Readly Express returned to the winner's circle in awesome style, proving himself to be the champion in Europe, having gone to the front and brutally destroyed his rivals in the 2100-metre sprint championship.
Known as the 'la revanche', this one-lap dash around Vincennes is another massive Group 1 where most competitors from the Prix d’Amérique clash again.
Readly Express, the 2018 Prix d’Amérique winner who was a massive third in the 'holy grail' two weeks ago, started a well backed 2.2 favourite in France with Bold Eagle at 3.3 and the mare and champion from two weeks ago, Bélina Josselyn, at 4/1.
Bélina Josselyn, from the unfavourable barrier one draw, was eased as soon as the arms retracted to go back towards the rear to try and get off the pegs and come with one run.
But, before Jean-Michel Bazire could even get her off the peg line, she went into a wild gallop and amazingly somewhat checked the two stablemates, who also galloped, in Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont.
So three of the top four finishers from the Prix d’Amérique were all out of the race before the first turn.
But the other top four finisher, Readly Express, rather easily found the lead and then got an easy time down the back before Björn Goop let him rip in a tactical masterclass.
They couldn’t see which way he went in the last 500 metres and no horse on the planet could’ve got near him.
Sprint specialist Uza Josselyn was a brilliant second while Bold Eagle initially came out of the gate directly outside Readly Express, but once Franck Nivard realised he wasn’t going to get in front of his main danger he restrained and could only finish third after sitting in the breeze for the last 1000 metres.
The mile rate was a fantastic 1:53.1 on the slightly rain affected track with quarters of approximately 29.7, 30 seconds before ripping home in 28.6 and 26.9 with a 1:55.5 last mile.
“I am proud, happy and very satisfied,” said winning trainer Timo Nurmos.
“I don’t think we will run in the Grand Prix de Paris (February 24) but I am thinking about Cagnes-Sur-Mer (March 10).
“This is as good as it gets,” said winning part owner Rolf Andersson. “These are the races we want to run in and of course the races we want to win."
Speedy Swiss mare Uza Josselyn was a fantastic run in second, just kicking back to deny Bold Eagle for silver.
“The next logical race is the Critérium at Cagnes-Sur-Mer,” said trainer René Aebischer
Bold Eagle never looked likely to get near Readly Express
“I have nothing to be disappointed about,” said owner Pierre Pilarski. “Nothing will be changed and we will head to Cagnes next."