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Cleangame demolishes Buenos-Aires opposition

22 July 2018

Ten well-established trotters took to Enghien on Saturday for the coveted Prix de Buenos-Aires marathon, however nine of them stood no chance as the Jean-Michel Bazire-trained Cleangame lifted the 4150m event with absolute authority, in the process securing his first Group 2 success.
Somewhat hesitant at the start, Cleangame was forced to hold up the rear in the early stages, but with a lap to go, Bazire began the process of positioning his six year-old more competitively. 
Taking to the lead down the back-stretch, he briefly lost his action, but was quick to get back on track, and duly coasted to the line unchallenged, remaining unbeaten with his handler in the sulky (4 for 4).
The battle for second was a tough one but Tony Gio, who had not finished in the first three all year, put in an excellent finish to hold off second-favourite, Une Serenade. Fifth-placed Arlington Dream, who is better known for his exploits under the saddle, was eye-catching in the final stages and it would be no surprise if Philippe Allaire runs him under harness again this summer. 
Picture: Cleangame, Jean-Michel Bazire and winning connections after Buenos Aires success