Aktoria brings another stakes win for super Cliffs

Aktoria (Canford Cliffs) winning the Prix Six Pefections (L) at Deauville

The fabulous Canford Cliffs had another first-crop stakes success at Deauville on Saturday when Aktoria (2f Canford Cliffs-Granadilla, by Zafonic) scored for trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias.

Leonidas Marinopolous’ home-bred filly came home a length and a quarter clear of her rivals to take the seven-furlong Listed Prix Six Pefections. Connections see the filly as an exciting long-term prospect.

“She did this easily enough today,” Laffon-Parias told JDG. “She should have won on her debut and then she was ill and unlucky. She’s one of my best two-year-old fillies and, while she could run in the G3 Prix du Calvados, I’m more likely to wait longer for her comeback.”

Aktoria was a third stakes winner for Canford Cliffs following G2 Railway Stakes victor Painted Cliffs (2c Canford Cliffs- Lulawin, by Kyllachy and Most Beautiful (2f Canford Cliffs -Saphira´s Fire, by Cape Cross), who landed the G3 Grangecon Stud Stakes.

The winners continue to flood in for Canford Cliffs, who had another maiden success at Beverley on Tuesday when Garden World (2f Canford Cliffs-Elizabeth Swann, by Bahamian Bounty) broke her maiden.

Meanwhile on Saturday, the Richard Hannon-trained Holy Grail (2f Canford Cliffs-Dashing Beauty, by Daggers Drawn) landed arguably the most-competitive nursery of the season, a £40,000 event at Newmarket.

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