TDN RISING STARS

April 6, 2021 - SAINT-CLOUD, Race 2, Mdn, EUR €0, , .0000

Wensleydale (GB), F, 3, 2018 by Frankel (GB)

1st Dam: Divine (Ire) (GSW-Ire, SW & MGSP-Eng, $198,704), by Dark Angel (Ire)
2nd Dam: Carallia (Ire), by Common Grounds (GB)
3rd Dam: Caraiyma (Ire), by Shahrastani

Owner: Exors of The Late K Abdullah
Breeder: M Alqatami, K Al Mudhaf & Juddmonte Farms Ireland (GB)
Trainer: Henri-Francois Devin

Tuesday's Prix Parade d'Amour for unraced 3-year-old fillies at Saint-Cloud was the stage for the entry of the latest TDN Rising Star for Juddmonte and Frankel (GB) as Wensleydale (GB) cut a dash in the sunshine that preceded a wintry snowstorm. A daughter of the speedy G3 Ballyogan S. winner Divine (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), the Henri-Francois Devin-trained chestnut was quickly away under Pierre-Charles Boudot before being restrained to track the leaders. Tanking her way to the front with two furlongs remaining, the 5-1 shot showed a sharp turn of acceleration to settle the result and was able to coast to a two-length success from Takemebythehand (GB) (The Gurkha {Ire}). In what could turn out to be a deep contest, there was a 3 1/2-length margin back to the third-placed Goldistyle (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), a daughter of Goldikova (Ire) (Anabaa), while Al Shaqab's Paris (Fr) (Shalaa {Ire}), the second foal out of Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}), was over eight lengths behind the winner in sixth. "She is a filly I really like and she came into training very late, so she definitely must have room for improvement," Devin commented. "She's a nice scopey filly with a lovely attitude and I'm sure she has a future."

Wensleydale was a 700,000gns purchase by the operation at the 2018 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, which placed her in the top five lots overall at that auction. Bred by Juddmonte in partnership with Divine's owners Mohammed Al-Qatami and Khalid Al-Mudhaf, she is the first foal out of the former Mick Channon trainee whose other career achievements include second and third placings in two editions of the G3 Hackwood S. and a win in Pontefract's Listed Flying Fillies S. The latter is a race which can serve as an early advert for serious broodmare potential and was also won by this operation's Arabesque (GB) (Zafonic) prior to her producing the success story Showcasing (GB). The second dam Carallia (Ire) (Common Grounds {GB}) was a listed-placed half-sister to the G1 Prix de la Foret-winning leading Spanish sire Caradak (Ire) (Desert Style {Ire}), while this is also the family of the G1 Nunthorpe S. heroine Margot Did (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). Divine's 2-year-old filly by Oasis Dream (GB) was bought by Ben McElroy for 210,000gns at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1, while her 2020 full-brother to Wensleydale was another purchase by Juddmonte at 260,000gns at the latest renewal of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

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