BDS-bred Ikigai looks a smart prospect at Yarmouth

Blue Diamond-bred Ikigai looked a seriously exciting prospect on Tuesday when the impressive winner of her debut at Yarmouth for Ilka Gansera-Leveque.

Ikigai is another winner for our stallion Sayif

Ridden by Brett Doyle, the Sayif filly skipped clear in the final furlong of the 7f contest to win unchallenged by six lengths. As a May foal, there should be plenty of improvement to come from her.

Ikigai was bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar out of Usem, a Bahamian Bounty half-sister to the Japanese Group 1 performer Mikki Charm purchased by Tony Nerses as a foal.

They are out of Listed-winning sprinter Ripples Maid, herself a half-sister to Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes winner Peak To Creek.

Usem previously clicked with Sayif, who carried our colours to victory in the Group 2 Diadem Stakes at Ascot, to produce four-time winner Sayem. She was rated 83 at her peak for Ed Walker, and in Ikigai, Usem would appear to have thrown another smart filly.

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