Ardad went into a clear lead in the European first-season sires’ championship on Tuesday when he recorded his sixth winner, this time a notable first strike in France.
Condrieu, bred in Britain by Swiss-based Classic-winning breeders Gestut Zur Kuste, posted a two-length victory on debut at Chantilly in the hands of Christophe Soumillon for trainer Yann Barberot.
On Monday, Beautiful Sunshine enhanced her Royal Ascot credentials when scoring at Windsor for up-and-coming trainer George Boughey, and she may not be the only Ardad two-year-old bound for a stakes assignment at the Berkshire course in mid-June as the dual winner Vintage Clarets may also be aimed at the Royal Meeting by Richard Fahey.
Also finishing in the money at Beverley on Tuesday was the Karl Burke-trained Sapphire’s Moon, who was third of 12 runners in the five-furlong contest. Ardad has now sired six winners from his 13 runners to date.