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Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:59

Bonjour les amis !

LeFrog survived a frightful storm and although he's got only one leg left (had to eat the other one, the middle one being useless for ages), he's leaped back on Twitter under the name of his favourite pub, PoloxLeFrog.

Follow his Frenglish picks and his short reflexions on that twisted yet racing World.

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A Frog's gone PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 November 2010 23:23

Trying to update the World about French racing is an expensive pursuit and the Frog has struggled lately to provide a useful service. Since its launch in March 2009, frogsracing.com has posted no less than 869 reports but due to the lack of financial resources, the website has no choice but to call it a day for the time being.

The only way to provide sensible and useful news on racing and breeding is to be represented on the racecourses and at the sales on a daily basis. Otherwise, there is nothing worthy of note that has not been covered by the general racing media. Such a task requires a dedication that the frogsracing team can no longer sustain.

The Frog sincerely hopes that its fans have thoroughly enjoyed the service throughout these 21 months and would like to have helped you to understand a bit more about French racing and breeding.

Our thoughts go to our main contributors, the Aga Khan Studs and the Haras du Quesnay, the French Racing and Breeding Committee and the AQPS Association, Nacricare and the Osarus Sales, the trainer Rodolphe Collet and the bloodstock agent Hubert Barbe.

Weatherbys has been kind enough to give us detailed pedigrees of the top French horses and this contribution has been invaluable. The Frog thanks them too for their help.

Last but not least, Rolf Johnson and his Frogwatch column have given us a lot as they brought a good measure of humour and no-nonsense comments which racing often misses.

At its beginning, Frogsracing was also about humour in a far too serious world. There is still room for a good laugh in racing on a daily basis, even though some of the laughters can sound slightly ironic.

You cannot die laughing. Yet one can take a rest between two good laughs. And this is just what the Frog intends to do.

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Tuesday Deauville Report - Espirita proves her class PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 18:21

Tuesday 19th October 2010, Deauville (www.jourdegalop.com) In winning the €80,000 Prix des Réservoirs-Haras d’Etreham (Gr3-2yo Fillies-1600m), Espirita (Iffraaj) showed a real touch of class. In a good position throughout the race Élie Lellouche’s charge accelerated impressively on turning into the straight to leave her rivals in her wake and come home the 3 length winner without ever really having to dig deep.  Footsteppy (Footstepsinthesand) got up to beat the favourite Nova Step (Dubawi) on the line for second place. Espirita was initially supposed to run in the Prix d’Aumale (Gr3), but was injured beforehand so a change of plans was required.

Bred at Haras de La Perrigne, on behalf of Élevages de Courteilles, Espirita is out of Iffraaj (Zafonic), who is also the sire of Wootton Bassett winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1). Horizon Bloodstock bought Espirita for only €37,000 at the August Yearling Sales in Deauville.


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The hot favourite in the €24,000 Prix de l’Épronnière (2yo Males Maiden – 1900m Fibresand) after an unlucky first start at Marseille, Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge Barentin (Arch) lived up to all the hype surrounding him when leading the race from start to finish to win by a length. Afterwards the winning trainer said; “He dominated his rivals easily today but he is without a doubt more of a 3 year old. I am not sure whether he will run again this year he may wait for early next year instead.” Toss the Dice (Medicean) took second place a head in front of Bearheart (Aragorn).

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Monday Clairefontaine Report - Celenza wins her maiden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 09:10

Monday 18th October 2010, Clairefontaine (www.jourdegalop.com)


 Despite having a bad draw – number 14 of 17 runners – Celenza (Dansili) managed to open her record on her third start in the €15,000 Prix du Val Marin (2yo Fillies maiden – 1400m). Alain de Royer Dupré’s charge was very patient early on and made the most of the strong pace set by Fanny des Hardys (Fasliyev). The Aga Khan’s representative was ridden by stable jockey Christophe Lemaire and made up ground easily on the last bend to pass all her rivals in the straight. The soft ground did not seem a problem to her on her way to a length and a half victory from Faussement Simple (Beat Hollow) back in second place. Fanny des Hardys finished a further three quarters of a length back in third.

