Stiff test for Bold Eagle on Vincennes Champions’ Day
22 June 2018
Sunday’s Vincennes programme is nothing if not a star-studded affair with a quartet of G.I events on the programme, spread evenly among the two disciplines.
The afternoon’s proceedings will, however, be dominated by the older horses, with Bold Eagle starring in the Prix René Ballière. Winner of the last two editions, should Sébastien Guarato’s champion impose again he will be the first horse to win three consecutive runnings since Bellino II achieved the remarkable feat from 1974 to 1976. He has been handed the unenviable 9-spot, wide on the front line, and both Franck Nivard and his charge will need to be quick off the mark. Stablemate Carat Williams will also line up for the 2100m contest, but the stable’s principal threats are expected to come from Jean-Michel Bazire’s exceptional mare Belina Josselyn, and the Philippe Allaire-trained Bird Parker, both of whom had his measure over the winter.
The Prix du Président de la République has drawn a superb field of 17. The crème of the four year-old monté generation faces off over 2850m of the outer course and the complicated Equinoxe Jiel must be considered a leading candidate following his tenacious Prix Lavater win three weeks ago, in which he denied Esperanzo a maiden group success by the smallest of margins. Classy elements Evidence Roc and Elladora De Forgan are also major contenders and the likes of Exotica De Retz and Esperance De Mont cannot be excluded from the equation either.
Picture: Bold Eagle
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