Zarak’s Crown Princesse Wins The Cleopatre

Providing another boost to TDN Rising Star Pensee Du Jour (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), Haras de Saint-Julien and Regula Vannod’s Crown Princesse (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}–Lovemedo {Fr}, by Zafeen {Fr}) stepped up on two prior efforts to capture Friday’s G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud. Four-lengths second to that Fabre giant on debut over 9 1/2 furlongs on Chantilly’s Polytrack in February, the Fabrice Chappet-trained homebred went back to the same track, trip and surface to break her maiden last month and entered this 10 1/2-furlong Prix de Diane pointer only as a lukewarm 11-1 shot.

Anchored with one behind early by Ioritz Mendizabal, the chestnut had to wait for room at the top of the straight as the eventual runner-up Elusive Princess (Fr) (Martinborough {Jpn}) ran into a dead end on the rail. In the open in time to get to the front approaching the furlong pole, she stayed on strongly to score by half a length from the unlucky second, with 3/4 of a length back to the long-time leader Heartache Tonight (Fr) (Recorder {GB}) in third.

“You can’t really fault this filly since her debut when she was beaten by one with great potential, as she has since proven,” Chappet said. “We will enjoy that, see how she comes out of the race and take it day by day before deciding on her next race. She is not in the [G1 Prix] Saint-Alary, not in the Diane. We shall see.”

Pedigree Notes

Crown Princesse’s dam Lovemedo, who was runner-up in the Listed Prix la Sorellina, is a half-sister to the Listed Prix de Bagatelle winner Mary’s Precedent (Fr) (Storming Home {GB}) who produced another Sorellina runner-up in Mary’s France (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}). The family features the G1 Prix
de l’Arc de Triomphe and G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and his half-sister, the multiple grade I-winning Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf heroine and champion Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}). Lovemedo’s 2-year-old filly by Meshaheer is named Love Her (Fr).

Friday, Saint-Cloud, France
PRIX CLEOPATRE-G3, €80,000, Saint-Cloud, 4-21, 3yo, f, 10 1/2fT, 2:19.25, sf.
1–CROWN PRINCESSE (FR), 126, f, 3, by Zarak (Fr)
1st Dam: Lovemedo (Fr) (SP-Fr), by Zafeen (Fr)
2nd Dam: Suvretta Queen (Ire), by Polish Precedent
3rd Dam: Allwaki, by Miswaki
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. O/B-Haras de Saint-Julien & Mme Regula Vannod (FR); T-Fabrice Chappet; J-Ioritz Mendizabal. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, €58,900. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Elusive Princess (Fr), 126, f, 3, Martinborough (Jpn)–Elusive Action (Fr), by Elusive City. 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O-Ecurie Victoria Dreams; B/T-Jean-Philippe Dubois (FR). €16,000.
3–Heartache Tonight (Fr), 126, f, 3, Recorder (GB)–Salvation (GB), by Montjeu (Ire). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (€160,00 P/S Ylg ’21 ARQOCT). O-Chris Wright & Andy MacDonald; B-Sylvain Vidal (FR); T-David Menuisier. €12,000.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 11.40, 3.70, 5.00.
Also Ran: Forelsket (Ire), Ottery (GB), Higgle (GB), Amelielympique (Ire), Solaire (Fr). Video, sponsored by TVG.

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