Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sires To Watch: First-Crop Sires at Tattersalls October

No Nay Never is the first European-based son of Scat Daddy to have yearlings hit the sales ring.
With the Keeneland September sale wrapping up in mid-September after breaking a few records, attention now turns across the Atlantic to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Comprised of three Books in 2017, Tattersalls October has 1968 yearlings scheduled to go through the ring before outs. As always, those lots include yearlings by multiple highly regarded first-crop stallions with breeders keeping an eye on their results as they prepare to make breeding decisions for the 2018 season. Here are 11 of the first crop sires standing in Europe it’s worth keeping your eyes on at this year’s sale.

Australia (Galileo)– Royally bred and an accomplished racehorse, it’s no surprise Australia has 32 lots currently entered - including 17 in Book 1. His yearlings have been well received so far with his top lot a $490,000 Keeneland September purchase by Godolphin, followed by a $300,000 purchase by the same operation at the same sale. His yearling average is currently at $143,600 and median at $117,620 according to the Thoroughbred Daily News, off a 50,000 stud fee. Australia’s Book 1 offerings include a half-brother to two-time Group 1 Irish St. Leger winner Order of St. George (Galileo) and a filly out of a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Toronado (High Chaparral).


A foal from Australia's first crop in 2016
Alhebayeb (Dark Angel) – While not a Group 1 winner, Alhbayeb is an interesting stallion to watch when we get to Book 2. The Group 2 TNT July Stakes winner doesn’t have any horses catalogued in Book 1 but has 11 in Book 2 and eight in Book 3. I wouldn’t expect huge fireworks to go off when his yearlings go through the ring but he’s been averaging $33,530 for his first 35 yearlings sold off a €5,000 stud fee this year so he should reward at least some of the breeders who sent mares to him, especially as a Dark Angel son. He continued to stand for that €5,000 fee in 2017 at Tara Stud in Ireland.

Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) – A three-time Group 1 winner by a hot stallion, Charm Spirit already has an average of $104,649 and median of $82,950 from his 17 yearlings sold. He has six yearlings in Book 1, 26 in Book 2 and three in Book 3 at this sale including a half-sister to a Qipco 2,000 Guineas third place finisher (Lot 42) and a filly out of a sister to Ticker Tape (Lot 1109). Charm Spirit stood for £20,000 at Tweenhills in England in 2017.

Gregorian (Clodovil) – Another Book 2/3 horse to watch is multiple group stakes winner and multiple Group 1-placed Gregorian. At a fee of £4,500, his yearlings so far are averaging over four times his fee at $19,694. He has two yearlings in Book 2, a half-sister to Italian champion Sorella Bella (Lot 1020), and a colt out of a half-sister to a proven producer (Lot 635). Standing in a partnership at The National Stud between Rathasker Stud and The National Stud, Gregorian again stood for £4,500 this year.

Kingman (Invincible Spirit) – Possibly even more anticipated than Australia is Juddmonte’s Kingman, a four-time Group 1 winner out of an Oasis Dream half-sister. From 13 sold so far, Kingman is averaging $321,628 with a median of $282,288 for his yearlings with the most expensive being a €750,000 filly sold in France in August and a €650,000 colt sold at Goffs Orby sale last month. He has 21 entered in Book 1 and 16 between Books 2 and 3 as of Sunday morning. Including in that group is a filly out of a half-sister to two champions (Lot 168), a half-brother to a Group 1 winner (Lot 456), a filly out of a Footstepsinthesand sister (Lot 132) and a half-brother to a multiple Group 1 winner (Lot 246). Kingman stood for £55,000 in 2017 at Juddmonte.

Morpheus (Oasis Dream) – Speaking of Oasis Dream, next up is his son Morpheus. Morpheus won three of his 12 starts but his biggest claim to fame is probably that of being a half-brother to Frankel (Galileo). Morpheus proved popular at stud in his first year, covering 142 mares including 14 stakes horses. Morpheus’ first lot to go through the ring is Lot 798 in Book 2 with three in that book and five in Book 3. Those include a colt out of a half-sister to champion Bushranger (Lot 1056) and a half-sister to the dam of Group 1-placed Faulkner (Lot 1340). Morpheus stands at Tally-Ho Stud and his half-brother’s success at stud should help his first yearlings’ prices here.

