European Action: International Influences in French Winners
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 06, 2009 |
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.
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.
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)