TRUCO (C3), FRA by Sepoy ex Tropa de Elite (Street Cry)
Prix du Parc du Manoir (Maiden 3yos, 1,900m/9.5f AWT), November 12, Chantilly
Owner: Arthur Mendes
Trainer: Etienne et Grégoire Leenders
Breeder: Arthur Mendes
Rider: Benjamin Hubert
Third for her debut in January on Deauville’s All-weather, then third in March at Chantilly, also on fibresand, beaten only one length by subsequent Gr3 winner Flop Shot, Truco (Sepoy) was out six months after that since he came back on October 23 at Deauville, for his turf debut over a very heavy track, finishing only 5th.
Held up within the field this time, Truco was driven trhough in the final bend and came along but did not really find momentum until his rider drove him towards the rail, passing horses from one furlong out to beat the front-running Sa Sal (Kalatos), by ¾ of a length, with Gloria Béré (Peer Gynt) staying on in third and Sabi River (Invincible Spirit) finishing well in 4th.
Consigned by Haras du Mézeray at the Arqana October 2017 sale, Truco was unsold €5,000, and so was his younger brother by Intello, in August at € 40,000. Their dam Tropa de Elite (Street Cry) is a Gr3-winner in Brazil, out of a Brazilian Gr3-winner.
CREW DRAGON (C2), FRA by Poet’s Voice ex Vintage Red (Turtle Bowl)
Prix des Usages (Maiden 2yos, 1,200m/6f), November 12, Chantilly
Owner: Berend van Dalfsen
Trainer: Maurice Delcher-Sanchez
Breeder: Berend van Dalfsen
Rider: Tony Piccone
Second for his debut back in Paril behind My Love’s Passion, who went on to finish second in the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), Crew Dragon (Poet’s Voice) was declared a non-reunner 18 days later. He didn’t come back before October, when 5th at ParisLongchamp over 7 furlongs. That day, he faded after leading along another fading horse.
This time, however, the Berend van Dalfsen homebred led the center field and went along the rail to join his main challenger Derdas (Exceed and Excel) in the last furlong, taking off again as soon as he found his mark near his rival. He won by ¾ of a length while the 3rd-placed Calypso Rose (Invincible Spirit) finished 3.5 lengths down the field.
Crew Dragon was unsold at €75,000 at the Arqana August 2018 yearling sale. His dam Vintage Red (Turtle Bowl) was also bought back, for € 16,000 at Deauville in December, in foal to Zarak.
She’a maiden sister to Mocklershill (Siyouni), winner of the Prix Yacowlef (L) for his debut but unable to keep on going at that leve. He won his best handicap with a 83lbs rating. Since Crew Dragon was born, Vintage Red gave a Nathaniel colt and the Zarak filly she was carrying at the sales.
VANADA (F2), FRA by Makfi ex Valdiyana (Sinndar)
Prix Douve (Unraced 2yo Fillies, 1,500m/8.5f), November 9, Saint-Cloud
Owner: H.H. Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Breeder: Haras de S.A. Aga Khan
Rider: Stéphane Pasquier
Held up behind the earlyleaders, Vanada (Makfi) took over two furlongs out by the stands’ side and was driven out of reach, leaving the good finisher Barbarie (Elusive City) take the second place a good length beahind, beating a brave Chamaille (Lawman).
Vanada is the second foal out of Valdiyana (Sinndar), a mare bought by the Aga Khan € 35,000 at the Arqana yearling sales, and bred by Sylviane Guittard from the Lagardère-managed family of Valixir and Valyra, among others. She then won two races before entering stud.
Vanada’s older sister, Valeya (Mastercraftsman), is entered at the Arqana breeding sale in December.
Two foals by Pivotal and Siyouni follow, the former declared in training with Francis-Henri Graffard.
IRSHAD (C2), FRA by Raven’s Pass ex Indina (Peintre Célèbre)
Prix Antivari (Unraced 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1 500m/8.5f), November 9, Saint-Cloud
Owner: H.H. Aga Khan
Trainer: Mikel Delzangles
Breeder: Haras de S.A. Aga Khan
Rider: Cristian Demuro
With only seven runners lining up, no decisive move had been made about two out when Irshad (Raven’s Pass) came by to take the lead and make a difference in the last hundred yards. Yet he won by three and a half lengths over the favourite Kourking (Tin Horse), who just beat the front-running Spirit Intime (Makfi) close to home.
Irshad is the second foal out of the maiden mare Indina (Famous Painter), whose first filly Imera (Paco Boy), a winner of two races, and her fourth foal, an Olympic Glory colt, will be for sale at Arqana breeding sales in December. Indina’s dam Winkle (High Chaparral) won three of her four races at age 3, including a Listed race over 2,500 meters. Then she finished second at 4 in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil (Gr2), failing a short neck behind the Italian Voila Ici.
FONTHILL ABBEY (F3), IRE by Dubawi et Fair Hill (New Approach)
Prix de la Chapelle Saint-Pierre (Maiden 3yos, 1,300m/6.5F AWT), November 7, Chantilly
Trainer: André Fabre
Rider: Mickaël Barzalona
Soon near the front, Fonthill Abbey (Dubawi) slipped in behind the leaders and took over about three hundred yards from home. She had to check Septems (Vespone) who more or less had followed the same path and finally won by a mere neck, yet without seeming in real trouble at any time. Spinalunga (Le Havre) finished well in 3rd over a length down the field, coming from the rearguard.
