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Doyen sibling off the mark in France

THE Prix Mendez, a 1m4f maiden race at Maisons-Laffitte for three-year-old colts and geldings, was won today by the Singspiel colt Mojave Moon, a close relation to Group 1-winning siblings Doyen and Moonshell.

Like that illustrious pair, Mojave Moon was bred by his owner Sheikh Mohammed outof the Prix de Diane runner-up Moon Cactus.

A daughter of Kris and a sister to Diomed Stakes winner Shining Steel, Moon Cactus died in 2006. Her first foal, the 1995 Oaks winner Moonshell, by Sadler's Wells, got her stud career off to the perfect start, and the Classic winner was followed by Group 2 runner-up Ocean Of Storms (Arazi), Group 2 winner Hatha Anna (Sadler's Wells) and Listed-placed Shamaat Hayaaty (Sadler's Wells).


The mating to Sadler's Wells also worked the oracle with Moon Cactus's 2000 foal, the impressive King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Doyen, who has his first crop of two-year-olds on the ground this year.

As Doyen was before being transferred to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in Newmarket, Mojave Moon is trained by Andre Fabre.

The Prix Mendez has a good pedigree as a springboard to success, with recent winners including Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe third Sagara and Prix Jean Prat third and Hong Kong Classic Mile runner-up Viva Macau.




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