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Goldikova Wins 13th Gr1 In French Prix D'Ispahan
In France overnight, deceased former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) added a Gr1 triumph when the Werthheimer family's star Irish-bred 6YO mare Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom) returned from a 6-months spell to notch her 13th Gr1 triumph (plus 4 Gr1-placings) with victory by a neck against the males in the €250,000 (A$348,000) Gr1 Prix D'Ispahan (1850m) for 4YOs & up at Longchamp in Paris to claim this race for the 2nd successive year. Goldikova (ridden by Olivier Peslier for trainer Freddie Head) defeated 5YO gelding Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top-Taille De Guepe, by Septieme Ciel) & 4YO entire Rajsaman (Linamix-Rose Quartz, by Lammtarra). Overall Goldikova now boasts 16 wins (also including 2010's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Churchill Downs, French Gr1 Prix De La Foret over 1400m at Longchamp, French Gr1 Prix Rothschild over 1600m at Deauville, UK Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes over 8 furlongs at Royal Ascot & French Gr1 Prix D'Ispahan over 1850m at Longchamp in race record time, plus 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, as well as 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) & 5 placings (including 2010's French Gr1 Jacques Le Marois over 1600m at Deauville, plus 2009's French Gr1 Prix de la Foret over 1400m at Longchamp, as well as 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 22 starts for €4,466,040 (A$6.2m) earnings.