Derby Winner’s SA Connections

Gr1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park

Top US three-year-old Muth (Good Magic) made it three graded stakes wins from just six career outings when he won last Saturday’s Gr1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

New Ridgemont stallion, the 2021 Gr1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes winner Hit The Road (More Than Ready) is a descendant of Beautiful Bedouin (Pic – Supplied)

Also runner up in the 2023 Gr1 FanDuelBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, behind Saturday’s impressive Gr1 Florida Derby victor Fierceness (City Of Light), Muth had previously won both the 2023 Gr1 American Pharoah Stakes and 2024 Gr2 San Vincente Stakes.

A tilt at the Gr1 Preakness Stakes could be on the cards for Muth.

Muth’s class underlines the great success enjoyed by descendants of the His Majesty mare Beautiful Bedouin, a half-sister to Gr3 Craven Stakes winner and hugely successful sire and broodmare sire Silver Hawk (Roberto).

Broodmare sire of such notable performers as Nathaniel (responsible sire of such stellar performers as Enable and Desert Crown), Great Heavens, and Castledale, Silver Hawk sired at least 70 stakes winners, with his progeny including the likes of British classic winners Benny The Dip (Derby) and Mutafaweq (St Leger).

Beautiful Bedouin’s influence looks set to be felt in South Africa in coming seasons, with the mare ancestress of two exciting new South African sires for 2024. She is ancestress of South African champion Charles Dickens (Trippi), who is set to stand his first season at Drakenstein Stud this year, and Beautiful Bedouin also ranks as the third dam of 2021 Gr1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes winner Hit The Road (More Than Ready).

The latter is set to commence stud duties at Ridgemont in 2024.

Another member of this family to make his presence felt this weekend was War Command (War Front). Winner of all of the Gr1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, Gr2 Coventry Stakes and Gr2 Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes in 2013, War Command, is the sire of Kalapour, who won the Gr1 Kia Tancred Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.


Seven-year-old Kalapour has another South African connection, with his dam Kaladena being sired by former Riethuiskraal Stud resident sire Daylami (Doyoun). Daylami mares have produced more than 40 stakes winners, including prominent Australian sire and multiple Gr1 winning champion Pierro (Lonhro).

The latter’s high-class son Pierata is currently the third Leading First Season Sire, by stakes, in Australia this season.

War Command’s dam, Gr2 E.P. Taylor Stakes winner Wandering Star (Red Ransom), also features as the granddam of the aforementioned Hit The Road.

The latter, who shares his sire Gimmethegreenlight with South Africa’s reigning Champion Sire Gimmethegreenlight and the hugely successful sire Sebring, among many others, was a stakes winner at two, three and four, with Hit The Road earning more than $600 000 in prize money.

Beautiful Bedouin’s other notable descendants include Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) and Charles Dickens’ Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winning dam Demanding Lady (Dynasty).

The latter, whose third dam is Beautiful Bedouin, was South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2022.

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