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Monday’s harness racing trotting action at Enghien showcased the Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters, 16 European starters). 2.9/1 second choice Cristal du Perche (6g Roi du Coq-Hotesca) scored timed in 1.12.7kr for driver David Thomain. The 7.2/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemon Soda OM) took second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 10/1 Too Hot For You (6f Scarlet Knight-Vasterbofromheaven) was third for driver Franck Ouvrie. The 6/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) and 5/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) completed the top five, with the exact order payoff at 848.80€ for a 2€ play, The monte Prix de Mauron (purse 42,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys) saw 8.7/1 odds Best Of Bourbon (7g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant-Cartinoa) score with easy handled by Mlle. Mathilde Collet. Stephane Rochais trains the winner for Ecurie Nice Nasach, Best Of Bourbon’s third straight victory and fourth in his last five outings. Second went to 1.1/1 favorite Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont-Sursum Corda) with Arthur Rebecke in the irons for trainer J.P. Piton. Third was 10/1 Bistrot (7g L’As de Viretaute-Pablita) for jockey Pierre Thieulent and owner/trainer Thierry Devouassaux. Two year olds contested the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse 35,000€, 2150 meters autostart, eight starters) with the 1.17.7kr timed victory to 3.1/1 odds Grandissimo (2m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) with breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois driving. Yves Boireau trains this youngster. The 4/5 favorite Grisbi du Persil (2m Niky) took second for driver Eric Raffin, ahead of 12/1 Granit du Choquel (2m Prodigiois). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Freis (75,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 9/1 Eclat de Gloire (4g Tiego d’Etang-Vive Fee) with trainer Loris Garcia aboard. Ecurie du Vieux Chene owns the winner that bested 9/1 Ethien du Vivier (4m Sancho Turgot-Numiva du Vivier), driver David Thomain, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Fanjar HB. The 5.7/1 odds Erode Ludois (4m Rodrigo Jet-Oscaviva Bog) took third for Matthieu Abrivard. Race time was 1.13.8kr. Of interest was also the Prix Phaedra (purse 46,000€, 2200 meters, seven two year old starters) that saw 1.9/1 second choice Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) prevail timed in 1.15.7kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trained colt that J-P Guay bred. This one is now two for two in his early career. 1.1/1 favorite General du Parc (2m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazone du Parc) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Prat. Third was the 43/1 outsider General Bravo (2m Nahar de Beval-Adelina) handled by his trainer Franck Anne for Ecurie des Charmes. Yonkers International post positions were drawn today and are shown below. The North American entries are formidable against a rather subdued European lineup. The Jerry Riordan trained Ringostarr Treb, the 2018 Elitloppet winner, is a top performer when in peak form. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday evening Vincennes harness racing action saw Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) win the Prix Atropos (purse 55,000€, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) clocked in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Stall Oberkrecher of Germany own the winner that now has three wins in six FR outings. This 2/5 favorite defeated 13/1 Desperado (5m Kesaco Phedo) that Bazire also trains and today Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot. The 23/1 Donuts Deladou (5g Baccarat du Pont) was a rallying third ahead of 42/1 Jerry Mom (5m Ready Cash) and 6.7/1 Desir Castelets (5m Quaker Jet). The Q+ on the card was the Prix Charley Mills (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) that had 2.2/1 Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) hold on by a nose for teamster Gabriele Gelormini and trainer/owner Robert Bergh. This one now sports 20 wins in 44 starts for 298,201€ earned. 7.2/1 Tripolini VP (8g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic) was a just missed second for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel of Denmark. The 36/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) took third for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 7/2 Lover Face (10g Love You) and 53/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet). Race timed was 1.14.3kr and the Quinte+ exact order payoff was 8,327.40€ for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Laval featured Gr. III Grand Prix Anjou Maine (purse 100,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) saw the great veteran and 25 meter penalized Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) score in 1.12.2kr for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire.  