Of Wheat & Chaff
National 2yo Sale – 13-15 August 2014 at TBA Sales Complex, Germiston. See the catalogue online.
Every year the National 2yo Sale presents dilemmas. A vast number of entries – too many for most to inspect individually. Many are 2yo’s who for some reason didn’t appear on the major yearling sales earlier in the year – late developers, often, but mostly pedigrees which didn’t quite make it. In the latter category you’ll find the progeny of young, unproven mares, many very well related through highclass dams and/or siblings – but themselves not quite there. For buyers it means having to take chances on the paper evidence, or purely going by physical appearance. It’s a tough task to sort wheat from chaff.
The leading sires are represented, of course, but not in great number. New sires, or those with just one crop racing so as yet unproven, make up a sizeable chunk of the sale. Dams of the youngsters are another story – there are fewer with winning black type than at other sale, or with black type winning progeny.
What we do know, though, is that if they’ve done it once, they can do it again. So here are two researched stories: one about the 2yo’s with bold black type dams and/or siblings, the other about sire x broodmare sire crosses that have produced black type. That might make life a little easier.
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Sign Of The Cross
Sire x Broodmare Sire combo’s explored
Any sire x broodmare sire combo covers three-quarters of a horse’s pedigree. Plenty enough for some buyers to put their faith in. Sometimes such crosses can even be picked up early, before conventional wisdom takes hold and prices go up. There are eighteen sires represented at the 2yo sale who have stakes winners bred on the same cross with broodmare sires of lots on offer. The sires are listed below in alphabetical order. Mostly the numbers are small, so there’s a chance the success was merely coincidence. In some cases, though, the evidence looks compelling. Judge for yourself.
What a year it has been. Following the 2yo champion colt title of Kochka in 2013, two new 3yo Gr1 winners emerged from that same crop: Triple Crown hero Louis The King and SA Oaks winner Ash Cloud.
With Elliodor (12r/6w/1sw) he got Champion 2yo Kochka, unraced at 3 because of injury. Kochka won a Gr1 and was Gr1 second, with MR 111 at 2. There are two on offer here. A half sister (#349) to Gr2 placed stakes winner White Mischief and stakes winner White Mischief, consigned by Varsfontein. A half brother to three winners (#509) out of Oaks winner Time Piece, the mare a full sister to Super Quality, winner of the July and of the Cape & SA Derby double. The colt is consigned by Highlands.
With Spectrum (2r/2w/1sw) he got Felix The Cat, twice Gr1 runner-up and Gr3 placed, and unfortunate perhaps to have been in the same crop as Princess Victoria. The other winner from the cross is stakes winner Tibouchina. Two tries, both black type. One on offer here. A filly (#117), first foal of multiple winning miler Colour Fast who is half sister to Champion Consensual, to Gr2 winner Dance Along and to the dam of Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Give Me Five. The youngster is from the female line of Gr1 In Camera, and consigned by Varsfontein.
Undisputed king of the hill this year, with Beach Beauty and Legislate the leading lights.
With Hermitage (1r/1w/1sw) he got stakes placed SW Taipan. The cross is represented by a half brother (#229) to a winner out of Gr3 winner Honour And Glory, consigned by Wilgerbosdrift. Hermitage is half brother to Sadler’s Wells, the grandsire of Dynasty. The winning sibling to the 2yo colt won her only start (as a 2yo), and is by Kabool whose dam is half sister to Dynasty’s sire Fort Wood.
Sire of Gr1 SA Derby winner Royal Bencher two years ago, July-winner Greys Inn got another Gr1 on the board with King Of Pain this year.
With Rich Man’s Gold (damsire of Louis The King and Athena this year) he has a single runner, 2yo stakes winner Forries Waltz. Rosedene Stud, where Greys Inn stands, has a filly (#312), second foal of her dam who is half sister to the dam of Gr1/Gr3 placed Lisa Anne.
Following a stud-career in the USA, horse of the year Horse Chestnut had to do it the hard way when back home again. He showed that he’s got what it takes, with Gr1 performer Rake’s Chestnut his leading light in 2014.
