Talented four-year-old Shaman, who, like Southford Stud’s G1 winning stallion Admiral Kitten descends in female line from the mare Portage, showed his class when victorious in Monday’s G2 Prix d’Harcourt at ParisLongchamp.
A son of Shamardal, Shaman benefited from a fine front-running ride by Maxime Guyon who himself enjoyed a fruitful day in Paris.
The Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained winner was no slouch himself last term, with Shaman beating Sottsass in the Prix La Force before finishing second in the French 2000 Guineas and also the Prix Jacques le Marois.
Trying 10 furlongs for the first time, he bounced back to his best in this Group Two event, kicking on in the straight to repel the late challenge of Way To Paris, with Simona only narrowly beaten in third spot.
Shaman has now won five of just 13 starts with Monday’s win taking his earnings to 529 989 pounds.
The colt’s fourth dam is G1 Matron Stakes winner Fall Aspen, dam of champion sire Fort Wood and granddam of the mighty Dubai Millennium -the sire of outstanding stallion Dubawi.
This is also the family of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, and champion US sire, Cozzene -himself the broodmare sire of leading sire Pivotal.
Former G1 Secretariat Stakes winner Admiral Kitten, whose first South African are now yearlings, is the only son of champion US sire Kitten’s Joy at stud in South Africa.