Off as the 3/10 favorite the winner recorded his 38th career win in 62 starts for 2,105,872€ earned. Aubrion du Gers traveled first up throughout before drawing clear in the stretch to defeat 41/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) with owner/trainer Dominique Charadame up. Third was 12/1 and 25 meter penalized Traders (6m Ready Cash) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 68/1 Barbue (7f Hermes du Buisson) and 8/1 Calin de Morge (6g Ozio Royal) completed the top five and the Q+ payoff was 2,761.60€ for a wager of 2€. Earlier at Hamburg Germany was held a qualifier in which Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo) scored in 1.14.6kr over 2200 meters autostart. Wim Paal teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee that EVAM Racing owns. Now qualified, he will ship October 10th to New York for the Yonkers International three days later. In other new Dreammoko was an out and the Richard Westerink trainee was replaced by Canada’s Will Take Charge. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) won for the sixth time in seven career starts today, scoring in the Gr. III Prix Kurse (80,000€ purse, 2100 meters, eight starters) at Vincennes, France. Bjorn Goop teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by Scuderia Bivans SRL. He comes from the maternal family of the successful broodmare Etta Extra. Face Time Bourbon, off as the 3/10 favorite, now has career earnings of 120,150€ and he was timed in 1.12.6kr in this his second groupe level victory. Scuderia Bivans recently bought three of the top 12 yearlings sold at the ITS Select Sale including the 220,000€ sale topper Brother Wise As (by Father Patrick). The 85/1 outsider Zucchero Roc (3m Filipp Roc-Galantine) took second for Scuderia Sant Eusebo SRL, their trainer Fausto Barelli and reinsman Filippo Rocca. 10/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was third with Anthony Barrier up, ahead of 5.3/1 Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) and 25/1 City Guide (3m Love You-Crys Dream). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

On Saturday two trotting classic took place at Bologna. The GP Continentale (purse 154,000€, 2060 meters) saw Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) score in 1.13kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This superb trotter now has 611,176€ earned for his career and he was a very impressive winner this day. Very Joy (4m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy-Naglo) was second for Antonio Di Nardo and third was Vanesia EK (4f Exploy=t Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. In the GP Continentale Filly (purse 88,000€, 1660 meters autostart) Viscarda Jet (4f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo) took the prize for Fabio Pisacane to boost her career earnings to 132,224€. Timed in 1.12.4kr she rallied along the pegs and bested Vanguardia (4f Goetmals Wood-Garenta-Tarass Boulba) with Antonio Di Nardo up. Virginia Grif (4f Varenne-Francy Capar-Supergill) was third for driver Gocciadoro, Tomorrow at Hamburg the Yonkers International contestant Ringostarr Treb is entered in a qualifying event, presumably prior to travel to the USA. His regular pilot Wim Paal is slated to drive. This follows a lackluster comeback race for Ringo in Sweden recently. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The trots returned to Enghien on Monday including the Quinte+ Prix d’Egletons (purse 55,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) that went to 21/1 outsider Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombe Winner) with trainer Jarmo Niskanen up. He is also the breeder/owner of this mare that was clocked ib 1.14.5kr as she recorded her sixth career victory in 24 outings. The 48/1 Une Etoile Gar (5f Varenne) held second for Ferd Minopoli and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. 27/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Alexandre Pillon. The top five were completed byurth finishing 5.7/1 Dame Denfert (5f Quiton de Chatelet) and 15/1 Demoiselle Mika (5f Royal Dream). The Q+ payoff for a 2€ play was 148,164.60€, illustrating the impact of big fields, longer distance racing and large wagering pools. On the Enghien card was the Prix de Saint Chamond (purse 45,000€, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.5kr timed victory earned by 3.2/1 odds Alex Trojborg (6g Great Challenger-Karisma DK) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Easy KB. The 12/1 Caid de Caponet (6g Memphis du Rib) took second for owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Baude, ahead of 19/1 Carioca (6g Jag de Bellouet) that trainer Thomas Levesque teamed for owner Camille Levesque. Wednesday at Laval will showcase some of the best currently active trotters in France. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday, the Gr. I National Svenskt Trav-Oaks (1,400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Conrad’s Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Rodluva now has a 4-2-0 slate in seven career outings for 3,165,500SEK earned. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for Mika Forss and third went to Adorable Lady (3f Zola Boko-Malabara-Supergill) for driver Pasi Aikio. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Twelve starters are set to go for the October 12 Grand Prix de l’UET, with six from Sweden, four from France and one each from Germany and the Netherlands. The final will be held at Paris-Vincennes and will likely be a battle between Who’s Who, Chianti, Earl Simon and Broadwell.  by Thomas H. Hicks, harness racing

