Stallion Watch

22 for Saxon Warrior

New winners

Saxon Warrior (pictured above) – Irregular Warfare (2 c ex Artistic Jewel by Excellent Art) provided Coolmore’s first-season sire Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) with a 22nd individual winner when running out a ready victor of a seven-furlong maiden at Wolverhampton. Trained Roger Varian, the colt was sent out the odds-on favourite off the back of a promising debut second to subsequent Group 3 winner Knight (Mehmas) and was merely pushed out to beat Supaspecialawesome (Cotai Glory) by five lengths, after making all of the running. Flying Spirit (Harry Angel) finished a further one and three-quarter lengths back in third. The third foal out of the Listed-winning Excellent Art (Pivotal) mare Artistic Jewel, herself a half-sister to Listed scorer Ponty Rossa (Distant Music), Irregular Warfare is a half-brother to winner Machine Gun (Dark Angel). Saxon Warrior, who shuttled to Australia for the 2022 breeding season at a fee of $19,250 (inc GST), has now had 58 starters.


Sioux Nation – Nails Murphy (2 c ex Supernovae by Dalakhani) became the 43rd individual winner for Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) when he made a successful debut at Chelmsford on Tuesday evening. Trained by Richard Hughes, the colt kept on well to beat favourite Ottoman Prince (Zoffany) by three-quarters of a length. Statu Of Liberty (Washington DC) was another two lengths away in third. Nails Murphy is the eighth foal out of Supernovae (Dalakhani), who herself is out of the US Grade 1 winner Dress To Thrill (Danehill). Sioux Nation, who shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$27,025). He has now had 86 starters.


U S Navy Flag – U S Navy Flag (War Front) sired his 11th individual winner when Catherine Of Siena (2 f ex Romantic Stroll by Oratorio) ran out a comfortable winner over six furlongs at Dundalk. Trained by Kevin Coleman, the filly scored by five lengths from Capital Guarantee (Lope De Vega) with favourite Las Cuatro (Kitten’s Joy) another two and three-quarter lengths behind in third. Catherine Of Siena is the fourth foal out of the winning Oratorio (Danehill) mare Romantic Stroll. U S Navy Flag, who shuttles to The Oaks Stud where he stands for NZ$15,000 (plus GST), will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Castlehyde for a fee of  €10,000 (approx. AU$15,470). He has now had 46 starters.


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Maurice – The regally bred Geraldina (4 f ex Gentildonna by Deep Impact) became the fourth elite-level winner for Maurice (Screen Hero) from 469 starters when she swept around the field to run out an impressive winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr 1, 1800m) at Hanshin. Lining up off the back of a Grade 2 win on her previous start, the Takashi Saito-trained filly ran on well on well under Cristian Demuro to beat the dead-heating pair Win Marilyn (Screen Hero) and Lilac (Orfevre) by a length and three-quarters. Geraldina is the second foal out of the seven-time Grade 1 winner Gentildonna (Deep Impact). Shadai Stallion Station’s Maurice shuttles to Arrowfield where he stands for a fee of $82,500 (inc GST).


New stakes winners

Adlerflug – The late Adlerflug (In The Wings) sired his 27th individual stakes winner courtesy of a six-length victory by Normfliegerin (4 f ex North Mum by Samum) in the Prix Denisy (Listed, 3100m) at Saint-Cloud. The German raider was scoring for the second time in 14 starts having finished placed in stakes races on three previous occasions. Normfliegerin is the second foal out of the German Listed winner North Mum (Samum). Adlerflug, who died in 2021, has now had 251 starters.   


Deep Field – My Bella Mae (3 f ex Mae West by Sir Percy) became the 22nd individual stakes winner from 444 runners for Deep Field (Northern Meteor) when she stretched her unbeaten run to three with a victory in the Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot. Trained by Dion Luciani, the filly beat stablemate Revitup (Demerit) by a length and three-quarters with Wild Belle (Pride Of Dubai) another two lengths away in third. My Bella Mae’s dam Mae West (Sir Percy) finished third in the Anniversary Handicap (Gr 3, 1600m) at Trentham and is a half-sister to Who Dares Wins (Iffraaj), winner of the Canterbury Gold Cup (Gr 3, 2000m). Mae West has a 2020 colt by Ribchester (Iffraaj). Deep Field stands at Newgate Farm for a fee of $88,000 (inc GST).


El Kabeir – Salimah (3 f ex Promised Money by Dark Angel) provided Yeomanstown Stud stallion El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) with a fifth individual stakes winner when running out a comfortable victor of the Winter Memories Stakes (Listed, 8.5f) at Aqueduct. Trained by Chad Brown, the three-year-old filly stayed on strongly to beat Candy Light (Candy Ride) by three lengths with a further nose back to Veronica Greene (Tapit) in third. The second foal out of the Listed-winning Dark Angel (Acclamation) mare Promised Money, herself a half-sister to Listed winner Beldale Memory (Camacho) and useful winner Hacienda (Kheleyf), Salimah is a half-sister to Group-placed winner Fivethousandtoone (Frankel). El Kabeir, who has now had 110 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €6,000 (approx. AU$9,260).


