Sweden took the second of the three big "prixs" at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday when Noras Bean, driven by Bjorn Goop, won the Prix de France, a 2,100-meter race with a mobile start. The weather in Paris was cold and windy, but not rainy, as was the case when the Swedish owned and trained Maharajah won the Prix d'Amerique two weeks earlier.
Noras Bean started from post 1 and Goop took the lead immediately, but not for long. Timoko and Jos. Verbeeck rushed up and Goop yielded. But the parade of challengers had only just begun. With the tempo comparable to 1:51 speed, Yarrah Boko trotted up and took the lead, then The Best Madrik.
Jean-Etienne Dubois and The Best Madrik called the shots in the middle half of the race, but by the time he turned into the long Vincennes homestretch he had tired, as had the other early leaders. That is, all except Noras Bean, who had been shuffled back. In fact, Goop had to drop back to last in the 13-horse field and pull to the far outside to find a clear lane to rally.
Noras Bean, Tiego D'etang and Univers de Pan had the most trot left in the field and the three finished on the wire together, with Noras Bean just barely getting there first. The time for the 1.3 mile race was a mile rate of 1:56.
Noras Bean is a 9-year-old stallion by Super Arnie out of the Songcan mare Easy Bean.