King Power Unveil Prized Galileo at Chelmsford

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Tuesday’s Insights features a 525,000gns son of Galileo (Ire).

5.40 Chelmsford, Novice, £6,499, 2yo, 8f (AWT)
CHAIRMAN POWER (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was a 525,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 purchase who debuts for King Power Racing and Sir Michael Stoute. Out of the G2 Queen Mary S. and G2 Lowther S. winner Best Terms (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), the April-foaled bay is a half to the talented listed-winning 3-year-old filly Star Terms (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) who was also third in last year’s G1 Prix Marcel Boussac. Among his rivals is Godolphin’s Secret Victory (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a Charlie Appleby-trained son of the listed-winning Hidden Gold (Ire) (Shamardal), a descendant of Urban Sea (Miswaki) whose excellent pedigree includes Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}).

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Pedigree Insights: Victor Ludorum

It isn’t just the common law legal system which likes a precedent. Breeders love one too, to the extent that many prefer to have the reassurance that a mating represents a proven nick. However, when it comes to close inbreeding, such reassurance isn’t usually there to be found. Consequently, it was a bold move on behalf of Gestut Ammerland when Machiavellian’s granddaughter Lady Vettori was sent to Shamardal in his first season, as Machiavellian also sired Shamardal’s dam Helsinki.

This 3 x 3 inbreeding to Machiavellian may have been a bit radical, but made good theoretical sense, as he had been the best two-year-old of 1989 by a sizeable margin and he had the best of bloodlines. By one of America’s legendary stallions in Mr. Prospector, Machiavellian had a half-sister to the truly extraordinary Northern Dancer as his second dam. As if that weren’t enough, Machiavellian was a brother to another champion 2-year-old in Coup de Genie and their dam Coup de Folie had a third Group 1 winner to her credit in Exit To Nowhere.

Needless to say, the mating between Lady Vettori and Shamardal worked extremely well, resulting in Lope de Vega. A winner of his first two juvenile starts, Lope de Vega proceeded to win both the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the G1 Prix du Jockey-Club in 2010. The pairing also worked pretty well when the mating was repeated four years later, producing the very useful listed winner Lord of the Land.

Lope de Vega’s Classic successes in 2010 set an attractive precedent, which didn’t go unnoticed at Darley. They too had a mare by a son of Machiavellian, this being Street Cry’s daughter Lura. Although Lura had carried the Godolphin colours only once, she was a well-connected individual who had cost $725,000 as a yearling.

But Lura wouldn’t create 3 x 3 inbreeding only to Machiavellian. Her sire Street Cry was a brother to Shamardal’s dam Helsinki, so sending Lura to Shamardal would also produce 3 x 3 inbreeding to Helen Street. As close inbreeding is likely to reinforce not only a horse’s virtues but also its flaws, the subject needs to have shown itself superior in every way.

Helen Street had certainly done that. Only Oh So Sharp, future winner of the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger, managed to beat Helen Street in her three juvenile starts, which also featured a wide-margin success in the G3 Prix du Calvados. The Ballymacoll homebred was also a clear-cut winner of the G1 Irish Oaks. The big and rangy Helen Street was one of only 125 foals sired by the magnificent Troy, whose early death tends to make him something of a forgotten hero. Defeated only once in seven 3-year-old starts, he won the Derby by seven lengths, the Irish Derby by four and then the King George and the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup (Juddmonte International).

Conformation also has to be taken into account when arranging any mating, and here Darley must have been confident that combining Shamardal with Street Cry was potentially a good thing. Back in 2008, before Shamardal had had any runners, Darley’s advertising campaign for this champion son of Giant’s Causeway made a point of highlighting Shamardal’s relationship to Street Cry. And if I remember correctly, the campaign also drew attention to the physical similarities between Shamardal and Street Cry.

