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25 January 2021

Cagnes-sur-Mer staged the first debutant three-year-old maidens of the season. One who caught the eye was Nospenic, trained by the Prod’homme stable in the Caucade Stakes over 1500m last Monday.  

The filly is sired by Penny’s Picnic, a precocious, high-class two-year-old and winner of his first three races including a Maisons-Laffitte Listed event over 1000m.   

In her race Nospenic was slow away from the stalls and held up behind an honest pace. She was travelling kindly though in last place at the 400m marker looking to have little chance of finishing close to the principles from her unpromising position. Rider Eddy Hardouin made a wise decision to switch her to the outside entering the straight. She was briefly outpaced but once fully organised in the final 200m, picked up well, keeping on strongly in the closing stages to gain fifth. By the time the line came she was on top of the front four, gaining with every stride. She was beaten two lengths. 

Her dam was a winner up to 2000m and the way she stayed on gave the impression that a step up in distance in due course will be a good move. Nospenic is expected to come on for this introduction and may go forward from a highly encouraging debut. Look for her next time and especially if stepping up in journey.