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January 23, 2021 - The 2.3/1 odds Hallix (4f Roc Meslois-Titania) rallied for harness racing jockey Eric Raffin the Gr. II monte Prix de Pardieu this day at Paris Vincennes. Timed in 1.11.9kr the four-year old daughter of Roc Meslois-Titania is trained by Guillaume Gillot for Ecurie Cheffreville, She won for the sixth time in her career now for 150,850€ earned. 23/1 outsider Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious-Oeurmoel) earned second money for jockey Guillaume Martin and conditioner Arnaud Desmottes. Third was 13/1 Hera Landia (4f Ludo de Castelle) with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard. ​Hallix   On January 21 at Vincennes the featured Prix d’Erbray (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 9-10 year old Europeans) saw 3.7/1 Carioca (9g Jag de Bellouet-Quantas) rally to win timed in 1.11.6kr with Thomas Levesque at the lines for Pierre Levesque and owner Camille Levesque. This was his 12th career victory now for 219,180€ earned. The 1.7/1 favorite Comtes des Tithais (9g Neoh Hiel) held second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Sylvain Marmion. Third home was 36/1 Say That Again (10g Viking Kronos-Kiss Me Again) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Stall Kennys. Carioca That day at Cagnes sur Mer saw the featured Prix Jag de Bellouet (purse 39,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year olds) go to 1.8/1 Deko de Tilou (8g Royal Dream-New Sommer Dream) with Christophe Martens up for Ecurie Pietors and trainer Vincent Martens. Dekoi scored for the 11th time in his career now for 189,760€ earned. 3.8/1 Cristal du Lupin (9g Ganymede) was second for Stephane Cingland and 33/1 Davina du Capre (8f Magnificent Rodney) was third for Virgile Foucault. Deko De Tilou   Thomas H. Hicks    

Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko), off at 23/1 odds, won the Gr. III monte Prix Djerid (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes today in a quick 1.11.5kr, in his first harness racing monte try. Jean Yann Ricard was the jockey for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Stall Oberkracher as he won for the 11th time in his career now for 551,328€ earned. He raced barefoot and bested 1.2/1 odds shoeless favorite Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre) that had Mathieu Mottier in the irons for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 17/1 Caban Prior (9g Sancho Panca) was third for Aurelien Desmarres and this one raced with shoes. Fourth was 18/1 Bell Louise Mabon (10f Derby du Gite) with Eric Raffin up. Aged trotteurs (age 8-11) contested the Prix Gras Savoye Willis Tower Watson (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 10/1 Baron Daidou (10g Saxo de Vandel) scored in a quick 1.10.5kr for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Cyril Chenu. The winner recorded his 22nd career victory now for life earnings of 339,590€. 6/1 Conchitana Jenilou was second with Romain Derieux at the lines. Third home was 8/1 Crescendis with J-F Senet the reinsman. Baron Daidou   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

January 17, 2021 - In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) took today’s Gr. II Prix Maurice Gheest (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, three year old International starters) for harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Off at 3.4/1 odds, the winner was timed in 1.15.3kr as he won for the fourth time in his career and advanced life earnings to 108,000€. 24/1 Inoui Danica (3m Boccador de Simm) was second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 5.3/1 Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash) with David Bekaert up. 70/1 Idem du Pont (3m Quinoa du Gers) and 39/1 Ole Bro (3m Muscle Massive) completed the top five. In The Money The Prix Reverdy “de Riberac” (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for four year olds) was next and 1.7/1 Hokkaido Jiel (4m Brillantissime-Victory Jiel) scored in 1.13.5kr for pilot P-Y Vervam. J.L. Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Luck as Hokkaido won for the sixth time now for 146,480€ in career earnings. 114/1 outsider Hamilton Renka (4g Charly du Noyer) was second for driver Christophe Martens and 25/1 Help Me Win (4f Otello Pierji) took third for Matthieu Abrivard. Hokkaido Jiel   Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters for 7-11 year olds) saw 5.7/1 Colonel (9g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) rally to harness racing victory for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes. This was the 17th career win for Colonel that now sports life earnings of 568,080€. 2.3/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Teigo d’Etang) held second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. Third home was Et Voila de Muze (7g Royal Dream) ahead of 6.3/1 Be One des Thirons (10g Roi du Cog) and 70/1 Blues d’Ourville (10g Password). Colonel Three year olds fillies contested the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) in the Vincennes snow and 2/1 odds Inoubliable (3f Prodigious-Dream Life-Royal Dream) rallied in the lane to score for Jean Philippe Dubois timed in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Moulin trains this filly for Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams to her third straight victory now for 85,410€ earned. 93/1 Idylle A Vie (3f Ready Cash-Vie A Deux) was second for Alexis Charadame at the lines for trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 45/1 Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker) ahead of 68/1 Iseult Flower (3f Nahar de Beval) and 12/1 Isla Bonita (3f Love You). Inoubliable LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

