Stallion Watch

11 for Highland Reel

New winners

Highland Reel (pictured) – Swettenham Stud shuttler Highland Reel (Galileo) chalked up his 11th first crop winner when Hello I Love You (2 f ex Clever Annie by Danehill Dancer) broke her maiden on the first attempt over 1500 metres at Pisa on Sunday. The two-year-old filly beat Beautiful Mistake (Pride Of Dubai) into second with Gold Strategy (Galileo Gold) coming in third. Purchased by her trainer Alduino Botti for €30,000 at last year’s SGA September Selected Yearling Sale, the filly is out winning mare Clever Annie (Danehill Dancer), making her a half-sister to Group 3 winner Cassina De Pomm (Pounced), who in turn produced the stakes-placed Carrobbio (Arcano). Further back this is the same family as Group 1 winner Jakkalberry (Storming Home), who stood at Novara Park until his untimely death in 2018. Highland Reel is covering his fourth book of mares at Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud at a fee of $16,500 (inc GST). 


Russian Revolution – Newgate Farm-based first season sire Russian Revolution (Snitzel) chalked up his first winner when the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Russian Conquest (2 f ex My Conquestadory by Artie Schiller) made a winning debut over 900 metres at Newcastle on Saturday. The two-year-old filly showed a good turn of speed to beat Uncorked (Pierro) by half a length with Last Bid Liam (Shalaa) another neck away in third. Purchased by her trainers for $425,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier in the year, the two-year-old filly is out of the US Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller), who was purchased by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm for US$1.5 million at the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale in 2016, and she is also the dam of Listed scorer Bourbon War (Tapit). Russian Conquest was one of 157 foals produced from Russian Revolution’s first crop and he is standing for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).   


The Mission – Aquis Farm-based first-season stallion The Mission (Choisir) sired his second winner Mishani Mental (2 g ex Mishani Lotus by Octagonal) landed a race over 1110 metres at Doomben on Saturday. The two-year-old gelding came out on top of a close finish to beat Heroic Son (Heroic Valour) by a neck, while Saweetie (I Am Invincible) was another three-quarters of a length away in third. Bred and raced by Mishani Enterprises, the gelding is out of unraced Octagonal mare Mishani Lotus and she is herself a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Mishani Honcho (Jet Spur). The Mission covered 104 mares in his first season and he is standing for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).   


New Group 1/Grade 1 winners

Kizuna – The Shadai Stallion Station-based sire Kizuna (Deep Impact) enjoyed his best day since he joined the stallion ranks when his daughter Akai Ito (4 f ex Wadjet by Symboli Kris S) led home a quinella for the stallion in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr 1, 2200m) at Hanshin on Sunday and in doing so provided the son of Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) with his first elite-level winner. Last seen running seventh in the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes (Gr 2, 1800m), the four-year-old mare was sent out the unfancied 64/1 shot, but produced a shock win when beating Stellaria (Kizuna) by a comfortable two lengths. Clavel (Epiphaneia) was a further neck away in third. Crowned Japan’s Champion first season sire in 2019, Kizuna has sired 16 stakes winners in total.  


Savabeel – Waikato Stud-based stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) brought up his 26th Group 1 winner as the Jamie Richards-trained The Perfect Pink (3 f ex The Solitaire by O’Reilly) won the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday and the win also provided the trainer with his 50th Group 1 win after just over six years with a license. The three-year-old filly led home an impressive stable 1-2-3-4, beating Shepherd’s Delight (Rip Van Winkle) by a head with a further half-length back to Belle En Rouge (Burgundy) in third with the race-favourite Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) three-quarters of a length back in fourth. The Perfect Pink is the third foal out of O’Reilly mare The Solitaire and is a sister to placed gelding The Bling and a half-sister to winner The Ace (Pins). Savabeel stands at Waikato Stud for a fee of NZ$100,000 (plus GST).


New stakes winners

Awtaad – In winning the Premio Criterium Femminile (Listed, 1500m) at Rome on Sunday, Prichi (2 f ex Naseej by Medaglia d’Oro) became stakes winner number six for Derrinstown Stud-based Awtaad (Cape Cross). The filly came into the race having broken her maiden on her first attempt and she was able to keep her unblemished record intact when she beat Different Illusion (Charming Thought) into second with Macasai (Buratino) finishing third. Purchased by Razza Latina and Fabrizio Cameli for £18,000 at the Goffs Ireland Sportsman’s Yearling Sale last year, the filly is the only winner out of Naseej (Medaglia d’Oro) and descends from the family of Group 1 winners Samum (Monsun), Schiaparelli (Monsun) and Salve Regina (Monsun). Awtaad’s progeny is headed by Group 3 winner Create Belief and he is set to stand the 2022 season for a fee of €5,000 (approx. AU$7,806).


