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Native Khan wins from Measuring Time in the Alexis Catchpole Celebration Solario Stakes Sandown 21.08.2010

Native Khan: the son of Azamour is now unbeaten in two starts

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Azamour on the board with Native Khan

Alexis Catchpole Celebration Solario Stakes (Group 3), Sandown, 2yo, 7f

NATIVE KHAN (gr c Azamour - Viva Mariaby Kendor)

Breeder: Aliette and Gilles Forien in France

NATIVE KHAN, a 160,000gns buy at April's Tattersalls Craven breeze-up and the second most expensive offspring of his sire Azamour sold at public auction, ground out a determined victory in Saturday's Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Ed Dunlop-trained Native Khan, now unbeaten in two runs, beat the Richard Hannon-trained Dubai Destination colt Measuring Time by half a length to win the Solario.

If he goes on to achieve as much as recent Solario winners Raven's Pass, Sri Putra and Shakespearean, he could eventually prove his six-figure price tag good value.

Native Khan caps a good week for second-season sire Azamour, who stands alongside Dalakhani and Sea The Stars at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare.

At the York Ebor meeting this week Azamour was represented by Yorkshire Oaks third Eleanora Duse and competitive handicap third Life And Soul, while at Killarney on Friday he supplied juvenile maiden winner Mawaakef.

Native Khan was bred byHaras de la Reboursiere et du Montaigu owners Gilles and Aliette Forien out of Viva Maria, a juvenile winning sister to Group 3 scorer Welcome Millennium by Kendor.

He was purchased as a yearling for €70,000 at last year's Arqana August yearling sale in Deauville, by pinhooker Malcolm Bastard.

Bastard made a tidy profit when reselling the colt to owner Vefa Ibrahim Araci at the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale.

Viva Maria, herself a FFr520,000 yearling buy in 2000, had earlier produced Listed-placed juvenile Caipirinia, by Hawk Wing.





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