Stallion Watch

First for Air Force Blue, Belardo, Bobby’s Kitten & Shalaa

New winners

Air Force Blue – Former Coolmore shuttler Air Force Blue (War Front) sired his maiden first crop winner on Saturday when Beauty Queen (2 f ex Beautiful One by Medaglia d’Oro) took out a four and a half furlong maiden for juvenile fillies at Gulfstream Park. Beauty Queen is one of four winners from five to race out of Beautiful One (Medaglia d’Oro), and hails from the family of UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr 3, 1600m) winner Fore Left (Twirling Candy) and Grade 2 winner Synchrony (Tapit). Triple Group 1 winner Air Force Blue shuttled to Coolmore Australia in 2017, covering 119 mares at a fee of $16,500. He now permanently resides at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in America, standing for US$15,000 in 2020. 

Belardo – Haunui Farm shuttler Belardo (Lope De Vega) sired his maiden first-crop winner when Golden Melody (2 f ex Chanter by Lomitas) took out the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (6f) at Haydock on Sunday. Purchased by her trainer for 52,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Golden Melody is one of six winners out of Chanter (Lomitas), who herself is a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Belmez (El Gran Senor) and Opera Comique (Singspiel), the dam of Arlington Million Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) victor Debussy (Diesis). Dual Group 1 winner Belardo is the only son of Lope De Vega (Shamardal) at stud in the southern hemisphere and stands at Haunui Farm for a fee of NZ$10,000 (plus GST) in 2020.

Bobby’s Kitten – Former Twin Hills Stud shuttler Bobby’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) sired his first winner on Sunday, when the Mark Johnston-trained Sands Of Time (2 f ex Starlight Sands by Oasis Dream) took out the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (5f) by a comfortable margin of five lengths in debut at Lingfield. Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Gr 1, 6.5f) winner Bobby’s Kitten shuttled to Twin Hill Stud for one season in 2017, covering 42 mares for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST). He now permanently resides at Lanwades Stud in England, standing for a fee of £8,000 in 2020. 

Criterion – Four-time Group 1 winner Criterion (Sebring) sired his first winner on Sunday when Blaze A Trail (2 c ex Flaming by Bachelor Duke) took out a 1300-metre maiden handicap for country and provincial horses at Hawkesbury. Criterion stood at Newgate Farm but was found to be subfertile, producing only 19 live foals; Blaze A Trail is one of only two to race so far. 

Double for I’m All The Talk – Mungrup Stud’s first season sire I’m All The Talk (Stratum) landed his third winner on Wednesday when Dad’s Bigheaded (2 g ex Glamourscene by Scenic) took out the 2YO No-Metro-Win Plate (1400m) at Belmont. He then landed his fourth fourth first crop winner on Saturday when All Banter (2 f ex Bantry Bay by Tale Of The Cat) took out a 1000-metre two-year handicap at Morphettville. All Banter was purchased for $30,000 by her trainer at Book 2 of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale out of the Mungrup draft. I’m All The Talk’s fee for 2020 is currently set at $7,700 (inc GST) but with Mungrup Stud announcing their closure last week, he could be set to find a new home.

Press Statement – Vinery first season sire Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) landed his fourth winner on Wednesday, as the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Equation (2 c ex Purcentage by Onemorenomore) took out an 1100-metre on the Kensington track at Randwick. Equation was purchased by Aquis Farm at the Magic Million National Weanling Sale for $110,000 from the draft of Sledmere Stud. He is the first foal out of winning mare Purcentage (Onemorenomore), who in turn is a half-sister to Group 2 placegetter Surrendous (Shamardal). Equation’s grandam is the Listed-scoring MRC Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) third Spurcent (Flying Spur), while he is also related to Hong Kong Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Glorious Days (Hussonet). Press Statement stands at Vinery Stud for a fee of $13,750 (inc GST) in 2020.

