Caointiorn successful in first French Fast-Track Qualifier

December 27th, 2015 Fast-Track Qualifier

Caointiorn (Stephane Wattel/Theo Bachelot, 5.8/1) came from last to first with a sweeping run down the outside when successful over seven and a half furlongs in the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa (16 runners), a Fast-Track Qualifier for Britain’s All-Weather Championships, at Deauville, France on Polytrack today, Sunday, December 27.

The four-year-old Stormy Weather filly is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Fillies & Mares’ Championships over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25, 2016.
British challenger Pack Together (Richard Hannon/Christophe Soumillon, 5.1/1), who is owned by Her Majesty The Queen, disputed the running after entering the straight but faded out of contention approaching the final furlong and came home 11th.
Caointiorn’s powerful surge took her to the front well inside the final furlong, one and three quarter lengths ahead of another strong finisher, Sea Front (Eric Libaud/Alexis Badel,10/1), with the 3.3/1 favourite Ameenah (Frederic Rossi/Olivier Peslier) a head back in third. Volunteer-Front (Mick Channon/Charles Bishop, 9/1) was the first home of the three British challengers in fourth, a further short-head in arrears, after taking the lead just inside the final furlong before finding no extra.
Alfajer (Marco Botti/Cristian Demuro, 5/1), the third British-trained raider, stayed on to be fifth, another half-length behind. The winning time was 1m 26.77s.
Fresles captured France’s final Listed race of the year in 2014 and went on to win the £150,000 Fillies & Mares’ Championships on Good Friday.