Stallion Watch

Five for Belardo

New winners

Belardo – Haunui Farm shuttler Belardo (Lope De Vega) sired his fifth first-crop winner on Tuesday as Elysium (2 f ex Sonning Rose by Hawk Wing) took out the Irish EBF Auction Fillies Maiden (5.5f) at Navan. Purchased by her trainer for €15,000 at the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale, Elysium is one of three winners out of Sonning Rose (Hawk Wing) who herself is a half-sister to stakes placegetters Universo Star (Excellent Art) and Vienna’s Boy (Victory Note). Further back, this is the family of Grade 3 scorer Upper Noosh (Red Ransom). 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.


Exosphere – Former Darley shuttler Exosphere (Lonhro) sired his second first-crop winner on Tuesday when No Laughing Matter (2 f ex Laughing by Distorted Humor) took out a 1206-metre open maiden at Port Macquarie. Purchased by Australian Bloodstock for $38,000 from the draft of Moobi Farm at the Inglis Classic Sale, No Laughing Matter is the second foal out of winning mare Laughing (Distorted Humour), who herself is a half-sister to Listed scorer Outskirt Lady (Purge). Further back, this is the family of dual Grade 1 victor Better Lucky (Ghostzapper). Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Exosphere will stand at Darley’s Kelvinside property for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) in 2020. 


Headwater – Vinery Stud’s first season sire Headwater (Exceed And Excel) recorded his seventh individual winner on Sunday when Water Dove (2 f ex She’s Warrego by Giant’s Causeway) took out a Dubbo open-age maiden plate over 1110 metres. Water Dove was purchased by Belmont Bloodstock for $20,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and is a half-sister to multiple stakes placegetter Queen Of Wands (Not A Single Doubt). Headwater will stand for a fee of $13,750 (inc GST) in 2020.


Rich Enuff – Woodside Park Stud stallion Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) equalled the first-season haul of his sire on Saturday when Queen Sweeper (2 f ex Zilzie by Generous) became his sixth individual winner. Rich Enuff will stand for $8,800 at Woodside Park this season.


Vadamos  – Rich Hill Stud’s shuttle stallion Vadamos (Monsun) registered his second winner on Saturday when Eilean Dubh (2 c ex Kenwana by Kendargent) won a 1400-metre maiden at Dax in France. Vadamos, who stands at Tally Ho Stud in Ireland during the northern hemisphere breeding season, will have his first southern hemisphere two-year-olds next season. He will stand for NZ$15,000 (plus GST) at Rich Hill Stud in the upcoming season.


Vancouver – Former Coolmore shuttler Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) sired his ninth first-crop winner, and first in the northern hemisphere, when Nicky Two Shoes (2 c ex Wendy Wow by Invasor) scored on debut over five furlongs at Thistledown in America on Tuesday. Nicky Two Shoes is one of two winners from four to race out of placed mare Wendy Wow (Invasor) who herself is a half-sister to Listed placegetter Carrignavar (Tale Of The Cat). Further back, this is the family of the late champion stallion Cape Cross (Green Desert), former shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic) and Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel (Snitzel). Vancouver shuttled to Coolmore’s Kentucky base of Ashford Stud for two seasons standing for US$15,000. He stands at Coolmore Australia for $30,250 (inc GST) in 2020. 


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Authorized – Former Darley stallion Authorized (Montjeu) registered his sixth individual Group 1 winner on Saturday when Santiago (3 c ex Wadyhatta by Cape Cross) took out the Irish Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f). Santiago became Authorized’s third European Group 1 winner, joining Ambivalent and Seal Of Approval. His other three have come in Australia with Hartnell, Complacent and Pounamu. Authorized, who stood at Haras du Logis in France from 2014, was sold to the Turkish Jockey Club last year and stood his first season in Turkey in 2020 at a fee of 20,000 lira (A$4,250 approx).


Bamboo Ere – East Stud stallion Bamboo Ere (Afleet) registered his first stakes winner from his sixth crop to race when Dantsu Goyu (6 h ex Chokai Crys by Sakura Bakushin O) won the Onuma Stakes (Listed, 1700m) at Hakodate on Sunday. Bamboo Ere, who has only produced between five and eight foals in each of his first seven crops, served a bigger book of 26 mares last year.


Champs Elysees – Champs Elysees (Danehill) sired his fourth individual Group 1 winner when the late-maturing Way To Paris (7 h ex Grey Way by Cozzene) made his elite-level breakthrough at the age of seven with victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2400m). Champs Elysees, the sire of Ascot Gold Cup (Gr 1, 2m 4f) winner Trip To Paris and 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) victor Billesdon Brook, died in 2018 from a heart attack at the age of 15.