Pride Of Dubai – Former Coolmore reverse shuttler Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) sired his ninth first crop winner on Saturday when Achiever (2 c ex Lady Circles by Ascot Knight) took out the Castelvecchio at Arrowfield Handicap (1400m) at Randwick. Purchased by Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock for $80,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Achiever is out of Lady Circles (Ascot Knight), making him a half-brother to Group 3 scorer Decircles (Encosta De Lago). Lady Circles herself is out Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Circles Of Gold (Marscay) who is also produced multiple Group 1 scorers Elvstroem (Danehill) and Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus) as well as Hveger (Danehill), the dam of Highland Reel (Galileo) and Cape Of Good Hope (Galileo). Pride Of Dubai stands at Jerrys Plains for a fee of $38,500 (inc GST) in 2020. 

Shalaa – Freshman shuttler Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) sired his first winner on Thursday as Cherie Amour (2 f ex Angel Falls by Kingmambo) saluted the judge at her second start in the Prix des Colonnes Morris (1400m) at Clairefontaine in France. Cherie Amour was purchased by Charles Gordon Watson Bloodstock for €250,000 at the Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale and is out of the unraced Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector) mare Angel Falls, making her a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner National Defense (Invincible Spirit), who shuttled to Sun Stud in 2019. Dual Group 1 winner Shalaa shuttles to Arrowfield Stud where he will stand for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST) in 2020. His first Australian yearlings went through the ring earlier this year, selling for up to $600,000. 

Double for Vancouver – Coolmore freshman Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) sired his fifth winner on Wednesday as Armatree (2 c ex Miss Occhilupo by Octagonal) broke his maiden in an 1100-metre juvenile event at Randwick-Kensington. He then scored his sixth winner on Saturday when Mount Pleasant (2 c ex Life In A Metro by Fastnet Rock) took out the Safe With A Mask Juvenile Plate (1100m) at Turffontein in South Africa. Vancouver stands at Jerrys Plains for a fee of $30,250 (inc GST) in 2020. 


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Candy Ride – Vekoma (4 h ex Mona De Momma by Speightstown) captured his first Grade 1 victory at Belmont Park on Saturday when taking out the Carter Handicap (Gr 1, 7f) and he became his sire Candy Ride’s (Ride The Rails) 16th top level winner. Candy Ride stands at Lane’s End where his 2020 fee was $100,000.

Elusive Fort – Klipdrif Stud’s Elusive Fort (Fort Wood) scored his third elite level winner on Saturday when Out Of Your League (3 c ex Lil’ Bacio by Windrush) took out the South African Derby (Gr 1, 2450m) at Turffontein. Elusive Fort stands at Klipdrif for R20,000 (AUD$1,700).

Honor Code – Honor A P (3 r ex Hollywood Story by Wild Rush) became the first Grade 1 winner for Honor Code (A P Indy) when landing the Santa Anita Derby (Gr 1, 9f) at Santa Anita on Saturday. Honor Code stands at Lane’s End where his 2020 fee was $30,000.

Rothesay – Lyndhurst Stud’s flagship stallion Rothesay (Fastnet Rock) sired his maiden Group 1 winner on Saturday when Rothfire (2 g ex Huss On Fire by Hussonet) scooted away to land the J J Atkins Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm. Rothesay now joins the likes of Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile as sons of Fastnet Rock (Danehill) to sire a Group 1 winner. Rothesay stands at the Queensland farm for a fee of $4,950 (inc GST) in 2020. 

Written Tycoon – The recently relocated Written Tycoon (Iglesia) landed his ninth Group 1 winner in the form of Tyzone (6 g ex Rezonet by Hussonet) who took out the Stradbroke Handicap (Gr 1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Second in the same race last year, Tyzone joins the likes of Written By, Capitalist and Booker as an elite-level winner out of the popular stallion. Standing at Woodside Park in Victoria up until last year, Written Tycoon was relocated to the Hunter Valley to stand at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $77,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 


New stakes winners

Amaron – German stallion Amaron (Shamardal) sired his first stakes winner on Sunday when Run Wild (3 f ex Rondinay by Cadeaux Genereux) took out the Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) at Newmarket. Purchased by Meridian International for €160,000 at the Baden-Baden September Yearling Sale, Run Wild is a half-sister to Rock My Soul (Clodovil), the dam of N E Manion Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) winner Young Rascal (Intello), as well as stakes scorers Rock My Love (Holy Roman Emperor) and Rock My Heart (Sholokhov). Further back, this is the family of 1991 Champion 4YO+ horse in Germany Turfkonig (Anfield). Italian Group 1 winner Amaron stands at Gestut Etzean for a fee of €4,500 in 2020. 

