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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

The overwhelming 1/11 favorite, Be Mine de Houelle, took Saturday’s Stora Monte at Aby (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.9kr (mile rate 1:55.68 over the 1000 meter track). Marie Bacsich teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee that he and Pauline Carty own. This mare now has three 2018 wins in 11 starts. The 6.5/1 Shogun DK (9g Gentle Star) was second for Jessica Pilenberg and 9.1/1 Dollar Access (11g Alf Palema) was third for jockey Josefine Ivehag. The winner set the monte world speed record at Solvalla earlier this year with a 1.09.8kr score on May 27 (Elitloppet Day). On the same card was the Ragnar Thomgrens (250,000 SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, total purse 50,752 euro). 46/1 Alcoy (4m Ready Cash-Divann) scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and Ceke Farm. 3/10 favorite Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) rallied for second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for SRF Stable and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Velvet Gio (4g Nad Al Sheba0Mind Wise As) took third for Torbjorn Jansson The V5 Silver (300,000SEK to winner, total purse 59,136 euro, 2140 meters autostart) saw 2.3/1 Globalsatisfaction (6m Kadabra-Glide Path) score in 1.12.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Timo Nurmos. The 17/1 Nobel Amok (6g Zola Boko-Madame Amok) took second for Robert Bergh and third was 12/1 Springover (7m Going Kronos-Malabara) for Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Bronze Division (250,000SEK to winner, 50,752 euro total purse, 2140 meters autostart) saw 1.13.1kr timed and 3.6/1 Victory Kasgards (7g ENS Snapshot-Happy Birthday) score for Flemming Jensen and trainer Leif Clemensen. The 38/1 Aileron (6g Scarlet Knight) and 24/1 Monfalcone (8m Thai Tanic) rounded out the top three, this pair with Robert Bergh and Tom Horpestad driving. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 1.1/1 Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) extended her undefeated career to 10 on Saturday at Kincsem Park in the Pecs DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 2500 meters autostart). Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the 1.18kr victory over the extended distance, racing in the pocket on lap one before surging to the front and drawing off from rivals. 8.3/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Third was 5/1 Hercules Flevo (4g Quite Easy). The day’s featured Mardus DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.4kr timed and 5.4/1 Urania RG (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Sandor Varga teamed the winner that bested 14/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star LO-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Istvan Papp and Szacharin (7f Vanito) for Sandor Kolozsi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) continued his usual mastery over upper class monte performers by today winning the Gr. II Prix de Londres (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart). Yoann Lebourgeois rode the Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 66 starts now for 949,200 euro earned. 11/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second and 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) was third. The 22/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) finished fourth for jockey Camille Levesque with fifth to 6.6/1 Ulka de l’Odeon (10f Offshore Dream). On the same card the Prix de l’Odeon (purse 43,000 euro, 2875 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans. The breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin and this is the maternal family of Etta Extra and Une Crown. 4.8/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove) was a close second for driver Thierry Duvaldestin and third was 9/1 Fabulous Dream (3m Royal Dream) for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was up in the final stride to gain a scant nose score for Orjan Kihlstrom over Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) reined by Jorma Kontio in the Avy Stora Pris in Sweden. The winner, a Daniel Reden harness racing trainee for Stall Zet and bred in the USA by Caldwell and Bluestone Farm, recorded his sixth 2018 victory in 10 starts and 30th for the career in 61 starts for 20,105.317SEK earned. He gained 2,000,000SEK today. Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop driving. The total purse was 401,600 in euros. The 2.26/1 Propulsion was first away from post one in the 3140 meter autostart classic, a UET Masters Series event. He yielded quickly to Ready Express from post four and driver Kontio controlled the race thereafter until Propulsion began his charge as top of the lane. The pair battled to the wire with Kihlstom urging Propulsion to victory. After a first 500 meters in 1.09.5kr the pace was rated thereafter (1.12.9kr at 1000 meters completed, 1.14.5kr at 1500, 1.14.5kr at 2000, and 1.13.2kr at the finish).  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thursday’s Vichy featured Prix des Ventes du Marault (purse 60,000 euro, 3535 meters, seven starters) saw 6.1/1 Balbir (7g Ganymede-Manzir) score in 1.17.9kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 16/1 Ange du Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) was second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 34/1 Auricide Guez (8g Joker de Rozoy). Action at Enghien included the Q+ Prix de la Haute-Saone (purse 44,000 euro, 2875 meters, 15 starters) with 6.5/1 Eire d’Helios (4f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pomme du Lys) the winner in 1.17.1kr for Francois Lagadeuc. Ecurie d’Helios is breeder/owner of the winner. 