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Sarafina wins the Prix De Diane at Chantilly 13.06.2010

Sarafina: can half-brother Sandagiyr also win at Group 1 level?

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Listed win for Sarafina half-brother Sandagiyr

SANDAGIYR, the three-year-old half-brother to last season's dual Group 1 winner Sarafina, made his first start in a stakes race a winning one on Friday.

The Aga Khan homebred won the Listed Prix de Pontarme for three-year-old colts and geldings over 1m at Chantilly by two lengths from the Lemon Drop Kid colt Cool Dude.


Sarafina andSandagiyr - who holds a clutch of big-race entries including the Prix du Jockey Club and St James's Palace Stakes - are among four black-type performers from seven runners for their dam, the Darshaan mare Sanariya.

Sanariya, who was placed over 1m2f at three for Sir Michael Stoute, has also produced Sanaya (by Barathea), a dual Listed winner over 1m-1m1f, and Sanjida (Polish Precedent), who was Group 3-placed over 1m1f-1m3f.

Sarafina is the dam's best foal to date. The daughter of Refuse To Bend won the Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane before an unlucky-in-running third to Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year.

Sanariya also has a filly who is a final-crop yearling by Anabaa.

Sandagiyr could be an important French flagbearer for Dr Fong, who stood at Highclere Stud until 2009, when he was exported across the English Channel to standat the Haras du Thenney in France.

Dr Fong's tally of Group 1 winners stands at three - Aoife Alainn (Premio Lydia Tesio), Ask For The Moon (Prix Saint-Alary) and Shamdinan (Secretariat Stakes).

 

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