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Prix ​​des Grès (Unpublished): the first convincing steps of Tariyana

Races / 16.05.2022

Chantilly, Monday

One hour after the beautiful visual impression of Lepard (Sommerabend), in the pendant reserved for males, Tariyana (Sea the Stars) also lost their rivals in the final stage! Delicate in the morning, in training, according to the words of her trainer, Francis-Henri Graffard, the student and representative of His Highness the Aga Khan began with a cap. Still very immature, she jumped the section of road which is located just before the last bend, causing serious turmoil in the peloton. Still remaining close to the head of the race, her partner, Léa Bails, was then able to sneak along the rope. And, once daylight was found, Tariyana easily got out of reach. You then have to wait three lengths to see Pedra (Manduro) grab second place. The latter started under only 53.5 kg. A length and a half further, Darena (Exceed and Excel), the other asset of the Francis-Henri Graffard/His Highness the Aga Khan duo, completes the podium.

Complicated but talented

Back to the scales, the winning coach, Francis-Henri Graffard, said: “Tariyana is a bit complicated in the morning. Her rider did a good job with her. By jumping the passage of the road, the filly gave us some frights… She has a nice action but she is not easy to work on, since she remains delicate. Today, this victory will give him a lot of morale. Horses learn a lot when they go to the races. As for Darena, I think she also runs very well. His beginnings are promising for the rest of his career. »

His mother won the Daughter of the Air Prize

Bred by her owner, Tariyana is a daughter of the Aga Khan Studs sire, Sea the Stars (Cape Cross) and Taniya (High Chaparral), winner of the Prix Fille de l’Air (Gr3) and second in the Prix Panacée (L). At stud, we also owe him Taniyala (Dansili), winner, at 3, of a maiden over 2,600m in Savenay. The broodmare has a 2yo, Taleya (Pivotal), also in training with Francis-Henri Graffard, a yearling, tanager (Siyouni), a foal by Golden Horn (Cape Cross). This year, she was covered by Zarak (Dubawi).

His second mother, Takaniya (Rainbow Quest), won on her debut at 3 over 2,100m at Chantilly. Besides Taniya, we owe him three other winners including Takadiyr (Manduro), winner of six races between 1,600m and 2,400m, and also Tegerek (Mount Nelson), winner over hurdles at Cheltenham.

Finally the third mother, Takarouna (Green Dancer), is a winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr2 at the time). Ella notably produced the black types Takar (Oratorio), Tanoura (Dalakhani), Takali (Kris) and Takarian (Doyoun).

Green Desert

Cape Cross

Park Appeal

Sea the Stars





Sadler’s Wells

High Chaparral



Rainbow Quest





From start to 1,000m: 38”25

From 1,000m to 600m: 27”58

From 600m to 400m: 12”41

From 400m to 200m: 11”61

From 200m to the finish: 11”83

Total time: 1’41”78


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