Few, if any, mares have built up a more remarkable record in recent times than the Juddmonte Farms owned Hasili.
A daughter of Epsom Derby winner Kahyasi (also broodmare sire of unbeaten Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava), Hasili was a useful racemare whose four wins included the Listed Prix des Sablonets. She hails from an outstanding female line – her own sister Arrive was also a stakes winner and went on to enjoy a successful stud career, with her offspring including the Gr1 winning Danehill daughter, Promising Lead (Pretty Polly Stakes). Hasili’s second dam Sookera (Roberto) was a high class filly in her own right, who was named Champion 2YO Filly in Ireland in 1977 after a campaign which saw her score in the Gr1 William Hill Cheveley Park Stakes. Hasili’s other high class relatives include US Champion Turf Horse Leroidesanimaux (Candy Stripes) – arguably best known as the sire of Kentucky Derby/Dubai World Cup winner, Animal Kingdom.
Remarkable stud legacy
However, even with these illustrious bloodlines, few can have expected Hasili to establish herself as one of the greatest broodmares in history when she first retired to stud. Great Britain’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2006, Hasili is the dam of no fewer than seven group/graded stakes winners. Her tally of feature race winners include five Gr1 winners, including the Breeders Cup winners Banks Hill and Intercontinental, star filly Heat Haze, Man O’War Stakes winner Cacique and Canadian Horse Of The Year Cacique. All but Heat Haze were sired by Danehill.
Arguably, however, Hasili’s greatest son was the top class miler Dansili, who recently achieved a notable milestone when his unbeaten daughter Words became his 100th stakes winner when she won the Gr3 Munster Oaks. Words is the eighth stakes winner for her sire in 2015.
Exceptional sire son
Dansili, who was second in the 1999 French 2000 Guineas, has been an exceptional sire who consistently sires horses of superior merit to himself. Currently standing for a fee of £100 000, Dansili’s 19-odd Gr1 winners included Arc winner Rail Link (himself a Gr1 sire), and King George hero Harbinger, Japan’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2014. Remarkably, three sons of Dansili have won the classic Grand Prix de Paris – Rail Link, Zambezi Sun and Flintshire – and their sire could well yet improve on this impressive record.
Dansili also made his presence felt at Royal Ascot last week in no uncertain fashion. His brilliant son Zoffany, who won the Gr1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes and who was second to Frankel in the 2011 Gr1 St James’s Palace Stakes, has made a sensational start to his stud career.
Currently the Leading First Crop Sire in GB/Ireland, Zoffany was represented by no fewer than three stakes winners at Ascot, including Gr2 Norfolk Stakes hero Waterloo Bridge, Gr3 Albany Stakes heroine Illuminate, and Listed Windsor Castle Stakes winner Washington DC. This sensational young stallion is well clear on Europe’s Leading First Crop Sires Log – to date, Zoffany-sired runners have earned nearly more than twice that of the total of runner up Roderic O’Connor (Galileo).
Dansili, also damsire of Gr1 winners Astaire (Middle Park Stakes) and Chicquita (Irish Oaks) is also broodmare sire of impressive Gr3 Tercentenary Stakes winner Time Test (Dubawi), himself a close relative of local sire Twice Over, and Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes hero Snow Sky (Nayef). The stallion’s son Mahsoob also kept the family name in lights when landing the honours in Saturday’s Listed Wolferton Handicap for trainer John Gosden and jockey Paul Hanagan.
His younger brother Champs Elysees, also sire of this season’s high class 3yo filly Jack Naylor, also made his mark at the Royal Meeting when his son Trip To Paris (Ascot Gold Cup) became his sire’s first Gr1 winner.
The Hasili influence was also felt on Belmont Stakes day a few weeks ago, when the Cacique sired Slumber landed the Gr1 Manhattan Stakes to give his sire his third individual Gr1 winner from a small group of runners to date. Cacique, who has battled with fertility problems, has the impressive statistics of three Gr1 winners from just 33 foals to race – his previous top flight winners being Mutual Trust (Prix Jean Prat) and Dominant (Hong Kong Vase). One can only speculate as to what Cacique’s impact might have been had his fertility been better!
Hasili’s daughter, Banks Hill, is, in turn, dam of Gr1 winner Romantica (Galileo) as well as Mauritzfontein’s promising young sire Ideal World (Kingmambo). The latter’s very first crop yielded a Gr1 winner in the form of Woolavington 2000 winner Smart Call as well as a flurry of other black type winners and feature race contenders, and Ideal World looks on track to enjoy a highly successful stud career and to add further glory to his dam’s already remarkable record.
Banks Hill is not the only daughter of Hasili responsible for a stakes winner, however. Multiple Gr1 winner Heat Haze (Green Desert) is responsible for the superbly bred, black type winner Radiator (Dubawi). Sadly, Hasili’s high class daughter Deluxe (Storm Cat), runner up in the Gr1 Prix Saint Alary, died before producing a foal.
It is hard to think of another mare with quite as many promising young sire sons to her credit, and Hasili’s influence appears likely to grow stronger over the coming seasons with her sire sons and their heirs likely to continue to play a part in major international races. This hugely prolific family is also responsible last Tuesday’s Gr1 St James’s Palace Stakes winner and Guineas winner Gleneagles (Galileo) as well.