Date of Birth: 18 Apr 2018
Sire: Alhebayeb (IRE)
Dam: Annouska (IRE)
Dam Sire: Ad Valorem (USA)
An April 2018 foal by Alhebayeb is offered for sale. A striking dark grey colt of enormous quality, he is well-grown and a very good mover, as can be seen in the videos below.
The dam Annouska is an unraced half-sister to the Listed Bahrain Trophy winner Anousa and the multiple Listed-placed Excelente. They are in turn out of the Listed-placed Annaletta, from the extended family of Grade-1 E P Taylor Stakes winner Fraulein and her Grp-2 Lancashire Oaks winning descendant Horseplay. Indeed, well over a dozen black-type performers can be found under the third dam A Priori.
Annouska has already produced a winner from three runners, and also has a year older full-brother to this colt.
The sire Alhebayeb was a Grp-2 winning juvenile for the Hannon team that went on to show smart form up to the age of four. He was represented by his first crop runners in 2018, and although he got off to a slower than anticipated start, a flurry of winners in the second half of the year boosted his figures. Crucially, the fact that most of his winners came later in the season indicates that his stock will be the types to continue progressing with time.
There is clearly much to look forward to with the sire, and it is worth noting that two of his best progeny to date - the Curragh winner Lord Rapscallion and the seven-furlong scorer Call Him Al - are both out of mares that hail from the much-feted Danzig sire line. This youngster is bred along similar lines, with his damsire being Danzig's dual Grp-1 winning son Ad Valorem, who is also the damsire of the Grp-3 winner and Grp-1 placed Astoria.
As the picture demonstrates, this colt has already grown into a good-looking individual, and his pedigree and scope make it easy to visualise his continuing to develop into a magnificent specimen. Numerous Alhebayebs have sold for six-figure sums in the last couple of years and his yearling average with colts remains well over 20,000gns - and yet this cracking sort, with pleasing credentials on the distaff side, can be bought for a very reasonable price.
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