Behind the scenes of Champions Day

Behind the scenes of Champions Day
Behind the scenes of Champions Day

On Sunday, the Vincennes racecourse will open its doors for one of its finest sporting meetings of the year with no less than 5 Group Is on show. “The common thread will be the same as in recent years: celebrating the champions!”, indicates the Marketing Director of the SETF, Valérie François, a few hours before the event. In addition to the two Group I harness events, the Prix René Ballière which will notably oppose the winner of the Prix d’Amérique, Idao de Tillardto that of the Elitloppet, Horsy Dreamand the Albert Viel Prize, the organizers will highlight the Etrier competitions with the finals reserved for ridden 3-year-olds (Trial Prize), 4-year-olds (President of the Republic Prize) and 5-year-olds (Prix de Normandy).

Around 1:45 p.m., the traditional presentation of the 3, 4 and 5 year old Stirrup trophies will be in full swing. There will be 35 children performing the Marseillaise, Afasec students, volunteers and also the best apprentices in France in the “trot” category. The large white horse figurines will also be on the track before the ashes catch fire. In the meantime, alongside the President of the SETF Jean-Pierre Barjon, Hervé Couzon (owner of Kyt Katwinner of the Prix d’Essai), Gilles Curens (winner as coach of the 2020 President of the Republic Prize with Gladys of the Plains) and Jean-Marie Monclin (winner in 1984 in the saddle on Noukopulco of the Prix de Normandie) will bring the trophies. “This will give rise to beautiful images and a beautiful show”our interlocutor rejoices in advance.

Olympism behind the scenes

There will be a foretaste of Olympics on Sunday on the Gravelle plateau. A few days before the Olympics, athletes were invited to present the day’s awards: Allison Pineau, gold medal in handball at Tokyo 2020, Zoé Hapka, French BMX champion, Michaël d’Almeida, medal of track speed bronze at Rio 2016, Mariano Pajon and Vincent Pelluard of the Colombian BMX team, Arthur Pilard, replacement for the Paris 2024 Olympic team, and Grégory Bauge, coach of these Paris Olympic track cycling games. They have not won any medals but are beauty champions, two former Miss France, Clémence Botino and Diane Leyre, will also be seen on the podiums. All the bouquets for the award ceremonies were made by the MOF (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France), in a very blue-white-red version. At the edge of the track, there will be the Trial world champion, Aurélien Fontenoy who will perform balancing acts in sequence, while the first Olympic esports champion of the game “Just Dance”, Dina, will set the mood on the big stage. screen in the audience.

For young and old

For the beauty of the eyes, a challenge will oppose the trotter Elixir of Crennes, driven by Franck Nivard, two cyclists over 200 meters of the Vincennes track. Not on horseback, but on a bike, Amidou Mir, 2016 French cycling champion and Riadh Tarsim, Paradisport silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The latter will set off on the marshals’ track and the trotter will be in the center on the star track.

A cyclist against a trotter about ten years ago on the Saint-Galmier track.

A cyclist against a trotter about ten years ago on the Saint-Galmier track.

© SCOOPDYGA – DESBRIEL VALENTIN

Pony baptisms with medal presentations will delight toddlers, as will pedal sulkys or wooden games designed by driver Anthony Barrier. Without forgetting the horse carousel. For older children, there will be the wall of champions to climb, a competition challenge with the mechanical rodeo, the Derby championship… The novelty of the day: coming from Grosbois, 300 horseshoes that trod in Vincennes have been recovered , cleaned and will be offered to people after being “customized”. The champions who made the colors of the French trotter shine during the Elitloppet weekend will also be honored. After the René Ballière Prize, there will be a parade in handHorsy Dream and D’Izoard Védaquais. A tribute will also be paid to the memory of General of Pommeau, his entourage being invited to the day. Finally, know that a vote by journalists will honor the “champion of champions” of the track and of the day, for whom a unique trophy was made with clinker.

And the taste buds in all this?

“Here again, the theme of champions and French excellence will be relevant. There will be big names in food trucks and burgers, continues Valérie François. We will receive Justine Piluso, who participated in the show Top Chef and created an innovative “finger food” concept; she will have her stand and will be present. Nicolas Paciello, who is the best worker in France, will sign the pastry of champions: a blue white red strawberry”.

For gourmets and gourmands, the Champions Day strawberry designed by chef Nicolas Paciello.

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“The teams spared no effort to imagine this gala day”, concludes the boss of Trot Marketing. Their best reward would be to see Vincennes filled like a cauldron, or like an… Olympic stadium.

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