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Today’s 12th harness racing leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) at Nantes and it went to the 4/10 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   Cleangame won for the 30 th time in 47 career starts now for 1,130,220€ earned for his career and may well be among the top five trotteurs currently racing. 7.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.3/1 Dorgos du Guez (6g Romcock de Guez) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, this one handicapped 25 meters. 21/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) was fourth after his 25- meter penalty, reined by Guillaume Martin. 56/1 Brelan du Vivier completed the top five with Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and 1242 winning tickets were each worth 622.00€. 8,168,000€ was wagered on the race with 3,828,477€ of that being in the Q+ pool.   The November 5 (Tuesday) Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Medusa (purse 52,000€, 3525 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) and it brought about the second start off a long layoff by the 25-meter handicapped Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn). Off at 2.7/1 she finished sixth timed in 1.15.1kr for Romain Congard. The race winner was the 1.5/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede - Soiree d’Erable) with Cl. Thomain up for trainer J,P. Thomain, timed in 1.15.2kr. This one recorded her 14 th career win in 52 starts now for 290,140€ earned. 7.2/1 Big Boss (8g Qualmio de Vandel) and 8.5/1 Atoll Danover (9g Land Danover) completed the top three.   Contree d’Erable   The November 4 (Monday) Vincennes card was a good one and began with the Prix de Lesparre (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that saw 6.4/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) reach the line first with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owned J-M Tessier. Race time was 1.14kr as the Queen bested 9/10 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (6m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 3.7/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard up. 28/1 Eride Luduis and 8.7/1 Electra Jet completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of that day and the exact order top five payoff was 529.40€ paid to 521 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,9021,395€ and 6,287,000€ was wagered on all wagering pools in this race.   Fashion Queen   The Prix d’Arcachon (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw even-money odds Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) score timed in 1.11.3kr for Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns and Jean-Michel Bazire trains the now 15-time winner in 63 career starts for life earnings of 432,700€. 7.6/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Christian Bigeon, his breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 35/1 stablemate Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second handled by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. 2.3/1 Super Fez (8m Love You) was fourth for reinsman Jean Michel Bazire ahead of 8.4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Nicolas Bazire piloted 19/1 outsider Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) to a 1.12.3kr timed victory in today’s Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est (purse 90,000€, 2650 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) held at Saint Galmier. Trained by Jean Michel Bazire for New Blue I LLC (USA), Bel Avis, handicapped 25 meters, recorded his 22nd career victory in 64 starts now for 1,109,533€ in lifetime earnings. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner. Another long shot, 32/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip) took second for Pierre Callier and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, with 20/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) home third with Clement Duvaldestin up. The 12/1 Blooka du Boscail and 39/1 Valokaja Hindo completed the top five. Ble du Gers and Chica de Joudes were dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Hanesslink

Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle d’Atout) took this 11th leg of the Grand National de Trot at Feurs (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap), reined by Alexandre Abrivard for harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano.   This was his 12 th career victory for 264,480€ in life earnings. Second was Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet-Queen Goulette) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Baudouin. Third home was Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang-Vive Fee) handled by his trainer Loris Garcia.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran harness racing trotter Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50-meter handicap to easily win the Prix de la Ville de Caen (Gr. III, 65,000€ purse, 4400 meters distance handicap, International 17 starters) at Hippodrome Caen, clocked in 1.14.6kr.   Yoann Lebourgeois teamed by Philippe Allaire owned and trained class-master that was bred by Christian Simon. The win raised Bugsy’s life earnings to 856,630€.   He defeated Copernis de Play (7g Giant Cat-Orelie des Play) that was reined by breeder/owner Franck Blandin. Third home was the 25-meter handicapped Ange de Lune (9g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) with Matthieu Abrivard up, he the trainer/owner. Estola, Nancy America and Vainqueur RP were next to the line. Highly regarded Looking Superb finished ninth, Ble du Gers was unplaced and Valakaja Hindo was a dq.                                      --  LeTrot photo   Thomas H. Hicks  

