Court In The Park rounds up Fleches D'Amour. www.raceimages.co.nz
Backed as if unbeatable, Court In The Park (4 Br. M. Thorn Park – Frizzle, by Pompeii Court), a half-brother to the talented galloper Danacourt (Danasinga), justified her short quote ($1.90 & $1.30) with a comprehensive victory in the Solid Gold 94.3FM Maiden over 1400-metres at Otaki on Thursday.
Danacourt displayed his ability against the best when, off a five month spell, he finished second to Bullish Luck in the US$1million Champions Mile at Sha Tin in Hong Kong, during a career of five wins and earnings of $700,000.
Resuming from a spell having only had one start previously, the mare bred and owned by Nigel and Adaire Auret, and trained by Nigel at Wanganui, gave punters some cause for alarm when held up in traffic at the 600m, but once sent out after the clear leader, Fleches D’Amour (Castledale), she unwound a big finish, enabling rider Hayden Tinsley to take hold near the line.
With their son Hamish Auret, also a licensed trainer, the Auret family own and operate Letham Thoroughbreds, standing Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) stallion Mettre En Jeu (ex. Delgatie Queen, by Spectacular Love).
In his second season at stud, Mettre En Jeu won a listed race over 2100-metres, before franking a respective second and third in the group two Great Northern Guineas, and group three Waikato Guineas with a narrow defeat in the New Zealand Derby by Redoute’s Dancer (Redoute’s Choice) in 2007.
The same family put Nigel Auret in the headlines when his half-sister Saint Cecile (Pompeii Court) won back-to-back Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha in 2001 and 2002, the latter at group one level, during her career of eight wins.
Court In The Park is also from the same family, with her great grandma, Tricky Spi (Tristarc) being the dam of Delgatie Queen.
Hamish Auret said, “Dad (Nigel) does a great job training her. She doesn’t take a lot of fast work and he had her spot on. She’s shown a lot all the way through and it’s pleasing to get this win under the belt.”
Tinsley was also taken with the performance, saying, “They had her pretty much right today, she hadn’t been to the trials this time back in, but she showed a fair bit of ability last season and she’s shown it again today.”
Displaying a nice bit of stretch, there would seem to be enough quality and performance within the bloodlines to ensure Court In The Park continues her rise through the ranks.