Bred for success

  • By: Chris Hill
  • Last Updated: May 12 2014, 19:46 BST

Weatherbys Pedigree Researcher Chris Hill nominates the first season sires that it can pay to follow this Flat season.

Rip Van Winkle's progeny could be worth following in the second part of the season
Rip Van Winkle's progeny could be worth following in the second part of the season

Arcano (Oasis Dream x Tariysha (Daylami)) - Derrinstown Stud

Unbeaten in three starts for Brian Meehan at two, including when having subsequent Guineas winners Special Duty and Canford Cliffs behind him in second and third when landing the Group One Prix Morny. Made a good start with his first runner Kasb winning on debut when looking owner’s second string and being from the family of Prix de l’Abbaye winner Gilt Edge Girl, Arcano looks capable of passing plenty of speed on to his progeny.

One to note – Faddwa – Roger Varian-trained half-sister to four juvenile winners including the Irish Listed winner Heart of Fire.


Equiano (Acclamation x Entente Cordiale (Ela-Mana-Mou)) – Newsells Park Stud


A dual-winner of the King’s Stand Stakes for Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez (for whom he won two of his six starts in Spain at two) and Barry Hills, Equiano should pass a fair amount of his sprinting speed onto his offspring. Has already been responsible for one two year-old winner and should be represented by plenty more over sprint trips. Also in his favour is being a son of leading two year-old sire Acclamation, making him a paternal sibling to Dark Angel, the sire of last year’s Champion Older European Sprinter Lethal Force.

One to note – Green Tornado – On paper it looks like this Ralph Beckett-trained colt should be very precocious being a grandson of the great sprinter Lochsong out of the Listed winner Loch Verdi whose first two foals are both winning juveniles.

"Equiano should pass on a fair amount of his sprinting speed. Also in his favour is being a son of leading two year-old sire Acclamation, making him a paternal sibling to Dark Angel, the sire of last year’s Champion Older European Sprinter Lethal Force."

Fast Company (Danehill Dancer x Sheezalady (Zafonic)) – Rathasker Stud


The winner of two of his three starts at two, his only season to race, including the Group Three Acomb Stakes and a close runner up to New Approach in the Dewhurst Stakes enabled the Brian Meehan-trained colt to end his racing career rated the second Top rated Two Year-Old in 2007. A paternal sibling to last year’s Champion European first season sire Mastercraftsman being a son of Danehill Dancer, Rathasker Stud’s Fast Company has already been responsible for three early two year-old winners and should sire plenty more at up to a mile.

One to note – Pres Rapide – John Quinn-trained half-brother to Hay Chewed (Camacho), a juvenile winner last season, out of the two year-old winner Titian Saga from the further family of the 2013 Listed two year-old winner Hurry up Harriet.

Makfi (Dubawi x Dhelaal (Green Desert)) – Tweenhills Farm & Stud


Mikel Delzangles’ 2010 2000 Guineas and Prix Jacques la Marois winner was successful on his only start at two and is the first son of triple Group One victor Dubawi to have runners. From the family of Champion European Two Year-Old Alhaarth, it will probably be over trips close to a mile that his progeny come into their own though he has already been responsible for an impressive juvenile winner over the minimum trip.

One to note – Ijmaaly - $300,000 yearling purchase for Godolphin out of a half-sister to Poet’s Voice, a Group One winning miler for the operation by Dubawi.


Rip Van Winkle (Galileo x Looking Back (Stravinsky)) – Coolmore Stud


Following in the footsteps of New Approach as a stallion son of multiple Champion sire Galileo, Rip Van Winkle was a three-time Group One winner and winner of two if his three starts at two which included victory in the Group Three Tyros Stakes. Trained by Aidan O’Brien to Champion European Miler honours in 2009, despite having to compete against the great Sea The Stars, it is likely that his progeny, like himself, will excel over a mile or further so it’s probably best to follow them later in their two year old careers when race distances increase.

One to note – I Am Beautiful – As you would expect being in the care of Aidan O’Brien this filly is exquisitely bred being a half-sister to the 2005 Champion European Two Year-Old filly Rumplestiltskin, the dam of the yard’s leading fillies’ Classic fancy Tapestry, and from the further family of Champion mare Miesque.

"Being by last year’s Champion Two Year-Old sire Invincible Spirit, if Zebedee can follow in the footsteps of his paternal sibling Lawman and produce black-type winners from his first couple of crops, Tally-Ho Stud will surely be delighted."

Showcasing (Oasis Dream x Arabesque (Zafonic)) – Whitsbury Manor Stud


Made a strong start to his stallion career having already being responsible for three winners. Another son of Champion Two Year-Old and Sprinter Oasis Dream, Showcasing won two of his four starts for John Gosden at two including the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes. A half-brother to the Group One winner Camacho who sired five black-type winning two year olds last season and from the family of the dual-Australian Group One winner Foreteller, Showcasing should be capable of siring plenty more winners, especially over sprint distances.

One to note – Showstoppa – Part owned by Whitsbury Manor Stud, this Mark Johnston-trained filly is out of a winning two year-old who has produced four juvenile winners including the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes victor Temple Meads.


Zebedee (Invincible Spirit x Cozy Maria (Cozzene)) – Tally-Ho Stud


Though only raced at two, his record was near perfect winning six races from seven starts including the Group Two Flying Childers and Group Three Molecomb Stakes for Richard Hannon Snr. Being by last year’s Champion Two Year-Old sire Invincible Spirit, if he can follow in the footsteps of his paternal sibling Lawman - the sire of Group One winners Just The Judge and Most Improved - and produce black-type winners from his first couple of crops, Tally-Ho Stud will surely be delighted.

One to note – Lady Mascot – Out of a half-sister to the winning juvenile and Listed-placed Magic City, this Richard Hannon-trained filly is also from the further family of the two year-old Group Three winner and Group One Cheveley Park runner-up Aspen Darlin.

Chris Hill

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  • Information correct as of 09/05/14