Bird Parker on the money in Prix de Paris
26 February 2018
Winner of two of the three ‘B’ preps for the Prix d’Amérique, in which he finished sixth, Bird Parker skipped the Prix de France in order to freshen up for Sunday’s G.I Prix de Paris, and Philippe Allaire will have felt justified in the decision as his seven year-old son of Ready Cash trotted out an imperial winner of the marathon 4150m event.
Jean-Philippe Monclin kept Bird Parker off the pace for the first circuit but soon joined early leader Bilibili. It was not long before they took to the head of affairs and quickly set a 2-3 lengths margin between themselves and the field. In the stretch, the pressure was on from recent Prix de France winner, Belina Josselyn, and the tough Briac Dark, but Bird Parker stayed on magnificently to claim the fourth Group 1 of his career, and a first Prix de Paris for his handler. Carat Williams, who had been at the rear of the pack for much of the race, put in a lightning quick, but ultimately late, finish to claim fourth.
Following the race, Monclin declared, “He is the best horse I’ve driven to date. He can do everything; he stays and has good speed. Philippe and his team were right to pass on the Prix de France in favour of this race. It’s magnificent.”
Picture: Bird Parker coming out on top of Belina Josselyn and Briac Dark in Grand Prix de Paris
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