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Today’s VG Grand Prix Oslo day began with heat one of the Energima Cup (purse €19,939, 1609 meters, nine starters) and the 1.10.7kr clocked victory went to rallying 3/2 favorite Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette). Jorma Kontio was the pilot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Annie Bezzier. This one is now 7 for 36 lifetime for €506,358 earned. 15/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi) held second for SRF Stable, trainer Roger Walmann and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. 6.5/1 Photo Lavec (6m SJs Photo-Joyful Lavec) was third for trainer/driver T-E Solberg.  The second elimination of Energima Cup (same purse, distance, number of starters) went to 1.10.7kr timed and 4/5 odds Donatomite (6g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) with Frode Hame at the lines. He trains the winner for Granstrai I. Arjang AB. 12/1 Deep Sea Dream (10g Offshore Dream-Nightlight) was second for S.O. Wassberg, trainer O.G. Hvidsten and owner Bente Hvidsten. 10/1 Quick Fix (9g From Above-Glued) was third for Per Oleg Midtfjeld driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 11/1 Franch Laundry was fourth.  Monte performers contested the Kinghsrod Trading (purse €19,979, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters was the 2/5 favorite and recent world record holder (Be Mine de Houelle 7f Scipion du Goutier) finish fourth. Victory went to 2.2/1 Ulka des Champs (10f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) scored timed in 1.12.1kr for jockey Guillaume Martin and owner David Geguech. The 20/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Sophia Adolfsson and trainjer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 16/1 Etna BR (6f Muscle Yankee-Sugar Coated Lindy).  The finale of the Energima Cup (UET Masters Series, purse €56,21, 1609 meters, eight qualifying starters)  went to 2/1 Coquin Bebe (8m Rabcho Gede) again reined by Jorma Kontio. 9/1 King City (7m Muscle Hill) took second for Orjan Kihlstrom ahead of 1.6/1 favorite Donatomite (6g Donato Hanover) handled by Frode Hamre. Deep Sea Dream was home fourth. Race time was 1.11/8kr.  The program also included the Gjensidige Four Year Old Elite race (purse €39,858, 1609 meters, nine starters). Giveitgasandgo (4gf Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover) scored timed in 1.09.9kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Eria Christoffersen owns. Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko-Romamce du Ruel) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Annick Bazin. Kinf Of The Hill and Robin GT completed the top four.  The Finn Tack Europomatch Norway (purse €56,721, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3/5 favorite Genreaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof-Zakia Fortuna) victorious timed in 1.11.8kr. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver of the winner that is owned by Merwesteal Moerdijk BV. 59/1 outsider Moni Viking (5m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) was second for Frode Hamre and owner/trainer Jan Lyng, and 4.4/1 Sir QC (5g Raja Mirchi-Mumma QC) with teamster Ulf Ohlsson held third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Oslo, Norway - The 3.6/1 Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) with Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo, made a shambles of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series VG Grand Prix Oslo (total purse €289,226, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) scoring by seven lengths in the 1.10.5kr clocked victory. Bellei had the winner in front early and the result was never in doubt as the 9/10 favorite Twister Bi made a dq miscue before at the start. Urlo dei Venti raised his career earnings to €930,050 for owner Scuderia Barbalbero of Italy. The 63/1 Evil Enok ME (5m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) was second for trainer/driver Noralf P. Braekken and owner Lars Mikal Braekken. Third was 14/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Tea Josselyn) reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues.The 50/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi) was fourth for Per Oleg Midfjeld driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The 3.9/1 second choice Cyber Lane was fitth. 11/1 Dreammoko ended eighth.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

Friday evening trotting action at Paris-Vincennes included the Quinte+ Prix Pythia (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) with that 1.13.7kr timed victory to 15/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Morval-Iomolly) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. The winner recorded his 13th career win now for €412,010 earned. 12/1 Cathy A Quick (6f Password) took second for David Thomain and trainer Jarmo Niskanen with third to 5.5/1 Clif de Pommereux (6m Love You) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger. 6.2/1 Classic Way (6m Prodigious) and 6.4/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) completed the top five. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR vendredi 1er juin   Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +     Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ungaro d'Éva A. Abrivard Ec.Jean-Michel Baudouin J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 2 Cathy A Quira D. Thomain E. Desmet J. Niskanen 3ème 17 Clif du Pommereux F. Nivard N. Lolic S. Roger 4ème 1 Classic Way J.-P. Monclin Ecurie Pierre Pilarski S. Guarato 5ème 14 Blooma d'Héripré E. Raffin Mme G. Wend G. Thorel    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0133   Ordre :       12.458,00€   Désordre :       138,00€   Bonus 4 :       19,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       9,40€   Bonus 3 :       6,80€                     The Prix Kissa (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) for mid-level aged performers was won by 4/1 Bachar (7m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) with trainer Emmanuel Allard driving. 