Stallion Watch

25 for Blue Point

New winners

Blue Point Darley Stud shuttler Blue Point (Shamardal) continued his extraordinary start in the breeding barn, chalking up his 25th northern hemisphere-bred winner on Thursday when the Owen Burrows-trained Raqiya (2 f ex Rihaam by Dansili) led home a quinella for the stallion when she broke her maiden at the second time of asking over six furlongs at Salisbury. The stallion’s first European crop is headed by three stakes winners, headed by Group 3 winner Big Evs. Blue Point, who has had 66 northern hemisphere-bred starters, is set to cover his fourth book of mares at Darley’s Northwood Park in Victoria, where he will command a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).

New Grade / Group 1 winners

Dansili – The late Juddmonte Stud stallion Dansili (Danehill) was handed his 24th top-flight winner when the Brad Cox-trained Set Piece (7 g ex Portodora by Kingmambo) took out the Arlington Million Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Colonial Downs on Saturday. Set Piece is out of dual-winning Kingmambo (Mr Prospector) mare Portodora, making him a half-brother to French Listed winner Alocasia (Kingman). Further back this is the same family as top-flight winners Reams Of Verse (Nureyev), Elmaamul (Diesis) and Midday (Oasis Dream). Dansili died in 2021. 

Gutaifan – Irish-bred mare Fev Rover (5 m ex Laurelita by High Chaparral) justified her short-odds in the Beverly D Stakes (Gr 1, 9.5f) at Colonial Downs on Saturday and in winning the race she handed Haras des Faunes resident Gutaifan (Dark Angel) his first top-flight winner. The mare is out of winning mare Laurelita (High Chaparral). Gutaifan stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €3,000 (approx. AU$5,000). 

Tamayuz – Former Derrinstown Stud-based stallion Tamayuz (Nayef) earned his fifth elite-level winner when the Stephane Wattel-trained Simca Mille (5 h ex Swertia by Pivotal) landed the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Gr 1, 2400m) at Berlin-Hoppegarten on Sunday. Tamayuz stood at Shadwell’s Derrinstown Stud for 14 seasons, but was retired from stud duties before the 2023 season.

Wootton Bassett – Coolmore shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) registered his seventh elite-level winner on Saturday as his son Bucanero Fuerte (2 c Frida La Blonde by Elusive City) produced a dominant display to win the Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at the Curragh and in the process, he also handed his owners, Amo Racing their first top-flight winner. Purchased by Robson Aguiar for €165,000 at the Arqana August Yearling Sale, Bucanero Fuerte is out of Frida La Blonde (Elusive City), making him a brother to Group 1 winner and now Swettenham Stud shuttler Wooded. Wootton Bassett will stand the upcoming breeding season at Coolmore’s Australian base for an increased fee of $93,500 (inc GST).

New stakes winners

Dark Angel – In winning Saturday’s Dick Hern Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Haydock, the Richard Hannon-trained Heredia (4 f ex Nakuti by Mastercraftsman) handed Yeomanstown Stud resident Dark Angel (Acclamation) a significant milestone, as she became the stallions 100th individual stakes winner. Dark Angel’s century of stakes winners is headed by 14 elite level scorers. The stallion commanded a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$101,100) during the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season. 

Duramente – Late Shadai Stallion Station Duramente (King Kamehameha) was delivered his 15th individual stakes winner when the Tetsuya Kimura-trained Avverare (5 m ex Albiano by Harlan’s Holiday) landed the Sekiya Kinen (Gr 3, 1600m) the Niigata yesterday. Duramente is also the sire of Yankee Rose’s (All American) multiple Grade 1-winning daughter Liberty Island. The stallion died in 2021. 

Ghostzapper – Hill ‘N’ Dale-based stallion Ghostzapper (Awesome Again) notched up his 97th individual stakes winner when Rhyme Schemes (2 c ex Katherine by Distorted Humor) produced a dominant display to win the Herb Moelis Memorial Saratoga Special Stakes (Gr 2, 6.5f) at Saratoga on Saturday. Ghostzapper stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of US$75,000 (approx. AU$115,400). 

Girvin – In winning Sunday’s Mahony Stakes (Listed, 5.5f) at Saratoga, the Adam Rice-trained Closethegame Sugar (3 g ex Casual Cocktail by Magna Graduate) became the eighth individual stakes winner for Airdrie Stud-based sire Girvin (Tale Of Ekati). Purchased by his trainer for US$10,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2021, the gelding is out of dual-winning Magna Graduate (Honor Grades) mare Casual Cocktail, a half-sister to Listed-placed Rum Go (Mizzen Mast). The stallion stood the 2023 breeding season for a fee of US$20,000 (approx. AU$30,800). 