Son Pardo Mallorca hosted Sunday’s 3rd Leg of the Tour European du Trotteur Francais (Gr. II, purse 50,000€, 2650 meters autostart) and the 1.14.8kr timed victory went to Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette). Beau Gamin is trained by J-M Bazire and driven to victory by Joseph Verbeeck. Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied first on the outside before diving to the pegs to be second, driven by Glenny Delaune for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) was third driven by Pascal Tijou for trainer Franck Leblanc. Leblanc’s well regarded Anna Mix refused the start, unseated her driver, and was a dq. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A special Saturday was at Kincsem Park with the Octoberfest, the annual Yearling Sale and top flight racing. The top action began with the Golden Lady DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). The 2.4/1 SLO invader Vanilla Mms (4f Daguet Rapide-Goldy LB) scored for Mitja Slavic timed in 1.17.4kr. He trains the Equine Ms SRL product that looks to be a good prospect. Rocky HR and Trencsen were next home. There were two divisions today of the fast class Sandor Hora Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the first went to even-money favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady), bred by Kabala Menes Kft and handled by Veljko Mazsity. This good mare bested Salhamidzic, Villam Ville and Titan Ville in that order. The second division of the Sandor Hora Memorial (same purse and distance as the first) was a great race with the victory going to 4.1/1 Milliondollar Lux (12m, Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet) with trainer Emil Csordas up and timed in 1.18.3kr. 1.9/1 Underpaid Hanover was a game second after a first over journey and Time To Say Goodbye set the pace and held third. The weekend Trot “Ugeto” Sale saw 10 of 26 cataloged yearlings sold led by the Napoleon filly Bold Lady for US$10,761. This filly is from Elegant Lady by Mill H and this mare has been a reliable produced of HU stakes performers. The sale and weekend were effectively promoted:   Yearlings 1 Berill Lady pk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.550.000 -- 2 Borbíró M pm NMT Zrt, Mezőhegyes 800.000 -- 3 Bulibáró stpm Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.100.000 -- 4 Bold Lady * pk Kabala Ménes Kft 2.000.000 3.000.000 5 Brilliance Lady * pk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.900.000 2.000.000 6 Blondina pk Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.100.000 -- 7 Bendegúz M stpm NMT Zrt, Mezőhegyes 800.000 -- 8 Bróm Lady pk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.500.000 1.700.000 9 Bolygófény pm Kabala Ménes Kft 1.350.000 1.650.000 11 Bellini Fling stpk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.600.000 1.900.000 12 Bailando stpk Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.100.000 -- 13 Bronz Boy pm Kabala Ménes Kft 1.500.000 1.500.000 14 Balerina R. pk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.350.000 1.600.000 17 Barka stpk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.250.000 1.250.000 18 Becses Fiú pm Kabala Ménes Kft 1.300.000 1.500.000 19 Berna Queen M stpk NMT Zrt, Mezőhegyes 900.000 -- 20 Bálvány Lady stpk Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 950.000 -- 21 Bíztass! pk Kabala Ménes Kft 1.150.000 -- 22 Bessy K stpk Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 950.000 -- 25 Borbála M stpk NMT Zrt, Mezőhegyes 1.100.000 -- 26 Beneditta stpk Kabala Ménes Kft 950.000 2.000.000 The sale leader pedigree: Bold Lady, 2017, HU, pk,   Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza         Napoleon 2005, pm, US, 1.10,2, Credit Winner 1997, stpm, US, 1.10,9, American Winner 1990, pm, US, 1.10,0, Super Bowl   B J'S Pleasure   Lawn Tennis 1990, pk, US, , Armbro Goal   Grassbed   Growth Spurt 2001, pk, US, , Sugarcane Hanover 1983, pm, US, 1.11,2, Florida Pro   Sugar Hanover   Tshort AS 1993, pk, IT, 1.18,8, Baltic Speed   T-Ball     Elegant Lady 1998, pk, HU, 1.16,9, Mill H. 1969, pm, SE, 1.17,0, Florlis 1960, sm, US, 1.13,1, Florican   Mighty Phyllis   Scotch Dot 1958, stpk, US, , Dean Hanover   Scotch Virtue   Lady Flame 1983, pk, HU, 1.21,6, City 1974, pm, HU, 1.18,3, Spinning Song   Keep Blazing   Trotting Flame 1976, pk, US, 1.24,8, All Aflame   Star Flower   ivadékai: Bold Lady, 2017, pk, , Napoleon Acélos Fiú, 2016, sm, , S J's Photo Zalai Srác, 2015, pm, , S J's Photo White Lady, 2014, pk, 1.15,7, Toss Out Úrilány R., 2013, pk, 1.17,3, Maximus Lindy Topmodell, 2012, pk, 1.18,6, Ata Star L. Sármos fiú, 2011, pm, , Wall Street Banker Rocket Boy, 2010, sm, 1.16,0, Wall Street Banker Pazar Hölgy, 2009, stpk, 1.19,2, Wall Street Banker Opál Lady, 2008, sk, 1.20,6, Wall Street Banker Nemesúr, 2007, stpm, 1.15,3, Tony Oaks Modern Lady, 2006, pk, 1.21,9, Baltic Bet ivadékai: Kind Lady, 2004, pk, 