Morpheus
No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) – A son of the red-hot Scat Daddy, No Nay Never should be able to capitalize on his sire’s success here with Scat Daddy only having two entries in this sale compared to No Nay Never’s 19, including six in Book 1. No Nay Never was U.S. based with Wesley Ward but his biggest successes came in Europe where he was named champion 2-year-old colt in France after winning the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny in addition to the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. In his first year at stud, he stood for €20,000 and covered 146 mares, including 18 stakes winners. Averaging $123,338 from 39 sold so far, No Nay Never’s most expensive was a €480,000 colt sold in August. Included in his offerings here are a half-brother to champion The Wow Signal (Lot 114) and a colt out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Distant Music (Lot 449). He stood at Coolmore’s Ireland base for €17,500 in 2017.

Olympic Glory (Choisir) – A champion two of the three years he raced, Olympic Glory calls France home for his second career and is represented by a group of 13 yearlings at this sale. Olympic Glory won four Group 1s in his career in two different countries from seven furlongs to a mile with one coming at two and the other three coming at three and four. Included in his offerings are a colt out of a half-sister to German champion Paita (Lot 705) and a half-brother to Group 2 winner Pollyana (Lot 836). He stood at Haras de Bouquetot for €15,000 in 2017.

Sea the Moon (Sea the Stars) – The first Sea the Stars son to stand at stud, classic winner Sea the Moon covered 132 mares in his first season at stud in 2015 for a fee of £15,000. A German-bred, Sea the Moon was Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old in the country and won four of his five starts before retiring to stand in England at Lanwades Stud due to injury. He has 21 in this sale with three in the first book, including a half-brother to three stakes winners (Lot 67) and a half-brother to the listed winner Tickle Me Blue out of a half-sister to producer Irresistible (Lot 272). Sea The Moon stood again for £15,000 at Lanwades in 2017.

SEA THE MOON'S GERMAN DERBY VICTORY



Slade Power (Dutch Art) – A fast sprinter, Slade Power won 10 of his 19 starts with five additional placings and was named champion older sprinter in Europe as a 5-year-old. With Godolphin behind him, there was no doubt Slade Power was going to get a lot of support in the shed with the stallion covering 49 stakes mares, including 23 stakes winners and 12 group winners from 148 total mares. Forty of those resulting yearlings are entered at Tattersalls including a granddaughter of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Nightime (Lot 223), a filly out of a half-sister to an Irish 1,000 Guineas winner (Lot 342) and a half-sister to a German 1,000 Guineas winner (Lot 363). Slade Power stood at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €20,000 in 2017.

Toronado (High Chaparral) – A Group 2 winner at two years of age, Toronado’s best seasons were at three and four when he won two Group 1s and finished second in two others against some of the best horses of his generation. Standing at The National Stud upon his retirement for £15,000, he attracted 152 mares including 19 stakes winners and eight group stakes winners with 24 of the resulting yearlings from that year's matings going through sales rings so far this year with an average of $55,346. A farther 36 are currently entered at Tattersalls October Sale with nine in Book 1. Included in those nine are a granddaughter of multiple group stakes winner and producer Blue Note (Lot 495), a granddaughter of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner (Lot 116) and a half-brother to three stakes winners (Hip 482). Spending the first few years of his career at The National Stud in England, Toronado is moving to Haras de Bouquetot in 2018.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Keeping It In the Family: Pedigrees of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

As of Thursday, the 2017 Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has attracted a field of 18 runners at Chantilly for an exciting race that has Nathaniel’s Enable looking to verify that she’s the best horse in Europe. While the field may change in the coming days, I couldn’t help but dig into the pedigrees of the current entrants as we prepare for one of the biggest races of the year.

Like nearly every big race in Europe, Sadler’s Wells rules the entries. The late Coolmore stallion is the sire or grandsire of the sires of nine of the 18 entries in the race. His son Galileo has sired six of those entries and is the grandsire of one other (Enable) with the majority owned by the Coolmore partners.

Galileo had the trifecta in 2016, led by Found.
Enable, who is sired by Galileo’s son, also has the distinction of being the only runner in the race with Sadler’s Wells as her broodmare sire. Sadler’s Wells is featured prominently in her pedigree as the sire of her dam Concentric and as the grandsire of her sire Nathaniel.

