Injuries and absences follow one another.
It is not a remake concerning the players of the French football team before the last World Cup but of a good number of protagonists at the prestigious Prix d'Amérique.
has thus been added to this list.
His trainer, Richard Westerink, was nevertheless confident on Wednesday evening after the work of his champion, who gleaned more than 2 million euros in winnings in competition, and had confirmed it the next day during the Prix d'Amérique conference even if "the preparation was not optimal due to a stroke" which occurred in mid-January.
The sky thus fell Thursday evening on the head of the Dutch trainer following veterinary analyzes: his horse suffers from Lyme disease, caused by the bite of an infected tick.
This last-minute absence adds to the list of other excellent trotters, who will not be able to defend their luck on Sunday, the most prestigious of events:
Davidson du Pont
, injured and absent since February 2022 but who has resumed training this week,
, who passed away prematurely, or even
, a Swedish star who fell ill two weeks ago.
The absentee is doing well
“Even if the victory seemed difficult, I thought he was capable of taking up a place, confides the Batavian.
I told you he was different from his father but unfortunately they will have this disease in common.
The professional refers to his first champion, namely
, who suffered the same setbacks in 2011 but recovered perfectly.
Officiating at the Grosbois clinic located in Marolles-en-Brie (Val de Marne), veterinary doctor Valérie Déniau sheds light: “We call it Lyme disease but it is an infection.
The symptoms are different and therefore vary according to each organism.
It can be muscle stiffness, fever or just a loss of energy.
According to our latest information, the last-minute absentee is doing well, which his mentor confirms: “Fortunately, I learned about it before the race, because he could have run just as well and been even more weakened.