Harzand: becomes the fourth Group 1 winner for his sire Sea The StarsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Harzand emulates his sire with Derby success
HARZAND emulated his sire Sea The Stars with a convincing victory in the Derby at Epsom on Saturday.
The colt, trained by Dermot Weld for owner-breeder the Aga Khan, led home Coolmore representatives US Army Ranger and Idaho, both sons of Sea The Stars' half-brother Galileo, in the world famous Classic.
In an extraordinary testament to one mare's influence on the breed, Sea The Stars and Galileo's late dam Urban Sea featured in the pedigrees of 12 of the 16 runners who lined up for this year's Derby.
Sea The Stars was unbeaten in six Group 1 races - the 2,000 Guineas, Derby, Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - in a golden three-year-old season in 2009.
At the end of his racing career he was retired to the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare and he has confirmed himself an excellent source of Classic-class offspring.
His first three-year-old crop two years ago yielded impressive Oaks and King George winner Taghrooda, runaway German Derby scorer Sea The Moon and promoted Prix Saint-Alary winner Vazira.
The second crop included Derby third and Irish Derby second Storm The Stars.
In total, Sea The Stars has sired 25 stakes winners and 14 Group winners, four of those at the highest level.
Harzand has vindicated the decision of the Aga Khan to send some of the cream of his broodmare band to Sea The Stars.
He is the fifth foal out of the Xaar mare Hazariya, winner of the Group 3 Athasi Stakes and Listed Victor McCalmont Stakes, making him a half-brother to Listed Finale Stakes winner Hazarafa (by Daylami), Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes winner Harasiya (Pivotal) and Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes second Haziyna (Halling).
Hazariya is a half-sister to Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes winner and Irish Oaks third Hazarista and Listed-placed Hidden Brief.
She is also a half-sister to Hazarama, the dam of Humprey Bogart, who finished a fine fifth to Harzand in the Derby, and to Handaza, the dam of stakes winners Hamairi and Hanabad and granddam of British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes heroine Seal Of Approval.
Hazariya is a granddaughter of Listed March Stakes winner Hazy Idea, who was incorporated into the Aga Khan's breeding programme through his acquisition of stock belonging to Brook Holliday.
An excellent result for the Aga Khan Studs was also celebrated by Newsells Park Stud, as the Hertfordshire operation bought Hazariya through Oliver St Lawrence for €480,000 at Goffs in 2014.
The mare has a two-year-old colt by Shamardal named Haripour owned by the Aga Khan and a Fastnet Rock yearling filly and Dansili filly foal for Newsells Park Stud. She was covered by Invincible Spirit this year.