Stallion Watch

Four for Impending

New winners

Impending (pictured above) – The Paul Perry-trained Forecaster (2 c ex Street Storm by Stormy Atlantic) showed the benefit of a break when he scored a maiden victory over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday, providing Darley stallion Impending (Lonhro) with a fourth individual winner. Having the run of the race under William Pike, the gelding beat Disoney (Dissident) by a length and a quarter with a further two and three-quarter lengths back to Never Fails (Hellbent) in third. A $60,000 pinhook by Binalong Bloodstock from the Toolooganvale Farm draft at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Forecaster was bought by Paul Perry Horse Training for $220,000 from the Newgate Farm consignment at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Forecaster is the fourth winner from six to race out of the stakes-winning Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat) mare Street Storm, who has a weanling filly by Microphone (Exceed And Excel) and visited Farnan (Not A Single Doubt) last spring. Dual Group 1 winner Impending stands at Darley Victoria for a fee of $22,000.   


Jukebox – Aquis Farm stallion Jukebox (Snitzel) sired his third first crop juvenile winner when Johnny Rocker (2 c ex Margene by Magic Albert) scored on debut on the Sunshine Coast Polytrack on Friday. Trained at Eagle Farm by Barry Lockwood, homebred Johnny Rocker had won a Gold Coast barrier trial in the lead-up to his successful first start in the QEBS QTIS Maiden Plate (1000m). He won by a length over Corfe Castle (Better Than Ready) with Dealing’s Done (Better Than Ready) a neck away in third. Also the sire of winners Jukebox Flyer and Cabrinella, Jukebox will stand at Aquis’ Canungra stud farm for a fee of $6,600 (inc GST) in 2022.


Justify – Statuette (2 f ex Immortal Verse by Pivotal) produced an impressive performance on her debut at Navan on Saturday to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (5.5f) for Aidan O’Brien. Ridden by Ryan Moore, the Coolmore-owned filly was prominent throughout and took up the running inside the final furlong, coming away from her rivals in the style of a smart two-year-old to beat main market rival Olivia Maralda (Kodiac) by three lengths with a further two and a half lengths back to Silmaniya (Expert Eye) in third. The win provided Coolmore stallion Justify (Scat Daddy) with his second individual winner from just his fourth runner. The fifth foal out of the Group 1-winning Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Immortal Verse, Statuette is closely related to Group 1 winner Tenebrism (Caravaggio) and a half-sister to winners Battle For Glory (War Front) and Grand Deed (War Front). Justify will stand the southern hemisphere season for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST). 


Sioux Nation – Maitola (2 f ex Miss Lucy Jane by Aqlaam) became the latest winner from the first crop of Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) when scoring at the second time of asking on Friday. The filly became the seventh individual winner for the Coolmore stallion when she took out a maiden over 1,200 metres at Chilivani in Italy. Maitola is the second foal out of Miss Lucy Jane (Aqlaam), a half-sister to US Grade 3 winner Officer Rocket (Officer). Sioux Nation, who shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, now resides permanently at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €10,000 (Approx. AU$15,000) 


New Group / Grade 1 winners

American Pharoah – Above The Curve (3 f ex Fabulous by Galileo) provided Coolmore stallion American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) with a fifth elite-level winner when she scored a determined victory in the Prix Saint-Alary (Gr 1, 2000m) at Longchamp on Sunday. Trained by Joseph O’Brien, the filly headed into the contest off the back of a narrow Listed defeat at Chester last time out over 2400 metres. She beat Place Du Carrousel (Lope De Vega) by a length under Ryan Moore with Queen Trezy (Almanzor) the same distance further back in third. Above The Curve is the third foal out of the unraced Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Fabulous, who herself is a sister to the Group-placed winners Hanky Panky and Butterflies and is also a half-sister to Group 1 winner Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) and Group 2 winner and top broodmare You’resothrilling (Storm Cat). Above The Curve is a sister to the Group-placed winner Thinking Of You. American Pharoah will again shuttle to Coolmore Australia this year, where he commands a fee of $49,500 (inc GST).