Anodin – French sire Anodin (Anabaa) landed his third stakes winner on Saturday when Neige Blanche (3 f ex Bianca Neve by Muhtathir) took out the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 3, 2200m) at Lyon Parilly in France. Anodin stands at Haras du Quesnay in France for a fee of €12,000 (AUD$19,500) in 2020. 

Brazen Beau – Darley’s former reverse shuttler Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) sired his eighth individual stakes winner on Thursday when Dubai Station (3 c ex Princess Guest by Iffraaj) posted the second win of his career in the Pavilion Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) on Newcastle’s all-weather track. A 30,0000gns purchase from the Book 2 Sale at Tattersalls in October 2018, Dubai Station is the first foal out of Princess Guest (Iffraaj), who herself is a half-sister to the Listed winner Imperial Guest (Imperial Dancer). Brazen Beau shuttled to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for four seasons, but now permanently resides at Northwood Park in Victoria where he will stand for a fee of $49,500 (inc GST) in 2020.    

Double for Camelot – Former Coolmore shuttler Camelot sired his 29th stakes winner on Friday when English King (3 c ex Platonic by Zafonic) put himself firmly in the picture to emulate his sire by landing next month’s Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f), with a hugely impressive performance in yesterday’s Lingfield Derby Trial (Listed, 1m3.5f). Camelot then landed his 30th stakes winner when German raider Light My Fire (5 m ex Dixie Dance by Orpen) took out the Premio Paolo Mezzanotte (Listed, 2200m) at Milan for Károly Kerekes on Sunday. Camelot last shuttled to Coolmore Australia in 2014 and stood for €40,000 at Coolmore in Ireland in 2020.

Dansili – Pensioned stallion Dansili (Danehill) sired his 144th individual stakes winner on Wednesday when the Andrew Balding-trained Berlin Tango (3 c ex Fantasia by Sadler’s Wells) took out the Classic Trial Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) at Kempton Park. Berlin Tango is one of three victors out of five-time stakes-winning and three-time Group 1placed mare Fantasia (Sadler’s Wells), who herself is a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Pink Symphony (Montjeu) and Blue Rhapsody (Cape Cross), the dam of Western Hymn (High Chaparral). Western Hymn won the 2014 Classic Trial Stakes and went on to record a further five stakes victories and place at Group 1 level on three occasions. Dansili stood at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud for 18 seasons before being pensioned in 2018, aged 22, due to declining fertility. 

Dynasty – Late South African stallion Dynasty (Fort Wood) recorded his 69th individual stakes winner on Sunday when Bunker Hunt (4 h ex Secret Obsession by Captain Al) took out the Drill Hall Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Greyville. 

Exceed And Excel – Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel (Danehill) sired his 171st career stakes winner and 13th for the season in the southern hemisphere, as Aquitaine (3 f ex Thalia by Medaglia d’Oro) won the Mick Dittman Plate (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. A Godolphin homebred, Aquitaine is the only foal to have raced out of Group 3 placegetter Thalia (Medaglia d’Oro) who herself is a half-sister to dual stakes winner Calliope (Exceed And Excel). Further down the page is Group 2 scoring, elite-level placed mare Bound For Earth (Northern Meteor). Exceed And Excel will stand at Darley’s Kelvinside property for a career high fee of $132,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 

Invincible Spirit – Champion stallion Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) sired his 127th individual stakes winner on Wednesday when the John Gosden-trained Nazeef (4 f ex Handassa by Dubawi) took out the Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Kempton Park. Nazeef is out of Listed-winning mare Handassa (Dubawi), who herself is a half-sister to Group scorers Desert Stone (Fastnet Rock) and Euginio (Fastnet Rock). In his 20th season at Irish National Stud, Invincible Spirit stood for a fee of €100,000. 

