Freshman Sire Persian King Off The Mark At Craon

Persian King | Zuzanna Lupa


Haras d'Etreham resident Persian King (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) became Europe's latest first-crop sire to get off the mark when his Joel Boisnard-trained daughter Out Of Africa (Fr) annexed Monday's €23,000 Prix Toyota, a 6 1/2-furlong newcomers' event, at Craon.

5th-Craon, €23,000, Mdn, 6-10, unraced 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 1:17.55, sf.
OUT OF AFRICA (FR) (f, 2, Persian King {Ire}–Africaine {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}) broke smartly and raced prominently in a close-up second through the early fractions of this debut. Stoked up at the top of the straight, the 19-5 favourite gained control with 350 metres remaining and bounded clear under minimal urging inside the final furlong to easily account for Eklairdegeny (Fr) (City Light {Fr}) by three lengths. Out Of Africa is the latest of three reported foals and first scorer produced by a winning daughter of G3 Prix des Reservoirs victrix and G1 Prix Saint-Alary runner-up Article Rare (El Prado {Ire}). Article Rare is one of five black-type winners out of G3 Prix de Sandringham victrix Action Francaise (Nureyev), whose descendants include stakes-winning G1 Prix de Diane, G1 Prix Saint-Alary and GI Diana S. runner-up Argentina (Ire) (Sadler's Wells). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €11,500. Video, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O/B-Elevage Pierre Levesque, Ecurie Thomas Levesque & Hugues Rousseau (FR); T-Joel Boisnard.


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