Bold Eagle blows away Prix d’Amérique opposition
29 January 2017
“Is Bold Eagle the best horse in France?” asked a Swedish interviewer on Sunday at Vincennes. Just five minutes after winning his second Prix d’Amérique, 13th leg of the EpiqE Series, the response from trainer Sébastien Guarato was emphatic, “He’s the best horse in the world.” Not only that, the six year-old beat the record time he set last year, to finish with a chrono of 1’11”2, and in the process emulated his sire Ready Cash who also won the race two years in succession.
After a false start and the refusal of Prix de Bretagne winner, Anna Mix, to race, there was considerable jostling for position as Timoko vied for the lead, and others to place themselves competitively. Bold Eagle found himself uncharacteristically in mid-division on the outside but driver Franck Nivard never showed any sign of panic.
Coming out of the final turn, it was Timoko who was still at the head of affairs but he was quickly overtaken by Prix Ténor de Baune winner Belina Josselyn. Bold Eagle exited the bend hot on her heels, and with 200m left to race, Nivard pulled him out, stormed past the mare and went on to win by a comfortable margin. Lionel, disqualified twelve months ago, came with a fast-finishing late surge to claim third, while stablemate Propulsion just held off Briac Dark to secure fourth place. Timoko, in the last year of his career, was overwhelmed in the final stages, following his earlier exertions, and could finish no closer than 11th.
With this success, Franck Nivard has now won his fifth Prix d’Amérique, placing him third on the list, but he has some way to go to beat Jean-René Gougeon’s tally of eight.
Picture: Bold Eagle outclassing Bellina Josselyn in 2017 Prix d'Amérique
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