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09 September 2020

Promising colt Step By Step will be seen next in G2 Prix Chaudenay (3000m) following his second at Longchamp in the G3 Prix de Lutèce (3000m) last Thursday. A winner of the Listed Derby du Languedoc (2400m) at Toulouse in June, all three wins have been on rain-affected going and connections will be looking for softer conditions than they faced at his most recent start.    

Three French horses have been nominated to run in Australia in both the G1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). All horses have been allocated the same weight for both races - San Huberto and Skyward, 53.5kg and Port Guillaume 52.5kg. 

Racehorse and stallion Muhtathir died on Tuesday at Haras du Mézeray at the age of twenty-five. Sire of five Group One winners, he served forty mares this season and was one of the oldest active stallions in France. His mark is also left with sons such as Doctor Dino, one of the leading sires of jumpers. As a racehorse Muhtathir was second in the 1998 G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) and won the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) in 2000. His most famous daughter is Satwa Queen (G1 Prix de l'Opéra, G2 Prix Jean Romanet, twice).  

G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2009 winner See The Stars has proven to be a successful stallion and secured a sixty-ninth stakes winner when three-year-old filly Conte De Fee won the Listed Prix Occitanie over 1900m at La Teste de Buch last Friday.    

Stallion Shalaa stands for €25,000 at Haras de Bouquetot and is also a shuttler to the southern hemisphere. His daughter Samrah won the Prix Decathlon la Teste run over 1600m at La Teste de Buch last Saturday. This was his ninth first-season winner. Multiple Group One winner Flintshire (G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner, second G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, G1 winner in Hong Kong and USA) along with Enable (wins include two G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victories) appears in the bloodline. On the first season sires table in France, Shalaa is currently in second for both prizemoney and winners.    

Another French based stallion increased his stakes winning record during the week when Glycon won the G3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (2000m). This gave Le Havre his thirty-ninth stakes winner. He stands at Haras de Montfort & Préaux for a fee of €50,000 and is second by earnings on the French sires table. Glycon has now had five starts for wins and a second.  

Alamanzor, winner of the 2016 G1 Prix du Jockey Club, is now a shuttle stallion and the son of Wootton Bassett (recently sold from France to stand at Coolmore in Ireland). Currently in New Zealand he will cover a full book of mares for this season. This will be his third season and each year has seen an increase in the number of mares sent to him whilst visiting ‘down under’.    

A change of stud farms from Haras du Grand Courgeon in Lion d’Angers to Ferme de Jalogny, north of Lyon has been announced for Marmelo, runner-up in the 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup. A winner of four races in France, the UK trained runner won to Group Two level in three French races, twice in the Prix Kerdorlay. His fee has been reduced from €3,500 to €2,500 following only serving fourteen mares last season. The move is hoped to increase his chances of success.