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 out. 

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. 


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