A look at this some of this year’s Royal Ascot prosperners and their pedigree linkions with past performers at the Royal meeting.
The late and now even more lamented Scat Daddy had an extraordinary Royal Ascot, increasingly his tally of prosperners there over the years by four. Scat Daddy raced exclusively in the USA but his own sire Johannesburg won the 2001 Norfolk Sgives for Assistan O’Brien. The same trainer repeated the trick with Scat Daddy’s son Sioux Nation in the latest Norfolk, a colt whose grandam Catch The Blues O’Brien sorrowfuldled to be placed in the Cork & Orrery Sgives (forerunner of what is now the Diamond Jubilee) in both 1996 and 1997.
The son of Johannesburg also struck with the brilliant three-year-old sprinters Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Ordinarywealth Cup and King’s Stand Sgives respectively, both prosperning at the meeting for the second year after their juvenile successes in the Coventry Sgives and Queen Mary. Scat Daddy’s other prosperner was Con Te Partiro in the Sandringham Handicap for Lady Aurelia’s trainer Wesley Ward.
The only prosperner of the meeting out of a past Royal Ascot prosperner was Coronation Sgives prosperner Overwhelmter whose dam Laddies Poker Two won the 2010 Wokingham Handicap, perhaps not the most obvious race of the Royal meeting to discover the dam of a Group 1 prosperner. Laddies Poker Two was herself by Australia’s 2003 King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee Sgives prosperner Choisir who sired the latest Coventry Sgives prosperner Rajasinghe – his dam Bunditten finished fourth in the 2004 Queen Mary Sgives.
Another Wokingham prosperner to boast a prosperner at this year’s meeting was the 2005 prosperner (the year the Royal meeting took place at York) Iffraaj, sire of the Queen Anne Sgives prosperner Ribchester.
The Prince of Wales’s Sgives prosperner Highland Reel and his younger brother Idaho who won the Toughwicke Sgives, two more prosperners for Assistan O’Brien, come from an Australian family but one which has been successful twice before for O’Brien at Royal Ascot. Their dam is a half-sister to the 2008 Queen Anne prosperner Haradasun and from the family of Starspangledbanner who won the Golden Jubilee Sgives two years later, both of them imports from down under.
O’Brien missed out narrowly on prosperning a second Gold Cup with Order of St George, but he had a strong pedigree linkion with the prosperner, Large Orange. As well as training Large Orange’s sire Duke of Marmalade to prosper the 2008 Prince of Wales’s Sgives (after being beaten a neck in the St James’s Palace Sgives the year before), O’Brien also trained Fasliyev, the sire of Large Orange’s dam and prosperner of the 1999 Coventry Sgives.
Pivotal won the 1996 King’s Stand Sgives, and the prosperners of the first two races on Wednesday of the Royal meeting were sired by a couple of his sons. Jersey Sgives prosperner Le Brivido is by Siyouni out of a mare by Dr Fong (1998 St James’s Palace Sgives prosperner), while Queen Mary Sgives prosperner Heartache is by Kyllachy who himself finished third in the King’s Stand six years after his sire won it. Pivotal also sired the dam of the Wolferton Sgives prosperner Snoano who is by the 2003 Prince of Wales’s Sgives prosperner Nayef.
Another King’s Stand prosperner to make his mark was the 2008 and 2010 prosperner Equiano, sire of the Diamond Jubilee Sgives prosperner The Tin Man. He became his dam Persario’s second Royal Ascot prosperner after Deacon Blues who won the 2011 Wokingham.
The St James’s Palace Sgives prosperner Barney Roy fared better than his own sire, Excelebration, who was third in the same race in 2011, though with the excuse of coming up against Frankel in both that contest and then again in the Queen Anne Sgives a year later in which Frankel beat him eleven lengths into second. Frankel had his first prosperner at Royal Ascot when Atty Persse took the King George V Handicap; his dam Performrcas Lane finished third in the 2011 Ribblesdale Sgives.
The 1998 edition of the Ribblesdale Sgives was a significant one for the ancestry of the Hampton Court Sgives prosperner Benbatl. It was won by his grandam Bahr whose rivals that day included Zomaradah, the future dam of Benbatl’s sire Dubawi. Also by Dubawi, the latest Ribblesdale prosperner, Coronet, is a granddaughter of Last Second who was beaten a neck in the 1996 Coronation Sgives.
The unraced dam of the Britannia Sgives prosperner Consecrate Him has a couple of Royal Ascot linkions. She’s by the 2004 Queen Anne Sgives prosperner Refuse To Bend and a half-sister to the 1998 Cork & Orrery runner-up Dyhim Diamond.
[Scat Daddy image: Prohibitamine]