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Current Odds: 12-1 Gr. c. 3, by Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Visionnaire (FR), by Linamix (FR)
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 7, 2013 - ML
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May 8, 2013 - Lch
Prix du Pont Neuf
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April 22, 2013 - Lch
|1 Mile (T)||3|
Aged 67, Alain de Royer-Dupre trains at Chantilly in France, where his principal owner is HH the Aga Khan. Began training in Normandy in 1972, and his success there caused him to be asked to move to Chantilly to become first trainer to the Aga Khan, following the death of Francois Mathet in 1981.
Christophe Lemaire was born in May 1979 in Chantilly, France. Enjoyed his first Group 1 success in the Prix Jean Prat in June 2003 aboard Vespone. Has won 28 more European Group 1s since then through 2011 including the Prix du Jockey-Club (Le Havre [Ire]), the Prix de Diane (three times, Sarafina [Fr], Divine Proportions, Stacelita [Fr]), the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (twice, Divine Proportions, Elusive Wave [Ire]), the English 1,000 Guineas (Natagora [Fr]), the English 2,000 Guineas (Makfi [GB]) and the Champion Stakes (twice, Pride [Fr], Literato [Fr}). Has also won the Hong Kong Cup (Pride) and the Dubai Sheema Classic (Heart's Cry [Jpn]).
The Aga Khan, or Shah Karim al-Hussayni, His Highness The Aga Khan IV, was born on December 13th 1936, and has become one of the most prolific racehorse owner and breeder in the world. One of the Aga Khan's main sources of income is his horseracing interests. The Aga Kahn owns and operates the biggest horse racing and breeding operation in France.
Visiyani is a homebred of His Highness the Aga Khan by one of the best milers in recent history, Rock of Gibraltar. A racehorse who defeated the best of his generation with devastating ease, while winning seven consecutive Group I events and being named World Horse of the Year in 2002. His final race and one of only his two losses came in an ill-timed ride in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park. Not nearly as dominant as a stallion, the sone of Danehill has definitely been a useful type, with his best two offspring being champion Eagle Mountain and crack sprinter Society Rock.
Visiyani is a son of the multiple Group I-placed stakes winner Visionnaire, a daughter of French 2000 Guineas winner Linamix, a very good stallion and a phenomenal miler in his own right. A rare homozygous grey (only sires grey offspring), Linamix's offpsring often have strong amounts of stamina, including decorated marathoner Reefscape and French Derby winner Cherry Mix. Interestingly enough, Visionnaire's female family is filled with generations of quality Claiborne Farm stock through dam Visor, an offspring of Mr. Prospector out of a Spectacular Bid half-sister to Swale.
This pedigree is stacked with brilliant accelerators and enough stamina to relish 10 furlongs.
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre sent Bayrir here to win this race twelve months ago and will saddle son of Rock of Gibraltar who is out of a mare who finished third in the French Oaks and who was last seen when winning an allowance over seven and a half furlongs at Maisons- Laffitte in early July. Three-year-old finished third in a Grade Three at Saint Cloud last October over seven and a half furlong and will make his first start at a route distance for barn that won with two of last seven starters in North American graded stakes. Gray is not as accomplished as Bayrir was last year going into this but connections must be respected and Christophe Lemaire, who won on Bayrir last year will be in the saddle. Colt, whose two winning efforts came on ground that was on the firm side, could get a good trip from off the pace starting from near the inside.