Not only is the classic-winning miler Awtaad a representative of the Green Desert branch of the Danzig (by Northern Dancer) line, but he comes from the family of a stallion whose most famous son forged a dynasty. He was one of two new stallions joining the team at Derrinstown Stud in 2017 – the other is Markaz – and he has 83 foals in his first crop.
He is by the sire of the Derby and Arc heroes Sea The Stars and Golden Horn, and the former is already well-established as being a leading European stallion and classic sire whose roll of honour includes dual Derby winner Harzand (first foals in 2018). Golden Horn's first yearlings were very popular at the sales and he will be a freshman sire of 2019.
Awtaad is the first foal out of Asheerah (by Shamardal) and both of his younger half-sisters have been stakes placed. His dam is stakes-placed half-sister to three blacktype-placed fillies – one of whom is the dam of Timeform 114p-rated Group 2 winner and potential classic colt Madhmoon (by Dawn Approach) – and she is out of Adaala (by Sahm), who won the Listed Kilboy Estate Stakes and was third in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes.
His third dam, Alshoowg (by Riverman), is an unraced half-sister to the dam of classic-placed Group 2 May Hill Stakes winner Nasheej (by Swain) and his fourth dam is Ghashtah (by Nijinsky), an unraced full-sister to Seattle Dancer and half-sister to Lomond (by Northern Dancer) and to Seattle Slew (by Bold Reasoning).
Seattle Dancer, famously a $13.1 million yearling purchase in Keeneland, was a lightly-raced Group 1-placed dual Group 2 scorer on the track and his progeny included the Group/Grade 1 winners Caffe Latte, Pike Place Dancer and Seattle Rhyme. Lomond won the Group 1 2000 Guineas and his offspring featured Group 1 stars such as Marling, Valanour and River North.
Seattle Slew, of course, was the US Triple Crown hero of 1977 before going on to become a hugely influential sire whose male line has become one of the most dominant in North America, largely thanks to the exploits of his son A.P. Indy and the powerful line that champion has established (Bernardini, Malibu Moon, Pulpit, Tapit, etc).
Being related to a successful stallion boosts the prospects of a younger relation doing well in that role too, and as Awtaad is by the sire of Sea The Stars and from the family of three Group 1 sires, that places him highly among the most promising members of this cohort of young stallions. He looks likely to get his best in the seven to 14-furlong range, and if he lives up to his full potential then he could become a classic sire.
AWTAAD (IRE) – br.2013 – Cape Cross – Asheerah, 5 wins inc Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Solonaway Stakes (Gr2), Tetrarch Stakes (L), 3rd St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Bc - African Moonlight (by Halling) Tattersalls November 140,000gns
Bc - Allegrezza (by Sir Percy) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Aoife Alainn (by Dr Fong) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Breezeway (by Grand Lodge) Tattersalls December 30,000gns
Bf - Brown Butterly (by Medicean) Goffs November €20,000
Bc - Dame Hester (by Diktat) Tattersalls November 170,000gns
Bf - Dayrose (by Daylami) Tattersalls November 40,000gns
Bf - Flirty Thirty (by Big Bad Bob) Goffs November withdrawn
Brf - Flowers Of Spring (by Celtic Swing) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Gabardine (by Pivotal) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Great Hope (by Halling) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Harmonic Note (by Nayef) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Hi Katriona (by Second Empire) Goffs November €64,000
Brc - Holda (by Docksider) Goffs November €88,000
Bc - Holy Salt (by Holy Roman Emperor) Goffs November €95,000
Bf - Intapeace (by Intikhab) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Intimacy (by Teofilo) Goffs November €40,000
Bc - Kanes Pass (by Clovodil) Goffs November €85,000
Bc - Katla (by Majestic Missile) Goffs November €58,000
Bc - La Negra (by Dark Angel) Goffs November €26,000
Bc - Love Street (by Kitten’s Joy) Goffs November €95,000
Bc - Lucky Clio (by Key Of Luck) Goffs November €58,000
Bf - Magie Noire (by Marju) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Melodique (by Falco) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bc - Music And Dance (by Galileo) Tattersalls November 72,000gns
