Stallion Watch

13 for Churchill

New first season sire winners

Churchill (pictured above)

Churchill (Galileo) continued his flying start with his first crop runners, landing a 13th winner at Thirsk on Friday courtesy of the Charles Hills-trained Tuscan (2 c ex Orcia by Shamardal). Sent off the 5-6 favourite, Tuscan improved for his debut seventh at Newmarket last month to defeat Mahagoni (Muhaarar) by three-quarters of a length as the pair pulled six lengths clear of the remainder in the EBF Novice Stakes (7f). The colt, a first foal out of the stakes placed Orcia (Shamardal), was a 135,000gns breeze up buy for John and Jess Dance’s Manor House Stud. Churchill will again stand at Coolmore Australia this year for a fee of AU$22,000 (inc GST).



Ribchester (Iffraaj) earned two new winners on Friday, as Oh Great’s (2 c ex Malaspina by Whipper) success at Wolverhampton added to victory for Snooze N You Lose (2 f ex Wake Up Call by Noverre) at Nottingham. The latter, trained by Karl Burke, showed promise on debut when ninth to Frankella (Frankel) at Newmarket on July 8. This time, Snooze N You Lose raced prominently and took her time to get on top but ultimately won cosily by a length from Serenity (Mastercraftsman), with a further length back to third-placed Commandment (Acclamation). “Karl said she had come on loads for her first run and expected a bold show. She gave me a nice feel, showed good attitude and ran to the line,” said jockey Jason Hart. Bred by Laundry Cottage Stud, the Melba Bryce-owned filly was a £60,000 buy-back at the 2020 Goffs UK Premier sale. Meanwhile, Oh Great was the beneficiary of a stewards decision at Wolverhampton, which saw first-past-the-post San Francisco Bay (Muhaarar) relegated to second place after being adjudged to have caused interference to Oh Great, who finished a half-length in arrears on the line in the Nursery Handicap (1m 0.5f). Ribchester will shuttle to Haunui Farm in New Zealand this season, where he will stand for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST).


New Group/Grade 1 winners 

English Channel

The Arlington Million, now registered as the Mr D Stakes (Gr 1, 10f), went to outsider Two Emmys (5 h Miss Emmy by Buddha) for jockey James Graham and trainer Hugh Robertson with the five-year-old entire becoming the 11th individual elite-level winner for his sire English Channel (Smart Strike), while he also brought up a 59th individual stakes winner for his sire. Runner-up in Graded company on two of his last three starts, Two Emmys held off the late charge of the favourite Domestic Spending (Kingman) by a neck and gained a deserved stakes success and took his tally to four wins from 16 starts. The pair were two and three-quarter lengths clear of Glynn County (Kitten’s Joy) in third. Bred by Tottenwood Thoroughbreds, Two Emmys was a US$4,500 Keeneland September Yearling Purchase by owners High Robertson and Wolfe Racing. He is the best of three winners out of Miss Emmy (Buddah) who is a half-sister to Listed scorer Don’t Read My Lips (Turkoman) who in turn produced two Graded scorers. English Channel stands at Calumet Farm in Kentucky where his fee this year was US$$27,500 (Approx. AU$37,300).


Point Of Entry

Point By Me (3 c ex Viva Allegiance by Proud Citizen) gave sire Point Of Entry (Dynaformer) his first individual elite-level winner on Saturday when he dominated the finish in the Bruce D. Stakes (Gr 1, 8f). He also became the 13th individual stakes winner for the five-time Grade 1 winner. The Winchester Farm-bred three-year-old beat the Jack Sisterson-trained Tango Tango Tango (Tourist) with Ginsburned (Noble Mission) back in third. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Point By Me sold to now-owner Homewrecker Racing LLC for US$30,000 at the Keeneland All Ages Sale in 2019. Point Of Entry stood at Adena Springs in Kentucky for US$15,000 (approx. AU$20,000) in 2021.


New Stakes winners


Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Awtaad (Cape Cross) sired his fourth individual stakes winner when first crop filly Create Belief (3 f ex Girl Of The Hour by Makfi) justified 5-6 favouritism to win the Desmond Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at Leopardstown on Thursday evening. She became the first Group winner for her Derrinstown Stud-based sire, defeating Georgeville (Dawn Approach) by half a length, with the Yulong-owned Real Appeal (Sidestep), winner of the Ballycorus Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) in June, finishing third, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. Create Belief was a €12,000 purchase for her trainer Johnny Murtagh, and added her third win in succession to take her record to four wins from six starts. She is the first foal out of Makfi (Dubawi) mare Girl Of The Hour, while her granddam American Spirit (Rock Of Gibraltar) is a half-sister to dominant Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Authorized (Montjeu). Awtaad stood for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$16,000) this season.



