Nayef’s Ice Breeze Prevails in the Hocquart

2nd at CHY, Gr. Stk, €130,000G2 Prix Hocquart Longines (12f)Winner: Ice Breeze (GB), c, 3 by Nayef

Ice Breeze | Scoop Dyga

By Sean Cronin

   Ice Breeze, who was untested as a juvenile, debuted with a second going 10 1/2 panels at Saint-Cloud Apr. 11 before breaking through upped to 12 furlongs back there May 1, and lined up for this coming off a second in the G3 Prix du Lys back over that course and distance May 23. Shuffled back to enter the home straight in last place after running third through halfway, he responded to increased rousting to challenge entering the final eighth and was pushed out to narrowly deny Prix du Lys third Shakeel for a career high nearing the line. “He’s a horse we’ve always liked and has improved from race to race,” commented trainer Pascal Bary. “When there is good pace in the race, like there was today, he is better off coming with a late run and that is exactly what he did. He has a very good turn of foot. All being well, he will return in the [July 14 G1] Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris [at Saint-Cloud].”


Sunday, Chantilly, France
PRIX HOCQUART LONGINES-G2, €130,000, CHY, 6-18, 3yo, c/f, 12fT, 2:33.09, gd.
1–#@ICE BREEZE (GB), 128, c, 3, by Nayef
1st Dam: Winter Silence (GB) (SP-Fr), by Dansili (GB)
2nd Dam: Hunt the Sun (GB), by Rainbow Quest
3rd Dam: Suntrap, by Roberto
O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Pascal Bary; J-Vincent Cheminaud. €74,100. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0, €108,800. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Shakeel (Fr), 128, c, 3, Dalakhani (Ire)–Shamiyra (Fr), by Medicean (GB). O-H H The Aga Khan; B-H H The Aga Khan’s Studs SC (FR); T-Alain de Royer-Dupre. €28,600.
3–Falcon Wings (GB), 128, c, 3, Nathaniel (Ire)–Cast in Gold, by Elusive Quality. O-Muteb bin Abdullah; B-Stables of King Abdullah & Son (GB); T-Nicolas Clement. €13,650.
Margins: HD, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 1.90, 3.30, 9.90.
Also Ran: Mask of Time (Ire), Galipad (GB).
   Ice Breeze is the second stakes winner produced by Listed Prix des Tourelles third Winter Silence (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and is a full-brother to G2 Hardwicke S. and G2 Yorkshire Cup hero Snow Sky (GB), and a half-brother to the 2-year-old colt Air Frost (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}) and a yearling filly by Kingman (GB). Winter Silence is herself kin to G1 Sheema Classic winner Polish Summer (GB) (Polish Precedent) and GI Manhattan H. victor Meteor Storm (GB) (Bigstone {Ire}), out of a half-sister to MG1SW sires Raintrap (GB) (Rainbow Quest) and Sunshack (GB) (Rainbow Quest). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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