Alina Zagitova impressed with namesake horse

Olympic figure skating champ follows progress of Irish-based filly bearing her name

Guess what! Olympic figure skating champion and dog lover Alina Zagitova is now keeping a close eye on a horse as well. And it is even bearing her name.

The filly Zagitova is a promising racehorse, in the care of Irish champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Zagitova, the PyeongChang 2018 gold medallist, was thrilled to be associated with her namesake horse.

"This baby is called Zagitova, she’s named after Alina Zagitova, because the owner was super impressed by Alina’s performance at Olympic Games." - Alina Zagitova on Instagram.

And after finishing second on debut, the two-year-old cruised to victory at Cork last Saturday to shed her maiden tag.

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After finishing second on debut, the two-year-old cruised to victory at Cork last Saturday to shed her maiden tag.

A PROMISING START

Zagitova the racehorse was born in January 2016 and is an offspring of the world's top stallion Galileo.

She has the same dam (mother) as Garswood, a British-based horse who ended his career with a triumph in one of the top tier of horse races known as Group 1s.

As a yearling she cost her owners, the famous Coolmore Stud operation, 1.6 million guineas (2.1 million US dollars) before being named after the champion skater.

With her fine breeding and hefty price tag, much is expected of Zagitova and she has been entered in some prestigious races this season.

Unfortunately, she was found to be lame in a front leg after her Cork win and will have to spend some time on the sidelines.

But she could not be in better hands with O'Brien claiming a world record 28 Group 1s in 2017.

Zagitova is lined up for next month's Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, a race her trainer has won eight times in the last 18 years.

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