FOR the seventh successive season Al Namix (Linamix) will stand for €2,500 when the 2019 stud season swings into action. Now 22 years of age, his latest star performer is last weekend’s Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle winner Elixir De Nutz. The five-year-old was previously a winner over a mile and six furlongs on the flat at three in France and of a Grade 2 hurdle race at Cheltenham.

Al Namix never won or was placed beyond listed class in his racing days, but he has done much better as a sire. In addition to numerous blacktype winners in France, his winners in Ireland and Britain include Petit Mouchoir (Grade 1 BHP Insurances Champion Hurdle and Ryanair December Hurdle), Saphir Du Rheu (Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase), Grandouet (Grade 1 AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle), Baby Mix (Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle), Alsa Mix (Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle), and Ballyhill (Grade 3 BetBright Handicap Chase).