Maiden winners in May

31 May 2019


KENWAY (C2), FRA by Galiway ex Kendam (Kendargent)

Prix Reine du Chant (2-year-old maiden, 1,300m/6 1/2f), May 31, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Le Haras de la Gousserie
Trainer: Frédéric Rossi
Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Second for his debut, only beaten a neck by Brand New Day (who since recorded a second straight win) over 4 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud, then 3rd over almost 5 furlongs at Marqeille-Borely, Kenway (Galiway) found his race over the Maisons)-Laffitte 6 1/2 furlongs straight. This time, he followed the early leader and main contender Delta Spirit (George Vancouver), and tried to pass him for the most part of the last two furlongs, only to prevail ion the last 100 yards.

Kenway was sold €56,000 to Kamel Chehboub's haras de la Gousserie at the Deauville yearlings sale. He was consigned by the Haras de la Collerie, where he was bred by Guy Pariente's holding. His dam Kendam (Kendargent) won the Prix Eclipse (Gr3) and finished 3rd in a Prix de la Forêt (Gr1). Kenway is her 2nd foal.


LES HOGUES (F2), (IRE) by Bated Breath ex Hatsepsut Queen (Peintre Célèbre)

Prix La Belle II (Unraced 2-year-old fillies, 1,200m/6f), May 27, Saint-Cloud

Owner: Gérard Augustin-Normand
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget
Breeder: Nearco Producciones
Rider: Coralie Pacaut

Held back within the field, Les Hogues (Bated Breath) was merely pushed away in the end with her 3Lbs allowance for Coralie Pacaut's ride, beating the leading Sound Machine (Pastorius) by a length, as she kept Astakida (Wootton Bassett) in.

Les Hogues is the first foal out of Hatseput Queen (Peintre Célèbre) and, just like the other maiden winner on the day, was bought by Jean-Claude Rouget at Deauville, for €30,000.

Her dam ran nine times without a win, three times in Spain, where she ended in a claimer. Her own dam Hitra (Langfuhr) finished 2nd in the Prix Yacowlef (L) for her debut -she won later on at Moulins and Marseille-Vivaux- behind Beauty Is Truth, a future Group2 winner. She also gave birth to a Listed winner over 1,600m.


SUJET LIBRE (C2), FRA by Hurricane Cat ex Tiziana (Dixie Union)

Prix Hunyade (Unraced 2-year-old colts and geldings, 1,200m/6f), May 27, Saint-Cloud

Owners: Écurie Jean-Louis Tepper & Frank A. McNulty
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget
Breeder: SAS Régnier
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

A pretty straight victory of Sujet Libre (Hurricane Cat), who eventually takes over a length on the bit, beating Barakatle (Poet’s Voice) who had already got the better of the front-running Get Set (French Navy).

Sold as Helios Béré at the V2 Arqana yearling sale for € 16,000, Sujet Libre is the first foal out of Tiziana (Dixie Union), a mare bred by Peregrine, Mrs Elisabeth Fabre's breeding operation, five times unplaced before she went to stud. She herself is out of a Canadian Listed-winner, also a sister to the sprinter Mr Greeley.

Since Sujet Libre, Tiziana gave Idéal Béré (Pedro the Great) and a third colt by WhitecliffsofDover this year.


ASTONISHED (F3), FRA by Reliable Man ex Ragazza Mio (Generous)

Prix de Verneuil (3-year-old maiden fillies, 2,000m/10f), May 26, ParisLongchamp

Owner: Fair Salinia Ltd
Trainer: Pia Brandt
Breeder: Fair Salinia Ltd
Rider: Maxime Guyon

Astonished (Reliable Man) closed in from the rear to take over about half a furlong out, and her rider Maxime Guyon had to work hard to keep her going and resist Villa Marina (Le Havre). The favourite Sabi River (Invincible Spirit), who squeezed in between horses to place her acceleration, looked threatening at one point but couldn't keep up.

The winner was bred by Fair Salinia, Sven Hanson and Carina Klingberg's label. She finally won easily, by about a length, for her 4th trial, a first at ParisLongchamp after three failures over the mile at Saint-Cloud, including one this year in a race won by the promising Shamiyla, then 5th in Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3).

Ragazza Mio (Generous), Astonished's dam, twice a winner and a Listed-placed over 10 furlongs and more, gave Gosh (Peintre Célèbre), winner of three races and also Listed-placed, on the same kind of trips. Her first foal, Don’t Stop Me Now (Zamindar), was sold € 3,000 last year at Goffs in the UK.

This is the family of Perfect Hedge (Unfuwain), a Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3) winner, and her son Called to the Bar (Henrythenavigator), and also further away, that of the famed dual purpose sire Poliglote (Sadler’s Wells), out of Astonished's 3rd dam, Alexandrie (Val de l'Orne), a winner of… the Prix Cléopâtre !

