Prix ​​Robert Lejeune (Gr3, Barriers): St Donats takes his place at the top

races / 09.24.2022

Robert Lejeune Award (Gr3, Barriers)

St Donats happen at the top




In the absence of Blue Diamond (Martaline), leader of the 3-year-old foals over hurdles in the first half, which we won’t see again in the fall, a place as provisional leader was up for grabs at Prix Robert Lejeune (Gr3). After his good second place in the Prix des Platanes (L), St Donats (Holy of Saints) risked. A favorite before the start, the representative of William John Williams and Hugo Mérienne quickly took control, as usual. He led by hand, before starting at the start of the straight. St Donats held off his rivals to win by four lengths. A convincing success that makes him a serious candidate for the Prix Cambacérès (Gr1).

A generous and dominant horse

Thanks to St Donats, Hugo Mérienne achieved the second success in the Group of his young coaching career, after which he achieved Henry the prankster (Hunter’s Light) at the Grande Course de Haies de Printemps (GR3) 2022. This is the Group’s first victory with a 3-year-old for the young professional from Cannes who told us: It’s great for owner William John Williams who is a soilless breeder whose production is in Maulepaire. with Pierric [Rouxel, ndlr], They do a good job. During his last outing, we made him a little too cold and his return did him good. We will have to organize ourselves to prepare for the next race. He was a little tense before the race, but he is like that, he has a temper, like the whole family, which is generous. We’re not going to change that. He is a dominant horse who likes to have the upper hand. This is where she expresses herself best. It’s great to have a foal from Cambacérès, especially since he’s my first. But that makes me especially happy for its creator-owners. We kept and were rewarded with the opportunity to run Cambacérès. It still needs to be done, but it’s great! »

Roofing, the right choice

St Donats’ faithful partner, James Reveley particularly appreciates this foal. In the first half, the obstacle course was on the minds of Saint des Saints’ son’s entourage. But ultimately, he chose to remain in the hurdles. A wise choice according to Cravache d’Or 2021: He is a very classy colt. Hugo [Mérienne, son entraîneur, ndlr] found the right settings with your practice pilot. The more you fight with him, the worse he gets. During his last outing I wanted to do really well and that cost us the race in my opinion. Today, he was comfortable up front. Lately it’s been really cool. He learns with every run, makes the miniman effort and knows what to do. Initially, he had to go through an obstacle course. We had trained him in the specialty, but he didn’thasiller. So it’s a good choice to have continued with obstacles with St Donats. »

Not bad, nice second

Twice sixth in two outs, It’s not so bad (No Risk at All) was sent to this Gr3, when he would have simpler tasks in races with conditions, a sign of the esteem of his entourage. Climbing closer, in third position, he didn’t quite jump the last hurdle and floated on the plane. But he accelerated well, finishing pleasantly in second.

The Nicolles will progress in this return to school

Francois Nicolle presented blue eden (Net) and kites (Cokoriko). The Papot family foal gained positions at the end of the opposite row, coming in as the winner. But he stayed in the end, finishing third. Les Cerfs Volants didn’t jump very well and made a mistake at the last barrier. He finished sixth. His coach François Nicolle told us: The foals were a little short of the competition. Eden Bleu made a little mistake at the end. Les Cerfs Volants will resort to an obstacle course and will go up in this comeback. He was a little behind Eden Bleu. The latter will be able to run with obstacles, not Les Cerfs Volants, at least not in the immediate future. They also found foals that had already run. »

The grandson of a winner of the Groupe sur les claies

Bred by William John Williams and his wife at the Maulepaire Stables, St Donats is the son of holy of holies (Cadoudal), a stallion from the Étreham stud, and Cue to Cue (King’s Theatre), winner of two 4,100m hurdles races for Keith Reveley, father of James Reveley. Cue to Cue is also the mother ofAgainst all odds (Santo dos Santos), listed third in the barriers at Haydock, Romako (Saint des Saints), winner three times in vaulting, twice in steeplechase and once in hurdles, and Miss leave (Kapgarde), winner of the Cagnes steeplechase. After St Donats, Cue to Cue had a 2-year-old son by The Gray Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) and one year per Doctor Dino (Muthir). the second mother, Marello (Supreme Leader), won the Long Distance Hurdle (Gr2 at the time) and the Yorkshire Hurdle (Gr2).

green dancer


come to the sea

holy of holies





Sadler’s Wells

King’s Theater

royal beauty

Cue to Cue

Supreme leader




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