Bold Eagle redeems himself with Prix René Ballière record
24 June 2019
With four Group 1 races on the card and a depth of quality on display, Sunday’s Vincennes programme was not dubbed the spring Champions’ Day for nothing. All bar one of the big races saw at least one withdrawal but Cobra Bleu’s defection will have made no difference to Bold Eagle who held off numerous attacks to secure the Prix René Ballière for a record fourth time. Looking Superb, who was indisciplined early on, trotted a fine second, with a fast-finishing Detroit Castelets coming third.
Highlight of the day, the Prix du Président de la République, saw the well-fancied Feeling Cash and Ferreteria fail to make it to the start, leaving just a baker’s dozen to fight out the €200,000 affair. Sanctioned on her only appearance under the saddle, Fleche Bourbon made good on her promise with an excellent victory, outpacing Freeman De Houelle and Flicka De Blary. Race favourite, Fado Du Chene, failed to live up to expectations and was ultimately sanctioned.
A brace of Philippe Allaire’s runners were withdrawn from the Prix d’Essai, but twelve were still left in. Last month’s Saint-Léger des Trotteurs winner, Gala Tejy, confirmed his supremacy with an exceptional performance to secure a second straight Group 1 success, however nothing can be taken away from runner-up, Gangster Du Wallon who looks to have a bright future. Gepsonnie took third place following the disqualification of Gee.
With a trio of the best three year-olds absent from the Prix Albert Viel, it proved a superb occasion for Guillermo Sport to defy odds of 17/1 and secure his maiden Group 1 at the first time of asking. Gamble River and Gamin Des Perdrix trotted in for second and third respectively. Favourite Good Boy Ligneries was sanctioned, while the well-supported General Du Parc could finish no closer than sixth.
Picture: Bold Eagle winning his fourth Prix René Ballière on Saunday at Vincennes
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