Burgundy – There was an upset in the New Zealand Cup (Gr 3, 3200m) at Riccarton on Saturday as the outsider of the field Mondorani (7 g ex Del Mondo by More Than Ready) came storming home to take the honours and in the process handed late Cambridge Stud sire Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) a sixth individual stakes winner. The seven-year-old gelding was the fourth winner of the Cup Week carnival for trainer Kevin Myers, settling well under Sarah McNab before coming home with a wet sail down the outside of the field to beat favourite Beaudz Well (Zed) by three-quarters of a length with a further neck back to Leaderboard (Street Cry) back in third. “I spoke with Kevin and he said to just let it all unfold in front of me,” she said. “I was flat on the home turn, but he had said to get to the outside and he knows best and it has paid off.” Owned by J N and Mrs K L Murdoch, Mondorani is the first foal out of More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Del Mondo and is a half-brother to the placed King Mondo (Sweynesse). Burgundy died in 2019. 


Choisir – Choisir (Danehill Dancer) brought up a milestone of stakes winner on Saturday, when the Matthew Smith-trained Festival Dancer (3 f ex Festival Princess by Barathea) landed the NJC Spring Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Newcastle and in doing so became the stallion’s 100th individual stakes winner. The three-year-old filly forged clear in the closing stages to beat War Eternal (Pierro) by a two and a half lengths with Arnaqueur (Astern) a further head away in third. Purchased by her trainer for $33,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in 2020, Festival Dancer is one of three winners out of Group 3-placed mare Festival Princess (Barathea) and is from the same family as Group 2 winner Star Of The Seas (Ocean Park) and Listed winner and Group 1-placed Spieth (Thorn Park), who now stands at Aquis Farm. Choisir – who stood at Coolmore Stud – was pensioned last year. 


Ghibellines – The Jamie Richards-trained Markus Aurelius (5 g ex Evancho by Shinzig) gave Ghibellines (Shamardal) a second individual stakes win when he landed the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (Gr 2, 1600m) at Te Akau on Wednesday. The five-year-old was sent off the $4.10 second favourite and was pushed forward by Opie Bosson from his outside barrier and held on well to beat outsider Seriously (O’Reilly) by three-quarters of a length with Colorado Star (Alamosa) a further half-length back in third. “He just travelled beautifully for me throughout the race, we actually got a little bit of cover in behind the leader, which is what we were looking for,” Bosson said. “I thought I was a sitting duck and I was a bit worried when the other ones came up beside me, but I just brought him out a little bit so he could see them and to his credit he just kept digging.” A $13,000 purchase by David Ellis at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale in 2018, Markus Aurelius is a full brother to winning-filly Lady Modena. Ghibellines stood at White Robe Lodge in 2021 for a fee of $5,000 (plus GST).


Guiliani – Tunnes (2 c ex Tijuana by Toylsome) became the first individual stakes winner for his Gestut Erftmuhle-based sire Guiliani (Tertullian) when he won the Herzog Van Ratibor-Rennen (Gr 3, 1700m) at Krefeld on Sunday. The two-year-old broke his maiden at the second time of asking on his previous start and he had no issues with the step up in class, beating Ariolo (Reliable Man) by a short-head, while Dapango (Soldier Hollow) was a further three lengths away in third. The colt was purchased for €38,000 at last year’s BBAG Baden-Baden Premier Yearling Sale and he is out of Tijuana (Toylsome), making him a half-brother to this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Torquator Tosso (Adlerflug), who also won the Grosser Preis von Baden (Gr 1, 2400m). Further back, this is the same page as Group 3 winner and successful sire Tertullian (Miswaki). Guiliani stood last season for a fee of €3,000 (approx. AU$4,685). 


Magnus – Widden Victoria Stud-based stallion Magnus (Flying Spur) sired his 25th individual stakes winner when the Robbie Griffiths and Mathew De Kock-trained King Magnus (6 g ex Influential Miss by Carnegie) took out the Cranbourne Cup (Listed, 1600m) on Saturday. Last seen running a good fifth in the Cantala Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m), the six-year-old defeated Our Playboy (Sebring) by half a length with So Si Bon (So You Think) another head away in third. The gelding is one of three winners out of Influential Miss (Carnegie) and this is the same family as 2018 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Cross Counter (Teofilo). Magnus is standing for a fee of $15,400 (inc GST).  