Make Believe – Ballylinch Stud resident Make Believe (Makfi) sired his fourth stakes winner on Saturday when Mishriff (3 c ex Contradict by Raven’s Pass) took out the Newmarket Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) at headquarters. Out of the Listed-performed mare Contradict (Raven’s Pass), Mishriff is a half-brother to stakes scorer Orbaan (Invincible Spirit) and Group 3 placegetter Momkin (Bated Breath), while his third dam Rafha (Kris) is also responsible for popular sire Invincible Spirit (Green Desert). Make Believe stands at Ballylinch in Ireland for a fee of €12,000 (AUD$19,500).

Mayson – Invincible Spirit’s (Green Desert) son Mayson sired his sixth individual stakes winner and made a breakthrough in Group company when Oxted (4 g ex Charlotte Rosina by Choisir) took out the Abernant Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Newmarket on Friday. Bred by Homecroft Wealth Racing, Oxted is the first foal out of the Choisir (Danehill Dancer) mare Charlotte Rosina. Mayson, who stands at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £5,000 (approx. AUD$9,000), also has his largest crop of two-year-olds to look forward to this season.

Outstrip – Darley stallion Outstrip (Exceed And Excel) sired his third individual stakes winner on Saturday when Gold Trip (3 c ex Sarvana by Dubai Destination) took out the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 2, 2200m) at Lyon Parilly in France. A €60,000 Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale purchase, Gold Trip is out of a half-sister to Group 1 runner-up Sarkiyla (Oasis Dream). Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr 1, 8f) winner Outstrip stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £5,000 (AUD$9,000) in 2020. 

Reliable Man – Shuttle sire Reliable Man (Dalakhani) landed his 12th stakes winner on Saturday as Adrian (3 c ex Anna Desta by Desert Style) took out the Derby Trial (Listed, 2200m) at Düsseldorf in Germany. A €52,000 purchase at the Baden-Baden September Yearling Sale by his trainer Henk Grewe, Adrian is a half-brother to stakes winners Anna Katharina (Kallisto) and Attica (Tai Chi). Reliable Man shuttles to Westbury Stud in New Zealand where he will stand for a fee of NZ$15,000 in 2020. 

Sea The Stars – Miss Yoda (3 f ex Monami by Sholokhov) provided Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) with his 62nd individual stakes winner as the favourite bagged the Lingfield Oaks Trial (Listed, 1m3.5f) on Friday. A €280,000 buy at Baden-Baden in 2018, Miss Yoda is the third foal out of the the Sholokhov (Sadler’s Wells) mare Monami, a Group 2 winner in Germany. Sea The Stars stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland for a fee of €150,000 (approx. AUD$243,000).

Smart Missile – Twin Hills resident Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) landed his 17th stakes winner on Saturday when Ballistic Boy (3 g ex Magical Mist by High Chaparral) took out the Rough Habit Plate (Gr 3, 2200m) at Eagle Farm. Ballistic Boy was purchased for $100,000 by his trainer at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Aquis Farm and he is out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Distill (Volksraad) and the Group 1 placed Mr Tipsy (Montjeu). Smart Missile stands at Twin Hills for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 

Teofilo – Brasilian Man (4 c ex Alta Fedelta by Oasis Dream) took his tally to four wins from eight starts and gained a first stakes success at his first attempt in Group company on Sunday with victory in the Premio Ambrosiano (Gr 3, 2000m) at Milan. The four-year-old became the 90th stakes winner for his sire Teofilo (Galileo) who last shuttled in 2017 and stood at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 2020 for a fee of 40,000.

Trippi – Trippi (End Sweep) sired his 76th stakes winner as Wild Coast (3 c ex Beach Beauty by Dynasty) narrowly defeated Padre Pio (Vercingetorix) to cause a shock in the Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) at Greyville on Sunday. Wild Coast is the only winner out of Champion South African mare Beach Beauty (Dynasty). Trippi, champion sire of 2016 in South Africa, stands at Drakenstein Stud for a private fee. 

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