Stallion Watch

17 for Caravaggio

New first season sire winners
Caravaggio (pictured above)

Coolmore’s Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) sired a 16th individual winner on Thursday when his son Don Julio (2 c ex Remember Alexander by Teofilo) landed a seven and a half furlong maiden claimer at Tipperary. The Donnacha O’Brien-trained colt defeated Hul Ah Bah Loo (Raven’s Pass) by one and three-quarter lengths, with 9-4 favourite Ardluasa (Dandy Man) a further length and a half in arrears. Don Julio, a 110,000gns buy for his trainer from the Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling sale, is out of Group 3 winner Remember Alexander (Teofilo), herself a half-sister to Memory (Danehill Dancer), a winner of the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Gr 2, 6f), and the Albany Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Royal Ascot. Caravaggio’s 17th individual first-crop winner came when Madonnadelrosario (2 f ex Muravka by High Chaparral) landed a seven-furlong nursery at the Curragh on Friday. The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly was sent off a 16-1 chance after running sixth at Leopardstown earlier this month but defied those odds with a half-length defeat of Malayan (The Gurkha). Nectarine (Parish Hall) was the same distance further behind in third. The sixth foal out of unraced mare Muravka (High Chaparral), Madonnadelrosario is a half-sister to former shuttler The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner), winner of the 2014 Prix Morny (Gr 1, 1200m), and this year’s Takarazuka Kinen (Gr 1, 2200m) runner-up Unicorn Lion (No Nay Never). Caravaggio, who shuttled to Australia for one season in 2018, stood at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for $25,000 (approx. AU$34,200) last year. 

Highland Reel

Reel Rosie (2 f ex Lady Canford by Canford Cliffs) scored on debut over seven furlongs at Redcar on Saturday for Ed Bethell to become the third individual winner from the first crop of globetrotter Highland Reel (Galileo). One of only two debutants in the field of 15, she was held up and showed signs of greenness in the early stages, but when asked the question she extended well in the closing stages to win by a neck from the favourite Bellstreet Bridie (Sir Percy), with Wee Poppy (Aclaim) half a length further back in third. Bred by Richard Nolan’s Oldcourt Stud in Ireland, she was offered at Tattersalls as a yearling but unsold for 11,000gns and subsequently syndicated. She is the second runner and winner out of Lady Canford (Canford Cliffs), who was also trained by Bethell and is a half-sister to the stakes-placed French Quebec (Excellent Art) and Perfect Madge (Acclamation). Coolmore shuttler Highland Reel is available at Swettenham Stud this year for an unchanged fee of $16,500.


Ribchester (Iffraaj) sired his tenth individual winner on Wednesday when Tollard Royal (2 c ex Dew Line by Vale Of York) comfortably took out a mile novice stakes at Kempton on his debut for trainer George Boughey. Ridden by jockey James Doyle and sent off the second favourite, Tollard Royal took early control of the race from the front and kicked clear inside the final furlong to win by three and a half lengths from Berkshire Breeze (Mastercraftsman) with race favourite Peak Perfect (Anodin) a further length back in third. Bought for £28,000 (approx. AU$52,000) by John and Jake Warren at the Goffs Orby Sales in September 2020, Tollard Royal is the first foal of Listed-placed dam Dew Line, herself a half-sister to useful winners Sir Roderic (Roderic O’Connor) and Comfort Line (Alhebayeb). Bred by Thomastown Farm and now owned by Isa Salman Al Khalifa, the colt has an entry in the Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) on September 25. Ribchester will shuttle to Haunui Farm in New Zealand this breeding season where he stands for a fee of $15,000 (Plus GST).

Time Test 

Turn Back Time (2 f ex Diamond Run by Hurricane Lane) landed a seven-furlong fillies’ maiden at Lingfield on Wednesday to provide Little Avondale shuttler Time Test (Dubawi) with his fifth individual first-crop winner. The Mark Johnston-trained filly had placed in all three of her previous starts, including a second-placed effort at Brighton earlier this month, and her consistency was rewarded with a half-length defeat of Trans Montana (Mondialiste). El Felicia (El Kabeir) was a further length back in third. Turn Back Time is the second scorer from four to race out of winning mare Diamond Run, who is a half-sister to stakes performers Ivory Gala (Galileo) and Alo Pura (Anabaa). Time Test, who will stand at Little Avondale for NZ$8,500 (plus GST) this year, has already sired a stakes winner in Tardis, while his daughter Sunset Shiraz outran her odds to finish runner-up in the Debutante Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at the Curragh on August 21

