Paris – Trotting champion Bold Eagle Driven by Franck Nivard won the Atlantic Grand Prix on Saturday, retaining his title in the best speed race of the year at the Enghien Racecourse (Val d’Oise) ).
This edition only pitted seven competitors, but many of the turfists in summer gear witnessed a real race to give goose-bumps at the time of the final rush.
In an overwhelming heat, Bold Eagle quickly took the lead on the first pass in front of the stands to dictate his law to the end.
Ready Cash’s son weathered the attack in Belina Josselyn’s last lap, led by coach Jean-Michel Bazire, who briefly took the advantage mid-straight before handing over an honorable second place.
Bird Parker, driven by Jean-Philippe Monclin, unlucky in the 2016 edition, has this time traced a beautiful straight final to come take third place.
” Bold Eagle did not do more than enough “, said Franck Nivard, who signs a fourth victory in this speed test of 2,150 meters.
” It was hot because Franck Nivard did not do a lot of train “(gave a lot of rhythm to the race), judged for his part Sébastien Guarato” happy “The victory of his student who confirms his return to the best level after his victory in the Critérium speed Cagnes-sur-Mer, following a long series of second places this winter in Vincennes.
At 7 years old, the champion of the Pierre Pilarski team wins his 17th group 1 of his career, excellence.
Pierre Pilarski said to himself ” very surprised to see his horse win in this way. It was a short time before Belina Josselyn at the moment Bird Parker came very hard outside then he came to take the best by giving a last shot of kidney “. He explained ” we are bothered because the horse still has a foot staple “.
Thanks to this new success, ” the bold eagle “, added to his bank account the 90,000 euros promised to the winner on the 200,000 euros in various bonuses, his earnings now amount to more than 4.1 million euros.
Since the creation of the race in 1961, Bold Eagle has been the tenth trotter to win the Atlantic Award twice in a row.
In a little over a month Bold Eagle will travel to Sweden to run the Elitloppet on the Racecourse Solvalla, confirmed to AFP Sébastien Guarato.
He will be thirsty for revenge after his defeat last year in the second battery (round) of this competition that has the distinction of inviting the best trotters on the planet.