Stallion Watch

Two for Alabama Express

New winners

Alabama Express – Having chalked up his first winner two weeks ago, Yulong-based first-season sire Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice) doubled his tally on Saturday as Shangri La Express (2 c Sent From Above by Lonhro) got off the mark at the first attempt when he won the Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick. Shangri La Express was bought by his trainers and Bruce Slade’s Kestrel Thoroughbreds for $220,000 from the Yulong draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last January. Alabama Express, who has now had three starters, stands for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST). 

Calyx – Former shuttler Calyx (Kingman) sired his 21st individual winner courtesy of a success for Habrdi (2 c ex Second Glance by Galileo) in a novice contest over six furlongs at Brighton on Thursday. A 40,000gns purchase out of Book 3 at Tattersalls last October, Habrdi is the first foal out of the Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Second Glance, who herself is out of the Group 1 winner Rosdhu Queen (Invincible Spirit). Calyx stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Ireland for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$16,725).  

Cosmic Force – Newgate Farm-based first season sire Cosmic Force (Deep Field) registered his first winner from two starters when the Chris Munce-trained Devine Force (2 f ex Munjai by Trusting) broke her maiden at the first time of asking over 1000 metres at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The winner was bought by her trainer and Arthur Hoyeau for $100,000 from the draft of her breeders Kingstar Farm at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year. Devine Force is out of dual winner Munjai (Trusting), herself a daughter of Listed scorer Maha Chakri (Beautiful Crown), who is also the dam of two-time Listed winner Whittington (Tale Of The Cat). 

Pierata – Coleman (2 c ex Sboog by Redoute’s Choice) became the first winner for Group 1 scorer Pierata (Pierro) from just three starters, when the colt got his career off to the perfect start with a victory in Wednesday’s Debutante Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield. A $550,000 buy at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Coleman is the second stakes winner out of the juvenile-placed Sboog (Redoute’s Choice), who was sold to Kulani Park’s Rhys and Chloe Smith for $100,000 with Coleman in utero at the 2021 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Pierata stands at Yulong for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).

Ten Sovereigns – Former shuttler Ten Sovereigns enjoyed a good week siring a double, which saw his tally swell to 25. His week was kicked off by Lord Of Rules (2 c ex Cocoa Beach by Acclamation) who became his 24th individual winner when she made a successful debut in a maiden over 1500 metres at Milan on Wednesday. Meanwhile, winner number 25 for the stallion came in the shape of Sopran Livorno (2 g ex Gracefully Done by Australia) when he landed a maiden over 1200 metres at Rome on Friday. Ten Sovereigns shuttled to the now defunct Valachi Downs for one season in 2020. The stallion stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$29,340).


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Camelot – Coolmore resident Camelot (Montjeu) earned his 11th individual top-flight winner when the Aidan O’Brien-trained Los Angeles (2 c ex Frequential by Dansili) took out Sunday’s Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2000m) at Saint-Cloud. Camelot’s elite-level haul includes Australian Group 1 winners Sir Dragonet and Russian Camelot and the latter now stands at Widden’s Victorian base. The stallion, who shuttled to Australia for one season in 2014, stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore’s Irish base for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$100,700). 

Dark Angel – Art Power (6 g ex Evening Time by Keltos) finally made the breakthrough at the highest level when he edged out favourite Kinross (Kingman) to land Saturday’s British Champions Sprint Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Ascot and in the process became the 15th individual elite-level scorer for his sire Dark Angel (Acclamation). Dark Angel stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Yeomanstown Stud for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$100,700). The stallion is represented in Australia by his sons Harry Angel and Top Ranked, who stand at Darley Kelvinside and Raheen Stud respectively.  

Duramente – Durezza (3 c ex More Than Sacred by More Than Ready), a colt out of 2013 New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner More Than Sacred (More Than Ready), proved too strong for his rivals when he landed the Kikuka Sho (Gr 1, 3000m) -the Japanese St Leger – at Kyoto on Sunday, and in the process became the sixth elite-level winner for Duramente (King Kamehameha). Durezza is one of three winners out of More Than Sacred, who was bought by Yulong’s Yuesheng Zhang for ¥9,350,000 at the 2022 Arion Northern Farm Mixed Sale last year. The daughter of More Than Ready (Southern Halo) is now in foal to Juddmonte Farms’ super star stallion Frankel (Galileo) on southern hemisphere time. This is the second Grade 1 winner sired by the Shadai Stallion Station inmate Duramente out of an Australian-bred mare, with his multiple Grade 1-winning filly Liberty Island from dual Australian Group 1 winner Yankee Rose (All American). 

Galiway – Haras de Colleville’s resident stallion Galiway (Galileo) was handed his second Group 1 winner when the David Menuisier-trained Sunway (2 c ex Kensea by Kendargent) landed Sunday’s Criterium International (Gr 1, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud yesterday. The colt is out of Listed winner Kensea (Kendargent), making him a brother to Galiway’s other Group 1 winner Sealiway. Galiway stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €30,000 (approx. AU$50,300). The stallion’s Group 3-winning son Vauban is currently at the head of the betting for the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) at Flemington on November 7. 

