Yesterday's Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) resulted in a 30 day suspension of Uhlan du Val's driver Cedric Megissier.
Megissier battled then leading favorite Timoko before aggressively taking the lead early on the last lap. Once clearing to the pegs Megissier reportedly slowed the pace causing pocket placed Timoko to go off-stride.
Ultimately Uhlan du Val tired nearing the last turn and J-P Marmion's Roi du Lupin won by open lengths over Olmo Holz and Pacsia'Lest.
The win by Roi du Lupin was his career first in a Gr. I event, and also the first for trainer/owner Marmion (who has two Gr. I wins in monte races).
Two year-olds are beginning to race in France with several races occurring last week. Today was no exception as Campo Rossa scored in 1.19.5kr forin Enghien's Prix de la Porte de Montreuil (E32,000 purse, 2250 meters, females, 12 starters). The winning daughter of -Marille du Lec is trained by Frederic Plat and she scored at 1.9/1 odds. Second went to Cash Diva (2f -Quabila) reined by trainer Jarmo Niskanen.
Lightly raced three year-olds are also making their presence known. Today the â‚¬39,000 Prix de Chaudes Aignes over 2875 meters for males went to the Etienne Dubois teamed Black Charm (3m-Podana) in 1.18kr as that pair defeated Bill handled by and Black Jack la Nuit with Stephane Bourlier up. The winner is trained by for Ecurie Victoria Dreams.
Thomas H. Hicks