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August 2019 maiden winners

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FLIGHTY LADY (F2), IRE by Sir Percy ex Airfield (Dansili)

Prix de Falaise (Maiden 2yo Fillies, 1,400m / 7f), August 15, Deauville

Owner: Paul Hancock
Trainer: Gavin Hernon
Breeder: Tallyho Stud
Rider: Maxime Guyon

A month after her hectic debut at ParisLongchamp, Flighty Lady (Sir Percy) confirmed the good impression she left that day. Her rider Maxime Guyon was interviewed after the race because the filly ran disorderly, and that’s what he declared to the stewards. Yet she finished a good third, faster than the first two home after a messy trip.

This time, she followed the leader Minuty (Charm Spirit) and finally dominated her. Zaccapa (Muhaarar) finished well in second, coming from the rearguard.

The fourth-placed Two Thank Yous (Kodiac) was unlucky in running in the mid-stretch.

Fighty Lady was bought £ 21,000 at Tattersalls. She is out of the unraced Juddmonte Farm’s Airfield (Dansili), whose brother Early March (Dansili) won the Prix La Rochette (Gr3) before finishing third in the Grand Criterium (Gr1).

 

WOODED (C2), (IRE) by Wootton Bassett ex Frida la Blonde (Elusive City)

Prix de Tour-en-Bessin (Maiden 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,400m / 7f), August 13, Deauville

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard
Breeder: Gestüt Zur Kuste AG
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Entered as soon as May, Wooded (Wootton Bassett) only started for the first time on July 22nd at Dieppe over 7 furlongs. He was only beaten by a short neck after a sluggish start and an uphill battle all along, while the winner Derbysim was able to stick to the stands’ rail all the way. The latter got beaten after that in Class 2 race at Clairefontaine, but 4th-placed Excalibur was a good 3rd over 6 furlongs in another Class 2 race at Deauville, and again on the same course, class and distance on this maiden race’s same card.

The form proved to be solid as Wooded, under a heavy rain, cosily took over the favourite Repel Ghosts (Dark Angel), who had led all the way and seemed pretty easy until the last furlong, only staying on to keep a hard-fought 2nd place over a tough Autumn (Outstrip), with the beginner Conargo (Dark Angel) finishing well in 4th.

Wooded was paid € 90,000 at the Arqana October sale, where Haras d’Étreham had consigned him. His dam Frida la Blonde (Elusive City) raced for her breeder Maurice Lagasse. She never won but finished 4th in a handicap with a 79lbs rating. She’s a sister to the fast Mon Pote le Gitan (Thunder Gulch) & Fred Lalloupet (Elusive City), both Listed-winners on the sprint.

After Wooded, Frida la Blonde gave an Ajaya filly, and another one by Intello.

 

FEMINA (F2), (IRE) by Siyouni ex Légèreté (Rahy)

Prix de La Motte Sassy (Unraced 2yo fillies, 1,300m / 6.5 furlongs AWT), August 11, Deauville

Owners: Wertheimer & Frère
Trainer: Carlos Laffon-Parias
Breeders: Wertheimer & Frère
Rider: Maxime Guyon

Keen early on, Femina (Siyouni) came by the field in the turn and fought hard to the post to finally overcome her onloy rival Serkiyna (Charm Spirit) by a short neck. The two fillies left the others at 2 lengths, Pomme d’Amour (Toronado) leading the pack.

Femina is out of Légèreté (Rahy), a Prix de Malleret (Gr2) and Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) winner, also 3rd in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1) at 2. She’s the dam of the good extended miler Pilote (Pivotal), consistent in Group company. A Camelot filly was born in 2018.

 

MANDAAR (C3), FRA by Canyon Creek ex Madeleine’s Blush (Rahy)

Prix de Heurtevent (Maiden 3yo Colts & Geldings, 1,900m / 9.5 furlongs AWT), August 10, Deauville

Owner: Mme Georges Sandor
Trainer Pascal Bary
Breeder: Georges Sandor
Rider: Stéphane Pasquier

Twice second this season, having started last year with a fourth place on this all-weather track in November, Mandaar (Canyon Creek) did not manage to win before the passing of his breeder George Sandor. He did it quite easily here, as a worthy favourite under the colours of Mrs Jacqueline Sandor (by jockey Stéphane Pasquier on the picture). Mandaar beat Sa Sal (Kalatos), always close to the leaders, by two and a half lengths.

