Trotting preview: 2018 Prix d'Amerique
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2018 Prix d'Amérique

January 28, 2018 - Trotting, 2.700 meters, Paris-Vincennes

Preview: October 18, 2017

Of course two-time Prix d'Amerique winner Bold Eagle will be the horse to beat again. It will not be as easy for him to win the world's most important trotting race this time though, as the generation 2012 has produced some decent rivals. Bold Eagle's younger half-brother Readly Express won everything he could in Sweden. Twister Bi crossed the line only narrowly behind Bold Eagle in the final of the European Trotting Masters recently and just won the prestigious International Trot in the United States. Former Swedish superstar Nuncio should also kept in mind. After a disappointing year 2017, he gets now prepared for the 2018 Prix d´Amérique.

Bold Eagle won the 2016 and 2017 Prix d’Amérique easily as clear favourite and currently is undoubtedly the best trotter on the planet. His brilliance became a scratch in May, when he finished only fourth over the mile in the 2017 Elitloppet. At the end of a summer break he then got even beaten on his favourite track and distance in Paris-Vincennes, where he could not hold the gelding Aubrion Du Gers in the European Trotting Masters Final.

Readly Express, like Bold Eagle a son of two-time Amérique winner Ready Cash, has a race record that also reminds on his older half brother: 19 victories from 22 starts. He won the Svenskt Trav Kriterium as a three-year-old, the Swedish Trav-Derby as a four-year-old, the Jubileumspokalen and the Svenskt Mästerskap against older horses this year. He also stayed unbeaten in European comparison, won the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Championship For 5 Year Olds. In other words, he has not done anything wrong yet. He gets now set up for the 2018 Prix d'Amérique.

Twister Bi lost by a neck to Readly Express in the Jubileumspokalen, at that point he had already beaten several top older horses, a victory in the Oslo Grand Prix included. The Italian born son of Varenne ended only narrowly behind Bold Eagle in the European Trotting Masters final and finally proved his world class by winning the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on October 14, ahead of last year's US Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder, Oasis B and Resolve.

Nuncio was considered to be Bold Eagle's sole serious contender the recent years, he never made it to France however. A long-lasting lack of form prevented a trip to Paris last season and ended with another disappointing performance at the Elitloppet. Trainer Stefan Melander recently announced, he will now prepare Nuncio for the 2018 Prix d'Amérique, as Nuncio had already won almost everything he could in Sweden and the USA. The kick-off to this campaign succeeded with a victory on October 5, the opponents in the John Deeres Pokal were not competitive though.

Fixtures:
Nov.19 - Prix de Bretagne
Dec.10 - Prix du Bourbonnais
Dec.24 - Criterium Continental
Dec.24 - Prix Tenor de Baune
Dec.31 - Prix de Bourgogne
Jan.14 - Prix de Belgique
Jan.28 - Prix d'Amérique


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