Sons of Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) are proving to be very popular at stud – headed by rising star Showcasing – and a growing number of them are siring stakes and pattern winners from their early runners. His younger representatives include Charming Thought, who beat Ivawood by a nose in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on soft ground at Newmarket as a juvenile. He stands at Dalham Hall Stud and there are 45 registered foals in his first crop.
That was his third win from four starts that season, following success over the same trip on good ground at Lingfield and on fast ground at Leicester, but although his pedigree suggested that he could have been a potential classic contender, a setback kept him off the track until June of his four-year-old season.
Timeform rated him 118p at two, but he was not the same force when he eventually returned to action. He finished fourth in a six-furlong Salisbury listed contest, was only beaten by four lengths when out of the frame behind The Tin Man in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury and was then unplaced in a seven-furlong Group 3 contest at York.
Charming Thought's 625,000gns yearling price tag says plenty about his looks and, as you would expect of an Oasis Dream, he comes from a notably successful family. He is the first foal out of the pattern-placed stakes winner Annabelle's Charm (by Indian Ridge), who was best from eight to 10 furlongs, and his unraced grandam, Kylemore (by Sadler's Wells), is a full-sister to two Group 1 winners.
Aristotle won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and Ballingarry, who won both the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes and Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, was placed in the Group 1 Irish Derby, Group 1 Derby Italiano and Group 1 Irish St Leger.
Their half-brother Starborough (by Soviet Star) – who has sired stakes winners – won the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes and Group 1 Prix Jean Prat, thereby making their Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes-winning dam Flamenco Wave (by Desert Wine) one of those remarkable mares with at least three top-level winners to her name.
They also have three half-sisters of note. Spanish Falls (by Belmez) won the Group 3 Prix du Royaumont and was third in the Group 2 Prix de Mallaret, Sanchez (by Wolfhound) is the grandam of the pattern-winning sprinter Waady (by Approve), and Leaping Water (by Sure Blade) is responsible for both the Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer Grammarian (by Definite Article) and the tragically ill-fated champion St Nicholas Abbey (by Montjeu).
He was the top juvenile of 2009, when he won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, and he went on to add the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf, Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, and three editions of the Group 1 Coronation Cup. He was placed in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf and in two runnings of the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and would have been a popular stallion.
There will likely be some who view Charming Thought as a potential source of speedy juveniles, given that he is a Middle Park Stakes-winning son of Oasis Dream, but his pedigree is that of a miler who could have stayed 10 furlongs and so we should not be surprised if most of his best offspring show their talent in that range.
CHARMING THOUGHT (GB) – b.2012 – Oasis Dream – Annabelle's Charm, 3 wins inc Middle Park Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
Bf - Alzahra (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls December not sold
Bc - Amanjena (by Beat Hollow) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bf - Atheera (by Shamardal) Tattersalls December not sold
Bf - Bint Aldar (by Zoffany) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Blissamore (by Kyllachy) Tattersalls November 3,000gns (p/s)
Bf - Captain's Paradise (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs UK December withdrawn
Bc - Crocus Rose (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November 11,000gns
Chc - Crystal Moments (by Haafhd) Tattersalls December not sold
Bc - Keladora (by Crafty Prospector) Tattersalls November not sold
Chf - Miss Crystal (by Montjeu) Tattersalls December withdrawn
Chf - On Her Way (by Medicean) Tattersalls November 42,000gns
Bf - Powder Blue (by Daylami) Tattersalls December not sold
Bf - Poyle Jessica (by Royal Applause) Goffs UK December not sold
Bc - Rimraam (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls December 7,000gns
Bc - Totally Millie (by Pivotal) Tattersalls December not sold
Well-beaten on soft ground on his only outing as a two-year-old, Morpheus won three of his seven starts at three and this capable miler, who Timeform rated 98, was fourth in the Haafhd Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) over nine furlongs at Newmarket on his final run.
That might not sound like the sort of racing record that would secure a colt a place at a leading flat stud farm and that would bring him 142 mares in his first season, but this son of Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) is a half-brother to the undefeated Timeform 147-rated superstar Frankel (by Galileo) and that relationship is what has been his major selling point.
Frankel, of course, had his first runners in 2016 and with an impressive strike-rate of winners to runners, and the pattern scorers Fair Eva, Queen Kindly, Toulifaut, and Frankuus among them, as well as the triple stakes-placed Cunco, that Banstead Manor Stud celebrity has made an exciting start as a stallion.
