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Saturday at Milano La Maura, Italy (1050 meters oval) featured three harness racing batterias (elimination divisions) of the PR Mipsaf Allevamento (two year olds), each raced over 2250 meters autostart for 16,500€ purses. The fastest elim (#2) went to Banderas Bi (2m Ganymede-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) timed in 1.15.1kr and reined by Roberto Vecchione. Babirussa Jet (2f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet-Supergill was second and Bolero Gar (2m Varenne-Nike’ Gar-Windsongs Legacy) was third. The first elim went to Baresi Effe (2m Leben RL-Gessica Effe) timed in 1.15.5kr with Mario Volpato driving for Scuderia Gardessano. Belen Hall FAS (2f Conway Hall-Shoa Grif Italia-Varenne) took second ahead of Blue di Girifalco (2f Varenne-La Vida Loca-Ganymede). The fourth dam of this one is Cami Almahurst. The third elim saw Bristol CR (2m Owen CR-Rapsodia CR=Yankee Slide) win timed in 1.15.3kr. He bested Bleff Dipa (2m Mister JP-Presiosa JW-Lets Go) and Belzebo’ Jet (2m Wishing Stone-Otero Jet-Pine Chip). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s top-flight Grand Prix Anact divisions were contested at Bologna, Italy over its 804 meter oval. The males raced over 1660 meters autostart for a purse of 154,000€. Victory went to the 1.13.4kr timed Banderas Bi (2m Ganymede-Ida Grandi) with Roberto Vecchione at the lines. He was an impressive six length winner over Bigbusiness Arc (2m Varenne-Arzie Italia) and reinsman Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Barolo Roc (2m Filippo Roc-Prestige Roc). The filly division was raced over the same distance for the same 154,000€ purse. What a battle it was. The narrow 1.15.3kr timed victory went to Belen Hall FAS (2f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) with Vincent Luongo aboard. She defeated Buena Sverte Bi (2f Yankee Glide-L Dee Hot Shop) handled by V.P. Dell’Annunziata with third to Babirussa Jet (2f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Showing great closing speed after a three-wide move in the backstretch, Italy’s Zacon Gio pulled away in the stretch to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Roberto Vecchione, Zacon Gio is a world champion four-year-old stallion by Ruty Grif and is undefeated in 2019 after nine starts. The seventh race feature at 1 ¼ mile started off with USA’s Atlanta (Yannick Gingras), out trotting Switzerland’s Uza Josselyn (Erik Adielsson) for control of the early lead going to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Denmark’s Slide So Easy (Ake Svanstedt) was sitting in third place behind Atlanta. Past the half mile marker in a slow :59.1, Atlanta was still firmly in command with Uza Josselyn parked on the outside as Zacon Gio and Vecchione was second over in the flow to the three-quarters in 1:28. It was then that Vecchione asked Zacon Gio to go three-wide and his trotter took off, looped around Uza Josselyn and at the mile marker in 1:55.4, had collared Atlanta. Zacon Gio then cleared to the lead and went on to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:24.1. Slide So Easy was second with Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) third. It was the 11th straight win for Zacon Gio, who is trained by Holger Ehlert and owned by Franco Giuseppe of Napoli, Italy. He paid $4.30 to win. “I saw that Uza Josselyn was not going to get the lead so I stay on the outside,” said winning driver Roberto Vecchione. “Once I cleared to the lead, I knew that we would bring it home. He has won 11 races in a row and some of those races were world record miles. He showed he has the potential to win this race. I credit his trainer for keeping him in good shape all season.” The $250,000 Harry Harvey Memorial Trot took place in the eighth race at 1 ¼ mile and early on it was Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) out dueling Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) for the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28. Rich And Miserable (Tyler Buter) came first-over going to the half mile in :56.2 with Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) grabbing the second-over cover on the outside. Past the three-quarters in 1:26, Rich And Miserable began to show he was tiring and by the mile in 1:54.4, he began to quit as Mission Accepted moved to first-over and came after Will Take Charge. Down the stretch Mission Accepted was the strong horse, going on to win going away by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:23.4, which was two fifths of a second faster than the International Trot went in. Custom Cantab (David Miller) closed well to be second with Will Take Charge third. It was the fifth win this year for Mission Accepted. The four-year-old stallion by Manofmanymissions is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and D. Wills and Weaver-Bruscemi. He paid $5.90 to win. For full results and entries, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Harneslink

Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-My Glade Font SM) took Sunday’s PR Gran Premio Nello Bellei at Montecatini’s half mile track in Italy, Clocked in 1.11.4kr over the 2040 meter autostart course, the time was a reported world record for the distance on a half mile track. Total purse was 40,000€. The winner gained the front in the first lap and pulled away to an easy score with Roberto Vecchione at the controls. Holger Ehlert trains with winner for Scuderia Bivans Srl. Zirkussss (4m Varenne-Giuliass-Toss Out), the early pacesetter, held second and Zaccaria Bar (4m Ready Cash-Finlanda-Lindy Lane) was third. Zacon Gio pedigree is shown in the photographs. The draw occurred for the August 31 eliminations of the Italian Trotting Derby to be raced at Roma Capannelle. See photo. The Finale will be September 22 at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 88,000€ purse Premio Citta di Torino was raced Sunday at Torino Italy over 2060 meters by a good harness racing field of four year olds.   Victory went to 1.12.5kr timed Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM) trained by Holger Ehlert and reined by Roberto Vecchione.   He rallied on the backside on the final lap to defeat Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi) with G.P.Minnucci aboard. Ziosauro Jet (4m Maharajah- Liberte) took third ahead of Vidana Grif (4m Ready Cash) and Zilath (4m Maharajah) completed the top five.   The winner’s pedigree:     On Saturday other trots in Europe included the LC Peterson Broddas Minne at Jagersro, this an Olympiatravet trial for 200,000SEK first money.   The 1.11.4kr timed winner over the 2140 meters autostart course, was 9.6/1 Day Or Night In (7m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Peter Untersteiner aboard and Invexbro AB and trainer Yohan Untersteiner. 3/1 Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi- Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Johan Untersteiner and 3/1 Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was third with Joakim Lovgren up.   Thomas H. Hicks

Hippodrome Montecatini hosted Wednesday the classic Grand Premio Montecatini (purse 132,000 euro, 1640 meters autostart) with the 1.11.3kr timed victory earned by Uragano Trebi’ (5gNad Al Sheba-Istria Bi) reined by Roberto Vecchione and trained by Holger Ehlert. Pacesetter Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) held gamely for second driven by Andrea Guzzinati and Pantera del Pino (8f Turno Sund) took third for Rene Legati’. Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was fourth for Romain Derieux. A huge crowd was on hand for the major race of the local season. http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/58928/ Monday at Fallonica was the Premio of that name with a 33,000 euro purse and raced over 2200 meters autostart. The 1.11.9kr timed winner was Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Garina du Gasei-Uronometro) reined by Andrea Guzzinati. Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) was second for Pietro Gubellini and third went to Venanzo Jet (4m Gruccione Jet) reined by Lorenzo Baldi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Encat (purse €25,300, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Tano Fohle SM (5m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione up. The sharp trotting colt recorded his 15th victory in 22 starts. Showmar (6m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) rallied from his third spotted position to be second and Sharon Gar (6f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) held on for third after being the pacesetter. At Jagersro on the January 14 V75 program, aged mares raced for 100,000SEK first money over 2140-2180 meters distance handicapped. Victory was impressively earned by 40 meter penalized Red Rose America (7f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) clocked in 1.13.6kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the 5.4/1 winner for trainer Jeanette Hansen for her 18th win in 45 starts, now for 3,858,474SEK earned. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, with third to the pacesetter Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Marc-Dream Vacation) handed by trainer Thomas Uhrberg. JetSet was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Also on the Jagersro card was the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.13.3kr timed winner was 42/1 Obi Wan (11g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) for Flemming Jensen, his 25th win in 87 starts for 3,710,565SEK earned. Dreams Take Time (8m Andover Andover) took second for Peter Untersteiner, ahead of Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star) and Torbjorn Jansson. The Prix d’Amerique qualified Anna Mix finished seventh and veteran Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.13.2kr timed (distance 1640 meters autostart) and 1.3/1 Aron The Baron (5g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Jeanette Hansen and owners Panamera Racing/J.G. Hansen. British Steel (6g Kadabra) was next for driver Erlend Rennesvik, ahead of Even’s First Boy (8g Ken Warkentin) with driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egrel-Supergill) scored an easy 1.11.1kr timed harness racing victory in Sunday’s Freccia d’Europa Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart). Roberto Vecchione teamed the winner for trainer Holger Ehlert. Ringostarr now has 21 wins in 49 starts for earnings in excess of €345,000. He has lost only once this year. Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) was second and Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos-Anders Favorite) was third, the latter handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. The undercard featured the Royal Mares II (purse €20,900, 1600 meters autostart) that was taken by 1.12.3kr timed Audry dei Veltri (8f Varenne-Pamela Stra-Ghendero) for Vincent Luongo. She recorded her 21st win in 86 starts, for over €207,000 earned. Sundance Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) was second ahead of Paris Dany (7f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane). Thomas H. Hicks

The two heat and finale Gr. I Campionato Europea was conducted Saturday at Cesena in Italy with each heat going 1660 meters autostart for €17,600 and the final for €151,800 over the same course. The first heat went to Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Faral-Supergill) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione aboard for Holger Ehlert and Scanton Stable. He was clocked in 1.12kr to defeat Rue Varenne Dany (6m Varenne-Celeste PL-Lemon Dra) with Antonio Di Nardo up and Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The second heat saw Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) score in 1.12.8kr for Enrico Bellei. Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Levelfortytwo-Arnaquer) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and third was Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) and Roberto Andreghetti. Ranio Lest was fourth with Federico Esposito up. The two heat winners Tingostarr Treb and Peace Of Mind took place in the finale. They were respectively 1st and 10th in the heats. Ringostarr Treb took the final timed in 1.14.3kr with relative ease for Vecchione over Bellei teamed Peace Of Mind. The next day was the Prix Carlo Marangoni Memorial Fabio Jegher for three year-old males on the 2100 meter autostart course for a purse of €154,000 at Torino. The 1.14kr timed winner was Urlo Dei Venti (3m Mago D’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) for Manuele Matteini. Uragaro Trebi (3m Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) was second ahead of Ursa Caf (3f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass). Same day, same venue held the Carlo Marangoni Filly for €55,000 over 1600 meters autostart. The 1.12.3kr timed winner was Unika (3f Ganymede-Amaya Del Ronco-Tolesca-Florestan) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, this one a half-sister to Lisa America. Unique Dream Bar (3f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power-Muscles Yankee) was third with Santo Mollo teaming and fourth went to Uriel (3f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Make Up Grif-Varenne) with Marco Smorgon the reinsman. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s classic Grand Premi Citta’ di Montecatini was held Monday at Montecatini with the two harness racing eliminations and final, the final win going to Ringostarr Treb that also took the second battery. The winner was teamed by Roberto Vecchione and is a six year-old stallion by Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill. He took battery two timed in 1.13kr over 1640 meters autostart, by five lengths over Radio Wise (6m Turbo Sund-Matrhers Grincheause-Garland Lobell) and driver Federico Esposito, with third to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei up. Battery one over the same 1640 meters autostart with a purse of €14,300 went to 1.13.9kr timed Newyork Newyork (9m Supergill-Viola d’Amore-Indro Park) with Lorenzo Baldi driving. Saba del Ronco and Radiofreccia FL trailed the winner. The final, with a purse of €103,400 and over 1640 meters autostart, was a easy five length victory for the 1.12.2kr timed Ringostarr Treb, that started from post one for driver Vecchione. Radio Wise was second ahead of Osiride Grif (8m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) that Antonio Grepi teamed. Newyork Newyork finished fourth in an race in which the winner was dominant. Replay of the final is here. On August 13 at Cesens was held the Breeders Course Prix Allevamento Folli for €18,700 for two year-olds. The 1.15.7kr timed winner was Vash Top (2f Ready Cash-Melody del Rio-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei driving. Villa Santina Jey (2f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second ahead of Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall-PCQ Miriam) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Next Breeders Course events for this group are at Berlin, Aby, Charlottenlund and Solvalla. Thomas H. Hicks