In the Vincennes co-featured Prix de Croix (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, International five year olds), the well regarded Power (5m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) circled the harness racing field in the lane to score at 15/1 odds with Eric Raffin the pilot. Robert Bergh trains Power for In The Zone AB as he recorded career victory 14 in 30 starts, now two win in France from three starts, and his life earnings increased to 909,746€. Race time was 1.16.2kr over a heavy, snow affected course (fractions 1.16.6kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.16.7kr at the 1000 and 1.16.6kr with 500 meters remaining). 15/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) held second on the pegs for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer R.Ch. Larue. 20/1 Goldy Mary (5m Ready Cash-Bloody Mary), bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable. 42/1 Guzz Mearas (5m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, ahead of the 1.3/1 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) for Nicolas Ensch. 177/1 Grand Art, 215/1 Gala Tejy and 2.7/1 Aetos Kronos finished sixth through eighth. The race start was delayed due to shoeing work on Power and track maintenance. https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-16/7500/5 Tomorrow is the Prix de Belgique, the sixth Amerique qualifier, and with 13 horses at the start. This Gr. II event includes several horses already Amerique qualified. The lineup follows as well as the current Amerique horses: Amerique qualified (10) horses are listed below: Diable de Vauvert Feliciano Bahia Quesnot Face Time Bourbon Victor Ferm Moni Viking Gu d’Heripre Feerie Wood Vivid Wise As Delia du Pommereux   LeTrot, blodbanken files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2020 - Galius (5m Love You-Star de Villenueve) held gamely on the front to secure the Prix de Mauriac (purse 53,000€), 2850 meters for European harness racing five year olds timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was the pilot for owner/trainer Severine Raimond as Galius won for the 13 time in his career, now for 172,550€ earned. Galius has a career slate of 13-0-1 in 14 appearances. Second today was 7.9/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 8.7/1 Gondole Jenilou (5f Goetmals Wood) took third with Eric Raffin the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Fourth home was 7/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) for trainer Jean Michel Bazire with fifth to 14/1 Gimy du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Galius (13) Sunday at Vincennes is the sixth Prix d’Amerique qualifier, The Gr. II Prix de Belgique has 13 top flight trotters contesting the three tickets to the Amerique and several horses in the field are already qualified. See below for the lineup. Prix de BelgiqueC4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #6  purse 110 000€ Groupe II - Attelé 2 850 meters - Grande piste Groupe II Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2021 - Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene), off at 2.3/1 odds, captured the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse130,000€, 2850 meters for 4-11 year olds International) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.5kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was the jockey for breeder/owner Claude Guedy and trainer Julien LeMer. Fado du Chene won for the 14th timed in his career that has yielded 873,400€. The 11/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc. The 2.9/1 second choice Daida de Vandel (8f Real de Loo) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up. Dynamite Marceaux and Etoile de Bruyere completed the top five. Fado du Chene The fine four-year old Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) surged late and captured the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Franck Nivard and off at 2.2/1 odds. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this now nine-time career winner for 267,590€ earned that was bred by J.P. Guay. Hohneck traveled his final 500 meters in 1.10.2kr. The 1.8/1 favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis) took second for Eric Raffin, driving for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Third home was 3.7/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash) that Philippe Allaire owns and trains and Francois Lagadeuc as the pilot. 2.1/1 Hooker Berry (4m Booster Winner) and 6.6/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood) were fourth and fifth. Hohneck The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 6-11 year olds European eligibles) saw 10/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) score in 1.11.3kr for reinsman Theo Duvaldestin. This Thierry Duvaldestin trainee now has 12 career wins for 365,570€ earned. 