Rockpool Set To Make A Splash

A third crop son of Horse Of The Year, Futura

There is plenty to like about the pedigree of Saturday’s impressive Gr3 Politician Stakes winner Rockpool.

From the third crop of Horse Of The Year Futura, who is siring a more than respectable 7% stakes winners to foals of racing age, Rockpool is a full-brother to four-time stakes winner Dindingwe -Zimbabwe’s Champion 2YO of 2019-2020.

Richard Fourie guides Rockpool to a convincing victory (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The pair were produced by the winning Jallad mare Miss Delish, a half-sister to front-running Gr2 Premier Trophy winner Milton (Lateral).

Rockpool, sired by a son of Dynasty out of a mare by Jallad, is bred on a similar cross to the Dynasty sired Gr1 winners Eyes Wide Open, It’s My Turn, and Liege – all of whom were produced by a daughter of Jallad.

Dynasty really made his mark on the Politician Stakes, with his sons Irish Flame, Jackson, Blaze Of Noon and Horizon all winning the race in their respective year.

Miss Delish’s dam Missing No More, a daughter of Whitney Handicap winner Unaccounted For, won four times and ran fourth in the now Gr1 Majorca Stakes.

In turn, Missing No More was produced by the stakes placed Wassl mare Wassila -a half-sister to Gr2 Prix de Sandringham winner Spring Star (Danehill).

The pair are directly descended in female line from Misty Morn (Princequillo), the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in North America of 1955 and Champion Handicap Female the following year. Broodmare Of The Year in the USA in 1963, Misty Morn produced a pair of champion two-year-olds in Bold Lad (Bold Ruler) and Successor (Bold Ruler), and also ranks as ancestress of such G1 winners as Adjudicating (Champagne Stakes), Dispute (Kentucky Oaks), Patches (Hollywood Oaks), and Secret Savings (Doncaster Handicap).

Misty Morn was a half-sister to eight stakes winners, including dual US champion sire, and Hopeful Stakes winner What A Pleasure (Bold Ruler), with her dam none other than legendary producer Grey Flight (Mahmoud).

One of the greatest broodmares in the North American stud book, Grey Flight has also left a considerable mark on the South African stud book.

Her descendants based in South Africa include the highly successful National Assembly, as well as Philanthropist, whose local progeny include Gr1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby/Gr1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup victor Golden Ducat.

Grey Flight – one of the best

Sire of 16 Gr1 winners, National Assembly continues to make his presence felt on the South African turf as he is broodmare sire of highly successful stallions Rafeef and Vercingetorix.

Grey Flight also appears in the pedigree of Saturday’s beaten Politician Stakes favourite and third place finisher At My Command, whose damsire was National Assembly’s champion son National Emblem.

Grey Flight, whose name appears in the pedigrees of top US sires Uncle Mo and Pulpit, as well as unbeaten sensation Flightline (the latter is inbred to Grey Flight), also ranks as the third dam of US champion, and brilliant Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, Inside Information – who, like Unaccounted For (broodmare sire of Rockpool’s dam Miss Delish), was sired by Private Account.

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