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Australia heads seven for Irish Champion Stakes

Leopardstown, Turf, 2012m
13 September 2014

Australia (GB) (Galileo) will face four Group 1 winners in today’s G1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, the showpiece feature of the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend, with connections in a confident mood.

Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Teo Ah Khing’s G1 English and Irish Derby and G1 Juddmonte International hero will be long odds-on despite the presence of the G1 Eclipse Stakes hero Mukhadram (GB) (Shamardal), G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby (Ire) (Mastercraftsman) and last year’s G1 Irish Derby scorer Trading Leather (Ire) (Teofilo), as well as the triple top-level winner Al Kazeem (GB) (Dubawi).

“You have to beat the best to be the best and the more of them turn up the better,” Joseph O’Brien commented. “It’s a competitive race and very exciting - I might never get to ride another horse like him. He’s done nothing wrong all season and seems to have come on from York. I’ve ridden him a couple of times at home since and he feels brilliant. All being well, he should take the beating. This weekend is a great initiative, so hopefully the crowds will give it the support it needs.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News



Galileo Empire (2013)

“He’s beyond awesome now; he’s legendary. Galileo now ranks seventh on the TDN Cumulative General Sire List with progeny earnings over $91-million.”
From the desk of Bill Oppenheim

bill oppenheimBill Oppenheim / TDNTonalist’s Belmont victory last weekend is another feather in the cap of Gainesway’s 2014 Leading North American Sire Tapit. With 2014 progeny earnings now over $6.7-million, he is nearly $2.7-million clear of the Darley duo of Medaglia dOro and Street Cry, with WinStar’s Speightstown a close-up fourth (all right around the $4-million mark. Tapit is the second-leading North American sire by number of winners (82; Lane’s End’s City Zip leads with 84); Tapit is second to City Zip (11) in number of 2014 black-type winners with nine; is the jointleader with Speightstown with 19 2014 black-type horses; and he is the leading North American sire by 2014 graded stakes winners (eight; Lane’s End’s Candy Ride next with six); graded stakes horses (15 ahead of Speightstown’s 13); and number of Grade 1 winners (three). It’s a career year, and you can bet his stud fee is going up from this year’s $150,000. Interesting, and in my view very significant, too, that America’s fearsome foursome of top sires whose first foals were born in 2006 now include three of the top four sires in North America (#1,Tapit, #2 Medaglia d’Oro, and #4 Speightstown), and four of the top eight, as Candy Ride is #8.

The same four European and two North American sires still occupy the top six places on the TDN Second-Crop Sire List as was the case when we reviewed them a couple of weeks ago, but Coolmore’s Mastercraftsman, last year’s Leading NA/EU freshman sire, has now taken over the top spot on the second-crop list by virtue of Kingston Hill’s bang-up second to Australia (Galileo) in last Saturday’s G1 Epsom Derby. Kingston Hill was 3 1/4 lengths clear of longshot Romsdal (Halling) in third, who in turn was 3 3/4 lengths clear of Arod (Teofilo) in fourth, as the first two drew off from the field. Meanwhile Gilltown’s Sea The Stars moved into second place on the 2014 Year To Date second-crop list by getting his first Group 1 and Classic winner as Sheikh Hamdan ran one-two in Friday’s G1 Epsom Oaks with the unbeaten Taghrooda, by Sea The Stars, scoring an authoritative 3 3/4-length win over Tarfasha (Teofilo), with Volume, from Mount Nelson’s second crop, running third. Sea The Stars is now the leading second-crop sire, in Europe or North America, by number of 2014 winners (25), black-type winners (5), black-type horses (12), group winners (4) and group horses (6), and is second only to Mastercraftsman by 2014 progeny earnings.

The leading North American second-crop sire, WinStar’s Pioneerof the Nile, also moved past Thewayyouare into third spot on the combined second-crop list. Taylor Made’s Old Fashioned, sire of last Saturday’s GI Acorn Stakes runner-up Sweet Whiskey; and Haras de la Cauviniere’s Le Havre, sire of G1 Poule de Essai des Pouliches winner Avenir Certain, round out the top six, still the only ones in their class with 2014 progeny earnings over $1-million.

