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January 14, 2021 - Cagnes sur Mer hosted the harness racing Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse 130,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, International 5-11 year olds) this day with 16 solid starters. The 8/1 odds Golden Bridge (5m Ready Cash-Usenza) rallied mid-stretch to victory timed in 1.13.6kr, with David Thomain the pilot. Philippe Allaire trains the now seven time career winner for 292,850€ earned. Michel Tessier owns the winner. The 1.4/1 favorite Valzer di Poggio (7m Love You-Glory di Poggio) had surged to the front in the lane and gamely held second with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 25 meter handicapped and 35/1 outsider Bulle de Laumont (10f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) was a good third for trainer/driver Stephane Cingland. Alcoy (7m Ready Cash-Divann) was fourth for Christophe Martens, this one off at 14/1 and handicapped 25 meters. 38/1 Dona Viva (8f Love You) and 9/1 Fashion Queen (6f Ready Cash) were fifth and sixth. Golden Bridge (5) The beauty of Cagnes sur Mer is shown below. On Saturday at Paris-Vincennes there are three groupe contests, with entries for the Prix Gelinotte and Prix de Croix shown below. Aetos Kronos will be at the start in the Prix de Croix with J-M Bazire at the lines as he will battle Power, Green Grass and Gu d’Heripre. Jan 16 - 15:50 C4 - PRIX GELINOTTE 100 000€  Groupe II - Attelé - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour pouliches de 3 ans (I), ayant gagné au moins 3.000. Jan 16 C5 - PRIX DE CROIX 100 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 850m - Grande piste Course Internationale+Pour 5 ans (G), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 38.000.   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 31, 2020 - A classy harness racing field of 15 will start January 3rd at Paris-Vincennes over the 2100 meters autostart sprinter distance. Several already qualified for the Amerique prize are included such as Bahia Quesnot, Face Time Bourbon, and Moni Viking. This race result will be critical for some contestants as only one qualifier remains (Jan 17) for the big race on Jan 31. It will be hotly contested. Jan 3 -15:15 C4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #5, 110 000€  Groupe II - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste PRIX DE BOURGOGNE Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 27, 2020 - Today’s featured Criterium Continental (“Amerique Qua4” – purse 170,000€, Gr. I, 2100 meters autostart, International) went to 1.11.0kr timed Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedette d’Heripre-Orlando Vici) that rallied strongly in the lane for harness racing reinsman Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie d’Heripre. Gu d’Heripre, off at 2/1 odds, won for the 13th time in his career now for 580,900€ earned and he garnered an invite to the Amerique 2021. 64/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a game second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable. 4.9/1 Go On Boy (4m Password-Balginette) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux, some three lengths back. Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) held position from post one for Jean Michel Bazire and then took a second over spot behind Buss Mearas. That proved disasterous as Buzz stopped and took Aetos to near the rear before he was finally free to start a furious rally to earn fourth. Alrajah One was fifth and an interference dq that placed 17/1 Power to fifth and 91/1 All Wise As to sixth with 59/1 Gamble River placed seventh. Gu d’Heripre Replay -   Thomas H. Hicks  

The Bordeaux le Bouscat harness racing program this day featured the Grand Prix d’Hivier (purse 42,000€, 2650 meters distance handicap, European) and the 25-meter handicapped and 3.8/1 odds Cap de Narmont (8m Islero de Bellouet-Sissi de Narmont) scored in 1.12.6kr for Denis Broussard and Ecurie de Narmont. He won for the 20th time in a career that has yielded 413,620€ in career earnings. The 43/1 odds outsider and 25- meter penalized Aribo Mix (10g Reve des Vallees) was second handled by Dominik Cordeau. 4.2/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Clarck Sotho (8g Oiseau de Feux) took third with Cedrik Terry up for owner/breeder/trainer Lois Bernard Martin. The undercard was led by the Prix Fan Idole (purse 24,000€, 2550 meters autostart, European 7-10 year olds) and it saw the 2.2/1 favorite Tjacko Zaz (8g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) rally in the lane for a 1.12.4kr timed length victory. Cedrik Terry teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that is owned by Kings Arms/Avesta AB as Tjacko won his second straight and third in France, advancing his life earnings to 158,728€ earned. This former Elitloppet participant bested 19/1 Dear Lover (7g Love You) for owner/trainer Nils Pacha. Third home was 5.1/1 odds Diamant