Dolniya half-sister can light up Chantilly maiden on Thursday
His three-year-old fillies are doing the Aga Khan proud
On Sunday, the Aga Khan's Karishma - by Exceed And Excel out of Listed winner Karasiyra - fought out a close finish to win the mile maiden for unraced three-year-old fillies at Chantilly.
The Aga Khan will be hoping for a repeat success on Thursday as Dolianova is declared for the 1m2f Prix de Croissy maiden - again for fillies aged three - at the same course (1.20pm BST).
The Aga Khan Studs homebred has a lot to live up to on pedigree as she is a half-sister to Dubai Sheema Classic heroine Dolniya, out of a half-sister to French Classic winners Daylami and Dalakhani.
Alain de Royer-Dupre and Christophe Soumillon team up with Dolianova, who is the only debutant in the nine-runner field. The potential Classic contender holds entries in both the Prix de Diane and Prix Saint-Alary.
De Royer-Dupre also trained Dolniya, who at three won the Group 2 Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud. She also finished third in the Prix Vermeille, a key fillies' trial for the Arc in which she was fifth behind Treve.
Dolniya's best performances were at four, when she saw off Flintshire to land the Dubai Sheema Classic, and placed in both the Coronation Cup at Epsom and in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Her last start was when she was 13th in Golden Horn's Arc, after which she was retired.
Among Dolianova's well-bred opponents with racecourse exprience are the Andre Fabre-trained pair of Pachinko, a half-sister to Mexican Gold who was third in Ervedya's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, and Baltic Duchess, a closely related half-sister to Prix Vermeille winner Baltic Baroness.
Rock Of Gibraltar may be best known as a source of top-class male horses such as Mount Nelson, Prince Gibraltar and Society Rock, but he has also been responsible for Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar, and German 1,000 Guineas scorer Ajaxana.
The 18-year-old son of Danehill, who began his stud career at Coolmore Stud at a fee of €65,000 in 2004, now stands at a career-low fee of €9,000.