With Goldkeeper (2r/2w/1sw) he got stakes placed SW Silent Force. There are two here bred on the cross. A colt (#204), second foal of a 5-time winning full sister to Hide Out and dam of Gr3 winner Blaze Of Noon. The youngster is consigned by James Armitage who also has another colt (#255), out of full sister to Champion racemare Battle Maiden, from the family of Goldkeeper’s international Gr1 performer Cerise Cherry.
With Jallad (1r/1w/1sw) he got 3-time Gr3 winner (and Gr2 runner-up) Lucky Sam. The cross is represented by a colt (#404) from Riethuiskraal.
He’s no longer with us, but has a few crops to come.
With National Assembly (17r/7w/1sw) he got stakes winner Cante Libre. On offer here a colt (#438) whose winning dam is full sister to Gr3 winner Irish Assembly and 4-time winner Headmaster. The female line is Canadian.
Opportunity often plays a role in successful crosses. Lecture and Al Mufti both stood at Ascot Stud, but even so the results look out of the ordinary.
With daughters of Al Mufti (52r/32w/4sw) Lecture produced Gr1 Copper Parade and Rock Opera (at stud in UK and black type producer there), and other stakes performers Lightning Lecture, Hit Song, Rock Concert, Copper Jet, Fun To Fly, Field Star. Fairy Queen, Royal Tribe. There are two here. A filly (#529) out of an unraced daughter of SW Abby’s Girl, from the family of champion Donatella and Senor Versace. And a half sister (#43) to three winners (from 3 runners) including stakes placed Artic Sails. The dam is a 3-time winning half sister to SW Arctic Spy and full sister to the dam of Mauritian SW The Cardinal. The youngsters are both consigned by Ascot Stud.
With National Assembly (14r/7w/1sw) Lecture got Gr3 winner Maggie Kaye. The cross is represented by a half brother (#406) to a multiple winner. He’s the second foal of his Gr3 placed dam Rexana, whose dam is by Al Mufti and full sister to Gr1 Lady Brompton. This is the Soho Secret female line. Ascot Stud is the consignor here, too.
With Al Mufti mares (7r/3w/1sw) this champion miler got Gr2/Gr3 winner Approval Rating, who was Gr2 placed as well. Two on offer. A full sister (#515) to Approval Rating, consigned by Scott Bros. Their dam has 3 multiple winners from as many runners. The other on offer is a filly (#195), second foal of her winning dam who is half sister to SW Red Flyer, from the female line of Al Nitak and The Sheik, and other Gr1 winners such as Top Seller, Shoe Express, and more removed, Politician. The filly is consigned by Ambiance Stud, which has had great success with the family.
International Gr1 producing son of Storm Cat, and half brother to major sire Machiavellian.
With daughters of champion sire Foveros (27r/17w/2sw) he got Gr1 placed Gr1 winner Orbison, Gr2 placed Sahara, SW Head of the House and multiple stakes placed Sayadaw. Scott Bros comes with a half brother to 5 winners (and full brother to another) (#88), their dam Camina Court a stakes placed 5-time winner. This is the sire producing female line of English Gr1 miler Selkirk.
With Royal Chalice mares (6r/5w/1sw) Mogok got his world-famous daughter Gypsy’s Warning. The latter’s dam is full sister to SA Oaks winner Royal Prophecy, who has a filly here (#418), full sister in blood therefore to Gypsy’s Warning. The youngster is full sister to 2 winning colts, and half sister to 3 other winners. Scott Bros bring her to the sale.
Gr1 producing sire, but no longer active after many years of duty in USA & SA.
Daughters of National Assembly (10r/7w/3sw) gave him full siblings Gr2 winner Fair Brutus and Gr3 placed Gypsy Caravan, stakes winners Battlestar Express and Nottagalashia, and Gr3 placed Maggie Thatch. The colt (#358) on offer is the first foal of his winning dam, who is out of a half sister to Guineas winner Field Flower and Derby winner Royal Land. He’s consigned by the Birch Bros’ Vogelvlei Stud.
Again in the limelight in 2014, with sons Whiteline Fever and Halve The Deficit.
With mares by Fort Wood (25r/18w/2sw) he got Gr2 winner Halve The Deficit, Gr3 Fantastic Mr Fox and stakes placed Dunraven and Approach Me. On offer a colt (#214) whose 2-time winning dam is half sister to Calpurnia, their dam My Squeeza a Gr1 placed stakes winner. Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift.
