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Dolniya (Azamour) 3rd Gr.1 at Longchamp, aims for Arc.
17 Sep 2014

Dolniya has emerged a possible Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender for the Aga Khan after her fine run in the Gr. 1 Prix Vermeille on Sunday.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's filly fared best of the three-year-olds in the Group One and may have the honour of carrying the famous green and red silks on the first Sunday in October.

Earlier in the season, stablemates Shamkala and Zarshana were in the mix for the Arc but that duo now has other options, including a trip to Ascot on Champions Day.

"Dolniya is still a possibility for the Arc," said Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's racing manager.

"As she has only come on the scene quite recently we need to discuss things. We'll see how she comes out of this first.

"She will have other options, but the Arc is still one of them.

"Zarshana is still a possibility for Ascot, nothing has been ruled out. Several options are open to her and nothing has been ruled out.

"Shamkala could also go to Ascot but she won't run in the Arc.

"She will run again this season but over a shorter distance than a mile and a half. She wasn't beaten far in the Prix Diane.

"I don't think it was stamina which beat her last time, though, it was a combination of the course itself (Deauville) and the ground at the time."

Bred by H H The Aga Khan's Studs S C, she is out of the placed Daltama (Indian Ridge), who is a half-sister to the Gr.1 winning Champions and sires Daylami (Doyoun) and Dalakhani (Darshaan), the Gr.3 winner Dalghar (Anabaa) and the Listed winner and dual Gr.1-placed Daymarti (Caerleon).