FRANKEL THE LEADING SIRE AT ROYAL ASCOT
FRANKEL was the most successful stallion at Royal Ascot this week and was the only sire to be represented by three winners.
Martin Stevens with his pick of the sires, mares and breeders who shone - Taken from The Racing Post, 25th June 2018:
The Coolmore kingpin struck with two winners himself – Kew Gardens in the Queen's Vase and Magic Wand in the Ribblesdale – and, in the season that son New Approach has supplied Derby hero Masar, confirmed once again he will be an important sire of sires.
Galileo's masterpiece, FRANKEL, was the meeting's leading sire with three winners – Without Parole, Monarchs Glen and Baghdad – and seven other place-getters besides.
New Approach was on the mark with Ostilio and another of Galileo's sire sons, Teofilo, provided Dash Of Spice. Yet another, Nathaniel, whose first crop yielded the exceptional Enable, is the source of narrowly beaten Chesham Stakes runner-up Nate The Great.
Green Desert dynasty
The late Nunnery Stud stalwart brought his influence to bear chiefly through his outstanding stallion sons Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and OASIS DREAM and all three were in form at Royal Ascot. Cape Cross's world champion son Sea The Stars fielded two winners – Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius – and Invincible Spirit is the sire of the first and third home in the Commonwealth Cup, Eqtidaar and Emblazoned, while his freshman son KINGMAN supplied Coventry Stakes scorer Calyx and other sons Mayson and Zebedee were represented by podium finishers.
OASIS DREAM's exciting young son Showcasing is responsible for Windsor Castle Stakes winner Soldier's Call and Coventry Stakes runner-up Advertise from his first more expensively bred crop, and his first-season sire son Gale Force Ten got the fast-finishing Windsor Castle third Dom Carlos.
Green Desert's former champion first-season sire son Kheleyf, now based in France, also got on the scoresheet with Wokingham winner Bacchus – who beat OASIS DREAM's son Dreamfield.
The Banstead Manor resident has been a deep well of Royal Ascot talent over the years – think Fallen For You, Harbinger, The Fugue and so on – and even though his retirement from covering duty was announced this year he continues to be so, in both the first and second generation. DANSILI had three place-getters last week in his own right, in Crossed Baton, Muntahaa and Stratum, while his sire sons Delegator and Zoffany – both former St James's Palace Stakes runners-up, incidentally – supplied Queen Anne Stakes hero Accidental Agent and Albany Stakes winner Main Edition. Main Edition hails from the last crop bred before Zoffany's first two-year-olds registered a Royal Ascot treble and his fee subsequently rocketed, which whets the appetite for that sire's juvenile runners at Royal Ascot 2019.
DANSILI's daughters also did their bit for the sire's legacy at Royal Ascot, producing winners Expert Eye and Magic Wand.
Dams of distinction
Stallions attract all the scrutiny as their success or failure dictates breeders' fortunes, but they can have hundreds of foals born to them each year who could become Royal Ascot winners. It is all the more admirable therefore when a mare, with just one foal produced in a year, produces multiple winners at the meeting. This year three horses on the roll of honour were emulating older half-siblings. Hardwicke Stakes winner Crystal Ocean is a half-brother to 2013 King Edward VII Stakes winner Hillstar; Main Edition is a half-sister to 2011 Wolferton Handicap winner Beachfire (and to 2006 Coventry Stakes second Major Cadeaux); and Duke of Edinburgh Stakes winner Dash Of Spice is a half-brother to 2007 Sandringham Handicap winner Barshiba. Arthur Kitt meanwhile was a second-generation Royal Ascot winner, with his late dam Ceiling Kitty having taken the Queen Mary in 2012.
Juddmonte Farms conjured three homebred winners – Calyx, Expert Eye and Monarchs Glen – and three others who made it onto the podium in Crossed Baton, First Eleven and Sun Maiden. Out of those six horses only Expert Eye, by Acclamation, was not by a home sire. In fact, Juddmonte bloodlines were so prevalent last week that a fifth of the winners at the meeting were by sires bred by the operation – FRANKEL, KINGMAN, Camacho and Showcasing – not including DANSILI and OASIS DREAM, who transmitted their influence in other departments. Special mention among the breeders goes to Bjorn Nielsen, who with far less firepower than Juddmonte had two homebred winners in Gold Cup hero Stradivarius and Sandringham Handicap winner Agrotera.
Date: 25 June 2018