Son of Solemia enhances Jockey Club claims with resolute Chantilly success
Dansili colt Solesili is her first surviving foal
An excellent Easter weekend continued for the Wertheimer brothers as the first surviving foal out of their 2012 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Solemia obliged on debut in the Prix de Joinville, a 1m2f contest for unraced colts and geldings, at Chantilly.
Trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias and under a cool Maxime Guyon ride, Solesili travelled smoothly throughout before making his challenge on the outside in the straight to win going away by two-and-a-half lengths from My Buddy, with Folamour, an Intello colt racing in the same colours as Solesili, a further three lengths back in third.
The three-year-old Dansili colt Solesili holds early entries in the Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix de Paris.
Solesili is out of Solemia, who broke Japanese hearts when she stuck on well to narrowly deny Orfevre, who had looked for all the world a first winner of the Arc for Japan with a burst of speed that took him clear in the final furlong of the Longchamp showpiece.
Solemia – a daughter of the recently deceased French champion sire Poliglote – was a surprise winner of the Arc, returning an SP of 33-1 with British bookmakers, although earlier that season she had defeated Shareta to win the Prix Corrida and finished third behind that rival in her prep race, the Prix Vermeille.
Solemia was retired to paddocks in 2013 after an unsuccessful assault on the Japan Cup, and her first date was with Dubawi, but the resultant foal did not survive, with Solesili the result of her second mating.
Solesili upheld the honour of his fine family, as Solemia is a three-parts sister to Group 1 runners-up Prospect Park and Prospect Wells and to the granddams of multiple top-level winners Silasol and The Gurkha.
Under Solemia's third dam also appear the champions Alhaarth, Authorized, Green Dancer, Makfi, Okawango and Quijano.
Besides Solesili, Solemia has a two-year-old filly by Dansili called Arcmania, a yearling filly by Sea The Stars named Seamia and was covered by Dubawi again last year.
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