Weld to saddle Aga Khan filly from family of dual Derby hero Harzand
The daughter of Fastnet Rock set to face 13 rivals at Dundalk on Friday
The mile fillies' maiden at Dundalk on Friday could prove an informative one with several choicely bred runners stepping out, including the Aga Khan's debuting Harayka.
The three-year-old Harayka is a daughter of the multiple Australian Group 1 winner and leading dual hemisphere sire Fastnet Rock and is out of the winning Pivotal mare Hazmiyra.
Hazmiyra is herself out of the stakes-placed Halling mare Haziyna, a half-sister to the 2016 Investec and Irish Derby hero Harzand, now a resident at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in Ireland.
Haziyna is also a half-sister to Harasiya, winner of the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes and third to Sky Lantern in the 2012 Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. Harasiya was also a narrow second in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes and was fourth in the Pretty Polly Stakes.
Among the 13-year-old's other black type-earning siblings are the dual Listed victor Haripour and Hazarafa, a stakes winner and the dam of dual Group 3 scorer and 2018 Derby fifth Hazapour, now known as Amazing Plus One and running in Hong Kong.
The Dermot Weld-trained Harayka is set to face 13 rivals at the all-weather track, including My Generation, an unraced Speightstown half-sister to Gallinule Stakes victor Crossfirehurricane, Sheila Lavery's Sea The Stars filly Summit Star and the once-raced Thrumps Dream, who was second on her debut for Ado McGuinness at the track last month.