Bred by the Aga Khan Studs, Celenza is the first foal out of Célèbre Vadala (Peintre Célèbre), who won the Prix Astronomie on her first start when beating Ponte Tresa (Sicyos), winner of the Prix Kergorlay (Gr2) and third in the Prix Royal-Oak (Gr1).


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Sunday Longchamp Repot - Prairie Star whets the appetite PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 20:49

Sunday 17th October 2010, Longchamp (www.jourdegalop.com) Prairie Star (Peintre Célèbre) was the one everyone was waiting to see in the €80,000 Prix de Condé (Gr3 – 2yos – 1800m) and Élie Lellouche’s charge did not disappoint. He came upsides the leader, Kreem (Hurricane Run), with ease in the straight and went onto win by without any encouragement from his jockey’s whip. This race was an important lesson for him ahead of his 3 year old career as he learnt to be held up and patient whereas in his first three starts he was always out in front. He may now go for the Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Gr1, 13/11). Bubble Chic (Chichicastenango) came here from having been beaten by Kreem in the Prix Nino at Saint-Cloud. These two colts were supplemented for this Prix de Condé. This time Bubble Chic finished ahead of André Fabre’s charge, taking second place a neck behind the winner with Kreem a further nose behind in third.

Bred by Dayton Investments, Prairie Star is out of Prairie Runner (Arazi), making him a half brother to Prairie Flower (Zieten), who made a winning debut before finishing second in the Prix Michel Houyvet (L) at Deauville.



Like Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) last year, Prince Bishop (Dubawi) managed to achieve the "Prix du Prince d’Orange (Gr3)- €130,000 Prix du Conseil de Paris (Gr2 – 3yo+ - 2400m)". In progression since the autumn, André Fabre’s charge easily got the bettter of Cirrus des Aigles to win by a short neck.  

Prince Bishop benefitted from a good run on the heels of Timos (Sholokhov) and took the lead in the straight despite hanging slightly in the finish. Shimraan (Rainbow Quest) finished a further 3 lengths behind in third place. Cirrus des Aigles is still a possibility for either the Japan Cup oor the Hong Kong Cup.

Bred by Thurso Limited, Prince Bishop is out of North East Bay (Prospect Bay), a mare who has already produced three winners. She is a sister to Hold to Ransom (Red Ransom), who won the Sandringham Stakes (L) and second place in the Pretty Polly Stakes (L) at Newmarket.



The €58,000 Prix Europe 1 (3yo+ Females – 2100m) was won by the Aga Khan filly Diyaraka (Clodovil) in the hands of stable jockey Christophe Lemaire. A neck behind in second place was Garmerita (Poliglote)

with Driven Snow (Linamix) a further three quarters of a length back in third.


This was a second success for the Mikel Delzangles trained filly who won on her last start over 2400m at Saint Cloud. She also has two second places to her name, both over 2100m.

Diyaraka is out of Diamonaka (Akarad) who won once, from five starts, over 2100m at Evry before finishing second in a Group 3 and Group 2. She is also the dam of Diamond Green (Green Desert), a Group 3 winner and placed in Group 1 and 2 races on multiple occasions.


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Saturday Auteuil Report - Solix back in from PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 08:54

Saturday 16th October, Auteuil (www.jourdegalop.com) "I was a little greedy in running him in Group races at the end of the spring", explained Guy Cherel, after the success of his charge Solix (Al Namix) in the €130,000 Prix Pierre de Lassus Hurdle (Gr3 – 3yos – 3900m). He benefitted from the unfortunate fall of Cyrille Combeau, rider of his stable companion Salder Roque (Muhtathir). Bel La Vie (Lavirco), winner of the Prix de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr3) finished a length and a half behind in second. He is also on course for the Prix Renaud du Vivier (Gr1), the big objective for 4 year old hurdlers at the end of the season. Prince Oui Oui (Poliglote) was a further length behind in third place.

