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Zaynar - Cheltenham - 13.03.2009

Zaynar, a son of Daylami, digs deep to win the Triumph Hurdle



Aga Khan families in Triumph at Festival

Report: Cheltenham Festival, Friday
JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

Zaynar (Daylami-Zainta (Kahyasi))

DAYLAMI has been producing hurdlers of eye-catching quality over the last couple of years and on Friday he achieved another top result when his grey gelding Zaynar galloped up the Cheltenham hill to take a competitive renewal of the Triumph Hurdle.

Unfortunately, breeders in England and Ireland will be unable to avail of the progressive sire's services - he transferred to stand in South Africa in 2006 and is now based at Riethuiskrael Stud, which is owned by South Africa Thoroughbred Breeders' Association chairman Altus Joubert.

Bred by the Aga Khan, Daylami raced for Godolphin winning seven Group 1 races, including when beating Royal Anthem to win the Breeders' Cup Turf.

He retired to Gilltown Stud in joint-ownership between the Aga Khan and Darley, spent a short time at Haras De Bonneval before moving to South Africa. His leading runner on the Flat was Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow.

And not only was Daylami as well as his sire Doyoun, winner of the 2,000 Guineas, bred by the Aga Khan, but Zaynar was himself - he is out of a Prix De Diane winner Zainta and from the Aga's famous Z family which is responsible for producing none other than the Prix de l'Arc de triomphe winner Zarakva.  

The third home, Mourad, a colt by Sinndar, was also bred by the Aga Khan, as was Ebadiyan, who blottedhis copybook when running out three from home.

Jockey Barry Geraghty said of the race winner: "He's very tough. When Oliver Brady's horse ran out at the second last he left me in front which wasn't ideal, but he was only doing enough.

"He was always finding. He hasn't had that much experience but he had a lot in the tank."

Trainer Nicky Henderson continued: "We knew he'd stay but I just didn't know what was going to happen when he got tackled but he was very brave. It was a big question to ask a baby having only his third run over hurdles - he had to get it and he got it.

"He only had two runs on the Flat so you'd hope there's more to come. I think you can safely say that will be it for the year because Aintree wouldn't be his track. I think he'll be a really nice horse next year."

Zaynar's victory was a second Festival success for Daylami - the Aga Khan-bred Ebaziyan - a half-brother to Ebadiyan - won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 2007.





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