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AL FEROF with R Walsh wins Novice Chase at Sandown

Al Ferof: the latest star performer sired by late French sire Dom Alco

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Al Ferof another jumps star for Dom Alco

Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices’ Chase
(Grade 1, 2m Sandown)

AL FEROF had to dig deep to deny the fast finishing For Non Stop in this Grade 1 novice chase. In doing so, he gave his sire Dom Alco a first Grade 1 winner of the season following Grade 2 wins for himself, Silvianiaco Conti and the highly promising David Pipe-trained novice chaser Grand Crus.

Dom Alco, himself a high-class hurdler by Prix Greffulhe winner Dom Pasquini, died at the French National Stud last December leaving a finalcrop of 20 foals born this year.  

Al Ferof was bought out of Elizabeth Doyle's yard by owner John Hales in a private dealafter winning a bumper at Fairyhouse, but before that had been bought by French agent Guy Petit for €13,000 at Deauville as a foal.

Al Ferof is one of two foals out of the Altayan mare Maralta, herself a winner of a race in France as a three-year-old. His half-sister, Ardissone, has been placed six times over jumps in France, including when third in a Listed race at Auteuil.

Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1, 2m Sandown)

REIGNING 2m champion chaser Sizing Europe stamped his authority on the division with a decisive win in the Tingle Creek. The victory gave him his fifth win at the highest level and establishes him as the best son of Pistolet Bleu.

Pistolet Bleu died at the tender age of 13, just a few months after arriving from his native France to Coolmore’s National Hunt arm. His death must be viewed as a major blow to jumps breeders as that crop also produced the likes of Copper Bleu, Snap Tie and I’msingingtheblues.

Sizing Europe passedthrough the sales ring once, when he was bought as a foal by Hugh Bleahen at Tattersalls Ireland for €9,000.

Sizing Europe is one of only three foals out of the unraced Mandalus mare Jennie Dun. None of her other offspring have scaled the heights of Sizing Europe, but The Spoonplayer, a son of Accordion, won a bumper before winning three Hurdle races at up to two and a half miles when trained by Henry De Bromhead. 

 

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