Born To Sea's Tulipa Chope Best In the Reservoirs

Tulipa Chope | Emma Berry

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Having beaten the subsequent G3 Prix des Chenes winner Zabiari (GB) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in the Listed Criterium du FEE at Deauville in August, Alain Jathiere's Tulipa Chope (Fr) (Born To Sea {Ire}) took the next step up the ladder in her stride when returning to Normandy to capture Wednesday's G3 Prix des Reservoirs. Settled in behind the leader early by Theo Bachelot, the Stephane Wattel-trained bargain €5,000 Osarus September graduate was travelling best turning in and tanked her way to the front two out. Chased to the line by the Wertheimers' TDN Rising Star Aventure (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), the 2-1 second favourite had first run on that 17-10 market-leader and was not for catching as she registered a 1 1/4-length success.

“We intended to run her in the [G1 Prix Marcel] Boussac, but passed on it because I felt at that point that she was not as well as I would have hoped,” Wattel said of the winner, who was also third behind the subsequent Boussac third Les Pavots (Ire) (No Nay Never) in Vichy's Listed Prix des Jouvenceaux et des Jouvencelles in July. “After watching the Boussac, I had no regrets. She had been off since August and it is always a concern to return after such a long break, but her last piece of work was excellent so we hoped she would run well. You will see her again next year in the [G3] Prix de la Grotte.”

Pedigree Notes

Tulipa Chope is out of Tulipe Rouge (Fr) (Panis), who emanates from The Aga Khan's “V” family which features, among others, the G1 Prix de Diane heroine Valyra (GB) (Azamour {Ire}), the G1 Queen Anne S. and G1 Prix d'Ispahan hero Valixir (Ire) (Trempolino) and the GI Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal (Fr) (Royal Academy). Her yearling filly Winne Chope (Fr) is by Gutaifan (Ire).

Wednesday, Deauville, France
PRIX DES RESERVOIRS-G3, €80,000, Deauville, 10-18, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:43.75, gd.
1–TULIPA CHOPE (FR), 123, f, 2, by Born To Sea (Ire)
    1st Dam: Tulipe Rouge (Fr), by Panis
    2nd Dam: Vandalixa (Fr), by Linamix (Fr)
    3rd Dam: Vadlawysa (Ire), by Always Fair
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (€5,000 Ylg '22 OSASEP). O-Alain Jathiere; B-A Chopard & C Boutin (FR); T-Stephane Wattel; J-Theo Bachelot. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0, €129,550. Werk Nick Rating: D. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Aventure (Ire), 123, f, 2, Sea The Stars (Ire)–Balladeuse (Fr), by Singspiel (Ire).
1ST BLACK-TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK-TYPE. TDN Rising Star. O/B-Wertheimer et Frere (IRE); T-Christophe Ferland. €16,000.
3–Dollerina (Ire), 123, f, 2, Territories (Ire)–Rag And Bone, by Street Cry (Ire).
1ST BLACK-TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK-TYPE. O-Brian Gleeson & J Brady; B-Brucetown Farms Ltd & John Brady (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien. €12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 2.00, 1.70, 7.80.
Also Ran: Extraordinaire (Fr), Making Dreams (Ire), Seduisante (Fr), Babette (Fr), Shalella (Fr). Video, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

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