The Côte d’Azur Racing Society hosted on Saturday, February 16 on its site the members of the Fegentri (International Federation of Gentlemen-Riders and Cavalières) for its 3rd stage of its World Championship and has organized a race for the Cavalières and a race for Gentlemen-Riders. The passion and enthusiasm of these jockeys from 25 countries from all over the world expressed in two splendid races with close results, rewarded by the JW Mariott Hotels group. The day before, the 58th General Assembly of the Fegentri, chaired by Mrs Nathalie Bélinguier, was held in the rooms of the Marriott Hotel in Cannes, city chosen to succeed New York, Stockholm, London and Paris, where previous General Assemblies were held.
Before the races, by late morning, Mr Bertrand Bélinguier, President of France Galop, in the presence of Senator-Mayor of Cagnes sur Mer Mr Louis Negre expressed his worries about the recent European law ordering the application of a normal 19,6 % VAT rate (instead of the reduce 7% one) to the race horses trade. This could jeopardise all the positive efforts realised in the past years for the horse race activities, a sector creating growth and employment.
At the end of the conference, Mr François Forcioli-Conti, President of Côte d’Azur Racing Society showed the officials the latest developments and work done on the Hippodrome and these installations were inaugurated.
In the afternoon, among the 8 foreseen races, two were run as the 3rd stage of the Fegentri World Championship.
The JW Marriott Cannes Hotel Prize awarded the Cavalières race, flat race that took place in the fourth race of the meeting. At the end of the 8-runners race on a distance of 2,400 meters, the No. 3 Eskadi, ridden by Miss Barbara Guenet (France) has won. The winner of the JW Marriott Cannes Hotel Prize, Eskadi is trained by J. Héloury and owned by C. Mouly. The second place was taken by Kourdo, ridden by Mrs. S. Storen before the No. 4 Temple Bar, ridden by Mrs. H. Ljungqvist.
The JW Marriott Cote D’azur Hotels Prize awarded the Gentlemen-Riders race, a flat race that took place in the sixth race. At the end of the 11-runners race on a distance of 1,500 meters, the clear favourite No. 1 Esprit Des Temps ridden by Guilain Bertrand (France) has won. The winner of the JW Marriott Cote D’azur Hotels Prize, Esprit Des Temps, is trained by W. Mongil and owned by Stall Lustige Funf. The second was Earl Of Fire, ridden by A. Lemarié and the third, Cat Melody, ridden by JP. Boisgontier.
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