Tuesday 7 August 2007
The Aga Khan Studs stallion’s first win as a sire came on Saturday 4th August as his son Unwritten Rule lifted the Dawn Juice EBF Maiden at Galway. This victory was followed less than 24 hours later with the success of Yahrab in the H.B.L.B. Novice Stakes at Newbury.
Unwritten Rule, a dark grey like his father, is trained by Dermot Weld for owner/breeders Moyglare Stud Farm. The colt was taking part in his second race, having previously finished fifth behind the useful Elletelle in a Leopardstown maiden over six furlongs. Unwritten Rule looked to appreciate the step up to a mile and half a furlong at Galway, taking the lead at the entrance to the straight and then staying on nicely to repel the fast-finishing Wassily Kandinsky in second.
The Clive Brittain-trained Yahrab was bred by Swettenham Stud and bought by current owner Saif Ali at Tattersalls Sales last October for 55,000 Guineas. The grey colt was also making his second appearance in public. He had made a pleasing debut to finish second in a similar race at Ascot on 14th July. Yahrab was always handy in the Newbury contest, reaching the front one furlong out to win readily by one and a quarter lengths.
Both Yahrab and Unwritten Rule look more than capable of making the step up in class to Listed or Group events in the near future.
To date DALAKHANI has been represented on eleven occasions on the racecourse, by six individuals. In addition to winners Unwritten Rule and Yahrab, the promising Centennial has also finished in the first three.
DALAKHANI, a son of Darshaan and and Daltawa (Miswaki) is a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Daylami.
DALAKHANI was beaten only once in his outstanding racing career for the Aga Khan. A champion two-year old, he continued to dominate his generation at three. His four Group 1 successes, over a mile to a mile and a half, came in the Criterium International, Prix Lupin, Prix du Jockey-Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
DALAKHANI stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland for a fee of 35,000 Euros.
Don’t miss five of DALAKHANI’s progeny who will be presented at Arqana’s forthcoming Deauville sale:
Lot 13 – half-brother to six winners, notably Irish Wings, a Group 3 winner in the USA. Closely related to Entrepreneur (2000 Guineas), Exclusive (Coronation Stakes, 3rd1000 Guineas) and Dance A Dream (2nd Epsom Oaks)
Lot 26 – the only DALAKHANI filly in the catalogue. Her dam Maria de la Luz is Listed placed
Lot 52 – a son of Royal Ballerina, winner of the Blandford Stakes (Gr 2) and Premio Frederico Tesio (Gr 3)
Lot 56 - a colt from the family of Cerulean Sky (Prix Saint-Alary) and l’Ancresse (2nd Epsom Oaks & Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf)
Lot 292 – a colt out of a half-sister Vespone (GP de Paris, Prix Jean Prat)
Updated on 07/08/2007