The mating went ahead in 2011 and the resultant filly, Lucida, went quite close to becoming a Classic winner. Beaten only a neck in the G1 Moyglare Stud S., she then won the G2 Rockfel S.  It was a measure of her toughness that her first four starts came in the space of less than eight weeks, which is a reminder that Shamardal once reeled off three Group 1 victories in the space of a month.

Lucida trained on well enough to finish second to Legatissimo, beaten three-parts of a length, in the 1000 Guineas and she was beaten a similar margin when third to those first-rate fillies Ervedya and Found in the G1 Coronation S.  With her combination of pedigree and performance, Lucida should make a first-rate broodmare, so make a note of her first foal, a 2018 colt by Dubawi.

Darley had also been encouraged to send Helen Street’s granddaughter Antiquities to Shamardal in 2012. This time, though, the close inbreeding failed to pay off, with the resultant colt, Ancient History, showing only fairly useful form in France before being transferred to Australia. However, Lucida’s exploits in 2014 and ’15 no doubt persuaded the Godolphin team to give Antiquities a second chance with Shamardal in 2016. This time the pairing has worked much better, as the resultant foal, Victor Ludorum, maintained his unbeaten record in landing the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere two days ago.

As always, it is possible to attribute too much significance to inbreeding in a pedigree and it must be pointed out that neither Pinatubo nor Earthlight, the other Group 1 winners in Shamardal’s exceptional 2017 crop, have any close inbreeding in their pedigrees.

Maybe Shamardal is simply an extraordinary stallion who doesn’t need much help. However, Lucida and Victor Ludorum make a compelling argument that there is something to be gained from close inbreeding to Helen Street, while Lope de Vega and Lucida make a similar case for Machiavellian. Shamardal also has another black-type winner inbred to Helen Street in Shamtee, whose second dam is Helen Street’s fairly useful daughter Grecian Slipper. Shamtee was winning her third consecutive race when she landed the Prix Finlande last year, when she was also a creditable fourth in the G2 Prix de Sandringham.

Victor Ludorum is the second good winner produced by Antiquities, his predecessor being Mary Tudor, a Dawn Approach filly with no duplications in her first four generations. Mary Tudor excelled herself when third behind Sea of Class and Forever Together in last year’s G1 Irish Oaks.

Antiquities’s sire Kaldounevees isn’t exactly a household name. Something of a late maturer, he gained Group 3 successes in the Prix Edmond Blanc and Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord over a mile as a 4-year-old. He then stepped up in distance to finish second in Group 1 events in Germany and the U.S., with his American defeat coming in the Man O’War S. over 1 3/8 miles.

He burst onto the scene as a stallion in the early noughties, thanks to the exploits of his daughter Terre A Terre and his son Ange Gabriel. Terre A Terre became a Group 1 winner in the 2001 Prix de l’Opera and then collected $1.2 million for her victory over Noverre in the G1 Dubai Duty Free. Ange Gabriel, for his part, won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Hong Kong Vase in 2002, before repeating his Saint-Cloud success in 2003.

The exploits of these cheaply-produced Group 1 winners provided the impetus for Darley to send Helen Street’s listed-winning daughter Historian to Kaldounevees in 2004. Their daughter Antiquities was talented at around a mile and a quarter, so Victor Ludorum should have no stamina problems if he attempts to follow in the footsteps of Shamardal and Lope de Vega in the Prix du Jockey-Club. He is the third Group 1 winner out of a Kaldounevees mare, following the Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden and the Prix Jean Romanet winner Nonza.

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Ghaiyyath’s Bro to Be Offered at Goffs November

A full-brother to G1SW and €1.1-million Goffs November Foal Sale graduate Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}-Nightime {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) will be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment at the 2019 Goffs November Foal Sale on Nov. 18-23. Bred by Dermot Weld’s Springbank Way Stud, the March-foaled colt’s dam won the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas. Ghaiyyath, whose price is a record for the most expensive colt foal sold in Ireland, landed an impressive 14-length victory in the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany this September for Godolphin. The weanling is also a half-brother to GI Man O’War S. victress Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}).

