French Oaks winner put down at Deauville

Last start French Oaks winner Valyra has been put down after fracturing her off-hind femur while training at Deauville on Wednesday morning.

Valyra (3f Azamour – Valima by Linamix) was unbeaten in three starts for the Aga Khan this year.  She had won at Bordeaux and Chantilly before giving her owner a record-breaking seventh victory in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on June 17.

“It is a terrible accident and a great loss for His Highness and our stable,” trainer Jean-Claude Rouget said.  “We have lost a filly with true class.  She was a very sound individual and a pleasure to train.  Her full potential had yet to be realized, but there was no other option than to put down, her injury proving too severe.”

The English-bred daughter of Azamour was due to return to Longchamp in September in the G1 Prix Vermeille in preparation for a possible start in the G1 Arc de Triomphe in October.

Valyra’s dam Valima was a Listed winner of the 2005 Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte.  Her second dam is a half-sister to G1 Breeders Cup Mile winner Val Royal and the dam of Lomar Park sire Valixir.

The Aga Khan bought into her family when purchasing the bloodstock holdings of the late Jean-Luc Lagardère for a reported 50 million euros in 2005.