Stakes Success in France for Pencarrow
23 September 2020
Pencarrow Stud celebrated black-type success in France this week as co-breeder of Alzire (Shamardal), who won the Listed Prix du Haras de La Haie Neuve Le Brivido (1650m) at Craon.
Ridden by Cristian Demuro for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, Alzire showed stacks of class and courage to score by a nose in a thrilling battle with Musetta (Dark Angel).
Those two runners had the finish all to themselves, with the third placegetter finishing four lengths adrift.
Racing in the colours of Haras Voltaire, Alzire has now had 10 starts for four wins and a third placing in the Listed Prix de la Cochere (1600m).
“We bred her with Nico de Chambure by Shamardal out of the beautifully bred Purely Priceless,” Sir Peter Vela said.
Purely Priceless is by the great Galileo out of Peeping Fawn (Danehill), who won the Group One Epsom Oaks (2400m), Irish Oaks (2400m), Nassau Stakes (2000m) and Pretty Polly Stakes (2000m).
Peeping Fawn is the dam of September (Deep Impact), who won at Listed level and placed in the Group One Fillies’ Mile (1600m), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1400m) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (1800m).
Another of her foals, Sir John Hawkins (Henrythenavigator), placed in the Group Two Coventry Stakes (1200m) and Group Three Tyros Stakes (1400m).
Others in this exceptional family include Group One stars Thewayyouare (Kingmambo), Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom), Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy), Jazil (Seeking the Gold) and Streaming (Smart Strike).
Purely Priceless herself won two races, and she is the dam of two winners from two foals to race. Both of them are now stakes performers, with Alzire’s half-brother Palmyre (Dansili) a placegetter in the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte (2000m) and Grand Prix de Clairefontaine (2400m).
Over the last three seasons, Purely Priceless has produced foals by Dark Angel, Le Havre and Wootton Bassett.