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Pennine Hills seals big week for Kodiac

Updated: May 4, 2022

Kodiac was represented by his 78th stakes winner on Tuesday when Pennine Hills landed a deserved success in the Listed Prix des Lilas at Chantilly.

Her win sealed an excellent few days for Kodiac following the victory of his daughter Umm Kulthum in the Listed Kilvington Stakes at Newmarket.

Making her first start for Jerome Reynier, having been Group 3--placed for Joseph O'Brien last year, Pennine Hills ran down the leader under Mickael Barzalona and always had enough in reserve to hold the late challenge of Ataared and Anterselva.

"Pennine Hills started with us late," said Jerome Reynier. "But, obviously, she doesn't need a lot of work. I am happy that we have won a Listed on her first try for us. If all goes well, she will now run the [G2] Prix de Sandringham."

Bred by Martin Butler, Pennine Hills is a sister to the high-class Grizzel, whose career highlight came when successful in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine. They are out of Milana, a winning Mark Of Esteem half-sister to Listed scorer Mistic Lioness.

Milana also has a Kodiac two-year-old colt named Sound Pressure who was bought by Manor Farm Stud for 120,000gns as a yearling and a Kodiac colt foal purchased last year for €95,000 by Ballyphilip Stud.

Also at Chantilly on Tuesday, Cotai Glory was represented by yet another impressive two-year-old winner in Cosmic Invasion.

The filly, bred by Padraig Williams out of the Invincible Spirit mare Zellie Martin, is trained by Jessica Dupont-Fahn, who said: "It's great, she's a filly that we love a lot and for a long time. At home, she works very easily and has a great temperament. I think she really has quality. I think she will progress."

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