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Bloodstock Desk: Sheikh's first Group 1 winner, the granddam of Lammtarra, dies.

AWAASIF, who was the first Group 1 winner in Sheikh Mohammed's colours and achieved further fame as the dam of Snow Bride and granddam of Lammtarra, has died at the age of 25.

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.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 28, 2004
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