Family affair for Allan's Golconda

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 April, 2001, 12:00am

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.