Last year’s Champion sire is well represented in this category, with six 2yo’s.
With Al Mufti mares (34r/23w/3sw) Silvano got Gr1 Bold Silvano, Kings Gambit and Kings Cross; Gr1 placed Galanthus, Zim Gr1/Gr2 winner Equina, and stakes placed Cotillon and Silvan Spirit. Four on offer bred on the same cross. Ambiance Stud (on behalf of Normandy) has a filly (#203), second foal of her dam who is a 2-time winning full sister to Gr3 placed Coastal Trade, both out of Gr1 placed Gr2 winner Golden Silvino.
SA Derby and SA Classic winner Kings Gambit also won a Gr3 in UK and was Gr2 placed there. His Gr1 winning dam Lady Brompton has a winning full sister, represented here by a filly (#290). She’s full sister in blood to Kings Gambit, and full sister proper to a winning colt. She’s offered by Varsfontein.
The filly (#482) out of Sugar Almond is half sister to a winner, and is the second foal of her dam who is half sister to highclass fillies Starlit and Sweet Theresa. Maine Chance are the consignors. The same farm comes with a colt (#520), who is full brother to a winner. Their 5-time winning dam is a daughter of Gr2 winner Vino Rosa.
With Badger Land mares (23r/14w/3sw) the results were Gr1 placed Gr2 winner Happy Spirit, SA Derby runner-up Gothic, Gr3 winner Gifted For Glory and SW We Three. Klipdrif Stud offers a colt (#1) who is full brother to a multiple winner and half brother to 3 other winners, their dam Gr3 placed 5-time winner Wealth.
With Flaming Rock mares (2r/1w/1sw) Silvano got Dingaans winner Silver Flyer, runner-up in the Cape Guineas and 3rd in the SA Classic. On offer is a full brother (#174) to Silver Flyer, whose dam is is a 5-time winning half sister to Gr1 Love Is In The Air. Klipdrif Stud is the consignor.
This half brother to AP Indy is no longer with us, but will be well remembered as sire of champions Kildonan and Cherry On The Top.
Fort Wood mares (19r/13w/4sw) produced Champion Cherry On The Top, Gr1 placed Gr3 winner Isphan, Mauritian Derby winner Ridge Too Far, Gr2 winner Tiger’s Retreat, and stakes placed Jo Malone, Panjo and Platinum Cat.
Wilgerbosdrift offers a half brother (#305) to stakes placed Dunraven. The youngster is full brother to a multiple winner. Their dam Limerick is a Gr2 placed stakes winner of 5 races, from a strong black type Australian family.
With Rich Man’s Gold mares (7r/4w/1sw) Tiger Ridge got Gr1 winner Wagner. Wilgerbosdrift comes with a half sister (#311) to a winner, out of a winning half sister to Wonder Lawn, their dam Velvet Green winner of the Garden Province stakes.
The most successful son of Danehill in South Africa.
He conspired with daughters of Northern Guest (6r/4w/1sw) to get stakes winner Roc ‘n Rose and Gr1 runner-up Straight Forward. On offer is a full brother (#271) to the latter, and half brother to 4 other winners. Their dam is 3-part sister to champion Travel North. Highlands consigns.
Following a successful career in the USA, Trippi is following on strongly in South Africa. He’s in the lights in 2014 with 2yo Gr1 winner Afrikaburn, and Gr1 fillies Hammie’s Hooker and One Fine Day.
With Candy Stripes (2r/2w/1sw) Trippi got Gr3 winner Punk Rocker. Klipdrif Stud offer a full sister (#410) to that one. Their Argentine-bred winning dam has two runners to date, both winners.
National Assembly mares (8r/5w/2sw) produced those top class fillies Agra and Franny, both with MR’s in three figures. Dr Ian Heyns comes to the party with a colt (#357) who is half brother to 5 winners including Gr2 Fair Brutus and Gr3 placed Gypsy Caravan.
After Variety Club’s exploits in 2014, what is there left to say?
With Badger Land mares (4r/3w/1sw) Var got stakes winner Lochlorien and Gr2 runner-up Sabadell. Spring Valley Stud consigns a half brother to two 4-time winners (#276), their dam a 5-time winner. This is the black-type family of Indian Spice and Breyani.
