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Ready Cash strikes it rich in Paris

Franck Nivard leads Ready Cash to victory in the prestigious Prix d’Amerique race yesterday at the Vincennes Racecourse. Photo: Stefano Grasso

Franck Nivard leads Ready Cash to victory in the prestigious Prix d’Amerique race yesterday at the Vincennes Racecourse. Photo: Stefano Grasso

Highly-fancied French trotter Ready Cash, led by young driver Franck Nivard, is the winner of this year’s one million euro Prix d’Amerique.

The 90th edition of this prestigious international race was staged at the Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris yesterday on the long distance of 2,700m. Eighteen horses lined up for this final which attracted a crowd of over 50,000 spectators.

It was Italian Lana de Rio (Santo Mollo) which surged ahead in the early stages but, midway through the distance, this Italian mare changed pace and was disqualified. It was overtaken by Swedish Maharajah (Orjan Kihlstrom) which opened a length lead from Ready Cash and Nuit Torride (Bernard Biton).

With 200 metres to go, Nivard steered Ready Cash ahead and this horse went on to pass the post first in an average time of 1:12.1 per kilometre from Maharajah, Olga du Biwetz (Eric Raffin) and last year’s winner Oyonnax (Sebastien Ernault).

This was Ready Cash’s first win at the Prix d’Amerique while Nivard achieved his second victory following his maiden success two years ago with Meaulnes du Corta.

One of the trainers of second-placed horse Maharajah is Massimo Vassallo. He has been working as a professional trainer in Sweden since 2004.

Originally published in The Times on the 31 January 2011


About Kenneth Vella

A horse racing enthusiast and journalist. He started his career in 1992 and today is the main correspondent on horse racing for In-Nazzjon, Il-Mument and the Times of Malta. He also writes on a number of international magazines and produces TV programmes for E22 and TVM.Kenneth is the proud winner of two consecutive awards of the Malta Broadcasting Awards for the best sport programmes with documentaries.


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