But Galileo, he is the ‘Big Daddy’, and now that the proper racing is getting underway, here he is again. There’s not much we can add about Australia’s pedigree; as everybody’s more or less said, it’s one of those exceptional cases where breeding the best to the best and hoping for the best has actually worked. But look at Galileo now on the TDN Year To Date General Sire List. It’s not so much that he has climbed to fifth overall by progeny earnings, but by the number of black-type horses he has again already this year. He is the leading NA/EU sire by: number of black-type Winners (17; Darley’s Shamardal and City Zip are tied for second with 11); number of black-type horses (34; Darley’s Dubawi is second, with 20); number of GSW (10; Tapit and Shamardal are tied, with eight); and number of GSH (19; Tapit is second, with 15). He’s beyond awesome now; he’s legendary. Galileo now ranks seventh on the TDN Cumulative General Sire List with progeny earnings over $91-million.

So what is the fallout from the weekend’s results? One, Galileo is not just the world number one, but in fact ranks with the greats of the turn of the century.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News



nathan tinkler patinack farmNathan Tinkler / South Coast Register (p)

“We are planning to expand the current operation,
offering a mixture of proven and new stallions for every breeder in Australia.”
- Daniel Kenny (CEO Cibola Capital)

Australian mining magnate Nathan Tinkler has sold his entire Patinack Farm racing and breeding operation to a group of parties from the Middle East, according to published reports. While a sum was not disclosed, it is believed to be in the ballpark of A$100 million.

Tinkler has been a controversial player in the Australian racing industry since founding Patinack in 2007. It is believed he invested about A$500 million in racing and breeding in the ensuing seven years, however, his fortunes took a dive when coal prices began to drop in 2012. The sale was negotiated by the UAE-based investment firm Cibola Capital, which also took a stake and is the only identified new owner.

“I am extremely pleased to agree the sale of Patinack Farm to an ambitious group who will continue to build on the foundations we have laid over the last six years,” said Tinkler in a statement. “I am also satisfied that the investment I have made into the Patinack Farm facilities and bloodlines will continue and that Patinack staff will be offered employment.”

Daniel Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of Cibola Capital, told Racing Post: “We are planning to expand the current operation, offering a mixture of proven and new stallions for every breeder in Australia. We look forward to announcing our stallion lineup and operational structure in the coming weeks.”

Patinack’s current stallion roster includes dual French Classic winner Lope De Vega (Ire) (Shamardal), who is represented by his first European 2-year-olds this year.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News



Await The Dawn
(Photos : Summerhill Archives)

Stallion masters are always seeking out the next “big thing”

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEOMick Goss
Summerhill CEO
Let’s be frank about this, we wouldn’t be penning this note if there wasn’t a commercial advantage in it. But there’s a strategic message in it as well, for any breeder who’s looking for an “edge”. Stallion masters are always seeking out the next “big thing”, and in that cause, they’re trying to identify the source of the most likely lineage of pre-potency. Getting in before the word gets out, gives you a head start, not only from a financial perspective, but especially in providing your broodmare pool with fresh prospects for exploitation.

For a while now, we’ve been watching the first of the “Giant’s Causeways” to go to stud, commencing with Shamardal, who was one of his first outstanding racers to enter a breeding shed. Now ranked in the vanguard of the best European stallions, Shamardal was an instant hit, while his contemporary, the unbeaten Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, has proven a very effective sire, after being a touch slow out of the starting blocks. Sharmadal’s tally of Group One winners already sits at ten, while Footstepsinthesand has a brace of them. Across the Atlantic, First Samurai is quietly carving a name for himself at Claiborne Farm with Group One performers of his own, mainly on the dirt, which speaks for versatility.

Just this past weekend, the former Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1) hero, Intense Focus gave notice of a promising career when his first crop son, Astaire, was a game all-the-way winner of the Middle Park Stakes (Gr.1) at Newmarket. There aren’t many Giant’s Causeways at stud yet, so it might be early to be casting a judgment, but on this evidence, there are few exceptions we can’t at least call “respectable”. By comparison, Sadler’s Wells took what seemed like an eternity to blossom as a sire of sires, yet with Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral, El Prado and Fort Wood, you’d have to concede, he’s the “business” right now. Team Coolmore could not have wished for a better compliment to Giant’s Causeway’s early reputation of a sire-getter, and while his profile has obviously been enhanced by his own trio of American sires’ championships, these young stallions were conceived long before he made it to the mountaintop.

So here’s the commercial: a year ago we came agonisingly close to acquiring the splendidly bred and well-performed Viscount Nelson, but if we’d known then what we discovered subsequently, the one we’d have always preferred was Await The Dawn. It was just that at that particular time, Await The Dawn looked way beyond our reach. It is a sad statement on the value of our currency that we are unable to compete for the most accomplished of the world’s stallion prospects. We occasionally have to prosper through the adversity of others. A life-threatening illness put a line under the horse’s career; unfulfilled promise becomes the “kiss of death” in circumstances like these, and suddenly he was a possibility for the Summerhill paddocks. We weren’t alone in our belief that in Await The Dawn, we’d seen one of Europe’s best middle distance performers of his generation. The world’s most respected rating agency declared him a Group One winner in waiting, but the only ones waiting now are those of us who are trying to be part of the “second coming”.

