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The V75 Gold Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 21 40 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the featured harness racing event on Saturday’s excellent Solvalla program and was billed as the next step in Propulsion’s training toward the January Prix d’Amerique. However, Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner), at 4.2/1 odds, went gate to wire this day from post five to score timed in 1.11.9kr, with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl.  The winner recorded his second 2018 victory and 21st in 59 career starts, now for 5,814,415SEK earned. Zenit Brick (7g Maker It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie), from post 11 and at 17.8/1 odds, was second for driver Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied for third after trailing the field for much of the way. He was the 1.6/1 favorite. Milligan’s School. On Track Piraten, I Love Paris and Antonio Tabac finished fourth through seventh. The undercard was loaded with upper class trots with good purses, The Gr. II International Solvalla Grand Prix (12 four year old starters, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 23.6/1 outsider Hard Times (4m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Ola Asebo. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr for his second win in 2018 in 12 starts. Eldorado B (4m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg at 5/1 and third went to Output Pressure (4g Gigant Neo-Joda Lesdelles-Sebrazac) for driver Jorma Kontio. The V75 Silver Division (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Chief Orlando (5m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) scored at 11/1, timed in 1.12.5kr. The now six time 2018 winner defeated Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up and third finishing Don’t Mind Me (6m Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind-Armbro Charger). The Habo Boss V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 14.4/1 Milliondollarrhyme (4g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) score timed in 1.12.1kr. Fredrik B. Larsson trains and drove the now five time 2018 winner. Esprit Sisu (4g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to Dizzy River (7g Dream Vacation-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) with Johan Untersteiner up. The other races with 250,000SEK to the winner included the Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart) that Cobbys Olifant (4g Orlando Vici-Peach Penny-Spotlite Lobell) won for Thomas Uhrberg timed in 1.13.2kr; the Diamantstoet Final (2140 meters voltstart distance handicapped) that went to Queen Of Sand (4f Maharajah-Frillan Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.14kr for driver Stefan Soderkvist; and the Klass I Final (2140 meters autostart) that saw Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Earlier on the card was the Mustaschkampen Monte (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, eight starters) that went to 1.32/1 odds Assault (4g Weingartner-Northern Gleam-Love You) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons. This pair defeated 4.7/1 Lorina Citron (4f Niky-Valley Victorian-Andover Hall) for Anna Erixon and third finishing 68.2/1 Zola Wind (4g Zola Boko-Indra Wind-Indro Park) with Jenny Bjork up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

November 24, 2018 - Today’s Kincsem Park harness racing program featured the Ketevesek Versenyre (two year olds, purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the impressive gate to wire score by 1.1/1 odds favorite Ann Bella M (2f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) reined by trainer Banislav Mukity. The fine filly now has three wins and two placings in five HU appearances. Race time was 1.21.6kr. 11.5/1 Atom Maki (2m PJ Punjab-Gesa-Rendtonok) took second money and third was 3.8/1 Always Yankee BD (2f Yankee Mustang-Vraja Zilelor-Komediant). On the undercard was the Harsa DIJ (purse 348,000Huf, 1980 meter voltstart) and the winner was 1.1/1 Wyoming River (4m Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) with trainer Sandor Varga driving. Race time was 1.21.4kr for the full brother to Ann Bella M that won earlier on the program. Thomas H. Hicks  

The opener on the excellent Paris-Vincennes Saturday card was the Prix de Quimper (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters) and it was a superb strategic race that the 1.1/1 odds favorite Coach Franbleu (6g Prince d’Espace-Olydra) eventually secured as he and driver Yoann Lebourgeois found room to emerge at top of stretch. They prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr to score for owner/trainer Franck Nivard for the tenth career victory for Coach Franbleu, now for 366,520€ earned. 55/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) with Pierre Vercruysse up followed the winner and rallied for second money for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The 6.6/1 Cocktail Juliano (6g Pagalor) was third for Matthieu Abrivard held third ahead of 4.3/1 Platon Face handled by Adrian Kolgjini and fifth finishing 8/1 Copernic de Play for driver Franck Blandin. The Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (purse 130,000€, 2700 meters, nine three year old female starters) saw 1.1/1 favorite Fly With Us (3f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) narrowly prevail for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. The property of Ecurie Normandy Spirit recorded her ninth career victory in 16 starts now for 344,700€ earned. Race time was 1.15.5kr off a pedestrian pace. 3.2/1 Fashion Que en (3f Ready Cash-Usenza) was a short nose beaten second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Allaire and owner J.M. Tessier. Third was 16/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andra d’Ecajuel) Fend la Bise and driver Franck Anne was fourth ahead of Fable du Plessis with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard. Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse 82,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) that was taken by 2.4/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx deBellouet-Negede Chenu) with Eriuc Raffin driving for owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. This one recorded his 17th career win in 124 starts for 403,380€ earned. The 11/1 Aldu d’Argentra (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second in this 1.13.3kr timed contest for Adrien Lamy and third went to 6.1/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with matthieu Abrivard up. 105/1 Best du Hauty and 9/1 Auch completed the top five. The exact order 2€ quinte+ ticket paid 31,571.60€. The Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 5/2 odds Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.15.2kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. He scored for the fifth time in 16 career starts now for 207,390€ earned. The 1/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for trainer Allaire, driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. Ecurie des Charmes bred this one. 17/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) took third for driver Anthony Barrier and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The 3/2 favorite Fabulous Wood was a dq. The Prix de Chenonceaux (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) clolsed out the top class events on the Saturday card. 7.3/1 Mondyouvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavic-Mind Your Manners) scored impressively on the front end for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Christer Englund. The winner increased his career earnings to 392,733€ with this 1.12.6kr timed victory. 20/1 Urtsa Caf (5f Explot Caf-Crisman) was second for drover Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 20/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) for trainer/driver Frabck Nivard. 5.8/1 Direct Way was placed fourth and Elite du Ruel was placed fifth following the inquity dq of the 2/5 favorite and fourth to the line Dorgos de Guez. On Friday evening the Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Arietis (Quinte+ event, purse 55,000€, 2850 meters) and 8/1 Destin Carisaie (5g Uniclove-Quiss Me Carisaie) scored timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Eric Raffin and owner/trainer/breeder Jacques Etienne Thuet. The winner recorded his ninth career victory now for 175,900€ earned. 11/1 Dimo d’Occagnes (5g Timoko) was second for Franck Ouvrie and third was 78/1 Defi Calendes (5g Sam Bourbon) with J.Ph. Monclin up. The 3.2/1 Duel du Gers and 9/1 Dreana Guy) completed the top five and the Q+ exact order ticket paid 110,246.80€ for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 22, 2018 - Thursday’s harness racing Quinte+ was at Vincennes in the Prix de Sille le Guillaume (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) with the 1.143.7kr timed victory earned by the 1.9/1 favorite Super Fez (7m Love You-Luria FI). Trainer J-M Bazire teamed the winner for Scuderia Cumana Group as Super Fez recorded his sixth career win in France now for 313,324€ earned, 3.4/1 Be Bop Haufor (7g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 113/1 Valseme (9g Bijou du Bignon) was third for Th. Dromigny and the top five finishers was completed by 17/1 Bauloise Haufor (7f Kool du Caux) and 14/1 Utino de l’Ormerie (8g Qualimo de Vandel). The exact order winning tickets paid 7,264.60€ for a 2€ wager. The day’s featured event was the monte Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters). The 3.1/1 Caban Prior (6g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) was victorious timed in 1.14.3kr with Aurelian Desmarres in the irons. He scored for the 16th time in a 51 start career. 10/1 Buster de Baufour (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Pignata) was a close second for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne, and third was 6.2/1 Accord Marjang (8g Odeisis de Vandel) with Arthur Rebeche up. Thomas H. Hicks

November 21, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ 13th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was at Mauquenchy. The 1.9/1 favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored, timed in 1.13.8kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard for trainer Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie Dairpet. The victory was his 13th in 35 career starts now for 412,410€ earned. 3.3/1 Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier) was second for Dominick Locqueneux and 9/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You) was third for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 11/1 Arfor de Mire and 29/1 Baladin Hungrois completed the top five and there was one Q+ e-ticket winner that received 230,483.80 for a 2€ wager. On the card was also the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse 30,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) that went to 1.17.2kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Forsica du Rocha (3g Un Mer d’Heripre-Taigada Houlbet) for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, his third career victory in 11 starts now for 51,700€ in earnings. The winner’s sire is a great horse and great gaited. It will be interesting to watch his siring production. The Prix Andre Perdrix (purse 21,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.7/1 Etenclin (4m Jag de Bellouet-Volpaia) handled