Lope De Vega’s Algolia Powers To TDN Rising Stardom At Chantilly

Andre Fabre’s team has hit the ground running as winter slowly transitions to spring and the veteran maestro unleashed G1 Prix de Diane entry Algolia (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}–Viva Rafaela {Brz}, by Know Heights {Ire}) to claim ‘TDN Rising Stardom‘ with a scintillating performance in Tuesday’s Prix du Soissonnais over one mile at Chantilly. The 3-1 second choice broke smartly from the outside stall and stalked the tempo in a close second for most of this debutantes’ heat. Nudged along to seize control passing the quarter-mile pole, she quickened clear approaching the final furlong and powered further away from stablemate Firyali (GB) (New Bay {GB}) in the closing stages to hit the line with an impressive five-length buffer, becoming the 10th Rising Star for her sire (by Shamardal).

Algolia is the fifth foal and scorer produced by G1 Grande Premio Diana (Brazilian Oaks) heroine and GI Flower Bowl third Viva Rafaela (Brz) (Know Heights {Ire}), herself a daughter of G1 Grande Premio Marciano de Aguiar Moreira victrix Linda Rafaela (Brz) (Bin Ajwaad {Ire}). The April-foaled homebred chestnut is a half-sister to last term’s Listed Prix Charles Laffitte scorer Babala (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). Viva Rafaela, whose family features a swathe of Brazilian elite-level performers, is kin to the Group 1-placed duo Baby Go Far (Brz) (Elusive Quality) and Unique Zuca (Brz) (Northern Afleet). The latter threw GSW G1 Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul runner-up Galaxy Runner (Brz) (Drosselmeyer) while another half-sister, Awesome Rafaela (Brz) (Elusive Quality), is the dam of GII Edgewood S. victrix New Year’s Eve (Kitten’s Joy).

4th-Chantilly, €27,000, Mdn, 3-7, unraced 3yo, f, 8f (AWT), 1:40.77, st.
ALGOLIA (IRE), f, 3, by Lope De Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Viva Rafaela (Brz) (G1SW-Brz & GISP-US, $246,353), by Know Heights (Ire)
2nd Dam: Linda Rafaela (Brz), by Bin Ajwaad (Ire)
3rd Dam: Poli Arumba (Brz), by Executioner
O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Mickael Barzalona. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. *1/2 to Babala (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), SW-Fr. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by TVG.

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