The veteran Rapide Lebel won his first start for money since December 2012 tonight at Hippodrome Wallonie (Belgium), scoring in a track record 1.14.4kr over 2850 meters.
drove the trainee for owner Alexander Prevost to his 29th career win for earnings of over Â£1.8 million. The nine year-old gelding held off fast closing Pas Sans Toi by two lengths, as the winner drifted to the far outside during the stretch. Reactions of driver and trainer were mixed on tonight's effort and they plan for another race on April 19 from which to evaluate Rapide Lebel's fitness. Race summary and replay link follow.
March 28, 2014 Hippodrome Wallonie Mons Ghlin, Prix Susan's Pride Kennel (www.eurotierce.be), International, £7,200, 2850 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.14.4kr
1st Rapide Lebel (9g-Karanie des Noes-Dream With Me), up for trainer, Alexander Prevost owner, 2875 meters
2nd Pas Sans Toi (11m-Fatre- ), Lieven de Groote up, 2875 meters
3rd Amigo Ten Doorn (10g Horse de Cotton-Pat Ten Doorn-Yankee Predator), Carlos De Soetz up, 2850 meters
4th Cuoou d'Isques (10g-Elvira de Retz-Podosis), Hein Van Den Herde), 2875 meters
5th Rapide d'Epuisay (9m Ipsalon Janzeen-Diane des Blaves-Katius du Jure), Gerard Vergaerde up, 2875 meters
On the same card, which was a mixed group of trots and gallop events, the Anders Lindqvist trained and co-owned (with USA'sby Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com ) Angel Dark won the Prix du President de l'Association Wallonie du Cheval Trotteur in 1.14.73kr over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son of won for the second time in his career, competing in just four starts. Angel Dark scored from post 14 in a 15 horse field and rallied five-wide in the stretch, for driver Johanna Lindqvist, to record a convincing victory.