79/1 Baron du Bourg (g Lilium Madrik) took the second spot for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Jan Van Eeckhaute. 7.6/1 Al Capone (8g Jade Bocain) was third for Eric Raffin. Race time was 1,12,7jr and the winner recorded his ninth career victory and increased his earnings to €236,550. The featured Gr. II monte Prix Lavater (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced a 1.14.2kr timed score for 4.3/1 Equinoxe Jiel (4m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) with Mattthieu Abrivard up for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 2.4/1 favorite Esperanzo (4m Speedy Blue) was second handled by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 7.2/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) that Mme. D. Beaufils-Ernault reined for trainer Sebastian Ernault and Ecurie des Charmes. The wrap up Friday evening was for three year old fillies in the Prix Marcel Perlbarg (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters). This 1.16.8kr timed victory went to 3/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As-Fidelia) in rein to Eric Raffin and trained by Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner J.M. Tessier. 1.9/1 second favorite Flo Wood (3f Singalo-Tip Top Lady) rallied for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this Jean Pierre Dubois bred and owned filly. 1.8/1 favorite Fever (3f Rolling d’Heripre) was third with Franck Nivard up for Ecurie le Tremont. Sunday June 10 is the Gr. I Oslo Grand Prix raced over 2100 meters autostart for a total purse of 1.5 NOK million ( at Bjerke Racecourse. It is considered Norway’s greatest trotting event. The 2017 version was won by Twister Bi defeating Lionel and Aubrion du Gers timed in 1.12.6kr in the rain and fog. Replay follows” The Oslo Grand Prix 2018 lineup is shown below, followed by the race winner history through 2016. VG OSLO GRAND PRIX 2018 SØNDAG 10. JUNI   Horse Driver Trainer Twister Bi - Italia Christoffer Eriksson - Sverige Jerry Riordan - Usa Urlo Dei Venti - Italia Enrico Bellei - Italia Gennaro Casillo - Italia Cyber Lane - Sverige Johan Untersteiner - Sverige Johan Untersteiner - Sverige Cokstile - Norge Ulf Ohlsson - Sverige Jan Kristian Waaler - Norge Dreammoko - Frankrike Jorma Kontio - Finland Richard Westerink - Nederland Takethem - Danmark Steen Juul - Danmark Steen Juul - Danmark Uza Josselyn - Danmark Erik Adielsson - Sverige René Aebischer - Sveits Evil Enok M.E. - Norge Noralf P. Brækken Noralf P. Brækken - Norge Cruzado Dela Noche - Usa Per Linderoth - Sverige Stefan Melander - Sverige Rajesh Face - Sverige Per Oleg Midtfjeld - Norge Lutfi Kolgjini - Sverige Past winners of the Oslo Grand Prix through 2016. Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Km. Time 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer Karsten Buer Asbjørn Jensen 1:23.0 1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin Robert Westergren Robert Westergren 1:23.6 1968 Race cancelled         1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin Gösta Nordin Stall Gruff 1:23.5 1970 Race cancelled         1971 Unor Lars Axelsson Lars Axelsson Stall Montigny 1:19.5 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin Sören Nordin Stall Hak / Stall Idre 1:18.1 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin Sören Nordin Stall Rol Christ / Fello / Opal 1:18.6 1974 Boett Sören Norberg Sören Norberg Karl Adolfsson 1:21.0 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström Kjell P. Dahlström Ulla Dahlström 1:19.1 1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen Bengt Arvidsson Stall Oskar 1:19.7 1977 Race cancelled         1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen Bengt Arvidsson Stall Oskar 1:17.0 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire Christian Riviere Ch. Riviere 1:19.9 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd Gunnar Axelryd Stall Bafata 1:17.1 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson Karl Erik Nilsson Stall Point 1:16.3 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné Ingvar Andersson 1:18.9 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo William Takter Bo William Takter Stall Tranen 1:15.6 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin Ulf Nordin M. C. Andersen 1:16.3 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel Michel Roussel Jean Pachoud 1:16.0 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen Kjell Håkonsen Torleif Thu 1:14.7 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen Kjell Håkonsen Torleif Thu 1:13.7 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen Gunnar Eggen Stall Cheval 1:12.5 1989 Ourasi Michel Marcel Gougeon Jean Rene Gougeon R. Ostheimer 1:13.5 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard Preben Kjærsgaard M. Duckert / Stald E.H. / Stut. Focus 1:13.8 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson AB Gnägget 1:14.1 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck Harald Grendel Gestut Cicero 1:14.6 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop Olle Goop Håkan Andersson 1:14.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Stall Succé 1:12.7 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Stall Succé 1:12.7 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson Kjell P. Dahlström Ina Q AB / Kjell Dahlström AB 1:12.9 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Håkan Anderssons Åkeri 1:14.