1.19,1, Valley Guardian Joyful Lady, 2003, pk, , Grundy's Ebony Indian Lady, 2002, stpk, 1.18,8, Valley Guardian Hard Lady, 2001, pk, 1.19,8, Endless Sands Golden Lady, 2000, pk, 1.19,1, Endless Sands Famous Flame, 1999, stpm, 1.18,3, Kosar Elegant Lady, 1998, pk, 1.16,9, Mill H. Detroit, 1997, stpm, 1.15,8, Grundy's Ebony Brown Lady, 1995, pk, 1.17,3, Rugged Lobell Angol Lady, 1994, pk, 1.21,4, Witsend's Speedy Zest for Life, 1993, stpk, 1.18,9, Mill H. Vas Lady, 1992, pk, 1.17,0, Endless Sands Újmódi, 1991, pk, , Csínom Palkó ivadékai: Orient, 1986, sm, , Mill H. Nonstop, 1985, stpm, , Devil Hanover Mercury, 1984, pm, 1.27,2, Mill H. Lady Flame, 1983, pk, 1.21,6, City ivadékai: Intuició, 1980, pm, , Let Him Roll Trotting Flame, 1976, pk, 1.24,8, All Aflame     Sale promotional video: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A fine Sunday card was on stage at Paris-Vincennes and it began with the Prix du Cap Vert (monte, purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The 5/10 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) scored for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephanie Lepetit timed in 1.13.1kr. Armand Turguet-Lepreux owns the 10 time career winner of 126,150€ and today’s impressive score was his eighth straight in 2018. 2.2/1 Cyrano du Port and 41/1 Crazy Look watched the winner perform from a distance. The Quinte+ event this day was named the Grand Prix du Portugal (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters, 17 starters). Biniou de Connee (7g No Ho Ped d’Ombree-Kana d’Olaine) scored for Alexandre Abrivard timed in 1.11.4kr. The winning owner/trainer is Christophe Mallet of this 4.2/1 third wagering choice. The 4/1 As de Godisson (8g Gai Brillant) was a distant second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.7/1 Be Bop Meslois (7g Rocklyn) took third with Eric Raffin up. The 2.2/1 Bise de Coglais and 31.1 Busy Money Ringeat completed the top five and the exact order 2€ wager returned 6,943.60€. An interesting development took place in the Prix Radio Alfa (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters) as 2.1/1 odds Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) scored in a quick 1.10.1kr for Hannu Torvinen, trainer Jean Baudron and owner Kelly’s Team of Finland. Ranch Kelly made her first appearance a winning one and increased her career earnings to 452,154€. The 9/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) and 3/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne) completed the top three. The winner’s pedigree inspires some grand memories as the maternal family is that of Spinster Hanover and her daughter Pompanette. That’s the family of the magical Magician, a winner of US$3.5 million, plus Speedy Spin, Netted, Filet Of Sole, Crevette, Piggvar, King Of The Sea and Lifetime Chance. The afternoon’s featured event was the monte Gr. I Prix des Elites (purse 240,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) with victory to the wide rallying and  6/1 odds Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hemina) for jockey Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. This mare recorded her sixth career win in 23 starts now for 560,070€ earned. The 3.8/1 Philippe Allaire trainee Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. 24/1 Dynasty Pierji (5f Prodigious) was third for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne.17/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) and  2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) completed the top five with 1.8/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) home sixth. On Friday Paris-Vincennes hosted its evening card that included two interesting races. The Prix de la Confederation de Vil de Mar (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 11 four year olds) saw 3.9/1 Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) score timed in 1.14.1kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie d’As. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this four time winner (two of the last three) now of 167,510€earned. The 17/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain and 6.7/1 Enska (4f Coktail Jet) was third for Franck Ouvrie. The Friday Quinte+ was the Prix de la Ville de Fontenay Sous Bois (purse 44,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Vincennes. Charly de l’Aunay (6g Qualimo de Vandel-Fleur Viniex) scored in 1.14kr for owner/trainer/driver L.M. David. This winner record his 14th career victory in 45 starts now for 197,690€ earned. Best Match (7g Ready Cash) was second at 6.7/1 and 2.8/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet) was third. The 34/1 odds Caliu des Bose and 19/1 Brandeis Jet completed the top five, producing an exact order payoff of 3,194.40 for the 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday evening at Vincennes showcased two divisions of the four year- old Grand Prix de L’UET (both raced over 2100 meters autostart and each with a 60,000€ purse). Division A drew nine starters with victory to the 4/5 odds favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Nivard teamed for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr as he posted career win nine in 14 starts now for 354.950€ earned. 