Legendary Belgium driver Jos Verbeeck returned home briefly to partner Sweden’s Deuxieme Picsous (6h
The home-bred pride of Jagesro based owner-trainer Johan Lejon defeated a large field of 18 trotters which included his neighbour Conrad Lugauer the Swedish-based German, with his well performed German-bred and owned Bagley on the right handed at Waregem track, Belgium.
On the relatively short 2,350-metre course there was plenty of initial jostling to get to the front, and it was local trainer Pascal Godey’s sprinter Queyras Apple (Fighter Horse) driven by Philippe Masschaele who prevailed to take the lead despite his 20-metre handicap.
But Deuxième Picsous attacked mid race and took command when sent forward by by Jos Verbeeck.
It was then a procession as the brilliant Belgian dictated terms and he won easily from Queyras Apple and tough ampaigner Silver Pierji (7h ) who had trailed him for most of the journey.
A winner of the prestigious E3 final at 3YO and a narrow second in the Swedish Trav Derby at 4, Deuxième Picsous like many Franco-Americans has come into his own at maturity as a six-year-old this season.
It was the the stallion son of ’s second UET Masters series win of the season having won the Mälarpriset V75 Guldivision final at Ekilstuna on June 29 where he brilliantly defeated Eliltoppet winner Nahar with a scintilating burst down the rail.
He also finished 2nd to Amour d’Occagnes in the Matadoren in Germany and 3rd behind Timoko in the Grand Prix de Mons in Belgium in other Masters series races and the win puts him on the cusp of a start in the final on September 17 with 1000 points, equal 18th with Panne de Moteur who was coincidentally a winner on Saturday.
Deuxieme Picsous has now also topped the 5 million SEK mark (€570,000) for his owners Johan Lejon and Marie Stenberg.
GRAND PRIX DE LA VILLE DE WAREGEM
2350m 4+ €60,000
1 Deuxieme Picsous (6 h - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Johan Lejon 1.15,0a €25,000
2 Queyras Apple (9h Fighter Horse-Joyeuse Fontenelle) Dr: Philippe Masschaele Tr: Pascal Godey 1.15,3a €12,500
3 Silver Pierji (7 h -Intaille) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Ronny Kuiper 1.15,3a €6,000
4 Une de Bannes (5m -Jeune de Bannes) Dr: Rik Depuydt Tr: Carine de Soete 1.16,0a €4,000
5 Klondike B.B. (7h -Super Sleek) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 1.16,1a €2,500