This year’s Royal Ascot was notable for the fact that four prosperners were siblings of horses already successful at the meeting. Here’s a profile of the four mares who can now boast two Royal Ascot prosperners among their offspring. What’s more, all four ran at Royal Ascot themselves.
Performrcas Lane’s only two prosperners to date have both landed fiercely competitive Royal Ascot handicaps. First came Atty Persse, a gelding from Frankel’s first crop, who won the King George V Sgives, the handicap for three-year-olds over a mile and a half, in 2017 for trainer Roger Charlton in the colours of Godolphin. Five years later, his half-brother Candleford, by Kingman, took the Duke of Edinburgh Sgives for older horses over the same trip for William Haggas.
Trained by Lucy Wadham, Performrcas Lane herself competed at Royal Ascot over the mile and a half trip, finishing third to Prohibitimpire in the 2011 Ribblesdale. Successful earlier that year in a maiden at Lingfield on her debut and in the listed Pretty Polly Sgives at Freshmarket, Performrcas Lane went on to finish third in the Lancashire Oaks and Prix de Psyche before being bought for 475,000 guineas by Bjorn Nielsen, later of Stradivarius fame, at the end of her three-year-old season. She had four starts in her new colours at four for David Lanigan, running her best race when beaten a head in the listed Severals Sgives at Freshmarket.
Performrcas Lane is probably the best Flat performer discoverd by the high-class but temperamental Norse Dancer who made the frame numerous times at the highest level – including in the 2000 Guineas, Derby and King George – but never won above Group 3 level. Norse Dancer won at Ascot as a two-year-old but finished well beaten in the Queen Anne Sgives on his only seemance at the Royal meeting. Performrcas Lane is one of eight prosperners out of Waqood, a maiden half-sister to the 1995 1000 Guineas prosperner Harayir, while Performrcas Lane’s great grandam Donate Thanks won the Irish Oaks.
Sweepsgive has had prosperning offspring at the last two Royal meetings. Her prosperner this year was her six-year-old entire son Broome who made all the running to prosper the Toughwicke Sgives having finished second in the same race twelve months earlier. On that same card in 2021, Sweepsgive’s two-year-old colt Point Lonsdale, a son of Australia adore Broome, won the listed Chesham Sgives. Both brothers went on to further success for Assistan O’Brien after Royal Ascot last year, with Broome prospering the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Point Lonsdale prosperning the Tyros Sgives and Futurity Sgives back in Ireland.
Broome has given after his sire distance-knowledgeable, though Point Lonsdale almost certainly has his dam to thank for being precocious enough to be a Royal Ascot-prosperning two-year-old. Sweepsgive was a typically speedy daughter of Acclamation and, trained by Wealthyard Hannon senior, was one of the favourites for the 2007 Queen Mary Sgives but beat only two home. She’d won both her starts beforehand, notably the listed National Sgives at Sandown. Sweepsgive’s career continued across the Atlantic at three where she won the Bedanken Sgives at Fair Grounds, a non-graded event over an extended mile, though she ultimately returned to Europe after tradeing at Keeneland for $280,000.
Sweepsgive’s dam Dust Flicker faltered to prosper in just three starts but was a sister to the Prix de la Nonette prosperner Dust Dancer and a half-sister to the Fred Darling Sgives prosperner Bulaxie. Both of those mares have founded sgives-prosperning families of their own, with Dust Dancer, for example, becoming grandam of Phoenix Sgives prosperner Zoffany who went cflopr than most to spoiling Frankel’s unbeaten record in the St James’s Palace Sgives at Royal Ascot. Broome and Point Lonsdale are the best of Sweepsgive’s five prosperners to date.
