Almahmoud was foaled in 1947 and was the fifth of ten foals out of the unraced mare Arbitrator by Peace Chance.

Of these ten foals out of Arbritrator three,  Burra Sahib 1943, Almahmoud and Dispute 1951, won blacktype races. It is probably no coincidence that these three were all by one of the all time great stallions, Mahmoud. 

Arbritrator had five daughters and four of these produced offspring themselves.  The two by Mahmoud, Almahmoud and Avatara, have many stakes winning descendants.  The other two, Arbitress by Teddy's Comet and Fire Ship by Firethorn no longer have any descendants still producing.  Fire Ship has no descendants of note and Arbitress has only minor stakes winning descendant in Greene Monday 1979.

Avatara is to be found on the dam tail of Gr1 winner Better Arbitor, Listed winners All Of A Sudden and Turn South, Stakes winners Exact Duplicate, Sudden Line, Surprise Special and Group placed Pasticcio.  Not bad considering the small number of relatives descending from her.  It should be added that all of these better horses were foaled over 20 years ago and although there are a few lines remaining in the US and the UK the line is more or less extinct.

Almahmoud produced:
1953 Cosmah,f,Cosmic Bomb = Stakes Winner
1956 Armistice, g, Citation = one win
1957 Natalma,f,Native Dancer = 3 wins and stakes placed
1958 Retinoscope,Ch,c,Helioscope =  placed once
1959 Folk Dancer, g,Native Dancer = Stakes winner
1960 Nash,g,Nashua = winner of 11 races
1961 Bubbling Beauty,f,Hasty Road = not place in 2 starts
1966 Ramadan,c,Native Dancer = won 1 from 26 starts

Going back in time and studying those above one would have to say the only two that looked like they might be able to take the Almahmoud genes into the future are Cosmah and Natalma. 

Talk about strike gold.  Stakes placed Natalma, just retired off the track, mated with freshman sire and Michigan Mile winner Nearctic with Northern Dancer 1961 the result!

Cosmah didn't get off to that great a start but 1961 was a good year for her too with the production of Gr1 winner Tosmah by Tim Tam.

In total Almahmoud has 26 Gr1 winning descendants with her on the dam tail.  Of these Cosmah has 13 and Natalma 12 with Bubbling Beauty the remaining one.  However, in percentage terms Natalma is much more successful because there are far fewer foals with her on the dam tail.

Here are the figures for Almahmoud and daughters:
NAME Gr1 Gr2 Gr3 List Btype Other Gr1% Gr% Btype%
ALMAHMOUD 26 16 26 18 88 1805 1.31% 3.44% 8.79%
COSMAH 13 12 13 12 60 1234 0.97% 2.83% 8.18%
BUBBLING BEAUTY 1 0 1 2 3 145 0.66% 1.32% 4.61%
NATALMA 12 4 12 4 23 419 2.53% 5.91% 11.60%

Bubbling Beauty's Gr1 winning relative is her son Arctic Tern by Sea-Bird.

Let's have a look at the different generations of Almahmoud decendants:

2nd Generation one's are:
Halo by Hail To Reason out of Cosmah
Tosmah by Tim Tam out of Cosmah
Northern Dancer by Nearctic out of Natalma

3rd generation just two:
La Prevoyante by Buckpasser out of Arctic Dancer (full sister to Northern Dancer)
Cannonade by Gold Bidder out of Queen Sucree by Ribot out of Cosmah

4th generation:
Orpen by Lure (Danzig) out of Bonita Francis by Devil's Bag (Halo)
Coup De Genie and Machiavellian : both by Mr Prospector out of Coup De Folie by Halo
Exit To Nowhere by Irish River out of Coup De Folie by Halo
Lotka and Stephan's Odyssey : both by Danzig out of Kennelot by Gallant Man (broodmare sire is Mahmoud)
Flawlessly by Affirmed out of La Confidence by Nijinsky II
Annual Reunion by Cresta Rider out of Love Of Life by Forli
Nadia by Nashwan out of Nazoo by Nijinsky II
Danehill by Danzig out of Razyana by His Majesty
Mayer (Chi) by Mr Long (Sea-Bird) out of Suprema by Ribot
Supervite by Line In The Sand (Mr Prospector out of Northern Dancer mare)
L'Emigrant by The Minstrel (Northern Dancer) out of Suprina by Vaguely Noble

Seems like a top quality bunch to me with Northern Dancer and sons, Mr Prospector again to the fore.  Quite a good bunch to study because lots of these have the same names and the likes of Discovery, Mumtaz Mahal, Gainsborough etc are out in force.

For those who wish to loo further than 4 generations the other Gr 1 winning relatives are Bluemamba, Denebola, Diatribe, Way Of Light, Balmont, Bago, Sadler's Roar

Adrian Parry Copyright 2006