Having narrowly missed out on a stakes victory twice in her career, Grand Glory (4 f ex Madonna Lily by Daylami) finally added black-type to her CV when she took out the Prix Zarkava - Fonds Europeen de l'Elevage (Listed, 2100m) at ParisLongchamp and in the process handed former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Olympic Glory (Choisir) with his fourth stakes winner.
The lightly raced four-year-old finished second in the Prix Rose de Mai (Listed, 2000m) as a juvenile and third in the Prix de Diane (Gr 1, 2100m) last season, but she had no issues grabbing her first stakes win on Thursday as she posted a length and three-quarter victory over Romanciere (Dansili).
Grand Glory is out of the placed Daylami (Doyoun) mare Madonna Lily, who is herself a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Minakshi (Footstepsinthesand).
Meanwhile, the filly’s third dam is dual winner Light Of Hope (Lyphard) - the dam of Listed-placed Happy Heart (Exit To Nowhere). Happy Heart herself produced 2007 VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer), whose daughter Miami Bound (Reliable Man) emulated her in winning the 2019 edition of the Classic, while she also produced Listed De Little Engine (Encosta De Lago).
Happy Heart also produced two-time winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Cardiac, who in turn produced Group 3 winner Declarationofheart (Declaration Of War).
Grand Glory joins Group 1 winner Watch Me and Listed-winning pair Lucky Lycra and Phoceene as Olympic Glory’s other stakes winners. The son of Choisir (Danehill Dancer) stood the 2015, 2016 and 2018 seasons at Arrowfield Stud, but did not return last season.