Stallion Watch

Titan Rock provides Belardo with his sixth winner

New winners

Belardo – Titan Rock (2 c ex Frabjous by Pivotal) provided New Zealand shuttler Belardo (Lope De Vega) with his sixth winner when taking out the EBF Maiden Stakes (7f) at Goodwood on Saturday for trainer John Quinn and jockey Daniel Tudhope. The winner is a half-brother to Listed winner Argentero (Zoffany) and his dam, the Pivotal mare Frabjous, is a half-sister to French Group 1 winner May Ball (Cadeaux Genereux). Belardo stands at Haunui Farm in New Zealand for NZ$10,000 (plus GST) this season.


Complacent – Mapperley Stud’s Complacent (Authorized) recorded the perfect start to his stallion career when his first ever runner, Calm Seeker (2 c ex Attention Seeker by Fast ‘n’ Famous), won on debut at Ipswich on Friday. Complacent, winner of the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) on the track, will stand at Mapperley Stud for NZ$4,000 (plus GST) in 2020.


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Giant’s Causeway – The late Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) brought up a remarkable 35th Group or Grade 1 winner when Vexatious (6 m ex Dream Of Summer by Siberian Summer) caused an upset in the Personal Ensign Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Saratoga on Saturday. Giant’s Causeway, the 2000 European Horse of the Year, died at Ashford Stud in Kentucky in 2018.


New Year’s Day – Former Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm resident New Year’s Day (Street Cry) sired his second Grade 1 winner on Sunday when Fighting Mad (4 f ex Smokey’s Love by Forestry) took out the Clement L Hirsch Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Del Mar. New Year’s Day, whose only other top-flight winner is Maximum Security, stood at Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥3,000,000 (approx AUD$39,800)in 2020. 


Sea The Stars – Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) made it 14 Group 1 wins as a sire on Sunday when the powerful combination of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori teamed up to win the Preis der Diana (German Oaks) (Gr 1, 2200m) with Miss Yoda (3 f ex Monami by Sholakhov). Miss Yoda was a €280,000 purchase from the 2018 Baden Baden Yearling Sales; her dam Monami (Sholakhov) won a German Group 2. Sea The Stars stood at Gilltown Stud in Ireland for €150,000 (approx AUD$247,500) in 2020.


Showcasing – Mohaather (4 c ex Roodeye by Inchinor) became the third Group 1 winner for former Haunui Farm shuttler Showcasing (Oasis Dream) when landing the Sussex Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Goodwood on Wednesday. Showcasing, who shuttled to Haunui Farm until 2017, stood the latest season at Whitsbury Manor Stud at a £55,000 (approx AUD$100,000) fee, and was bred by Gaie Johnson Houghton out of Roodeye (Inchinor), who is also the granddam of the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) scorer Accidental Agent (Delegator). 


Speightstown – Speightstown (Gone West) brought up his 18th individual Grade 1 winner on Saturday when Echo Town (3 c ex Letgomyecho by Menifee) scored a first stakes win in the H Allen Jerkens Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Saratoga. The ever-reliable Speightstown stood at WinStar Farm in Kentucky for US$70,000 (approx AUD$98,500) in 2020.


Twirling Candy – Promising youngster Collusion Illusion (3 c ex Natalie Grace by First Dude) made it five wins from six starts when he defeated the older sprinters to take the Bing Crosby Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Del Mar, making it four Grade 1 winners for Twirling Candy (Candy Ride). Twirling Candy stood at Lane’s End Farms for $40,000 in 2020.


New stakes winners

Bated Breath – Juddmonte’s Bated Breath (Dansili) added a 15th stakes winner on Sunday when Cairn Gorm (2 c ex In Your Time by Dalakhani) retained his unbeaten record in taking the Prix de Cabourg (Gr 3, 1200m) at Deauville in France. Bated Breath stands at Juddmonte Farms in Great Britain for £12,500 (approx AUD$23,000).


Clodovil – Steel Bull (2 c ex Macarthurs Park by Equiano) became the 24th stakes winner for Rathasker Stud stallion Clodovil (Danehill) when landing a blistering renewal of the Molecomb Stakes (Gr 3, 5f) at Goodwood on Wednesday. Clodovil stood the latest season – his 17th at Rathasker – at an €8,000 (approx AUD$13,200) fee. 


Deep Impact – The late Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) brought up his 159th stakes winner when Katara (3 f ex Asyad by New Approach) bounded clear in the Chalice Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Newmarket on Saturday. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and a homebred for Al Shaqab Racing from a distinguished German family, she is the first foal of a mare who was Group 2-placed for the same connections. 


Elzaam – Champers Elysees (3 f ex La Cuvee by Mark Of Esteem) became the fourth stakes winner for his Australian-bred and Irish-based sire Elzaam (Redoute’s Choice) when scoring a seven-length victory in the Corrib Fillies Stakes (Listed, 7f) at the Galway festival last Tuesday. Elzaam was bred by Kia Ora Stud to northern hemisphere time out of Mambo In Freeport (Kingmambo), making him a brother to the 2017 Sheraco Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Ravi. Having finished second in the prestigious Coventry Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Royal Ascot at two, Elzaam was subsequently retired to Ballyhane Stud in County Carlow, where he has stood the past eight seasons; he was priced at €4,000 (approx AUD$6,600) in 2020.


First Defence – Former Juddmonte stallion First Defence (Unbridled’s Song) made it 14 stakes winners at Goodwood on Friday when Tilsit (3 c ex Multilingual by Dansili) took out a controversial running of the Thoroughbred Stakes (Gr 3, 1m). The Charlie Hills-trained colt is from the last crop of the sire, who was subsequently sold to Saudi Arabia in 2016; the star from his last crop is two-time Group 1 winner Siskin. 


Kendargent – See The Rose (2 f ex Xaarienne by Xaar) enhanced an already lofty reputation when taking the Prix Six Perfections (Gr 3, 1400m) at Deauville under a confident Pierre-Charles Boudot and became the 31st individual stakes winner for her sire Kendargent (Kendor). Kendargent stood at Haras de Colleville in France for €15,000 (approx AUD$24,750) in 2020. 


Maxios – German bred and trained filly Liberty London (4 f ex Ledicea by Medicean) continued her admirable progress in the Prix Luth Enchantee (Listed, 2400m) at Clairefontaine yesterday as she became a sixth stakes winner for Maxios (Monsun). Dual Group 1 winner Maxios stands for a fee of €6,000 (approx AUD$9,900) at Castlehyde Stud in Ireland. 


Mesnil Des Aigles – Air De Valse (4 f ex Air Bag by Poliglote) gamely held off the late challenge of the desperately unlucky Rocket Action (Toronado) to land the Prix du Cercle (Listed, 1000m) at Deauville with Wayatos (Maxios) back in third. Air De Valse became the first stakes winner for her sire, Mesnil Des Aigles (Neverneyev), a half-brother to the world-class Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top). 


Teofilo – Get Shirty (4 g ex Soccer Mom by Monsun) provided his sire Teofilo (Galileo) with his 93rd international stakes winner when taking the Prix du Carrousel (Listed, 3000m) at Deauville. Former shuttler Teofilo, the sire of Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) hero Cross Counter, stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €40,000 (approx AUD$66,000).