The Chad Brown-trained Shantisara (3 f ex Kharana by Dalakhani) took the Pucker Up Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) to give her sire Coulsty (Kodiac) a fourth individual stakes winner on Saturday. The three-year-old ran out an easy winner by three lengths from the second-placed Oyster Box (Tapit) with the Brendan Walsh-trained Flown (Kitten’s Joy) back in third. The horse, now owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables Llc & Robert V Lapenta, was a 10,000gns buy for Federico Barbarini at the Tattersall’s Guineas Sale last year and was bred by Oliver Donlan. Coulsty, the son of Kodiac (Danehill), stood at Rathasker Stud for a fee of €4,000 (approx. AU$6,400) in 2021.


El Kabeir

Superlative Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) runner-up Masekela (2 c ex Lady’s Purse by Doyen) gained a deserved victory in the Denford Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Newbury on Saturday for Andrew Balding. The juvenile won on debut at Goodwood in May and was making just his fourth career start. He becomes the second individual stakes winner from the first crop of El Kabeir (Scat Daddy), who has recorded nine individual winners from 28 starters to date. Ridden by William Buick, Masekela made most and showed a determined attitude when headed 110 yards from home to win by a head from Bayside Boy (New Bay), while Robjon (Mukhadram) was a further two lengths back in third. Masekela holds entries in the Champagne Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) and Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) next month. Bred by Coolawn Stud, he was sold for €35,000 as a foal at Goffs and was picked up by his trainer for 30,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. He is a half-brother to Group-placed Asoof (Dubawi) out of French Group 3 scorer Lady’s Purse (Doyen). El Kabeir stands at Yeomanstown Stud in Ireland where his fee this year was €6,000 (approx. AU$9,600).


Exceed And Excel

Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 7f) runner-up Double Or Bubble (4 f ex Mango Lady ex Dalakhani) justified favouritism in the Flying Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Pontefract on Sunday and became the 186th individual stakes winner for Exceed And Excel (Danehill). The Chris Wall-trained four-year-old led the field into the straight under Jack Mitchell and skipped clear to win by two lengths from Shepherds Way (Dark Angel), while Glesga Gal (Lope De Vega) was a further five lengths adrift in third. Double Or Bubble has now won four of her seven starts to date. Homebred by Salah Fustok at his Deerfield Farm, she is a full-sister to Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) winner Mix And Mingle out of the winning Mango Lady (Dalakhani) who is a half-sister to Group 2 winner High Accolade (Mark Of Esteem). Exceed And Excel is available at Darley’s Kelvinside for a fee of $132,000 this season.



Gregolimo (3 c ex Kendannemarie by Kendargent) gained a deserved first stakes victory, after placing in Group company on his last two starts, when taking out the Prix Nureyev (Listed, 2000m) at Deauville on Sunday for Simone Brogi. He becomes the seventh individual stakes winner for his sire Galiway (Galileo) and takes his own tally to three wins from eight starts to date. Ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal, he was held up and unleashed in the straight to cruise to the front and went on to win easily by a length and a quarter from In Crowd (Dubawi) and Cash Equity (Toronado) who were split by a head for second and third respectively. Gregolimo is the first foal out of the four-time winner Kendannemarie (Kendargent) who also ran fourth in Listed company, and he was picked up in a private sale for €25,000 at the Arqana v2 Yearling Sale from Haras de Colleville. Galiway, also the sire of Group 1 winner Sealiway, stands at Haras de Colleville in France where his fee this year was €12,000 (approx. AU$19,200).



Interpretation (3 c ex Daldiyna by Dansili) took his career tally to three wins from four races when completing a hat-trick of victories for the term in the Vinnie Roe Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) at Leopardstown on Thursday evening. The exciting stayer carried the colours of Peter Brant, in partnership with Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, to become the late, great Galileo’s 340th individual stakes winner. The Aidan O’Brien-trained galloper led under Ryan Moore and, when challenged on the turn into the straight, found extra to hold off the runner-up Fernando Vichi (Australia) by a length and three-quarters, with a further length and a quarter back to third-placed Taipan (Frankel). Interpretation hails from a top-class Aga Khan family, with his dam Daldiyna being a half-sister to the Dubai Sheema Classic (Gr 1, 2410m) winner Dolniya (Azamour). The colt’s third dam, Daltawa (Miswaki), produced the outstanding champions Daylami (Doyoun) and Dalakhani (Darshaan). It is also the family of Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel).  


Golden Horn

Sun Of Gold (3 c ex Salve Aurora by King’s Best) became the sixth individual stakes winner for his sire Golden Horn (Cape Cross), when winning the Prix Michel Houyvet (Listed, 2800m) at Deauville on Saturday. Sun Of Gold defeated Qaiser (Charm Spirit) by three-quarters of a length with Darzan (Le Havre) third, a further two lengths in arrears. Golden Horn stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £20,000 (approx. AU$37,500).