Var with Jet Master mares (6r/4w/1sw) brought us E-Cape Oaks winner She’s A Pippa, of whom more should be heard. On offer a filly (#42), whose 2-time winning dam is half sister to two dams of stakes winners, out of Gr1 Saintly Lady. She’s consigned by Waterford Stud.
One of our greats, now sadly deceased.
With Al Mufti mares (15r/11w/1sw) he got stakes winner Winter Fantasy, and stakes placed Forecast and Come Spring. There are two youngsters here with the same cross. Klifdrif Stud consigns a filly (#171), first foal of her dam who is granddaughter of Gr1 Wainui, from a highclass family. Varsfontein brings a filly as well (#347). The youngsters dam is half sister to Gr2 Vino Rosa and SW Blushing Moon.
The best performance in these paragraphs comes from Western Winter with Centenary mares – still perfect (14r/14w/1sw) and highly notable with twice Gr1 place Anti-Freeze (MR 101), Gr2 winner Buran (MR 105), Gr1 runner-up and 2x Gr2 placed Ice Belle (MR 100), and stakes placed African Gold. Klipdrif Stud presents the goodies: a full brother (#235) to a 3-time winner, the pair half siblings to stakes placed Jet Command (6w) and Kings Troop (8w). Their stakes placed dam is half sister to Western Winter’s Gr1 placed Gr3 winner Imperial Triumph and UAE Oaks winner Imperial Ice, making the 2yo on offer a 3-part relative. This is the fabulous Party Time family.
Then there are the Jallad mares (24r/17w/1sw), represented by Gr1/2/3 winner Solo Traveller, 3x Gr2 placed Strawberry Ice, Gr3 runners-up Izora and Winter Blush, and Gr2 placed Icy Winter Air. Klipdrif Stud does the honours again, with a half sister (#391) to three winners, their dam a winning half sister to Gr3 placed Wealth.
With Model Man mares (14r/7w/1sw) the sire of two-time Gr3 winner Sunsational (MR 105). The cross represented here by Klipdrif Stud, consigning a colt (#160) whose dam is full sister to Gr1 winner Fallon and Gr1 placed Gr2 winner Silver Moon.
Northern Guest mares (7r/4w/1sw) provided Windrush with Gr3 winner Rushing Wind (twice Gr1 runner-up; MR 108) and stakes placed Lizzy Grey. Beaumont Stud comes with a filly (#40), full sister to two multiple winners including Lizzy Grey (MR 85).
Black Type or Black Hype?
Black type. Sales catalogues are full of it. Buyers take it for granted that bold black type in caps is better than in upper and lower case, and that Gr1 is better than Gr2, or Gr3 and Listed. It’s all rather misleading, though. Black type is earned in black type races, where conditions can vary greatly. Handicaps, conditions races, very few on level terms. Races can be true run, or false run. It all depends who you race against, and it certainly isn’t always the best horses that earn black type.
Earning Black type depends on who you race against and under what conditions, a once-off measure.
Ratings are independent, an accumulation of performance, much more informative.
In this context, ability ratings are a much more reliable indicator of who’s good, and who’s not. Sporting Post publishes a Buyer’s Guide for every major sale, where dams and all their progeny are shown for what they are. It’s a great guide for buyer’s (and breeders) who prefer truth over hype.
Below is an extract of the Buyer’s Guide for the 2yo sale. We looked specifically at dams who have bold (winning) black type, or have black type (winning) offspring. To make it a bit more interesting, they have been grouped by the sires of the 2yo’s on offer. We show Sporting Post’s ability ratings for all, by distance category (from sprint to stamina), and name the winning black type earned where applicable. Broadly speaking, winning black type requires a rating in the mid-nineties or more.
Black type or black hype? You be the judge.
