Goldikova set to have first runner at Chantilly

Goldikova set to have first runner at Chantilly
By Chris Hill 8:41PM 8 NOV 2016

GOLDIKOVA commenced her sparkling career with two juvenile victories at Chantilly and on Wednesday the course hosts the brilliant racemare's first runner with Terrakova declared for the Prix de la Capitainerie de Chasse, a 1m1f contest for unraced two-year-old fillies at 12.55pm local time (11.55am GMT).

A daughter of seven-time champion sire Galileo, Terrakova is the second foal produced by Goldikova who was crowned champion European older mare on three occasions and achieved 14 victories at the highest level including three successive renewals of the Breeders' Cup Mile from 2008 to 2010.

Trained by Freddy Head for owner-breeders the Wertheimer brothers, Terrakova is a sister to Goldikovic, an unraced three-year-old colt by Galileo, and a three-parts sister to an Intello filly that the daughter of Anabaa foaled earlier this year.

Terrakova hails from a family that has been immensely successful for the Wertheimers with Goldikova one of 13 winners produced by Born Gold, a winning sister to dual Group 1 victress Gold Splash.

A sister to Group 3 scorer Anodin, Goldikova is also a half-sister to 2012 Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova, Group 3 scorers Gold Round and Gold Sound, and to this season's Listed-placed juvenile Gold Luck.

Terrakova's opponents include Djamba, an Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained daughter of Dalakhani who shares her page with triple Group 1 winner Almanzor.

Owned and bred by Princess Zahra Aga Khan out of the Invincible Spirit mare Darjana, Djamba is a half-sister to Darinja, a daughter of Shamardal who won a 6f Fontainebleau maiden earlier this year for the same connections.

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Darjana is herself a winning half-sister to the Zamindar mare Darjina who was awarded champion French three-year-old filly honours in 2007 following victories for Princess Zahra in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix d'Astarte and Prix du Moulin.

Both Djamba and Almanzor have the Group 3-placed Daralbayda as their third dam with Jean-Claude Rouget's star colt being a son of Darkova who was picked up by Canirola Bloodstock for €16,000 when offered by the Aga Khan Studs at the 2011 Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale.

Close relation to Pour Moi introduced at Chantilly

Chantilly's opening race, the 1m1f Prix des Piqueux for unraced two-year-old colts and geldings, also sees some smart pedigrees on display at 12.20pm local time (11.20am GMT).

Andre Fabre has two representatives in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Galileo colt Aim True and Jeux, a son of Dansili who will carry the colours of Coolmore.

Bred by Western Bloodstock out of the Listed Entrepreneur Stakes and Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial winner Lahinch, Aim True is a brother to the 1m2½f winner and Group 2 runner-up Lahinch Classics and a three-parts brother to the Sadler's Wells mare Liscanna, the 6f Group 3-winning dam of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hit It A Bomb and this season's Cheveley Park Stakes victress Brave Anna.

A daughter of Danehill Dancer, Lahinch has been represented by four winners to date with Aim True also being a half-brother to the 1m2f Group 3 victor The Bogberry and to 1m½f winner Quarante Deux, sons of Hawk Wing and Fusaichi Pegasus respectively.

Jeux is from a family that Fabre and Coolmore have successfully combined with in the past as the colt is out of the dual French Group 3 winner and Prix de Diane runner-up Gagnoa, a Sadler's Wells three-parts sister to 2011 Derby hero Pour Moi.

Gagnoa is also a three-parts sister to Aidan O'Brien's Listed scorer Kissed and has produced three previous winners – all by Dansili – with Jeux being a brother to the 7f scorer and Listed-paced Galateia as well as the winning-milers Etched and Pour Deux.

Medici Musician is another colt whose pedigree has received some notable updates over the last few years with the son of Campanologist descending from the family of the wonderful six-time Group 1 winner Treve.

Trained by Gianluca Bietolini for Robert Ng, Medici Musician has been through the sales ring on two occasions, most recently when purchased by Rupert Pritchard-Gordon for €70,000 at this year's Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale.

He was bred by Bob McCreery's Stowell Hill Stud out of the Medicean mare Bianca De Medici and is a half-brother to this season's Group 2 Oppenheim Union-Rennen victor Boscaccio, a son of Mount Nelson.

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