Aljazzi on Grade 2 Californian mission

Aljazzi will bid to continue her excellent season when she lines up in Saturday’s Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Del Mar on the Breeders’ Cup undercard. Drawn 11 in the 14-horse field, our homebred daughter of Shamardal will be ridden by Andrea Atzeni.

The Marco Botti-trained filly travelled out to California earlier this week and has settled in well to her new surroundings.

A Listed winner last year, Aljazzi has progressed markedly throughout this year, winning the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton Park at the first time of asking before running a great second to Qemah in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. She followed that effort up with an impressive win in the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown. Unfortunately, things did not go her way in the Sun Chariot Stakes last time out.

Aljazzi represents two generations of Blue Diamond breeding as the first foal out of Nouriya, another stud homebred who carried our colours to victory in the Listed John Musker Stakes and Listed EBF Lyric Stakes.

In turn, Nouriya, by Danehill Dancer, is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Lady Nouf, also a member of the Blue Diamond band, and Balmoral Handicap winner Yuften, who also finished second past the post in the Prix Jean Prat.

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