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The Aga Khan Studs Press Release
04 Apr 2013

Azamour - A stunning individual.


The Aga Khan Studs announced today that Dalakhani and Azamour will shuttle to Australia and New Zealand respectively for the 2013-2014 Southern Hemisphere season.

Pat Downes, the Aga Khan’s stud manager in Ireland, said upon announcing the news that “this is an exciting development for the Aga Khan Studs. It will be the first time that any of the Aga Khan stallions have shuttled to Australasia.

Australasian racehorse owners and breeders have been increasingly attracted to our racehorses and female lines for some years now. We look forward to a new chapter for our involvement in this vibrant market, by introducing two of His Highness’s most outstanding racehorses and successful stallions. This seems a wonderful opportunity to widen the access of the Aga Khan bloodstock gene pool for Australasian breeders.”

Dalakhani will stand at Cornerstone Stud in Southern Australia, managed by Sam Hayes, a grandson of Colin Hayes, the legendary trainer and the founder of the operation, which was formerly known as Lindsay Park Stud.

A multiple Group 1 winner and high class racehorse from 7 to 12 furlongs, Dalakhani is the sire of 49 Stakes performers, including 18 Group winners, and Classic winners Conduit, Moonstone, Reliable Man and Duncan. He is a leading European sire by percentage of lifetime Stakes performers to runners (13,8%) and he sired 14 Stakes performers in 2012.

Pat Downes also commented: “The access to a different type of mare in Australasia is potentially very interesting for Dalakhani. Danehill blood is obviously omnipresent amongst the breeding stock, and this is a line with which Dalakhani has worked with very well in Europe, given Dalakhani has sired Group winners Duncan (G1) and Shemiyla (G3) out of Danehill mares. He is also a complete outcross to Northern Dancer blood and the Never Bend sire line is rare in Australia.”

According to Cornerstone Stud managing director Sam Hayes: “Standing a stallion on behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan is a great honour for all of us here. Very rarely are proven stallions with such breed shaping potential made available to Australian breeders.”

Dalakhani will join Hussonet, Good Journey, Reaan, Barely a Moment and De Beers on the Cornerstone Stud stallion roster along with associate sire Shrewd Rhythm (standing at Stable Hill Thoroughbreds). Dalakhani will stand at a fee of AU$22,000 incl. GST for the 2013/2014 Southern Hemisphere season.

Multiple Group 1 winner Azamour will shuttle to Brighthill Farm in New Zealand, owned and managed by Nick and Anne-Marie King. The Waikato breeding operation, located at Tauwhare near Cambridge, stood Dalghar (Anabaa), a half-brother to Daylami and Dalakhani, for the first time in 2012.

Pat Downes commented “Azamour was a very high class racehorse from 7 to 12 furlongs and also an extremely sound horse; he never gave his trainer John Oxx a problem in his three years in training with him. He is a most attractive individual and he can often upgrade the model of a mare’s progeny”.

“We are really excited about this opportunity to stand such a great horse and the first horse owned by His Highness the Aga Khan to shuttle to this country, Nick King said. It is a great endorsement of New Zealand and how highly rated our stallion environment is.”

A leading European sire by percentage of lifetime Stakes performers to runners (14,4%), in 2012 he sired the unbeaten Group 1 Prix de Diane winner Valyra. The filly was a leading contender for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe until she suffered a life-ending accident last summer.

Azamour sired top class racehorses from relatively small crops, including G2 winners and G1 placed Eleanora Duse and Shankardeh, G3 winners and G1 placed Native Khan and Colombian, triple Stakes winner Azmeel and promising juvenile fillies Liber Nauticus and Nuit d’Amour in 2012. Two of his largest crops are two year olds and yearlings in 2013, which should ensure he will be well represented at the sales and races in the coming years.

Azamour will join Perfectly Ready, Patapan and the Aga Khan bred Dalghar on the Brighthill Farm stallion roster. He will stand at a fee of NZ$12,000 plus GST for the 2013/2014 Southern Hemisphere season.

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