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The first session of Arqana Trot’s Yearling Sale at Deauville is complete with 77 head sold of the 131 cataloged (60.6%). There were four outs and 50 Rna’s. Gross proceeds totaled €3,185,000 (down 14% from prior year but up from 2012), with the average being stable at €41,364 and the median was €37,000 (up 18% from prior year). There was a wide array of buyers with 42 individual purchasers and the appeal of French trotting yearlings for buyers  from all over Europe (top price went to a Finnish individual) as sales were registered to buyers from Scandinavia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as from Australia, with bloodstock agent Christian Le Barbey (ITS) paying €100,000 for a filly from Island Dream (hip #8), consigned by the Haras de la Brosse, that will now travel to the southern hemisphere. The top five sellers are listed below (hip, pedigree, buyer, price in euros): 115, Dolce Notte (f, Coktail Jet-Tes Amours), Heikki Taipale, €115,000 122, Don’t Cry For Me (f, Niky-Usha Dream), Ecurie le Tremont SCEA. €103,000 8, Dream Island (f, Sam Bourbon-Island Dream), Christian LeBarbey, €100,000 73, Derby du Biwetz (m, Coktail Jet-Une du Biwetz), Neuilly Bloodstock, €85,000 (this one from a half-sister to Olga du Biwetz (€2,208,795) 96, Dingle de Loisir (m, Ready Cash-Ingoda Pierji), Robert Bergh Travstall AB #115 Dolce Notte (f, Coktail Jet-Tes Amours), second dam Amour d’Aunou  by Speedy Somolli, she dam of In Love With You (€241,898), Private Love (€847,145) and the superb broodmare Guilty of Love, she dam of Love You (€1,416,537), Repeat Love (€290,680) and In Dix Huit (€152,616) #122 Don’t Cry For Me (f, Niky-Usha Dream), second dam Island Dream by Coktail Jet, dam of Infinitif (€632,339), Viva Island (€315,670) and Not Disturb (€314,940). #8 Dream Island (f, Sam Bourbon-Island Dream), first dam the exceptional Coktail Jet producer of Infinitif, Viva Island and Not Disturb, as described above. #96 Dingle de Loisir (m, Ready Cash-Ingoda Pierji), from a half-sister to semi-classique winner Soif de Limonade (€228,380) The second session begins at noon on Thursday. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Roi du Lupin rallied to easily win today's E180,000 purse UET Masters Series Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium). Trained and owned by J-P Marmion, the nine year-old gelded son of Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol scored in 1.12.1kr by three lengths for reinsman Anthony Barrier, the winner's 28th career win in 81 starts for earnings of E1,789,845 to culminate a superb 2014 comeback. Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens (trainer Vincent Martens) with Pacsia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun) third for Roberto Andreghetti (trainer Thierry Duvaldestin) and Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carmela Stronline) fourth for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer/owner Johan Lejon. The winner, off at 3.9/1 odds, sat behind the battling 3/2 favorite Timoko (Bjorn Goop up) and Uhlan du Val (Cedrik Megissier). Timoko, seemingly hot and nervous pre-start, was first off the gate in this 2300 meter autostart test and he led for the first lap with Uhlan du Val alongside. On the second pass before the stands Uhlan du Val upped the pressure on Timoko with reinsman Megissier aggressively urging his mount to the front and he crossed over on the lead. Shortly thereafter Timoko broke stride and was disqualified. Uhlan du Val then tired quickly and Roi de Lupin took the lead and drew off under heavy stretch urging from Barrier. Olmo Holz stayed on the pegs to be second at 13.5/1 with Pascia'Lest closing on the outside at 11.4/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Twist de la Vallee won today’s Quinte+ feature race at Enghien-Soisy. Teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato, the seven year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.13.8kr over the 2900 meters he traveled, overcoming a 25 meter penalty. Denmark invader Ouch was second for Christophe Martens with Norway’s H.M. Monocerus home third for Danien Bonne. Summary follows. July 3,2014, Enghien-Soisym Prix de la Porte de Charenton, European, £54,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot £4.75 million, 1.13.8kr Twist de la Vallee (7m In Love With You-Eillen du Chene-Workaholic), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, 2900 meters, 5.3/1, seventh win for £258,720 career earnings Ouch (8g Ganymede-Javel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.3/1, 2875 meters, Denmark H.M. Monocerus (7f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova), Damien Bonne for Thierry Duvaldestin trainber, 3.3/1, 2875 meters, Norway. The prior day at Vichy, the Quinte+ went to the J-M Bazire teamed Ustang Ludois in 1.15.4kr