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2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist almost commenced his career as a stallion on a perfect note when his first runner finished second at Chantilly on Sunday.

Protectionist filly Amazing Grace ($21) was runner-up in the €22,000 (A$35,000) Prix de la Butte Blanche (1400m), a two-year-old fillies maiden on the undercard of the rescheduled Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan (1800m), which was won by odds-on favourite Persian King.

Amazing Grace finished behind fellow debutant Harajuku ($5.50), a Niarchos-family homebred by Deep Impact who is a younger half-sister of King Of Koji, the winner of May’s Grade 2 Meguro Kinen (2500m).

German owner and breeder Dr Christoph Berglar races Amazing Grace with trainer Waldemar Hickst. Berglar bred Protectionist along with Amazing Grace’s Listed-winning dam Amabelle, who was also trained by Hickst.

Australian Bloodstock held the controlling interest in Protectionist when the son of Monsun claimed the Melbourne Cup by four lengths. Protectionist’s second G1 success came in the 2016 Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin (2400m) at Hoppegarten.

Protectionist stands at Gestut Rottgen, the stud based in the German city of Cologne, for €6500 (A$9200) per service. His price has been unchanged since he joined the roster in 2017.

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