Archipenko – The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Huetor (5 g ex Briviesca by Peintre Celebre) broke through at stakes level for the first time and also at the elite level, as he provided his sire Archipenko (Kingmambo) with a sixth individual Group 1 winner yesterday when causing an upset in Saturday’s Doomben Cup (Gr 1, 2100m) at Eagle Farm. The five-year-old gelding produced a career-best to hold off UK import Maximal (Galileo) by just under half a length with a further length and a quarter back to the disappointing long odds-on favourite Zaaki (Leroidesanimaux) in third. Purchased privately by William Johnson Bloodstock having won twice from nine starts in France, Huetor made it four wins from six starts in Australia. Out of the stakes-winning Peintre Celebre (Nureyev) mare Briviesca, Huetor is a half-brother to the 2019 Prix de l’Opera (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Villa Marina (Le Havre). Archipenko died as a 13-year-old. 


Better Than Ready – Apache Chase (4 g ex Silken Whisper by Diesis) provided Lyndhurst Stud stallion Better Than Ready (More Than Ready) with a first individual elite-stakes winner as he battled well to land the Kingsford-Smith Cup (Gr 1, 1300m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Also providing his trainer Desleigh Forster with a first Group 1 success, the four-year-old gelding was forced to knuckle down under Jim Byrne to repel the late challenges of Paulele (Dawn Approach) and Eleven Eleven (Fastnet Rock), who he beat by a neck and a head respectively. A $50,000 purchase at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, Apache Chase is the 11th and final foal out of the imported Diesis (Sharpen Up) mare Silken Whisper. He is a half-brother to Churchill Downs (Danehill) who won the 2006 Stutt Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) and was also runner-up in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m). Better Than Ready will stand for a fee of $24,200 (inc GST) for the upcoming breeding season. 


Lope De Vega – The Ed Walker team had plenty of reason to celebrate on Sunday as Dreamloper (5 m ex Livia’s Dream by Teofilo) scored a ready success in the Prix D’Ispahan (Gr 1, 1850m) at Longchamp yesterday. Ridden by Kieran Shoemark, the five-year-old mare has been a rapid improver so far this season, having won the Dahlia Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 1f) on her previous outing at Newmarket before running away from her rivals on Sunday to win a first career Group 1. Dreamloper beat Wally (Siyouni) by two lengths with a further neck back to favourite Pretty Tiger (Sea The Moon) in third. The victory also provided Ballylinch Stud stallion Lope De Vega (Shamardal) with a 15th individual elite-level winner. The second foal out of the Listed-winning Teofilo (Galileo) mare Livia’s Dream, Dreamloper is a half-sister to useful winner Dreamweaver (Mastercraftsman). Lope De Vega stood the 2022 season for €125,000 (approx. AU$187,300).


Silvano – The late champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) sired a Grade 1-winning double at Greyville on Saturday, adding a 26th and 27th individual Grade 1 winner. The stallion claimed both the Woolavington 2000 (Gr 1, 2000m) for the fillies and Daily News 2000 (Gr 1, 2000m) with his progeny. Both Silver Darling (3 f ex Jet Belle by Jet Master) and Safe Passage (3 g ex My Sanctuary by Antonius Pius) wore the blue and white silks of Drakenstein Stud, with the former, a Justin Snaith-trained filly, winning by a length and a quarter over fellow Drakenstein Stud-owned filly Light Of The Moon (Futura), while Sprinkles (Elusive Fort) finished third. In the male equivalent, the Mike de Kock-trained Safe Passage defeated odds-on favourite Pomp And Power (Vercingetorix) by two lengths, with Aragosta (Rafeef) in third. Silvano died last year aged 25 at Maine Chance Farms.