over 2875 meters including a 25 meter distance penalty. The six year-old son of Joyau d’Amour scored at 2.9/1 odds in the £48,000 purse Priux de Vincennes. The Quinte+ jackpot that day was £4.7 million and it was not hit, causing another £50,000 jackpot addition to the next day. July 2, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Vincennes, £48,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Quinte+ £4.7 million jackpot, 1.15.4kr Ustang Ludois (6m Jioyau d’Amour-Iosca Ludoise-Off Gy), J-M Bazire, 2875 meters, 2.9/1, seventh win for £185,320 lifetime Uhal Berven (6g Corot-Oasis des Pres), Herve Sonneau, 2850 meters, 14/1 UrIal D’Harcouel (6m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel), P-Y Verva, 2875 meters, 7.5/1 Thomas H. Hicks

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes program featured excellent trotting and the celebration of the Franco-Chinese relationship.    The featured Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park was contested over 2700 meters.  This  Gr.  III monte test carried a purse of €110,000 and went to the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc owned and trained Sourire de Voutre. The eight year old gelded son of Gazouillis scored in 1.13.7kr over Italy’s Nene’Degli Ulivi with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons, as the slight favorite. The winner recorded his 16th career victory. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park-Trophee Yida, €110,000, monte, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella), Franck Nivard up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 2.1/1, his 16th career win for €703,340 lifetime earnings 2nd Nene’Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, 1.1/1 3d Quarnac de L’Iton (10g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois), Mathieu Mottier up, 67.8/1 The secondary feature, the Grand Prix de L’Annee du Cheval for €58,000 purse, went to Italy’s Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) trained by Catello Savarese for owner Scuderia Stecca. The winner scored for teamster Pierre Vercruysse in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart. Vulcania de Godrel  finished second for Franck Ouvrie and Porpora Lux, another Italian entrant, ended third for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix de l’Annee du Cheval, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.12kr 1st Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Scuderia Stecca, 6.9/1, Italy, 14th win for €112,939 2nd Vulcania de Godrel (5f Memphis du Rib-Julietta), Franck Ouvrie up, 12.5/1 3rd Porpora Lux (5f Self Possessed-Geladrier PL), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 107/1 The evening’s Quinte+ race of the day in France (jackpot €4.450,000) was the Grand Prix L’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, This 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of €58,000 for European starters of which there were 18. Germany’s pacesetting King Of The World scored in 1.12.7kr at 19.8/1 odds for driver Michael Nimczyk, trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. King Of The World is an accomplished five year-old son of Magnificent Rodney (Nordin Stable star of a few years ago) that now has 15 career wins for €88,007 as most of his racing has been in Germany for low purses. In fact, King Of The World has posted, since May 6, 2013, 12 wins and 4 placings in 16 appearances. Italy’s Ringostarr Treb, a four year-old son of Classic Photo, was second for driver Vercruysse and trainer Holger Ehlert. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was over €116,000 for a €2 play. June 27, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix l’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.45 million 1st King Of The World (5m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts-Hermes de Pericard), Michael Nimczyk driver for owner Johann Lenz  and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk (Germany), 19.8/1, 15 wins for €88,007, last 15 starts since May 6, 2014 with slate 12-2-1 and one fifth place finish 2nd Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), Pierre Vercruysse for Holger K. Ehlert, 6.2/1 3rd Vanychef (5m Offshore Dream-Manychaille), Michel Lenoir trainer/driver, 32.1/1 Later in the card three year-old fillies contested the Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom for a purse of €36,000. Sixteen starters battled over 2100 meters autostart with the win going to 5.8/1 odds Braga (by Oiseau de Feux), owned and trained by J.M.A. Roussel and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded her second lifetime win. The Quaker Jet filly Bakerloo Line was second in this event, timed in 1.14.4kr. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom, €36,000, three year-old females, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer J.M.A. Roussel, 5.8/1, her second career victory for €31,610 earned 2nd Bakerloo Line (3f Quaker Jet-Fenatoria), J. Koubiche, 5.7/1 3rd Bienvenue du Gers (3f Quinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 61.5/1 Other venues in France and Switzerland also hosted good racing this day. Sullighan took the €34,000 Prix Credit Agricole Normandie at Cherbourg. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca scored in 1.14.2kr over 2625 meters for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. At Toulouse Le Capiere, the G.P. Dynavenu Maisagri Duran for €35,000 went to Rambo Jet reined by R.W. Denecher. The nine year-old son of Goetmals Wood scored at 23.6/1 over Jean-Etienne Dubois’ Turbo Jet (by Joyau d’Amour). At Avenches (Switzerland) the €16,378 Coupe des 5 Ans Suisse went to 3/5 favorite Playboy Wind with trainer Wilhelm Paal aboard for Stall Allegra Racing. The five year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.16kr over the 2350 meter course. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com 

Marseille-Vivaux hosted the seventh leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf. The prestigious event drew 16 starters seeking the winners share of the €90,000 purse. Tonnerre du Gers captured an easy win for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. The seven year-old son of Mambo King covered 2650 meters in 1.14.6kr for his 10th career victory. June 18, 2014 Marseille Pont de Vivaux, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, Leg 7, €90,000, 2650 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters, 1.14.6kr 1st Tonnerre du Gers (7g Mambo King-Helaska de Mai-Vieux Sam), J-M Bazire owner/trainer up, 1.7/1, 10th career win for €266,600 2nd Ugo du Loisir (6m Niky-Isla Bonita), J-Ph Ducher owner/trainer up, 9.2/1 3rd Quiqui Gaillard (10g Cedre du Vivier-Baronne du Goteaux), E. Gout, 34.9/1 The card also showcased wins by Bemol d’Occagnes All Star Is Mine, as summarized below. June 18, 2014 Marseille Pont de Vivaux, Prix Kerjacques, €20,000, 2650 meters distance handicapped, 11 starters, 1.18kr 1st Bemol d’Occagnes (3m Pomerol de Laumac-Occa Pierre-In Love With You), Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens trainer/owner, 6.5/1, second life win for €21,100 2nd Bonjour (3m Rieussec-Queenie d’Urzy), Y-A Briand trainer/owner up, 1.2/1 3rd Brasilia Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Harazina), D. Bekaert up for Patrick Chevrier trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 31/1 June 18, Marseille Pont de Vivaux, Prix des Oliviers, €22,000, 2650 meters, 10 starters, 1.16kr 1st All Star Is Mine (4f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jonquiere-Best Bourbon), J-A Briand, trainer/owner, 1.9.1 2nd Alik Julry (4m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julry), J-P Gauvin trainer/driver, 1.6/1 3rd Auteut (4g Overtrick-Oneso), Mickael Cormy trainer/driver, 6.8/1 Earlier in the week, at Farjestad Sweden, Nana Ross won for trainer Jerry Riordan. The daughter of Viking Kronos recorded her 11th career win. Also at Farjestad the veteran Democrat won in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters for Per Lennartsson. Conrad Lugauer trains the son of Pearsall Hanover as he recorded his 16th lifetime win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

Solid trotting took place during the past week at various European venues. Coverage below is of racing at Jagersro (SWE), Avenches (Switzerland), Mantorp (SWE), Kincsem Park (HU), Bologna (ITY) and Paris-Vincennes where Gr. III events were featured on June 3. The Prix Caecilia went to the rallying roan Meaulnes du Corta filly Arpent d'Ostal for J-Ph Mary. The same day the monte Prix Dido went to Buffalo de Beylev for Yohan Lebourgeois, winning as the 2/5 favorite should. On June 2 at Bologna, the Premio GP Republica went to Papandreu for Enrico Bellei. The five year-old son of Abano As scored in 1.12.7kr over 1660 meters autostart for winners' share of a purse of €45,100. Oncle Photo VL took the co-featured Invitational on that card and veteran classmaster Italiano won the Greyhound Invitational that same day at Follonica. On May 31 at Mantorp (SWE) the Ina Scots went to Remo Gas (four year-old son of Varenne) for teamster Erik Adielsson. The V75 Gold produced a victory for Porthos Amok (five year-old son of Orlando Vici) and Orjan Kihlstrom. At Kincsem Park, the featured Tony Oaks DIJ went impressively to Orangyal (six year-old daughter of Wall Street Banker) for reinsman Pal Vicen and at Avenches the Grand Prix 5Ans (Suisse) went to Playboy Wind (five year-old son of In Love With You) and trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal. On May 29 at Jagersro, the Jerry Riordan trained Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Gaerldan Lobell) recorded his first career victory in his third start for driver Linda