MINUTY (F2), FRA by Charm Spirit ex Galaxidi (High Chaparral)
Prix de Vineuil (Maiden 2yo Fillies, 1,200m/6f), September 9, Chantilly
Owner: Mme Frédéric Head
Trainer: Freddy Head
Breeder: Freddy Head
Rider: Aurélien Lemaître
Fifth for her debut over 7.5 furlongs in the Prix du Mézeray, then third over 7f thirteen days later, again in Deauville but on softer ground, Minuty (Charm Spirit) finally made it at Chantilly over the straight 6f trip.
Her 10 draw had her held up at the back of the field and her rider had to move early to get her to stay in contact but she went on nicely passing to the stands to pursue Be Ahead (Dream Ahead), who tried to escape early. On the stands side, Zaccapa (Muhaarar) was also looming into contention, but in the last hundred yards, Be Ahead giving in, Minuty easily passed and stood out of reach of Zaccapa, second at two lengths, another length ahead of Be Ahead.
Minuty is the fourth foal out of Galaxidi (High Chaparral), who finished second for her debut in April at 3 and went straight to the Saint-Alary (Gr1), ending up 4th at only 2.5 lengths of the champion filly Sarafina. She ran twice again and finished twice in second place before entering stud.
Galaxidi gave two winners before Minuty, Comme J’Aime (Motivator), a filly sold €13,000 at Aqana’s Autumn Sale last year, and recently out of training after failing in a St. Jean-de-Monts claimer, and New Hero (Tamayuz), the winner of three consecutive handicaps last winter at Marseilles and Cagnes-sur-mer.
Galaxidi then gave a Rajsaman colt and another colt by Motivator.
DAYYAN (G2), FRA by Dabirsim ex Daraa (Cape Cross)
Prix de Saint-Firmin (Maiden 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,200m/6f), September 9, Chantilly
Owner: Stall de Luxe
Trainer: Uwe Schwinn
Breeders: Larissa Kneip & Patrick Perroud
Rider: Maxim Pécheur
Fourth for his debut in July at Bad Harzburg over 6f, then in Cologne over 7f, the gelding Dayyan (Dabirsim) was bred in France but he is trained in Germany by Uwe Schwinn (on the right on the photo), based in Beckingen in the Saar, about ten kilometres from the French border.
A slowly starter this time, yet pretty keen, he got closer to the rail and was kept at in rear while the favourite Hernan (Bated Breath) was immediately in the front row.
At the stands, the rider Maxim Pecheur moved out Dayyan and began riding him while Be My Day (Zebedee) seemed to have plenty in the tank and was diving out to make his move. Hernan could no longer make progress but wasn’t giving in either.
One out, Dayyan hesitated to dive between the rail and Be My Day, who could not really hold him though, and the winner finally dared to sprint between and soon got rid of his rival.
Dayyan is the first winner out of Daraa (Cape Cross), who only won once, for her 2-year debut. She went on sale several times, as a yearling at Tattersalls where she reached £ 28,000, then a year after her first win and after her last failure, when Catridge Farm Stud bought her for £ 6,500, a year before reselling her for £ 33,000 full of Royal Applause. She could not reach € 10,000 a year later in Arqana full of Silver Frost, but was paid € 9,000 by Artemis Bloodstock (the same team as Haras de Saint-Arnoult, namely Larissa Kneip and Sandrine Grevet) in February 2017, when in foal to Dabirsim, that is to say of Dayyan.
Purchased € 33,000 by Pegasus as a yearling at Arqana, the colt went on sale at the breeze-ups in Baden Baden last May, where Uwe Schwinn bought him for a mere € 1,500.
Daraa is out of the Listed-winner Guarantia (Selkirk), sister of the 1m4f Gr3 winner Laaheb (Cape Cross) whose dam is a sister to champions Luso, Warrsan and other Needle Gun …
Dayyan’s own sister, born a year earlier, was sold € 57,000 to Arqana at the 2018 summer sale to Federico Barberini. A girl from Sommerabend is to follow.
PAO ALTO (C2), FRA by Intello ex Peaceful Love (Dashing Blade)
Prix du Conservatoire (Maiden 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,600m/1m), September 5, ParisLongchamp
Owners: Wertheimer & Frère
Trainer: Christophe Ferland
Breeders: La Motteraye & Gérard Ferron
Rider: Maxime Guyon
Sold €160,000 as a yearling at Arqana, Pao Alto (Intello) just failed against stablemate Hopeful in the Arqana Prix de Crévecœur at Deauville for his first time out. He seemed outpaced at the distance but came back in style once he’d reached momentum to finish second, beaten half a length. His rival is bound to run in the Prix des Chênes (Gr3) now.
