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French Classic hope Dalma to be unleashed at Longchamp

Three-year-old Dubawi filly is out of Prix de l'Opera scorer Dalkala

Dalkala (green) wins the 2013 Prix de L'Opera at Longchamp
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Less than five years have passed since Dalkala made her Group 1 breakthrough in the 2013 Prix de l'Opera, after a late flourish saw her win by the narrowest of margins from Tasaday.

On Thursday, her first foal will be unleashed by Alain de Royer-Dupre in the Prix de Sevres maiden for three-year-old fillies at Longchamp (2.50 local time/1.50 BST).

The only debutante in the seven-runner field, Dalma holds future entries in the Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane - the latter a race in which Dalkala was not disgraced when fifth to fellow Aga Khan runner Valyra. 

The mount of Christophe Soumillon, Dalkala has some catching up to do on her dam, who made a winning debut in October of her two-year-old campaign. 

Dalma has a two-year-old Invincible Spirit half-brother and hails from an amazing Aga Khan family.

Dalkala is out of Group 3-winning miler Daltaya, who in turn is out of Daltaiyma, a winning sister to the brilliant Daylami and half-sister to Dalakhani and three other stakes winners.


Lingfield (AW) (first race 2.00)

Redcar (2.10)

Southwell (AW) (2.20)

Clonmel (5.30)

Musselburgh (5.40)

Chelmsford (AW) (5.50)


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First-season sires with runners

Bungle Inthejungle Tarrzan Redcar 2.10
Central Banker So Hi Speed Chelmsford (AW) 5.50
Es Que Love Go Annie Go Redcar 2.10
Gale Force Ten Hurricane Five Redcar 2.10

Worldwide stakes races

Prix Gold River - Fonds Europeen de l'Elevage (Listed Race)

Plus 10 races

Chelmsford (AW) 5.50

Clonmel 6.00

What to read

"It is hard to fathom why Godolphin have not achieved more homebred success – with or without the assistance of Galileo"

Why it's a crucial Classic weekend for the Godolphin breeding system

What to watch

Final thought 

Chicas Amigas, the first runner in Europe for the It's All About The Girls syndicate, made a winning debut after defeating the boys in a 6f juvenile maiden at Dundalk on Wednesday.

View Wednesday's results

It is hard to fathom why Godolphin have not achieved more homebred success – with or without the assistance of Galileo
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