Teofilo's Tawkeel Battles to Nonette Success


Teofilo, sire of G2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette winner Tawkeel

Going four-for-four when plundering June's G1 Prix Saint-Alary over 10 furlongs at Chantilly, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Tawkeel (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) maintained her unblemished record with a battling success tackling the same trip in Saturday's G2 Shadwell Prix de la Nontette at Deauville. The 1-2 favourite was positioned second as British raider Frankel's Storm (GB) (Frankel {GB}) established a clear lead through halfway. Easing closer rounding the home turn, she was confronted by Tickle Me Green (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) soon after cruising to front on the bridle with 300 metres remaining and kept on resolutely under late rousting to deny that tenacious rival by a half-length. Godolphin's Alkandora (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) was best of the rest and finished a further 3/4-of-a-length back in third.

“Turning for home, it looked to me as though she was going to win as easily as she did in the Saint-Alary, but she had to fight,” admitted Jean-Claude Rouget. “I felt it was the combination of two factors as she definitely needed the race and the ground was too soft for her. I didn't want to be too hard on her in morning work at home and, anyway, at the end she won safely and the essential has been done.” Looking ahead to a return to elite-level company, the trainer continued, “The target has always been the [Oct. 4 G1] Prix de l'Opera [at Parislongcamp] and she should be at her best for that race although I hope that the ground will not be too soft come the day.”

Winning jockey Cristian Demuro added, “I remained in the centre of the course in the backstraight and didn't go after the pacemaker [Frankel's Storm] because I didn't want to do too much too early. When the other filly [Tickle Me Green] came head to head in the straight, I knew my filly would give me more. She responded well and is all class, but the [very soft] ground was definitely against her. She is very strong, mentally, and that is one of her main qualities. Nothing bothers her and, looking at her right after the race, she behaves like she has not made any effort. That is the sign of a good horse.”

Tawkeel is the first of three foals out of Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux victrix Rafaadah (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), herself one of two foals produced by MGSW G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up Joanna (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}), and she is full to a yearling colt and a half to the hitherto unraced 2-year-old filly Buhoor (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Joanna is kin to G1 Livamol Classic victor Cazals (Ire) (Aussie Rules) while Tawkeel's fourth dam Marina Lady (Riverman) is a half to Listed Brownstown Stud S. winner Idle Affair (Try My Best), herself the dam of MGSW distaffer Idle Rich (Sky Classic) and second dam of G1 Copa de Plata heroine Alexine (Arg) (Runaway Groom). The next dam, Amenity (Fr) (Luthier {Fr}), is a full-sister to G2 Prix de Chaudenay-winning sire Ashmore (Fr).

Saturday, Deauville, France
SHADWELL PRIX DE LA NONETTE-G2, €90,000, Deauville, 8-22, 3yo, f, 10fT, 2:10.10, vsf.
1–TAWKEEL (GB), 126, f, 3, by Teofilo (Ire)
1st Dam: Rafaadah (GB) (SW-Fr), by Oasis Dream (GB)
2nd Dam: Joanna (Ire), by High Chaparral (Ire)
3rd Dam: Secrete Marina (Ire), by Mujadil
O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Shadwell Estate Company Ltd (GB); T-Jean-Claude Rouget; J-Cristian Demuro. €51,300. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Fr, 5-5-0-0, €174,010. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Tickle Me Green (Ger), 126, f, 3, Sea The Moon (Ger)–Tickle Me Pink (GB), by Groom Dancer. O-Heike Bischoff-Lafrentz; B-Gestut Gorlsdorf (GER); T-Francis-Henri Graffard. €19,800.
3–Alkandora (GB), 126, f, 3, Nathaniel (Ire)–Poplin (GB), by Medicean (GB). (85,000gns Ylg '18 TAOCT). O-Godolphin; B-D J Deer & Mrs D J Deer (GB); T-Andre Fabre. €9,450.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 1HF. Odds: 0.50, 9.00, 13.00.
Also Ran: Solsticia (Ire), Auyantepui (GB), Scripturale (Fr), Frankel's Storm (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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