Stallion Watch

20 for Caravaggio

New winners

Caravaggio (pictured) – Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) was handed his 20th individual winner when Agador (2 c ex Marunouchi by Peintre Celebre) made a winning debut over 2000 metres at Mont-de-Marsan on Tuesday. Caravaggio shuttled to Jerrys Plains for one season in 2018 and he now stands exclusively at Coolmore’s base in Kentucky for a 2021 fee of $25,000 (approx. AU$34.435). The stallion’s 20 winners include recent Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) winner Tenebrism.


Heroic Valour – Raheen Stud’s first season sire Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) got off the mark on Saturday when Heroic Son (2 c ex Pirelli Princess by Show A Heart) landed the opening 1050-metre QTIS Plate at Doomben to provide him with his first winner. Heroic Valour, who has covered over 300 mares in his first three seasons, stands for a fee of $7,700 (inc GST).


Highland Reel – Atamisque (2 f ex Aury Touch by Pounced) scored on debut at Rome on Sunday to become the eighth individual winner from the first crop of Swettenham Stud shuttler Highland Reel (Galileo). Highland Reel covered 161 mares last year and he is standing for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST) this season.


Ribchester – In winning over 1400 metres at Moulins on Sunday, Cryptoqueen (2 f ex Princess Cammie by Camacho) became the 13th individual winner for Haunui Farm shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj).Ribchester shuttled to Darley’s Kelvinside for two seasons, before relocating to Haunui Farm in New Zealand, filling the void left by his sire Iffraaj (Zafonic), after his time was called on shuttling duties. 


Time Test – Little Avondale shuttler Time Test sired his first fourth winner on Sunday when The King’s Horses (2 c ex Natty Bumppo by Kheleyf) bounced back from a third place finish in the Premio Primi Passi (Gr 3, 1200m) in June to land the Criterium Nazionale (Listed, 1200m) at Rome. Time Test shuttles to Little Avondale Stud New Zealand where he stands for a fee of $8,500 (plus GST). In winning the Listed contest, King’s Horses joins Group 3 winning-pair Rocchigiani and Romantic Time and fellow Listed winner Tardis as the stallion’s other black-type winners.


New Group / Grade 1 winners 

Al Maher – Private Eye (4 g ex Confidential Queen by Shamardal) regained his winning sequence when he landed the Epsom Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick on Sarturday and in the process handed his Stockwell Thoroughbreds-based sire Al Maher (Danehill) with his fifth Group 1 winner. Private Eye joins Delicacy, Almalad, Fat Al and Diamond Drille as Al Maher’s other top flight winners and his overall stakes-winning haul stands at 34. The son of Danehill (Danehill) stands at Stockwell Thoroughbreds for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).


Bernardini – Art Collector (4 c Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor) became the 16th top-flight winner for late sire Bernardini (A.P. Indy) when he took out the Woodward Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Belmont on Saturday. Former Darley Jonabell resident Bernardini died due to complications from laminitis earlier this year and his other top-flight winners include multiple Australian Group 1 winner Boban.   


Gleneagles – Loving Dream (3 f ex Kissable by Danehill Dancer) provided Gleneagles (Galileo) with his first ever elite-level winner when she won Saturday’s Prix de Royallieu (Gr 1, 2800m) at Longchamp for training partnership John and Thady Gosden. Gleneagles stands at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$39,000).


Goldencents – Spendthrift Farm-based sire Goldencents (Into Mischief) sired his first Grade 1 winner when his daughter Going To Vegas (4 f ex Hard To Resist by Johannesburg) landed the Rodeo Drive Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Santa Anita on Saturday. Goldencents stands at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of US$15,000 (approx. AU$20,000).


Maurice – Former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Maurice (Screen Hero) was handed his first top-flight winner when Pixie Knight (3 c ex Pixie Hollow by King Halo) landed the Sprinters Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Nakayama on Sunday. Pixie Knight is one of three stakes winners for Maurice and he has sired 15 winners in Australia overall. The stallion shuttled to Australia for three seasons, but did not return in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


Munnings – Jack Christopher (2 c ex Rushin No Blushin by Half Ours) provided sire Munnings (Speightstown) with his fourth elite-level winner when he won the Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) at Belmont on Saturday. Munnings stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky for a fee of US$40,000 in 2021 and Jack Christopher joins I’m A Chatterbox, Kimari El Deal as the stallion’s other elite-level winners. 


New Bay – Saffron Beach (3 f ex Falling Petals by Raven’s Pass) gave New Bay (Dubawi) his first ever elite-level winner when she won the Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket on Saturday. New Bay – who has sired three stakes winners overall – stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland for a 2021 fee of €20,000 (approx. AU$31,950).


Quality Road – Corniche (2 c ex Wasted Tears by Najran) gave Quality Road (Elusive Quality) his 12th individual elite-level winner when he comfortably won the American Pharoah Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Santa Anita on Friday. Quality Road stands at Lane’s End Farm for a fee of US$150,000 (approx. AU$206,000).


