£7,500 plus VAT
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 2017
Sire: Al Namix (FR)
Dam: Djafullime (FR)
Dam Sire: Full of Gold (FR)
The French-based Al Namix yearling filly Aquitaine Joy is offered for sale.
A January foal, she is out of the lightly-raced mare Djafullime, whose pedigree traces back to numerous smart French jumpers, thanks to her third dam Mary Long Grass. A winner on the level and over jumps, that matriarch has created something of a NH dynasty, as her long list of winning descendants includes many black-type performers. Chief amongst them are the Paul Nicholls-trained Saphir du Rheu, a Grade-1 winning novice chaser and Grade-2 winning hurdler - who was also fifth in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup - and the Cheltenham Festival winning hurdler and Grade-2 placed chaser Ibis du Rheu.
Such names add substance to the distaff side of the pedigree, which is complemented by an extremely reliable covering. A son of the great Linamix, Al Namix was a smart performer on the level who has gone on to become an excellent NH sire. His best jumpers include the aforementioned Saphir du Rheu, the Grade-1 winning hurdler Grandouet and the dual Grade-1 winning hurdler and Champion Hurdle runner-up Petit Mouchoir.
In addition to his headline acts, Al Namix is also now beginning to get a selection of mares racing at a higher level. His best female runners include the smart French Cross-Country performers Belamix Dor and Brise de Kerser, and the highly promising Willie Mullins trained hurdler Cut The Mustard.
Not only is the sire proving a racetrack success but his reputation has never been stronger, as evidenced by the fact he remains at a career high covering fee at the age of 19, and the fact that his five-year-old bumper-winning son Raya Time sold for £150,000 at Goffs earlier this year. Another of his progeny auctioned for €150,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Stores Sale in 2017; the sire had never scaled such auction ring heights previously, confirming that it remains very much the time to purchase his young stock.
With a solid NH pedigree backing up good looks and plenty of scope, this filly looks as though she will prove an excellent acquisition for new connections.