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27 April 2021

It has been an important week in all three racing codes including two feature events headlining the weekend with the G1 Prix de l'Atlantique (2150m) at Enghien and the G3 Prix du Président de la République Handicap Steeplechase at Auteuil….

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Date 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 

Venue 

Chantilly (Turf) 

Race 

Race 3 – G3 Prix Sigy (1100m) 

Type 

Three-year-olds 

Winner 

Suesa  

Jockey 

Olivier Peslier 

Trainer 

François Rohaut 

Breeding 

Night of Thunder x Sally Is The Boss 

Second 

Isle of May 

Third 

Ideal Beauty 

Suesa, a George Strawbridge owned filly remains unbeaten after three starts following an eye-catching three and half-length victory. She won the Listed Prix Yacowlef (1100m) at the same course and distance last November and this success gave Night Of Thunder a nineteenth stakes winner. He stands at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland for an increased fee of €75,000. The filly was purchased by McKeever Bloodstock for €17,000 at the 2018 Goffs Ireland November Foal Sale. The filly it out of the unraced Orpen (Lure) mare Sally Is The Boss. Last Tuesday was her first start for both the owner and trainer Francois Rohaut.  

 

 

 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Toulouse (Good) 

Race 

R3 – G2 Prix Sheikh Mansoor Festival - Prix Nefta (2000m) 

Type 

Four-year-old fillies Purebred Arabs 

Winner 

Jalela 

Jockey 

Jérôme Cabre 

Trainer 

Thomas Fourcy 

Breeding 

Mister Ginoux et Nefertarie 

Second 

 Elaf 

Third 

 Zarra Star 

Jalela, a four-year-old filly gained a second win in five starts. She found plenty from the front and made all in good style. This added to her smart record after a success in the G3 Prix Nevada II (160m) last October at the same course. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Toulouse 

Race 

R4 – G2 Prix de Carthage (2000m) 

Type 

Four-year-olds and above 

Winner 

Hattal 

Jockey 

Ioritz Mendizabal 

Trainer 

Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte 

Breeding 

Mahabb et Mizzna 

Second 

 Ibn Gadir QA 

Third 

 Melabi 

Hattal justified strong market support keeping a promising record intact now with four wins from five attempts. The son of Mahabb clearly is talented as last July he won the G1 Derby des Pur-Sang Arabe de 4 ans (2000m) at Chantilly. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Toulouse 

Race 

R6 – Listed Prix F.B.A. Aymeri de Mauléon (1600m) 

Type 

Three-year-olds  

Winner 

Perseverants 

Jockey 

Julien Augé 

Trainer 

Christophe Ferland 

Breeding 

Zoffany x Perle Rare 

Second 

Mouillage 

Third 

Seventh Kingdom 

Three-year-old son of Zoffany gained a second career success after making all to win this Listed prize. She managed to fend off the fast-closing runners by the shortest margin. This provided former Australia shuttler Zoffany with his 39th individual stakes winner. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Toulouse 

Race 

R7 – Listed Prix Caravelle - Haras des Granges (2100m) 

Type 

Three-year-old fillies 

Winner 

Light Stars 

Jockey 

Christophe Soumillon 

Trainer 

Jean-Claude Rouget 

Breeding 

Sea The Stars x Sureyya 

Second 

 Lingering Dream 

Third 

 Aspirante 

The daughter of Sea The Stars showed ability to record a second win from three racecourse appearances after coming from last to first. Held up early, jockey Christophe Soumillon had to switch the filly to the outside but powered home quickly to reign in the field. Raced by the Aga Khan, this became a 75th individual stakes winner for Sea The Stars (Cape Cross). 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Toulouse 

Race 

R8 – Listed Le Vase d'Argent - 3e Etape du Défi du Galop 2021 (2000m) 

Type 

Four-year-olds and above. 

Winner 

Moderator 

Jockey 

Christophe Soumillon 

Trainer 

Charley Rossi 

Breeding 

Rio de la Plata x Monarquia 

Second 

 Fantastic Spirit 

Third 

 Kabir 

Christophe Soumillon had another triumph on Sunday at Toulouse as he steered Moderator to success after being prominent throughout. Last year’s Grosser Preis Von Stadler - 40 Swiss Derby (2400m) winner gave Rio De La Plata (Rahy) his seventh stakes winner, all coming at Listed level. 


