The European turf season commenced at Saint Cloud on Saturday and Join Up kicked off the juvenile division with a one length victory in the Prix de la Marche (900m).
Join Up (2c Palace Episode – Country Jane by Country Reel) was ridden by Christophe Lemaire for owner-breeder and trainer Mathieu Boutin. He defeated Amandichope (Soave) and Marlinda (Linda´s Lad).
He is the first foal for Country Jane, a daughter of Grioun (Kaldoun) who won stakes races at Nantes, Châteaubriant and Angers.
Join Up is from the second crop of Palace Episode who stands at Haras du Logis Saint – Germain in Normandy. He was a Group 1 winner of the 2005 Racing Post Trophy and was later transferred to the USA where he won at Saratoga and was Group 2 placed in the Kelso Hcp at Belmont.
Palace Episode (Machiavellian) had one winner from just 6 starters in his first crop in France last year. That winner – Ponthieu – was successful in the French provinces at Saint-Malo, Dieppe and Aix les Bains.
– Karl Patterson
First juvenile winner of the year in Europe