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Sandagiyr - Meydan 09/02/2012

Sandagiyr, a half-brother to Sarafina, wins at MeydanPICTURE: Dubai Racing Club  


Sarafina relative proves a wise buy for Godolphin

SANDAGIYR, sold by the Aga Khan for €140,000 at Arqana ast October to Anthony Stroud, brought a swift divided in his new Godolphin colours when the half-brother to Sarafina landed the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes at Meydan.

The son of Dr Fong is the seventh foal of the Darshaan mare Sanariya, who had produced four other winners among them the Listed winner Sanaya, by Barathea. Both Sarafina, by Refuse The Bend, and Sanaya therefore represent a hybrid of the famed Sadler's Wells cross with Darshaan mares.

Sarafina hit the headlines away from the racecourse last month when sold to Shadai Farm in Japan.

Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed benefited from another purchase from a leading breeder earlier in the card when Kinglet won the Group 3 UAE 2,000 Guineas.

A son of the retired champion sire Kingmambo, Kinglet is out of Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Karen's Caper, who later showed smart form in the US when winning the Grade 3 turf Eatontown Handicap.

Karen's Caper was acquired by Darley in September 2008 after its purchase of Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable's racing and breeding empire. The package also included Raven's Pass, winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic, and  champion juvenile Midshipman, winner of the Juvenile Colts on the same card. Karen's Caper, by War Chant, is the fourth foal of Miss Caerleona, by Caerleon, and is a half-sister to two US winners, including Grade 2 winner Miss Coronado.

Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge winner Mendip, a five-time winner at Meydan, is by the American based Harlan's Holiday,  Originally purchased by Mike Ryan for $130,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale, he was resold to John Ferguson for $375,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton's two-year-olds in training sale at Calder.

His dam Well Spring was placed as a three-year-old in US and is a half-sister to Spring Mambo, winnerat a mile as a three-year-old in US, out of top-class US 7f three-year-old Chaposa Springs.





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