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25 February 2021

The final race of the French Trotting Triple Crown, the G1 Prix d’Amérique Marathon Race (Grand Prix de Paris (4150m)), reserved for horses ages four to eleven takes place at Vincennes on Sunday. It has been run over this distance since 1994.

Four horses have secured the prize three times, winning their races in consecutive years. Gélinotte, Bellino II, Vourasie and Jardy have gone down in history as legends in this race. Toscan, Une de Mai and Eléazar were dual champions in this staying event, along with Up And Quick, who holds the track record of 1’13”5.

Six international-bred trotters have been victorious in its illustrious past, with Lionel providing Norway with its sole win in the race, agonisingly preventing Bold Eagle from winning the Triple Crown in 2016. Sweden have triumphed on three occasions, with Piper Club, Remington Crown and Maharajah. Apex Hanover and Timothy T lifted the prize for the United States.

Two legendary drivers stand out from their counterparts in the history of this race. Jean-René Gougeon and Jean-Michel Bazire have both won the contest seven times. They will both be cemented in French trotting history forever having steered a horse to win this prize for a third consecutive time, Gougeon on Bellino II (1975/76/77) and Bazire driving Jardy (2005/6/7).

The G1 Grand Prix de France Speed Race (2100m), as one would expect, is the key trial for this as the second component of the Triple Crown. Nine out of the previous ten renewals have seen a horse contest the Prix de France and then claim victory in the Marathon. Only true champions have been victorious in both races in this timespan. The exceptional performer and now super-sire Ready Cash (2013) and Bold Eagle (2017), a son of the aforementioned, have completed the double.

Interestingly, if you look at the results of the race in the other eight years, it is those who have finished down the field which have often gone on to success in the Marathon. Indeed, four times in the last ten years horses who were disqualified in the Speed race have gone to Marathon glory. Davidson du Pont would fit the trend this season having been disqualified for galloping in the Speed race a fortnight ago.

The table below shows the previous ten winners of the Marathon and where they finished in the Speed race:

Year

Marathon Winner

Finishing Position in the Speed Race

2020

Bélina Josselyn

DQ

2019

Bélina Josselyn

5th

2018

Bird Parker

6th

2017

Bold Eagle

1st

2016

Lionel

DQ

2015

Up And Quick

DQ

2014

Up And Quick

8th

2013

Ready Cash

1st

2012

Roxane Griff

DQ

2011

Maharajah

2nd

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