In front of, believe it or not, 15,000 spectators, the best snow gallopers gave a terrific show at the anniversary edition of the 80th Grand Prix of St. Moritz with radiant sunshine and on a far faster race track. Berrahri, who had come from England, dominated thanks to his big fighter heart and finally won in a superior manner with an advantage of five lengths.
Right from the start, Vladimir de Ginai left his opponents with no chance in the Grand Prix BMW, while Lips Legend with this victory in the Grand Prix CREDIT SUISSE produced the 20th Skikjöring success for his driver Franco Moro. The new “King of the Engadine” is almost 65-year old Alfredo “Lupo” Wolf from St. Moritz, who was unplaced with Pinot today, but nevertheless decided in extremis the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy in his favour.
Traditionally, the best of each category is honoured on the final day. Among the trainers, Swiss champion trainer Miro Weiss received the Silver Challenge Trainer Trophy. The prize as the most successful trotting went to Barbara Krüsi and among the jockeys, Dennis Schiergen had his nose in front in the Longines Silver Jockey Trophy. Among the owners the Chevalex stable, very active in St. Moritz, dominated just as it did a year ago, and thus the victory of the Champion Challenge Owner’s Cup went to Ann und Hugo Beijerman.
The White Turf organizers could also be happy with the betting revenue of 106,298 Swiss francs. During the last two seasons, no Swiss race track had cracked the 100,000 Swiss francs mark.