Sciecco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took Saturday’s €154,000 Carlo Marangoni Memorial Open at Torino, Italy for Andrea Guzzinati. The long-striding chestnut winner recorded his fifth win in 16 outings, now for earnings over €265,000. Sciecco covered the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (3m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail) was second for Roberto Vecchione Jr. with third to Superbo Capar (3m Calypso Capar-Dark Degi Ulivi-Indro Park) with Jos. Lombardo Jr. aboard. The filly Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) ended fourth for Marco Smorgon. The €55,000 Carlo Marangoni Filly went to Simona Om (3f Uronomtro-Keystone Frizzle-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. Simona Om won for the sixth time in 17 starts, covering 1600 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr in a rousing finish with three other rivals in the picture. Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Enrico Bellei with Sangria Bi (3f Toss Out-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) home third for owner/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi. Sirena d’Asolo finished fourth. by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Roberto Vecchione piloted the Holger Ehlert trained Osasco di Ruggi to a heat and then race-off victory in the European Championship at Cesena Italy. The six-year-old son of Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown took the €17,600 second heat in 1.12.8kr over the 1660 meters autostart distance and then secured the €151,800 race-off final in 1.13.6kr over first heat winner Increased Workload and Pietro Gubellini (for Stefan Melander). Increased Workload, a five-year old son of Scarlet Knight-My Darling-Mr. Vic, took the €17,600 first heat easily in 1.13.4kr over Napoleon Bar and Orsia. Increased Workload finished second in heat#2. Heavily backed Mack Grace SM finished ninth and eighth in the heats with second choice Napoleon Bar finishing second and sixth. Both were disappointing. For the winning son of Varenne, bred by Gabriella Bonomi, tonight’s victory was Osasco di Ruggi’s fifth major win and talented driver Roberto Vecchione recorded his second success in the Championship, after first winning with Algiers Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Last week showcased solid, competitive racing in France, Italy, Sweden and Hungary. Mid-week graded action at Paris-Vincennes highlighted the lead in to a superb racing weekend.  Africaine took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gondidec Wednesday for Jean-Etienne Dubois. The four-year-old daughter of Oiseau de Feur scored easily in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters. On Thursday, Paris-Vincennes conducted two more Gr. II events that went to Valdice de Mars in a monte test (Prix Legoux-Longpre) over 2850 meters. This five-year-old daughter of Lynx de Bellouet scored in 1.13.9kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The other Gr II event was the Prix Jules Thibault over 2700 meters that Athos des Elfes won for Joel Van Eeckhaute in 1.13.7kr. The four year-old son on Ganymede was a hard driving winner over Aladin d’Ecajeul. Summaries of these races are shown below. August 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Guy le Gonidec, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters, 1.13.6kr 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 1.1/1, fifth win in 23 outings for €292,820 earned 2nd Andalouse (4f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique), Tony Le Beller, 45.9/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel), Mathieu Abrivard for Cedric Megissier, 5.5/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 4.8/1 August 28, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Legoux-Longpre, 2850 meters monte, Gr. II €120,000 purse, ten starters, time 1.13.9kr 1st Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausejour II), Yohan Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Loic Groussard, 7.2/1, tenth career win for €543,820 2nd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Camille Levesque, 3.3/1 3rd Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard, 4.1/1 4th Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir, 17.1/1 August 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jules Thibault, 2700 meters, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 1.13.7kr 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Iazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte), Joel Van Eeckhaute, 1.4/1 odds favorite, his eighth career win for €343,030 