Facetime Bourbon Wins and Bold Eagle Bows Out
05 August 2020
The G1 Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Racecourse in Belgium (held on 2 August) marked another success for rising champion Facetime Bourbon, who will be aiming to continue to follow in the footsteps of the fourth placed Bold Eagle.
Racing over 2300m for a purse of 120,000 euros, Facetime Bourbon took up the lead in the first lap of the track and continued to dominate for the remainder of the race, delivering a comfortable victory with a kilometre rating of 1’11’0. The Sebastian Gurato trained trotter has achieved twenty two victories from twenty six starts and has won almost 1.8 million euros in prize money to date. Valokaja Hindo placed second and Viking d’Hermes out-ran lengthy starting odds of 83/1 to finish third.
It would be the last time trotting fans would see Bold Eagle on the track as he continues his stallion career at Haras Des Trotteurs. Already a successful sire in Europe, Bold Eagle has achieved success across the globe with victories in multiple G1 races including the Grand Prix d’Amerique (2016/17), Prix Rene Balliere (2016/17/18/19) and the Breeder’s Crown in Canada (2019).
On Saturday at Enghien the G3 Prix Henri Cravoisier for three-year-olds over 1609m from behind the autostart was run. The two main chances – Hede Darling and Hooker Berry tracked the leader Heartbreaker One who was able to lead from gate one. Hooker Berry moved up from the top of the straight and went to the lead drawing clear for a comfortable victory over Hede Darling with Heartbreaker One holding third. Starting at 3.2 he rated 1’10”6.
Hooker Berry is by Booster Winner from Osaka Berry (Caballio In Blue) and has now had twelve starts for three wins and eight placings. This was his fifth start in a Group race and now has one win and three placings, including a G1 second.
For trainer Jean-Michel Bazire this success continues the stables great form which is currently at a 24% win and 68% place strike rate.
On Sunday, the picturesque south-east dual-purpose racetrack Aix-les-Bains hosted the seventh round of the 2020 Trophy Vert series on grass.
The Grand Prix de Savoire over 2700m was won by the favourite Espoir Du Marny. Trained and driven by Kevyn Thonnerieux, Espoir Du Marny increased his lead on the final lap and maintained that advantage over his rivals to score a comfortable victory ahead of Cagnard de Betton and Astor De Rozoy.
Having only his third start on grass, Espoir du Marny was able to defeat the first three in the Trophy Vert standings: Astor De Rozoy (60 points) was third, Blues Des Landiers (53 points) finished seventh and Diesis Du Goutier (41 points) fifth. There are two races left in the series before the final: Brehal on 9 August and Montier-en-Der on 23 August. The G3 final will be held at Craon on 6 September and any points won will be doubled – it’s still all to play for!
Picture: © APHR Facetime Bourbon winning Grand Prix d'Amerique in 2020
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