Rio De La Plata bags a brace of stakes wins at Maisons-Laffitte
Three-year-olds Thais and Aiming For Rio sealed a red letter day for their sire
Darley's French-based sophomore sire Rio De La Plata supplied his first stakes winner when Thais landed the Listed Prix des Lilas at Maisons-Laffitte over a mile on Saturday, and he doubled his tally just 30 minutes later when Aiming For Rio landed the Listed Marchand D'Or over 6½f.
The three-year-old filly Thais, from the first crop of Rio De La Plata, is trained by Pascal Bary and has now won two of her seven starts as well as twice finishing third in Group 3 contests.
Bred by G Sandor and Mme G Sandor, Thais is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Trixia and out of the Listed-winning Lahint mare Tianshan. She was listed as not sold at €140,000 at the 2015 Arqana October Yearling Sale. Thais has a year-younger sister named Teston, also in training in Chantilly with Bary.
Aiming For Rio, now a four-time winner, was bred at Haras du Logis out of the Compton Place mare Tevara, a twice-raced daughter of 1999 Cherry Hinton Stakes heroine Torgau who was also a narrow runner-up in both the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes.
It is also the family of Fujiyama Crest, forever to be remembered as the horse Frankie Dettori rode to victory to complete his astonishing seven-timer at Ascot.
This is not the first notable success Aiming For Rio has achieved for her sire either, having become Rio De La Plata's first winner with a success at Cagnes-sur-Mer back in May 2016.
The Godolphin-owned filly had previously run in the colours of Theresa Marnane, whose husband Con had a significant role in the story of Rio De La Plata, having sold him to Darley for 170,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale in 2007 after he had purchased him as a yearling for $75,000 at Keeneland in the preceding year.
A tough and consistent son of Rahy, Rio De La Plata won eight of his 30 starts including three top-flight events, namely the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two, and both the Premio Vittorio Di Capua and Premio Roma during his five-year-old campaign.
He retired to Darley's French base at Haras du Logis in 2013, where he is standing the 2017 season at a fee of €5,500.