Eagle breezes to Critérium de Vitesse success
12 March 2018
It took seven races and seven months but Bold Eagle finally returned to winning ways when securing the Critérium de Vitesse over a mile at Cagnes-sur-Mer on Sunday. Having avoided the race in recent years to concentrate on the Triple Crown, and to steer clear of a confrontation with Timoko, connections took advantage of the latter’s absence to find their champion a suitable opportunity to regain his dignity.
Handed the inside draw, in comparison to Bird Parker’s wide No.8, Franck Nivard assured the break and put significant room between himself and the horse that had beaten him on three occasions over the winter. He was never challenged throughout the race, maintaining a solid pace - and lead - and won with consummate ease. Although sent off a surprisingly generous 18/1, Billie De Montfort came a clear second, followed in by 144/1 shot, Dijon. Bird Parker was unable to make up sufficient ground in the final stages and could manage no better than fourth.
In 2017, aged ten, Timoko set a race record of 1’09”5 but Pierre Pilarski’s seven year-old demolished that chrono with an exceptional 1’08”9 - the fastest performance he has produced since winning his Elitlopp heat in 1’08”4 last May.
Picture: Bold Eagle
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