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shamardal 14 june 05

Shamardal: is now sire of five Group 1 winners after Zazou added to the tally when taking the Premio Roma at Capannelle today

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Shamardal gets a
new Group 1 winner

IN the closing days of the main European Flat turf season, Darley's  Shamardal got himself a new Group 1 winner, and his first in 2011, when Zazou won the Premio Roma over 1m2f at Capannelle today.

The Gestüt Fahrhof-bred colt had previously been placed in a number of  Group 1 races boththis year and as a three-year-old, including when a runner-up in the Deutsches Derby.

After making good headway 3f out in this, he just held on to gain his first victory at the highest level from Godolphin's fast-finishing Group 1 stalwart Rio De La Plata, who was aiming to win the race for a second time in two years.

Shamardal is now the sire of three Group 1 winners (Zazou, Casamento and Lope De Vega) in the northern hemisphere and five overall.  He is the sire of 54 stakes performers - 17 Group winners and 15 Listed winners.

His current fee is €50,000 and he has stood for five of his six years at Kildangan Stud - in 2008 he spent a season at Dalham Hall.

Zazou was bought as a yearling at the September Baden-Baden Yearling Sale in 2008 by BBA Germany for €38,000. He is from the Darley sire's first crop and  is out of Zaza Top (Lomitas), a winner at two and a Listed winner over 1m2f at three.

Godolphin second again with Emerald Commander
Godolphin also had to settle for second with its Pivotal colt Emerald Commander, who was beaten a length by the classy German-trained filly Vanjura (Areion). 

The winner had shown herself to be in good form with a staying-on third behind Dick Turpin and Cityscape in Group 1 company last time and duly scored here with the minimum of fuss.

She is by the Big Shuffle sire Areion, the champion German sire of 2010 and former Group-winning 6f sprinter.

 

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