Trotting preview: 2019 Prix d'Amerique
 Prix d'Amerique 2019

2019 Prix d'Amérique

January 27, 2019 - Trotting, 2.700 meters, Paris-Vincennes

Preview: January 16, 2019

For a long time the Prix d’Amérique has not been as exciting as this year. Of course title holder Readly Express will be the favourite, but it is almost impossible to judge his current form. Twice Amérique winning Bold Eagle seems to have passed his peak, while the strong performing Propulsion suffered from a fever recently and might not even start. So it is not totally unlikely that a mare will win the world's most important trotting race for the first time since twenty years, at least Belina Josselyn displayed tremendous form the recent weeks.

Readly Express won more or less every race he could until his 2018 Prix d’Amérique triumph. Afterwards he almost disappeared, missed the Elitloppet in his homeland Sweden and got beaten twice by Propulsion when came back from a five-month break, even ended fifth in the Sundsvall Open Trot, his worst placement ever. He defended his Svenskt Mästerskap title in October and then had another lay-off until he returned to Paris on December 30. Though driver Björn Goop did not push him, he finished runner-up in the Prix de Bourgogne, only beaten by Bold Eagle. His next start in the Prix de Belgique on January 13 seemed like a training performance too, with all shoes on he ended fifth. He will run the Prix d’Amérique without shoes again. If he then will be able to produce last year's form, we will not know before January 27.

Bold Eagle, the 2016 and 2017 winner, got narrowly beaten by Readly Express in last year's Amérique. He started as 15:10 favourite in the Prix de Bretagne in November, but ended just fourth. Then, without shoes for the first time, finished even only sixth in the Prix du Bourbonnais, why many experts already wrote the 'Eagle' off. However, Bold Eagle showed rising form again by winning the Prix de Bourgogne. This victory should not be overvalued, but certainly it was very important for his confidence.

Propulsion ended third and fourth in the Amérique the last two years and performed as strong as never before the rest of 2018. The US-bred and Swedish-trained son of Muscle Hill, runner-up of the 2018 Elitloppet, was supposed to retire at the end of last year, but due to his strong form was then prepared for the Prix d'Amérique again. At the beginning of the new year he suffered from a fever. Meanwhile he is back in training, still trainer Daniel Redén values his chances for a start in Paris at only fifty-fifty. A planned preparation start at Solvalla on January 19 was cancelled

Belina Josselyn appears the only full convincing horse at present, although she actually had not been among the top favourites at the beginning. She gave a strong performance in the Prix du Bourbonnais, when came from the back of the field to miss victory by centimetres. She seemed even better in the Prix de Belgique, won the race easily, before she was disqualified due to an obstruction. The daughter of Love You finished runner-up and fourth in the Amérique the last two years. Maybe she can become the first mare since Moni Maker 1999 to win the Prix d'Amérique.

Bird Parker is one of the more experienced horses, it will be his fourth Amérique start. He has gained more than €2 million prize money already, won the Grand Prix de Paris (4,150 m) ahead of Bélina Josselyn last year. The eight-year-old took part in all four 'B-races' this season, ended third twice before he defended his Prix de Belgique title most recently. However, so far he never managed a better place than sixth in the 150 meters shorter Prix d'Amérique.

Davidson Du Pont qualified early for the Prix d'Amérique by winning the Prix de Bretagne. The style he held all attacks there was very impressive, though he will face opponents in much better form on January 27. The only six-year-old Davidson Du Pont run his first Group race at the beginning of this year, meanwhile triumphed in three Group 1 races.

Delia Du Pommereux gained her Amérique ticket with a second place in the Prix de Bretagne. Although already qualified, trainer Sylvain Roger sent her to the Prix du Bourbonnais to keep her in form, and she actually even won that race! She had already defeated Davidson Du Pont in the Prix Marcel Laurent and had lost against him only by a 'head' in the Criterium des 5 ans.


Urlo Dei Venti is Italy's Amérique hope this year. In December the six-year-old run a new track record in the Gran Premio Duomo (1,600 m) at Florence, it was his fifth Group 1 victory, including the Gran Premio Lotteria. He was already successful at Paris-Vincennes, won the Prix du Luxembourg last year. His last start was quite disappointing however, as clear favourite he ended only fourth in a Group 3 race at Bologna on January 6.

Carat Williams still has the trust of many 'experts' despite he has not won a race since 2017. In this season's 'B-races' he had quite unlucky runs, only qualified after Belina Josselyn was disqualified in the Prix de Belgique. Nevertheless, the colt with the big heart from the Sébastien Guarato stable should not be underestimated.

Eridan is the youngest participant in the field with only five years. He gained his Amérique ticket when quite surprisingly won the Critérium Continental. The son of Ready Cash proved that he can also keep up with older cracks in the Prix de Belgique, where he finished fourth ahead of Readly Express. Of course there will be a different speed in the Prix d'Amérique, still the youngster might be able to manage a place among the top ten.

Looking Superb is another six-year-old in the field and the third Amérique starter from champion trainer Jean-Michel Bazire, besides Belina Josselyn and Davidson Du Pont. The Norwegian colt qualified via the Prix Ténor de Baune on December 23rd, where he defeated Davidson Du Pont and a galloping Delia Du Pommereux. He had not won too much in Norway before he came to 'JMB' and will be the poorest Amérique participant with an overall profit of only 139,122 Euro.

Uza Josselyn qualified for the Prix d'Amérique when finished third in the Prix de Bourgogne. Trained and owned by the Swiss René Aebischer, she managed to finish runner-up right behind Bold Eagle and ahead of Belina Josselyn in the Prix René Ballière in June. Still the eight-year-old daughter of Love You will only be outsider on January 27.

Bahia Quesnot succeeded a sensation when came runner-up in the Prix de Belgique and qualified for the Amérique as 49:1 outsider. Right after she had moved to the stable of Junior Guelpa she had managed to win the Grand Prix de Noël (G3) on December 23, but the Prix d'Amérique is just a totally different class.

Fixtures:
Nov.18 - Prix De Bretagne (2,700 m - Davidson Du Pont)
Dec.09 - Prix du Bourbonnais (2,850 m - Delia Du Pommereux)
Dec.23 - Criterium Continental (2,100 m, 4yo - Eridan)
Dec.23 - Prix Tenor de Baune (2,700 m, 5yo - Looking Superb)
Dec.30 - Prix de Bourgogne (2,100 m - Bold Eagle)
Jan.13 - Prix de Belgique (2,850 m - Bird Parker)
Jan.27 - Prix d'Amérique (2,700 m)
Feb.10 - Prix de France (2,100 m)
Feb.24 - Prix de Paris (4,150 m)


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Odds comparison:

  (decimal, Jan.15) Racebets Betbird
  Readly Express 3,37 3,0
  Bold Eagle 4,5 4,0
  Belina Josselyn 4,5 4,0
  Propulsion 5,5 6,0
  Davidson Du Pont 14,0 15,0
  Bird Parker 15,0 18,0
  Délia Du Pommereux 21,0 25,0

Urlo Dei Venti 26,0 30,0

Carat Williams 51,0 30,0


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