First foal for Zarkava

The Aga Khan’s exceptional mare Zarkava gave birth to her first foal in Ireland on Saturday.  The new arrival is a grey filly by Gilltown Stud stallion Dalakhani.

“She is a lovely individual,” studmaster Pat Downes commented.  “She is correct, strong and full of quality.  It was a straightforward delivery and is a good size for a first foal.”

Zarkava confirmed herself as one of the best fillies of recent times by remaining unbeaten in seven races, five at Group 1 level, including the French 1000 Guineas, French Oaks and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Zarkava (Zamindar) is set to be covered by Cape Cross world-beater Sea The Stars this year.