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Siyouni - Prix jean-luc lagardere Grand Criterium Longchamp - 04.10.2009

Siyouni: will join Sinndar at Haras de Bonneval in Normandy

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Lagardere hero Siyouni retired to Bonneval

LAST season's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Siyouni has been retired to stand at the Aga Khan's Bonneval Stud in Normandy. A fee will be set at a later date for the Aga Khan homebred, who will be the second son of Pivotal to stand in France.

A precocious juvenile for Alain de Royer-Dupre, Siyouni broke his maiden in early May of his two-year-old career before landing the first stakes race for juveniles in France, the Listed Prix La Fleche over 5f by three lengths.

Following runner-up efforts in the Group 2 Prix Robert-Papin and Group 3 Prix La Rochette, he capped his season by defeating future top level scorers Lope De Vega, Dick Turpin and Buzzword when taking the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère.

Although unable to add to his winning record this season, Siyouni was one of the season's leading milers,  running second in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat and third in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.

"He was a very serious two-year-old with a lot of natural speed," said de Royer-Dupre, "which encouraged me to give him an early start in his career. He confirmed with regular performances at the highest level this year."

Eric Puerari, co-owner of Haras des Capucines, welcomed the decision by the Aga Khan to stand Siyouni in France. He said: "The French stallion market needs competitors that have both speed and precocity; Siyouni offers this, with his desirablecombination of the sought-after blood of Pivotal and Danehill."

Siyouni is the first foal out of 7f Listed winner Sichilla, a half-sister to Group 1 winner and successful French-based sire Slickly.





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