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Azazel Salutes For Arrowfield & Aga Khan
Saturday's Inglis Banner winner Azazel (Snitzel-Allariza, by Linamix), raced by a group including well-known Melbourne owner Bruce Mathieson, is a notable success for the joint venture between Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs. His dam Allariza, an unraced daughter of champion French sire Linamix, was sent to Australia as a maiden mare in 2009. Allariza has also left Alligator (Charge Forward), placed at his only start to date, and a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt. She has been served this Spring by Olympic Glory. Allariza and her dam Alharir are among the mares His Highness The Aga Khan acquired in 2005 from the estate of leading French businessman and breeder Jean-Luc Lagardere. Alharir, a half-sister to 2001 Arc winner & top-class international performer Sakhee, is also the dam of Listed winners Albahri & Alnamara, and grand-dam of Group 3 winner Alnadana. Azazel is the 44th lifetime stakes winner for Snitzel, his 19th juvenile stakes winner and his 8th stakes winner this season. After Saturday's racing, the son of Redoute's Choice has taken over as Australia's leading active sire with $2.3 million prize money, bettered only by the deceased Street Cry, sire of dual Cox Plate champion Winx.