Another Group 1 win for Bassett’s Almanzor

Almanzor: the first foal out of the unraced Maria's Mon mare Darkova

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( More Group 1 honours for Bassett's Almanzor
By James Thomas and Zoe Vicarage 7:45PM 10 SEP 2016

ALMANZOR continued his steep upward trajectory as he claimed a second Group 1 victory in a vintage renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday evening.

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt has been a real flag bearer for his sire Wootton Bassett throughout the 2016 season, having provided the stallion with a first top-level winner when claiming the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly back in June.

Wootton Bassett, an eight-year-old son of Iffraaj, was bred by Melba Bryce's Laundry Cottage Stud and is out of the winning Primo Dominie mare Balladonia, who has produced a further eight winners, including Wootton Bassett's Listed-placed half-brother Mister Hardy.

Haras d'Etreham – the stud at which Wootton Bassett stands – bred Almanzor, the first foal to be produced by the unraced Maria's Mon mare Darkova, who hails from a family which has been nurtured by the Aga Khan.

Darkova is out of the Listed-winning Halling mare Darkara, who won four races for Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Alain De Royer-Dupre. She also shares her page with the likes of triple Group 1 winner and 2007 French champion three-year-old filly Darjina.

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Rouget purchased Almanzor from the Haras d'Etreham draft at the 2014 Arqana August Sale, signing the docket at €100,000. The trainer also spent €110,000 to secure Almanzor's year-younger sister from the following year's Arqana V2 Sale – the filly was subsequently named Troarn.

Darkova also has a yearling colt by Falco and produced a brother to Almanzor earlier this year.

Second Group 1 win for Springs

Earlier on the card at Leopardstown Alice Springs produced an impressive burst of speed to come from the back to claim the Group 1 Matron Stakes.

The three-year-old filly was at the rear of the field as the race entered its final stages but under her jockey, Ryan Moore, surged through the field to land her second success at the highest level.

A daughter of Coolmore's supersire Galileo, Alice Springs was bred by Lynch Bages and Longfield Stud out of the winning and Listed-placed Danehill Dancer mare Aleagueoftheirown.

She is the third foal out of her dam who from four runners has produced four winners including Criteria, Kingston Jamaica and Crocodile Rock. The trio are also by Galileo.

Offered at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2014, Alice Springs was snapped up by MV Magnier for 550,000gns.

She has provided an update for her yearling sister who is set to go through the ring at this year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. She will be offered by Ciaran Conroy's Glenvale Stud as lot 441.

Galileo, an 18-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, is renowned for producing top-class performers such as Frankel, Australia, Order Of St George and New Approach.

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