Half-brother to Harzand to make his debut

Harzand's half-brother makes debut at Gowran
By Chris Hill 7:13PM 17 OCT 2016

DERMOT WELD introduces a half-brother to stable star Harzand on Tuesday with the Shamardal colt Haripour declared for Gowran Park's opening mile maiden at 2.05pm.

Haripour was the final foal bred by the Aga Khan out of his 2005 7f Group 3 Athasi Stakes and 1m1½f Listed Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes winner Hazariya before offering the daughter of Xaar at the 2014 Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale.

A half-sister to Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes winner and 2004 Irish Oaks third Hazarista, Hazariya topped the Goffs auction when purchased by Oliver St Lawrence on behalf of Newsells Park Stud for €480,000.

Hazariya produced a filly foal by Fastnet Rock last year and this year foaled a filly by Dansili. The 14-year-old mare looks sure to attract plenty of attention at the forthcoming Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale where she is due to be offered by Newsells Park Stud in foal to Invincible Spirit.

This year's dual Derby hero Harzand, a son of Sea The Stars, is one of three black-type winners produced by Hazariya with Haripour also being a half-brother to the 7f Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes victress Harasiya and 1m4f Listed Finale Stakes scorer Hazarafa, daughters of Pivotal and Daylami respectively.

Aidan O'Brien has four colts entered in the race and the unraced Galileo colts Auckland and Max Liebermann certainly take the eye on pedigree.

Auckland is out of the speedy Airwave, who was crowned English champion two-year-old filly in 2002 after victories in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and Listed Firth Of Clyde Stakes for Henry Candy.

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The daughter of Air Express went on to register wins in the Group 2 Temple Stakes and Listed Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes and to be placed in three consecutive Group 1 sprints before she was purchased by BBA Ireland for 550,000gns at the 2004 Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien at five, she finished third to Hazariya in the Athasi Stakes and secured her sixth and final race when victorious in the Group 2 Ridgewood Pearl Stakes.

Airwave has proved a significant addition to the Coolmore broodmare ranks having been responsible for four winners to date including three at stakes level.

Auckland is a brother to 1m1½f Group 3 victress Aloof, the sale-topper at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when purchased by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $3.9m, and 1m Listed scorer Orator.

The juvenile colt is also a half-brother to the Storm Cat mare Meow, a Listed winner over 5f and in the headlines this season as dam of Dewhurst Stakes and National Stakes hero Churchill.

Like Haripour, Max Liebermann is out of a Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes winner, in his case the Green Desert mare Anna Karenina who claimed the 2007 renewal for David Wachman.

Anna Karenina has produced seven foals, all by seven-time champion sire Galileo, with Max Liebermann being a brother to four winners including 1m Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes and 1m2f Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes victor Battle Of Marengo.

He is also a brother to the 7f Group 2 runner-up Perhaps and 1m Listed runner-up Precious Stone, who was one of three seven-figure purchases by Don Alberto Corp at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when bought for $1.8m.

Yarmouth debut for half-sister to top-class Sultanina

Yarmouth's mile maiden for fillies features a number of well-related juveniles, among them the Normandie Stud homebred Coconut Creme, a daughter of Cape Cross, who makes her racecourse debut at 2.50pm.

Trained by William Haggas, Coconut Creme is out of the 2006 Listed Lupe Stakes winner Soft Centre, a Zafonic half-sister to Grade 3 Long Island Handicap and Listed Pretty Polly Stakes victress Dalvina – dam of Haggas' recent Listed Godolphin Stakes hero Dal Harraild – and to Listed Lyric Stakes scorer French Dressing.

Soft Centre has been represented by one winner to date with Coconut Creme being a half-sister to 2014 Nassau Stakes heroine Sultanina, a daughter of New Approach who also carried the pink and white Normandie Stud silks to victory in the 1m4f Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes.

Soft Centre foaled a brother to Sultanina earlier this year.

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