Neptune Collonges: best performer by his French-based sire Dom AlcoPICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
Death of Dom Alco, sire of Neptune Collonges
DOM Alco, sire of leading chaser Neptune Collonges, has died at the age of 23. The grey son of Dom Pasquini was due to stand the 2011 season under the French National Stud banner at Haras de Cercy-la-Tour for €2,500.
Dom Alco was placed three times on the Flat as a two-year-old in France but wasted little time in making his mark over jumps for trainer Xavier Guigand, winning the Prix Aguado and Prix Cambaceres Hurdles as a three-year-old and the Prix Amadou Hurdle the following year. He was also second in the Grade 1 Grand Prix d'Automne at Auteuil.
Retired to stud in 1994, Dom Alco went on to sire a number of high-class jumpers, topped by the Paul Nicholls-trained Neptune Collonges, winner of the 2009 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and two runnings of the Punchestown Gold Cup. Nicholls also trains Dom Alco's latest star, Coral Hurdle winner Silviniaco Conti.
Other notable jumpers by the stallion include Monalco, who went one better than his sire in the Prix d'Automne, and Grands Crus, an impressive recent winner of a Listed handicap hurdle at Haydock for David Pipe.
Bred by Werner Wolf, Dom Alco was out of the unraced Nonoalco mare Alconaca.