This time, however, Pao Alto went to the fore next to the big Charlesquint (Showcasing) and simply went away in the final stretch to score by 3 lengths over JuliusJuliusson (War Front), who’d always followed the leaders, and Chalesquint.
Pao Alto’s Wootton Bassett was sold €190,000 at Deauville to Broadhurst Agency (Laurent Benoît) last Summer.
Their dam Peaceful Love (Dashing Blade), a Gr3 winner at 3 in Germany, already gave Fort Hastings (Aragorn), a Gr3-placed at 2. A Shalaa filly was bred this season.
GREENLAND (F2), USA by War Front ex Daisy Devine (Kafwain)
Prix de la Tour des Dames (Maiden 2yo Fillies, 1,600m/1m), September 5, ParisLongchamp
Owner: Flaxman Stables Ireland
Trainer: Pascal Bary
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings
Rider: Stéphane Pasquier
Fifth beaten about three lengths by Savarin for her debut at Deauville, in a typically hot Arqana Prix des Marettes where she ran a bit green, Greenland (War Front) was much more advanced this time as she took off in the last two furlongs to win by 5 lengths. She was timed 22’’71 in this last, lonely 2 furlongs bit.
She’s out of Daisy Devine (Kafwain), a 2013 Keeneland November $1.3m purchase, and a Fair Ground Oaks (Gr2) winner in the States. Her own dam is Devil’s Dispute (Devil’s Bag), a sister to the champion mare Banker’s Lady (Nijinsky II), a dual Gr1-winner.
Greenland’s brother Moons of Jupiter (War Front) started his career with exactly the same results, but sooner.
ASTRAL PATH (F2), IRE by Muhaarar ex Stellar Path (Astronomer Royal)
Prix Bend’Or (Unraced 2-year-olds, 1,200m/6f), September 4, Maisons-Laffitte
Owner: Trevor Stewart
Trainer: Henri-François Devin
Breeders: James Hanly, Trevor Stewart & Anthony Stroud
Rider: Mickaël Barzalona
After letting Wild Won (Muharaar) lead form the start, Astral Path (Muharaar) was able to sneak through when that pacemaker was no longer useful to her and passed inside Sweet Zen (Dabirsim) before holding her in control to the post, the gelding Ernesto de la Cruz (Wootton Bassett) finishing well in 3rd finissanta length and a half down, far ahead of the others.
The winner’s brother is in the Tattersalls October sale. Their dam Stellar Path (Astronomer Royal) was also racing for Trevor Stewart, winning the Prix des Réservoirs (Gr3) at 2 before a good back career Stateside.
VICTOR LUDORUM (C3), GB by Shamardal ex Antiquities (Kaldounevees)
Prix de Fontenoy (Unraced 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,600m / 1m), September 1st, ParisLongchamp
Trainer: André Fabre
Rider: Mickaël Barzalona
Not much suspens as soon as Victor Ludorum(Shamardal) passed top gear -or was it 2nd top gear?- in a beginners race won in 2016 by Arc fancy Waldgeist. Also he was ridden to keep up with the pace going into the last bend, he came by Twist (Pivotal) cantering and flew away to score by 3.5 lengths on the bridle …
Victor Ludorum is the fifth foal out of Antiquities (Kaldounevees), homebred by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by André Fabre. Second in the Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3) for her second race only, she never won at this level and went to stud early at 4 years old. Victor Ludorum is her second Shamardal foal after Ancient History, also trained by Fabre and twice a winner at 3 before he was exported to Australia.
Antiquities is out of Historian (Pennekamp), a Listed winner in her first start at 3 in March and the sister to Street Cry (Machiavellian), a Breeders’Cup and Dubai World Cup winner, the sire of the great Winx.
Main entry : Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1).
GLENGOWAN (F2), IRE by Kingman ex Pink Damsel (Galileo)
Prix de la Cascade (Unraced 2yo Fillies, 1,600m / 1m), September 1st, ParisLongchamp
Owner: Fitriani Hay
Trainer: Paul Cole
Breedr: Fitriani Hay
Rider: Tony Piccone
Fast in the lead, Glengowan(Kingman) held off every challenger and won by a short neck, as Mille Fois Merci(Galileo) zeroed on her in the last strides after taking some time to gain momentum. The only British-trained in the race, the winner is out of Pink Damsel (Galileo), sold last year for £140,000 to Castle Hyde Stud in foal to Caravaggio after giving four foals, including a Zoffany filly born after Glengowan.
Pink Damsel, a winner of a single race, had herself been sold for £600,000 to Fitriani Hay as a yearling, mostly because she was out of the champion mare Riskaverse (Dynaformer), a multiple Gr1 winner in the States and the dam of Say (Galileo), an Irish Gr3 winner, also a Gr1 placed there.
Main entry : Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1).