Allerecrantz. Race summaries follow including reply of the Premio GP Republica. June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Caecilia, Gr. III, €80,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Arpent d'Ostal (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine), J-Ph Mary trainer/driver 24/1 2nd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariane), Damien Bonne up, 4.3/1 3rd Adio Josselyn (4m And Arifant-Queda Josselyn), J-M Bazire aboard, 3/2 favorite June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Persues, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters, monte, 1.14.1kr 1st Rescousse de Barb (9f L'As de Viretoute-Gaie Melodie), P-Y Verva, 27/1 2nd Quango (10g Joyau d'Amour-Belle Argence), Julien Raffestin up, 9/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence up, 3.3/1 June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Dido National Monte, 60,000e, 2200 meters, 7 starters, 1.15.6kr 1st Buffalo de Beylev (3m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Hubert Hardy trainer, 2/5 favorite 2nd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Natik des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up for Patrick Ploquin, 5/1 3rd Best de Marco (3m Gogo-Fille de Marco), Julien Raffestin up for J-F Senet trainer, 42/1 June 2, 2014, Bologna Italy, Premio GP Republica, 45,100e, 1660 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 2nd Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tiogre OM-Zebu), Allesandro Gocciadoro 3rd Le Vida Loca (9f Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon), Roberto Andreghetti Beaten field included Look MO, Oibambam Effe, Probo OP and Nesta Effe June 2, 2014 Bologna Italy, Premio Lorenzo Sisal Invitational, 11,000e, 1660 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.13kr 1st Oncle Photo VL (6g SJs Photo-Balalajaca SLM-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up 2nd Per Amore Gual (5f Varenne-Dalmatica Gual-Uronometro), Enrico Bellei driving 3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Allesandro Gocciadoro trainer/driver June 2, 1014 Follonica Italy, Prix Greyhound Invitational, 6,600e, 1600 meters, 7 starters, 1.12.3kr 1st Italiano (10g Goant Cat-Coming Up Cash-Baltic Speed-Casino Evil-Speedy Crown-Ah So), 30 wins in 93 starts for 779,782e in Italy, G. Casillo teaming 2nd Oblio Dei Venti (6m Yankee Slide-Belinda GIM-Lemon Dra), Man. Matteini up 3rd Proper Wise (5m Varenne-Flirt Alert-Valley Victory-Triangle Park-Mystic Park-Miss Flirt), L. Becchetti aboard May 31, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tony Oaks DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUf purse, 1.15.6kr 1st Orangyl (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen, 4.7/1, 1.15.6kr 2nd Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Lune-Surry Lobell), Joze Sagaj, 3.3/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady- Mill H), Veljko Mazsity, 2.5/1 May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Ina Scots, 300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13kr 1st Remo Gas (4m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out), Erik Adielsson, Italy, seventh win from 19 starts for 2,608,516SWEK 2nd Rosso Pomodoro (4m Donato Hanover-Unbelievable F-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter, Italy 3rd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Gold Division, purse 320,500SEK, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Porthos Amok (5m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom, sixth win in 39 tries for 2,731,292SEK 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Svante Bath trainer 3rd Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carme la Strom Line-Delvin Kosmos, Johnny Takter for Joham Lejon trainer May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Silver Division, purse 251,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.2kr 1st Octopus (7m Yankee Glide-Decapose-Cumin), Ulf Ohlsson up 2nd Vendi (9f Armbro Trick-Wizy Fly-Speedy Fly), Jorma Kontio driver 3rd Art On Line (7g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy), Mikko Aho up May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix de Zonza, €21,000, 2300 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Nicolas Ensch up for Patrick Chevrier trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 7.8/1 odds, second career win for €28,350 2nd Bonjour (3m Rieussee-Queenie d'Urzy), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 2/1 3rd Bently de Raconis (3g Repeat Love-Bodomie0Podosis), David Vakaert up for Patrick Chevrie trainer and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 1.3/1 May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix d'Ajaccio, 24,000e, 3000 meters, 6 starters, 1.16.3kr 1st Vucain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 1/5 favoritge for owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lucuyer, 10th win for 166,450 euros 2nd  Viking d'Orion (5m Jag de Bellouet-Erfa du Vivier), Mikael Cormy up, 5.3/1 3rd Vipitano (5g Love You-Prune Rouge), Dylan Garcia up, 20/1 May 30, 2014 Avenches, Grand Prix des 5 Ans Suisse, 12,284e, 2400 meters, 10 starters 1st Playboy Wind (5m In Love With You-Kattanouga), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver, Stall Allegra Racing 2nd Vattigo (5g Gros Grain-Julia du Martza) finished second. 