Cartiem, a daughter of late Kildangan Stud stallion Cape Cross (by Green Desert), stayed on well to land the Group 3 Prix Penelope over 10 and a half furlongs at Saint-Cloud. She could bid for classic glory in next month's Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly.
Only four went to post for the race, eventual runner-up Phoceene tried to make all, and the favourite Romanciere had to settle for third. The margins were a neck and three-parts of a length and the winner is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget.
Cartiem was bred by the partnership of Rashit Chaykhutdinov, Haras du Mezeray and Christophe Clement and she represents the final crop of her sire. His 115 stakes winners include 13 who have won at the highest level, notably the outstanding trio of Sea The Stars, Golden Horn, and Ouija Board.
His newest pattern winner is a €140,000 graduate of the Arqana Deauville October yearling sale, she has won three of her four starts, and she is the first foal of the winning mare Mintaka (by Zamindar).
Her dam's siblings include Group 2 Prix de Mallaret second Mandistana (by Azamour) and listed-race winer Mila (by Cape Cross), and they are out of Group 3 Prix de Royaumont scorer Mintalya (by Linamix). That mare's full-brother Manighar won the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay and was placed in the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak before moving to Australia where he added wins in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes, Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, and Group 1 Australian Cup.
All of this makes Cartiem a promising member of the current classic generation in France, and in addition to her entry in the Prix de Diane, she has one in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary at ParisLongchamp. It will be fascinating to find out how good she is.
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