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Zaidan wins the Chesham Stakes Royal Ascot 19.06.2010

Zaidan: sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $200,000

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Stratford Place records new smash hit graduate

Chesham Stakes (Listed), Ascot, 7f, 2yo

ZAIDAN (c Street Cry - Element Of Truth by Atticus)

Breeder: Stratford Place Stud

ZAIDAN ran out an easy winner of Saturday's Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot to become another highflying graduate of Stratford Place Stud, the breeding operation of Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright.

Wright's pursuit as a racehorse owner got off to a flying start when his first purchase,Crime Of Passion, won the 1982 Cherry Hinton Stakes.

The daughter of Dragonara Palace became the foundation mare for Stratford Place Stud, and is ancestress of stakes performers Classic Encounter, Master Of Passion, Maltese Falcon, Mystic Salse, Borehan and Senior Minister.

Among the top graduates of the Stratford Place Stud breeding programme are Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap winner Sarafan, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum and classy In The Slips, Moth Ball and Silver Pivotal.

Wright also owned Fillies' Mile, Prix Marcel Boussac and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Culture Vulture.

Though Stratford Place Stud's nucleus is in Gloucestershire, it also keeps maresin America, where Zaidan was bred.

Zaidan is by Street Cry - a sire based at Darley's Jonabell Farm best known for his outstanding daughter Zenyatta - and out of the Atticus mare Element Of Truth, a half-sister to smart Ramooz who finished third in a Listed race at Warwick carrying Wright's silks.

Zaidan was purchased by Anthony Stroud Bloodstock on behalf of the horse's owner Saeed Manana for $200,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Prophetically, perhaps, Stratford Place Stud sponored a race at York last month called the "Stratford Place Stud for Royal Ascot two-year-olds Maiden Stakes".





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