'Love' Sires First winner in France


Es Que Love | Rathasker Stud

The Matthieu Palussiere trainee Love to Excel (Ire) (Es Que Love {Ire}) became the first winner for his Rathasker Stud first-season sire (by Clodovil {Ire}) when saluting in a 1100-metre claimer at Dieppe on Tuesday (video). Bred by Con Marnane and the first foal out of Sakal (GB), the €3,000 GOFNOV weanling RNA carried the yellow and black silks of Theresa Marnane formerly born by GSW & MG1SP Different League (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) after failing to attract a buyer when reoffered at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot 2-Year-Old Breeze Up Sale when bidding stalled at 14,000gns.

Forwardly placed, although a bit green in the early stages, the chestnut drew off in the final 300 metres to win by four lengths over Mont Marsie (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}). Love to Excel ran sixth in a 1200-metre maiden at La Teste de Buch when unveiled on May 8 and was runner-up later that month in a claimer at Lyon Parrily, before a third at that level at Salon Provence on June 4. His second dam is a Galileo (Ire) half-sister to SWs Bermuda Rye (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and Bermuda Grass (Ire) (Danehill), as well as the SP Roystonea (GB) (Polish Precedent), who has already produced G2 Royal Lodge S. hero and G1 Racing Post Trophy third Foundation (Ire) to the cover of Zoffany (Ire).

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