Medaglia D’Oro – Rockefeller (2 c ex Dance To Bristol by Speightstown) gave Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) his 157th individual stakes winner when he ran out a ready victor of the Nashua Stakes (Gr 3, 8f) at Belmont Park on Sunday. Starting as the 4-5 favourite, the Bob Baffert-trained two-year-old showed good gate speed to lead under Luis Saez and managed to go pillar-to-post to win by two and three-quarter lengths over Cooke Creek (Uncle Mo) with the same distance further back to the third-placed Judge Davis (Distorted Humor). Bred by Colts Neck Stables, the colt was a $750,000 purchase for SF Racing and Starlight Racing at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2020. The third foal out of Grade 1-winning mare Dance To Bristol (Speightstown), Rockefeller is a brother to US winner Dance For The Gold. Medaglia D’Oro will stand at Jonabell Farm in 2022 for a fee of US$100,000 (approx. AU$135,000). 


Night Of Thunder – It was a 25th individual stakes winner for Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) as his son Night Tornado (4 c ex Tornadea by Sea The Stars) ran out a narrow winner of the Prix Du Grand Camp (Listed, 2400m) at Lyon Parilly on Monday. Trained by Krzysztof Ziemianski and ridden by Stefano Mura, the four-year-old started as one of the outsiders in the field but managed to hold on by a neck at the line from the hat-trick chasing Mutabahi (French Fifteen) with Inchicore (Galileo) a further three lengths back in third place. A €7,500 purchase by his trainer at the Arqana Autumn Sale in 2018, the colt races in the colours of owner Joanna Traka. Tornado is the second foal out of unraced dam Tornadea (Sea The Stars), who is closely related to winners Muirin (Born To Sea) and Sea Of Reality (Born To Sea). Night Of Thunder stood at Kildangan Stud in 2021 for a fee of €75,000 (approx. AU$117,000). 


Silver Frost – Having been denied his first win at stakes level in the Prix De Nantes (Listed, 2400m) on October 30, Palus Argenteus (4 c ex Cinder’s Post by American Post) added a Listed race to his CV when he landed the Grand Prix de Marseille (Listed, 2000m) at Marseille Borely on Sunday and in the process handed his sire Silver Frost (Verglas) with his seventh individual stakes winner. The four-year-old beat Top Max (Joshua Tree) by a length with Paco (Paco Boy) coming home another neck away in third. Silver Frost’s progeny is headed by Group 1 winner Silverwave. 


So You Think – Coolmore Stud resident So You Think (High Chaparral) was handed his 37th individual stakes winner on Saturday when the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Midnight Blue (5 g ex Midnight Special by Zabeel) scored an impressive win in the Ascot Gold Cup Handicap (Listed, 1800m). Bred and raced by Bob Peters, the gelding went clear in the closing stages to beat Bad Wolf – who is also by So You Think – with Playing Marika (Playing God) another three-quarters of a length away in third. The gelding is one of four winners out of the winning Zabeel (Sir Tristram) mare Midnight Special, making him a half-brother to dual Group 2 winner Demonetization (All Too Hard) and dual Listed scorer Neverland (Big Brown). So You Think is standing at a career high fee of $77,000 (inc GST) having stood the 2020 season for a fee of $66,000 (inc GST). 


Stratum – Summer Monsoon (7 g ex Princess Narine by Red Ransom) came from well back in the field to claim Wednesday’s Lindauer Stewards’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) to give the late Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) his 46th individual stakes winner. The seven-year-old has now won eight of his 35 starts after beating Live Drama (Ghibellines) by a head with Satu Lagi (Per Incanto) a further one and a quarter lengths back in third place. A $200,000 purchase from the Newgate Farm consignment at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale in 2016, Summer Monsoon is a half-brother to winners Cambodian Prince (Sepoy) and Faraway Jewel (Deep Field). 


Teofilo – Darley’s Teofilo (Galileo) sired his 101st individual stakes winner when his daughter Afterglow (4 f ex Fading Light by King’s Best) made the most of the testing conditions when staying on strongly to take out the Prix Denisy (Listed, 3100m) at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday. The Henri-Alex Pantall-trained four-year-old was winning for the fourth time in 12 starts as she carried the Godolphin silks to a length and a quarter victory over Aristocrate (Elusive City). Blue Swan (Rajsaman) was another half a length behind in third. Teofilo will stand for an unchanged €30,000 (approx. AU$46,950) at Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 2022.   


