Saint-Cloud

Seven Days: Bring on the Classic Trials 

I love Paris in the springtime, sang Ella Fitzgerald, and I'm pretty sure it was a thinly-veiled reference to her secret passion for heavy ground three-year-old maidens at Saint-Cloud. What Classic clues may we glean there? Well, maybe none. But I liked the look of Narkez (Fr), who gave his rivals a six-length walloping in the Prix Comrade last Tuesday, picking up where he left off after winning at Clairefontaine last October. Bred by Nurlan Bizakov under his Sumbe banner, the colt represents that magic Siyouni (Fr)-Galileo (Ire) cross, though...

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Siyouni's Narkez A New TDN Rising Star

It was only a matter of time before Andre Fabre unveiled a new bright prospect among his 2024 crop of 3-year-old Classic aspirants and it was during Tuesday's meeting at Saint-Cloud that the Chantilly maestro delivered one of the first. Producing a power-packed performance in testing conditions, Nurlan Bizakov's homebred colt Narkez (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}--Nazym {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) earned TDN Rising Star status in the card's often-informative mile conditions event, the Prix Comrade, to prompt Prix du Jockey Club talk. Sent off the 3-1 second favourite behind stablemate Supercooled...

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Sumbe's Belbek In Successful Farewell At Saint-Cloud

Winless since capturing the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere 12 months ago, Nurlan Bizakov's Belbek (Fr) (Showcasing {GB}) thrived back on a deep surface to sign off with a win in Sunday's G3 Prix Perth at Saint-Cloud. Showing he retained his ability when third in the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp on Arc Saturday, the Andre Fabre trainee was kept fresh in the interim and raced a touch freely early anchored in fourth against the rail by Bauyrzhan Murzabayev. One of five who stayed far side swinging for home, the...

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Galiway's Sunway To The Fore In The Criterium International

Maintaining the overseas stranglehold on the G1 Criterium International, Guy Pariente, Thomas Lines and Qatar Racing's Sunway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}--Kensea {Fr}, by Kendargent {Fr}) struck for the David Menuisier stable at Saint-Cloud on Sunday. Putting the pressure on the leader Navy Seal (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) soon after the start, the 4-1 shot bagged the stand's-side fence after the home turn and used that to his advantage as the 4-5 favourite Alcantor (Fr) (New Bay {GB}) loomed on his outside. Engaged in battle with that rival approaching the final furlong, the...

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Easy For New Bay's Alcantor In The Thomas Bryon

   Up to a mile for the first time in Friday's G3 Prix Thomas Bryon Jockey Club de Turquie at Saint-Cloud, Baron Edouard De Rothschild's TDN Rising Star Alcantor (Fr) (New Bay {GB}) made light work of the test to put himself to the forefront of the year's home-trained juveniles. Successful here and at Chantilly either side of a third to Havana Cigar (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) over a six-furlong trip that was too sharp at Chantilly in July, the Andre Fabre trainee was always in his comfort zone tagging...

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Listed Winner Sivka Burka Joins Arqana Arc Sale Catalogue

Sivka Burka (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 29), a winner of the Listed Prix Amandine, has been added as the final wildcard to the upcoming Arqana Arc Sale at Saint-Cloud on Saturday, Sept. 30. Consigned by Fabrice Chappet, the 3-year-old filly most recently ran third in the G3 Grosser Preis der Landeshauptstadt Dresden earlier this month. She is a granddaughter of GI Beverly D. S. and GI Flower Bowl S. heroine Dynaforce (Dynaformer). The Arc Sale will feature 45 other horses-in-training, including G1 Deutsches Derby hero Sammarco (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) (lot...

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Bauhinia At Saint-Cloud For Second Test

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features the return of a 'TDN Rising Star'. 13.40 Saint-Cloud, Cond, €34,000, 2yo, f, 7 1/2fT BAUHINIA (IRE) (Too Darn Hot {GB}) earned TDN Rising Star status at ParisLongchamp last month and Godolphin's daughter of the G2 Rockfel S.-placed Desert Blossom (Ire) (Shamardal) is kept away from...

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Three Wildcards Added to Arqana Arc Sale

Three wildcards have been added to the Arqana Arc Sale, which is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Saint-Cloud. Divin Propos (Fr) (George Vancouver), who has placed in all eight career starts and was most recently third in the Listed Coupe de Marseille, will sell as lot 10. Zulu Warrior (Fr) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}) (lot 30), who will be consigned by Andre Fabre, won the Listed Prix Turenne at Saint-Cloud earlier this month. The Nicholas Clement-trained Monapia (Fr) (Harry Angel {Ire}), who has won six of his...

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Observations: Half to Almanzor Debuts at Saint-Cloud

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday's Insights features a half to MG1SW Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}). 15.52 Saint-Cloud, Debutantes, €30,000, 2yo, 6 1/2fT RADHARANI (IRE) (Kingman {GB}), who debuts for owner-breeder George Strawbridge and the Tim Donworth stable, is a half-sister to the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, G1 Champion S. and G1...

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Daughter Of Reem Three Starts At Haydock

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features a daughter of Reem Three (GB) (Mark Of Esteem {Ire}). 15.10 Haydock, Novice, £10,000, 2yo, f, 7f 212yT BOLSENA (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) is the latest progeny out of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's wonder mare Reem Three (GB) (Mark Of Esteem {Ire}), whose list of seven...

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Dabirsim's Horizon Dore Is Different Class In The Eugene Adam

Impressive in the Listed Prix Ridgway at ParisLongchamp last month, having chased home Big Rock (Fr) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) in Chantilly's G3 Prix de Guiche, the Patrice Cottier-trained Horizon Dore (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) showed what he is made of in Saturday's G2 Prix Eugene Adam at Saint-Cloud. Sitting off the early pace set by Knight To King (Ire) (Kingman {GB}), the even-money favourite who sports the Gousserie yellow-and-green brushed the Dermot Weld challenger aside with a 10.51 split from the two to the one and surged to an emphatic...

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Quartet Of French Fillies' Races To Be Sponsored By Darley

A race series for 3-year-old fillies in France will be sponsored by Darley, the organisation and France Galop announced on Tuesday. Since discontinuing its sponsorship of the G1 Prix Morny, Darley has instead branched out into a quartet of fillies' races. The newly sponsored races are: Listed Prix de Thiberville, ParisLongchamp on June 15 G3 Prix Chole, Chantilly on July 16 Listed Prix Joubert, ParisLongchamp on Sept. 7 Listed Prix Coronation, Saint-Cloud on Sept. 22. Valuable race series in Great Britain and Ireland are also newly sponsored by Darley, it...

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