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November 10, 2019 - Eskilstuna hosted several SE Breeders Crown events this day with the harness racing four-year-old Mares (purse 149.696€, 2140 meters auto start) going to 1.11.8kr timed and 3.3/1 Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. 3.7/1 Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Fredrik Wallin. Third was 16.7/1 Staro Miami (4f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) with Mika Forss up. The Breeders Crown for three-year-old Fillies (distance 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 4.9/1 Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) for Jorma Kontio. She defeated the 1.7/1 favorite Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Conway Hall) reined by Pekka Korpi and the 20/1 third finishing Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee). The total purse was 149.696€. The three-year-old Males contested their 2140 meter autostart Breeders Crown and the 1.12.5kr timed winner was 4.4/1 Brother Bill (3g From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. He defeated 9.6/1 Global Adventure (3m Sjs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) and third finishing 28.8/1 Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) reined by Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

November 9, 2019 - 3/1 odds Nileo (8m Jillis Joker-Ciessa-Diamond Way) reined by harness racing trainer Imre Fazekas took the Kincsem Park featured Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.18.9kr over a rain-soaked course. Heinz Beck bred the Stall Druf horse that recorded his 19th win in 48 starts to go with 22 placings. Staring from post six, Fazekas took Nileo promptly to the front and he drew off in the final bend on way to an easy and impressive score. The handsome Nileo bested the 1.9/1 favorite Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) teamed by Veljko Mazsity and 6.9/1 Grumetti (11g Varenne-Tahora-Pine Chip) with Dejan Katanic up. The undercard included the Adai DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 74/1 Vital RG (5m SJs Photo-Vitesse OK) with Tibor Hajnal up for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second at 3.1/1 with Andor Angyal aboard. 35/1 Timoko RK (6m Doctor Sugar RL) took third for Robert Varhidi. Nileo reined by trainer Imre Fazekas  Thomas H. Hicks  

November 10, 2019 - Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) won his elimination and then won the harness racing Mattii finale in record time 1.10.4kr on the 806 meter Montegiorgio course with Antonio DiNardo at the lines. The purse was 154,000€ in the finale that was raced over 1600 meters autostart. Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was a game second for Alessandro Gocciadoro and third was the rallying Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) handled by Gabriele Gelormini. The eliminations (batterias) went to Pantera del Pino (10f Turbo Sunbd-Desire’ del Pino) in the A batteria (Pascia’Lest) timed in 1.11.2kr for Rene Legati, a narrow victory over Vanesia EK (5f Exploit Caf) reined by Pietro Gubellini. Pocahontas Diamant (8f Look de Star) was third for Alessandro Gocciadoro and fourth was Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) with Gabriele Gelormini up. The batterias were raced over 1600 meters autostart for 12,100€ purses. Batteria B was named the Moni Maker and the 1.10.8kr victory went to Cokstile and driver DiNardo. Vesna (5f Libeccio Grif) was second for Rene Legati and Visa As (5f Varenne) was third for Gocciadoro. The Batteria C “Dryade des Bois” saw veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne) score by six lengths timed in 1.11.2kr for Gocciadoro, with Orion Tilly (8g Clerk Magistrate-Intra Tilly-Super Arnie) second and third was Von Wise As (5m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K) for Andrea Guzzinati. Later in the card was the PR Mack Grace Consolation (purse 15,400€, 1600 meters) that saw Vincent SM (5n CCs Chuckie T-Nikata Yank SM) score in 1.11.3kr for Mario Minopoli Jr. Unno Del Duomo (6m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo) was second for Antonio Greppi and MT Insider (9m Offshore Dream) was third. On the same program was the GP San Paolo (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters autostart) and that 1.11.2kr timed victory was earned by Zilath (4m Maharajah-Only LB-Conway Hall) reined by Guzzinati. A length back was Zefiro d’Ete (4m Majo l’Amore) and third went to Zarrezza (4m Ready Cash). Thomas H. Hicks

The Saturday Paris-Vincennes program was special..very special. It began with the monte Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) and a son of Bird Parker-Redemption Song names Gainsborough scored at 9/1 odds and clocked in 1.16.2kr off slow fractions. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Jan Stins. This was his fourth win in ten outings and his life earnings increased to 174,720€. Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes) was second with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons. 33/1 Galactique Merita (3f Boccfador de Simm) took third with J.Y. Ricard in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. 13/1 Going Jet (3f Very Nice Mareceaux) was fourth. The next Gr II event was the Prix Reine du Corta (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten three year old female starters) saw the 5/2 odds Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now six time winner in eight starts. The 8.6/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) took second for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman David Thomain. 