Stallion Watch

15 for Caravaggio

New first season sire winners

Coolmore’s Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) sired his 15th individual winner when Clarence C (2 f ex Canterbury Lace by Danehill) got off the mark at the second time of asking when winning a maiden over seven furlongs at Moulins last Monday. Trained by Nick LIttmoden, Clarence C beat Sarwar (Pedro The Great) by a length and a half with Sibuyu (Anodin) another nose away in third. Clarence C is the 11th foal out of the unraced Canterbury Lace (Danehill), herself a half-sister to English 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Virginia Waters (Kingmambo), whose seven winners include Group 1 winner Chachamaidee (Footstepsinthesand) and Mount Tabora (Scat Daddy), a dual winner for Peter and Paul Snowden. Caravaggio, who stood for just the one year in Australia and now resides full-time in the US.



Howth (2 c ex Muwakaba by Elusive Quality) became the 14th individual first-crop winner for Coolmore shutter Churchill (Galileo) when landing a nursery over a mile at Killarney on Thursday. Making his fourth career start, the Aidan O’Brien-trained juvenile was sent off the 6-4 favourite and defeated Play By The Rules (Vocalised) by one and a quarter lengths. Bellabel (Belardo) was a neck further back in third. The sixth foal out of Muwakaba (Elusive Quality), Howth is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Cayenne Pepper (Australia), who has twice placed in the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) and ran second in last year’s Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f). Churchill stands at Coolmore for a $22,000 (inc. GST) fee. 


New Group/Grade 1 winners


Norfolk Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) winner Perfect Power (2 c ex Sagely by Frozen Power) provided freshman sire Ardad (Kodiac) with his first elite-level winner when landing the Prix Morny (Gr 1, 1200m) at Deauville on Sunday. A £110,000 purchase by Blandford Bloodstock at the breeze ups, the Richard Fahey-trained juvenile bounced back from an unplaced effort in the Richmond Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) last start to power clear of his rivals and score a one and a quarter-length success. The Andre Fabre-trained Trident (Wootton Bassett) finished best of the local runners in second, half a length clear of third-placed Asymmetric (Showcasing). Perfect Power is the first foal out of two-time winner Sagely (Frozen Power), who is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Sagaciously (Lawman), who herself is out of a winning sister to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) hero Sagamix (Linamix). Ardad, winner of the Flying Childers Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) at two, has sired 16 individual first-crop winners and stands at Overbury Stud for a fee of £4,000 (approx. AU$7,635). 


Bungle Inthejungle

Exceed And Excel’s (Danehill) son Bungle Inthejungle sired his first elite-level winner when the locally-trained Winter Power (3 f ex Titian Saga – Titus Livius) blitzed her way to big race glory with an emphatic success in York’s Nunthorpe Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) on Friday. Sprinters from the US and France dominated the betting for the feature race on the third day of the Ebor meeting but it was a 1-2 quinella for the locals as the Tim Easterby-trained three-year-old saw off the challenge of Kevin Ryan’s Emaraaty Ana (Shamardal) by a length and a quarter. Dragon Symbol (Cable Bay), carrying the colours of Japanese owner Yoshiro Kubota, finished another half a length away in third. Easterby, who has had a number of near misses in the race previously, said: “She’s an incredible filly. She just came right for the day. I wasn’t worried about the opposition. You just try and get your horse to the race fit, healthy and well.” Now the winner of seven of her 13 starts, Winter Power was scoring for the third time over the course and distance this season having previously landed a pair of Listed events on the Knavesmire. A €90,000 purchase by SackvilleDonald at the Goffs Orby sale in 2019, Winter Power is the sixth foal out of the winning Titus Livius (Machiavellian) mare Titian Saga, who herself is a half-sister to Nova Tor (Trans Island), the dam of Group 2 winner Devonshire (Fast Company). Bungle Inthejungle, the sire of five individual stakes winners, stands at Rathasker Stud in Ireland for a 2021 fee of €8,000 (approx. AU$13,115).  


Kitten’s Joy

Tripoli (4 c ex Love Train by Tapit) made his first stakes success an elite-level one when landing the Pacific Classic (Gr 1, 10f) at Del Mar on Saturday, becoming the 15th individual Group/Grade 1 scorer for Kitten’s Joy (El Prado), and 105th stakes winner. The John Sadler-trained four-year-old finished runner-up in the San Diego Handicap (Gr 2, 8.5f) on his previous start and improved from that run to defeat Tizamagician (Tiznow) by one and a quarter lengths, with Dr Post (Quality Road) another four and a half lengths back in third. Tripoli is one of three winners from as many to race out of Listed-placed mare Love Train (Tapit), who is a half-sister to multiple stakes scorer Starfish Bay (Elusive Quality). Kitten’s Joy stands at Hill ‘N Dale Farms in Kentucky for $60,000 (approx. AU$84,100). 



