The son of Boum III,born in Haute Savoie and recognisable by his red hood, Bellino II was the archetypal good all-rounder. He would happily switch between mounted and harness racing and when he became Jean René Gougeon’s charge in 1974, he moved up a gear and began a vigorous and sweeping invasion on trotting races. At an age where others struggle, Maurice Macheret’s champion wiped the board and picked up three Grand Prix d’Amérique titles in a row, the last one at age ten and beating a devilishly plucky Eléazar. Today, he is still the last trotting champion to have won the triple crown (America, France, Paris) a feat which he pulled off in 1976.
11 December 2014