Tally-Ho Stud stallion Kodiac (by Danehill) has established himself as a popular and prolific source of high-class juveniles, sprinters, and milers. It is entirely possible that the pattern-placed half-brother to leading international sire Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) may even get a mile Group 1 classic horse before long.
If he does achieve that feat then it won't be with Ardad, a talented colt that the stud bred out of a mare called Good Clodora (by Red Clubs). That's because this 108-rated bay appears, on his juvenile form, to be a sprinter, and possibly a five-furlong specialist.
The John Gosden-trained three-year-old ran six times in 2016, winning three and finishing unplaced in the others. Two of those defeats came on his only attempts at six furlongs and the third one was his ninth of 17 in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, run at Chantilly last October. He was only four lengths behind the winner, Marsha.
Ardad made his debut over the minimum trip on fast ground at Yarmouth and just six days before an impressive three and a quarter-length score in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on soft at Royal Ascot. Three months later, he added the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster, beating Legendary Lunch by three-parts of a length.
He is a £170,000 graduate of the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale at Doncaster, he is the first foal of his dam, and his half-sister by freshman sire Society Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar) is catalogued as Lot 20 for the 2017 edition of the same sale, scheduled for 12th April: she made 25,000gns as a yearling in Newmarket.
Good Clodora ran from six furlongs to a mile at two but was never placed, which made her the only one of her dam's 10 runners not to win. Indeed, four of those siblings are blacktype horses, with one of the quartet also making an impact at stud.
That one is Ruby Rocket (by Indian Rocket), the pattern-placed dual sprint stakes winner whose star son is the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp hero Maarek (by Pivotal).
His 13 wins also include the Goup 2 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, Group 3 Chipchase Stakes, Group 3 Renaissance Stakes, and Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy, and he has achieved a peak rating of 123 from Timeform.
Maarek is a gelding so it will instead fall to Ardad to become the family's next new stallion recruit.
Ruby Rocket's pattern-placed, stakes-winning half-brother Inzar's Best (by Inzar) got some minor winners, as did Kier Park (by Foxhound), who appears farther back on the page, but the fourth generation features a moderately successful blacktype sire and a branch that leads to one of the bright prospects among the freshman sire class of 2017.
The third of Good Clodora's stakes-winning siblings is juvenile listed scorer Alexander Alliance (by Danetime) and she is also a half-sister to the stakes-placed gelding Cool Panic (by Brave Act).
Geht Schnell (by Fairy King), the grandam of Ardad, is a half-sister to one winner out of Anita's Princess (by Miami Springs), who was an unraced half-sister to Anita's Prince (by Stradavinsky). That Group 1-placed Group 3 scorer was the top-rated three-year-old sprinter in Europe in 1984 and his string of successful offspring include the multiple stakes winner and prolific sprinter Carranita.
His half-brother Ready (by Digamist) won the Centurion Cup at Sha Tin, and placed half-sister Merlannah (by Shy Groom) was the dam of the aforementioned Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes winner and Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest third Kier Park.
The most notable of these other progeny of one-time juvenile scorer Get Ready (by On Your Mark), however, is Bo' Babbity (by Strong Gale). She was an early two-year-old winner and it is her stakes-placed prolific sprint winner Blue Iris (by Petong) from whom Swiss Lake (by Indian Ridge), Swiss Diva (by Pivotal), Swiss Dream (by Oasis Dream) and Swiss Spirit (by Invincible Spirit) descend.
The last-named was a dual Group 2-placed pattern winner on the track, his yearlings made up to 130,000gns in 2016, and this Whitsbury Manor Stud stallion looks a likely candidate to feature in the top 10 in the 2017 freshman sires' title race.
With his juvenile form and pedigree credentials, Ardad has no doubt already attracted interest as a prospective stallion. It will be interesting to see if he can stay six furlongs this year, which would bring him into the reckoning for the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, but there is, of course, a plethora of opportunities over five, which is where he may prove best suited.