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An excellent Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes included four Groupe II harness racing contests in the rain for three and five- year olds. The action began with the monte Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters all three-year olds fillies).  The 1.9/1 odds Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) scored timed in 1.11.8kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons for owner/trainer J.P. Mary. This was her seventh career victory now for 422,800€ earned. 19/1 Esperance du Mont (5f Tornado Bello) was next for Paul Philippe Ploquin, ahead of 2.3/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) piloted by jockey Mme. Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Sebastian Ernault. The three year old fillies then contested the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the 1.14.3kr timed upset winner was 12/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) reined by David Thomain and trainer by her owner Philippe Allaire. She is owned by G. Poulsen-Allaire and record victory number six in 13 starts, now for 272,400€ in life earnings. Heavily favored 5/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was second, teamed with Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Sebastien Guarato for owner Sebastian DeWulf. 10/1 In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady) was third with Matthieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this J-P Dubois bred filly now owned by Bruni Racing Team. The three-year old males took the stage in the Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen (100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 12 European entrants) with victory to 1.15kr timed Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) with Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Le Tremont owns this Philippe Billard trainee. The winner now has five win in seven outings for 123,350€ earned. Heavily favored 7/10 odds Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Third was 58/1 outsider Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner-Unikaranes) for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The Prix Jockey (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters five-year olds males) was the final Gr. II test of the day. Even-money favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Houne du Pommereux) scored timed in 1.12.9kr with Matthieu Abrivard up. This victory was his 10th career win in 34 starts now for 630,030 in life earnings. Sylvain Roger trains the winner for owner/breeder Noel Lolic. 7.2/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was next with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner/breeder L.Cl. Abrivard. 5.4/1 Earl Simon (5m Prodigious) was home third teamed with Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 21/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood) was fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) won the Cagnes sur Mer Saturday featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 12 starters European) timed in 1.14.3kr. Christophe Martens teamed the winner for Ceke Farm BVBA and trainer Vincent Martens. The 9/10 favorite, now a five-time winner in France in 18 appearances, and with life earnings of 322,660€, defeated 5.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) with Stephane Cingland at the lines and third finishing 33/1 Creature Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) handled by J.Ch. Feron. A pair of 25-meter handicapped performers, Balbir and Cicero Noa, finished fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 13th leg of the Trophee Vert series was Sunday’s Grand Prix Ville Montier Px Bar PMU Chaumiere (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 15 starters). It was Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualimo de Vandel) who held on for the 1.18.9kr timed victory. Adrien Lamy teamed the winner that now has 30 career victories for 536,500€ in life earnings. He was penalized 50 meters and held off another 50 meters handicapped trotteur, Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP), reined by Anthony Barrier. The 25-meter handicapped Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third for Tony Le Beller, ahead of 50 meter handicapped Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) and 25 meter penalized Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet), A large crowd was on hand in the rain for the Montier en Der program.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) is raced over two heats with best in summary determining the end result. The 60 meter handicapped Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyorrulj!-Witsend’s Speedy) won the first harness racing heat timed in 1.15.9kr with Laszlo Kolozsi at the lines, his fourth 2019 victory. He bested Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville-What A Man) with Imre Fazekas up. Zapato was third for Tibor Hajnal.  The second heat went to 1.16.5kr timed and 60 meter handicapped Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) with Lajos Marton aboard. Aronville was second and first heat winner Ujrazz! took third. This enabled Ujrazz! to be best in summary ahead of Ubu Kiraly and Aronville. Kabala Menes Kft bred the winner. The program also included the Laszlo Roszehi-Kiovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 2500 meters) and 4.1/1 Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) was a 1.18.1kr timed winner with Andrea Fazekas aboard for trainer Balazs Juhasz. She rallied three wide from fifth with 600 meters remaining for the victory. The trainer teamed stablemate Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) to a second place finish and Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) was third for Csaba Lakatos. The day’s co-featured Janos Szalay Memorial (two-year olds, purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 2.9/1 Bazsiville (2g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) easily score timed in 1.21.1kr for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This slick gaited colt rallied in the final turn and moved clear in the lane. Mangoraja (2m Maharajah-Savaflickan-Lord Of All) took the second check with Csaba Lakatos teaming for trainer/owner Jozsef Rutkai. Third went to Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) with trainer Balazs Juhasz at the lines. Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was off at 1.6/1 and looked the part winning the Falany Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters) timed in 1.17.7kr. Andor Angyal piloted the winner that defeated King’s Call (6g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) with Emese Vezer aboard and Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emil Csordas. The Kincsem Park hosted annual yearling sale is set for September 28 with the entrants listed below. Kabala Menes Kft sends 12 to the event, they being the leading HU breeder most years. Check with for updates. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) returned to Hippodrom Torre del Ram on Sunday to win the Premi Junior (purse 200€, 2500 meters distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter handicap to score timed in 1.17.1kr for harness racing driver C. Riera M and owner Cuadra Sa Farola.   Riera last teamed Trebol to a 1.14.8kr victory on July 21, his fastest score so far this year. The veteran earned his 51 st consecutive victory since returning from France in 2017.   Thereafter he has posted 8, 28, 15 in the years 2017-19 to increase his career slate to 83 victories in 145 starts, now for 687,066€ in life earnings to go along with a 1.11kr speed mark set in 2016 in France.   The multiple Gr. I European winner this day defeated Bequia d’Usseda and Elian PR.     Thomas H. Hicks  

Wolvega’s Championnat d’Ete (purse 11,000€, 2100 meters autostart) brought eight upper level trotters to the start on Friday and 4.2/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You-Iberia Bi) scored timed in 1.13.7kr with Rick Ebbinge at the lines for harness racing trainer J.W.M. Engwerda.   The 9/10 favorite Hambo Tranns R (5g Love You- Bewitched) was second for the driver/trainer team of Robin Bakker and Paul Hagoort. 2.8/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) took third with Frans Van Der Blom aboard for owner/trainer H.A. Van Djik.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) impressively won the male division of the E3 Finale (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, 1609 meters autostart) at Orebroi timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Johan Untersteiner for harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Team Snyder and Aetos Djios AB share ownership of the now five-time career winner in 11 starts for 3.599,050SEK earned. Aetos Kronos has now won three races with 1SEK million first prize. Global Adventure was second for Erik Adielsson and Zola Key took third for Bjorn Goop. The companion E3 Filly Finale (1,000,000SEK first money, 1609 meters) saw Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Cantab Hall) score for Pekka Korpi timed in 1.12.3kr. The exceptional Finland bred filly now shows 10 wins in 11 career starts for 3,586,068SEK earned with eight wins in nine 2019 appearances. Global Allegiance was second for C.J. Jepson and Margaretasjohammar took third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. The days V75 Gold was the Express Gaxe for 200,000SEK first prize and raced over 2100 meters autostart. The 1.12.3kr timed winner was Volnik du Kras reined by Pietro Gubellini for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Vanqueur BP and Super Zantos followed the winner home.   Thomas H. Hicks

The exceptional Jubileumspokalen program at Solvalla offered an undercard with outstanding harness racing  performances.   The Big Noon-Pokalen (three and four year olds, 300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters voltstart distance handicap, 12 starters) went to 2.44/1 Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) that scored for Bjorn Goop, trainer Frode Hamre and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D,. bred in Denmark, won for the sixth time in an many starts this year and for the career.   His earnings are now 670,000SEK. Race time was 1.12.2kr. Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) was second driven by Lutfi Kolgjini and third was 20 meter handicapped four year old Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sale del Rio- Varenne). Even’s Cool Boy and Hill Street were fourth and fifth, these also 20 meter penalized four year olds.   The Wallenius Cup (three year olds females, 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) ended in a dead heat for win between 1.26/1 Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy- Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini and 15.76/1 DontLooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) with trainer Jim Oscarsson aboard. Next home was Amelie Grif (3f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.1kr. Earlier in the Hagmans Tak (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters volstart distance handicap, 12 starters) the former top level trotteur Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for new trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Jan Stins of the Netherlands owns the winner that has seven career victories in 55 starts, now for 5,483,012SEK earned. Dreammoko was developed by Timoko’s coach Richard Westerink. Today he overcame a 40 meter handicap to defeat Neon High (4m Mythical Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Enjoy Day (5g Coktail Jet).   Dreammoko photos below.       Thomas H. Hicks

