Tuesday 11 March 2014
Champion mare ZARKAVA (Zamindar) gave birth on Monday morning to a handsome colt by Haras de Bonneval resident Redoute’s Choice. The foal is described by Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France, as “a very elegant colt that is correct and strong”. ZARKAVA is now due to visit Frankel.
Redoute’s Choice, currently third leading sire in Australia behind his own son Snitzel, will cover a high-class book of mares this year, including 18 representatives of the Aga Khan Studs. These feature the dam of Prix de Diane heroine Valyra (Azamour), Valima, as well as the dam of Group 1 winner Bayrir, Balankiya who is currently in foal to Gilltown Stud sire Sea The Stars. Group 1 winners Rosanara, Shalanaya, Daryakana and Mandesha, as well a sister to Classic sire Azamour add to the prestigious list of mares for Redoute’s Choice.
The Aga Khan Studs have made a successful start to the foaling season, with a number of other blue-blooded foals already on the ground.
Sichilla (Danehill) has given birth to a colt by Sea The Stars. She is the dam of exciting young stallion SIYOUNI (Pivotal) who is fully booked for the fourth consecutive season at Bonneval. The first two-year-olds by this winner of the Gr 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère are eagerly awaited on the racetrack this year.
Group 3 winner Baliyana (Dalakhani), dam of promising Guineas entry Balansiya (Shamardal), foaled a Rock Of Gibraltar filly and will now be visiting Sea The Stars.
Last year’s Gr 1 Prix de l’Opéra victrix Dalkala is set to be covered by Dubawi. 2012 Group 1 winner Ridasiyna (Motivator) and Group 1 placed Sarkiyla (Oasis Dream) have both travelled to the USA to be covered by War Front and Street Cry respectively.
Updated on 11 March 2014.