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At Momarken SWE the V75-6 was the Stienlagers with 250,000SEK to the winner of the 1640 meter autostart harness racing event. The race was promoted as the comeback of the 2015 Yonkers International winner Papagayo E (6m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) after a lengthy sideline period. He raced well first on the outer and then flattened in the lane to finish third for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Jan Kristgian Wagler. The race went to rallying Donna di Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Pacesetter Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) held for third driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner. Southwind Sweetbay is a daughter of Speedy Beauty 1:58.2 ($45,735), winner of the Acorn at age two, she a daughter of Speedy Crown-Perfect Beauty 1:57.3 ($191.892). Perfect Beauty won the American National at age three and was second in the Stanley Dancer. In today’s V75-6 were Call Me Hanover (7g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) and veteran Traveling Man (11m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli). 1.7/1 odds co-favorite Athos de Ludreau (6g Panache de l’Iton-Anais Danyk) took Saturday’s Hippodrome Lisieux Grand Prix de la Societe des Courses de Lisieux (purse €35,000, 2725 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.16kr for Franck Nivard. The winner defeated 1.7/1 co-favorite Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) that nearly overcame a 25 meter penalty to finish second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin (this one clocked in 1.15.4kr). Third went to 20/1 Ulhior du Beziau (8m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) for David Thomain in a nearly blanket finish with ten contestants within four lengths at the line. Also at Lisieux was the €22,000 Prix de la Communaute de Communes de Lisieux with 13 starters battling over the 2725 meter distance. Timed in 1.16.8kr was the 6.2/1 odds winner Catch One (4m Prodigious-Possession) with Julien Dubois aboard for Philippe Moulin, trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The 1.7/1 odds favorite Calico Bello (4m Jasmin de Flore-Rosaria Bella) was second for Antoine Wiels and owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 9.1/1 Clara du Bocage (4f Nuage Noir-Sarah du Bocage) landed third for trainer/driver Bertrand Le Beller. Thomas H. Hicks

During the next 5th and 6th of May in the Norwegian racecourses of Momarken and Bjerke (Oslo) will be held the Gentlemen European championship for harness racing Amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers). The championship will be played on four scoring races for each driver, with the participation of drivers from 13 different nationalities, members of FEGAT and will be qualifying for the 2016 World Cup in Hungary where the first 6 countries will obtain a wild card for the WC2015. The most important achievements of some of the drivers participating in the European Championship 2014 are: Swedish Hakan B. Johansson, current European Champion (Sweden 2014) and with 231 wins in his career. Spanish Miquel Vich Capó, former European Champion in 2012 (Czech Republic) with 159 wins in his career. Dutch Willem Browuer 3rd in last World Championship in Finland 2014. Italian Giovanni Bechis with more then 400 starts and 935 wins. The official link of the European Championship 2015 is  http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2015/gentlemen-european-championship-in-norway/ For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com The official list of the drivers for this 2015 FEGAT European Championship for amateur drivers in the follow next: PARTICIPANTS Country First Name Name Date of birth License since Last year victories This year victories Total wins Austria Thomas Royer 13.11.1978 1997 23 4 180 Belgium Sebastien Grisez 07.09.1990 2008 11 4 105 Czech Republic Alle Johannes Marinus Loman 08.09.1951 1996 24 0 148 Denmark Svend Aage Vindbjerg 1952 1990 3 0 50 Finland Teemu Keskitalo 1991 2005 5 1 10 Germany Christoph Pellander 09.11.1978 2004 17 1 47  Italy Giovanni Bechis 28.01.1951 1970 3 3 935  The Netherlands Wim Brouwer 05.08.1964 1989 6 1 155 Norway Ernst Petter Knutsen 24.09.1958 1994 0 0 34 Russia Konstantin Puchkov 17.12.1951 1998 3 0 172 Spain Miquel Vich Capó 25.10.1984 1999 4 1 159 Sweden Håkan B. Johansson 29.03.1972 1993 13 4 231 Switzerland Jean-Claude Gardaz 29.04.1966 1983 8 0 75   DRIVERS PROFILE   THOMAS ROYER  Austrian amateur champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. SEBASTIEN GRISEZ   Born in a family of avid trotting races. At the age of 15, attended his first race in apprentices, He has been several times in the top 3 of apprentices in Belgium and acquired his 50th victory in 2009. Then make a professional choice and  opted for the profession of blacksmith-horseshoes, where has the trust of Christophe and Vincent Martens and some Belgian trainers.2014 was his first year as amateur, IHe has got the chance winning the three most beautiful Belgian races reserved for amateurs, which allowed him to win the Championship. Won 11 races in 2014 including 2 in France.   