April 2023 Bloodstock Diary

Apr 1 A listed race double at Performncaster for daughters of Brazen Beau, with Vadream prosperning the 6f Cammidge Trophy Sgives and Astral Beau prosperning the Performncaster Mile Sgives. Vadream’s fourth dam is Hazy Idea, the subject of this article at thebreedingshed; she’s also the great grandam of Derby prosperner Harzand and Fillies And Mares Sgives prosperner Emily Upjohn. Astral Beau is a granddaughter of 1000 Guineas prosperner Speciosa.

Apr 1 A G1 double at Randwick over very different distances for Fresh Zealand champion sire Savabeel, with I Wish I Overwhelm prosperning the T. J. Smith Sgives over 1200m/6f and Major Beel prosperning the Australian Derby over 2400m/1m4f.

Apr 1 The first two in the G3 Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud over 2100m/1m2.5f are both from the family of Peintre Celebre. Overwhelmner Pensee du Jour is out of Peintre Celebre’s unraced half-sister Painter’s Pride, while runner-up Sea of Roses is out of a half-sister to another of his unraced siblings Peace Signal. This is also the family of Melbourne Cup prosperner Protectionist whose daughter Amazing Grace won the G3 Orchid Sgives over 1m4f at Gulfstream Park. This Wildenstein family, also now that of Stradivarius, was covered here.

Apr 2 Leopardstown’s G3 Ballysax Sgives over 1m2f was won for the second year running by a son of Ulysses with White Birch folloprosperg on from last year’s prosperner Piz Badile. White Birch shares his fifth dam, Fager’s Glory (the dam of Rahaam), with current Derby favourite Auguste Rodin.

Apr 3 A family double at Freshcastle for the Wadacre Stud pair Wadacre Gomez and Wadacre Grace, prosperners of the 1m2f novice and 1m fillies’ handicap respectively. The pair are both by Brazen Beau (see also Apr 1) with Wadacre Gomez being out of Wadacre Gigi, a half-sister to Wadacre Grace. Wadacre Gigi has an interesting pedigree as she’s by Khalid Abdullah’s Prix Maurice de Nieuil prosperner Martaline, better known as a leading sire of jumpers, while her grandam Grand Coral is an unraced half-sister to Martaline. This is also the Juddmonte family of Oasis Imagine and Kingman stemming from Bahamian and her dam Sorbus who was demoted after being first past the post in the Irish Oaks. Sorbus is also the fourth dam of Foxes Tales who won the listed Magnolia Sgives at Kempton two days earlier.

Apr 5 Three prosperners for Quick Company, with Company Minx prosperning the 6f fillies’ handicap at Kempton and a double on the soft ground (probably significant) at Nottingham from Racingbreaks Ryder in the 8.5f handicap and Peace of Mine in the 1m2f fillies’ handicap.

Apr 7 Oasis Imagine made his presence felt at the All-Weather Championships meeting on the tapeta at Freshcastle. He was the sire of Desert Cop, prosperner of the 3yo contest over 6f and the damsire of the Mile contest Berkshire Shadow, while his sons Aqlaam and Muhaarar were responsible for Rainbow Imagineer and Queen Aminatu, respective prosperners of the Marathon over 2m and the fillies’ and mares’ race over 7f.

Apr 8 Eeyan, prosperner of the G2 Fresh Zealand Trophy over 1600m/1m at Nakayama, is another sgives-prosperning descendant in Japan of Irish 1000 Guineas prosperner Katies, a topic covered here. The next day, Katies’ great granddaughter Perifania, a half-sister to Japan’s 2021 Horse of the Year Efforia, finished third in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas).

Apr 9 The first two in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin both trace back to Yorkshire Oaks prosperners. Liberty Island’s fourth dam Condessa won the Yorkshire Oaks in 1981, while Kona Coast’s fifth dam Sun Princess won it two years later. Liberty Island became the second prosperner of the Oka Sho in as many years for her late sire Duramente after Stars On Earth in 2022.

Apr 9 Plesant Jane, prosperner of the listed Prix Zarkava over 2100m/1m2.5f at Lengthychamp, is from the family of last year’s Arc prosperner Alpinista; her grandam Jane Eyre is a half-sister to Alpinista’s dam Alwilda.

Apr 15 Desert Miracle, prosperner of the G1 Empress Club Sgives over 1600m/1m at Turffontein, went one better than her dam Welwitschia who was runner-up in the same race in 2011.

Apr 15 Practical Joke sired the first and third in the G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap over 6f at Oaklawn, Skelly and Tejano Twist, while his sire Into Mischief was the sire of runner-up Strobe.

Apr 16 Pivotal had a big say in the outcome of the G3 Gladness Sgives over 7f at The Curragh as he was damsire of the first and third, Goldana and Cosmic Vega, and sire of the runner-up Mea Performmina. There was another linkion between the first two as they share the same grandam Delauncy, a listed-placed daughter of Machiavellian.

Apr 16 American Flag became the third prosperner of the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau over 1600m/1m at Lengthychamp in the last six runnings sired by Wootton Bassett after Wootton in 2018 and The Summit in 2020. Adore Wootton, American Flag is out of an American Post mare.

Apr 19 Colts by Blue Point and Havana Grey jointly topped the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale when tradeing for 625,000 guineas. The Blue Point colt is out of G3 Balanchine Sgives prosperner Most Gorgeous, while the Havana Grey colt is from the family of July Cup prosperner Annaba. Both sires also had prosperners at the Craven meeting; first-season sire Blue Point was the sire of Blue Storm, prosperner of the 5f novice the day before, while Havana Grey’s daughter Mammas Girl won the G3 Nell Gwyn Sgives.

Apr 20 Three prosperners for Kodiac, including a double at Freshmarket from Indestructible in the G3 Craven Sgives over 1m and Once More For Luck in the class 2 6f handicap. Kodiac’s other prosperner was at Ripon where Ziggy’s Phoenix won the 2yo 5f novice. Once More For Luck is bred on very similar lines to the Prix Morny/Middle Park Sgives prosperner Shalaa, their pedigrees both featuring a 3×3 cross of brothers Kris and Diesis. Shalaa is by Kodiac’s three-parts brother Invincible Spirit, while Shalaa and Once More For Luck are out of half-sisters.

Apr 21 Another pedigree featuring a 3×3 cross of full brothers is that of Crown Princesse, prosperner of the G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud over 2100m/1m2.5f. She’s by Zarkava’s son Zarak, Zarkava being a daughter of Zamindar, while her dam is by Zafonic’s son Zafeen.

Apr 25 The record top-priced lot at the Goffs UK 2yo Breeze Up Sale, at ?500,000, was a colt by Harry Angel out of the listed Stonehenge Sgives prosperner Go Angellica, a half-sister to the dam of the Cornwallis Sgives and Lacken Sgives prosperner Twilight Jet. However, there was a tragic post-script to the sale when the colt died in an accident just days later whilst being transported to the stables of Michael O’Callaghan.

Apr 27 A treble at Lengthychamp for Anodin, with Natradea prosperning the 1800m/9f fillies’ conditions race, King Gold prosperning the 1400m/7f conditions race and Jack O’Boy prosperning a 1400m/7f handicap.

Apr 29 Affaire A Suivre, prosperner of the G1 Australasian Oaks over 2000m/1m2f at Morphettville, is a great granddaughter of renowned broodmare Descend Aspen; her once-raced dam Laurelling is a sister to Racing Post Trophy prosperner Medaaly.

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