Tavistock – Pinarello (3 g ex Zonza by Zabeel) provided Tavistock with a ninth individual elite-level winner as he won the Queensland Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Trained by Roger James and Robert Wellwood, the three-year-old gelding led home an incredible 1-2-3-4-5 for New Zealand-breds as he beat Paternal (Savabeel) by a neck with a further three-quarters of a length back to Caboche (Vadamos) in third, despite jumping from barrier 17 of 18 under Leith Innes. Pinarello is out of the Zabeel (Sir Tristram) mare Zonza, who won the Ladies’ Day Vase (Gr 3, 1600m) at Caulfield for James, and is a half-brother to the Group 2-winning and Group 1-placed Vernazza (More Than Ready) and to Listed-winning and Group 3-placed Bavella (Snitzel).


New stakes winners

Adlerflug – Alter Adler (4 h ex Artemisia by Peintre Celebre) provided his late sire Adlerflug (In The Wings) with a 23rd individual stakes winner when scoring a deserved success in the Grosser Preis Der Badischen Wirtschaft (Gr 2, 2200m) at Baden-Baden on Sunday. Trained by Waldemar Hickst and ridden by Andrasch Starke, the four-year-old entire had previously been placed at Group 1 level and ran out a ready one-and-three-quarter-length winner of this Group 2 contest, beating Virginia Storm (Soldier Hollow) with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Mansour (Tai Chi) in third. Alter Adler is the third foal out of the Group-placed winning Peintre Celebre (Nureyev) mare Artemisia, herself out of the Listed-placed winner Antique Rose (Desert King). Leading German stallion Adlerflug died last year at the age of 17. 


American Pharoah

American Theorem (5 r ex Mighty Renee by Maria’s Mon) became the 29th individual stakes winner for Coolmore’s American Pharaoh (Pioneerof The Nile) courtesy of his success in Sunday’s Triple Bend Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Santa Anita. The George Papaprodromou-trained rig struck for the third time in his 11 starts to date as he edged out Principe Carlo (Coil) by a nose. Get Her Number (Dialed In) finished three and a quarter lengths behind the winner in third. American Theorem is the seventh foal out of Mighty Renee (Maria’s Mon), making him a half-brother to four winners, three of whom have struck in stakes company. Mighty Renee herself is an unraced granddaughter of US Grade 1 winner Over All (Mr. Prospector). American Pharoah will again shuttle to Coolmore Australia this year, where he commands a fee of $49,500 (inc GST).


Dark Angel – The Wesley Ward-trained Chardy Party (3 f ex Spiritual Lady by Pastoral Pursuits) prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Soaring Softly Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Belmont Park on Saturday. The filly, who made a winning debut last month, stepped up to Grade 3 company to defeat Breeze Easy (Bated Breath) by a neck with Sail By (Astern) the same margin back in third. The win for Chardy Party, a 110,000gns buy for Ben McElroy from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, brought up an 85th individual stakes winner for Dark Angel (Acclamation). Dark Angel stood the 2022 season at Yeomanstown Stud for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$90,000).


Dissident – Bigboyroy (5 g ex Follonica by Flying Spur) provided Riverdene Stud stallion Dissident (Sebring) with a fourth individual stakes winner when he ran out a decisive winner of the Lord Mayor’s Cup (Gr 3, 1800m) at Eagle Farm. Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by James McDonald, the five-year-old gelding beat Ballistic Boy by one and a quarter lengths with a further head back to stablemate Kolding (Ocean Park) in third. A $120,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Mulcaster Bloodstock, Bigboyroy is the first winner out of the stakes-placed Flying Spur (Giant’s Causeway) mare Follonica, who was purchased by Hopetoun Farm for $6,000 at the Inglis Digital March (early) sale this year. Dissident will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $6,600 (inc GST).


