Group 1 treble for Enzeli's dam; Gold Cup hero gives owner-breeder his third major prize in space of five days.THE glory days of the Gold Cup are, in more than one sense, history. It is no longer the automatic target for the previous season's top three-year-olds. It is no longer a race that establishes the winner as a prospective high-class sire. It is no longer one of those events which breeders deliberately set out to win.
But, make no mistake, there is plenty of life in this supposed quaint anachronism a·nach·ro·nism
1. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
2. , which the heretics (who call themselves purists) characterise as a contest for misfits, a kind of consolation prize consolation prize
A prize given to a competitor who loses or does not win the first prize.
something given to console the loser of a game for those who were not in the queue when Mother Nature distributed the speed.
The institution that was founded in 1807, that has in its time produced one walkover, six matches and 17 three-horse races, has featured record-sized fields in the last two renewals - 16 last year, 17 this.
It is not just the spectators who love to witness a test of old-fashioned stamina. The top owners and breeders, sportsmen who acknowledge that this is one Group 1 event that provides no passport to stud riches, are keener than ever to challenge for the kudos and prize-money, despite the fact that the latter nowadays lags behind the rewards for the St James's Palace and the Coronation.
This year, shades of Noun 1. shades of - something that reminds you of someone or something; "aren't there shades of 1948 here?"
reminder - an experience that causes you to remember something yore, there was even a Classic winner in Nedawi, plus three other previous Group 1 heroes in Celeric, Invermark and Kayf Tara Kayf Tara (born March 18, 1994) is a United Kingdom Thoroughbred racehorse owned by Godolphin Stables who won the Cartier European Top Stayer three years in a row from 1998, through 2000.
The recurrence of an old injury brought Kayf Tara's racing career to an end. . And they, like all the rest, were comprehensively beaten by Enzeli, who this time a year ago was still waiting to notch his first wins at Down Royal and Roscommon.
Enzeli crowned a wonderful week for the Aga Khan Aga Khan (ä`gä khän), the title of the religious leader and imam of the Ismaili Nizari sect of Islam, originally bestowed by the Persian shah Fath Ali on Hasan Ali Shah, 1800–1881, the 46th Ismaili imam, in 1818. , who was collecting his third Group 1 triumph in the space of five days, after Daryaba in the Prix de Diane The Prix de Diane is a Group 1 flat horse race in France for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies at Chantilly Racecourse. The race is run annually on the second Sunday in June and is competed at a distance of 2,100 metres (approximately 1 mile 2½ furlongs). and Sendawar in the St James's Palace Stakes. The two Ascot scorers were both out of mares by Darshaan, now more firmly established than ever as Europe's foremost active broodmare brood·mare
A mare used for breeding.
Noun 1. broodmare - a female horse used for breeding
female horse, mare - female equine animal sire.
Enzeli completed another treble by becoming the third produce of his dam, Ebaziya, to win at Group 1 level. In the history of the Pattern (dating from 1971) only 11 other mares have bred three individual Group 1 winners. Ebaziya emulates Alidiva (dam of Taipan taipan
a very venomous snake because of its large output of highly poisonous venom; dark brown on the dorsum with creamy yellow belly. Called also Oxyuranus scutellatus. , Ali-Royal and Sleepytime), previously the only one to have achieved the feat with her first three foals, and she is unique in having done so with the progeny of three different sires.
Ebaziya went to stud in 1993, when her first mate was Sadler's Wells; the produce was Ebadiyla, winner of the Irish Oaks The Irish Oaks is a Group 1 flat horse race in the Republic of Ireland for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) at the Curragh in July. and the Prix Royal-Oak. Her next mate was her owner's dual Derby winner Kahyasi, with Enzeli as the late-developing result. The outcome of her third mating, with Rainbow Quest, was Edabiya, who took the Moyglare Stud Stakes The Moyglare Stud Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the Republic of Ireland for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at the Curragh in late August or early September. last season.
There is a Suave Dancer colt, Ezbek, who will have the task of extending the sequence, and two Sadler's Wells products - a yearling yearling
an animal in its second year of age, e.g. yearling cattle, yearling filly, yearling colt.
rinderpest in wildebeeste in the Serengheti. son and a weanling weanling /wean·ling/ (wen´ling)
1. recently weaned.
2. a recently weaned infant.
see weaner. daughter, to follow.
Ebaziya descends on both sides of her pedigree from Tourzima, a mare bred by Marcel Boussac on his favourite Tourbillon-Asterus cross, and at the time of the Aga's purchase of the bankrupt textile tycoon's stock, the family was numerously represented in the stud.
The branch from Tourzima's daughter Albanilla via the Marsyas mare Marilla prospered swiftly and famously, delivering such as Darshaan (Prix du Jockey-Club) and his half-sister Darara (Prix Vermeille).