8.5/1 Egerie du Vivier (4f Repeat Love) was next for Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner/trainer Jean Yves Lucuyer. The 18/1 Emilia Ceijy (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) took third for breeder/owner/trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Note the sire of the fourth and fifth horses, 12/1 Etoile des Yedrag (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) and 8/1 Elite du Lys (4f Un Mec d’Heripre), these reined by Franck Nivard and Franck Ouvrie. The Q+ exact order payoff was 10,674 euro with no jackpot winning ticket. The Prix de la Concorde (purse 70,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) saw 12/1 Blues des Landiers (g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) win in 1.15.5kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame. 5/10 favorite Balardo (7m Nijinski Blue) held second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer M. Alphonse Vanberghen. 5.4/1 Archibald (8g Meaulnes du Corta) rallied for third with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Pierre Levesque at the lines. On the card the Prix de la Porte d’Italia (purse 70,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) was won by 1.13.7kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Ceylan Dairpet (6f Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MP). Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Tony LeBeller trainee for Ecurie Daidou. 3/2 Devinmont (5g Kaiser Soze) and 20/1 Crepe de Satin (6f Le Retour) was third. Saturday at Enghien will be the Prix de Londres (Gr. II International Monte, 2875 meters, 120,000 euro purse). Veteran monte super horse Arlington Dream will be at the start for Yoann Lebourgeois. On Tuesday at Enghien is the Prix de Londres (Gr. II European, 2875 meters autostart, 150,000 euro purse, 12 starters) with a top flight lineup led by Aubrion du Gers (J-M Bazire) and chief rivals Bird Parker and Un Mec d’Heripre. This promises to be an exceptional event at the summer trots at Enghien. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) won today’s eighth leg of the Grant National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse 90,000 euro, 2950 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule owns the winner now with 17 victories in 30 career starts for 498,470 euro earned. 15/1 Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second with Adrien Lamy driving. The 8.7/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat) took third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Blandin. 21/1 Coup Droit and 23/1 Chicago Blue were fourth and fifth. This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and the payoff was 1,049.60 for an exact order ticket, plus there was a jackpot winner who earned an additional 1 million euro. Yesterday (August 7) was the Prix des Hetres (purse 70,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap,13 starters) and 3.6/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) returned to action at Cabourg with a 1.13.5kr victory in which he overcame a 25 meter handicap. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that Elisabeth Allaire owns. In this his fourth 2018 start Django earned career win 17 now for 1,234,100 euro earned. 1.3/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. 3.1/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) ended third for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. Dreammoko finished seventh in this good field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Follonica, Italy...August 8, 2018...Attempting to protect their precarious lead in the Amateur Friendship Challenge between the USA and Italy, Team USA was able to do just that as driver Steve Oldford led the American contingent with a win and a second in his two drives, leaving Team USA with a 12 point lead entering the grand finale to be held at the famed Monticatini oval on Thursday. Round two did end in a dead-heat as both teams hit the wire in points together, but it was Oldford who enabled the USA visitors to retain their overall lead with a perfectly timed drive with Really DL, a gelded son on Equinox Bi. Really DL followed live cover in the extended distance event of 2200 meters (1.367 miles) to score in 2:50.2, a mile rate of 2:04 over the Ippodromo dei Pini track. Tuscany Club President Danele Orsini also had a win and a second in his two drives, helping Team Italy to that dead-heat finish. USA team member Joe Pennacchio lauded Oldford's drive lamenting, "This was a classic stretch battle as Steve (Oldford) and Danele (Orsini) went toe-to-toe right to the wire." The winning margin was a nose. The Thursday Monticatini finale will determine the champion of this year's Tuscany Friendship Amateur Challenge between the USA and Italy. Reported by John Berry Sent from Xfinity Connect Mobile App  

