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The 7/10 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) took today’s Svenskt TravDerby (Gr. I, purse 401,600 euro, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.12kr for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Trakompaniet Stall SB. Chianti ( (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever) at 6.7/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third went to the 22/1 outsider Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen) with Johan Untersteiner teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Derby Mares (Gr. I, purse 200,800 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 4.9/1 odds Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run) hold on to win for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Pallexperten I Malmo AB. Race time was 1.12kr and the winner now sports eight career wins in 18 starts (four wins in seven 2018 outings). The 82/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos-Twist In The Tail) was second for trainer Untersteiner and catch driver Jorma Kontio, ahead of 7.4/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. On the undercard was the Derby Stayern (purse 20,581 euro, 3140 meters, 12 starts) and the 1/5 favorite Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. AB Ybena owns this winner that defeated Monark Newmen (5m Orlando Vici) and Digger Lord (7g Digger Crown). On Saturday at Helsinki the Finland Trotting Derby (150,000 euro to the winner, 2600 meters) saw favorite Hachiko de Veluwe (4g Timoko-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee) score for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The winner’s dam was also produced good colts Brad de Veluwe and Gizmo de Veluwe, both by Andover Hall. Lexus Dream (4g Lexus Font-Lovely Dream-Coktail Jet) was second for Ari Moilanen while third was Gloria Web (4m Donerail-Amazing Annie-Armbro Prowess with Santtu Raitala driving. Chart follows as well as pedigree of the mare Amazing Ride. Earlier in the week (August 31) was the annual Kolgjini Sale at Vombs Nygard. https://kolgjini.se/files/auction/20180831090912_0537158001535706552.pdf A host of well-bred yearlings were presented with the leaders shown below. Hip 87 Velamints Face (male. Muscle Hill-Grady Stone), 1,700,000SEK Hip 4 Mojo Express (male, Readly Express-Somebodylikeyou As), 1,500,000SEK Hip 93 Hannibal Face (male, Bold Eagle-Casualty Of Love), 1,100,000SEK Hip 67 Vindaloo Face (female, Joke Face-Jolokia), 1,050,000SEK Hip 74 Hyper Smart (male, Ready Cash-Nagasaki Face), 850,000SEK Hip 70 Vaganova Face (female, Muscle Hill-Ballet Slippers), 800,000SEK Hip 8 Hacker AM (male, Muscle Hill-Queen Silas), 800,000SEK Of interest was also hip 66 Heaven AM (female, Bold Eagle-Artomatic-Artsplace) with a strong pacing maternal family.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=_WVh2-_hBkE by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Groupe action began Saturday at Paris-Vincennes with the Prix Camille Lepecq (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, eight starters). The 1.109kr timed victory went to 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. This superb monte performer now has 21 career victories in 68 starts for 1,006,200 euro earned. The 11/1 Ulka des Champs (10f Offshore Dream) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard, with 7.3/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) third for Camille Levesque. 8.9/1 and world monte speed record holder Be Mine de Houelle (7g Scipion du Goutier) was a distant third for Marie Bacsich. Three year old males contested the Prix Victor Regis (120,000 euro purse, 215 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.12.7kr timed winner was the 3/5 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau, owner Scuderia Winner Stable and Jean Pierre Dubois was the breeder. Fabulous Wood now has seven wins in nine starts for career earnings of 201,990 euro earned. 21/1 outsider Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) was second for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Julian LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 7.7/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Boireau, owner Scuderia Bivan and the breeder was J.P. Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me. The Gr. II Prix Uranie (purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, 10 starters) saw Fly With Us (3f Ready Cash-Mariane Marceaux) score timed in 1.12.9kr and off at 11/1 odds. Eric Raffin piloted the Philippe Allaire trainee that Ecurie Normandy Spirit owns. She is now seven wins for 12 starts in the brief career with 222,200 euro earned. The 27/1 Flo Wood (3f Singalo-Tip Top Lady) rallied to be second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The 2/5 favorite, and previously undefeated in seven starts, Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Haras de Saint Martin. The good field saw Fend la Bise, Full Option, Fame And Fortune and Folelli next to the line in that order. The Q+ Gr. II Prix Guy le Lonidec (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 16 starters) was the 4/5 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) speed away for the 1.13.6kr victory for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Oliverie. Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Odysse du Ravary) was a good second at 9/1 for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Cte. P. de Senneville. Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) was third for Emmanuel Allard at 27/1. The 35/1 Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson) and 31/1 Enska (4f Coktail Jet) completed the top five, the latter owned by Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. The Q+ exact order payoff included a winning jackpot and returned 1,010,996.20 euro to the ticketholder. The featured Criterium des 5 Ans (Gr. I, purse 240,000 euro, 3000 meters, 13 starters) saw even-money favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) score timed in 1.12.5kr with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Albert Rayon, the breeder/owner. The winner now sports nine career wins in 25 starts for 519,110 euro earned. 5.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky) took second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) at 3.2/1 was third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 10/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash) ended fourth. The Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse 105,000 euro, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw the 1.4/1 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) score timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. The winner now has 15 career victories in 46 starts. Anzi des Liards (8g Look de Star) was second at 9/1 for Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert. The 39/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) took third for Eric Raffin ahead of Tony Gio (6m Varenne) and 3/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash). The final groupe test of the day was the Prix Jules Thibault (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, eight starters) and the 4.2/1 odds Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. J-M Bazire teamed the Sylvain Roger trained and Noel Lolic owned stallion. The 5.4/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied for second handled by trainer Pierre Vercruysse, with third to the 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) driven by Franck Ouvrie for Jorma Niskanen who trains for owner Ecurie Skytten. At Jagersro today was the Birger Bengtssons Minne 2018 (200,000SEKK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, eight starters) and veteran Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margharita Roda-Abo Volo) prevailed at 2.3/1 odds for driver Adrian Kolgjini, Stall Be The Best and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. This first 2018 win was his 24th lifetime in 86 outings. Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) took second for Johan Untersteiner at 2/1, and third was Love Matters (5m Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love-Andover Hall) for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet that was off at 6.9/1 odds. The Silver Division V75 (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) saw the 8.7/1 Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) scored for owner/trainer/driver Oskar Kylin Blom. The winner left from post 11 and recorded his fourth win in nine 2018 starts. 9.5/1 Stepping Spaceboy (5m Dream Vacation-Stepping Space-Fast Photo) and 23.9/1 Zoko Lane (6g Zola Boko) for Thomas Uhrberg trailed the winner. On Friday evening at Vincennes was that day’s Quinte+ in the Prix Alexandra (purse 44,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters). The 1.13.5kr timed winner was the 1.6/1 odds Bip Bip de Guez (7g Jasmin de Flore-Quoumbaya de Guez) with J-M Bazire up. He also trains for owner Ecurie Vautors. 11/1 Akir de Mai (8g Kid de Chenu) was second for Anthony Barrier with 70/1 Armada Broise (8f LeRetour) third for Marius Coignard. Royal Roc (8f Filipp Roc) was a 5.5/1 fourth for Filippo Rocca ahead of 9/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Q+ exact order payoff was 6,510.20 euro and there was not a jackpot winning ticket. Last Sunday (August 26) was the Danish Trotting Derby and the Steen Juul trained Chock Nock (4, SJs Photo) was victorious for driver Bjorn Goop. The son of SJs Photo scored after leaving from post 12 in the 3000 meter contest timed in 1.15.1kr to earn 605,000Dkr. Juul won this race for the second time and the sire has now produced four Derby winners. Chock Nock won for the fourth time in ten 2018 starts and now has nine career wins in 28 outings. Dansk Trot Derby 8/25/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF96iBPOwGQ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thursday’s featured Gr. II monte Prix Legoux-Longpre (purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters, eight starters) saw even-money favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) score timed in 1.14.2kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The winner now has seven wins in 21 career starts for 222,100 euro earned. The 14/1 odds Dynasty Pierji (5f Prodigious-Rita Mitsou) was second for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne. Third was 17/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) that Ecurie des Charmes bred and owns, Sebastian Ernault trains and Mme. Beaufils-Ernault piloted. Four year olds mares contested the Prix de Corbeil (purse 39,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) and the 1.13kr timed victory went to 1.8/1 odds Express Lady (4f Texas Charm-United Express) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. She now has three wins in nine career starts. Eolia de l’Elle (4f Othello Bourbon) was second at 3.1/1 for Adrian Lamy and third was East Road (4f Texas Charm-Light Of Morning) at 24/1 for Julien Dubois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

August 25, 2018 - Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady), off at 5/1 odds, won Saturday’s Diamond River DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Timed in 1.16.5kr, the Veljko Mazsity trainee is owned by Hico Versenyistallo, was bred by the country’s leading breeder Kabela Menes Kft. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed the mare that scored comfortably. Thomas H. Hicks