by Robin Bakker to the 1.15.7kr timed score. Paul Hagoort trains this property of Stable Why Not. Yesterday, in trots action at Solvalla, was the Sulkysports (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, five starters) that was to be a return jubilee for the 2017 Yonkers International winner Twister Bi. Off as the 1.2/1 favorite the now Timo Nurmos trainee was reined by Bjorn Goop and he was away with an easy lead that he maintained for over 1600 meters. Then, he was challenged by 9.2/1 Mind Your Face (9g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong), that rolled past and proceeded to an easy victory for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Lars Friberg. Race time for the winner was 1.13.4kr. The 11.5/1 Final Oak (8m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) rallied to be second for driver Claes Sjostrom and trainer Mikael Starling. Third went to 6.1/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Roger Walmann and SRF Stable. 21.6/1 French Laundry was fourth and Twister Bi was a distant last. The featured Kritericreverschen (200,000SEK to the winner, three year olds, 2640 meters autostart) saw the 25.1/1 outsider Concrete Dee (3g Donato Hanover-Little Face-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.14.6kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Roger Walmann and owner/breeder Kottimporten AM. He bested 47.1/1 Flight Dynamics (3m Scarlet Knight-Aspetta Hanover-Cantab Hall) driven by Per Lennartsson for trainer St. Melander. 8.3/1 Fortune Mearas (3g Dream Vacation-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) was third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Svante Bath. Thomas H. Hicks

Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) took today’s monte Gr. II Prix Edmond Henry (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) at Vincennes, France with jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. He was a start to finish winner timed in 1.13.9kr off modest fractions. This 1/5 odds favorite is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire and he record career victory 16 in 41 starts for 1,175,410€ earned. Traders won the 2018 Prix du Cornulier and is reportedly headed to that event again in late January. The 8.1/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) was second for Camille Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 10/1 Cassate (6f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was a distant third. The Quinte+ was on this Paris-Vincennes card in the Prix de Montignac-Charente (purse 88,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and 3.2/1 Barrio Josselyn (7m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) scored timed in 1.15.1kr. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to his 12th career win in 69 starts now for 489,300€. The Q+ exact order payoff was 1,439.80€ for a 2€ wager. 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 1.7/1 favorite Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) for driver Bjorn Goop. The top five was completed by 10/1 Lover Face (10g Look de Star) and 15/1 Alamo du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier). On Sunday at Montegiorgio, Italy was the Premio Palio Comuni L. Mattii (purse 110,000€, 1600 meters autostart) that drew a fine field of mares led by the winner Peace Of Mind (9f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover). Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner that now has 23 career wins in 73 starts for 402,906€ earned. She defeated Stella di Azzurra (7f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip) with Fed. Esposito up with the third check earned by Vanesia EK (4f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne). Race time was 1.11.4kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Gr. II Grand Prix de Bretagne (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters) drew a talented field and an enthusiastic audience. The winner gets an instant invitation to the Prix de Amerique in late January. The 4.2/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) took a tough first over journey for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and gained the front at top of stretch with 5/10 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and driver Franck Nivard right behind. Davidson held game and drew to a length advantage on the line with 15/1 Delia de Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) closing fast for second between horses, driven by Damien Bonne for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a tough third at 10/1 for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Bold Eagle was unable to gain late and ended fourth, ahead of 19/1 Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) and driver David Thomain. 50/1 Briac Dark and 53/1 Cash Gamble completed the top seven with Belina Josselyn, Uza Josselyn and Charly du Noyer all dq’s. Replay: The Gr. III Prix Boissy Saint-Leger (Gr. III, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was a hotly contested event with the dq place win to 33/1 Unique Juni (5f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique) handled by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Race timed was 1.12.2kr. The 2.8/1 Racing Mange (5m Orlando Vici) was first placed last for Joakim Lovgren for going inside several pegs in late homestretch. The 9/1 Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star) was placed second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and placed third was 108/1 Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba) driven by Andrea Guzzinati. Fun Quick (3m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) at 4/1 won the Prix Jean Maurice Beteau (purse 52,000€, 2700 meters, four starters – three year olds) to start today’s action at Vincennes, timed in 1.16kr and piloted by Franck Nivard for trainer Marc Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. The 3.3/1 Fakir de Madey (3m Reve de Beylev) took second money for Yoann Lebourgeois and 12.1 Fakir Griff (3m Goetmals Wood) was third for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and Ecurie Griff, the owner/breeder. The 4/5 favorite Fortissimoko was a dq. The Prix de Cosse le Vivien (purse 75,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3.9/1 Ardente du Clos (8f Reve de Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) handled by owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. 