Emirates Park stalwart sire Al Maher has another black-type prospect to his credit in the form of Al Passem, a determined winner of the MRC Bill Collins Handicap (1100m) at today’s Caulfield meeting.
A 2-year-old son of Al Maher trained by Ken Keys at Cranbourne, Al Passem is now two-from-two after adding his maiden Melbourne metropolitan success to a debut victory at Wangaratta at the end of March.
Speaking after the victory, winning trainer Ken Keys nominated the Listed MRC Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 29 April as Al Passem’s most likely next assignment when praising the latest quality galloper to emerge out of his stable.
“He’s a beauty and he’s a true professional,” declared Keys in post-race interviews. “I was surprised coming in to the race because he wasn’t regarded as a chance by too many. So I’m not sure they’d had a good look at his win at Wangaratta. We thought it was a sensational win.”
Keys, who already has an eye to the longer-term future for the progressive son of Al Maher, added: “The fact he’s so professional, he could get to any level and we believe he can stretch out further. We’re certainly looking forward to his 3-year-old year.”
A perennial sire of stakes winners, Al Maher is rarely without a potential black-type winner and Al Passem appears to be the next in line. Produced by the three-time winning Rubition mare Ruby Bre, Al Passem hails from the family of Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Scarlet Bisque.