Stallion Watch

Three for Air Force Blue

Air Force Blue – Former Coolmore shuttler Air Force Blue (War Front) sired his third first-crop winner when Giorgio Vasari (2 c ex Dream The Blues by Oasis Dream) got off the mark at the third attempt with a narrow victory in a maiden over six and a half furlongs at Limerick on Friday. Bred by Fethard Bloodstock, Giorgio Vasari is a half-brother to Group 1-winning Coolmore Stud stallion Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) and a grandson of Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed Catch The Blues. That mare is also the granddam of Group 3 winner My Catch (Camacho) and Listed winner and Group 1-placed Vladimir (Kheleyf). Air Force Blue, a three-time Group 1 winner and the 2015 Champion 2YO in Europe, shuttled to Coolmore’s Jerrys Plains in 2017, standing for $16,500 (inc GST). He now resides at Ashford Stud in America, where he covered for US$15,000 in 2020. 


Bobby’s Kitten – Former Twin Hills Stud shuttler Bobby’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) sired his third first-crop winner on Friday courtesy of a victory for Run Forrest Run (2 g ex Minute Limit by Pivotal) in a six-furlong maiden at Chepstow. Run Forrest Run is the fifth individual winner out of the Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Minute Limit, who herself is out of the Listed-winning mare Magic Cove (Kingmambo). Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint  (Gr 1, 6.5f) winner Bobby’s Kitten shuttled to Twin Hills Stud for one season in 2017, covering 42 mares for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST). He now resides at Lanwades Stud in England, where he stood for a fee of £8,000 in 2020. 


I’m All The Talk – First season sire I’m All The Talk (Stratum) recorded his sixth individual winner on Wednesday when Billy Ain’t Silly (2 g ex Tiara Mak by Medaglia d’Oro) took out a 1200-metre no metro win race at Belmont. I’m All The Talk will stand at Darling View Thoroughbreds this season for $7,700 (inc GST).


Nostradamus – Rosemont Stud resident Nostradamus (Medaglia d’Oro) sired his second first-crop winner when Seeress (2 f ex Elleandee by Snippets) took out a 1000-metre maiden at Ballarat on Thursday. Seeress was purchased by her trainer in conjunction with Langdon Thoroughbreds for $16,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. She is one of six winners from six to race out of Elleandee (Snippets), making her a half-sister to South African Grade 3 placegetter Ridethebreeze (Anabaa). Elleandee herself is the half-sister to Doncaster Handicap victor Sprint By (Kaapstad), while this is also the family of multiple Grade 1 scorer Flying Paster (Gummo). Group 3 winner Nostradamus stands at Rosemont Stud for a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) in 2020. 


Press Statement – Promising juvenile Giovanna Run (2 f ex Giovanna Bella by Iffraaj) made the most of an aggressive ride by Tommy Berry to record her maiden victory and become the fifth first-crop winner for her sire Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) on Saturday. Press Statement, who stands at Vinery Stud for $13,750 (inc GST) this season, is also the sire of the Waller-trained city winners Spokesman, Equation and Major Murphy.


Treble for Pride Of Dubai – Coolmore’s leading first season sire by earnings Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) brought his tally of first-crop winners to 14 this week with three new winners, two in the northern hemisphere and one in Australia. Star Of Emaraaty (2 f ex La Grande Elisa by Ad Valorem) got off the mark in a novice event over seven furlongs at Ayr, before Fancy Man (2 c ex Fancy by Galileo) took out the EBF Novice Stakes (7f) at Haydock on Saturday. Diesel ‘N’ Dust (2 g ex Mooshakissa by Duporth) then brought the total to 14 when he took out an 1100-metre open maiden at Wodonga on Sunday.  Pride Of Dubai stands at Coolmore’s Jerrys Plains for a fee of $38,500 (inc GST) in 2020. 


Spill The Beans – The late Aquis Farm sire Spill The Beans (Snitzel) brought up his 13th first-crop winner, equalling the tally of his champion father in his freshman year, when Coffee Coming (2 f ex Cabotage by Drumbeats) took out a 1000-metre open maiden at Dalby on Thursday. Purchased by Frank and Judith Manwaring for $2,000 at Book 2 of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Coffee Coming is the only foal out of unraced mare Cabotage (Drumbeats) who herself is out of Kiss Me All Over (Sequalo). Kiss Me All Over is a three-quarter sister to dual stakes winner and Doncaster Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) third Bold Glance (Sequalo), while this is also the family of Group 2 performer Greenbacks (Green Line Express). Spill The Beans stood for four seasons at Aquis’ Canungra base and covered 605 mares at a fee of $11,000, before dying suddenly in October last year. 


