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The greatest of all French breeders, Marcel Boussac’s great racemare Zariba, who won the Prix Morny, the Prix de la Foret, and the Prix Jacques le Marois bred two top class colts in Goyescas and Abjer.
Goyescas by Gainsborough won the Champion Stakes and was second in the Two Thousand Guineas, the Eclipse and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and then broke a fetlock in a race and was destroyed. Abjer by Asterus was a top-class two-year-old winning the Middle Park and running second in the Champagne Stakes and the Imperial Produce Stakes and died after only two years at stud. Their sister, a great racemare and on her way to being just as great a broodmare, Corrida by Coronach, twice winner of the Arc, was lost in the war after dropping only one foal, Coroaze, winner of the French Derby.
Let’s finish with a happy ending. Boussac was lucky when he offered Loika at the Newmarket December Sales in foal to Tourbillon and she failed to reach her reserve. The foal she was carrying was Djebel.