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Moran on Hiyaam watch

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Written by Paul Vettise

Keen interest will be taken from afar of the resuming effort at Moonee Valley on Saturday of the Group 1 winner Hiyaam (NZ) (High Chaparral {IRE}). The Mick Price-trained mare will open her campaign in the Harrolds Handicap and Michael Moran will be closely monitoring her performance.

Windsor Park Stud’s long-serving Marketing Manager, along with wife Helen and close friends Chris and Carol Chamberlain, are currently breeding from the G1 Vinery Stud S. winner’s dam Mazarine (NZ (Zabeel {NZ}).

“We bought her off Gavelhouse for $6500 and we’ve got a yearling filly by Rip Van Winkle called On Fifth Ave, who’s named after the New York diamond mile, which we’re going to race,” Moran said.

Hiyaam, winner of the G1 Vinery S.

He has also planned a mating close to his heart with Mazarine to visit an Australian and international Group 1 winner co-bred by him. “The mare’s dry at the moment, but she’s going to So You Think to get a three-quarter to Hiyaam,” he said.

“The mare’s dry at the moment, but she’s going to So You Think to get a three-quarter to Hiyaam.”

Out of the G1 Captain Cook S., winner Marquise (NZ) (Gold And Ivory {USA}), Mazarine was originally purchased by Tim Stakemire for $35,000 on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

He subsequently retained Hiyaam and the unraced Faayza (NZ) (O’Reilly) before selling the mare from Eight Carat’s legendary family.

This particularly impressive pedigree further features this season’s stallion newcomers Deep Field (Northern Meteor), the G2 Linlithgow S., winner before his retirement to Newgate, and Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor), winner of the G1 Australian Guineas now resident at Darley.

Hiyaam is the winner of two of her nine starts and will be making her first appearance she finished runner-up in the G1 Australian Oaks. She will be ridden by apprentice Zac Spain when she returns to the track over 1519 metres on Saturday.

WATCH: Hiyaam wins the G1 Vinery S.