The Acclamation sireline is firing on all cylinders in Europe and his son Dark Angel maintained the momentum when Alhebayeb grabbed a Group 2 at Newmarket on Thursday.
Alhebayeb (2c Dark Angel – Miss Indigo by Indian Ridge) is trained by Richard Hannon for Sheikh Hamdan and he fought off several closers to win the G2 July Stakes over 1200 metres. “He’s is a very nice horse and has been flying at home,” Hannon said. “We have 11 two year-olds on the books for Sheikh Hamdan including a promising colt by Acclamation who has yet to run.”
The sireline’s ongoing success in Europe is good news for Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster who shuttles Acclamation sire Equiano to Victoria. A dual winner of the G1 King’s Stand Stakes, Equiano has just covered more mares in his second season than any other British based sire.
Equiano was more than a match for the best Australia had to offer at Royal Ascot defeating Takeover Target, Magnus and Nicconi in his King’s Stand victories.
“He looked magnificent on parade at Manton just prior to entering quarantine last month,” Sangster declared. “And his second book filled as soon as breeders saw his first foals. I’m sure the feedback will be just as positive when his first Australian foals begin arriving next month.
Dark Angel was Europe’s leading freshman sire with 34 individual winners in 2011 and he’s setting a cracking pace among second-season sires this year with 37 winners of 49 races.
Alhebayeb was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for 170,000gns at Book 1 of last year’s Tattersalls October yearling sale. He is a younger half-brother to Humidor (Camacho) who was a LR winner of the Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster. Their dam Miss Indigo foaled another Dark Angel colt earlier this year.
Sheikh Hamdan won the July Stakes with Arcano in 2009 and he went on to a Group 1 triumph in the Prix Morny.
He purchased Arcano from the Sangster family after the Oasis Dream colt had won on debut at Newbury. “We approached Sheikh Hamdan about standing Arcano in Australia but he didn’t want to shuttle the horse,” Sangster explained. “But he did send a dozen two year-olds to Brian Meehan to train at Manton this year.”
Equiano returns to Swettenham Stud’s Nagambie property in 2012 for a fee of $13,000 (inc gst).
Vision of Equiano and his first English foals taken at Manton last month can be viewed here.