New Group/Grade 1 winners
Uncle Mo

Yaupon (4 c ex Modification by Vindication) won an extraordinary renewal of the Forego Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Saratoga on Saturday, in which runner-up Firenze Fire (Poseidon’s Warrior) appeared to bite the Steve Asmussen-trained entire as the pair went head-to-head in the straight. Race favourite Yaupon prevaled by a head after leading throughout in the seven-furlong contest, with a two-and-a-half-length gap back to Chance It (Currency Swap) in third. The progressive four-year-old takes his record to six wins from eight starts after winning on his first step up to seven furlongs. Yaupon returned a beaten favourite in the Golden Shaheen (Gr 1, 1200m) in Dubai earlier this year, but landed a first elite-level success at the Saratoga meet, becoming the ninth individual Group/Grade 1 winner for his sire Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie). The former Australian shuttler stood the 2021 season for a fee of $175,000 (approx. AU$240,000) at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. 

New stakes winners
Adlerflug (In The Wings) sired his 20th individual stakes winner when his son Loft (3 c ex Labrice by Dubawi) got off the mark at the seventh attempt with a victory in Sunday’s Baden Galopp Stehercup (Listed, 2800m). Ankunft (New Approach) finished second with Diamantis (Golden Horn) third. Loft is the second foal out of the Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) mare Labrice, who herself is out of a winning sister to Japan Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Lando (Acetenango). Adlerflug stands at Gestut Schlenderhan for a 2021 fee of €16,000 (approx. AU$25,800). 


Four-time Group 1 winner Alamosa (O’Reilly) landed a 19th individual stakes winner as the Will Clarken-trained Second Slip (5 g ex Scarlet O’Hara by Fast N Famous) justified odds-on favouritism to claim the Leon Macdonald Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Morphettville on Saturday, winning by two and a half lengths over Ritratto (Fiorente) and Extreme Thrill (Bullet Train), who was a long neck further back in third. Five-year-old Second Slip won two of his 12 races in New Zealand, and now takes his record to seven wins from 19 starts, since moving to South Australia, with this his maiden stakes success. Alamosa stands at Wellfield Lodge in Palmerston North for a private fee in 2021. 

Daiwa Major

Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) sired his 38th individual stakes winner when Serifos (2 c ex Sea Front by Le Havre) followed up his debut win by landing Sunday’s Niigata Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m). The Mitsumasa Nakauchida-trained colt, who was stepping up in grade following his success in a newcomers race in June, beat favourite Arrival (Harbinger) by a length and a quarter. Otaru Ever (Leontes) was another three-quarters of a length away in third. Daiwa Major stands at Shadai Stallion Station for a private fee.  


Acanella (3 f ex Across The Floor by Oasis Dream) caused an upset in Friday’s Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at the Curragh to provide Dansili (Danehill) with his 149th individual stakes winner. The Ger Lyons-trained filly was rated a 16-1 shot after running unplaced in her previous two starts, both in Listed company, but showed improved form to defeat Group 1 winner Champers Elysees (Elzaam) by three-quarters of a length. Oodnadatta (Australia) was the same distance further behind in third. Acanella, now the winner of two of her six starts, is the second foal out of Across The Floor (Oasis Dream), who is a half-sister to multiple elite-level winner Flintshire (Dansili). Former Juddmonte stallion Dansili was retired from stud duties in 2018. 


Dilawar (4 g ex Dolniya by Azamour) proved to be a cut above his rivals as he cruised to a comfortable victory in the Prix Quincey (Gr 3, 1600m) at Deauville on Sunday, providing Darley’s Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with his 211th individual stakes winner in the process. Anchored at the rear of the field by Christophe Soumillon, the Alain De Royer-Dupre-trained four-year-old made light work of passing his ten rivals to win by a cosy two and a half lengths. Now We Know (Kendargent) finished in second with National Service (Elusive City) filling third place, another half a length away. Now the winner of four of his five starts, Dilawar is the first foal out of the UAE Group 1 winner Dolniya (Azamour). Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a 2021 fee of £250,000 (approx AU$470,500). 