11/1 Gondole Jenilou (3f H-Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was third for trainer Louis Baudron and driver Lebourgeois. 7.1/1 Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was=fourth for Gabrielel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owned Sebastien Dewulf. Aged performers contested the Prix d’Argentan (purse 75,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the 5/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Houville d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, his 13th career victory in 39 starts now for 298,230€. Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns this winner. The 12/1 Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was next for Damien Bonne with third to 19/1 Doum Jenilou (6g Rancho Gede), ahead of 40/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) The Gr. III Prix de Languedoc (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) produced an impressive 1.13.3kr timed victory for 8/10 favorite Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love). Owner/trainer Alain Laurent was her teamster of her 14th career win in 44 starts. Her life earnings are now 530,770€. Look for Chica in the “B”: races. The 11/1 Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace) was second with Franc Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.9/1 second choice Valokaja Hindo(8m Great Challenger) was third with J-M Bazire up and 59/1 Blues d’Ourville (8g Password) was fourth for Pierre Houel and Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. The three year olds males went to battle in the Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten starters) with the 1.14.3kr timed victory to the 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa). His tenth career win in 14 starts. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that he owns and J-P. Guay bred. His career earnings advanced to 440,100€. The 8.1/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) took second for trainer Allaire, owner Michel Tessier and reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois. 104/1 Get Happy (3m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) was third for J.Ph. Monclin. 13/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine), another Allaire trainee, and 36/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) trained by Paul Hagoort finished fourth and fifth. Gotland is a very nice colt with an attractive future. Aged females were on stage in the Prix Atlantic (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 5,1.1 Douceur du Chene (6f Ouif de Villeneuve-Karling du Chene) was up in the final strides for victory timed in 1.14.5kr. Frank Nivard teamed the winner for owner Claude Huedj and trainer Julien LeMer. This were her 11th lifetime victory in 39 starts for 229,490€ in career earnings. The 5/10 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) held second for her owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 25/1 Datcha (6g The Best Madrik) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the day’s Q+ race and events for lightly raced performers. The first such race was the Prix Ceres (purse 33,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 25/1 Eagle Eyes (5g First de Retz-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied from nearly last to first in the lane to score timed in 1.13.2kr. This half-brother to Bold Eagle won for the seventh time in 28 career starts now for 89,250€ earned. Bred by Jean Etienne Dubois the winner was reined by Hughes Monthule for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 3.6/1 Eliot Lucayelo was second for Pierre Vercruysse and 6.3/1 El Costo du Banney took third for Yoann Lebourgeois. In the Prix Salon Cheval Paris 2019 (purse 33,000€m 2850 meters, 13 starters, three year old females) saw 8.5/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine-Coktail Jet) scored for pilot Franck Ouvrie, trainer Kevin Vanderschelden, and owner Jean Pierre Dubois timed in 1.15kr. She recorded her second career victory for life earnings of 40,036€. She was four wide to a spot fourth on the pegs and then was shuffled and boxed to tenth off the final bend. Ouvrie find a way to the far outside and she exploded for the win. 6/1 Geisha d’Asbaz (3f Rolling d;Heripre) and 4/1 Geisha Speed (3f Uriel Speed) followed the winner to the line. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Gemma (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and it saw mostly longshots galore at the top, so many that there were no exact order winning tickets. And, there were only six disorder winners, those returning 12,943.80€. THe 2.9/1 Deesse Noire scored for Eric Raffin clocked in 1.13.6kr. 17/1 Dolly du Quesne (6f Prodigious) was second for Bjorn Goop ahead of 193/1 Dotka de Loiron (6f Goetmals Wood), 25/1 Darne du Rill (6f Goetmals Wood) and 8.3/1 Dolly de Chenu (6f Carpe Diem). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening featured harness racing event at Wolvega was the Prix Geants (purse 66,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the 4.6/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) scored timed in 1.12.4kr.   Joseph Verbeeck teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee to his 20 th career victory in 65 starts, now for life earnings of 876,800€. 