Eishin Dunkirk – Good Eye (7 g ex Lovely Eyes by Red Ransom) provided his sire Eishin Dunkirk (Mr. Prospector) with a third individual stakes winner when scoring in the Silberne Peitsche (Listed, 1200m) at Baden-Baden. Trained by Jessica Long and ridden by Shane Karlsson, the seven-year-old gelding broke his stakes duck when scoring a ready length win over Waldersee (Olympic Glory) with a further three-quarters of a length back to Baileys Blues (Supplicant) in third. Good Eye is out of the placed Red Ransom (Roberto) mare Lovely Eyes, herself a half-sister to the Group 3 winner The Geezer (Halling).


Frankel – Frankel (Galileo) edged closer to his century of individual stakes winners when L’Astronome (3 c ex Tymora by Giant’s Causeway) moved the tally on to 96 with a victory in the Prix Hocquart (Gr 2, 2200m) at Longchamp on Thursday evening. Trained by Francis Graffard, who is due to take care of Verry Elleegant (Zed) for her upcoming European campaign, L’Astronome kept on well to just get the better of Galaxie Gold (Dariyan) by a head. Lavello (Zarak) finished two lengths behind the winner in third. Now the winner of three of his four starts, L’Astronome is a half-brother to the Group-placed Eltezam (Kodiac). Frankel stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £200,000 (approx. AU$353,280).    


Gleneagles – Wintry Flower (3 f ex Winter Serenade by Fastnet Rock) just held on in a tight finish to the Premio Mario Incisa Della Rocchetta (Listed, 2000m) at Milan to provide Coolmore stallion Gleneagles (Galileo) with a 20th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Claudio Colombi, the three-year-old filly was made to dig deep by her rivals as she beat Macasai (Buratino) by half a length with a further neck back to Never Ending Story (Arcano) in third. Wintry Flower is the first and only foal to race out of the winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Winter Serenade. Gleneagles stands at Castlehyde Stud for €15,000 (approx. AU$22,500).


Helmet – Win The Best (6 h ex Pahokee by Almutawakel) prevailed in the Premio Bereduardo (Listed, 1600m) at Milan to provide Helmet (Exceed And Excel) with a 17th individual stakes winner as the six-year-old beat Cima Emergency (Canford Cliffs) by a neck with a further length back to Terrible Land (Territories) in third. Win The Best is the fifth and only winning foal out of the Almutawakel (Machiavellian) mare Pahokee.


James Garfield – Rathbarry Stud’s James Garfield (Exceed And Excel) has made a flying start to his career as a stallion with three winners from his first five runners and he sired his first stakes winner as Maria Branwell (2 f ex Princess Pearl by Teofilo) struck in Sandown’s National Stakes (Listed, 5f) on Thursday. The David O’Meara-trained youngster followed up her recent debut win at Thirsk with a neck victory over favourite Crispy Cat (Ardad). There was a gap of six and a half lengths back to the third home, Rockstar (Havan Grey). Bred by Barry Kennedy and Anna Murphy, who met while working in the bloodstock industry in Australia, Maria Branwell is out of the unraced Teofilo (Galileo) mare Princess Pearl, herself a half-sister to the Listed-placed Samminder (Red Ransom). James Garfield stands for a fee of €4,000 (approx. AU$6,000).   


Lawman – Jeri (5 g ex Era Uma Vez by Galileo) became the 35th individual stakes winner for Lawman (Invincible Spirit) as he returned to winning ways to take out the Prix de Montretout (Listed, 1600m) at Longchamp. The Mikel Delzangles-trained gelding moved his own tally on to three wins from 13 starts with a length and a half defeat of Longvillers (Le Havre), who in turn beat Bois D’Argent (Toronado) by a short head. Jeri is the first foal out of Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Era Uma Vez whose second dam Baraka (Danehill) is a sister to multiple stakes winner Fine Motion as well as being a half-sister to European champion Pilsudski (Polish Precedent). Lawman stands at Haras de Grandcamp for a fee of €8,000 (approx. AU$12,010).


