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Daylami’s British Classic Strike

Growing as a broodmare sire

Outstanding racehorse, Daylami, who stood in South Africa briefly, produced a British classic success as a broodmare sire at Doncaster on Saturday.

The son of 2000 Guineas winner Doyoun (a half-brother to former KZN sire Dolpour) is damsire of unbeaten three-year-old, Logician (Frankel), who won the  William Hill St Leger – the fifth and final British classic to be run this year – to maintain his perfect six from six record.

Logician – six from six!

Sarah Whitelaw writes that Logician is out of the Daylami sired Scuffle, a three time winner who ran third in the Listed Snowdrop Stakes, during a brief racing career. Logician is the second pattern race winner produced by Scuffle to date, with the mare , a half-sister to Gr1 winner, Cityscape, and hot sire, Bated Breath, having also produced triple graded stakes winner, and Gr1 E.P. Taylor Stakes runner up, Suffused  – the latter by Champs Elysees.

Daylami, whose daughter, Madonna Lily, is dam of this year’s Gr1 Prix de Diane third, Grand Glory (Olympic Glory), has been a considerably more successful broodmare sire than sire. His outstanding half-brother, Dalakhani, was a far better sire, and is also now enjoying success as a broodmare sire.

The striking Daylami

An exceptional racehorse, who won seven Gr1 races in four different countries and who was Horse Of The Year in Europe in 1999, Daylami has left behind 14 stakes winners from 542 runners – 3% of his runners winning black type races – with his progeny headed by Irish Derby winning sire, Grey Swallow, and Italian champion and Gr1 Premio Roma winner, Voila Ici.

His multiple Gr1 winning son, Grey Swallow (also victorious in the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup) has failed to make much of an impact at stud –from more than 80 runners in Australasia, thr now USA-based Grey Swallow failed to leave behind a single stakes winner, although his daughter. Ungrateful Ellen. did finish second to none other than Winx (Street Cry) in the 2015 Gr1 Queensland Oaks.

In South Africa, Daylami sired 88 registered foals, but they included just a single stakes winner in the form of Gr3 Diana Stakes/Gr3 Victress Stakes winner, Super Elegant.

Super Elegant won the Gr3 Diana Stakes at Durbanville

Another daughter, Kalami, did finish a head second in the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic of 2012.

In contrast to this rather ordinary record, especially in light of the quality of mare he received, Daylami is compiling a steadily consistent record as a broodmare sire.

While Logician could well rate up there with the best of progeny produced by Daylami mares, he is by no means the only significant performer produced by a Daylami daughter.

Daylami is damsire of more than 30 black type performers, and his presence remains to the fore in Australia, thanks to the exploits of his outstanding maternal grandson, Pierro (Lonhro).

Australia’s Champion 2YO Of 2011-2012, Pierro won 11 of his 14 races, with his five Gr1 victories including the 2012 Golden Slipper. Since retiring to Coolmore in 2013, Pierro – who currently sports a stud fee of A$88 000 has made a considerable impact and was Australia’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2016-2017. To date, he has been responsible for 260 runners, of which 17 have won black type races, with Pierro’s star performers including the Gr1 winners Pinot, Levendi, Pierata and Arcadia Queen, as well as Hong Kong Derby victor, Furore. In South Africa, Pierro’s handful of runners includes July contender and Gr3 Track And Ball Derby winner, Roy Had Enough.

Pierro’s KZN Derby winner Roy Had Enough (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Pierro, very closely related to dual Gr1 winner, Laverock (by Lonhro’s sire Octagonal) is out of the dual winning Daylami daughter, Miss Right Note, whose three other winners include Grr2 Wakeful Stakes winner and Gr1 Australian Oaks runner up Ambience (Street Cry).

Another Gr1 winning two-year-old produced by a Daylami mare, who has enjoyed success as a stallion this year is former Prix Morny winner, Arcano (Oasis Dream). The sire of nearly 30 black type performers to date, Arcano is the sire of recent Gr3 Prix de Meautry winner, Spinning Memories, who is being aimed at the Gr1 Prix de l’Abbaye and Hong Kong Sprint. Other group winners sired by Arcano include Just Glamorous, Tajaanus, Abel Handy, and Italian champion Kathy Dream.

One of Daylami’s most prolific daughters is the French stakes placed, Roscof, the dam of 3 black type performers thus far, including Italian champion, Hero Look (Lope De Vega) and the latter ‘s smart 3yo full-sister, Manuela de Vega. The latter captured the Silver Tankard Stakes at two, and ran fourth in the 2019 Gr1 Investec Oaks.

Multiple group winner, James Garfield (Exceed And Excel), who is now standing at the Rathbarry Stud in Ireland, is out of Daylami’s Chesham Stakes winning daughter, Whazzat.

James Garfield won the Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes at two and G3 Greenham Stakes at three, before finishing second in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Daylami’s granddaughters are also now coming to the party and making their presence felt.

Talented four-year-old, Mrs. Sippy (Blame), who won the recent Gr2 Glen Falls Stakes, is out of the stakes winning Encosta De Lago mare, Qushchi , herself in turn out of a daughter of Daylami.

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2 comments on “Daylami’s British Classic Strike

  1. zimracing says:

    So interesting Sarah. Thank you.

  2. delaume says:

    Thank you Sarah for this very good article ! DAYLAMI, a great champion and as you say improving Broodmare Sire. Lot of people only “look” at the sire and not the female line. My stallion DALYAKAN in France comes back to the same family.

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