CLOTH OF STARS SCORES ON GROUP 3 SEASON DEBUT
20 March 2017
CLOTH OF STARS (IRE) completed a
successful run for Irish-bred horses when winning the Group 3 Prix Exbury at
Saint-Cloud on Sunday. The Andre Fabre-trained son of Giltown Stud’s prolific
sire Sea The Stars (IRE) was held up in the rear, before making smooth progress
two furlongs out, he then went onto win comfortably by one and a quarter
lengths under Mickael Barzalona.
The four-year-old has not been
seen since finishing third in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris last
July, but Sunday’s success resulted in his fourth Group victory and connections
expressed he might move back up to Group 1 company in the Prix Ganay next time
The Godolphin owned colt is out
of an unraced Kingmambo mare, who is the full sister to Group 1 Oaks winning mare
Light Shift, who herself is the dam of Group 3 winner Ulysses (IRE).
Earlier on the card at
Saint-Cloud Yeomanstown Stud’s Dark Angel (IRE) enjoyed a Listed double as Markazi won the Prix Omnium II for owner/breeder HH The Aga Khan and trainer Jean-Claude
Rouget. He was recording his fourth victory over this trip and his fifth
success over all. The three-year-old is out of Marasima (IRE), who herself was
a winner on her only start. His trainer said after the race
his next outing will be in the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau at Chantilly.
MELESINA (IRE) completed the
double on the afternoon for Dark Angel (IRE) when she landed the Prix Le
Camargo for trainer Richard Fahey. The three-year-old filly has returned from
a spell in Dubai after finishing fourth in the Group 3 UAE Oaks. However, she
seems to excel on French soil, as her previous win to Sunday came in the Group
3 Prix des Reservoirs in Deauville back in October.
She raced prominently throughout
and beat her closest rival Hueristique (IRE) by three-quarters of a length,
with her nearest opponent Grecian Light (IRE) a further length and a quarter
behind, making it a 1,2,3 for Irish-bred horses, with the two runners up both
by Kildangan Stud’s Shamardal.
Bred by Duggan Bloodstock,
MELESINA’s dam Lastofsummer (IRE) was a five-time winner. Dark Angel (IRE)
stands at Yeomanstown Stud for a career high fee of €65,000.
In addition to a super-Sunday for
Irish-bred horses at Saint-Cloud, earlier in the week FAS (IRE) scored in a listed
contest at Chantilly. On his season debut last Thursday, he took the Prix Ronde
De Nuit, making all, before going on to win by half-a-length with Tresorier, who
finished fourth in the Group 1 Criterium International, back in second.
FAS (IRE), is by Fastnet Rock,
who stands at Coolmore for a private fee and is out of the Listed winning mare
Sotka, who is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winning Sprinter Sole Power.