In the Wings is responsible for the other two Sadler’s Wells-lined runners. Both his sons, Soldier Hollow and Adlerflug, are active in Germany where both their entries were bred and are based.

Northern Dancer’s son Danzig also has multiple runners from his branch in the race. Curiously with the popularity and success of the Sadler’s Wells/Galileo over Danehill/Danehill Dancer cross, Danzig’s representation through cross is only seen twice in this race through Winter and Idaho.


ARC SIRE LINES
Horse
Sire
Sire line
Branch
Enable
Nathaniel
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Ulysses
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Order Of St George
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Brametot
Rajsaman
Northern Dancer
Lyphard
Dschingis Secret
Soldier Hollow
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Winter
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Capri
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Zarak
Dubawi
Mr. Prospector
Seeking the Gold
Satono Diamond
Deep Impact
Hail to Reason
Halo
Cloth Of Stars
Sea The Stars
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Seventh Heaven
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Doha Dream
Shamardal
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
Idaho
Galileo
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
One Foot In Heaven
Fastnet Rock
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Plumatic
Dubawi
Mr. Prospector
Seeking the Gold
Silverware
Silver Frost
Kalamoun
Kenmare
Iquitos
Adlerflug
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Satono Noblesse
Deep Impact
Hail to Reason
Halo


Sired by Galileo, Winter is out of a Choisir daughter. A former shuttler to Ireland for Coolmore, the Australian-based Choisir is by Danehill Dancer, a grandson of the aforementioned Danzig. Idaho has that same basic cross going on with the 4-year-old colt by Galileo and out of a mare by Danzig’s son Danehill.

Danehill is often the most popular way Danzig is found in Group 1s but another son, Anabaa, is playing his own part here. The late sire is the broodmare sire of two Arc runners in Galileo’s Capri (with a similar cross to the Galileo over Danehill) and Dubawi’s Plumatic. Plumatic brings in a watered down Northern Dancer over Mr. Prospector cross that proved to be successful in their breeding days.

The final Danzig line found within the broodmare sires is one not seen often with Lure’s son Orpen as the broodmare sire of Japan’s Satono Diamond. A subfertile stallion, Lure didn’t have many foals so in that sense, it is impressive that he not only had at least one son able to care on his line but that son also is represented in a race like the Arc.

The farthest back Northern Dancer is found in the sire lines of broodmare sires is five steps back thanks to Seventh Heaven, who is out of a Johannesburg mare. Johannesburg himself is a great-great grandson of the influential sire.

Northern Dancer is one generation farther back in Brametot’s pedigree. Brametot is by Rajsaman, a stallion himself who could almost be considered an outcross with Northern Dancer not appearing in his sire line until the fifth generation through Lyphard. In fact, looking at Brametot’s first five generations, you see only one cross to Northern Dancer through Rajsman’s dam, a granddaughter of Nijinsky but when you step back one more generation, you add that extra dose through Lyphard. However, Brametot does avoid extra Northern Dancer on his dam’s side through her sire Law Society, who is the only sire or broodmare sire here to trace back to Tom Rolfe.

Rajsaman (La Cauviniere photo)
Northern Dancer is also found in the fifth generation of Cloth of Stars' sire line. By Sea the Stars, Cloth of Stars is another nod to the legacy of the great broodmare Urban Sea, who is the granddam or great-granddam of eight runners in this race through her sons Galileo and Sea the Stars.

Sea the Stars is one of two stallions from the Danzig branch to have a runner in the race with Fastnet Rock siring One Foot In Heaven, who is out of a Peintre Celebre mare. Peintre Celebre himself is a grandson of Northern Dancer, giving One Foot In Heaven a 4 x 4 cross to Northern Dancer through his sire lines with a third cross coming from Fastnet Rock’s broodmare sire Royal Academy.

Overall, 13 runners in the race can be traced back to Northern Dancer through their sires. But stepping away from Northern Dancer, one finds some other interesting sire lines in the race.

Mr. Prospector of course features fairly prominently. Great-grandson Dubawi, considered the second best sire in Europe, has two runners in the race with Zarak and Plumatic.

