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Dalakhani in seventh heaven with Deem

DEEM provided her sire Dalakhani with a seventh individual Group winner by capturing the 1m Cape Verdi (Gr3) at Nad Al Sheba today.

She follows St. Leger (Gr1) and Breeders' Cup Turf (Gr1) winner Conduit, Irish Oaks (Gr1) heroine Moonstone, Great Voltigeur Stakes(Gr2) winner Centennial, Prix Hocquart (Gr2) winner Democrate, and the Group 3-winning fillies Shemima and Shreyas.

The four-year-old Deem also provided her Saudi Arabia-based trainer Jerry Barton with a second Group winner at the Dubai Carnival this year, after Big City Man won the Al Shindagha Sprint (Gr3) a fortnight ago.

She is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Hijaz, a Listed winner over 1m4f in France who is a half-sister to the Prix de Conseil du Paris (Gr2) winner Crimson Quest and Savethisdanceforme, who finished sixth in last year's Irish 1,000 Guineas and eighth in the Epsom Oaks.

A Darshaan half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Daylami, Dalakhani won eight of his nine starts, including the Criterium International (Gr1) at two, and the Prix Lupin (Gr1), the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1) and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) at three.

After those efforts, he was retired to his owner-breeder The Aga Khan's Gilltown Studin Ireland at a fee of €45,000. That price hit a low of €35,000 in the year before his first two-year-old runners made their debut on the track, but with Conduit and Moonstone emerging from his first crop, it has risen to a new high of €50,000 this year.




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