Bloodstock Desk: Sheikh's first Group 1 winner, the granddam of Lammtarra, dies.
Foaled in Canada in 1979 by Derby winner Snow Knight out of the Northern Dancer mare Royal Statute, Awaasif was purchased for $325,000 as a yearling. Trained by John Dunlop, she landed a seven-furlong Ayr maiden at two. At three, she quickly developed into a high-class middle-distance filly, when her most important efforts were victory in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, a third behind Akiyda in the Arc and a fourth behind Time Charter in the Oaks. The following season she finished fourth in the King George and gained her second Group 1 win in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club.
She came from an excellent family of broodmares. Royal Statute's sister Falafel foaled Brief Truce, while Awaasif's
half-sisters included 1976 1,000 Guineas runner-up Konafa, granddam via Korveya of European Classic winners Bosra Sham, Hector Protector and Shanghai.
Awaasif produced seven winners, of whom three won Group/Graded races. The most prominent of them was Snow Bridge (by Blushing Groom), who was awarded the 1989 Oaks on the disqualification of Aliysa and also won the Group 3 Musidora and Princess Royal Stakes. Snow Bride gained further notoriety as the dam of 1995 Derby, King George and Arc winner Lammtarra (Nijinsky) as well as Group 3 winner Saytarra (f Seeking The Gold).
Awaasif's other progeny include Grade 3 winners Ibn Al Haitham (1999 c Zafonic) and Jarraar (1987 c Mr Prospector). Subtle Charm is one of three daughters of Awaasif in Darley's broodmare collection; the others are Idraak (Kris), dam of Derby Italiano runner-up Iscan, and Polent (Polish Precedent). Snow Bride is part of Gainsborough's team.