Going Global (3 f ex Wrood by Invasor) earned Mehmas (Acclamation) his second individual elite-level winner when taking the Del Mar Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) on Saturday. The Philip D’Amato-trained filly finished a narrow runner-up in Grade 2 company on her previous start and was sent off favourite for her first try at the top level. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Going Global grabbed the lead a furlong out and quickened clear to score by a length over Closing Remarks (Vronsky), with Fluffy Socks (Slumber) another three-quarters of a length back in third. Going Global is one of three stakes performers from as many to race out of Wrood (Invasor), with the others being the Group 3-placed Finans Bay (Kodiac) and Saturday’s Roses Stakes (Listed, 5f) third Mitbaahy (Profitable). Mehmas, also the sire of Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) winner Supremacy, stands at Tally Ho Stud in Ireland for a €25,000 (approx. AU$41,000) fee. 


Olympic Glory

Outsider Grand Glory (5 m ex Madonna Lily by Daylami) saw off reigning champion Audarya (Wootton Bassett) in a thrilling edition of the Prix Jean Romanet (Gr 1, 2000m) at Deauville on Sunday. The pair were locked in battle inside the final 200 metres and the Cristian Demuro-ridden Grand Glory battled hardest to see off Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Gr 1, 9.5f) winner Audarya by a short head, providing former shuttler Olympic Glory (Choisir) with a second individual elite-level winner. Thundering Nights (Night Of Thunder) was a length and a quarter back in third. Grand Glory, a two-time winner in Group 3 company, is one of four winners out of Madonna Lily (Daylami), who is a half-sister to Grade 2 scorer Minakshi (Footstepsinthesand). Olympic Glory, the sire of Australian-bred Listed winner Lord Olympus, shuttled to Arrowfield Stud for three seasons in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Sire of nine individual stakes winners, Olympic Glory stands at Haras de Bouquetot in France for a €5,000 (approx. AU$8,200) fee. 


Quality Road

Astronaut (4 c ex Armanda by Acatenango) got off the mark in stakes company with victory in the Del Mar Handicap (Gr 2, 11f) on Saturday, providing Quality Road (Elusive Quality) with his 48th individual stakes winner. A runner-up in Grade 3 company on his previous start, Astronaut was sent off an unfancied 24-1 but defied those odds to score by half a length over Master Piece (Mastercraftsman). Acclimate (Acclamation) was a neck further back in third. Quality Road stands at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for $150,000 (approx. AU$210,230).


New stakes winners


Yesyes (3 f ex Shared Account by Dansili) gave Camelot (Montjeu) his 40th individual stakes winner on Saturday when she battled very gamely to take the Chester Stakes (Listed, 1m 6.5f). Trained by Ralph Beckett, the filly was well backed throughout the day and found plenty for pressure to prevail by a short head at the finish after being challenged all the way by the tough Mark Johnston gelding Dancing King (Free Eagle), with the consistent Morando (Kendargent) a further length back in third. A home-bred by Juddmonte Farms, YesYes is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Pocket Square (Night Of Thunder) and the Group-placed Sand Share (Oasis Dream) and was ridden to victory by John Egan. Camelot stood at Coolmore Stud in 2021 for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$98,000).



Vadeni (2 c ex Vaderana by Monsun) gave Coolmore shuttler Churchill (Galileo) his second individual stakes winner when running out an easy victor of the Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage (Listed, 1600m) at Deauville on Saturday. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the two-year-old colt beat the Godolphin-raced Officer Of State (Golden Horn) by two lengths with Times Square (Zarak) a further neck back in third. Vadeni is one of five winners from as many to race out of Vaderana (Monsun), who is a half-sister to three stakes winners in Vadamar (Dalakhani). Vedouma (Dalakhani) and The Pentagon (Galileo). Churchill, who has sired 14 winners from his first northern hemisphere crop, will stand at Coolmore Australia for $22,000 this year. 


Dark Angel

Dark Angel (Acclamation) notched his 76th individual stakes winner as a sire when Berdibek (7 g ex Beraviyna by Zamindar) landed the Rowley Mile (Listed, 1600m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday. The John O’Shea-trained gelding scored by a neck under Brenton Avdulla, ahead of Kukeracha (Night Of Thunder), with Surf Dancer (Lope De Vega) three lengths behind in third. It was the grey’s fifth career success and third since arriving in Australia from France as a three-year-old, where he registered two provincial wins and a Listed placing in the silks of his breeder, the Aga Khan. “Most importantly a lot of the credit must go to Brenton, he’s ridden the horse very well,” O’Shea said. “We were hopeful to be on the back of James (McDonald, on Kukeracha) in the run and that’s where we landed. He’s a deserved winner of a Listed win in Australia. He’s been a little unlucky but he’s been a really enjoyable horse for his owners so I’m really happy for them.” Broadhurst Agency purchased Berdibek for €220,000 out of the Aga Khan Studs draft at the  2017 Arqana Arc Sale. The northern hemisphere seven-year-old’s dam, Beraviyna (Zamindar), is a half-sister to the Hong Kong champion stayer Mighty High (Peintre Celebre), winner of the Champions & Chater Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Sha Tin and fourth in the Caulfield Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m). His second dam, Bernimixa (Linamix) was a Group 2 winner in France. Dark Angel stands at Yeomanstown Stud at a 2021 fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$97,900).



