Frankel half-sister to Bellamy Road to make bow at Compiegne
Rain On The Dune set to be unleashed by Nicolas Clement
Compiegne in France plays host to some brilliantly bred newcomers on Monday.
Eleven runners are set to line up for the Prix de la Faisanderie for unraced three-year-old fillies over 1m2f (2.50 local time, 1.50 BST), including the latest representative of Frankel to have the wraps taken off them.
Rain On The Dune is by the unbeaten dual world champion out of the winning Deputed Testamony mare Hurry Home Hillary, making her a half-sister to Bellamy Road, a 17-and-a-half-length winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes who started favourite for the Kentucky Derby in 2005, only to finish seventh to Giacomo. Bellamy Road later sired Grade 1 winners Constellation and Toby's Corner.
Rain On The Dune is trained by Nicolas Clement for owner-breeder Muteb Bin Abdullah.
Also of interest in the race, from a pedigree point of view, is Deccan Queen, a Rail Link half-sister to Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil winner and Group 1 Prix Royal Oak second Bellamy Cay and to Listed scorer Cinnamon Bay, better known as the dam of Prix du Jockey Club hero New Bay.
Deccan Queen is trained by David Smaga for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah.
Grand Couturier half-brother to debut
Half an hour later at Compiegne comes the equivalent race over 1m2f for unraced three-year-old males, the Prix du Grenier A Sel (3.20 local time, 2.20 BST).
There are only six runners and the two with the most persuasive paper claims are Dungannon and Silver Ring.
Dungannon is a Manduro half-brother to eight winners, three of those stakes scorers, headed by Grand Couturier, a son of Grand Lodge who struck in three Grade 1 turf contests in the US, all by wide margins.
Dungannon is trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias – who bought the colt for €60,000 at the Arqana August Yearling Sale – for Georgiana Cabrero.
Silver Ring, who will carry the scarlet silks of his breeder Haras du Quesnay and is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, is a Motivator half-brother to Silver Pond, a dual Group 2 winner and third in the Hong Kong Vase, as well as Listed scorer Silver Point.