Simona wins Prix Exbury

Becomes 35th stakes winner for her sire Siyouni

Siyouni. Picture: Aga Khan Studs
Siyouni. Picture: Aga Khan Studs

Haras de Bonneval-based sire Siyouni (Pivotal) sired his 35th stakes winner on Sunday when Simona (4 f ex Monava by El Prado) remained unbeaten in two starts this year and landed the Prix Exbury (Gr 3, 2000m) at Saint-Cloud. 

The Francis Graffard-trained and Alexis Badel-ridden filly defeated Spirit Of Nelson (Mount Nelson) by a length and three quarters with another length and a quarter back to Pappalino (Makfi) in third. 

Simona is one of four winners and the only stakes winner to date out of winning El Prado (Sadler's Wells) mare Monava. Her second dam is the French champion two-year-old filly Moiava (Bering) who produced Listed winner Indignant (Gold Away) and is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Special Quest (Rainbow Quest) being out of Mona Stella (Nureyev), who won the Prix de l' Opera (Gr 2, 2000m). 

Siyouni's 35 stakes winners are headed by three Group 1 winners in Laurens, Ervedya and Sottsass whilst in Australia he has sired three winners from as many runners including Group 2 winner Aylmerton and his Reisling Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) placed daughter See You Soon will run in Saturday's Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m).  

Siyouni stood his first season at stud in 2011 for a fee of just €7,000 and in 2020 is standing his second consecutive year at a fee of €100,000. He has two lots catalogued for the forthcoming Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, a colt and a filly. 

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