None of this guarantees that Morpheus will hit the jackpot, of course, even though a growing number of sons of Oasis Dream are siring stakes winners, but he has received plenty of support, he is at a stud that has a well-established track record of turning non-stakes winning stallions into notably successful sires, and there is every reason to hope that he can be their next success story.
Being inbred 3x3 to Danzig (by Northern Dancer) may increase his chance of getting sprinters and talented two-year-olds, although many of his better first-crop juvenile winners may come from the more precociously bred and raced mares, and those with a track record of producing two-year-old winners.
It is possible, however, given his racing and pedigree profile, that his best long-term results will come with milers and even 10-furlong horses aged three and upwards, although, again with the right mares, he has prospects of getting some high-class sprinters too. He looks a likely candidate to get some stakes and pattern winners.
MORPHEUS (GB) – b.2010 – Oasis Dream – Kind, 3 wins. Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Alexander Confranc (by Magical Wonder) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Alexander Duchess (by Desert Prince) Goffs Nov €6,500
bc – Becuille (by Redback) Goffs Nov €46,000
bc – Bokhara Silk (by Barathea) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Cakestown Lady (by Petorius) Goffs Nov €5,500
bc – Dafariyna (by Nashwan) Goffs Nov €23,000
bf – Daliyana (by Cadeaux Genereux) Goffs Nov €4,000
bf – Desert Aisling (by Verglas) Goffs Nov €7,500
bf – Docklands Grace (by Honour And Glory) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Docklands Grace (by Honour And Glory) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
brf – Emirates Hills (by Dubawi) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Enchanting Way (by Linamix) Goffs Nov €15,000
bc – Flame of Hibernia (by One Cool Cat) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Flash And Dazzle (by Bertolini) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Gin Twist (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs Nov (p/s) €8,000
bf – Glasnas Giant (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Grasshoppergreen (by Barathea) Goffs Nov €1,400
bf – Greta d'Argent (by Great Commotion) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Holly's Kid (by Pulpit) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bf – Indian Navy (by Elusive City) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Isolde's Return (by Avonbridge) Goffs Nov €11,000
bc – Kenyan Cat (by One Cool Cat) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – La Chinampina (by Darshaan) Goffs Nov €13,000
bf – Lilium (by Nashwan) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
bc – Lovegood (by Desert Style) Goffs Nov €20,000
bc – Magilini (by Bertolini) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Malthouse Mistress (by Peintre Celebre) Goffs Nov €6,000
bf – Miss Inferno (by Tagula) Goffs Nov €7,000
bf – Nasharaat (by Green Desert) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Pereira (by Tiger Hill) Goffs Nov €1,200
brc – Quecha (by Indian Ridge) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Regresa A Mi (by Spartacus) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – River Beau (by Galileo) Tattersalls IRE Nov €20,000
bc – Royal Aly (by Royal Academy) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Royal Interlude (by King's Theatre) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Run To Jane (by Doyoun) Goffs Nov €10,000
grc – Sharp And Smart (by Dark Angel) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Sheppard's Watch (by Night Shift) Goffs Nov €33,000
b/grc – Sliabh Aniaran (by Oratorio) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Sweet Power (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf – Tatora (by Selkirk) Tattersalls Nov 14,000gns
bf – Timeless Whisper (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Your Opinion (by Xaar) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Zamra (by Azamour) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Zinstar (by Sinndar) Goffs Nov not sold
A growing number of the Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) stallions are siring stakes winners, which represents a promising start, and in 2016 they included Showcasing, sire of the dual Group 1-winning sprint star Quiet Reflection, and leading freshman sire Power. His younger sons include Gale Force Ten, who Timeform rated 115 at two and 118 at three.
The Irish National Stud stallion covered 160 mares in his first season, so he will not be short of representatives. He was a £280,000 yearling, he won a six-furlong maiden in very soft ground at the Curragh in June of his two-year-old season, was runner-up to Reckless Abandon in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot shortly afterwards, and finished third behind that same rival in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
At three, he won the seven-furlong Listed Patton Stakes at Dundalk and the Group 3 Jersey Stakes on fast ground at Ascot, and he chased home Magician in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas. The best of his subsequent form were a sixth-place finish behind Lethal Force in the Group 1 July Cup and fourth behind Maxios in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Gale Force Ten is the first foal out of the Listed Warwickshire Oaks winner Ronaldsay (by Kirkwall) and that mare's siblings include Crackle (by Anshan), dam of the dual US Grade 3 scorer Pickle (by Piccolo). That filly, in turn, is the dam of the prolific listed sprint scorer Gusto (by Oasis Dream).
