Through Sophie Quesnel
Published on 24 Nov 20 at 19:26
The assembly autumn of this Tuesday 24 November 2020 supplied an excellent program, 9 races of which the 4th served as a help for the Quinté +. And but thehippodrome was nearly desert, the second confinement of the yr imposing races at behind closed doorways.
To enter the Deauville-La Touques racecourse throughout a interval of confinement, it’s essential to show a white paw. Indeed, equestrian conferences happen with out an viewers, inside the framework of a strict bolstered digital camera, with the utility of very rigorous specs. Only the audio system having an operational operate throughout the assembly are allowed on the racetrack.
The filtering at the entrance is very extreme. If the customer’s title is not entered in the register along with his contact particulars, he can instantly flip his again on it. “And again, specifies Franck Le Mestre, director of the racetrack, the conditions became more flexible, during the first confinement the temperature measurement was mandatory”.
The fairways of the racetrack are abandoned and though we’re a couple of minutes from the begin of the fifth race, the garden in the middle of the presentation circle is nearly abandoned. In this place which normally swarms and buzzes, we acknowledge Jean-Claude Rouget in an uncommon loneliness that will nearly result in questioning him about the probabilities of Cristian Demuro, whose gentle blue and yellow jacket will quickly be using. Eroica.
While the house owners are avoided the performances of their athletes, the coaches are privileged since the sanitary guidelines enable them to stare upon their proteges nearly till the opening of the beginning stalls.
Only the gallop of the horses breaks the silence
Olivier Peslier, the winner of the 1,500-meter race will cross the end publish in entrance of fully empty stands. Barely a couple of pairs of eyes… two photographers, a trackside cameraman and a handful of racetrack staff. Little extra.
And all in an inconceivable silence that even permits the jockeys to be heard speaking to one another as they move inside earshot.
Because as in the music by Francis Cabrel, “it is the silence that is most noticeable”. Apart from the horses’ hooves which hit the sand of the fiber monitor to the level of constructing it vibrate, nothing could be heard. And the clamor rising from the stands to hold the horses to their final hectometers is sorely missing in the decor.
And regardless of that, the show is intact. This is the magic of racing.