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Goldikova - Newmarket - 08.07.09

Goldikova: the daughter of Anabaa gets back on the winning trail

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Goldikova pays homage to recently deceased sire

GOLDIKOVA provided the perfect tribute to her sire Anabaa, who died on Tuesday after undergoing surgery for colic, by fending off the challenges of the Cheveley Park Stud-owned duo of Spacious and Heaven Sent and scoring a determined victory in this afternoon's Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

It was a particularly fitting way to honour the stallion's memory, as it took place at the same meeting that Anabaa achieved his most notable victory in the July Cup 13 years ago.

Also, Goldikova is trained by Freddie Head, who rode Anabaa to all of his big race successes for his sister, the trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, wearing the silks of his father Alec Head, who owns the Haras du Quesnay in Normandy – where Anabaa had stood every northern-hemisphere breeding season since he retired in 1997, except for one spent in Castleton Lyons Stud in Kentucky two years ago.

It was a triumphant return to form for Goldikova, who, after finishing placed behind Zarkava in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane last year, won four races in a row, including three at the highest level and culminating with a smooth victory against the colts in the Breeders' Cup Mile. However, on her last start and her seasonal debut, she misfired  when finishing seventh behind Never On Sunday in the Prix d'Ispahan.

Goldikova is owned by her breeders the Wertheimer brothers. She is the ninth foal out of the Blushing Groom mare Born Gold (herself a sister to Gold Splash), and her half-siblings include Group winners Gold Sound (Green Tune) and Gold Round (Caerleon).

Born Gold has a three-year-old filly by Cape Cross called Born Again, who has finished placed once from two starts, an unraced two-year-old colt by Green Tune called Ocean Seven, and a yearling filly by Galileo called Galikova.





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