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Today’s Grand Prix Three Year Olds (purse 12,855€, 2400 meters, six starters) saw 3.8/1 Flashdance (3f Maharajah-Timberwoods) scored in 1.19.1kr for trainer/driver Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Walton. The 2/5 favorite Freak Of Nature (3f Goetmals Wood) took second for Marc Andre Bovay and third went to 4.4/1 Fakir Fighter (3g Le Touguet) with Marcel Houmbert aboard. The day’s featured event was the Prix Elites (purse 17,140€, 2340 meters autostart, seven starters). The 4.4/1 Drago de Tilou (5f Royal Dream-Haloa Tyss) scored timed in 1.14.8kr with trainer Marc Andre Bovay driving. The 4.2/1 Elattori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) was second for owner/driver Henri Turrettini and third was the 2/5 favorite Dal Cuore (5g Real de Lou) handled by his trainer Adrian Burger. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

France action today started with the Grand Prix du Nord 5 Year Olds at LaCroise Laroche. In this 2825 meter distance handicap test, ten starters battled for the 40,000€ purse. The 7/10 favorite Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici-Rumbu Venoir) scored for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. This one scored for the 13th time in a 34 race career, now for 163,050€ earned. The 13/1 Darlington Park (5g Orlando Vici) was second ahead of 32/1 Dilemme Angele (5g Royal Dream). Race time was 1.14.6kr with the first two finishers overcoming 25 meter handicaps. This evening in the Paris-Vincennes action was the Quinte+ Prix Barbara (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) and 8.6/1 odds Akir de Mai (8g Kid de Chenu-Morina Rose) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for Anthony Barrier. He bested 1.6/1 Brosses Troubadour (7g Showtime Bourbon) with J-M Bazire up for owner/trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 11/1 Bon Grain Tivoli (7g Gros Grain) landed third for owner/trainer/driver Damien Bonne. The last two in the Q+ exact order was 40/1 Abercrombis and 21/1 Bella du Vivier. The Q+ exact order 2 euro ticket paid 9,605.60€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/2 odds Zarenne FAS (3m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) took today’s Gr. I Gran Premio Paolo E Orsino Orsi Mangelli (purse 396,000€, 1600 meters autostart) at Ippodromo Torino Vinovo. The winner was clocked in 1.12.7kr and was piloted by Antonio Di Nardo for trainer Michele DiMaro. The winner led early, yielded, retook the front and lasted to the line. He was second in his elimination heat. The 1.6/1 favnd orite Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) was second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Joseph Vanduffel. Third went to 4.3/1 Zefir Gar (3m Varenne-Georgette Gar-Lemon Dra). Overall it was fine day for the offspring of champion sire Varenne. Race replay: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/60851/ This event, began in 1994, ais a great classic for open three year olds and annually produces outstanding winners. Year Winner Tid Driver Tränare 2017 Vitruvio 1.11,8 Alessandro Gocciadoro Alessandro Gocciadoro 2016 Unicka 1.12,2 Pietro Gubellini Erik Bondo 2015 Charly du Noyer 1.14,2 Yoann Lebourgeois Philippe Allaire 2014 Jontte Boy 1.13,9 Tuomas Korvenoja Tuomas Korvenoja 2013 Robert Bi 1.13,3 Robin Bakker Paul Hagoort 2012 Quid Pro Quo 1.12,8 Erik Adielsson Svante Båth 2011 Brad de Veluwe 1.11,6 Tuomas Korvenoja Tuomas Korvenoja 2010 Nesta Effe 1.12,8 Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert 2009 Mago d'Amore 1.12,7 Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini 2007 Adrian Chip 1.12,7 Robert Bergh Robert Bergh 2006 Giulia Grif 1.11,9 Marco Smorgon Marco Smorgon 2005 Fairbank Gi 1.12,3 Giuseppe Pietro Maisto Holger Ehlert   Here is their promo video - https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=orsi+mangelli+2018+on+youtube&view=detail&mid=E79A8AF5CFB0577AC25DE79A8AF5CFB0577AC25D&FORM=VIRE Now for the eliminations. The first (purse 22,000€, 1600 meters autostart)  went to 48.6/1 outsider Zippy Freedom LF (3m Ideale Luis-Over The Pain LF-Ganymede) timed in 1.13.9kr for driver Ferdinano Minopoli, trained by Team Minopoli SRL and owner Scuderia Rean. 10.5/1 Zarenne FAS (3m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) for Antonio Di Nardo and third went to 3.6/1 Zefir Gar (3m Varenne-Georgette Gar-Lemon Dra), a trained stablemate of the winner. Reined by Mario Minopoli Jr. Elimination two (same purse and distance) went to 3.8/1 Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) handled by Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and Jos. Vanduffel, timed in 1.12.4kr. 12.1/1 Zelig Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Laika ER-Atlas Fighter L) was second for Pietro Gubellini, trainer Cristian Rizzo, and Scuderia Union Perfect. Third was 24.6/1 Zeus Bi (3m Donato Hanover-La Brisas Bi-Toss Out) for driver Santo Mollo, trainer Erik Bondo and owner Stall Courant AB. While we waited for the Mangelli Finale we saw