Another Group Win For Kitten’s Joy’s Taareef

3rd at CHY, Gr. Stk, €80,000G3 Prix Bertrand de Breuil Longines (8f)Winner: Taareef, c, 4 by Kitten's Joy

Taareef | Scoop Dyga

By Tom Frary

Saddled with a four-pound penalty as a result of his win in the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein over this course and distance in October, Taareef re-emerged from the enforced shutdown of Jean-Claude Rouget’s stable to lead home Zelzal and a one-two for the now-resurgent operation. Runner-up in the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau over a mile here last April, the chestnut was seventh in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deauville the following month before capturing the nine-furlong G3 Prix Daphnis back at this venue in June. Fourth behind the yard’s star turn Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {Ire}) in a hot renewal of the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano over an extra furlong at Deauville in August, he signed off with a convincing win in the Daniel Wildenstein back at a mile but had been on standby as Rouget managed his virus-afflicted barn.

In front initially before being headed off at the first turn by the runaway Black Max (Fr) (Fuisse {Fr}), Taareef stayed at the head of the remainder and after taking back the advantage a furlong out asserted as last year’s G1 Prix Jean Prat winner Zelzal emerged too late from rear. “I’m delighted with the performance of my two horses. They both followed the same preparation and it’s only how the race was run that decided the outcome ,” trainer Jean-Claude Rouget said. “Had we known there would be such a strong pace then maybe we would have ridden Zelzal a little closer, but he might then have had a harder race and that was not the plan beforehand. It’s not a surprise to see Taareef win, because he’d won two other group races before this. Sheikh Hamdan doesn’t usually keep this type of horse in training in Europe, but I thought he could have a great year. They both have plenty of opportunities in England and France, but I want see how they come out of the race before making any plans.”

Taareef’s stakes-placed dam is a daughter of Marianna’s Girl, who captured the GIII Linda Vista H. and produced five stakes winners including the GIII Stars and Stripes H. winner Marastani (Shahrastani) and the GIII Poker H. scorer Christine’s Outlaw (Wise Again). The third dam Marianna Trench threw the GII Oaklawn H. hero and GI Whitney H. runner-up Bold Style (Bold Commander). Also from the family of the GIII British Columbia Breeders’ Cup Oaks winner Summer Symphony (Summer Squall), Sacred Feather also has an as-yet unnamed 2-year-old colt by Point of Entry and a yearling filly by Bernadini.

Sunday, Chantilly, France
PRIX BERTRAND DU BREUIL LONGINES-G3, €80,000, CHY, 6-18, 4yo/up, 8fT, 1:34.57, gd.
1–TAAREEF, 130, c, 4, by Kitten’s Joy
1st Dam: Sacred Feather (SP-US, $187,177), by Carson City
2nd Dam: Marianna’s Girl, by Dewan
3rd Dam: Marianna Trench, by Pago Pago (Aus)
($675,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Dixiana Farms LLC (KY); T-Jean-Claude Rouget; J-Ioritz Mendizabal. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 8-5-1-0, €263,000. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Zelzal (Fr), 126, c, 4, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Olga Prekrasa, by Kingmambo. (€180,000 Ylg ’14 ARQOCT). O-Al Shaqab Racing; B-Viktor Timoshenko (FR); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €16,000.
3–Siyoushake (Ire), 125, m, 5, Siyouni (Fr)–Shakeyourbody, by Giant’s Causeway. (€50,000 Ylg ’13 AROCT). O-Roy Racing Ltd & Andrew Morley; B-Aleyrion Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Freddy Head. €12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 3. Odds: 5.10, 1.00, 11.40.
Also Ran: Black Max (Fr), Zalamea (Ire), Nordic Dream (Ire), Kourkan (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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