 

Date 

Monday 26 April 2021 

Venue 

Chantilly (Turf) (Good to soft) 

Race 

R3 – Listed Prix Servanne (1200m) 

Type 

Four-year-olds and above 

Winner 

Marianafoot 

Jockey 

Mickaël Barzalona 

Trainer 

Jérôme Reynier 

Breeding 

Footstepsinthesand x Marianabaa 

Second 

Queen of Love 

Third 

Sestilio Jet 

Marianafoot won the feature at Chantilly in taking fashion to give a twelfth victory from nineteen starts for the six-year-old. This success also produced a six consecutive win. 

 

Jump 

Date 

Wednesday 21 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil (Good) 

Race 

R2 – Listed Prix Wild Monarch – Poulains Hurdle (3000m) 

Type 

Hurdle, three-year-old colts and geldings unraced 

Winner 

Paradiso 

Jockey 

Kévin Nabet 

Trainer 

David Cottin 

Breeding 

Kapgarde x No News 

Second 

Cuzco du Mathan 

Third 

Matterhorn 

Paradiso justified strong market support to score this Listed event by an eye-catching eight lengths to make a winning debut. Kévin Nabet rode the three-year-old close to the lead and was prominent which helped with the jumping throughout to then open up in style at the finish.  

 

Date 

Wednesday 21 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil (Good ground) 

Race 

R3 – Listed Prix William Head Chase (4700m) 

Type 

Steeplechase, five-year-olds and above 

Winner 

Général en Chef 

Jockey 

Felix de Giles 

Trainer 

David Cottin 

Breeding 

Martaline x Sortie de Secours 

Second 

Carriacou 

Third 

Goas Mat 

David Cottin gained a quick fire Listed double as Général en Chef recorded a fourth win from nine career starts. Jockey Felix de Giles made a bold move inside the final 800m to be a clear 20 length leader down the back straight for the final time and he had the class to keep the clear margin. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil (Very Soft) 

Race 

R2 – Listed Prix de Marsan Hurdle (3600m) 

Type 

Hurdle, for four year olds only 

Winner 

Starlet du Mesnil 

Jockey 

Bertrand Lestrade 

Trainer 

François Nicolle 

Breeding 

No Risk At All x Scarlett du Mesnil 

Second 

Lola Oak 

Third 

Here I Am 

François Nicolle had a fantastic afternoon at the Paris track delivering a four timer, with this four-year-old filly gaining a fourth victory in six outings. The daughter of No Risk At All jumped well and displayed good ability to beat stablemate, Lola Oak. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil 

Race 

R3 – G3 Prix du Président de la République Handicap Steeplechase (4700m) 

Type 

Handicap steeplechase, for five-year-olds and above 

Winner 

Fanfaron Spécial 

Jockey 

Felix de Giles 

Trainer 

Patrice Quinton 

Breeding 

Gentlewave x Ultra Spéciale 

Second 

Enfant Roi 

Third 

Bandero 

Six-year-old Fanfaron Spécial had the perfect passage to gain one of the biggest chase events of the year after showing a brilliant attitude and jumping technique throughout. The large field of twenty were all still standing with 1000m to go. He reversed the form from the Prix Karcimont handicap chase (4400m) against Enfant Roi at the start of the month. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil 

Race 

R4 – Listed Prix Wild Monarch – Pouliches Hurdle (3000m) 

Type 

Three-year-old fillies newcomer's event

Winner 

Matilda du Berlais 

Jockey 

Felix de Giles 

Trainer 

David Cottin 

Breeding 

Martaline x Nikita du Berlais 

Second 

 Foxy Girl 

Third 

 Saintamarin 

The current dominance of David Cottin was shown on Sunday at Auteuil as the trainer had the first three home in this Listed newcomer's hurdle with Felix de Giles gaining a quick-fire double. The daughter of Martaline showed promise to make a winning debut though she did have to duel with stable mate, Foxy Girl all the way to the line. Both look horses to note. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil 

Race 

R5 – G2 Prix Jean Stern Steeplchase (4400m) 

Type 

Steeplechase for four-year-olds 

Winner 

Le Listrac 

Jockey 

Lucas Zuliani 

Trainer 

François Nicolle 

Breeding 

Balko et Margonote 

Second 

 L'Aubonnière 

Third 

 Heloy Delabarrière 

Le Listrac continued his progression now with four triumphs from eight career starts. Lucas Zuliani has built up a good parentship with this son of Balko as last season he ran a good fourth in the G1 Prix Cambacérès - Grande Course de Haies des 3 ans hurdle (3600m). He is open to further progress after just three chase attempts so far. 

