Maiden winners in May

10 May 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 ...




BYRON BAY (F2), FRA by Showcasing ex Guerande (Diesis)
Prix du Jardin Anglais (Maiden 2yo, 1,200m), May 11, Chantilly

Owners : Patrice Détré, Anne Hoyeau, Franck Amar, Arthur Hoyeau, Vincent Cox et Nicolas Girot.
Trainer : Yan Durepaire
Breeders : Écurie Haras du Cadran, Écurie JML Racing
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Very easy win for débutante Byron Bay (Showcasing) who left her opponents 2 1/2 lengths behind as 2nd placed Primela (Orpen), also a beginner here, stayed on ahead of Eleven O Two (Rio de la Plata), 2nd for her debut 9 days earlier.

The winning filly is a €100,000 purchase by trainer Yan Durepaire at the August 2017 Arqana yearlings sale. She's the 6th foal out of Guerande (Diesis), who won her debut for breeder Haras de la Pérelle but failed to 5 times to get black type in Listed events, even though she finished 4th in one of them over the mile.

She's the dam of Listed-placed Hyper Hyper (Fastnet Rock) and of Gwerann (Dansili), only 2nd latelyh in a Maisons-Laffitte maiden race (read below) won by Blue Valley. Guérande is a sister of Giofra (Dansili), winner of the Falmouth Stakes (Gr1) at Newmarket.

After Byron Bay, she gave a Makfi colt.


ORBAAN (C3), GB by Invincible Spirit ex Contradict (Raven’s Pass)
Prix Avenger (Maiden, 3C&G, 1,600m), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte

Owner : A. Faisal
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Nawara Stud
Rider : Silvestre de Sousa

To score here on his 2nd attempt, Orbaan (Invincible Spirit) waited along the rail, then for a gap inside, which he just got two furlongs out, and he held off a fast Haudricourt (Reliable Man), who couldn't hold on after a great effort from behind, finishing still a remarkable 2nd in front of Hortzadar (Sepoy), who had settled behind the winner early on.

Orbaan is inbred 2x3 on the French Oaks winner Rafha (Kris). His dam Contradict (Raven's Pass) was unsold in foal top this very colt 200,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Breeding sale in 2014. She won once, but she's out of Acts of Grace (Bahri), herself a sister to sire Invincible Spirit (Green Desert). Contradict won the Prix des Tourelles (L, Chantilly) over ten furlongs then the Princess Royal Stakes (Gr3, Ascot) on the same distance.

Main entries : Qipco Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1).

BLUE VALLEY (F3), IRE by Lope de Vega ex Bougainvillea (Acatenango)
Prix Double Rose (Maiden, 3F, 1,600m), May 9, Maisons-Laffitte.

Owner : Gestüt Ammerland
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Gestüt Ammerland
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Blue Valley (Lope de vega) failed to mùake an impression one month ago at Saint-Cloud, where she didn't start well,  but that was a completely different proposition this time as Pierre-Charles Boudot pushed her ahead early on and the filly easily took over the leading Gwerann (Dansili) to score by 4 lengths, third-placed Hallucinante (Dubawi) confirming the 2nd place she'd taken the day Blue Valley started her career.

The filly is bred by the Gestüt Ammerland managed by Dietrich von Boetticher, who bought her back for €130,000 at the Arqana August 2016 yearling sale. She belongs to the briuloiant family of Borgia (Acatenango) who's a full sister to her dam Bougainvillea (Acatenango).

Before Blue Valley, the mare gave 11 foals including Burma Gold (Java Gold), winner of the Italian and German Legers. She also gave & 2yo colt by Dream Ahead trained by André Fabre.

Main entries : The Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1), Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1).


FLOWRIDER (F3), USA by Street Cry ex Wavering (Refuse to Bend)
Prix Parade d’Amour (Unraced 3F, 1,600m), May 8, Saint-Cloud

Owner : Godolphin
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Godolphin
Rider : Mickaël Barzalona

Twelve handsome fillies there as Flowrider (Street Cry) crushed the field after passing the leading French Riviera (Intello) to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Frankel Light (Frankel) finished well to easily beat French Riviera for 2nd place while Aumale (Dansili) only stayed on in 4th.

