French debut for Frankel’s son Top Deck
Frankel's son Top Deck to make debut in France
By Chris Hill 5:37PM 6 OCT 2016
TOP DECK bids to become the first son of Frankel to carry Khalid Abdullah's silks to victory in France when lining up for Maisons-Laffitte's 7½f Prix As d'Atout at 2.10pm local time (1.10pm GMT) on Friday.
The Criquette Head-Maarek trained colt will be Abdullah's second French runner by his dual world champion and ten-time Group 1 winner Frankel after Franked finished third on his debut at Saint-Cloud last month.
Frankel has had success across the channel with juvenile filly Toulifaut winning her first three starts including the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale before being purchased by Narvick International on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida for €1.9m at Saturday's Arqana Arc Sale, after which she finished down the field when suffering interference in the Prix Marcel Boussac.
Top Deck was bred by a partnership of Haras de Saint Pair, Oceanic Bloodstock and Eric Puerari out of the Listed La Coupe des Pouliches de Marseille scorer First Fleet.
A daughter of Woodman, First Fleet has been responsible for five winners and Top Deck is a half-brother to Group 3 Sovereign Stakes victor and Listed-winning hurdler Sea Lord.
He is also a half-brother to French Navy, a four-time Group 3 winner from 1m to 1m2f, and last season's Group 3 Prix d'Aumule third Gherdaiya.
Among Top Deck's opponents is Oriental, a son of Smart Strike, a stallion trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias and owner-breeder the Wertheimer brothers have had notable success with in the past.
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Oriental is out of the Wertheimer's Group 3 and Listed scorer Iron Lips, an Iron Mask half-sister to their 2008 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Falco.
From the family of Group 2 victress and Prix de l'Opera and Prix Marcel Boussac third Legerete, Iron Lips has produced one winner to date with Oriental being a half-brother to the Rahy filly Soft Lips, who carried the Wertheimer's blue and white silks to victory over 6½f on her only start at two.
Half-sister to Group 1 winner Announce makes debut
An hour later, the 7½f Prix Tahiti for unraced fillies sees a number of regally bred juveniles bidding to start their careers off in the perfect fashion at 3.10pm local time (2.10pm BST).
Andre Fabre trains Pachinko for Khalid Abdullah and the daughter of Tapit shares her page with one of the greatest horses to carry the Juddmonte silks, the four-time Group 1 winner and dual European champion Zafonic.
Out of the dual 7f winner Hachita, a daughter of Gone West, Pachinko is a half-sister to six winners including the top-class Announce, winner of the 1m2f Prix Jean Romanet, and last year's 1m Group 3 Prix de la Grotte victress Mexican Gold.
Trainer Freddy Head knows the family of the Dubawi filly Ettisaal well, as he not only sent out her half-brother Tamayuz to win the Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix Jean Prat for Hamdan Al Maktoum but also prepared half-sisters Nuqoosh and Thamarat to be placed in stakes races.
A Shadwell homebred daughter of the Nureyev mare Al Ishq, a 1m½f-winning half-sister to 2001 Prix du Jockey Club hero Anabaa Blue, Ettisaal also shares her page with multiple Group 1 winners Galileo, Sea The Stars and Black Sam Bellamy.
Newmarket debut for half-sister to Wigmore Hall
Newmarket's penultimate race on Friday sees Roger Varian introduce Dream Of Joy in the 7f fillies' maiden at 4.20pm, a race her breeders Kevin and Meta Cullen provided the winner of two years ago with subsequent Listed Montrose Fillies' Stakes scorer and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Irish Rookie.
By Dream Ahead, Dream Of Joy was purchased by the China Horse Club for €290,000 from Middlelane Farm at last year's Goffs Orby Sale.
She is the seventh foal produced by the 7f victress Love And Laughter, a daughter of Theatrical who is the dam of three previous winners including Wigmore Hall, winner of successive renewals of the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes in 2011 and 2012, and the 1m2f Listed scorer Lady Liberty.
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