31/1 Tsunami Diamant (5g Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) took second money for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 60/1 Norton Commander (5g Gift Kronos) was third with trainer Conrad Lugauer at the lines.   10/.1 Generaal Bianko (6g Ufo Kievitshof), 53/1 Hambo Transs R and 27/1 Lionel took the next three spots. Behind the top six were Eridan, Thaiu Investment and the favorite Violetto Jet.   Ble du Gers after winning the Prix Geants There were several good races on the undercard with the Giganten Finale (purse 7,700€, 2100 meters autostart) going to 1.14.5kr timed and 1/5 favorite Ida Schermer (4g Yield Boko) reined by Rick Ebbinge for trainer JWM Engwerda. The Maasland Gigantenmarathon (purse 8,800€, 3100 meters, 16 starters) saw 1.4/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You-Iberia Bi) score for Rick Ebbinge and trainer Engwerda timed in 1.15.8kr and the Giganten Finale Boko Champions (purse 8,800€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) produced another Ebbinge/Engwerda team victory as 5/10 favorite Zion Font (4g Village Mystic-Silhouette Spin) scored in 1.14.4kr for owner P.P. Davidson.   Thomas H, Hicks

The 6.8/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon-Kalinkaya) took today’s Gr. III monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Vincennes with Mme. Camille Levesque in the irons for trainer/owner Thomas Levesque.  This was the sixth career victory for the winner in only 20 starts and her life earnings are now 205,730€. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The 3.6/1 Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) took second with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard for trainer Julien Le Mer and owner Chaude Guedj that overcame a 25-meter handicap. 33/1 Flamboyant Blue (4f Timoko) was third ahead of 16/1 Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point) and 5.8/1 Fakir de Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash), The Prix de Cognac (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw 8.1/1 odds Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Anthony Barrier the pilot for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. He recorded career victory seven in 55 starts now for 259,190€. The 9/10 favorite Duel du Gers (6g Quaker Jet) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J-M Rancoule. 12/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious) took third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Augustin Normand. 3.8/1 Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash) was fourth ahead of 19/1 Defi Pierji. Top flight action returns on Saturday to Vincennes with four groupe contests that will showcase Gotland, Girls Talk and Grace de Fael among others. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vivid Wise As Wins Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent November 7, 2019 The Italian invader and 8.6/1 outsider Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) rallied to take today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 100,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The race time was 1.10.7kr off quick early fractions (1.06.4kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.6kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The winner, teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl) made a three wide brush to the lead early and then was covered by the pacesetting Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) that held on for second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/breeder/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Vivid Wise As victory increased his life earnings to 651,736€.  The 3.3/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenelle) was third with David Thomain the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Philippe Allaire. The 54/1 Fric du Chene finished fourth. The 3.6/1 Falcau de Laurma was sixth; 9/2 Vitruvio was seventh (this a Gocciadoro trainee with Andrea Guzzinati up)l and 10/1 Mister F. Daag was a dq. The winner’s pedigree, all American bred and a 15% plus inbreeding coefficient, is shown in photo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s 12th harness racing leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) at Nantes and it went to the 4/10 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   Cleangame won for the 30 th time in 47 career starts now for 1,130,220€ earned for his career and may well be among the top five trotteurs currently racing. 7.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.3/1 Dorgos du Guez (6g Romcock de Guez) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, this one handicapped 25 meters. 21/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) was fourth after his 25- meter penalty, reined by Guillaume Martin. 56/1 Brelan du Vivier completed the top five with Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and 1242 winning tickets were each worth 622.00€. 8,168,000€ was wagered on the race with 3,828,477€ of that being in the Q+ pool.   The November 5 (Tuesday) Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Medusa (purse 52,000€, 3525 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) and it brought about the second start off a long layoff by the 25-meter handicapped Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn). Off at 2.7/1 she finished sixth timed in 1.15.1kr for Romain Congard. The race winner was the 1.5/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede - Soiree d’Erable) with Cl. Thomain up for trainer J,P. Thomain, timed in 1.15.2kr. This one recorded her 14 th career win in 52 starts now for 290,140€ earned. 