Bloodstock Bites: More Magic to come?
Chris Hill brings us his weekly round-up of the latest news from the bloodstock scene and focusses on the Breeders' Cup.
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With the end of the domestic Flat season less than a week away, the top-class Flat action switched to the West Coast of the United States where the 30th running of the Breeders' Cup, the 'World Championships of Horse Racing' took place at Santa Anita with notable European success.
The highlight of the two-day meeting, the Breeders' Cup Classic, was won in thrilling fashion by the Kathy Ritvo-trained Mucho Macho Man (Mucho Uno) who under legendary jockey Gary Stevens just held off the closing lunge of Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song), with Aidan O'Brien's Declaration of War (War Front) a gallant head further behind.
Out of Ponche de Leona (Ponche), a winner of eight races in the US including the Listed Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita, Mucho Macho Man is a half-brother to another black-type performer in the three-time winner and stakes-placed Mucho Mans Gold (Gottcha Gold).
Though the rest of the close family contains little black-type, his sire Macho Uno - a brother to the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and leading sire Awesome Again - was a Champion U.S. Two Year Old Colt himself in the 2000 season that saw him take that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile honours.
Since retiring to stud, his seven crops of racing age have produced four individual Grade One winners with Private Zone, Macho Again and Wicked Style all having landed top-class success alongside the Reeves Thoroughbred Racing-owned Classic winner.
"For Galileo, Magician's success maintains his sire's dominance over middle-distances in a season that has seen his sons Ruler of The World and Intello follow in his Group One winning hoofprints and claim the English Derby and French equivalent respectively."
With victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Magician recorded his second success at the highest level to go with his Irish 2000 Guineas victory earlier in the season. Out of the Listed Cork Stakes winning mare Absolutelyfabulous (Mozart), the Aidan O'Brien-trained three year-old colt is a full brother to the other winner she has produced, the one-time winning filly Wonderful (Galileo), with all her subsequent coverings having been by the Coolmore super-stallion and resulting in a two year-old colt named Absolute Galileo and yearling filly and filly foal.
The further pedigree is one that Coolmore have had phenomenal success with courtesy of Brigid (Irish River), the third dam of Magician and dam of Group One winners Sequoyah (Sadler's Wells) - the winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes in 2000 and herself the dam of Champion Miler Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo) and Group Three winner Queen Cleopatra (Kingmambo) - Listen, the 2007 Fillies' Mile winner and Listed winner Oyster Catcher (Bluebird).
For Galileo, the 2001 Epsom Derby hero and Champion European three-year-old, Magician's success maintains his sire's dominance over middle-distances in a season that has seen his sons Ruler of The World and Intello follow in his Group One winning hoofprints and claim the English Derby and French equivalent respectively.
But for the Sir Michael Stoute trained Dank (Dansili), Galileo could have completed the Breeders' Cup Turf double with Andre Fabre's filly Romantica just finding James Wigan's four year-old homebred filly too good in the Filly and Mare Turf contest.
One of six winners out of the three-time French winner Masskana (Darshaan), herself a daughter of the French 1000 Guineas winner Masarika (Thatch), Dank is a three-parts sister to the Group One Hong Kong Cup winner and Epsom Derby runner-up Eagle Mountain (Rock of Gibraltar) as well as a half-sister to the Champion French Two Year Old Filly Sulk (Selkirk) and Listed winner Wallace (Royal Academy).
"Dansili has had quite a season and with Dank's second Grade One victory last Saturday to go with her Beverley D Stakes win from August, the Juddmonte Stud resident's progeny have won 25 Grade/Group One races between them from just 10 crops of racing age."
Dansili has had quite a season himself with top level victories in the UK by The Fugue and Winsili complementing the international success of Flintshire, Foreteller and Laughing, and with Dank's second Grade One victory last Saturday to go with her Beverley D Stakes win from August, the Juddmonte Stud resident's progeny have won 25 Grade/Group One races between them from just 10 crops of racing age.
In this year's Juvenile Turf races it was the British contingent that took the honours with the Charlie Appleby-trained Outstrip (Exceed And Excel) claiming the juvenile contested by colts whilst Chriselliam (Iffraaj), Charlie Hills' Fillies' Mile winner, took the fillies' equivalent in impressive fashion.