the Orsi Mangelli Filly (Gr. II, purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) and it produced a 1.12.6kr timed victory by 12.2/1 Zona Da (3f Varenne-Feredhil Baba-Windsong’s Legacy) for driver Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Erik Bondo and Scuderia Incoliny. The 4.7/1 Zante Laser (3f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) took second with Antonio Di Nardo up for trainer Gennaro Casillo and owner Adolf Gokesch. The 5.2/1 Zona OK (3f Varenne-Ereuno OK-Supergill) earned the third check for trainer/driver Alessandro. Her second dam is Babe Kosmos. Top flight aged performers then battled in the Gr. I Delle Nazioni (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.13.2kr timed victory earned by 6.7/1 Urgano Trebi’ (6m Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi). Roberto Vecchione teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee for Scuderia Super Fantastic. The 28.5/1 Tamure Ric (6f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) was a narrowly beaten second for driver Filippo Rocu, trainer Fausto Barelli and Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Third was 3.1/1 Timone EK (6m Mr, Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) with Marcello Vecchione driving for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Luigi Lettieri. This one attached at the halfway mark, took the lead from a host of battling leaders (Dijon, Super Star Reef, Peace Of Mind and Tamure Roc) and nearly headed off the late challengers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Youth was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. The two year-old fillies battled in the Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2200 meters autostart, seven starters) with 1.4/1 Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) scoring for driver Eric Raffin. Girls Talk is trained by Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. The winner is now 4 for 4 in her brief career for 88,200€ earned. The 8.4/1 odds stablemate Graine de Crack (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.  The 8.5/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) landed third with owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 10/1 Gee (2f Brutus de Bailly) and 1.1/1 favorite Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) completed the top five. Green Grass raced alongside the winner for much of the contest and weakened late with trainer Sebastien Guarato driving. The three year-old fillies contested the Prix Lameia (purse 42,000€, 2850 meters, 15 three year-old filly starters) with 14/1 outsider Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) prevailing for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard, breeder/owner Ecurie Somolli and trainer Jerome Compas. Race time was 1.15.9kr. The 48/1 Fast Lane (3f Voyage de Reve-Riviera Italienne) rallied for second with owner/trainer Julien Dubois up. Mme. Etiennette Dubois bred this filly. The 9/2 odds Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Tomorrow’s excellent card at Paris-Vincennes includes the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 110,000€, 2850 meters) with a solid field that has Traders and Uza Josselyn at the head of that class. The program also includes the Prix du Dorat for 85,000€ and two 70,000€ events, the Prix de Soulac that has Abydos du Vivier at the start and the monte Prix de Bellerive lead by early favorite Full Of Charm. This Julien Dubois trainee has three wins in the last six outings. On November 1st at Torino is the Orsi Mangelli with two eliminations led by Zlatan and Zabul FI in the first and Mister F Daag and Ze’Maria in the second. The Mangelli Final raced for 396,000€over 1600 meters autostart. The Mangelli Filly is also on the program, this one racing for 88,000€for the three year-old fillies. Aged performers will contest the GP Delle Nazioni for 154,000€, this one raced over 2100 meters autostart with Dijon and driver/trainer Romain Derieux up. Action in Italy of interest took place at Milano on October 26 with two events for the two year-olds. The Prix Meocxx OK (purse 10,010€, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 2.2/1 In Your Dreams (2f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady) that surged late along the pegs to win for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Alex Mede SM (2m Ganymede-Non Plus SM) was a close second for driver Roberto Vecchione and trainer Holger Ehlert. Third was the Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed Atene Trebi (2f Rotary OK-Pourbara Dany). Several raced later the 78 year-old legendary J-P Dubois returned with 1.15.8kr timed and 1.7/1 odds Best Of All (2f Muscle Hill-Beltane Hanover), a filly he owns and Yves Boireau trains. Antonietta Ama (2f Varenne-Principessa Ama) was second for the Vecchione/Ehlert team and third was Avasinis Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Romanza Jet) reined by Roio Filippo and trainer Tiberio Cecere. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink        

