Zabiari Wins G3 Prix des Chenes
A homebred for the Aga Khan, talented colt Zabiari (2c Wootton Bassett x Zaridiya, by Duke of Marmalade) scored a powerful win in the Group III Prix des Chenes (1600m) at Longchamp overnight beating another Group winning Wootton Bassett colt in Grey Man.
Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, Zabiari knuckled down to his task well at the finish surging late to overhaul Grey Man to win by a length and a quarter taking his overall record to two wins and two seconds from four starts.
A progressive colt improving with racing, Zabiari holds an entry for the Group I Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (1400m) in October.
Zabiari is the best of three winners from stakes-placed Duke of Marmalade mare Zaridiya, whose Group III winning grand-dam Zarkiya is a half-sister to the dam of Arc winning 2008 European Horse of the Year Zarkava, the dam of Group I winning sire Zarak.
Zabiari is the 37th stakes-winner for Wootton Bassett and is his fifth two year-old stakes-winner among 11 juvenile winners in the Northern Hemisphere this year.
Wootton Bassett looked fabulous at our recent stallion parade and is priced this spring at $93,500.