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The Cabourg trotting action began with the Prix d’Auranches (purse 32,000 euro, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and the 1.15.1kr winner was 8/1 Danae d’Ela (5f Jag de Bellouet-Sonate de Bruyere) for Jean Philippe Borodajke. The 25 meter penalized at 2.7/1 odds Datcha (5f The Best Madrik) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 34/1 Carla des Caraibes (6f Flash de Cosse) was third for Daniel Marcel Olivier. The Q+ was at Cabourg in the Prix du Sap (purse 38,000 euro, 2750 meters) with the 1.15.2kr timed win to 9/1 Astral de Baumee (8g Prince de Montfort-Lisade Baumee) for driver Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Stephane Blot. Second was 7.3/1 Bellino d’Auvrecy (7m Ganymede-Lady d’Auvrecy) for Franck Nivard, ahead of 1.9/1 Alinea (8g Baccarat du Mont) that David Thomain piloted for trainer Christian Bigeon. 106/1 Bill Please (7f Ready Cash) and 86/1 Boss d’Ourville (7g Quaro) completed the top five and established at 354,750 euro exact order payoff.      Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0735   Ordre :       354.750,00€   Désordre :       5.960,40€   Bonus 4 :       192,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       79,60€   Bonus 3 :       15,60€               Cabourg’s Prix de Domfort (purse 35,000 euro, 250 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.17.2kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Family d’Arjeanc (3f Kaisy Dream-Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Clement Duvaldestin up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 6.1/1 France America (3f Jasmin de Flore-America) was second handled by trainer Louis Baudron and third was 73/1 Framboise (3f Nectar-Victoria) Action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Prix de Villeneuve Loubet (purse 70,000 euro, 2925 meters, 10 starters) with the 1.13.5kr timed victory to 1.2/1 favorite Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede). J.Ch. Feron teamed the J.P. Marmion trainee that Marmion owns and Remi Boucret bred. 1.2/1 co-favorite Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) held second for trainer/driver J.P. Ensch and 43/1 Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet-L’Aventoriere) was third with owner/trainer Junior Guelpa aboard. Weekend top trots are Saturday at Arjang where Propulsion tussles with nine rivals for 600,000SEK first prize, and Sunday at Mikkeli where Peace Of Mind, Pastore Bob and Heavy Sound battle with five others for a total purse of 140,000euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

The 28/1 Twitter (9g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) took today’s Prix de l’Opera (purse 58,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) clocked in 1.12.7kr and reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer A.H. Post and owner Haras du Arctic of Holland. The 12/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) took second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 91/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio-Helfie) was third handed by owner/trainer A.G. Maillard. 6.8/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) and 13/1 Baraka de Belleu (7f Prodigious) completed the top five and the outsiders led to no exact order ticket winner. The disorder top five payoff was 7,918 euro. The Prix de Rochechouart (purse 50,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 15/1 odds and 1.12.8kr timed Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombre Winner). The breeder/owner/trainer Jarmo Niskanen was at the lines. The 73/1 Vanity Luis (4f Ideale Luis-Cristina Luis) was a distant second driven by Francois Lagadeuc for trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. Third was 18/1 Volturina Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Eterea) for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

France turf trotting continued on Sunday with the Prix de la Ville d’Ecommoy (purse 32,000 euro, 2750 meters, 18 starters). The 1.18.6kr winner was 6/1 Clyde de la Roche (6g Oiseau de Feux-Saga Lettoral) with trainer Damien Bonne up for Ecurie de la Roche. 1.2/1 Crazy Well (6g Orlando Vici) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 6.3/1 Ce Retour le Oscar (6g Le Retour) and Jean Michel Bazire took third, this one bred, owned and trained by Ludovic Guitton. At Isle Sur Sorgue was the Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais (purse 32,000 purse, 2650 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) and the 1.16.4kr timed winner was 22/1 Bichon del Green (7g Quick Wood-Molly Speed) for driver Steve Stefano for trainer J.M. Roubaud. 53/1 Auteur (8g Overtrick) took second for Christopher Haret and third went to 34/1 Vent du Der (9g Lejacque d’Houlbec) for driver Emile Gout and trainer Richard Gout. Trots on turf continued Sunday at Hippodrome Madinina Martinque with the Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000 euro, 3800 meters) and this 1.23.1kr winner was Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis-Jolie Prometteuse) for Alexandre Faive, the owner/trainer/driver. Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Third was Bavarois du Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem) for driver J.L. Langeron and owner/trainer Corrinne Gleize. The Prix des Tulipes (5,000 euro purse, 3800 meters on turf, 7 starters) went to Ussein Royal (10g Lilium Madrik-Heloire) timed in 1.22.5kr for driver J,F, Gate and owner/trainer Christine Lebreton. Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney) was second for Solene Pach and trainer/owner J.L. Langeron with third to Titan Pierji (11g Jardy) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Moise. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The La Capelle racetrack in France featured Gr. II Prix de la Communaute de Communes Thierache Centre (total purse 100,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters in this 2nd leg of the Challenge du Trot Grand Vitesse, a UET Masters Series test)  and it was a superb race won by Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) clocked in 1.10.8kr and reined by Franck Nivard. Sebastien Guarato trains the champion for Pierre Pilarski and he was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The Eagle left alertly, yielded to Un Mec d’Heripr and then regained the lead for the duration. The Eagle now has 41 wins in 54 career starts for 4,266,670 euro earned. He was off as the 1/10 favorite with 11/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) second for Franck Ouvrie. The 32/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third for P-Y Verva, trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. 17/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Antoine Lherete and owner Ecurie Quick Star. Titty Jepson was fifth at 47/1. On the La Capelle undercard was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse 25,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) and 8.9/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet-Izakaline) scored in 1.14.5kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner H.J. DeBoer. 8/1 Bequin d’Ali (7g Little Crack) was next for Bjorn Goop and 1.4/1 favorite Bilbao d’Ecajeul (7g Quaker Jet) was third for Romain Derieux. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Q+ On Friday was the Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, France (purse 55,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) with that victory to 3.4/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) driven by trainer/owner Franck Blandin.  Race time was 1.13kr as the winner recorded career win 12 in 39 starts now for 230,070 euro earned. The exact order Q+ payoff was 1,073 euro. 2.7/1 Cobra Ar Carae (6g Kaiser Soze) and Anthony Barrier was second with 5.7/1 Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland) and Tony LeBeller taking third. The 9/1 Casimir de Survie and 53/1 Cash du Rib completed the top five. That day at Karlshorst (Berlin) veteran driver/trainer Heinz Wewering scored with Speed of Moor as the 4/5 favorite in the Prix du Spartak Stadium, timed in 1.17kr. Wewering remains the second highest driving dash winner in history, second to USA’s Dave Palone. Three year old fillies contested Enghien’s Prix de l’Ardeche (purse 39,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, nine starters) with the 1.17.1kr timed win to 2.3/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with legendary Jean Pierre Dubois at the lines. His Ecurie D bred the winning filly that Dubois also owns and Yves Boireau trains. Fame And Fortune now has earning of 38,400 euro from two wins in eight career starts. The 36/1 Felaine (3f Jasmin de Flore) was second and 6.9/1 Fantaisie Cherie (3f Sam Bourbon) was third. Dubois’ stablemate 2.1/1 Flower Wood (3f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Boireau and this one was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri. Further note, Jean Pierre Dubois now has posted six driving wins in 2018 from 25 starts and 1370 career wins in France from 6704 drives. The Q+ on July 7 was Enghien’s Prix de la Manche (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters European). 3.8/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) scored for Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie du Maza. He recorded career victory 17 in 64 outings timed this day in 1.12.6kr to increase earnings to 703,295 euro. 6.5/1 Balando (7m Nijinski Blue) was second for Eric Raffin with 59/1 Ursa Caf (5f Exploit Caf) third. Beau Gamin and Cicero Noa completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 22,761 euro. The July 7 Enghien Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000 euro, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 3.9/1 odds Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains the new four time career winner in six starts now for 67,890 euro earned. Scuderia Winner owns the colt that J-P