Roc (7g Treskool du Caux) and pilot Bertrand Le Beller. Tjacko Zaz The Christmas week trotting action at Paris-Vincennes will be exciting with the following groupe tests on stage: December 25: Prix Une de Mai (Gr. II, 85,000€, 2175 meters, two year olds) Prix Sans Dire Oui (Gr. III, 70,000€, 2850 meters, monte European)   December 26: Prix Jules Lemonnier (Gr. II, 85,000€, monte, 2175 meters International) Prix Emmanuel Margouty (Gr. II, 85,000€, 2175 meters for two year olds) Prix Constant Herueu (Gr. III, 70,000€, 2700 meters)   December 27: Prix Leon Tacquet (Gr. III, 70,000€, monte, 2175 meters European) Prix de Vincennes (Gr. I, monte, 170,000€, 2700 meters for three year olds) Criterium Continental – Amerique Q3 (Gr. I, 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year olds International) – lineup shown below Prix Tenor de Baune – Amerique Q4 (Gr. II, 85,000€, five year olds International)         LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took today’s Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds) timed in 1.13.9kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard. This 8.9/1 odds harness racing outsider is trained by L.Cl. Abrivard as she won for the sixth time in her career that has now yielded 265,720€ in lifetime earnings. The 20/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer-Version Philo) took second for Frank Nivard ahead of 3.6/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) and trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 6.1/1 Hokkaido Jiel (3m Brillantissime-Victor Jiel) was fourth for P-Y Verva. The highly regarded Helgafell was scratched. There were several other interesting races on the program including the Prix de Briare (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters for European eligibles) and it went to 9/1 odds Eliot d’Ambri (6g Ti Punch Ribver-Rivale du Relais) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. Clocked in 1.13.7kr, the Eddy Planchenault trainee scored for the ninth time in his career and boosted this life earnings to 223,540€. 5.1/1 Dorado Bello and 2.1/1 Vincent Ferm took the next two checks. Eliot d’Ambri Fast class performers then contested the Gr. III Prix Jean Dumouch (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters for European eligibles) and the 4/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) raced outside the leaders until surging past in the lane for the 1.13.6kr timed verdict. Jean Michel Bazire drove his trainee for owner Ecurie Vautors to his 28th career victory now for 842,330€ earned. 6.1/1 odds Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star) stormed home for second driven by Romain Derieuz ahead of 13/1 Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers) that led into the lane for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 15/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above) was home fourth. Dorgos de Guez   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Hermine Girl (3f Atlas de Joudes-Salut Beaute) took the Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. III, purse 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart) on December 13 at Vincennes, clocked in 1.11.7kr for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. The 39/1 outside is trainer for Ecurie Danover by Stephane Provoost and she won for the first time in her harness racing career to increase her life earnings to 118,280€. 80/1 Helena Borosso (3f Charly du Noyer) was second for Sylvain Dieudonne and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 23/1 Beautiful Calibri (3f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc teamed for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. On the same card was the Prix Ariste Hemard (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) and the 9/10 favorite Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) scored in 1.13.7kr for Mathieu Mottier. Sebastian Guarato trains the mare for Sebastian Dewulf, and she won for the 10th time in her career for 617,800€ earned. 5.4/1 Gloria Berry (4f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 3.1/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard.  Green Grass On Dec.15 at Vincennes was the Prix de Seicheo Sur Le Loir (monte, purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with victory to 18/1 Freeman de Houelle (5m Vicove-Refina de Houelle) clocked in 1.12.8kr for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. Freeman won for the fifth time in 22 starts for 191,980€ earned. The 8/10 favorite Fakir de L’Eclose (5g Chef du Chatelet) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 11/1 Esprir d’Eliphigny (6g Panache de L’Iton) for jockey Guillaume Martin. Freeman de Houelle Yesterday (December 16) at Vincennes upper class monte performers (including some newcomers) contested the Prix Auguste Francois (monte Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles) with 1.2/1 Etonnant (6m Timoko-Migraine) the 1.10.7kr timed winner. Anthony Barrier was the jockey for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. He won for the 11th time in 50 career starts now for 507,350€ earned. 