Frankel brother back in action at Saint-Cloud
Frankel's brother back in action at Saint-Cloud By Chris Hill 11:46PM 11 NOV 2016
ANDRE FABRE sends out Proconsul, a three-year-old brother of the great Frankel, for his second start in the 1m2½f Prix Loisir at Saint-Cloud at 2.35pm local time (1.35pm GMT) on Saturday.
Proconsul finished eighth on his debut at Chantilly in May.
Owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah, Proconsul is the third foal that Kind, a Listed-winning daughter of Danehill, has produced from matings with seven-time champion sire Galileo.
The first in 2008 resulted in the incomparable Frankel and the following year she foaled subsequent three-time Group 1 winner Noble Mission.
Dual world champion Frankel won all 14 of his starts including ten Group 1s before retiring to Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud where his first crop of runners has yielded 18 individual winners to date including five at Group level.
As well as being a brother to two top class performers, Proconsul is a half-brother to black-type winners Bullet Train and Joyeuse.
A son of Sadler's Wells, Bullet Train claimed the 2010 Lingfield Derby Trial and Joyeuse, a daughter of Oasis Dream, registered two 6f Listed victories in the Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes and Cecil Frail Stakes
Dariyan half-sister out to dazzle
The opening race at Saint-Cloud, the 7½f Prix Chapeau Rouge for unraced two-year-olds, sees a number of beautifully bred juveniles making their first appearance on a racecourse at 1.05pm local time (12.05pm GMT).
Alain de Royer Dupre is represented by Devamani, a son of Dubawi who hails from a family the trainer has excelled with in the past.
An Aga Khan homebred, Devamani is the third foal produced by Daryakana, who won the 2009 Hong Kong Vase for the same connections and since retiring to the paddocks has been responsible for stakes winners Dariyan and Darabad.
Dariyan was unraced at two but over the last two years has been successful on four occasions, including in last year's 1m2f Group 2 Grand Prix de Maisons-Laffitte, and secured a first Group 1 this year with victory in the 1m2½f Prix Ganay.
The son of Shamardal will stand the 2017 season at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval at a fee of €8,000.
Like Dariyan, the Dansili colt Darabad made his debut aged three and from seven starts this season claimed the 1m4f Listed Grand Prix de Clairefontaine before being offered at the Arqana Arc Sale where he was purchased by Astute Bloodstock for €320,000.
Daryakana produced a filly by Redoute's Choice last year and earlier this season foaled a filly by Dawn Approach.
Another well-related runner is the Harbour Watch filly Filante who is a half-sister to the 2013 Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes winner Forte Dei Marmi and shares her page with the 1990 Fillies' Mile heroine Shamshir as well as this season's Oaks and Irish Oaks third Harlequeen.
Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, Filante is out of the dual winner Frangy, a daughter of Sadler's Wells who has produced seven winners to date.
Filante is also a three-parts sister to the Acclamation colt Federico, a four-time winner from 1m to 1m2½f, and half-sister to two further black-type winners in Savarain and Wallis..
Frankel filly looking to break maiden at Wolverhampton
Harba will bid to improve upon the excellent start that Frankel has made to his stud career when lining up for her second start in Wolverhampton's 6f fillies' maiden at 6.15pm.
The William Haggas-trained filly was purchased by Al Shaqab Racing for 300,000gns at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Book 1 Sale and finished seventh at Haydock on her first start in September over 6f.
Bred by Summerville Bloodstock Investments, Harba is the second foal out of Kirinda, a daughter of Tiger Hill who made a winning debut over 7f at Dundalk on her sole two-year-old start for John Oxx before finishing runner-up in the following year's Group 3 Kilboy Estate Stakes.
Kirinda is a half-sister to the Listed scorer Karasiyra and she produced a colt by Galileo last year and foaled a colt by Camelot earlier this season.
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