The colts took more than 2.6 seconds longer than the fillies to complete the race, but Mandaar finished very fast while the girls were quite tired in the end after a mad beginning. The leaders here fell below the 11-second mark in the second last furlong.

Mandaar’s dam is the unraced Madeleine’s Blush (Rahy), bred in the USA by the late Allen Paulson. She is out of one of his greatest European champion mares, French 1,000 Guineas winner Madeleine’s Dream (Theatrical), trained by François Boutin for the owner of Cigar and Arazi. Her own dam L’Attrayante (Tyrant) also won the French classic, plus the Irish one and many others in the States. 

Madeleine was the name of Paulsons wife. Madeleine’s Blush went on sale at the 2005 Sandor dispersal but wasn’t sold at $9,000. Her first Frenchbred foal was Maintop (Royal Academy), but the best is Menardais (Canyon Creek), a Listed-winner who won 14 races and earned nearly € 400,000.

 

ARIKI (F3), GB by Dark Angel ex Steer by the Stars (Pivotal)

Prix de Courbépine (Maiden 3yo Fillies, 1,900m / 9.5 furlongs AWT), August 10, Deauville

Owner: Brendan Jon Lindsay
Trainer: Nicolas Clément
Breeder: M. & Mme Brendan Lindsay
Rider: Thomas Trullier

A keen Precious Lady (Lawman) immediately took the lead at a good pace and followed by Ariki (Dark Angel), she went a few lengths ahead of a field led by Tigrette (Tigron). The riders of the two leading fillies, however, settled down in the last turn and the followers were back on their tail to turn into the last straight. Ariki still had plenty in the tank and she took off again with her Thomas Trullier, claiming 7lbs, to find herself out of reach. It was the right choice since the filly won by three and a half lengths, Lucky Doe (Dawn Approach), one of the most experienced runners in the race, finishing well in second.

Ariki started her career with a fifth-place on the same course and distance in July when she just stayed on behind the leaders with blinkers on already.

Bred by her owner in Britain, she is out of Steer By The Stars (Pivotal), whom the Lindsay bought with this filly in her flanks for £ 160,000 at the end of 2015. Since then, her first foal, Never Back Down (Kodiac) won four sprints across the Channel, including two on the all-weather. He was sold for £ 35,000 at auction in July.

 

SANTURIN (C2), FRA by Sommerabend ex Semina (Mamool)

Prix de Val Séry (Unraced 2yo colts and geldings, 1,300m / 6.5 furlongs AWT), August 10, Deauville

Owner: Stall Schloss Benrath
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeders: Gunter Muller & Hans Klober
Rider: Antoine Hamelin

Eleven beginners and a very indecisive race since the first five getting into the straight were still in contention one out! Finally, Santurin (Sommerabend) wasd the most resolute after shadowing a front-running Raamez (Sea the Stars). He finished a neck ahead of King Pacha (Acclamation), who ran next to the leader, the favourite Wally’s Kokonut (Olympic Glory) finishing third beaten a neck in front of Raamez

Long raced on 10 furlongs and more in Germany before finally revealing her ability by winning a Listed-event over 7 furlongs, Santurin’s dam Semina (Mamool) has for a second dam Secret Energy (Alwuhush), who is also the second dam to Santiago (Highest Honor), winner of the Mehl-Müllens Rennen (Gr2), the German Two Thousand Guineas.

 

LOUVE DREAM (G3), (Ire) by Kingman ex Agathe Rare (Sadler’s Wells)

Prix de Coupesarte (Maiden 3yo colts & geldings, 1,300m/6.5 furlongs AWT), August 8, Deauville

Owner: Eckhard Sauren
Trainer: Carina Fey
Breeder: Dayton Investments
Rider: Eddy Hardouin

After a good start, Louve Dream (Kingman) was a bit keen and he took the lead from Socratic (Invincible Spirit). Still well in front going into the stretch, he held off Socratic on his inside, but he long seemed threatened, especially as Momtathil (Oasis Dream) loomed purposedly about two out. In the end, however, both challengers were worn down and Masetto (Mayson) came up the last, closing fast to fail only by ¾ of a length behind a very brave winner.