for owner J-P Goubert 2nd Aladin d’Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 3.1/1 3rd Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne owner/trainer/driver, 9.2/1 In Cesena, Italy two preps for the Breeders Course Final took place on August 23. Tiffany Caf (2f Cantab Hall-Elaine Caf-Supergill) scored in 1.16.4kr over 1660 meters autostart for Bo Le Verde and Talish As (2f Daguet Rapide-Gaia dei Veltri-Remington Crown) was a 1.16.6kr winner over the same distance for Roberto Vecchione. Both races were contested over 1660 meters autostart for the two year-old olds. On August 22 at Solvalla Mister JP scored over 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr by open lengths, for Bjorn Goop. The winner is now 2 for 2 for Ecurie Citrus (J-P Barjon). Mister JP is a two year-old son of Taurus Dream from Baghdad Dream by Yankee Glide. Jim Oscarsson was second this day with Mr. Perfect by Andover Hall. This group of lightly raced two year-olds will be back in action on September 6 at Jagersro for the Breeders Course Final. They will travel 1640 meters autostart for 450,000SEK purse. The field is shown below. Mister J.P. (B. Goop) Angelina (DK) (J. Juel) Fiona Stardust (NL)  (B. Crebas) Telecomando Ok (J. Kontio) Tunica (E. Adielsson) Partizan Face (L. Kolgjini) Mr Perfect (J. Oscarsson) Troja D’Asolo (Renè Legati) Talish As (W. Paal) Flyer Boshoeve (M. Schimd) The same day at Jagersro will be the European Championship for three year-olds, going 2140 meters for a 450,000SEK purse. The lineup follows. Expo Express (DE) (A. Mollema) Winston Sisa (DK) (S. Juul) Easytowin (J. Takter) Saphire Bi (O. Kihlstrom) Jontte Boy (FI) (J. Kontio) Da Vinci B.R (NO) (K. Haugstad) Kickans Girl (R. Pettersson) Othello Tilly (B. Goop) Ewald F. Boko (DE) )C. Lugauer) Sheava Vik (J. Untersteiner) Coolwater In (E. Adielsson) On Sunday at Kincsem Park the SLO invader Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Luna) took the 500,000HUfRecorder DIJ feature over 1960 meters turning start. Rene Hanzekovic, also trainer, piloted the winner perfectly gaining a pocket journey behind pacesetter Amazing Lobell (7f Incredible Crafts-US Companion) and reinsman Arpad Lakatos to score in 1.17.9kr over a deep racing surface. Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) ended third for Pal Vicen. Next Saturday, September 6, will be the prestigious Hungaria Prize and the Marschall Jozsef Memorial. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today’s highlight race in Italy went to the excellent mare Orsia (6f Angus Hall-TigreOM-Zebu) with Roberto Vecchione aboard. The Gran Premio Riccardo Grassi at Cesena carried a purse of €45,100 in the 1660 meters autostart contest. The winner, timed in 1.12.4kr, was bred by Scuderia Sant’Andrea SEL and is trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro. She is a 16 time winner of €431,075. Louvre (9m Piccardo=Defile-Ganymede) was second for Federico Esposito followed by race favorite Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Robin Bakker teamed, Paul Hogoort trained, Gerrits Recycling owned Tiger Woods As prevailed in today’s £209,000 purse Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triossi Nazionale at Rome’s Campanelle racecourse. The winner led early, yielded to favorite Rue du Bac to sit the pocket, before storming home in 1.12.6kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The son of Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip-Yankee Glide was bred by legendary breeder/owner and Olympian Alwin Schockemohle. The winner inched by Rue du Bac in deep stretch, that ended third for Roberto Andreghetti, as Royal Blessed rallied hard to be second for trainer/driver Wm. Paal. June 29, 2014 Campanelle Rome, Gran Premio Tino Triossi Nazionale, Gr. I, £209,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.12.6kr 1st Tiger Woods As (4m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV, Denmark – the winner of the 118th German Derby in 2013, breeder Alwin Schockemohle 2nd Royal Blessed (4m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver 3rd Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Robert Andreghetti up for owner J-P Dubois The companion filly Gran Premio Carena Tris went to Rodeo Drive OK (by Conway Hall) in 1.12.8kr over 1600 meters autostart. Pippo Gubellini teamed the winner that defeated Radiofreccia FI (by Ganymede) and Robinia (a daughter of Love You) to earn the winners share of the £55,000 purse. June 29, 2014 Campanelle Rome, Gran Premio Carena Tris Filly, £55,000, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Rodeo Drive OK (4f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor), Pietro Gubellini up 2nd Radiofreeccia FI (4f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra), Roberto Vecchione aboard 3rd Robinia (4f Love You-Tagete-Lurabo Blue), Giovanni Fulici up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

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