ZARKAVA (Zamindar) was brilliant, an Aga Khan homebred who remained undefeated through a Group 1 spree that culminated in a two-length defeat of Youmzain in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. That was her fourth top-level win in a row and her fifth overall.
She landed the Prix Marcel Boussac at two and beat Goldikova in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches-French 1000 Guineas the following spring. Zarkava followed a three-length defeat of Gagnoa in the Prix de Diane-French Oaks with a two-length win over Dar Re Mi in the Prix Vermeille and, in 2022, her star son may match her feat of producing a Group 1 winner at stud.
Zarak had the misfortune to be a three-year-old the same year as Almanzor; that standout beat him in both the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby and Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano. However, he got his Group 1 win the following summer, beating Silverwave by three-quarters of a length in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs.
He came close two months before when he was a short-neck second to Cloth Of Stars in the Group 1 Prix Ganay over a furlong and a half less at the same venue.
Zarak is a son of the great English stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium), and so is by the sire of Al Kazeem, Makfi, New Bay, Night Of Thunder and Poet’s Voice, all Group 1-winning sires of at least one Group 1 winner. He was among Europe’s leading freshmen in 2021, supplying a double-digit tally of winners including four blacktype earners. That is an eye-catching start for a horse who won a mile late-season maiden at two.
Lizaid (dam by Wiener Walzer) advertised her Group 1 Preis der Diana-German Oaks potential when landing the Group 3 Preis der Winterkonigin at Baden-Baden, one of Germany’s top juvenile races. Parnac (dam by Sageburg) could also be a German classic prospect following her seven-furlong listed success at Hanover in October.
Purplepay (dam by Lawman) looked a Group 1 Prix de Diane-French Oaks filly when finishing third to Angel Bleu in the Group 1 Criterium International over a mile at Saint-Cloud, but was sold for €2 million shortly afterwards to continue her career in North America. So, she’s a potential Grade 1 candidate instead.
Times Square (dam by Siyouni) could be his French classic horse, or one of his other winners could emerge as such. She chased home Zellie in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
Paddy Twomey bought Zarak’s top-priced yearling of 2021 and Kenny McPeek the second best.
ZARAK (FR), Bay 2013. Won four races, £985,443, from 1 mile to 1½ miles, 2 to 4 years including, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, Gr.1, Wheels Dubai Millennium Stakes, Meydan, Gr.3, also placed second in Prix Ganay, Saint-Cloud, Gr.1, Prix du Jockey Club, Chantilly, Gr.1, Prix Guillaume d’Ornano-Logis St Germain, Deauville, Gr.2, and third in Qatar Prix Dollar, Chantilly, Gr.2.
Retired to Stud in 2018, and sire of the winners of 26 races, and £612,702, including LIZAID (GER), PARNAC (FR), Times Square (FR), and Purplepay (FR)
Stands at: Haras de Bonneval, 14270 Le Mesnil Mauger, France.
Contact: George Rimaud (manager) or Fanny Cyprès
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