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Airmail Special Gr3
10 Jun 11 19:35
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I will start this with another article from the Thourghbred Times;

The five-day Royal Ascot meeting gets underway on June 14. The opening race will hopefully set the tone for what should be a fantastic festival of racing. The Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-G1) run over a mile will see the head-to-head battle of Goldikova (Ire) and Canford Cliffs.

Goldikova enters the race off the back of three straight Group or Grade 1 wins, which includes her third straight TVG Breeders Cup Mile (G1) score back in November at Churchill Downs. Canford Cliffs has won four straight Group 1 races in England and Ireland over the mile distance. This race promises to be a classic.

This article  will highlight some juveniles by freshman sires that may have an impact on the earnings of your Freshman Sire Contest Stallion Barn. As a number of entries have not been determined for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,  This Royal Ascot article will focus on the two-year-old races on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Coventry Stakes (Eng-G2) to be run over six furlongs was won in 2009 by the aforementioned Canford Cliffs. It was also a race won by Henrythenavigator in 2007, the year before his second-place finish in the Breeders Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

The most highly regarded entrant by a freshman sire in the Coventry Stakes is Mezmaar, a colt by Teofilo. Mezmaar was successful in his only start to date and had clearly built himself a good reputation on the gallops as he won at odds of 7-to-4.

From a personal standpoint I would love for Mezmaar to win as I have an attachment to the female side of the family from my time working in Ireland. Mezmaar’s second dam is My Branch, who was a stakes winner and Group 1 placed for owner Wafic Said. In my first year working at Kiltinan Castle Stud in Tipperary, Ireland, we had My Branch board with us and in 2001 she had a filly foal who would go on to be Bay Tree, who is the dam of Mezmaar.

I now feel that little bit older!

The Windsor Castle Stakes
, run over five furlongs, is a listed Race and concludes racing at Royal Ascot on opening day.  This race will likely be where Wesley Ward’s Gentlemans Code poses a big threat.

I think this race is a good spot for Jack Who’s He. The son of Red Clubs featured in an earlier blog and his form of two wins in two starts over the distance of five furlongs would at least put him in with a good chance here. His sire, Red Clubs, won the Coventry Stakes as a two-year-old and his dam’s sire, Desert King, was a Group 1 winner over seven furlongs as a two-year-old, so his pedigree suggests speed and precociousness.

The Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-G2) run over five furlongs and restricted to fillies is the only two-year-old race on Wednesday. The Eoghan O’Neill trained Ruby’s Day would have a very good chance in this race from freshman sire Vital Equine.

A good yardstick to judge this filly by is the Ward trained Judy The Beauty. On her debut, Ruby’s Day was a neck second at Chantilly to Judy The Beauty who had the benefit of already visiting the racetrack and that was winning in impressive fashion at Keeneland Race Course. Ruby’s Day then beat two-time winner Family One in her second start.
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Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 12, 2011 10:13 AM BST
Kings Stand Stakes,
Star Witness the 4/1 fav
He is reported to be settling in at Newmarket, England, for trainer Danny O’Brien, despite a long 36 hour flight time from Melbourne last week. The flight was held up in Singapore for some eight hours before the second leg to England.
The 5 yld filly Black Caviar (winner of 13/13 inc 6 gr1s in her last 6 starts)is some way the best sprinter down under and Star Witness finished 4l behind her in second at Flemington (AUS) 06 Nov 2010 in the Patinack Farm Classic (Group 1)

Star Witness pedigree chart
As above he has inbreeding 4x5x5 to Northern Dancer and a 4x5 to Battle-Waggon, the New Zealand importation whose long list of good horses included the great Battle Heights. A son of the Nasrullah English Derby winner Never Say Die, Battle-Waggon was bred by the English National Stud and raced by The Queen.
His sire;
Starcraft (NZ) winner of 3 Gr1s in Austalia and then he was transfered to Europe and raced here as a five yld when trained by Luca Cumani. He won two Gr1s Netjets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by 3/4l from Dubawi
He is by the Nureyev champion European sprinter Soviet Star
His dam;
Leone Chiara is by Lion Hunter a son Danehill and is a sister to speedy performers Chinchilla Rose and emerging sire Ferocity. They from Chiara, a Last Tycoon 2-year-old winner out of Etoile D’Or, a winner of nine races to 1600m in New Zealand, including two Group 3s, and third in the New Zealand Oaks
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 12, 2011 10:59 AM BST
Queen Anne Stakes
Canford Cliffs (5/4 fav just from Goldikova ) bay, 2007, Tagula - Mrs.Marsh, by Marju