Exceed And Excel – Sky On Fire (3 f ex Elusive Meteor by Northern Meteor) produced a sustained burst of speed to land the Welcome Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Riccarton and in the process became the 205th individual stakes winner for Exceed And Excel (Danehill) from 2408 starters. Trained by Mark Walker for Te Akau Racing, Sky On Fire beat stablemates Rubicon Crossing (Rubick) and Rhetorical (Snitzel) as she got off the mark on her third start. A $400,000 purchase at Magic Millions earlier in the year, Eureka Stud will offer Sky On Fire’s Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) half-sister as Lot 823 at next year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Darley’s Exceed And Excel, who stands at a fee of $132,000 (inc GST) in his 19th season at stud, has 25 of his 68 yearlings catalogued at the Magic Millions sale in 2023. 


Fastnet Rock – Via Sistina (4 f ex Nigh by Galileo) provided Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill) with a 191st individual stakes winner by landing the Prix Fille de l’Air (Gr 3, 2100m) at Toulouse. Trained by George Boughey, the four-year-old was made to dig deep inside the closing stages to beat Winema (Le Havre) by half a length, with a further nose back to Pennine Hills (Kodiac) in third. Via Sistina is the fourth foal out of the unraced Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Nigh, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Kingsgate Native (Mujadil). Fastnet Rock, who has now had 2082 starters, stands for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST).


Le Havre – The Christophe Ferland-trained Lindy (2 f ex Llanita by Rock Of Gibraltar) stayed on well to land the Criterium du Languedoc (Listed, 1600m) at Toulouse, providing her late sire Le Havre (Noverre) with a 54th individual stakes winner. The juvenile filly beat Grace Period (Creative Cause) by one and a quarter lengths, with a further two and a half lengths back to Veritable (Ribchester) in third. Out of the Listed-placed winning Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill) mare Llanita, Lindy is a half-sister to fellow Listed-scorer Nirliit (Iffraaj) and the Listed-placed winner Almeida Girl (Temple City). Former Montfort et Preaux stallion Le Havre, who has now had 770 starters, died in March this year. 


My Admiration – Admiration Express (3 f ex Comme Ci by Verglas) became the third individual stakes winner for My Admiration (Encosta De Lago) when breaking her maiden in the Champion Fillies Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Ascot. Admiration Express raced in third place to the home turn before accelerating clear and then holding the challenge of the favourite Laced Up Heels (Toronado) to score by a length and three-quarters. Linden Lady (No Nay Never) finished third, beaten two and a quarter lengths by the winner. Admiration Express became the fifth winner for her dam Comme Ci (Verglas) following the stakes performers Fred Dag (Patronize) and Janaura (Safeguard). My Admiration, who won the Chairman’s Trophy (Listed, 1600m) at Sha Tin as a four-year-old when trained by John Moore, has had 94 starters. He stands at Westbury Park Stud in Western Australia for a fee of $4,400 (inc GST).


Nutan – German Derby (Gr 1, 24000m) winner Nutan (Duke Of Marmalade) sired his first stakes winner from 28 starters when Alpenjager (2 c ex Amora by High Chaparral) made it two wins from three starts with a victory in the Herzog Von Ratibor-Rennen (Gr 3, 1700m) at Krefeld. Trained by Peter Schiergen, Alpenjager beat Lips Freedom (Free Eagle) by seven lengths. Winning Spirit (Soldier Hollow) was a neck further behind in third. 


Orfevre – Shadai Stallion Station’s Orfevre (Stay Gold) sired his 22nd individual stakes winner when Gilded Mirror (5 m ex Titan Queen by Tiznow) edged out her rivals in the Hai Musashino Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. Trained by Mikio Matsunaga, the mare was winning for the fourth time in 21 starts as she beat favourite Lemon Pop (Lemon Drop Kid) by a nose. Bathrat Leon (Kizuna) was another half-length away in third. Gilded Mirror is the fifth foal out of Titan Queen (Tiznow), making her a half-sister to US Grade 2 winner Renee’s Titan (Bernstein) as well as US Grade 3 winner Fashion Alert (Old Fashioned) and Strong Titan (Regal Ransom), another Grade 3 scorer in Japan. Orfevre, who has now had 618 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of ¥3,500,000 (approx. AU$37,610).    


Per Incanto – Belclare (5 m ex Miss Rhythmic by O’Reilly) became the 25th individual stakes winner for Little Avondale resident Per Incanto (Street Boss) when she posted an emphatic win in the Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Riccarton. Trained by in-form Lisa Latta, the five-year-old mare streaked clear under Michael McNab to beat Avaquinella (Proisir) by three and a half lengths, with Fashion Shoot (Savabeel) a further half-length behind in third. Belclare will now head home, with the Manawatu Challenge Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) on December 17 the next assignment for the seven-time winner. Bred by David Woodhouse, who shares in the ownership, Belclare has a close family tie to Riccarton as her third dam is New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Olga’s Pal (Straight Strike). Per Incanto, who has now had 476 individual starters, stands for a fee of $50,000 (plus GST). 


