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Sacred Kingdmo's sire Encosta De Lago has another Gr 1 winner in Aloha



Aloha is a topical winner for Coolmore's Encosta

THE Group 1 Coolmore Classic for fillies and mares at Randwick found an appropriate winner in the 5-1 joint-favourita Aloha, a daughter of the stud's veteran sire Encosta De Lago.

The sire of 18 individual Group 1 winners, Encosta De Lago is a son of Fairy King whose best-known progeny include Hong Kong star Sacred Kingdom.

Owned and bred by Gerry Harvey, Aloha is out of the Danehill mare Tennessee Midnight, who is grandam of  Moonee Valley  Classic Oaks winner My Emotion. Second dam Tennessee Morn and third dam Tennessee Vain were both high-class on the racetrack.

The same card saw a 100-1 shock when Zabeel's nine-year-old gelding son Zavite landed the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.

A European link to Zavite's pedigree comes via his third dam Guinevere's Folly, who is grandam of Suave Dancer.

The southern hemisphere influence of Danehill - the broodmare sire of Aloha - was also highlighted in the Group 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks. It was won by Midnight Oil, a daughter of Keeper, who is a son of the Coolmore legend. Midnight Oil is the only horse out of her first two dams to have raced let alone won, although third dam Our Tristalight was a Group 1 winner in Australia and New Zealand.





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