Precieuse wins the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches

Filed on 15 May 2017 @ 09:25

Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Précieuse (Tamayuz) won the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas), on Saturday at Deauville, for breeder owner Brendan and Anne-Marie Hayes and trainer Fabrice Chappet.

Ridden by the crack jockey Olivier Peslier and carrying the colours of Anne-Marie Hayes, also breeder of the filly, Précieuse offered a first Group One success to her trainer from Chantilly, Fabrice Chappet. Précieuse came along the stands to impose herself clearly in front of the British Sea of Grace (Born to Sea), associated to Christophe Soumillon, who cantered on the other side of the track. Heuristique (Shamardal) completes the podium, in front of Wajnah (Redoute's Choice).

Précieuse was discovering the mile after having started her career on the sprint. She had just finished second of the Prix Sigy (Gr3), over the 1,200-meter straight line of Chantilly. Her connections were attempting a bold strategy entering her for the first time over 1,600 metres and the filly answered perfectly to their expectations.

Fabrice Chappet said: “There were a few questions for the distance but as the owner says, nothing beats speed. I was confident on the fact that she would run well and she had worked like a filly that would hold the distance. We have to congratulate José, her rider in the morning. I am lucky to have horses that are well-born in my stables, so I have good material to work with. She is the first filly I train for these owners. Her owners were a bit shy and they did not enter her at Royal Ascot. Deauville this summer is still an option.”

Brendan Hayes, owner and breeder of Précieuse, said: “It is absolutely fantastic for us. We are breeders and Précieuse comes from a family that we have been developing since her grand-mother… So, she is the result of a long work. She has a lot of speed. What is important for a horse is speed, whether he is a stayer or a sprinter. We thought she would hold the distance because there are stayers in her family. I am a big fan of Tamayuz [Précieuse’s sire, ndlr]. He is a good stallion but had a limited number of mares, which is not easy. We sent him four mares this year, including Précieuse’s dam. We have known Fabrice Chappet for a long time because we had horses with Robert Collet and Fabrice was his assistant. But Précieuse is the first filly we sent to him.”

Filed on 15 May 2017 @ 09:25