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Desert Style delivers sixth top-flight scorer

DESERT BLANC became the sixth top-flight scorer for his French-based sire Desert Style when getting the better of Papaw Bodie (Strong Hope) by just a nose in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday.

He follows Desert Style's other Group or Grade 1 winners Bachir (Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Irish 2,000 Guineas), Caradak (Prix de la Foret), Mandesha (Prix d'Astarte, Prix Vermeille and Prix de l'Opera), Next Desert (Deutsches Derby) and Paco Boy (Prix de la Foret, Queen Anne Stakes and Lockinge Stakes).

By Green Desert and from the family of Barathea, Desert Style was third in the Phoenix and National Stakes at two, and won the Tetrarch, Ballycorus and Phoenix Sprint Stakes at three.

He stands at the Haras du Hoguenet in France at a fee of €10,000, having stood at Morristown Lattin Stud until 2008. His first French-conceived crop are two-year-olds this year.

Four-year-old Desert Blanc, who was trained by Pascal Bary to win the Listed Prix de Tourgeville at Deauville last year, is now trained by Chad Brown and was making his second start in the US in the Manhattan Handicap.

He was bred by the Haras du Mezeray out of the placed Indian Ridge mare Lumiere Rouge, a half-sister to Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Signe Divin.

Lumiere Rouge is out of the Listed-placed Raise A Native mare Lumen Dei, a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 scorers Satwa Queen and Spadoun.

Desert Blanc, a half-brother to Listed winner Lumiere Noire and Listed-placed Lumiere Astrale, was registered as not sold for €72,000 when offered by Mezeray at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale at Deauville.




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