After Astonished, the mare bred Rate (Reliable Man), a 2yo colt now in training in the Czech Republic.


ZARKALLANI (C3), FRA by Invincible Spirit ex Zarkava (Zamindar))

Prix de Viroflay (3-year-old maiden colts and geldings, 2,000m), May 26, ParisLongchamp

Owner: S. A. Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: Haras de S. A. Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Beaten by a head for his debut and by a neck his second time out, Zarkallani (Invincible Spirit) never had to fight this time, coming from last to first in the open, away from the other runners, and beating Bliss For Ever (Slickly) and Arise (Makfi) by four and six lengths.

Zarkallani is (already!) the 7th foal out of the great Zarkava (Zamindar), who left racing to stud unbeaten after her Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) 2008 win. He's a brother to Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud-winner Zarak (Dubawi) and to Prix Vermeille (Gr1)-third Zarkamiya (Frankel). His 2yo Siyouni sister is in training with Alain de Royer Dupré, and a Sea the Stars colt was born in 2018.


DIYANI (G3), FRA by Rock of Gibraltar ex Dilafara (Singspiel)

Prix du Musée Carnavalet (Maiden 3yo colts & geldings, 1,600m/1m), May 24, ParisLongchamp

Owner: S. A. Aga Khan
Trainer: Mikel Delzangles
Breeder: Haras de S. A. Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Only beaten by a head for his Chantilly debut 4 weeks earlier, the gelding Diyani (Rock of Gibraltar) led that day and ended up more outpaced that outclassed. This time, however, he was bumped at the start and lost his place so whether he wanted that to happen or not, Soumillon had to wait in the back of the field this time. In the last straight, Diyani came back in good at the centre of the course and took over Bleu Marine (Dark Angel), placed for the third time but still yearning for a first win.

Diyani is out of Dilafara (Singspiel), a Chantilly winner over 1m4f after two trials in the Provinces. Diyouni is her second foal after Diyala (Redoute’s Choice), sold € 15,000 in February at Deauville to agent Paul Nataf when still unraced. She has won a minor handicap since then for owner Hugues Rousseau. Dilafara went on with a Dream Ahead filly now 2 and also in training with Mikel Delzangles.

Dilafara is out of Diamilina (Linamix), a mare bred by Jean-Luc Lagardère and a Prix de Malleret (Gr2) and Prix de la Nonette (Gr3) winner, also 2nd in the Prix Vermeille (Gr1). She is Irish Derby and Leger winner Capri (Galileo)'s second dam.


ETERNAL SUMMER (F3), FRA by Sommerabend ex Evening Breeze (Surumu)

Prix du Musée Rodin (Maiden 3yo fillies, 1,600m/1m), May 24, ParisLongchamp

Owner: Gestüt Schlenderhan
Trainer: Jean-Pierre Carvalho
Breeder: Stall Ullmann
Rider: Théo Bachelot

Eternal Summer (Sommerabend) set the pace and held on at 59/1 to deny Dragoness (Frankel), who came from the depths of the field to finish like a train, just a short head too late to win.

Bred by Stall Ullmann, that is Corinna von Ullmann, within the historic German stud farm Gestüt Schlenderhan, and trained there by ex-French jockey Jean-Pierre Carvalho, Eternal Summer finished second last last time out in Cologne in the Schwarzgold-Rennen (Gr3), over the mile, but with a troubled trip early on (the winner Axana, however, won easily by almost three lengths and is the favourite of the German 1,000 Guineas on Sunday). Before that, Eternal Summer had only raced in France: fifth for her debut at 2 at Clairefontaine, then 4th on April 2nd in a 7 furlongs maiden race at Maisons-Laffitte, which she led before fading in 4th, over three lengths behind the 3rd.

Eternal Summer is out of the German Listed winner Eternal Breeze (Surumu), dam of a few black-type performers. The dam is a sister to the Gr1 winning globe trotter Epalo (Lando) and of the Prix Corrida (Gr2) winner Elopa (Tiger Hill).

To learn more about the pedigree, check out this sister to Eternal Summer by Adlerflug (In The Wings) unsold, unraced and barren, € 25,000 € at Goffs Ireland in February.


GOLDEN BOX (F3), USA by Kitten’s Joy ex Gold Round (Caerleon)

Prix Mirska (3-year-old maiden fillies, 2,400m/1m4f), May 21, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: LNJ Foxwoods
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Third for her debut in March over the mile at Saint-Cloud, Golden Box (Kitten's Joy) was beaten four lengths by subsequent French 1,000 winner Castle Lady. On the other hand, she also beat Villalar (Whipper), a sister to Group 1 winner Recoletos who has since won a class 2 race over the mile.

