In-depth Analysis

By Andrew Caulfield and Claire Curry

Green Desert’s success story dates all the way back to 1990, when he became leading first-crop sire with a very impressive total of 15 winners from 24 runners in Britain and Ireland.
Green Desert now boasts over 40 individual Group winners, including 12 Gr.1 winners. It is worth pointing out that Green Desert’s totals have been achieved almost entirely with crops which numbered 71 foals at most. His Group winners include some middle-distance performers, but Green Desert’s speciality has undoubtedly been his ability to sire top-notch winners over distances at up to a mile – including top sprinters or milers from daughters of such strong influences for stamina as Bustino, Dancing Brave and Vaguely Noble.

When OASIS DREAM won the July Cup, he was following in the footsteps not only of Green Desert but also of Green Desert’s son Owington. However, the race which best encapsulates Green Desert’s story is the Sprint Cup at Haydock, which fell to Green Desert and his sons Sheikh Albadou, Tamarisk and Invincible Spirit.

Some of these major winners didn’t have luck on their side once they retired. Tamarisk proved largely infertile at Coolmore, Owington died in the same year that he made his debut at stud and Sheikh Albadou died at the age of 11. In the circumstances, Green Desert has done very well to become recognised as a leading sire of sires. None of his sons, or indeed Green Desert himself, have proved as successful at stud at producing Group winners as OASIS DREAM though. 

The other main success stories for the Green Desert sireline have been Cape Cross - who has now found everlasting fame as the sire of the exceptional colts Sea The Stars and  Golden Horn and the outstanding filly Ouija Board - and Invincible Spirit. Thanks to a huge number of winners, Invincible Spirit took the title of leading first-season sire and his Gr.1 winners now number Moonlight Cloud (Prix Maurice de Gheest, three times, Prix du Moulin, Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix de la Foret), Hooray (the champion two-year-old filly of 2010), Fleeting Spirit (July Cup), Lawman (Prix du Jockey-Club and Prix Jean Prat), Vale of York (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile), Mayson (July Cup), Rosdhu Queen (Cheveley Park Stakes), Charm Spirit (Prix Jean Prat, Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Territories (Prix Jean Prat), Shalaa (Prix Morny, Middle Park Stakes), Signs Of Blessing (Prix Maurice de Gheest), Profitable (King’s Stand Stakes) and National Defense (Prix Jean Luc Lagardere – Grand Criterium),  as well as his highest-rated performer (according to Timeform), KINGMAN.

Green Desert’s influence has also extended to the other side of the world. His fast son Shinko Forest, a Gr.1 winner in Japan, sired such good performers as Genki, Close To You, Electric Beat and Moss Vale from limited opportunities in Ireland. Green Desert has also made an indelible mark on Australasian racing through his first-crop sons Desert Sun and Volksraad, who retired to stud in New Zealand.

The strength of OASIS DREAM's female line has been amply demonstrated by the fact that he is one of three Gr.1 winners to have represented his dam Hope and her sister Wemyss Bight. Hope’s half-sister Coraline has also produced the excellent Reefscape, to become the third daughter of Bahamian with a Gr.1 winner to her credit. Altogether four daughters of Bahamian have produced a total of eight Group winners, so this female line has developed into one of the most potent families in the Juddmonte stud book.

There has been some huge updates to the family recently with OASIS DREAM's Classic-winning half-sister Zenda producing multiple Gr.1 winner KINGMAN and Royal Ascot winner Remote, and Bahamian’s grandaughter Cinnamon Bay being represented by the 2015 Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay.

OASIS DREAM represents another example of Green Desert’s ability to inject speed into mares with plenty of staying influences in their pedigrees. He follows the likes of Tamarisk, whose first three dams were by Vaguely Noble, Lyphard and Hail To Reason, and Desert Prince, whose first three dams were by Bustino, Mill Reef and Relko. Seven furlongs and a mile have been the most fruitful distances for Green Desert’s progeny, but OASIS DREAM is proving capable of siring anything from Group-winning two-year-old sprinters to smart stayers.

This versatility no doubt stems from the fact that OASIS DREAM's first three dams were sired by the King George winners Dancing Brave, Mill Reef and Busted. Judged solely on pedigree, you would have expected OASIS DREAM to have been a miler. His dam Hope was a sister to Wemyss Bight, a top-class filly who gained all of her Group wins over a minimum of 10.5 furlongs. However, Wemyss Bight might have shown more speed, given the chance. Her second foal, Yaralino, won at Gr.3 level over 8.5 furlongs even though he was by Caerleon, a stallion whose progeny have an average winning distance of 10.7 furlongs. Then there’s Wemyss Bight’s third foal BEAT HOLLOW, who failed by less than a length to add a Gr.1 victory over a mile to his four previous Gr.1 wins, even though he is by Sadler’s Wells.

Hope was every bit as effective as her sister as a broodmare. OASIS DREAM is her third stakes winner from her first four foals and her second Group 1 winner, following her French 1000 Guineas winner Zenda. OASIS DREAM is inbred 3 x 4 to Northern Dancer and 4 x 4 to Never Bend, while Zenda is inbred 4 x 4 to Northern Dancer.

OASIS DREAM's second dam Bahamian and third dam Sorbus were accomplished performers on the track, with Timeform ratings of 115 and 121 respectively. Sorbus was speedy enough to finish second of 17 in the Irish 1000 Guineas on fast ground and she also crossed the line a length ahead of the Epsom Oaks winner Fair Salinia in the Irish Oaks, only to be demoted.