Today’s Krieau Vienna featured Graf Kalman Hunyady Gedenkretten (purse 25,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine entrants) went to 5.7/1 odds upsetter Breidabliks Nubbe (6m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) timed in 1.13.9kr under rein to Marc Elias. The Conrad Lugauer trainee is owned by Breidabliks Hast AM and today raised his career earnings to over 218,000€. The 3/10 favorite Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) was second for Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. Entrymate 18/1 Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) took third for Christoph Fischer and the Haller/Neuhof team. Muscle Boy As (5m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) was fourth with Gerhard Mayr aboard for Stall Antonshof. Yesterday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) was their featured Markazit DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The 1.4/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) rallied wide around the final bend and wore down the leaders for a 1.19.2kr victory for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and owner Hico Versneyistallo. This quick mare now has five wins in eight starts in 2018. Uptown Boy M (5g Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) was second for Emil Csordas and Trencsen (6m Ata Star-Eperjes-Witsend’s Speedy) took the third spot for driver Istvan Papp. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today, over the 1000-meter track at Firenze, saw two-year-old fillies and colts contest the Premio GP Anact 2018, with both divisions raced for a purse of 110,000€ over 1600 meters autostart. The filly division went to the 1.15.9kr timed Ariala Cash SM (2f Ready Cash-Carol SM-Armbro Goal) driven by Roberto Andreghetti. She was a decisive and powerful winner over Antella CLA (2f Daguet Rapide-Nada mas-Ganymede) handled by Fr. Facci, with third to Artemide de Zack (2f Rotary OK-Lucille Grif-Varenne) The colt contest produced a 1.15.3kr timed victory for Amancio (2m Love You-Mania-Lemon Dra) with Antonio Greppi at the lines. He bested Aurt Mede SM (2m Ganymede-Ioss Court SM-Toss Out) with G.P. Maisto up and third finishing Alchemist Bi (2m Manofmanymissions-Fidji Bi-Lemon Dra) reined by Roberto Andreghetti. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) returned to action today at Feurs in the Grand Prix du Centre-Est (Gr. III International, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) and he overcame a 25 meter handicap to score by a length timed in 1.13.3kr. Franck Nivard piloted the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Pierre Pilarski. The victory was Bold Eagle’s 42nd in a stellar career that has spanned 55 outings and his career earnings have now reached 4,311,620€. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. The 1/5 odds favorite pleased the large and enthusiastic crowd as he defeated 6.7/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) handled by trainer Nicolas Ensch and 56/1 Baronne de Bapre was third. The Feurs undercard included the Prix Timoko (purse 23,000€, 2850 meters, three year olds – the Open des Regions) and that saw 10/1 Fee de Janeiro (3f Tag Wood-Triskele Janeiro) score for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie de Tremont, timed in 1.18.1kr. 1.9/1 favorite Fakir de Puch (3g Ganymede) was next for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and 52/1 Fraise Blanche (3f Tucson) was third for driver Laurent Lamaziere. The Prix Ready Cash (purse 21,000€, 2050 meters autostart, Open des Regions four year olds) brought 3.4/1 Exaltation Citron (4f Niky-Bara de Pintignies) to victory for Franck Nivard, trainer David Haon and Ecurie HD Trot. J-P Barjon bred this winning mare. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 2.7/1 Etincelle du Parc (4f Redlight Jet) got the second check for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, with third to 24/1 Epona de Chenu (4f Vanishing Point) for driver Y-A Briand. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Then 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) led throughout to score in Saturday evening’s Jagersro featured C.L. Mullers Memorial (Gr. II International, V75 Gold, purse 74,368€, 2640 meters autostart).  Orjan Kihlstrom piloted the Daniel Reden trainee that Stall Zet owns, to his eighth 2018 victory in 12 starts. His career earnings is 22,585.317SEK after the 400,000SEK first prize earned with this victory. Race time was 1.12.6kr. Propulsion now has 32 career wins in 63 starts. 