Bred by Guy Cherel, who still owns 70%, Solix is out of Solimade (Loup Solitaire), who showed nothing on her three starts when also trained by Guy Cherel. However her first foal, Soliya, was Gr2 placed in England after being bought from a claimer she won at Auteuil for €33,401 by Hubert Barbe,

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Tanaïs du Chenet (Poliglote) was the logical winner of the €85,000 Prix Magne Hurdle (L – 3yo Fillies – 3600m), an ideal prep race for the Prix Bournosienne (Gr3, 6/11). Trainer Marcel Rolland said afterwards; “I don’t know why we would choose the difficult option of the Prix Cambacérès when there is a Group race for females, the Prix Bournosienne, open to her. She comes from a family of late bloomers so we will give her the time she needs to mature.”

Salsa Melody (Kingsalsa) was the only filly capable of chasing the winner on the flat and she eventually finished second three lengths behind. Her trainer Guy Cherel also took third place thanks to Protektion (Protektor) who should both also take part in the Prix Bournosienne.

Bred by Marie-Laure Besnouin, Tanaïs du Chenet is the daughter of one of the top jumping mares Tchela (Le Nain Jaune), who ran 28 times without winning but was Group placed twice over fences. She has made up for that at stud as she has produced 16 foals including; Ma Royale, second in the "Grand Steeple" and the Prix Alain du Breil (Gr1) and winner of the Prix Ingré (Gr3) ; Saint du Chenet, winner of the Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr1), Fleuret (Gr3) and Jean Stern (Gr2); Galant Moss (Tip Moss), second in the Prix Renaud du Vivier (Gr1) and third in the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (Gr1) ; Jocelin (Épervier Bleu), second in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Deauville (L) ; and also Orthence (Épervier Bleu), second in the Prix Wild Monarch (L).


Guy Cherel followed up his success with Solix with another Group success, this time in the €175,000 Prix Montgomery (Gr3 – 5yo+ - 4700m) which he won with the 5 year old AQPS Rushwell (AQ - Shaanmer) who looks to be one to watch in the future. Held up in the second half of the field, Rushwell made up ground progressively after jumping the water under jockey Cyrille Gombeau. He then got the best of Don Mirande (Turgeon) between the last two fences and went on to win by 5 lengths.
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Thursday Bordeaux Report - Zibimix,from claimers to Group success PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010 20:23

Thursday 14th October 2010, Bordeaux le Bouscat (www.jourdegalop.com) Zibimix (Linamix) created a surprise when winning the €80,000 Prix André Baboin (Gr3 – 3yos – 1900m). Zibimix, who was bought in a claimer for €25,555 by owner Antoine Boucher last December, did not mess up on his first attempt in Group company. Sat on the heels of the leaders, he took the lead halfway up the straight and fought off all attacks to win by a length. Thaï Haku (Oasis Dream) took second place a neck in front of the other Marquise de Moratalla representative Skins Game (Diktat).

Zibimix was bred by the Wertheimer brothers and is the fifth foal out of Izibi (Saint Cyrien). Izibi is a half sister to Val des Bois (Bellypha) who won the Prix La Force, de Guiche, du Muguet et Edmond Blanc (Grs3) and then finished second in the Prix d’Ispahan (Gr1) before leaving for the USA where she twice finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Gr1).


Jean-Claude Rouget had the best chance of winning ahead of the €55,000 Grand Critérium (L – 2yos – 1600m), and in the end it was his charge Doo Lang (Pulpit), the only filly in the race, who beat her stable companion the hot favourite Yarubo (Muhtathir). The filly benefited from a good run behind the leaders in the hands of Christophe Lemaire, who managed to keep her tucked in behind other horses for as long as possible in the small field of just five runners. Once a gap opened in front of her she came through to win by an easy length and a half. Ultime Bere (High Yield) took third place a further two lengths behind Yarubo.