It seems that everyone was aware of OASIS DREAM's considerable potential from the moment he first set foot on a racecourse, at Salisbury in August 2002. He started a clear favourite in a 12-runner maiden race but a combination of inexperience and lack of peak fitness took its toll and he finished fifth.

OASIS DREAM's reputation proved to be very well founded, nonetheless. Another race was needed to bring him to top form, but he was very impressive on his third start, when he led throughout to win a six-furlong maiden race at Nottingham in September – impressive enough to start third favourite when he stepped up to Group 1 company in the Middle Park Stakes only 13 days later. Needless to say, he faced some very strong opposition in this historic contest. Elusive City, the favourite, had passed the post in front in both the Richmond Stakes Gr.2 and Prix Morny Gr.1; Tomahawk, the second favourite, had cost $2,500,000 as a yearling and was to go on to finish second in the Dewhurst Stakes Gr.1; Country Reel was an unbeaten winner of the Gimcrack Stakes Gr.2; and Zafeen had followed his second in the Prix Morny Gr.1 with a victory in the Mill Reef Stakes Gr.2. Well though they performed, none of these very smart colts was fast enough to beat OASIS DREAM, who ran on strongly to win by one and a half lengths in the astonishing time of 1:09.61. No horse had ever covered the six furlongs on the Rowley Course in less than 1:10.00.

The compilers of the International Classifications and the Timeform handicappers rated him their champion two-year-old, and the son of Green Desert thoroughly vindicated their assessment in 2003.

OASIS DREAM made his three-year-old debut at Royal Ascot, when the King’s Stand Stakes Gr.2 was chosen in preference to the Golden Jubilee Stakes Gr.1 over an extra furlong, even though he had to carry a Group 1 penalty in the shorter event. The sensational Australian colt Choisir grabbed most of the headlines with his display of tremendous pace from start to finish but OASIS DREAM also caught everyone’s eye, turning in a performance packed with promise in finishing third of 20.

From that point, OASIS DREAM's career progressed along similar lines to that of his highly successful sire, Green Desert. Both contested the July Cup, the Nunthorpe and the Haydock Park Sprint Cup and both emerged with two victories and an honourable defeat before heading for the Breeders’ Cup.

Choisir started favourite to confirm the form with OASIS DREAM in the July Cup Gr.1, but OASIS DREAM showed that Choisir wasn’t the only one with excellent early pace, quickly taking up a position stalking the front-running favourite before drawing away to stop the clock in a very fast time, 1:09.94.

The next stop was the Gr.1 Nunthorpe Stakes, in which OASIS DREAM started long odds on. OASIS DREAM trounced his opponents in imperious style. The colt’s winning time of 56.2 seconds fell just 0.04 seconds short of the track record, and there was speculation that he might have broken the record had he been pushed harder by Richard Hughes in the closing stages.

Green Desert had finished only third in the Nunthorpe before returning to winning form in the Haydock Sprint Cup, the next race on OASIS DREAM's agenda. However, whereas Green Desert encountered good ground, OASIS DREAM wasn’t so fortunate. With torrential rain falling on a course which had already been watered, the ground turned good to soft which took the edge off OASIS DREAM's speed. The Juddmonte colt was unfortunate that his opponents included Somnus, a soft-ground specialist. Even so, OASIS DREAM accounted for his eight other rivals, including Airwave.

An unplaced effort in the Breeders’ Cup Mile didn’t deter the compilers of the International Classifications from rating OASIS DREAM the year’s top sprinter by a margin of 4lbs and the best three-year-old in Britain.

OASIS DREAM has proved himself to be the best stallion from the highly successful Green Desert sireline. To the end of 2016, he had sired nearly 170 blacktype performers and the winners of close to 200 stakes races . He has 49 Group winners to his credit, including 15 Gr.1 winners of 25 races at the highest level – the latest to achieve Gr.1 status being Middle Park winner Charming Thought and leading sprinters Muhaarar, Goldream and Muarrab. His lifetime stakes winners to runners stands at an impressive 11% (equal to DANSILI) – and he is a top five active European sire by stakes winners, Group winners and Gr1. winners.

OASIS DREAM's yearlings continued to be popular in 2016, with a top price paid of 600,000gns for a colt out of Azanara. Incidentally, OASIS DREAM's 1,100,000gns yearling from the previous year – Dreamfield – is now unbeaten in two starts and looks a three-year-old to follow for 2017, as does the promising Irish filly White Satin Dancer.

OASIS DREAM continues to establish a reputation as a sire of sires - seven of his sons, headed by exciting young stallions Showcasing and Power, having sired stakes winners. It is early days for OASIS DREAM's daughters as broodmares, but they are also showing distinct promise – producing over 30 blacktype performers to date (17 stakes winners), headed by 2016 two-year-old Group winners Tis Marvellous, Langtang and Alrahma.

Mares who visited OASIS DREAM in 2016 include the Gr.1 winners Field Of Hope, I’m A Dreamer, Islington, Jostle, Kinnaird, La Collina, Lahaleeb and Penelopa, plus the dams of Gr1. winners Al Kazeem, Charity Line, Final Score, Galileo Gold, Mount Nelson, Reckless Abandon, Silasol and Tamarkuz, Over 70% of the mares he covered were blacktype producers or performers, once again illustrating the high esteem in which worldwide breeders hold OASIS DREAM .