11/1 Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was a pocket sitting second for trainer/driver Johan Unterste iner and 36/1 Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) took the third heck for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took a run at the leader and held on for fourth ahead of Racing Mange The solid card also included the Final Breeders Course for 2018 Two Year Olds, with nine starters vying for 600,000SEK first prize in this 1640 meters autostart contest. Amelie Grif (2f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) scored in that event timed in  1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Ronald F. Nooteboom. Osoma (2f Trixton) took second for Peter Ingves and third was Hill Of Fame F (2m Muscle Hill) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Fourth was Goofy Sisu (2m Even Better Odds-Siren Hall-Striking Sahbra) driven by trainer Per Nordstrom. A small field of monte specialist battled in the Certego Stora Montepris 2018 and that went to 1.13.7kr timed Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). Leo Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. Shogun DK and Nantucket chased the winner home. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card showcased three Groupe III events and an upper level monte contest. The first of the groupe events was the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) with victory timed in 1.15.5kr to 1.3/1 favorite Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Eric Raffin the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J-P Guay bred the winner that is now unbeaten in three outings for 71,100€ earned. 10/1 Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was second for Anthony Barrier, owner J.F. Mary and trainer Allaire. Allaire, as trainer and owner, swept the top three as 5/1 Granon Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Sestriere) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois. J-P Guay also bred this colt that was undefeated in three starts before this evening. The monte Prix Ariadne (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 1/5 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) record his ninth straight win, all in 2018, after just one win in two 2017 starts. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey this day for trainer Stephanie Lepetit. Crossfire now has 11 career wins in 20 starts for 148,650€ earned.2/1 Charlotte Twin (6f Open Charm) was second for Mlle. Oceane Briand and third was 23/1 Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont) with Julien Balu in the irons. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Tryoen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.3/1 Dayana Berry (5f Scipion du Goutier-Idec du Corta) with J-M Bazire up, he also the owner/trainer. Michel Aladenise bred the winner that now has six wins in 25 career outings. Race time was 1.14.1kr off rated fractions set by fourth finishing Espella Vedaquais. 8.3/1 Divine Mesloise (5f The Best Madrik) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to the 1.4/1 favorite Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting) that Pierre Vercruysse drove and trains for Cte. Paul de Senneville. The final groupe event was the Gr. III Prix Gisela (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds) and the 3/10 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) scored impressively for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. He now has four career victories in 13 outings for 123,350€ earned. Race time was 1.14.6kr off even fractions. 14/1 Faithful (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) took second in a photo with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 27/1 Flambeau Royal (3m Look de Star-Rodea Josselyn) gained the third check for reinsman Gabriele Gelormini.s by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Torneig Trotador Finale (purse 20,000£, 2650 meters autostart, 15 starters) at Son Pardo (Spain) saw 17/1 Solei des Loups (12m Meaulnes du Corta-Jodie du Bois) score for Adrover Guiller Andreu and trainer Franc Bennasan. Quadra Qualitrot owns this winner. Race time was 1.15.6kr for the now 14 time career winner in 61 starts, good for 155,110£ earned. The 9/2 odds Ritz de Bocage (13m Carpe Diem) was second for Jaime Fluxa and third went to 11/1 Ramses des Charmes (13m Kiss Francais) handled by trainer Juan A. Riera. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 1/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won this Hippodrome de Wallonie (Mons Ghlin Belgium) Gr. II International classic (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters), timed in 1.13.6kr, over the rain soaked surface, piloted by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer/owner Jean Michel Bazire. Verbeeck had the winner mid-pack in the early going before making a three wide move to the front before the stands on the second lap. From there this pair led to the line holding off 9/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. by a length. This Sebastien Guarato trainee, owned by Philippe Dauphin, was first off the gate, yielded, re-took and then followed Aubrion to the finish. The 10/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was third for Glenny Delaune, trainer Guarato and owner Guy Chaumont. Valko made a strong run at the winner around and off the final bend and held enough to box Billie until it was too late. 33/1 Voeland and 40/1 Attacus completed the top five in this Quinte+ contest (top five paid 21.20€ on Le Turf). For the winning Aubrion it was his 11th straight victory and he is 12 for 13 in 2018 with one second place finish, and the 41st victory in his storied career, now with earnings of 2,183,797€. The Prix Rencontre (purse 30,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Er Voila du Muze (4m Royal Dream-Nolaila) score in 1.16.3kr for driver Piet Van Pollaert, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. This winner now has 11 career wins in 17 starts for 79,856€ earned. 