This time, in the pouring rain, Golden Box came from the back of the field to take one length on Fedya (Mastercraftsman), who had taken over the other fillies.

Golden Box's pedigree is sensational. Her dam Gold Round (Caerleon), a winner of the Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3) won by Etoile on Monday at Saint-Cloud, also won the Prix des Sablonnets (L) at two at Nantes, beating the future American ace Starine. Third in the Prix de la Grotte (Gr3) for her return at 3, Gold Round failed in the Epsom Oaks (Gr1) after her Cléopatre win and more again in the Prix Hubert de Chaudenay (Gr2) at the end of her last season.

She was sold € 520,000 some twelve years later by the Wertheimers, in foal to Dalakhani, a mating that gave the French-bred Golden Valentine (Dalakhani), winner of the Prix Minerve (Gr3), a race that Alain Royer Dupré, trainer of Golden Box, pinpointed for the chestnut filly!

Gold Round, who gave another Kitten's Joy filly now 2 and a Tapit filly since, had by then already given Goldwaki (Dalakhani), a Prix du Lys (Gr3) winner. But what has undoubtedly given him the most value is that Gold Round is a sister to the champion miler Goldikova (Anabaa), Galikova (Galileo) and the young promising sire Anodin (Anabaa).


RAYAPOUR (C3), FRA by Mastercraftsman ex Radiyya (Sinndar)

Prix Goodly (3-year-old maiden colts & geldings, 2,400m/1m4f), May 21, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: S. A. Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: Haras de S. A. Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Fifth for his debut at 2 over 9 furlongs, then 2nd for his comeback this year over one mile and a half behind a colt who went on to finish 3rd in the Prix de l’Avre (L), and finally 4th in Chantilly on the same classic distance, Rayapour (Mastercraftsman) finally won here, holding off Youmna (French Fifteen), second here for the third time running.

The Aga Khan homebred won by two lengths, however, while the front-running Salmon Please (Rajsaman) stayed on 3rd at three lengths. A very soft course can contribute to these wide margins.

Rayapour's career so far reminds us of his elder brother Reshoun (Shamardal)'s. Now 5, he was sold € 85,000 at Arqana Summer sale at the age of 3 but had won first time out at Angoulème over 11 furlongs. He had gone on to Maisons-Laffitte to finish 5th in a class 2 race over an extended mile and a half trip. He finally raced 2nd at Saint-Cloud, beating amongst others the 5th placed Paul’s Saga, who recently won one of the most valuable hurdling handicaps of Auteuil!

Since then, however, Reshoun was sold to Britain and is now in training with Ian Williams. He's a regular feature in long distance handicaps.

Their eldest brother Rashkani (Pivotal) took the 3rd place in the Prix Lord Seymour (L) in April of 2018 for trainer Isabelle Gallorini, who gave him an excellent career in handicaps for Gold and Blue Ltd. He failed to go further after that and is now racing in Corsica. He'd left the Aga Khan stables after his debut (6th) when sold for € 8,000 at the Arqana Summer Sale.

Their dam Radiyya (Sinndar) was also sold € 60,000 at the Arqana Breeding sale last December to Shadai Farm, in Japan. She's only won once at Deauville, at 3 in December over the AWT and one mile and a half. Yet she finished six times either 2nd, 3rd or 4th before, and she's a sister to the good French-based sire Rajsaman (Linamix), and to Rosawa (Linamix), dam of Rosanara (Sinndar), winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1) at 2 and a Prix de Diane (Gr1) second the next season…

The mating that gave Rosanara also gave Radiyya, like her by Sinndar, a Derby and Arc winner recently deceased.

Sold in foal to The Gurkha, Radiyya had in between given Riyana (Dawn Approach), now 2 and in training with Alain de Royer Dupré.

Main entries : QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1), Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1)


HURRICANE IVOR (C2), IRE by Ivawood ex Quickstep Queen (Royal Applause)

Prix d’Orgemont (Unraced 2-year-old colts and geldings, 1,000m/5f), May 17, Chantilly

Owner: Fiona Jean Carmichael
Trainer: Fabrice Chappet
Breeders: P & J McLougneys
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot 

The apparent winner from start to finish, Hurricane Ivor (Ivawood) won by 7 1/2 lengths without being extended, and he should get some black-type sooner than later. Owned by Fiona Carmichael, he was purchased as a weanling at Tattersalls for £ 105,000. There is a lot of speed in his pedigree. His dam Quickstep Queen (Royal Applause) did not race, but she's out of a sister to the excellent sprinter Mirza (Oasis Dream), winner of a Prix du Petit Couvert (Gr3), as his dam Millyant (Primo Dominie) before him.