Nathaniel – Poptronic (4 f ex Alpine Dream by Dream Ahead) made it back-to-back wins for frontrunners on Ascot’s rain-softened turf on Saturday when she cut out every yard to bag the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 3.5f) and provide Nathaniel (Galileo) with his eighth individual elite-level winner. Nathaniel stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Newsells Park Stud for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$28,800).     

Rock Of Gibraltar- France’s love affair with Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) continued when Big Rock (3 c ex Hardiyna by Sea The Stars) led home compatriot Facteur Cheval (4 g Ribchester – Jawlaat by Shamardal) to provide the gallic raiders with a fourth win in the last ten runnings of the race on Saturday. Yesterday’s win meant Big Rock became the 17th individual elite-level winner for the late Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill), who died last year at the age of 23.  

Teofilo – Former Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo) chalked up his 24th elite-level winner when the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Without A Fight (6 g ex Khor Sheed by Dubawi) battled on tenaciously to win the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) on Saturday. One of 112 individual stakes winners for Teofilo, Without A Fight was bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. The six-year-old gelding became the eighth Group 1 winner for the stallion in Australia, joining the likes of multiple elite-level scorer Happy Clapper, the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m)-winning duo Twilight Payment and Cross Counter, as well as now Darley-based inmate Kermadec. Teofilo shuttled to Australia for six seasons, but did not return in 2018. He stood the northern hemisphere breeding season at Darley’s Kildangan Stud for a fee of €30,000 (approx. AU$50,400). 

Wootton Bassett – Coolmore Stud shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) chalked up his eighth individual elite-level winner when the Roger Varian-trained King Of Steel (3 c ex Eldacar by Verglas) triumphed in Saturday’s Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) at Ascot. Wootton Bassett stood his first season at Coolmore’s Jerrys Plains base in 2021, covering 190 mares at a fee of $71,500 (inc GST), while last year he covered 169 mares at the same fee and he is standing his third season in Australia for an increased price of $93,500 (inc GST). Wootton Bassett’s octet of Group 1 winners includes Almanzor and Wooded, who shuttle to Cambridge Stud and Swettenham Stud respectively. King Of Steel was the second Group 1 winner of the northern hemisphere season for the stallion, following up the victory of fellow Amo Racing-owned colt Bucanero Fuerte, who landed the Curragh’s Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) in August. 


New stakes winners

Blue Point – Darley shuttler Blue Point (Shamardal) continues to make his mark with his first crop of northern hemisphere-bred runners and he notched his fifth individual stakes winner courtesy of Waldfrieda’s (2 f ex Waldtraut by Oasis Dream) victory in Sunday’s Alson-Trophy (Listed, 1400m) in Hanover. Being out of a daughter of Oasis Dream (Green Desert), Waldfrieda is bred on the same cross as Blue Point’s Group 2-winning son Big Evs. Blue Point has been represented by 103 starters worldwide and he is standing at Darley’s Northwood Park base for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST). 

Deep Field – Deep Field (Northern Meteor) was handed his 26th individual stakes winner when the  Summer Dickson-trained Karli’s Karma (6 m ex Sravana by Stratum) took out the Eurythmic Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. After struggling with his fertility, Deep Field was retired from covering duties at Newgate Farm. 

Deep Impact – Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) edged closer to his double century of individual stakes winners when Muramasa (4 g ex Omei Sword by High Chaparral) struck in Wednesday’s Coongy Cup (Gr 3, 2000m) to move the late sire’s tally onto 199 stakes. Gregolimo (Galiway) finished close up behind in third. In winning yesterday’s race, Muramasa became the third southern hemisphere-bred stakes winner for Deep Impact and his seventh in Australia from 46 starters.

Dubawi – Darley’s leading sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) chalked up his 265th stakes winner when Boogie Woogie (3 f ex Seventh Heaven by Gailleo) landed Sunday’s Trigo Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Leopardstown. Bred by Coolmore, Boogie Woogie is out of dual Group 1 winner Seventh Heaven (Galileo). In winning Sunday’s Listed contest, the filly became the 13 stakes winner bred on the Dubawi / Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) cross, a nick headed by three elite-level winners, including Darley Stud shuttler Ghaiyyath. Dubawi stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £350,000 (approx. AU$673,500). 

Galileo – Coolmore Stud’s late perennial champion sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) sired a stakes double last week, which moved his total number of stakes winners to 373. One Evening (4 f ex Seta by Pivotal) became the 372nd individual stakes winner for the stallion when she took out the Beckford Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) at Bath on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Grosvenor Square (2 c ex Wadyhatta by Cape Cross) broke through at stakes level for the first time when he landed the Eyrefield Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at Leopardstown and in the process provided with his 373rd individual stakes winner. Galileo died in 2021 at the age of 23. 

