Etes Vous Prets? Oui! Too Darn Hot Filly had Winning in Mind

Too Darn Hot's Etes Vous Prets scored her sire's first Japanese Group win and a start in the G1 Oka Sho Darley

In a first Japanese Group win for her sire, Etes Vous Prets (Ire) (Too Darn Hot (GB)–Nahoodh {Ire} (GISW-Eng, G1SP-Ire, $443,612), by Clodovil {Ire}) stubbornly held on to her advantage in the final metres, and claimed Sunday's G2 Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue, a trial for the G1 Oka Sho on Apr. 7.

Twice the bridesmaid in a pair of maiden contests, she broke through by two lengths in her first start at this venue last September on her third attempt. From there she took another step forward to win the unlisted Fukushima Nisai S. by a nose over Kris Arthur (Jpn) (Big Arthur {Jpn}), and ran fourth Dec. 16 behind that familiar face in her seasonal close in the unlisted Sports Hochi Hai Chukyo Nisai S. at Chukyo.

Off in line with the field, but briefly outrun as the speed to her outside found a touch more foot early, the grey forged to the front not long after as G2 Keio Hai Nisai victrix and G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies-placed Corazon Beat (Jpn) (Suave Richard {Jpn}) tucked in behind her.

Strong from that lead position, she'd given herself a narrow advantage entering the turn and coming through it as the field organised itself for the closing stages. Saving ground from the fence en route into the stretch, Yusuke Fujioka cut his charge loose and she responded eagerly, the top two kicking away from the rest. Corazon Beat tried valiantly but ultimately could not catch Etes Vous Prets, three-quarters of a length separating them on the line. Cecilie Plage (Jpn) (Bricks and Mortar) was produced in the final metres to claim third by a neck.


Pedigree Notes
Too Darn Hot (GB), a son of the venerable Dubawi (Ire), claimed his fifth Group winner from his first crop, and his first in Japan, with Etes Vous Pret's performance in this Japanese 1,000 Guineas trial. The filly's dam Nahoodh, an accomplished racemare in her own right with a win at the highest level in Great Britain when she claimed the G1 U.A.E. Hydra Properties Falmouth S., can also brag of a Group 1-placing in Ireland, runner-up at Leopardstown in the G1 Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron S.

As a broodmare, she's had some success as the dam of UAE stakes victor Hawkesbury (GB) (Shamardal) as well as three other winners, but Etes Vous Prets has firmly established herself as the most successful of those offspring thus far. Her placed half-sister Naturelle (GB) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) changed hands last month for 22,000gns at TATFEB to Broadhurst Agency. Nahoodh has a 2-year-old filly named Spicy Margarita (Ire) (Earthlight {Ire}) in the wings and a yearling Mehmas (Ire) colt.

Sunday, Hanshin, Japan
HOCHI HAI FILLIES'REVUE-G2, ¥100,540,000, Hanshin, 3-10, 3yo, f, 1400mT, 1:20.10, fm.
1–ETES VOUS PRETS (IRE), 121, f, 3, by Too Darn Hot (GB)
           1st Dam: Nahoodh (Ire) (GISW-Eng, G1SP-Ire, $443,612) by Clodovil (Ire)
           2nd Dam: Mise (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)
           3rd Dam: Misbegotten (Ire), by Baillamont
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GROUP WIN. O-H.H.Sheikh Hamdan; B-Godolphin; T-Kenichi Fujioka; J-Yusuke Fujioka; ¥53,078,000. Lifetime Record: 6-3-2-0, ¥82,435,000. *Half to Hawkesbury (GB) (Shamardal), SW-UAE, SP-Eng, $138, 574. **Sire's First Group Winner in Japan. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Corazon Beat (Jpn), 121, f, 3, Suave Richard (Jpn)–Le Ciel d'Or (Jpn), by Orfevre (Jpn). O-Thoroughbred Club Ruffian; B-Big Red Farm; ¥21,308,000.
3–Cecilie Plage (Jpn), 121, f, 3, Bricks and Mortar–At the Seaside (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn). 1ST BLACK-TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O-Teruya Yoshida; B-Shadai Farm; ¥13,154,000.
Margins: 3/4, 1HF, NK; Odds: 34.20, 0.80, 41.20.
Also Ran: Bouncy Step (Jpn), Omega Wink (Jpn), Rose Flair (Jpn), Culture Day (Jpn), Dona Betty (Jpn), Mercy Run (Jpn), Lady Marion (Jpn), Poetry (Jpn), Chicago Sting (Jpn), June Blair, Oasis Doll (Jpn). Steward Scratch: Can See Angel (Jpn).
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