Bf - Na Zdorovie (by Cockney Rebel) Goffs November €24,000
Bc - Nisriyna (by Intikhab) Goffs November €170,000
Bc - Passaggio (by Pivotal) Goffs November €65,000
Brf - Princess Mood (by Muhtarram) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Royal Blush (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Scatina (by Samum) Tattersalls November 48,000gns
Bc - Shamtari (by Alhaarth) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Shanooan (by English Channel) Goffs November €20,000
Bc - Sidney Girl (by Azamour) Goffs November €48,000
Bf - Star Approval (by Hawk Wing) Goffs November €100,000
Bc - Street Chic (by Street Cry) Tattersalls November 26,000gns
Bc - Surrey Storm (by Montjeu) Goffs November €47,000
Bc - Switcher (by Whipper) Goffs November €15,000
Bc - Venetian Beauty (by Lear Fan) Goffs November €72,000
Bc - Wadaat (by Diktat) Tattersalls November 4,000gns
Bc - Witnessed (by Authorized) Goffs November €70,000
Bc - Ziria (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs November €27,000
A son of the Group 1-winning miler and leading sire Cape Cross (by Green Desert), whose stallion sons feature Sea The Stars, Moohaajim was a leading sprint juvenile who finished third to Olympic Glory in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes first out at three and was not seen out again after finishing down the field behind Dawn Approach in the Group 1 2000 Guineas.
Timeform rated him 116p at two after he won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and had been beaten by just a neck when runner-up to Reckless Abandon in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, his grandam won the Group 3 C L Weld Park Stakes at that age,. He covered 62 mares in his first season at Rathbarry Stud.
In addition to that pattern success, Theoretically (by Theatrical) was placed in both the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and she is the dam of the US Grade 3 scorer Niagara Causeway (by Giant's Causeway).
The third dam of Moohaajim is an unraced mare called Aspern (by Riverman), her five blacktype progeny also included the Group 1 Prix Lupin winner and Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) third Cudas (by Seattle Song), and her descendants include the Argentine-bred Grade 1 scorer Pataques (by Catcher In The Rye) and a couple of Brazilian Grade 2 winners.
Her half-brother Vilagro (by Targowice) was a big winner in Belgium, but her half-sister Princess Kathy (by Luthier) is more notable even though she was only stakes placed. That is because she became the dam of the dual Group 2 Prix de l'Opera winner Athyka (by Secretariat) and she is the grandam of both the classic-placed Grade 1 scorer Atticus (by Nureyev) and of Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio winner Dubai Surprise (by King's Best).
There are various other blacktype horses to be found within these first four generations of the pedigree, but nothing that gives us any additional clues as to how Moohaajim might fare as a stallion. He looks a likely candidate to get winners at all ages, mostly sprinters and milers.
MOOHAAJIM (IRE) – b.2010 – Cape Cross – Thiella, 2 wins inc Mill Reef Stakes (Gr2), 2nd Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), 3rd Greenham Stakes (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Athena (by Alhaarth) Goffs Nov €23,000
bc – Bahati (by Intikhab) Goffs Nov €56,000
bc – Barracade (by Barathea) Goffs Nov €24,000
bc – Double Precedent (by Polish Precedent) Goffs Nov €30,000
bf – Fine Prospect (by Namid) Goffs Nov €1,000
bf – Fruits of Our Love (by Zebedee) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Luna Rosa (by Marju) Tattersalls Nov 11,000gns
brc – Nellie Forbush (by Phoenix Reach) Goffs Nov €14,000
bc – Omanome (by Acclamation) Goffs Nov €8,000
bc – Pandoras Secret (by Monashee Mountain) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Piece Unique (by Barathea) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Red Japonica (by Daylami) Goffs Nov €30,000
bc – Shirley Blake (by Acclamation) Goffs Nov €23,000
bf – Sian (by Antonius Pius) Goffs Nov not sold
Jet Away is among the best bred horses at stud, but this Timeform 118-rated son of Cape Cross (by Green Desert) is standing as a National Hunt stallion and so will have few representatives appearing in public over the next few years. He stands at Arctic Tack Stud in Co Wexford and he covered 180 mares in his first season.
