The royally bred sire Alado, who is currently standing at the Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud, comes from one of the greatest families in the stud book, and this magnificent female line looks to have come up with a really nice type in Algonquin, an Archipenko half brother to Alado, who made it three wins from just four outings when scoring a gutsy win at Naas on Tuesday.
One of three winners on the card for trainer Jim Bolger, the lightly raced 3yo was settled towards the back of the field in the early stages of the 1600m Michael Higgins & Co Handicap but ran on strongly to register a one neck victory.
Algonquin, who suffered the sole defeat of his career thus far on debut, has now won three on the trot and he looks destined for bigger and better things.
Algonquin and Alado are both out of the wonderful, but now deceased racemare, Alborada, who won the G1 Champion Stakes in both 1998 and 1999.
A daughter of Alzao and the Darshaan mare Alouette, Alborada (who died shortly after foaling Algonquin) is an own sister to the outstanding Albanova – who was Germany’s Horse Of The Year in 2004.
This is also the immediate family of French 2000 Guineas winner and Group 1 sire Aussie Rules, while Alado and his kin also trace back directly to one of the greatest mares in the stud book – Mumtaz Mahal.