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Cracking Debut Book For Al Samer
Still in Victoria, Emirates Park Stud's Victorian manager Ed Alvares has confirmed that 2006 debutant stallion Al Samer (Redoute's Choice-My Lady's Key, by Key To The Mint) served a cracking book of 123 mares last year. Bred on a Rasmussen cross of Spring Adieu (grandam of Danehill & a half-sister to Northern Dancer), Al Samer won the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes in Canberra. Among his vanquished foes during a career that netted a number of stakes placings including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, were star gallopers Snitzel, Paratroopers, Rewaaya, Jet Spur & Falaise. Included among the mares he covered at the Diggers Rest property were Delightful Attire, a half-sister to dual Gr1 winner He's No Pie Eater, tragically put down on Monday at Randwick. In a further Rasmussen twist, Redoute's Choice (Al Samer's sire) and Delightful Attire, who was conceived in the USA, both trace to Best in Show, Broodmare of the Year in the USA in 1982. Al Samer also carries 4x3 inbreeding to the brothers His Majesty and Graustark (Ribot-Flower Bowl by Alibhai), and Alvares advises that breeders have used this connection for some very interesting matings. Several daughters of Umatilla and Hurricane Sky were also in Al Samer's initial harem with breeders keen to capitalise on their relationship with Redoute's Choice, whose dam is their half-sister. Al Samer's book also included descendants of blue hen Eight Carat, a daughter of Gr2 winner Brompton Cross, a half-sister to Gr2 winner Sir Dex, and a half-sister to Gr2 winner Khaptivaan among the many close relations to stakes winners or producers. As a result of this support Alvares is expecting a great 1st crop for Al Samer which will "allow breeders who support him in 2007 and beyond the chance to make a tidy profit."