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Rapide Lebel wins first start back in Belgium

01:02 AM 30 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Rapide Lebel won his first start back since 2012
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Rapide Lebel

The veteran Rapide Lebel won his first start for money since December 2012 tonight at Hippodrome Wallonie (Belgium), scoring in a track record 1.14.4kr over 2850 meters.

Eric Raffin drove the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Alexander Prevost to his 29th career win for earnings of over £1.8 million. The nine year-old Ginger Somolli gelding held off fast closing Pas Sans Toi by two lengths, as the winner drifted to the far outside during the stretch. Reactions of driver and trainer were mixed on tonight's effort and they plan for another race on April 19 from which to evaluate Rapide Lebel's fitness. Race summary and replay link follow.

March 28, 2014 Hippodrome Wallonie Mons Ghlin, Prix Susan's Pride Kennel (, International, £7,200, 2850 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.14.4kr

1st Rapide Lebel (9g Ginger Somolli-Karanie des Noes-Dream With Me), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, Alexander Prevost owner, 2875 meters

2nd Pas Sans Toi (11m In Love With You-Fatre-And Arifant), Lieven de Groote up, 2875 meters

3rd Amigo Ten Doorn (10g Horse de Cotton-Pat Ten Doorn-Yankee Predator), Carlos De Soetz up, 2850 meters

4th Cuoou d'Isques (10g Vivier de Montfort-Elvira de Retz-Podosis), Hein Van Den Herde), 2875 meters

5th Rapide d'Epuisay (9m Ipsalon Janzeen-Diane des Blaves-Katius du Jure), Gerard Vergaerde up, 2875 meters

On the same card, which was a mixed group of trots and gallop events, the Anders Lindqvist trained and co-owned (with USA's Peter Gerry) Angel Dark won the Prix du President de l'Association Wallonie du Cheval Trotteur in 1.14.73kr over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son of Look de Star won for the second time in his career, competing in just four starts. Angel Dark scored from post 14 in a 15 horse field and rallied five-wide in the stretch, for driver Johanna Lindqvist, to record a convincing victory.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for






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