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck Anders Lindqvist Leverre International S.A. 1:13.2 1999 Ganymede Jean Pierre Dubois Jean Pierre Dubois Daniel Wildenstein 1:12.6 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Stall Kalas 1:12.0 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel Nicolas Roussel Mme. Bernard Bessiere 1:12.1 2002 Brads Photo Wilhelm Pal Holger Ehlert Scuderia Vilenzo 1:13.9 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Stall Palema 1:12.2 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Stall Palema 1:11.7 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld Per Oleg Midtfjeld Knut Olausson 1:12.5 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson Jean Pierre Dubois Jean Pierre Dubois 1:13.2 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westerholm Jörgen Westerholm Stall Velvet Trav AB 1:12.2 2008 L’Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller Jean-Philippe Ducher Comte Paul de Senneville 1:11.5 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg, Jr Hugo Langeweg, Jr Stal Amsterdam 1:14.3 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio Jerry Riordan Guida Italia Sc 1:11.7 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop Trond Smedshammer Marc D. Goldberg / Willow Pond LLC 1:11.5 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens Fabrice Souloy Snogarps Gård AB 1:11.5 2013 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Knutsson Trotting AB 1:12.8 2014 Univers de Pan Philippe Daugeard Philippe Daugeard M. Olivier Horvath 1:11.9 2015 B.B.S. Sugarlight Peter Untersteiner Fredrik Solberg Stall Sugarlight & Gunnar Karlsen 1:11.3 2016 Your Highness Bjørn Goop Fabrice Souloy P.V.Racing Stable HB & Ullo AB 1:10.5   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Bjorn Goop enjoyed quite a day at Bjerke (wins with Rod Stewart, Timone EK and Crfzado dela Noce earlier on the harness racing card) and none better than with Oslo Grand Prix winner Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) as this Fabrice Souloy trainee rallied late to nail Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) and Orjan Kihlstrom driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The winning mare, off at 1.7/1 on the PMU network, was clocked in 1.10.5kr for this her seventh straight 2016 victory and it raised career earnings to 8,568,228kr. Nuncio was off at 2.8/1 on PMU and favored on the other major European networks, was a game second and now has an impressive 31-14-2 slate in 47 lifetime appearances. 2.2/1 (PMU) Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. Papagayo E, Support Justice and Lionel were the next three to the line. The Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr. I UET International event with 1,500,000NoKr to the winner (purse in euros €302,212) was contested over 2100 meters autostart (1-5/16 miles). Your Highness Thomas H. Hicks ATG, Fintoto, Rikstoto, PMU files/photos

Top flight harness racing action occurred throughout Oslo Grand Prix day at Bjerke Travbane. Mares ages three to ten battled in a 1609 meters autostart event worth 175,000NoKr to the winner and 6.5/1 Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) came out on top for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. The impressive, gorgeous, long-striding mare now has 17 career wins in 65 starts for earnings in excess of 2,150,000NoKr. Timed in 1.11.1kr she defeated 12.5/1 Diadora BR (5f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite-SJ’s Caviar) with Thor Borg up for trainer Frode Hamre. Third was 2.4/1 Soho (7f Dream Vacation-Hillery Toll-General November) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Bo Westergaard. The winner recorded her third win in the last four outings. Late stretch leading Radysin America made a miscue under heavy urging from Bjorn Goop and was disqualified. Heaven’s Door finished unplaced. Four year-olds contested an open event worth 200,000NoKr to the winner and Goop teamed front-stepping 1.9/1 Cruzdo dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) to a 1.10.4kr victory for trainer Stefan Melander. After a recall the winner was all business and defeated Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) with Jorma Konto up for trainer Melander. Third was another Melander trainee French Laundry (4m Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Broadway Appolo and Cahal des Rioults were fourth and fifth. The top group are US registered. Cruzado dela Noche The Euroamatch for four and five year-olds drew a fine field that raced over 2100 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 1.11.6kr timed winner was the 1.6/1 favorite, and Bjorn Goop piloted, Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), an Italian campaigner trained in FR by Fabrice Souloy. 42/1 Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) was second driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann, and 2.48/1 Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) was third with Roberto Andreghetti holding the lines. Buzz Mearas has been racing well going into this contest. As previously reported Goop won the Energima Cup Final and his elimination with the Riordan trained Rod Stewart, that started reinsman Goop’s big day. Thomas H. Hicks PMU, ATG, Rikstoto, Fintoto files

