The outcome of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) highlighted the growing influence of Machiavellian on world racing’s affairs as a sire of sires. One of the more celebrated younger stallions in Great Britain is Medicean, whilst right here at Summerhill, we have Kahal, who is as popular as any other stallion in the country right now. Kahal’s prowess was much in evidence in the outcome of the Gomma Gomma Challenge (Gr1) last Saturday, where his son Emperor Napoleon was a gallant second to his erstwhile Summerhill paddockmate, Pick Six. The same weekend, Medicean was represented by Dutch Art, a close up third in England’s first Classic, the Two Thousand Guineas Gr 1, so Street Sense’s big win at Churchill Downs was the best form of notice, if ever notice was needed, that Machiavellian has well and truly arrived as a stallion whose sons can be reckoned with at stud.
The Kentucky Derby hero’s sire, Street Cry, was a duel Grade One winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap and the Dubai World Cup, and appears capable of producing horses that are equally adept at running on the dirt and the turf. Besides the Derby hero, he already has five other Stakes winners from his first crop of three year olds.
What stands out among all these sons of Machiavellian, is their affinity for mares descending from the Northern Dancer male line. All of Street Sense, Dutch Art and Emperor Napoleon carry his blood in their immediate ancestries, and they also have in common the highly desirable attribute of being stallions that are free of the best cross for Machiavellian himself, Northern Dancer. The circumstances of the situation are particularly fortuitous, since the pedigree of Machiavellian reveals his granddam, Raised The Standard, as a half sister to Northern Dancer. In addition, Machiavellian’s dam, Coup de Folie is by Halo, who like Northern Dancer, is a grandson of the mare Almahmoud.
With Northern Dancer- line mares in strong prevalence at Summerhill, it’s little surprise then that Kahal is not the only stallion on the farm carrying the blood of Machiavellian. He is already accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum’s Hobb Alwhattan (a half brother to Dubai Millenium) and they are likely to be joined this season, by (if he doesn’t carry on his racing career in Europe), by the exquisitely bred and highly performed Mullins Bay.
Summerhill’s inclination towards the Mr. Prospector line as a source of complimentary blood for the vast concentration of Northern Dancer in the stud, appears to have hit the jackpot in its identification of Machiavellian as one of the best “truckers” of this attribute.