Prix d'Amérique
Cool-handed Franck Nivard

Teaming up with former Prix d’Amérique winners Meaulnes (2009) du Corta and Ready Cash (2011-12), Franck Nivard now drives awesome Bold Eagle. A brief look back at his career.

Cool-handed Franck Nivard

Son of trainer Jean-François Nivard, Franck Nivard was born in Avranches in 1979. Completing his apprenticeship at Graignes racing school combined with a stint at Marcel Vaudoit’s yard, he lifted the apprenticeship title in 1996. Then it was off to the great Jean-Pierre Dubois stables followed by Jean-Baptiste Bossuet’s, before bagging his first G1 triumph in the Critérium des Jeunes for Pierre-Désiré Allaire on board Nelson de Vandel. Extremely talented in both disciplines, he topped the 1,000-win mark in 2009 before reaching 2,500 victories in January 2016, just a few days ahead of his fourth Prix d’Amérique teaming up with Bold Eagle. The cool-handed rider currently boasts 24 Group I harness wins, 19 Group I mounted triumphs, notwithstanding an incredible 102 Group IIs in both disciplines. Runner-up to Champion driver Jean-Michel Bazire, he landed the jockeys’ championship in 2011. He has also held a trainer’s licence since 2006.

Franck Nivard's 43 Grade 1 wins
harness: 24
4 Prix d’Amérique (2009-2011-2012-2016)
4 Prix de France (2007-2011-2013-2016)
2 Critérium des Jeunes (2004-2011)
2 Critérium des 3 Ans (2009-2015)
2 Critérium des 5 Ans (2013-2016)
2 Prix de Sélection (2015-2016)
2 Prix de l’Atlantique (2015-2016)
1 Prix de Paris (2013)
1 Critérium Continental (2015)
1 Prix René Ballière (2014)
1 Prix de l’Étoile (2015)
1 Prix Albert Viel (2007)
1 Championnat Européen des 5 Ans (2013)
mounted: 19
5 Prix du Président de la République (2003-2010-2011-2012-2013)
4 Prix des Élites (2007-2009-2013-2015)
3 Prix d’Essai (2006-2009-2010)
3 Prix de Vincennes (2008-2009-2011)
2 Prix des Centaures (2010-2011)
1 Prix de Cornulier (2008)
1 Prix de l’Île-de-France (2012)


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