This Sunday will provide another exciting day in the trotting world, with the Grand Prix de France taking place in Vincennes. Run over 2100m, the race is the final leg of the Epique Series which runs over the course of the trotting season; it is a Group 1 with a prize fund of €400,000. Trotting colossus Bold Eagle is back to defend his title with the runner up Timoko also lining up for another crack at the champ.
As another Group 1 beckons, the focus will again be on the outstanding Bold Eagle and the veteran Timoko. Sunday’s dual on the dirt could be the best yet, with the 10 year old Timoko gunning for revenge following his latest defeat to the champion Bold Eagle. Fresh from his thrilling victory in the blue ribbon Prix d’Amerique OPODO just a fortnight ago, Bold Eagle will come into this race bursting with confidence and will be full expected to extend his great run of form. A superstar that looks truly invincible, Bold Eagle looks like a Triple Crown winner and will be the star attraction at Vincennes.
Although it is by no means a two horse race, the Grand Prix de France will certainly revolve around these stars of the trotting world. However, one horse that will be eager to end Bold Eagle’s recent domination of the big races is the mare Ursa Major, who, although not a prolific winner could be something of a dark horse having previously set some quick times over the race distance. Up And Quick is another who will fancy his chances at upsetting the odds, also clocking some impressive times and racking up some big career earnings in the process.
Although taking on a talented field, Bold Eagle will be a warm order to once again stamp his authority on an Epique Seriesa that he has dominated from start to finish. With nine wins and a runner up spot in his last ten starts he is sure to be the horse that the punters want to side with. A win on Sunday would cement Bold Eagle’s place as one of the all-time greats but he won’t have it all his own way. Timoko will certainly run his race and will push Bold Eagle to the line. No fan of the Epique Series would begrudge the Richard Westerink trained Timoko a possible last hurrah in one of the feature races on the calendar. One thing is for sure, whatever the outcome, the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix de France is sure to be a race that will live long in the memory.
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