Aga Khan colt Ready for French Derby

Vinery champion More Than Ready has another Group 1 winner on the horizon with his promising French colt Dalwari now a leading candidate for the Prix du Jockey Club next month.

Dalwari (3c More Than Ready – Dalmiya by Kalanisi) booked his place for the French Derby on June 2 after a convincing victory in the G3 Prix de Guiche (1800m) at Chantilly on Tuesday.

The Aga Khan homebred is the 116th stakes winner by More Than Ready.  He had won on debut at Chantilly in November and returned this term for a third placing in the Prix du Pre Catelan at Longchamp last month.

“We were more than satisfied with that performance,” racing manager Georges Rimaud said.  “He found it a little less easy last time but it was obviously a good experience because he’s shown good acceleration here.”

Dalwari missed the kick by 10 lengths on Tuesday but the slow pace allowed Maxime Guyon to recover the lost leeway in the five-horse field.  He took control in a sprint to the line to score by next to two lengths.

His dam Dalmiya (Ire) is a product of one of the Aga Khan’s best families.  She is an unraced half-sister to champion colts Daylami (1997 French 2000 Guineas) and Dalakhani (2003 French Derby).

The Aga Khan sold Dalmiya to Bluegrass Hall for $150,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale.

More Than Ready (Southern Halo) sired his 115th stakes winner on Saturday when Vivi Veloce claimed the G3 National 2YO Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.  Her long-term goal is the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October.

More Than Ready will stand for a $99,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery this year.

– Karl Patterson