Flowrider is out of Wavering (Refuse to Bend), a Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1) winner for the very same connections who proved unable to win again after that. At stud, her first foal is the Prix de Flore (Gr3) winner Switching (Street Cry).

Their full sister Rueing (Street Cry) was sold €115,000 to Broadhurst Agency (Laurent Benoît) at the Arqana Breeding sale after two wins, for aher debut and then in a Class 2 at Vichy. She never was able to make the frame in Listed races despite a few trials at that level.

Wavering's last foal is a Medaglia d’Oro filly in training with Saeed bin Suroor.

Main entries : The Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1), Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1).


EMPERATOR (C3), FRA by Motivator ex Equity (Anabaa)
Prix Pas de deux (Unraced 3C&G, 1,600m), May 8, Saint-Cloud

Owners : Yolande Seydoux de Clausonne, José Bruneau de la salle, Fabrice Vermeulen et Laetitia Louis.
Trainer : Fabrice Vermeulen
Breeder : Yolande Seydoux de Clausonne.
Rider : Christohe Soumillon

Supplemented in this late blossoming milers, and picked by Christophe Soumillon despite the running of an Aga Khan in the race, Emperator (Motivator) won all the way at it was plainly obvious he was dominating two furlongs out as his rider was only waiting for a gap to materialize -he had trailed near the rail three lengths behind the leaders after a sluggish start. He finally beat the Godolphin colt Dramatic Device (Dansili), fast ahead, by almost 2 lengths.

Withdrawn at Arqana Auytmn Sale in 2016, Emperator is out of the maiden mare Equity (Anabaa), who now has foaled 4 individual winners and is herself out of Ensorcelles-Moi (Riverman), 2nd in Prix de Liancourt (L) over 8 furlongs and the Prix de Bagatelle (L) over 10 furlongs, also for Yolande Seydoux.

Her dam is no less than the Prix de Diane winner Escaline (Arctic Tern).

After Emperator, Equity gave birth to a 2yo filly by Muhtathir in training with Ludovic Gadbin.

Main entries : Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1).


AL ADAID (C3), FRA by Zoffanny ex Diamond Fever (Fasliyev)
Prix de la Folie Saint-James (Maiden 3C&G, 2,000m), May 3, ParisLongchamp

Owner : Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Sophie Boulin Redouly
Rider : Grégory Benoist

Al Adaid (Zoffanny) finished 3rd last time out on the same course but over the mile behind Baltic Baron (Shamardal), who won since then. For his 2nd race of the season, on one and a quarter mile, the André Fabre-traind colt really seemed to have improved as he dominated El Manifico (High Chaparral) rather convincingly.

Bred in France by Sophie Boulin Redouly, Al Adaid went twice to Arqana's Deauville ring. First as a yearling in October, when he made €55,000 €, then at last year's breeze up sales, where Mandore Agency (Nicolas de Watrigant) pais €400,000 to secure him in name of Al Shaqab.

It is the same family than Capri (Galileo), winner of the Irish Derby (Gr1) and the StLeger (Gr1) last year, whose 2nd dam is also Lagardere Elevage's Diamilina (Linamix).


VICTORINE (F3), FRA by Le Havre ex La Mezquita (Holy Roman Emperor)
Prix de Sèvres (Maiden 3F, 2,000m), May 3, ParisLongchamp

Owner : Édouard de Rothschild
Trainer : Henri-Alex Pantall
Breeder : Écurie de Meautry
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

Victorine (Le Havre) was one of the most seasoned fillies in the race with already three places including a 3rd place for her seasonal bow on this very track on the opening day. It looked as if she was about to crush the field two out but she eventually struggled a bit to keep up in the end as Amazing Lips (Camelot) was finally finding momentum, only to fail by a length, just beating a tough Zalzalah (Dubawi) and Aleen (Mastercraftsman) on the photo.

Homebred by Édouard de Rothschild and trained by Henri-Alex Pantall, Victorine is out of La Mezquita (Holy Roman Emperor), who was sold €6,500 at the Arqana Summer Sale in 2016.


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (F2), FRA by Sepoy ex Arabian Flight (Exceed and Excel)
Prix de la Verrerie (Unraced 2F, 1,000m), April 2, Chantilly

Owner : Theresa Marnane
Trainer : Matthieu Palussière
Breeders : Haras du Lieu des Champs, Leftnard Stud, FAP Syndicate, Leonard Powell
Rider : Antoine Hamelin

Drop Dead Gorgeous (Sepoy) went aside the leading Eleven O Two (Rio de la Plata) and overtook her to score by almost a length as 3rd-placed Moana (Ifraaj) finished 3rd two lengths behind.

