The three horses trained by François Nicolle filled the trifecta in the Prix Questarabad Hurdle Race (Gr3), a hurdle race for 4-year-old dominated from one end to another by the filly L’Autonomie (Blue Brésil), who found a second breath in the final stages to keep off her stablemates Polirico (Cokoriko), always stalking her, and Porto Pollo (Manduro), who stayed on to the end.
4th in the Prix Amadou Hurdle Race (Gr2) last time out, L’Autonomie did not run in the Prix Alain du Breil Hurdle Race (Gr1), the championship of that generation on French Gold Cup day, only to bounce back here.
L’Autonomie is out of L’Automne (Kahyasi), winner of a single flat race in 18 attempts and claimed € 12,000 by Catherine Coiffier after finishing seventh for her last public appearance. Her dam L’Authie (Linamix), a sister of the Prix Royal-Oak (Gr1) 3rd Cléty (Sillery), finished third of the Prix Renaud du Vivier Hurdle (Gr1) and notably gave La Canche (Le Havre), a Listed placed over the flat.
After L’Autonomie, L’Automne gave two Diamond Boy colts. The elder, now a gelding, was sold for € 30,000 to John Daniel Moore at Arqana Summer sales last year, and another one was born in the previous year.