His grandam, Crackling (by Electric) won at three and four years of age but her two best siblings we best as juveniles. Bianca Nera (by Salse), Ireland's two-year-old filly champion of 1996, won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and she is the grandam of the multiple Group 1 star Postponed (by Dubawi), of Grade 1-placed Grade 3 scorer Turning Top (by Pivotal) and of Group 3 Winter Derby winner Robin Hoods Bay (by Motivator).
The other of Crackling's notable siblings is Hotelgenie Dot Com (by Selkirk), who is a little more closely related to Ronaldsay than is Bianca Nera. She was runner-up in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and third in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile, her classic-placed daughter Simply Perfect (by Danehill) took both the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes and Group 1 Fillies' Mile, and her grandson Bondi Beach (by Galileo) is a Group 1 St Leger-placed dual 14-furlong pattern scorer.
Birch Creek (by Carwhite) is the third dam of Gale Force Ten, she earned her blacktype when finishing third in the Group 3 Premio Royal Mares, and her blacktype siblings include Great Deeds (by Forzando), a Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes winner who was runner-up in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes.
Gale Force Ten's pedigree represents a mixture of speed and stamina, he was a classic-placed seven-furlong Group 3 scorer, he represents the Green Desert sire line, and he has been popular with breeders. The distance preferences of his offspring may depend on what their dams contribute, and although he can be expected to get some useful two-year-olds, his best results may come with his three-year-olds and older horses.
GALE FORCE TEN (GB) – b.2011 – Oasis Dream – Ronaldsay, 3 wins inc Jersey Stakes (Gr3), Patton Stakes (L), 2nd Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Norfolk Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Middle Park Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Altogether (by King's Best) Goffs Nov €52,000
chc – Ashdali (by Grand Lodge) Goffs Nov €10,000
bc – Aubusson (by Montjeu) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Best Be Careful (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
chf – Blue Daze (by Danzero) Goffs Nov €2,500
bc – Blue Lightning (by Machiavellian) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – City Vaults Girl (by Oratorio) Goffs Nov €28,000
bf – Dalliefour (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Diminish (by Raven's Pass) Goffs Nov €6,000
bc – Douro (by Manduro) Tattersalls Nov 14,000gns
chc – Drastic Measure (by Pivotal) Goffs Nov (p/s) €4,500
bf – Evening Dress (by Medicean) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Faanan Aldaar (by Authorized) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Fancy Feathers (by Redback) Goffs Nov €34,000
bf – Fondant Fancy (by Falbrav) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Impasse (by Dansili) Goffs Nov €12,500
bf – Issarose (by Ishiguru) Goffs Nov €4,500
chc – Jimmy's Girl (by Equiano) Goffs Nov €4,200
bc – Kapera (by Linamix) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Ksenia (by Tejano Run) Goffs Nov €3,000
chf – La Sibilla (by Fantastic Light) Goffs Nov €1,000
bc – Lafite (by Robellino) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Let Me Shine (by Dixie Union) Goffs Nov €12,500
bc – Liesl (by Iffraaj) Goffs Nov €7,000
bc – Luxuria (by Kheleyf) Tattersalls Nov 16,000gns
bc – Mahatta (by Halling) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Main Opinion (by Ivan Denisovich) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
bc – Mandy Lexi (by Dark Angel) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Night Cam (by Night Shift) Goffs Nov €3,000
bc – Ocean Bluff (by Dalakhani) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Our Jo Jo (by Soviet Star) Goffs Nov (p/s) €5,000
chf – Parabola (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Paris Glory (by Honour And Glory) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Perfect Blossom (by One Cool Cat) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Peryzat (by Mastercraftsman) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Popocatepetl (by Nashwan) Tattersalls Nov 4,500gns
bc – Reina de Luz (by Echo of Light) Goffs Nov €5,500
bc – Rhythm of The Sea (by Bushranger) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Robin Alexandra (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €10,000
bc – Rosa Grace (by Lomitas) Tattersalls Nov 18,000gns
bc – Sapphire Spray (by Viking Ruler) Goffs Nov €21,000
bf – Sense of Greeting (by Key of Luck) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Sinead (by Irish River) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
chf – Sli Na Fiarana (by Dr Fong) Goffs Nov not sold
chc – Sweet Times (by Riverman) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Tides (by Bahamian Bounty) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Viola da Gamba (by Alhaarth) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Zaziyra (by Dalakhani) Goffs Nov €17,000
Group 1 star and leading sire Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) has made a promising start with his stallion sons. Showcasing, Arcano, Aqlaam, Captain Gerrard, Approve and current freshman Power have all sired blacktype winners. Having covered 108 mares in his first season at Bucklands Farms & Stud in Gloucestershire, there will be many who expect to see Coach House add his name to that list.
