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Snai Sesana Hippodrome, the 109th trotting season presented: first classic the Nello Bellei Prize

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Here’s what will happen on the track from June 7th to November 1st

Le new for season 2024 of trot atSnai Sesana racecourse of Montecatini Terme are many, many. We start with the meetings in night from 7 June to 7 September (22 consecutive days), while the last six, from September 15th to the close of November 1st, daytime only. The appointments with the ‘classics’ start from Saturday 13 July with the 19th edition of the Nello Bellei Award, the test reserved for 4-year-old horses and which since 2007 has been named after the unforgettable key figure of Italian horse racing and Tuscan horse racing in particular. In 2022 many emotions with the ‘Before’ di City Lux and the driver Riccardo Pezzatini, while last year there was a surprise with the victory of Diamond Truppo who, however, was distanced by the jury for having covered a large part of the first corner with the sulky’s left wheel inside the posts. So the success went to ‘small table’ to Adrian Chip’s son, Sweet Viky.

Follows the 29 July il Terme Society Grand Prix, combined with the memory of another great trotter, Vivaldo Baldi, for the traditional comparison between 3-year-old horses over the double kilometre: in 2022 the unexpected won Daniel Jet with Gaetano Di Nardo. In 2023, dominance belonged to the favorite Edy Girifalco Gio.

The month of August opens Saturday 3 with the pairs, one ‘peculiarities’ absolute of the Valdinievole facility and which, in the latest editions, has seen triumph Country Gial and Bounty Roc in 2022, while in last year’s edition the seals belonged to the couple Country Yellow (his second consecutive victory) together with Cabras of Casei. In the same program the particular test of Mounted trot which offers various ideas and a show that is always very popular with the public. In 2023 the victory went to Caution As with driver Alessio Vannucci.

And here is the highlight not only of the month but of the entire season: the City of Montecatini Grand Prix. On the evening of Thursday of August the Snai Sesana racecourse lights up not only on the track with a meeting of high technical level races, but also on the track with many opportunities for fun and entertainment in addition to the excellent cuisine of the various refreshment points. Spending August 15th at Sesana means living a unique experience and the 72nd edition of the race makes it even more exciting in the stands and on the parterre. In 2019 the victory was Arazi Boko with Alessandro Gocciadoro; in 2020 and 2021 the same driver repeated itself with Vernissage Griff who prevailed both in his preliminary heat and in the final, with track and running records (2020). In 2022, with the race being moved due to the heavy downpour in Montecatini, he surprisingly won I will win Gar, while in the 2023 edition it was won by a landslide again, and for the third time, by Vernissage Griff always in tandem with Gocciadoro.

SNAI SESANA RACECOURSE – RECORD TABLE

Date 15/09/1999 – Horses 2 years old – Distance: 160 m. – Time: 1.14.9 – Horse: AIGRE DOUX.

Date 12/07/2006 – Horses 3 years old – Distance: 1640 m. – Time: 1.12.03 – Horse: GANIMEC.

Date 13/08/2016 – Pariglie – Distance: 1640 m. – Time: 1.14.1 – Horse: SIREN OF SILE – SOPHIAZ.

Date 15/08/2021 – GP City of Montecatini – Distance: 1640 m. – Time: 1.10.4 – Horse: GRIF PAINTING.

RECORD

Date: 19/07/2014 – Distance: 2040 m. – Time: 1.13.8 – Horse: STANKOVICH OK*

*800m track distance record. for a three year old horse.

Date: 25/08/2019 – Distance: 2040 m. – Time: 1.11.4 – Horse: ZACON THU*

*world record for the 800m track distance. for a four year old horse.

Date: 15/8/2020 – Distance: 1640 m. – Time: 1.10.2 – Horse: GRIF PAINTING – absolute-

*track record on the 800m track distance. for a horse five years old and older.

Date: 15/8/2021 – Foreign – Distance: 1640 m. – Time: 1.10.2 – Horse: Billie de Montfort.

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