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Fromage frenzy: Vincent Cheminaud hands out his cheese to eager racegoers

Vincent Cheminaud wins his weight in cheese in annual ritual

France: Say cheese! Jockey Vincent Cheminaud was grinning behind his face mask as he posed for the post-race photo after riding a recent winner at Clairefontaine.

Except this was a presentation with a difference as the first prize for the winning rider of the Prix Fromagerie Graindorge, the day’s Quinté race at Deauville’s little-sister venue, was the jockey’s weight in cheese.

In Cheminaud’s case this was 56kg of what one Tripadvisor reviewer described as “the best cheese in Normandy”.

For turophiles [cheese connoisseurs] the Graindorge dairy, established in 1910, produces Livarot, Pont-l’Eveque, Camembert de Normandie, Neufchatel. 

At the weigh-in Cheminaud described the cheese as “piquant” and then began handing out rounds to a grateful public.

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