7.2/1 Big Boss (8g Qualmio de Vandel) and 8.5/1 Atoll Danover (9g Land Danover) completed the top three.   Contree d’Erable   The November 4 (Monday) Vincennes card was a good one and began with the Prix de Lesparre (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that saw 6.4/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) reach the line first with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owned J-M Tessier. Race time was 1.14kr as the Queen bested 9/10 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (6m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 3.7/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard up. 28/1 Eride Luduis and 8.7/1 Electra Jet completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of that day and the exact order top five payoff was 529.40€ paid to 521 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,9021,395€ and 6,287,000€ was wagered on all wagering pools in this race.   Fashion Queen   The Prix d’Arcachon (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw even-money odds Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) score timed in 1.11.3kr for Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns and Jean-Michel Bazire trains the now 15-time winner in 63 career starts for life earnings of 432,700€. 7.6/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Christian Bigeon, his breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 35/1 stablemate Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second handled by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. 2.3/1 Super Fez (8m Love You) was fourth for reinsman Jean Michel Bazire ahead of 8.4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Global Trustworthy (6m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) took today’s Solvalla featured Gr. II Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer and co-owner Timo Nurmos. Off at 4.1/1 the winner recorded his 10th career win in only 22 starts, now for 3,690,080SEK earned by the horse that has never started more than nine times in any year. The 12.9/1 Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall) was a close second for Torbjorn Jansson. Third was 43/1 Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) reined by trainer Robert Bergh for owner Stall TZ. 2.6/1 Milliondollarrhyme was fifth and 7.1/1 Milligans School was seventh in the good field.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink          

Today’s Kincsem Park featured Oszi Kiserleti Verseny (1,500,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap)) saw 4.7/1 Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) score for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity .Race time was 1.19.1kr. THe 3.3/1 Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT-Defi d’Aunou) was second for Csaba Lakatos and third was the 20 meter handicapped and 11.6/1 Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kama-Valley Guardian) for Emil Csordas. On the undercard there were two divisions of a three year old event (Nyeretcenek Versenye) and the first went to 1.22.3kr timed Abrakadabra (3g Pine Chip-Nana-Tony Oaks) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard for owner C’est la Guerre. The second division went to 1.22.4kr timed Aragon Work (3m Working Out-Ni Lady-Francis Diamant) with Csaba Lakatos up. The two winners recorded their maiden victories. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Grand Premio Regione Sicilia (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters) at Siracusa in Italy saw Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out) score timed in 1.12.5kr with Rene Legati up for the red-hot trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Trillo Park (7m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) was second for Roberto Vecchione. Third went to Tina Turner (7g Daguet Rapide-Gloria Gainor-Cezio Josselyn. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) surged wide to the lead in the first lap and then gamely held on for a short victory over Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ OM-Lemon Dra-Keystone Sante Fe) in winning the Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale in Italy, clocked in a record 1.11.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro reined and trains the winner and Antonio Greppi teamed the stablemate that is a grand-daughter of the great Keystone Sante Fe that the late Dave Rankin successfully campaigned in the USA.. The previous race record was 1.11.6kr from 2011 by Brad de Veluwe. The Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale was raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 319,000€. Gocciadoro trainees also were third and fourth. Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba) and Orjan Kihlstrom took third ahead of Ares Cat (3m Ideale Luis) with Antonio DiNardo aboard. Velten Von Flevo was fifth for Rick Ebbinge. The two batterias (eliminations) leading to the finale produced upsets. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzong) took the first 1600 meter elim for a purse of 22,000€. Pietro Gubellini teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Gocciadoro was second with Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant). Third was the invader from France, General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazon du Parc-Extreme Aunou), reined by Alexis Prat. Fourth was Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei at the lines. Trainer Gocciadoro started three in this batteria. The second batteria (same distance and purse as the first) saw Aom You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ SM) score timed in 1.11.9kr with Antonio Greppi aboard for trainer Gocciadoro who started four in this elim. