Lord Torranaga (Planteur) stormed to an 11 length victory on his 4th start for the yard at Pornichet on the 9th January. He was ridden confidently by Pierre Bazire who sent him to the front and he never saw another rival. He built up an unassailable lead and stayed out the mile and a half well. It was delightful to see him win after 2 second places and hopefully he can keep progressing this winter.
It was great to see Snifter (Elzaam) break his maiden at Pornichet on the 22nd of January. He was ridden positively by Pierre Bazire and showed great courage and bravery to hold on up the straight. Hopefully he can keep progressing and looks like he will be improving more with every run. We’re looking forward to seeing him out again soon.
Speak Out became our 18th winner of the year when winning the 2yo claimer at Lyon la-Soie over 1m1f under a determined ride from Pierre Bazire. This grey gelding by champion juvenile Outstrip was having only his third start and put his experience from his other runs to good use. He has improved a lot since his debut and will now head to the Autumn Horses in Training Sale in Newmarket where he will sell on Thursday, 31st October.
Be Ahead (Dream Ahead) became our first English winner since Suits You at Royal Ascot to score at Wolverhampton on Monday, 14th October. Having been sent across the water due to a lack of opportunities in France. she showed herself to handle the All Weather well and lead from start to finish under Dane O’Neill, We’re really looking forward to her being able to climb the ranks next year and see where she can take us.
On Saturday, 12th October, we enjoyed a double at Pornichet where 2yo Sayidah Kodiac and 3yo No Niki No broke their maidens over 1 mile 1/2 furlong. Sayidah Kodiac is a filly by Kodiac owned by Mr. Abdullah who it was enjoyable to see win after a few placed efforts this season. Hugo Journiac was doing the steering and rode her positively throughout the race where she found plenty up the straight. No Niki No is also a filly but by Helmet owned by the Eastwood/O’Neill partnership and was dropping half a mile back in trip but the slow pace and positive ride she received from Pierre Bazire allowed the shrewd move to come off. We’ll look forward to a productive winter on the all weather with her.
Dr Rio (Rio de la Plata) bounced back to form with a handicap win at Cholet under Pierre Bazire over 1900m on the 14th September. He has now won over €63,000, in only 11 starts which is a great example of the French Owners’ Premiums that can be won. He will continue to run in handicaps and we’re looking forward to his progress over the rest of the season.
Cool Wine (Rajsaman) won the day after at Evreux in a 3yo claimer over 2500m, She was being ridden for the first time by Antoine Coutier, who sent her to the lead from the start. She outstayed the rest of the field to win by a length. She was claimed by P. Adda for €12,800 and to add to that she won €24,000 in prize money in 8 starts. She is a great advert for French racing’s claiming system.
Seeking Dickens became a first time out first crop winner for Darley stallion Hunter’s Light at Nantes on 20th September for owner-breeder Mr. Green. He contested a hot maiden in which many of the runners had strong previous form. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi, he sat in second and burst into the lead at the top of the straight and battled all the way to the line. We are really looking forward to running him again soon and seeing his improvement.
Rondine (Poet’s Voice) won the 3yo maiden over 2200m at Tours under a strong ride from Thomas Messina to become a first winner in the yard for Mr and Mrs Pakenham. This mare is very courageous and tough and it was lovely to see her put it all together to win as she had finished placed on all of her four previous runs. It’s great to have won with her and we’ll watch her progress and see where we go next.
Carnival Zane, a full brother to our Royal Ascot winner Suits You, broke his maiden in fine style on the 30th August at Pornichet. Having finished 2nd over course and distance a couple of weeks earlier, he always looked the likeliest winner. Partnered with Maxime Guyon for the first time, we were delighted with him and he has now won €16,000 in prize money. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season with him.
Saturday 25th August was a day that left us with a mixture of feelings due to all 3 of our runners finishing second. The first was Inshallah Queen, who backed up last month’s handicap win with a solid second in a conditions race at Saint Malo while Cool Wine found a drop in class to suit as she was 2nd in a claimer at the same track. Later in the day, What A Headache finished 2nd in the 3yo maiden at Beaupreau which showed improvement from his previous runs. Hopefully all three will continue to run solid races for the rest of the season.
Kendancer (Kendargent) won the 3yo maiden at Pornichet over 1m 4f on the All Weather on Thursday 22nd August. Kendancer was given a confident ride by Pierre Bazire who kicked him clear of the field turning for home and he won by 3 1/2 lengths. It was great to see him win as he had finished placed on all of his previous 6 starts and this win bought his earnings close to €40,000. He was a 20,000gns purchase from Tattersalls in October 2017. He will compete at a higher level now and we hope he can continue on his upward curve.
Made to Order (Rio de la Plata) won the 3yo maiden over 1m 1/2f at Granville on Thursday 15th August. She was a hot favourite for this contest due to her solid previous form, and duly obliged. She was ridden by Tristan Baron for the first time, who sat on the leaders’ girths and kicked her clear at the top of the straight. This win was extra special as Made to Order is a homebred from the mare Dakhla Oasis. This win has bought her earnings to €31,235 plus an extra €4,880 in Breeders Premiums and she is a fine advert for French Owners and Breeders Premiums.
July was our best month so far of this year with 4 winners and an extra 14 placed horses from only 26 runners. Our runners won a total of €89,643.
La Yakfi sold to continue his racing career in Hong Kong, winner of 3 starts and over 117,000 euros in prize money, this 3yo colt by Makfi will continue his career for Robert Ng. We wish new connections the very best of luck with him.
Magical scoops Listed
Magical Dreamer (Acclamation) won the Listed Grand Prix Anjou Bretagne under a good ride from Pierre Bazire. This 5yo mare was a 90,000gns puchase from the Tattersalls December Sale last year having finished 4th in a Listed race for James Fanshawe last year. She was taken wide up the straight by Bazire and she finished strongly to get up on the line and win by a quarter of a length. She is a hugely exciting filly to have in the yard and we look forward to the rest of her season.
Cool Wine wins
Cool Wine (Rajsaman) broke her maiden on 21st July over 2700m at Erbray under Arnaud Bourgeais. Having been sent to the lead around this tight track, this 3yo filly made little work of it in the end to win by 2 lengths. She will go onto handicaps now and can hopefully keep progressing for her owner Mr. Dasmal.
Morning Basma (Born to Sea) and Inshallah Queen (Casamento) provided owner Mr. Abdullah with a double from as many runners in 3 days. Morning Basma broke her maiden over 1100m at Dieppe on 22nd July to bring her earnings to €61,435 with the benefit of French Owner’s Premiums. After that, Inshallah Queen, a 3yo filly by Casamento, won for the 2nd time this year in a 2700m handicap at Les Sables d’Olonne. She is now 2 wins from 4 runs and we look forward to stepping her up in grade as the season goes on.