The Aga Khan’s immense breeding program has provided Pivotal (Polar Falcon – Fearless Revival, by Cozzene) with his 97th individual Stakes winner when Harasiya (Pivotal – Hazariya, by Xaar) claimed the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes (7f) at Leopardstown.
The sire of top stallions Kyllachy (Pivotal – Pretty Poppy, by Song) and Captain Rio (Pivotal – Beloved Visitor) has enjoyed terrific success during the 2012 northern hemisphere racing season. Harasiya won on debut over the Sliver Flash Stakes course before producing her second win from as many starts on Thursday.
The Aga Khan’s retained jockey Johnny Murtagh gave the filly time to balance in the second half of the field before the two-year-old’s powerful finishing burst proved too much for her opposition.
“She did it nicely and she is a good filly,” Harasiya’s trainer John Oxx told irish-racing.com. “It was nice to see her step up and win comfortably.
“She was a little wide and Johnny wanted to get going and she quickened up well. She goes through that soft ground well. It remains to be seen whether she’ll handle good-to-firm ground. It’s a bit of a question mark, but we’ll find out when the time comes.”
Meanwhile, Pivotal’s Coolmore Stud-based son Excellent Art (Pivotal – Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) earned his fourth individual Stakes winner when Sparkling Portrait (Excellent Art – Time Crystal, by Sadler’s Wells) prevailed in the Listed Glasgow Stakes (11f & 16y) at Hamilton Park.
The Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old hit the lead at the furlong marker before drawing away to notch his third win from six races. The colt cost 31,000 guineas at the 2010 Tattersall’s December sale.