03/17/2011 3:26PM

Fabre Hot in Paris, So Too Eyquem in Toulouse


The latest spring training report from Saint-Cloud in west suburban Paris finds Andre Fabre maintaining his hot hand. On Tuesday he saddled Mashoor to win the listed 1 1/2-mile Prix de la Porte Madrid by a short neck from Terre du Vent. A French-bred son of the stouthearted German stallion Monsun, Mashoor has never been worse than second in seven career starts, his previous best a second-place finish to Goldwaki in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 3 Prix du Lys at Longchamp on June 13.

Ridden by Fabre's favorite young jockey Maxim Guyon, Mashoor had no problem with the soft ground on Tuesday, staying every inch of the 12 furlongs in game fashion. A long term goal for him might be the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly in June.

In Terre du Vent he was beating a Deauville listed winner at 1 1/2 miles on Fibresand. The disappointment of the race was Pouvoir Absolu, the even money favorite who finished fifth but was disqualified and placed sixth and last .A 3-time listed winner going 1 1/2 miles on turf, he crossed the line 4 1/2 lengths behind Mashoor.

It is rather remarkable how often those peculiar and frequently run races restricted to first-time starters are won by horses well related to past stakes winners. It happens so often that a study of a horse's closest relations is one of the more reliable handicapping tools in such events. On Tuesday, two 3-year-old maidens for first-time starters went to well related horses.

First up was Saint Desir, who won the first division of the 1 1/4-mile Prix de Frauenfeld. A son of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Barathea out of the Lead On Time mare Dirigeante, Saint Desir is a half brother to Al Namix, a 3-time listed winner between a mile and a mile and a quarter in France, and a half to Ruler of My Heart, who won the listed, one-mile Criterium du EBF going a mile at Deauville as a 2-year-old. Trained by Elie Lellouche, Saint Desir covered the distance in 2:10.50, not unrespectable given the state of the ground.

An hour later, Jean-Claude Rouget sent out Gaily Game to the second division of the Frauenfeld. He is a son of Arc and King George winner Montjeu out of the Caerleon mare Gaily Tiara, and so a half brother to 1 1/4-mile, Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary winner and 1 5/16-mile French Oaks runner-up Germance. He clocked but 2:11.90 but with his pedigree must be considered a candidate for the 1 5/16-mile French derby on June 5.

Earlier on the same card, Kadou took a one-mile maiden open only to horses that had previously run. While such races have a lower cache than maidens for first-timers, the winner of this heat could have a future, as he, too is well related. Trained by Rouget, Kadou is a Serge Boucheron homebred 3-year-old son of High Yield out of the Kaldoun mare Kadouville I, and so a half brother to Kadance Ville, the 1999 winner of the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Prix Andre Baboin at Toulouse.

Toulouse was the site of a sexual contretemps on Monday in which jockey Jean-Bernard Eyquem was slapped with a 21-day suspension for a dust up with amateur rider Gloria Maduro-Parayre.

Eyquem had just ridden the Rouget-trained Val d'Isere to win a 1 5/16-mile conditions race when Senorita Maduro-Parayre, who had finished fourth aboard Libretrasto, engaged her victorious rival in a slanging match, after which Eyquem followed the young Spanish woman into the lady jocks room to chastise her for her rudeness.

Eyquem explained that Maduro-Parayre had called him a name that he could not repeat in polite company, and that he had followed her into no man's land, grabbed her silks, and told her never to speak to him again in such a manner. The stewards, however, found fault with Eyquem's own manner, sending him on vacation from March 28 to April 17.

Eyquem, who had a career best 70 victories in France last year, can take little consolation in the fact that Maduro-Parayre was handed an 8-day suspension for her role in the disagreement. Vive la difference, which in this case amounts to 13 days.