Await The Dawn has attracted as good a book as we’ve known at Summerhill in recent years: he deserves it. The general consensus here is that he ranks with the best stallions we’ve been associated with, and that’s saying something in a line-up that’s stronger now than at any previous time in our history.

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Await The Dawn
(Photos : Summerhill Archives)

“…the secret will only be revealed at the tail end…”

For those who, like us have been “pricked” by the imminent arrival at Summerhill of Giant’s Causeway’s highly performed son, Await The Dawn, this article is of prime interest, but we’re afraid the secret will only be revealed at the tail end. Why?

Alastair Nicolson - At the onset of the hostilities of World War Two, film mogul Laudy L Lawrence made the wise decision to ship his prized mare Cosquilla, in foal to Prince Rose, from France to Ireland. Others, including Prince Rose himself, were less fortunate. One, a little yearling filly by Sickle out of Minnewaska, was captured by the invading Nazi forces in the dark spring of 1940. Small but redoubtable, she survived her journey well enough to win two races in Germany at three.

At the end of the War, The Squaw was repatriated and soon thereafter crossed the Atlantic, the property of Prince Dmitriy Jorjadze of Georgia, for a date with his pride and joy, the son of Prince Rose and Cosquilla who, as Princequillo, had carried his colours to victory in such prestigious events as the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Saratoga Cup. Prince Dmitriy loved life in the fast lane, powering his Mercedes-Benz SSK to victory in the 1931 Spa 24 Hours Grand Prix, covering 1,580 miles at an average of almost 66mph. By contrast, Herman B Delman’s designs were of a less speedy nature. Ladies’ shoes to be precise. But in 1949, his world was to change. Overlooking his previous limited success with forays into thoroughbred ownership, the ever optimistic Delman purchased the Prince’s yearling filly by Princequillo out of The Squaw. Having had second thoughts about selling her at Saratoga, Delman named the filly How and sent her into training with Princequillo’s former tutor, Horatio Luro. Expectations were distinctly low as she made her debut in a $6,000 claiming event at Saratoga against opposition with such inspiring names as Futile. Yet, everything had changed by the end of the year, when, with three wins from four starts, How was assessed joint top juvenile filly on the Experimental Free Handicap despite being untested in Stakes company. The following season, nine of her ten races were in Stakes, the highlights easy victories in the Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks, while, at four, she added the Ladies Handicap.

How produced her first foal on the 19th February 1955 at Normandy Farm, Lexington. Sadly, Delman lived to see her for only a few months before his death that October. By Sir Gallahad’s speedy son Roman, the filly was offered for sale at Keeneland the following summer and was purchased for $36,000 by Raymond Guest, the future owner of Larkspur and Sir Ivor who at that time raced under the moniker of Powhatan. The chief soon became so attached to his little one that he christened her Pocahontas. She soon displayed her precocity and class, rewarding him with a game victory in Saratoga’s Schuylerville Stakes over five and a half furlongs. Of the seven fillies rated above her on the Experimental Free Handicap was How’s full-sister Sequoia, who finished behind her cousin in the Schuylerville but gained revenge in emphatic style in the Spinaway Stakes. Indeed, another full-sister, Cherokee Rose, had by this time emulated How with victory in the 1954 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Pocahontas produced nine foals for Guest before her death in 1972. Five became Stakes winners. The most distinguished was a small, well balanced colt by Ribot aptly named Tom Rolfe, who earned the title of US Champion Three-Year-Old of 1965 with victories in the Preakness Stakes, American Derby and Arlington Classic and audaciously contested that year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, finishing five places behind the imperious Sea-Bird. By Bold Ruler, Pocahontas’ second foal, Chieftain, won 13 of his 36 starts, garnering prestigious scores in a division of the Cowdin Stakes at two, the Governor’s Gold Cup at three and the Arlington Handicap at four. By Larkspur, Wenona won the Blandford Stakes for Vincent O’Brien, while Pocahontas’ final two foals, the Sir Ivor filly Lady Rebecca and the Reindeer colt Ahdeek were also Stakes winners, the former taking the Gr.3 Prix Vanteaux. Tom Rolfe and Chieftain both became high-class sires.