Two eliminations were raced today leading to the Oslo Grand Prix undercard feature Energima Cup Final, contested over 1609 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 100,000NoKr elims (purse in euro €21,061) were first won by Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert at 2.85/1 odds, over .85/1 favorite Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with trainer Steen Juul up. Third was 42/1 Rafolo (8g Love You-Farola-Speedy Herve) with Lars Anvar Kolle driving. The second elim went to 5/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Jerry Riordan. 1.27/1 favorite Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) took second for trainer/driver Peter Ubtersteiner and 22/1 Royal Ice (5g Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Conway Hall) landed third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. Gigant Slugger was scratched from this elimination. Earlier the Montelopp (1609 meters autostart, 100,000NoKr to winner) went to 3/5 favorite Nantucket (10m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Sofia Adolfsson. Call Me Hanover and More Caviar were next across the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5 million) was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed harness racing  victory to 8.7/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Kea Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up for German owner Stall A&S 2003. 8/1 Vedette des Landes (7f New des Landes-Delia du Houlbet) was second for Sebastien Hardy, also trainer, and owner Michel Hardy. Third was earned by 16/1 Primula Brazza’ (7f Oiseau de Feux-Erbarosu Brazza’) with Pierre Levesque piloting this Italian invader.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Xea Venus AUT B. Goop Stall A & S 2003 B. Goop 2ème 10 Vedette des Landes S. Hardy Mic. Hardy S. Hardy 3ème 4 Primula Brazza ITY P. Levesque Scuderia Dell'Acquario S. Carro 4ème 8 Adrienne du Citrus A. Abrivard Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon L.-C. Abrivard 5ème 13 Ultra Amsterdam A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2425   Ordre :       16.090,00€   Désordre :       321,80€   Bonus 4 :       30,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€   Bonus 3 :       10,00€   Also on the fine card was the Prix Adalberta (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the winner was 1.9/1 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) driven by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Ecurie TH&V Weber-Berchtold of Germany. The winner’s dam is a daughter of King Conch-Lamitech Pedro-Sugarcane Hanover and she was registered in Italy. Spartan Kronos covered the course clocked in 1.14.7kr. 1.2/1 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Pax de Villeneuve) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. Third was 92/1 outsider Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for driver Matthieu Mottier. The Prix Mimas (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a close finish with the winner timed in 1.15.5kr, that one being 12/1 Chance (4f Ready Cash-Ramruma) driven by trainer Franck Anne for owner Julien Raffestin. 16/1 Clef de Fa (4f Flueron Perrine-Rivendell) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard while third went to a rallying 8/1 Civelle du Caseu (4f Kool du Caux-Darling du Caieu) with Franck Nivard at the lines. The Prix Cygnus (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) this evening went to 1.13.4kr timed and 21/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 5.4/1 Balledonia (5f Romandi-Noonlight Charms) was next to the line for J-Ph Monclin with 2.3/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) home third with teamster Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner D.M. Mottier. The June 11 Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes is a dandy, as shown below: Prix de Gien, Gr. III, 3yo males, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters Prix de Ploermel, European, purse €70,000, 2700 meters monte, 12 starters Q+ Prix du Quercy, European, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters Prix d’Istres, Gr. III, 3yo females, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters VINCENNES - PRIX LOUIS JARIEL PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Course 5 Groupe II 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.175 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 54.000. S N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Barrio Josselyn     M 5 j.m. bazire j.m. bazire 2175 3a6a2a0a5a9a 227 610 €   2 Baltic Charm     M 5 e. raffin s. guarato 2175 2a4a1a3a1a2a 298 150 €   3 Beau Gamin     M 5 d. bonne s. guarato 2175 9a2a(15)5a4a 349 040 €   4 Briac Dark     M 5 f. anne f. anne 2175 7a1aDa(15)2a 368 130 €   5 Black d'Avril     M 5 f. prat frederic prat 2175 0a8a0a5aDa5a 473 570 €   6 Bolero Love     M 5 g. gelormini s. guarato 2175 2a2a1aDa2a2a 477 780 €   7 Bird Parker     M 5 j.ph. monclin ph. allaire 2175 1a1aDa4a5a7a 974 880 €   8 Billie de Montfort     F 5 d. thomain s. guarato 2175 0a4a0a2a6a4a 1 190 860 €   9 Bold Eagle     M 5 f. nivard s. guarato 2175 2a1a1a1a(15) 1 781 800 €   The June 12 card at Bjerko NO is also outstanding featuring the Gr. I VG Oslo Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart worth 1.5million NorwegianKr first money and other top action: Attelé - 302 212 € - 2100m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart VG OSLO GRAND PRIX Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 302.212. - Attelé. - 2.100 mètres. 157.950, 78.975, 39.488, 13.689, 7.898, 4.212. Pour 3 à 12 ans inclus. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Mosaique Face     M 7 l. kolgjini l. kolgjini 2100 0a4a0a1a0a 1 290 913 €   2 Support Justice     M 7 g.v. gunderse g.v. gunderse 2100 2a1a6a0aDa 842 074 €   3 Un Mec D'heripre     M 8 f. nivard f. souloy 2100 3a1a2a1a3a 1 296 525 €   4 Your Highness     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 2100 1a1a1a1a1a 760 871 €   5 Papagayo E.     M 6 u. ohlsson j.k. waaler 2100 3a3a3a1a5a 784 517 €   6 B.B.S.Sugarlight     H 7 p. unterstein f. solberg 2100 0a4a1a3a2a 734 363 €   7 Lionel (nor)     M 6 g. antonsen f. souloy 2100 0aDa1a1aDa 801 716 €   8 Victory Bonsai     M 5 m. forss h. korhonen 2100 3a1a1a3a2a 106 642 €   9 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2100 1a2a1a1a1a 2 324 728 €   10 Volstead A     M 5 j. kontio s. melander 2100 0a1a0a2a2a 316 158 €   The other excellent Bjerke contests on Sunday are: Kingsrod Monte, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to winner Energima Cup elim 1, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Energima Cup elim 2, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Flacata, 3 year olds, 1609 meters autostart, 150,000Nokr first prize Hydespe Stayerlop, 3140 meters distance handicap, 200,000 Nokr first prize Energima Cup Final, 1609 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr to winner FinTack Mares, 1609 meters autostart, 175,000Nokr first prize Europamatch, four and five year-olds, 2100 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr first prize Gjensidige four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000Nokr first prize Oslo GP, 3-12 year olds, 2100 meters autostart, 1,500,000Nokr first prize The two Energima Cup elims attracted some skilled trotters such as Ringostarr Treb, Tycoon Conway Hall, Allaballakaitoz, Ja El Tomcat, Rod Stewart and Hillustrious. Be there for superb trotting action this weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

