ROYAL BLOOD COMES TO BRIGHTHILL FARM
A Group-winning half-brother, by a champion sire to two international superstars, will take up residence at Nick and Anne-Marie King’s Brighthill Farm this season.
The grey sprinter-miler Dalghar has been secured for the Tauwhare stud, on the outskirts of Cambridge, with a shuttle deal that will see the well-related stallion in Southern Hemisphere service for at least four years.
“He’s a lovely, well-rounded horse who will have widespread market appeal,” Nick King said. “There’s an awful lot to like about him with a very good race record to compliment a terrific pedigree and he’s a cracking type with plenty of bone and a real stallion’s head.”
Bred and raced by His Highness the Aga Khan, Dalghar is a son of the Gr.1 July Cup winner and champion French stallion Anabaa, who is the sire of a host of quality international stars with the marvellous mare Goldikova, winner of 14 Group One events, his flagship performer.
By Danzig, Anabaa also made his mark on his Australian tours of duty, which produced quality performers including Anabandana, Anacheeva, Avenue, Dances On Waves, French Bid, Headturner, Imananabaa, Teranaba, Virage de Fortune and Yell.
“He was one of the genuine shuttle stallions with 81 stakes winners and 32 in the Southern Hemisphere,” King said. “His stud record is proof of his versatility at the highest level with Derby winners and top-notch sprinters among his progeny.”
Dalghar is out of the outstanding matron Daltawa, a daughter of Miswaki, whose six foals to race have all been winners and features the multiple Group One winners and producers Daylami and Dalakhani.
A European Horse of the Year, as well as claiming champion American turf colt honours, Daylami won seven times at the elite level while Dalakhani, a champion European three-year-old and Horse of the Year, won four.
“It’s interesting that Pierro, one of the favourites for the Golden Slipper, is out of a Daylami mare as well,” King said.
Trained in France by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Dalghar was a winner at two and was also Group Two placed before he opened up his three-year-old campaign with two victories, one in stakes company, before injury forced him out of work.
At four he returned to win the Gr.3 Prix du Palais-Royal over 1400 metres in a blistering record time of 1.17.4 at Longchamp, with the last 200m in 9.7s, and then made his mark in England. He finished fifth behind Goldikova in the Gr.1 Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes and third in the Gr.2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.
Dalghar was runner-up to the top-quality Sahpresa in the Gr.3 Prix du Pin before he was again in action at Ascot and rewarded with a Group Two placing in the Diadem Stakes.
“He was purchased by Neven Botica, who is no stranger to New Zealand, from His Highness the Aga Khan at the end of his four-year-old career,” King said. “He breeds in both Hemispheres and like many he feels New Zealand is a great place for a stallion to get a start and produce top-quality horses.”
He has extensive racing and breeding interests and will be sending a number of his mares to Dalghar. “He will be supporting him with a view to racing the stock in Australia,” King said.
Botica is based in Perth and respected Western Australian bloodstock agent John Chalmers was instrumental in the stallion’s placement at Brighthill Farm where he will stand the 2012 season alongside Perfectly Ready and Patapan at $NZ6000 plus GST.
Dalghar posted four wins up to 1600 metres and gained a further seven placings from his 18 career appearances before his retirement to Haras de Saint Arnoult in France where he is currently serving his first book of mares.
“He was a sprinting horse and his two half-brothers were champion staying horses, so with the New Zealand mares we would expect his progeny here to have plenty of early pace, and then be able to make an impact over ground as well,” King said. “The opportunity to get into the families of His Highness the Aga Khan are very rare and we’re confident Dalghar will make an exciting impact at stud.”
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