The former’s 665 foals numbered 48 Stakes winners, these featuring the 1970 US Champion Juvenile Hoist The Flag and the US Champion Turf Horses Bowl Game and Run The Gantlet. The sire of Alleged, Hoist The Flag developed into an outstanding stallion, as did Run The Gantlet, whose best were fine indeed: April Run, Ardross, Commanche Run, Providential and Swiftfoot. Chieftain sired 43 Stakes winners from his 491 foals, notably the US Champion Older Mare Cascapedia, the Kentucky Oaks heroine Lucky Lucky Lucky and the admirable millionaire Fit To Fight.

Furthermore, Pocahontas’ unplaced son by Sea Hawk, War Hawk was New Zealand’s Champion Sire in 1981. By Reindeer’s sire Santa Claus, the unraced Santa Paula produced Vaguely Noble’s Gr.1 Premio Roma hero Noble Saint and is grandam of Selkirk’s Gr.1 Matriarch Stakes and Gr.1 Beverly Hills Handicap heroine Squeak, but it is Lady Rebecca who has had the most enduring influence of Pocahontas’ daughters. By Lyphard, her son Alzao won the Gr.3 Premio Ellington before siring 93 Stakes winners in an honourable stud career, these including the Classic heroines Matiya, Shahtoush and Winona, the dual Gr.1 Champion Stakes queen Alborada, the fine miler Second Set and Deep Impact’s Gr.1 Rheinland-Pokal-winning dam Wind In Her Hair. Rated 101 by Timeform, Alzao’s full-sister Light Of Hope produced the Listed-placed pair Happy Heart and Maria De La Luz to the half-brothers Exit To Nowhere and Machiavellian. In turn, Happy Heart is the dam of two leading Australian fillies in Danehill Dancer’s Gr.1 VRC Oaks heroine Arapaho Miss and Hussonet’s Gr.1 MRC 1,000 Guineas runner-up Heartsareforlove, while Maria De La Luz’s regal daughter Minakshi continued her rise to stardom by becoming Giant’s Causeway’s son Footstepsinthesand’s fourteenth Graded and Group winner with success in Woodbine’s Gr.2 Canadian Stakes eleven days ago. Both Maria De La Luz and Happy Heart are inbred to Pocahontas via Lady Rebecca and Tom Rolfe, the latter’s son Hoist The Flag being the sire of Raise The Standard, grandam of Machiavellian and Exit To Nowhere.

In turn, Happy Heart’s fine daughter Heartsareforlove is inbred to Hoist The Flag. Indeed, Maria De La Luz is closely related to the Gr.2 American Derby ace Evolving Tactics, himself one of just five foals by Machiavellian out of daughters of Alzao. Alzao’s nine foals from mares by Hoist The Flag’s son Alleged feature three Stakes winners, notably the Gr.1 Beverly D Stakes and Gr.1 Diana Handicap heroine Angara, while his Gr.2 Grand Prix de Deauville victor Epistolaire and Gr.3 Grand Prix de Vichy scorer Bailador are out of granddaughters of Alleged. By Alleged out of a granddaughter of Chieftain, the Gr.1 Premio Vittorio di Capua hero Jurado set the ball rolling for the success of combining Tom Rolfe with Chieftain.

This has become a major factor in the success of the stallion career of Giant’s Causeway, whose third dam is Chieftain’s Stakes-winning daughter Imsodear. Eleven of  Giant’s Causeway’s Graded and Group winners are inbred to Pocahontas in this way, including the Gr.1 La Brea Stakes heroine Book Review, the Gr.1 Spinster Stakes queen Carriage Trail, the Gr.1 Norfolk Stakes hero Creative Cause, the dual Chilean Classic ace Giant’s Steps and the European Champion Juvenile Shamardal, the latter one of his 17 foals of racing age from Machiavellian mares. Further, Giant’s Causeway’s two Stakes winners from nine foals of racing age from daughters of Alzao feature the Queen’s Plate ace Mike Fox. Thus Minakshi’s astute owner/breeders, Amelie and Robert Ehrnrooth of Haras de Bourgeuville, sent their beloved Maria De La Luz to Giant’s Causeway’s unbeaten Gr.1 2,000 Guineas hero Footstepsinthesand. Minakshi’s birth in Normandy on 3rd February 2008 was her family’s return home. The rest is now glorious history.

Editors note: This story raises all kinds of possibilities for the mating of daughters of Mullins Bay and Kahal (both sons of Machiavellian) with Await The Dawn.

Extracts from European Bloodstock News

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