French Maiden Winners Weekly (Oct 31)

6 November 2017

French Maiden Winners Weekly (Oct 31)


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

WIND CHIMES (F2), (GB) by Mastercraftsman ex Militante (Johannesburg)
Prix de la Chapelle Saint-Pierre (Unraced 2yos, 1,300m AWT), October 30, Chantilly

Owners : Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Écurie des Monceaux
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Fast along a pacesetting Yaalail (Intello), eventually 7th here, the grey filly Wind Chimes (Mastercraftsman) didn't seem to care much for her 11 rivals as she won by 3 1/2 lengths.

Bought €130,000 by Broadhurst Agency (Laurent Benoît) at the August Arqana sales, she's out of Militante (Johannesburg), also a winner for her debut but at Compiegne for trainer Yves de Nicolaÿ and owner Écurie des Monceaux and then 3rd in the Prix Six Perfections (L), in July at 2, but she never repeated that later on, and didn't race after that first juvenile season.

Wind Chimes is her 3rd foal, after Golden Fastnet (Fastnet Rock), a Listed-third and twice a winner for owner Sutong Pan and trainer Pascal Bary –she was exported to Australia since.

Wind Chimes's younger sister by Intello was bought €40,000 € by Écurie Joséphine Soudan last August at Arqana. She's called Montauban.


TOUJOURS (F2, picture above), FRA by Galileo ex Quetsche (Gone West)
Prix de la Plaisanterie (2F maiden, 1,800m Turf), October 31, Chantilly

Owners : Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, Mayfair Speculators & Derrick Smith
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Écurie des Monceaux
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Two unraced fillies trained by André Fabre filled the exacta in this 14-strong maiden. Fast out of the gate, Toujours (Galileo) went past the leaders two furlongs out and was soon challenged by Godolphin's Zendia (New Approach), but she responede very well, without apparent struggle and scored handily.

Toujous was bought for €650,000 € at the Arqana Augst sales. Being by Galileo, she was always going to be popular. Her dam also, as Quetsche (Gone West) won the Prix Caravelle (L) at Toulouse and then the Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) at Chantilly for Écurie des Monceaux and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. She herself had cost $450,000 at Keeneland. With toujours's sale, Quetsche's offpsring made a combiend €1.365m at Arqana since 2012.

One again, it is the story of a German champion mare managed by the écurie des Monceaux. Que Belle (Seattle Dancer), Quetsche's dam, won both the German One Thousand Guineas (Gr2) and Preis der Diana (Gr2) before finishing 2nd to Astarabad in the Prix Ganay (Gr1). Before Quetsche, she also gave birth to Prix La Rochette (Gr3) winner Osidy (Storm Cat), exported to the States where he did well, winning a few Gr3s.


GLOCKENSPIEL (C2), IRE by Teofilo ex Morning Bell (Monsun)
Prix des Aigles (2C&G maiden, 1,800m Turf), October 31, Chantilly

Owner : Godolphin
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Godolphin
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Colts with experience did well in the male version of Toujours' race. Although he didn't start well, favourite Glockenspiel (Teofilo) loomed two furlongs out as Sandyssime (Camelot), checked in the back of the pack earlier along the rail but pretty lucky in running later, was taking the lead. Glockenspiel seemed to struggle a bit for a while but he finally got his senses right and finally got the better of his rival.

Dragon (Planteur) finished like a train to pip Assiro (Declaration of War) for third place.

Glockenspiel ran pretty much the same way for his debut when third to Near Gold (Dansili), who was favourite of the abandoned Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Gr1), closer to Blue Link (Air Chief Marshall), 6th afterwards in a Listed event.

The winner is out of the unraced Morning Bell (Monsun), a daughter of Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1) winner Nadia (Nashwan), hence the sister of six winners, none as good as the dam, so far.