Fastnet Rock

The evergreen Fastnet Rock (Danehill) has another high-class three-year-old on his hands, who also becomes his latest new stakes winner, after Coastwatch (3 g ex Bullion Mansion by Encosta De Lago) eased to victory in the Ming Dynasty (Gr 3, 1400m) at Kembla Grange on Sunday. Coastwatch, a $750,000 yearling purchase for Mulcaster Bloodstock from the Coolmore draft at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, defeated $1.1 million yearling buy Military Expert (Redoute’s Choice) by three-quarters of a length, with Rebel Dane’s (California Dane) Subterranean third, three lengths behind the winner. The A half-brother to Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt), Coastwatch’s granddam is Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) winner La Volta (Laranto). He is the eighth foal out of Bullion Mansion (Encosta De Lago), whose colt by Pierro (Lonhro) sold for $300,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott/Kestral Thoroughbreds at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, while she has a Justify (Scat Daddy) yearling filly and is due to foal to Pierro this spring. Fastnet Rock stands at Coolmore for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST).

Free Eagle

Dancing King (3 g ex Agnetha by Big Shuffle) provided former shuttler Free Eagle (High Chaparral) with his third individual stakes winner when landing the March Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 6f) at Goodwood on Saturday. The three-year-old gelding had placed in stakes company on his previous two starts and went one better with a head defeat of odds-on favourite Nagano (Fastnet Rock) after the pair were engaged in a thrilling duel up the Goodwood straight. Third-placed Classic Lord (Lord Of England) finished ten lengths further behind. One of 11 winners from 13 to race out of Group 3 winner Agnetha (Big Shuffle), Dancing King is a half-brother to US Grade 3 winner Starstruck (Galileo). Free Eagle shuttled to Australia for three seasons between 2016 and 2018 and now stands at the Irish National Stud for €8,000 (approx. AU$12,900). 


The Yulong-owned Magical Lagoon (2 f ex Night Lagoon by Lagunas) stepped up to stakes level on just her second career start and impressed when winning the Flame Of Tara Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at the Curragh on Friday, rolling odds-on favourite Albula (Galileo) to win by three-quarters of a length. She’s Trouble (Fracas) finished third. The Jessie Harrington-trained filly finished fourth on debut at Naas earlier this month, in a race won by Albula, however she turned the tables on that rival to deliver Yulong further juvenile stakes success in Ireland and Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) a 342nd individual stakes winner. The filly, a 305,000gns (approx. AU$575,000) buy for Yulong out of the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling Sale, is the 12th foal out of Group 3 winner Night Lagoon (Lagunas), and a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Novellist (Monsun), who stands at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan. The late Galileo delivered a reminder to the southern hemisphere of what the global industry has lost after his son Harpo Marx (5 g ex Nechita by Fastnet Rock) saluted in the Premier’s Cup (Gr 3, 2000m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday to become the 343rd individual stakes winner for the Coolmore great and 63rd stakes winner in Australia. The Irish-bred five-year-old is the second stakes winner out of Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Nechita (Fastnet Rock) and was a 60,000gns buy for De Burgh Equine and Darby Racing out of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale in 2019. 

High Chaparral

Desert Lord (7 g ex Nova Star by Iglesia) became the late High Chaparral’s (Sadler’s Wells) 134th individual stakes winner when landing the Goldmarket (Listed, 1200m) under Michael Cahill at the Gold Coast on Friday. The David Vandyke-trained seven-year-old was half a length superior to the runner-up Tramonto (Wandjina), with a length back to third-placed Totally Charmed (I Am Invincible). Desert Lord, now the winner of eight of his 26 career starts, is out of the Group 1-winning mare Nova Star (Iglesia), who has also produced Acrostar (Danehill Dancer), a two-time Listed winner and Group 2-placed. 

Lord Kanaloa

Having finished in the frame in Grade 2 company on each of his previous two starts, Kaiser Minoru (5 h ex Strike Root by Smart Strike) got off the mark in stakes company when landing the Toki Stakes (Listed,1400m) at Niigata on Sunday. In beating Ruggero (Kinshasa No Kiseki) and Daddy’s Vivid (Kizuna) by a length and the same he became the 30th individual stakes winner for Shadai’s Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) who stands for a 2021 fee of ¥15,000,000 (approx. AU$18,675).   


Coolmore’s Munnings (Speightstown) sired his 51st individual stakes winner when his son Ginobili (4 g ex Find The Humor by Sharp Humor) struck in the Pat O’Brien Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Del Mar on Saturday. Trained by Richard Baltas, the previously Grade 2-placed Ginobili was winning for the third time in 13 starts as he beat C Z Rocket (City Zip) and Flagstaff (Speightstown) by a length and three-quarters and a head. Munnings stands at Ashford Stud, Kentucky, for a 2021 fee of $40,000 (approx. AU$54,700).

