The stellar career of the world's richest harness horsewill come to an end after the running of the Prix de France at Vincennes on Sunday, a race which he won for the second time last year.
's superstar is to retire to a fulltime career at stud after making a stunning start while still racing, with his first two crops producing multiple group winners.
While the son ofwill be the sentimental favourite, the likely first pick of the punters will be runner-up to the absent Maharajah in the Prix d'Amerique Up And Quick.
The brilliant son oflost few friends in defeat a fortnight ago with a brave run in defeat to the Swede and will be at short odds to make it once better this time.
Another likely to get support is's Timoko, who was a fast-finishing fifth in the Prix d'Amerique without threatening to figure in the finish.
The 'sprint' 2100m distance of the Prix de France might suit the son ofbetter, Timoko won seven races last year, none further than 2400m. He has won at middle distance (2700m) at Vincennes, but only in restricted age-group races and was third in this race last year.
was second in the race last year but the richly bred son of has not been anywhere close to form this Winter Meeting.
Seven is a recurring number for Jean-Philippe Dubois' former Prix d'Amerique winner. He was seventh in the big race this year and it has now been seven months and seven starts since he finished in the top three.
Swedish bred and Norwegian owned and trained Yarrah Boko was flying home for third in the Prix d'Amerique and is not the worst chance in this.
The son ofbeat most of these home in the Prix de Belgique, and has been in super form, only once finishing out of the top three in his past 12 months racing.
Compatriot and reigning Prix d'Ameriqe champion Maharajah has headed home, but Sweden will have a second presence through Noras Bean, who was a fourth in last year's race.
The son of highly successful US export, who will have top Swedish driver in the bike, won his first start from a six-month break in the V75 at Aby last month and has a good record over the sprint distance.
PRIX DE FRANCE Vincennes
2014-02-09 Group one 4-10 2100m 400 000 euros
1 Noras Bean (h- Easy Bean) Tr: BjÃ¶rn Goop Dr: Ulf StenstrÃ¶mer
2 Timoko (h- Kiss Me Coulonces) Tr: Jos Verbeeck Dr:
3(h - Kidea) Tr: Dr:
4 Severino (h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Tr: Damien Bonne Dr: Roger Coueffin
5 The Best Madrik (h- Lady Madrik) Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois
6(h - Ida Bourbon) Tr: Dr:
7 Up And Quick (h- Fichtre) Tr: Dr:
8 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Tr: Christian Bigeon Christian Dr: Bigeon
9 Yarrah Boko (h- Big Blue Kitten Pierre Vercruysse Dr: Trond Anderssen
10 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Tr:Dr:
11 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Tr: Cedric Megissier Dr: Cedric Megissier
12 Triode de Felliere (m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Tr: Anthony Barrier Dr: Jean Paul Marmion
13 Santa Rosa France (s- Helice France) Tr: William Bigeon Dr:
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com