Ulk Medoc Wins Grand National du Trot Leg #3

April 10, 2013

Ulk Medoc (m5 Karkai-Organza Haut Gilet-Fast du Gilet) won today’s GNT leg #3 (purse 90,000 euro over 2,650 meters) at Saint Galmier for owner/trainer Lionel Cesar and driver Franck Carbineau. The 11/1 winner was third across the line beaten a half-length but the first two, Stanton (Thomas Levesque) and favorite Star du Villeneuve (J-M Bazire), were disqualified for being off-stride and rough-gaited. Veteran class-master Punchy was handicapped 50 meters and finished ninth after completing his course in the fastest km rate in the field, 1.14.3 (1:59.55 mile rate). Ulk Medoc won for the 14th time in 33 lifetime starts, increasing his career earnings to over 270,000 euro. He scored in a mile rate time of 2:00.67 over the 1-5/8 mile distance. The GNT, race #1 on the card, was the Quinte+ event with a jackpot worth 2.1 million euro to a winner holding a ticket with the first five in exact order plus the system generated 4-digit jackpot number. Holders of exact order tickets without the jackpot number still collected 277,332.60 euro.

Ulk Medoc #4 in red/green silks (Paris-Turf photo)

Also on the well-attended card was the Prix de Conseil General with 17 starters vying for the 28,000 euro purse over 2,675 meters. Open to European registered contestants, the field included those from Italy (3), Sweden (2) and France. The Levesque stable, trained by Mike Lenders, finished 1-2 with their European charges, both owned by Gerrits Recycling Group. Angie Boko (6f Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) rallied to win for Pierre Vercruysse at 14/1 over 2/1 favorite Niccolo’ Lavec (6m Scarlet Knight-Image Lavec-Viking Kronos) and Thomas Levesque. Angie Boko covered 2,675 meters in 1.15.9km with her stablemate distance handicapped another 25 meters. She was bred by Boko Stables Sweden AB. The entry could be bet as an entry and each horse can be wagered on individually. The entry was off at 1.6/1.

Angie Boko (PMU photo)

Absinthe (PMU photo)

On April 6 Paper Caf (4g Conway Hall-Evoila Caf-Supergill) won the 45,100 euro, 1620 meter Prix Trinacria at Palermo, Italy for driver David DiStefano, scoring in a mile rate time of 1:58.26. The same day Rosamundi won the Kincsem Park feature, the Scot Palmer DIJ, a 1900 meter autostart event for 500,000 HUf. The 5 year-old daughter of Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) defeated Andorra Gold (5f Andover Hall-Olympics-Muscles Yankee) in a time of 1.16.4km. Both mares have been racing well since their recent arrival from Scandinavia.

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