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Blue Rose Cen | Scoop Dyga

by Heather Anderson & Brian Sheerin
   Yeguada Centurion's Group 1 winner Blue Rose Cen has already prepped for this race with a 1 1/2-length victory in the G3 Prix de la Grotte in April, however Lindy ran second that day and reopposes on Sunday. The Coolmore partners run Never Ending Story in this fillies' Classic, and she, too, enters off a win–the G3 1000 Guineas Trial S. at Leopardstown.


SWINGALONG (IRE), Showcasing (GB)–Pilates (Ire) (Shamardal)
Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mountarmstrong Stud
Trainer: Karl Burke
Sales History: 120,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: The fourth winner of four to run from her dam, the G2 Lowther S. heroine was just two lengths back of Remarquee (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in the G3 Dubai Duty Free S. She lucked out with stall one, and could improve given the right conditions.



FANCY ME (IRE), Pivotal (GB)–Besotted (Ire) (Dutch Art {GB})
Owner: Cotton House Bloodstock
Breeder: C-Squared Investments
Trainer: Philippe Sogorb
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Out of a listed winner who was second in the G2 Prix de Sandringham, Fancy Me is the third  winner for her dam, herself a half-sister to 2006 Pouliches heroine Tie Black (Ire) (Machiavellian). Won the soft-ground G3 Prix des Reservoirs, but would need to find more on Sunday.



SAUTERNE (FR), Kingman (GB)–Salicorne (Aragorn {Ire})
Owner/Breeder: Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois
Trainer: Patrice Cottier
Sales History: €130,000 vendor buyback at Arqana August
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Sauterne is part of a quintet of scorers for Salicorne, herself a half-sister to the champion Stacelita (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}), who has thrown a pair of Japanese Classic-winning fillies. In with a chance if she can continue to build on her listed win in April.



LINDY (FR), Le Havre (Ire)–Llanita (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire})
Owner: Ecurie Waldeck, Meridian International SARL Et Al.
Breeder: Ecurie La Vallee Martigny Earl
Trainer: Christophe Ferland
Sales History: €90,000 Arqana August yearling
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: The most talented of three black-type horses from the multiple stakes-placed Llanita on paper, Lindy has been dominant in the French provinces. She was second to likely favourite Blue Rose Cen (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) in the G3 Prix de la Grotte last month, but the waters are deeper here.


QUICKSTEP (FR), Wootton Bassett (GB)–Dance Toupie (Fr) (Dansili {GB})
Owner: Godolphin SNC
Breeder: Mathieu Daguzan-Garros
Trainer: Andre Fabre
Sales History: €120,000 Arqana December foal; 350,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Dance Toupie has foaled a brace of group/graded-placed horses. Quickstep's granddam, Toupie (GB) (Intikhab) was second in the 2005 edition of this race. A winner over course and distance in soft going recently, this filly has yet to earn black type.



SHOWAY (FR), (Galiway (GB)–Show Gorb (Spa) (Caradak {Ire})
Owner: Gousserie Racing
Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding
Trainer: Patrice Cottier
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Fifth foal out of the Group 3-placed Show Gorb. One of the most experienced runners in the field with 11 starts under her belt already, including a narrow victory in the G3 Prix Imprudence at odds of 42-1 last time.



NEVER ENDING STORY (IRE), Dubawi (Ire)–Athena (Ire) (Camelot {GB})
Owner: Mrs John Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Westerberg
Breeder: Coolmore
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: First foal out of the classy Athena, winner of the GI Belmont Oaks, and half-sister to multiple highly-rated performers including Bracelet (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), and Wading (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). She is also a daughter of Cherry Hinton (GB) (Green Desert), who is out of the legendary Urban Sea (Miswaki). Looked good in winning her Guineas trial at Leopardstown, the form of which has been boosted with the runner-up Matilda Picotte (Ire) (Sioux Nation) placing in the 1000 Guineas.



RITOURNELLE (FR), Camelot (GB)–Robanne (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire})
Owner: Jean-Claude Seroul, Haras D'Etreham & Riviera Equine Sarl
Breeder: Haras D'Etreham & Riviera Equine Sarl
Trainer: Jerome Reynier
Sales History: A €260,000 Arqana August Sale grad
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: The first winner out of Robanne, who won a maiden and was listed-placed for William Knight. Behind Showay in a trial last month and has a bit to find on ratings.



KELINA (IRE), Frankel (GB)–Incahoots (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB})
'TDN Rising Star'
Owner/Breeder: Wertheimer & Frere
Trainer: Carlos Laffon-Parias
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Half-sister to the yard's listed-placed Ansilia (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) out of the listed-placed Incahoots. Beaten just a neck by Quickstep on her return. Must have strong each-way claims on that basis.



BLUE ROSE CEN (IRE), Churchill (Ire)–Queen Blossom {Ire}) (Jeremy)
Owner/Breeder: Yeguada Centurion SL
Trainer: Christopher Head
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: First foal out of Queen Blossom, a Group 3 winner in Ireland and America. Arguably one of the most exciting fillies in training, she won the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac last term and returned with a dominant display to win a Group 3 here last month. Sets a high standard.


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