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Goldikova wins French Gr1 Prix D'Ispahan
Also in France overnight, ill-fated former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) added a Gr1 triumph when the Werthheimer family's Irish-bred & French-trained multiple Gr1-winning 5YO mare Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom) returned from a 6-months spell to open her 2010 campaign with a half-length victory (& new race record) in the €250,000 (A$375,000) Gr1 Prix D'Ispahan (1850m) for 4YOs & up at Longchamp. Favourite Goldikova (ridden by Olivier Peslier for trainer Freddie Head) defeated UK-bred 4YO entire Byword (Peintre Celebre-Binche, by Woodman) & German-bred 4YO entire Wiener Walzer (Dynaformer-Walzerkoenigin, by Kingmambo). Goldikova took her record to 11 wins (also including 2009's US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, French Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois over 1600m at Deauville, French G1 Prix Rothschild 1600m at Deauville & UK Gr1 Falmouth Stakes 8 furlongs at Newmarket, plus 2008's US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, French G1 Prix Rothschild 1600m at Deauville, French Gr1 Prix Du Moulin over 1600m at Longchamp & French Gr3 Prix Chloe over 1600m at Maisons-Laffitte) & 4 placings (including 2009's French Gr1 Prix de la Foret over 1400m at Longchamp, plus 2008's French Gr1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches-French 1000 Guineas over 1600m at Longchamp & French Gr1 Prix de Diane-French Oaks over 2100m at Chantilly) from 16 starts.