America’s darling, 13-times Group One winner Zenyatta, was in the news again on Friday when her 3YO half-sister, Eblouissante (below), won by 4.25-lengths on debut over 1700m.
Unlike Zenyatta, who was sold as a yearling for US$60,000, Eblouissante was retained by her breeder Eric Kronfeld when he sold Vertigineux to Coolmore in 2009.
“She has so many mannerisms like Zenyatta, so when she left and Eblouissante came in, it was like she was still there,” trainer John Shirreffs told thoroughbreddailynews.com.
“It’s a thrill, it really is. We’re very excited about her. She’s such a beautiful racehorse. I thought she handled everything well. As a first-time starter, she didn’t really know what was going on. Going a mile and a sixteenth the first time, that was really something. It’s like something clicked and she knew she was supposed to catch the horses in front of her.”
Eblouissante means glamorous and dazzling in French.