TWO-YEAR-OLD speed is very popular with breeders and that will likely send plenty of business Alkumait’s way.
Both his wins were at that age, including a Group 2 sprint after which his rating soared to 113, and he has the added attractions of being a son of a top British stallion and from the family of a Timeform 130-rated mile star.
Alkumait’s debut was in a six-furlong novice race at Newbury in July and he caught the eye with a fourth-place finish. Two who finished ahead of him had prior experience, one would go on to win a valuable sales race and then a listed event, and Alkumait’s total margin of defeat was just one length.
Alkumait went to Goodwood nine days later and, although slowly away, was close up from two out, hit the front a furlong later and pulled clear to take that six-furlong contest by two and a quarter lengths. Newbury’s Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes came next and the capable pair Cairn Gorm and Devilwala were among his seven rivals. His performance was similar in style to his maiden.
The colt settled in rear, made a forward move with a quarter of a mile to run and went to the front a furlong out. This time he had to work a bit harder for victory, but he was three-quarters of a length ahead of the favourite, Fivethousandtoone, at the line, the pair almost three lengths clear of third-placed Rhythm Master.
The time was quick and trainer Marcus Tregoning commented in post-race interviews about how well the colt had been working. He looked like a potential Group 1 Commonwealth Cup contender for 2021.
Showcasing (Oasis Dream), his sire, has already had two winners of that top three-year-old sprint – Advertise and Quiet Reflection – but unfortunately Alkumait did not get the chance to take up the challenge.
Advertise’s first foals made up to 135,000gns in November, Showcasing’s first son with runners is the blacktype sire Cappella Sansevero, his Group 1-placed Group 2 winning son Tasleet is a freshman in 2022, whereas the similarly talented Soldier’s Call (top foal made 100,000gns in 2021) plus Group 1-winning miler Mohaather (first foals in 2022) are in earlier stages of their stud careers.
Alkumait, who is inbred 3x3 to Green Desert (Danzig), was a 150,000gns foal and 220,000gns Tattersalls Book 1 yearling – a testament to his appearance – and he is the best of three blacktype horses out of Suelita (Dutch Art).
His siblings include the sprint stakes winner The Broghie Man (Cityscape), whereas his dam’s prolific seven-furlong-winning half-brother Outer Space (Acclamation) is the horse who chased home Hot Streak in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes.
Their half-sister Ayr Missile (Cadeaux Genereux) is the dam of Living In The Past (Bungle Inthejungle), who beat Liberty Beach to win the Group 2 Lowther Stakes in 2019. Third dam Horatia (Machiavellian) was a blacktype producer but also notable as a half-sister to the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes star Markofdistinction.
ALKUMAIT (GB), Bay 2018. Won two races, £47,881, over 6 furlongs, at 2 years including, Mill Reef Stakes, Newbury, Gr.2.
Retires to Stud in 2022.
Stands at: Castlefield Stud, Bishopslough, Bennetsbridge, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.
Contact: Ger O’Neill
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