4.2/1 Daida de Vandel (7f Real de Lou) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and 16/1 Carly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Monte newcomers Looking Superb (sixth) and Dreammoko (misque dq) were contestants. Etonnant LeTrot, PMU files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetia de Vaujours) captured this day’s Gr. II monte Prix Philippe du Rozier (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters) at Vincennes with Mathieu Mottier in the irons and timed in 1.11.3kr. This 2/1 second favorite is owned by Augustin Radu and conditioned by Gilles Curens. The 1.1/1 harness racing odds favorite Gospel Pat (4m Uriel peed) was second for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 9/1 Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines foe trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Gladys des Plaines It was announced in Italy that the November 28 winner of the Gran Premio Mipaaf Filly (Gr. II, purse 220,000€, 2100 meters autostart), Cindy Truppo (2f Maharajah-Nives Manco-Indro Park), would be transferred for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz to the Billard-Souloy stable in France. This good filly was victorious at Napoli in 1.15.4kr as she bested Caramel Club (2f The Bank) and Crystal Pan (2f Ideale Luis). That same day at Napoli saw the Gr. II Gran Premio Mipaaf Males (220,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) go to 1.15.1kr timed Callmethebreeze (2m Trixton-Gilly LB-Supergill) for Alessandro Gocciadoro, his fifth 2020 win in seven appearances. Capital Mail (2m Nad Al Sheba) was second ahead of Corazon Bar (2m Oropuro Bar).   LeTrot, Gaet files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

A group of fine harness racing four and five year olds contested the Gr. III Prix Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson at Vincennes (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) and 7.8/1 odds Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) emerged victorious with a powerful stretch run handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Philippe Allaire. The handsome winner scored for the seventh time in his career for 281,600€ earned. He was bred and is owned by the great legendary journalist Jacques Pauc. Race time was 1.11.6kr. 14/1 For You Madrik (5m Up and Quick) was second with Eric Raffin driving for trainer J.L. Bigeon and owner Joel Seche. 119/1 Flora Quick (5f Prodigious) was third for Gabriele Gelormini. 18/1 Golden Bridge and 9/1 IDS Boko completed the top five/ Gallant Way   Fast class aged performers battled in the Prix Reverdy (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 13/1 odds Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite) scored with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Team Ferrari. This was Ferrari’s first win in France and it advanced his life earnings to 279,040€. 15/1 Sobel Conway (7g Conway Hall-Jasmine Broline) was second for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. JMB was third teaming his trainee Victor Ferm (6m Nad Al Sheba) that was the 9/10 favorite. 16/1 Confidence and 30/1 Altea du Piencourt followed the first three. Ferrari BR LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

The 6.3/1 Diable de Vauvert (7m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) ralled top win today’s Prix de Bretagne (Prix d’Amerique ZeTurf Qualifier 1, Gr. II International, 2700 meters, 95,000€, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.12.8kr (1.14.3kr at the 1500 to go mark, 1.13kr at the 1000, 1.12.9kr with 500 meters remaining) Gabriele Gelormini teamed this Bertrand LeBeller trainee that won for the 11th time for 542,290€ in life earnings and earned his Amerique invitation. The 6.4/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 46/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was third handled by her trainer Junior Guelpa. 24/1 Fakire du Lorault, 133/1 Carat Williams, 20/1 Tony Gio and 9/1 Feerie Wood completed the top seven. It was a blanket finish. There was five dq’s – late leading Valzer di Poggio, Calle Crown, Erming d’Oliverie and Delia du Pommereux.  