29 for Blue Point
Blue Point – Darley’s shuttle stallion Blue Point (Shamardal) saw his tally of individual winners rise to 29 last week as he sired a quartet of scorers on the track. Elmonjed (2 g ex Naafer by Oasis Dream) produced a promising winning debut in a six-furlong maiden at Lingfield. The third foal out of the winning Oasis Dream (Green Desert) mare Naafer, herself a sister to Group 2 scorer Ertijaal, Elmonjed is a half-brother to winners Khanjar (Kodaic) and Pinafore (Dark Angel). Valdivara (2 f ex Etruria by Invincible Spirit) ran out a ready winner of a six-furlong fillies’ maiden at Deauville to become winner number 27. A Godolphin homebred, Valdivara is the first foal out of the winning Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) mare Etruria, herself a sister to Darley’s former shuttle stallion Territories, who last shuttled for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST). Blue Point registered his 28th first-crop winner when Gutsy Girl (2 f ex Plucky Girl by Medaglia D’Oro) broke the ice at the second time of asking when winning over six furlongs at Carlisle. Bred and raced by Anthony Oppenheimer’s Hascombe and Valiant Stud, Gutsy Girl is out of unraced mare Plucky Lass (Medaglia D’Oro), a daughter of US Grade 3 winner Valiant Girl (Lemon Drop Kid). And finally, winner number 29 arrived when Gushing Gold (2 f ex Mehronissa by Iffraaj) landed a seven-furlong handicap at York. Gushing Gold is closely related to Group-placed winner Meshakel (Shamardal), being the third foal out of the Listed-winning Iffraaj (Zafonic) mare Mehronissa, herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Three Degrees (Singspiel). Blue Point, who stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Kildangan Stud for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$58,830), will stand the southern hemisphere breeding season at Darley’s Northwood Park for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST). He has now had 73 starters.
Calyx – Coolmore’s first season sire Calyx (Kingman) sired his 12th individual winner when Eben Shaddad (2 c ex Galileo’s Lady by Galileo) made a taking winning debut at Newmarket. Eben Shaddad is the first foal out of the unraced Galileo mare Galileo’s Lady, herself a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Lady Speightspeare (Speightstown). Calyx stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Stud for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$16,860). He has had 37 starters.
Ten Sovereigns – Coolmore Stud’s first-season sire Ten Sovereigns (No Nay Never) registered his 15th and 16th individual winners, beginning when Rule The Surf (2 f ex Sailors Path by New Approach) ran out an easy five-length winner of a 1600-metre maiden at Vichy. Out of the unraced New Approach (Galileo) mare Sailors Path, Rule The Surf is a half-sister to winners New World Next (Fastnet Rock), Target Zone (Champs Elysees) and Raqeeq (Champs Elysees). Ten Sovereigns then registered his 16th individual winner when Nor Time Nor Tide (2 c ex On Ice by Galileo) easily got off the mark at the third attempt. A half-brother to Listed winner Galleria Borghese (Caravaggio), Nor Time Nor Tide is the second foal out of the unraced Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare On Ice, herself a sister to Group 1 scorer Kingsbarns and a half-sister to Group 3 winner Belle Artiste (Namid). She also counts Sweeter Still (Rock Of Gibraltar), the dam of English 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner turned Tweenhills Stud stallion Kameko (Kitten’s Joy) among her half-siblings. Ten Sovereigns, who shuttled to the now defunct Valachi Downs for one season in 2020, and he stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Stud for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$29,420). He has now had 52 starters.
New Group / Grade 1 winners
Army Mule – Hill ‘N’ Dale resident Army Mule (Friesan Fire) scored his first winner at the elite level when One In Vermillion (3 c ex Given Star by Any Given Sunday) posted an impressive victory in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Saratoga. One In Vermillion was bought by Jonathan Kalman for US$26,000 at the TBA Arizona Fall Mixed Sale. The colt is out of winning mare Given Star (Any Given Saturday), a half-sister to three-time stakes winner King Henny (Henny Hughes). Army Mule, who has had 92 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere season for a fee of US$12,500 (approx. AU$19,500).
Curlin – Idiomatic (4 f ex Lockdown by First Defence) became the 21st elite-level winner for Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms stallion Curlin (Smart Strike) when landing the Personal Ensign Stakes (Gr 1, 9f). Idiomatic is the first foal out of the stakes-winning First Defence (Unbridled’s Song) mare Lockdown, herself a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches. Curlin stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of US$225,000 (approx. AU$351,000). He has had 914 starters.
