The scene was Baden-Baden in Germany yesterday, but the tale is international.
Alcohuaz won the Listed Flieger-Preis over 1000 meters from the mare Best Joking, in the time of 100.69 over a soft turf course. The winner is trained by Lennart Reuterskiold in Sweden and represented a rare European score for Scandinavia, but there are more countries in the mix behind Alcohuaz than the bare results indicate. For one, his owner, Omar Zawawi, is from Oman. Next, Alcohuaz was bred in Chile by Haras de Pirque and was originally raced there by Stud Ada Faride — also the owner of 2009 Chilean classic winner Hoy Si. Alcohuaz was the champion sprinter in Chile in 2008 and was exported to Sweden earlier this year.
Alcohuaz’s sire is US-bred Merchant of Venice, who stands at Haras de Pirque in Chile. A son of Storm Cat that won 1 race from 4 starts, Merchant of Venice was bred by John Magnier’s Orpendale and raced under the colors of Mrs. Magnier. His half-brother is the globally successful Lure stallion Orpen, who shuttles between France and Argentina. Another half-brother, Jules, stood in Florida and Brazil.
Merchant of Venice descends tail-female from Natalma, his 3rd dam. Natalma, of course, is the dam of Northern Dancer, so Merchant of Venice, like many horses that Mr. Magnier has controlled at one point or another, including Orpen and Danehill, is inbred to Natalma, 4×3 in his case.
Haras de Pirque also stood Alcohuaz’s broodmare sire, Hussonet, a son of Mr. Prospector and a multiple champion sire in Chile before he was sold to Arrowfield Stud in Australia. Alcohuaz, therefore, is a product of the successful Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross, internationalized to the nth degree, though.