“Dermot Weld created history at Goffs when Ghaiyyath topped our November Foal Sale in 2015, setting a new record for a colt foal in Ireland as well as being Europe’s highest foal price that year,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. “That Mr. Weld is returning to Goffs with the own-brother this year is a wonderful endorsement of the November Sale and of the Goffs service. I saw the colt in the summer and can report that he is a stunner. This Dubawi foal out of Nightime exemplifies the quality and potential on offer this year at Goffs November Sale.”

The Goffs November Foal Sale catalogue will be available online on Oct. 14.

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Mums Tipple, Threat Will Return in 2020

Richard Hannon is confident talking horse Mums Tipple (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) can leave his below-par effort in the G1 Middle Park S. behind him and continue his progression when returning to action next season. The son of Footstepsinthesand lost his unbeaten record after failing to follow up his impressive victory in a sales race at York when beating just one home in the Group 1 contest at Newmarket last month. Although Mums Tipple– who is as short as 7-1 for next year’s G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot–was found to be lame after the race, the Marlborough handler reports the talented 2-year-old to be fine now.

He said, “Mums Tipple never ran his race in the Middle Park, as he got a kick in the gate. He has had X-rays on the leg, but he is fine. He is done for the year. We will get him ready now for next year and try to achieve what we think he is capable of. That defeat will have made a man of him.”

An outing in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas remains on the agenda for MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), who finished two places ahead of his stablemate in the six-furlong contest, on what was his final start of the season.

Hannon added, “I think we will probably go back up to seven furlongs and go for a Guineas trial of some description. The Guineas is still on the agenda.”

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Dubawi Colt New 3.6-Million Topper at Tattersalls

Lot 148 became the third son of Darley resident Dubawi (Ire) to reach seven figures on Tuesday, selling to Anthony Stroud for 3.6 million gns to top the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale so far. Out of Alina (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the colt is a half-brother to G1 St. James’s Palace S. hero Barney Roy (GB) (Excelebration {Ire}). Bred by Sun Kingdom Pty Ltd., the bay was consigned by Hazelwood Bloodstock. His second dam is MGSW Cheyenne Star (Ire) (Mujahid), while evergreen MG1SW globetrotter Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) (Byron {GB}) is farther back in the family.

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Another Dubawi Colt Hammers at 1 Million

Another son of Darley’s Dubawi (Ire) brought 1 million guineas on the bid of Kevin Ryan during the first session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Bred by John Gunther of Justify (Scat Daddy)  fame, the Newsells Park Ltd.-consigned lot 124 is a half-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Tamarkuz (Speightstown) and G1SW Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}). MG1SW Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) is a half-brother to Without You Babe (Lemon Drop Kid), as is GSW & Classic placed Andromeda’s Hero (Fusaichi Pegasus) and GI Champagne S. third Superfly (Fusaichi Pegasus).

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The Pat Smullen Column: Boudot Has The Key To Longchamp

It was great to be at the new ParisLongchamp for the first time. I really enjoyed my weekend and the racing was absolutely tremendous but it was a huge shame about the weather. So much rain fell in such a short space of time and it was well documented beforehand the John Gosden was concerned after walking the track. It was probably the undoing of Enable (GB) but I think Waldgeist (GB) deserved his big day, especially for a horse who has been tremendously consistent through his whole career and expertly trained by Andre Fabre.

For me, the most impressive element of the weekend was Pierre-Charles Boudot and how he rides Longchamp. His wins came from everywhere. He was used by a lot of different trainers, including Aidan O’Brien and William Haggas, as well as Andre Fabre of course. I watched Pierre-Charles closely over the two days and I was highly impressed by his tactics on the track. Longchamp has a very long straight and it’s a track that takes some knowing.