Diable de Vauvert Vidéo replay-2020-11-22-VINCENNES-C4 ( LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 3/10 favorite Ganay de Banville (4m Jasmin de Flore-Anais de Banville) took this day’s Prix Paris Turf at Laval (purse 31,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds, LeTrot Open des Regions Anjou Maine) clocked in 1.14.2kr. Owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire was aboard this now seven time career winner of 110,830€. He was handicapped 25 meters as was second finishing and 6/1 odds Gaja Tejy (4m Atlas de Joudes) handled by Christophe Chalon. Third was 18/1 Glorieux (4g Severino) for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Mottier. Ganay de Banville LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cruseo d’Anama (8g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Jarifa d’Em) took today’s 12th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap) at 2/1 odds. Timed in 1.13.9kr the now eight-time winner in 98 starts was reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The Mario Xuereb owned performer now has life earnings of 329,350€. The 5.8/1 odds Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream) was second for driver Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 26/1 Fashion Queen (5f Ready Cash) took third with Francois Lagadeuc aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire. 50/1 Blues d’Ourville and 14/1 Desir Castelets completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with the exact order payoff of 8,117.40€ to 79 winning tickets. The Q+ pool reached 3,093,959€. Crusoe d’Anama On the same card was the Prix du PMU de Narval (purse 23,000€, 3000 meters) with that victory earned by 2.2/1 odds Headline (3f Brillantissime-Mara Bourbon) clocked in 1.15.8kr. Owner Jean Pierre Dubois teamed the winner that Kevin Vanderschelden trains. She now has 11 career wins in 20 starts for over 130,000€earned. The 15/1 Health Mesloise (3f Prince Gede) was second and the 9/10 favorite Heaven’s Pride (3m Brillantissime) was third. Headline LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Tomorrow 16 trotters line up for the 12th leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf (purse 75,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap) at Nantes, France. Fakir du Lorault is the likely choice and he starts from a 25-meter handicap with Francois Lecanu driving. Duel du Gers also starts with a 25-meter penalty and he enters off a five-race win streak. Drole de Jet is in the field starting with a 50-meter handicap. Below is the full lineup. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This day’s action at Laval in France featured the Grand Prix de la Ville de Laval (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, European eligibles) and 6.7/1 Diable de Vauvert  (7m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) scored in 1.12.5kr with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Bertrand LeBeller. This 25-meter handicapped winner was bred by and is owned by Franck Lemuet. Diable won his tenth in a career that has yielded 477,040€ in earnings. 26/1 Donuts Deladou (7g Baccarat du Pont) and 6.6/1 Dayana Berry (7f Scipion du Goutier) trailed the winner with fourth to the 25-meter handicapped Jerry Mom (7m Ready Cash). Diable de Vauvert On the Laval undercard was the Prix Albert et Raymond Poitevin (purse 28,000€, 2850 meter distance handicap, three year olds) and 5.5/1 odds Headline (3f Brillantissime-Mara Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr overcoming her 25-meter handicap. Owner Jean Pierre Dubois was at the lines for trainer Kevin Vanderschelden for this 10th career victory now for 126,420€ earned. Ecurie Dream With Me bred Headline. Her dam is the exceptional Mara Bourbon, an 18th time career winner of 1,657,405€. The 20/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Hakim Griff (3m Brillantissime) was second and third home was 3/10 favorite Hobbes (3m Niky). Owner/driver JPD won for the 14th time in 2020 as a driver in 72 starts. Headline The prior day at Charalaillon-la-Rochelle was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 41,000€, 2600 meters distance handicap, European, Circuit des Grandes du Sud Ouest). Here the 8.8/1 Dancelli (9g Norvelous Hanover-New Winning) scored for Eric Audebert clocked in 1.12.2kr after a pocket trip. Olivier Raffin is his trainer for Camel Benkheira as Dancelli won for the first time in France and advanced his lifetime earnings to 139,460€. 1.3/1 Holy Water (5m Pastor Stephen) was second ahead of 13/1 and 25-meter handicapped Daelia de Vandel (7f Ready Cash). Dancelli LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 12/1 odds Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) took the Grand Prix du Centre-Est at Lyon a la Soie. J.L. Cl. Dersoir teamed this Ecurie Rib campaigner to his sixth career win for life earnings to 417,010€. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr. Second was the 4.8/1 odds Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcoming a 25-meter handicap and timed in 1.13.2kr. J.M. Rancoule owns this one that campaigned in Scandinavia all summer. The 1,2/1 favorite Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) was third handled by Christophe Martens for Ceke Farm Bvba. 2.7/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) held fourth for Nicolas Bazire. Cash du Rib On October 28 at Vincennes is the next top -level event and possibly includes several that will progress to the 2021 Prix d’Amerique: PRIX DES CEVENNES 75 000€  purse Groupe III - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste, Européan Pour 6 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000, mais pas 1.200.000. The Vincennes Winter Meet commences October 28 and runs through March 6. The Gr. I events during that time frame are listed below plus there are six Prix d’Amerique qualifying races with those dates shown after the Gr. I dates. Groupe I Critérium des 3 Ans : December 20, 2020 Critérium Continental : December 27, 2020 Prix de Vincennes : Decxember 27, 2020 Prix de l'île-de-France : January 7 2021 Grand Prix de Cornulier : January 24, 2021 Grand Prix d'Amérique : January 31, 2021 Grand Prix de France : February 14, 2021 Prix des Centaures : February 14, 2021 Critérium des Jeunes : February 21, 2021 Grand Prix de Paris : February 28, 2021 Prix de Sélection : March 6, 2021 The Prix d’Amerique preps: Prix Bretagne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters; November 22, 2020 Prix Bourbonnair, Gr. International, purse 95,000€, 2860 meters, December 13, 2020 Criterium Continental, Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, December 27, 2020 Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, December 27, 2020 Prix Bourgogne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, January 3, 2021 Prix Belgique, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, January 17, 2021 LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Prix Louis Couchors (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old males) began the groupe action this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and the 5/10 favorite Ideal Ligneries (2m Repeat Love-Ouragame) scored impressively in 1.15.7kr for reinsman Franck Nivard. Ecurie de Tremont owns the winner and Philippe Billard is the trainer. She remains unbeaten in five starts now for 72.450€ earned. 3.2/1 Igui Danica (2m Boccador de Simm-Sellina Blue) was second with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 38/1 Invincible de Bry (2m Bold Eagle-Trade) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa. Ideal Ligneries The Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old females) saw 1.3/1 odds It’s Now Or Never (2f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) score in 1.16.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. She now has a 3-2-0 slate in five appearances for 62,350€ earned. The 2.1/1 odds Italienne (2f Goetmals Wood-Doceanide) was second with David Thomain teaming for trainer Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent and breeder Marvin Tebirent. 21/1 Ile Aux Moines (2f Cristal Money-Myssia de Lou) took third with Benoit Robin up. It’s Now Or Never The Prix Pierre Van Troyen (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 4-5 year olds) went to Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) at 2.1/1 odds and timed in 1.12.4kr. Nicolas Bazire was the pilot for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski as Feydeau won his 11th in a career that has earned now 270,510€. This was also the 100th career driving victory for Nicolas in 792 starts. 8.2/1 odds Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Third was Favorite Fligny (5f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. Feydeau Seven LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The game veteran harness racing trotter Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 55,000€, 4400 meters distance handicap. International) overcoming his 50-meter penalty. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that he also owns. This was his 32nd career victory now for 1,023,180€ earned. He was off at 7.2/1 odds and defeated the 8/10 favorite Brillant Madrik (9g Lilium Madrik-Made In Coulonces) with Alexandre Abrivard up and the 27/1 odds third finishing Digne et Droit (7m The Best Madrik-Plenty Pocket) handled by Anthony Barrier. Bugsy Malone On October 14 at Angers was the GNT Paris-Turf 11th Leg (purse 75,000€, 3100 meters) and the 5/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (6g Royal Dream-Rignata) scored in 1.14.7kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up, his 18th career victory for 329.100€ earned. Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash) was second with Francois Lecanu up at 4/1 overcoming a 25-meter handicap. 21/1 Contree d’Erable (8f Prince Gede) was third for David Thomain. The next GNT leg is November 4 at Nantes with Elie the series post leader so far.     Elie de Beaufour On October 13 at Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Phact (purse 55,000€, 2700 meters, three-year olds). The 3.7/1 odds Houston de Blary (3m Bird Parker-Annaba de Blary) scored timed in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Franky Defosse. Houston won for the fifth time in his career for 83,100€ earned. The 4.1/1 Hope On Victory (3f Boostger Winner) and 14/1 Hector des Champs (3m Prince d’Espace) followed the winner to the line. Houston de Blary LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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