Territories – Darley shuttler Territories (Invincible Spirit) sired his sixth first-crop winner as Royal Scimitar (2 c ex Prequel by Dark Angel) took out the EBF Novice Stakes (6f) at Newbury on Sunday. Purchased by his trainer for 80,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Royal Scimitar is the only named foal out of the unraced mare Prequel (Dark Angel) who herself is a sister to Group 2 winner Alhebayeb. Group 1 winner Territories stands at Darley’s Kelvinside property in the Hunter Valley for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Camelot – Former Coolmore shutter Camelot (Montjeu) sired his fifth individual Group 1 winner when the Ger Lyons-trained Even So (3 f ex Breeze Hill by Danehill) took out the Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) at the Curragh on Saturday. Even So is the best performed of ten foals out of Breeze Hill (Danehill), who raced in New Zealand for the second half of her career and was produced by blue hen mare Rose Of Jericho (Alleged). Rose Of Jericho is the dam of Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f) scorer Dr Devious (Ahonoora) as well as three other stakes winners and the grand dam of Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) victor Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer). This is also the family of Coolmore shuttler Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) and Emirates Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock). Camelot stood at Coolmore Ireland for a fee of €40,000 in 2020. 


Curlin – Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm resident Curlin (Smart Strike) scored his tenth Grade 1 winner when Paris Lights (3 f ex Paris Bikini by Bernardini) took out the American Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) at Saratoga on Saturday. Seven-time elite level scorer Curlin will be represented in Australia this year by Vino Rosso who will stand at Spendthrift Australia for an introductory fee of $13,750 (inc. GST). Curlin stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky for a career-high fee of US$175,000 in 2020. 


Giant’s Causeway – The late Giant’s Causeway landed his 34th elite-level winner when Aquaphobia (7 h ex Pussycat Doll by Real Quiet) took out the United Nations Stakes (Gr 1, 11f) at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Aquaphobia is one of six winners out of three-time elite-level victor Pussycat Doll (Real Quiet), who herself is a half-sister to former Spendthrift shuttler Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humour). Aquaphobia joins the likes of Shamardal, Bricks And Mortar and Footstepsinthesand as a top-flight winner for Giant’s Causeway who died at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in 2018. 


Into Mischief – Former Spendthrift shuttler Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) sired his seventh individual top flight winner when Authentic (3 c ex Flawless by Mr Greeley) took out the Haskell Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Purchased for US$350,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Authentic is one of three winners from three to race out of Flawless (Mr Greeley) and hails from the family of fellow elite-level scorers Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown), Seventh Street (Street Cry) and American Gal (Concord Point). Into Mischief shuttled to Spendthrift Australia for four seasons, but only covered a small book of 24 mares. He now permanently resides at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, where he stood for a fee of US$175,000 in 2020. 


New stakes winners

Acclamation – Rathbarry Stud stalwart Acclamation (Royal Applause) sired his 54th individual stakes winner on Sunday when Ventura Tormenta (2 c ex Midnight Oasis by Oasis Dream) took out the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly. Ventura Tormenta was purchased for £95,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale and is one of seven foals, all of whom are winners, out of Midnight Oasis (Oasis Dream). Midnight Oasis, unplaced from seven starts, is a three-part sister in blood to Listed victor Minalisa (Oasis Dream) and a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Miss Anabaa (Anabaa). Acclamation stood at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland for a fee of €35,000 in 2020.


Camelot – Former Coolmore shuttler Camelot (Montjeu) sired his 32nd individual stakes winner when King’s Harlequin (2 f ex Swift Action by Invincible Spirit) got off the mark in the Prix Roland De Chambure (Listed, 1400m) at Longchamp on Tuesday. Camelot stands at Coolmore’s base in Ireland for a fee of €40,000. 