Tivaci – Waikato Stud-based sire Tivaci (High Chaparral) was provided with his biggest winner to date since retiring to the breeding barn, when the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Never Been Kissed (3 f ex Movie by Savabeel) landed a shock win in the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick yesterday. Tivaci – whose oldest crop are three-year-olds – has sired six winners overall and he stands at the New Zealand-based nursery for a fee of $12,500 (plus GST). 


New stakes winners

Artie Schiller – The Brian Allen-trained Living The Dream (6 h ex Dreamwinner by Fusaichi Pegasus) proved far too good for his rivals when he took out Saturday’s Kalgoorlie Cup (Listed, 2200m) and in the process became the 55th individual stakes winner for Stockwell Thoroughbreds inmate Artie Schiller (El Prado). Artie Schiller stands for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST) and his stakes winners are headed by five top-flight winners; Bowies Hero, My Conquestadory, We Miss Artie, Laser Hawk and Flying Artie, who stands at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley. 


Astern – Darley reverse shuttler Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) was represented by his second stakes winner courtesy of Sail By’s (2 f ex Fly By by Johar) minor upset win in the Miss Grillo Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Belmont on Saturday. Astern’s winners in Australia are headed by Group 3 winner Seradess. Astern – who has sired five winners in America in total – shuttles to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky from their Kelvinside base in New South Wales and he stood in America in 2021 for a fee US$7,500 (approx. AU$10,334). 


Blackfriars – Longshot Startthefriar (7 g ex Athena’s Me Mum by Brocco) gave his late sire Blackfriars (Danehill) his 46th individual stakes winner when landing the Hannan’s Handicap (Listed, 1400m) at Kalgoorlie on Thursday. Blackfriars stakes winners are headed by three Group 1 winners; Black Heart Bart, Come Play With Me and Playing God, who stands at Darling View Thoroughbreds in Western Australia. Blackfriars died in 2017 after breaking a leg following colic surgery. 


Brazen Beau – The Charlie Fellowes-trained Vadream (3 f ex Her Honour by Shamardal) handed former Darley shuttler Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) his 15th individual stakes winner when she landed the Bengough Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Ascot on Saturday. Brazen Beau shuttled to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for four seasons, but did not return in 2020 and he now stands exclusively at Darley’s Northwood Park in Victoria for a fee of $49,500 (inc GST). 


Champs Elysees – The late Juddmonte Stud-based sire Champs Elysees (Danehill) produced his 33rd individual stakes winner and fifth in Australia when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Grand Promenade (6 g ex Zacchera by Zamindar) landed the Bart Cummings (Gr 3, 2520m) at Flemington on Saturday. Champs Elysees’s five Australian stakes winners are headed by Group 1-winning pair Harlem and Selino. The stallion died of a heart attack in 2018. 


Churchill – The Joseph O’Brien-trained Snaffles (2 c ex Annabelle Ja by Singspiel) gave Coolmore shuttler Churchill (Galileo) his third individual stakes winner when he claimed success in the Star Appeal Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Dundalk on Friday. Churchill stands at Coolmore Australia for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST) and his first southern hemisphere-bred yearlings are set to hit the sales rings next year.


Dubawi – French raider Maria Amalia (3 f ex Majestic Queen by Kheleyf) became the 216th individual stakes winner for her sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) when taking out the Schloss Roland-Stutenpreis (Listed, 1400m) at Dusseldorf on Sunday. Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket where his fee this year was £250,000 (Approx. AU$466,600) and he is represented in Australia by his sire sons, Akeed Mofeed and Darley shuttler Too Darn Hot.  


Excelebration – Former Coolmore Stud resident Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) was represented by his 12th individual stakes winner courtesy of Queenship’s (3 f ex Height Of Elegance by Galileo) victory in the Navigation Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Cork on Wednesday. Excelebration’s 12 stakes winners are headed by multiple Group 1 scorer Barney Roy, who, like Queenship, was also out of a daughter of the late perennial champion Galileo.


Into Mischief –  Ain’t Easy (2 f ex Ameristralia by Fastnet Rock) gave Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) his 100th individual stakes winner when she took out the Chandelier Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Santa Anita on Friday. Into Mischief stands at Spendthrift Farm where his fee for 2022 was this week announced as US$250,000 (approx. AU$344,000).


Jakkalberry – The late Novara Park-based sire Jakkalberry’s (Storming Home) tally of stakes winners moved to two on Saturday, when the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Elusive Express (3 f ex Braided by Elusive Quality) earned herself at tilt at Group 1 prizes with a win in the Edward Manifold Stakes (Gr 2, 1610m) at Flemington. Having stood at Novara Park in New Zealand for his whole breeding career, Jakkalberry died in 2018 after succumbing to a gut infection and his other stakes winner is dual Group 1 winner Explosive Jack.


Jukebox Jury – Late stallion Jukebox Jury (Montjeu) sired his tenth individual stakes winner when his daughter Samoa (3 f ex Strawberry by Lord Of England) landed the Silbernes Band Der Ruhr (Listed, 4000m) at Mulheim Saturday. Jukebox Jury’s progeny are headed by Group 1 winner Princess Zoe and he stood at Burgage Stud in Ireland in 2021 for a private fee. 


