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Invincible Spirit son Shalaa wins Grade One Prix Morny
24 Aug 2015 | By RacingPost

Shalaa eased to victory over fellow Al Shaqab Racing representative Gutaifan (Dark Angel) in the Gr.1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday and became the 12th top-flight (Gr.1) winner for his sire, Irish National Stud superstar Invincible Spirit, in the process.

The John Gosden-trained colt started the warm favourite for the 6f contest for juveniles, having won the Gr.2 Richmond and Gr.2 July Stakes in impressive fashion on his last two starts, and he did not disappoint, travelling strongly under Frankie Dettori and sauntering past Gr.2 Prix Robert Papin winner Gutaifan to score by nearly two lengths.

Shalaa was bred by Mogeely Stud out of the Gr. 3-placed War Chant mare Ghurra, a sister to Gr. 3-placed miler Zifzaf and a half-sister to Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes hero Hayil and to black-type performers Ebraam, Elnahaar, Farqad and Tamhid.

Ghurra has a filly foal by the late High Chaparral and is in foal to Invincible Spirit's triple Gr.1-winning son Charm Spirit.

Shalaa is not the first of Invincible Spirit's progeny to excel in France, and indeed many of his top-flight winners have struck in the country.

Charm Spirit won the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat and Gr.1 Prix du Moulin there; Kingman's Gr. 1 haul included the Prix Jacques le Marois; Lawman scored in the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club and Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat; Moonlight Cloud won six top-level races in France; and Territories landed this season's Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat.

Unsurprisingly, offerings by Invincible Spirit were popular at last week's Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville, with a colt sold to Al Shahania Stud for €1.4 million and a three-parts brother to Most Improved sold to Shadwell for €700,000.

Invincible Spirit stood at a fee of €100,000 at the Irish National Stud this year.