Zarak’s broodmare sire is Zamindar, giving him a 4 x 4 cross to Mr. Prospector. Zarak is one of two runners who come from the Gone West branch of Mr. Prospector’s line with last year’s Arc third-place finisher Order of St George returning this year. That horse is out of a daughter of Gone West and could easily farther increase the value of a colt out of Order of St George’s half-sister who sold at the Goffs Orby Sale for €350,000 to Shadwell.

The late Kingmambo is a Mr. Prospector son represented three times here with both his runners sired by Northern Dancer lined stallions. Kingmambo is the broodmare sire of Ulysses and Cloth of Stars while his son King’s Best is the broodmare sire of Doha Dream, a colt sired by Shamardal. Kingmambo died in 2016 but his son is still active, standing at Darley Japan the last few years. Between all the runners in the Arc, Mr. Prospector’s sire line is represented seven times through six runners just through the sires and broodmare sires in the race.

Kingmambo
It’s no secret that Japan is eager to win the Arc and this year they’ll have two runners, both sons of Deep Impact.

Deep Impact is a son of two-time classic winner Sunday Silence, who is a Hail to Reason grandson. While Sunday Silence stood his whole career in Japan and didn’t have many international runners, his son Deep Impact looks to carry this line a bit more internationally. In addition to his two Arc runners, he had Saxon Warrior win the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford last Sunday and the highly regarded September win the listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot in addition to finishing third in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes a few weeks ago.

Neither of Deep Impact’s Arc runners are out of mares by the same broodmare sires as those two though Satono Diamond is close with September out of a Danehill mare and Satono Diamond out of an Orpen mare. As mentioned before, Orpen is a grandson of Danzig with Danehill a son of the stallion.

Satono Noblesse however has nothing in common with the two Deep Impact regulars. The 7-year-old entire is out of a Tony Bin mare and the closest he comes to the Northern Dancer sire line is having Northern Dancer’s grandsire Nearco in the eighth generation through his broodmare sire. It should be noted however that even though Satono Noblesse doesn’t have Northern Dancer in either his sire or broodmare sire’s sire lines he does have a 5 x 5 cross to that stallion through both his granddams.
ARC BROODMARE SIRE LINES 

Horse
Damsire
Sire Line
Branch
Enable
Sadler’s Wells
Northern Dancer
Sadler’s Wells
Ulysses
Kingmambo
Mr. Prospector
Kingmambo
Order Of St George
Gone West
Mr. Prospector
Gone West
Brametot
Law Society
Tom Rolfe
Hoist The Flag
Dschingis Secret
Platini
Birkhahn
Literat
Winter
Choisir
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Capri
Anabaa
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Zarak
Zamindar
Mr. Prospector
Gone West
Satono Diamond
Orpen
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Cloth Of Stars
Kingmambo
Mr. Prospector
Kingmambo
Seventh Heaven
Johannesburg
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
Doha Dream
King’s Best
Mr. Prospector
Kingmambo
Idaho
Danehill
Northern Dancer
Danzig
One Foot In Heaven
Peintre Celebre
Northern Dancer
Nureyev
Plumatic
Anabaa
Northern Dancer
Danzig
Silverware
River Mist
Never Bend
Riverman
Iquitos
Areion
Bold Reasoning
Super Concorde
Satono Noblesse
Tony Bin
Kalamoun
Kampala

Five-year-old Silverwave may get the award for having the biggest sire lines outcross. While he has Northern Dancer four times in his fifth generation, all are brought into his pedigree through his grand and great-granddams. In a bit of a random twist, Silverwave’s sireline is the same line as Satono Noblese’s though through different son of Kalmoun with Satono Noblese’s line following the Kampala branch and Silverwave following the Kenmare line.

That Kenmare line actually give Silverwave two doses of Riverman. A son of Never Bend, Riverman is the grandsire of Silverwave’s broodmare sire River Mist while also being the broodmare sire of Silverwave’s great-grandsire Highest Honor. Since he was talked about above, it’s also worth mentioning that Anabaa is the broodmare sire of Silverwave’s sire Silver Frost, obviously providing one of those crosses to Northern Dancer.

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is scheduled to go off at 3:05 p.m. local time with Enable currently favored to become the sixth filly in the last 10 years to win the Arc.