3rd May 29, 2014 Jagersro, ICA Malmborgs, 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, 1.16.kr Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for Jerry Riordan trainer, first win in three starts by Thomas H. 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Two Gr. II trots, a fine undercard and Tropicale Night brought out large numbers of racing and entertainment fans  tonight at Paris-Vincennes. The  Prix Chambon P, a Gr II  international event for €120,000 over the 2850 meter distance, went to the gritty Uhlan de Val and Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet won for the eight time and increased earnings to €815,390. Reve de Beylev was first to the lead, then yielded to Olmo Holz and he then to first over Rapide du Digeon. Olmo Holz sat in the pocket. Severino was first up at that point and Reve de Beylev moved second in the outer. Uhlan du Val then swept three wide to the lead and was striding home to hold off a gaining and game Reve de Beylev, with Eric Raffin aboard, on the line. Time was a sharp 1.11.9kr for the distance, just over 1-3/4 miles. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Chambon P, Gr. II International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.11.9kr (race time 3:25.03) Fractions: 1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.12.1kr at 1000, 1.11.9kr at 500 and finish 1st Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 1.2/1 odds, eighth win for €815,390 for owner J-P Megissier 2nd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for Sebastien Guarato, 13.3/1 3rd Ru de L’airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’inTheuille), Pierre Levesque for Philippe Martin, 33.5/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Targu du Chalange), Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 4.1/1 Jean-Pierre Dubois’ A Nous Deux took the Gr. II Prix Lavatar for monte specialists with an impressive rallying win for jockey Mlle. Nathalie Henry and trainer Ronny Kuiper. The pair raced with cover along the inner until coming off the final bend when they made a winning move to the front. A Nous Deux scored in 1.14.2kr over 2850 meters to defeat Anna Mix with Franck Nivard aboard. The winner is a four year-old mare by Goetmals Wood, bred by Ecurie D. May 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lavater, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry up for trainer Ronny Kueiper, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D is the breeder, 1.6/1 odds, her sixth win for €304,050 and raced without shoes 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer, 13.4/1 3rd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva for Ake Kristoffersson, 2.1/1 Atlessima ralled for fourth after 25 meter handicap for Eric Raffin The Quinte+ race also highlighted the card and went to favored Tornado Bello with Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. The seven year-old son of Jag de Bellouet is from Enfilade, dame of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Tornado Bello scored in 1.12.5kr over 2700 meters in the €72,000 Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, Romain Derieux teamed Ugo de Nieul to a second place finish. The Quinte+ exact order paid €64,550 for a €2 wager excluding the €3,050,000 jackpot. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000, 1.12.5kr 1st Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque for Mike Lenders trainer, 3.5/1 odds and 12th win for €423,190 earned 2nd Ugo de Nieul (6m Cygnis d;Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Ten Reve de Lahot (7g Hand du Vivier-Nona de Cahot), David Thomain for J-R Thomain, 9.1/1 4th Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Ohedo-Elles W.Lolita), J-M Bazire for Thomas Chaesson trainer, 14.8/1 5th Ugor du Beauvoisin (6m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin), Alexandre Abrivard for L-C Abrivard trainer, 55.9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Nathalie Henry teamed the emerging mare A Nous Deux to another harness racing monte victory in today’s €120,000 Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart at Paris-Vincennes. Ms. Henry positioned the winner, a four year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood from Nina Madrik by In Love With You, third on the pylons for much of the 2175 meter journey. The pair then took