Another offshoot from Albanilla, through the unraced Dan Cupid mare Evisa, fared less well, and the Ela-Mana-Mou filly Ezana was no great advertisement for it, having to make a trip to Rouen to score her only success.
The Aga sold Ezana after he had bred five fillies from her; he also sold four of those daughters. The one left with responsibility for reviving the family fortunes was Ebaziya, and who could have imagined that she would do so in quite such spectacular fashion?
In fact, Ebaziya was a pretty smart racemare. Whether it was the line-breeding to Albanilla, the impact of Darshaan, or just a fortuitous blend of genes, her form far surpassed that of her siblings.
She won her maiden and finished second at Group 3 level as a juvenile, and at three she collected three Listed wins from 10-12 furlongs, including the Oyster Stakes at Galway, the race in which Enzeli finished only third last year. She also featured in the frame after two Group 3 events, and gave her best display when third in the Blandford Stakes.
There are 15 three-year-olds or older sired by Kahyasi out of Darshaan mares; Enzeli and Zainta are both Group 1 winners, Shamadara won a Group 2 and nearly a Group 1. That looks like fair recommendation for the plan.
Kahyasi also has Group 1 and Group 3 winners out of mares by Darshaan's grandsire grandsire
sire of an animal's dam or sire. Mill Reef, so breeders should know what to do, but they are only just beginning to appreciate the stallion's merits.
To date, all eight of his Pattern winners have been bred by the Aga Khan, and according to the relevant Returns of Mares, his recent crops number only 14 three-year-olds, 20 two-year-olds and 30 yearlings. No fertility problem here - just sad neglect.
However, his latest two books have been larger and they will get larger still.
Don't be surprised if Enzeli proves he can excel over middle distances before too long.
Bred by H H Aga Khan. Won 5 (8-12f) of 7 starts, viz. 1 out of 1 at 2 years, 4 (inc. Derby Trial S.-Gr3, Derby S.-Gr1, Irish Derby-Gr1) out of 6 at 3 years. Also 2nd in Prix Niel, 6th (beaten 2 lengths) in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat race for three-year-old and above thoroughbred horses (excluding geldings). It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (approximately 1 mile 4 furlongs) raced on turf at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France on the first Sunday in . Timeform 97p at 2, 130 at 3. Earned pounds 648,772.
Smallish (15.3hh), quite well-made, if not exactly imposing individual. Top-class performer, well suited by 12f, would have stayed further, acted on any ground. Admirably honest, with good - if not scintillating scin·til·late
v. scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing, scin·til·lates
1. To throw off sparks; flash.
2. To sparkle or shine. See Synonyms at flash.
3. - powers of acceleration.
Well-bred. By a King George winner and effective (stamina-based) sire, out of a Listed winner from a solid, middle-distance, long-established Aga Khan family.
Stands at Gilltown Stud, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, at a fee of Irpounds 5,000 (Oct 1). Sire of 8 crops of racing age, inc. notable winners: Massyar (Gr2), Shaiybara (Gr3), Bayrika (Gr3), Shemaran (Gr2), Shamadara (Gr2), Vereva (Prix de Diane-Gr1), Enzeli (Gold Cup-Gr1), Zainta (Prix Saint-Alary-Gr1, Prix de Diane-Gr1).
Bred by H H Aga Khan. Won 4 (7-12f) of 9 races, viz. 1 (7f Fairyhouse maiden) out of 3 at 2 years, 3 (all Listed, 10-12f) out of 6 at 3 years. Also 2nd in Killavullan S.-Gr3, 3rd (best form) in Blandford S.-Gr2. Earned pounds 39,976. Timeform 97 at 2, 111 at 3.
Robust-looking, smart performer. Well suited by 12f, presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. needed softish ground and never raced on fast.
By a top-class runner, very good sire and outstanding broodmare sire. Dam minor middle-distance winner in France, half-sister to Gr3 winner Demia, from a noted (formerly Boussac) family. Interestingly bred, sire's fourth dam being also dam's 3rd dam.
To stud at 4 and dam of: Ebadiyla (1994 f by Sadler's Wells; dual Gr1 winner), Enzeli (1995 c by Kahyasi; Gr1 winner), Edabiya (1996 f by Rainbow Quest; Gr1 winner), Ezbek (1997 c by Suave Dancer; unraced, will resume training with John Oxx). Her yearling is a colt by Sadler's Wells, her foal foal
a junior horse from birth to one year. May be filly foal, colt foal.
see enzootic equine incoordination. a filly by Sadler's Wells, and she is in foal being with young; pregnant; - said of a mare or she ass.
See also: Foal to Rainbow Quest.
A high-class pedigree, by a dual Derby winner (under-rated as a sire) out of a good racemare with an impeccable breeding record from an excellent family. Capable of good acceleration, and may not need extreme distances.