Galileo – Coolmore’s legendary late stallion Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) moved to within one of a century of Group 1 winners when his daughter Warm Heart (3 f ex Sea Siren by Fastnet Rock) battled well to land the Yorkshire Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f). Warm Heart is one of three winners out of Australian-bred multiple Group 1 winner Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock) and she is the first to score at stakes level with her sister, Celestial Object, having finished second in a Group 3. Galileo, who has had 2480 starters, died in 2021.
Prince Of Lir – An astonishing front-running performance from Live In The Dream (4 g ex Approaching Autumn by New Approach) saw him run out a 28-1 winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) at York, providing his sire Prince Of Lir (Kodiac) with his first elite-level winner and third individual stakes winner. Purchased for £24,000 by Phillipa Mains and owner Steve De’Lemos at the 2020 Goff’s Sportsman’s Yearling Sale, Live In the Moment is a half-brother to stakes-placed winning sprinter Live In The Moment (Zebedee), being out of the unraced New Approach (Galileo) mare Approaching Autumn. Prince Of Lir, who has had 112 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Ballyhane Stud for a fee of €3,000 (approx. AU$5,060).
New stakes winners
Adlerflug – The Marcel Weiss-trained Lordano (4 g ex Labrice by Dubawi) became the 29th individual stakes winner for Adlerflug (In The Wings) when he scored in the Baden-Badener Steher Cup (Listed, 2800m) at Baden-Baden. Out of the winning Group 3-placed Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) mare Labrice, Lordano is a brother to Group 2 scorer Loft. Adlerflug, who has had 272 starters, died in 2021.
Areion – In winning the Goldene Peitsche (Gr 3, 1200m) at Baden-Baden, Zerostress (7 g ex Zaya by Diktat) provided Areion (Big Shuffle) with his 51st stakes winner. The gelding is out of the winning Group 3 placegetter Zaya (Diktat), who has produced five other winners. Areion, who has had 478 starters, died in 2022 aged 27.
Arrogate – The Barbara Heads-trained Abeliefinthislivin (3 c ex Half A.P. by Pulpit) won the Canadian Derby (Gr 3, 10f) at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino and in the process became stakes winner number ten for the late Juddmonte Stud sire Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song). Abeliefinthislivin was bought by Alistair Roden Bloodstock for US$70,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is out of Half A.P. (Pulpit), the dam of stakes-placed Fully Living (Unbridled’s Song), who in turn produced Ballet Dancing (Medaglia D’Oro). Arrogate, who has had 164 starters, died in 2020.
Daiwa Major – Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) registered his 45th stakes victory when Ascoli Piceno (2 f ex Ascolti by Danehill Dancer) landed the Niigata Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m). Ascoli Piceno is out of dual-winning Danehill Dancer (Danehill) mare Ascolti, making her a half-sister to Listed scorer Ascoltare (Duramente). Ascolti herself is out of Group 1 winner Listen (Sadler’s Wells) who also produced Grade 2 winner Touching Speech (Deep Impact) and stakes winner Satono Lux (Deep Impact). Daiwa Major stood at Shadai Stallion Station in 2023 for a private fee. He has had 1292 starters.
Frankel – Spirit Dancer (6 g ex Queen’s Dream by Oasis Dream) took the step up from handicap company to stakes grade in his stride as he landed the Strensall Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at York. Providing Banstead Manor Stud stallion Frankel (Galileo) with his 126th individual stakes winner, the six-year-old gelding came home best of all to deny El Drama (Lope De Vega) by a length. Spirit Dancer is the third foal out of the unraced Oasis Dream (Green Desert) mare Queen’s Dream, herself a sister to Group 1 winner Querari and Listed winner Sharja Bridge while also being a half-sister to British-bred Grade 2 winner Quidura (Dubawi) and Group 3 scorer Quasillo (Sea The Stars). Frankel stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a record fee of £275,000 (approx. AU$540,240). He has had 747 starters.
Galileo – The late Coolmore Stud stalwart Galileo was handed a 369th individual stakes winner when Salt Lake City (3 c ex Heartache by Kyllachy) left it late to land the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Killarney. Ridden by Killian Hennessy for trainer Aidan O’Brien, the three-year-old colt ran on well to lead at the post, defeating Didn’thavemuchtodo (Highland Reel) by a head with a further length and a quarter back to Howyoulikethat (Requinto) in third. Salt Lake City is the first foal out of the Group 2-winning mare Heartache (Kyllachy), herself a half-sister to the Listed-placed winner Heartwarming (Showcasing).