The Solvalla Racetrack featured the Jubileumspokalen stake (1,000,000SEK to the winner, total purse 1,965,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 12 starters) which saw Who’s Who (5m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) rally from third over to win at 2.06/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot for trainer Pasi Aikio. The winner recorded his fourth win in five outings this year and 15th career victory in 24 starts, now for 6,964,759SEK earned. Who’s Who was bred by Menhammar Stuteri and is owned by the public company Stall Travkompaniets AB. Race time was 1.11.1kr by the first two finishers. Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) was second with trainer Fredrik B. Larsson at the lines. Third was fast finishing, on the pegs, Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer his pilot.   Before a huge enthusiastic crowd this evening at Solvalla was the Gr. I International Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (purse 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 2.12/1 favorite Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede) scored in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.10.5kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Uza took her third 2019 win in 13 starts and her career slate is 31-10-3 in 68 lifetime starts now for 12,802,383SEK earned. Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines-Install) rallied late for second with trainer Junior Guelpa the reinsman. Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay-Suoergill) was third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W. Engwerda. Lopp 11. Starttid 21:27 Jubileumspokalen - Femåringslopp (Gr I int) Mörk anmälan. 5-åriga. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. Vinnaren av Victory Tillys lopp på Solvalla tisdag 6 Augusti 2019 är garanterad en plats i loppet. Stockholms Travsällskap har även möjlighet att dela ut två wildcards i loppet. 2140 m. Autostart. Pris: 1.000.000-500.000-235.000-115.000-60.000-30.000-25.000 (7 priser) Transportbidrag enligt Svensk Travsports regler. Hederspris till segrande hästs ägare, tränare, körsven, uppfödare och hästskötare. Hederstäcke och lagerkrans till segrande häst. Plac Häst Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 9 WHO'S WHO Kihlström Örjan (Aikio Pasi) 9/2140     11,1a 2 6 MILLIONDOLLARRHYME Larsson Fredrik B 6/2140     11,1a 3 1 NORTON COMMANDER* (DE) Lugauer Conrad 1/2140     11,1a 4 11 HEART OF STEEL* (NL) Untersteiner Peter 10/2140     11,3a 5 8 PERFECT SPIRIT (US) Jepson Carl Johan (Redén Daniel) 8/2140     11,4a 6 5 VINCERO' GAR* (IT) Gocciadoro Alessandro 5/2140     11,4a 7 12 EELIS Koivunen Olli (Nurmos Timo) 11/2140     11,7a by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Premio Finale Campionato Femminile (purse 88,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year old mares) this day at Ippodromo del Garigliano in Italy, went to Zariah Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Mauro Biasuzzi clocked in 1.12.9kr. Zealand As (4f Donato Hanover-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune) rallied for second with Rene Legati up. Zarina Daniel (4f SJs Photo-Onda d’Asolo-Uronometro) was third. Winner’s pedigree is shown below. The three year old fillies then contested the Premio Finale Campianato Feminile (purse 88,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with victory earned by 1.12.7kr timed Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) reined by Andrea Farolfi for Scuderia Gardesana. The race time was a new record for the open lengths winner. Pedigree shown below. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganymede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr. with third to Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Saturday’s trotting card at Kincsem Park saw 5/1 Trenczen (7m Ata Star L-Eperjes) win the Katok Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.17.8kr. Istvan Papp teamed his trainee to victory over Underworld with Emil Csordas aboard and Salihamidzic handled by Lajos Marton. The Falklamd DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) brought out a 1.19.2kr victory by Alom Szepe (3f Calypso Capar-Rona Szepe) handled by Andrea Nagyvary for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri Bt. Fazekas began the career of another two year old on the pre-card qualifying event as he teamed the trainee Bad Girl (2f Quiris-C’est la Guerre) to a 1.27.2kr victory. The dam has been a consistent producer of winners such as stakes winners Nana 1.15.2kr and Ollyan nincs 1.14kr, both trained and reined by Imre Fazekas during their racing careers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s fine Enghien program included the Prix de Geneve (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 11 European starters, four-year olds) that went to 1.13.2kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. It was his seventh career victory in 24 starts now for 305,790€ earned. 11/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 1.8/1 co-favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Next up was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Port de L’Alma (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 15 starters). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 4.7/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. It was the winner’s 10th career win in 46 starts now for 248,570€ in life earnings. The 1.9/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) held second for Eric Raffin and third was 44/1 Bel Air (8g Ganymede) handed by P-Y Verva. 12/1 Aron The Baron and 60/1 Panoramic completed the top five and it set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 128,673€ to three winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,982,881€ and over 6,608,881€ wagered on the race. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (purse 130,000€, 2875 meters, International UET Masters Series) saw 27/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) score from the pocket with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner scored for the 10th time in 18 starts in France. His career earnings are now 489,654. The stablemate and 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) held second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. 