11 October, 2011

Nil Blanc du Gréou

The late stallion, Ansata Nile Pasha, when bred to Ansata Nile Dawn, sired Nil Blanc du Gréou, a 1997 grey stallion, who makes his home in France. If ever there was a horse, who underscores the close connections in our Egyptian community, this horse would be the one. Nil Blanc du Gréou's dam is a half-sister to his sire's dam, Ansata Nile Dream, as both mares are out of the Ansata Ibn Sudan daughter, Ansata Nile Queen. Ansata Nile Dawn was sired by the *Sakr son, Nabiel; while Ansata Nile Dream was sired by her maternal grand sire, Ansata Ibn Sudan. In both tail female lines of the pedigree, Nil Blanc du Gréou traces to El Dahma, through the Babson import of 1932, *Bint Bint Sabbah. He is a pure-in-the-strain Dahman horse. While you may consider the Hanan son, *Jamil, an outcross horse in this pedigree, consider that *Jamil's sire, Madkour I, was out of the mare Moheba II, a mare who traces to Farida, through Ragia, in her tail female line. *Ansata Ibn Halima, who appears five times in Nil Blanc du Gréou's pedigree also traces to Farida through Ragia, in his tail female line. There are six crosses to Farida in the pedigree. When looking beyond the close connections of the Ansata-prefixed horses, the outcross horses appear to be Hanan, Sakr and Magidaa. And yet, Hanan and Magidaa are both Alaa el Din daughters; while Maysa, the dam of Magidaa, is a double Hamdan grand-daughter and shares this horse with Mona, the dam of Hanan (Hamdan grand-daughter) and Enayat, the dam of *Sakr (also a Hamdan grand-daughter). I think you will agree with me, that the pedigree of Nil Blanc du Gréou is concentrated in the blood of our most celebrated and influential foundation horses. I am fascinated by this horse and the overall impression of refinement and elegance that he conveys.


PS Many thanks to Clo Nollet for letting me use the beautiful picture of Nil Blanc du Gréou

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