There is no trace of another foal from Quickstep Queen except a 3yo Vale of York colt who hasn't raced yet.


KENLOVA (F2), FRA by Kendargent ex Ice Love (Three Valleys)

Prix de la Reine Blanche (Unraced 2-year-old fillies, 1,000m5f), May 17, Chantilly

Owners: LG Bloodstock & Guy Pariente
Trainer: Pascal Bary
Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

With her 8 draw, Kenlova (Kendargent) had to stay along the field towards the middle of the Chantilly straight course and she moved on about two furlongs out to score handily by a good length over Jitinga (Charm Spirit), who finished well in between horses, while the favourite Azenora (Rock of Gibraltar) finished well in fifth.

Kenlova made € 60 000 € at the Arqana yearling sales, where her trainer Pascal Bary spotted her. The filly's breeder Guy Pariente had consigned her with his Haras de Colleville, and he kept a share since he shares her with LG Bloodstock, that is Gérard Laboureau.

Kenlova is the first foal out of Ice Love (Three Valleys), winner of five races including the Prix Ronde de Nuit (L) on Chantilly's all-weather track, and then failed in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000, Gr1). Claimed by Guy Pariente at Cagnes-sur-mer about 18 months later, she was immediately boarded to stud and gave Kenlova the following year, then another Kendargent filly and a Goken filly this term.


EDISA (F3), USA by Kitten’s Joy ex Ebiyza (Rock of Gibraltar)

Prix Nobiliary (Maiden 3yo fillies, 2,100m/10 1/2f), May 15, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: S.A. Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: S.A. Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Third for her debut last year and 8th for her come back this season at 3 in a hot maile maiden, Edisa (Kitten’s Joy) finally found her race over an extended ten furlongs-trip. The Aga Khan American-bred followed the front runners by the rail, came by about two out and proceeded on her own to score by 3/4 and two lengths respectively over Hawkamah (New Approach) and Villa Marina (Le Havre).

Ebiyza (Rock of Gibraltar), Edisa's dam, is a Prix de Royallieu (Gr2) winner whose second dam Ebadiyla (Sadler’s Wells) is an Irish Oaks (Gr1) winner. After Edisa, her first foal, she gave Ebaiyra (Distorted Humor) and a More Than Ready filly, both from US sires.


ARAMHES (C3), FRA by Kendargent ex Anjella (Monsun)

Prix Empery (3yo Maiden Colts & geldings, 2,100m/10 1/2f), May 15, Maisons-Laffitte

Owners: Écurie Dimongo, Christophe German, Marie-Claire Lefebvre, Vincent Guillebert & Carla O’Halloran
Trainer: Carla O’Halloran
Breeder: Haras de la Pérelle
Rider: Fabien Lefebvre

A good display from Arahmes (Kendargent), who came by handily in the last furlong to take over two lengths on the field and pass the post on the bit. Trained by Carla O’Halloran, he found only Prix du Lys (Gr3) entry Montabot to bar him from a successful debut in the Juigne at parisLOngchamp, racing very green on that occasion.

Aramhes cost only € 11,000 as a yearling at Arqana October sale, and his dam Anjella (Monsun) had been sold too a year earlier, barren, for € 13,000 €, to Michel Larobe.

Bred by Gestüt Schlenderhan, winner in Germany and a Group3-placed there, Anjella is a sister to a Listed-winner there form the same family than the one of the German classic winner Aviso (Tertullian).

The mare also gave Stable Genius (Siyouni), a Prix La Force (Gr3) 3rd exported to Hong Kong. After Arahmes, she gave her new owner a Bated Breath filly named Impulsion d’Allier, born in 2018.

Main entry: QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1)


ALKAID (G2), FRA by Sommerabend ex Mahyara (Lomitas)

Prix Illinois II (Maiden 2yos, 1,100m/5 1/2f), May 15, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Scuderia Allevamento il Quattrifoglio
Trainer: Giancarlo Bietolini
Breeders: Thousand Dreams & Thierry Grandsir
Rider: Stéphane Pasquier

Fast on the front line, Alkaid (Sommerabend) never faded and went away, in the end, to win by almost a length, convincingly, after this extended 5-furlong straight trip. Representing Scuderia Allevamento Il Quattrifoglio, he was racing for the 2nd time three weeks after a 3rd place on that same straight.

Consigned by Haras des Embruns (Marie Illegems) in September at the Osarus sale, Alkaid was sold €17,000.

A winner at Nort-sur-Erdre in the West for owner Thierry Grandsir, Mahyara (Lomitas), Alkaid's dam, foaled six winners out of 8 horses of racing age. Before Alkaid, she also gave a Sommerabend filly.


