Dali Mail
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Dali Mail : 2013 roan gelding
Owner :  The Zidane Partnership
Zidane close up


                                        Satri (IRE)
  Dali Mail (FR)
  2013 roan gelding
                                        Queenly Mail (FR)
                                                                      Favilla Mail

The family

Most definitely a French family, and a fine one to boot!

The dam, Queenly Mail, was placed at 2 on the flat in France, and has produced 5 foals to date. Dali Mail is the second produce, but the year older Chez Castel Mail (by My Risk) has won a bumper, and been placed twice from 4 outings. She also has Elvis Mail, a year younger Great Pretender gelding now in training with Nick Alexander, a Dream Well filly (b 2015) and a Sinndar colt (b 2016)
The second dam has bred 6 winners from 7 progeny, including :
- True Love Mail (by Great Pretender) was a 5-time winning mare over Jumps in France, including a Listed hurdle.
- Kestrel Mail (by Cricket Ball), another mare, was a hardy performer on the Level and over Jumps in France, winning 10 times (and placed on a further 33 occasions), and followed up with 4 wins over Jumps.
- Rockstar Mail was another dual winning performer, notching up 3 wins over Jumps in addition to 3 wins on the Flat in France.
- Uptown Girl Mail a winner over Jumps in France in 2016.

About the sire

Having been picked up for €46,000 at the Goffs France sale in April 2004, it was just over a year later that Satri (bay horse, born 2002) began his racing career as a 3yr old under the guidance of French trainer Jean-Marie Beguigne. He raced 6 times that season, never out of the first three and ended by winning a handicap over 1 mile.
However, at 4 he developed into a high class miler winning twice, including the Group 3 Prix du Paris Royal at Longchamp. Satri continued to run consistently well in Stakes Races thereafter at 4 and 5, recording several places to his credit.
He has a couple of illustrious siblings in Latice (French Oaks) and Lawman (French Derby). Having raced exclusively in France throughout his career, Satri was retired  in 2008 to the Haras de la Hetraie stud where he stood mainly for the next 7 years.
From limited opportunities, Satri has had a few winners under Flat & NH Rules, the best being Grade 1 placed chaser/winning hurdler Square Beaujon, and winning hurdler/chasers Madness Light and Square Viviani.

Zidane Kelso winner
Form Summary

It was mid afternoon at the Goffs UK (formerly Doncaster Bloodstock) National Hunt May Stores Sale that we noticed this handsome, athletic gelding in the pre sales paddock. A roan gelding would naturally stand out in any crowd of horses, but this fellow stood 16.3hh and had such an excellent stride about him, with powerful conformation that he positively glowed in comparison to his fellow prospective sales items. So, to follow him into the ring to see how much he would make, seemed the natural thing to do. Despite a big build up, and startling summary of the gelding's presence in the ring, auctioneer Stanners could not entice the bidders to break through the vendor's reserve of £15,000.
The catalogue did not bring any additional facts to bare, as although packed with winners in each of the generations on show, this was an out and out French pedigree with no familiar names to reflect upon.
Upon following the Satri gelding back to his box, the vendors were amenable to allowing a closer inspection of the gelding and with some tight negotiations on both sides, a deal was struck and the gelding was on his way back to Dodlands Steading.

'Zidane' (the boys named him after the grey-haired French World Cup midfield genius) had clearly been very well handled by vendor Willie Murdoch who bought him as a foal in France in 2013, and although un-broken, had been prepared for the sales in superb condition. Dali Mail soon settled into the stable. He eats well, and is no bother at all to muck out - doesn't make him run any faster, but it does make him a likeable sort around the team.
In June 2016, the gelding was sent him down the road to Tim Reed's yard near Hexham to complete his education, and after a short break, went into full training in November  2016.
Dali Mail made just one appearance in 2016-17, placing 4th in a Newcastle bumper in February. This was run in attritional ground (he'll be well suited by soft nonetheless) and the gelding ran very well until weakening 2 furlongs from home.
An exciting prospect, who'll be aimed at a bumper before the turn of the year, but is another of our youngsters possessing the correct attributes to progress a good deal as a jumper.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2016-17 NH Flat 1  
2017-18 NH Flat 1   1   1
2017-18 Hurdles          
Current Season Form
13 April Aintree : 2m 1f NH Flat (Grade 2, Class 1) soft 20 ran (C Whillans) - 15th (beaten 31l)                                                      video
Travelled strongly behind leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out
Dali Mail ran well for a long way in what was a fiercely contested bumper. Callum gave the horse every chance and was well placed on the turn for home just over 3f out, but didn't find much for pressure and weakened out of contention.


16 February 18 Kelso : 2m ½f NH Flat (Class 5) heavy 6 ran (C Whillans(3)) - won by 18l                                                      video
Upsides leader on outside, led 6f out travelling well, clear 2f out, readily.
Change of tactics with Dali Mail paid off in fine style. He matched strides with the eventual 2nd (Dr. Hooves) until Callum eased him into the lead leaving the back straight. His relentless gallop soon proved decisive and he was pushed out in the final 2f. Impressive performance in the testing ground.


25 January 18 Kelso : 2m ½f NH Flat (Class 5) heavy 7 ran (C Whillans(3)) - 3rd (beaten 3½l)                                                     video
Tracked leaders, effort and every chance 2f out, ridden and held in third but kept on nicely towards line.
Not unduly knocked about by Callum when held inside the final furlong, this was a very nice run from our gelding on his second ever run having been off for a year. Both the winner (cost £150k) and runner-up (cost £90k) won Irish Points last Spring, with a previous winner 9 lengths back in 4th.
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