Canford Cliffs pedigree chart

A six time Gr1 winner, 4/4 his last 4 starts, all Gr1s ,inc in this the 2010 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot by 1l from Dick Turpin.Coolmore Stud is has secured a deal that will see Canford Cliffs stand in 2012, when he retires from racing following his 4yr old campaign this year.
A £50,000 DBS St Leger yearling purchased by Peter Doyle Bloodstock ,
Canford Cliffs is the first foal and first winner out of an unraced half sister to US stakes winner Pina Colada - who was also Grade Two placed- and four other winners. The second dam is a placed half sister to three winners, out of Grade Two Wilshire Handicap winner Triple Tipple.
Canford Cliffs is the first Group One winner for Tagula (1993 Taufan (USA)  (8.2f) — Twin Island (IRE) (Standaan (FR )  (6.2f))
A gr1 winner of the Prix Morney Piaget (Group 1) in 1995 trained by I A Balding ridden by W R Swinburn .His 2011 Stud Fee: EUR 4,000 Rathbarry Stud. The son of Taufan (Whom in 1981 Colonel Dick Warden, who was then racing manager to a then unknown Arab named Sheikh Mohammed approached Rathbarry with the offer to sell 75% of a 4 year old horse named TAUFAN, who had been a very good two year old but had injured himself as a three year old and would not race again. The offer was accepted and TAUFAN (The Leading First Season Sire in 1985) became one of Rathbarry’s brightest stars all through the 1980s and 1990s) .
Report salmon spray June 12, 2011 2:41 PM BST
Canford Cliffs is a VERY odd purchase for Coolmore. Notoriously nearly all their flat stallions in Ireland are from Northern Dancer lines. They have the odd one from Mr pospector and that`s it at the moment and I think it has been for years. By any standards Tagula is hardly fashionable. I can only assume they think Canford cliffs is very good indeed. Much beter than his sire. They will be desparate for him to beat Goldikova I would think and this early in the season is almost certainly the right time. I don`t know what to make of Cape blanco being in the race. I know his dam was a sprinter but last season he looked as though 10f was his minimum. Surely not in as a pacemaker ?
Report salmon spray June 12, 2011 2:42 PM BST
* Lol. Mr Prospector of course
Report June 13, 2011 8:14 AM BST
I have listed below the basic sire/dam sire probabilities for the twenty three declared runners in the Coventry on Tuesday. It is basic as it only includes the Sire and Dam Sire. The number quoted is the % probability of the cross producing a 100+ rated two year old over a distance up to 6 1/3 furlongs.
I have taken no account of form.

Coventry Stakes Group 2 6f

Gatepost    8.13
Italo            7.05
St Barths      7.02
Power       6.61
Mezmaar      6.15
North Star Boy  5.88
Roman Soldier      5.23
Campanology    5.05
Evervescent      3.85
Red Aggressor    3.63
Chandlery      3.55
Trumpet Major      3.52
Fulbright      3.47
Lethal Force      3.1
Rebellious Guest 3.1
Mitchum     3.06
Barolo Top    2.78
Brocklebank      2.53
B Fifty Two      2.51
Commissar    2.27
Gabrial     2.14
Jack Who´s He    1.79
Pride And Joy    1.77
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 13, 2011 9:00 AM BST
St James Palace Stakes Gr1
Frankel , 1/3 fav  bay 2008  Galileo(IRE)(11.1f) — Kind(IRE)(Danehill (USA)(9.1f))
Frankel pedigree chart;
Has won 6/6 inc 2 x Gr1s Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) and the Qipco 2000 Guineas ,his latest start it was impressive ,clear halfway, won by 6l from Dubawi Gold  OR 130

