Located on the seafront, on the exceptional site of Cagnes-sur-Mer, with the backdrop of the azure sky and the great Blue, The Côte d’Azur Hippodrome closed its summer meeting on August 24 with Grand Prix of the General Council of the Alpes Maritimes, brilliantly won by Timoko.
The Grand Prix of the General Council of the Alpes Maritimes, final of the high speed trotting chalenge played on three racetracks in France, took place after the sixth race, the Argentan Price, won by the No. 2 Sapphire Girl, driven by H. Ph. Gautier.
Despite an awkward position behind the wings of the autostart, Timoko, led ably by Jos Verbeeck, who started in the number 1 lane, outclassed its rivals throughout the course. Double title-holder in this group II, Commander Crowe could not meet the expectations of bettors.
Junior Guelpa, arrived in second, said he was delighted of the performance of the son of Hibiscus Rib, which realizes on this occasion the best performance of its career. Author also of a great final effort, the Italian Probo Op complements the arrival of the third (and final) stage of the TGV.
Timoko, which completes its course in the kilometric reduction of 1’12 “0 (nearly two seconds slower than in its success, in March, on this track at the Côte d’Azur Grand Speed Criterium) is again the war machine that allowed it to enter the racing legend, earlyin its career, before experiencing health problems (Lyme disease). Now, with this new victory, the eighteenth of its fantastic career, his owner Richard Westerink never ceases to be amazed by Timoko. We’ll find it at Vincennes in the Masters Finals, on September 7, and it looks more than ever as one of the contenders for the next Prix d’Amérique, held on the last Sunday in January, at Gravelle.
The Côte d’Azur Hippodrome, France second racecourse, is hosting over 80 horse meetings per year. With a total area of 60 hectares, it employs 40 employees and 250 seasonal workers. It can accommodate up to 12,000 spectators, including 6,000 in the stands and offers 2,000 parking spaces. Within its walls, 2 panoramic restaurants, 2 snacks, 1 cafeteria, 1 bar, a nursery, a kindergarten. Many activities are organized during the meetings with eight fireworks in summer. The site is also dedicated to events: exhibitions, seminars …
Summer meetings at night are reserved for trotters and winter meetings for trot, obstacle and flat races. The Côte d’Azur Hippodrome also aims to serve as a training center.
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