First G1 winner for young sire Territories

Rougir flies home at Longchamp to win Prix de l’Opera

Territories sired his first G1 winner in sensational style on Sunday, 3 October when his first-crop daughter Rougir prevailed in a thrilling finish in the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp.

Settled towards the rear during the early stages of the 10-furlong contest, Rougir was still some way back as the field entered the home straight but came with a spectacular late run to sweep past her rivals and win by a short head.

The Cedric Rossi-trained filly has been superb campaigner for her promising young sire, finishing third in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac this time last year, before winning the G3 Prix des Reservoirs in late October. This year she was a close fifth in the G1 Prix de Diane, beaten just a length and a half, before finishing an even closer fourth in the G1 Prix Rothschild where she was only half a length behind Mother Earth.

Rougir was bred by J Krauze and is out of the Stakes-placed Elusive City mare Summer Moon, who hails from the extended family of Kayhasi and Key Change.

Territories is sired of 11 Black Type performers to date, including fellow Stakes winner Fulgentia and this year’s G2 Railway Stakes third Masseto.