Owned by Eckhard Sauren, Louve Dream ran six times before, since April, and, like Alkawthar, winner of the fillies maiden, it was a first test on the All-Weather track.

The colt was paid € 75,000 at the October Arqana sales by his trainer Carina Fey. He was gelded late last year. His full brother is registered for the next Arqana August sales. Even before this update, the siblings had gained value since their dam Louve Nationale (Galileo), a sister of Loup Breton (Anabaa), a Group 1-placed in France and a Group 2-winner in the USA, is also the dam of Ligne d’Or (Dansili), winner of the Prix de Flore (Gr3).

There is also a 2-year-old colt by Lope de Vega who was exported to Britain and was sold there for £ 45,000 to Ballylinch Stud. He is not declared in training.

 

ALKAWTHAR (F3), USA by Data Link ex Wish On (Grand Slam)

Prix de Coudray (Maiden 3yo fillies, 1,300m/6.5 furlongs), August 8, Deauville

Owner: Abdullah al Maddah
Trainer: Pia Brandt
Breeder: Adèle Dilschneider
Rider: Théo Bachelot

It was Alkawthar (Data Link)’s eighth race and she had already finished three times 2nd, twice in the spring at Maisons-Laffitte over 6 furlongs, then once at Compiegne in June, over 7 furlongs. This time, the Abdullah al-Maddah-owned filly, who was entered in The Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas, Gr1), was running for the first the time over the all-weather track. She seemed to like it since she won from start to finish, even though she kind of stalled in the end.

Gemma Blue (Mastercraftsman), always trailing her, came back at ¾ of a length with a 3rd-placed Exclusivité (Elusive City) also closing in the end.

Alkawthar is American. Purchased $ 47,000 a yearling at Keeneland, she went on sale again in Ocala, Florida, for the breeze up in April 2018, and her current owner paid her $ 120,000 then. Her Verrazzano sister goes on sales at Keeneland in September. Their brother Maybe So (More Than Ready) won a US-Listed event. Their third dam, Candlestick (El Baba) is a sister to Starlet Game (The Minstrel), who was 2nd in the Criterium d’Evry (L) in 1991, beaten by a filly named Absurde, who went on to finish second for breeder/owner Chryss O’Reilly in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1) won by the champion Marling.

 

HOPEFUL (G2), FRA by Motivator ex Monst (Monsun)

Arqana Prix de Crévecoeur (Unraced 2-year-old colts & geldings, 1,500m / 7 1/5 furlongs), August 6, Deauville

Owners: Wertheimer & Frère
Trainer: Carlos Laffon-Parias
Breeders: Wertheimer & Frère
Rider: Thomas Trullier

The Crévecœur colts took 1/10 of a second less than the Marettes fillies to run the race’s 1,500m. The winner Hopeful (Motivator) came by the leaders on the outside, giving cover to his more fancied stablemate Pao Alto (Intello), but he stayed on and partly thanks to his apprentice 5lbs allowance, he kept half a length on him, while the 3rd-placed Asharann (Zoffany) finished well three lengths down.

There has been a traffic incident going into the turn, and Charlesquint (Showcasing), a good 8th, was the main casualty there.

The winner is a homebred Wertheimer but his dam Monst (Monsun) was bought by the famous brothers for € 200,000 as a yearling in Deauville. She’s out of the Argentinian Gr1 winner First One (Southern Halo), out of the classic winning Argentinian mare Fontemar (Babor). The filly proved rather disappointing since she had to travel to Nîmes to finally score, and she didn’t do much better as a broodmare before this week: her previous foal Architect (Anodin) finished 2nd in a Class 2 race on Monday at Clairefontaine, and Hopefulwins his maiden the following day!

Both have been gelded though. Monst was sold last Winter at the Arqana Breeding sale for € 25,000 € to Ralf Ernst, in foal to New Bay.