6.5/1 Expert d’Arpion (4g Real de Lou) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and third was 4.9/1 Laelc Vrijthout (4f Orlando Vici) for Rick Ebbinge. The Prix Champagne Moet & Chardon (purse 12,000€, 2850 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.6kr timed and 2.2/1 odds Riviera As (8f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with Francis Neirinck up for trainer Mme. Melanie Gibon. The 47/1 outside Vasterbo Arthur (8g CR Excalibur) was second for trainer/driver Lieven Cannaert and third went to 1.6/1 favorite Gosip Sidney (8g SJs Photo) with driver Marc Huygens. The Hippodrome de Wallonie’s GP des Geniteurs (35,000€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, 14 starters, three year olds) saw 1.6/1 favorite Lynx d’Erpion (3g Rubis de Padd) rally to victory for Mme. Hanna Huygens and owner/trainer Maurice Lambaerts. Race time was 1.16.6kr. 3.6/1 Love It Ev (3m Boardwalk Hall-Emely Love) was second for Gerard Vergaerde, ahead of 12/1 Lilou du Lauzet (3f Daguet Rapide) for trainer/driver Jo Corbanie. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Top trotting was on stage today at Avenches Suisse starting with the Coupe des 4 Ans (purse 12,855€, 3000 meters autostart, seven starters). The 3/10 favorite Elattori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) scored for owner/driver Henri Torrettini timed in 1.19.4kr. De Oloveira Nunes trains the winner, as well as the next two on the line. The 45/1 stablemate Ezattec (4m Ready Cash-Rattjaska) was second with his trainer aboard for Ecurie Turrettini. Third was another stablemate, the 6.6/1 Enattof (4m Ready Cash), with Renaud Pujol driving for trainer Nunes and Ecurie Turrettini. The Grand Prix Trotteur Francias (purse 17,140€, 2400 meters, nine starters) was the day’s feature race. Even-money favorite Swedishman (12g Gogo-Volgana) scored timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Felber and owner Carlo Pavone. This great champion earned his 37th career win in 106 starts now for 1,272,138€ earned. This former GNT champion raced at the top levels in FR during most of career for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Second this day was 4/1 Totem d’Azur (11m Joao Panca) handled by owner/trainer Mme. Valerie Henry and third went to 7.4/1 Verazano Bridge (9g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) in rein to trainer Adrian Burger for Stall Nyburg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wednesday action at Enghien highlighted two winners trained by Luc Roelens. The Prix de Saint Amard les Eaux (purse 52,000€, 28775 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 7.10 favorite Comedy Jet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina). Franck Ouvrie teamed the Stall Markove owned mare that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The 3.3/1 Brose du Coglais (7f Prince Gede) was a rallying second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. The 27/1 Balade Majyc (7f Baccarat du Pont) emerged for third handled by her trainer Antoine Lherte. The Prix de l’Aigle (purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) saw the 1.8/1 Desir Castelets (3m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) scored with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Roelens. This colt now has eight career wins in 18 starts, with his 1.13.1kr score. 2/1 second choice, Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici), was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The 11/1 Dream Cash (5g Ready Cash-Susy Love), owned by Ecurie des Charmes, took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Today at Cabourg was the Prix de Percy (purse 32,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 14 starters) and what a blanket finish it produced with 13/1 Defi Pierji (5m Rock Meslois) the winner for driver David Thomain and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Race time was 1.13.3kr.  The 118/1 outsider Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) was second for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one that is from the excellent broodmare Daisy Chain (1991 f, Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior), she dam of 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream), Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream was a fine racehorse (shown below)and a good sire including the 2008 North American Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream (2004 f, Kaisy Dream-Crysta’s Image-Balanced Image) that also was the Ontario Sires Gold Final winner at age three.   