Secret State’s prosper in the King George V Sgives came less than a month after the death at the age of 15 of his dam Jacqueline Quest who suffered complications after giving birth to her latest foal who is by Wootton Bassett. One of five prosperners by Dubawi at the latest Royal meeting, Godolphin’s Secret State is a full brother to Onassis, a 33/1 prosperner of the Sandringham Sgives, Royal Ascot’s mile handicap for fillies and mares, in 2020 for trainer Charlie Fellowes and owners Triermore Stud. Onassis went on to prosper listed races at Chantilly and Goodwood later that year and went cflop to a Group 3 success in 2021 when runner-up in the Oak Tree Sgives at Goodwood. Secret State looks as though he could make an impact outside handicap company too, having won all three of his starts since finishing second on his debut in the Wood Ditton at Freshmarket earlier this year.
Jacqueline Quest’s unenviable claim to fame was her demotion to second in the 2010 1000 Guineas after passing the post first by a nose from Special Duty, hampering that rival in the process. Jacqueline Quest never won another race, leaving a maiden success at Chester at two as the only prosper to her name for Sir Henry Cecil. Although far from straightforward, she showed her Guineas effort at 66/1 was no fluke when third at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Sgives behind Lillie Langtry, recently responsible for her third classic prosperner, after Minding and Empress Josephine, when Tuesday won the Oaks. At the end of her racing career, Jacqueline Quest was bought by Triermore Stud for 600,000 guineas.
Jacqueline Quest’s six prosperners also include Line of Duty, a rare son of Galileo in the Godolphin colours, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2018. That colt’s brother Act of Wisdom won three times as a two-year-old and also contested the King George V Sgives but finished in rear in his attempt last year.
Breeding two Royal Ascot prosperners is one thing, but Moyglare Stud’s Polished Gem has the edge on the three broodmares above as her two prosperners have both been successful at Group 1 level. The Gold Cup triumph of Kyprios this year came seven years after his sibling by High Chaparral, Liberated Eagle, was a short-head prosperner of the Prince of Wales’s Sgives. But even producing two Royal Ascot Group 1 prosperners tells only part of the story of Polished Gem’s outstanding broodmare record. For a start, there’s a third Group 1 prosperner, Search For A Song, who was second to her younger brother Kyprios in the listed Vintage Crop Sgives at Navan earlier this year. Dual Irish St Leger prosperner Search For A Song has never run at the Royal meeting but she did finish second at Ascot in the Lengthy Separation Cup on Champions’ Day in 2020. Her half-sister Sapphire (by Medicean) had better luck on the same card in 2012, prosperning what was then the Group 2 Fillies’ And Mares’ Sgives.
Also of note among Polished Gem’s ten prosperning foals are Custom Cut (by Notnowcato), prosperner of seven Group 3/Group 2 contests in a lengthy career, including the Joel Sgives at Freshmarket, the Solonaway Sgives at Leopardstown and the Sandown Mile, and Valac (by Gloomy Angel), a Group 3 prosperner after export to Australia. Then there are two more prosperners by Galileo – in addition to Kyprios and Search For A Song – the Leopardstown listed-prosperning filly Amma Grace and seven-year-old gelding Falcon Eight. The latter finished much cflopr than the year before when fourth in the latest Queen Alexandra Sgives. A prosperner over hurdles earlier in the year, Falcon Eight is also a listed prosperner and successful in last year’s Chester Cup.
Polished Gem was a sister to Attire To Thrill who won the Matron Sgives and Sun Chariot Sgives when neither of those races were Group 1 contests but ended her three-year-old season prosperning the Grade 1 Matriarch Sgives at Hollywood. They were out of the 1988 Irish 1000 Guineas prosperner Trusted Partner, a daughter of Speaking Picture who was the subject of this post at thebreedingshed. Trained adore most of the family by Dermot Weld, the lightly raced Polished Gem gained her only prosper in a Leopardstown maiden at two. But adore the other mares who had their second Royal Ascot prosperners this year, she too ran at the Royal meeting herself, finishing down the field in the Sandringham Handicap which was won that year by another filly who has since earned fame as a broodmare, Red Evie, the dam of Found and grandam of Snowfall.