DREAM LIFE (F3), FRA by Authorized ex Tender Night (Elusive Quality)

Prix Dagor (Maiden 3yos, 1,200m/6f), May 15, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Écurie Victoria Dreams
Trainer: Jean-Philippe Dubois
Breeder:  Jean-Philippe Dubois
Rider: Vincent Cheminaud

Twice 2nd in 4 races at two last year, and noticed last time out when 5th for her seasonal bow on this very course, Dream Life (Authorized) won easily this time, sneaking inside the front runner to Alkawthar (Data Link), finally 2nd at more than three lengths.

Her dam Tender Night (Elusive Quality) went to stud a maiden, however, and Dream Life is her second foal after Tender Winner (Alex the Winner), a winner over hurdles at Auteuil. The dam herself is out of Rapid Transaction (AP Indy), whose own dam is Smolensk (Danzig), a Prix d’Astarté (Gr2 -now Prix Rothschild, Gr1) winner from a prolific American family which also gave Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and Thewayyouare (Kingmambo).

The great mare Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister), sold for a record $14m atFasig-Tipton in 2008, is also from this family...


PELLIGRINA (F3), (IRE) by Soldier Hollow ex Pearls or Passion (Monsun)

Prix Producer (Unraced 3-year-old fillies, 2 100m / 10 1/2f), May 13, Saint-Cloud

Owner: H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeder: Al Shahania Stud
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Moved forward early outside the leaders, Pelligrina (Soldier Hollow) made the difference going into the last straight. She stayed on, leaving Bergamasque (Sea the Stars), who looked outpaced after trailing the winner, take the second place in front of Starifique (Sea The Stars), always well placed, and Restless (Le Havre), also outpaced early on but quite pleasing in the end.

A Listed winner in Toulouse for her 6C Racing breeder, Pearls Or Passion (Monsun), Pelligrina's dam is a daughter of the champion mare Pearly Shells (Efisio), winner of the Prix Vermeille (Gr1). She was bought £ 600,000 at Tattersalls in England and gave four foals of which this is the second after an unraced son of Shamardal, and before a Teofilo filly and a by Soldier Hollow colt.

Main entry : Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1).


VERIMLI (G3), FRA by Born to Sea ex Verriya (Zamindar)

Prix Mississipian (Unraced 3-year-old colts & geldings, 2,100m/10 1/2f), May 13, Saint-Cloud

Owner: Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

Initially entered in the Derby but gelded since November, Verimli (Born to Sea) was held back after a good start to being kept in behind the leader by the rail. Slowly moved out, he took over with about 300 yards to go and went away smoothly to score by two and a half lengths. Always there in 4th position, Homer (Sea the Stars) stayed on to keep the second place while Daralimi (Siyouni), who came from the back of the field, fought on with Pamalican (Invincible Spirit), narrowed him for the 3rd place.

Verimli is the first foal out of the unraced Verriya (Zamindar), who later gave a Mastercraftsman colt and a Mukhadram filly. She was, however, sold € 21,000 at the Arqana breeding sale in 2017. She's a sister to Verema (Barathea), a winner of the Prix Maurice de Nieuil (Gr2) and Prix Kergorlay (Gr2) over the longer distances. Their dam Vermentina (Darshaan), also unraced, is out of the Prix de Diane (Gr1) winner Vereva (Kahyasi), a sister to the sire Valanour (Lomond).


WASMYA (F3), FRA by Toronado ex Lamorlaye (Danehill Dancer)

Prix Balbonella (Maiden 3-year-old fillies, 1,400m/7f), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer:  Francis-Henri Graffard
Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Wasmya (Toronado) had finished 5th for her debut at Chantilly two weeks before this, and she prevailed with style here. Soon in the lead, she outstayed all her challengers, starting with the beginner Zazen (Oasis Dream), who faded in the last 100 yards after a nice acceleration about two furlongs out. The latter finished three lengths off the winner, a short neck in front of a pleasing Testa (Acclamation), and Smart Lady (Makfi), who has recovered well after taking a short breath.

Waslya is the second foal out of Lamorlaye (Danehill Dancer), after Talbah (Style Vendome), third in the Prix Imprudence (Gr3) last year. An Olympic Glory filly was born in 2018, then a Toronado colt on February 7 this year. Lamorlaye won once at Craon, but her dam, Love to Dance (Sadler's Wells), was a Group 2 winner in Ireland, and a sister to three Group 1 winners: The Irish Derby and Arc winner Dylan Thomas (Danehill), One Thousand Guineas winner Homecoming Queen (Holy Roman Emperor) and the winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes, Queen's Logic (Grand Lodge).

