Maiden winners in June

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MISTER NINO (C3), FRA by Magician ex Desideria (Desert Party)

Prix du Marché aux Fleurs (Maiden 3yo colts and geldings, 2,400m/1m4f), June 3, ParisLongchamp

Owner : Paul Nataf
Trainer : Jean-Marie Béguigné
Breeder : SAGL Seserve
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Sixth for his debut at 2 over 9 furlongs at Fontainebleau, Mister Nino (Magician) inexorably got closer to victory with every run this year. He finished fourth for his comeback, over 1m4f, then third on the same distance in Chantilly before concluding here at ParisLongchamp with a commanding pillar to post win.

Like Bergamasque, the colt owned by bloodstock agent Paul Nataf went on on the bridle with over a length to spare over Poet’s Quest (Poet’s Voice), who ran by him most of the way.

Mister Nino went three times on the ring: at Deauville as a yearling, at Tattersalls at the breeze-up sale, and again at Arqana in July 2018. First he was sold € 28,000 to Ardglas Stables, who had to buy it back at Newmarket. Then he was purchased at Deauville for € 30,000 by Paul Nataf.

Mister Nino is the first foal out of the US maiden mare Desideria (Desert Party), whose dam was a Listed winner across the Atlantic. It seems that she has been exported to Turkey.


BERGAMASQUE (F3), IRE by Sea the Stars ex Tereschenko (Giant’s Causeway)

Prix de l’Allée des Cygnes (Maiden 3yo fillies, 2,400m/1m4f), June 3, ParisLongchamp

Owner : Al Asayl France
Trainer : Francis Graffard
Breeder : Al Asayl Bloodstock
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

A pleasant second less than two lengths behind Pelligrina(Soldier Hollow) for her debut, three weeks earlier at Saint-Cloud over an extended mile and a quarter, Bergamasque(Sea the Stars) received a welcome update on the eve on this second trial when Pelligrina won the Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) on French derby day!

Fast in the lead this time, she was never under pressure and won by two lengths without much effort, Sister Midnight (Dark Angel) finishing second in front of Donizzeta(Motivator).

Bergamasque was bred by Al Asayl, the stable and stud of the UAE’s president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nayan. Her dam Tereschenko (Giant’s Causeway) ran only once and failed, but she is a sister of the sire Fasliyev (Nureyev), form the family of champion mare Misty for Me (Galileo), Group 1 winner and dam of Group 1 winners. Also in this family is the champion sprinter Les Arcs (Arch). The best thoroughbreds of this family won at 2, and over 1,600 meters at an older age.

In any case, it sounded like a good idea to keep the maiden Tereschenko at stud. She first gave Fibonacci (Galileo), bred by Al Asayl, who had bought the dam from Coolmore. He followed the same path as The Revenant from Hugo Palmer in England to Francis Graffard’s stable in Chantilly. Fibonacci had won at Haydock, and he won in France at Pin-au-Haras before being resold to Great Britain. Then Tereschenko gave the filly Dieulefit(Oasis Dream), which couldn’t win and was sold for £ 5,000 last July at Tattersalls.

Bergamasque is her third foal. She then gave a Battle of Marengo colt, and a filly by Invincible Spirit.