Blue blooded stallion gaining momentum
The Hemel ‘N Aarde based stallion Alado has strong claims to being one of the best bred stallions in Africa.
He is a son of the mighty stallion Danzig, whose descendants (National Assembly, Antonius Pius, et al) have excelled in South Africa. Danzig, one of the greatest sons of the Northern Dancer, sired 202 stakes winners during his stud career, and was responsible for the outstanding stallions Danehill, Green Desert, Hard Spun, Chief’s Crown, and War Front, to name but a few.
Alado’s female line is equally imposing. There are over 20 stakes winners (nearly 50% Grade/Group 1) in his first three dams alone!
His dam, Alborada, was an outstanding filly – and one of just 12 horses to win the prestigious Group One Champion Stakes more than once. This race has been won some of the legends of the turf – including Fairway, Brigadier Gerard, Pretty Polly and Frankel.
Alborada herself is the dam of three stakes horses, including black type winner Alvarita. The latter is in turn the dam of the Group Three winner, Alla Speranza.
Second dam, Allouette, is a Group One winning daughter of broodmare sire extraordinaire Darshaan (whose daughters have bred 196 stakes winners including world leading sire High Chaparral).
Alado’s close relatives also include French 2000 Guineas winner, Aussie Rules, who is a three parts brother to the South African based sire, Alado. Aussie Rules, who won Group/Grade One races on two different continents, is now a successful young sire, with his offspring having won over $8 000 000 in prize money.
Further back, this is the great sire producing family of legends Abernant, Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Fair Trial, Alado himself traces back to the “Flying Filly”, Mumtaz Mahal.
Alado, standing at the Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud, enjoyed some terrific returns at the 2013 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale. Alado averaged over R77 000, and three late foaled colts averaged over R90 000 – off a service fee of just R8 000.
Many positive comments were passed by respected trainers and selectors and the sales colts are now spread around the main racing centres of South Africa. This was the first commercial consignment of The Alado Project, managed by David Allan of Allan Bloodlines, which a few years ago convened a band of mares especially for Alado, and bought or bred horses in training to fly the flag for the stallion.
Other owners, trainers and breeders have supported Alado with success. Along with the likes of current runners and Stakes placed Northern Conquest (4 wins) and Half Moon Hotel (3 wins) trained for The Project by Vaughan Marshall, around half of Alado’s other winners are multiple winners such as Space Girl, Ed’s Angel and Nautica indicating soundness and resolution. Alado’s top class figure of 67% winners to runners puts him ahead of some of the best and most commercial stallions in the country.
With Hemel ‘n Aarde greatly enthusiastic about the Alados reared there and with confirmation from the sales buyers, this regally bred Cape stallion must have a great future ahead of him