Al Shaqab Racing has supplied the 4th stakes winner for Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs (Ire) at Glorious Goodwood.
His French based filly Al Jazi ran on strongly when asked for an effort in Friday’s G3 Oak Tree Stakes (1400m) win going away from Godolphin’s last-start Newmarket winner Mise En Rose (War Front).
“This was a long-term target,” trainer Francois Rohaut said. “This was the first time she’s encountered a very good pace and that is what she needs to win a good race. She always showed she was good enough to win a race like this one.”
Al Jazi (3f Canford Cliffs – Rainbow Crossing by Cape Cross) won the Prix Rose Royale (1200m) on debut at Maisons-Laffitte twelve months ago and she crossed the Channel after finishing fourth in the LR Prix Amandine (1400m) at Maisons-Laffitte on July 4.
Al Shaqab Racing had won last year’s Oak Tree Stakes with Amy Eria (Shamardal). “She’s is a different type to Amy Eria who was big and strong,” Rohaut said. “You must look after this filly but she is good.”
Al Jazi cost 160,000 euros at the 2014 Arqana August yearling sale and Al Shaqab went back and bought her High Chaparral half-sister for 200,000 euros at the same sale last year.
Their dam Rainbow Crossing was a Deauville stakes winner and second-dam Rainbows For All (Rainbows For Life) won the G3 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.
Canford Cliffs stands for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee and that’s enormous value for a sire who had 8 yearlings average $105,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.
His first-crop conceive at Blue Gum Farm includes Sale winner Cliff Hangar and the placegetters Hay Bale (Mornington) and Princess Posh (Newcastle).