Unbeaten filly proves her class in Longchamp romp
The Aga Khan's sensational filly Zarkava lived up to expectations by storming to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The hot favourite came with a sweeping run under a confident Christophe Soumillon to retain her unbeaten record and become the first filly since Urban Sea in 1993 to land the Longchamp feature.
Zarkava's owner-breeder Karim The Aga Khan poses with a trophy after his three-year-old filly ridden by Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon won the 87th Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe race on October 5, 2008 at Longchamp racetrack in Paris . Zarkava produced one of the greatest performances in racing history here as she became the first winner to come from stall one since Prince Royale II in 1964 to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon (2dR) poses with his trophy after winning the 87th Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe race riding favorite filly Zarkava, flanked by Zarkava's trainer Alain de Royer Dupre (R), owner of the horse the Aga Khan and his daughter Princess Zahra on October 5, 2008 at Longchamp racetrack in Paris . Zarkava produced one of the greatest performances in racing history here at Longchamp as she became the first winner to come from stall one since Prince Royale II in 1964 to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
PARIS (AFP) — Zarkava became the first three-year-old filly since Akiyda in 1982 to win Europe's richest race, the four million euro Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp here on Sunday.
The Aga Khan's filly proved her brilliance and justified favouritism under cool handling from her jockey Christophe Soumillon.
Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and running in the colours of the Aga Khan Zarkava beat last year's runner-up Youmzain.
Three-year-old Zarkava is The Aga Khan's unbeaten filly who faces males for the first time at Longchamp in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
2007, July 11: gouvieux, France - Prince Amyn Aga Khan addressing guests, including leaders of the Ismaili Muslim community and senior AKDN personnel of the last 50 years, at a luncheon hosted by His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.
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2007, July 11: Gouvieux, France - His Highness the Aga Khan addressing leaders of the Ismaili Muslim community who had come to pay homage on behalf of the community on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.File size: 2.65MB / Photo credit: AKDN/Aziz Islamshah (2007)
2007, July 11: Gouvieux, france - His Highness the Aga Khan accompanied by members of his family outside his residence, waiting to welcome leaders of the global Ismaili Muslim community. From Left to Right: Ilian Boyden, Sara Boyden, Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Prince Karim Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Muhammad, Prince Hussain, Princess Khaliya, Princess Aliya, Princess Yasmin
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2007, July 11: gouvieux, France - His Highness the Aga Khan wearing ceremonial robe outside his residence as he greets the leaders of the global Ismaili Muslim community.
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The Golden Jubilee Emblem
At the centre of the Emblem is the Imam's crest. The fifty crescents surrounding the Crest represent the half century of the spiritual leadership of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The outer ring embodies a verse from the Holy Qur'an (Surah 4, Ayat 1) rendered in calligraphy in the Fatimid Kufic script and reads as follows:
O mankind !
Be careful of your duty to your Lord
Who created you from a single soul
and from it created its mate
and from them twain hath spread abroad
a multiple of men and women