Tamayuz Scores Impressively at Deauville
Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 2:40 PM
Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008 8:57 PM
Photo: Trevor Jones
Davy Bonilla peeks back for the competition as Tamayuz rolls to victory at Deauville on Aug. 17.
Tamayuz continued trainer Freddie Head’s golden run when rolling to a comfortable 2 1/2-length victory over Natagora in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 17.
The win was the 3-year-old colt’s second at the group I level. In his previous start, Tamayuz captured the Abu Dhabi Sorouh Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) at Chantilly. The chestnut now sports five wins from six career starts, his only poor showing coming in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) in May.
Tamayuz, under Davy Bonilla, sat just off the lead set by stablemate Racinger for the first six furlongs. The son of Nayef took command two furlongs out, and won the race easily while being geared down in the final yards.
Natagora, winner of the stanjamesuk.com One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) in May finished second, three lengths in front of Major Cadeaux. Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:36.40 over the course rated as good to soft.
Head, who trains the colt for Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, told reporters afterwards, “He’s just pure class and improving all the time. We planned the race well, and Olivier (Peslier) also deserves great credit for the way he rode Racinger.”
Tamayuz was bred in England by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company. He is out of the winning Nureyev mare Al Ishq, who is a half-sister to Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I) winner Anabaa Blue. He also hails from the immediate female family of Urban Sea, Galileo, and King’s Best.
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