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April 6, 2017 - Today’s interesting harness racing action was at Mons Ghlin (BE) and LaCapelle (FR). The former included the Prix de Paques Balgique (purse €7200, 2850 meters, nine international contestants). The 1.14.5kr timed winner was veteran  1:2 odds favorite Truman Dairpet (10g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) reined by Piet Van Poll for Union Stable. This campaigner recorded his 22nd victory in 96 career starts for €589,000 earned. 4.3/1 Duke Of Greenwood (7m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) held second for trainer Peter J. Strooper and reinsman Hugo W. Langeweg. 30/1 Bi Vivant (12g Armbro Kaiser-Elady) was third. The Prix Journal Eurotierce (purse €5,400, 1750 meters autostart, 11 international starters) went to  quick-stepping, 1.12.2kr timed,  favorite 9/10 odds, Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) reined by Rik Ebbinge.  J.W.M. Engwerda trains the winner that defeated 15/1 Darcy River (7f Incredible Crafts-Virginia River) and driver Rik Weuters with third to 54/1 Proud Of My Face (5f Gift Kronos-Armbro Daffodil) and reinsman Guido Laureys. At LaCapelle (FR), the Prix les Etangs (purse €21,000, 2750 meters autostart, 15 starters) went to even-money favorite Canadair (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Sissi de la Vallee) reined by  trainer Dion P. Tesselaar for breeder/owner Nicolas Handrikus Dekker. 12/1 Cuba Libre (5g Nahar de Beval) was second for J.Ch Piton and 49/1 Cesar Leniwen (5f Riussec) was third. Winning time was 1.14.4kr. The Prix Bofferding (purse €20,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 7/2 odds Bonheur Nocturne (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre Joyeuse). Pierre Vercruysse reined this winner that bested 6/1 Alter Ego (7m Goetmals Wood-Gissi James) driven by Yann Lorin and third finishing 7.4/1 Bourbon Jab (6m Kaisy Dream) with Bernard Piton aboard. Thomas H. Hicks    

SWEDEN - After the second and last day of competition the local driver Hakan B. Johansson is the new FEGAT European Amateur Driving Champion.   Second position was Belgian driver Piet Van Pollaert followed by Danish driver Torben Nygaard.   From FEGAT   Country Driver   Jägersro 23.09.2014     RACE 3 RACE 4     PL PTS PP PL PTS PP POINTS DAY 2 POINTS DAY 1 TOTAL POINTS FINAL PLACE Sweden Hakan B. Johansson NR 7   1 14   21 25 46 1 Belgium Piet Van Pollaert 1 14   2 12   26 16 42 2 Denmark Torben Nygaard 2 12   3 11   23 13 36 3 Norway Bernt Osknevad 3 11   8 6   17 16 33 4 Germany Heinrich Gentz 6 8   4 10   18 15 33 5 Switzerland Joey Vignoni 5 9   NR 7   16 15 31 6 Italy Maurizio Biasuzzi 11 3 -3 7 7 -1 6 24 30 7 The Netherlands Jaap Terstal 9 5   5 9   14 11 25 8 Finland Mikael Niva NR 7   10 4   11 12 23 9 Austria Thomas Royer 4 10   9 5 -1 14 9 23 10 Spain Damian Oliver Oliver 8 6   6 8   14 7 21 11 Russia Ivan Serik 7 7   DIS 1 -3 5 15 20 12 Hungary Tamas Kelemen 10 4   11 3   7 0 7 13                               Points system: 14-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, disq. 1, non runner 7  

After the first day of the competition in the FEGAT european championship for men Amateur Drivers in the race track of Halmstad in Sweden, the local driver Hakan B. Johansson is the leader of the competition with 25 points, followed by the italian driver Maurizio Biasuzzi with 24 and belgium Piet Van Pollaert and norwegian Bernt Osknevad with 16 points. Tomorrow will be the last 2 races of the championship in the race course of Jagersro in the city of Malmo. In attached documents you can find the oficial results of the day 1, the classification of the championship after the first leg in Halmstad and some pictures courtesy of Lars B. Persson. Sponsored By FEGAT     

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