Double header for Frankel at Chantilly
Double header for Frankel at Chantilly By Martin Stevens 7:24PM 7 SEP 2016
IT'S A Frankel double feature at Chantilly on Thursday, with the dual world champion set to be represented by two runners.
Daughter Moon Mountain makes her debut for trainer Andre Fabre and owner Prince Faisal in the first race, a mile contest for unraced two-year-old fillies (12.40 local time, 11.40 BST).
Moon Mountain is out of the winning Kris S mare Cephalonie, who has proved to be a fine producer for Prince Faisal, giving him Listed winners Arctic Gyr and Festivale and Group 3-placed pair Simple Magic and Tell.
A Frankel runner has already represented Fabre and Prince Faisal – Last Kingdom, runner-up on his debut at Clairefontaine in July.
Frankel has a chance of a fourth individual stakes winner in the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale at 2.50 local time, 1.50 BST, when Toulifaut bids to extend her unbeaten run to three.
Toulifaut, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Andrew-James Smith, won a Deauville conditions race by two lengths last time.
She was bred by Barronstown Stud out of Lingfield Oaks Trial winner and Nassau Stakes runner-up Cassydora, making her a three-parts sister to dual Curragh Cup winner Ernest Hemingway.
Toulifaut will be bidding to join Frankel's other stakes winners Fair Eva (Princess Margaret Stakes), Queen Kindly (Lowther Stakes) and Frankuus (Ascendant Stakes).
Plenty of other prestigious pedigrees
It's not all about Frankel at Chantilly, though.
Moon Moutain faces an extremely well bred rival in Listen In, a Sea The Stars half-sister to Hong Kong Vase hero Dominant, Group 2 Lennox Stakes scorer Es Que Love and valuable Tattersalls sales race winner Zhui Feng.
Listen In was bought by John McCormack on behalf of owner George Strawbridge for 310,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. She is now trained by Freddy Head.
The mile maiden for unraced two-year-old colts (2.20 local time, 1.20 BST) features some well-related runners, too.
Ashutor, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre for the Aga Khan, is by Redoute's Choice out of Ashalanda, a daughter of Linamix who won the Group 2 Prix de Malleret and Pride Stakes.
That makes him a half-brother to Maisons-Laffitte Listed winner Ashlan and Listed-placed Ashkannd.
Mujeeb, to be saddled by Freddy Head for Hamdan Al Maktoum, is a son of Dubawi and is the first foal out of the winning Medicean mare Naahedh, a half-sister to Prix Jean Prat and Prix Jacques le Marois winner Tamayuz from the legendary family of Urban Sea.
Waldgeist is a son of Galileo trained by Andre Fabre for a partnership of Gestut Ammerland, Newsells Park Stud and Coolmore.
He is the first foal out of the Monsun mare Waldlerche, winner of the Group 3 Prix Penelope and a half-sister to St Leger hero Masked Marvel.
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