Equiano Flyer at Chantilly
Equiano filly Fly On The Night ran right away from her rivals with a front-running Group 3 victory in the Prix du Bois (1000m) at Chantilly on Monday.
The French result coincided with another Equiano double at Windsor’s evening meeting on Monday. The Swettenham Stud shuttler has sired no less than 7 individual winners in England over the last 10 days.
Fly On The Night (GB) arrived in Paris for a summer campaign after the latest disruption to racing in Italy. She was a debut winner in Rome on May 1 and then doubled up in the LR Premio Alessandro Perrone (1100m) on June 2.
"With the strike in Italy, we thought we would come here,” owner Pietro Sinistri said. “It’s a magnificent environment - even better now we have won. And I’ve already received proposals to purchase the filly.
“We will have to decide whether to keep her at Chantilly. Normally it would be a lot cooler than at home but I see you have a heatwave this week."
The Italian visitor was never headed at Chantilly and she will take an unbeaten record into the G2 Prix Robert Papin (1100m) at Maisons Laffitte on July 26. Connections are confident she can go one better than Equiano colt Strath Burn who was runner-up in the 2014 Prix Robert Papin.
"That was the first time I’ve ridden her and she was very impressive,” jockey Umberto Rispoli said. “She lacks experience but was still relaxed when we increased the margin.”
Fly On The Night is out of Midnight M (Green Desert), a half-sister to G3 Ballyogan Stakes winner Miss Anabaa and the dam of LR Sweet Mimosa Stakes winner Minalisa.
In England, Equiano has put a space on his rivals at the top of the second-season winners’ table after Belvois Bay and Quite A Story scored at Windsor on Monday. Both fillies were facing the starter for just the second time.
They follow last week’s winners Son Of Africa (Newmarket), Ruffdiamond (Redcar), Free To Love (Bath) and the William Knight trained stablemates Lady Macapa and Solar Flair who pulled off an Equiano double at Newmarket on Saturday.
Equiano’s three year-olds have been the catalyst for his surge up the English second-season winners’ premiership. He has sired 22 individual winners in the first half of the year and has established a clear lead over Zebedee and Makfi on 17.
Swettenham Stud will stand Equiano (Fr) for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.