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It was only a matter of time before Andre Fabre unveiled a new bright prospect among his 2024 crop of 3-year-old Classic aspirants and it was during Tuesday’s meeting at Saint-Cloud that the Chantilly maestro delivered one of the first. Producing a power-packed performance in testing conditions, Nurlan Bizakov’s homebred colt Narkez (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}–Nazym {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) earned TDN Rising Star status in the card’s often-informative mile conditions event, the Prix Comrade, to prompt Prix du Jockey Club talk.

Sent off the 3-1 second favourite behind stablemate Supercooled (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), the half-brother to the G3 Musidora S. winner Nausha (GB) (Kingman {GB}) who had got off the mark in impressive fashion at Clairefontaine in October was held up in third early by Mickael Barzalona. In front from the turn for home, the chestnut proved relentless as Supercooled arrived for a friendly tussle that was quickly settled. At the line, his margin was 6 1/2 lengths and going ever outwards, with the well-regarded Henri-Alex Pantall-trained course-and-distance winner Kiaro (Fr) (Guignol {Ger}) beaten 15 lengths in total in third.

Narkez, who becomes the 11th TDN Rising Star for Siyouni, represents the same cross as the heavyweights St Mark’s Basilica (Fr) and Sottsass (Fr) and adds to the tally of the sire’s former Rising Stars which include St Mark’s Basilica himself, Paddington (GB) and Tahiyra (Ire). He is currently the last known foal out of the unraced dam, who alongside the aforementioned Nausha has also produced the strong-staying G3 March S. runner-up Nagano (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). She is a daughter of Brigid (Irish River {Fr}), whose line of top-class descendants include Sadler’s Wells’s group 1-winning juveniles Listen (Ire) and Sequoyah (Ire), as well as the sire Henrythenavigator and Galileo’s Cliffs Of Moher (Ire) and Magician (Ire).

Rentrée victorieuse pour 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘇 (@mickaelbarzalon) !

Il remporte le Prix Comrade (Classe 2) devant son compagnon d’écurie 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗱.

Les 2⃣ élèves d’André Fabre devraient être en vue dans les plus belles épreuves printanières

— Equidia (@equidia) March 26, 2024

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