Bobby Zen

Spring is in the air at last and with it came the first of several Jean-Claude Rouget Classic hopefuls at Toulouse on Wednesday evening. Step forward the unbeaten Alain Jathiere homebred Puchkine (Fr) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}–Vadyska {Ire}, by So You Think {NZ}), whose Prix Torrestrella tour de force created an exciting opening verse to the Pau-based maestro’s 2024 address. “It’s going to be a long season”, he quipped in his post-race analysis on the Equidia channel, but if this impressive new TDN Rising Star is anything to go by it will be another highly profitable one.
Puchkine, whose juvenile campaign consisted of successful forays to La Teste, this track and Pau, was re-entering the scene in a five-runner affair over a mile and was keen anchored last of the quintet by Jean-Bernard Eyquem early. Quickening out wide to take control 300 metres from the line, the 2-5 favourite who holds entries in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix du Jockey Club drew away in impressive fashion to extend his tally by 3 1/2 lengths from Denisjonh (Fr) (Born To Sea {Ire}).
Rouget was on hand to witness the display and told Equidia, “He was fresh, but also a little bit tense, so this is encouraging. It wouldn’t have been a big deal if he had been beaten today, because he was making his comeback. It’s going to be a long season. The goal is to run the Poule d’Essai and before that, he will run the [Apr. 21 Listed] Prix Aymeri de Mauléon, as we can’t let him go two months without racing. He has a lot of speed and I don’t think he’ll stay 2100 metres.”
 Puchkine, who becomes the fifth TDN Rising Star for Starspangledbanner alongside the G1 Cheveley Park S. runner-up Flotus (Ire), is out of an unraced half-sister to the Listed Diana-Trial winner Romina Power (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}). She is a daughter of Rockatella (Ire) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}), who was a listed winner placed three times in pattern races including the G3 Prix de Lieurey. Descended from Meon Valley’s great Reprocolor (GB) (Jimmy Reppin {GB}), whose latest flagbearer was last year’s G3 Hoppings S. winner and G1 Nassau S. runner-up Zeyaadah (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}), she is also responsible for the listed-placed filly Slevka (Fr) (Shalaa {Ire}). Her 2-year-old colt by Fas (Ire) is named Zvokokiev (Fr).
4th-Toulouse, €30,000, Cond, 3-20, 3yo, 8fT, 1:37.60, sf.
PUCHKINE (FR), c, 3, by Starspangledbanner (Aus)
     1st Dam: Vadyska (Ire), by So You Think (NZ) 
     2nd Dam: Rockatella (Ire), by Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire)
     3rd Dam: Patrimony (GB), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, €53,500. O/B-Alain Jathiere (FR); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

Et de 4 pour Puchkine !

Le pensionnaire de Jean-Claude Rouget s’adjuge le Prix Torrestrella (Classe 1) à Toulouse et reste invaincu en compétition : 4 courses – 4 victoires.

Poulain à suivre, engagé dans la Poule d’Essai des Poulains et le Prix du Jockey Club.

— Equidia (@equidia) March 20, 2024

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