OPENING DAY OF THE ARC MEETING
The Aga Khan’s homebred
Dalkala, who lost her unbeaten record when fifth in the Gr.1 Prix de Diane and third in the Gr.2 Prix de Pomone in August, bounced back to her best to take the Gr.2 Prix de Royallieu on the Longchamp card, adding to her other Group victory in the Gr.3 Prix Cleopatre in May.
The daughter of Giant’s Causeway made all the running and, though strongly pressed in the closing stages, held on to win by a short neck. Bred by His Highness The Aga Khan, she is the first foal out of Daltaya (Anabaa), who won the 2006 Gr.3 Prix de la Grotte before finishing fourth in the Gr.1 Poule d’Essaides Pouliches. Her dam Daltaiyma (Doyoun) is a winning full-sister to one Champion racehorse and sire, Daylami, and a half-sister to Dalakhani (Darshaan) and Dalghar (Anabaa)
The Aga Khan, as a breeder, was also successful earlier in Australia when Mourayan, an Irish-bred son of Alhaarth landed the Gr.3 Craven Plate at Randwick. He asserted close home to beat Western Symbol (High Chaparral) by a head, from another Irish-bred Dare To Dream also known as Dare To Dance (Danehill Dancer), a neck back in third.
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