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Gertrude Bell - Haydock -02/07/2011

Gertrude Bell: owned and bred by John Gosden's wife Rachel Hood

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Gertrude Bellbrings Sinndar in from the cold

GERTRUDE BELL brought her sire Sinndar in from the cold with victory in Saturday's Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

It was Sinndar's first Group-race winner since his daughter Rosanara landed the Prix Marcel Boussac in October 2009.

Sinndar, a Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning son of Grand Lodge, stands at the Haras de Bonneval in Normandy. He is sire of three top-flight winners - Rosanara, Shawanda and Youmzain.

Gertrude Bell is owned and bred by Rachel Hood, the wife of her trainer John Gosden.

She is out of the Listed-placed Polar Falcon mare Sugar Mill and hails from the family of triple Group 1 winner Notnowcato.

In other Saturday stakes race action Sinndar's owner-breeder the Aga Khan fielded the first two home in the Group 3 Prix Daphnis at Longchamp, Ziyarid and Valiyr.

Ziyarid is the third Group winner by Desert Style bred by the Aga Khan family, after Prix de la Foret scorer Caradak and triple Group 1-winning filly Mandesha.

Ziyarid is out of the winning King's Best mare Zayanida.

The other Pattern race on the card at Longchamp, the Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot, fell to Moonlight Cloud - making it two wins on the day for her owner-breeder George Strawbridge after Night Carnation won the Coral Charge at Sandown.

Moonlight Cloud is a daughter of Invincible Spirit out of the winning Spectrum mare Ventura, from the brilliant family of Generous and Imagine.

Aga Khan bloodlines came to the fore in the premier South African race on Saturday, the Group 1 Durban July at Greyville.

The contest was won by Igugu - giving her sire Galileo yet another weekend big-race winner one week after Treasure Beach and Misty For Me won feature races at the Curragh.

Igugu is out of the Intikhab mare Zarinia and is from a family that traces back to the legendary Petite Etoile and is thus related to the Aga Khan's star mare Zarkava.

Igugu's victory endorses the Aga Khan's decision to send Zarkava to Galileo this year.

Galileo also provided Lagalp, the winner of the Listed Hanshin-Cup for fillies and mares over 1m3f at Hamburg.

Lagalp is owned and bred by Gestut Bona. She is out of the Listed-winning Danehill mare La Dane and so is bred on the most celebrated cross of the year, which has produced Classic winners Frankel, Golden Lilac and Roderic O'Connor.

Hamburg's feature race, the Group 3 Grosser Preis der  Mercedes Benz Niederlassung, was won by French raider Karsabruni, trained by Henri-Alex Pantall for Horst Rapp.

Karsabruni, bred by Chevotel de la Hauquerie, is the first stakes winner sired by Gestut Harzburg resident Speedmaster, a son of dominant German sire Monsun owned and bred by Rapp.

Karsabruni is out of the Listed-placed Lando mare Karsawina, who was also owned by Rapp and trained by Pantall.




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