Toby’s Corner – Yushun Stallion Station resident Toby’s Corner (Bellamy Road) was handed his first stakes winner on Saturday when Soliste Thunder (6 h ex Love So Sweet by Special Week) took out the Sports Hai Musashino Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. Having his 27th career start, the six-year-old finished strongly to beat Air Spinel (King Kamehameha) by an easy length and a quarter, while Omega Rainbow (I’ll Have Another) was a further half a length back in third.  Soliste Thunder is one of two winners out of winning mare Love So Sweet (Special Week) and he becomes the first stakes winner in three generations of his family, while further back he is descended from Group 1 winner and Champion sire Scenic (Sadler’s Wells). Toby’s Corner is the sire of 124 in total.


Twilight Son – The Vincenzo Fazio-trained Baghed (2 c ex Dealer’s Choice by Exchange Rate) landed the Premio Rumon Memorial Daniele Porcu (Listed, 1500m) in Rome on Sunday and handed the Cheveley Park Stud-based sire Twilight Son (Kyllacy) with his fifth stakes winner. Last seen running third in the Gran Criterium (Gr 2, 1600m), the two-year-old colt beat Bahja Del Sol (The Gurkha) into second, while Keniote (Estidhkaar) finished third. The colt was purchased by Maro Bozzi for 7,500 guineas at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and he is out of winning Exchange Rate (Danzig) mare Dealer’s Choice and hails from the same family as Group 1 winner and successful sire No Nay Never (Scat Daddy), who shuttled to Coolmore Australia for four season, but did not return in 2020. Twilight Son is set to stand the next breeding season at Cheveley Park in Newmarket for a fee of £7,000 (approx. AU$12,806).


Vadamos – Rich Hill Stud shuttler Vadamos (Monsun) sired his second stakes winner when Grace’s Secret (2 f ex Fermentation by Pentire) retained her unbeaten record in the Welcome Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. Trained by Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong, the two-year-old filly had won in similar fashion on her debut over 800 metres and despite the heavy track, started as a $1.60 chance to confirm that debut promise. The filly surged to a four length win over Clark Kent (Super Easy), while Tap Dancer (Preferment) was the same distance back in third. “The stress just about killed me,” Furlong said. “She didn’t look super comfortable on that track and being off the rail she was a little bit lost, but it was quite smart (in the end).” Owned by the Clayview Farm Partnership, Grace’s Secret is the second foal out of Pentire (Be My Guest) mare Fermentation and is a sister to the placed filly Eau De Vie. Vadamos is covering his fifth book of mares at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand. 


Wootton Bassett – Coolmore’s rising star Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) sired his 27th individual stakes winner when Texas (2 c ex Texalova by Dream Ahead) left his previous form behind to run out a surprise winner of the Criterium du Languedoc (Listed, 1600m) at Toulouse on Thursday. The juvenile relished the testing conditions as he registered a second win in six starts and made a mockery of his 47-1 odds by beating Saramouche (Anodin) by two and a half lengths. Start In Front (Hunter’s Light) was a further length and a quarter away in third. Texas is the second foal out of the unraced Texalova (Dream Ahead), who herself is a half-sister to the UAE Group 2 winner Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break). Wootton Bassett will stand for a career-high fee of €150,000 (approx. AU$235,575) in 2022, having stood the 2021 breeding season for €100,000. His 2021 Australian fee is AU$71,500.


Zacinto – Karalino (5 m ex Tawny Run by Runyon) ran out a fortuitous winner of the Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Riccarton on Wednesday to give Zacinto (Dansili) his sixth individual stakes winner. The Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer-trained five-year-old capitalised on some late drama from race-favourite Providenceprovides (Real Impact) to narrowly prevail by a nose from Beneficial (Highly Recommended) with the unfortunate loser Providenceprovides a further head back in third. Having previously been placed at Group 3 level on two occasions, the mare, bred and raced by Kevin Hickman, had failed to finish in the top three on her last ten starts, with jockey Craig Grylls feeling the application of blinkers played an important role in her improved performance. “She travelled nice and generously throughout and I thought I was at least going to run second. I am not sure what happened to the other horse (Providenceprovides). I saw her back-end stumble and she lost her momentum and lucky enough for me Karalino was able to get to the line really strong,” Grylls said. Zacinto stands at Valachi Downs Stud.