For Outstrip this was a first success at the top level following a Group Two win in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and a third place behind War Command in the Group One Dewhurst earlier this month. The first winner produced by the Grade One Spinster Stakes winning mare Asi Siempre (El Prado), who was purchased by John Ferguson for $3,000,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Select Fall Sale, the Godolphin homebred descends from the further family of Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Turkish Treasure (Sir Ivor) and Norfolk Stakes winner Magic Mirror (Nureyev), as well as the Group Two winner and two-time Group One runner-up Almushtarak (Fairy King).
Purchased by SackvilleDonald for 40,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearlings Sale in 2012 for owners Willie Carson, Emily Asprey and Chris Wright, Chriselliam is the third winner out of Danielli (Danehill), a five-time placed performer for Jim Bolger, making the dual Grade/Group One winner a half-sister to the North American Grade Three and Listed-placed Janicellaine (Beat Hollow) and the two-time hurdles winner Akula (Soviet Star).
"Chriselliam completed quite a double for Darley stallions as her sire Iffraaj stands for the global breeding operation at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, whilst Exceed And Excel, the sire of Outstrip, resides during the Northern Hemisphere covering season at Dalham Hall."
Danielli is herself a sibling to a pair of Group One winners in the Premio Lydia Tesio winner Eva's Request (Soviet Star) and Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle (Priolo) - the dam of the Listed scorer Kiltubber (Sadler's Wells) who is herself the dam of a pair of Group Three scorers in Fox Hunt (Dubawi) and Anam Allta (Invincible Spirit) - being out of the Group Three Phoenix Sprint Stakes winner Ingabelle (Taufan).
With victory in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf, Chriselliam completed quite a double for Darley stallions as her sire Iffraaj stands for the global breeding operation at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, whilst Exceed And Excel, the sire of Outstrip, resides during the Northern Hemisphere covering season at their Newmarket headquarters at Dalham Hall.
Stallions in the news this week include Most Improved, last year's St James's Palace Stakes winner, who will be Coolmore's first representative at stud from the Invincible Spirit sire line when he stands at the operation's Castlehyde Stud in Ireland from 2014.
The announcement came the same week that his two year-old half-brother Ectot (Hurricane Run) cosily landed the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud for trainer Elie Lellouche - in the process becoming his sire's first winner at the highest level - with both siblings being out of Tonnara (Linamix), a half-sister to Group Three winner Albisola (Montjeu), from the further family of Grade One winning hurdler Grumeti (Sakhee).
Staying in France, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani's Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy will welcome Planteur for the forthcoming breeding season where the 2011 Prix Ganay winner will commence stud duties alongside this season's French 2000 Guineas winner Style Vendome. Planteur's first season covering fee has been set at €6,000 whilst the Nicolas Clement-trained Classic winner will stand for €12,000.
"Stallions in the news this week include Most Improved, last year's St James's Palace Stakes winner, who will be Coolmore's first representative at stud from the Invincible Spirit sire line when he stands at the operation's Castlehyde Stud in Ireland from 2014."
In the sales ring, the last week of October brought with it the four-day Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale and the small selection of yearlings that made up Book 4 of the October Yearling Sale.
Helped by purchasers coming from as far afield as Australia and the Middle East, the Horses In Training Sale saw a total of 20,863,800 guineas change hands, an increase of over 100,000 guineas on the 2012 sale, with the average price an improvement of 2% at 23,338 guineas.
Joint sale toppers, both selling for 380,000 guineas, were Goodwood Mirage (Jeremy) and Validus (Zamindar), though their futures couldn't be much further apart.
Goodwood Mirage, who was victorious for both John Dunlop and William Knight, was bought by Jonjo O'Neill on behalf of J P McManus after a protracted battle between flat and jump representatives, and is set for a hurdling career at Jackdaws Castle.
Validus, twice a winner for Luca Cumani whose Bedford Lodge Stables consigned the gelding on behalf of owner/breeder Stuart Stuckey, was purchased by Anthony Stroud Bloodstock and is due to continue his career in Dubai with next year's Carnival a possible target.
The final Tattersalls October Yearling Sale saw 37 lots change hands for a total of 115,700 guineas with the average price of 4,628 guineas and median of 3,500 guineas. The sale's top lot was a daughter of Group Three Prix La Rochette winner Multiplex out of the twice-raced mare Nut (Fasliyev) from the further family of European Champion Older Mare Timarida, who sold to Bobby O'Ryan on behalf of trainer Brendan Powell for 14,000 guineas.