35/1 Violetto Jet (7m From Above) was a close second for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 5,4/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) was third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 4.9/1 Calina (7f Archipelagio) was fourth and 9/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) landed fifth money. Flamme du Goutier Fine trotting is on tap later this week. On January 14 Cagnes sur Mer will host the Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur with a 120,000€ purse for International trotteurs. Then on January 16 at Vincennes there will be three groupe contests (Prix Gelinotte for 100,000€ for Gr. II International three year olds; the Gr. III Prix du Forez for 80,000€ featuring aged horses; Gr. II Prix de Croix for 100,000€ for International five year olds). The Prix de Croix lineup follows and it’s a great field. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 8, 2021 - Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours), off at 4/10 odds, crushed her competition at Vincennes, to win the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Emile Roiteau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) to earn a Prix de Cornulier ticket. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Rada. Gladys won her fourth straight monte contests and this was her eighth career won now for 434,220€ earned. 8/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. 74/1 Girly Beco (4f Tiego d’Etang-Verveine Gede) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Michel Bevier. 3.5/1 Good Luck Quick and 35/1 Gef de Play completed the top five. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

January 2, 2021 - The 2.2/1 odds favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) won today’s harness racing Prix de Bar le  Duc (purse 80,000€, European, 2850 meters distance handicap) at Vincennes timed in 1.14.6kr off modest fractions. Eric Raffin teamed the Gregory Thorel trainee for Ecurie la Pinsonniere to his 11th career victory now for 326,950€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped and already Amerique qualified Diable de Vauvert (8m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Bertrand Le Beller and Ecurie de Vauvert. He was off at 2.4/1 odds. 26/1 A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was second for Alexis Prat and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Fourth home was 44/1 Coach Franbleu ahead of 16/1 Foxtrot Sea. Dq’s were Sobel Conway, Victor Ferm and Express Jet. Fire Cracker   On the same card was the Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Bodin (monte, apprentice jockeys, 80,000€ purse, 2700 meters, the Challenge Marolles-en-Brie) and the 9/10 odds favorite Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik-Made in Coulonces) scored in 1.13.3kr, his 24th career victory for 464,880€ earned.   Mathilde Coles was aboard for trainer L.C. Abrivard and owner Gilbert Champie. 26/1 Balzac de L’Iton (10g Panache de L’Iton) was second for Guillaume Lenain with third to 69/1 Eliska Berry (7f Rocklyn) for jockey Gaelle Godard. 15/1 Carla du Chatelet (9f Jag de Bellouet) and 85/1 pacesetter Best of Bourbon (10f Ready Cash) completed the top five. Brillant Madrik   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2020 - The 6/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled on the outside from post nine to eventually wear down harness racing pacesetter 2.2/1 Davidson du Pont and then hold off onrushing 18/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) handled by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third home was 27/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) for David Thomain and trainer Sylvain Roger. Face Time Bourbon won for the 28th time in his career now for 2,197,440€ earned, with Sebastien Guarato his trainer for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Vivid Wise As has the same owner. Race time was 1.10.4kr off even fractions. Behind the top three were Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont-Laguna de Pont) with Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Ecurie Albert Rayon. 135/1 Etonnant (7m Timoiko-Migraine) was fifth for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 126/1 Calina (7f Archipelago-Caltina Hall) was sixth with seventh to 38/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier - Queebn Ines). Billie de Montfort followed Face Time but could not keep pace in the lane, finishing eighth and Moni Viking was ninth. Face Time Bourbon (9) inside, Vivid Wise As (4), Delia du Pommereux (6) Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-03/7500/4 There are now 10 Amerique invitees with one qualifier remaining.   Thomas H. Hicks