Dubois bred. His dam Qualita Bourbon was a superb mare (at 3 winner of the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoile, Prix Roquepine, second in Criterium des 3 Ans: at 4 winner of the Prix de Selection, Criterium Continental, Grand Prix de l’U.E.T, third in Criterium des 4 ans and at age 5 third in the Prix d’Amérique). The 33/1 Fifti Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin ahead of 45/1 Fakir Merite (4m Uaukir). Fourth was the 1.6/1 favorite Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal (purse 120,000 euro, 2975 meters distance handicap) at Vichy, France, saw 3/10 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) post a convincing victory for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire clocked in 1.10.9kr. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap to record his 34th career victory in 58 starts now for 1,741,372 euro earned. Marie Brigitte Anty bred the great veteran. The 23/1 Bahia Quesnot (7f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for Franck Anne driving for Cedric Herserant. Third was 47/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees) for trainer/driver Dominik Cordeau. 5.5/1 Briac Dark was seventh. Lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix Core (purse 30,000 euro, 2975n meters, nine starters) with 2/5 favorite First Lady’s Paris (3f Rombaldi-Sahia du Bellay) remaining unbeaten with her fourth consecutive victory (40.950 euro earned), this one timed in 1.16.3kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule owns this filly. The 12/1 Fangio des Iris (3g Punchy) was second for Serge Peltier and 14/1 Fine Perle du Gite (3f Tabriz du Gite) took third for Damien Bonne. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s eighth leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert series was the Grabd Prix d’Agon-Coutainville (purse 45,000 euro, 18 starters distance handicap, 3425 meters) at Agon-Coutrainville. The even-money favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was an easy winner on the turf from post 18 and a 50 meter penalty timed in 1.16.8kr and driven by Yoann Lebourgeois. Phillipe Allaire trains and owns the now 22 time winner in just 42 career appearances good for 638,810 euro earned. The 6.4/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio-Orminda) was second overcoming a 25 meter handicap in rein to trainer Thomas Levesque. The 58/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was third for driver Anthony Honore, he too a 25 meter penalized performer. At odds of 23/1 Verazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream), 28/1 Voici du Roco (9g l’As de Boussieres, and 23/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) were the next three to the line. Anette was a 50 meter handicapped horse in the Pick5 event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The superb Vincennes Friday evening card began with the Prix Eva (purse 60,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 starters) and 78/1 Dextase Montaval (5f Ryder de Tagor) lighted up the board with a 1.11.3kr score. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Fabrice Lercier trainee that Brigitte Chaudemance owns. 10/1 Dune du Chenaid (5f Infant du Bossis) took second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Enora de Piercourt (4f Nuage de Lait) was third for trainer/driver Franck Blandin. The same owner/trainer connections returned to win the Quinte+ Prix Nemousa (purse 60,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) with 6.5/1 Elnino Montaval (4g Magnificent Rodney-Qurla Montaval) and driver Eric Raffin. The breeder was Gerard Chaudemanche. 5/1 Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) was second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort amd Ecurie Gerrits Recylcing BV. Third was 20/1 Dino du Riler with Mathieu Mottier up. 8/1 Alcoy and 6.9/1 Docteur d’Erable completed the top five and the Q+ exact order payday was 5,954 euro. The featured Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) went to 1.13.3kr timed and 6.8/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Daniel Bethouart trains the winner for Ecurie P.G. David. The ever so close finish saw 12/1 Anzi des Liards (8g Look de Star) be second for Romain Derieux and 5.4/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was third. Bohemian Rhapsody and Valse de Reve completed the top five with 1/1 favorite Cyprien des Bordes a misque dq. The card completed with the monte Prix Isis (purse 42,000 euro, 2850 meters, eight starters – three year- olds). 