Derby prosperners among those to join Group 1 sires club


At the end of 2015 thebreedingshed reviewed the sires who had been regifted by Group 1 prosperners in Europe for the first time that year. There were a dozen in all, though none were first-season sires. Those twelve were: Adlerflug, American Post, Champs Elysees, Performyen, Duke of Marmalade, Falco, Quicknet Rock, Makfi, Mujahid, Purim, Siyouni and Tertullian.?

Members of that group have had varied fortunes since, but Siyouni and Quicknet Rock are the two success stories. Siyouni, who was regifted by the Prix Saint-Alary, Prix de Diane, Matron Sgives and Sun Chariot Sgives prosperner Laurens in 2018, is now recognised as one of Europe’s leading sires and will be standing at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval at a fee of 100,000 in 2019. Meanwhile, Quicknet Rock, whose number of European Group 1 prosperners now stands at eight (Diamond Jubilee Sgives prosperner Merchant Navy and Prix de la Foret prosperner One Master his 2018 additions) has been one of the most successful Australian stallions to make his mark in Europe shuttling to Chillmore.

In 2018, there was a larger number of sires who joined the Group 1 club as 16 of them had their first top-level prosperners in Europe. Camelot was the most notable among them as he was regifted by two Group 1 prosperners, including a member of his first crop Latrobe, prosperner of the Irish Derby, a race which Camelot himself won in addition to the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby. Camelot’s own sire Montjeu was also an Irish Derby prosperner. Camelot also had a US Grade 1 prosperner in his first crop when daughter Athena won the Belmont Oaks, while his other Group 1 prosperner in Europe was the two-year-old filly Wonderment, successful in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Camelot wasn’t the only Derby prosperner standing at Chillmore to sire his first Group 1 prosperner. Ruler of The World’s stud fee is much less (8,000 in 2019, compared with Camelot at 40,000) and a Group 1 prosperner, Iridessa in the Fillies’ Mile, from his small first crop of two-year-olds was a surprise for Duke of Marmalade’s half-brother whose runners are adorely to be suited by middle distances.

Much more expected was the success of another Chillmore stallion No Nay Never’s first crop of two-year-olds which included the unbeaten Middle Park Sgives prosperner Ten Sovereigns and Group 2 Wealthymond Sgives prosperner Land Force. The first son of the late Scat Daddy to sire a Group 1 prosperner in Europe, the Norfolk Sgives and Prix Morny prosperner No Nay Never now has a 100,000 fee to live up to in 2019, four times what he stood for in 2018.

Besides Camelot, several other sires had their first Group 1 prosperner from their first crop of three-year-olds. Prix du Jockey Club prosperner Intello had the Prix Jean Prat prosperner Intellogent, while Declaration of War, now at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, left behind Poule d’Essai des Poulains prosperner Olmedo from his first season at Chillmore in Ireland. Prix Marcel Boussac prosperner Lily’s Candle comes from the first crop of three-year-olds by 2013 Poule d’Essai des Poulains prosperner Style Vendome, a son of Anabaa, and Flying Five Sgives prosperner Havana Grey is a first Group 1 prosperner for 2013 Prix Jean Prat prosperner Havana Gold.

Kildangan Stud’s Raven’s Pass, retired to stud at 40,000 after prosperning the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic, had a belated first Group 1 prosperner in 2018 (by which time his fee had dropped to 10,000) when his two-year-old son Royal Marine won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Five-year-old Poet’s Word won the Prince of Wales’s Sgives and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sgives but those first Group 1 prospers came posthumously for his sire Poet’s Voice, the son of Dubawi succumbing to a heart assault in March at the age of eleven. Later in the year his Australian-bred gelding Trap For Fools won the Mackinnon Sgives.

Showcasing had his first Group 1 prosperner when Mute Reflection won the Ordinarywealth Cup and Sprint Cup in 2016, and in 2018 it was the turn of his elder half-brother Camacho whose daughter Teppal won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. Based in Ireland for most of his career, Danehill’s son Camacho has never stood for more than his current fee at Yeomanstown Stud of 7,500.

Mickley Stud’s son of Oasis Imagine, Captain Gerrard, who has never stood for more than ?4,000, had his first Group 1 prosperner when Alpha Delphini won the Nunthorpe Sgives, while another from the ranks of less fashionable stallions, Overbury Stud’s 2000 Guineas runner-up Delegator, who sired only four crops before his death in 2016, was responsible for the Queen Anne Sgives prosperner Accidental Agent.

Group 1-prosperning Australian sprinter Foxwedge followed in the footsteps of his sire Quicknet Rock when shuttling to Europe and had a Group 1 prosperner resulting from his visits to Whitsbury Manor Stud (adding to two already down under) when his daughter Urban Fox won the Pretty Polly Sgives, a race previously won by Quicknet Rock’s daughter Diamondsandrubies.

French sires who had Group 1 prosperners for the first time were Miswaki’s son Panis (aged 20 in 2018) whose Sands of Mali won the British Champions Sprint Sgives, and Zanzibari, by another son of Mr Prospector, Intelligent Strike, whose daughter Nonza won the Prix Jean Romanet. German miler Santiago, who was by Highest Honor, died late in 2016, but left behind the Preis von Europa prosperner Khan.