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Bourbon routs Prix de Sélection field

04 March 2019

He may just have turned four but Face Time Bourbon returned to Vincennes on Saturday already with two Group 1 wins to his name, and left the premises later that afternoon with a third.
It is no secret that Sébastien Guarato’s colt is the incontestable leader of his generation but the nature of his Gr.1 Prix de Sélection romp at the weekend left no doubts about his present status. Pitted against older horses for the first time in his short but glittering career, he led the 11-strong field from the start and imposed with a chrono of 1’10”8, a remarkable feat for a horse of such tender years.
Davidson Du Pont, who incurred a 25m penalty, came a clear second in a time of 1’10”1, not far off Kool De Caux’s 2200m record of 1’09”8. He had looked beaten at the top of the hill but Jean-Michel Bazire managed to get him back in the race, making his performance all the more impressive. Falcao De Laurma put in an excellent finish to take third, holding off Franck Nivard and Fanina Des Racques
Following such a dynamic victory, Face Time Bourbon is now being celebrated in more emphatic terms as the new Bold Eagle. In the words of driver, Björn Goop, “A horse like this at such a young age, I’ve never gone near one like him! He has the capacity to be extraordinary.”
Picture: Face Time Bourbon after Selection's victory