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Princess Analia Wins For Just As Well

Princess Analia's win came soon after the Vaal double for Just As Well, with the Roski-bred two year old filly winning her second start at Scottsville for trainer Gavin Van Zyl, and owner Mr Leslie Logan.

Looking to be a smart filly who placed second on debut at Greyville and showing versatility between turf and polytrack, both starts over 1200m, Princess Analia is out of Grand Lodge mare Lodge Of Dreams(SNL). She defeated a field of well-bred fillies, with Sail (Philanthropist), Dawn Calling (Trippi) and Cybele Forest (Fort Wood) placing respectively behind her.

Lodge Of Dreams is out of the immaculately-bred and well travelled Lydara, a former resident broodmare of Roski Stud by Alydar, and a $1-million dollar yearling in her time.

Lydara has a Just As Well gelding currently knocking on the door soon for a win, with Jullidar - who has placed second in his last three runs out. She is also the dam of King's Bench and Fort Sylvia, as well as winner Kalidar. Lydara was put down in 2014 due to the infirmities of old age.

Fort Sylvia had her Trippi colt top the sale of the CTS March Yearling Sale last year, knocked down for R1,3million.

Lydara is a half-sister to Gold Beauty, the dam of Dayjur - in turn the sire of Modern Day who raced and stood at stud successfully in South Africa and KZN. Her siblings also include two sires, The Prime Minister and Majestic Venture, as well as Felix The Cat. Her dam Stick To Beauty by Illustrious, in total produced 17 foals, 17 runners and 11 winners - six of them Bold Black Type.

Lydara won twice at age three, and went to visit exclusive sires the world over, standing in America and England. She visited sires such as Danzig and Sadlers Wells, Spinning World, Grand Lodge and Theatrical.

Her first two Danzig foals ran in England, producing six wins between them with colt Sporting Lad running in America and England, notching up four wins and places in a Gr3 and the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup. Sporting Ladder, the filly, won twice and went to stud, producing three winners.

Lydara's Sadlers Wells colt was sent to Russia, where he won four times and placed nine.

Just As Well has been in tremendous form, and with only small crops to race he finds himself on an impressive runners to winners percentage of 40.9% (above some leading sires in South Africa), with nine wins from 22 runs for the season and an incredible 43 places.

Another two year old filly should be entering the winners enclosure very soon, with Might As Well placing a close five times from just six starts, second last time out.

Princess Analia certainly looks as if she could be an asset to stud in the future!

Princess Analia. Image: Gold Circle