Prix d'Amerique 2021

2021 Prix d'Amérique

January 31, 2021 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes

Preview: November 15, 2020

As every year, international horses come to France to take their chances at the Paris Winter Meeting, at best triumph in the world's most important trotting race. But wherever they come from, it won't be easy to dethrone title holder Face Time Bourbon.

Face Time Bourbon already won the Prix d'Amérique at the age of five, which gives reason to expect a great future, at least he will be the big favourite again on January 31. The son of Ready Cash has won 25 of his 30 starts, including eleven Group 1 races. However, he failed when tried to fulfil the wish of his Italian owner Antonio Somma, was beaten in the Gran Premio de Lotteria on October 25. He had his problems over the mile and the tight turns at Naples, but the distance in the Amérique will be 1,100 meters longer again. Face Time Bourbon's start to the Paris Winter Meeting succeeded, he won the Prix Marcel Laurent on November 13.

Davidson Du Pont came runner-up in the 2020 Prix d’Amérique, defeated Face Time Bourbon two weeks later in the Prix de France over 2,100 meters. Like last year, trainer Jean-Michel Bazire sent his charge to a seven-month summer holiday, from which he returned with three meaningless preparation races in October. His first real test will be the Prix de Bretagne on November 22, a race Davidson Du Pont won the last two years.

Zacon Gio beat Face Time Bourbon in the final of the Gran Premio de Lotteria on October 25. It wasn't even his first victory against the current Prix d'Amérique winner. He had already beaten him in Italy last year, then over 2,050 meters in the Premio Unione Europea at Modena. The quick starting five-year-old has also proved, that he gets on well with the sprinting distance, when won last year's Yonkers International Trot. It is still unknown, if Zacon Gio will come to the Winter Meeting to Paris-Vincennes and if he can stand the longer distance, he would definitely be a very interesting starter at the 2021 Prix d'Amérique.

Moni Viking is probably Sweden's biggest hope for the 2021 Prix d'Amérique. The son of Maharajah had some great results on the extreme distance this season, won the Harper Hanovers Loop and the Åby Stora Pris, both over 3,140 meters. Back from a two-month-break he got only third in the C.L.Müllers Memorial on October 31, will now try his luck in France through the winter.

Campo Bahia might become one of the rare German horses in the Amérique. Owned by the German Thomas Berchtold and trained by the German Conrad Lugauer in Sweden, the son of Muscle Hill attracted attention at last year's Critérium Continental, when entered the home stretch in good style ahead of Face Time Bourbon, but then fall into gallop. His three starts this year were disappointing, why he was used for breeding and now will get prepared for the winter races in Paris.


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Fixtures - 2020/21 Paris Winter Meeting:
22.11.2020
Prix de Bretagne
2,700 m
Diable de Vauvert
13.12.2020
Prix du Bourbonnais
2,850 m
27.12.2020
Critérium Continental
2,100 m
27.12.2020
Prix Ténor de Baune
2,700 m
03.01.2021
Prix de Bourgogne
2,100 m
17.01.2021
Prix de Belgique
2,850 m
31.01.2021
Prix d'Amérique
2,750 m

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