It’s been an interesting week in Europe and that is expected to continue tomorrow through August 11. On August 2 at Aby was the Prix Red Mile (125,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) with an impressive victory secured by the rallying 4.8/1 Probo OP (9m From Above-Elimaria-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.09.9kr. Win Paal trains and drive Probo OP for owner Connie Srl. This veteran now has 20 career wins in 75 starts for 4,648,054SEK earned. This horse was making his second start under the direction of Paal after a few starts in Italy. He was unraced in 2017 and made only four starts in 2016. 7.8/1Montlore (8m Love You-Self Made Woman-Self Possessed was second with Bjorn Goop for trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 12.1/1 Global Money (11g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide), also a Bergh trainee, and reined by Christoffer Eriksson The V75 action on August 4 was at Rattvik. The Gr. II International Sommartravets Final (300,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters voltstart distance handicap) saw the 20 meter handicapped and 51/1 Raja Ribb (6g Raja Mirchi-Joyous Sound-Sugarcane Hanover) score timed in 1.13.3kr with Tomas Pettersson driving.  The 30/1 Vasterbo Grosbois (7g Good As Gold-Tatum Trot-Firm Tribute) was second, handicapped 20 meters, ahead of 5/1 On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), handicapped 40 meters, and driven by trainer Hans RF. Stromberg. Also on the Rattvik card was the V75 Gold Ego Boys Minne (200,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart) with 16/1 Cool Keeper (8m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.09.9kr for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. Unique Juni (5f Uptown Yankee) and Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry) followed the winner home. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Rattvik went to 7/1 Linus Boy (6g Zola Boko-Recos Lady-Varenne) for trainer Timo Nurmos and driver Kim Eriksson. Race time was 1.12.1kr. M.T. Joinville (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Ivy LB-Varenne) was next for Jorma Kontio and third was Super Zantos (8g Mythical Lindy-Sunbird Zophie-Zoogin) for Ante Lisell. At Meslay du Maine was the Prix de l’Hippodrome (purse 32,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 45/1 As de Brevol (8g Opus Viervil-Lady de Brevol) scored timed in 1.13.6kr with Anthony Barrier at the lines for owner/trainer Johannes Denneman. The  21/1 Verso de Crennes (9g Islerc de Bellouet) overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second wit J.P, Maillard up for trainer Erno Szirmay. Third was 13/1 Arpege Herbinaie (8g Imoko) for Adrien Lamy and trainer David Armellini. Tomorrow is the eighth leg of the Gr, III Grand National du Trot to be raced at Saint Malo. The purse is 90,000 euro and 18 contestants will travel 2950 meters distance handicap. It should be a superb event with Cleangame and Uniflosa Bella at the start. August 11 is the famed Aby Stora Pris (Gr. I International, UET Masters Series, 3140 meters autostart), a classic race that began in 1936 at Aby Racetrack in Molndal Sweden. Top performing Propulsion and Readly Express are expected to be at the start.     1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström 2 Reckless Björn Goop 3 Muscle Hustle Robert Bergh 4 Readly Express Jorma Kontio 5 Platon Face Adrian Kolgjini 6 Rajesh Face Lutfi Kolgjini 7 Zenit Brick Mika Forss 8 Coquin Bebe Peter Ingves 9 Sorbet Johan Untersteiner 10 Mindyourvalue W.F. Christoffer Eriksson by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Lazarus has a rival for the biggest Down Under name to tackle some of the world’s best over the next week. Record-breaking Aussie driver Kerryn Manning (pictured) celebrates the 21stanniversary of arguably her most amazing achievement when she heads back to Scandinavia this weekend. It was 1997 when Manning teamed with star Aussie trotter Knight Pistol to win the Harley Davidson Trot in Norway, becoming just the second female to drive a Group 1 winner in Europe. Manning made such an impact with the a win and during an extended stint driving Knight Pistol in Europe, she got a call “out of the blue” from Swedish officials with an all-expenses paid trip across to drive in the Ahsell Legends Invitational Drivers’ race at Solvalla in Stockholm on August 14. “It’s half a lifetime ago, literally, for me. I can’t believe they still remember,” Manning said. “Obviously they do. Fred Crews has just been across there for the Elitlopp with Maori Time and told me there were lots of people asking after me. It’s amazing really. “It was only three or four weeks ago I had a missed call from a Swedish number and I thought it might have been one of scam calls. I listened back to the message and it was the invite to come across for this race. “It’s a busy time with the Breeders Crown just around the corner here, but Grant (Campbell, Manning’s husband) talked me into it. He can’t come, so Mum (Barb Manning) is coming with me instead. “We leave Friday, have Saturday at the big race meeting in Gothenburg then the race I’m in is back in Stockholm (Solvalla) next Tuesday.” Manning was told the race has become an annual highlight for the Swedes since being launched in 2013. “Stig Johansson is the legend over there. He retired from driving to focus on training a few years back, but he makes a one-off comeback every year to drive in this race only,” she said. “My experience over there with Knight Pistol was incredible it will be great to get back over there, even if it’s just for a few days.” Closer to home, Manning said her pair of glamour mares – Ameretto and Our Golden Goddess – could both be Inter Dominion-bound. “Ameretto has proven herself at Grand Circuit level and she’ll definitely go to the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion,” she said. “Ability-wise Our Golden Goddess is right there with Ameretto and she looks to have come back better than ever. The next few runs will shape what we do with her. She’s got the Breeders Crown mares’ free-for-all and then the Breeders Crown Open free-for-all as well. Ameretto won both last year.” Our Golden Goddess has looked fantastic winning both runs this campaign.   Adam Hamilton