Medaglia D’Oro – The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Shafaaf (4 c ex Atayeb by Rahy) held on well to score in the Grand Prix De Bordeaux (Listed, 1900m) at Bordeaux Le Bouscat, providing his sire Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) with a 166th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Cristian Demuro, the four-year-old colt had his margin reduced in the closing stages but always looked to be holding rival Monty (Motivator) to score by a neck, with a further two lengths back to Charlesquint (Showcasing) in third. Bred by Shadwell Estate, Shafaaf is the ninth foal out of the winning Rahy (Blushing Groom) mare Atayeb and is a half-brother to six winners including Algaith (Dubawi), Arsheef (Hard Spun) and Alqifaar (The Factor). Medaglia D’Oro will stand at Jonabell Farm for US$100,000 (approx. AU$139,645) this breeding season.


Nathaniel – Quickthorn (5 g ex Daffydowndilly by Oasis Dream) became the 26th individual stakes winner for Nathaniel (Galileo) as he kept on well to take out the Henry II Stakes (Gr 3, 2m) at Sandown on Thursday evening. The Hughie Morrison-trained five-year-old made all the running for a game length and three-quarter success over Nate The Great (Nathaniel). Rodrigo Diaz (Golden Horn), carrying the colours of Australian Bloodstock was a further three-quarters of a length away in third. The victory was the third in 14 starts for Quickthorn and followed his narrow second behind Royal Ascot-bound Princess Zoe (Jukebox Jury) in the Sagaro Stakes (Gr 3, 2m) at Ascot on his previous start. Quickthorn is the fourth foal out of the winning Oasis Dream (Green Desert) mare Daffydowndilly. Nathaniel stands at Newsells Park Stud for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$26,500).     


Olympic Glory – The Markus Klug-trained Wild Gloria (3 f ex Wild Motion by Motivator) provided Haras de Bouquetot stallion Olympic Glory (Choisir) with a 13th individual stakes winner as she won the Diana-Trial (Listed, 1800m) at Baden-Baden. The three-year-old filly dug in deep to score by a head over Valpolicella (Amaron) with a further two lengths back to Agrigan (Siyouni) in third. The second foal out of the winning Motivator (Montjeu) mare Wild Motion, herself a half-sister to Group 2 winner Wild Coco (Shirocco) and Listed winner Weltmacht (Mount Nelson), Wild Gloria is a half-sister to winner Wilma (Maxios). Olympic Glory stands for a fee of €4,000 (approx. AU$5,995).


Outstrip – Outstrip (Exceed And Excel) sired his eighth individual stakes winner courtesy of a victory for his daughter Kolossal (4 f ex Kolosseum by Samum) in the Preis der Baden-Badener (Listed, 2200m). Trained by Carmen Bocskai, the filly won for the first time since her debut as she beat Accola (Scalo) with Istoria (Pastorius) back in third. Formerly based at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in the UK, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr 1, 1m) winner Outstrip was purchased last year by a group of 29 Brazilian breeders to stand in that country.


Playing God – God Has Chosen (4 g ex Celtic Feva by Dr Johnson) provided his sire Playing God (Blackfriars) with a ninth individual stakes winner with a victory in the Belmont Sprint (Gr 3, 1400m). Trained by Lindsey Smith and ridden by Cole Johnston-Porter, the four-year-old gelding beat Red Can Man (Gingerbread Man) by just under half a length with a further length back to Massimo (Sessions) in third. God Has Chosen is out of the unraced Dr Johnson (Woodman) mare Celtic Feva and is a half-brother to winner Vital Boom (Vital Equine). Playing God will stand at Darling View Thoroughbreds for a fee of $13,200 (inc GST) this season.


