First foal born for Ajaya is a good stamp and full of quality

The Ajaya – Fol O’Yasmine filly takes a rest

Blue Diamond Stud are proud to have welcomed the very first foal born by homebred Ajaya.

Born on Sunday 21 January, the filly is out of Fol O’Yasmine, fittingly a half-sister to another one of our stallions in Sayif. It is also fitting that Ajaya’s first foal should arrive in the same foaling stables as Ajaya himself did five years ago.

“We’re delighted to welcome such a good first foal by our homebred Ajaya,” said Tony Nerses. “The filly is an excellent stamp and has a real quality to her – she gives us great confidence for the rest of the foals we have to come by him.

“Ajaya was a horse gifted with great speed, as he showed when winning the Gimcrack Stakes. He has an excellent family to back him up and we look forward to supporting him strongly again in 2018.”

Bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar at Blue Diamond Stud out of Nessina, Ajaya won a strong edition of the Gimcrack Stakes at York for William Haggas, showing a fine turn of foot to comfortably beat the subsequent Group 1 winner Ribchester. He also fell only a head short of Gutaifan in the Prix Robert Papin.

He is a son of proven sire of sires Invincible Spirit and out of a sister to the dam of Bated Breath. It is also the further family of champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice.

The filly is the first foal out of Fol O’Yasmine, a winning Dubawi half-sister to our Diadem Stakes winner Sayif. Fol O’Yasmine was one of 13 mares that we sent to Ajaya last year; others include Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Shyrl, the dam of Raucous and Green Fortune, Paradise Sea, a half-sister to Group 1 winner David Junior, Elhaam, a winning half-sister to our high-class sprinter Justineo, and the Listed-placed Impressionism.

Ajaya stands at Rathbarry Stud for €8,000.

The Ajaya – Fol O’Yasmine filly is the second foal born at Blue Diamond Stud so far this season following a daughter of Raven’s Pass, who was foaled on 8 January. The filly is the second foal out of Nazli, an Invincible Spirit sister to the Group 3-placed Promising.

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