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The Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw some powerful Groupe tests on Sunday. The Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the 9/10 favorite Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) scored timed in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Armand Speisser owns this winner of now 520,230€ in life earnings off his six career victories.  The 9/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) took second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Follow You (5m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Falco de Laurma, Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin  The Prix de La Pais”Rouen” (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, six year old European eligibles) produced a 1.12.9kr timed victory for even-money favorite Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) and pilot Franck Nivard. The win raised his life earnings to 313,442€ for owner Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. 33/1 Zelou (6m Love You) was second for David Thomain and trainer Billard. Billard also trains the third finishing Vash Top (6f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc handled. Violetto Jet, Franck Nivard driving for Philippe Billard The Gr. III Prix de L’Amite Franco-Afraicaine (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) brought together a solid field of aged trotteurs and in this one the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie driving for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The victory raised Earl’s career earnings to 714,610€. 10/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third went to 9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Robert Bergh, 28/1 Tessy d’Ete and 50/1 Eridan completed the top five. Earl Simon, Franck Ouvrie up, a game winner   The final groupe event on the Sunday Vincennes program was the Prix Indienne (Gr. IIIm purse 80,000€, monte, 2200 meters, European eligibles) and the impressive 5.2/1 odds winner was Ezalyo Smart (6m Prince Gede) with jockey Mathieu Mottier in the irons for Ecurie Smart and trainer Cyrille Buhigne. This victory increased the winners’ lifetime earnings to 221,580€ with this his sixth win in 51 career starts. The 8/10 favorite Egro Jenilou (6g Village Mystic) rallied for Eric Raffin and trainer Louis Baudron but could not reach the winner in deep stretch. 2.3/1 Fuego de Houelle (5g Rieussec) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc, he a proven exceptional trainer of monte performers. Ezalyo Smart, Mottier up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Fighter Smart (4m Uniclove-Vicky Cash) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Picardie at Vincennes (purse 53,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) clocked in 1.13.7. Mathieu Mottier piloted this 25/1 outsider owned by breeder Ecurie Smart to his fourth career win, now for 244,520€ earned.  The 20/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem) rallied for second with Alexandre Abrivard up and 7.7/1 Fresneaux (4m Timoko) held third for Christophe Martens. The 10/1 Fuego du Houelle (4g Rieussec) and 3.4/1 Foxtrot Sea (4m Olitro) completed the top five and set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 45,859.20€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 2,618,606€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 5,824,000€. On the undercard was the Prix de Bouville (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) and the 4/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (5g Royal Dream-Pignata) proved the punters right with a rallying 1.12.1kr timed score. Eric Raffin teamed the J-M Bazire trainee to his 13th career victory on 17 starts now for 183,150€ earned. The sire was an inspiring Prix d’Amerique winner. The 21/1 Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede) held second for Matthieu Abrivard and 14/1 Ecurevil Jenilou (5g Village Mystic) was third for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Thursday Enghien program included the Prix de la Porte de Montreuil (two year olds, 32,000€ purse, 2250 meters, 11 starters) with victory to 1.17.5kr timed and 10/1 Halowie Renardier (2f Uniclove-Teva du Port) with Alexis Prat aboard for trainer Frederic Prat and Ecurie di l’Amore. This was her first career win in two appearances. The 21/1 Hermine Sibey (2f Atlas de Joudes) was second for Louis Baudouin and trainer J-M Baudouin. Third home was the 1.6/1 favorite Halbane du Vivier (2f Quaker Jet) reined by Frank Nivard. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Place Denfert-Rochereau (purse 43,000€, 2875 meters, 15 starters). The 2.2/1 odds winner was Elzir du Home (5g Offshore Dream-Riviere Javanaise) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Yves Marie Vallee. He won for the seventh time in 20 lifetime starts and was clocked in 1.14.4kr. 2.7/1 Emphasis Turbo (5m Jet Fortuna) was second ahead of 36/1 Epona du Passage (5f Real de Lou). The 11/1 Effigie Royale and 21/1 Eklango du Nile completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 18,477.20€ to 34 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,089,964€ and total wagered on the race exceeded 6,617.000€. The Prix de la Concorde (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) completed the day’s card and the 1.15.7kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie des Champs. Colonel won for the 14th time in 60 career starts now for 402,550€ earned. 5.6/1 Cerenzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for pilot Franck Nivard and 3.2/1 Caprice du Lupin (7g Chaillot) took third with Antoine Wiels aboard for trainer J-P Marmion. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Vincennes, FR - Sunday trotting action at Paris-Vincennes was sensational under sunny skies and before a large and enthusiastic gathering. The first test was the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, nine starters). 5.2/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) scored in a quick 1.10.9kr for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Dexter record his seventh career victory in 34 attempts now for 435,870 euro earned. The 3/10 favorite Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 2.8/1 Dominator Blond (5m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) took the third check for jockey Damien Bonne and trainer J.B. Bossuet. Early in today’s star filled program was the Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 200,000 euro, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.14.2kr timed winner was 160/1 Fighter Smart (3m Uniclove-Vicky Cash). Mathieu Mottier handled the Cyrille Buhigne trainee that Ecurie Smart owns and bred. 64/1 Fortaleza (3f Prince D’Espace-Houlba de Pauline) took second money with J-M Bazire up for William Bigeon. Third was another outsider, the 40/1 Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) handled by trainer Franck Anne for Ecurie AB Trot. 4/5 favorite Flocki d’Aurcy and well regarded Follow You were dq’s. The co-featured Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (240,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) saw 23/1 Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hamina) score timed in 1.13.5kr with Franck Nivard the pilot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. The 64/1 Etoile de Bruyere (4fKenor de Cosse-Reinette de Tijas) took second for Adrian Lamy, the jockey for trainer Charles Dreux. 43/1 Emilius de Play (4m Hulk des Champs-Orelie de Play) was the third horse on the line with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The next two home were 4.6/1 Equinoxe Jiel (4m Rancho Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard and 2.1/1 Etonnant (4m Timoko) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Richard Westerink. The Q+ Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 90,000 euro, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to rallying 7.7/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) with an excited Eric Raffin up. Serge Peltier trains this 18 time career winner in 82 outings now for 694,830n euro earned. The 16/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers) was next with trainer J-M Bazire up and 32/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominque Cheradame. 12/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password)  was fourth for Jean Philippe Dubois and fifth was 11/1 Classic Way (6m Prodigious) and driver J.Ph. Monclin. Dubois (Jean Philippe) also bred this one. Well-regarded Caprice du Lupin, Cash Gamble and Bugsy Malone were miscue dq’s. The monte Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 200,000 euro, 2175 meters, 10 three year olds) saw 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-0Star du Chene) ride the pegs home for a passing win with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj clocked in 1.13kr. The 3.1/1 Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) gamely held second with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 30/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point-Uzie de Janiero) was third for jockey Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Franck Blandin. 6.1/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed 3/1 odds Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) with Rudolf Haller the trainer/driver for Team Neuhof. This Elitlopp starter bested 23/1 Coach Franbleu (6f Prince d’Espace) handled by Franck Nivard for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Third was 36/1 Dream de Nilrem (5g Jet Fortuna) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Frederic Prat. The Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (100,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, four year olds) produced an easy score for the 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie the pilot. Jarmo Niskanen trains the now seven time career winner in only nine starts. Ecurie Skytten owns the career winner now of 250,900 euro. 22/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) was second with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Alexandre Buisson. 35/1 Elana Sport (4f Titan d’Occagnes-Victoria Sport) took the third spot with Guillermo Andreu Adrover at the lines. Race time was 1.13.9kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Enghien-Soisy harness racing action this day featured the Prix de l’Odean (purse €43,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and 4.2/1 Dancing Love (3m Uniclove-Sissi du Caieu) scored in 1.16.1kr for Bernard Piton. Jean-Paul Piton is trainer/owner/breeder of the fine colt that bested 6.5/1 Dazio Best (3m Saphgir des Elfes-Lazio du Bourg) with Franck Nivard up. 1.7/1 favorite Drakkar Delo (3m Texas Charm-Utanema Didef) was third with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Earlier in the program was the Prix de la Porte de Vitry (purse €35,000, 2875 meters, 15 starters) and the victory went to 1.17.1kr timed, 3.8/1 odds Diva Griff (3f Sam Bourbon-Royale de Bea). Gabriel Gelormin reined the Sebastian Guarato trainee that is owned by breeder Ecurie Griff. 7.3/1 Duchesse de Brion (3f Jasmin de Flore-Kijoue du Montil) was second for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. 23/1 Dascalia (3f Norginio-Quitalia) was home third for Nico d’Haenens. Thomas H. Hicks

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