Click above to watch Izzi Top winning the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr1)…
(Image : Irish Times - Footage : At The Races UK)
“A daughter of Pivotal from
the immediate family of Mullins Bay”
Greig Muir has been the head stallion man at Summerhill for just over a quarter of a century. He got there because he’s an exceptional horseman and stallion handler. Through his hands have passed some of the nation’s leading sires over the generations, and he knows what he is talking about.
We mention all of this in the context of the outcome of the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.1) at The Curragh on Sunday, which was taken by Izzi Top, a daughter of Pivotal from the immediate family of Mullins Bay. She’s not the only top class performer from this family in the past year, as the winner of last month’s German 2000 Guineas, Caspar Netscher, is out of a sister to Mullins Bay.
Getting back to Greig Muir, he will hear nothing about Mullins Bay other than that he is “the next big horse”, and he’s quick to back up his claims by quoting Alec Laird, Charles Laird, Gavin van Zyl and Tyrone Zackey. In fact, he says he “loves this horse so much, he’d drink his bathwater”. Now that’s believing!
The European Bloodstock News provided a short commentary on Izzi Top’s first Gr.1 success in overpowering another classy four-year-old filly, Sapphire and giving trainer John Gosden a second win in the race in the last four years following Dar Re Mi for Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2009. Izzi Top’s dam Zee Zee Top finished third in this race before going on to win the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera and the Longchamp race is on the agenda for Izzi Top, with the trainer also mentioning the Breeder’s Cup as a possibility. From a branch of one of the most successful recent families in the stud book, Izzi Top is a half sister to the four times eight-to-ten furlong winner Rock N Roll Ransom and is a grand-daughter of the Gr.1 Irish Oaks winner, Colorspin. Besides Zee Zee Top, she has also produced the top-class Group One winners and sires, Opera House and Kayf Tara (both by Sadler’s Wells) and is the granddam of the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes winner, Necklace. Third dam Reprocolor also produced Group One winner Cezanne and Group Two winner Bela Colora (dam of 121 Timeform-rated Mullins Bay (by Machiavellian). This is also the family of last year’s dual Group 2 winning juvenile and this season’s Classic winner, Caspar Netscher.
John Gosden, who trains Izzi Top, does so from his Clairehaven Stables, which is where Pretty Polly herself was trained.