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  • Writer's pictureJour De Galop

Penja's great acceleration

Eighth in the Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1) on a ground too soft for her skills, Penja (Camelot) also had to decline the fight in the Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1) for the same reasons. After these events, the representative of Daniel-Yves Trèves, Laurent Dassault, Jean-Claude Rouget and of the Bernard Weill team flew over the opposition in Chantilly, in the Prix du Manoir Sans Souci (Class 1). On Tuesday, by winning at the very end, she once again showed the extent of her talent and justified the great esteem of those around her.

Jean-Claude Rouget made no secret of the fact that this Prix de Psyché was a goal. After the race, the professional native of Normandy told Jour de Galop : “She came to seek this victory with courage and what courage! She's a filly who likes to go with her hand as she takes the lead, but she was quick to go from the start. Not wanting to get her off the train, Cristian Demuro rode her in an excellent way, keeping her in the wake of the hosts. The lead fillies were tough, even too tough, whereas we tend to run them for the future. Sometimes it can cost us a race like today. But Penja knew how to fight. Finally, her easy victory didn't teach her how to wrestle, but she had an easier race. If she recovers well, she will have the Prix de la Nonette (Gr2), here, which extends its arms to her.

The Scea des Prairies is showing remarkable performance this year with its products, such as Caprice des Dieux (Declaration of War), Cash Equity (Toronodo), and Chez Pierre ** (Mehmas). After the victory of their pupil Penja, Benoît and Thomas Jeffroy told us: “It is the family background that triumphs. Just with You (Sunday Break) and Texaloula (Kendor) have been part of a long-standing work. It was also the Never on Sunday (Sunday Break) family. This year the breeding is in good shape, as evidenced by the performances of Afghany (The Gurkha) and Zelda ** (Zelzal). We took Penja's mother to Camelot (Montjeu) because we like her products very much. It was more of a crossbreed for the model rather than its pedigree (laughs), but it worked. Camelot also brought a lot of tonicity. "

Frankyfourfingers' niece. Bred by Scea des Prairies, Benoît and Thomas Jeffroy, Penja was sold for € 90,000 at the Arqana yearling sale in October 2019, when she was presented by the Castillon stud. It was his trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget, who signed for her. Penja is a daughter of Camelot (Montjeu), stallion at Coolmore Stud, and Just with You (Sunday Break). The latter produced Taos (Toronado), winner of the Derby du Midi (L). She also has a 2-y-o named Just Beauty (Shalaa) and a yearling by Harry Angel (Dark Angel).

Just with You is the full sister of Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break), winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round II (Gr2, 1.900m). He also finished fourth in the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (Gr1). It is the strain of Texalina (Kendor), winner of the Prix Saint-Roman (Gr3) and second in the Prix de la Grotte (Gr3), and of Never on Sunday (Sunday Break), winner of the Prix d'Ispahan (Gr1) , Prince of Orange (Gr3) and third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Gr1).


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