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Laurent Barbarin has nine ex-French horses for your ATR Tracker this week, including several which could stake their Triumph Hurdle claims at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

  • Wednesday 19 February
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(Stéphane Wattel >>> Willie Mullins)
Sold for 80 000 €uros as a yearling at the 2016 Yearling Arqana Sales, the daughter of Nathaniel broke her maiden tag at Chantilly over 2400m in May last year on her fourth attempt. Soundly beaten in a Group 3in her final start in France, she was exported to Ireland at the end of June 2019 to join Willie Mullins. Her dam was a dual winner at two and as produced three other individual winners on the flat in France. Judged on her entries, it is safe to say that Burning Victory must have been doing very well over hurdles at her new home in Ireland. She is a big individual and showed a nice turn of foot when she scored at Chantilly and needs close monitoring.
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday - possible target Triumph Hurdle.

FILS D'OUDAIRIES (David Cottin >>> Joseph-Patrick O’Brien)
Sold privately after being bought back for €200,000 at the Arqana Autumn Sales, this AQPS son of Top stallion Saint Des Saints opened his account at Auteuil over hurdles on his third attempt last November although he was lucky to come on top that day. He is a backward individual and will only improve in time. A half-brother to two useful dual-purpose performers, his dam won a modest race over jumps in western France before she was sent off to stud. Fils D’Oudairies will certainly enjoy the step up in trip and is expected to turn into a long-distance chaser. 
No current entries but expected to appear soon - possible target Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
GAMIN ORIGINAL (Anne-Sophie Pacault >>> Willie Mullins)
This son of Robin Du Nord was sold for €100,000 to Harold Kirk at the Grand Steeple Arqana Sales last spring shortly after he opened his account on the flat at Moulins over 1m4f in an AQPS contest. (He was second past the post but the eventual winner was later disqualified). He is the first foal to have run from a dam that never won a race from eight starts on the flat and over jumps in France. His grand dam is a sister to a couple of useful winners over jumps in France. Gamin Original had posted a solid first-start effort prior to his success at Moulins and is definitely a juvenile with a nice potential. His entry in a Grade 3 this Saturday speaks for itself. 
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday.
GEORGETTE FUN (Augustin Adeline de Boisbrunet >>> Jessica Harrington)
By Cocoriko out of a Ballingary dam that won once over hurdles in France, Georgette Fun was exported to Ireland in December last year. She progressed nicely in three starts over hurdles and opened her account at Fontainebleau in a conditions race for three-year olds fillies over 2m2f on a ground described as “tacky”. She jumped very well that day and scored gamely by 1 ¾ lengths ahead of eight rivals. Unfortunately, to date this race has only produced one subsequent winner who scored in a claiming hurdle at Pau last December. Although her winning form leaves a lot be desired, it is interesting to see her entered in a Grade 3 this Saturday. She is a good looking filly with a lot of jumping ability and may be worth monitoring although she will need to improve significantly to play a role if she is to run in the Grade 3.
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday.

GJOUMI (Adrien Fouassier >>> Willie Mullins)
Exported to Ireland about a month after her winning debut at Lyon-Parilly in April 2019, this AQPS filly had made all to beat four subsequent winners over 1m4f and justified a short starting price at 9/2 on this occasion. She is the second runner of an unraced mare and her only winner. She is a filly with a lot of scope and judged on her entries she must have done well over in Ireland for her new handler Willie Mullins. Her starting price will give more clues.
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday - possible target Triumph Hurdle.

HOOK UP (Ludovic Rovisse >>> Willie Mullins)
This daughter of No Risk At All, a stallion on the rise in France, opened her account at Compiègne in March last year on a very heavy ground over 1m4f. She was subsequently runner-up in a Saint-Cloud handicap over 10.5f and was then exported to Ireland at the end of April. Her dam ( By Sleeping Car who produced 2005 Grand Steeple winner Sleeping Jack) was a maiden but has produced a winner of a modest hurdle race.  Hook Up’s grand-dam Dominatrice was a three time winner over fences and produced several winners over jumps including Cokydal who was third in the 2012 Grand Steeple de Paris. She holds some interesting entries and is best to keep on the radar on her hurdle debut.
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday - possible target Triumph Hurdle.

MISTER KAP ROCK (David Cottin >>> Ross O’Sullivan)
A €45 000 purchase at the 2015 Autumn Yearling Sales at Arqana, the son of Kap Rock hinted at ability last winter at Pau but failed to live-up to expectations in his next starts. He was given a break last summer but posted two very modest efforts when back in action in the Autumn. His dam was a winner of a modest steeplechase in the French provinces and has yet to produce a winner after three foals. Mister Kap Rock was exported to Ireland last December and will have to show a lot of progress if he is to win a race in Ireland. 
Entered 2.10 Nass, Sunday
PONT DU GARD (Guillaume Macaire >>> Joseph Patrick O’Brien)
A son of the very successful stallion Kapgarde, Pont Du Gard posted a solid performance on his debut over hurdles at Compiègne last November, finishing a close third in a what looked a decent race although the form has yet to be franked. Sold as a yearling at the 2017 Arqana Autumn sales for €71,000, he was exported to Ireland mid-December last year for what is likely to be a much bigger price! He is a half-brother to two winners over jumps including Ponte Fortune, very useful in France and Prudhomme who is a dual winner in UK for Nick Williams. 
Entered 2.17 Fairyhouse, Saturday 

YAAZAAIN (John Hammond >>> Nigel Twiston-Davies)
Sold to Shadwell as a yearling for €160,000 at the 2016 Yearling Arqana Sales, he showed little of note in five starts on the flat in France. By Iffraaj and out of Group 2 winner Tamarzite who was runner-up in the French Oaks and French 1,000 Guineas, he was exported to UK at the end of October last year. Depending how he has taken to his new job, he may be worth a look in on his debut over jumps as he is a particularly well-bred individual. 
Entered 2.00 Warwick, Friday

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