Highland Reel – Former Swettenham Stud shuttler Highland Reel (Galileo) earned his fourth stakes winner when his son Warnie (2 c ex Cumbfree by Footstepsinthesand) landed the Coolmore Stud Churchill Stakes (Listed, 7.5f) at Tipperary on Friday. Warnie was bought by Kilronan for 18,000gns at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2022, before being purchased by Blandford Bloodstock and Australian syndicators Bennett Racing for 65,000gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale the following year. Having stood his first five seasons at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, Highland Reel was sold to Takaya Shimikawa’s S T Farm in Japan last year.

I Am Invincible – Reigning champion sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) notched up his 98th stakes winner as the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Tiz Invincible (2 f ex Amuletum by New Approach) broke her maiden in the The Rosebud (Listed, 1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday. Yarraman Park’s headline sire I Am Invincible has had 1048 lifetime starters and he will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $302,500 (inc GST). 

Justify – Coolmore Stud shuttler Justify (Scat Daddy) chalked up his 16th individual stakes winner on Sunday when the regally bred filly Unless (3 f ex Clemmie by Galileo) landed the Michael John Kennedy Memorial Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at the Curragh. Bred by Orpendale, Wynatt and Chelston, the filly is from one of the best families in the global stud book, being out of Group 1-winning filly Clemmie (Galileo), a daughter of Listed winner Meow (Storm Cat). Meow is also the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Churchill (Galileo), who, like Justify, shuttles to Coolmore’s Australian base for the southern hemisphere covering season. Having sat out shuttling duties in 2022, Justify will return to Coolmore Australia for the upcoming breeding season where he will command a fee of $77,000 (inc GST). 

Lope De Vega – Ballylinch Stud-based Lope De Vega (Shamardal) chalked up his 116th individual stakes winner on Friday courtesy of Carl Spackler’s (3 c ex Zindaya by More Than Ready) win in the rescheduled National Museum Of Racing Hall Of Fame Stakes (Gr 2, 8f) at Saratoga. The colt is out of Grade 2-winning More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Zindaya, a half-sister to Grade 1 scorer Western Aristocrat (Mr. Greeley). Lope De Vega stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €125,000 (approx. AU$210,700).

New Approach – New Approach (Galileo) secured his 60th individual stakes winner on Sunday when British raider Bold Act (3 g ex Dancing Sands by Dubawi) landed the Prix Nureyev (Listed, 2000m) at Deauville. Bred and raced by Godolphin, Bold Act is out of German Listed winner Dancing Sands (Dubawi), who has produced a further two winners. New Approach stood at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a private fee in 2023. 

Oscar Performance – The Brian Lynch-trained Tumbarumba (3 g ex Naive Enough by Street Sense) secured his first win at stakes level when he took out the Ellis Park Derby (Listed, 8f) at Ellis Park, providing Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy) with his fourth individual stakes winner. Oscar Performance stood the 2023 breeding season at Mill Ridge Farm for a fee of US$20,000 (approx. AU$30,800).

Sea The Stars – Gilltown Stud inmate Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) was handed a stakes-winning double at Berlin-Hoppegarten on Sunday taking his total number of stakes winners to 111. The first leg of the double came courtesy of Andromede’s (4 f ex Honor Bound by Authorized) victory in the Hoppegartener Stutenpreis (Listed, 2000m). Later on in the afternoon at Berlin-Hoppegarten, Sea The Stars was provided with another new stakes winner when Akua’rius (5 g ex Akua’ria by Monsun) landed the Hoppegartener Steher-Preis (Listed, 2800m). Sea The Stars stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €180,000 (approx. AU$303,400). 

Speightstown – WinStar Farm-based stallion Speightstown (Gone West) chalked up his 138th individual stakes winner when Prince Of Monaco (2 c ex Rainier by Medaglia D’Oro) landed the Best Pal Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) Del Mar on Sunday. Speightstown stood the 2023 breeding season for a fee of US$80,000 (approx. AU$123,000).

Too Darn Hot – When the Karl Burke-trained Fallen Angel (2 f ex Agnes Stewart by Lawman) broke her maiden at Haydock in May, she became the first individual winner for Darley Stud shuttler Too Darn Hot (Dubawi). Fittingly on Saturday, the filly handed the first-season sire another breakthrough success, when she landed Newmarket’s Sweet Solera Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) and in the process became the stallion’s first individual stakes winner. Too Darn Hot will be represented by his first southern hemisphere-bred runners this season. The stallion will stand the upcoming breeding season at Darley’s Kelvinside base for an unchanged fee of $44,000 (inc GST). 

Wootton Bassett – Having sired his seventh Group 1 winner courtesy of Bucanero Fuerte’s win in the Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at the Curragh on Saturday, Coolmore Stud shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) notched up his 36th individual stakes winner on Sunday, when the Patrice Cottier-trained Grey Man (2 c ex Top Toss by Linamix) took out the Prix Francois Boutin (Gr 3, 1400m) at Deauville. Wootton Bassett will be represented by his first Australian-bred yearlings in 2024 and he will stand the upcoming breeding season at Coolmore’s Australian base for an increased fee of $93,500 (inc GST).

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