Tuesday 12 April 2011
VADAMAR earned his place in the Classic reckoning when accelerating well to lift the Listed Prix François Mathet over 10.5 furlongs at Saint-Cloud on his seasonal debut earlier in the month. After this victory, H.H. the Aga Khan commented, “we think he’s very good and definitely one for a mile and a half.” The Alain de Royer Dupré-trained VADAMAR is bred to stay the Classic distance, being a first son of Gr 1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina (Unfuwain), and by Prix du Jockey Club and Arc hero DALAKHANI. VADAMAR, who also won a B race as a juvenile, is now likely to head for the Gr 2 Prix Greffulhe in May, back at the left-handed track of Saint-Cloud, and this could set the colt up for a tilt at the Epsom Derby.
Gilltown Stud’s DALAKHANI further strengthened his Classic hand a week later thanks to BARAAN who dominated the Gr 3 Prix la Force at Longchamp. This son of American winner Brusca (Grindstone) is a half-brother to Stakes performers Bruxcalina and Brampour and he had opened his account earlier this year in an all-weather contest at Deauville for handler Jean-Claude Rouget. After the Longchamp success his owner declared, “BARAAN has a lot of speed but will also stay a mile and a half.” The colt’s targets are now the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, which has dropped in distance to ten and a half furlongs since BARAAN’s sire DALAKHANI was victorious in 2003, followed by a step up in trip to take in the Gr 1 Grand Prix de Paris.
Updated on 12/04/2011.