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Royal Dream beats Ready Cash in "Prix" prep

January 15, 2012

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Royal Dream (above) defeated Ready Cash, the French superstar and still the Prix d'Amerique favorite, in the Prix de Belgique at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday. Ready Cash could not repeat the almost impossible accomplishment of the mighty champion Ourasi to win all four pretests leading up to the 1 million euro "America's Prize." He was defeated by the Jean-Philippe Dubois owned Royal Dream in the last of the preps, the $160,000 Prix de Belgique. The 2,850 meters was timed in a mile rate of 1:58.
The Lou Guida-owned, Jerry Riordan-trained Lisa America raced well despite a 25-meter handicap but finished seventh when she was blocked in.
The team around Ready Cash had decided for an aggressive approach to fulfill the sweep of the preps even though Ready Cash was starting with a 25 meters handicap to 11 of his competitors in the 15-horse field. Driver Franck Nivard challenged before the last turn and took command and had the lead all the way home, but in the last 50 meters, when he was under strong urging by Nivard, a stronger horse, the 7-year-old stallion Royal Dream, trotted by him.
Royal Dream was no huge outsider, especially since she was not assigned a handicap. She entered the race with three straight wins, and she won the Belgique with ease as her blistering finish could not be answered. There was no real fight between them while also another mare, the 7-year-old Roxane Griff (Tenor de Baune), finished late but fast when she came out of the pocket with a hundred meters left and passed Ready Cash in the finish to take second.
Royal Dream is a son of Love You (Coktail Jet), and races totally clean, without any equipment but a jogging bridle--no overcheck and nothing on his legs--and carries his head low when she eagerly trots home. His dam is Ida Bourbon (Goetmals Wood-Ocre et Verte) and he is the best offspring with earnings of over 468.000 euro now and a lifetime slate of 19 wins in 29 starts. His absolute record is 1:53.4. He is trained by Philippe Moulin under the ownership of Ecurie Victoria Dreams for his driver, the real trainer, owner and breeder, Jean Philippe Dubois.
The biggest sensation was produced by Maharajah (Viking Kronos-Chili Khan), the runner-up in last year's Prix d'Amerique, who turned in a strong comeback after a period of negative efforts and a delay in the training of one week because of throat problems. He was raced cautiously and also started with a 25 meter handicap.
He was still in the back of the field with 400 meters left, but was the fastest of all in the finish, ending fourth, timed in 1:57.2. His finish impressed a lot - including the French press - who said that the Ready Cash-Maharajah rivalry will obviously be alive for this year's Prix d'Amerique.--By Lars G. Palm
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