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Archipenko wins on five-year-old debut

ARCHIPENKO landed the  Zabeel Mileon his seasonal debut at Nad Al Sheba today.

The five-year-old son of Kingmambo held off French challenger Vertigineux (Nombre Premier) and Kalahari Gold (Trans Island) to win the Group 3 turf event on his first start since finishing runner-up to Spirit One in the Arlington Million last August.

Bred by Eagle Holdings, Archipenko is a son of Kingmambo and out of the Nijinsky mare Bound, herself a Grade 1-placed daughter of Special, one of the most influential broodmares of modern times.

A daughter of Forli and a sister to Group 1 winner and successful sire Thatch, Special produced Nureyev as well as the dams of Jade Robbery, Numerous, Chequer, Perugino, Fairy King and most notably, Sadler's Wells.

Special also features in the female lines of Grade 1 winners Corinthian and Bienamado.

Archipenko began his career with Aidan O'Brien, for whom he won the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes. He disappointed on his subsequent four starts at three, though, and at four he was sold to race for South African trainer Mike De Kock.

Since joining De Kock, he has won the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at last year's Dubai Carnival, the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin and the Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot.





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