Grand Prix de Belgique 15th January
The Grand Prix de Belgique takes place at Vincennes racecourse on January 15th and is the final qualifying event for the Prix d’Amerique which is scheduled for January 29th. The Belgique is a stiff test for trotters and it is rare to find a horse that wins both the Belgique and the d’Amerique. One horse who has completed this double however is trotting superstar Bold Eagle. Winner of two of the qualifying races for the d’Amerique already this season, Bold Eagle will not run in the Belgique and will instead head straight to the showpiece event at the end of the month.
The Grand Prix de Belgique will attract some of the top trotters and carries a win prize of €54,000. Although it is seen as a stepping stone to greater things, the race still holds some prestige in the trotting world. As this is the last big race before the main event in the trotting calendar, the d’Amerique, owners and trainers will be anxious to get a last run into their horse as a prep for the big day just a fortnight later.
Prix d’Amerique 29th January
The Prix d’Amerique is the biggest race of all and the race that everyone wants to win. Reigning champion Bold Eagle will be all out to win again and add to his hugely impressive track earnings of over €2.2 million to date. Run over 2,700 metres, the race is a huge test of stamina and talent in equal measure. Bold Eagle will try to become just the fourth back-to-back winner of the race since 1990. Perhaps the greatest trotter of them all, Ourasi, won this race an incredible four times in his career and Bold Eagle looks to be the best since the great Ourasi. Can Bold Eagle win multiple Prix d’Amerique’s? Only time will tell, but he is in a great position to make it two in a row in three weeks’ time. With an incredible 13 victories to his name since he won this race a year ago and winning the first race of 2017, Bold Eagle is sure to take all the beating.
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