Sold €3,500 as a weanling at Deauville by Haras du Lieu des Champs to haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard, she did not reach much more as a yearling as Con Marnane bought her for €3,500 at the Arqana October sale. Her dam Arabian Flight (Exceed and Excel) raced a lot (61 times from 2 to 6yo), mostly on all-weather tracks in Britain, and she won 6 races. Drop Dead Gorgeous is her first foal, whose 2nd dam is a sister to the good Godolphin stakes winner Mamool (In the Wings).

Both Drop Dead Gorgeous sire and dam's sire are from Australia.


I’M THE MAN (C2), IRE by Dandy Man ex Anthyllis (Night Shift)
Prix du Soleil de Bretagne (Unraced 2C&G, 1,000m), May 2, Chantilly

Owner : Theresa Marnane
Trainer : Matthieu Palussière
Breeder : Knocklong House Stud
Rider : Antoine Hamelin

Fast ahead and soon joined by Kilfrush Memories (Shakespearean), I’m the Man (Dandy Man) outstayed his rival and then just held off a fast closing Tudo Bem (Sommerabend), who failed by less than a length. The Marnane stable won both the beginners' races on the day. I'm the Man was for sale three weeks earlier but was undold £24,000 at the Doncaster breeze up sale. Con Marnane had bought the colt as a yearling at the same venue for £28,000.

I’m the Man is out of the maiden Anthyllis (Night Shift), dam of the dual German placed Topkapi Diamond (Acclamation), a sister to Plicck (Night Shift), a Gr2-winner in USA.


VAUTRIN (C3), GB by Bated Breath ex Lou Salomé (Giant’s Causeway)
Prix de Brichebay (Maiden 3yos, 1,200m), May 2, Chantilly

Owner : Famille Rothschild
Trainer : André Fabre
Breeder : Famille Rothschild
Rider : Pierre-Charles Boudot

One of the only two beginners in this maiden race, Vautrin (Bated Breath) still outclassed the field and scored by 4 lengths in style, beating a group of horses led by French Pegasus (French Fifteen).

Vautrin is the first foal out of Lou Salomé (Giant’s Causeway), whi never made it to the podium, not even at Cavaillon, before she went to stud. She's out of Cicerole (Barathea), a Listed winner at 3, Group-placed every season from 2 to 4 up to the mile, and second in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Gr2) over 9 furlongs. Cicérole is also a sister to Elliptique (New Approach), a Gr1-winner in Germany.

Since Vautrin, Lou Salome gave Calusot (Mastercraftsman), a 2yo in training with André Fabre, and a Makfi yearling filly.




ENJOY IT (F3), IRE by Jeremy ex Bilboa (Phantom Breeze)
Prix Wild Monarch des Pouliches (Beginners, 3F, 3,000m HURDLES), May 7, Auteuil

Owner : Mme Patrick Papot
Trainer : Guillaume Macaire
Breeder : Kenilworth House Stud
Rider : Kevin Nabet

Six fillies were still in contention for the win as they were jumping the 2nd last hgurdle but only two emerged after the next jump, as Enjoy It (Jeremy) finally got the better of Hurkova (Hurricane Cat), with Luna Riska (No Risk at All) and French Bird (Cokoriko) finishing well a few lengths back.

Enjoy It runs for the Papot family but the filly is leased to them by Benoît Gabeur. She wa sbred in Ireland by Kenilworth House Stud, owner of the great hurdling mare Bilboa (Phantom Breeze), bred by the Pelat-Hosselet family, trained by François Doumen, dual-Gr2 winner in Britain, placed in the Champion Hurdle (Gr1) at Cheltenham and in the Prix Alain du Breil 4yo Hurdle (Gr1) at Auteuil. Bilboa's 2nd dam Association (Margouillat) folaed the great sire Mansonnien (Tip Moss), whose sister Maisonnaise (Labus) bred Bilboa.

Enjoy It cost €22,000 as a weanling at Tattersalls Ireland in 2015.