DALAKHANI DELIVERS WITH DYNAMITE PERFORMANCE IN FRENCH DERBY - 2003-06-01
The Aga Khan
Dalakhani maintained his unbeaten record in most impressive style as he galloped away with the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly.
The handsome grey colt was always seemingly coasting in the French Derby and pulled clear of his rivals in the final two furlongs, with jockey Christophe Soumillon barely having to shake his reins to get the desired result.
Even Super Celebre, the only real challenger to emerge from out of the pack in the home straight in pursuit of the winner, was flattered to get within two lengths at the line.
Coroner finished a further three lengths away in third place.
Dalakhani romp fires Derby double hopesThe Aga Khan started Vodafone Derby week in the best possible style, greeting Dalakhani in the winner's enclosure following yesterday's Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly. On Saturday, the owner-breeder will rely on Alamshar to complete a famous cross-channel Derby double by triumphing at Epsom.
Come and get me: Christophe Soumillon offers encouragement to his rivals as Dalakhani cruises home
Epsom Derby Also Run on June 7The Belmont Stakes (gr. I), when Funny Cide will bid to win the Triple Crown, is not the only major race being run on June 7. The 224th running of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs in England will be run earlier the same day.
Unbeaten Refuse To Bend will attempt to become the first Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner since 1989 to win the Derby.
Dalakhani delivers with dynamite performance in French DerbyThe Aga Khan's unbeaten Dalakhani reigned supreme once again as he thundered down the stretch to capture his sixth straight victory in the $1.3-million Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) (Fr-G1) at Chantilly on Sunday. The son of Darshaan scored by an impressive two lengths over Group 2 winner Super Celebre.
Dalakhani's sharp performance only enhanced the confidence that the Aga Khan had in his homebred.
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