4/5 favorite Felixorio (3m First de Retz-Java du Vaumicel) with Eric Raffin up recored the 1.15.9kr score, his third career victory in just five outings, all monte. Sebastien Guarato owns and trains this one that defeated 8.6/1 France d’Anama (3f Vanishing Point-Provence d’Anama). Third was the P.Ph. Ploquin ridden Fifty Barbes (3m Ganymede). byThomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Saturday Enghien, France superb harness racing card led off with the Prix St. Martin (purse 55,000 euro, 2875 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.15.7kr timed Italian winner was 5.4/1 Zaniah Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi) with Gabriele Gelormini up for Edwin Legas training for Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The 7.4/1 Fable du Plessis (3f Neutron du Cebe) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, and third was 32/1 Flicka Luxaxelo (3f Mourotais) for driver Franck Ouvrie. The Prix l’Observatoire (prse 55.000 euro, 2150 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.12.1kr timed and 4.8/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. The 5/2 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was next for David Thomain and trainer Hans Bot, with 39/1 MY King Of Cash (6g Ready Cash-Inside Broline) third for Gabriele Gelormini. Token Bi (6f Equinox Bi) took fourth for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Edwin Legas and Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, this team a winner earlier. The Saturday Q+ was the Prix Roussillon (purse 48.000 euro, 16 starters, 2150 meters) with a narrow score to 1.12.9kr timed and 15/1 odds Balzac de Sauvigne (7g Lontzac). Michel Lenoir drove and trains the winner that setoff a 25,296 euro exact order payoff. 6.9/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) was a game second for J.Ph. Monclin, owner Mitja Slavic (SLO) and trainer Philippe Billard. The 3/1 Azur des Caillons (8m Quaker Jet) was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 3.7/1 Baileyse and 6.2/1 Angelo Am completed the Q+ top five. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Washington (purse 120,000 euro, 1609 meters, 12 starters) produced a track and France mile record 1.08.7kr (1:50.60) by the 3/1 winning Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn). Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. She now has 17 career wins ion 29 starts for 824,924 euro earned. Uza led and the start and parked 1.2/1 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Franck Nivard up. Eventually she let Un Mec pass after a brutal struggle and the emerged at top of stretch to put the rival away to easily hold off 15/1 Dijon (5m Ganymede) with Romain Derieux up, and 5.9/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede) reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Un Mec salvaged fourth ahead of 10/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) with David Thomain driving. Un Mec has career earning of almost 1.9 million euro and Billie has over 1.6 million euro on her card. Sunday action in France includes the eighth Trophee Vert led with Bugsy Malone the favporite despite a 50 meter handicap. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - Sunday trotting action at Paris-Vincennes was sensational under sunny skies and before a large and enthusiastic gathering. The first test was the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, nine starters). 5.2/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) scored in a quick 1.10.9kr for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Dexter record his seventh career victory in 34 attempts now for 435,870 euro earned. The 3/10 favorite Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 2.8/1 Dominator Blond (5m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) took the third check for jockey Damien Bonne and trainer J.B. Bossuet. Early in today’s star filled program was the Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 200,000 euro, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.14.2kr timed winner was 160/1 Fighter Smart (3m Uniclove-Vicky Cash). Mathieu Mottier handled the Cyrille Buhigne trainee that Ecurie Smart owns and bred. 64/1 Fortaleza (3f Prince D’Espace-Houlba de Pauline) took second money with J-M Bazire up for William Bigeon. Third was another outsider, the 40/1 Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) handled by trainer Franck Anne for Ecurie AB Trot. 4/5 favorite Flocki d’Aurcy and well regarded Follow You were dq’s. The co-featured Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (240,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) saw 23/1 Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hamina) score timed in 1.13.5kr with Franck Nivard the pilot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. The 64/1 Etoile de Bruyere (4fKenor de Cosse-Reinette de Tijas) took second for Adrian Lamy, the jockey for trainer Charles Dreux. 43/1 Emilius de Play (4m Hulk des Champs-Orelie de Play) was the third horse on the line with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The next two home were 4.6/1 Equinoxe Jiel (4m Rancho Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard and 2.1/1 Etonnant (4m Timoko) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The Q+ Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 90,000 euro, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to rallying 7.7/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) with an excited Eric Raffin up. Serge Peltier trains this 18 time career winner in 82 outings now for 694,830n euro earned. The 16/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers) was next with trainer J-M Bazire up and 32/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominque Cheradame. 