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Baharah (orange silks): another excellent performer for Elusive Quality

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Another Listed win for Darley reject Baharah

BAHARAH got up in the dying strides to win the Listed Fleur de Lys Stakes at Lingfield on Thursday.  In doing so, she provided another stakes success for her sire, Elusive Quality, and confirmed herself the best performer out of her dam, the 1998 Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Bahr.

Bahr, who also finished placed in the Epsom and Irish Oaks, was campained by Godolphin and retired to Sheikh Mohammed's broodmare band at the conclusion of her racing career.

Baharah is the result of Bahr's visit to Elusive Quality in 2003. The Darley-bred was never campaigned by Godolphin, though, and was instead sold as an unraced three-year-old at the Tattersalls July Sale in 2007.

Her current owner, Erik Penser, purchased her for 30,000gns. In 13 subsequent starts to date, Penser's long-term trainer Gerard Butler has prepared Baharah to win five races – two of those at Listedlevel – and earn over £98,000 in prize-money.

According to Racing Post Ratings, Baharah is the second best runner by Elusive Quality to run in Europe this season. But she is still some way behind his top-rated runner – last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass.

Elusive Quality stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. His fee next year will be $75,000.

 

 

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