Bloodstock Bites: Risk reward
Chris Hill brings us the latest news from the bloodstock world as My Risk landed his second Grade One as a sire.
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Sire de Grugy (My Risk) confirmed himself the best two mile chaser in the land - in the absence of Sprinter Sacre - with a comprehensive victory under Jamie Moore in Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot, his second Grade One success of the season and also a second at that level for his sire, the Haras de Victot resident My Risk.
Out of Hirlish (Passing Sale), an unraced half-sister to the Listed Grand Steeplechase de Loire Atlantique winner Orlando Magic (Assessor), Gary Moore's eight year-old gelding is a half-brother to three other jumps winners including the Listed Prix Alain du Breil Chase third Nassor de Grugy (Assessor), with all hailing from the family of French black-type winning chasers Oteiul (Djarvis), French Kankan (Sharken) and Okaido (Assessor) as well as the Ascot Listed United House Handicap Chase winner Hot Shots (Passing Sale).
The Paul Nicholls-trained Irish Saint (Saint des Saints) got back to winning ways with an equally impressive victory earlier on the card in the Grade Two Holloway's Hurdle.
Last season's Grade Two Adonis Hurdle winner is the sole winner to date out of Guillaume Macaire's winning hurdler Minirose (Mansonnien) whose grandam, the French Listed Chase winner Rose Angevine (Master Thatch) is the dam of the Grade One Prix Gras Savoye Ferdinand Dufaure Chase winner Bonbon Rose (Mansonnien).
From subsequent matings, Minirose has produced an as yet unnamed four year-old filly by Nickname, and on returning to Saint des Saints has produced Celtic Saint, a three year old colt who was bought by Guy Cherel the former trainer of Irish Saint for €52,000 at Arqana's 2012 Deauville Autumn Mixed Sale, a two year-old colt who was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock for €100,000 at last year's Arqana Deauville Autumn Mixed Sale and a yearling filly.
Irish Saint's victory comes just a few weeks after the Nick Williams-trained Le Rocher claimed the Grade One Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow for his Haras d'Etreham-based sire, a race previously won by Williams with Me Voici, who is, you guessed it, also by Saint des Saints.
At Haydock, the Jeremy Scott-trained Melodic Rendezvous (Where or When) recorded his second Grade Two success of the season in the Champion Hurdle Trial, to compliment his Grade One Tolworth Hurdle victory last season, proving that he was fully recovered from the torn muscle he sustained when contesting December's Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
One of three winners out of Vic Melody (Old Vic), an unraced mare who cost Willie Musson just £600 when purchased in 1996 and is a half-sister to Generous Diana (Generous), the dam of Group Two Jockey Club Stakes winner and two-time Grade/Group One runner-up Dandino (Dansili) and Listed Bumper winner Doyly Carte (Doyen), Melodic Rendezvous descends from the further family of the 1985 Prix de Diane heroine Lypharita (Lightning) and the 1990 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Belmez (El Gran Senor).
On his retirement, the 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Where Or When initially stood at Cheveley Park Stud as a flat stallion, with Melodic Rendezvous among his second crop of foals. However, with only the two Listed Flat winners Myplacelater and Trip To Glory emerging from his time in Newmarket, it must be hoped that his switch in 2009 to
Ballycrystal Stud in County Offaly, the former home of leading jumps stallion Accordion, will produce more offspring of the calibre of Jeremy Scott's Grade One hurdle winner.
With a game success in the Peter Marsh Chase on the same card, the Evan Williams-trained Wychwoods Brook (Midnight Legend) became a fourth winner at Grade Two level for his Pitchall Stud-based sire, following the victories of Midnight Chase, Sparky May and My Petra.
A full brother to the five-time National Hunt winner and Listed Hurdle third, Wychwoods Legend (Midnight Legend), Wychwoods Brook is the fourth foal out of Miss Millbrook (Meadowbrook), a winner of four hunter chases and five point-to-points for David Goldsworthy, the breeder of Saturday's long distance chase winner.
For a second consecutive year, Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) was a unanimous winner of the Horse of the Year title at the Eclipse Awards in the U.S.A. The Morton Fink homebred won six of the seven races he contested last year, including a repeat victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile, and the seven year-old also picked up Champion Older Male and Champion Turf Horse.
Other winners at the awards held at Gulfstream Park in Florida were the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dank (Dansili), who was named Champion Turf Female following two Grade One victories in North America, and the six-time Grade One winner Royal Delta (Empire Maker), who is due to visit Galileo later this year, and who was crowned Champion Older Female.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, whose stallion Kitten's Joy was crowned leading American Sire in 2013, claimed the Champion Breeder title, as well as Champion Owner title, having bred a total of twenty-three black-type winners last season including the six Grade One winners Admiral Kitten, Big Blue Kitten, Kitten's Dumplings, Real Solution and Stephanie's Kitten.
Plantation Stud in Newmarket, which had been on the market since May 2012 and was the birthplace of such stars as Kris and Slip Anchor, has been purchased by Michael and Eddie O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, though rather than be used as a commercial base it is believed that Gigginstown will send their National Hunt horses to the 210-acre property for recuperation.
In South Africa, leading sire National Assembly, who stood at Highlands Stud until his retirement in 2008, passed away at the age of thirty having produced fifty six Stakes winners and nine Champions. That number included the Grade One South African Nursery winner and last season's Group Two Joel Stakes and UAE 2000 Guineas victor Soft Falling Rain as well as National Emblem, the sire of last year's Group One Al Quoz Sprint winner Shea Shea.
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