World Championship in Italy

Held up from 18. to 23. July 2006 in Rom and Naples.

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Championnat du monde des amateurs

Virginie Boudier-Cormy, troisième

PARIS TURF 25.07.2006 par ANDREA NEGRI

Le Championnat du monde des drivers amateurs se déroulait en Italie, la semaine passée, sur trois réunions. Au total des points attribués, selon les classements des épreuves disputées, c’est le Finlandais Kimmo Hamalainen qui l’a emporté avec 66 points devant l’Italien Alessandro Raspante (62 points) et la Française Virginie Boudier-Cormy (60 points).

Après la première réunion, mercredi soir à Naples, et celle de jeudi à Rome, le Canadien Howard Gelfand menait avec 48 points, juste devant Kimmo Hamalainen et Iver Jessen (47 points), suivis d’Alessandro Raspante. Mais, samedi soir à Rome, le Finlandais a gagné l’ une des trois courses du programme réservées à ce Championnat du monde, ce qui lui a permis de passer en tête et de remporter ce challenge. Kimmo Hamalainen dirige une entreprise de transport dans son pays.

Virginie Boudier-Cormy, seulement dixième après deux réunions, a, quant à elle, triomphé à deux reprises lors de cette ultime réunion avec Cooky Thor et Diabolic Us. Cela lui a fait réaliser un bond en avant important et, ainsi, elle a pu prendre une belle troisième place juste devant le Belge Marc de Soete (59 points) et le Danois Iver Jessen (59 points).

Les chevaux ayant disputé ces neuf épreuves étaient tirés au sort et attribués aux quatorze drivers.


Campionato Mondiale Amatori Trotto “Italia 2006”

GENTLEMEN DRIVERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP “ITALY 2006” AND XXV NATIONAL MEETING WITH THE ITALIAN GENTLEMEN 19/22 JULY 2006 ROME AND NAPLES.

PRESS CONFERENCE

MONDAY JULY 17TH AT 12,00 AM  AT THE SEAT OF THE FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION IN ITALY

VIA DELL’UMILTA’ 83/C – ROMA

Cesare Meli,  Presidente FEDERNAT Italia

THE GENTLEMEN DRIVER
The horse has always been a good friend of the humans and also in modern times his contribution remains of great utility and importance. He is no more a working instrument or a mean of transport, but a privileged companion with whom one can get in touch with nature, which is a strong need in the present times. The horse now means ecology, but is also a friend for life and a clever activity for the leisure time.
And, last but not least, a wonderful companion of a real sport activity.
These are the needs horseracing responds to with the category of the Gentlemen Drivers (the amateur drivers who practise agonistic harness). The amateurs have the task to colligatehorseracing with the rest of the society, where each one of them operates in his own profession, having therefore the possibility of spread his passion for the horse and for the trot races.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Within this activity every year the Gentlemen Drivers World Championship takes place, this year it will be held in Italy.
The 2006 edition of the Series is organised by Federnat (the association of the Italian gentlemen, who also performs every year and important cultural venture in occasion of its annual meeting) and by Ippodromi & Città (the racing society who manages the Italian tracks of Rome, Naples, Florence and Sienna) with the co-operation of UNIRE (the Italian public board in charge of horseracing government).

The best Gentlemen Drivers in the world will be in Italy to compete in the Championship. The races will be the most exciting part of an event that will also be a social and cultural occasion, with the purpose of promoting horseracing towards always new people, in order to encourage them to discover the significant aspects of this sport that joins, how the slogan of the first national Federnat meeting 25 years ago said, “ecology, leisure time and sport”.

The Gentlemen Drivers World Championship 2006 will take place in Rome and Naples from July 19th until July 22nd 2006 with the participation of the 13 qualified Gentlemen, who will represent Usa, Canada, Australia, Holland, New Zealand, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Italy plus the outstanding world champion, the Italian Biasuzzi.

The program will start Tuesday July 19th with the arrival of the foreign delegations in Rome. On Wednesday in Naples the first 3 races of the Championship will take place at Agnano Racetrack; on Thursday and Saturday in Rome at Tor di Valle racetrack the other 9 races of the competition will be run. The 2006 world champion will then be appointed in Rome in the evening of July 22nd.

