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Zeitoper (blue silks), pictured winning his maiden at Sandown: by Singspiel

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Juvenile Group race double for Singspiel

FRESH from providing last month's Fillies' Mile heroine Hibaayeb, Darley stallion Singspiel pulled off a notable double today when his progeny captured two prestigious European juvenile Group races.

Zeitoper, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Godolphin and ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi, kickstarted the double when seeing off the challenge of recent Prix Thomas Byron scorer Circumvent to land the Group 3 Prix de Conde over 1m1f at Longchamp.

The colt could have been expected to relish the combination of an extended trip and softer going as he is the second foal out of 1,000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Kazzia, and a brother to this year's Dubai Sheema Classic winner Eastern Anthem.

Darley-bred Zeitoper is now unbeaten in three starts.

Glad Tiger sealed the double for Singspiel when scoring in the Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten - one of Germany's most prestigious juvenile races - over 1m at Cologne. Noble Alpha, a German-trained son of first-season sire Shamardal, was second.

Owned and bred by Gestüt Auenquelle and trained by Uwe Ostmann, Glad Tiger is the second Winterfavoriten winner produced by the Big Shuffle mare Glady Beauty, who finished third in the 1998 German 1,000 Guineas. Glad Lion, his half-brother by Dashing Blade, won the race six years ago.

His year-older half-brother Glad Panther, by Seattle Dancer, scored in the Group 3 Frühjahrspreis des Bankhauses Metzler this year.

Singspiel, a four-time Group/Grade 1-winning son of In The Wings, stands at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, where his fee this year was £15,000. His other high-flying representatives this season include Yorkshire Oaks and Pretty Polly Stakes winner Dar Re Mi, and Listed scorer Tastahil.





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