Alandi capped off an extraordinary weekend for the Aga Khan when he took command with just over a furlong left and held off the late charge of Kasbah Bliss to capture the Qatar Prix du Cadran (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 4.
Alandi’s victory gave the Aga Khan four group I wins on the day, and a total of five for the weekend. Horses owned by the Aga Khan captured a total of seven group races over the two day meeting.
The Prix du Cadran was going to serve as a swansong for the grand stayer, Yeats, who was making his last start before retirement. Johnny Murtagh had the four-time Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I) winner settled just behind his pacemaker Windsor Palace through the early stages of the 2 1/2-mile contest.
Murtagh made his bid five furlongs from the wire, moving Yeats to the clear as Windsor Palace began to fade. It appeared as though Yeats was home free, as he began to pull away in the straight.
But it was at this time that Alandi shifted into high gear under Mick Kinane, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo swept by Yeats with two furlongs left. Kasbah Bliss made a late run in the final stages, but couldn’t quite get to Alandi, who won by a short head.
Yeats held on for third, 1 1/2-lengths further back. Final time for the 2 1/2 miles was 4:12.70.
It was the second time on the day that Kinane teamed up with trainer John Oxx for a group I win, having won with Sea The Stars in the marquee event.
Alandi was bred in Ireland by his owner, His Highness the Aga Khan. He is out of the stakes-winning Darshaan mare Aliya, and hails from the immediate female family of champions/group I winners Alamshar, Nishapour, and Nassipour.
Shalanaya Surprises in Prix de l’Opera
Shalanaya stormed down the center of the course, sweeping past rivals in the final furlong to take the Qatar Petroleum Prix de l’Opera (Fr-I) by 1 1/2-lengths.
Ridden by young jockey Maxime Guyon, Shalanaya was placed toward the back of the nine horse field for much of the early going, as German raider Night Magic set the early pace.
The Aga Khan’s filly began to make her move as the field entered the home straight, and swept past favored Midday to win easily. Board Meeting got up to nip Midday on the wire, taking second by a short head.
The final time for 10 furlongs was 2:01.80.
Shalanaya is trained by Mikel Delzangles, who just started training for the Aga Khan in 2008. The Prix de l’Opera was the trainer’s first group I victory.
Shalanaya, who was bred in Ireland, is a 3-year-old daughter of Lomitas out of the stakes-placed Nashwan mare, Shalamantika. She hails from the immediate family of champion Shergar.
Group I Juvenile Double for Alain de Royer-Dupre and the Aga Khan
Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre sent out Aga Khan runners to sweep both of the juvenile races earlier on the Arc program.
In the Total Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I), Rosanara remained undefeated with an emphatic two-length victory over On Verra.
The grey daughter of Sinndar had been drawing favorable comparisons to champion Zarkava, and she did nothing to discourage those thoughts.
Stumbling slightly at the break, Rosanara was kept in mid-pack by Christophe Soumillon, who was substituting for the injured rider Christophe Lemaire. The duo began to make up ground on the leaders as they entered the home straight, and with a couple smacks of the whip, Rosanara zoomed to the lead and drew off to win comfortably.
On Verra just held on by a nose for second over Joanna. The final time for the eight furlongs was 1:37.20.
Rosanara is the first foal out of the winning Linamix mare, Rosawa. She hails from the family of champions and/or grade I winners Kamar, Seaside Attraction, Gorgeous, Cuddles, and Tap to Music.
One race later, Royer-Dupre sent out Siyouni to take the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-I) by 1 1/2 lengths.
A listed winner over five furlongs earlier this year, Siyouni had most recently finished second in his two prior starts. One of those second-place finishes was to Special Duty in the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-II) in July. Special Duty came back to win the Electrolux Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) on Oct. 2.
Jockey Gerald Mosse kept the bay son of Pivotal held up in mid-pack as Pounced led the field for much of the race. As the field entered the homestretch, Siyouni accelerated under Mosse, taking command and drawing off in the final furlong.
Pounced held on well for second, a half-length in front of Buzzword. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:19.50.
Siyouni is the first foal out of the stakes-winning mare, Sichilla. A daughter of Danehill, Sichilla is a half-sister to champion Slickly (by Linamix).
Total Gallery takes Abbaye
Total Gallery got the day started with an impressive victory over Fleeting Spirit in the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I). The son of Namid emulated the feat of his sire, who captured the event in 2000.
Sent off at odds of 10-1, Total Gallery sat just behind the leaders through the early portion of the race. As the field entered the final furlong, Johnny Murtagh went to work aboard the 3-year-old, and the pair shot to the lead.
Fleeting Spirit made a late charge at the leader, but Total Gallery had plenty left in the tank to hold her off, winning by a neck. Fleeting Spirit held on for the place, a half-length in front of War Artist.
The final time for the five furlongs was :55.10.
Total Gallery was bred in Ireland by Michael Woodlock and Seamus Kennedy, and is owned by Coleman Bloodstock. Out of the Green Desert mare, Diary, Total Gallery is a half-brother to Lady Darshaan (by High Chaparral), who recently was second in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile Stakes (Eng-I).