Ready Cash Wins Grand Prix de Paris
Ready Cash and Franck Nivard rallied from last at the top of the stretch, following Teigo d’Etang and Christian Bigeon, to nail his rival by a nose at the wire. Covering the 2-5/8 mile (4,150 meters) course at a mile rate of 2:00.35 (race time 5:10.48), Ready Cash has won the Grand Prix d’Amerique (twice), Grand Prix de France and now the marathon Grand Prix de Paris (purse 400,000 euro). Quoumba de Guez (J-M Bazire), Roxana de Barbrey (D. Locqueneux) and Maharajah (O. Kihlstom) completed the top five. Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo (L. Baudron),broke and was disqualified. Timoko, third in the Prix de France for Jos. Verbeeck, was well placed throughout but came up empty when it counted and finished seventh, behind sixth place Save The Quick (E. Raffin).
Ready Cash (Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream) won his first Gr. I race at age three and has competed at the highest level ever since, while also becoming a popular and effective stallion. Now age eight, Ready Cash is trained by Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Philippe Allaire. He was the 3/5 favorite today in this International Gr. I UET Masters Series event, conducted on a snowy, cold afternoon at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes.
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On the undercard Oropuro Bar (Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal) easily took the Gr. III 100,000 euro Prix de la Mayenne for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon. The 2.2/1 favored 5 year-old stallion scored over the 2,700 meter course in a mile rated time of 1:58.10, his third straight win at Vincennes since January 22. Italian invaders finished in the top three placings in this event
Stall Trot Inc. Thomas H. Hicks
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