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Preview: European Championship Meeting At Vincennes

16 October 2020

At Vincennes on Friday night, the annual Group One European Championship meeting will be conducted. The major races on the card are organised by the Union of European Trotting (UET) which is the collective body of European Trotting countries. There are more than twenty member countries of this organisation that promotes trotting in Europe and tackles issues such as uniform rules, drug policies and racing across all member states.    

Inaugurated in 1985, this meeting is conducted across major European racetracks, although in recent years the meeting has been held at Vincennes, Solvalla (Sweden) and last year at Vermo (Finland). Three Group Ones’ prefaced by the initials ‘UET’ will be run, thereby entitling all eligible horses from across Europe to contest the races. Three age groups (three, four and five) will be represented as part of the pursuit to identify Europe’s current generational champion.    

The feature race on the card is the four-year-old Championship and is titled Grand Prix de l’UET. Run over the 2100m autostart journey (as are all three races), this race is recognised as the European race to uncover the next Champion. Recent winners include Bold Eagle (2015), Readily Express (2016) and Face Time Bourbon (2019). The history book confirms winners of this race progress to win feature Group One races including the biggest of them all – the Grand Prix d’Amerique (six horses).        

This year the field is made up of six runners from France, five from Sweden and one from Denmark. Frances’ best chance is Gu d'Héripréwhilst Sweden will be represented by Aetos Kronos with Ecurie D flying the flag for Denmark.  

The three-year-old race is headed by Helgafell for France with a strong international contingent including the well-travelled Custom Cheval (Norway) and Wild West Diamant (Germany).    

For the five-year-olds French horse Feliciano will prove hard to beat with Stoletheshow (Sweden) and Mister F Daag who has raced in no less than six European countries.   

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