King Of Kings – King Of Kings (Sadler’s Wells) added a fourth Group 1 victor on Saturday when Ronnie’s Candy (4 m ex Bennie Andthe Jets by Jet Master) took out the Empress Club Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Turffontein. Ronnie’s Candy is from the last crop of King Of Kings, who died at the Fort Stud in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2015.


Var – The ever-consistent Var (Forest Wildcat) produced his 11th Group 1 winner on Saturday when Rivarine (6 h ex River Jetez by Jet Master) broke his Group 1 maiden at the eighth attempt, taking the Computaform Sprint (Gr 1, 1000m) at Turffontein. He is the first foal to race out of River Jetez (Jet Master), who performed with credit on the world stage with placings in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr 1, 1800m), Singapore Airlines International Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) and the Beverly D (Gr 1, 9.5f) after she won the J&B Met (Gr 1, 2000m) on home soil. Var stands at Avontuur Stud.


New stakes winners

Cairo Prince – Airdrie Stud’s Cairo Prince (Pioneerof The Nile) scored an eighth stakes winner and just his fourth graded stakes winner when Dean Martini (3 g ex Soundwave by Friends Lake) took out the Ohio Derby (Gr 3, 9f) at Thistledown on Saturday. Cairo Prince stood at Airdrie Stud for US$25,000 (A$36,500 approx) in 2020.


Cape Cross – The William Haggas-trained Nkosikazi (5 m ex Whatami by Daylami) landed the Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) under Tom Marquand at Newcastle on Saturday and in the process became the 119th individual stakes winner for her sire Cape Cross (Green Desert). Darley’s Cape Cross died at the age of 23 in 2017 due to the complications of old age.


Charm Spirit – Windsor Park Stud shuttler Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) sired his eighth stakes winner on Sunday when Time Scale (2 f ex An Ghalanta by Holy Roman Emperor) took out the Empress Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newmarket. Bred at Tweenhills Stud by the An Ghalanta Partnership, Time Scale is out of Listed scorer An Ghalanta (Holy Roman Emperor) making her a half-sister to multiple stakes placegetter Bletchley (Makfi).  Further back, this is the family of Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) winner Parish Hall (Teofilo). Multiple Group 1 winner Charm Spirit stands at Windsor Park Stud for a private fee in 2020.


Darci Brahma – Reliable Kiwi stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill) made it 47 individual stakes winners when Trumbull (4 g ex Pride And Passion by Encosta De Lago) broke through for a first stakes win in the Civic Stakes (Listed, 1350m) at Rosehill on Saturday. Trumbull is a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Hard Merchandize (Burgundy), while second dam Calaway Gal (Clang) scored her greatest career triumph at Rosehill in the 2002 Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Darci Brahma will stand at The Oaks Stud for NZ$15,000 (plus GST) in 2020.


Exceed And Excel – Exceed And Excel (Danehill) brought up his 173rd individual stakes winner when Inquiry (5 g ex Screen by Lonhro) took out the Spear Chief Handicap (Listed, 1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. Inquiry is out of Group 3 winner Screen (Lonhro), tracing from a family that includes Group 1 winners Dracula (Quest For Fame), Complacent (Authorized) and Sentimental Miss (Reliable Man). Exceed And Excel will stand at Darley’s Kelvinside farm for $132,000 (inc GST) this year.


Double for Frankel – The legendary Frankel (Galileo) recorded his 54th individual stakes winner and his fourth in Australia when Frankely Awesome (4 m ex Street Secret by Street Cry) took out Saturday’s W J McKell Cup (Listed, 2000m) at Rosehill. He then sired his 55th stakes winner when Restiany (3 c ex Restiadargent by Kendargent) took out Sunday’s Prix de Saint-Patrick (Listed, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud. Frankel stood at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £175,000  (A$315,000 approx) in 2020. 


Gimmethegreenlight – More than Ready’s (Southern Halo) son Gimmethegreenlight sired his 25th individual stakes winner when Gold Season (3 c ex Miss Gold Digger by Rich Man’s Gold) took out the Gatecrasher Stakes (Listed, 1400m) on Sunday’s Greyville card. Gimmethegreenlight is the sire of three winners at the highest level in South Africa, including Yulong Prince, runner-up in this year’s Ajax Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) at Rosehill. 


Invincible Spirit  – Irish National Stud flagbearer Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) landed his 128th stakes winner on Sunday when the regally bred Repartee (3 c ex Pleasantry by Johannesburg) took out the Carnarvon Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Windsor. Purchased for 310,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Repartee is out of Pleasantry (Johannesburg) making him a three-quarter brother in blood to Juddmonte stallion Kingman (Invincible Spirit). Invincible Spirit stood for a fee of €100,000 (A$180,000 approx) in 2020. 