It was Fonthill Abbey’s 4th attempt after her April debut when second between subsequent black-type performers Fount and Mashael. She had been enetred in the French One Thousand Guineas, the Saint-Alary and the Diane
4th at Maisons-Laffitte, again over the mile, she came back only 5 months later over 6 furlongs and finally won this.
Her New Bay yearling brother was entered in the Goffs Ireland sale in September. A Night of Thunder 2yo filly is yet to run. Fair Hill (New Approach), their dam, was unraced but she’s a sister to champion 2yo and sire Teofilo (Galileo).
DREAM ON (F2), GER by Intello ex Dynamica (Dashing Blade)
Prix de la Croix Saint-Rieuil (Maiden 2yo Fillies, 1,600m/8f AWT), November 6, Chantilly
Owner: Stall Carpe Diem
Trainer: Waldemar Hickst
Breeder: Brigitta Matusche
Rider: Maxime Guyon
One of the two unraced fillies in that 12-strong field, Dream On (Intello) proved to be a very game filly as she battled all the way to win by a neck, although safely, beating Moasa (Dabirsim) and Mystical Land (Heart’s Cry), who finished well quite close too. Dream On’s Soldier Hollow yearling brother, named De La Fayette, was unsold €52,000 at the Baden-Baden sales this Summer by Gestüt Etzean. Her dam Dynamica (Dashing Blade) won one race and her full sister won a Listedrace, also at Baden-Baden.
She already gave Descartes (Sholokhov), an Auteuil hurdle winner, and Desiree Clary (Sholokhov), a classic Prix de Diane (Gr1) 4th behind Star of Seville in 2015 after she’d joined the Chantilly yard of Pascal Bary.
RESTIANY (C2), (GB) by Frankel ex Restiadargent (Kendargent)
Prix de la Croix Marquet (Maiden 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,600m/8f AWT), November 6, Chantilly
Owner: Guy Pariente
Trainer: Henri-Alex Pantall
Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Restiany (Frankel) began his career in May over 6 furlongs at Saint-Cloud, when finishing well in 4th after a bad start as the race’s favourite. Out since, he didn’t start much better this time but came back to the fore after a couple of furlongs on this longer trip. He went ahead to win easily by a length over Reshabar (Iffraaj), who didn’t start very well either, and Durandal (Dubawi), who finished well in third 2.5 lengths behind.
Restiany’s dam Restiadargent (Kendargent), also bred by Guy Pariente, was bought back £950,000 at the Tattersalls 2017 breeding sale, in foal to Frankel of a filly born last year and withdrawn lately from the Arqana October sale last month. She also gave a Kingman colt this season. her first foal Frankelio (Frankel), however, was sold €520,000 by Haras de Colleville in Deauville. He won one race and was sold again for €75,000 to britain.
Restiadargent, before all this, had won the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr2) at 2, and finished a close 3rd in a memorable renewal of the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr1) a head and neck behind Black Caviar and Moonlight Cloud…
RHODE BAY (C2), FRA by Charm Spirit ex Rosia Bay (Rock of Gibraltar)
Prix de la Seigneurerie (Maiden 2yos, 1,300m/6.5f AWT), November 6, Chantilly
Owner: Michael Motschmann
Trainer: Mario Hofer
Breeder: Tanglin Bloodstock
Rider: Michael Cadeddu
Fast ahead Rhode Bay (Charm Spirit) was never really challenged and won by two lengths over Angelissima (Dark Angel) and Demeter (Soldier Hollow), who finished like a train in 3rd after bidding his time to find his way ahead.
Rhode Bay is a younger brother to 3yo filly High Proof (Lawman), a handicap winner at Maisons-Laffitte in May with a 60lbs tagover 10.5 furlongs. She is entered in the next Arqana Autumn sales at Deauville. Their dam Rosia Bay (Rock of Gibraltar), who failed 4 times racing, was sold € 2,000 at the Deauville Feburary sale, barren. She’s had a Dabirsim colt in 2018.
CARPIO (G3), GB by Lope de Vega ex Waterlilly (Galileo)
Prix Poliglote (Maiden 3yos, 2,100m/10.5F), November 5, Saint-Cloud
Owner: Al Asayl France
Trainer: Francis Graffard
Breeder: Al Asayl Bloodstock
Rider: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Carpio (Lope de Vega) took over Hongbao (Literato) in the backstetch and went outside to get the stands’ rail, and soon the race was all over as the Abu Dhabi-owned Al Asayl representative was driven away. He eventually stayed 5 lengths ahead of Germany’s Elegant Man (Manduro), himself fifteen lengths ahead of Boreas (Galileo).
Carpio had raced twice already, finishing third on the same course behind Reliable Son and Boreas, whom he found again here, and then second over 10 furlongs at Chantilly, just beaten by Robin du Bois.
Bred in Britain by Al Asayl, Carpio is a brother to the 4 years-old mare Roystonia (Redoute’s Choice), bought for £165,000 at Newmarket by the Haras d’Etreham last December with a win and a Listed placing to her credit.
Their dam, the unraced Waterlilly (Galileo), is a sister of the Critérium International (Gr1) and Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Gr1) winner Roderic O’Connor (Galileo). Waterlilly was sold £340,000 at the Tattersalls yearling sales to Blandoford Bloodstock.
Francis Graffard trains the 2yo Kingman sister to Carpio.