Kaisy Dream (FR)           h, by Extreme Dream (FR)   - Daisy Chain (FR)     At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Maurice de Gheest, second in Criterium des 3 ans, Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Albert Viel, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Jacques Vauloge, third in Europeiskt Treåringschampionat. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Milan, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Washington. Tomorrow we will see upper level trotting at Mons Ghlin and Paris-Vincennes. At Mons is the Grand Prix de la Toussant Belgique (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters, 16 starters). Aubrion du Gers, Valko Jenilat, Billie de Montfort and Anna Mix are expected to be at the start in this Tour Europeen Trotteur Francais final. At Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight starters, two year olds), with undefeated Granon Vedaquais and Gotland among the starters. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) and the Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds males). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s V75-3 Gold Express Gaxe at Orebro in Sweden (200,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) saw 5.2/1 Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) score gate to wire timed in 1.12kr for driver Oskar Kylin Blom and owner Gerth-Owe Karlsson. The winner scored for the fifth consecutive time and now has seven wins in his last 10 outings. He now has 17 career wins for 2,265,800SEK earned. The 2.4/1 Nadal Broline was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to 2.2/1 odds Love Matter that was reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Volstead and Cash Okay were scratched from this event. Top flight action is just ahead in Italy. On October 28 at Visarno will be the male and female divisions of the GP Anact, each with a purse of 110,000€. On November 1st at Torino will be the Orsi Mangelli Filly for 88,000€ and two elims of the GP Mangelli, each elim for a 22,000€ purse. Also that day will be the UET Master Series GP Della Nazione for the 154,000€ purse. Dijon and Timone EK are expected to be at the start in that event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Prix Isara (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) began the Paris-Vincennes action this evening and 75/1 odds Atoll Danover (8g Land Danover-Neuilly Danover) scored for Anthony Barrier timed in 1.14kr off modest fractions. Stephane Provoost trains the winner for Ecurie Danover. 11/1 Chica de Joudes (O6f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) was second for driver Alain Laurent, he also the trainer/owner. 34/1 Bonne Copine (7f Love You) was third for driver Franck Nivard, ahead of 9/1 Viva de Luna (9f Prodigious) with Matthieu Abrivard up and fifth finishing 1.2/1 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) with trainer J-M Bazire at the lines that was handicapped 25 meters. Veteran Ultimate du Rib at 24/1 was sixth for Gert Sucaet, also handicapped 25 meters. These two were timed in 1.13.7kr and bravely battled from their handicapped position. The Prix California (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, eight starters) brought together five year olds in this groupe level event. The 1.12.9kr timed rallying winner was 9/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (5m Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) reined by trainer J-M Bazire for breeder/owner Ecurie Vautors. The winner now has 11 career victories in 29 starts. The 1.2/1 second choice Diable de Vauvert (5m Prince d’Espace) was indeed second for driver Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mme. Emilie LeBeller. Third went to 10/1 Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle) driven by J.Ph. Monclin for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The Prix Timocharis (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, seven starters, three year old fillies) saw 1.4/1 favorite Fable du Plessis (3f Neutron du Cebe-Native des Loges) score for P.Ph. Ploquin piloting for Ecurie des Bleuets. She now has four career wins in 14 starts. Race time was 1.17.2kr. The 2.2/1 second choice Fortuna Pride (3f Ready Cash-Rhea Pride) was next with Clement Duvaldestin up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Yvonnick Garandeau. 15/1 odds Fairy White (3f Ouragon de Celland-Rangelie) took third with Franck Nivard up for the breeder/owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. The second race today highlighted the competition in apprentice events. This one was the Prix Carina (purse 42,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, apprentice drivers) and the field raced in three tiers much of the way until 6/10 odds favorite Dynastie Grammont (5f O’Brillant) emerged victorious with a furious rally. Race time was 1.15.7kr with L.J. Legros the pilot. The winning mare now has nine career wins in 18 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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