A top field is set for the June 12 edition of the harness racing Gr. I International Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) was the last add to the group and post positions were drawn with Nuncio (Orjan Kihlstrom) to start from post nine and Un Mec d’Heripre from the three spot with Franck Nivard to drive. The race distance is 2100 meters autostart with the purse expected to be 2,870,000kr (approx €300,000). The race record of 1.11.3kr was set last year by BBS Sugarlight and driver Peter Untersteiner, that eclipsed the previous 1.11.5kr mark held jointly by L’Amiral Mauzon, Arch Madness and Commander Crowe. The 2013-14 OGP editions were won by Sebastian K and Univers de Pan. STARTLISTEN VG OSLO GRAND PRIX 2016 1. Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini 2. Support Justice - Geir Vegard Gundersen 3. Un Mec d'Heripre - Franck Nivard 4. Your Higness - Bjørn Goop 5. Papagayo E. - Ulf Ohlsson 6. B.B.S. Sugarlight - Peter Untersteiner 7. Lionel - Gøran Antonsen 8. Victory Bonsai - Mika Forss 9. Nuncio - Ørjan Kihlstrøm 10. Volstead - Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

June 14, 2015 - Swedish bred, Norwegian trained BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took over from then pocketed Oasis Bi before the halfway mark, and led to the line for teamster Peter Untersteiner and harness racing trainer Fredrik Solberg to win the VG Oslo Grand Prix (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters with 1.5Nokr to the winner). Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson owns the winner, clocked today in 1.11.3kr, that now has a 2015 slate of 2-1-2-1 in seven starts and a career of 19-12-8-5 in 64 starts for 5,423,081 Nokr earned. He previously won the 2015 Olympic Trot. Italy’s Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) escaped the pocket late and was beaten half-length for Bjorn Goop and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was a very fast closing third for Vidar Hop and trainer Egil Stensrud. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, Univers de Pan and Trebol were next in that order. Univers de Pan trailed the field until a wide rally in the stretch. Trebol had a three hole journey on the pegs behind Oasis Bi but chose to vacate that cover with a quarter to go and it hurt his chances for a better placing. B.B.S. Sugarlight was the 2.7/1 favorite with 12.4/1 for Oasis Bi and 6.5/1 odds for Papagayo E on the Rikstoto system. This was a superb Bjerke racing card, presented very professionally and conducted before a huge crowd, ultimately excited by the great finish by Norwegian horses. Steinlager was the last Norwegian campaigner to win this classic ten years ago. Back later to report details on the undercard that included wins by Italy’s Tango Negro (by Infinitif) trained by Jerry Riordan in a three year-old test, Energma Cup heat wins by Magiccarpetride and Rue du Bac (by Infinitif) with the final to Repay Merci, Billie de Montfort in the four year-old contest timed in 1.10.8kr, Torre Crepin gate to wire in the monte event clocked in 1.11.5kr, Emmett Brown in a Klass I affair, Fleetfoot Hanovert in the aged mares trot, Duke of Greenwood in the five year-old test and an upset win by Lome Brage in the coldblood feature defeating the mare Lannen Silje, suffering only her third loss in 38 career appearances. Thomas H. Hicks

June 10. 2015 - The 1.8/1 favorite Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) took today’s Prix Timoko (€25,000 purse, 2550 meters, European 13 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne, clocked in 1.15.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 Anatzi d’Alsace (5g Pagelot-Jivana d’Alsace) was second for Frederic Clozier with third to Dacke Haleryd (8m Goetmals Wood-All American Chill) for Michel-X Charlot, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Skeie Stable AS from Norway. Good action also occurred at La Capelle with several noteworthy events including the Prix de la Capelle (€21,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters). Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) scored in 1.17.3kr as the 1.6/1 favorite driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. 20/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festinci des Baiuz) was next for David-Marion Hue ahead of 69/1 Coko Look (3m Look de Star-Jerez) with Sebastian Ernault up for trainer Ulf Nordin. Also at La Capelle the Prix de la Savr 5+ (€32,000 purse,2750 meters, 16 starters) produced a 16/1 upset winner in Viva de Luna (6f Prodigious-Oree de Strata) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Clocked in 1.15.5kr the winner bested 15/1 Tosca du Chatelet (8f Chef du Chatelet-Meomi du Chatelet) with Sebastian Ernault up and third finisher 5/1 Va Au Poteau (6g Pad d’Urzy-Haita de l’Arrete) with Francois Lecanu aboard  for owner/trainer Ph-E Trible. The Prix du Croise-Laroche (€20,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) at La Capelle went to 15/1 Bianca des Brouets (4f Notre Haufor-Oiyeda) and reinsman Pierre Versruysse. Pascal Daulier is the trainer. Banana Star (4f Pim Quick-Nikasa du Roncey) was next at 37/1 for Michel Lenoir with third to 19/1 Bastelica (4f In Love With You) for trainer/driver Jean-Benoit Lemoine. This day at Solvalla SWE the Nu Pagadis trot (€60,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to Charrva Forlon (5g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazier) and trainer/driverHans-Owe Sundberg. The winner is now 2-2-0 in six 2015 appearances, this win in 1.13.4kr. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for teamster Thomas Uhrberg and owner/breeder Happy People Racing AB. The ex-Jimmy Takter US trainee Corky (5g Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) finished third for Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The Stall Corkad owned campaigner was bred in the US by Ohio’s Lynn Baker. Don’t forget the Oslo Grand Prix weekend in Norway at Bjerke Travbane. The Sunday OGP card starts at noon local time and also includes the Energma Cup amd top races for mares, four and five year-olds, and a monte contest that has new world record holder Torre Crepin among the starters. The OGP, a UET Masters Series event, is race 11 on the program. Program links for the Saturday and Sunday Bjerke cards follow: Saturday June 13 http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_13062015_48.pdf Sunday June 14 OPD Day http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_14062015_49.pdf Thomas H. Hicks

June 7, 2015 - Today’s starting position draw yielded pp6 for US entrant Wind Of The North in the Oslo Grand Prix, that will be driven by harness racing trainer Daryl Bier.  The well-matched field of ten could have the winner come from anywhere including the three-way group from France (Univers de Pan, Vincennes and Ustinof du Vivier). Norway is represented by three starters and Sweden with two. Spain sends its first starter to a Gr. I event, with the entrant being ultra-consistent Trebol and trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. OSLO GRAND PRIX 2015 Gr. I International UET Masters Series Grand Slam, 2100 meters autostart, First money 1,538.100 kronor 1. Trebol - Gabriel Angel Pou Pou - Spain 2. Vincennes – Ørjan Kihlstrøm -  FR 3. Oasis Bi – Bjørn Goop - SWE 4. B.B.S. Sugarlight – Peter Untersteiner - NO 5. Support Justice – Geir Vegard Gundersen - NO 6. Wind Of The North – Daryl Bier - USA 7. Ustinof du Vivier – Eric Raffin - FR 8. Univers de Pan – Philippe Daugeard - FR 9. Papagayo E. – Vidar Hop - NO 10. Mosaique Face – Adrian Kolgjini - SWE Bjerke Travbane files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Arch Madness wasn't ill, but a victory in a conditioned handicap at Harrah's Philadelphia last week might have been just what the doctor ordered. Now the 10-year-old gelding is returning to competition against the continent's best older trotters as he heads to Saturday's eliminations for the John Cashman Jr. Memorial at the Meadowlands. The Cashman, formerly known as the Nat Ray, attracted 15 horses. The top five from two $50,000 eliminations will advance to the $300,650 final on Aug. 2, Hambletonian Day, at the Big M. Among the entrants are world champion Sebastian K, Maple Leaf Trot winner Intimidate, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, and 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes a $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep for 3-year-old female trotters and $40,000 single elimination for the Lady Liberty for older female pacers. Nine of the 11 fillies entered in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, which is Aug. 2, will compete in Saturday's prep. Ten mares are in the Lady Liberty elimination, with Rocklamation receiving a bye to next week's final. Arch Madness, who skipped the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, enters his Cashman elim with one win in eight starts this season. Lifetime, he has won 35 of 115 races and earned $4.22 million, good for sixth place among all trotters in history and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. "It's always nice to get an easy win in a horse," Trond Smedshammer said about Arch Madness' three-length victory in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 16. "That's the best medicine for a horse, winning. I was very happy about that decision [not to go to the Maple Leaf Trot]. It worked out good. "You can't ask him to go everywhere; he's 10 years old. Canada was an easy decision to leave out." Arch Madness (a son of Balanced Image-Armbro Archer) was winless in two races at age 2, but won at least one race worth more than $170,000 in six of the next seven years. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in the Elitlopp in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "Arch is pretty much the same as he's been previous years," said Smedshammer, who trains the horse for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. "It doesn't seem like he's lost much, it's just the competition is tougher. It's been brutally tough, especially [Sebastian K]. "I haven't been too worried about it because later in the year when the others seem to be getting tired, he usually gets better," Smedshammer added. Arch Madness will start from post seven in the second of the two Cashman eliminations. To his inside from the rail are Mister Herbie, Wishing Stone, Sweet Justice, Uncle Peter, Sebastian K, and Appomattox. To his outside is Creatine. The first division, from post one, is Market Share, Your So Vain, Spider Blue Chip, Intimidate, Sevruga, Archangel, and Royalty For Life. It is an accomplished group, with Sebastian K being history's fastest trotter and 10 of the remaining horses having won at least one Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, or Trotting Triple Crown race. They have five Breeders Crown trophies (Uncle Peter, Arch Madness, Intimidate, Spider Blue Chip, and Market Share), four Maple Leaf Trot titles (Arch Madness, Mister Herbie, Market Share, and Intimidate), two Hambletonian triumphs (Market Share and Royalty For Life), two Kentucky Futurity wins (Wishing Stone and Creatine) and one Yonkers Trot (Archangel). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 15 - A stellar 13-race card featuring the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot has been assembled for Saturday night (July 19) at Mohawk Racetrack. Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), highlights the field of ten for the 63rd edition of Canada's most storied trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot (Race 9). The eight-year-old "Scandinavian Powerhouse" won his elimination last Friday (July 11) for trainer-driver Ake Svandstedt in 1:52.2. Upon earning the right to select his post position for the final, Svandstedt selected the rail as the starting spot for his prized trotter. Svandstedt, a top horseman in his native Sweden for many years, relocated his stable to North America this season and is in the midst of a successful campaign, thanks in large part to Sebastian K who is a perfect five for five on North American soil. The high point of the season thus far for Sebastian K was a seven-length victory in the Sun Invitational at Pocono Downs on June 28, in which he became the fastest trotter in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping mile time of 1:49. Before coming to North America, Sebastian K had victories in top events such as the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix, a heat of the 2013 Elitlopp and the 2012 UET Trotting Masters. The nine rivals who will look to knock Sebastian K off the top of the mountain, include the last two Maple Leaf Trot winners, Mister Herbie ('12) and Market Share ('13). Market Share won the second elimination last week in 1:53 with a last quarter of :26.4 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano. His connections selected post position two for the final. The five-year-son of Revenue - Classical Flirt is the richest horse in the field with over $3.2 million in career earnings. Market Share followed up his Maple Leaf Trot victory last year with a triumph in the Breeders Crown. His career highlights also include two million-dollar race victories in 2012 in the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk. Leading the charge for the local horses will be Mister Herbie, who finished runner-up to Market Share in not only his elimination last week, but also in last year's final. The Jeff Gillis trainee won the 2012 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4 and was last year's O'Brien Award winner as top older trotter in Canada. Mister Herbie will start from post six and will be driven by Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image. The seven other challengers in the field are a group of well accomplished standardbreds. Intimidate, a past Breeders Crown and O'Brien Award winner, will start from post three for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. Ron Burke, North America's leading trainer, will send out two starters. Archangel, post four, was the 2012 Yonkers Trot champion, while Wishing Stone, post five, has had success in both North America and Europe with victories in the 2012 Copenhagen Cup in Denmark and the 2013 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. Creatine, last year's Kentucky Futurity winner, will start from post seven for the duo of Hall of Fame driver Mike Lachance and trotting conditioner Bob Stewart. Undercover Strike will leave from post eight and is a Preferred winner at both Mohawk and the Meadows. He is sent out by trainer Tony O'Sullivan and will be driven by Doug McNair. Flanagan Memory, who won last year's Goodtimes, Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and an O'Brien Award, starts from post nine for trainer Rene Dion and Woodbine/Mohawk's leading driver Chris Christoforou. Modern Family, a multiple stakes winner, will start from post ten for trainer Daryl Bier and will have Ron Pierce, a two-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, in the sulky. The field of ten for the Maple Leaf Trot has combined for 188 career victories and career earnings of $13,837,506. The Maple Leaf Trot undercard will feature four Canadian Breeders Championships (Races 2,3,7,10) for three-year-olds. Trevor Ritchie, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winning driver ('03 Rotation, '06 Peaceful Way, '07 Equinox Bi), recently announced his retirement from driving. Ritchie will be on hand Saturday night to present the trophy to this year's winner and will be a special guest on Mohawk Racing Live's pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. Post time for Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot card is 7:25 p.m, with the Maple Leaf Trot expected to go behind the gate at 10:05 p.m. Here is the field for the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Race 9 - Maple Leaf Trot - Purse: $603,000 PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Morning Line 1. Sebastian K - Ake Svandstedt - Ake Svandstedt - 2/5 2. Market Share - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano - 6-1 3. Intimidate - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais - 12-1 4. Archangel - Jody Jamieson - Ron Burke - 10-1 5. Wishing Stone - Randall Waples - Ron Burke - 20-1 6. Mister Herbie - Steve Condren - Jeff Gillis - 15-1 7. Creatine - Mike Lachance - Bob Stewart - 15-1 8. Undercover Strike - Doug McNair - Tony O'Sullivan - 25-1 9. Flanagan Memory - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion - 25-1 10. Modern Family - Ron Pierce - Daryl Bier - 20-1 AE: Wheeling N Dealin - Jody Jamieson - Luc Blais - N/A by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