Do the best Standardbred harness racing pacers hail from down under? Well, we may have the answer to that question by the end of the week. Given the heroics of Shartin following her purchase last year from the Victorian stables of Dean Braun, the Tintin In America mare has firmly established herself as the best and most dominant pacing mare in the world right now. And if you require further proof, check out her replay from Saturday’s $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, part of Hambletonian day. Her deeds in North America this season are sensational; she has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. Feature race victories include $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio and the $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk in Canada. Shartin is prepared by Jim King Jr and handled by ace reinsman Tim Tetrick, she is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. But while the efforts have been sublime in her new conditions, her former trainer is the least bit surprised with what she’s been able to achieve on the other side of the globe. Braun purchased the filly as an unraced commodity from the Prebbleton (near Christchurch) stables of Grant Crabbe. Under his tutelage, Shartin displayed enormous ability which resulted in victories in both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks while also finishing as the runner-up in the Queensland Derby behind the Mark Purdon prepared The More The Better. But her finest moment came when she sat parked outside subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu and beat him in a time of 1:52.5 at TABCORP Park, Melton. And that victory came in the middle of winter. “I knew how good she was and I happily told those close to me but the money at the time was too good to ignore, this is the business we’re in,” Braun said. “I’ve been in contact with the connections since she’s been up there and I’m thrilled with her success, it’s awesome to see her doing so well. “I sold Nike Franco before this filly and I told them this filly would do a better job and Nike has been super during her time up there also, it’s good for everyone involved.” As it stands, Shartin is the leading money earner this season for pacers in North America. Only Hambletonian winner Atlanta has earned more. So, there’s no question Shartin is the leading female pacer in the world. But who holds the title for male pacers? That title could easily be given to Lazarus, the wonder from down under, as he prepares to make his official North American debut this coming week. The Bettors Delight entire was sold from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen earlier this year for massive money on the basis of a racing/breeding proposition. Now owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus has been placed in the care of legendary horseman Jimmy Takter. Following a sharp schooling recently at the Meadowlands, the $3.68 million earner looked as good as ever when he defeated recent North American Cup winner Lather Up in an official Meadowlands trial in 1:48.3 the following week. And that form has a chance to be franked with Lather Up headlining the nominations for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night. Lazarus will head to the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana later this week. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 while the Breeders Crown at Pocono is another key target. By seasons end, the best male and female pacers could both hail from down under. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands Open Series at Pocono 1:48.4 $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley (Towards the second part of video) $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk

Robin Bakker teamed Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) to victory in today’s 123rd edition of the Deutches Traber Derby (purse 215,633 euro with 102,816 euro to the winner, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters). Paul Hagoort trains the winner of now five career wins in eight starts that Joseph Vanduffel owns. This 7/10 favorite, bred by Jean Huls, was timed in 1.12.3kr as he defeated Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Hagoort and Running Stable that was off at 4.3/1. The 8.3/1 Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) took third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and 12/1 Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile) was fourth for Michael Nimczyk. This one was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and the dam C’est Facile (2009 f In Dix Huit-Crysta’s Image) showed promise racing briefly in the USA and is a half-sister to the sensational Brigham Dream and Crys Dream. The excellent undercard included first the Askania Derby for a 15,000 euro purse and raced over 1609 meters autostart. The 1.10l5kr timed victory went to Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover0Color Schemes) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving for owner Marion A. Jaul. Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) was a game second for Michael Nimczyk and SJs Junior C (7g SJs Photo-Freiha Hailant) took the third check for Stefan Schoonhoven. The winning Gilda Newport now has career earnings of 11.931 euro. The 20,000 euro purse Deutches Traber Derby Consolation (B) was raced over 1900 meters autostart and went to 1.10.9kr timed Great Gatsby As (3m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) with  the legendary Heinz Wewering up for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Leendert G. Gerrits. Cesare W (3m Dream Vacation-New Hanke Hall) took second for Kurt Roeges and Nashua (3m Brioni-Camarque) was third for trainer Christian Lindhardt at the lines. The 70,000 euro purse Super Trot Cup (2500 meters autostart) went to 9/8/1 Bijou Bourbon HM (6f Sam Bourbon-Venzy Way) with owner Marc Elian up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. Tyrolean Dream (g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) was second for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) got up to earn third narrowly with Rick Ebbinge up. Several other winner of note on a program that saw Hunterton Farm and Diamond Creek Farm sponsor conditioned races, included the Spielbank Berlin Derby (four year old mares, 8,000 euro purse, 1900 meters autostart) with that victory to Charlotte Newport (4f Abano As-Color Schemes) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Thomas Holterman trains this half-sister to Gilda Newport that won earlier today. The 25,000 euro purse Kaffee Derby Maturity (four year old males, 1900 meters autostart) saw Tsunami Diamant (4m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) score at 2.8/1 for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, to defeat Portland (4m Ganymede) for Bjorn Goop and Mac Smily (4m Brioni) with Christian Lindhardt aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran harness racing class master Bugsy Malone (g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took today’s 12th leg of the Trophee Vert Series on the turf (purse 45,000 euro, 3400 meters voltstart, distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter penalty to score decisively for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy recorded career victory 25 in 45 starts now for 699,560 euro earned. He was off as the 5/10 punters choice. 7.7/1 Blackaro (7g Quaro) was second for Francois Lecanu and 63/1 Alexis Jisce (8m Memphis du Rib) was third. Well-regarded 25 meter handicapped Utile Lebel was sixth and Bebert Express finished 10th. Race time was not reported. At Enghien was the Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 85,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starts all three year olds). The 1.11.7kr timed victory went to 1.6/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans Srl. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 32/1 Fric du Chena (3m Nobody du Chene) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up and 4/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash) took third for Clement Duvaldestin. Fend La Bise (3f Prince Gede) was fourth for Franck Anne and 53/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) ended fifth for Jean Pierre Dubois. The winning time was well off the three year old record for the distance of set by Royal Crown in 2008. by Thoms H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A well-presented trotting card took place Saturday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) with three races carrying purses of over one million Huf each. The Kanca DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was the first of those events and 1.9/1 Veronica Fling (4f Racino-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) recorded a 1.16.7kr victory for Veljko Mazsity, defeating co-favorite White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) with Josip Gabric driving. 22/1 Violetta (4f Racino-Fienciska-Witsends Speedy) took the third check. The 1.1/1 favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) took the Hokas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) scoring in 1.16.6kr for Veljko Mazsity. A pair of 33/1 outsiders were next with second to Unika Vik (5f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) and third to Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestine-Golden Goal). Aged performers contested the Konta Dezso Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.15.3kr timed victory going to 19/1 Conway Boko (9m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) in a rallying photo for Tibor Hajnal, the trainer/driver. The 3/1 Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane), from post one, was a game second for Csaba Lakatos and third was 5/2 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi) handled by Sandor Varga. The 3 million Huf purse Ostevesek Nagydija reaced over 3000 meters autostart for five year olds went to 1.6/1 Urilany R (5f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for owner Hico and trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. The 26/1 Ujeazz! (5m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulj!-Witsends Speedy) was second for Lazslo Kolozsi and 5.9/1 Ubu Kiraly (5m Vioxx SR-Heliken-Awesome Goal) took third for Lajos Marton. Race time over the extended distance was 4:17.2. 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

Today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie (purse 180,000 euro, 2300 meters autostart, nine starters) was an easy victory for 5/10 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) handled by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. The veteran winner now has career earnings of 1,827,772 euro. 9/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. The 24/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) took third for Gert Sucaet and trainer Christophe de Groote, ahead of 65/1 Truman Dairpet (11g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) driven by Piet Van Pollaert and trainer Gerald Van Pollaert. 2/1 Uza Josselyn was a dq and Amiral Sacha was scratched. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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