after the leaders midway around the last bend, collared Airport and Eric Raffin at mid-stretch and drew clear for a convincing win timed in 1.12.7kr on a rain-soaked course. A Nous Deux is trained by Ronny Kuiper for owner/breeder Jean-Pierre Dubois. Since becoming a monte specialist in September 2013 the winner has posted four wins in eight appearances and those wins have tallied €182,700 of the mare’s career earnings of €250,050. Summary April 29, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Rene Palyart, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters, 1.12.7kr (time 2L38.19) A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry aboard, Ronny Kuiper trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois, breeder Ecurie D,  61 poids, 1/1 odds, her fifth win for €250,050, since 9/22/13 on monte 8 4-1-0-2; prior sulky 11 1-3-2; winner 1/18 of Prix Pardiieu and 3/1 Prix Louis Le Bourg; last four monte wins earnings €182,700 Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up, Ake Kristoffersson trainer, 63 poids, 2.5/1 Al Capone Jet (4m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane-Coktail Jet), Mathieu Abrivard up, Pierre Coignard trainer, 63 poids, 8.3/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks

Evening action last night at Paris-Vincennes featured the Prix Cornelia, an 85,000e European monte test with 12 starters. Italy's Nene'Degli Ulivi was an impressive winner in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The favored veteran gelded son of Uconn Roc defeated Ursula Speed and Remember Jihim. Race summary follows: April 15, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Cornelia, European monte, £85,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters, 1.12.9kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix, 1.2/1, Italy, his 23rd win for £395,586. Uconn Roc is by Lemon Dra-Enotria Roc 2nd Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Edric Raffin at 18/1 3rd Remember Jihim (9m Jad de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence at 5.3/1 4th Nena'Degli Ulivi w/ Alexandre Abrivard On the undercard As Dore, a four year-old son of Coktail Jet, won the 60,000e Prix Henrietta for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. The 12/1 outsider's win increased his career earnings to over 109,000e. Attila Berry was second for J-M Bazire with Arpent d'Ostal home third in the contest of 13 starters timed in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters on the lighted petite piste. The hotly contested three-year-old females only Prix Phaeo for 40,000e went to 78/1 longshot Baraka de Bellou and Mathieu Abrivard. The three-year-old daughter of Prodigious scored in 1.15.9kr over 2850 meters on the petite track to defeat nine rivals. Black Rosa France was second for Eric Raffin with 3/5 favorite Blanche Mencourt home a fast-closing third with Joseph Verbeeck up. That one is a daughter of Ready Cash trained by Philippe Allaire. Today's Quinte+ at Pontchateau was the 40,000e Grand Prix du Conseil General des Pays de Loire over 2800 meters. Ti Arno de Carly, a seven year-old gelded son of In Love With You secured the win over 16 rivals in 1.14.4kr. Arnaud Desmottes teamed the winner that he also trains. The victory boosted his earnings to 152,530e. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 7.35 million euros. The exact top-five payoff was 2,380e for a 2e play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend. Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique. He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly. Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form. "The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December. The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line. Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back. Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros. Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking. Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat. Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs . LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro 05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR) 1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer 3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt 4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer 6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom 7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg 9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The veteran Rapide Lebel won his first start for money since December 2012 tonight at Hippodrome Wallonie (Belgium), scoring in a track record 1.14.4kr over 2850 meters. Eric Raffin drove the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Alexander Prevost to his 29th career win for earnings of over £1.8 million. The nine year-old Ginger Somolli gelding held off fast