Saturday 9 November 2013
Of the seven three-year-olds, the Mikel Delzangles-trained KOKALTASH (Haafhd) boasts the best form to date. He was precocious enough to make his debut in July of his juvenile season, and broke his maiden at second asking, scoring by 2.5 lengths at Longchamp over a mile, on ground judged as “very heavy”. Stepped up straight to Stakes level, he ran a close 3rd in the Prix Isonomy L., over the same trip at Chantilly. This year, KOKALTASH has won again and taken a gallant second to the progressive Nocturnal Secret in the Prix Le Fabuleux L. over 1 1/8 mile. This lightly-raced colt hails from the family of High Chaparral.
ZAYAM (Shamardal) is another well-related winner. In training with Alain de Royer-Dupré, he did not run at two but pulled a clear-cut victory second time out, at Longchamp over 1950 metres (just short of 10 furlongs). He has only run three more times since, and narrowly missed the board on two occasions in hot Parisian maidens. This half-brother to Gr.3 Prix Daphnis hero and Gr.1 2nd Ziyarid, now a winner in Hong Kong as Cheers Joy, was last seen when 4th to subsequent Listed performer Permission Slip at Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half.
MASIYANN (Anabaa), also from the yard of Alain de Royer-Dupré, is a winner at Chantilly over 1900 metres (1 mile and 1.5 furlong) and ran 3rd to subsequent Prix du Jockey Club 3rd Sky Hunter in a “B” conditions race at Maisons-Laffitte. His dam is a half-sister to Maralan, now a top class chaser in Ireland with two Gr.2 victories to his name.
Zarkandar is one of the leading NH performers bred by the Aga Khan Studs, and he has a relative in the catalogue in Zarliman (Zamindar). This Mikel Delzangles trainee is also by the same sire as Zarkandar’s half-sister, the illustrious Zarkava. His latest outing, October 8th, saw him take 3rd to a highly-regarded filly in a mile maiden at Bordeaux. This was only his 3rd career start.
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Updated on 09/11/2013.