The Charlie Appleby-trained Albahr (2 g ex Falls Of Lora by Street Cry), a half-brother to Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Cascadian (New Approach), justified favoritism in Friday’s Stonehenge Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Salisbury to become the 210th individual stakes winner for Darley’s Dubawi (Dubai Millennium). Sent off an 8-13 shot under James Doyle, Albahr battled well in the closing stages to see off Power Of Beauty (Slade Power) by three-quarters of a length after the pair bumped with a furlong to go. The front two outclassed their five other rivals, with Sweeping (Siyouni) six lengths further back in third. It was the third consecutive win for the Godolphin-raced Albahr, whose only career defeat came on debut over six furlongs. Albahr is one of four winners from as many to race out of Group 3 winner Falls Of Lora (Street Cry), who is a half-sister to three stakes winners including this year’s 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) runner-up Master Of The Seas (Dubawi). Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £250,000 (approx. AU$477,000).



The Jessica Harrington-trained Forbearance (4 f ex Nechita by Fastnet Rock), a daughter of 2012 Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Nechita (Fastnet Rock), became the 341st individual stakes winner for the late, great Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) when she landed the Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at York on Thursday. Placed in the Stanerra Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 6f) on her previous start, Forbearance appreciated the drop down in grade to take this Listed contest by a nose over Domino Darling (Golden Horn). Glenartney (Le Havre) was two lengths behind in third. Forbearance is one of two winners from four to race out of Nechita, who was purchased by Tom Magnier for $1,550,000 from the 2013 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. 


Into Mischief 

Private Mission (3 f ex Private Gift by Unbridled) romped to victory in the Torrey Pines Stakes (Gr 3, 8f) at Del Mar on Saturday to take Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) within one of a century of individual stakes winners. Sent off the evens favourite under Flavien Prat, the Bob Baffert-trained Private Mission defeated I’m So Anna (Fast Anna) by six and a half lengths, with Forest Caraway (Bodemeister) a further seven and three-quarter lengths back in third. Private Mission is the second stakes winner out of Listed scorer Private Gift (Unbridled), who is a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) winner Secret Status (A.P. Indy). Into Mischief stands at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky for a fee of $225,000 (approx. AU$315,350). 


Juniper Tree

Juniper Tree (Galileo), a 950,000gns yearling purchase in 2012 who was winless in a three-start race career, sired his first stakes winner on Sunday as Ascot Brass (4 f ex By The Book by Definite Article) landed the Lanwades Stud Stakes (Listed, 1600m) at Ovrevoll in Norway. The Niels Petersen-trained filly placed at Listed level two starts earlier and went one better with a comfortable victory over Careless Whisper (Barocci), who pipped Takeko (Mehmas) for second. Out of five-time Group 1 winner Alexander Goldrun (Gold Away), Juniper Tree returned two third-placed efforts and a fourth from his three starts in maiden company in Ireland. Juniper Tree stands at York Stutteri in Denmark. 



Background (4 c ex Ephyra by Corinthian) scored a first stakes success in the Longacres Mile Handicap (Gr 3, 8f) at Emeralds Down last Sunday. The Michael Puhich-trained four-year-old defeated Windribbon (Sway Away) by a head, with Five Star General (Distorted Humor) a further two lengths back in third. Khozan, a half-brother to six-time Grade 1 winner Royal Delta (Empire Maker), stands at Journeyman Stud in Florida for a fee of US$10,000 (approx. AU$13,500). 



Bellharbour Music (3 c ex Al Khazaaliya by Blame) landed the Prix Daphnis (Gr 3, 1m) at Deauville on Saturday to become the second individual stakes winner for Mshawish (Medaglia D’Oro). Bellharbour Music got the better of Partenit (Invincible Spirit) by a short head, with favourite Djo Francais (Intello) two lengths back in third. Mshawish is out of Al Khazaaliya (Blame), who is a half-sister to dual Grade 2 winner Onlyforyou (Malibu Moon) and stakes winner Dress The Part (Malibu Moon). Mshawish, also the sire of Grade 3 winner Sainthood, stands at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky for $7,500 (approx. AU$10,500). 