closing Pas Sans Toi by two lengths, as the winner drifted to the far outside during the stretch. Reactions of driver and trainer were mixed on tonight's effort and they plan for another race on April 19 from which to evaluate Rapide Lebel's fitness. Race summary and replay link follow. March 28, 2014 Hippodrome Wallonie Mons Ghlin, Prix Susan's Pride Kennel (www.eurotierce.be), International, £7,200, 2850 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Rapide Lebel (9g Ginger Somolli-Karanie des Noes-Dream With Me), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, Alexander Prevost owner, 2875 meters 2nd Pas Sans Toi (11m In Love With You-Fatre-And Arifant), Lieven de Groote up, 2875 meters 3rd Amigo Ten Doorn (10g Horse de Cotton-Pat Ten Doorn-Yankee Predator), Carlos De Soetz up, 2850 meters 4th Cuoou d'Isques (10g Vivier de Montfort-Elvira de Retz-Podosis), Hein Van Den Herde), 2875 meters 5th Rapide d'Epuisay (9m Ipsalon Janzeen-Diane des Blaves-Katius du Jure), Gerard Vergaerde up, 2875 meters On the same card, which was a mixed group of trots and gallop events, the Anders Lindqvist trained and co-owned (with USA's Peter Gerry) Angel Dark won the Prix du President de l'Association Wallonie du Cheval Trotteur in 1.14.73kr over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son of Look de Star won for the second time in his career, competing in just four starts. Angel Dark scored from post 14 in a 15 horse field and rallied five-wide in the stretch, for driver Johanna Lindqvist, to record a convincing victory. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Superb monte racing was presented on the last racing program of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000e Gr. III International Prix Henri Desmontils went to the popular and consistent 10 year-old mare Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee recorded her 18th career win and now has earnings of 1,112,020e. As the 1.3/1 favorite she defeated the Damien Bonne ridden Rapide du Digeon by two lengths timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2850 meter distance. Remarkably, Quarry Bay's last 13 monte starts since November 22, 2012 have produced five wins, six seconds and one third, all but one of these starts being in in graded races. Mike Lenders trains the winner. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Henri Desmontils, 120,000e Gr. III, monte, International, 2850 meters, 10 starters 1.12.8kr 1st Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders, owner/breeder Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 1.3/1 favorite, her 18th win 2nd Rapides du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes), Damien Bonne, 17/1 3rd Texas de L'iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Iliade de L'iton), Yohan Lebourgeois, 2.3/1 The Gr. II €120,000 Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850 meters, went to 3.6/1 odds A Nous Deux with Nathalie Henry aboard. She scored in a close battle timed in 1.15.3kr to record her fourth win for 189,250e in lifetime earnings. This four year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Ronny Kuiper at Grobois for owned Jean-Pierre Dubois who bred the mare as Ecurie D. Favored Airport (a son of Love You) was second for Eric Raffin at 2/1 for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Louis le Bourg, 120,000e, Gr II monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters 1.15.3kr 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry for Ronny Kuiper trainer for J-P Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 3.6/1, her fourth win 2nd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), Eric Raffin for Ake Kristoffersson and Ecurie des Charmes, 2/1 3rd A Priori (4m Capriccio-Loctudy), David Thomain for Jacques Bruneau, 13/1 The monte European 85,000e Prix Alencon went to Ukerlza du Benjo as she covered the 2700 meter distance in a sharp 1.13.4kr to record her 10the win, good for 181,070e in career earnings. The six year-old daughter of Blizzard Poterie is owned and trained by Philippe Rouer and scored by three lengths at 2.1/1 odds for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Volcan d'Occagnes ended second for Yohan Lebourgeois. March 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alencon, 85,000e, 2700 meters, European monte, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Ukerlza du Benjo (6f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Albevilloise-Ahmes), M. Mottier for Philippe Rouer owner/trainer, 2.1/1. Her 10th career win 2nd Volcan d'Occagnes (5g Quido du Goutier-Hermina Beauces), Yohan Lebourgeois, 4.3/1 3rd Umaga (6f Eclat de la Crau-Nikita Luchoise), Nathalie Henry, 28/1 Win pool only handle on the nine race card exceeded 2..8 million euros. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

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