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Eagle flies to Sweden to get even

25 May 2018

There is the sweet smell of revenge in the Guarato-Pilarski camp this weekend as Bold Eagle endeavours to win the second most prestigious event on the European calendar, Elitloppet. Staged this Sunday at Solvalla, in Stockholm, there is considerable interest in French quarters following the now-retired Timoko’s success twelve months ago.
The first battery, or elimination stage, sees Timoko’s son, Dreammoko, take on Up And Quick, who did not enjoy the best of luck in the recent G.II Prix des Ducs de Normandie at Caen, and Bold Eagle, who was dynamic in the same race last year before disappointing in the final later that afternoon. “He pushed himself too hard in last year’s qualification,” says trainer Sébastien Guarato, “and after Delicious U.S. set a blistering pace in the next race, he didn’t have much left to give. We are out to get revenge and we are here to win! The ideal scenario would be to get him to the front quickly and stay on the rail. He can win both the battery and final if he can lead from the front. He came out of the Prix de l’Atlantique well. He’s relaxed, looking well and in good humour!”
Whether the Marseillaise will be played in Sweden on Sunday will entirely depend on Franck Nivard and Bold Eagle.
Picture: Bold Eagle