ParisLongchamp Group double for Kingman
Kingman filly Sauterne produced the performance of her career to beat the boys in yesterday’s Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at the Parisian track, closely followed by Naranco in the Gr.3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 4th September 2023:
One of only two fillies in the line-up, the three-year-old daughter of Kingman raced in second, tracking the leader Big Rock, who adopted his usual front-running tactics. The filly travelled strongly throughout and was wound up for her effort at the 300m mark. She duly responded and comfortably ran down Big Rock with a late surge inside the final 100 metres to prevail by a length. Facteur Cheval was half a length behind the pace-setter back in third, in a bunched finish to round out the places.
This was a deserved maiden Gr.1 success for Sauterne, who has raced consistently this year. As well as winning the Listed Prix du Pont Neuf over 1400 metres at Longchamp back in April, she has finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat and third in both the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and the Gr.1 Prix Rothschild in a busy campaign this season. Owned and bred by Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois, she was offered at the Goffs London Sale earlier this summer but was not sold, despite the bidding reaching £1,200,000. Out of the unraced Aragorn mare Salicorne, her family has a history of producing great fillies, none more so than the Gr.1 Beverly D Stakes, Gr.1 Flower Bowl Stakes, Gr.1 Prix de Diane, Gr.1 Prix Jean Romanet, Gr.1 Prix Vermeille and Gr.1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine and champion Stacelita, as well as her Japanese Gr.1-winning daughter Soul Stirring (Frankel) and the Gr.1 Grosser Preis Von Bayern victrix Sunny Queen.
In the next race on the card Kingman colt Naranco made all and kept on gamely to land the Gr.3 Prix La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte. The British-bred four-year-old was soon sent to the front of the ten-strong field by Vaclav Janacek early on, where he set a sedate gallop throughout the 2000-metre contest. He kicked for home approaching the final 400 metres, and he held on to win by three-quarters of a length from the German challenger Lord Charming, whilst True Testament finished another half-length further back in third.
It was a fourth career victory for the Guillermo Arizkorreta Elosegui-trained colt, who has won twice at Madrid, alongside his two wins in France. He followed up his third-placed effort in Gr.3 company at Vichy in July to get off the mark at stakes level. Owned by Horses & Berries SL and bred by Eric Chen, he made 300,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale before being bought back for 170,000gns at the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale. He is the sole winner out of the placed Galileo mare Patsy Boyne, a half-sister to the multiple Gr.1 winner and sire High Chaparral and the Gr.2 Dante Stakes winner and Gr.1-placed Black Bear Island, amongst others.