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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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They were good races of course, but I think that there are still very good horses hidden till know. Within the females, I think that Stacelita (Monsun) will take the french Oaks (If Fantasia runs it will be a very good race).

About the males, there are always a lot of visitors from GB and Ire and Coolmore will send some sons of Galileo and Montjeu.The reduction of the Derby distance has been a quite rare decision and the Derby has lost a bit of it's "cache". There is a Monsun colt that has done nothing relevant till know, but won in impressive Style a D course. It is Sayaab, another son of Monsun.

Monsun is extraordinary. Given the dams he has received, he has produced an Astonishing 14% of stakes winner from foals, with many mares that haven't produce any blacktype. They have won group races in GB, Ire, France, Italy, Germany, USA,....He is doubling the quality of the mares (AEI/CI)


Alfonso 22 Apr 2009 3:58 AM

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