Duo for Zarak: from the embodiment of dreams to reality

From working for nearly 100 years to produce his Zarkava dam, to meeting Dubawi, then winning Gr.1 and back to stud, Zarak has been described by Georges Rimaud as “the embodiment of a dream come true”. breeder”. It’s only one step away from dream to reality, as the dark horse Aga Khan Studs is more than ever the leader of his era with two resounding team victories on Jockey-Club day.

Zarak, from dream to beautiful reality

It was a rather unusual afternoon Prince Aga Khan and all its groups, with the increase of Vadeni in the Jockey club at the center of a lavish trio… and a duo for their young star Zarak ! Unstoppable since the arrival of her 2-year-old first child on the slide last year, the child of legend Zarkava make dreams come true, the never ending story of the great champion and her family nurtured over decades by the Aga Khan family by buying Mumtaz Mahal. She is the 10th mother of Zarak, this mythical champion who is at the bottom of this line, one of the most beautiful people in history… and it continues!

Zarkava with Christophe Soumillon and Prince Karim Aga Khan (aprh)

When he won the Arc in 2008, Prince Karim Aga Khan declared that Zarkava was the culmination of family farming over five generations. From then on, the little girl’s future as a pony was eagerly awaited, and terrible at first sight, with several ponies damaged. Zarak, his 4th pony, was also first runner-up and first winner. Semi-classic at 3 years old, since being defeated by Almanzor in the Jockey club, he won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the age of 4, securing his spot at Haras. The son of Dubai and a phenomenon, the winner Gr.1, in short, he as said Georges Rimaud : “the embodiment of every breeder’s dream”.

Dreaming is a sweet feeling, it often finds its limits when reality catches up with you. Sometimes it’s not terrible, and sometimes it’s even better than expected. Zarak is of such caliber, being crowned the winner of best first production in France, and in Europe in terms of winner/starter. On top of that, he immediately produces very good horses, such as bet winners Lizaid and Parnac in Germany and Gr.1 is located purple and Times square At France. Zarak production has passed the 2 to 3 year milestone as hoped, with new products like Lavellostill in Germany, but also Zagrey, The Parisian… and the black dancers at Auteuil!

Back in France for her new entourage, Purplepay strolls at Sandringham (aprh) rack

On sale for €25,000 this year, the Zarak has clearly changed in size from a European point of view, given the expectations that come with it. This does not frighten him, he used to be “son of” before becoming the star of his own existence. Today at Chantilly, he hit a hit with two wins, the first on our land. Excellent at 2 years old, before being bought for €2 million by Nicolas Bertran de Balanda at ARQANA, Purplepay won their first group in the Prix de Sandringham (Gr.2). Outstanding 6th among the Irish Guineas for her return under the Jackson family banner (Lael Stables), she ended up staying in Europe with William Haggas because of the plane crash… what a godsend!

First triple in Royaumont thanks to Baiykara: the first group of the Graffard / Aga Khan association, of Zarak in France … and the first successful Aga Khan silk set with the product of their young star stallion !

But victory at the start of the meeting of Baiykara in the Prix de Royaumont (Gr.3) is also meaningful. Indeed, it is the first group of associations between Francis-Henri Graffard and Prince Aga Khan after his retirementAlain de Royer Dupre. Descendant of a mother by Montjeu, a cross that clashed with Zarak further, the chubby boy was the only 3-year-old Zarak trained under green and red, and thus the first winner in their crossbreed produced. out with Zarak! Indeed, “Aga Khan”‘s strategy was to send a small number of mares (about 5) during the first season to their stallions for outside breeders to use. The situation has changed a lot since then, since Zarak received a dozen brood rabbits this year from his owner/raider. Whatever happens, he remains the appointed young star of the French steed squad.


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