Main entry : Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1)


PROTÉGÉ (C3), IRE by Galileo ex Air Wave (Air Express)

Prix Kashmir II (Unraced 3-year-old colts and geldings, 1,600m/1m), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte

Owners: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeders: Liberty Bloodstock
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Having trailed the front-running Stratérique (Dunkerque), the mutuel favourite Protégé (Galileo) took over inside while Sultanpour (Pivotal) was moving forward in the middle, with the gelding Yssingeaux (Dabirsim) closing in by the stands' rail. Eventually, Protégé won by a neck, ears pricked, beating a resolute although green Yssingeaux. Stratérique stayed on to finish third at one length, in front of Sultanpour.

Protégé is out of the champion sprinter Airwave (Air Express), a Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1) winner who joined the speed colony in her later years in Britain. She was sold £ 550,000 to Coolmore as a maiden mare. She has foaled a few Group performers but above all the mare Meow (Storm Cat), 2nd in the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2) at Royal Ascot and dam of the classic miler Churchill (Galileo), winner of the Dewhurst Stakes, the National Stakes, the Newmarket and the Irish Two Thousand Guineas.

After Protégé, Airwave gave birth to her 6th consecutive Galileo foal, a colt named Kells, now 2.

Main entry : Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).


BOWLED OVER (F3), (IRE) by Kingman ex Spin (Galileo)

Prix Praline (Unraced 3-year-old fillies, 1,600m/1m), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer:  Francis-Henri Graffard
Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Always in the lead against the stands rail, Bowled Over (Kingman) easily prevailed, leaving Sabi River (Invincible Spirit) chasing in vain at one length. The filed came two lengths down along with Palomba (Lope de Vega), who had tried to shadow the eventual winner and stayed on well.

Bowled Over's dam, Spin (Galileo), cost € 850,000 at the Arana 2012 December sale. Listed-placed for the Magniers et al., she'd never given a winner before this filly. Bowled Over's older brother Sumsam (Makfi), still unraced to this day, was sold € 6,000 to the French trainer Gaby Leenders in July. He's entered over hurdles in the next few days.

Spin's second dam is none other than Featherhill (Lyphard), a mare bred by Guy de Rothschild who gave the champion Groom Dancer, but also Featherquest, dam of Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Plumania and second dam to classic winner Falco amongst other Wertheimer-bred Group performers.

After Bowled Over, a Kingman colt and an Olympic Glory colts have followed.


KILOECHO (C3), FRA by Whipper ex Ammia (Medicean)

Prix Good Luck (Maiden 3-year-old colts & geldings, 1,400m/7f), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner: Jean-Vincent Toux
Trainer: Jean-Vincent Toux
Breeders: Jean-Vincent Toux & Florence Lecot
Rider: Ioritz Mendizabal

Kiloecho (Whipper) started well and trailed the leader of the middle group Asterios (Maxios), took over in the last furlong and won with ease. Leader of the stands' side group, Vulcanus (Mukhadram) stayed on in 3rd after throwing a short-lived challenge.

Kiloecho had raced pretty well for his seasonal return, even though the three horses that beat him that day failed since.

Ammia (Medicean), Kiloecho's dam, is a winner at Croisé-Laroche near Lille for her breeder Leonidas Marinopoulos. She was sold € 9,000 at the Arqana Breeding sale in 2014, in foal to French Fifteen. Her 2nd dam is a sister to the good horses Maxios, Loxias et Krataios. The colt born after that, Teckwin, won the Qatar Prix Kistena (L) and was sold to Hong Kong, where he also won. After Kiloecho, a Slickly filly was born and is now in training with Jean-Vincent Toux, followed by a French Fifteen filly.


SAN HUBERTO (C3), (IRE) by Speightstown ex Sediciosa (Rail Link)

Prix Youth (Maiden 3yo colts & geldings, 2,100m/10 1/2f) , May 7, Saint-Cloud

Owners: Maurice Lagasse, Riviera Equine, Fabrice Chappet, Nicolas de Chambure & Hubert Guy
Trainer: Fabrice Chappet
Breeder: Gestüt Zur Kuste
Rider: Tony Piccone

Fast in front by Son of Normandy (Galileo), who tried to flee after the bend, San Huberto (Speightstown) took a little time to get him but he finally won easily and passed the post almost two lengths ahead. Monty Saga (Toni Blue) was driven to third place over a length behind after waiting within the field by the rail. The fourth-placed Savoir Aimer (Authorized) looked quite keen early in the straight as she was looking for a gap, but she made no impression eventually and finished only fourth.

