Amid the recollections of Miesque, I took time to check the racing record of her dam, the Prove Out mare Pasadoble.
The latter was a good-class filly owned by Stavros Niarchos and trained by Francois Boutin like Miesque. Pasadoble was good enough, in fact, that she was used as pacemaker for her stablemate River Lady (by Riverman) in the French classic Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane, as well as in the Prix de la Grotte.
Possessing bags of pace and enthusiasm, Pasadoble did her job so well that River Lady won the first and last of the races mentioned above, and she was making a likely winning move in the Prix de Diane when she broke down.
Thereafter, Pasadoble raced on her own account, winning four consecutive races at 1,600 meters, including a pair of listed stakes. Clearly, the filly had more than a little ability.
Put to stud, Miesque was Pasadoble’s first foal and much her best, but the daughter of Prove Out did produce another stakes winner, as well as G1-placed Siam.
** River Lady, who broke down in the Prix de Diane, was an outstanding classic filly and would have been another star in Riverman’s great constellation. The filly’s injury, fracture of the pelvis and a tibia, proved so severe that she was euthanized. Another case of what might have been.