Zarkamiya, the filly by Frankel out of Zarkava, made a stylish winning debut in the Prix de la Lancette at ParisLongchamp.
You would have to travel a long way to find a horse with better breeding than the one trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and it appears the apple has not fallen very far from the tree.
Both of her parents were unbeaten, with Frankel excelling over a mile and 10 furlongs, while Zarkava won the Prix Vermeille and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over a mile and a half.
Settled in mid-division by Christophe Soumillon, she was briefly flat footed when the pace quickened, but eventually drew away for a comfortable success in the one-mile contest.
Zarkamiya is the sixth of nine foals to date for Zarkava, with only one previously making the track, the Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Zarak, who is now a stallion himself. Zarkava also has a two-year-old by Invincible Spirit and a yearling by Siyouni.
Royer-Dupre told Equidia: “It’s very pleasant what it does! She had a beautiful passage.
“It was quite a prolonged effort because she got going quite early and the filly who was on her right did not falter. She is still discreet in the morning.
“You can also see that she is still a little round, she is not at maximum condition. I think I’m going to step her up in trip. Looking at her breeding there is no surprise she is hot blooded so it is necessary to space her races out.
“We must not try to take too many rungs of the ladder too soon.”