December 27, 2020 - The Prix Tenor de Baune (“Amerique Qua 5” – Gr. II, purse 85,000€, International five-year olds) went to 5.2/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee),clocked in 1.12.8kr, with harness racing owner Alexandre Abrivard at the lines for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at Paris-Vincennes. Bred by Ecurie D, the victorious mare won for the seventh time in 39 career starts now for 429.250€ earned. She earned an Amerique invite with this impressive victory. The 4.4/1 odds Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) was a good second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski. Third home was another JMB trainee, the 15/1 Rebella Matters (5f Explosive Matter-Mystical News), handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner Stall TRE Rebell. 83/1 longshot Fiable (5f Ready Cash-Nika) was fourth with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Feerie Wood Feerie Wood From the Prix-Amerique website the following are listed as invitees: Q1 Bretagne – Diable de Vauvert (B. Le Beller), Feliciano ( Allaire), Bahia Quesnot (Guelpa) who subsequently won the Royal Mares in Italy; Q2 Bourbonnais – Face Time Bourbon (Guarato), Victor Ferm (Bazire), Moni Viking (Vercruysse); Q3 Criterium Continental – Gu d’Heripre (Billard); Q4 Tenor de Baune – Feerie Wood (A. Abrivard); Q5 Bourgogne upcoming on Jan 3; Q6 Belgique set for Jan 17   Thomas H. Hicks

December 27, 2020 - Franck Leblanc’s owned and trained Helitlopet (3m Un Charme Fou-Luna Vroum) took today’s Prix de Vincennes (Gr. I monte, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds) at Vincennes, timed in 1.14.2kr with Adrien Lamy in the irons. The winner scored for the fourth time in his career now for 129,300€ earned. 85/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle-Tina Landia) was second handled by Paul Philippe Ploquin for owner/trainer Alexis Philippe Grimault. 10/1 Hytte du Terroir (3f Boccador de Simm-Scarlet d’Ohara) took third money for Alexandre Abrivard, Helitlopet Replay https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-12-27/7500/5 Gladys des Plaines wins Prix Leon Tarquet Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vayjours) rallied past a drifting our leader to win the Prix Leon Tarquet (“Reverdy” – purse 70,000€, Gr. III monte, 2175 meters four year olds) today at Vincennes. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curents and owner Augustin Radu. Gladys won for the seventh time in 25 career starts now for 389,220€ earned. Race time was 1.12.0kr. She was off at 1.8/1 odds and bested then leading 2.3/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) that tired and drifted wide in the lane and that had David Thomain at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire. 34/1 Guerilla de Simm (4f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeuse) was a distant third for jockey Benjamin Rochard and owner/trainer Allaire. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2020 - A fine holiday Paris-Vincennes harness racing card this day included three groupe tests and a fast class event for older trotteurs. The Gr. II Prix Jules Lemonnier (85,000€, monte International, 2175 meters for 5-10 year olds) saw 2.1/1 odds Clegs des Champs (8g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) score in an impressive 1.10.9kr with David Thomain the jockey. Thierry Raffegeau trains this J-Y Roze owned 19-time career winner for 889,080€ earned. 7/1 Carly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third home was 6.6/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) with jockey Eric Raffin up for trainer Robert Bergh. The legendary Arlington Dream was a miscue dq, Clegs des Champs Veteran classmasters contested the Prix de Strasbourg (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters for 8-10 year olds) with 6.1/1 odds Be One des Thirons (9g Roi du Cog-Miss dei Thirons) victorious timed in 1.13.1kr. Philippe Daugeard, the owner/trainer, was at the lines as his trainee won for the 17th time. His career earnings increased to 429,230€. The 1.1/1 favorite Brillant Madrik (9g Lilium Madrik) was second for Leo Abrivard and 5.3/1 Cash du Rib (8g Ready Cash) took third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Be One des Thirons Two-year olds contested the Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters) with the impressive 8/10 favorite Italiano Vero (2m Ready Cash-Baraka d’ Henlou) holding game in the lane for David Thomain, timed in 1.13.5kr. Owner Philippe Allaire trains the now five-time career winner (the last five in a row) for 94,950€ earned. 9/1 odds In The Money (2m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) rallied for second with Thierry Duvaldestin, the breeder/owner/trainer, aboard. Holding third was the 3/2 odds second choice Ideal ligneries (2m Repeat Money-Ouragane) with Franck Nivard up. Italiano Vero The Gr. III Prix Constant Hervieu (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for 5-7 year olds) completed today’s groupe action and 1.6/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) scored in 1.14.1kr. Theo Duvaldestin teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. The 16/1 odds outsider Divine Mesloise (7f The Best Madrik) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche, ahead of 9/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev-Premiere de Beylev) with trainer Charles Cuiller the pilot. Flamme du Goutier   Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2020 - The Christmas Day Groupe contests began with the Prix Une de Mai (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2175 