Rating grids show career-best rating by distance groups, from left to right: 800-1399m/1400-1600m/1601-1999m/2000-2399m/2400m+
A P Answer
#64 filly; dam (84) – 7 winners, Rip Curl (Gr1, Gr1/2pl – 102/99/78/-/-), Surf The Net (SP 2nd – 89/93/95/86/-) and 5 others (85, 78, 75, 75, 65)
A P Arrow
#262 filly; dam (80/79/-/-/-) – 3 winners, Khebraat (SW – 90/92/-/-/-) and 2 others (92, 61)
#340 colt; dam Miss Entrepreneur (SW, Gr3pl in Zim – 104/67/-/-/-) – 1 winner (76)
#259 colt; dam (72/49/-/-/-) – 3 winners, Hard Astern (SW, Gr2pl – 90/103/-/-/-) and 2 others (71, 65)
#14 colt; dam (79/83/73/-/-) – 3 winners, Equina (3x SW in Zim – 83/89/89/86/-) and 2 others (86, 67)
#441 filly; dam (74/76/82/83/-) – 2 winners, Rush For John (SW; 54/89/87/82/79), Experience Counts (87/89/-/-/-)
#449 colt; dam Sleek Braashee (Gr3, Gr1pl – 98/92/-/-/-) – 6 winners (90, 88, 87, 81, 78, 78)
#480 colt; dam (91/94/-/-/-) – 4 winners, Two Strikes (Gr3, Gr2/3pl – 50/81/94/92/95) and 3 others (73, 69, 64)
#123 colt – dam Cool It Mon (SW – 87/92/85/85/-) – 3 winners (81, 79, 66)
#308 colt; dam London Season (Gr3, Gr2pl – 58/101/103/105/84) – 5 winners, My Lord Duke (SW; 79/91/92/89/-), and 4 others (80. 75, 74, 62)
#349 filly; dam (58/79/72/-/-) – 4 winners, Miss Mischief (SW, SP; 92/92/86/-/-), White Mischief (SW, Gr2pl; 65/85/92/88/92), and 2 others (76, 71)
#472 filly; dam Star Deputy (SW – -/75/82/82/86) – 4 winners, War Horse (Gr1/3, Gr1/2pl – 88/102/97/91/87) and 3 others (85, 76, 76)
##509 colt; dam Time Piece (Gr2 – 50/91/89/94/94) – 3 winners (79, 76, 70)
Brave Tin Soldier
#150 colt; dam Dream Come True (SW; 91/87/-/-/-) – 1 winner (76)
Don Pedro Mendosa
#165 colt; dam (85/-/-/-/-) – 3 winners, Silver Nun (2xSW; 99/83/-/-/-) and 2 others (75, 70)
#229 colt; dam Honour And Glory (Gr3 – 80/90/80/-/-) – 1 winner (78)
#354 filly; dam (-/-/34/-/-) – 8 winners, Rabiya (Champion 3yo, Gr1/2; 80/95/80/95/-), Secret Of Victoria (Gr2/3; 99/97/-/-/-), Spring Lilac (Gr3; 93/80/-/-/-), Rafiya (SW; 70/73/-/87/-), Touch The Sky (SW, Gr1pl; 51/76/-/98/89) and 3 others (87, 83, 71)
#425 colt; dam Sarabande (Gr1, Gr1/3pl – 57/100/92/96/-) – 4 winners, Chesalon (Gr2/3, Gr1/2/3pl; 72/103/106/108/93), La Volta (SW, SP; 101/-/-/-/-), Valeta (Gr1pl; 94/-/-/-/-) and 1 other (63)
#452 colt; dam Snow Angel (SW – 89/89/-/-/-) – 2 winners (74, 62)
#5 filly; dam (SP- 86/86/84/-/-) – 3 winners, Super Storm (Gr3; Gr1/2/3pl – 57/102/102/101/83), Eskimo Roll (SP – 106/101/-/-/-), and full brother to this 2yo filly (66/87/70/-/-)
#432 colt; dam She’s All That (SW – 90/92/-/-/-) – 7 winners, Kilcoy Castle (Gr1/2/3pl; 85/97/91/91/-) , Berlinetta (99/77/-/-/-) and five others (77, 75, 69, 68, 62)
#402 colt; dam Recondite (SW – 96/96/-/-/-) – 3 winners, Shafti (SP; 76/86/-/-/-) and 2 others (78, 72)
#175 colt; dam (83/90/75/-/-) – 5 winners, Cree Lodge (2xGr3 – 92/99/82/-/92), Orchard House (Gr2pl – 50/80/80/88/90), and 3 others (81, 78, 68)
#106 filly; dam Chinchuna (Gr1/2pl – 90/91/91/92/-) – 4 winners (91, 87, 85, 75)
