Bold Eagle back on Prix d’Amérique trail
16 November 2017
The words passing the lips of most trotting enthusiasts across Europe these days are ‘The Prix d’Amérique’ and although still almost 2½ months away, nobody has yet to identify any horse that can deny Bold Eagle a third successive victory.
He gets his winter season under way on Sunday in the G.II Prix de Bretagne, the first of four preparatory races for the big event, and the first leg in the Epiqe Series for trotters. Run over 2700m and worth €120,000, fifteen will take to the Vincennes outer course, fourteen of which, many would still even now consider also-rans.
That may not be the case though since Bold Eagle has not been seen out since September when succumbing to Aubrion Du Gers in the Prix d’Eté. While it is unlikely that he will not be immaculately prepared for his comeback, he will still be up against some quality trotters, most notably the René Aebischer-trained Uza Josselyn who recently won the G.I Gran Premio delle Nazioni at San Siro and must be afforded respect.
The ever-improving Valko Jenilat and Bird Parker finished second and third respectively that day, and while both have been impressive this year, the latter is still the classier of the two. Philippe Allaire also sends out Charly Du Noyer, who finished second in the Critérium des 5 Ans; he can prove a handful but when applied should never be underestimated.
Belina Josselyn finished second in the last edition of the Prix d’Amérique but has had just one public outing since June and with shoes on can be overlooked. That said, she still looks a serious candidate for the forthcoming preps.
The Swedish Day Or Night In and the Italian-trained Shadow Gar are both confirmed at Vincennes and although yet to take on a field of this quality, should nonetheless acquit themselves competitively.
As outside chances, spare a thought for Ave Avis and Best Of Jets.
Picture: Bold Eagle on course for Prix de Bretagne
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