Haras de Bouquetot-based SHALAA called to his name his first Classic G1 performer with NO SPEAK ALEXANDER being a sensational third in the prestigious G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas on May, 23 at The Curragh, Ireland. The talented three-year-old filly highlights the cross of SHALAA with Danehill-line mares who already produced 9 victors, including Stakes hero SHAQUERO and Stakes-placed HUNNAM and confirms SHALAA's title of leading second crop sire in order of prizemoney in France for the 13rd consecutive week, and the second rank in Europe behind MEHMAS.
MEHMAS celebrated a new Group success this week with GOING GLOBAL beautifully claiming a fourth straight Stakes win in the USA with a 4 3/4 -length-success in the G3 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita on May, 22. The three-year-old filly has now circled the G1 Del Mark Oaks on her calendar and her trainer Phil d’Amato was effusive after the race: “I’ve (trained) a lot of good fillies and mares, but this early on in their career. I’d say she’s definitely the best. I think she's blossoming right now. Each performance was better than the next and this one was many lengths better than the last one. It's exciting to have a filly like this going into Del Mar and hopefully sky's the limit”. (extract from Tally-Ho Stud’s news section).
This success was the highlight of a succession of international Stakes performances with ROYAL MEHMAS finishing strong third in the G3 Pr. Tudini over the 1,200 meters of Roma, Italy on May, 23 and MAMBA WAMBA claiming the third place of the Listed Cecil Frail at Haydock, UK on May 21.
MEHMAS’ first crop of runners collected a bunch of victories this week in the likes of Tally-Ho Stud-bred HERB OF GRACE who defeated her 14 rivals in a handicap race on May, 18 at Sligo, Ireland, Mrs Elisabeth Ribard’s LUCKINESS who crossed the finish line first in a handicap at Goodwood, UK on May, 21 and TETRAGONAL who was seen in the winners’ enclosure at Santa Anita, USA on May, 22. Tally-Ho Stud’s two-year-old CATURRA followed the same pace when breaking his maiden tag at second asking at Bath, UK on May, 21.
New blacktype was also on the card for OLYMPIC GLORY with his daughter ZELANDIA finishing brave runner-up in the Listed Mario Incisa Della Rochetta at San Siro, Italy on her first attempt in Stakes company. The three-year-old filly becomes OLYMPIC GLORY’s 18th individual blacktype performer lifetime and his 6th Stakes horse of the year.
Also this week in France, consistent four-year-old filly SILVER SCHNOK scored her fourth career win by a 3 lengths margin at Vichy on May, 21 for breeders Ecurie du Haras du Cadran and Mrs M. Stadelmann while three-year-old MAY GREY DANCER beautifully danced at Le Croisé Laroche to win an handicap race over 1,800 meters on May, 19. In Australia, OLYMPIC GLORY's MCLLROY broke his maiden tag at Racing.com Park Syn over 1,200 meters on May, 20.
TORONADO registered his 37th blacktype with BULLACE finishing brave third in an impressive battle to win the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown, UK on May, 20 on his first Stakes appearance. The three-year-old was bred by ADG Oldrey and GC Hartigan.
At Sandown but on the other side of the planet, four-year-old CORNER POCKET registered his fifth win in a row on May, 23 with on the very same day, three-year-olds TORONADO PHANTOM winning at Sha Tin, Hong-Kong over 1,200 meters and SCEA des Prairies and Thomas and Benoit Jeffroy-bred CASH EQUITY claiming a third success at Le Lion d’Angers, France. In Australia, TORONADO confirmed his notoriety with GINGERSON winning at Ballarat on May, 17 and three-year-old GOLDEN FOURTH breaking her maiden tag at Geelong on May, 21. TORONADO also celebrated a double of international heroes on May, 22 with Lady Cobham-bred AIR TO AIR claiming a first victory at Newmarket, UK and Haras d’Etreham-bred CAPABLE showing his range of expertises at Hyeres, France.
Congratulations to all connections!
Photo GOING GLOBAL when winning the G3 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita on February 2021.