He is by the sire of Sea The Stars, his unraced dam Kalima (by Kahyasi) is an unraced full-sister sister to two stakes winners, and that pair are Arrive and the phenomenal Hasili. Arrive won the Listed Bahrain Trophy and she is the dam of Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Promising Lead (by Danehill). She is also responsible for the Grade 1-placed dual pattern scorer Visit (by Oasis Dream) and she is the grandam of the Group 3 Autumn Stakes winner Commemorative (by Zamindar).
Hasili, of course, is not only the dam of the Group/Grade 1 stars Banks Hill (by Danehill), Cacique (by Danehill), Champs Elysees (by Danehill), Heat Haze (by Green Desert) and Intercontinental (by Danehill), but also of the Group 1-placed pattern scorer Deluxe (by Storm Cat) and of the multiple Group 1-placed Group 2 miler Dansili (by Danehill).
The latter is one of the best sires around and the early results from his stallion sons are very promising. Cacique has sired Group 1 winners, Champs Elysees has sired pattern winners, while Banks Hill is the dam of the Breeders' Cup-placed Group 1 star Romantica (by Galileo) and of the Group 2-placed multiple stakes winner Ideal World (by Kingmambo), who has made a promising start to his stallion career in South Africa where his progeny include the multiple Group 1 heroine Smart Call.
Others produced from siblings of Kalima include the Grade 1 star and classic sire Leroidesanimaux (by Candy Stripes), and Kerali (by High Line), the winning grandam of Jet Away, was out of the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sookera (by Roberto), which made her a half-sister to the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes scorer So Factual (by Known Fact).
There are many others of note within the branches of these first three generations of the pedigree. Jet Away is an exceptionally well-bred horse and this 10-furlong Group 3 scorer is one of the most interesting stallions to retire directly to a National Hunt stud in recent years.
JET AWAY (GB) – b.2007 – Cape Cross – Kalima, 8 wins inc Easter Cup (Gr3), Festival Stakes (L), 2nd Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Gr3), Tapster Stakes (L), 3rd Pontefract Castle Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc - Ash Abbey (by Flemensfirth) Goffs Dec
chc - Ballydunne Lady (by Zagreb) Goffs Dec
chf – Black Ouzel (by Taipan) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €800
b/brf – Boro Cruise (by Accordion) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov withdrawn
brf – C'Est Fantastique (by Hernando) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
bc – Casta Diva (by Golan) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €5,000
bc - Celtic Blaze (by Charente River) Goffs Dec
bc - Cool Trix (by Presenting) Goffs Dec
bc - Court Gamble (by King's Theatre) Goffs Dec
bc – Cuddle Ina Frizzle (by Gamut) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €7,000
chc - Dee Two O Two (by Rudimentary) Goffs Dec €6,500
bc – Grape Love (by Grape Tree Road) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €18,000
bf – Inouette (by Heron Island) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €1,100
bc – Invisible Spirit (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
brc – Kerryhead Sunshine (by Topanoora) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €5,500
bc – Khazaria (by Sinndar) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €18,000
bc - Lady Firefly (by Mr Combustible) Goffs Dec not sold
brc - Lady Howe (by Lord Americo) Goffs Dec €6,800
bc - Le Ciel (by Law Society) Goffs Dec €3,000
bc – Minish Yeats (by Yeats) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €2,200
bf – Miss Colclough (by Shernazar) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €1,000
brc - Money Money Money (by Generous) Goffs Dec €2,200
chf - Moscow Mistress (by Moscow Society) Goffs Dec not sold
bc – Nana Shelly (by Beneficial) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €4,000
brc – None The Wiser (by Dr Massini) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €25,000
bc – Oscar Invitation (by Oscar) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
bc – Pollys Leader (by Supreme Leader) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
chc – Poly Kalo (by Kalanisi) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €6,000
chc - Rose Brook (by Alderbrook) Goffs Dec
bf – Stonehouse (by Snurge) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov not sold
bc – Two of Each (by Shernazar) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €8,000
bc - Uncatchable (by Catcher In The Rye) Goffs Dec
bf – Wayward Angel (by Heron Island) Tattersalls IRE NH Nov €800
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