At Deauville in France overnight, Darley's triple Gr1-winning world-class shuttle stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 4YO entire New Bay (Dubawi-Cinnamon Bay, by Zamindar) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Andre Fabre in the Gr3 Prix Gontaut-Biron (10 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Arthenus (Dutch Art-Lady Hen, by Efisio) & 5YO gelding Garlingari (Linngari-Garlinote, by Poliglote). A homebred for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Stud, New Bay improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 French Derby) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 French 2000 Guineas) from 9 starts and over €1.9 million earnings.
At Chantilly in France, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a European Group success when 4YO Irish-bred entire One Foot In Heaven (Fastnet Rock-Pride, by Peintre Celebre) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Alain De Royer Dupre in the Gr2 Prix de Chantilly (2400m), over 5YO gelding Garlingari (Linngari-Garlinote, by Poliglote) & 4YO UK-bred entire Harlem (Champs Elysees-Casual, by Nayef). One Foot In Heaven improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Prix d'Hedouville & Listed Prix Lord Seymour) and 1 placing from 7 starts. The beautifully bred One Foot In Heaven is the fourth foal to race for former champion French mare Pride, winner of three Gr1 races namely the Prix de Saint-Cloud, British Champion Stakes & Hong Kong Cup. She was also runner-up to Rail Link in the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. One Foot In Heaven is also a direct descendent of influential US mare Miss Disco, best known as the dam of champion racehorse and legendary breed-shaping sire Bold Ruler. Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said One Foot In Heaven would now be spelled with a view to targeting Gr1 races later in the year. “He gets better and has that fantastic turn of foot of his mother and adapts to everything,” de Royer-Dupre said. "Still I feel he needs a little break now, so he will not go to the Gr1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and will instead come back in September.”
At Saint-Cloud in France on Sunday, European champion 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) celebrated an elite success when 4YO French-bred entire Dariyan (Shamardal-Daryakana, by Selkirk) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Alain De Royer Dupre in the Gr1 Prix Ganay (10.5 furlongs) for 4YO+, over fellow 4YO French-bred entire Silverware (Silver Frost-Miss Bio, by River Mist) & 5YO French-bred gelding Garlingari (Linngari-Garlinote, by Poliglote). The Aga Khan-owned Dariyan took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Dubai City Of Gold Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 HKJC Hong Kong Vase) from 10 starts for €727,528 earnings. Dariyan is out of Gr1 Hong Kong International Vase winner Daryakana, herself a daughter of Gr1 French Oaks & Gr1 Prix Vermeille winner Daryaba.