by Thomas Hedlund
This Sunday (Feb. 11) is the date for the next round in the French Triple Crown. The €400,000 Prix de France ($490,000) has attracted 15 horses for the race, which will be contested over 1.3 miles.
Trainers Daniel Redén and Sébastien Guarato have seven horses between them in the field and after the draw, it’s clear that Redén’s Propulsion (Muscle Hill) got a post position that suits him well.
Prix d’Amérique winner Readly Express (Ready Cash) will not enter Prix de France. Trainer Timo Nurmos will aim at Criterium de Vitesse in Cagnes-sur-Mer in March. The 6-year-old Swede has an invitation for the Elitloppet at Solvalla in May and so far Readly Express has never tested a mile race in his career.
Nine horses start in the front line behind the gate in Prix de France.
Prix de France (€400,000) 2,100 meters (approximately 1.3 miles)
Horse – Driver (Trainer)
1. Traders – Yoann Lebourgeois (Philippe Allaire)
2. Anna Mix – Pierre Vercruysse (Franck Leblanc)
3. Belina Josselyn – Jean-Michel Bazire
4. Propulsion – Örjan Kihlström (Daniel Redén)
5. Timone Ek – Enrico Bellei (Philippe Billard)
6. Wild Honey – Björn Goop (Daniel Redén)
7. Billie de Montfort – David Thomain (Sébastien Guarato)
8. Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard (Sébastien Guarato)
9. Booster Winner – Jean-Philippe Monclin (Sébastien Guarato)
10. Val Royal – Christian Bigeon (Jean-Michel Bazire)
11. Call Me Keeper – Daniel Redén
12. Briac Dark – Matthieu Abrivard (Thierry Duvaldestin)
13. Uza Josselyn – Alexandre Abrivard (René Aebischer)
14. Vivid Wise As – Eric Raffin (Sébastien Guarato)
15. Ringostarr Treb – Gabriele Gelormini (Jerry Riordan)