FRENCH superlatives were flowing after two-year-old Sept De Coeurs' outstanding five-length win at a Sunshine Coast night meeting (July 27).
Sept De Coeurs is the French translation for Seven of Hearts.
She is aptly-named, being by Show A Heart and out of Seventh Heaven.
And while her name piqued some interest, including with racecaller Paul Dolan, before the race, it was her performance on the track that left the biggest impression.
Having just her second career start, Sept De Coeurs ($1.60-fav) went straight to the lead from the inside gate, travelled strongly and showed an amazing turn of foot in the straight.
Ridden by Adrian Coome, she raced away to win by five-and-a-quarter lengths on the heavy track in the QTIS Maiden 2YO (1200m).
Sept De Coeurs caught the eye on debut when she chased hard to finish second behind Canisbay over 1000m at a midweek Eagle Farm meeting.
"She was a bit slow away that day and raced greenly in the straight,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said.
"But her work in the week leading into this (the Sunshine Coast race) had been brilliant, suggesting she'd improve on her first-up effort,'' he said.
"We were confident she was going to be hard to beat.
"I also accepted in town on the same day but she drew 13 so we decided to scratch her and keep her home for this."
Sept De Coeurs is now set to tackle metropolitan company at her next start.
"If she runs well at that level we might then put her out for a spell and aim her at a race like the Magic Millions 3YO,'' Kendrick said.
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