Shalaa – Haras de Bouquetot resident Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) sired his seventh individual stakes winner as Siam Paragon (3 c ex Cracker by Smart Strike) obliged as favourite in Longchamp’s Prix de Pontarme (Listed, 1400m). Trained by Georges Doleuze, Siam Paragon won for the third time in seven starts as he bested Spanish Intent (Acclamation) by half a length. Rose Premium (Dark Angel) was another length and a quarter away in third. Siam Paragon is the fourth foal out of Cracker (Smart Strike) who herself is a half-sister to the Listed-placed winner Tartlette (Champs Elysees). Shaala stands for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$22,533).    


Showcasing – Raasel (5 g ex Dubai Affair by Dubawi) provided Whitsbury Manor Stud stallion Showcasing (Oasis Dream) with a 57th individual stakes winner as he took the step up in class in his stride in the Achilles Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Haydock. Trained by Mick Appleby and ridden by James Doyle, the five-year-old gelding was having his first try at stakes level and scored a cosy three-quarter length success over Group 1-placed Dragon Symbol (Cable Bay) with a further one and a quarter length back to Group 3 winner Tabdeed (Havana Gold) in third. The fourth foal out of the winning Dubawi (Dubai Millenium) mare Dubai Affair, Raasel is a half-brother to winners Compton Lane (Compton Place) and Cove Beach (Harbour Watch). Former New Zealand shuttler Showcasing stands for a fee of £45,000 (approx. AU$79,360).


Sidestep – The highly tried Best Lightning (4 c ex Best Dreaming by Big Shuffle) became the fourth individual stakes winner for Telemon Stud resident Sidestep (Exceed And Excel) as he took out the Badener Meile (Gr 2, 1600m) at Baden-Baden yesterday. The Andreas Suborics-trained four-year-old, who was considered good enough by connections to take his chance in last season’s Prix Jean Prat (Gr 1, 1400m) at Deauville, was winning for the fourth time in his 12 starts to date as he followed up a victory on his seasonal return last time out. Crossing the line, Best Lightning had three-quarters of a length to spare over Zavaro (Areion) with Parol (Pastorius) finishing two lengths behind the winner in third. The winner is the third foal out of the German Listed-placed mare Best Dreaming (Big Shuffle) who herself is a sister to French Group 3 winner Best Walking.    


Time Test – Leedox (2 g ex Bella Carolina by O’Reilly) provided Little Avondale shuttler Time Test (Dubawi) with a fifth individual stakes winner and a first stakes winner from his southern hemisphere-bred progeny, as he scored in the Auckland Futurity Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Pukekohe. Trained by Andrew Forsman and ridden by Ryan Elliot, the two-year-old gelding knuckled down well to hold off the late challenge of Contagious (Proisir) by just under half a length with a further three and a half lengths back to Timeless (Time Test) in third. Leedox was bred by Mapperley Park principal Simms Davison and was purchased out of his 2021 Karaka Book 1 draft for $220,000 by Bruce Perry on behalf of owner Lib Petagna. Out of the O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare Bella Carolina, he is a half-brother to stakes-winning Per Incanto (Street Cry) mare Tennessee, who also finished fourth in the Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Time Test will stand the upcoming breeding season for NZ$10,000 (Plus GST).


Zarak – Zagrey (3 c ex Grey Anatomy by Slickly) provided his sire Zarak (Dubawi) with a fourth individual stakes winner as he came home a ready winner of the Prix Sauternes’s Cup (Listed, 1900m) at Bordeaux Le Bouscat. Trained by Yann Barberot and ridden by Gregory Benoist, the three-year-old colt finished one and a quarter lengths ahead of Subahiyah (Le Havre) with a further three-quarters of a length back to favourite Green Fly (Frankel) in third. The fourth foal out of Grey Anatomy (Slickly), an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Nova Step (Dubawi), Zagrey is a half-brother to Group-placed winner Graignes (Zoffany) and winner Anatiya (Dariyan). Aga Khan stallion Zarak stands at Haras de Bonneval for €25,000 (approx. AU$37,465).