Frankel, a son of 2001 Derby-winner Galileo a homebred  typical of Juddmonte , the female side of his pedigree is  dominated by the Juddmonte’s own horses.His dam, grand-dam and great-grand-dam are all Juddmonte brood mares.
Northern Dancer: 3S X 4D
Nearctic: 4S X 5D
Natalma: 4S X 5D X 5D
Buckpasser: 5S X 5D
Both Galileo (Sadler's Wells - Urban Sea, by Miswaki) and Danehill (Danzig - Razyana, by His Majesty) are bred on the Northern Dancer/ Buckpasser cross. By combining Galileo and Danehill we also get line breeding to Northern Dancer and  Northern Dancer's dam Natalma, as Danehill's second Dam (Spring Adieu, by Buckpasser) is out of Natalma (Native Dancer - Almahmoud, by Mahmoud).
Kind, a daughter of Danehill and Lancashire Oaks winner Rainbow Lake, was a dual Listed winner over 5-6f but was a half-sister to Powerscourt (by Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells), who won the Arlington Million (1m2f), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1m2½f) and Great Voltigeur (1m4f).
1998 Sadler´s Wells (USA) by (11.2f) Urban Sea (USA)ex ( Miswaki (USA) (8.3f))
Won 6 in a row as a 3 yld inc the 3 Gr1s ,The Epsom and Irish Derbys and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (all 1,1/2 miles)
Galileo sire Sadler´s Wells (USA)
Foaled in America, he was a son of Northern Dancer, the most successful sire of the last century. Vincent O'Brien trained him to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Eclipse and the Phoenix Champion Stakes in 1984, and he was runner-up in the French Derby, splitting Darshaan and Rainbow Quest.
At his first season at stud, he produced six individual Group One winners including Old Vic and In The Wings. He was champion sire in Britain and Ireland 14 times, a record, and his progeny won every British Classic,also he was champion sire in France three times, and once in North America.He sired 74 individual Group One winners.
Galileo's dam Urban Sea was a three quarter sister to last year's English 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best (by Kingmambo). She raced over four seasons, a career which saw her win eight of her twenty-four stars. At three she won a couple of listed events over 2,000 metres in France, and was third in both the German 1,000 Guineas (G3) and Prix Vermeille (G1), as well as runner-up in the E. P. Taylor Stakes (G2) in North America. The following season, Urban Sea gained her first Group successes by taking the Prix Exbury (G3) and Prix Gontaut-Biron (G3), before causing a surprise in the autumn by winning the prestigious Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (G1) by a neck from White Muzzle and Opera House. She was kept in training as a five-year-old in a bid to repeat this triumph, but after winning the Prix d'Harcourt (G2) and being placed in both Prix Ganay (G1) and Coronation Cup (G1), was retired due to a fetlock injury.
At stud From ten foals of racing age, the mare, has been represented by eight runners - and, amazingly, all are black-type performers, seven of them winners,four were 4 Gr1 winners.
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 15, 2011 12:06 AM BST
p.s. should have read   2000 English 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best (by Kingmambo).....
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 15, 2011 1:51 AM BST
Prince Of Wales s Stakes
So You Think 2/5 fav  5-y-o dark bay / brown colt born 10th Nov 2006
High Chaparral (IRE)  (9.9f) — Triassic (NZ) (Tights (USA)

So You Think pedigree chart;

Has won 10/14 inc 6 x Gr1s ,inc Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) on his latest start. OR 126

So You Think (NZ) purchased for $NZ110,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale on behalf of Malaysian billionaire Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and was trained by Bart Cummings(reported saying he was the best horse he ever trained). After finishing third in the Melbourne Cup 2nd Nov 2010, Coolmore Stud reportedly paid A$25 million for a majority interest in So You Think he was transfered to Europe to be trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Northern Dancer: 3S X 4D
Nearctic: 4S X 5D
Natalma: 4S X 5D
Trassica daughter of the nijinsky horse tights(2 x Gr2 ,1 x  Gr3)(Died in 1995). She was a Group Two  and listed winner and all of her seven foals have won. She is out of the Listed-placed winner Astral Row.
High Chaparral
1999 Sadler´s Wells (USA)(11.4f) ex Kasora (IRE) by Darshaan  (11.7f))
Winner of 10/13 starts inc 6 x Gr1s (the Epsom and Irish Derbys,2 x Breeders' Cup Turfs,Irish Champion Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy £3,446,311 in prizemoney.)Retired to stud 2004 and shuttled to Windsor Park Stud for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season which began Sept. 1 of that year. Standing Coolmore 2011 STUD FEE: EUR 25,000 Sire of 5 Gr1 winners of 12 Gr1s races.
High Chaparral sire Sadler´s Wells (USA)
Foaled in America, he was a son of Northern Dancer, the most successful sire of the last century. Vincent O'Brien trained him to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Eclipse and the Phoenix Champion Stakes in 1984, and he was runner-up in the French Derby, splitting Darshaan and Rainbow Quest.
At his first season at stud, he produced six individual Group One winners including Old Vic and In The Wings. He was champion sire in Britain and Ireland 14 times, a record, and his progeny won every British Classic,also he was champion sire in France three times, and once in North America.He sired 74 individual Group One winners.
High Chaparral s Dam Kasora
Kasora sire is the Prix Du Jockey Club (FR-G1) Darshaan (a high class broodmare sire - particularly when crossed with Sadler's Wells similar to  his sire Shirley Heights)
Kasora dam Kozana( Champion 3-year-old filly in France) winner of the Prix de Malleret (Fr-G2), Prix de Sandringham (Fr-G3), Prix de Bagatelle LR. (Fr). 2ND Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-G1). 3RD Trusthouse Forte Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1).
Kasora grandam Koblenza who won the 1969  Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas)G1,Longchamp Prix de la Grotte G3.
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 15, 2011 8:09 AM BST
Note the inbreeding similarity between Frankel and So You Think.
Frankel Inbreeding;                         So You Think Inbreeding;
Northern Dancer: 3S X 4D             Northern Dancer: 3S X 4D
Nearctic[/b[b]]: 4S X 5D                    Nearctic: 4S X 5D
Natalma: 4S X 5D X 5D                       Natalma: 4S X 5D
Buckpasser: 5S X 5D
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 16, 2011 1:08 AM BST
Ascot Gold Cup
Fame And Glory 2/1 fav  2006 Bay horse
Montjeu (IRE)(11.6f)ex Gryada by Shirley Heights (12.3f))

