Four-year-old Azamour (Night Shift--Asmara, by Lear Fan) has won four group I stakes while running his record to six wins from 11 starts and his earnings to $2,414,362. In England, he captured this year's group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prince of Wales's Stakes. Last year, he took the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) and the Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I). In his last start, he ran fifth, beaten just two lengths, in the Sept. 10 Bailey's Irish Champion.
The Aga Khan will relocate his European champion Sinndar from his Gilltown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, to his Haras de Bonneval in France. Taking Sinndar's place at the Irish farm is the Aga Khan's homebred Irish champion Azamour, who is scheduled to be retired following an appearance in the Oct. 29 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.Sinndar is the sire of one of Europe's best 3-year-old fillies. Shawanda, a homebred for the Aga Khan, has scored group I wins in the Darley Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille Lucien Barriere. Sinndar is the sire of three other 2005 stakes winners, including Irish group winner Moonlight Dance, plus Pictavia, third in the Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I).Sinndar won three of Europe's top races as a 3-year-old in 2000: the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I), Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I). An 8-year-old son of Grand Lodge, Sinndar is out of the Lashkari mare Sinntara.