Family affair for Allan's Golconda
Ivan Allan was looking forward to more success on two fronts after Golconda had landed the griffin race to give Douglas Whyte the second leg of his four-timer. The trainer bred the highly regarded three-year-old and has the gelding's year-older half-sister Chez Cherie in training in the United States, where Graded stakes races beckon.
Allan said Golconda 'has got a lot of class and will be even better over a mile' after the son of Ezzoud had scored his second win from four starts in the 1,200-metre contest. 'I told the owner we might not win today because it was a strong field and he is still a bit of a baby. He tends to shift around a bit in the stalls, but Douglas told the handlers to hold his tail in the stalls, and he stood there like a gentleman this time.'
Allan, who has Golconda's dam Gerante stationed at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, reported that the mare's four-year-old Wolfhound filly Chez Cherie is due to run soon in his colours for New York-based trainer Christophe Clement. 'She was pretty good in Europe, so we hope we can pick up some decent prize-money with her in the States, where the programme for older fillies is very good.'
Chez Cherie's form in England included a third place behind Hong Kong Vase runner-up Ela Athena in a Group Three event over 2,200 metres last summer. She started with Peter Chapple-Hyam in England, before moving to Luca Cumani last year. 'She won for Peter in England and she was also fifth as a two-year-old in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac,' added Allan.