28/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reim) closed well for second with Pierre Vercruysse up for the breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. At 5/2 odds Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. 8.2/1 Utile Lebel and 10/1 Tesauro completed the top five. Race time was 1.12kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

An excellent V75 card was the menu Saturday at Bjerke (NO) included the Big Noon (Gold division, 200,000 NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.9/1 Global Trustworthy (5m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) scored for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.7kr as the winner bested internationally respected and 2.3/1 Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) that owner Goran Antonsen drove for trainer Daniel Reden. The 57.8/1 Deep Sea Dream (10g Offshore Dream-Nightlight-Super News) was third for Tom Erik Solberg. Probo OK was seventh and Donatomite and Spitcam Jubb were dq’s. On the undercard was the V7 Silver Flaata Elendom As (purse to the winner 150,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart) with that victory to The Last Ticket (7m Thai Tanic-One Way Ticket-Diamond Way) handled by Dag-Sveinung Dalen. Race time was 1.12.5kr. Vasterbo Exact (7g Racer Bourbon) was second for Thomas Uhrberg and third went to Gigant Invalley (8m Gigant Neo-Fachi-JR Broline). The four year olds mares contested the Axel Jensens Minelop (150,000NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.13.3kr timed victory earned by Denmark’s 3.1/1 Carna Sensei (4f Prodigious-Line Sensei-Mr. Flirt) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Steen Juel. The 6.5/1 Normandie Royal (4f Orlando Vici-Lamitech Monique-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre, and third was 4.1/1 Tropicana As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) that was steered by Carl Johan Jepsopn for trainer Jerry Riordan. The race record for this stake was set in 2016 by the Jerry Riordan trained and Christoffer Eriksson reined Treasure Kronos at 1.11.7kr. The day’s featured event was the Axel Jensens Minnelop (300,000NIOkr to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, ten starters), a race that began in 1944 and has been raced annually ever since exceot for 1994 and 1996. The stake record was set in 2015 by Buzz Mearas at 1.11.5kr with Adrian Kolgjini up. Ferrari BR won last year’s edition in 1.11kr for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. This year the winner was 3/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Frode Hamre. He defeated 5.3/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again-SJs Caviar) that was piloted by Carl Johan Jepson for Courant AB and trainer Stefan Melander. 6.1/1 Giveitgasandgo (4g Yabkee Glide-Mazda Hanover-Andiver Hall) was third for driver Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Hamre. 13/1 Snowstorn Hanover finished fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. III Prix de L’lle d’Oleron (monte, purse 110,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) was the day’s featured event and 1.4/1 Clegs des Champs (6g Legs du Clos-Proserpine) scored for jockey David Thomain, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. The winner scored for the tenth time in 21 career starts, now for 343,830€ earned. 17/1 Amour Fou (8g Meaulnes du Corta) took second with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Raffegeau and owner Roze. The 3/2 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took third after a valiant effort, with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The Prix de Belfort (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.5kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Dexter Chatho (5g Un Amour d’Haufor-Naoyama) with owner/trainer Christian Bigeon up. The winner scored for the seventh time in 19 career starts. 5/1 Dollar Soyer (5g Phlegyas) was second for Anthony Barrier, ahead of 77/1 Doum Jenilou (5g Rancho Gede). The Prix d’Aix les Bairs (purse 37,000€, 2700 meters. 15 starters, three year old males) saw 9/10 favorite Freeport (3m Texas Charm-Nouvelle d’Atout) score timed in 1.16.3kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano. This colt recorded his fourth career win in six starts. 32/1 Filou des Tyll (3g Rancho Gede) was second for Matthieu Mottier and 38/1 Fynio du Pollereux (3g Timoko) was third for Franck Ouvrie. The Prix des Castres (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, four year old females) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Evita de Reux (4f Goetmals Wood-Tensita Love) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard driving. She scored for the seventh time in 18 career outings. The 5/10 favorite Ella de Mai (4f Neutron du Cebe) was second for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire and 18/1 Electra du Vivier (4f Password) took third with Sebastian Ernault up for breeder/owner/trainer J-Y Lecuyer. The 1.9/1 odds favorite Emiliano (4m Love You-Quarda du Rib) took the Prix d’Annecy (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) timed in 1.12.6kr. Trainer J-M Bazire piloted the now eight time winner in 19 career starts for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. The 2.1/1 Eadshot Josselyn (4g The Best Madrik) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. 