August 27, 2018 - Monday’s Quinte+ Prix de Mortain (purse 55,000 euro, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed Comtesse du Clos (6f Eclat de la Crau-Madira de Genetre) off at 13/1 and reined by harness racing driver Benoit Vassard. The winning owner/trainer is Mlle. Estelle Dessartre. The 1.8/1 favorite Calou Renardiere (6g Lets Go Along-Rosee Renardiere) took second for Eric Raffin with 10/1 Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier) home third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Completing the top five were 23/1 Balade de Souvigne and 38/1 Cherie Quick (6f Prodigious) for Tony LeBeller. The Q+ payoff was 15,446 euro for a two euro wager. Monday’s monte Prix de Puteaux (purse 68,000 euro, 2700 meters. 15 European starters) went to the 22/1 Union de Bellande (10f Ladakh Jiel-Nikita de Bellande) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for owner/trainer Georges Fournigault. The 3/1 second choice Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second for Arthur Rebeche, ahead of third finishing and 5.6/1 odds Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) handled by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. The 1.6/1 favorite Bohemian Rhapsody was miscue dq. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran classmaster Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) scored in the Grand Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes (Gr. II International, purse 180,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) on this last day of the summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. Driver Franck Ohine uvrie launched the winner directly to the lead before entering the first turn and he maintained speed to the 1.10.8kr victory. Un Mec d’Heripre now has 28 wins in 61 starts for 2,004,853 euro earned. The Philippe Billard trainee is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre and was bred by Mlle. Eugenie Quintin. He was off as the 7/10 favorite. The 3.6/1 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was second for Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette de Sousa, and raised his bankroll to 614,050 euro. 3.7/1 odds Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a past Prix d’Amerique winner, was third for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Antoine Dherete and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner of the career winner of 2,182,970 euro. The 7.1/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied off the pegs to be fourth for Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato, the trainer, and Philippe Dauphin, breeder/owner of this now 1,711,666 euro earned. Quite a race this was in the mile distance speed series.  The Vincennes’  monte Groupe II Prix Pierre Gamare (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters – three year-olds) went to rallying 5.8/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Yves Boireau. Race time was 1.14.6kr. Jean Pierre Dubois owns the winner that Haras de Villeperce Sarl bred. Ferreteria now has five career wins in 13 starts for 271,140 euro earned. She raced sixth and seventh more most of the journey before staging a steady surge that she sustained to the line. The 2.3/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was even money favorite Fadu du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.  The unbeaten Ferry Jet (3m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet) took the Prix des Lagny (purse 36,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for his third victory in his career. The 4/5 favorite is trained by Luc Roelens and was reined by Pierre Vercruysse to this 1.16.4kr score that raised his earnings to 31,050 euro. At end of the Saturday Vincennes program was the Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse 80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queens Flore) scored in 1.13.9kr at 7/1 odds for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 26/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) was second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Nivard. The 1.8/1 favorite Bolando (7m Nijinksi Blue) was third for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. At Bergsaker this day was the Sundsvall Open, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event (purse 175,700 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) that went to the 19/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) with Ulf Eriksson up for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. This winner enjoyed a pocket trip before emerging in mid-stretch for a length victory timed in 1.10.1kr, to raise his career earnings to 708,070 euro. Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden at 21/1. 47/1 outsider Pastore Bob (5g From Above) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) at 11/1 was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and fifth was the 1/5 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Jorma Kontio up. This one raced second in the outer before making a three wide effort mid-way on the last lap backstretch. That surge failed leaving Readly Express three wide in the final bend and he tired in the lane to be four lengths off the winner.