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Arch Madness upsets in Grp. 1 Oslo Grand Prix

10:58 PM 17 May 2011 NZST
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Arch Madness and Bjorn Goop
Arch Madness and Bjorn Goop - prove too smart in the 2011 Oslo Grand Prix in Norway.
Toscan / Audace Media Sport photo

The Group One International Oslo Grand Prix was won by the American interest, Arch Madness, with Bjorn Goop in the bike. The French gelding Rapide Lebel only managed to finish fifth, putting a stop to his long series of wins in France.

Rapide Lebel's long series of wins stopped brutally on Sunday (May 15) in Oslo, Norway after winning nine consecutive races-in the Gr.1 Oslo Grand Prix (2,100 m mobile start).

After breaking stride when the mobile gate launched the competitors, Sébastien Guarato's champion, steered by Eric Raffin, then had to battle with Yarrah Boko before abdicating in the home straight to finally cross the wire in fifth position. Not to mention that Eric Raffin was also fined €2,000 for having solicited his horse too much in the final strides.

Arch Madness took a good start and won rather easily, accomplishing the 2,100-metre course in 1'11"4 (1:55.0 mile rate), finishing in front of Lisa America, second in 1'11"6 (1:55.1).

Rapide Lebel remained unbeaten for over a year. The previous time, it was also on a foreign track (6th in Finalndia-Ajo, Gr.1).

Results:

Oslo Grand Prix  - Gr.1 - International - 2,100 m mobile start - €365,000

1. ARCH MADNESS (B. GOOP)

2. LISA AMERICA (T. JANSSON)

3. CLASSIC GRAND CRU (S. JUUL)

4. DEFINE THE WORLD (P. MACDONELL)

5. RAPIDE LEBEL (E. RAFFIN)

by Mark KENTELL (The Journal Of French Trotting)

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