#206 colt; dam Golden Island (SW in Germany – -/89/101/86/-) – 3 winners (80, 78, 71)
#152 filly; dam (Gr3p – 105) – 8 winners, Dream Come True (SW; 91/87/-/-/-), Moon Spun (Gr2pl; 92/-/-/-/-), and 6 others (94, 92, 84, 76, 69, 68)
#155 filly; dam Duchess Daba (2xGr1, Gr1/2pl; 81/100/76/-/-) – 3 winners (82, 71, 67)
#282 colt; dam (74/90/92/84/-) – 6 winners, Admiral’s Daughter (SWs; 53/82/85/88/74), Gibson Girl (SPs; 78/75/87/81/85), and 4 others (86, 83, 79, 78)
#319 filly; dam unraced – 5 winners, Scripture (SW, SP; 91/95/92/90/90) and 4 others (82, 78, 75, 72)
#445 filly; dam Silver Fantasy (SW – -/95/93/95/-) – 1st (living) foal
#191 colt; dam (79/77/-/49/-) – 1 winner, Fantastic Mr Fox (Gr3, SW – 87/95/46/-/-)
#524 filly; dam (70/92/92/88/90) – 1 winner (69)
#365 colt; dam (53) – 8 winners, Power King (Gr3; -/100/95/96/98), Northern Land (Gr3; 76/89/90/91/90), and 6 others (87, 78, 77, 73, 64)
#468 filly; dam Spring Clover (Gr2, Gr3pl – 95/93/-/-/-) – 2nd foal
Mambo In Seattle
#202 colt; dam Gold Gem (SW, Gr3pl – 99/88/-/-/-) – 2 winners (83, 68)
#389 filly; dam Proud Classic (SW, Gr2/3pl – 42/96/82/87/90) – 1 winner, Classic Lecture (91/74/-/-/-)
#427 colt; dan Secret Risk (SW – 57/70/85/88/54) – 1st foal
#501 filly; dam unraced – 2 winners, Deliver The Power (Gr3, Gr3pl – 107/81/-/-/-) and 1 other (by Meteor Shower) (72)
#2 colt; dam Wendys (Gr3 – 94/-/-/-/-) – 2 winners (66,76)
#418 filly; dam Royal Prophecy (Gr2/3, Gr1/2pl – 88/97/97/99/103) – 5 winners, Heritage (103/109/89/-/-) and 4 others (85, 80, 77, 69)
#176 colt; dam Fine Hope (Gr1 2nd – 101/94/-/-/-) – 2 winners (88, 65)
#220 filly; dam Heartbreaker (SW, Gr3pl – 101/-/-/-/-) – 2 winners (82, 82)
#403 filly; dam Red Dor (Gr2, Gr3pl – 67/99/79/-/-) – 3 winners, Lizzie Arden (by Right Approach) (Gr3pl; 72/86/78/77/-), Red Fort (Gr2pl; -/42/84/-/90) and 1 other (by Right Approach) (-/78/89/91/89)
Rock Of Rochelle
#224 filly; dam Hill Of Fire (SW, SP – 94/99/-/97/-)
#393 colt; dam Purple Orchid (Gr3, Gr3pl – 102/94/-/-/-) – 1st foal
#86 colt; dam Caboose (4x SW – 95/95/97/96/-) – 3 winners (88, 77, 70)
#174 colt; dam (64/100/93/85/51) – 5 winners, Silver Flyer (Silvano) (Gr2, Gr1/2pl – -/107/100/76/78), Jet Flyer (SP – 82/87/80/-/-), and 3 others (94, 76, 68)
#364 colt; dam (-/70/-/72/-) – 1st foal
#411 filly; dam (77/80/-/44/-) – 3 winners, Jet Jamboree (SW, Gr3pl; -/106/102/57/-) and 2 others (84, 81)
#305 colt; dam Limerick (SW, Gr2pl – 76/86/93/84/93) – 5 winners, Dunraven (51/88/92/90/92), a full sister to the 2yo colt (68/72/6471/77), and 3 others (86, 73, 65)
#450 filly; dam (70/70/46/-/-) – 6 winners, Slinky Malinky (93/90/-/-/-), Keeneland (-/88/83/88/73), Bottom Dollar (by Tiger Ridge) (69/100/100/-/-), and 4 others (77, 72, 70, 66)
#400 colt; dam Rambo’s Flirt (SW, SP – 56/73/80/78/80) – 1 winner (82)
#134 colt; dam Dance Along (Gr2 – 61/71/93/93/84) – 1 winner (79)
#357 colt; dam (84/86/56/-/-) – 5 winners, Fair Brutus (Gr2; 100/99/-/-/-), Gypsey Caravan (Gr3pl; 90/-/-/-/-), and 3 others (81, 75, 68)
