Siyouni (by Pivotal), a juvenile Group 1 star who was twice Group 1-placed over a mile at three, has made an exciting start to his stallion career. The oldest progeny of the Haras de Bonneval stallion are four, he has 10 individual stakes winners from his first two crops and they are headed by the triple Group 1-winning classic star Ervedya.
Seven of them have won at pattern level, four of those seven represent mares by Mr Prospector-line (by Raise A Native) stallions, and in addition to Ervedya, that quartet includes Souvenir Delondres, Trixia and Volta.
The latter is a three-year-old who is trained by Francis-Henri Graffard and who was bred by Thierry, Amaury and Mme Danille de la Heronniere. She was fifth and third in a pair of starts as a juvenile, won a mile maiden at Saint-Cloud in March, and then followed-up with listed success over the same trip at Chantilly last month.
On Sunday she impressed with a four-length victory in the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham over that same course and distance. It is fair to say that this did not seem to be a particularly challenging event for the grade, but she is clearly improving and could be able to hold her own in stronger company. She is certainly bred to achieve anything.
Volta is out an unraced mare called Persian Belle (by Machiavellian) and that makes her a half-sister to Calvados Blues (by Lando). That gelding won the Group 3 Prix des Chenes and the Group 3 Prix de Guiche and the races in which he has been placed include the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic and the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold Stakes, both at Meydan.
Her dam is out of the one-time scorer Nicola Bella (by Sadler's Wells) but is a full-sister to the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap winner Beautyandthebeast and a half-sister to Neatico (by Medicean). His list of pattern wins is headed by the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr Bayerisches Zuchtrennen over 10 furlongs at Munich, he stands at Gestut Hof Ittlingen, which is where he was bred, and his first foals arrived this year.
Valley of Hope (by Riverman), who is the third dam of Volta, was unraced but she was out of Virunga (by Sodium), a Group 3 Prix de Mallaret scorer whose placed efforts included second in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary and third to Allez France in the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks).
Virunga has many notable descendants, starting with her sons Vin De France (by Foolish Pleasure) and Vacarme (by Lyphard). The former won the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois, and the latter was a talented juvenile who won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and was third in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.
Their half-sister Vosges (by Youth) was third in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille before becoming the dam of Group 1 Prix du Cadran heroine Victoire Bleue (by Legend Of France) and grandam of the classic-placed Group 2 Prix Hubert de Chaudenay scorer Vertical Speed (by Bering).
Another of their siblings who deserves a mention is Vahine (by Alysheba), as she is the dam of the middle-distance Group 2 scorer Vendangeur (by Galileo), who is at stud in France, but the most notable of all of them, at stud, is the unraced Venise (by Nureyev).
The best of her sons was Vetheuil (by Riverman), who won the Group 2 Prix du Muguet and earned placings in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois and Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan, but three of her daughters have produced Group 1 winners at stud and one of the trio was herself a high-class racehorse.
That was Verveine (by Lear Fan), the Group 2 Prix de l'Opera winner and Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks), Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary and Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac third whose offspring include two daughters that have won at the highest level. Volga (by Caerleon) took the Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes in Canada, while Vallee Enchantee (by Peintre Celebre) got her top win in the Grade 1 Hong Kong Vase.
Verveine is also the dam of the Group 3 Grand Prix de Vichy scorer Victory Cry (by Caerleon) and those who have descended from her half-sisters Vallee des Reves (by Kingmambo) and Vanishing Prairie (by Alysheba) include the Group 1 winners Maids Causeway (by Giant's Causeway) and Vespone (by Llandaff) and also recent Group 2 Dahlia Stakes scorer Usherette (by Shamardal).
Those horses are but distantly related to Volta, but there is more than enough in even just the first two generations of her pedigree to show that she is a well-bred filly who has the potential to continue to do well on the track and also to make an impact at stud whenever her racing days come to an end.