Noble Mission

Frankel’s (Galileo) brother Noble Mission sired his sixth individual stakes winner when the Larry Rivelli-trained juvenile Nobals (2 c ex Pearly Blue by Empire Maker) made it two wins from as many starts with victory in the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (Listed, 7f) on Saturday. Among Noble Mission’s other stakes winners is Code Of Honor, winner of the 2019 running of the Travers Stakes and the Melbourne Spring Carnival-bound Spanish Mission. Noble Mission stands at Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan.   

Reward For Effort

No Effort (7 m ex Hold The Lion by Lion Cavern) scored for the first time at stakes level at start 44, as she delivered trainer Gavin Bedggood a first stakes success when capturing the Heatherlie Stakes (Listed, 1700m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The daughter of Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) defeated Ziegfeld (New Approach) by a long neck, with Tralee Rose (Tavistock) third, a further length in arrears. She becomes the eighth individual stakes winner for her sire, who stands at Chatswood Stud for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) in 2021.


Mise En Scene (2 f ex Gadfly by Galileo) maintained her unbeaten record when landing the Prestige Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Goodwood on Saturday, with the win earning Siyouni (Pivotal) his 52nd individual stakes winner. The James Ferguson-trained juvenile followed up her debut victory at Haydock last month with a neck defeat of favourite Daneh (Dubawi), providing Ferguson with a first Group win as a trainer. Prosperous Voyage (Zoffany) was a length and a half further back in third. Mise En Scene is the third foal out of Gadfly (Galileo), an unraced half-sister to English 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Speciosa (Danehill Dancer) and stakes scorers Major Rhythm (Rhythm) and Special Meaning (Mount Nelson). Siyouni stands at Haras de Bonneval for a €140,000 (approx. AU$225,840) fee. 

Slade Power

Master Matt (5 g ex Ahaaly by Exceed And Excel) gave sire Slade Power (Dutch Art) his second individual stakes winner when he produced a career-best effort to win the Abergwaun Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Tipperary on Thursday. Turned out by dual-purpose trainer Matthew Smith and ridden by jockey Sam Ewing, Master Matt made relentless headway in the second half of the race and took the lead well inside the final furlong, holding on gamely from the fast-finishing White Lavender (Heeraat) to win by a neck, with race favourite Urban Beat (Red Jazz) a further length and a quarter back in third. Bred by Shadwell Estate Company Limited, the five-year-old was a shrewd €700 (approx. AU$1,100) purchase by David Brazil at the Goresbridge October Sale for horses-in-training. Now owned by F W Lynch, Master Matt is the third foal of winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Ahaaly, herself a daughter of Group 2 winner Alshakr (Bahri), and is a half-brother to US winner Himmah (Intikhab). Sire Slade Power stood at Haras de Tierce in France for the 2021 season for a fee of €3,000 (approx. AU$4,800).


A three-year-old interstate stakes double for Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) on Saturday saw his tally of individual black-type winners rise to 112, as Bruckner (3 c ex Jestajingle by Lonhro) denied Artorius (Flying Artie) by a neck to win the H. D. F. McNeil Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield, while In The Congo (3 c ex Via Africa by Var) landed the San Domenico Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Kembla Grange, defeating last start Rosebud (Listed, 1100m) winner Paulele (Dawn Approach) by a long neck and Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Captivant (Capitalist), who was a half-length behind the winner in third. Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Stay Inside (Extreme Choice) could only finish fifth. Four-time champion sire Snitzel stands at Arrowfield for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST). 


Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral) sired his 15th individual stakes winner when his son Toro Strike (4 c ex Scarlet Strike by Smart Strike) went one better than last year with success in Sunday’s Supreme Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Goodwood. Ridden by Ryan Moore for Richard Fahey, Toro Strike was tasting victory for the fourth time in 13 starts as he defeated favourite Double Or Bubble (Exceed And Excel) by a going-away two lengths. Rhoscolyn (Territories) was another length and three-quarters behind in third. Toro Strike is the second foal out of US Grade 3 winner Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike) who, herself, is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Visionaire (Grand Slam). Toronado will stand for a 2021 service fee of $49,500 (inc GST).