Bred by her owner, Joseph Allen, Doo Lang is a half sister to War Officer (Grand Slam), who was renamed Rock’n Typhoon when he was sold to Hong Kong. When trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, War Officer won the Prix Montenica and Sigy (Listeds) over 1,200 and 1,300m.



The Jean-Claude Rouget trained Rosanabad (Selkirk) showed his natural class and ability when winning the €18,000 Prix de la Croix Blanche (2yo Maiden – 1600m) by two and a half lengths without encountering any threats in the final stages. He still looks to be quite babyish and should improve for this run but he is already cited to be a three year old to look out for next year. His stable companion Moncofar (Refuse to Bend) took second place with Urubu (Enrique) a further length and a half back in third.

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Wednesday Maisons Laffitte Report - Gotlandia earns black type win PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010 18:43

Wednesday 13th October 2010 Maisons Laffitte (www.jourdegalop.com)  The favourite in the €55,000 Prix de Saint-Cyr (L – 3yos – 1400m), Gotlandia (Anabaa) proved her connections right in taking the chance in this race when achieving the biggest success of her career. Four times Listed placed and second in the Prix de la Grotte (Gr3), Mikel Delzangles’ charge deserved this black type success. Her trainer said afterwards that she may go for the Prix Perth (Gr3) or a Group race in Italy.

A full brother Gotlandia, named Gondolier, will pass through the sales ring at Deauville, next week (lot 105, presented by Haras du Quesnay.)

A talented Listed filly, The Living Room (Gold Away) proved her ability when taking third place a neck behind Clairvoyance (Shamardal) who finished half a length behind the winner.

Ayun Tara (Martaline) finished back in fourth place and could now have one more run in France before heading for the Cape Verdi Stakes (Gr3) in Dubai in January.

Gotlandia is out of Grenade (Bering) and is the mare’s second foal and first winner. Gotlandia was purchased for €45,000 at the Arqana Yearling Sales in August 2008.


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The €32,000 Prix Glorieuse (4&5yo AQPS – 2600m), an important race for AQPS females, was won easily by Soft Drink (Dark Moondancer). This was a first prestigious victory on the flat for François Doumen’s charge who was quickly to the front before kicking clear with ease in the final stages. She may now go into training with Francois’s son Thierry in preparation for a jumping career. Connections also mentioned that her next race will be in the Prix Chloris and that she will stay in training next year.
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Tuesday Longchamp Report - Listed success for Temps au Temps PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:05

Tuesday 12th October 2010, Longchamp (www.jourdegalop.com) Temps au Temps (Invincible Spirit) took his time to win his first Listed race, having been frequently unlucky in coming up against some very good horses. His chance came, after two second places, in the €55,000 Prix Herod (Listed – 2yos – 1400m) which he won by a short neck from the German horse Stark Danon (Marchand de Sable). Given a good ride by Christophe Soumillon, he sat towards the back of the field before making his move half way up the straight and fighting off an attack from eventual third Fariman (Invincible Spirit). Winning trainer Mikel Delzangles declared afterwards that he should now go for the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte(Gr2), over 1,200m.

Temps au Temps was bought by Agence FIPS and Gilles Forien for the Marquise de Moratalla for the sum of €370,000 last August at the Arqana Yearling Sales. His dam, Noahs Ark (Charnwood Forest), finished third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (Gr1).


Forthe Millionkiss (Dashing Blade) won the €52,000 Prix du Ranelagh (L - 3yos+ - 1600m) in the hands of young jockey Gaëtan Masure.  Second placed, Mary Boleyn (King's Best) finished strongly to be beaten by only a head. Entre Deux Eaux (Ange Gabriel) was a further half a length back in third place.

Bred in Germany by his owner, Rheinard Ubber, Forthe Millionkiss is a half brother of Forever Nadine (Kornado), third placed in a Listed at Mulheim, and of Forever Free (Platini), winner of a Listed at Baden-Baden.



