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Azamour (M Kinane) wins the Irish Champion Stakes 2004

Azamour (nearside): the second-season sire is in fine form this spring

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Top-priced Azamour offspring breaks maiden

PLATINUM, the most expensive progeny of Azamour sold at public auction, broke his maiden at the fourth attempt in a 1m2f maiden for three-year-old colts at Chantilly on Friday.

Trained by Andre Fabre, he finished second on his debut last year at two, and then fifth in a maiden, and was runner-up again on his seasonal debut at Longchamp last month.

Platinum was purchased for 400,000gns by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale. That price is some way ahead of the next-most expensive Azamour sold at auction, a 180,000gns juvenile colt out of Viva Maria at last month's Tattersalls Craven breeze-up.

Platinum - who holds entries for the Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix de Paris - is from a fine family nurtured by Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud. His dam, Dazzling Park, was champion three-year-old filly in Europe in 1999 after finishing second in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Dazzling Park's other progeny includes Glinting Desert, a winner who produced last year's Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Alfred Nobel. She is out of Irish Champion Stakes winner Park Express, whose other progeny included New Approach and Listed winner Shinko Forest, also a useful sire.

Four-time Group 1 winner Azamour, a son of Night Shift, stands at his owner-breeder the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare at a fee of €15,000. He has been in fine form recently, with two Classic trial winners from his first crop of three-year-olds - Dee Stakes hero Azmeel and Ballysax Stakes scorer Puncher Clynch.






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