 

Date 

Sunday 25 April 2021 

Venue 

Auteuil 

Race 

R6 – G2 Prix Léon Rambaud Hurdle (4300m) 

Type 

Hurdle for five-year-olds and above 

Winner 

L'Autonomie 

Jockey 

Angelo Zuliani 

Trainer 

François Nicolle 

Breeding 

Blue Bresil et L'Automne 

Second 

 Paul's Saga 

Third 

 Galop Marin

The six-year-old star mare continued her fabulous record with a comfortable eight length victory. Thirteen wins from eighteen outings is a very smart record especially at the highest level and appears to be the one to beat in next month’s French champion Hurdle.    

 

Trotting  

Date 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 

Venue 

Vincennes 

Race 

R6 – G3 Prix Cornélia (2850m) 

Type 

Mounted, for six-ten-year-olds 

Winner 

Freeman de Houelle 

Driver 

Eric Raffin 

Trainer 

Franck Leblanc 

Breeding 

Vigove x Rafina de Houelle 

Second 

 Diamant de Tréabat 

Third 

 Carioca de Lou 

Six-year-old, Freeman de Houelle justified favouritism when making all after adopting the lead early on. With a circuit to go, he opened up his lead by five lengths and increased the margin down the back straight. As Eric Raffin turned for home, he was still eight lengths clear and was a comfortable winner recording a 1'12''2 over 2850m. His current record now is eight wins, nine placings from 31 career outings. 

 

Date 

Saturday 24 April 2021 

Venue 

Enghien 

Race 

R2 – G2 Sulky Summer Races 4 Ans – Qualifier one (Prix Gaston Brunet) (2875m) 

Type 

Driven, for four-year-olds only 

Winner 

Hatchet Man 

Driver 

David Thomain 

Trainer 

Philippe Allaire 

Breeding 

Goetmals Wood x Suricate 

Second 

Hety du Goutier 

Third 

Hohneck 

Despite there only being six runners and impressive winner was found in Hatchet Man who was a class above the rest as he produced a wide margin victory. David Thomain was keen to secure the lead and ensured that the four-year-old set the pace. He managed to spread out the small field by twenty lengths after just half a circuit of the track. The son of Goetmals Wood is progressive now with eight wins from eighteen attempts. 

 

Date 

Saturday 24 April 2021 

Venue 

Enghien 

Race 

R5 – G2 Sulky Summer Races 4 Ans – Qualifier two (Prix Gaston de Wazières) (2875m) 

Type 

Driven, for four-year-old fillies only 

Winner 

Hirondelle Sibey 

Driver 

Eric Raffin 

Trainer 

Jean-Michel Baudouin 

Breeding 

Gazouillis x Célina du Châtelet 

Second 

Havanaise 

Third 

Héliade du Goutier 

Hirondelle Sibey was held up in the early stages under Eric Raffin. However, the main group were packed together and the daughter of Gazouillis was about eight lengths behind the leader with a lap to go. As the field took the back straight for the final time, Hirondelle Sibey was three-deep but making good headway. The favourite though showed an excellent turn of foot to pass in the final stages scoring by a narrow margin. Hirondelle Sibey completed the last 500 meters 

fastest with a 1'07''3.  

 

Date 

Saturday 24 April 2021 

Venue 

Enghien 

Race 

R7 – G1 Prix de l'Atlantique (2150m) 

Type 

Driven, International for four to ten year olds. 

Winner 

Vivid Wise As  

Driver 

Alessandro Gocciadoro 

Trainer 

Alessandro Gocciadoro 

Breeding 

Yankee Glide x Temple Blue Chip 

Second 

 Etonnant 

Third 

 Délia du Pommereux 

Seven-year-old son of Yankee Glide maintained his great form this year adding another Group One victory after his success in the G1 Grand Critérium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur (1609m) at Cagnes-sur-Mer six weeks ago. Vivid Wise As showed good early pace after the arms retracted behind the mobile. Alessandro Gocciadoro always kept him close-up with the field packed together throughout. It was a bunch finish with multiple chances in the final 200m but one last challenge from Vivid Wise As proved too strong to deliver an Italian success. It was a great performance with a kilometre reduction of 1'11''0, the second fastest time recorded in the Group One. 

 

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