Dark Angel's Dr Zempf Back To Winning Ways



Disappointing when only fifth trying a mile in The Curragh's Listed Tetrarch S. May 2, Peter Brant's TDN Rising Star Dr Zempf (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) was back in his comfort zone in Thursday's G3 Ballycorus S. as he successfully returned to the seven-furlong trip and Leopardstown venue of his Apr. 2 Listed 2000 Guineas Trial S. win. In front initially before handed a lead by the eventual third Pretreville (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}), the 13-8 favourite who was also runner-up in the G1 Phoenix S. in August blew by that rival with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and gave generously for Colin Keane to score by two lengths from fellow Ger Lyons-trained TDN Rising Star Straight Answer (GB) (Kodiac {GB}).

“I never had a doubt that he would get a mile and I was wrong,” Lyons admitted. “Colin said that he is strengthening up all the time. He shows me plenty of speed at home and we could bring him back to six, but Colin said don't do that. I'd say his future will be in America for Peter and I'd say that is where he will win his grade 1 around two bends. That was a lovely run from Straight Answer. Rory and Barry [Mahon] are adamant that the pedigree suggests he goes further. [Jockey] Gary [Carroll] said he'll win one of those over a mile.”

Dr Zempf is the third foal out of the G3 Prix Eclipse and Listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge winner and G3 Prix d'Arenberg third Souvenir Delondres (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). Her first was Dancin Inthestreet (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}), who was third in the 2020 Palace of Holyroodhouse H. at Royal Ascot. She is a half to the Listed Land O'Burns Fillies' S.-placed I'm So Glad (GB) (Clodovil {Ire}) connected to the dual listed scorer and G3 Prix de Seine-et-Oise runner-up Terroir (Ire) (Fairy King) and the GII Schuylerville S. and GIII Astoria Breeders' Cup S. winner Distinct Habit (Distinctive Pro). Souvenir Delondres's 2-year-old filly by Kingman (GB) is named Visiting Hours (GB), while she also has a yearling colt by Too Darn Hot (GB).

Thursday, Leopardstown, Ireland
BALLYCORUS S.-G3, €50,000, Leopardstown, 6-9, 3yo/up, 7f 12yT, 1:30.33, g/y.
1–DR ZEMPF (GB), 125, c, 3, by Dark Angel (Ire)
     1st Dam: Souvenir Delondres (Fr) (GSW-Fr, $138,754), by Siyouni (Fr)
     2nd Dam: Dilag (Ire), by Almutawakel (GB)
     3rd Dam: Terracotta Hut (Ire), by Habitat
1ST GROUP WIN. (420,000gns Ylg '20 TATOCT). O-Peter M Brant; B-Stratford Place Stud (GB); T-Ger Lyons; J-Colin Keane. €30,000. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Ire, 7-3-1-0, $137,413. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Straight Answer (GB), 125, c, 3, Kodiac (GB)–Straight Thinking, by Mizzen Mast.
1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O-Juddmonte; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Ger Lyons. €10,000.
3–Pretreville (Fr), 138, h, 7, Acclamation (GB)–Pegase Hurry, by Fusaichi Pegasus. (€100,000 Ylg '16 AROYRG; €240,000 RNA HRA '20 ARARC; 95,000gns HRA '21 TATHRA). O-Shamrock Thoroughbreds & Gerard Augustin-Normand; B-Serge Boucheron (FR); T-Adrian McGuinness. €5,000.
Margins: 2, NO, 1HF. Odds: 1.63, 8.00, 4.00.
Also Ran: Thunder Moon (Ire), Real Appeal (Ger). Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.


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