Entered in the Juddmonte Grand Prix of Paris (Gr1), San Huberto started his campaign with a third place on the Chantilly all-weather track 24 days before this second race. He's the second foal out of Sediciosa (Rail Link), winner of the Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) and placed in several Groups 2 and 3 for Maurice Lagasse, her breeder, who also bred her dam Sédicieuse (Night Shift). San Huberto has been sold at Deauville for € 70,000 to agent Hubert Guy, still associated with Lagasse et al. San Huberto was indeed unsold at the 2018 breeze-up sale.

Sediciosa also gave an Invincible Spirit filly, who was bought at the yearling sales and was declared in training with Yann Barberot for Lagasse. A filly by Almanzor was born this year as early as January 25th!

Main entry : Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1)


MOONOON (F3), FRA by Sea the Moon ex Cloon (Lure)

Prix Gazala (Maiden 3yo fillies, 2,100m/10 1/2f), May 7, Saint-Cloud

Owner: Écurie Normandie Pur-sang
Trainer: Christophe Ferland
Breeders: Hubert Honoré & Tomas Schweizer
Rider: Julien Augé

Second at Tarbes for her debut, Moonoon (Sea the Moon) was patiently ridden here and she sneaked in by the rail to take over the leading Queen (Kingman) and then keep a short neck on the consistent Subridere (Intello), who also took a nose on Queen and Guardian Fey (Soldier Hollow), who came by in the same stride.

Moonoon was paid € 16,000 as a yearling in Deauville by her owner Normandie Pur-Sang. Her dam Cloon (Lure) won the Prix de la Seine (L) and failed at Gr3 level after that. She gave eight foals, including six winners, but no black-type.

Main entry : Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1)


COMMANDER (C2), FRA by War Command ex Dance Toupie (Dansili)

Prix Kefalin (Unraced 2yos, 1,200m/6f), May 7, Saint-Cloud

Owners: Antoine Gilibert, Benoît Chalmel & Fabrice Chappet
Trainers: Fabrice Chappet
Breeders: Mathieu Daguzan-Garros & Bihari Babulal Modi
Rider: Thomas Trullier

Ridden early by apprentice jockey Thomas Trullier to come by the leader before the only turn, Commander (War Command) went by La Reine Catherine (Medicean) and put her under pressure early on. As her rival was beginning to fade, she went on and was driven to the post, holding off Musetta (Dark Angel), beaten a half-length. Lady of Devil (American Devil) and Rouge Terre (Siyouni) finished well behind them.

Commander cost € 35,000 to agent Hubert Guy at Arqana last August. Her dam only raced once but gave three foals before Commander, including Dave (Wootton Bassett), a recent 3rd in the Prix de Suresnes (L) after a convincing maiden win. A Dabirsim filly was born in 2018. Toupie (Intikhab), Commander's 2nd dam, was 2nd in the French 1,000 Guineas (Gr1).


ZENAGH (F3), USA by Mizzen Mast ex Stormica (Storm Cat)

Prix de Brichebay (3yo maiden, 1,200m/6f), May 6, Chantilly

Owners: Wertheimer & Frère
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeders: Wertheimer & Frère
Rider: Maxime Guyon

Twice a second at two over 7 furlongs to fillies who were both placed at Gr3 level this season, Zenagh (Mizzen Mast) was coming back here, and she timed her effort well, leaving the leaders to fight each other before moving about two furlongs out. She was shadowed by Grace Spirit (Invincible Spirit), who'd waited behind and loomed dangerously by the end only to fail by a nose.

The leading Tencaratrubieslace (Siyouni) came third over four lengths behind.

Zenagh's dam Stormica (Storm Cat) finished three times 3rd in French Listed events for the Wertheimers. Her own dam Lovlier Linda (Vigors) had won ten races including a Group 1 in the USA. Stormica made $ 600,000 at Keeneland as a weanling, but was unsold only $ 9,500 two years ago, in foal to English Channel. A Candy Ride colt named Kanderel, born in 2017 is working out at the moment at Santa Anita for the Wertheimers.

Main entries: The Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Gr1), Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1), Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1).


BURNING VICTORY (F3), FRA by Nathaniel ex M’Oubliez Pas (El Corredor)

Prix de la Calèche des Impératrices (3yo maiden fillies, 2,400m/1m4f), May 2nd, Chantilly

Owner: Écurie Jean-Louis Bouchard
Trainer: Stéphane Wattel
Breeders: Haras d’Étreham et Riviera Equine
Rider: Théo Bachelot

Fifth for her debut over Deauville's PSF in December, Burning Victory (Nathaniel) finished 3rd in March over 11 furlongs and then 2nd, beaten a short neck by the regally bred Je Ne Regretterien at Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half, the same distance than here. She had to go and reach the front-running Frame (Maxios), who had taken up to ten lengths to the field going into the last straight. Burning Victory was up to the task though, and she won by three lengths while Frame stayed on for second, over six lengths ahead of Vera Blue (Intello).

