the winner of the Prix d’Amérique challenges the title holder

the winner of the Prix d’Amérique challenges the title holder
the winner of the Prix d’Amérique challenges the title holder

What a plateau! Saturday May 11, 2024, the Prairie racecourse, in Caen, hosts its most beautiful horse racing meeting of the year. As a highlight, at 3:15 p.m., and as support for Quinté +, the famous Prix des Ducs de Normandie. And when we look at the starting grid, the show promises to be an anthology.

In the skin of favorite logic, we should find Idao de Tillard , winner of the last Prix d’Amérique. Trained in Orne by Thierry Duvaldestin, this 6-year-old winning machine (30 victories in 40 races) will be back after more than two months without competition and a small health problem. A slight setback which, given his talent, should not prevent him from actively competing for victory.

Hohneckthe reigning Duke, and many others

Faced with this announced ogre, another competitor will have long teeth: Hohneck . A student of Calvadosian Philippe Allaire, he is quite simply the defending champion of the Dukes. Preferring the good weather to the Parisian winter, this swift trotter undoubtedly arrives very sharp to defend his Caen crown dearly.

But the race is not just about these two champions. Izoard Védaquais (another asset of Philippe Allaire), Hooker Berry (America winner in 2023), Hokkaido Jiel or even the very fit one Bais Emerald do not travel for tourist purposes.

Other great races and entertainment

Note also that the Prix des Ducs will be the first round of the spring match between Idao And Hohneck, who will meet (with several other French horses) for the Elitloppet, the biggest Swedish race, on Sunday May 26.

Finally, summarizing Saturday’s day just by the Prix des Ducs would be too simplistic. Three other group level races will see leading horses battling it out, and the Caen racecourse will be celebrating thanks to various activities (brass band, food trucks, mechanical rodeo, etc.).

Saturday May 11, 2024, Caen racecourse, day of the Prix des Ducs de Normandie. It is possible to reserve your free invitation here, via the Trot website.

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