A number of prominent Cape stallions have pedigree to links with runners in Sunday’s G1 features at Longchamp on Arc day.
First of the G1 features is the Total Prix Marcel Boussac, a race for 2yo fillies over 1600m. Among the top contenders is unbeaten First Defence filly Antonoe, who is from the same female line as Klawervlei Stud’s young, four time G1 winning sire Twice Over, among others. Avontuur’s red hot sire Var, whose runners have been winning fast and thick this week is from the same family as Marcel Boussac starter Qemah, a Danehill Dancer daughter a three length winner second time out.
Next G1 feature at Longchamp is the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (formerly Grand Criterium) for 2yos over a mile. While there are no links to Cape sires in one of Europe’s finest 2yo races, two Cape based mares have relatives running.
Among the runners is recent G3 Solario Stakes winner First Selection (by Diktat), whose relatives include the very successful Varsfontein Stud based broodmare Subyan Dreams, dam of G1 performers Felix The Cat and Mljet. Recent G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes runner up Herald The Dawn (New Approach), a full brother to former champion Dawn Approach, is from the family of Collingwood Stud’s Hansel mare, Hansea –dam of the talented Sea Cat.
Hemel ‘n Aarde’s blue blooded Alado, who traces back in female directly to the immortal Mumtaz Mahal, is closely related to G1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes winner DIamondsandrubies, one of 14 fillies and mares to line up in the Prix de l’Opera on Sunday.
There are few stallions in the country with better pedigrees than Ideal World, and his close relative Dansili has a pair of runners on Arc day. The former champion sire, whose Rail Link won the Arc back in 2006, has defending champion We Are in the G1 Prix de l’Opera Longines and multiple G1 winner Flintshire in the Arc itself, while his son Rail Link is sire of G1 Qatar Prix du Cadran hopeful Trip To Rhodos. Another son of Dansili, sensational first crop sire Zoffany, is responsible for Jean-Luc Lagardere hope Ventura Storm.
Dansili is also broodmare sire of G1 Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye contender Son Cesio (by Zafeen).
Drakenstein Stud’s sensational sire Duke Of Marmalade will be represented by French Oaks winner Star Of Seville in the Opera, and she will be looking to pick up the second G1 race of her career for trainer John Gosden.
Europe’s greatest race, the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, follows the Opera, and here 18 of the world’s finest turf performers line up to do battle. Cape Cross, whose full brother Great Britain stands at Highlands, is the sire of this year’s Investec Derby/Eclipse/Irish Champion Stakes winner Golden Horn, who surely rates among the leading fancies for the 2015 Arc de Triomphe.
Judpot, sire of recent G2 Supreme Cup winner Deputy Jud, is from the same female line as former Yorkshire Oaks heroine Tapestry, one of six females to contest this year’s race.
The Alchemy’s well performed Gitano Hernando, winner of over $2 million in stakes, hails from the female line of former star 2YO Toormore (by Arakan), a runner in the G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret. Trained by Richard Hannon jr, Toormore has won two of his last three outings including the G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes.
Gitano’s close neighbour Silvano, who stands at Maine Chance Farms, will be represented as a broodmare sire in the G1 Qatar Prix Du Cadran by Achtung (by Sulamani).