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Goldikova Wins French Gr Prix Rothschild

Monday, 4th August 2008

In France overnight, former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 3YO filly Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom) scored a half-length victory against her older rivals in the €250,000 (A$425,000) Gr1 Prix Rothschild (1600m) for fillies & mares at Deauville. Goldikova (ridden by Olivier Peeslier for trainer Freddie Head) defeated Princess Zahra Aga Khan's French home-bred multiple Gr1-winning 4YO mare Darjina (Zamindar-Darinska, by Zilzal) & recent UK Gr1 1000 Guineas-winning 3YO filly Natagora Natagora (Divine Light-Reinamixa, by Linamix). At her previous start Goldikova also won France's Gr3 Prix Chloe (1600m) at Maisons-Laffitte on July 6, after earlier this season finishing 2nd in May's Gr1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches-French 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Longchamp & 3rd in June's Gr1 Prix de Diane-French Oaks (2100m) at Chantilly.

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