62/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 22/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) and pilot Franck Nivard. Fast class five-year olds contested the Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 59,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 1.8/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for Germany owner Mme. M. Jauss, his fourth win in France in 11 starts, now for life earnings of 232,282€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 2.1/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was placed second with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Classic Connection was second and a dq due to a miscue on the line. 18/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) was placed third with Robin Bakker the pilot. Placed fourth was 28/1 Vanity Luis (5f Ideale Luis) handled by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Solvalla last weekend hosted the E3 eliminations for harness racing colts and fillies, each event raced over 1640 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winners. Photo shows the finalists and their post positions. The elims for colts and geldings went to 1.3/1 Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.11.1kr with Johan Untersteiner aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owners Team Snyder and Aetnos Djos. Easy So Easy was second. This winner now has three 2019 victories in five outings. Winner’s pedigree is shown below: The other two colt division winners were the 1.12.1kr timed and 5/2 odds Beller (3m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) reined by Torbjorn Jansson to his fifth win in eight 2019 starts. Even-money favorite Global Adventure (3m SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) took the third male division for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath clocked in 1.11.6kr, his sixth 2019 score in seven appearances. The three filly splits went to 12.6/1 Global Anarchy (3f SJs Caviar-Celebrity Tribute) timed in 1.12.6kr with Joakim Lovgren her pilot; the 10.2/1 MargaretaSjohammar (3f Make It Happen-Gunnel Sjohammar-Mythical Lindy) took the second female division for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson, her third victory in seven 2019 starts; division three for the fillies saw 1.2/1 Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Conway Hall) score for trainer/driver Pekka Korpi clocked in 1.12.6kr for her sixth 2019 victory in seven appearances. Action on August 14 at Solvalla promises to highlight great trotting action as photos show post draws: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) off as the 5/10 favorite, rallied off third outer cover to easily win Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris. Purse was 390,000€ ($418,000 US) of this 3140 meters event with 12 contestants. Race time was 1.12.8kr. The mile rate of 1:57.1 is a world record over 1.95 miles on a5/8 mile track. To watch the race click here. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the Daniel Reden trained and Stall Zet owned class-master that now has life earnings of 2,859,958€ with today’s 195,000€ check. Propulsion was imported to Sweden in 2015 and his career slate is now an impressive 36-14-8 in 73 starts. He has four 2019 victories in eight starts this year. The 18/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) was second handled by Ulf Ohlsson and third was 10/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) for Ulf Eriksson, teaming for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 8/1 Reckless (9m Ready Cash) and 90/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe) completed the top five. Propulsion’s win today was his third in a race distributing 2 million Swedish crowns to the winner. Propulsion is automatically qualified for the Final of the UET Masters Series at Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris, the Prix d'Éte on September 7, in which Bold Eagle is already announced as a starter. Propulsion was bred in the USA by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington’s Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms LLC.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Cagnes sur Mer this day held their featured Prix Roland Jaffrelot (purse 53,000€, 2925 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to 2.9/1 favorite Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine). Pierre Vercruysse was the winning pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke and Cicero Noa won for the eighth time in 64 career starts now for 435,280€ earned. The 8.6/1 Black d’Arjeanc (8g Prince d’Espace) was second for Nicolas Ensch and 15/1 Clif du Pommereux (7m Love You) took third with Stephane Cingland at the lines for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. The 78/1 Balthazar Maza and 8.7/1 Bad Boy du Dollar took the fourth and fifth checks. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Enghien’s Gr. II Prix de Londres (monte, purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) was the Saturday headliner and the “London Prize” for the third time went to veteran monte class-master and 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). He was clocked in 1.13.7kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington Dream raised his career earnings to 1,153,640€ with this his 23rd victory in 77 career starts. Arlington Dream won this event in 2017-2018 with a best clocking of 1.12.6kr last year. Today, he was away near the back and Lebourgeois patiently closed the gap to the leaders before sweeping to the front starting into the final bend. In post race interview jockey Lebourgeois commented his mount’s exceptional monte consistency and three wins in this race - "You have to have a hell of a horse to do that. Tactically, I always try to take a quiet ride with him and I ask him to engage afterwards, which he knows how to do perfectly." Arlington Dream, after gaining the advantage, then coasted home to defeat 4.1/1 Caban Prior (7g Sancho Panca) reined by Aurelien Desmarres and third finishing 35/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) with Francois Lagadeuc up. 6.9/1 Carla du Chatelets (7f Jag de Bellouet) and 28/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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