DALIA: Etymology ‘delija’:
Hungarian: brave man; Serbo-Croatian: hero, soldier; Turkish: bodyguard.
1996, DALIAPOUR foaled in Ireland
Breeder: HH Aga Khan
Records in Hong Kong
|Country of Origin||: IRE||Owner||: Robert Ng Chee Siong|
|Colour / Sex||: Bay / Horse||Last Rating||: 130|
|Import Type||: PP||Sire||: Sadler’s Wells|
|Total Stakes*||: HK$5,950,000||Dam||: Dalara|
|No. of 1-2-3-Starts*||: 1-0-0-6||Dam’s Sire||: Doyoun|
Those of us who have watched him race somehow know that he has always given of his best.
DALIAPOUR’s career has had its ups and downs, triumph and injury following each other, and it spans the globe.
At 2 :
Ascot Autumn S., L (1m beating BOATMAN and STORMY SKYE)
Chepstow Romeo 2YO Maiden S. (1m)
At 3 :
Epsom Blue Riband Trial S. (1¼m)
2nd, The Epsom Derby, Gr.1 (1½m beaten by OATH and beating BEAT ALL)
Irish Derby, Gr.1 (1½m to MONTJEU and beating TCHAIKOVSKY)
Lingfield Derby Trial S., Gr.3 (11½f beaten by LUCIDO and beating ROYAL REBEL)
At 4 :
Hong Kong Vase, Gr.1 (2400m beating ELA ATHENA and CAITANO)
Chester Ormonde S., Gr.3 (13f beating LIFE IS LIFE and DANISH RHAPSODY)
Woodbine Canadian International S., Gr.1 (1½m to MUTAFAWEQ and WILLIAMS NEWS)
4th Grosser Preis von Baden, Gr.1 (2400m)
At 6 :
Curragh Cup, Gr.3 (1¾m beating BOREAS and QUALITY TEAM)
4th Newbury Geoffrey Freer Stake., Gr.2 (13¼f)
Chester Ormonde S., Gr.3 (13½f)
|2nd||Lin||1 7/16 m||T||Derby Trial Stakes-G3||3 M||Lucido||Daliapour||Royal Rebel||02:30.3|
|1999-06-05||2nd||Eps||1 1/2m||T||Epsom Derby-G1||3 M||Oath||Daliapour||Beat All||02:37.4|
|1999-06-27||2nd||Cur||1 1/2m||T||Irish Derby-G1||3 M||Montjeu||Daliapour||Tchaikovsky||02:30.1|
|1999-07-24||8th||Asc||1 1/2m||T||King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes-G1||3+ M||Daylami||Nedawi||Fruits Of Love||02:39.4|
|2000-06-09||1st||Eps||1 1/2m||T||Coronation Cup-G1||4+ M||Daliapour||Fantastic Light||Border Arrow||02:41.6|
|2000-07-29||3rd||Asc||1 1/2m||T||King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes-G1||3+ M||Montjeu||Fantastic Light||Daliapour||02:30.0|
|2001-03-24||7th||Nad||1 1/2m||T||Dubai Sheema Classic-G2||4+ M||Stay Gold||Fantastic Light||Silvano||02:28.2|
The race went like clockwork, with DALIAPOUR nicely placed just behind the front runner.
He took the lead in the home turn to win by a length and three quarters from the classy ELA ATHENA.
His win made a total of twelve Group 1 wins for Johnny Murtagh and was his last for Sir Michael Stoute.
His return visit to Hong Kong for the Vase, where he would be defending the race he had won the previous year.
Described as a “tough test” for the horse in a strong International field the race was won by the Japanese-trained STAY GOLD, who got up to beat Godolphin’s EKRAAR.
DALIAPOUR only managing sixth place.
|Date||Pla.||RC/Track/||Dist.||G||Race||Dr||Trainer||Jockey||Win Odds||Act.||Finish Time||Declar.|
|2000-12-17||1||ST / “Turf” / “A “||2400||GF||G1||9||Sir M R Stoute||J Murtagh||2.3||126||2.28.20||944|
|2001-01-26||13||ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “||1000||GY||HKG1||5||I W Allan||W C Marwing||18||126||0.59.20||948|
|2001-03-03||5||ST / “Turf” / “A+2 “||2000||GF||HKG1||4||I W Allan||J Murtagh||2.6||126||2.02.30||939|
|2001-03-24||7||Nad Al Sheba/ “Turf”||2400||G||G2||7||I W Allan||J Murtagh||—||124||—||—|
|2001-04-22||6||ST / “Turf” / “A “||2000||GY||G1||4||I W Allan||J Egan||25||126||2.04.10||939|
|2001-12-16||6||ST / “Turf” / “A “||2400||GF||G1||8||Sir M R Stoute||J Murtagh||5.1||126||2.29.40||957|
DALIAPOUR‘s merits are comparatively rare (in flat-racing circles) with elements of proven genuine toughness and endurance for racing at the highest level.
DALIAPOUR is a Blue-blood, with both SADLERS WELLS and DOYOUN in his pedigree giving him his looks as well as his speed and stamina.
He is also beautifully put together, with the balance to handle almost any track you care to put him on.
Total Winnings: 26 Starts: 7 – 3 – 4, $ 1,591,209 or £1,401,948