TWO recognised giants of world breeding – the Aga Khan and More Than Ready – combined to unveil a two-year-old debutant winner named Dalawari at Chantilly in France yesterday.
The superbly bred colt started a hot 27/10 favourite in the juvenile maiden over a mile and didn’t disappoint with an effortless win oozing with class.
Dalwari was allowed to find his feet in the back half of the 11-horse field before making his move with 400m still left to travel.
The youngster strode up boldly at the 200m pole surging away from his rivals to post an emphatic 2 1/2-lens win ahead of Majestic Mount (by Exceed and Excel) with Ajlaan (by Singpsiel) back in third.
Dalwari is a member of one of the Aga Khan’s most prized families, his dam Dalmita in an unraced three-quarter-sister to former European Horse of the Year and internationally successful sire, Daylami who also stands at the broodmare sire of Triple Crown winner Pierro.
As well as winning he, Dalmiya is also a sibling to another Horse of the Year and prominent sire Dalakhani who won four Group 1’s in France including the French Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Dalakhani has received a boost to his reputation as a sire this week with a Stakes double from his young progeny. Three year-old Sir Graham Wade won the Listed Grand Prix de Nantes (2400m) for his first stakes win whilst Seismos, another son of Dalakhani, won his first Group race when securing the Gr.3 Hubertus Liebrecht-Gedachtnispreis (2400m) at Baden Baden by an easy five lengths.
More Than Ready’s reputation as an emerging sire of sire’s is growing with first season sire Sebring producing some fine 2yo winner’s in Australia whilst Lienan became the first stakes winner for her sire Ready’s Image (More Than Ready) when winning the Glorious Song Stakes Listed, 7f ) at Woodbine on Sunday.