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.