Every one of his winning rides—and he rode four winners on Saturday and won two Group 1 races on Sunday—was pretty much the same. He gave his mounts plenty of time to settle and get into the race. We all know that you have to have the animal underneath you to perform but he just delivered every horse at precisely the right moment and that proved to be the winning move time after time.

If you look closely at the Arc, he got Waldgeist into position so that he had the opportunity to follow Enable through off the slip rail. He chose to come out a little wider, possibly for two reasons—first, maybe to find slightly better ground and also not to challenge the mare too closely. I think his tactics were very evident throughout the race and his whole approach was very impressive to me.

It’s certainly not that Pierre-Charles has just become a good rider overnight. He’s been riding for the Fabre stable for a long time and he comes from a jumping background, so he is a real horseman as well as a jockey. I’ve always been an admirer of his but it was really interesting to have the chance to be there and study him more closely, especially on Saturday when things weren’t so busy. His tactics around Longchamp are to be applauded and I think it’s a factor that has gone a little bit unnoticed. He definitely has the key to riding the track.

Do Away With The Cutaway
I have never been a fan of the cutaway. I think it detracts from the character of the race track. Longchamp is a huge open expanse and obviously from the Saturday the rail drops down and there is sufficient fresh ground for everybody. Yes, in some ways having the cutaway, or slip rail, means everybody gets a crack at it, but I think it also means that there’s an element of jockeyship being eliminated from a race. Longchamp is a big galloping track with a long straight, and if you think back ten years to Michael Kinane riding Sea The Stars (Ire) and negotiating his way through the field—that’s jockeyship.

I genuinely feel that there is no need for a cutaway. Maybe it works well for lesser tracks with shorter straights. It has been a success in Dundalk and it seems to work better on a synthetic track, but when you straighten up with two furlongs left to run in the best race in the world on a fabulous Grade 1 track like Longchamp, why on earth would you need a cutaway?

That aside, I was very impressed with the facilities at ParisLongchamp overall. It was everything I hoped it would be. Last year it came in for criticism after the Arc weekend, and we experienced the same situation at the Curragh this season. New facilities like that are always going to have teething problems but I had a good walk around the place on Saturday and in general I felt that it’s a great facility that French racing should be proud of, just as we are of the Curragh.



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Godolphin Start $1.3-million Buy Desert Peace

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday’s Insights features an expensive son of Curlin.

4.35 Kempton, Novice, £6,000, 2yo, 7f (AWT)
DESERT PEACE (Curlin) is the first foal out of the stakes winner Stoweshoe (Flatter), a full-sister to full-sister to the GI Humana Distaff S. heroine Taris. Bought for $1.3million by Godolphin at the Keeneland September Sale, the February-foaled bay is introduced by Charlie Appleby in a 12-runner affair.

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Goffs UK Autumn HIT Sale Online

The Goffs UK Autumn HIT Sale catalogue, to be conducted at Doncaster on Oct. 24, was unveiled on Tuesday. Supplementary point-to-point, bumper and form horse entries for its dedicated P2P/Bumper session will be taken until sale time. A total of 166 lots, from the drafts of Dan Skelton, Gigginstown House Stud, Godolphin, Iain Jardine, Jamie Osborne, Joseph O’Brien, Karl Burke, Mark Johnston, Mick Channon, Nicky Henderson, Phillip Makin, Willie Mullins, among others, will go through the ring. There will also be 14 yearlings on offer by sires like Bobby’s Kitten, Garswood (GB) and Lethal Force (Ire). Sale graduate Supasundae (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) landed another Grade 1 in the Aintree Hurdle in April and has ably represented the sale in recent months.

“The Doncaster Autumn HIT Sale has been well supported by many leading owners and trainers and it’s the first major horses-in-training sale of the 2019 point-to-point season,” said Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams. “The sale will be offering a dedicated yard and session for point-to-point, bumper and form horses and we will be canvasing for supplementary entries in the UK, France and Ireland over the coming two weeks.”

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