24/1 Ekoango de Nile (4g Olimede) took third for David Thomain. Saturday's Quinte+ event was the Prix Mizar (purse 52,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) that went to the 29/1 outsider Costa Haufor (6f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon driving. Christian Bigeon bred, owns and trains this winner that now shows six career victories in 30 starts. The 2.1/1 favorite Bryssel (6m Ready Cash-Spacelane) held second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and third was 26/1 Chtiot de Bellande (6m Defi d’Aunou) with Anthony Barrier up. 4.2/1 Sahara One (6g Raja Mirchi) and 68/1 Caresse (6f Ready Cash) completed the exact order top five that paid 86,429.40€ to the 2€ winning ticketholders. The same Saturday harness racing card produced victory for the undefeated (now three starts) and 2/5 favorite Foxtrot Nobless (3g Quinoa du Gers-Matthiole) reined by J-M Bazire for owner J-M Rancoule in the Prix Vulpecule (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters). The 32/1 Flash de Lune (3g Redlight Jet) was second for David Thomain and 25/1 Full Aux Rois (3g Tucson) was third for Thierry Duvaldestin. Race time was 1.15.3kr. Two year olds battled in the Prix Siwa A (purse 28,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters) with a 1.17kr timed victory earned by the 5/10 favorite Golden Bridge (2m Ready Cash-Usenza) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. Golden Bridge earned his second victory in three career starts by defeating 25/1 Gassman d’Essa (2m Quido du Goutier) with Francois Lagadeuc up. 46/1 Grand Cru Lorrain (2m Coktail Jet) was third. The B division of the Prix Siwa (purse 28,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters, two year olds) went to 1.17.6kr timed and 60/1 Gelati Cut (2m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Romain Charles Larue and breeder/owner Ecurie de Windcut. The 2.1/1 Granaggiolo (2m Timoko) was second and 41/1 Gold de la Cote (2m Ready Cash-Uranie des Elfes) was third, this one owned and trained by Sebastien Guarato and reined by Eric Raffin. Sunday at Vincennes is the first “B” leading to the 2019 Prix d’Amerique. The lineup follows headed by Bold Eagle. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s featured Menesek Dija (purse 2,000,000Huf, 3200 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park went to the rallying 4.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) that overcame a 40 meter handicap to score timed in 1.20.8kr for driver Andrea Nagyvary. Imre Fazekas trains this winner that now has three wins and six placings in nine starts this year.  1.6/1 favorite Veronica Fling (4f Racino-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity, also dealing with a 40 meter penalty. 11.7/1 and 60 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) rallied for third. The undercard included the Dr. Tibor Papp Memorial (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.1.7kr timed victory earned by 1.9/1 favorite Ubu Kiraly (5m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) reined by trainer Lajos Marton. The 7.6/1 Sziluas (7g Medic Hanover-Dios-Yankee Yankee) took second for Ferenc Nagy III and third was the 10.2/1 Samuel Becket AT (6m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with Tibor Hajnal driving. Pre-race card qualifiers produced a victory for Always Quick BD (2f Up And Quick-Sunday Best-Angus Hall) for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. 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

Great Monday action at Paris-Vincennes included groupe action for top level younger trotteurs. It all started with the monte Prix Louis Tillaye (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters). Even-money favorite Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) scored easily timed in 1.14.5kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire. Ecurie des Charmes bred this winner that defeated 27/1 Fiore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point) with Anthony Barrier up for owner/trainer Franck Blandin. 1.9/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) was third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 5.4/1 Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm) was fourth for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Julien Dubois. The Gr. III Prix du Langueduc (purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw 14/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) score for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch timed in 1.13.2kr. Ecurie Castagniccia owns the winner that now has 14 career wins in 51 starts for 570,820€ earned. 3/5 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and 4.1/1 Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko) landed third for Franck Nivard, ahead of Bolide Jenilou and Sharon Gar. The Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, 11 starters) saw the 3/10 favored Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) score impressively in 1.13.5kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans SRL. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred this now eight-time winner in nine career starts, for 219,150€ earned. 