Day At The Track

Is history awaiting Ready Cash?

12:07 AM 25 Jan 2014 NZDT
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VINCENNES, France - Ici S'ecrit L'histoire. Here history is written.

So says the promo material for the Prix d'Amerique.

And history certainly awaits Ready Cash on Sunday where he has the chance to win his third race and join the great Roquepine, Bellino II and Uranie.

It would also give him the chance to emulate the immortal Ourasi next year with a fourth win.

He certainly looked in stunning condition earlier this week at Thierry Duvaldestin's training establishment and the master mentor was confident that his great stallion was in prime condition to win a third Prix d'Amerique.

Duvaldestin said his horse was more relaxed and "professional" than he had ever been and that he worked much better than this time last year. Ominous words indeed.

But this was not always the way when the horse that was the best of what was emerging as one of the great generations, became a 4YO rogue for owner-trainer Philippe Allaire after winning the Prix Emmanuel Margouty as a 2YO and the Criterium des Juenes and Criterium des 3 Ans at three.

So he turned to Thierry Duvaldestin in desperation, and the trainer went back to the basics, treating him like he would any other horse on his impressive training facility at La Ferté-Frênel In Normandy.

The method was to treat him like any other on the Duvaldestin property. Given an outside box, with a paddock and a straw filled shelter, he thrived in the natural environment.

Duvaldestin started on his family farm with 10 hectares where he built his first barn - where he and his family lived above until five-years ago. In time he has expanded both the number of barns and the size of his property to 80 hectares. It now has seven tracks.

An oval grass jogging track, a sand oval main track, three straight tracks cinders, natural and mix natural-fibre and two tracks through the forest for variety.

And of his great hope in the world's greatest aged trotting race.

"He is more professional," Duvaldestin said. "We have had to push him a little more, he is too much relaxed. The last few weeks we have worked him a little more than other years, we have had to lose weight.

"He has had no problem with injuries ever - he was the best horse of his generation at 2,3,4 and older."

And now he is doing it all again as a sire being the first horse Duvaldesin believes who has had progeny win group one races while he himself was still winning group one races.

But while the likes of brilliant youngsters Avila, Axelle Dark, Brillantisime and Bird Parker will ensure Ready Cash's legacy is in good hands.

There is another more immediate matter, as Duvaldestin reminds us.

"The goal is Sunday."

Ready Cash fact file:

9YO Bay stallion Indy de Vive- Kidea

61 starts 36 wins,

Earnings 4,265,500 euros

Major victories: Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1) (3YO), Criterium Des 3 Ans (Gr1), Grand Prix d'Amerique (Gr1) (2011, 2012), Prix De Paris Int (Gr1), Grand Prix De Wallonie (G1) , Prix De Bourgogne (G2) (2012-1, 2012-12, 2011), Prix Du Bourbonnais (Gr2) (2011, 2012), Prix De Bretagne (Gr2) , Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2), Prix Paul Viel (G2), Prix Ovide Moulinet (G2), Prix Kalmia (G2), Prix Pierre Plazen (G2), UET Masters Series final (Prix d'Ete)(G2), Prix d'Ete (2012), Prix Abel Bassigny (Gr2) , Prix Marcel Laurent (Gr2) (2009, 2010), Prix Jacques De Vauloge (Gr2), Prix Doynel De Saint-Quentin (Gr2), Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr2), Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) (2YO),

2nds Grand Prix d'Amerique (Gr1) 2013, Prix Gelinotte (G2), Grand Prix Du Conseil General(G2), Prix Victor Regis (G2), Prix De Paris Int (Gr1), Prix De Selection (Gr1),

3rds Prix De Belgique (G2), Prix de Bourgogne (G2).

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