Daliapour Sold to Hong Kong-Based Owner

Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) winner Daliapour has been sold to Hong Kong-based Robert Ng and will race in the colors of his new owner in the Honk Kong International Vase on Sunday, Dec. 17, Sporting Life reports. Following the race the son of Sadler's Wells will switch from the barn of Sir Michael Stoute to trainer Ivan Allan, the report says.

"Daliapour is the highest rated horse I have owned and the first one I have had with Ivan (Allan)," Ng told Sporting Life. "There will be some friendly rivalry between us when Daliapour takes on Ivan's Indigenous and Oriental Express on Sunday."

Aside from the Coronation Cup win, Daliapour has been more of a bridesmaid in prestigious events when racing for the Aga Khan. As a 3-year-old he finished second to Montjeu in the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) and Oath in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Since defeating Fantastic Light in the Coronation Cup in June, Daliapour has finished third in both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) and Canadian International Stakes (Can-I) as well as a fourth-place finish in the Mercedes Benz-Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I). Daliapour has won five of 14 career starts and earned $1,247,398.

Allan told Sporting Life he plans to give Daliapour some rest after the Vase and point him toward the Dubai Sheema Classic on the Dubai World Cup card in March.

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