Ad Valorem: sired his first stakes winner when Samaden was successful in the Listed Premio Alessandro Perrone at Capannelle on WednesdayPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Ad Valorem off the
mark as a stakes sire
AD Valorem became the second stallion to sire a stakes winner from his first crop on Wednesday when Samaden made it two out of two by a head from Malikayah in the Listed Premio Alessandro Perrone at Capannelle.
The filly was the stallion's first winner last month when storming to a six length success in a maiden at the same track.
Bred by Mrs E. Alberti, Samaden is out of Salpiglossis, a Monsun half-sister to Italian 1,000 Guineas heroine Sadowa. She was unsold at €27,000 at last year's SGA Sale in Milan.
Queen Anne Stakes and Middle Park Stakes winner Ad Valorem is in the unusual position of standing for Coolmore in Ireland and Darley in Australia. Coolmore originally stood the son of Danzig in partnership with Woodlands Stud in Australia, but when that operation was sold to Sheikh Mohammed in a deal worth a reported A$500 million in 2008, Woodlands' share of Ad Valorem was absorbed into the Darley fold.
Ad Valorem is standing the current northern hemisphere season for €5,000.
Last week, Aussie Rules became the first freshman sire to record a stakes winner when Dinkum Diamond won the National Stakes at Sandown.