Dawn Approach's Musis Amica Goes 2-For-2 in the Prix de la Grotte

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4th at LCP, Gr. Stk, €80,000G3 Prix de la Grotte (8f)Winner: Musis Amica (Ire), f, 3 by Dawn Approach (Ire)

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Musis Amica (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) was straight on the case, registering a Nov. 10 debutantes' heat over 7 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud in her only prior start, and punched her ticket to the May 13 G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches with a late flourish in this black-type bow. Steadied off the pace in fifth for much of this renewal, she was scrubbed along passing the two pole and, despite appearing held approaching the final eight, quickened impressively in the closing stages to claim a personal best in decisive fashion.

“Andre [Fabre] told us she was our filly for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, but it looked a strong race on paper beforehand so it is a pleasant surprise,” admitted Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard. “We thought she might lack for experience in this first start of the season which, of course, is only the second outing of her career. She has a lovely action, she quickened well and can improve physically because she is a big filly. She's not quite there yet, but we're still very hopeful of a good run back here next month.”

Pedigree Notes…

Musis Amica, who is also entered in the May 27 G1 Prix Saint-Alary and June 17 G1 Prix de Diane, is a daughter  of G2 Prix de Malleret and G3 Prix de Royaumont placegetter White Star (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}), and is thus a half to G2 Prix Eugene Adam hero Harland (GB) (Halling) and a 2-year-old colt by Raven's Pass. Her second dam is GI Kentucky Oaks, GI Delaware Oaks and GI Alabama S. heroine White Star Line (Northern Dancer), who produced G2 Prix de Pomone victress Whitehaven (GB) (Top Ville {Ire}), herself the dam of dual stakes winner Copeland (GB) (Generous {Ire}) and the granddam of G2 Blue Diamond Prelude victress Samara Dancer (NZ) (Hinchinbrook {Aus}) and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Eclair Big Bang (NZ) (Savabeel {Aus}). Musis Amica shares her granddam with G1 Moyglare Stud S.-winning European highweight Preseli (Ire) (Caerleon) and G1 Oaks d'Italia heroine Valley of Gold (Fr) (Shirley Heights {GB}). Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

 

Sunday, Longchamp, France
PRIX DE LA GROTTE-G3, €80,000, LCP, 4-15, 3yo, f, 8fT, 1:46.85, hy.
1–MUSIS AMICA (IRE), 126, f, 3, by Dawn Approach (Ire)
1st Dam: White Star (Ire) (MGSP-Fr), by Darshaan (GB)
2nd Dam: White Star Line, by Northern Dancer
3rd Dam: Fast Line, by Mr. Busher
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. 1ST GROUP WIN. O-Godolphin SNC;
B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Mickael Barzalona.
€40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €53,500. Werk Nick
   Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Sea Prose (Fr), 126, f, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Calasetta (Ire), by
Montjeu (Ire). O-Roy Racing Ltd; B-Ecurie La Boetie (FR);
T-Freddy Head. €16,000.
3–Latita (Fr), 126, f, 3, Silver Frost (Ire)–Amazing Story (Fr), by
Cricket Ball. (€5,000 Ylg '16 ARQNOV). O-Pierre Van Belle,
Jean-Claude Rouget & Jose Bruneau de la Salle; B-Jedburgh
Stud & Thierry de la Heronniere (FR); T-Fabrice Vermeulen.
€12,000.
Margins: 1HF, HF, HF. Odds: 10.00, 14.00, 4.10.
Also Ran: Magical (Ire), Wind Chimes (GB), Mission Impassible (Ire), Sweety Dream (Fr), Armoricaine (GB). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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