Timoko leads Sunday's Gran Prix de Wallonie

06:51 AM 09 Aug 2014 NZST
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Timoko, a winner of over 2.68 E million Rapide Lebel to be retired
Timoko, a winner of over 2.68 E million
Paris-Turf files /photo
Rapide Lebel to be retired
Paris-Turf files /photo

Trainer Richard Westerink's Timoko, a winner of over €2.68 million, leads Sunday's Gr. I Gran Prix de Wallonie field at Mons Ghlin. Bjorn Goop will team this favorite in the €180,000 purse UET Masters Series event. Uhlan du Val, Roi du Lupin and Pascia'Lest are the likely closest rivals.

August 10, 2014 Mons Ghlin (BE), Gran Prix de Wallonie, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, €180,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 9 starters

Horse in post-position order, driver/trainer, career earnings in euros, country

Olmo Holz, Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens, 524,696, Italy

Pascia'Lest, Roberto Andreghetti, Thierry Duvaldestin, 983,772, Italy

Paladin Bleu, Bernard Piton, Lois Thieulent, 769,610, FR

Roi du Lupin, Anthony Barrier, J-P Marmion, 1,708,845, FR

Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 2,689,690, FR

Uhlan du Val, Cedrik Megissier driver/trainer, 837,890, FR

Deuxieme Picsous, Jos. Verbeeck, F. Lejon, 618,469, SWE

Onyx d'Em, Rik Dupuydt, Mme. C. DeSoete, 706,121, FR

Oibambam Effe, Salvatore Carre trainer/driver, 337,542, Italy

Separately, following a poor effort under saddle this week at Enghien, it was announced that former great international speedster Rapide Lebel will likely be retired. Both trainer Guarato and driver Eric Raffin reportedly stated that his career should end, albeit final decision rests with the owner. The nine year-old gelded son of Ginger Somolli earned €1,816,922 with three Gr. I career victories and a speed record of 1.09.4kr.

Thomas H. Hicks

 

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