Today, won 106 victories including 4 in France. ALLE JOHANNES MARINUS LOMAN  Born 8th September 1951 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Bought his first trotter named Kondor as 16 years old boy.He was breeder of trotters for last 30 years and also of thoroughbreds for approx.10 years. As amateur driver won his first race with  “Cruise Missille” in Scharsberg (NL) in 1989. Started and won races in Nederland, U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Czech and Slovak Republic. One of top points in his driver`s career was the victory in German Amateurdriver Championship in Dinslaken in 1992. Since 1996 lives in Czech Republic, where  married in 2003 and where his last 2 sons of his all 6 children were born. Have Czech driving licence since 1996.He had a great success in Czech trotting sports (1997- won with his own-bred mare Cabipaan Kort Czech Derby, St.Leger and Slovak Derby, Cabipaan Kort achieved titel Trotter of the year 1997 and later also 1998 as best older trotter in Czech Republic, she broke with 15,9 the formerly track-record). In 1999 won Czech Golden Cup with his trotter Sugar Candor /Trotter of the Year 1999.Won the Czech derby in 2013 with the mare Charming Oreau(NL), Trotter of the Year 2013.Won the Czech Triple-Crown 2014 with another mare Damalia(NL), Trotter of the Year 2014. Won the Czech Amateur drivers`Championship many times and  took more times part in the European and also World Amateur Championship.  SVEND AAGE VINDBJERG     TEEMU KESKITALO  Teemu has been involved in horse business since a he was a small child. His father owned many horses and that is why he started participating to trotting business. He started the hobby by racing trotting ponies and got full trotting amateur license immediately when it was possible.His best horse so far has been Vintage Lady, who run at V65 and V75 level. Most memorable win has been his first victory with Flaming Love. Teemu’s best driving results were last year when he won the finnish amateur championship title. At the championship finals he drove three wins, two third places and one fourth place out of seven races. CRISTOPH PELLANDER  Living in Cologne obatin his amateur driving licence in 2004. Driver, owner and breeder. biggest sucess: winner of the german amateur championship 2014 in Hamburg and 3rd place in amateur-ranking in 2014 with 17 wins. job: TV-Producer and Sport-Journalist. GIOVANNI BECHIS   More than 4000 starts in career. Won 631 amateur races at December 2014.Italian Amateur champion in 2014.Winner “Gran Premio Federnat” (the richest amateur race in the world) in 1989 (Fakir Ve). WIM BROUWER Wim is born between the trotters than his father was also a passionated. Succesful owner and amateur driver. Since 2013 Wim is the President of the Dutch Amateur club. Also Wim’s wife Susan has an amateur license  and both his sons Danny and Micha were competing in the pony races with Danny now having his first wins as an apprentice driver. In 2010 Wim won the Amateur Champion title in his home country and in 2012 he got the Bronze medal at the European Championship in the Czech Republic. Last year at the World Championship in Finland he won again bronze! ERNST PETTER KNUTSEN   34 victories and 1,7 million NOK in total earnings. Winner of the Norwegian championship 2014. Drives primarily his own horses, cold-bloded and has a few V65 and V75 victories. KONSTANTIN PUCHKOV     MIQUEL VICH CAPÓ European Champion 2012. Spanish amateur Champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. HÅKAN B. JOHANSSON  European Champion 2014. JEAN CLAUDE GARDAZ   He started attending racetracks in 1975 when his father bought his first horse.After take a several internships in GROSBOIS (Paris) between 1980 and 1983 in the stables of the trainers G. Mascle – A.Meunier – G M. Dreux Ch.Bazire.Obtain his driver’s license in 1983.Best Performances:75 wins in SwitzerlandCenter-East Region champion (Lyon region) 1990FEGAT Europa Cup 4th 1991 France & 5th 1999 Hungary.10th European Championship 2007 in Salzburg -Austria.Several times in the first 3 of the Swiss amateur league. The links of the race tracks are: http://www.bjerke.no/ http://www.momarken.no/ FEGAT, April 2015.

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