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GLADIATORUS defied a 466-day absence on Thursday to land an impressive front-running victory in the Jaguar XF Trophy at Nad Al Sheba.

A tough, multiple Listed-winning juvenile when trained in Italy, Gladiatorus was last seen finishing a close second to Scintillo in the Group 1 Gran Criterium.

Bred by Azienda Agricola Le Ferriere Di Raponi Giampaolo in the US, Gladiatorus was purchased for just $8,000 by Federico Barberini at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.

He is the only stakes winner bythe 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Silic, who resides at Getaway Farms in California at a fee of $3,500. The French-bred son of Sillery, who also won two renewals of the Grade 2 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (latterly Grade 1) and the Group 3 Prix de la Jonchere, initially stood at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.

Gladiatorus is the second stakes winner out of the unraced Kris mare Gmaasha following My Sweet Baby (Minardi), winner of the Listed Premio Repubbliche Marinare at Rome.

Out of the dual Irish champion Al Bahathri, Gmaasha is a sister to Coronation Stakes runner-up Hasbah and a half-sister to six other winners including 2,000 Guineas winner Haafhd, Group 2 Challenge Stakes Munir and the stakes-placed pair Za-Im and Goalwah. 

This is also the family of last season's Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Heatseeker,  Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Handicap winnerSpanish Fern and recent Grade 3 winner Jibboom.

Gmaasha has a two-year-old filly by Castledale.




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