12/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password)  was fourth for Jean Philippe Dubois and fifth was 11/1 Classic Way (6m Prodigious) and driver J.Ph. Monclin. Dubois (Jean Philippe) also bred this one. Well-regarded Caprice du Lupin, Cash Gamble and Bugsy Malone were miscue dq’s. The monte Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 200,000 euro, 2175 meters, 10 three year olds) saw 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-0Star du Chene) ride the pegs home for a passing win with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj clocked in 1.13kr. The 3.1/1 Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) gamely held second with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 30/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point-Uzie de Janiero) was third for jockey Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Franck Blandin. 6.1/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed 3/1 odds Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) with Rudolf Haller the trainer/driver for Team Neuhof. This Elitlopp starter bested 23/1 Coach Franbleu (6f Prince d’Espace) handled by Franck Nivard for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Third was 36/1 Dream de Nilrem (5g Jet Fortuna) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Frederic Prat. The Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (100,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, four year olds) produced an easy score for the 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie the pilot. Jarmo Niskanen trains the now seven time career winner in only nine starts. Ecurie Skytten owns the career winner now of 250,900 euro. 22/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) was second with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Alexandre Buisson. 35/1 Elana Sport (4f Titan d’Occagnes-Victoria Sport) took the third spot with Guillermo Andreu Adrover at the lines. Race time was 1.13.9kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The long shot at 18/1 Comtesse du Chene (6f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) took the seventh leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Q+ race of the day) held at Hippodrome Reims. Franck Nivard teamed the winner that overcame a 25 meter handicap to record her seventh career win in 32 outings for €341,650 earned. Julien LeMer trains the Comtesse for Claude Guedj. The 9/1 Cicero Neo (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second for driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 24/1 and 25 meter penalized Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Jorma Niskanen and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. The 4.8/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet) and 45.1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious), this one also 25 meter handicapped, completed the top five. Race time was a quick 1.11.6kr.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Comtesse du Chêne F. Nivard C. Guedj J. Le Mer 2ème 7 Cicero Noa P. Vercruysse J. Vanhoucke J. Vanhoucke 3ème 12 Cathy A Quira A. Abrivard E. Desmet J. Niskanen 4ème 5 Direct Way A. Barrier J. Pauc Ph. Allaire 5ème 14 Artiste de Joudes D. Thomain Ecurie de Tierceville J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0227   Ordre :       34.408,00€   Désordre :       361,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       7,80€       On the undercard was the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 European starters) and 8/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 6.5/1 Abercombis (8g Hyperis) was second for trainer/driver J.F. Senet and 8.7/1 Virus (9g Bassano) took third driven by Tanguy Devouassoux for the breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Devouassoux. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5.6/1 Bevert Express (7g Tenor de Baune-Sweet Sixteen) overcame a 25 meters handicap to win the harness racing Grand Prix Groupe Bouttemy on the turf at Arras, France on Sunday (purse €35,000, 2875 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) with Francois Pierre Bossuet driving. He also trains the winner for Ecurie Tenor, now with 12 wins in 67 career starts for €202,610 earned. The 26/1 Africain (8m Oardo-Kamine), also 25 meter penalized, took second for Yann Gerard and breeder/owner/trainer Vincent Collard. Third was 47/1 and 25 meter handicapped Bora Fligny (7f Magnificent Rodney) for trainer/driver Christophe Chalon for Ecurie Chalon. Two 50 meter penalized starters were fourth and fifth, 5.6/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) for Jeremy Koubiche, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Mlle. Anette Holmgren, and 16/1 Uvinito (10g Inver) reined by Christian Boisnard, the breeder/owner/trainer. A great race it was before a large, enthusiastic audience. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - The 1.2/1 favorite Valse de Reve (9f Mister President-Nouba Houba) took Tuesday evening’s Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand (apprentice jockeys, monte, purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr and ridden by apprentice Julien Balu, his 47th victory. Valse de Reve, trained by Alain Roussel, also owner, recorded his ninth career victory in 79 starts now for €687,170 earned. The 35/1 Arena del Phedo (8f Magnificent Rodney-Feria de Vrie) was second with Pierre Thieulent in the irons and third was 128/1 Vulcan de Bellande (9g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) for jockey Dylan Dulong. Valse de Reve is head number 13 on the pegs in the photos below. Quite a monte finish!!! Also on the card was the Prix Loma (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 3.9/1 Dede Au Chalet (5g Quito Kebir-Mammy Noce) with Alexandre Angot in the irons. This winner scored for the eighth time in 24 career appearances now for €140,300 earned. 4.7/1 Dame de Bellouet (5f Mon Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third home was 1.1/1 favorite Derby Show (5g Reflet Gede) handled by trainer P-Y Verva. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A terrific trotting card Saturday at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by four groupe contests, the first being the Prix de la Ville de Plouescat (Gr. III, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European).  The Gr. II co-featured Prix Louis Jariel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) produced an easy score timed in 1.10.6kr for 1.1/1 Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. The 2.2/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin for Louis Baudron, the breeder/owner/trainer. 3.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Naume du Pommereux) was third driven by trainer Sylvain Roger and owner/breeder Noel Lolic. Well-regarded Davidson du Pont was scratched. The Prix du Quercy (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) resulted in an easy 1.13.9kr victory for 3.2/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password-Intense Action).Breeder Jean Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The 1.6/1 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred this one. 4.8/1Cicero Noa (6gMandarino Blue) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The day’s Q+ was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.5/1 Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) with Franck Nivard up for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and its trainer Gennaro Casillo. 2.4/1 Cobra Ar Carac (6g Kaiser Soze) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and third went to 11/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard. 70/1 As des Jacquets and 43/1 Quincy Frontline completed the top five, Fleche Bourbon kept her win streak intact (six straight in an undefeated career to date) scoring in 1.14.3kr in the Gr. III Prix d’Istres (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The three year old daughter of Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) now has earnings of €110,250 in her brief career. She was off as the even-money favorite and bested 8/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As) with Eric Raffin up, for trainer Philippe Allaire, and 86.1 Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash) reined by her trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. 53/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Allaire. The Gr. II featured Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, International) went to the great mare and 1.3/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) that was bred and is owned by Ecurie Yvan Bernard and handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Race time was 1.12.3kr and Belina recorded her 19th victory in 56 career starts for €1,660,430 earned. The 2.7/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a good second for J-Ph Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 20/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede0Nostalgique Sacha) with Gabriele Gelormini up. 76/1 Akim du Cap Vert was fourth. The June 8 Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed and 9/1 Caline de Fleur (6f Mago de la Merite-Maika du Maninay) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 4.3/1 Class Action (6f Scipion du Goutier) was second for driver/trainer/owner Charles Dreux, and 3.2/1 Brisbane du Bourg (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 51.1 Venus du Rosay and 7.4/1 Romi Mms were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On June 6 was the prestigious Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Laval (Gr.III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 2.4/1 Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   This one now sports 15 career wins in 28 outings for €403,970 earned. 