French Maiden Winners Weekly (Nov. 13-19)

20 November 2017

French Maiden Winners Weekly (Nov. 13-19)


Focus on the maiden winners of the past two weeks on the France Galop racecourses, an opportunity to discover some of tomorrow's champions ...

DEEMSTER (C2), (IRE) by Invincible Spirit ex Tribune (Grand Slam)
Prix de la Croix Marquet (maiden, 2C&G, 1,400m Fibresand), November 12, Chantilly

Owner : Godolphin
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Écurie des Monceaux
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Deemster (Invincible Spirit) finished well for his debut behind Fou Rire on October 30. He was back here on Chantilly all-weather only two weeks later and did the same job, only to prevail this time, beating the pacesetter Taxman (Congrats), who couldn't keep up the whole 7 furlongs-trip and just kept his second place.

Deemster cost €320,000 at Arqana when bought as a yearling by Blandford Bloodstock. He was consigned by its breeder, the Écurie des Monceaux, was born in Ireland but imported to France early enough to be eligible to the French owners' Premiums.

His dam Tribune (Grand Slam), three times a winner on all-weatherfor trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, including the Listed-Prix Ronde de Nuit at Deauville, finished only 7th in the Prix Imprudence (Gr3), her last trial. Her first foal Buthela (Acclamation) won twice for Al Shaqab Racing and finished 2nd in the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Gr2). Deemster is the 2nd foal out of Tribune (Grand Slam) before a colt by Dark Angel bor this year.


ADHERE (F2), (IRE) by Mizzen Mast ex Turn Away (Empire Maker)
Prix de la Croix Saint-Rieul (maiden, 2F, 1,400m Fibresand), November 12, Chantilly

Owner : Khaled Abdullah
Trainer : Christiane Head-Maarek
Breeder : Juddmonte Farms
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Second to Omaha Beach for her debut at Maisons-Laffitte, the grey filly Adhere (Mizzen Mast) once again took the lead alongside Zippor (Deep Impact), whom she overtook two furlongs out to keep second placed Money Sister (Harbour Watch), a recent claim, at bay. Telepathy (Bated Breath) once again closed well in third.

Adhere is out of Turn Away (Empire Maker), a Group 2-placed in USA and the dam of 4 winners to date. She herself is a sibling to Averted View (Distant View), winner at Bordeaux for trainer Christiane Head-Maarek before being exported to Britain, where he won a Listed handicap. An other brother to Turn Away, Acerbic (Lear Fan) also won for Head-Maarek and Juddmonte…

A maiden 3yo brother to Adhere by Hard Spun has just been sold $42,000 at Keeneland.


MIND MAPPING (C2), USA by Medaglia d’Oro ex Visual Mind (Kingmambo)
Prix Bend’Or (maiden, 2C&G, 1,600m), November 17, Saint-Cloud

Owner : Godolphin
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeders : Flaxman Holdings & Ted Folkerth
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Only beaten a head on this very track by Intellogent in a long struggle, Mind Mapping (Medaglia d’Oro) was on his own this time, beating El Manifico (High Chaparral) by 6 lengths…

Bought $400,000 by John Ferguson at Keeneland, he's out of Visual Mind (Kingmambo), unplaced after 5 races for trainer Jonathan Pease. Bred by the Niarchos family, Visual Mind is a sister to Pathfork (Distorted Humor), champion 2yo of 2010 in Ireland for winning the National Stakes (Gr1). Their dam Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) is a sister to champion miler Spinning World (Nureyev)…


BEREA Main picture (F2), (FR) by Manduro ex Brailovskaya (Darshaan)
Prix Ortie Blanche (maiden, 2F, 1,600m), November 17, Saint-Cloud

Owner : Razza Dormello Olgiata
Trainer : Pascal Bary
Breeder : Razza Dormello Olgiata
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Only an also-ran for her debut at Saint-Cloud, when 7th beatend about 5 lengths by Saracène, Berea (Manduro) came back here as a favourite but looked outpaced for some time and then slightly short of room to pass along the stand's rail. She however recovered fast enough to hold off Lestilia (Intello), who had just beaten her for their common debut.

Berea won by almost a length, this time.

Bred by Razza Dormello Olgiata, the breeding of the Incisa della Rocchetta family –whose colours remind the glory days of the Tesio era, from Nearco to Ribot-, Berea was born in France but exported too early to become eligible to the Owners' Premiums. She's the latest foal out of Brailovskaya (Darshaan), the dam of minor handicap winner Breitner (Numerous).

Berea's 2nd dam however, Bessie Bennett (Be My Guest), foaled Bening (Shantou), 3rd in Milan-San Siro in Gran Premio Reppublica (Gr1) won by Altieri in 2005, and he won a Listed race too.