B 2001 16.1½HH (1.66M)
By Zafonic – Pastorale (Nureyev)
Standing at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket
Record-breaking source of juvenile excellence, his stock are training on into resolute talents. Eight G1 winners feature Champions Chriselliam, Rizeena and Wootton Bassett plus his latest star, the crack Prix Jacques le Marois, Prix du Moulin, Lockinge and Queen Anne hero Ribchester.

































By ZAFONIC (1990) European Horse of the Year, Dewhurst S (G1), 2,000 Guineas (G1), etc. Sire of 656 foals aged three and up, including IFFRAAJ, COUNT DUBOIS, XAAR, ZAFEEN, ZEE ZEE TOP, FLASHY WINGS, PACINO, ZIPPING, ALRASSAAM, DUPONT, TRADE FAIR, etc.

1st dam: PASTORALE by Nureyev. 2 wins (8f) at 3. Dam of 13 foals, 12 to race, 11 winners:

IFFRAAJ (c Zafonic) G2 winner, see Race record.

FARRAAJ (g Dubai Destination) 6 wins (7f-10½f), 2 to 5, Winter Derby (G3), Churchill S, 2nd Somerville Tattersall S (G3), 3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), Mackinnon S (G1).

KAREYMAH (f Zafonic) 3 wins (7f) at 2, Prix du Calvados (G3), Sweet Solera S.

Taqdeyr (g Dubai Destination) 4 wins (7f) at 3 and 4, 3rd Guisborough S.

JATHAABEH (f Nashwan) 2 wins (8f) at 3. Dam of:

MIJHAAR (g Shirocco) Braveheart S, 3rd Wolferton H, Hambleton S.

2nd dam: PARK APPEAL by Ahonoora. Champion two-year-old filly in England and Ireland, 5 wins (6f-8f), 2 to 4, Cheveley Park S (G1). Sister to NASHAMAA. Dam of 9 winners:

CAPE CROSS (c Green Desert) 5 wins, 2 to 5, Lockinge S (G1), Queen Anne S (G2), 3rd Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1). Sire.

VINCENNES (f King’s Best) 3 wins at 3, Kolner Herbst-Stuten-Meile (G3).

PHOENIX PARK (c Sadler’s Wells) 3 wins at 4 and 6, Prix du Carrousel.

GREAT BRITAIN (c Green Desert) Winner at 3 and 5, Al Quoz Sprint.

Arvola (f Sadler’s Wells) Winner at 3. Dam of:

DIKTAT (c Warning) Haydock Park Sprint Cup S (G1). Sire.

RECITE (f Forty Niner) Winner. Dam of: ONE SPIRIT (f Invincible Spirit) Owenstown Stud S, 2nd Solonaway S (G3); Some Spirit (f Invincible Spirit) 2nd Fairy Bridge S (G3).

3rd dam: BALIDARESS by Balidar. 3 wins at 3 and 4. Dam of 8 winners:

ALYDARESS (f Alydar) 3 wins at 3, Irish Oaks (G1). Dam of:

ALLUREMENT (f Sadler’s Wells) Prix Cleopatre (G3).

LAIYL (f Nureyev) Winner at 3. Dam of: LAYMAN (c Sunday Silence) Prix de Cabourg (G3), Sovereign S (G3), 2nd Prix Morny (G1). Sire.

DESIRABLE (f Lord Gayle) 3 wins at 2, Cheveley Park S (G1), Dam of:

SHADAYID (f Shadeed) Champion two-year-old filly in Europe, 1,000 Guineas (G1), Prix Marcel Boussac (G1). Dam of: BINT SHADAYID (f Nashwan) Prestige S (G3), 3rd 1,000 Guineas (G1); IMTIYAZ (c Woodman) Glasgow S, 2nd Prix Jean Prat (G1). Grandam of: Farhaan (c Jazil) 2nd Shoemaker Mile S (G1). Third dam of: Takaful (c Bernardini) 2nd Allen H Jerkins S (G1).

DUMAANI (c Danzig) Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2). Sire.

FATH (c Danzig) Lennox S (G3), 2nd Middle Park S (G1). Sire.

NASHAMAA (c Ahonoora) 4 wins, 2 to 4, Ballymacoy S (G3). Sire.

SALIDAR (f Sallust) Winner at 3. Dam of:

BIN AJWAAD (c Rainbow Quest) Gladness S (G3). Sire.

Balistroika (f Nijinsky) Unraced. Dam of:

RUSSIAN RHYTHM (f Kingmambo) 1,000 Guineas (G1). Grandam of: ZONDERLAND (c Dutch Art) Sovereign S (G3), 2nd Celebration Mile S (G2); SPANGLED (f Starspangledbanner) Sceptre S (G3); MARENKO (f Exceed And Excel) Fred Darling S (G3).


Race record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Two 2 1 - 1 -
Three 1 - - - 1
Four 6 4 - - -
Five 4 2 1 - -
Total 13 7 1 1 1

At 2

Maiden race, 7f, Warwick, beating Soulacroix.

At 4

Park S (G2), 7f, Doncaster, beating Sleeping Indian, Court Masterpiece, Arakan.
Victoria Cup H, 7f, Lingfield, beating Court Masterpiece, Jedburgh.
Wokingham S, 6f, York, beating Beckermet, Fire Up The Band, Country Reel, Continent.
Handicap, 6f, Kempton, beating Eisteddfod, High Reach.

At 5

Lennox S (G2), 7f, Goodwood, beating Jedburgh, Assertive, Nayyir, Etlaala, Jeremy.
Park S (G2), 7f, York, beating Somnus, Wasseema, Speciosa.
July Cup (G1), 6f, Newmarket, to Les Arcs, beating Ashdown Express, Amadeus Wolf, Moss Vale, Takeover Target, Falkirk.

Timeform 127

Best progeny

Video footage

Park S (G2), 7f, York, 09 Sep 2006
Lennox S (G2), 7f, Goodwood, 01 Aug 2006
Park S (G2), 7f, Doncaster, 08 Sep 2005
Wokingham S, 6f, York, 18 Jun 2005
Victoria Cup, 7f, Lingfield, 07 May 2005
Maiden, 7f, Warwick, 20 Sep 2003


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