In winning the €24,000 Prix du Conservatoire (2yos Males Maiden – 1700m) from start to finish, Dildar (Red Ransom) proved her true class. He was supplemented for this maiden, after one previous run when she finished sixth, by trainer Alain de Royer Dupré who said afterwards: “He is not a two year old. He will be better next year if he has a good winter.” Pine Creek (Doyen) was a short neck behind in second with Meandre (Slickly) a further length and a half behind in third.

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Sunday Auteuil Report - All the Group action PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:50

Sunday 10th October 2010, Auteuil (www.jourdegalop.com) The €160,000 Prix Héros XII Chase (Gr3 – 5yos+ - 4400m) lived up to its promise when the first four places were taken by four champions. Mid Dancer (Midyan) came off the best in a battle with the superb Oculi (Denham Red), who was making his return over fences. Both of these horses have come back from injuries which occurred here at Auteuil; Mid Dancer fractured his fetlock when finishing third in the Prix Georges Courtois (Gr2) while Oculi suffered a sprain when jumping the water in the Prix Ingré (Gr3) in 2009. Both should now go for the Prix La Haye-Jousselin (Gr1, 7/11 according to connections.  Rubi Ball (Network) took on the elite of his elder chasers in this race and did not disgrace himself when finishing in third, a short neck behind Oculi. Remember Rose (Insatiable) is most definitely at his best over trips further than 5000m yet he also put up a brave performance to finish a further 8 lengths behind in this place. It is almost impossible to predict the winner of the Prix La Haye-Jousselin after this race and it looks to be a very interesting contest that awaits us on November 7th.


Questarabad (Astarabad) is the king over hurdles at Auteuil. When winning the €130,000 Prix Carmarthen Hurdle (Gr3 – 5yos+ - 3900m) he once again proved his amazing ability not just in the fact that he was successful but also in the way he remained relaxed throughout the race before going on to win by half a length from Tyko (Robin des Champs). The winning distance does not reflect the ease with which he won as jockey Régis Schmidlin, never hit him once on the flat yet he made up ground on Tyko to catch him just before the line. Questarabad will now have the Grand Prix d'Automne (Gr1) as his objective before a possible visit to the Cheltenham Festival next March for either the Champion Hurdle (Gr1) or World Hurdle (Gr1). Viotti (Dream Well) ran well to finish a decent third under young jockey Steven Colas who was making his comeback after a brief retirement from race riding.

In beating the boys in the €175,000 Prix Georges de Talhouët-Roy Hurdle (Gr2 – 3yos – 3600m), Nikita du Berlais (Poliglote) once again proved that she is the besot of her generation of hurdlers. Now the winner of four races she has caught the eye of the public ahead of the Prix Cambacérès (Gr1) which she seems to have in the bag. Held up, Nikita du Berlais made up ground on the far side to sit in second place coming round the last bend. In the straight there was no contest whatsoever and she came home the comfortable 8 length winner under David Cottin. Grand Charly (Le Triton) took second place half a length ahead of Crios

(Canyon Creek).    


 Bred by Jean-Marc Lucas, Nikita du Berlais is the third foal out of Chica du Berlais (Cadoudal), who was trained by Jean-Paul Gallorini and finished fifth on her only start over jumps at Auteuil.

Kauto Stone (With the Flow) made up for his disappointing sixth place in the Prix Edmond Barrachin when winning the €150,000 Prix Orcada Chase (Gr3 – 4yos -4300m), in his preparation for the Prix Maurice Gillois (Gr1, 7/11) before a possible trip to England in December. Kauto Stone took control of the race and won by two and a half lengths despite making a mistake at the water jump. Winner of the Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr1), Saint du Chenet (Poliglote), wore cheekpieces for the first time in this race and didn’t seem pleased with the experience as he finished a disappointing seventh.

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