#372 colt; dam Olympic Storm (Gr3 – 48/71/85/84/71) – 2 winners, Storm Warning (SW, Gr2/3pl; 30/-/84/71/98), and 1 other (75)
#410 filly; dam (65/72/64/48/57) – 2 winners, Punk Rocker (by Trippi) (Gr3; 91/-/-/-/-) and 1 other (by Trippi) (69)
Warm White Night
#246 colt; dam (56/65/-/-/-) – 6 winners, Mercury Chief (Gr2 – 88/91/-/-/-) and 5 others (95, 80, 75, 73, 72)
#376 filly; dam (101/101/87/-/-) – 6 winners, Aluvial (SW; -/76/96/84/93), Counter Creek (SP; 59/68/83/86/88), and 4 others (83, 78, 77, 77)
#511 colt; dam (in UK: 58/57/49/-/-) – 2 winners, Seattle Jo (SW – 81/71/-/-/-) and 1 other (72)
#235 colt; dam (90/92/82/76/79) – 3 winners, Kings Troop (SP – 107/82/-/-/-), Jet Command (SP – 99/89/-/-/-), and 1 other (78)
Foreign female lines are becoming more and more visible in South African pedigrees, this despite the weak Rand and the expense of importing good stuff. This widening of the genepool will no doubt have a big ripple effect in decades to come, the more so when interesting matings are done (or have been done).
A trawl through the 2yo sale catalogue already makes for a nice catch. Here are some examples of fillies who might find their way into future pedigrees as broodmares.
#266 filly, first foal; dam (won in UK – 44/74/77/-/-)
Here’s a pedigree awash with that most famous of all ancestors, La Troienne. Fourth dam Never Hula is by Never Bend out of Hula Hula. The latter is a daughter of Black Helen (Black Toney x La Troienne), while Never Bend’s grandam Be Faithful is by Bimelech, a full brother to Black Helen.
On to second dam No Knocks, who is by AP Indy, a son of Seattle Slew, whose dam is inbred to La Troienne. Added to that, AP Indy’s grandam Lassie Dear is by Buckpasser, who has La Troienne as his third dam.
Now we have five lines of La Troienne.
On to the dam of the 2yo filly, who is by More Than Ready. That sire’s dam Woodman’s Girl is by Woodman, whose dam is by Buckpasser and from the La Troienne female line. Woodman Girl’s dam is from the La Troienne female line as well, and carries a double of La T.
Now we have a background of ancestors inbred to La Troienne, giving nine lines in all.
Bring on the 2yo’s sire Tiger Ridge, who is half brother to AP Indy. That adds another Buckpasser, and brings the La T. tally to ten. The perfect ten? Time will tell.
AP Indy (sire of sires in SA) and his grandam Lassie Dear (dam of Al Mufti, who sired Captain Al) should be running rampant in South African bloodlines for a long time to come.
#296 filly, first foal; dam (-/39/-/-/-) full sister to Gr2 placed Gr3 winner Queen’s Bay and to the dam of Gr1 SA Derby winner Bouquet-Garni.
This is a famous female line, the 2yo filly’s fourth dam a half sister to Northern Dancer, and the third dam a half sister to the dam of Danehill.
Bring on the 2yo’s sire Ideal World, a son of the mare Banks Hill. That mare is a multiple Champion, rated 126. Not only that, but also a full sister to successful sire Dansili (rated 127), G1 winners & champions Intercontinental (122) and Champs Elysees (124) and G1 winner Cacique (122). All of them sired by Danehill!