Gleneagles – Coolmore resident Gleneagles (Galileo) was handed his 29th stakes winner courtesy of Jack Darcy’s (4 g ex Pretty Face by Rainbow Quest) win in the Grand Prix de Deauville (Gr 2, 2500m) in Deauville. Initially bought by Arglo House Stud for 19,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2019, Jack Darcy was then picked up by his trainers for 24,000gns at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale the following year. Out of unraced mare Pretty Face (Rainbow Quest), Jack Darcy is a half-brother to five other winners. Pretty Face herself is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Reams Of Verse (Nureyev). Gleneagles, who has had 379 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$29,420).
Gun Runner – Il Miracolo (3 c ex Tapit’s World by Tapit) became the 20th individual stakes winner for Three Chimneys Farm stallion Gun Runner (Candy Ride) when scoring in the Smarty Jones Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Parx. Out of the Grade 3-placed winning mare Tapit’s World (Tapit), Il Miracolo is a half-brother to the stakes-placed winner Steinar (Union Rags). Gun Runner then sired his 21st individual stakes winner when the Cherie DeVaux-trained Vahva (3 f ex Holiday Soiree by Harlan’s Holiday) scored in the Charles Town Oaks (Gr 3, 7f). Vahva is a half-sister to three winners, being the sixth foal out of the stakes-winning Grade 1-placed Harlan’s Holiday (Harlan) mare Holiday Soiree, herself a half-sister to stakes scorer Marquee Prince (Cairo Prince). Gun Runner, who has had 206 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a private fee and is available for covering on southern hemisphere time once again this year.
Justify – Returning Coolmore Stud shuttler Justify (Scat Daddy) scored a stakes double last week, with the first leg provided by Opera Singer (2 f ex Liscanna by Sadler’s Wells) landing the Newtownanner Stud Irish EBF Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at the Curragh, which saw the stallion’s stakes-winning tally move to 17. Opera Singer is out of Group 3 winner Liscanna (Sadler’s Wells), the dam of Grade 1-winning pair Brave Anna (War Front) and Hit It A Bomb (War Front).
Justify then sired his 18th stakes winner when Opera Singer’s stablemate Red Riding Hood (3 f ex Ballydoyle – Galileo) sprung a minor shock in the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f). Red Riding Hood is out of 2015 Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Ballydoyle (Galileo), making her a half-sister to Listed winner Monday (Fastnet Rock). Ballydoyle is a sister to multiple Group 1 winner Misty For Me, the dam of dual Group 1 winner Roly Poly (War Front), multiple Group 1 winner U S Navy Flag (War Front) and Group 3 winner Cover Song (Fastnet Rock). Justify stood the 2023 northern hemisphere season at Coolmore Ashford Stud base for a fee of US$100,000 (approx. AU$156,150) and, having sat out shuttling duties in 2022, the stallion will return to Australia this year, where he will command a fee of $77,000 (inc GST). He has had 178 starters.
Kingman – Juddmonte Farm’s Kingman (Invincible Spirit) notched his 69th stakes winner when his son Candleford (5 g ex Dorcas Lane by Norse Dancer) landed the August Stakes (Listed, 1m 3.5f) at Windsor. The gelding is out of three-time stakes winner Dorcas Lane (Norse Dancer), who is also the dam of stakes-placed Atty Persse (Frankel). Kingman, who has had 580 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £125,000 (approx. AU$245,600).
Kodiac – Relief Rally (2 f ex Kathoe by Fayruz) gained a deserved first stakes success when landing the Lowther Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at York, becoming the 89th individual stakes winner for her sire Kodiac (Danehill) in the process. Relief Rally is the eighth foal out of the unraced Fayruz (Song) mare Kathoe, making her a sister to Group 3 winner Koropick. Kodiac stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Tally-Ho Stud for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AU$67,340). He has had 1583 starters.
Nathaniel – The Dermot Weld-trained Harbour Wind (3 g ex Topaz Clear by Pivotal) provided his sire Nathaniel (Galileo) with a 33rd individual stakes winner when comfortably scoring in the Classic Vinnie Roe Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) at Leopardstown. Harbour Wind is the third foal out of the winning Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Topaz Clear, herself a half-sister to Group 2 winner Forgotten Rules (Nayef) and to Listed scorer Vintage Nouveau (Montjeu). Nathaniel, who has had 602 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Newsells Park Stud for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$29,440).
No Nay Never – William Haggas’ recent purple patch of form shows no signs of abating as Lake Forest (2 c ex Lady Aquitaine by El Prado) handed the trainer yet another stakes victory when he took out the Gimcrack Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at York, providing Coolmore Stud-based sire No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) with his 55th individual stakes winner in the process. Purchased by Eighteen Bloodstock for 130,000gns from the Newsells Park Stud draft at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2022, the colt is out of stakes-placed mare Lady Aquitaine (El Prado), making him a half-brother to French Listed winner Lady Of Kyushu (Smart Strike). No Nay Never, who has had 674 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €175,000 (approx. AU$295,000).