The annual Caen yearling sale has completed six sessions with two remaining on October 15-16. Results so far are shown below. Here is the pedigree of Aldo De Tillard. Click here.  by Thomas Hl Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cleangame (7g Ouragon du Celland-Red Bell) took today’s 42nd edition of the Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest (purse 150,000€, 2750 meters autostart) held at Toulouse La Cepiere in France. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the 3/10 favorite to his 28th career victory in 45 starts now for 1,050,870€ earned. In winning this Gr. II UET Masters Series 2019 event.  Cleangame has replaced the late stablemate Aubrion du Gers as Bazire’s top trotteur. He is owned by J-M Rancoule and was bred by Alain Louis Beaumont. Today Cleangame raced in the death seat for much of the journey before moving to the lead off the final bend. He bested 11/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir( with Mickael Cormy the driver/trainer and third finishing 16/1 Bilooka du Boscail (8f Look de Star-Mirza di Vicie) with Yves Hurel aboard. Before today Cleangame was not among the UET Masters top 25 point winners. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite and superb harness racing mare Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) took today’s Gr. I monte Prix des Elites today at Vincennes.   Raced by 11 three to five year olds for a purse of 200,000 and over 2150 meters distance handicap (plus 50 meters for the four and five year olds) the course was not a problem for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that had Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin.   Clocked in 1.11.7kr this was her 11 th career victory in 16 outings for 459,050€ earned as she overcame the 50 meter penalty. 4.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a fast closing second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.     Ecurie des Charmes bred this one as well as the third place finisher Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious-Quayaya), a mare they own, Sebastien Ernault trains and Delphine Beaufils-Ernault rode, at 17/1 odds. 23/1 Ganster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) was fourth benefitting from a 50 meter advantage and 82/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernador) finished fourth.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 6.8/1 outsider Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied to win today’s Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters autostart, eight starters) held at La Croise Laroche in France. He was clocked in 1.10.8kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl to his seventh career victory in 51 starts now for life earnings of 867,815€. The winner exploded past early pocket sitter, 1.6/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, that had followed 47/1 leader Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) until top of the stretch. Bold Eagle was second beaten two lengths. The 8/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) with J-M Bazire aboard was away last before making a halfway point move to the death seat alongside Express Jet. But his effort was futile and he finished a tired fourth with Express Jet fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. Bazire’s stablemate, 18/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) rallied late to be third for Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Paris-Vincennes groupe action today started early with the Gr. III Prix de Montelimar (purse 66,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with victory to 14/1 Gipson Creek (3m Rieussec-Ultifeda) that held strong for a nose score with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Nathalie Godin of Switzerland. The 1.14.7kr timed winner recorded his 10th career victory in 13 starts now for 94,074€ in career earnings. The 1.3/1 favorite Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was a rallying second for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 14/1 Golfe Juan (3m Jam Pridem) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. The monte specialists were next, competing in the Prix Ceneri Forcinal (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, monte, distance 2175 meters, nine starters). The 7/10 favorite Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) prevailed timed in 1.10.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin owned mare recorded her 10th career win in 15 starts and raised her life earnings to 369,050€. The 7/2 odds Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 7.6/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Woos-Avenue Victoria) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 60/1 Flora de Janeiro and 17/1 Flacca de Blary secured the fourth and fifth checks. Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix d’Avallon (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). The winner was 3.6/1 Vipera Killer Gar (5f Varenne-Uakland) with a front end victory reined by Eric Raffin. The legendary Anders Lindqvist trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio and the time was a sharp 1.10kr (fractions 1.07.7kr at the 1500; 1.08.8kr at the 1000 and 1.09.8kr with 500 meters remaining). The 19/1 Ugolinast (6f Civil Action-Gast) was second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo of Italy. 