Dark Angel (by Acclamation) has been a surprise hit at stud and there are already several stallion sons among his 34 individual stakes winners. Group 1 star Lethal Force and Group 1-placed Tough As Nails have yearlings, Group 2 winner Alhebayeb has foals, Gutaifan was one of the most popular new sires of 2016, and Markaz will begin his career at Derrinstown Stud in the spring.
The roll of honour also includes the pattern-winning sprinter Heeraat, a Mickley Stud stallion who covered 97 mares in his first season and has a selection of foals on offer in the coming weeks. He won once from three starts at two, two from eight at three, got his Group 3 win at four and earned a Timeform rating of 118.
Heeraat is a half-brother to the Listed Dragon Stakes winner and Group 3 Molecomb Stakes third Ambiance (by Camacho) and his dam, Thawrah (by Green Desert), is an unraced half-sister to the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub (by Kingmambo), a blacktype sire in South Africa, and to the US Grade 3 scorer Dhaamer (by Dubai Destination).
Thawrah's siblings also include her full-sister Nebraas and what makes that one notable is that she is the dam of the dual Group 3 scorer Yellow Rosebud (by Jeremy), of pattern-placed stakes winner Seeharn (by Pivotal), and of this year's stakes-placed two-year-old Megan Lily (by Dragon Pulse).
Arjuzah (by Ahonoora), who won the Listed Sceptre Stakes and finished third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, is the grandam of Heeraat and this half-sister to listed scorer Ormsby (by Ela-Mana-Mou) was a full-sister to Missing You, the stakes-placed grandam of the juvenile stakes winners Dubai Dynamo (by Kyllachy) and Sadeek (by Kyllachy).
If you go back to the fourth generation of the family then you will find branches that lead to the Group/Grade 1 winners Mourjane (by Pitskelly), Anka Germania (by Malinowski), Deputy Commander (by Deputy Minister), and Sudirman (by Henrythenavigator), along with a string of other stakes and pattern winners who including the Group 1-placed sprinter and successful sire Dandy Man (by Mozart).
The relationship of those horses to Heeraat is remote, but as a talented Dark Angel horse who has Green Desert as a broodmare sire and a leading sprinter among his close relations, he has the potential to sire some talented sprinters and milers.
HEERAAT (IRE) – b.2009 – Dark Angel – Thawrah, 5 wins inc Hackwood Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Hackwood Stakes (Gr3), City Walls Stakes (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Alucica (by Celtic Swing) Goffs Nov €5,000
bf – Black Baccara (by Superior Premium) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Contenance (by Dansant) Goffs Nov €11,500
bc – Emperatriz (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – First Rains (by Green Desert) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
bf – Fortunately (by Forzando) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Future Regime (by Xaar) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Lady Caprice (by Kyllachy) Goffs Nov €16,500
bc – Lexington Rose (by Captain Gerrard) Tattersalls IRE Nov €25,000
bf – Matron (by Bahamian Bounty) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Mimi Mouse (by Diktat) Tattersalls Nov 8,000gns
bf – Molly Marie (by Fasliyev) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Nut (by Fasliyev) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Obsessive Secret (by Grand Lodge) Tattersalls Nov 20,000gns
bf – Otrooha (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Nov €12,500
bc – Piranha (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Nov 38,000gns
bc – Plead (by Bering) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Princess of Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar) Goffs Nov €12,500
bf – Radio Gaga (by Multiplex) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Ringtail (by Street Cry) Goffs Nov €17,000
bf – Saona Island (by Bahamian Bounty) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Sopran Cross (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls IRE Nov €10,000
bc – Sound of Life (by Cape Cross) Goffs Nov €6,500
bf – Spiritual Healing (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls Nov not sold
b/brc – Tomintoul Magic (by Holy Roman Emperor) Goffs Nov €20,000
bc – Virtuality (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
A precocious and high-class juvenile who was stakes-placed over a mile at three and beaten by a neck in a handicap over that same trip at Meydan on his final outing at four, Alhebayeb is a son of leading sire Dark Angel (by Acclamation), he stands at Tara Stud in Co Meath, and he covered 161 mares in his first season.
He is one of seven winners out of a placed mare called Miss Indigo (by Indian Ridge), his siblings include the pattern-placed stakes-winning sprinter Humidor (by Camacho), and although this might create an impression that staying a mile may have been a little further than expected, that would not be the case.
His grandam, Monaiya, is a daughter of the Group 1 Irish Derby hero Shareef Dancer (by Northern Dancer) and her offspring feature Musetta (by Cadeaux Genereux), the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes winner who was Group 3-placed at 10 furlongs and third in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes. This always made it likely that the colt would get a mile.