Fame And Glory pedigree chart;

has won 11/17 inc. 4 x Gr1s,of £2,005,046 inc Criterium de Saint-Cloud,Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,Tattersalls Gold Cup,Investec Coronation Cup.W[;)]on the Saval Beg Stakes (L) on 29/5/11 at Leopardstown, stayed on well at the finish OR 124

Fame And Glory
190,000gns foal to Tim Hyde ,the 7th foal,all Gryadas foals are winners,a brother to 1m2f winner Yummy Mummy and half-brother to Listed-placed pair Grampian 7f-12f  and Guaranda 10f/12f .Dam Gryada Group placed 7f-1m winner at 2.Grandam Grimpola (GER)Group placed 7f/1m winner at 2

Lalun  5S x 5D
=Birkhahn (Ger) 5D x 5D

Sire; (from wikipedia)
Montjeu (born 1996) Champion colt and sire of champions.By Sadler's Wells ex Floripedes (Top Ville), Montjeu is a grandson of Northern Dancer.

Bred by Sir James Goldsmith, Montjeu was named for his owner's chateau outside Autun in France. Goldsmith died in 1997 before the colt began racing and his ownership went to a holding company owned by Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, mother of two of Goldsmith's children. After two starts, she sold the colt to Michael Tabor and Montjeu went on to be unbeaten as a two-year-old. Trained by John E. Hammond and ridden by Michael Kinane, at age three Montjeu won 1999's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Irish Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club and was voted that year's Cartier Three-Year-Old European Champion Colt and World Champion.

Montjeu raced successfully at age four and earned honors as Champion older horse in Europe. In 2000, his victories included the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a performance that had to be seen to be believed in comfortably beating a high class field without breaking sweat, Tattersalls Gold Cup, and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

After 16 lifetime racing starts, a record of 11-2–0, and a Timeform rating of 137, Montjeu was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland 2001. He is already one of the top sires in the world and has produced several noted champions:

    * Hurricane Run - No. 1 in the 2005 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings and winner of 2005 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
    * Motivator - winner of the 2005 Epsom Derby
    * Scorpion - winner of the 2005 Grand Prix de Paris (in record time), the 2005 St. Leger Stakes, and the 2007 Coronation Cup
    * Authorized - winner of the 2007 Epsom Derby
    * Frozen Fire - winner of the 2008 Irish Derby
    * Montmartre - winner of the 2008 Grand Prix de Paris
    * Fame and Glory - winner of the 2009 Irish Derby, and 2010 Coronation Cup
    * Hurricane Fly - winner of the 2011 Champion Hurdle
    * Pour Moi - winner of the 2011 Epsom Derby

As of June 30, 2009, he had produced 12 individual Group 1 winners and 62 Stakes placed horses
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 16, 2011 11:58 PM BST
Coronation Stakes Gr1
Together 9/2 fav  2008 bay filly  by Galileo(IRE)(11.1f)ex Shadow Song(IRE)by (Pennekamp(USA)(8.1f))
Together pedigree chart;

Has won 2/11 starts and £290,904 inc Silver Flash Stakes (Group 3)also 2nd in 3 x Gr1 races  Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile Gr1,Qipco 1000 Guineas,Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas  OR 112

280,000gns Y from Tim Hydes Camas Park Stud to Demi O'Byrne; second foal; half sister (also by a son of Sadler´s Wells )  to high-class 1m-1m2f winner  Jan Vermeer(Montjeu); Dam Shadow Song 11.2f winner in France, half-sister to May Hill winner Midnight Air (dam of Gr1  Oaks third Midnight Line) and to Multimara (USA) ( dam of Gr1 Abbaye winner Imperial Beauty)

Lalun 5S x 5d   
(From wikopedia.. Lalun (1952) was an American Thoroughbred filly racehorse and successful broodmare. Owned and bred by Harry Guggenheim, she was trained by Loyd Gentry, Jr. and under jockey Henry Moreno notably won the 1955 Kentucky Oaks and Beldame Stakes.
As a brood mare, Lalun produced: The 1962 U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt Male Colt Never Bend who in turn sired the great Mill Reef and Riverman. Bold Reason who won the 1971 American and Hollywood Derbys and the Travers Stakes.