In a nutshell, here’s a pedigree brimful of famous broodmares: Natalma (ancestress of Northern Dancer and Danehill), Hasili (dam of Banks Hill et al), Fall Aspen (dam of the 2yo’s damsire Fort Wood), and Miesque (dam of Ideal World’s sire Kingmambo). All of these lines well represented through sires and future sires in South Africa.
#354 filly; dam (won in UK; -/70/78/-/-) half sister to once-raced dam of stakes placed (in UK) Italian SW miler Carioca (rated 107) and Gr2/Gr3 placed (in UK) miler Irony (rated 102); grandam Secret Sunday is winning full sister to 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko and half sister to dam of Irish champion 2yo Basim.
Now here’s a great example of a modest winning mare (Secret Sunday, full sister to an English Guineas winner), with two modest daughters (Mystic Spring and Cydaris, by different sires) who both go on to produce graded stakes performers (from a variety of sires). And the black type sequence continues with the next generation.
There’s another 2yo from the family at his sale, a colt by Mullins Bay (#332) out of a Meezah (87/84/-/-/-), who is half sister to the Dynasty 2yo filly and full sister to Secret Of Victoria (dam of All Is Secret). Meezah and her full sister are by Goldkeeper, whose dam is 3-part sister to Royal Academy – giving 2×2 kin-breeding to the 3-part siblings. This is also the female line of Storm Cat, so sending Meezah (or her full sister Secret Of Victoria) to a Storm Cat sire would be an interesting move.
#413 filly, 2nd foal; dam (-/74/72/74/59) won over 1900 as a 2yo, and is out of Damask Rose, a stakes placed stayer in UK (rated 99) and half sister to Gr-winnign stayers in France & UK (incl Gold Cup winner Double Trigger). The next dam is half sister to Sirlad (Gr1 in USA, Italian Derby) and Sortingo (Gr1 in Italy, Italian Derby 2nd). Staying blood aplenty, generation after generation.
It seems to have started with Italian Oaks winner Soragna (the 4th dam of the 2yo filly on offer), who has a remarkable pedigree. Her sire Orvieto is a grandson of Arc-winner Ortello. Orvieto’s third dam Olba is a half sister to Ortello. Then Soregna’s female line. Her grandam Sernaglia is by Orsenigo, whose dam is full sister to the grandam of Orvieto, both out of the mare Olba. Sernaglia’s dam is out of a mare by Ortello. In brief, Oaks winning Soragna is by Orvieto (inbred through brother and half sister), and has a grandam who is inbred to the same combination.
There is more close kinbreeding. Gold Cup winner Double Trigger is by Ela-Mana-Mou, whose grandam is close kin to the dam of Diesis – who is sire of Rose Of Damascus (dam of the 2yo filly on offer). Along comes the 2yo’s sire Noordhoek Flyer, whose dam is by Kris – the full brother to Diesis.
Noordhoek Flyer (82/103/93/103/-) finished a good second in the Cape Derby, so chances are real that this 2yo filly will stay at least 2000m.
An addendum to the catalogue is that a half brother to dam Rose Of Damascus, Double Bluff (by Azamour), is an 1800m winner at 2, and stakes placed in UK this year over 2200m, with his highest rating (105) achieved over 2400m at the end of July at Ascot, after trying to make all the running. Stamina again, then.
#421 filly, 3rd foal; dam (42/54/64/-/-) Irish bred half sister to winners over 2400m and more in UK & France, including Before You Go (rated 105; by Sadler’s Wells).
The 2yo filly is by Ashaawes, who is by Kingmambo out of Miesque by Nureyev.
The grandam of the 2yo filly is half sister to champion miler Spinning World (by Nureyev), to French Gr3 winner Rangoon Ruby (by Kingmambo, and dam of Sagara, rated 124, by Sadler’s Wells), to Visions Of Clarity (by Sadler’s Wells and dam of Gr1 winner and now sire in SA, Pathfork).
The third dam of the 2yo filly, Imperfect Circle, is half sister to Gr1 race filly Chimes Of Freedom. The latter got Gr1 winner Good Journey (by Nureyev), and Gr3 winner Sea Of Showers (by Seattle Slew, also damsire of Ashaawes), dam in turn of KZN-sire Atso (by Kingmambo).
Further back, the famous matron Best In Show, dam of Northern Guest in SA, and direct ancestor of Gr1 producing stallions all over the world.