Dolniya had only just got home from Khaled Abdullah’s Flintshire when they had their first runs in France recently. It took few words for Alain Royer-Dupre to sum up the reasoning behind Dolniya’s emergence as one of the best older fillies of her generation following her impressive victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Saturday.
“She was bred to be very good,” said the trainer of the daughter of Azamour. “This is the finest family in the Aga Khan’s stud book.”
Few people are as well qualified than Royer-Dupre to make such a statement given the number of Aga Khan luminaries he has had through his hands over the years.
And in light of the ongoing strength of the Aga Khan broodmare band, which was also responsible on Saturday for the seven-length Prix Francois Mathet winner Karaktar, they are obviously words that carry a significant amount of weight.
For Royer-Dupre, Dolniya continues a high-flying association with the family that includes not only saddling her granddam Daltawa to win the 1992 Listed Prix Ronde de Nuit but the handling of three other Group 1 winners among her progeny and descendants.