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Giant's Causeway Adds French Gr3

Wednesday, 14th October 2009

In France, former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a juvenile group success when the Niarchos family's US-bred 2YO colt Eightfold Path (Giant's Causeway-Divine Proportions) who is also the 1st foal from 5-time Gr1-winner Divine Proportions (Europe's champion 2YO filly in 2004 & then champion 3YO filly in 2005) scored by a head in the €80,000 (A$136,000) Gr3 Prix Eclipse (1200m) for 2YOs at Chantilly. Eightfold Path (ridden by Stephane Pasquier for trainer Pascal Bary) defeated Irish-bred filly Irish Cat (One Cool Cat-Babacora, by Indian Ridge) & US-bred filly Absolute Music (Consolidator-Allegro Lady, by Souvenir Copy). Last month Eightfold Path also finished 3rd in France's Gr3 Prix La Rochette (1400m) at Longchamp & overall now has 2 wins & a placing from 3 starts for €64,000 (A$109,000) earnings. His champion dam Divine Proportions (Kingmambo-Myth To Reality, by Sadler's Wells) won France's Gr1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks), Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas), Gr1 Prix d'Astarte at Deauville, Gr1 Prix Morny & Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac.

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