Univers de Pan overcame a second tier start, heavy traffic, breakers and a three-wide move around the last turn without cover to steadily rally for victory in today's Gr. I UET Master Series classic Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and his six-year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere handled the task very effectively to secure the 1.5 krone million first prize ($250,000 US). They scored in 1.11.9kr by a length over Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane) and reinsman Geir Vagard Gundersen (also trainer) with Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) a fast closing third for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Solvato vacated the pylons early, tried unsuccessfully for the lead, retreated back into the third inside position and then was blocked until late. He finished very well. Univers de Pan is a 73% French trotteur/27% standardbred outcross (3.8% inbreeding coefficient) and he recorded his third 2014 victory in eight starts with four second place finishes. Career earnings now exceed 11.6 million krone. He's a likely leader of the new European trotting contingent based his superb gait and manners. Un Mec d'Heripre and Bjorn Goop had aggressively moved three wide at the halfway mark of the 2100 meter autostart test, to gain the death seat and out battled pacesetter B.B.S. Sugarlight late in the final turn before going offstride. Roi du Lupin and Raja Mirchi (racing with shoes) also made breaks during the early portion of the contest. Replay clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcwRF08YbE Stelton (5g Dream Vacation-Nanuet’s Crown) took today’s Akershus Traktors Europamatch at Bjerke, scoring in 1.13.2kr over 2100 meters autostart for trainer/driver Jeppe Juel. Owned and bred in Denmark, Stelton earned first money of 300,000 krone for the victory in this race for four and five year-olds. The winner is now perfect in 2014 with three wins in as many appearances. Last year he recorded seven victories in ten starts and was never worse than third. Today’s win moved his career earnings to over two million krone. Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication) held on for third driven by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer) finished fourth. The Finn-Tack for Open Mares was a hotly contested affair with 12 entrants going 1609 meters autostart for 175,000 krone first prize. Favored Canaka B.F. (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus) took the prize for Ulf Ohlsson at the lines for trainer Reijo Lilendahl. The invader from Sweden was timed in 1.11.8kr as she swept past rivals in the late going. France’s Tina du Citrus (7f Niky-Onna Lisa) was a good second for Bjorn Goop, driving for Jean Michel Asin trainer and for owner J-P Barjon of Ecurie Citrus.  The Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel) finished second with Erik Adielsson aboard and former Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh (6f SJ’s Caviar-Odre Coucou) was fourth handled by trainer Frode Hamre. Other interesting winners today were Denmark’s Ruth Reerstrup (6f Carmondy Lobell-Diva Reerstrup) in 1.13.6kr for Bo Westergaard, also trainer. She won the Contender Sulky sponsored race with 105,000 krone first prize in this 2100 meter autostart event three year-olds and up. Sweden’s You Talking To Me (6g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec) finished second for Erik Adielsson. The BIS Maskins for four year-olds went to Italy’s Reve d’Amour in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson drove for Mike Lenders trainer. The mare by Love You-Daventry won for the second time in five 2014 starts, the other three times she was second. Finishing third was Il Pizzalolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce), trained by Frode Hamre and reined by Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Another  Italian, Relight My Fire (4g Ganymede-Basic) was second for trainer/driver Hamre. A group of lightly raced three year-olds contested the 2100 meter autostart Stralfors for 60,000 krone first money. Nelson Nora (3f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday) took that one in 1.15.1kr for Bo Westergaard, her second win in four lifetime appearances. She’s been on the board every time. The Bjerke card this day was an exceptional display of international trotting before a large and enthusiastic audience and winners representing many nations. The atmosphere was electric with emotion and excitement throughout the racing day. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Nice spring weather, an energetic crowd and excellent racing characterize this day annually at Bjerke racecourse and today is no exception. Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver Frode Hamre timed in 1.12.4kr. This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) just missed for Ulf Ohlsson and Chocolate Day (3m Chocolatier-Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year. Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner. The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi) third for Jorma Kontio. The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m Broadway Hall-Classical Flirt) with trainer Frode Hamre at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m Sugarcane Hanover-Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m Ganymede-Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard. The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle. The Frode Hamre pupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m Angus Hall-Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen. Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g Donato Hanover-Reinvent-Malabar Man) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the Frode Hamre trainee. The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also a Frode Hamre trainee. 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

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