Auroras Encore: descended from 1,000 Guineas third Joking ApartPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Bargain buy Auroras Encore has royal blood
JOHN Smith's Grand National hero Auroras Encore gives hope to owners working on a shoestring budget as the son of Second Empire - who scooped just shy of £550,000 for landing the Aintree showpiece - was picked up by his trainer Sue Smith's husband Harvey for just 9,500gns at the DBS August sale in 2005.
Despite the bargain basement price, Auroras Encore - who was also sold as a yearling for €7,000 at Tattersalls Ireland - has some impressive regal bloodlines and his sire and dam were raced by the two Flat racing powerhouses of Coolmore and Darley.
Grand Criterium winner Second Empire is also responsible for Victor Chandler Chase winner Somersby and former leading four-year-old hurdler Strangely Brown. Although he has now supplied the winner of the world's most famous equine marathon, his half-brother Ihtiram sired the blisteringly fast King's Stand Stakes heroine Miss Andretti.
Breeder Noel O'Callaghan has also now produced top horses at both end of the distance spectrum, as his Mountarmstrong Stud also raised high-class 5f specialist Dandy Man.
The dam Sama Veda ran once when third for Sheikh Mohammed in a 7f Newmarket maiden. She was by Rainbow Quest and out of Italian Listed winner Samsova.
Samsova's granddam, the Queen's 1975 1,000 Guineas third Joking Apart, is also the ancestress of Peddlers Cross.