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Princess Zahra Aga Khan Commonwealth Day 2024

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*Princess Zahra Aga Khan* attended the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 11, 2024.

*Princess Zahra* is listed as an Honorary Steward, Representing the Vice President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, on page 5 of The 2024 Commonwealth Day Service of Service Booklet.

Vice President of the Royal commonwealth society is
His Highness the Aga Khan
https://www.royalcwsociety.org/governance

In attendance in a program consisting of prayers, singing, and vibrant and colourful dancing were members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. His Majesty King Charles III did not attend the ceremony following recent medical procedures but delivered an inspiring speech.

Full video https://youtu.be/FKVJIIVLclM

A few select Ismaili leaders, were among the invitees to the event. They included;
Shafik Sachedina, of DJI and LIF
Mrs Shafik Sachedina
President Naushad Jivraj of the Aga Khan Council for the UK,
Professor Zayn Kassam co director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies,
Naguib Kheraj of IIS and AKF and AKDN

Ismaili leaders are appointed under the Ismaili Constitution

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Cancer Care Center

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2024, May 2: Cancer Care Center at Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salam - Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the Opening Ceremony.

Full Program VIDEO https://youtu.be/bdRXQYHcH1U

SPEECH VIDEO: https://www.ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2 ... -zahra.mp4

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Remembering the Foundation ceremony:

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0HpP4p5nrQ

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Dodoma 2024-05-03

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2024, May 3: Princess Zahra Aga Khan attenden the opening of the Aga Khan Polyclinic in Dodoma:

VIDEO 1: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024- ... odoma1.mp4

VIDEO2: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024- ... odoma2.mp4

VIDEO3: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024- ... odoma3.mp4

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Founder's Day Dinner in Nairobi 2024-05-01

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2024, May 1: Princess Zahra attended in Nairobi. Kenya the celebrations of the Founder Day of the AKU at the Parklands Pavillion.

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Poule race , Longchamp. 2024-05-12

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2024, May 12
🎙️"Gagner la Poule représente beaucoup de choses pour ma famille, pour la casaque Aga Khan. Rouhiya apporte de la nouveauté."

Présente à Longchamp cet après-midi, la princesse 𝙕𝙖𝙝𝙧𝙖 𝘼𝙜𝙖 𝙆𝙝𝙖𝙣 a réagi au triomphe de sa représentante dans la Poule :

VIDEO Interview in FRENCH here: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024- ... -poule.mp4

VIDEO Interview in ENGLISH here: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-05-12-sky.mp4

[Google Translate] "Winning the Pool means a lot for my family, for the Aga Khan team. Rouhiya brings something new."

Present at Longchamp this afternoon, the princess 𝙕𝙖𝙝𝙧𝙖 𝘼𝙜𝙖 𝙆𝙝𝙖𝙣 reacted to the triumph of her representative in the Pool

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COMMUNIQUÉ Dimanche 12 mai 2024
Dimanche 12 mai 2024, Hippodrome ParisLongchamp
Emirates Poule d’Essai des
Pouliches
Résumé de la course et citations
La pouliche française Rouhiya a remporté l’Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches dimanche à
ParisLongchamp, offrant une cinquième victoire dans cette course classique à son propriétaire
et éleveur, S.A. l’Aga Khan (déjà lauréat en 1984 avec Masarika, en 1998 avec Zalaiyka, en
2008 avec Zarkava et en 2015 avec Ervedya, sachant que sa fille, la princesse Zahra Aga Khan,
l’a gagnée en 2007 avec Darjina), une première à son entraîneur Francis-Henri Graffard, et une
deuxième à son jockey Maxime Guyon (déjà lauréat en 2020 avec Dream And Do).
Rouhiya s’élançait avec le statut d’outsider dans ce Groupe 1 – le niveau d’excellence des courses
hippiques. Elle venait en effet de terminer troisième du Prix du Louvre sur cet hippodrome le 18
avril, pour sa rentrée. Son entourage s’est laissé tenter par cet engagement suite au dernier
travail de la pouliche en début de semaine. Après un excellent parcours, dans le sillage de
Romantic Style et à proximité de la tête, Rouhiya a produit une accélération foudroyante pour
dominer d’une tête seulement l’anglaise Kathmandu, qui a mené la majeure partie de la course.
L’arrivée a été particulièrement serrée : l’irlandaise Vespertilio, bonne finisseuse, est troisième
à une encolure.
Le résultat technique
Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches
1re ROUHIYA (M. Guyon)
2e KATHMANDU (S. Levey)
3e VERSPERTILIO (W. Lee)
Les déclarations des entourages

Princesse Zahra Aga Khan, propriétaire et éleveur de Rouhiya (1re) – Chantilly (Oise)
« C’est énorme de remporter cette Poule d’Essai ! Francis-Henri Graffard a eu l'instinct, l'année
dernière, de voir en elle une pouliche de Poule. Cette semaine, nous nous sommes posés la
question. Fallait-il courir la Poule d’Essai dimanche ? Ou le Prix des Lilas samedi à Chantilly ?
Nous raisonnons en fonction de l'avenir, c'est-à-dire en pensant à l'élevage. Nous avons donc
tenté la Poule d’Essai.

Son jockey Maxime Guyon a monté une superbe course, la pouliche a été parfaitement
positionnée, en sachant ménager ses forces. À mi-ligne droite, l'incertitude était grande.
Pour un éleveur, produire une pouliche comme elle, c'est extraordinaire. C'est la récompense de
décennies de travail. Les gagnantes classiques sont tellement importantes pour l'élevage, qui
plus est sur le mile [1.600 mètres, NDLR].