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Lindi di Casei-Uronometro) with trainer Gocciadoro aboard, was second, ahead of Velten Von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) teamed by Rick Ebbinger for trainer J.W.M. Engwerda. Another Gocciadoro trainee Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) ended fourth for Antonio DiNardo. Arnas Cam Wins Orsi Mangellli Filly Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne-Zeffira AC) rallied to win the PR Orsi Mangelli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters) last evening at Ippodromo Vinovo, timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Santo Mollo. Erik Bondo trains the impressive grey filly that defeated Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro her pilot. Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP-Workaholic) took third money for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Andrea Guzzinati. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganynmede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was fourth, handled by Vincenzo D’Allessandro Jr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) took today’s Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes in France. It was also the start of the winter race season at Vincennes.  Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to his 29th career win in 46 starts, now for 1,091,970€ earned. J-M Rancoule owns the winner that was timed in 1.12kr. Second was 23/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) reined by Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 30/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) rallied for third teamed by her trainer Junior Guelpa. 5.2/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet), 42/1 Looking Superb, 12/1 Bugsy Malone and 75/1 Clarck Sotho trailed the top three in this good field that saw Davidson du Pont finish ninth, Carat Williams 12th and Dreambreaker 13th. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 6,910.20€ for a 2€ wager with 116 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,388,282€ and the total of all pool on this race exceeded 7,109,000€. On the program six year olds contested the Prix du Dorat (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters). J-M Bazire scored again with 3.1/1 Dayana Berry (6f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) timed in 1.14.7kr. The Bazire owned and trained winning mare now has eight career victories in 36 starts. 6/1 Diego Sautonne was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.6/1 Bazire trainee Dostoievski was third with Nicolas Bazire the pilot. The favorite Defi de Retz, another Bazire trainee, was a dq. Jean Michel Bazire returned again to win the Prix des Clematites (two year olds, purse 32,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters) with 1.4/1 Hoffenbach (2m Cristal Money-Angelica). Clocked in 1.17.5kr this was Hoffenbach’s maiden win in four starts. His sire is a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money-Himo Josselyn and his offspring are showing up in the winners’ circle with some regularity. This day was the kickoff of the Winter Meet at Vincennes that continues through February 29. The exceptional racing program of course includes the Prix d’Amerique (January 26) and the lead-up “B” races leading to the big one.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Elsa (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year olds females) at Paris-Vincennes went to 6.1/1 Noble Dolly (6f Ready Cash-Harriet Fridoi) with Nicolas Bazire up on the IMY Talli Oy (Finland) owned and Jean-Michel Bazire trainer campaigner that now shows 86,730€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.11.6kr. The 6.1/1 Datcha (6f The Best Madrik) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 21/1 Dulcinee du Dollar (6f Magniificent Rodney) was third for Franck Nivard. Jean Michel Bazire was back aboard Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash-Sissy Love) at 8/10 odds to win the Prix Felicitas (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year old males) clocked in 1.12.1kr. Owned by Ecurie des Charmes, the winner recorded his seventh career victory in 30 starts now for 196,950€ earned, The 6.4/1 Darlington Park (6g Orlando Vici) was second for Franck Nivard, with third to 10/1 Dreamer de Chenu (6g Timoko). The day before at Toulouse was the Criterium de Vitesse de Toulouse (purse 41,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and Azir des Caillons (9n Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. This 14th lifetime victory raised his career earnings to 307,000€. Baldi Star (8g Rombaldi) was second with Steve Steffano the pilot. Beppe AM (8g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo) was third reined by Franck Marty. Replay: https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2019-10-28/3103/7 Tomorrow at Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes, a 2850 meter event for a purse of 90,000€ The field is shown in the photo section. 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

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