the 5 notable editions of the René Ballière Prize

the 5 notable editions of the René Ballière Prize
the 5 notable editions of the René Ballière Prize

1995 – The start of Coktail Jet’s rise

Third of the previous edition, Jet Cocktail will sign his first success at group I level in France on June 17, 1995 in this Prix René Ballière (Gr. I). Only 5 years old at the start, he crosses swords against the champions Vourasia, Abo Voloand other Sea Cove, but the champion of Jean-Etienne Dubois is only at the beginning of his rise and outclasses the opposition at the end of the formidable change of speed which will forge his legend. A progression which will lead the future breed leader towards an anthological year in 1996, which will see him achieve the legendary Prix d’Amérique/Elitloppet double.

1999 – Général du Pommeau asserts himself against his elders

Two months before his coronation in the Critérium des 5 Ans, General of Pommeau tested himself for the first time against the cream of the aged horses on June 20, 1999. On his way, a certain Remington Crown, irresistible for several months, and which remains a dazzling success in the Elitloppet. Driven by Jos Verbeeck, Jan Kruithof’s star plays his card to the fullest, but can do nothing against the dizzying sprint of the “Barefoot General” and Jules Lepennetier, who will retain their title a year later.

2005 – Jag de Bellouet in “Cannibal” mode

Almost untouchable for over a year, Jag de Bellouet presents himself as the title holder, and big favorite, of this edition. His victory is therefore not surprising, but his performance is remembered. Long trapped in third layer, Christophe Gallier’s crack makes him bend Love Youthen at the top of his art, halfway through the straight, setting the new record for the event (1’10”1) which will stand until 2013 with the 1’09”9 of Texas Charm.

2019 – Bold Eagle, the king of the test

If a name is inseparable from the René Ballière Prize, it is that of Bold Eagle. On June 23, 2019, the champion of Pierre Pilarski, trained by Sébastien Guarato, achieved the feat of winning a fourth consecutive edition, thus surpassing Bellino II. Driven for the second time in his career by Björn Goop, the “Bold King” won from start to finish, signing the last success of his immense career on the Parisian dirt.

2020: Face Time Bourbon, the passing of the baton

While Bold Eagle bid farewell to the Plateau de Gravelle this June 21, 2020, Face Time Bourbon will take over from his training companion. Winner of “America” the previous winter, Björn Goop’s partner caused a sensation in a trotting temple empty of its spectators – in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis – lowering the record for 2,100 meters GP (1’09” 4) previously held by Kool du Caux (Prix de France 2007). He would go even faster during his second coronation the following year (1’09”1), offering a sixth consecutive title to Sébastien Guarato in this major event.

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