High Oak (2 c ex Champagne Sue by Elusive Quality) bolted up in the Saratoga Special Stakes (Gr 2, 6.5f) on Saturday to give sire Gormley (Malibu Moon) a first individual stakes winner on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Junior Alvarado, the colt stretched clear at the finish to run out a convincing four length winner for trainer William Mott, with Gunite (Gun Runner) in second with Nakatomi (Firing Line) back in third. High Oak was bred by Catherine Parke and recently bought by LRE Racing at the Keeneland September Sale for US$70,000. Gormley stood at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky for a fee of US$5,000 (AU$6,700) in 2021.



Marlar (3 f ex Muriel by Fath) broke through at stakes level at Dusseldorf on Sunday in the Preis der Stadtsparkasse (Listed, 1400m) for Markus Klug and became the ninth individual stakes winner for her late sire Kallisto (Sternkoenig). The three-year-old had been knocking at the door in stakes company on her last four starts and won her first two races prior to that. Ridden by Maxim Pecheur, she took the honours by a short head from Victoria Placa (Wootton Bassett) while the favourite Diadora (Dansili) a neck away in third. The Dr Alexandra Margarete Renz homebred was vendored as a yearling for €46,000 at BBAG and she is a half-sister to the German Champion Older Male Sprinter Millowitsch (Sehrezad) and two further stakes-placed horses, out of the Listed-placed Muriel (Fath). Kallisto, the sire of Oaks d’Italia (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Gyreka, stood his whole career at Gestut Rottgen until he was put down at the end of last year.



Cloudy Dawn (3 f ex In The Mist by Pivotal) broke through at stakes level in the Prix de Lieurey (Gr 3, 1600m) at Deauville on Saturday. The three-year-old had hit the placings on her last two starts in Listed company, having been unbeaten on her three racecourse appearances prior to stepping into black-type company. She becomes the 70th individual stakes winner for her sire Kodiac (Danehill). Trained in the UK by William Haggas, the grey battled hard up the straight and asserted in the closing stages to win by half a length from Just Beautiful (Pride Of Dubai), while Pamouschana (Showcasing) was a further two lengths adrift in third. The James Wigan homebred was offered as a foal at Tattersalls but was vendored at 90,000gns. He is a half-brother to Listed winner Iromea (Dansili), out of a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Grey Lilas (Danehill), who in turn is dam of Group 1 winner Golden Lilac (Galileo). Kodiac, the half-brother to Invincible Spirit (Green Desert), stands at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland where his fee this year was €65,000 (approx. AU$104,000).



The Tom Marquand-ridden Lilac Road (3 f ex Lavender Lane by Shamardal) ran down race favourite Technique (Mastercraftsman) in the final few strides of a thrilling edition of the Upavon Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Salisbury on Wednesday to provide her sire Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) with his 82nd individual stakes winner. Trained by William Haggas, Lilac Road got off the mark in stakes company by a head margin to Technique, with Vesela (Frankel) three and a half lengths back in third. Lilac Road is the first foal out of dual Group 2-placed mare Lavender Lane (Shamardal), who is a half-sister to stakes winners Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) and Lily Passion (Sea The Stars). Former shuttler Mastercraftsman, the sire of four Group 1 winners in Australia and New Zealand, stood at Coolmore this year for €15,000 (approx. AU$23,880). 


Not A Single Doubt

Gimmie Par (3 f ex Naturale by Bel Esprit), a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon), scored a first career victory in the Quezette Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday on what was just her second start, to become the 76th individual stakes winner for her sire Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice). The Gilgai Farm homebred defeated Heresy (Street Boss) by half a length, with the same margin back to Scorched Earth (Nicconi) in third. Former Arrowfield sire Not A Single Doubt was pensioned from stud duties in January last year.



The Andrew Slattery-trained Solene Lilyette (4 f ex Supernovae by Dalakhani) became the 156th individual stakes winner for her pensioned sire Pivotal (Polar Falcon) when landing the Hurry Harriet Stakes (Listed, 1m 1½f) at Gowran Park on Wednesday. The filly travelled a close second, edged ahead when shaken up inside the two-furlong pole and kept on to win by half a length from the pace-setting Astadash (Zoffany), with third-placed Emaniya (Sea The Stars) a further three-quarters of a length behind. Solene Lilyette was a seven-race maiden for Dermot Weld and her breeder, Moyglare Stud Farm, before Andrew Slattery Racing purchased her for €12,000 out of the Goffs February Sale. She has since won three times and placed second once from four outings. Solene Lilyette’s winning dam is a daughter of the Moyglare Stud homebred Group 1 winner Dress To Thrill (Danehill), who is herself a daughter of Trusted Partner (Affirmed), winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m). It is also the family of Group 1 winners Free Eagle (High Chaparral) and Search For A Song (Galileo).