Notre élevage vit aussi un grand moment avec la réussite des étalons Zarak et Siyouni. Leur
réussite n'est pas une coïncidence, c'est un travail de longue haleine et beaucoup de choses
plaident en leur faveur sur le papier. C'est un jeu d'échecs avec la nature, comme aime à le dire
mon père. Dans notre quête, nous sommes aidés par le fait que nous n'avons pas besoin de
suivre une mode. »
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Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Aly Khan at the Races

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The Aga Khan family now joins Marcel Boussac and the Rothschild family as the most successful owners in the history of this race, with 8⃣ wins apiece.

As well as 5 victories for H.H. the Aga Khan, Yla & Ginetta won for Prince Aly Khan and Darjina for Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

As well as 5 victories for H.H. the Aga Khan
Tula & Ginetta won for Prince Aly Khan
and Darjina for Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan hails Rouhiya

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'It's wonderful to see this family come back to Group 1 prominence' - Princess Zahra Aga Khan hails Rouhiya

Scott Burton
France correspondent
Published on 14 May 2024

All it took was the merest glimpse of daylight deep into the closing stages of Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches for Rouhiya to shoot between rivals and score an eighth win in the race for the Aga Khan and his family.

It was the kind of devastating kick that we all yearn to see from a top miler, and the kind of acceleration breeders search for when making their mating plans.

Sunday's scenario was a far cry from Ridasiyna's success in an attritional 2012 Prix de l'Opera, the last time a close member of this family returned to the Group 1 winner's enclosure in the green and red silks, and the revival of the line evidently struck a deep emotional chord with Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

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"For me personally, it’s wonderful to see this family come back to Group 1 prominence," Her Highness reflected. "It is extraordinary and for me is something that carries a lot of emotion. The family has been quite quiet for several generations and for it to come back this year is very special, and repays a lot of work."

Dam Rondonia managed to earn her black type for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre when third in the Listed Grand Prix de Fontainebleau, and has now produced a Classic winner from just her second foal.
Christophe Lemaire looks for non-existent dangers as Ridasiyna wins the 2012 Prix de l'Opera
Christophe Lemaire looks for non-existent dangers as Ridasiyna wins the 2012 Prix de l'OperaCredit: Edward Whitaker

Rouhiya's year-older sister by Le Havre, Rodainah, won twice for Francis Graffard and was sold at Arqana last December to race for David Salabi for €130,000, while the Aga Khan team have two more fillies to look forward to, a two-year-old by Camelot in training with Graffard and a yearling by Sea The Moon.

Rondonia is out of the Listed-winning Marju mare Raydiya and is thus a sister to Debutante Stakes winner Raydara, dam of 2022 Prix Isonomy winner Rajapour. To the breeder's point, Ridasiyna appears under Rouhiya's fifth dam, Rilasa, as does the multiple Group 1 winner Laurens.

Princess Zahra said: "To win the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is huge for a breeder and to produce a filly like her is very important for the future.

"We’ve been trying to bring speed into these families and it’s been a labour of 20 years. With this family we hadn’t managed it until now. The staying power is a given, but she has that speed a breeder looks for.

"This race and the Diane mean everything for us as breeders because they can launch a whole family. For this family to come back in a Group 1 like this adds great value to all her sisters and the entire line."
Can lightning strike a third time?

Princess Zahra's own emerald and chocolate silks were carried to success in the Pouliches by Darjina in 2007, while the last two Aga Khan fillies to win France's version of the 1,000 Guineas hold the unique distinction of having each bequeathed the operation a stallion apiece.

The result of 2008 world champion Zarkava's cover by Dubawi in 2012 was Zarak, whose own career goes from strength to strength and who completed a near-perfect day in siring Metropolitan, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

And during her sadly short career at stud, the 2015 Pouliches winner Ervedya produced Erevann, another stallion son of Dubawi who has made his debut at Haras de Bonneval this covering season.

Might Rouhiya have the potential to repeat the trick?

Princess Zahra said: "You always hope so. Especially when they have that acceleration over a mile, you can always hope."

The team at Bonneval is well aware that being able to stand two sires of Siyouni and Zarak's quality at the same time is not an everyday occurrence, though the princess pointed to the hard work that has gone into producing a pair of stallions who can help financially underpin her family's breeding and racing to the scale that it currently exists.
Zarak
Zarak, whose dam Zarkava included victory in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on her flawless resumeCredit: Zuzanna Lupa

"Zarak has extraordinary statistics and of course he is blessed with extraordinary genetics, being out of a champion and by a great sire," she said. "Siyouni hails from a Lagardere family which is renowned for precocity and speed. I don’t think it’s all a coincidence. We’ve worked for a very long time to produce horses in that mould.

"Certainly both stallions had a lot going for them on paper. As my father says, you are playing a game of chess with nature. But they each bring the qualities that we have spent a long time searching for.

"We’re lucky not to have to follow fashion. We can follow our own genetic path and that means we can stand horses who aren't world famous and if they are good stallions because they’re well bred, that’s the way it should be."

All major breeders go through peaks and troughs but it would be fair to say that the Aga Khan is enjoying something of a purple patch in terms of producing top-level winners who go on to produce a real body of work on the track; the three Group 1 winners that preceded Rouhiya – Tarnawa, her half-sister Tahiyra and Vadeni – each backed up on more than one occasion, and boast eight of the most precious victories between them.

The breeder in Princess Zahra will already be looking forward to Rouhiya's career in the paddocks, which she revealed was one of the prime motivations for rolling the dice and going for the Poule rather than a Listed race at Chantilly 24 hours earlier.

But whether it's an attempt to keep hold of the Coronation Stakes crown won by Tahiyra last season, or a step up in trip in the Diane, Rouhiya's next appearance will be a golden opportunity to prove that, like her immediate predecessors, she is no one-hit wonder, as well as to further establish her family across the Aga Khan's breeding empire and beyond.
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