February 16, 2014, St. Moritz ~ Maître de la Piste and Laurence Kindler were the surprising winners of the Grand Prix harness race, Bergonzi and Fadri Casty won the Skikjöring, Mario Cavigelli, the chairman of the Grison government, won the celebrity Skikjöring and trainer Philipp Schärer registered three victories – these are the headlines on an entirely snowy race day with no race track problems. 8,000 spectators bet a total of 53,414 Swiss francs.
Traditionally the trotters are the centre of interest on the second race day. A big surprise occurred this time the BMW – Grand Prix harness race of Pontresina. Finishing fourth, the favourite Nucléar (Pierre Levesque) from the Jean-François Johner stable, had to admit defeat. Instead it was Maître de la Piste and another horse that triumphed. Laurence Kindler took the lead at the end of the far side and allowed no opponents to get near her. The places went to Oscar de la Rouvre (Caroline Huguelet) and Passe Passe (Silvan Krüsi).
The second harness race, the GP Data Quest, was won by Ramona Lap. The mare was trained and driven by Barbara Krüsi.
The celebrity Skikjöring, presented by BMW (Schweiz) AG and Credit Suisse, created a hugely enthusiastic response with the spectators. At the end of the far straight there was not really any doubt about the victory of Tenor des Neiges with Brigitte Oertli on the leads. On the final bend however, the gelding led by Karin Zwahlen passed too close on the inside and slipped. As a precautionary measure the rider was taken to hospital. Due to the fall the way was clear for Buddhist Monk (Tim Bürgin) and his driver Mario Cavigelli, allowing the chairman of the Grison government to celebrate.
In the Credit Suisse – Grand Prix of Silvaplana, Mombasa and her driver Adrian von Gunten had to be satisfied with third place. Having lead throughout this time Bergonzi (trainer Philipp Schärer) and Fadri Casty from Zuoz were unbeatable. The duo thus laid the foundation for a possible win of the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy. Between Bergonzi and Mombasa, Dreamspeed and Franco Moro occupied second place.
The highest financial value was sponsored by H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan Listed Cup for Arab race horses. 42,000 Swiss francs were up for grabs after an exciting final won by one length by Alibaba del Sol ridden by Daniele Porcu in front of the long time leader Phraseur Kossack with Stephen Hellyn in the saddle. The only Swiss entry, Nil Ashal (Olivier Plaçais), came third.
In the gallop races, the Grand Prix Christoffel Bau Trophy was the sporting highlight. Philipp Schärer trained the victorious Cap Sizun for the Hartmanns and provided a magnificent birthday present for the owner. Silvia Casanova lead in fine style with Weile in front of Song of Victory (Olivier Plaçais) and Syndic (Karin Zwahlen) in third place, who brought up the rear for a long time before coming back in fine style. Cap Sizun as well as Syndic are listed for the Gübelin 75th Grand Prix of St. Moritz.
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