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Elitlopp runner-up dies after head-on crash

July 16, 2019

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A tragic accident in France Tuesday morning killed two prominent trotters on the European stage. Aubrion du Gers, the runner-up in this year’s Elitlopp, and Cyrano du Pont, both trained in the stable of Jean-Michel Bazire, died of injuries in a head-on crash, according to a report in Paris Turf.


“We are all devastated,” Bazire told Paris Turf.


According to reports, Aubrion du G's rider, Julie Grenet, broke her tibia in the accident.


The 9-year-old Aubrion du Gers won 46 of 73 starts and earned more than 2.5 million euros (approximately $2.8 million). His biggest victory was the 2017 Trotting Masters at Vincennes 2017. He finished second in May at Elitlopp at Solvalla. Before the second-place in the Elitlopp final, he had 16 straight wins against the top elite.


In other news from France, a straw/manure repository at the famed Grosbois training facility outside Paris erupted in a huge fire late Sunday night or early Monday morning. It was contained but took 50 firefighters, eight fire hoses and a dozen vehicles to handle the blaze.


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