ANOTHER STRONG YEAR FOR OASIS DREAM
By Nancy Sexton:
Consistency is one of the most valued attributes in a stallion. He might be capable of siring a top-class horse from time to time but will invariably not gain the full confidence of breeders and buyers until he achieves it on a regular basis.
OASIS DREAM is one of those rare horses who has lived up to expectations throughout. A Group 1-winning two-year-old who developed into a brilliant sprinter, the son of Green Desert is today one of Europe’s premier stallions, proven capable of siring top-class two-year-olds, sprinters, milers and middle-distance horses. Alongside a 69% lifetime winners to runners strike-rate, he is the sire of 72 stakes winners, including ten at Group/Grade 1 level. Perhaps most impressive is his lifetime black-type winners to runners figure of 11%.
His consistency is well illustrated by the fact that not one of his first five crops contains less than 10 stakes winners while in each of the past five seasons, he has been represented by at least 14 runners who have won stakes races.
This season has been no exception. As in 2012, OASIS DREAM is currently the leading European sire by number of winners, with 130 to his credit, as well as races won. They include 14 stakes winners, ranging from top-class older sprinter Jwala to German 2,000 Guineas winner Peace At Last. And there is much to look forward to among his two-year-olds; 11% of his juvenile runners this season are stakes winners, namely Joyeuse, Coach House and Bye Bye Birdie.
He is also developing into a sire of sires, with Captain Gerrard and Aqlaam both operating above the 33% winners to runners mark with their first crops.
Visit any of the major meetings and it is likely that OASIS DREAM will be one of the most prominent stallions with progeny on show.
He enjoyed a particularly productive Irish Guineas meeting in May when Chigun and Coach House won the Abu Dhabi and Marble Hill Stakes, and Gale Force Ten ran second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. And a month later, he had another good Royal Ascot when supplying Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten as well as Coach House and Joyeuse, who were placed in the Norfolk and Albany Stakes. It was also a week when we saw his growing emergence as a broodmare sire, with Extortionist, by Dandy Man out of the OASIS DREAM mare Dream Date, swooping late to win the Windsor Castle Stakes.
York’s Ebor meeting, meanwhile, saw Jwala emulate her sire with victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Manor Farm Stud’s homebred filly is likely to make her final start in the Prix de l’Abbaye, where she could clash with fellow OASIS DREAM four-year-old Justineo, recent winner of the Scarborough Stakes.
As a result, OASIS DREAM continues to remain an ally of the commercial breeder. He returned a sales average of £241,665 in 2012 and with another group of well-bred yearlings from many of Europe’s leading breeders catalogued to sell over the coming weeks, he should be in line for another strong autumn in the ring.
Date: 26 September 2013