Kodiac – Tally-Ho Stud stalwart Kodiac (Danehill) brought up his 57th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Frenetic (2 f ex Moojha by Forest Wildcat) proved too speedy in the First Flier Stakes (Listed, 5f) at the Curragh. Kodiac stood for €65,000 (A$106,250 approx) in 2020.


Lope De Vega  – Ballylinch Stud stalwart Lope De Vega (Shamardal) sired his 70th individual stakes winner when Simeen (3 f ex Samadrisa by Oasis Dream) took out Sunday’s Prix Volterra (Listed, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud. Simeen is the only foal out of Samadrisa (Oasis Dream) who is a half-sister 2010 joint Champion 3YO Filly in Europe, Sarafina (Refuse To Bend) as well as stakes winners Sandagiyr (Dr Fong) and Sanaya (Barathea). Simeen joins the likes of Spanish Whisper and Spanish Reef as a stakes-winning filly by former shuttler Lope De Vega, who stood at Ballylinch Stud for a career-high fee of €100,000  (A$180,000 approx)  in 2020. 


Double for Pomodoro – A surprise victory for Golden Belle (3 f ex Juvenescent by Elusive Quality) in the Camellia Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Turffontein on Saturday provided Pomodoro (Jet Master), South Africa’s leading first season sire in 2018, with his fourth individual stakes winner. The good weekend for Pomodoro (Jet Master) continued when victory for Caralluma (2 f ex Kalanchoe by Kahal) in the Devon Air Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Greyville on Sunday provided him with his fifth individual stakes winner. Dual Grade 1 winner Pomodoro stands at Klawervlei Stud in his native South Africa.  


Power – Oaklands Stud resident Power (Oasis Dream) sired his 12th individual stakes winner when Wakanaka (2 f ex Storyline by Kodiac) took out Sunday’s Premio Vittoria Crespi (Listed, 1200m) at Milan. Wakanaka is the only winner from two to race out of Storyline (Kodiac) who herself is out of the Listed-placed Petite Histoire (Desert Story). Wakanaka joins the likes of Gift Of Power and Peace Envoy as a juvenile stakes winner for Power, who stands at Oaklands Stud in New Zealand for a fee of NZ$11,000 in 2020.  


Sea The Stars – Godolphin runner Volkan Star (3 g ex Chicago Dancer by Azamour) took the honours in the Fairway Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) at Newmarket on Saturday for Charlie Appleby and became the 64th individual stakes winner for Sea The Stars (Cape Cross). Sea The Stars stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland where his fee for 2020 was €150,000 (AUS$245,000 approx).


Silvano – South Africa’s four-time champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) closed in on his century of stakes winners when Imperial Ruby (3 g ex Ruby Necklace by Sadler’s Wells) moved him on to the 97 mark courtesy of his win in the Bidvest Gold Bowl (Gr 3, 3200m) at Turffontein on Saturday. Silvano, whose son Hawwaam won his fifth Group 1 race earlier on the card, stands Maine Chance Farm in South Africa. 


Snitzel – Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) registered his 103rd individual stakes winner on Saturday when Sure Knee (4 m ex Shawnee Girl by Encosta De Lago) took out the Sapphire Stakes (Gr 3, 1630m) at Doomben. Snitzel, who is in contention for his fourth consecutive Australian Champion Sire title this season, will stand for $165,000 (inc GST) in the upcoming season.


Vancouver – Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) produced his first stakes winner as a stallion on Saturday when Mount Pleasant (2 c ex Life In A Metro by Fastnet Rock) took out the South African Nursery (Gr 2, 1160m) at Turffontein. Purchased for $90,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Mount Pleasant is out of Life In A Metro (Fastnet Rock), a half-sister to Group 1 winners Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice) and Absolutely (Redoute’s Choice) as well as the Group 1-placed Runaway (Manhattan Rain). Also in the family are Japanese stallion Kinshasa No Kiseki (Fuji Kiseki) and this season’s Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Nettoyer (Sebring). Vancouver will stand for $30,250 (inc GST) at Coolmore Stud this year.


Zebedee – The late Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) sired his 11th individual stakes winner when Pogo (4 c ex Cute by Diktat) took out the Midsummer Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Windsor on Sunday. Purchased for €10,500 at the Goffs November Foal before being pinhooked for £32,000 at the Goffs UK Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale, Pogo is out of stakes performer Cute (Diktat). Cute is out of Danehill (Danzig) mare Gleam Of Light, making her a half-sister Pikaboo (Pivotal) who is the dam of last month’s 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Love (Galileo). Zebedee stood at Cornerstone Stud for five seasons before dying in 2019.