Brave Soldier


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



Heroic Guard


DALIAPOUR is gutsy and genuine, apart from being a very pretty horse.


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 :


Epsom Coronation Cup, Gr.1 (1½m beating FANTASTIC LIGHT and BORDER ARROW)


Hong Kong Vase, Gr.1 (2400m beating ELA ATHENA and CAITANO)


Chester Ormonde S., Gr.3 (13f beating LIFE IS LIFE and DANISH RHAPSODY)


3d Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S., Gr.1 (1½m to MONTJEU and FANTASTIC LIGHT)


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)





Tr Dist. Sf. Race Cnd 1st 2nd 3rd Time

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





Then it was off to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Vase, with Johnny Murtagh riding.


This time DALIAPOUR was to run in the red and purple silks of his new owner, Robert Ng.


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.
Course Class Wt. Horse Wt.
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





DALIAPOUR Pedigree Query





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