THE 25TH MEETING WITH THE ITALIAN GENTLEMEN

Friday July 21st at the prestigious location of the Etruscan Museum of Valle Giulia (where also the charity cultural venture will be performed) there will be the gala dinner in honour of the 25th Meeting with the Italian Gentlemen. 250 guests representing the Amateurs Clubs of all over Italy, the international delegations, public authorities and the Italian horseracing establishment will take part to this exceptional event.

During the evening there will be the traditional awards ceremony with the nomination of the new “Honour Members” and “Horseracing Friends”. Among others, these yearn rewards have been given in the past years to Carla Fracci, Zubin Mehta, Severino Gazzelloni, Peter Ustinov, Indro Montanelli, Giorgio Strehler, Umberto Veronesi, Giorgio Albertazzi, Gloria Gaynor, Nanni Loy, Monica Vitti, Enzo Biagi, Alberto Sordi, Andrea Bocelli, Giò Pomodoro, Primo Nebiolo and Mario Monicelli. Eminent personalities of the show business, artistic, culture and political world that have distinguished themselves in their own activity for having the typical values of a horse friend: style, common sense, culture and love for nature.

THE CHARITY CULTURAL VENTURE

This year the social and economical commitment of the annual Italian Gentlemen “cultural venture” will be dedicated to the well-deserving activity of the Archaeological Etruscan Museum of Valle Giulia in Rome. The Museum will receive a contribution for the restoration of the precious work known as the “married couple sarcophagus”, masterpiece of the Etruscan funerary art dating back to the end of VI sec. a.C., found in Cerveteri and currently part of the Museum collection.

Federnat will perform the contribution with an own donation, along with a percentage of the races prize money, freely donated by the Gentlemen participating to Federnat Grand Prix.

THE 25TH GRAN PREMIO FEDERNAT

Saturday July 22nd, always at Tor di Valle Racetrack in Rome, the XXV edition of Federnat Grand Prix, reserved to the Gentlemen Drivers who are also Federnat members, will take place.

This spectacular Grand Prix will be run on 3 heats, consolation and final, the same exciting formula of Gran Premio Lotteria di Agnano.

The race is an handicap for Italian 5 year-olds and older and for imported 4 year-old and older fillies, belonging to Italian stables and having a record of 1.15.0 or less. The winner will be awarded with a trophy offered by UNIRE as well as the trainer, while the second, third and fourth in the final will receive silver trophies offered by Federnat.

For information:

Ippodromi & Città Press Office, Giovanna La Vecchia – tel. +3906/52476238 – fax +3906/52476263 – +39334/6459738 – email g.lavecchia@ippocity.com.
Websites: www.federnat.it – www.ippocity.com  www.fegat.info

Paricipants

Participants – 14 drivers on race: 1 outstanding World Champion, 1 representative driver from the Organizing Country (Italia), 2 representative drivers from North America (U.S.A. & Canada), 2 representative drivers from Oceania (Australia & New Zealand), 8 representative drivers from Europe: France + 7 European Countries qualified by FEGAT

Country Name Born Occup. Lic. since
Finland Finland Kimmo Hämäläinen 1970/36 Business manager 1986
New Zealand New Zealand John Bennett 1959/47 Carpet installer 2004
Canada Canada Howard Gelfand 1962/44 Furniture Sales
Germany Germany Klaus Tho Seeth 1949/57 Farming/breeder
Denmark Denmark Iver Jessen Factory worker 1993
Australia Australia Colin Redwood 1937/69 former Trainer 1954
France France Virginie Boudier Cormy 1972/34 1994
Austria Austria Josef Maier 1953/53 Farmer/Veterinarian 1979
USA USA Lon Frocione 1938/68 Food distributor 1959
Belgium Belgium Marc de Soete 1964/42 Tack salesman 1984
Netherlands Holland Fred Handelaar 1956/50 Banker 1981
Italy Italy Alessandro Raspante 1973/33 Business Agent
Italy Italy Maurizio Biasuzzi 1950/56 Owner/Breeder 1976
Sweden Sweden Tommy Holmgren Track manager