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Bold absence leaves Paris door open for Briac Dark

23 February 2018

Fifth in the Prix d’Amérique followed by a convincing fourth in the G.I Prix de France two weeks ago, the Thierry Duvaldestin-trained Briac Dark has gone from strength to strength this winter after having spent nine months on the sidelines. Runner-up in the marathon G.I Prix de Paris twelve months ago, the seven year-old will, on Sunday, bid to emulate his sire, Prince Gede, who won the race in 2009, and the absence of last year’s winner, Bold Eagle, can only help matters.
Said Duvaldestin of the extended layoff, “After last year’s Prix de Paris, he was in excellent shape. He went off to cover some mares but soon began to show early signs of tendinitis.” Being held back was the only option but he nonetheless put in some impressive performances since his return.
We were happy with his Prix d’Amérique and Prix de France runs considering the horses who finished ahead of us were superior. He hasn’t hard a hard race so he comes into the Prix de Paris in the same condition as last year. If we could do as well as we did in 2017, I would be happy. Going one better would be a bonus.”
Among the principal threats, “We can follow last year’s line - in the absence of Bold. Belina Josselyn is in great form. So too is Bird Parker and you can ignore his Prix d’Amérique effort. They are the main dangers, along with Carat Williams who will race relatively fresh. Django Riff had a good race last Sunday.” 


Picture: Briac Dark