12/1 Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravenella) took second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) took third for Gabriele Gelormini and Faithful (3, Village Mystic) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard, The Prix du Corta (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters) saw 3/1 odds Fly With Us (3f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) score timed in 1.12.9kr with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. The Olivier Henri Thomas bred filly recorded her eighth career win in 15 starts for 286,200€ earned. 13/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash-Nina des Racques) was second for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Alexandre Buisson. The 3.6/1 Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede) finished third for trainer/driver Franck Anne and breeder/owner Ecurie AB Trot, ahead of the 3/2 favorite Fashion Queen (3f Ready Cash-Usenze) that Ericne Raffin teamed for trainer Allaire and owner J.M. Tessier. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 3/2 favorite Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) rallied late to win the Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park with Veljko Mazsity aboard. This excellent trotter now has eight wins in nine 2018 starts and he has 23 career wins in 41 outings. Race time was 1.17.5kr. 13/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine) was second with Jozsek Kolozsi driving for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third went to 18/1 Solome’ Bar (7g Ganymede-Acquavite Bar-Crowning Point) that Jozsef Rutkai trains and Bernadett Balogh drove. The undercard included the Adai DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) with the victory to fast-closing and 2.1/1 odds Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) timed in 1.15.4kr and reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity. She now has eight wins and two placings in only 10 starts this year, and she is 18 for 26 for her career. 10/1 White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was second handled by Branko Skenderovic for trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov of Serbia. The 5.4/1 odds Nadir Three (11g Kick Tail-Uliva DTS-Pay Nibs) was third for Ivan Vukoz driving for SRB trainer Antun Horvatski. Two year old colts contested the Zombori DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.21.4kr timed winner was 3.1/1 Spinal Tap AT (2m Amiral Sund-Stella Sisu-Make It Happen) with Branko Skenderovic at the lines for trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov. SRB’s Animal Racing Team bred this winner. The 2.7/1 Lord Aprikot (2m Aprikot-Leneta-Falcon Crown) rallied for second with Branislav Mukity driving for trainer Zoran Tasic of SRB. Third was 4.1/1 Sabath Black AT (2m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with trainer Tibor Hajnal driving. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Breeders Crown Sweden action was on stage today at Eskilstuna, Sweden. Before those events began was the Olof Brodin Mares (purse 25,752€, 2140 meters autostart, nine entrants) with victory to 1.7/1 favorite In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB) timed in 1.12.6kr. The Stall Zet owned and Daniel Reden trainee was reined by Erik Adielsson and the win increased her career earnings to 456,632€. 2.9/1 Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) was a nosed out second for Christoffer Eriksson, the driver for owner Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. 13/1 Eva IH (5f Ready Cash-Magalloway) took third for Mika Forss. The Breeders Crown for three year old fillies (purse 160,640€, 12 starters) went to the 5/10 favorite Conrads Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team, timed in 1.12.42kr. The easy four length winner bested 5.2/1 Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey) handled by Mika Forss for trainer A.P. Pakkanen. Third home was 4.7/1 A Sweet Dance (3f Maharajah-Sugar Step) for driver Per Lennartsson. The winner now has a career bankroll of 418,216€. Next up was the Breeders Crown for three year old males (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) saw the 4/5 odds favorite prevail and Global Welcome (3m SJs Caviar-Share The Promise) scored in 1.12.2kr by an easy length. Erik Adielsson teamed the Svante Bath trainee that Olof Brodin owns. His life earnings are now 354,763€. 4.7/1 Into Boko (3g Chocolatier-Sue Boko) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was 3.4/1 Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Jerry Riordan. The four year old female Breeders Crown (the Menhammar Stuteri) players contested that 160,640€ purse event raced by 12 horses over 2140 meters autostart. The 3/2 odds Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) scored in 1.12.4kr for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer for Mellby Gard AB.  Her life earnings are now 545,255€. The 10/1 Hevin Boko (4f Going Kronos-Welat Boko) took second with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. 12/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinium Shine) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Four year old males completed the Breeders Crown (this one named the RS Mustang) events (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) and the winner was 8.3/1 Selmer IH (4g Love You-Magalloway) with Mika Forss up for Stall Ratu and trainer Ingemar Hultqvist. His life earnings increased to 203,822€. The 7/10 favorite Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) was second for the Kilhstrom/Reden/Stall Zet combination, and third was 44/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Frode Hamre. At Wolvega (Netherlands) this day was the Gr. II UET Masters Series’ Prix des Geants (purse 66,000€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters). The 2.38/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6g Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) scored again, now six in a row, in his usual gate to wire fashion for owner/trainer/driver Oskar Kylin Blom. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Antonio now has earned 259,486€, most for Oskar, the result of an 8-2-0-1-1 slate in the 12 starts under Oskar’s management. Antonio “found his Oskar” and took a 1.10.2kr record on June 21 and came back impressively in 1.11.1kr on September 29. Prior to current management the winner was only 5 for 67 under the legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The 121/1 Panoramic (8g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) rallied late to be second for Robin Bakker and trainer H.A.J. Grift. 3.8/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was a game third for Wim Paal, trainer Antoine Lherete and Ecurie Quick Star. This former Prix d’Amerique winner and third in the 2018 Yonkers International, made an aggressive rush for lead at the halfway mark, could not repel Antonio, took back to third and tried again in the final turn, ending third. 53/1 Banker Transs R (10g Revenue) was fourth for Jaap Van Rijn. BBS Sugarlight at 23/1 and even money favorite Billie de Montfort were miscue dq’s. The pedigree of Antonio Tabac is interesting and gives rise to his gray coloring. His dam Grace Tabac is by the gray Tap In (Armbro Goal) and her maternal family includes Ata Star L, Speedy Spin, Frances Nibs and Speed King (Volomite). Grace won 13 times in 79 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Gr. II action today at Paris-Vincennes began with the Prix Marcel Laurent for four and five-year olds (purse 120,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). This was also a Q+ event this day and it went to the impressive 14/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) handled by Damien Bonne for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Race time for the winner was a quick 1.10.9kr and Delia now sports 11 career wins in 37 starts for 728,650€ earned. The 10/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) took second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. Third was the 9/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) that J-M Bazire trains and reined for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. The 34/1 Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was fourth with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for the Roger/Lolic team, and the fifth check went to 6.3/1 Italian invader Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro up. The exact order payoff for a winning 2€ Q+ ticket was 7,419.20€. The monte four year old specialists took part in the Prix Olry-Roederer (Gr. II, 120,000€, 2850 meters, eight starters) with victory earned by 1.2/1 co-favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) timed in a track record for the age and distance of 1.13.6kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for trainer/owner Richard Westerink as Etonnant scored for the eighth time in a 25 start career now for 301,700€ earned. The 9/1 Etoile de Bruyere (4f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) was second for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Ch. Dreux. 18/1 Ekeren (4m Ray Normanus-Queen du Soir) took third for David Thomain. The other 1.2/1 co-favorite Elladora de Forgan finished fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Nantes (12th leg, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) saw the 3/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) score for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. The race time was 1.13.3kr and Cleangame recorded his 19th victory in 32 career starts for 579,470€ earned. 29/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You-Joie Baroque) took second money for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. The 21/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon) was third with Eric Raffin aboard. The top five was completed by 35/1 Colonel (6g Goetmals Wood) and 91/1 Bel Avis (7g Ganymede), these also Bazire trainees. The Q+ exact order payoff was 6,748.80€. The next GNT series events are the 13th leg onT November 21 at Mauquenchy and the December 2 finale at Paris-Vincennes. On the Nantes card was also the Prix PMU le Driver (purse 22,000€, 3000 meters, 11 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite Foxtrot Nobless (3g Quinoa du Gers-Matthiole) remained unbeaten, now in three career starts, timed in 1.18.7kr and reined by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire. J-M Rancoule also owns this one. The 16/1 Figolo Frazeen (3g Rick des Sales) was second handled by Glenny Delaune for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Another 16/1 outsider, Fantastic Dream (3m Royal Dream-American Dream), was third with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Prior day the Paris-Vincennes action included the Prix Medusa (purse 46,000€, 3525 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters with apprentice drivers). 65/1 longshot Brasil de Bailly (7g Baccarat du Pont-Quokine de Chavot) scored timed in 1.17.2kr for driver Francois Tugend and trainer Bruno Bourgoin. This outsider recorded his second career win in 90 starts, now for 223,580€ earned. The 5/2 favorite and 25-meter handicapped Charly du Noyer (6m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) held second timed in 1.16.7kr for Simon Rousselle, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. 14/1 Varus du Boccage (9m Paisy Dream) took third for Jean-Etienne Abrivard and trainer Matthieu Abrivard, this horse also traveling an extra 25 meters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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