Golden Horn – A few races later at Saint-Cloud, Sunway’s stablemate Caius Chorister (4 f ex Corpus Chorister by Soldier Of Fortune) capped off a brilliant day for trainer David Menuisier when the filly took out the Prix Belle de Nuit (Gr 3, 2800m) and in the process handed Overbury Stud-based sire Golden Horn (Cape Cross) with this 21st individual stakes winner. Golden Horn has sired one stakes winner in Australia in the shape of Tamberlane, who won the Paris Lane Stakes (Listed, 1400m) earlier in the month. Golden Horn stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £8,000 (approx. AU$15,400).

Kodiac – Tally-Ho Stud resident Kodiac (Danehill) notched up his 92nd individual stakes winner courtesy of Atlantic Coast’s (2 c ex Liwa Palace by Oasis Dream) win in Saturday’s Killavullan Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Leopardstown. Kodiac’s stakes-winning progeny includes Best Solution, whose two Group 1 wins included a victory in the 2018 Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m), while he is also the sire of fellow dual Group 1 winner Hello Youmzain, who shuttles to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. Kodiac stood the 2023 season for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AU$67,140).

Lord Of England – Late sire Lord Of England (Dashing Blade) registered his 22nd individual stakes winner when Wintertraum (2 c ex Winterkonigin by Sternkoenig) took out the Gran Criterium (Gr 2, 1600m) in Milan on Sunday. Lord Of England is represented by two stakes winners in Australia. He died in 2021 at the age of 18. 

Maurice – Arrowfield Stud shuttler Maurice (Screen Hero) was provided with his 20th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Danon Ayers Rock (2 c ex Mosheen by Fastnet Rock), a son of dual Australian Group 1 winner Mosheen (Fastnet Rock), landed the Ivy Stakes (Listed, 1800m) at Tokyo. A winner of the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m), Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) and Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 2000m), Mosheen (Fastnet Rock) has produced three further winners including Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed filly Primo Scene (Deep Impact). Maurice is standing at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $82,500 (inc GST). 

Reliable Man – In winning Sunday’s Grosser Preis der Unternehmen (Gr 3, 2200m) in Hanover, North Reliance (3 f ex North Queen by Desert King) became individual stakes winner number 24 for Westbury Stud inmate Reliable Man (Dalakhani). Reliable Man’s progeny are headed by Group 1-winning trio Miami Bound, Inspirational Girl and Miss Sentimental, who were all bred in the southern hemisphere. The stallion is standing at Westbury Stud in New Zealand for a fee of NZ$13,500 (plus GST). 

Rich Enuff – In winning Saturday’s Alinghi Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Caulfield, Lempicka (5 m ex Hot Art by Excellent Art) provided Woodside Park-based resident Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) with his fifth individual stakes winner. Rich Enuff is standing for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST). 

Sir Percy – Nayeli (4 f ex Lady Guinevere by Pivotal) provided Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem) with his 26th individual stakes winner when she landed Tuesday’s Premio Roma Vecchia (Listed, 2800m). Sir Percy stands at Lanwades Stud for a private fee.  

Soldier Hollow – Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) sired his 62nd individual stakes winner when Augustus (2 c ex Andraxt by Lord Of England) landed the Premio Campobello (Listed, 1800m) in Milan on Sunday. Soldier Hollow’s five top-flight winners include Our Ivanhowe, winner of the Doomben Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) in 2016. 

Snitzel – Arrowfield Stud-based sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) was provided with his 137th individual stakes winner when expensive yearling Doull (4 h ex Bulbula by Shamardal) took out Saturday’s Caulfield Sprint (Gr 2, 1000m). Doull was bought by his owners the Rosemont Victorian Alliance and Suman Hedge Bloodstock for $1.2 million at the 2021 edition of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Yarraman Park. Out of the Listed scorer Bulbula (Shamardal), the entire is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Aryaaf (Epaulette). Snitzel is standing for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST). 

The Autumn Sun – The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice), another Arrowfield Stud-based sire, notched his third individual stakes winner as his daughter Autumn Angel (3 f ex Angel Of Mercy by Hussonet) emerged as a serious contender for the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) when she landed Saturday’s Ethereal Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m). Trained by Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman, Autumn Angel was bought by Dalziel Bloodstock and Moody for $230,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 2022. Autumn Angel joins Autumn Ballet and Coco Sun as the stallion’s other stakes winners. Represented by 47 lifetime runners, The Autumn Sun commands a fee of $66,000 (inc GST). 

Wootton Bassett – Coolmore shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) notched his 39th individual stakes winner when Geminiano (2 c Goathemala by Black Sam Bellamy) landed Sunday’s Cup (Listed, 2000m) in Hanover. Wootton Bassett is standing his third season at Coolmore’s Australian base for an increased fee of $93,500 (inc GST).

Zarak – Zarak (Dubawi) sired his 16th individual winner when his son Rashford (3 c ex Randium by Sinndar) scored in Thursday’s Prix Vulcain (Listed, 2500m) at Deauville. Zarak stood the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$100,345).

Zelzal – Haras de Bouquetot resident Zelzal (Sea The Stars) sired his fourth individual stakes winner when his daughter Knock On (3 f ex Acclamee by Acclamation) posted a surprise success in Saturday’s Prix de Saint-Cyr (Listed, 1400m) at Longchamp. Zelzal stood the 2023 season for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$25,175). 

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