 

SAVARIN (F2), JPN by Deep Impact ex Sarafina (Refuse to Bend)

Arqana Prix des Marettes (Unraced 2-year-old fillies, 1,500m / 7 1/5 furlongs), August 6, Deauville

Owner: Masaaki Matsushima & Teruya Yoshida
Trainer: André Fabre
Breeder: Shadai Farm
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot

 

Savarin (Deep Impact) was apparently not the most impressive of the eight unraced fillies gathered for the renewal of a famous Deauville beginners’ race, but she crushed her rivals all the same. Up in the third line along the rail, behind the pacesetting Like a Charm (Charm Spirit) and Dream and Do (Siyouni), who was a bit tight early on, Savarin took her time to accelerate but she easily overcame the two preceding fillies to win by a length and a half in front of Dream And Go, Like A Charm and La Norma (Siyouni), who finished well.

The race is one of the most famous juvenile events of the season. It is now run over 1,500 metres, instead of the traditional mile, since 2015. La Cochère and Senga finished first and second of the 2016 edition and became classic winners the following year.

Savarin is very well bred since her sire, the recently deceased Deep Impact, is one of the best horses of all times in Japan. Her dam Sarafina (Refuse to Bend), is an Aga Khan homebred who won the Prix Saint-Alary and the Prix de Diane at 3, then the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud the following year. She was bought by the colossal Japanese breeder Teruya Yoshida, who bred this filly, and also her full brother Geniale, sold in 2015 for 1.3 million dollars to Masaaki Matsushima, also co-owner of Savarin.

Geniale notably won the Prix Messidor (Gr3) in France last year after starting his successful career in Japan. Savarin, however, starts directly in France, and how!

 

WARZUZU (F2), (IRE) by War Front ex Lady Zuzu (Dynaformer)

Prix du Mézeray (2yo Maiden Fillies, 1,500m / 7 1/2 furlongs), August 2, Deauville

Owners: Wertheimer & Frère
Trainer: Christophe Ferland
Breeder: Wertheimer & Frère
Rider: Maxime Guyon

Beaten a neck after a long struggle for her La Teste debut, the local racecourse of her trainer Christophe Ferland, Warzuzu (War Front) led all the way this time. Well ridden, she repelled every challenger, beating Bionic Woman (Lope de Vega) and the favourite Vienna (Showcasing), not very lucky in running, and Anobar (Anodin), who went by her the whole way but couldn’t quite keep up in the end.

Warzuzu is the first foal out of Lady Zuzu (Dynaformer), bought $ 2.35 million by the Wertheimers carrying this filly at the Fasig-Tipton breeding sales. Lady Zuzu was Group 3-placed at 2 and 3 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. She is a sister of the good turf horse Optimizer (English Channel), whose dam Indy Pick (A.P. Indy) is a sister of the classic mare Finder’s Fee (Storm Cat).

Lady Zuzu also gave a colt by Galileo and another by Intello.

 

TROISLUS (C2), FRA by Siyouni ex Resistance (King’s Best)

Prix d’Etreham (2yo Maiden Colts & Geldings, 1,500m / 7 1/2 furlongs), August 2, Deauville

Owner: Patrick Hugh Betts
Trainer: Stéphane Wattel
Breeder: Écurie Skymarc Farm
Rider: Théo Bachelot

Sixth for his debut in the beginners’ race won Thunderspeed over 7 furlongs on this course beating five of the eleven runners gathered again here, Troislus (Siyouni) had travelled outside that day, without cover. However, he had not yielded to Veritas (Camelot), who was, however, favourite this time.

The scenario was not very different this time because Troislus galloped in front alongside Le Bayou (Dabirsim), but no one could reach him after he had taken over the other leaders. Le Bayou held on in third behind Bolero dei Grif (Sakhee’s Secret), who benefited from a good trip. Veritas has never been threatening after galloping at the back of the field. Wally (Siyouni) was very unlucky by the rail.

Winner in December at 2, Troislus’ dam Resistance (King’s Best) won two times again the next season in three outings only. Troislus is her first foal. She aldo gave a Wootton Bassett colt bred by Chryss Goulandris’ Skymarc Farm, and consigned at the Arqana v2 sale this summer. Bloodstock agent Richard Venn bought Troislus € 50,000 at last October’s sales in Deauville.