French Connections

Laurent Barbarin has five French imports to follow this week, including a couple of newcomers for Willie Mullins and a former Aga Khan winner now with Gary Moore.

  • Wednesday 29 January
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Although Blacko has proved a good recruit for his new connections in UK, I must say that I was a little bit disappointed with the performances of Monte Cristo and Gin On Lime last week. They should fare better in their next outing, but, in the meantime, there are several more French imports entered across UK and Ireland this week. 

  (Sarah Steinberg >>> Gary Moore)
Although he was trained in Germany prior to his export to UK, he has run seven of his eleven career starts on French soil and was sold for €26,000 at the Arqana autumn sales last year. This German-bred five-year-old is by Masterstroke and out of a King’s Best mare who never won a race from three starts in UK under Jeremy Noseda. A maiden winner in Germany and placed several times in class 2 handicaps in France, he registered his best efforts over 11f and he showed he could handle any sort of ground from good to heavy. His starting price will tell more on his debut over jumps.
Entered 12.40 Sandown, Saturday, 2.35 Fontwell, Monday.

LAMARCKISE (François Nicolle >>> Willie Mullins)
By top French NH stallion Martaline and out of a full sister to top French chaser Shannon Rock (7 wins and €1.87M in prize money), she made a promising debut over hurdles at Auteuil in April 2018, finishing third of ten in a newcomers race, three lengths behind Guillaume Macaire’s smart filly Thrilling. She was patiently ridden that day and looked in contention for success before making a blunder at the last flight. She showed a nice turn of foot on this occasion though and must definitely have a nice potential. Since exported to Ireland in May 2018, she has been given a lot of time off, as Willie Mullins generally does with his purchases from France, and she will be very interesting to follow back in action.
Entered 2.00 Limerick, Thursday. 

LUCKY ONE (Guillaume Macaire >>> Willie Mullins)
A five-year-old gelding by Authorized out of a four-time winner on the flat in the French provinces and was her first foal to run. He was exported one month after his second run in France at the end of 2018. Both his French starts were over hurdles at Fontainebleau. He made most of the running in his last outing (video replay below) and was only beaten in the final fifty yards in a race that he seemed to have well under control two from home. Nonetheless he showed a nice turn of foot that day and although he faded in the final stages, I believe he should be a huge improver after being given more than one year off. He is a nice looking individual and will certainly be very competitive over hurdles before a possible switch to chasing as he appears to be an athletic and talented jumper.
Expected to be entered in the near future


SISTER MIDNIGHT (Pascal Bary >>> Jim Goldie)
Went through the sales ring at Goffs Ireland last November and sold for €18,000. By Dark Angel out of a Monsun mare who never won a race from seven starts in France for Pascal Bary. Sister Midnight got off the mark by three lengths at a small beautiful course in Normandy called Le Pin last October on soft ground over 11f. She had previously shown some stamina when placed at Longchamp and Clairefontaine in maidens over 1m4f in the summer. Judged on her ability to handle soft ground and on her pedigree, she may be interesting to keep on the radar on her hurdles debut. She is entered in a Listed Race this coming Sunday at Musselburgh and must have done very well in training if she takes up that engagement. Very hard to assess as a NH prospect though so the betting market might be a useful guide to her chances.
Entered 1.45 Musselburgh, Sunday


VORASHAN (Alain de Royer-Dupré >>> Gary Moore)
By Arc winner Sinndar and is a half-brother to French Champion stayer Vazirabad. He won his first start at Saint-Cloud last spring over 1m4f in a newcomer’s race (see video below) but subsequently failed to confirm this success in three starts in class 2 contests. His dam Visorama  is a full sister to Visibility who was a four time winner over jumps in UK for Martin and then David Pipe. Vorashan is a big individual who seemed to have a little bit of an attitude when racing on the flat in France. Hopefully the change of scenery and the switch to jumping will have done him good. The Aga Khan’s horses are renowned for their success over jumps on this side of the Channel and there is definitely going to be some interest in him when he has his first run for Gary Moore
Entered 12.40 Sandown, Saturday.

Horses highlighted in the column last week that are entered this week:

Quiana2.35 Fontwell, Monday

Elan De Balme: 2.20 Wincanton, Thursday and 3.40 Taunton, Sunday

Kalakawa Enki: 12.40 Sandown, Saturday

Tap Tap Boom: 1.50 Sandown, Saturday


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