Pride Of Dubai

Dual winner Dubai Honour (3 g ex Mondelice by Montjeu) stepped into stakes company for the first time on Saturday on his first trip to France and took out the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (Gr 2, 2000m) at Deauville as he became the 11th individual stakes winner for Coolmore’s Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry). The victory was the third stakes win on the day for in form trainer William Haggas, following Sacred (Exceed And Excel) in the Hungerford Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) and Cloudy Dawn’s Group 3 win earlier on this card. Ridden by Maxime Guyon, he came from behind, took a gap in the straight and drew clear to win by a length and three-quarters from Pretty Tiger (Sea The Moon), while the Sir Peter Vela-owned Tasman Bay (Le Havre) was a close third. Dubai Honour was a 110,000gns Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 purchase and he runs in the colours of Mohamed Obaida. He is the first foal out of the unraced Mondelice (Montjeu) who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Last Kingdom (Frankel), while his Group-winning third dam, Damson (Entrepreneur), is the dam of Group 2-winning sprinter and sire Requinto (Dansili). Pride Of Dubai will stand at Coolmore Australia this year for a fee of $22,000 (Inc GST).



Head Mistress (2 f ex Rag And Bone by Street Cry) provided her sire Profitable (Invincible Spirit) with his second individual stakes winner when winning the Curragh Stakes (Listed, 5f) On Friday for trainer Ger Lyons. The smart-looking filly, now two from two in her career and with a Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) entry, was nicely in touch with the leaders before being asked for her effort two furlongs from home and finished strongly to be well on top at the post. Half a length back in second was Loveday (Bungle Inthejungle) for the Willie McCreery team with Orinoco River (War Front) a further length back in third. The winner is a homebred for John Brady and Brian Gleeson. Profitable stood at Kildangan Stud in Ireland for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$16,000) in 2021. 



Who Knows (2 f ex Zain Al Boldan by Poliglote) gave sire Siyouni (Pivotal) a 51st individual stakes winner when she took the Circus Maximus Prix Francois Boutin (Gr 3, 1400m) on Sunday at Deauville. The filly, ridden by jockey Theo Batchelot, held on bravely for victory from the British-trained Oneforthegutter (Muhaarar) with The Wizard Of Eye (Galileo Gold) back in third. The winner is trained by Stephane Wattel, was bred by S.A.S. Gerard Larrieu, S.A. Aga Khan & Sarl Haras De Saint-F, and is owned by Ecurie Du Parc Monceau. Siyouni stood at Haras De Bonneval (FR) in 2021 for a fee of €140,000 (approx. AU$224,000).


Time Test

Tardis (2 f ex Twizzell by Equiano) surged late to nick the St Hugh’s Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Newbury on Friday to deliver a first stakes success for her young sire Time Test (Dubawi). The Michael Bell-trained 11-1 shot, one of four individual winners so far from Time Test’s first crop, raced back in the field on the far side but was forced to weave across the track to find her opening under Oisin Murphy. Tardis got up to score by a head from the front-running Attagirl (Wootton Bassett), with third-placed Delmona (Dandy Man) a further length behind. “She’d have been an unlucky loser,” said Murphy. “She was very well bought and she’s a little star. I wanted to progress into the race slowly and come through the gears but she did well to pick up and hit the line.” Tardis was a 16,000gns buy-back at Tattersalls as a foal before selling to Nick Bell for 18,000gns from Knockgraffon Stables at the Tattersalls Guineas 2YO Horses in Training Sale. She is the first foal out of her dam Twizzell (Equiano), a two-time winner whose own dam Greensand (Green Desert) is a half-sister to the US Grade 2 winner Country Garden (Selkirk). The National Stud’s Time Test stood the northern hemisphere season at a fee of £8,500 and is standing the southern hemisphere season at Little Avondale Stud for a fee of NZ$8,500 (inc. GST).


Toorak Toff

The lightly raced Pintoff (5 g ex Pinsahoy by Pins) continued his rapid progression by holding off Away Game (Snitzel) to win the Regal Roller Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday, becoming the third individual stakes winner for his sire Toorak Toff (Show A Heart). Now a winner of seven of his 11 career starts for trainer Richard Cully, Pintoff stepped up from a Benchmark 84 win at Caulfield in June to win by a long neck over the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly. Brave Song (Your Song) finished a half-length behind the winner in third. Ballarat-based Cully, a former jumps jockey, watched the race from his living room. “I’m no good at the races, so I just let him go down with Megan, the Irish lass that looks after him for us,” Cully said. “It’s ridiculous, very, very good. I was sitting on the couch screaming with my wife and the young fella. There was plenty of screaming.” Toorak Toff, who originally stood at Rosemont Stud, stands at Kingsley Park Thoroughbreds in Tasmania for a fee of $3,500 (Inc GST).