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French first-season sire Hannouma off the mark

FRENCH-BASED stallion Hannouma became the first freshman to produce a first winner from his debut two-year-old crop when Grafelli won a 6f maiden at Naas on Wednesday.

Grafelli, saddled by Jim Bolger for owner Sylvain Benillouche, was improving on a first-time-out fifth behind The United States at the Curragh this month.

He is a homebred son of Spark Sept, a daughter of Septieme Ciel who won the Listed Prix de Liancourt over 1m2f at three. His half-brother Winning Spark (Theatrical) is a 1m4f winner on the Kempton Polytrack.

Bennilouche stands Hannouma at his Haras de Bernesq in Trevieres, France. The stallion's fee this year was €2,000.

A son of late leading French sire Anabaa, Hannouma was trained by David Smaga to finish runner-up in the Prix de Conde and the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud at two.




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