Monaiya is a half-sister to the mile Grade 1-placed, seven-furlong Grade 2 scorer Vanderlin (by Halling) and her dam, Massorah (by Habitat), who won the Group 3 Premio Omenoni, was the top-rated three-year-old sprinter in Italy in 1983.
There is nothing in the first few generations to give us any indication of how he might do as a stallion, but his pedigree and racing profile suggest that although some of his progeny may be precocious sorts, some will be improve with time, some will be milers, and given the broodmare sires of some of his initial crop, it is also possible that Alhebayeb will get some who stay 10 furlongs.
ALHEBAYEB (IRE) – gr.2010 – Dark Angel – Miss Indigo, 2 wins inc July Stakes (Gr2), 2nd Horris Hill Stakes (Gr3), Windsor Castle Stakes (L), 3rd Stubbs Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
grc – Abhasana (by Hawk Wing) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Al Amlah (by Riverman) Goffs Nov not sold
grc – Alnawiyah (by Dalakhani) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – America Alone (by Dalakhani) Goffs Nov €43,000
bc – Azia (by Desert Story) Goffs Nov withdrawn
grc – Beyond The Sea (by Fasliyev) Goffs Nov €12,000
brf – Birthday (by Singspiel) Goffs Nov not sold
roc – Caerella (by Alzao) Goffs Nov €10,000
grc – Call This Cat (by One Cool Cat) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Cantaloupe (by Priolo) Goffs Nov €16,000
bc – Caribbean Ace (by Red Clubs) Goffs Nov €60,000
bc – Cheeky Weeky (by Cadeaux Genereux) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Cheerego (by Borrego) Tattersalls Nov 4,000gns
bc – Clodilla (by Clodovil) Goffs Nov €20,000
b/grf – Comes A Time (by Arcano) Goffs Nov €12,000
bc – Crown Light (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Nov 26,000gns
bc – Dalannda (by Hernando) Goffs Nov €4,000
bc – Defensive Boast (by El Gran Senor) Goffs Nov €17,000
bc – Exempt (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs Nov €23,000
bc – Feeling Wonderful (by Fruits of Love) Goffs Nov €10,000
bc – Fine Silk (by Rahy) Goffs Nov €12,000
bc – Floatlikabutterfly (by Bernardini) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Glyndebourne (by Rahy) Goffs Nov €8,500
bc – Gold Again (by Touch Gold) Tattersalls Nov 95,000gns
grf – Gold Queen (by Grand Lodge) Goffs Nov €5,500
bf – Greenflash (by Green Desert) Goffs Nov not sold
brc – Haleniya (by Azamour) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Hankering (by Missed Flight) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Hms Pinafore (by Singspiel) Goffs Nov €9,000
bc – Hurricane Irene (by Green Desert) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Intrepid Queen (by Theatrical) Goffs Nov not sold
b/brf – Irish Design (by Alhaarth) Goffs Nov withdrawn
brf – La Vita Bella (by Mtoto) Goffs Nov €3,000
bc – Lady of Kildare (by Mujadil) Goffs Nov €10,000
bc – Lady Pastrana (by Key of Luck) Tattersalls Nov 55,000gns
grc – Lawman's Lady (by Lawman) Tattersalls IRE Nov €18,000
bf – Lucky Flirt (by Gulch) Goffs Nov €4,000
bc – Manaka (by Falco) Goffs Nov not sold
grf – Mary Pekan (by Sri Pekan) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf – Mayorstone (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Mokama (by Motivator) Goffs Nov €36,000
bf – Mount Lavinia (by Montjeu) Goffs Nov €19,000
bf – Na Zdorovie (by Cockney Rebel) Goffs Nov €16,000
bf – Nordkappe (by High Chaparral) Goffs Nov not sold
b/brc – Nouvelle Nova (by Noverre) Goffs Nov not sold
grc – Pitrizzia (by Lando) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Preferable (by Tiger Hill) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Rosa Clara (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls Nov 36,000gns
bc - Runaway Sparkle (by Green Desert) Arqana Dec €18,000
bc – Sally Is The Boss (by Orpen) Goffs Nov €2,000
bc – Serene Dream (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Nov 32,000gns
bf – Smokey Ryder (by Bertolini) Goffs Nov €8,000
grc – Spicebird (by Ela-Mana-Mou) Goffs Nov €6,000
bc – Telltime (by Danetime) Goffs Nov not sold
brf – Twinberry (by Tagula) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Vampire Queen (by General Monash) Goffs Nov €11,500
grc – Wild Ocean (by Pivotal) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Xema (by Danehill) Tattersalls Nov 25,000gns