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Express threat to Eagle supremacy

25 December 2017

Creme of the crop in his native Sweden, Readly Express, staked his claim for next month’s Prix d’Amérique with a resounding victory in Sunday’s Prix Ténor de Beaune, one of the two Epiqe Series generational qualifiers for next month’s annual highlight.

For the first time this season, the exceptional Carat Williams was not sent out the confirmed favourite, and with just cause. Reined by the cool-handed Björn Goop, Readly Express took the race in his stride and when confronted with opposition from France’s best five year-old, Timo Nurmos’ charge dealt with him in no uncertain terms, winning comfortably from compatriot Treasure Kronos and the Philippe Allaire-trained Charly Du Noyer. Carat Williams could finish no closer than fifth.
A half-hour earlier, Doria Desbois confirmed her G.II Prix Ariste Hémard success winning the Critérium Continental with authority, pulling off the first hat-trick of her career. In spite of her poor draw on the second line, Christophe Feyte’s four year-old filly defied the likes of Draft LifeDelia Du Pommereux and Django Riff to record just her second group success, earning her the right to take on the world’s best trotters on the last Sunday of January.
 
 
Picture: Readly Express outclassing rivals in Prix Tenor de Baune
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