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First-season sire Turtle Bowl gets Group 1 winner

WHILE all the chat before the Criterium International had been about the Andrew Balding-trained Bonfire's challenge in the Group 1 for first-season sire Manduro, in the end the race went the way of another first-season sire, Haras de Reboursiere's stallion Turtle Bowl, courtesy of his son French Fifteen.

French Fifteen is the only stakes winner so for his sire, a winner of the Prix Jean Prat, having already been successful in a mile Listed race runat Craon in September. He finished second in the Prix Thomas Bryon (G3) at the beginning of October behind Abtaal.

Bred by Gilles Florien of Reboursiere, French Fifteen is is out of the dual winner Spring Morning. He is distantly related to Zarkava.

He is owned by British-based owner Raymond Tooth, best known for the exploits of his Champion Hurdler Punjabi and his Coronation Stakes (G1) winner Indian Ink.

Trainer Nicholas Clement purchased French Fifteen at the 2010 Arqana August Sale for €30,000 from Reboursiere.

Turtle Bowl has had two winners so far from eight runners.  A son of Dyhm Diamond, he has stood at €5,000 for the whole of his stallion career. His yearling average this autumn is 13,883gns for 11 sold, with a top price of 28,736gns.

Bonfire's effort has to be described as unlucky, finding himself short of room the whole way down the straight. He ran on well in the final furlong to snatch third on the line. in doing so he became the first stakes performer for the Darley sire.




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