Ivawood Colt A Class Apart On Debut

Chares (2c Ivawood - Coco Demure, by Titus Livius) made a fine impression on debut when running out a six length winner of the Prix Mira at La Teste on Tuesday.

The Christophe Ferland-trained colt was sent to the front by Antoine Werle, tracking the leader for much of the seven furlong contest and asserted entering the straight. Driven out, he extended his advantage with minimum fuss, leaving his rivals to fight for placings.

Owned by Ecurie Waldeck, Chares is a half-brother to the highly-rated Qaysar (Choisir) and White Chocolate (Mastercraftsman), bred by C Walter out of Listed winner Coco Demure.

Chares’ winning debut is reminiscent of that made by fellow French trainee Hurricane Ivor (Ivawood), his success coming by seven and a half lengths at Chantilly in May. Others contributing to Ivawood’s strong start at stud are recent winner Alabama Whitman, previously seen finishing fourth in the Group 3 Albany Stakes, and Ivatheengine, who was sold for £120,000 after winning his second start.

Ivawood commanded €5,000 this season at Coolmore Stud.