European Action: International Influences in French Winners

Prix Noailles

The first major French Derby prep of the year, the Prix Noailles (Fr-II) was won by the French-foaled but decidedly German-pedigreed Grandcamp (FR) (by Platini (GER) out of a mare by a son of Super Concorde), who is rated A++ by TrueNicks.

Platini is a son of the great sire Surumu (GER), from the male line of Dark Ronald that has prospered primarily in Germany for the better part of a century.

Damsire Big Shuffle was a good Irish-trained sprinter by Super Concorde, a French champion 2-year-old by Seattle Slew's sire Bold Reasoning. Despite being an outcross for German strains, Big Shuffle has flourished as a stallion in Germany and has long been that country's premier speed sire.


Prix d'Harcourt

The Prix d'Harcourt (Fr-II) was upset by Trincot (FR), a son of the Nureyev horse Peintre Celebre. He is one of two graded stakes winners by Peintre Celebre out of mares by Royal Academy, and one of five stakes winners bred on the larger Nureyev/Royal Academy cross.

Incidentally, Royal Academy, who is a well-regarded broodmare sire, had a good weekend in that role as another daughter produced the Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) victress Sweet August Moon. The 4-year-old is another good winner for Malibu Moon from his first Kentucky crop (sired at just $10,000)

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