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Gold Cup in
sight for Neptune

Sunday: Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m; Leopardstown

NEPTUNE COLLONGES (g Dom Alco - Castille Collonges)

IT was plain sailing for Neptune Collonges in the Leopardstown showpiece, as the Paul Nicholls-trained grey drew away from Notre Pere to win by five lengths.

According to RPR, the eight-year-old gelding is by some way the best performer to represent his 22-year-old sire Dom Alco in Britain and Ireland.

The son of Dom Pasquini was a high-class hurdler in France, taking the Prix Aguado and Prix Amadou, both Listed events at Auteuil.

However, Dom Alco has been even more successful at stud, siring jumpers such as the Grade 1 Grand Prix d'Automne hurdle winner Monalco, Ferdy Murphy's Coral Cup winner Naiad Du Misselot and the dual French Grade 1-placed jumper Mysoko.

Dom Alco is standing this season at the Haras National de Clayette for €2,000.

Neptune Collonges is not the only high-class performer out of Castille Collonges as the daughter of the little known El Badr is also the dam of Quadrette Collonges (by Fragrant Mix), who ran second in the Listed Prix Gerald de Rochefort at Auteuil.

Castille Collonges, who was placed on the Flat and over hurdles, has also produced the minor winner Olmeto Collonges (by Brier Creek) for her owner Gaec DelormeFreres.




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