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sweden’s Trotting Derby (colt and filly divisions) are set for September 2 after the eliminations on August 22 at Jagersro. There were six filly elims and six for the colts with the top two finishers in each earning a spot in the final. The colts each raced 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first money while the females raced 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winners. Below are the results summaries and the lineups for the Derby finals: Filly eliminations: Elim 1went to the 1.1/1 favorite Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and Bruni Racing Team. Veroni and Vera Spiro were next to the line. Elim 2 saw the 3.3/1 Mily (4f Perhaps Love-Blixtra Tanza-Victory Party) score in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, defeating Candy La Marc and Havefunwithme. Elim 3 produced a victory by 43/1 Catch My Love (4f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomasz Wisniewski and Bio Consulting. Dibaba and Haleaa di Quattro completed the top three. Race time was 1.12.3kr, fastest of the filly eliminations. Elim 4 for the mares went to 3.6/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving. Mellby Free and Je T’aime Lucky were second and third. Race time was 1.13.8kr. Elim 5 saw the 5.3/1 odds Maharari de Baroda (4f Maharajah-Wiona-Lindy’s Crown) score in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Franck Leblanc. Global Upper Style and Odessa Celeber completed the top three. Elim 6 went to the 1.6/1 punters choice Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving, as this team defeated Mellby Fashion and Wild Love. Race time was 1.13kr. Colt Eliminations: Elim 1 saw Spickleback Face (4f Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line-Buvetier d’Aunou) score at 42/1 odds for Robert Bergh timed in 1.13.3kr. Speedy Face and Young Da Vici were next behind the winner. Elim 2 went to 13.5/1 odds Mellby Fire (4g Going Kronos-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Mellby Gard AB. Race time was 1.13kr as Output Pressure and Milliondollarrhyme chased the winner. Elim 3 was won by 11.8/1 odds Chianti (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever-Viking Kronos) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat The Bucket List F and Illuminati. Elim 4 saw Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund-Viking Kronos) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This 10/1 odds winner bested Bo C and Dream Knight Palema. Elim 5 went to 1.13.9kr timed and 12/1 odds Transcendance (4g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) win for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner L.A. Eveberg. Alcoy and The Real Star trailed this winner. Elim 6 saw the 1.8/1 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah- Reality Pride-From Above) score timed in 1.12.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Peakadilly and Espirt Sisu were next to the line. Lottat i Svenskt Travderby Finals The starting positions for the Swedish Travderby and Derby Tour were picked  in Jägersiro's winner’s circle during Wednesday night. The finals will be decided on Sunday, September 2nd. Svenskt Travderby 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Chianti - Björn Goop 2. Transcendence – Robert Bergh 3. Mellby Fire – Timo Nurmos 4. Son Of God – Daniel Redén 5. Who’s Who – Pasi Aikio 6. Spickleback Face – Robert Bergh 7. The Bucket List F. - Helena Burman 8. Speedy Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 9. Output Pressure – Stefan Melander 10. Bo C. - Bo E Nilsson (a) 11. Peakadilly – Steen Juul 12. Alcoy – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 2 000 000 kronor Derbystoet, 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Run Chica Run – Peter Untersteiner 2. Vamp Kronos – Jerry Riordan 3. Maharani de Baroda - Björn Goop 4. Mily – Peter Untersteiner 5. Catch My Love - Tomasz Wisniewski 6. Dibaba – Roger Walmann 7. Candy La Marc – Lars Marcussen (a) 8. Mellby Fashion - Jörgen Westholm 9. Europhile Am – Peter Untersteiner 10. Global Upper Style – Peter Untersteiner 11. Mellby Free - Björn Goop 12. Veroni – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 1 000 000 kronor Saturday August 25 at Bergsaker is the prestigious Sundsvall Open with fine field of contestants. It will surely be a race to watch with Readly Express at the start. 25 aug 2018 Sundsvall Open Trot - (Gr I Int - UET Masters Series) - Gulddivisionen Bergsåker 2140m autostart Trav Horse Driver   1 1Dreammoko Björn Goop   2 2Milligan's School Ulf Eriksson   3 3Sorbet Örjan Kihlström   4 4Trendy O.K. Alessandro Gocciadoro   5 5Heavy Sound Kenneth Haugstad   6 6Pastore Bob Peter Ingves   7 7Nadal Broline Ulf Ohlsson   8 8Readly Express Jorma Kontio   9 9Evil Enok M.E. Noralf Braekken   10 10Lionel N.O. Göran Antonsen   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thursday evening at Paris-Vincennes was held the trotting yearling sale of Osarus-Trot. There were 82 head to be sold with 41 bringing winning bids. The average was 21,159 euro, down from 24,359 euro a year ago. The leading horses sold are shown below: Hip 40 – Hety du Goutier (male, Ready Cash-Quetty du Goutier), 100,000 euro to Philippe DeWulf Hip 52 – Heulla Montaval (filly, Ready Cash-Villa Montaval), 80,000 euro to KS Courtage et.al. Hip 10 – Hacker Speed (male, Bold Eagle-Perle Speed), 80,000 euro to Courant AB The full detail may be found on the www.osarus-trot.com website under sale results. Hip 40 catalog page link follows: http://www.osarus-trot.com/o/files/pedigrees/59_040.pdf by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Four groupe II events highlighted today’s Paris Vincennes program. These races began with the Prix Pierre Plazon (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 13 starters – three year old males) and the 3/5 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) won again with Matthieu Abrivard driving. Yves Boireau trains the 1.15.7kr timed winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. Jean Pierre Dubois bred Fabulous Wood that now has six wins in eight career starts for 106,750 euro earned. The 33/1 outsider Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 9/1 Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) took third with Gabriele Gelormini driving. Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) continued her excellent performance with victory in the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, ten starters – three year olds fillies). Off as the 5/10 favorite was Fleche Bourbon, trained by Sebastien Guarato for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. J.Ph. Monclin teamed the winner to a 1.14.3kr score, well off Traders 1.10.8kr race record, as he remained undefeated in seven starts now for 164,250 euro earned. 12/1 odds Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) took second for owner Ecurie AB Trot and trainer/driver Franck Anne. Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 8.2/1, this one owned by Flavien Prat and trained by breeder Frederic Prat. 46/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash) with Anthony Barrier up and 9/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Jean Pierre Dubois finished fourth and fifth. Dubai D’essarts (5f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) took today’s Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, eight five year old starters) clocked in 1.11.3kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Francois Lagadeuc was in the irons for breeder/owner Ecurie Des Essarts. The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque.  Third was 21.9/1 odds Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Five year old open class performers contested the Prix Jockey (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed victory to the 4.6/1 odds Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune de Pommereux) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains the winner that Noel Lolic bred and owns. This one now has 10 career wins in 35 starts for 614,050 euro earned. 29/1 odds Diable de Vauve (5m Prince d’Espace-Pay Star) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mme. Emilie LeBeller. 33/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Albert Rayon. 2.2/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Django Riff was fifth. On August 18 at Cagnes sur Mer was the Prix Franeur (purse 30,000 euro, 2925 meters, 1o starters) and the 3/10 favorite Funky Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) remained undefeated with his third straight win. Trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Ecurie Augustin Normand owned colt that now has career earnings of 31,050 euro. The 21/1 Fingers Cross (3m Ganymede) was a solid second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with third to 27/1 odds First d’Occagnes (3m Atlas de Joudes). The winner led early, yielded and re-took before entering the lane blocked. Vercruysse patiently waited for the inside to open and then jetted forward to win. On the same card Vercruysse scored again in the Prix de la Promenade des Anglais (purse 14,000 euro, 2925 meters, 11 starters in for a 14,000 euro claiming tag). The 4.6/1 odds Uttingeois (10g Gros Grain-Karadu Niel) was the winner timed in 1.14kr to defeat 13/1 Visconti (9g Magnificent Rodney) and 30.1 Verdict d’Honnear (9g Prodigious). Claiming events are rare on the FR condition sheets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trainer Imre Fazekas won both Saturday classics at Kincsem Park. He directed Zenit Charme (3m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) to a straight heat victory in the Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap in both heats). The even-money favorite took the first heat timed in 1.19.3kr for owner Pimri and the winning team bested Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Datomea PL-Friendly Face) with Tibor Hajnal up with third to Zseneroz (3f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Balazs Juhasz. This trio traveled that stated distance. The 60 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy) was a game fourth. The second heat produced a repeat finish with winning Zenit Charme timed in 1.19.7kr as the Fazekas trainee defeated Zapato and Zseneroz with this three earning the top three placings that determined purse distribution. Pimri owns the winner. The co-feature was the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, two year olds). Aurum Ville (2m Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner Silver and Black Racing (Gyorgy Horvath and two US partners associated with the Oakland Raiders, Jeffrey Leonardo and Paul Guenther ), timed in 1.20.9kr and off at 9/2 odds. Apollo Creed (2m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton and Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Mis Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) was third for trainer Marton and driver Emil Csordas. Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf) with victory going to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with Tibor Hajnal up and timed in 1.17.5kr over 1900 meters autostart. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) and Rafael Bit (8g Prime Prospect) completed the top three. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily took Sunday’s Trophee Vert event named the Grand Prix Ville Montier and raced at Montier en Der. Timed in 1.15.2kr on the grass, the 3/10 favorite recorded his seventh straight Trophee Vert victory and he now has 113 series points versus 74 for Bebert Express and 56 for Utile Lebel. As usual Yoann Lebourgeois teamed Bugsy for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. He now has 26 career wins in 46 starts for 719,810 euro earned. 