No Nay Never 

Horoscope (3 c ex Inca Wood by Timber Country) got off the mark in black-type company when landing the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Killarney on Thursday. The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt placed at Listed level earlier this season and went one better with a comfortable two and three-quarter-length defeat of Masen (Kingman) to become the 32nd individual stakes winner for No Nay Never (Scat Daddy). Charterhouse (Charming Thought) was a head further back in third. Horoscope is one of three winners from nine to race out of Inca Wood (Timber Country), who is a half-sister to four stakes winners including the Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f)-placed Lady Lupus (High Chaparral). Former shuttler No Nay Never, the sire of dual New Zealand Group 2 winner Need I Say More, stands at Coolmore in Ireland for €125,000 (approx. AU$205,200). 


Sea The Stars

Reach For The Moon (2 c ex Golden Stream by Saddler’s Wells) gave his sire Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) his 82nd individual stakes winner when he easily took out the Solario Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Sandown. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, the two-year-old colt had already shown himself to be useful when he was a half-length second in the Chesham (Listed, 7f) at Royal Ascot in June and he confirmed that when easily winning a novice contest on his previous start. Owned and bred by Her Majesty The Queen, Reach For The Moon is a half-brother to Mainstream (Dansili) who finished runner-up in the 2018 running of the Winx Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m). Sea The Stars stood at Gilltown Stud in 2021 for a fee of €150,000 (approx. AU$245,000).


Squirtle Squirt
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Gr 1, 6f) winner Squirtle Squirt (Marquetry) sired his third individual stakes winner when his daughter Yoka Yoka (3 f ex Honey Dancer by Danehill Dancer) took out the Sho Kitakyushu Kinen (Gr 3, 1200m) at Kokura on Sunday. Trained by Kiyoshi Tani, the Group 2-placed filly was winning for the fourth time in ten starts as she beat First Force (Lord Kanaloa) by a length and a quarter. Mozu Superflare (Speightstown) was a further neck behind in third. Squirtle Squirt, a dual Grade 1 winner for Bobby Frankel, stands at Iburi Stallion Station.   


Star Witness

Swift Witness (3 f ex Taylor’s Command by Commands) gave sire Star Witness (Starcraft) his 21st individual stakes winner when she took the Silver Shadow Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott on Saturday. The fourth foal to race out of Taylor’s Command, the three-year-old filly dug deep to score by a long neck from Latino Blend (Hinchinbrook) with race favourite Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel) a further quarter of a length back in third. Bred by Star Witness Bloodstock P/L, Swift Witness was a $260,000 purchase by the training duo for current owners Mystery Downs Syndicate. Star Witness stands at Widden Stud in Victoria for a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).


Wootton Bassett

Royal Patronage (2 c ex Shaloushka by Dalakhani) caused a huge upset in Wednesday’s Acomb Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at York to provide new Coolmore shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) with his 20th individual stakes winner. Sent off the 25-1 outsider of the five-runner field, The Mark Johnston-trained juvenile followed up a five-length romp in novice company at Epsom last time out with a battling win under Jason Hart, seeing off Imperial Fighter (The Gurkha) by two and a quarter lengths. The 7-4 favourite Dubawi Legend (Dubawi) was another two lengths back in third. Royal Patronage earned post-race quotes of 20-1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m). Picked up for 62,000gns from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last year, the Highclere-owned Royal Patronage is the first foal out of three-time winner Shaloushka (Dalakhani), who is a half-sister to Irish Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) third Shalapour (Darshaan). On Saturday, Attagirl (2 f ex Catalina Bay by Pastoral Pursuits) became Wootton Bassett’s 21st individual stakes winner when landing the Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed, 5f) at York. The juvenile scored by half a length under Danny Tudhope, seeing off the Clive Cox-trained Caturra (Mehmas). Mitbaahy (Profitable) was another three-quarters of a length back in third. Attagirl is the second foal out of Listed winner Catalina Bay (Pastoral Pursuits). Wootton Bassett, the sire of four elite-level winners including Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor, will stand at Coolmore Australia for $71,500 this year. 



The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained He’s Xceptional (3 g ex She’s A Danica by Sebring) gave Xtravagant (Pentire) his first stakes winner as a sire when he ran out a surprise winner of the McKenzie Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The third foal out of She’s A Danica (Sebring), the gelding ran down race favourite Jigsaw (Manhattan Rain) to collar him by a head at the line with the Godolphin-owned Athelric (Exceed And Excel) a further length and a quarter back in third. “He’s a gelding up against the colts and he’s probably been a bit underestimated his whole career, but he’s honest and puts in,” Sam Griggs, representing Busuttin and Young, said. “He’s not the easiest horse to handle but he’s furnished more, he’s not the biggest horse but he just keeps getting better.” Bred by Seymour Bloodstock, the three-year-old was bought by Clarke Bloodstock for $40,000 from last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Xtravagant stands at Newhaven Park Stud for a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST)