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05 Oct 2023

A couplet of winners for Zoustar and Arabda

The first unison of Tweenhills stallion Zoustar and Tweenhills mare Arabda produced smooth 2yo debut winner Couplet last September and her full brother Jarraaf did exactly the same just over a year on, a deeply impressive winner of a 2yo 6f novice at Kempton on Wednesday evening.

Jaraaff belied market weakness to make a striking debut, always prominent before coming clear of favourite Blue Day – who had finished in the frame on both previous starts – and 10 others, including many from leading yards. 

In the hands of Jim Crowley, Jaraaff hit the line in a time over a second quicker than the first division of the same novice fought out by experienced pair Neapolitan and Honest Desire. Jarraaf is owned by Ahmed Al Maktoum and trained by Owen Burrows

Exciting colt Jaraaff was bought by Ted Durcan Bloodstock and his trainer for 70,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sale and already looks a bargain, destined for much better things.

Arabda herself had made a winning 2yo debut in a sprint, at Catterick in 2013 for Mark Johnston and Hamdan Al Maktoum. She went onto win five more races, including a 1m Listed race before being purchased by Tweenhills Farm & Stud Ltd for €55,000 at the 2018 Arqana December Sale, which has also proven excellent value. 

Now 12 and still at Tweenhills, Elnadim mare Arabda is again in foal to Zoustar.

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