78/1 Helena du Quattro (5f Un Mec d’Heripre), 28/1 Dynastie Grammont (6f Obrillant) and 99/1 Dream Lane completed the top five and caused an exact order Q+ payoff of 73,125.20 to ten winning ticketholders. The Quinte pool was 4,525,794€ and over 9.01€ million was wagered on the race. The 21/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) took the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters three to five year olds) clocked in a quick 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.10.3kr at the 1500; 1.09.8kr with 1000 meters remainingl 1.11kr at 500 to go). Philippe Allaire trains the now eight time winner in 26 starts for life earnings of 395,790€. Eciurie des Charmes owns the winner that defeated 6.7/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) reined by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 57/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Rualt and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. The 25/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was placed fourth with Alexandre Abrivard up, on the dq of 2.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries. Favorite Fligny, Epic Julry and Elite du Ruel were placed fifth through seventh. The Gr. I Prix de Normandie (purse 200,000€, monte, 3000 meters, 12 starters all five year olds) was a superb race between four excellent five year old trotteurs. At the end it was 8.6/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) prevailing on the line with jockey Adrien Lamy at the controls for owner/trainer Charles Dreux. It was only her fifth score in 31 career starts now for 390,670€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr off even fractions. The 16/1 Evening Star (5f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Gregory Thorel. 3.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer J.P. Mary. Fourth at the line was Exotica de Retz that was an inquiry dq that moved 45/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernator) and 45/1 Estabane Sacha (5f Gazouillis) to placed fourth and fifth. Early leaders Eye of the Storm went offstride in the final bend and was dq’d. Late in the program was the Prix de Moulins La Marche (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with a field of veteran performers on stage. The 3/5 favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. It was her third straight victory and her 21st lifetime in 49 outings now for 438,150€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. The 16/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Alphone Vanberghen. Third was 5.3/1 Baladin Hongrois with Arnaud Desmottes aboard. Bazire returned a race latter to win as catch driver with 9/2 Flower by Magalou (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) clocked in 1.14.4kr in the 33,000€ purse Prix de Vimoutiers. Two good Vincennes weekends are upcoming with activities for the entire family by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Marcel Bousseau (purse 36,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Hippodrome Les Sables d’Olonne went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Ghazi Br (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner clocked in 1.14.2kr over the stated distance to his second win in France. The Norwegian owned trotteur now has career earnings of 194,734€. The 25-meter handicapped and 2.1/1 second choice Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) raced superbly and was second beaten three lengths with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trained Yves Boireau. The 15/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo-Iitvania Jet) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. On September 9 at Vincennes the emerging mare Fleche du Vucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) scored again timed in 1.15.1kr with Jean Philippe Dubois aboard. She won for the sixth time in her last eight starts and now sports eight career victories in 15 appearances. Philippe Moulin trains her for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and the latest win raised her career earnings to 82,420€. The race was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the winner was the 1.1/1 favorite. The 6.6/1 Fidele du Goutier (4g Prodigious-Salima du Goutier) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 5.9/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic-Pretty Colline) took third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Gr. II Prix de Basly today at Paris-Vincennes (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) produced an upset winner in 24/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Baily-Qualine du Rib) with Mathieu Mottier the harness racing jockey for owner/trainer Bruno Bourgoin. It was only the second career win in 23 starts for the winner that now has life earnings of 178,730€. Race time was 1.13.4kr and the winner was quite impressive and never threatened. The 14/1 Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker) was second for Romain Derieux, also the trainer. Then 106/1 Greta du Chatelet (3f Utokyt) took third for Antoine Dabouis ahead of 36/1 Grande Avenue (3f Royal Dream) and 3/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed). The 8/10 favorite Gala Tejy finished seventh. The Prix Emile Wendling (purse 53,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds European) saw 3/1 Gondoile Jenilou (3f Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) score in 1.14.6kr with breeder/owmer/trainer Louis Baudron at the lines for her fifth career score in seven starts. Her life earnings are now 82,720€. The 11/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Rita. This was a recent purchase from breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. 