City Zip – City Zip (Carson City) landed his 87th stakes winner when Dariyma (4 f ex Darma by Danehill Dancer) made all the running under Christophe Soumillon en route to an impressive success in the Prix de la Pepiniere (Listed, 2100m) at Chantilly on Sunday. Nine-time winner City Zip, a half-brother to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper (Awesome Again), died in 2017 at the age of 19.


Dubawi – Royal Ascot winner Onassis (3 f ex Jacqueline Quest by Rock Of Gibraltar) showed a good turn of foot to post a first win in stakes company by taking out the Prix de Bagatelle (Listed, 1600m) at Chantilly on Sunday. Onassis is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Line Of Duty (Galileo) out of Jacqueline Quest (Rock Of Gibraltar) who was first past the post in the 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) but was later demoted to second. Dubawi stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket where his fee has remained unchanged since 2017 at £250,000.


Foxwedge – Woodside Park resident Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock) sired his 19th individual stakes winner when Sacred Magnate (4 g ex Ekali by Torrential) took out Sunday’s Macau Derby (Listed, 1800m) at Taipa. Originally purchased by Malua Bloodstock for $155,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Sacred Magnate is a half-brother to stakes placegetters Windjammer (Bernardini) and Mediterranean (Smart Missile). Further down the page is champion two-year-old Capitalist (Written Tycoon) and Group 1 winner Dear Demi (Dehere). Foxwedge stands at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria for a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST) in 2020. 


Double for Galileo – Coolmore’s champion sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) brought his tally of stakes winners to 322 this week, siring a two new black-type winners. The first was Lovelier (3 f Laddies Poker Too by Choisir), a full-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Winter, who made a successful debut in stakes company with victory in the Cairn Rouge Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Killarney last  Monday. Delphi (3 c ex Bye Bye Birdie by Oasis Dream) then took out the Nijinsky Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Leopardstown on Thursday and became the 322nd individual stakes winner for Galileo. The champion stallion, who is represented in Australia by Coolmore’s Adelaide and Churchill as well as Swettenham Stud’s Highland Reel, stood his 19th season at Coolmore Ireland for a private fee in 2020.


Hard Spun – Former Darley shuttler Hard Spun (Danzig) sired his 80th individual stakes winner when Meikei Die Hard (5 h ex Meikei Sophia by King Kamehameha) turned the form book on its head to take out the Toyota Sho Chukyo Kinen (Gr 3, 1600m) on the Hanshin turf on Sunday. Hard Spun stood at Darley’s Kentucky base for a fee of US$40,000 in 2020.


Havana Gold – Tweenhills resident Havana Gold (Teofilo) registered his seventh individual stakes winner when Tabdeed (5 g ex Puzzled by Peintre Celebre) came from last to first under a cool Jim Crowley ride to take out the Hackwood Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Newbury on Saturday. Prix Jean Prat (Gr 1, 1m) winner Havana Gold stands at Tweenhills Farm & Stud where his 2020 fee was £10,000. His other stakes winners include Havana Grey who won the Flying Five Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) and now stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud.


Holy Roman Emperor – The ever-reliable Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) brought up his 88th individual stakes winner when Valeria Messalina (3 f ex Arty Crafty by Arch) took out Sunday’s Brownstown Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Cork. Holy Roman Emperor, who has not returned to Australia since completing his eighth season down under in 2018, stood at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud for €15,000 in 2020.


Into Mischief – Former Spendthrift shuttler Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) sired his 74th individual stakes winner when Dayoutoftheoffice (2 f ex Gottahaveadream by Indian Charlie) maintained the perfect start to her career with a shock win in the Schuylerville Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Saratoga on Thursday. Bred by Siena Farms, Dayoutoftheoffice is the first stakes winner out of the Indian Charlie (In Excess) mare Gottahaveadream, who herself is a half-sister to Forego Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) winner Here Comes Ben (Street Cry). Her third dam is Grade 1 victor Race the Wild Wind (Sunny’s Halo), who also produced Group 1 winner King Charlemagne (Nureyev) and the Group 1 placed Meshaheer (Nureyev). Into Mischief stood for a fee of US$175,000 in 2020.