He was trained by Aidan O'Brien, finished runner-up in a Curragh maiden in early April of his two-year-old season, then ran away with a similar contest on soft ground at Tipperary before taking the Listed Marble Hill Stakes on fast ground back at Ireland's headquarters.
He then chased home No Nay Never in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, was a beaten odds-on favourite when only third to Sudirman in the Group 2 Railway Stakes nine days later, and was not seen out again.
Coach House, whom Timeform rated 107, is the first foal out of the six-furlong Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes winner Lesson In Humility (by Mujadil), a six-time scorer whose tally also included listed contests at Goodwood and Nottingham. She was beaten by just a neck when runner-up in another listed contest, by a head when runner-up to Serious Attitude in the Group 3 Summer Stakes at York, and her placings also included third in both the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Her half-sister Boastful (by Clodovil) won a mile listed contest at Goodwood and was placed in both the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes over six and in the Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes over seven and a half furlongs.
Their two-year-old sibling is the Andrew Balding-trained and classic-entered filly Poet's Vanity (by Poet's Voice) who was fourth in the maiden won by Wuheida at Newmarket in August, then romped home by 10 lengths at Salisbury before taking the recent Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes.
Vanity (by Thatching), the grandam of Coach House, was placed a few times and the best of her siblings is Ffestiniog (by Efisio), the stakes-winning dam of the pattern-winning sprinter Eisteddfod (by Cadeaux Genereux), the Group 3-winning milers Border Patrol (by Selkirk) and Boston Lodge (by Grand Lodge), and also of the Grade 2-placed Brecon Beacon (by Spectrum).
It looks a fair bet that some of Coach House's offspring will be speedy and precocious, and with his pedigree profile it is possible that he could get some talented sprinters and milers, at all ages.
COACH HOUSE (IRE) – b.2011 – Oasis Dream – Lesson In Humility, 2 wins inc Marble Hill Stakes (L), 2nd Norfolk Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Railway Stakes (Gr2). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
chf – Allmost Inti (by Intilkhab) Tattersalls Nov 1,000gns
chf – Amary (by Acclamation) Tattersalls Nov not sold
chc – Bengers Lass (by Orientate) Tattersalls Nov not sold
chf – Bird Key (by Cadeaux Genereux) Tattersalls Nov 23,000gns
bc – Blissamore (by Kyllachy) Goffs Nov €42,000
bc – Circadian Rhythm (by Lujain) Tattersalls IRE Nov €11,000
bc – Classic White (by Red Ransom) Tattersalls Nov not sold
b/grf – Debutante Blues (by Dubawi) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Ella Rosie (by Dubai Destination) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Funny Enough (by Dansili) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
bc – Gumhrear (by Kodiac) Tattersalls Nov 32,000gns
bf – Isobel Rose (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 2,000gns
bc – Kummel Excess (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Nov 11,000gns
chc – La Tinta Bay (by Compton Place) Tattersalls IRE Nov €10,000
bc – Lady Bonanova (by Haatef) Tattersalls Nov not sold
chc – Lady Le Quesne (by Alhaarth) Tattersalls Nov 9,000gns
bc – Lily Lily (by Efisio) Tattersalls Nov 12,000gns
chc – Martha (by Alhaarth) Tattersalls Nov 9,000gns
bc – Microwave (by Fastnet Rock) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Minnola (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Moss Likely (by Clodovil) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Pelican Key (by Mujadil) Tattersalls Nov 38,000gns
bf – Poulaine Bleue (by Blue Indigo) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
bc – Really Ransom (by Red Ransom) Tattersalls Nov 6,500gns
bf – Right Rave (by Soviet Star) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Slap And Tickle (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
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