Probably the greatest living active stallion in the world
1998 Sadler´s Wells (USA) by (11.2f) Urban Sea (USA)ex ( Miswaki (USA) (8.3f))
Won 6 in a row as a 3 yld inc the 3 Gr1s ,The Epsom and Irish Derbys and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (all 1,1/2 miles Gr1s)
A champion sire in 2008 & 2010 with 18 Group 1 winners,
including Classic winners such as;
Frankel (2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes),
Roderic O'Connor (Irish 2,000 Guineas),
Misty For Me (Irish 1,000 Guineas),
Golden Lilac (French 1,000 Guineas, French Oaks),
Soldier Of Fortune (Irish Derby),
Cape Blanco (Irish Derby),
Sixties Icon (St Leger),
Nightime (1000 Guineas)
New Approach (Epsom Derby)
Report sageform June 17, 2011 7:54 PM BST
Cape Cross has been a bit quiet until the last 4 weeks but is now getting a lot of winners culminating in a double today with Namibian and Manassas while Pivotal produced another top class filly in Immortal Verse. Nathanial ran away with the KE VII and the maiden in which he finished second to Frankel when they were both making their debut must be one of the strongest for years.
Report Airmail Special Gr3 June 18, 2011 12:48 AM BST
Golden Jubilee Stakes Gr1
Bewitched  9/2 fav  2007 gr filly
Dansili(9.2f) ex Abbatiale(FR)(Kaldoun (FR)(8.0f))

Bewitched pedigree chart;

Won 7/15 starts inc. 3 x Gr 3s best run latest Ballycorus Stakes Leopardstown when beating Zoffany by 1¼L Zoffany(ran Frankle to 3/4l in the St James's Palace Stakes Tuesday)  OR 113


€160,000 yearling , half sister to four winners
Dam Abbatiale Group Three Prix Penelope winner, who also won the Listed Prix Rose de Mai, as did her half sister Aubergarde.
Grandam Anna Edes is a placed half sister to two Listed winners and to the dam of Group Two Crystal Mile winner Rosina Lad.

Northern Dancer: 4S X 4D
Nearctic: 5S X 5D
Natalma: 5S X 5S X 5D
Rasmussen Factor (Natalma)

Natalma (fron wikipedia) (1957–1985) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the Blue Hen Dam of the most important sire, and sire of sires, of the 20th Century, Northern Dancer. Bred in Virginia, she was purchased by Canadian business mogul E. P. Taylor at the Saratoga, New York yearling sales for $35,000.
Natalma won the 1959 Spinaway Stakes but was disqualified and set back to third place. While in training for the 1960 Kentucky Oaks she suffered a chipped bone in a knee and had to be retired from racing. Although late in the breeding season, she was sent to her owner's Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada to be bred to Nearctic. That late pairing resulted in Northern Dancer being born on May 27, 1961. Natalma was bred to Nearctic two more times but a 1965 filly died as a yearling and their 1973 twins, a colt and a filly, both died. However, Natalma did produce stakes winners Native Victor, Regal Dancer and Born A Lady, as well as four other stakes placed horses and notable producers, Raise the Standard, Arctic Dancer (dam of La Prevoyante), and Spring Adieu (granddam of champion stallion Danehill)[b]


1996 bay horse by Danehill (USA)(9.0f) ex Hasili (IRE)by( Kahyasi(GB)(12.7f))
Standing at Banstead Manor Stud (GB) 2011 STUD FEE: GBP 65,000
Won 5/14 inc. 1 x Gr2 ,2 x Gr3 also 8 x Gr1 placings inc.2nd in the
Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Longchamp, 8f, Gr.1, (to Sendawar)
Sussex Stakes, Goodwood, 8f, Gr.1, (to Giant's Causeway)
Prix de la Foret, Longchamp, 8f, Gr.1, (to Indian Lodge)
Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot, 8f, Gr.2, (to Kalanisi)
Sire of 7 Group 1 winners including OR 135 Harbinger.
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