1.3/1 Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot) was second for Antoine Wiels and breeder/trainer/owner J-P Marmion. 26/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was third for Dominique Cheradame, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 57/1 Unero Montaval and 41/1 Artiste de Joudes completed the top five.   The hot trotting Unstoppable (6g Zola Boko-Arnie’s Angel) took his seventh win in the last 11 starts at Gelsenkirchen in the Wettstar de Sportvetten for €4,000 and raced by six over 2000 meters autostart. Robbin Bot teamed the 4/5 odds winner that defeated 5.4/1 Ultra As (5g Civil Action) that had Rob T. De Vlieger aboard.   As the Oslo Grand Prix draws near, featuring Twister Bi and Be Mine de Houelle on the undercard), a June 6 event the GJENSIDIGE went to the legendary bred Forever Peace (5m Muscle Hill-Peaceful Way) in 1:55.5 over the 1609 meters autostart course.   Erlend Rennesvik is trainer driver of the Stall Sving bred and owned winner that earned 30,000NOk with the victory. The lightly raced campaigner now has a 5-2-4 slate in 20 career starts.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

At Caen on June 4 the Prix Toyota (de Feugeres) went to 1.15.7kr timed Endora de Busset (4f Tucson – Ovelinotte d’Ylea) with Florian Desmigneux up. Anders Lindqvist owns and trains this winner, and was a leadoff for coverage of excellent mid-week trotting in Europe. On June 5 at Vichy was the Prix Vichy Celestins (purse €80,000, 3525 meters, 18 International starters), a Quinte+ event. 2.9/1 Calin de Morge (6g Ozio Royal-Paradise Princess) scored for Franck Nivard and Ecurie HD Trot as this winner recorded victory 12 in 48 career starts. Race time was 1.14.5kr. 1.6/1 favorite Colonel (6g Goetmals Wood) was second for J-M Bazire, also trainer. The 10/1 Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was third for Antoine Wiels and trainer/owner J-P Marmion. The 11/1 Aldo d’Argentre and 32/1 Amigo Turgot completed the top five. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR mardi 05 juin     Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +     Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 11 Câlin de Morge F. Nivard Ecurie H.D.Trot D. Haon 2ème 7 Colonel J.-M. Bazire Ecurie des Charmes J.-M. Bazire 3ème 18 Uniflosa Bella A. Wiels Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 5 Aldo d'Argentré A. Lamy E. Lamy E. Lamy 5ème 8 Amigo Turgot A. Blandin Mme T. Hoste F. Blandin        Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0169   Ordre :       908,80€   Désordre :       16,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,20€   Bonus 3 :       2,40€                     On June 5 (D-Day 74 Years Ago on June 6) Il Villagio (4m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) took the Prix Caecilia (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr at 3.8/1. Louis Baudron teamed the winner as breeder/owner/trainer. 2.1/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick) was a four length back second for Franck Nivard, ahead of 40/1 Epice Turgot (4f Orlando Vici) with Franck Ouvrie driving. The June 5 Vincennes featured monte Prix Perseus (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.8/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lumpur) timed in 1.13.3kr and with Camille Levesque in the irons for Pierre Levesque (breeder/owner) and trainer Thomas Levesque. 2/1 Caduceus des Baux (6g Mark Speed) was second with P-Y Verva up and third was 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) for jockey Guillaume Martin. Nearly at program end was the monte Prix Dido (purse €64,000, 2200 meters, six starters three year olds) and an easy victory it was for 7.4/1 Fiaschetto (4m Ubriaco-Andalouse Lady) with Anthony Barrier up. 2.4/1 France Brasil (3f Vaillant Cash) was distant second for Eric Raffin and 7/2 Flying Dream (3m Coktail Jet) was home third. The Criterium des 4Ans Switzerland at Avenches (purse €17,140, 2350 meters autostart, six starters) went to 1.16.3kr timed and 1/10 favorite Ellatori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) scored for owner/driver Henri Turretini and trainer Nunes de Oliveire V. 16/1 Enattof (4m Ready Cash-Isabelle de Bussy) was next for the same trainer ans driver Renaud Pujol. Third was 100/1 Energy Fighter (4f Otello Pierji-Windiputable) with Henri Humbert aboard. At the same venue was the Prix du Muguet (purse €10,284, 2350 meters autostart, eight starters). A great veteran, Swedishman (12g Gogo-Volgana), scored timed in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Fetter and owner Pavone Carlo. Swedishman recorded his 37th career win In 106 starts for earnings now of €1,228,651. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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