58/1 Esmondo (4m Un Mec d’Heripre-Uourga) was a game second for Jerome Chavatte and owner/trainer Richard Westerink and 32/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) took third for J. Ph. Monclin.9 Éclair du Mirel (4m Orlando Vici-Tentation du Mirel) closed well for fourth driven by Anthony Barrier for Anette Holmgren (owner/breeder) and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Victor Gio was sixth and Classic Connection were dq’s. Division B saw 4.3/1 odds Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) score for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. Race timed was 1.12.1kr as the winning team bested 18/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) with David Thomain up. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for owner Philippe Dewulf. 38/1 Hooters USA (4m Armbro Embellish-Keetje Tippel) took the third check for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer A.J. Mollema. Even-money favorite Vivid Wise As finished sixth and 2.3/1 Express Jet was a dq. On Wednesday at Vire was the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2800 meters, 17 starters) that was also the Quinte+ race of the day. Even-money favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Daidou. Race time by the winner was 1.13.7kr. 1.8/1 second choice Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie J-M Rancoule. A string of outsiders were next and they drove the Q+ exact order payoff to 8,745.80€. Third went to 40/1 Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede); 30/1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious) took fourth; and 127/1 Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious) completed the top five. On Wednesday at Solvalla was a conditioned event for six year-olds and up (1640 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to the winner). The 1.11.9kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Canari Match (6m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The winner recorded his seventh career victory in 54 outiings. 32/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campbell Hall-Lola Spit) was second for Jorma Kontio and 61/1 Explosive de Vie (7g Explosive Matter-Ava) was third for Kevin Oscarsson. 16/1 Maori Time and 1.36/1 favorite (and Elitloppet winner) Ringostarr Treb both made breaks in the later going. The latter is slated for an early October USA trip to compete in the Yonkers International. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Trotting Derby and Oaks highlighted a superb day of harness racing at Napoli over its 1000 meter oval.  The prestigious featured 91st edition of the Derby del Trotto (purse 1,001,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) saw fast closing Zlatan (3m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi-Toss Out) score for Giampaolo Minnucci timed in 1.12.2kr. Ze’Maria (3m Muscle Hill-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) held gamely for second handled by Rene’ Legati and third was Zabul FI (3m Ganymede-Sala del Rio). Early pacesetter Zidane Grif went on a break and was a dq. The co-featured Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1600 meters autostart, 12 three year old females) showcased the front stepping Zabriskie OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor) timed in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zealand As (3f Donato Hanover-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune) took second for Rene’ Legati and third went to Zona OK (3f Varenne-Erreuno OK-Supergill) with Roberto Vecchione up. Before the major tests was the GP Freccia d’Europa (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) for aged performers.  Super Star Reaf (7f Varenne-Fantastica Star-Lemon Dra) scored by a nose timed in 1.11.3kr for Davide DiStefano. The victory increased her career earnings to over 207,000€. Veteran Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Alessandro Gocciadoro after making a first up sustained bid that just missed. Sonic (7m Eldgrado Bi-Fiss) took third for Rene’ Legati. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) on Saturday was the featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the 91/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) scoring in 1.20.1kr with Csaba Lakatos up. This Tibor Hajnal trainee overcame a 20 meter handicap to defeat Urjczz! (5m Maximus Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe) handled by Emese Vezer. Two year olds contested the Nyereylen Ketevesek (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to the good gaited 1.2/1 favorite Ann Bella M (2f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) with trainer Branislav Mukity aboard. Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Ms Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) and Andika (2f Calypso Capar-Jolly Beauty) trained the winning filly. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday action at Paris-Vincennes offered the Q+ race of the day and two groupe contests. The Quinte+ was the Prix de Clarmont-Ferrand (purse 80,000€, 200 meters, 14 European starters). The 13/1 odds Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) prevailed timed in 1.12.5kr with J.Ph. Monclin up for Easy KM and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 9/1 Versus As (4g Varenne-Lavinia As) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, Stable Why Not and trainer Paul Hagoort. Another outsider was 14/1 The Bucket List (4m Raja Mirchi-Global Keepsake) who was third for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Helena Burman and Falkbalogen AB. 3.8/1 Elvis Madrik and 8.1/1 Ever Pride completed the top five after the 2.6/1 favorite Eclipse Danica was a miscue dq. The exact order payoff was 103,572€ for a 2€ play. Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0947 BOOST ORDRE 1.000.000 €   Ordre :       103.572,40€   Désordre :       250,20€   Bonus 4 :       27,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       9,40€     The first groupe test was the Gr. III Prix Emile Beziere (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with 3.9/1 odds Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) home first timed in 1.13.9kr over the sloppy rain soaked course. Anthony Barrier teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee the Jacques Pauc owns. 8.5/1 Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna) took the second check for David Thomain and 3.2/1 odds Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux (monte, 105,000€ purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) was the day’s featured race and an upset it was. 33/1 Caduceus des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Festine des Baux) scored in 1.13.1kr for Damien Bonne and owner/breeder Jack Dowie. Another outsider was second, that being 17/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) reined by Adrien Lamy for owner/trainer P. Emmanuel Mary. 3.3/1 Anzi des Liards (8g Look de Star) reported third for Romain Derieux, ahead of the 7/10 favorite, and 25 meter handicapped Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash) for jockey Joann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix Bernard de Quellec (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) ay Paris-Vincennes, with victory earned by the 10/1 odds Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) with owner/trainer Franck Blandic aboard. The winner was timed in 1.13.2kr and recorded his 14th career win in 43 outings. Tinamo Jet (6m Naglo) was second at 1.4/1 for J-M Bazire and trainer Fraqnck Leblanc. 69/1 Best du Hauty (7g Roc Meslois) took third for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 19/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 30/1 Crepe de Satin (6f LeRetour) for Bjorn Goop. The exact order Q+ payoff was 65,973.20€. The Prix de Mehun Sur Yevre (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3/5 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) scored for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 29/1 Diego d’Uka (5g Quido du Goutier) was second for Anthony Barrier ahead of 8/1 Sahara One (6g Raja Mirchi) and driver Conrad Lugauer. The Prix de Givors (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) was the backdrop for a 1.9/1 odds victory for Early Dream (4m Royal Dream-Uniformity) driven by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois to his eighth career win in just 14 starts. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Race time was 1.14.2kr. The 6/1 Ethien du Vivier (4m Sancho Turgot) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, with third to 5.8/1 Express du Gers (4m Coktail Jet) handled by Franck Ouvrie. Yesterday at Amiens was the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 100,000€, 2400 meters, 11 starters) and the timed victory went to the champion veteran and 4/5 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) with Franck Ouvrie up. Ecurie d’Heripre owns the Philippe Billard trainee. The 11/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 25/1 Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede) and driver Adrien Lamy. 65/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) raced well on the pegs and was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Fifth was Ultimate du Rib. The beaten field, behind the noteworthy winning speedmaster, also included Dijon that was a miscue dq, Ave Avis, Rocky Winner and Booster Winner. The Amiens Quinte+ event was the Prix de la Ville d’Amiens (purse 32,000€, 2400 meters autostart, 14 European starters) and the 9/2 odds winner was Christo (6g Rieussec-Panacee) handled by trainer Michel Lenoir for Ecurie des Amis. The 37/1 outsider Beppe AM (7g Enjoy Lavec) took second for Tony LeBeller at the lines for trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was Springover (7m Going Kronos) at 5.7/1 and reined by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Peter Untersteiner. 22/1 Ceasar Sisu (6g Cantab Hall) took fourth for Franck Anne. Trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The 53/1 longshot Primula Brazza’ (9f Oiseau de Feux) was fifth and this triggered one winning Q+ ticket worth 187,467.20€ to that astute player for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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