Burning Victory was purchased € 80,000 € at the Arqana yearlings sales by Chantilly Bloodstock (Gérard Larrieu). Her dam M’Oubliez Pas (El Corredor), a winner, was also listed-placed at Le Bouscat for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. Burning Victory is her 5th foal and her 4th winner.

M’Oubliez is out of Manureva (Nureyev). Her 2nd dam is the Gr1 winning and producer Maximova (Green Dancer).

Burning Victory's Wootton Bassett 2-year-old sister is in training with Gavin Hernon. A Scissor Kick filly was born last year.


MILESTONE (C3), FRA by Mastercraftsman ex Mission Secrète (Galileo)

Prix de la Berline du Duc de Bourbon (3yo maiden colts and geldings, 2,400m/1m4f), May 2nd, Chantilly

Owner: Ballymore Thoroughbred
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeder: Dayton Investments
Rider: Augustin Madamet

13th for his debut last season, then 2nd for his comeback at Nancy over ten furlongs with the allowance of his apprentice Augustin Madamet, back here on the saddle, Milestone (Mastercraftsman) was running for the first time over 1m4f. Yet he showed he had some stamina as he bravely held off Youmna (French Fifteen), who zeroed on him after needing some time to drag himself out of the field. Youmna finished seven lengths second for his debut to Motamarris, a winner on Sunday at ParisLongchamp of a good Class 2 race.

Milestone is the 5th foal out of Mission Secrète (Galileo), who also ran for the Wildensteins and went to stud without a win maiden. She herself is out of the good mare Miss Tahiti (Tirol), winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1) and placed in the Saint-Alary, the Prix de Diane and the Prix Vermeille… She's a sister to Miss France (Dansili), a One Thousand Guineas (Gr1) winner.

Mission Secrète also gave Mask of Time (Holy Roman Emperor), a Derby du Midi (L) winner, and a Le Havre colt sold € 37,000 to trainer Carina Fey last year at Deauville, and then a Siyouni filly born in 2018.


BOARDMAN (C3), GB by Kingman ex Nimble Thimble (Mizzen Mast)

Prix Brûleur (3yo maiden colts and geldings, 1,600m/1m), May 1st, Saint-Cloud

Owner: Khalid Abdullah
Trainer: Pascal Bary
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Sixth for his debut in July last season at Deauville, in a 6f-Prix de Tancarville which hasn't revealed anything special, Boardman (Kingman) finished second -beaten six lengths though!- to classic contender Persian King in September over the mile. He was coming back in this 14-runners strong lot over the same distance.

He showed some resilience, all the same, beating the favourite Zarkallani (Invincible Spirit), 2nd again three weeks after his debut three weeks earlier. Out of the champion mare Zarkava, Zarkallani had had to oblige again after showing some potential before the dogfight began for good, even though he kept his nose down to beat Air Dance (So You Think) for the 2nd place.

Boardman is in The Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr1) and the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1).

Boardman's dam Nimble Thimble (Mizzen Mast) won once over the Polytrack at Wolverhampton for Abdullah. She's a sister to the outstanding juvenile Three Valleys (Diesis), and her dam Skiable (Niniski) is a sister to the great mare Hasili (Kahyasi), dam of Dansili (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Intercontinental (Danehill) and Champs Elysees (Danehill)…


SHAMIYLA (F3), FRA by Kingman ex Shamakiya (Intikhab)

Prix de Basse Pointe (Maiden 3yo fillies, 1,600m/1m), May 1st, Saint-Cloud

Owner: S. A. Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: S. A. Aga Khan
Rider: Christophe Soumillon

One of the two beginners at the start of this race gathering ten maiden fillies, Shamiyla (Kingman) was a class above the field, and she took over her rivals in a matter of strides to score on the bit by two lengths. The 2nd-placed Wishfully (Invincible Spirit), who was already unlucky to meet the promising Siyarafina for her debut, fell again against an Aga Khan-bred filly.

However, Wishfully never gave the impression that she could prevail this time as she had a hard time holding off Love the Sea (Sea the Moon) to keep the second place.

Shamiyla is out of Shamakiya (Intikhab), placed in the Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) and Malleret (Gr2) before winning the Prix Thiberville (L), also over 2,400 meters/1m4f.

At stud, she then gave Shamkala (Pivotal), winner of the Prix Cleopatre (Gr3) and fourth in the Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1). She recently gave a 2-year-old filly by Dawn Approach who is not in training so far and a Golden Horn filly. She is herself a daughter of Shamadara (Darshaan), another winner of the Prix Malleret (Gr2) and second in the Irish Oaks (Gr1). Shamiyla's third dam is a sister to Shergar, winner of the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the King George in 1981.