Double for Kodiac – Tally-Ho Stud resident Kodiac (Danehill) sired his 74th individual stakes winner when British raider El Bodegon (2 c ex Al Andalyya by Kingmambo) kept on well to take out the Prix de Conde (Gr 3, 1800m) at Chantilly on Wednesday. Later on in the week, Geocentric (2 f ex Rajmahal by Indian Ridge) became the stallion’s 75th individual stakes winner when he took out the Legacy Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Dundalk on Friday. Kodiac stands at Tally-Ho Stud for a fee of €65,000 (approx. AU$103,000) and his progeny is headed by five top-flight winners including 2018 Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Best Solution and dual Group 1 scorer Hello Youmzain, who shuttles to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. 


Majestic Warrior – Sunrise Hope (4 c ex Opus Queen by Special Week) gave sire Majestic Warrior (A. P. Indy) his 30th individual stakes winner when he won the Sirius Stakes (Gr 3, 1900m) at Chukyo on Saturday. Majestic Warrior stands at East Stud in Japan. 


Medaglia d’Oro- Former Darley shuttler Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) was represented by his 156th individual stakes winner when the James Cummings-trained Kallos (3 c ex Calliope by Exceed And Excel) landed the Danehill Stakes (Gr 2, 1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. Medaglia d’Oro shuttled to Australia for eight seasons, but did not return in 2018 and he now stands exclusively at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky, where his 2021 fee was advertised as $150,000 (approx. AU$192,900).


No Nay Never – Mana Nui (3 c ex Alpine Julz by Keeper) handed former Coolmore shuttler No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) his 34th individual stakes winner when he won the Hawke’s Bay Guineas (Gr 2, 1400m) on Saturday. No Nay Never shuttled to Coolmore’s Jerrys Plains base for four seasons, but did not return in 2020 and he now stands exclusively at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €125,000 (approx. AU$199,000).


Per Incanto – Little Avondale Stud resident Per Incanto (Street Cry) brought up his 21st individual stakes winner on Sunday, when the Patrick Payne-trained Justacanta (8 g ex Just Casual by Casual Lies) ran out a ready winner of the Paris Lane Stakes (Listed, 1410m) at Flemington. Per Incanto’s tally of stakes winners are headed by Group 1-winning quartet Shadows Cast, Dal Cielo, Santa Monica and Bonham and he stands at the New Zealand nursery at a fee of $25,000 (inc GST).   


Samysilver – Queen Rouge (2 f ex Pearly Queen by Dutch Art) stepped forward from her second place in the Premio Eupili (Listed, 1200m) last month to claim her first stakes success in the Premio Coolmore (Listed, 1500m) at Rome on Sunday and became the first stakes winner for her sire Samysilver (Indian Charlie). 


Sebring – The late Widden Stud-based sire Sebring (More Than Ready) was represented by his 71st individual stakes winner on Saturday courtesy of Sejardan’s (2 c ex Miss Amarjardan by Hinchinbrook) win in the Breeders’ Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) at Randwick. In landing the Group 3, the colt became Sebring’s 22nd individual stakes-winning juvenile. Sebring died at Widden Stud in 2019. 


Shamus Award – The Rosemont Stud resident Shamus Award (Snitzel) enjoyed a good day on the track, headlined by his son Incentivise winning the Turnbull Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Flemington, but El Patroness (3 f ex Sure You Can by O’Reilly) also provided the stallion with his 16th individual stakes winner when she beat her male counterparts in the Super Impose Stakes (Listed, 1800m). Shamus Award’s 16 stakes winners are headed by Group 1-winning quartet Mr Quickie, Duais, Media Award and the aforementioned Incentivise and he stands at Rosemont Stud at a fee of $33,000 (inc GST). 


Spirit Of Boom – The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Get In The Spirit (2 f ex Sopraffina by Exceed And Excel) produced an eye-catching display to win the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Flemington on Saturday  and in doing so handed Eureka Stud-based sire Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) with his 14th individual stakes winner. Spirit Of Boom stands at Eureka Stud in Queensland for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST).


War Front – Annapolis (2 c ex My Miss Sophia by Unbridled’s Song) gave sire War Front (Danzig) his 100th individual stakes winner when he won the Pilgrim Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Belmont Park on Sunday. War Front’s progeny are headed by 23 elite level winners and he stood at Claiborne Farm for a fee of US$150,000 (approx. AU$206,115) in 2021. 


Written Tycoon – Having sired Enthaar (Written Tycoon) to win the Gimcrack Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) 12 months ago, the Yulong Stud-based stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia) was provided with his second consecutive victory in the Group 3 on Saturday, when Coolangatta (2 f ex Piping Hot by More Than Ready) posted a comfortable victory in the race. Written Tycoon is currently covering his first book of mares at Yulong Stud, having relocated from Arrowfield Stud last season. The stallion’s fee is set at $165,000 (inc GST), making him the most expensive sire standing in Victoria.