Zarkava: will visit Sea The Stars for a second timePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Mating plans for star French broodmares
DUAL Arc heroine Treve is not the only one of Al Shaqab's blue-chip broodmares with whom the operation will support Shalaa, its new recruit at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy.
Also set to be covered by the son of Invincible Spirit are Puggy, the dam of dual French Classic heroine Avenir Certain; Twyla Tharp, the dam of outstanding racemare The Fugue; Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes winner Shotgun Gulch; last season's Prix Saint-Alary winner Jemayel; Group 2 Prix de Malleret scorer Al Wathna; and Prix Saint-Alary second and Prix de Diane third Rjwa.
In a huge vote of confidence by Al Shaqab in Shalaa, his first book will also contain Al Anqa, a Galileo half-sister to Zagora; Asyad, a Group 2-placed daughter of New Approach from a powerful German family; Daidahana, a Shamardal half-sister to Carry On Katie; Gherdaiya, a Group 3-placed Shamardal sister to French Navy; and Iltemas, a Listed-winning daughter of Galileo who boasts Montjeu as a close relation.
An Al Shaqab representative said on the Route des Etalons this weekend that Shalaa was fully booked by the December sales and his first matings will comprise around a quarter each of mares from France, Britain, Ireland and his owner's broodmare band.
Trevise's date with Galileo
Criquette Head-Maarek said at Haras du Quesnay that her family's star broodmare Trevise, who produced Treve when sent to home stallion Motivator, would be covered this year by perennial champion sire Galileo.
The 17-year-old daughter of Anabaa is not in foal.
Zarkava set for Stars
Another Arc heroine of recent years, the great Zarkava, is set to be covered by Sea The Stars this year. It will be the first time the 12-year-old daughter of Zamindar - who is in foal to Siyouni - has visited the same stallion twice.
Her first liaison was with Dalakhani and produced the filly Zerkaza. Then followed colts by Redoute's Choice, Sea The Stars, Galileo and Dubawi, and she has a two-year-old Frankel filly and a yearling Invincible Spirit colt.
The Sea The Stars colt Zarkash died in a training accident at Chantilly unraced aged three.