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Nothing to be taken for granted in Prix d’Amérique 2019

25 January 2019

With declarations made and trainers putting the finishing touches on their respective runners’ preparation, the scene is set for the 2019 Prix d’Amérique. No fewer than eighteen go to post for the world’s most prestigious trotting race, held this Sunday at the home of trotting, Vincennes.
Bold Eagle was denied a third holy grail by Readly Express twelve months ago and Pierre Pilarski’s champion is out to exact revenge. He had the Scandinavian’s measure in the Prix de Bourgogne, however Timo Nurmos’ charge had not been seen out for 2½ months prior to their encounter, and Sunday’s renewal will be particularly telling.
Belina Josselyn, who had Prix de Belgique success taken away from her by the stewards, is arguably better than she has ever been. Runner-up in 2017, followed by fourth in 2018, she has Jean-Michel Bazire’s complete confidence and will be a tough rival. Bird Parker inherited success from her misfortune two weeks ago and although no closer than sixth in three Amérique attempts, is still not a horse to be underestimated.
Third in the last edition, Propulsion gave trainer Daniel Redén something of a scare when discovered to have a fever following his last race, but he is reportedly back to his best. He beat the incumbent more than once last season and is a serious player yet again. Contemporaries Delia Du Pommereux and Davidson Du Pont are both here on their merits and Franck Nivard has publicly stated that the latter is one to be feared.
Carat Williams has figured prominently in all of the B races and deserves to be taken seriously, and the youngster in the field, Eridan, can also get a look in. Looking Superb lived up to his name in the Prix Ténor de Baune and is another for the shortlist, while a thought must be spared for a barefoot Bahia Quesnot.
As unpredictable as it gets, Sunday’s Prix d’Amérique is is not one to be missed.
Picture: Vincennes grandstand on Amérique Day