Maiden winners in August

09 August 2018


Focus on the maiden winners of the month, updated weekly, on the France Galop racecourses. Here's an opportunity to discover some of the champions of tomorrow ...

VERNIE (F3), FRA by Kendargent ex Persian Belle (Machiavellian)
Prix de Coudray (maiden 3yo Fillies, 1,300m AW), August 7, Deauville

Owners :  Salabi Racing & Thierry de la Héronnière
Trainer :  Francis-Henri Graffard
Breeders : Thierry, Danielle and Amaury de la Héronnière
Rider : Christophe Soumillon

It was a 5th trial for Vernie (Kendargent), a first on the all-weather and on a trip shorter than 7 furlongs. This sister to Calvados Blues (Lando) and Volta (Siyouni), a Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1) 3rd and Prix Rothschild (Gr1) 2nd in 2016, waited behind the leaders and the convincingly took over Guardina (Siyouni), who came inside by the rail, in the last hundrerd yards. It looks like a pretty easy win.

Vernie did not go to the sales, like Volta (who had been withdrawn), bu she's partly owned by David Salabi… like Volta! Their sister Varamini (Siyouni) however was sold last year at the Arqana yearlings sale for €300,000 to Godolphin, who put her in training with André Fabre.


ANODOR (C2), FRA by Anodin ex Decize (Kentucky Dynamite)
Prix de Crèvecoeur (Unraced 2yo Colts and Geldings, 1,500m), August 7, Deauville

Owner :  Mrs Frédéric Head
Trainer :  Frédéric Head
Breeder :  Ian Fair
Rider : Aurélien Lemaître

Consigned to the Arqana yearlings sale in August 2017 by the Head family's haras du Quesnay, where he was bred, Anodor (Anodin) was unsold at €32,000. His dam Decize (Kentucky Dynamite) won three race son minor tracks (Wissembourg, Montier-en-Der and Amiens) for the same connections than her daughter. She also gave a Youmzain colt and a Dariyan colt after Anodor, her first foal.

It is a good family since Decize's 3rd dam is Navratilovna (Nureyev), winner of the Prix d’Astarte (Gr2) before it became the Gr1-Prix Rothschild and sister to Maximova (Green Dancer), a Prix de la Salamandre (Gr1) winner and the dam of sire Septième Ciel (Seattle Slew), Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1) winner Macoumba (Mr Prospector), the family of the 2014 French Derby winner The Grey Gastby (Mastercraftsman). It is also the family of the fast filly Aladdine (Naaqoos).

fast with the leader Normandy Dela Vega (Lope de Vega), Anodor went away early on to stay out of reach to Persian King (Kingman), a slow starter who had to make up the lost ground outside the field.


MONTVIETTE (F2), FRA by Le Havre ex Lady Meydan (American Post)
Prix des Marettes (Unraced 2yo Fillies, 1 500m), August 7, Deauville

Owner :  Gérard Augustin-Normand
Trainer :  Jean-Claude Rouget
Breeder :  Franklin Finance
Rider : Cristian Demuro

The first five home were already ahead entering the only bend of this maiden race, amongst the most rated every season (Efaadah won last season). with 3rd-placed Lady Neartica (Kodiac) leading with 2nd-placed Lucky Jolie (More Than Ready), the unlucky 5th Madeleine Must (Motivator) following by the rail with the eventual winner Montviette (Le Havre), held back after her good start, while the 4th-placed Simplicity (Casamento) was galloping outside the leading group.

Montviette had the last word then over Lucky Jolie, but only by a short head while Lady Neartica stayed on to beat Simplicity, Madeleine Must never being able to extend, locked in behind and inside the leading quatuor. 5th-placed Cartiem (Cape Cross) finished well.

3yo Lignou (Rajsaman), the winner's eleder brother, was sold €120,000 at Arqana's Summer Sale in July. he'd just won his two first races at Tarbes and Dax. Montviette and him are siblings to La Cochère (Le Havre), winner of the very same Prix des Marettes, beating the eventual French Oaks winner Senga.


BROADCAST (C3), USA by Distorted Humor ex Announce (Selkirk)
Prix de Coupesarte (Maiden 3yo Colts and Geldings, 1,300m AW), August 7, Deauville

Owner :  Khalid Abdullah
Trainer :  André Fabre
Breeder :  Juddmonte Farms
Rider : Vincent Cheminaud

Favoured for his come back, a 2nd race after an eye-catching 5th place last November at Deauville, Broadcast (Distorted Humor) gave the impression that he'd come up short once again but he finally held on to his task and finally beat the front-running gelding Faithful Man (Reliable Man). 3rd two lengths away, Got Awan (George Vancouver) had beaten Broadcast for their common November debut.

Broadcast was homebred by Juddmonte. His dam Announce (Selkirk) won the Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1) on this course and finished 2nd in the Prix de l’Opéra Longines (Gr1). Her granddam Zaizafon (The Minstrel) gave champions Zafonic (Gone West) and Zamindar (Gone West), as well as Listed-winner Choice Spirit (Danzig), who gave in turn Announce.