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‘Journées de l’île Maurice’

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

 

 

Mauritius and the eight Beachcomber hotels on the island took centre stage on Sunday 10 January 2016 with the ‘Journées de l’île Maurice’, which have now become an annual feature at the Paris-Vincennes racecourse, in France. Unfortunately, rainy weather closed in for this first race meeting of the year, which was entirely dedicated to Mauritius and Beachcomber Hotels.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Remi Sabarros (left), Director of Beachcomber’s office for France and Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO of Beachcomber Hotels.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Joël Rault (left), Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to France, Remi Sabarros, Director of Beachcomber’s office for France and Marcel Chaouat, President of the Galopathlon Association.

 

 

The nine-race meeting opened with the ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Royal Palm’, followed by the ‘Prix MTPA – Office du Tourisme de l’île Maurice’. The seven other races were staged in the colours of the Group’s hotels.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

A race layout.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Eight of the day’s nine races were staged in the colours of Beachcomber hotels in Mauritius.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Anthony Barrier won the ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Royal Palm’.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Matthieu Abrivard after the ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Trou aux Biches’.

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Jacky Cailleau, Director of Hertz France & Spain, won the road-car race.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

The ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Royal Palm’ with Remi Sabarros (left), Director of Beachcomber’s office for France, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO of Beachcomber Hotels and Anthony Barrier.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to France, Joël Rault (left) and the winners of the ‘Prix MTPA – Office du Tourisme de l’île Maurice’.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Daniel Reden (left), Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO of Beachcomber Hotels, Dominique de Bellaigue, Chairman of the Société du Cheval Français, Björn Goop and Marcel Chaouat - ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Trou aux Biches’.

 

 

The 4th race, the ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Trou aux Biches’, was the support race of the Quinté+. Call Me Keeper, driven by Björn Goop, easily defeated its opponents. After winning the race, the Swedish driver was presented with his prize by the CEO of Beachcomber Hotels, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, who was tasting the atmosphere of a trotting race meeting for the first time. Björn Goop has won a stay for two in one of the Group’s splendid hotels, which are nestled in the most beautiful spots of the island.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

A guided tour of the Paris-Vincennes racecourse for the public.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

The Euros Girls.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

The ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Le Victoria’ with Véronique Ibrard, Sales & Promotion Manager for France, Dr Edouard Obadia and Franck Nivard (right).

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

The ‘Prix Beachcomber Hotels Le Canonnier’ with the Commercial Director of Beachcomber Hotels, François Venin and Jean-Michel Bazire (right).

 

 

Shortly before the last race of the day, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël and seven other persons had the privilege to take part in a road-car (double seat sulky) race alongside professional drivers. This particularly pleasing exhibition event was ultimately won by the Director of Hertz France & Spain, Jacky Cailleau.

 

At the beginning of the race day, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to France, Joël Rault had lunch in the friendly and original setting of Le Panoramique Restaurant at the Paris-Vincennes racecourse with three of the Group’s senior executives, Remi Sabarros, Director of Beachcomber’s office for France, François Venin, Commercial Director of Beachcomber Hotels and Véronique Ibrard, Sales & Promotion Manager for France.

 

François Desvaux de Marigny, Director of ‘Banque Française Commerciale Océan Indien’, Marcel Chaouat (Galopathlon), some French travel agency managers and loyal partners of Beachcomber Hotels were also present.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Rebecca Espitalier-Noël in the racecourse stables before the road-car (double seat sulky) race.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO of Beachcomber Hotels.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

A photo souvenir of the eight competitors in the road-car race, whose winner was awarded with the ‘Grand Prix de l”île Maurice’.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO of Beachcomber Hotels, during the road-car race, whose winner was awarded with the ‘Grand Prix de l”île Maurice’. Road-car exhibition race.

 

 

Paris-Vincennes racecourse

Four of the participants in the ‘Grand Prix de l’île Maurice’.

 

Source: © Joey Niclès Modeste

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