Should we see the watering trough half full or half empty …? On the one hand, the races horse racing have lastly resumed” Saint-Jean de Montluçon racecourse (Allier), in the afternoon of this Sunday, April 18, after virtually a yr and a half of shutdown because of the well being disaster. But alternatively it was a restart at a really small trot, in digital camera, without punters or spectators, on account of confinement and measures nonetheless in power. So what to consider it? This is what we went to ask the events.
“Of course thewe would like so much to welcome the public », Confides Jean-Jacques Saunon, president of the Montluçon-Néris racing society. “But I believe we should already pay attention to this unimaginable luck we’ve got to have the ability to run, not like many different golf equipment, sports activities or trades that can’t perform, ”he says.
“The Top 14 in rugby or Ligue 1 soccer proceed without supporters in the stadiums, properly we’re the identical. But I hope and I’m hopeful that I can reopen the location to the general public for the final of the 4 different conferences that we’ve got deliberate this yr, on June 27, the place we’ll obtain a stage of the Green Trophy. (nationwide harness trotting competitors). “
Jean-Jacques Saunon (Racing firm)
While ready for this Sunday afternoon it’s galloping that twenty-nine jockeys, together with 5 girls, from France and elsewhere (Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain …), have been in a position to experience their excessive horses, numbering fifty-four. Seven races have been proposed, three flat and 4 with obstacles, for a complete of 70,500 euros in prize distributed.
Feedback on the preparations for the resumption of races on the Saint-Jean de Montluçon racecourse (Allier) [09/04/2021]
“Obviously I’m glad to have the ability to run, particularly right here not removed from house, on a monitor that I like », Analyzes Mathieu Chailloleau, 21 years outdated, a jockey who got here to settle right here three seasons in the past in Vaumat, in Allier, in order to coach in Saint-Voir at Emmanuel Clayeux. On the opposite hand…
The in digital camera is de facto horrible, it sucks! When you win a race it is not in any respect the identical, you do not get applause and it feels bizarre.
Mathieu Chailloleau (jockey put in in the Allier)
An commentary shared by Thierry Adenot, breeder and proprietor of horses in the Nièvre, whose grandfather was commissioner on this Montluçonnais racecourse. “So I know him well and it’s sad to see it empty like that He sighs. “But for us it’s important that the competitions proceed, for money movement causes, to maintain the business working and work the horses ”.
The Grand National present leaping additionally occurred this weekend in Vichy (Allier) [17/04/2021]
The uncommon (and ingenious) spectators
Yes, some intelligent children have had their noses – or reasonably their nostrils – hole … by settling in exterior the enclosure in order to benefit from the races by way of the wire mesh. “We live right next door, we heard noise so we came to see”, tells us a pair, to say the least, opportunistic.
“We stayed behind the front gate and looked from here. It’s a shame not being able to get closer, because nothing but the sound of hooves hitting the ground we love! The horse is truly a magnificent animal ”
A pair from Montluçonnais (empty)
Ditto for Lucette and Bernard, from Domérat: ” It’s not the same atmosphere, but the horses are also beautiful from a distance and then it makes you breathe in the air, ”they whisper. “We hope that the scenario will enhance for return to the stands “. How about hanging a horseshoe on the entrance to the racetrack? Seems it brings luck …
Four different occasions are introduced on the Saint-Jean de Montluçon racecourse: May 2, May 13, June 6, and at last June 27 with a stage of the Green Trophy (harnessed trot). All this topic to adjustments in the well being scenario.
The 2021 season has additionally began behind closed doorways on the Moulins racecourse (Allier) [09/04/2021]
Text: Luc Barre
Photos: Cécile Champagnat
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