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January 10, 2021 - Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene), off at 2.3/1 odds, captured the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse130,000€, 2850 meters for 4-11 year olds International) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.5kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was the jockey for breeder/owner Claude Guedy and trainer Julien LeMer. Fado du Chene won for the 14th timed in his career that has yielded 873,400€. The 11/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc. The 2.9/1 second choice Daida de Vandel (8f Real de Loo) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up. Dynamite Marceaux and Etoile de Bruyere completed the top five. Fado du Chene The fine four-year old Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) surged late and captured the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Franck Nivard and off at 2.2/1 odds. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this now nine-time career winner for 267,590€ earned that was bred by J.P. Guay. Hohneck traveled his final 500 meters in 1.10.2kr. The 1.8/1 favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis) took second for Eric Raffin, driving for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Third home was 3.7/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash) that Philippe Allaire owns and trains and Francois Lagadeuc as the pilot. 2.1/1 Hooker Berry (4m Booster Winner) and 6.6/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood) were fourth and fifth. Hohneck The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 6-11 year olds European eligibles) saw 10/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) score in 1.11.3kr for reinsman Theo Duvaldestin. This Thierry Duvaldestin trainee now has 12 career wins for 365,570€ earned. 35/1 Violetto Jet (7m From Above) was a close second for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 5,4/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) was third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 4.9/1 Calina (7f Archipelagio) was fourth and 9/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) landed fifth money. Flamme du Goutier Fine trotting is on tap later this week. On January 14 Cagnes sur Mer will host the Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur with a 120,000€ purse for International trotteurs. Then on January 16 at Vincennes there will be three groupe contests (Prix Gelinotte for 100,000€ for Gr. II International three year olds; the Gr. III Prix du Forez for 80,000€ featuring aged horses; Gr. II Prix de Croix for 100,000€ for International five year olds). The Prix de Croix lineup follows and it’s a great field. Thomas H. Hicks  

After battling the now age-retired Scarlet Turgot, the superb harness racing six year-olds Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) and Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) battled to line in the Gr. II Prix du Calvados (purse €150,000, 2850 meters) at Vincennes. Both were away toward the end early with Bilibili outside of Bellissima, before Bilibil and Alexandre Abrivard (trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Barjon) zoomed to the front around the final bend and jetted off to what looked like an insurmountable lead. Bellissima France (driver Matthieu Abrivard, also trainer, owner LD-M Abrivard) escaped her position locked on the pylons and worked toward the top pack, then darted toward the inside and drove past Bilibili on the line. She was clocked in 1.13.6kr off rated fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr with 1000 remaining; 1.13.9kr at the 500) and raised her career earnings to €643,330. Bilibili now has earned €590,800.  Bellissima France was off at 1.3/1 and Bilibili at 2.6/1. 8/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Paul Viel Bellissima France The undercard’s Prix Scarlet Turgot (Crack Series Six Year Olds) went to the 1.14.3kr timed Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) reined by Johan Untersteiner for AB Ybena of SWE and trainer Peter Untersteiner, at 2.6/1 odds. Second was 8.9/1 Scellino Luis (6g Andover Hall-Susy Trio) with Matthieu Abrivard driving for trainer Daniel Reden and Lekeryd AB, also of SWE. King Sir Kir (6m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) landed third at 5.3/1 for J-M Bazire and Sweden’s Ecurie I.C. Equine AB. Italy’s Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of Bel Auteur (6m Password-Possession) with Jean Philippe Dubois up. The Bigeon family stable shined toward program end. Costa Haufor (5f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took the Prix de Talence (purse €39,000, 2850 meters) at 7.4/1 for Charles Julien Bigeon at the lines for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. Cybele des Peria (5f Quaker Jet-Miss du Boisnant) took second for Franck Nivard ahead of Comete cdes Vaux (5f Singalo-Queen Marie Vaux) and Yoann Lebourgeois. A race later Ch. J and trainer Christian returned another winner in the Prix Salon de Provence (purse €58,000, 2100 meters autostart) with Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) clocked in 1.13.1kr. A.F. Bigeon owns this one. Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) at 4.4/1 was second for the same connections, Christian Bigeon as driver/trainer/owner. Both of these now have career earnings in excess of €215,000. Third was 21/1 After River (7f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

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