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Azmeel - Dee Stakes - Chester 7.5.10

Azmeel gets the better of Dancing David (left) and Rasmy (right)

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Azamour's Azmeel puts himself in Derby picture

AZMEEL became the second son of second-season sire Azamour to win a traditional Derby trial so far this spring with a fluent success in the Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes today.

He follows paternal half-brother Puncher Clynch, who landed a knockout blow to the reputations of Famous Warrior and Mikhail Glinka when winning last month's Ballysax Stakes.

After being held up in the early stages of the race, Azmeel made smooth headway to lead 150yds from the finish and repelled the challenges of Dancing David and Rasmy a shade cosily.

His victory paysa compliment to Chabal, who comfortably beat Azmeel into second in last month's Sandown Classic Trial.

Azmeel was bred by Elsdon Farms and is the first foal out of the Listed-placed King's Best mare Best Side, a half-sister to last year's Gallinule Stakes winner Grand Ducal.

He was sold by his breeders at a foal at the Tattersalls December sale for 60,000gns, and resold as a yearling by Lynn Lodge Stud to Hugo Merry for €65,000 at the Goffs Million sale.

Azamour, a four-time Group 1-winning son of Night Shift, stands alongside Sea The Stars at his owner-breeder the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud at a fee of €15,000 this year.




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