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Propulsion sets cat among Eagle’s pigeons

01 January 2018

Following the withdrawals of Akim Du Cap Vert and Uza Josselyn, just 15 were left in for Sunday’s G.II Prix de Bourgogne, the fifth of seven Epiqe Series races for trotters. The penultimate of the ‘4B’ prep races for the Prix d’Amérique saw last year’s winner Bold Eagle upstaged for the third time in his last six outings, and on this occasion by the Daniel Redén-trained Propulsion.
Örjan Kihlström, who is no stranger to success at Vincennes, took an offensive strategy on Propulsion, taking the lead at the bottom of the hill. From this point on they controlled proceedings with authority, thwarting Bold Eagle’s efforts in the final 350m, to win well enough to be considered the principal threat to Sébastien Guarato’s charge winning the Prix d’Amérique for a third year in succession. Not for the first time, Briac Dark defied the odds to finish third, ahead of the ever-consistent Billie De Montfort. Prix Marcel Laurent runner-up, Day Or Night In trotted fifth after having been sent off at 107/1.
As for the others, plans have not been confirmed, but the first two home are scheduled to meet again in the Prix de Belgique on Sunday 14th January.
Picture: Propulsion winning the Bourgogne ahead of Bold Eagle