Just A Way – Triple Grade 1 winner Just A Way (Heart’s Cry) sired his fifth individual stakes winner when Admire Justa (4 c ex Admire Teresa by Helissio) finally made the breakthrough in black type company at the 11th attempt when taking out Sunday’s Hakodate Kinen (Gr 3, 2000m). Just A Way stood for a fee of ¥4,000,000 at Shadai Stallion Station in 2020.


Kodiac – Tally-Ho Stud stalwart Kodiac (Danehill) sired his 59th individual stakes winner when the Nigel Tinkler-trained Ubettabelieveit (2 c Ladylishandra by Mujadil) took out the National Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Sandown on Thursday. Purchased for 50,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Ubettabelieveit is out of Ladylishandra (Mujadil), making him a half-brother to multiple Italian stakes winner Harlem Shake (Moss Vale), dual Group 3 scorer Tropical Paradise (Verglas) and Listed victor Shenanigans (Arcano). Ubettabelieveit is one of 35 two-year-old stakes winners for Kodiac, joining the likes of Tiggy Wiggy, Fairyland and the Cambridge Stud co-owned Hello Youmzain. The son of Danehill (Danzig) stood at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland for a fee of €65,000 in 2020.


Le Havre  – A step up in distance played to the strengths of Vaucelles (3 f ex Vaunoise by Teofilo) as she built on the promise of her fourth-placed finish in the Prix Saint Alary (Gr 1, 2000m) with a victory in the Prix de Malleret (Gr 2, 2400m) at Longchamp on Tuesday. Vaucelles is the second foal out of the Listed-placed Teofilo (Galileo) mare Vaunoise, a sister to Hong Kong winner and Group 3-placed Stephensons Rocket. Le Havre, the sire of four Group 1 winners, including the globetrotting Suedois, stands at Haras Montfort et Preaux in France for a fee of €50,000.


Lope De Vega – Ballylinch Stud stalwart Lope De Vega (Shamadal) sired his 71st individual stakes winner when Surf Dancer (3 c ex Beach Belle by Invincible Spirit) downed his better fancied rivals to score in the King Charles II Stakes (Listed, 7f) at York on Sunday. The former shuttler stood for a career high €100,000 in 2020.


Double for Mastercraftsman – Former Coolmore shuttler Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) brought his tally of stakes winners to 70 last week, siring a black-type double.  victory for Cabaletta (3 f ex Allegretto by Galileo) in the Aphrodite Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Newbury provided him with his 69th individual stakes winner, before Quian (4 c ex Quiana by Monsun) took out the Hoppegartener Steher-Preis (Listed, 2800m) at Hoppegarten to become individual stakes winner number 70. Mastercraftsman stands at Coolmore in Ireland where his fee for 2020 was €25,000.


Matsurida Gogh – Arima Kinen (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Matsurida Gogh (Sunday Silence) sired his seventh individual stakes winner when Ringoame (2 f ex Meine Dessert by Meiner Love) took her unbeaten record to two with a narrow success in SAturday’s Hakodate Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Hakodate. Ten-time winner Matsurida Gogh, whose most notable success as a stallion so far has come with Group 2 winner Lord Quest, stands at Lex Stud for a fee of ¥500,000.


Mehmas – Europe’s leading first season sire Mehmas (Acclamation) now has a stakes winner among his progeny after the promising Method (2 c ex Darsan by Iffraaj) made it two wins from two starts with an eye catching success in the Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newbury on Saturday. Mehmas was a dual Group 2 winner at two, his only season to race, and he stood the 2020 season at Tally-Ho Stud for a fee of €7,500. He is leading the first season sire tables in Europe with eight individual winners to date, including Muker, who was third in the Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Royal Ascot.


No Nay Never – Former Coolmore shuttler No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) sired his 24th individual stakes winner when the progressive four-year-old Moss Gill (4 g ex Sharaarah by Oasis Dream) just did enough to see off the challenge of Al Raya (Siyouni) in a frenetic renewal of the City Wall Stakes (Listed, 5f) at York on Saturday. No Nay Never stood at Coolmore’s Irish base for a fee of €175,000 in 2020.


Not A Single Doubt – The prowess of the pensioned Arrowfield Stud stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) was again on display on Saturday when Instant Celebrity (2 f ex Celebrity Girl by Starcraft) produced an eye-catching performance to land the Oaklands Plate (Listed, 1400m) at Morphettville. Becoming the 72nd stakes winner for her sire, the Phillip Stokes-trained Instant Celebrity joins the likes of Group 1 winners Kenedna, Miracles Of Life, Scales Of Justice and Extreme Choice as stakes winners for Not A Single Doubt who will not stand this year owing to pulmonary disease.