9/1 odds Astor de Rozoy (8m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) was second handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Third was the 37/1 outsider Crazy Look (6g Look de Star) with Cedrik Derham on the lines. On Saturday action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 75,000 euro, 2925 meters, 13 starters). Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for driver Gwenn Junod timed in 1.12.8kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was second at 3.7/1 with J.Ch. Feron aboard for trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion, facing a 25 meter handicap and timed in 1.12.3kr.  Chicago Blues (6m Prodigious) took third for driver Romuald Mourice ahead of Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with Junior Guelpa up and fifth finishing and 2/5 favorite Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) with Pierre Vercruysse. This one was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.12.7kr. Friday the Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix de Granville (purse 35,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap, 14 European starters). Victory went to the 20/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.4kr. Florian Desmigneux teamed the now career winner of 151,442 euro that is owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The 6/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jeppe Juel, also with a 25 meter penalty. Sunshine Kronos (7f Enjoy Lavec) took third for Gabriele Gelormini at 8.5/1 odds. The 25  meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Balthazar d’Em (7g Coktail Jet) was fourth for Tony LeBeller and fifth was Cocktail des Pres (6g Melchior Jet) for Julien Travers at 82/1. The Q+ exact order payoff was 51,789.60 euro for a two euro wager. Monday action returns to Paris Vincennes after an absence since June 29. The fine card includes four Gr. II contests each with a purse of 120,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Two E3 Finals took place Saturday at Gavle, both Gr. I International contests.  The colt version (925,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.6/1 odds Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) with Carl Johan Jepson in the sulky for trainer Jerry Riordan and Viola Silas AM. The winner recorded his seventh career win in just 11 starts, this one timed in 1.12.3kr. Jaguar Dream (3m Love You-Daydream Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Claes Sjostrom and third was Baritone Artist (3h Orlando Vici-Bring On The Night-Windsong’s Legacy) for Markus B. Svedberg. The winner’s dam Viola Silas was a superb three year old in Sweden and recorded 22 career wins in 36 starts for 6,42,760SWEK earned. Sires Spotlite Lobell and Netted are in the family. The Mares E3 division, raced over the same distance and for the same purse as the colts, went to the 25.9/1 odds No Matter (3f Explosive Matter-Flirting Champagne-Flirtin Man) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Easy KB.  She was clocked this day in 1.12.5kr and recorded her third career win in 11 outings. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for driver Mika Forss, with third to Aleppo Pine (3f Maharajah) for Kenneth Haugstad. The undercard also included some interesting winners. The V75 Gold –Gavle Stora Prix (2640 meters, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 3.5/1 odds Volstead (m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains Volstead that was bred in the USA by Skoglund and Arden Homestead. Race time was 1.12.6kr as the winner defeated Speed Delicious (8g Fast Photo) with Nicklas Westerholm up and third finishing Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec) with Bjorn Goop driving. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.2kr timed and 10.3/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) with Oskar Kylin Blom driving to his 13th career win in 59 outings. The Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 2.6/1 Mr. Golden Quick (5g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK –Carmody Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstom driving for trainer Mika Haapakangas. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Tioga Downs

Hippodrome Montecatini hosted Wednesday the classic Grand Premio Montecatini (purse 132,000 euro, 1640 meters autostart) with the 1.11.3kr timed victory earned by Uragano Trebi’ (5gNad Al Sheba-Istria Bi) reined by Roberto Vecchione and trained by Holger Ehlert. Pacesetter Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) held gamely for second driven by Andrea Guzzinati and Pantera del Pino (8f Turno Sund) took third for Rene Legati’. Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was fourth for Romain Derieux. A huge crowd was on hand for the major race of the local season. http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/58928/ Monday at Fallonica was the Premio of that name with a 33,000 euro purse and raced over 2200 meters autostart. The 1.11.9kr timed winner was Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Garina du Gasei-Uronometro) reined by Andrea Guzzinati. Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) was second for Pietro Gubellini and third went to Venanzo Jet (4m Gruccione Jet) reined by Lorenzo Baldi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

This Solvalla evening program was superb, led by the Gr. I International Jubileumspokalen (1 million SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) where Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Petri Salmela trainee to his third 2018 victory in eight starts and 20th career win in 41 appearances. The Stall Nian trotter now has 4,636,450SEK earned for his career. The 3.9/1 odds Makethemark defeated Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) that Ulf Eriksson drove for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This one was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, also co-owners of Pinkman. Third in this event was Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) was fourth. On the card was also the Prix Maharajah (Mares European Championship, 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters).Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored easily at 8.1/1 odds for trainer Stefan Persson and owner Snogarps Gard AB timed in 1.11.4kr, for her third 2018 victory in six starts and 11th career win in just 22 outings. She now sports 6,069,500SEK in career earnings. Finland’s Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) was second for driver Hannu Torvinen and third was In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) with Orjan Kihlstom up. Trendy OK and I Love Paris completed the top five. Other important winners on the card were Amalia Cash (5f Ready Cash-La Pensee-Think Tank) in the Queen L Mares timed in 1.14.1kr and worth 100,000SEK to the winner; Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) for Thor Berg in the Ahlsell Legends timed in 1.14kr and with a 100,000 first prize (other legend drivers were Stig H. Johansson, Olle Goop, Helen A. Johansson, Ulf Nordin, Stefan Hultman, Boye Olstoren, Kerryn Manning, Cark-Erik Lindblom, Sven-Erik Landin); Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) in the Hubo Buss Stayerlopp (200,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap) timed in 1.13.3kr overcoming a 40 meter handicap; Zahra Mil (3f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) at 21.7/1 odds from post 12 in the Wallenius Cup for three year old fillies (150,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr for driver Cark Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan; and Snowstorm Hanover (4m Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover-Andover Hall) in the Big Noon (300,000SEK first money, 1640 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.11.7kr from a 20 meter handicap, driven by Orjan Kihlstom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This was Snowstorm’s first 2018 win in seven starts. Photos of three of the above winners follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Monday evening’s Sweden International Yearling Sale at Wenngarn Castle produced exciting bidding and an average of 424,204SEK (41,448 euro) for 88 yearlings and stallion shares sold. There were 101 numbers presented for sale including seven stallion shares (Father Patrick 2, Creatine, Donato Hanover, Trixton and Muscle Hill). The top seven sellers are shown below (six yearlings and one share) with two yearlings each by Maharajah and Muscle Hill. The yearling co-leaders were the colts Habrik Am (Bold Eagle-Tamela Celeber-Cantab Hall) and Heffner Am (Muscle Hill-She Loves You-Love You), both selling for 1.6SEK million. Tamela Celeber was a world class trotting mare in Europe and the USA. Sale catalog link: https://yearlingsale.se/katalog/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A superb trotting card was on stage today at Enghien that included a number of groupe events and the Quinte+. The Q+ Prix de L’Union (52,000 euro purse, 2150 meters voltstart, 16 entrants) went to Usain Henna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) with Jorgen Westholm the trainer/driver. Ecurie Henne owns this 1.13.1kr timed winner today that was off at 1.3/1 odds.  Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and Super Fez (7m Love You) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up. Angelo Am and Baileyse completed the top five and the exact order payoff was 1,003 euro for a 2 euro play. The Gr. III Prix de Geneve (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters, 10 starters) was a superb strategic race won  in the late stages by 9/1 odds Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) with Matthieu Abrivard up. This pair was away near the back and followed cover in the last lap and moved steadily through the lane for a two length score timed in 1.14.2kr. The Yves Boireau trainee is owned and was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and now has career earnings of 157,870 euro. The 37/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) held second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied to be third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale The Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 70,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, seven European starters) went to 1.11.7kr timed Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Team Neuhof. This 3/10 favorite was a dominant six length winner that defeated Cap Matyss (6m Love You-Ode Matyss) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) with David Thomain up. Orlando Jet is one to watch in fast class future international contests. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (purse 150,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, 12 entrants) saw Aubrion de Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) score for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire clocked in 1.11.3kr. The winner was away third and stayed there for the first 1600 meters before surging to the lead. This 2/5 favorite then gamely held off stretch challenges from second finishing Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and third finishing Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) with Franck Nivard up. Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-Love You Darling and Tony Gio completed the top five. Aubrion du Gers now has career earnings of 1,880,872 euro from 35 wins in 59 outings. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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