Zarkava pencilled in for visit to Kildangan stalwart Shamardal
Sire produced three unbeaten juvenile Group 1 winners last term
Shamardal - who supplied three unbeaten juvenile Group 1 winners last term in Earthlight, Pinatubo and Victor Ludorum - has been selected as the ninth stallion to cover the Aga Khan's legendary racemare and Group 1 producer Zarkava, according to French racing and breeding newsletter Jour de Galop.
The daughter of Zamindar won on all seven starts, with her 2008 Arc win one of five at the highest level, and since retiring to stud she has come up trumps with Zarak, her first foal by Dubawi.
The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud scorer stands at Haras de Bonneval and his oldest crop are now yearlings.
Zarkava delivered a filly foal by Dubawi last year and is in foal to dual world champion Frankel, carrying a full-sibling to Zarkamiya who was third to Kitesurf in the 2018 Prix Vermeille.
The only other stallion she has visited twice is Gilltown Stud resident Sea The Stars. In previous years, she has also featured on the dance card of Dalakhani, Galileo, Invincible Spirit, Redoute's Choice and Siyouni.
Shamardal has largely been restricted to covering Maktoum-owned mares in recent years and remains at a private fee as he embarks on his 15th covering season at Kildangan Stud this year.
Zarkava's breeding record
Progeny in magenta coloured text denotes a female horse
2010 Zerkaza Dalakhani
2011 Zarkash Sea The Stars
2012 Zarkar Galileo
2013 Zarak Dubawi
2014 Zarmitan Redoute's Choice
2015 Zarkamiya Frankel
2016 Zarkallani Invincible Spirit
2017 Zaykava Siyouni
2018 Zaskar Sea The Stars
2019 Unnamed Dubawi
Zarkava is in foal to Frankel and due to visit Shamardal this year
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