98th Turkish Derby (GAZİ) won by DRAGON FLAME…

Dragon Flame is the 98th Gazi Derby Champion….

G1 Gazi Derby, being organized uninterruptedly for 98 years in honour of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was held on Sunday, 30 June 2024 at the Veliefendi Racecourse, with the participation of almost 50.000 racing fans.

Gazi Derby, the most important challenge of 3-years-olds was held on 2400 meters on turf track with the participation of 22 thoroughbreds.

Dragon Flame (Torok – Happy Valentine, Thewayyouare) owned by Emrah Agun, won the race with his jockey Akın Sözen with a finish time of 2.28.36. The bay colt bred by Engin Ateşler and trained by İbrahim Bekiroğulları obtained his 1st Group victory and got his 5th victory at the 7th start of his racing career. Jockey Akın Sözen also got his first Gazi Derby victory.

Dragon Flame (Akın Sözen)

Zızka  (Sommerabend – Mamusella, Invincible Spirit) finished the race in second place with Selim Kaya and followed by Borrego (My Dear Son – Seddifi, Bekmezbey) with Mehmet Salih Çelik, Son Of Cooger (Cooger – Şahizer, Lion Heart) with Ahmet Çelik and Wolf Seyfo (Native Khan – Smarty Rose, Mountain Cat) with Ercan Çankaya… The margins of the race were 3 Lengths – 1 ½ Lengths – Head – 2 Lengths.

Ebubekir Gizligider, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and President of Board of High Stewards presented the trophy to Emrah Agun, the winning owner.

Davut Gül, Governor of İstanbul, presented a plate to Engin Bekiroğulları, on behalf of the winning trainer.

General Ali Sivri, First Army Commander and Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, presented a plate to Akın Sözen, the winning jockey.

Dragon Flame (Akın Sözen)

Murat Birol Kayim, General Coordinator of Board of High Stewards; Serdal Adalı, President of the Jockey Club of Türkiye; Executive Board Members of the Jockey Club of Türkiye and guests also attended the prize giving ceremony.

Veliefendi Racecourse
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