueur RP (5m Infinitif-Global Affair) was second for driver Eric Raffin and trainer J.L. Bigeon. Third went to 37/1 Estola (5f Nectar) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. 9/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious) and 5/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko) completed this top five. The winning Express Jet was away fourth, brushed to lead after about 1000 meters and controlled thereafter for a two length victory.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Extra Light (4f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) took the co-featured Prix Laetitia (70,000€ purse, 2850 meters, eight starters – four-year-old mares) timed in 1.15.1kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Stephane Meunier. She posted her fifth career victory in 27 starts, now for 159,380€ earned. Even-money favorite Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) rallied late for second with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Ecurie des As. 25/1 Eternelle Delo (4f Saxo de Vandel-Princess Royale) was third. The co-featured Prix Mebsuta (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters all four-year-old males) went to 2.9/1 Exit Money (4m Coktail Jet-Making Money) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Yvan Bernard. Race time was 1.14.2kr for this seven-time winner in 17 career starts, now for 156,110€ earned. The 1.4/1 Early Dream (4m Royal Dream-Uniformity) was second for Jean Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 47/1 Elisea (4g Timoko) was third for Adrien Lamy. Three year-old fillies contested the Prix Florentera (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants) where 24/1 First Thing First (3f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) scored on a dq to win for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer/breeder Arnold J. Mollema. Longshot at 54/1 Free Europa (3f Tabby Point) was second for Adrien Lamy and 10/1 Freedom l’Eijy (3f The Best Madrik) was third. Race time was 1.16.8kr for this blanket finish. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Youth was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. The two year-old fillies battled in the Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2200 meters autostart, seven starters) with 1.4/1 Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) scoring for driver Eric Raffin. Girls Talk is trained by Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. The winner is now 4 for 4 in her brief career for 88,200€ earned. The 8.4/1 odds stablemate Graine de Crack (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.  The 8.5/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) landed third with owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 10/1 Gee (2f Brutus de Bailly) and 1.1/1 favorite Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) completed the top five. Green Grass raced alongside the winner for much of the contest and weakened late with trainer Sebastien Guarato driving. The three year-old fillies contested the Prix Lameia (purse 42,000€, 2850 meters, 15 three year-old filly starters) with 14/1 outsider Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) prevailing for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard, breeder/owner Ecurie Somolli and trainer Jerome Compas. Race time was 1.15.9kr. The 48/1 Fast Lane (3f Voyage de Reve-Riviera Italienne) rallied for second with owner/trainer Julien Dubois up. Mme. Etiennette Dubois bred this filly. The 9/2 odds Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card showcased three Groupe III events and an upper level monte contest. The first of the groupe events was the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) with victory timed in 1.15.5kr to 1.3/1 favorite Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Eric Raffin the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J-P Guay bred the winner that is now unbeaten in three outings for 71,100€ earned. 10/1 Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was second for Anthony Barrier, owner J.F. Mary and trainer Allaire. Allaire, as trainer and owner, swept the top three as 5/1 Granon Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Sestriere) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois. J-P Guay also bred this colt that was undefeated in three starts before this evening. The monte Prix Ariadne (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 1/5 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) record his ninth straight win, all in 2018, after just one win in two 2017 starts. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey this day for trainer Stephanie Lepetit. Crossfire now has 11 career wins in 20 starts for 148,650€ earned.2/1 Charlotte Twin (6f Open Charm) was second for Mlle. Oceane Briand and third was 23/1 Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont) with Julien Balu in the irons. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Tryoen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.3/1 Dayana Berry (5f Scipion du Goutier-Idec du Corta) with J-M Bazire up, he also the owner/trainer. Michel Aladenise bred the winner that now has six wins in 25 career outings. Race time was 1.14.1kr off rated fractions set by fourth finishing Espella Vedaquais. 8.3/1 Divine Mesloise (5f The Best Madrik) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to the 1.4/1 favorite Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting) that Pierre Vercruysse drove and trains for Cte. Paul de Senneville. The final groupe event was the Gr. III Prix Gisela (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds) and the 3/10 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) scored impressively for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. He now has four career victories in 13 outings for 123,350€ earned. Race time was 1.14.6kr off even fractions. 14/1 Faithful (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) took second in a photo with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 27/1 Flambeau Royal (3m Look de Star-Rodea Josselyn) gained the third check for reinsman Gabriele Gelormini.s by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s Derby Weekend at Berlin Mariendorf featured the Filly Derby (purse 91,877 euro, 12 starters) and 1.4/1 Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) scored timed in 1.13.4kr with Robin Bakker at the lines for trainer Paul Hagoort. Two lengths back in second was Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving. Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) was third driven by Heinz Wewering and also trainer by Tesselaar. Fourth was Isabella Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) reined by trainer Rudolf Haller. Sunday is the 123rd edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby for a purse of 215,633 euro and the Super Trot 2018 carrying a 70,000 euro total purse, Saturday at Enghien the FR two year old fillies were on stage in race two for 32,000 euro and raced over 2150 meters autostart. Girls Talk (2f Brilliantissime-Be My Girl) scored with a front end journey in 1.17.94 with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire. This great gaited filly races unchecked. So far in 2018 the offspring of Brilliantissime (2011 m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) have excelled in qualifying races. Three year olds also contested at the monte discipline for a 58,000 euro purse over 2875 meters voltstart, with 5/1 Fleo Lila (3g Timoko-Sally de Neuliac) scoring in 1.17.6kr for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Anne. Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) was second for jockey Adrien Lamy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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