Sea The Stars – Sea Theme (3 f ex Mayhem by Whipper) became the 112th individual stakes winner for Gilltown Stud stallion Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) when he battled on well to land the Galtres Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at York. A half-sister to Listed scorer Sky Angel (Dark Angel), Sea Theme is the third foal out of the Group 3-winning mare Mayhem (Whipper), herself a sister to Group 2 winner Royal Bench. Sea The Stars stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €180,000 (approx. AU$302,640). He has had 908 starters.
Sioux Nation – Coolmore Stud’s former shuttler Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) registered a trio of stakes winners last week, beginning when Indian Run (2 c ex Just Wondering by Danehill Dancer) landed the Acomb Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at York. The eighth foal out of the Danehill Dancer (Danehill) mare Just Wondering, Indian Run is a half-brother to winner Imaginative (Camelot). The former Swettenham Stud shuttler was provided with his 11th stakes winner when Letsbefrankaboutit (2 c ex Omanome by Acclamation) landed the Round Tower Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at the Curragh. Purchased by Greenhills Farm for €40,000 at the Goffs Ireland Sportsman Yearling Sale in 2022, Letsbefrankaboutit was then snapped up for Avenue Bloodstock for €240,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Flat Breeze-Up Sale the following year. The colt is out of the winning Acclamation (Royal Applause), making him a half-brother to three further winners. A mere 24 hours after registering his 11th stakes winner, Sioux Nation then added a 12th black-type winner to his record when the Jessie Harrington-trained Ocean Quest (3 f ex Gold Zion by Aqlaam) landed the Ballyogan Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Naas. The filly is out of the winning mare Gold Zain (Aqlaam), who is a daughter of Listed winner Zain Al Boldan (Poliglote), also the dam of Group 2 winner Poetic Dream (Poet’s Voice) and Group 3 scorer Who Knows (Siyouni). Sioux Nation shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season in 2019 and he stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Ireland for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$29,500). He has had 169 starters.
Ten Sovereigns – Coolmore’s first-season sire Ten Sovereigns (No Nay Never) chalked up his second stakes winner when Inquisitively (2 c ex Ballyalla by Mind Games) triumphed in the Roses Stakes (Listed, 5f) at York. The colt was initially purchased by Glenvale Stud for 45,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2021, before fetching 40,000gns when selling to Ollie Sangster at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale the following year. Inquisitively is out of winning mare Ballyalla (Mind Games), making him a half-brother to Listed-placed Pixeleen (Pastoral Pursuits).
Too Darn Hot – Darley shuttler Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) sired his second individual stakes winner when Darnation (2 f ex Monday Monday by Galileo) landed the Prestige Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Goodwood. Darnation is the first foal out of the unraced Galileo mare Monday Monday, herself a half-sister to English 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m), Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) and Yorkshire Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Blue Bunting (Dynaformer). Too Darn Hot, who will stand the 2023 southern hemisphere breeding season at Darley’s Kelvinside base for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST), is represented by Fallen Angel as his other stakes winner to date. He has had 41 starters.
Ulysses – Cheveley Park resident Ulysses (Galileo) registered his sixth stakes winner when his son Passenger (3 c ex Dilmun by War Front) broke through at stakes level for the first time when he landed the Winter Hill Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) at Windsor. Passenger is out of winning mare Dilmun (War Front), a daughter of US Grade 3 winner Pachattack (Pulpit). Ulysses, who has had 140 starters, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £10,000 (approx. AU$19,600).
Winning Rupert – The Patrick Payne-trained Seonee (5 m ex Mowgli by Not A Single Doubt) provided her sire Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) with a second individual stakes winner from 152 starters when landing the Leon Macdonald Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Morphettville. Out of the winning Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) mare Mowgli, Seonee is a half-sister to winner Best Intent (Hellbent). Winning Rupert will stand the 2023 breeding season at Grandview Stud for a fee of €7,700 (inc GST).
Written Tycoon – Acromantula (6 g ex For Your Eyes Only by Bletchley Park) provided Yulong stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia) with a 53rd individual stakes winner from 1704 starters, by landing the Carlyon Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Moonee Valley. Out of the three-time Listed-winning mare For Your Eyes Only (Bletchley Park), Acromantula is a half-brother to five winners, including Catch The Red Eye (Rubick, who broke his maiden at Northam on Thursday. Written Tycoon is standing at Yulong Investments for a private fee for the 2023 breeding season.