Alco pops up with another superstar chaser.
DOM ALCO was yesterday confirmed once again as a rich source of top-class chasing talent, with the front-running victory of his son Silviniaco Conti in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Dom Alco's progeny have mopped up some of the biggest prizes over the past 12 months, starting with Grands Crus impressing in the Feltham Novices' Chase in December (with Silviniaco Conti in second) and taking in a Grand National win for Neptune Collonges and last Saturday's victory for Al Ferof in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The stallion has been in red-hot form in Britain and Ireland in November, with five progeny wins from 20 runs - including Grand Crus' brother Gevrey Chambertin in a novice hurdle at Haydock on Friday - plus another five who finished first or second.
Dom Alco, a son of Dom Pasquini, was a high-class hurdler in France and stood under the French National Stud banner until his death aged 23 in 2010.
Paul Nicholls trains Al Ferof and Silviniaco Conti and he has another dark horse by Dom Alco who could be a star in the making in Unioniste, a close third to Dynaste in a competitive Cheltenham novice chase this month.
Silviniaco Conti was bred in France by Patrick Joubert. His dam Gazelle Lulu was a five-time winner and she has also produced two Listed-winning chasers in France, Toscano Conti and Ucello Conti.
Gazelle Lulu has a two-year-old brother to Silviniaco Conti, named Adagio Conti, plus a yearling filly by Sprinter Sacre's sire Network (Baia Conti) and a colt foal by Solemia's sire Poliglote (Class Conti).
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