Maiden winners in May

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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 7 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.