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Dick Turpin wins The Prix Jean Prat Chantilly 04.07.2010

Dick Turpin storms clear to win the Prix Jean Prat in sensational style

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Deserved Group 1 victory for Arakan's Dick Turpin

Prix Jean Prat (Group 1), Chantilly, 1m, 3yo

DICK TURPIN (c Arakan - Merrily by Sharrood)

Breeder: John McEnery (IRE)

DICK TURPIN finally gained just reward on Sunday for three consecutive placings at the top level when running away with the Prix Jean Prat to provide Arakan with a first Group 1 winner as a stallion.

Arakan is the fifth British and Irish-based second season sire to produce a Group 1 winner in his first crop.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt is by far the best runner from Arakan's first crop of 104 foals, which contains 12 winners in Britainand Ireland. The son of Nureyev, who was trained by Sir Michael Stoute to strike twice at Group 3 level, stands at Ballyhane Stud for €4,000.

A half-brother to four minor winners, Dick Turpin hails from a family well known for producing hardy, fast runners; his dam, is a half-sister to Deep Finesse, who captured the Group 3 Prix du Bois 14 years ago, and to the dam of the popular sprinter Halmahera.

Further back it is the family of the Group 2-winning sprinters Monsieur Bond and River Falls, himself a former Ballyhane resident.

Pinhooked for €12,000 as a foal by Noel McDonnell at the Goffs November Sale, Dick Turpin was sold at the following year's Tattersalls Ireland SeptemberSale for €26,000 to Peter Doyle.

On what was an excellent day for Ballyhane stallions past and present, the Group 3 Prix du Bois went to Keratiya, adaughter of former stud inmate Iron Mask, while at Ayr, Diamond Geezah became first crop winner number four for Diamond Green.





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