Pierro – The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Pierrosa (3 f Pierro – Edwina George by Testa Rossa) became the 32nd individual stakes winner for Pierro (Lonhro) from 492 starters when she landed the Spring Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Newcastle. After settling midfield with cover under Sam Clipperton, Pierossa was able to find running room into the home straight before letting down with a powerful finish to overhaul Kazalark (Vadamos) by a neck, with favourite Robusto (Churchill) a further neck back in third. Pierossa is a half-sister to Flemington Listed winner Ploverset (Street Boss) and the fourth foal of her dam who has a 2021 filly by Toronado (Teofilo) and a 2022 filly by Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo). Pierro stands for $99,000 at Coolmore in 2022.


Pioneerof The Nile – The Rodolphe Brisset-trained Hozier (4 c ex Merry Meadow by Henny Hughes) produced a dominant performance to score in the River City Handicap (Listed, 9f) at Churchill Downs, providing Pioneerof The Nile (Empire Maker) with a 45th individual stakes winner. The four-year-old entire made every post a winning one to beat Starting Over (Liam’s Map) by three and a half lengths with a further three lengths back to the third-placed In Love (Agnes Gold). Pioneerof The Nile, who died in 2019, has now had 616 starters.


Quality Road – Missed The Cut (3 c ex Beauly by Sea The Stars) provided Quality Road (Elusive Quality) with a 63rd individual stakes winner and just a third in Europe when taking out the Churchill Stakes (Listed , 1m 2f) on the Lingfield Polytrack. The George Boughey-trained colt was winning for the fourth time in six starts as he beat Algiers (Shamardal) by a short head, the front two pulling three and a quarter lengths clear of Harrovian (Leroidesanimaux) in third. Originally a US$400,000 purchase for Shadwell, Missed The Cut is the first foal out of the US turf stakes winner Beauly (Sea The Stars). Quality Road, who has now had 667 starters,  will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Lane’s End Farm for a fee of US$200,000 (approx. AU$298,375). 


Real Steel – All Parfait (2 c ex Queen Grace by Rulership) provided Real Steel (Deep Impact) with a first stakes winner when he took his tally to two wins from three starts with a victory in the Nisai Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Hanshin. The Yuji Wada-trained juvenile beat favourite Danon Touchdown (Lord Kanaloa) by half a length with a further length back to Shomon (Mind Your Biscuits) in third. Real Steel, the 2016 Dubai Turf (Gr 1, 1800m) winner who previously shuttled to Arrowfield Stud, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥2,500,000 (approx. AU$16,865). He has now had 56 starters.


Sea The Moon – Owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing enjoyed more stakes success in France, following Alpinista’s (Frankel) Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) triumph last month, when Allada (2 f ex Algarade by Green Desert) produced a strong staying performance to win the Prix du Grand Camp (Listed, 2400m) at Lyon Parilly. Trained by Tim Donworth, the juvenile filly stayed on strongly in the closing stages to beat Aude (Shamalgan) by one and a quarter lengths with a further length back to Zanndabad (Iffraaj) in third. The sixth foal out of the winning Green Desert (Danzig) mare Algarade, Allada is a half-sister to winner Alinstante (Archipenko) and winner Alba Verde (Verglas). The success provided Lanwades Stud stallion Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) with a 26th individual stakes winner. He will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for £25,000 (approx. AU$44,350). Sea The Moon has now had 309 starters.


The Gurhka – Bahja Del Sol (3 c ex Bahja by Seeking The Gold) kept his good run of form going when he struck in the Premio Enrico Camici (Gr 3, 1700m) in Milan to complete his hat-trick and in the process became the fourth individual stakes winner for The Gurkha (Galileo). The colt was winning for the sixth time in 12 starts as he pulled well clear of his rivals to beat Emperor Of Love (Ribchester) by an eased down six lengths. Wonnemond (Areion) was a short-head further away in third. Bahja Del Sol is the tenth foal out of Bahja (Seeking The Gold), making him a half-brother to four winners. Bahja herself is out of the French 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Valentine Waltz (Be My Guest). Dual Group 1 winner The Gurkha stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Roveagh Lodge Stud for a fee of €3,500 (approx. AU$5,410). He has now had 161 starters.   

Trade Fair –
Buster Bash (5 g ex Disco Miss by Zeditave) became the 18th individual stakes winner for Trade Fair (Zafonic) from 543 starters when winning the Luckygray Stakes (Listed, 1800m) at Ascot. The David Harrison-trained gelding led most of the way before beating Bad Wolf (So You Think) by three-quarters of a length with Billy Ray (Sebring) finishing a further length and a half away in third. Trade Fair died in 2018 with Buster Bash one 19 live foals from his last crop conceived at $5,500.