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Peintre Celebre half-
sister wins first time out

ONE of the best-bred members of the first crop of Holy Roman Emperor got off the mark at the first attempt at Longchamp on Wednesday.

Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Peinture Abstraite won the Prix des Ternes, a 1m2f maiden for unraced three-year-olds, by a short neck from the Aga Khan's homebred son of Sinndar, Khaiybar, with Hellring, by Storm Cat, six lengths back in third.

Alain de Royer-Dupre

Alain de Royer-Dupre: on the mark

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Peinture Abstraite - who holds entries for the Prix de Diane and Prix Saint-Alary - carried the familiar blue silks of the Wildenstein family and is a homebred daughter of the owners' fine broodmare Peinture Bleue, dam of Peintre Celebre, the brilliant winner of the 1997 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and sire of a dozen Group 1 scorers including Byword and Pride.

Peinture Bleue, a 24-year-olddaughter of Alydar and Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Petroleuse, has now produced six winners also including Group 2 Prix de Pomone winner Peinture Rare and Group 3 Prix de Barbeville winner Pointilliste.

Another of the dam's foals, Pine Chip, a sister to Peintre Celebre, has produced Grand Prix de Deauville runner-up Pouvoir Absolu.

Peinture Bleue has a juvenile filly by Dansili called Painter's Pride, a yearling colt by Green Tune called Parker Ridge and was barren to Soldier Of Fortune last year. She was covered by Soldier Of Fortune again this year.




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