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Chinese White - The Curragh 26.06.10

Chinese White: her dam, Chiang Mai, won the Group 3 Blandford Stakes

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann /  

Dalakhani's Chinese White lands Pretty Polly

Audi Pretty Polly Stakes, Group 1, 1m2f, fillies and mares, Curragh

CHINESE WHITE (Dalakhani - Chiang Mai
by Sadler's Wells)

Breeder: Skymarc Farm and Castlemartin Stud

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Chinese White upstaged the Classic generation of fillies with a fluent success in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

It was a deserved first Group 1 success for the high-class mare on her fifth start in top-class company. Last year's Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Flying Cloud (by Storming Home) kept on to finish second, with Oaks sixth Akdarena (Hernando) in third.

The race was the perfect swansong for Chinese White, who is in foal to Sea The Stars' sire Cape Cross and retires to paddocks.

Oaks third Remember When, a three-parts sister to Dylan Thomas and Queen's Logic, keeps her crown as the best maiden in training, though she finished a creditable fourth.

Chinese White, owned and bred by Lady O'Reilly and trained by Dermot Weld, becomes the third Group 1 winner by the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud stallion Dalakhani, following dual Breeders' Cup Turf scorer Conduit and Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone.

She is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Chiang Mai, who won the Blandford Stakes carrying Lady O'Reilly's silks, and is a half-sister to Prix de Diane winner Rafha, who found further fame as the dam of Haydock Sprint Cup winner Invincible Spirit, now a top sire at the Irish National Stud, and Tally-Ho Stud's promising first-season sire Kodiac.

Chiang Mai produced a sister to Chinese White on February 20.

Three of Dalakhani's best runners by RPR, Chinese White, Conduit and Group 3 Balanchine winner Deem, are out of mares by Sadler's Wells.





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