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Azamour (7): the son of Night Shift stands at Gilltown Stud

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Azamour bids for back-
to-back Dee winners

GILLTOWN Stud stallion Azamour today has the chance of a second consecutive winner of the Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester - and another live Classic hope for 2011 in the process.

Four-time Group 1 winner Azamour supplied last year's winner Azmeel from his first crop and he fields Laajooj this time around.

The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Laajooj, winner of a 1m maiden at Newbury last month, was bred by Kildaragh Stud out of the Common Grounds mare Flanders, winner of the Weatherbys Super Sprint at two and Listed Scarborough Stakes over 5f at three.


Flanders - a half-sister to French 7f Listed winner Ascot Family - has produced seven winners from seven foals including Louvain, a daughter of Sinndar who won the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes over 1m, and Desert Poppy, an Oasis Dream filly who is a triple winner over 5-6f.

Laajooj is Flanders' only male offspring from eight foals recorded by Weatherbys. She also has a two-year-old filly by Jeremy called Havin' A Good Time.

A good run by Laajooj could see him join Azamour's battalion for this year's Classics which includes Craven Stakes winner and 2,000 Guineas third Native Khan, Dr Busch Memorial scorer Lindenthaler and Salsabil Stakes winner Siren's Song.

Laajooj was bought by Shadwell for 150,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.

Azamour, a ten-year-old son of Night Shift, stands at Gilltown Stud at a fee of €15,000.

Azamour's Gilltown Stud colleague Dalakhani is represented in the Dee Stakes by Maqaraat, a half-brother to Group 3 Concorde Stakes winner Marionnaud and Scurry Handicap scorer Rock Moss, from Jim Bolger's brilliant family of Intense Focus, Sholokhov and Soldier Of Fortune.

Runner-up to Ocean War in a hot Newmarket maiden last time out, Barry Hills-trained Maqaraat was bred by James Hanly and was unsold at €120,000 when the first lot through the ring at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale, but now races for Hamdan Al Maktoum.

 

 

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