Planteur – French stallion Planteur (Danehill Dancer) sired his third stakes winner on Friday when Trueshan (4 g ex Shao Line by General Holme) took out the Tapster Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Haydock. Trueshan was originally sold for €8,000 at the Osarus La Teste Yearling Sale and then bought by his trainer and Highflyer Bloodstock for 31,000gns at the 2018 Tattersalls Guineas BreezeUp Sale. He is one of five winners from ten to race out of Shao Line (General Holme) and hails from the family of Irish St Leger (Gr 1, 1m 6f) victor Flag Of Honour (Galileo). Planteur stood at Haras du Grand Courgeon in France for a fee of €2,500 in 2020. 


Power – Staring at odds of 661, Laws Of Indices (2 c ex Sampers by Exceed And Excel) caused a boilover in the Railway Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) and the Curragh on Saturday and became the 13th individual stakes winner for Oaklands Stud resident Power (Oasis Dream). Purchased by Dermot Farrington for €8,000 at the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale, the colt is one of four victors out of three time-winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Sampers. Further back, this is the family of Group 1 performed filly Zindari (Private Account) and multiple Group scorer Red Cardinal (Montjeu). Power stands at Oaklands Stud in Queensland for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 


Sea The Stars – Gilltown Stud resident Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) sired his 66th individual stakes winner when Eagles By Day (4 c ex Missunited by Golan) showed a massive turnaround in form to post a battling win as the outsider of five in the Silver Cup Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 6f) at York on Saturday. Eagles By Day is the first foal out of the Golan (Spectrum) mare Missunited, a Group 3 winner on the flat and a Grade 3 winner over hurdles, who also finished second behind Leading Light (Montjeu) in the Ascot Gold Cup (Gr 1, 2m 4f). Her second foal, Eagles By Day’s year younger full-brother, Au Clair De Lune, was a recent winner of a novice event at Doncaster. Sea The Stars stood for a fee of €150,000 in 2020.


Starspangledbanner – Following up her maiden victory at Bellewstown at the start of the month, Aloha Star (2 f ex Zain Art by Excellent Art) stepped up to stakes company for the first time on her fourth start and outran her odds of 33-1 to take out the Airlie Stud Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at the Curragh, and in the process became the 14th individual stakes winner for Rosemont reverse shuttler Starspangledbanner (Choisir). Starspangledbanner will stand at Rosemont Stud for a fee of $19,800 (inc. GST) in 2020.


Teofilo – Darley’s Teofilo (Galileo) edged closer to his century of individual stakes winners when victory for Subjectivist (3 c ex Reckoning by Danehill Dancer) in Thursday’s Glasgow Stakes (Listed, 1m 3f) took the son of Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) on to the 92-winner mark. Bought by Mark Johnston for 62,000gns at Tattersalls Book 2, Subjectivist, who races in the colours of Hong Kong-based Dr Jim Walker, was winning for the second time in a ten-start career which includes a placing at Royal Ascot last month. The three-year-old colt was bred by Mascalls Stud and is out of the Stakes-placed Danehill Dancer (Danehill) mare Reckoning, also dam of Group 3 winner and St Leger Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 6.5f) second Sir Ron Priestley (Australia). Teofilo stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland for a fee of €40,000.


Tonalist – Lane’s End Farm resident Tonalist (Tapit) sired his second individual stakes winner when Country Grammar (3 c Arabian Song by Forestry) took out the Peter Pan Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at Saratoga on Thursday. 2014 Belmont Stakes (Gr 1, 12f) winner Tonalist stood at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for a fee of US$15,000 in 2020. 


Zoustar – Widden Stud reverse shuttler Zoustar (Northern Meteor) sired his 14th individual stakes winner when Solar Star (4 m ex Petty Cury by Not A Single Doubt) took out the Gai Waterhouse Classic (Listed, 1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday. The Tony Gollan-trained mare joins the likes of Sunlight, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine as a stakes winner for Zoustar, who will stand at Widden Stud for a fee of $121,000 (inc GST) this season.