meters for harness racing two-year olds). Here the 1.13.7kr time victory was earned by 10/1 outsider Illusive Artist (2f Prodigious-Real Artist) reined by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 45/1 Iseult Flower (2f Nahar de Beval-Amilka) was second for trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled and owner Regine Bejot, ahead of 17/1 Ialka Jenilat (2f Kepler-Dalka Jenilat) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Illusive Artist The Prix Sans Dire Oui (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, monte 2850 meters European five-six-year olds) saw 8.3/1 Flicka de Blary (5f Sam Bourbon-Kalinkaga) score in 1.12.9kr for jockey Mme. Camille Levesque and owner/trainer Thomas Levesque. Flicka won for the seventh time in her career and increased her life earnings to 274,680€. The 6.8/1 odds Egao Jenilat (6g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) took second for pilot Mathieu Mottier and breeder/trainer Louis Baudron. 40/1 Flore de Janeiro (5f Vanishing Point) was third. Flicka de Blary The post positions and driver assignments are set for the Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune on Sunday, both which promise to be competitive races and the winners will receive an Amerique invitation. Criterium Continental (Gr. I, International, 2100 meters autostart for four-year olds) Prix Tenor de Baune (Gr. II, International, 2700 meters for five-year olds)   Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2020 - Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) captured the harness racing Gr. III Prix Oscar Collard (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes, timed in 1.11.7kr and off at 3.8/1 odds. Anthony Barrier teamed this Philippe Allaire trainee that was bred and is owned by the legendary journalist Jacques Pauc. Gallant Way won for eighth time in his career now for 318,200€ earned and this his second straight Gr. III victory. The 9/10 favorite Rebella Matters (5f Explosive Matter-Mystical News) was a close second for Jean Michel Bazire. Third was 44/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) with Alexis Prat the pilot for trainer Anders Lindqvist. Gallant Way On the same card Sobel Conway (7g Conway Hall-Jasmine Broline) scored in the Prix Michel Thoury (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European) timed in 1.11.8kr. This 3/2 odds favorite was reined by Jean Michel Bazire to his first FR victory and he raised his career earnings to 283,960€. 3.8/1 Dexter Chatho (7g Un Amour d’Haufor) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and 29/1 Ce Retour d’Oscar (8f Le Retour) was third for J.Ph. Monclin. Sobel Conway   Thomas H. Hicks  

Hermine Girl (3f Atlas de Joudes-Salut Beaute) took the Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. III, purse 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart) on December 13 at Vincennes, clocked in 1.11.7kr for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. The 39/1 outside is trainer for Ecurie Danover by Stephane Provoost and she won for the first time in her harness racing career to increase her life earnings to 118,280€. 80/1 Helena Borosso (3f Charly du Noyer) was second for Sylvain Dieudonne and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 23/1 Beautiful Calibri (3f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc teamed for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. On the same card was the Prix Ariste Hemard (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) and the 9/10 favorite Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) scored in 1.13.7kr for Mathieu Mottier. Sebastian Guarato trains the mare for Sebastian Dewulf, and she won for the 10th time in her career for 617,800€ earned. 5.4/1 Gloria Berry (4f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 3.1/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard.  Green Grass On Dec.15 at Vincennes was the Prix de Seicheo Sur Le Loir (monte, purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with victory to 18/1 Freeman de Houelle (5m Vicove-Refina de Houelle) clocked in 1.12.8kr for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. Freeman won for the fifth time in 22 starts for 191,980€ earned. The 8/10 favorite Fakir de L’Eclose (5g Chef du Chatelet) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 11/1 Esprir d’Eliphigny (6g Panache de L’Iton) for jockey Guillaume Martin. Freeman de Houelle Yesterday (December 16) at Vincennes upper class monte performers (including some newcomers) contested the Prix Auguste Francois (monte Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles) with 1.2/1 Etonnant (6m Timoko-Migraine) the 1.10.7kr timed winner. Anthony Barrier was the jockey for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. He won for the 11th time in 50 career starts now for 507,350€ earned. 4.2/1 Daida de Vandel (7f Real de Lou) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and 16/1 Carly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Monte newcomers Looking Superb (sixth) and Dreammoko (misque dq) were contestants. Etonnant LeTrot, PMU files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

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