AGA SELLS ALAMSHAR - 2003-10-07
Alamshar has been sold to the Japan Racing Association by The Aga Khan and will not run in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Winner of the Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Alamshar will have one more race before heading to Japan for stud duties: the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 18.
Alamshar has been sold to the Japan Racing Association by The Aga Khan and will not run in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Winner of the Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Alamshar will have one more race before heading to Japan for stud duties: the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 18.Trainer John Oxx said that the Canadian International was ruled out because of the presence of West Nile virus near Toronto, which would make passage into Japan difficult.
Irish-based Alamshar, ranked number one on the World Thoroughbred Rankings list in the Turf division, is scheduled to run in the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International, set for Woodbine on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Trainer John Oxx, who trains the dual group I winner for the Aga Khan, told the Racing Post the only way the 3-year-old would not compete in the International is if stablemate Dalakhani is forced to miss the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) this weekend in France. 'Our plan is to (run Alamshar) in Canada,' said Oxx. 'It would be his last race of the year.'
Alamshar, winner of the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, has been sold by the Aga Khan to the Japanese Racing Association and will commence stud duties next year.Retirement plan: Alamshar could run in the Champion Stakes before being sent to stud
The announcement yesterday came just 24 hours after Dalakhani provided Europe's most successful owner-breeder with his third success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Alamshar, High Chaparral among nominees for Canadian InternationalThe Aga Khan?s Irish classic winner Alamshar and reigning champion turf male High Chaparral (Ire) headline a stellar list of nominees for the 66th renewal of the $1.5-million Canadian International (Can-G1) at Woodbine on October 19.
Alamshar, a three-year-old son of Key of Luck captured the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) on June 29 at Leopardstown and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-G1) on July 26 at Ascot before coming home fourth to High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-G1) at the Curragh on September 6.
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