Majestic Express wins Prix de France
10 February 2019
Sunday afternoon was a moment to forget for Jean-Michel Bazire whose Prix d’Amérique winner Belina Josselyn was bidding to win the Gr.1 Prix de France for the second successive year. She, and stablemates, Looking Superb and Davidson Du Pont, all lost their action in the initial strides, and with it any realistic chance.
This fact, however, may not have had much impact on 2018 Amérique winner, Readly Express, who led from the front and won with room to spare. Absent from the field twelve months ago, trainer Timo Nurmos was always confident his seven year-old could win this 2100m mobile-start event. He was duly rewarded with a superb performance and can now put his charge’s latest third place finish behind him.
After a fine start, Björn Goop placed the eventual winner at the head of affairs, a position he was not to relinquish. By the time the field was exiting the final turn, their three-lengths’ lead kept on increasing and the pair imposed in imperial fashion, equalling Belina Josselyn’s 2018 time of 1’10”3. Uza Josselyn, who was sent off a generous 35/1, marginally held off Bold Eagle for second. Dijon and Billie De Montfort came in fourth and fifth respectively.
Picture: Readly Express
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