10/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) took third for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Gondoile Jenilou Gondoile Jenilou with breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse 66,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters, four year olds) saw 7.2/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) score timed in 1.13.9kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this Richard Westerink trainee to his eighth career victory in 30 starts now for 258,340€ in life earnings, The 4/5 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers) was a distant second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and 18/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash) was third with Eric Raffin teaming this Philippe Allaire pupil. This race was the Q+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 1.560.00€ to 442 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,748,504€and over 9,124,000€ was wagered on the race. Frisbee d’Am Veteran trotteurs then contested the Prix d’Eaubonne (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) with victory to the Sweden invader and 1.9/1 favorite Amazing Dynamite (7m Great Challenger-Kibo Dynamite) that Tomas Malmqvist trains and Franck Nivard drove. Race time was 1.12.2kr. The 9/1 Furious Francis (8g Love You-Twigs Mellow) was second gamely off a strong death seat journey with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. 10/1 Valentino Strix (8g Going Kronos-Affrodite Sund) was third for Christophe Martens, ahead of 26/1 Carthago d’Ela and 7.7/1 Champion d’Or. Amazing Dynamite The Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 58,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) produced a 1.13.3kr timed score for the even-money favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for owner Ecurie Vautors. Calaska earned her 20th career victory in 48 starts now for 408,000€ earned.  The 11/1 Dragon des Racques (6m Love You) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third went to 3.7/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) reined by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse, Calaska de Guez The Prix Aubrion du Gers (purse 33,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was next after a delightful video tribute to the late great champion. This race was a good one and went to 9/2 odds Duke Josselyn (6m Royal Dream-Tena Josselyn) clocked in 1.13.2kr under the guidance of reinsman Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Yvan Bernard bred this now inner of 103,980€. The even-money favorite Duc d’Idee (6m Royal Dream-Riche Idee) was second reined by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 12/1 Dandy du Bourg (6g Prince d’Espace) was third for pilot David Thomain. Duke Josselyn The Prix des Montier en Dei (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2850 meters autostart, 10 European starters) completed the superb card today and it went to 8/10 odds favorite Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nicciolaia Jet) reined by Franck Nivard and clocked in 1.14.5kr with a superb last 500 (the clocking was 1.15.4kr with 500 meters to go). Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) trains the winner for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele Srl., as Violetto Jet won for the fourth time in seven starts in FR. His life earnings increased to 197,292€. The 1.6/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Bjorn Goop and third went to 22/1 Inge In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) with Franck Ouvrie the teamster. Violetto Jet   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The UET Trotting Masters Finale was the day’s featured event (purse 380,000€, Gr. II International, 2700 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and quite a strategic race it was. At the end Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) scored timed in 1.11.9kr reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The victory increased his life earnings to 3,111,396€ with 171,000€ secured today. Propulsion, bred in the USA by Cane Run Farm’s owners and Bluestone Farm was away toward the back and advanced third on the outer after Cleangame moved third wide for J-M Bazire on the backside to attack the race leaders. Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) had gained the front from Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet). The Eagle was used hard to initially reach the front past the stands from Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines). Even-money favorite Cleangame reached the front albeit he stayed in the two-path entering the lane and appeared to be holding off his attackers when he went offstride in late stretch. He passed the line first and his dq enabled Propulsion to gain the victory as the 1.7/1 second choice over 63/1 Bahia Quesnot and reinsman/trainer Junior Guelpa that was also clocked in 1.11.9kr. 9/2 odds Bold Eagle was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Sebastien Guarato timed in 1.12kr. The 71/1 Mindyourvalue WF held fourth and 33/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth for Eric Raffin. The other check earners were 48/1 Milligan’s School and 114/1 Bel Avis. The pace was rated evenly until it picked up in the final 500 meters (1.12.6kr was the clocking with 500 remaining). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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  

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

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  

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